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Sunnyside World Series champs welcomed home

Sunnyside World Series champs welcomed home

By Cory Marshall, Aaron Brackett . CREATED Aug 15, 2013

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) -  Tucson's own little league World Series champions were welcomed home, Thursday, in a big way after a shutout in the final game Wednesday.

The show started even before the girls deplaned. Tucson Airport Authority Firefighters created a water arch for their plane to pull through. Inside the airport, Sunnyside cheerleaders, the full school band, friends and family were on hand, waiting for the team at baggage claim.

"Its amazing! I'm just happy everyone is here to support us," Sunnyside player Destyni Payan told 9OYS.

"It's like [she's] coming back [into] the world again. [I was] just waiting for this moment to give her a hug and a kiss," Payan's father added.

"I didn't expect so many people but when I saw them, my heart just started pounding so hard. I got happy," player Zulaika Barnett said. 

After the fanfare at the airport, the celebration really kicked into high gear at mission manor park.

Back in 1999 the same team from Sunnyside was just two points from the world series. 9OYS spoke with Ruby Vidal who was on that team, and now gets to congratulate her niece.

"Oh I cant compare I am so happy for the Sunnyside team...its just an honor to watch these girls, take home that prize," said Vidal.