Peshlakai memorial tournament draws 56 teams

Peshlakai memorial tournament draws 56 teams
Navajo Times | Donovan Quintero Darlene Peshlaka watches a basketball game Saturday during the 5th annual Peshlakai Angels Memorial “Don’t Drink and Drive” Basketball Tournament in Newcomb, N.M.

Navajo Times | Donovan Quintero
Darlene Peshlaka watches a basketball game Saturday during the 5th annual Peshlakai Angels Memorial “Don’t Drink and Drive” Basketball Tournament in Newcomb, N.M.

NEWCOMB, N.M.

To help combat and raise awareness against drunk driving, Darlene and John Peshlakai created the Peshlakai Angels Memorial “Don’t Drink and Drive” Basketball Tournament.

Del Lynn, 19, and DeShauna, 17, were killed on March 5, 2010, in Santa Fe, N.M. when they were rear ended by repeat DWI offender James Ruiz.

The 5th annual basketball tournament was held from last Wednesday and ended on Sunday as 56 teams competed for the tournament title at the high school and middle school gyms in Newcomb. Pictures and banners of the sisters decorated each gym as a reminder to let participants to not drink and drive, a concern Darlene says cannot be stressed enough.

“My concern is (someone) getting behind that wheel after you’ve been drinking,” she said. “I don’t want to say ‘don’t drink’ because it’s a social skill for some. My point is don’t get behind that wheel when you drink. Walk home, call somebody, or get a motel. Prepare yourself if you’re going to drink, to not drive.”


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Donovan Quintero

"Dii, Diné bi Naaltsoos wolyéhíígíí, ninaaltsoos át'é. Nihi cheii dóó nihi másání ádaaní: Nihi Diné Bizaad bił ninhi't'eelyá áádóó t'áá háadida nihizaad nihił ch'aawóle'lágo. Nihi bee haz'áanii at'é, nihisin at'é, nihi hózhǫ́ǫ́jí at'é, nihi 'ach'ą́ą́h naagééh at'é. Dilkǫǫho saad bee yájíłti', k'ídahoneezláo saad bee yájíłti', ą́ą́ chánahgo saad bee yájíłti', diits'a'go saad bee yájíłti', nabik'íyájíłti' baa yájíłti', bich'į' yájíłti', hach'į' yándaałti', diné k'ehgo bik'izhdiitįįh. This is the belief I do my best to follow when I am writing Diné-related stories and photographing our events, games and news. Ahxéhee', shik'éí dóó shidine'é." - Donovan Quintero is an award-winning Diné journalist, who is based in Window Rock, Arizona. He can be contacted at dq@navajotimes.com.