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ncers BB Members slowly coming together as a team; have potential BY STEPHEN HALL FOR THE ISLANDER rebounds as well. With no other player besides Zeller scoring in double figures, the Lancers came up short in a 64 to 45 loss. In Game 1 of the Tri-City Classic, the Lancers faced Kings Academy and played some of their best basketball of the year. David After coming out on the losing Zeller led all scorers with 19 end in games against Edgewood, points and grabbed 12 rebounds. Kings Academy, Desert Christian, Ruben Martinez added 14 points, and Maranatha Christian, the 5 blocks, and 5 rebounds, while Avalon Lancers finally tasted vic- Emme 'Amezcua contributed 8 tory against Classical Academy :;points to the cause. in an overtime win in their final : \The Lancers felt like they game of the Tri-City Classic, a three- day tournament consist- ing of 16 teams held in Carlsbad, California on Dec. 27, 28, and 29. In their game against Edgewood at home, they were led by David Zel!er, who scored 24 points and grabbed'20 rebounds. Quite a performance! Ruben Martinez had 5 blocks and 4 :could have won the game if there was another quarter to play, but unfortunately they lost 52-46 in a tough defensive battle. In Game 2 of the tourna- ment the Lancers faced Desert Christian and lost 49-42 in a sub- par performance. Avalon played aggressive and hard on defense but unfortunately the offense was inconsistent. David Zeller led the way again with 19 points and 14 rebounds. Emme Amezcua scored 7 points and dished out 5 assists while Ruben Martinez scored 6 po!nts and grabbed 5 rebounds. The Lancers next faced Maranatha Christian in Game 3 of the tournament and they final- ly got the offense going only to suffer at the defensive end, losing 67-55. Once again David Zeller was all over the court with 19 points, 11 rebounds, and 3 steals. Ruben Martinez scored 10 points, and Emme Amezcua added 9 points in a losing effort. The Lancers showed up at 8:30 a.m. the next morning for Game 4 of the tournament, feeling a little dejected but certainly not throw- ing in the towel. Avalon faced Classical Academy and won in an overtime thriller 48-43. Ruben .Martinez was the hero, hitting a basket with 2 seconds left to tie the game and leading the team in scoring with i1 points. David Zeller had another incredible per- formance with 18 rebounds and 10 points. Emme Amezcua scored 9 points and dished out 3 assists, while Javier Peguero added 7 points and Cristo Hernandez scored 6 points and hit 2 clutch free throws in a winning effort. The Lancers left the tourna- ment with a good feeling, know- ing that they had gained valuable experience and had improved as a team. With little time to rest, Avalon next faced Division 5AA #1 Holy Martyrs on Jan. 2nd in Encino. Avalon played com- petitive basketball for 3 quar- ters, but then the roof caved in and the Lancers eventually lost 54-35. Emme Amezcua played his heart out, scoring 16 points and hustling up and down the court. David Zeller led the team in rebounds again with 11 and was 4/4 from the free throw line. Avalon finished the preseason with a 4-9 record against good competition. If they can put together some good practices, solve their turn- over problems, and learn to run their half-court offense better, this team could make a run at a league title. A lot still has to happen for any talk of a league championship, so the best idea is to play one game at a time and continue to improve and come together as a team! Our next game is this Friday, Jan. 13th at home against St. Michaels at 3:45. The next day we play AGBU at home at 12:30 and then we play TVT at home on Tuesday, Jan. 17th at 3:30. These are three important games, all at home, so please come on up to support your local student/ athletes and show us some of that Lancer spirit! Ocean Awareness event raises $15,000 in scholarships - FOR THE ISLANDER Later this year, 62 middle- scho01ers from Washington STEAM Magnet Academy will board a research vessel and make their way across the 26 miles to Catalina Island for a marine science learning weekend at the Mountain and Sea Adventure C U0a ISL 0DeB Founded in 1913 by "Bnest Windle Publisher Vince Bodiford General Manager Jon. Remy Editor Dixie Redfearn Assistant Editor Charles Kelly Advertising Director Steven Remery Office Assistant Kristy Throndson office@thecatalinalsla Graphic Designer Emily Ung Multimedia Director Franco Te 635 CRESCENT AVENUE SUITE A AVALON, CA 90704 (310) 510-0500 FAX: (310) 510-2882 Postmaster: Send address changes to The Catalina Islander P.O. 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This publication is printed almost entirely on recycled paper. Contents Copyright 2016 and Title ~ Registered, Catalina Islander, Inc., All Rights Reserved. Camp on Catalina Island. The students were the recipients of a $15,000 scholarship donated by the Women's Sailing Association - Orange County (WSA-OC) with funds raised at their inaugu- ral Ocean Awareness Challenge (OAC) event in September, 2016. The OAC weekend was cre- ated by WSA-OC to raise aware- ness about the challenges faced by our oceans and to raise funds to help educate children about these issues and teach them how they can make a difference in their own communities. The curriculum at Washington STEAM Magnet Academy focuses on Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics and is a Title 1 school with a goal of serv- ing children from low-income families to help ensure that all children meet challenging state academic standards. Captain Susie Campbell, an avid sailor and founder of the OAC said, "We are so proud to know that our efforts are sending Tyson We/ss AvailabKe Exclusively at Where Everything is F hy andNothing is Imported 310-510-2440 www.AfishinadosC-a] for a quote these deserving, smart children to a marine science camp so they too can learn how to protect and heal our ocean and find the same peace and tranquility we do when out on our beloved sea." While at camp, students will have an opportunity to snorkel in a marine protected area and learn via hands-on educational experi- ences as they explore the camp's marine science center which fea- tures a plankton lab, fish aquari- ums, shark touch tanks, and invertebrate touch tanks. WSA-OC is a co-ed group dedicated to ~supporting women sailors throughout the Orange County area through land-based educational programs and on- the-water activities. The group's mission includes a focus on serving the community through sailing-related activities. For more information on WSA- OC, visit, www. or email Mission Statement: Women's Sailing Association - Orange County (WSA-OC) is dedicated to enriching the lives of women through expanded access to sail- " ing related activities and edu- cational opportunities. WSA-OC is committed to preserving and protecting our oceans and con- tributing to our local commu- nity through on-the-water philan- thropic activities. LB Harbor ecosystem. dramatically improves Years of efforts to reduce environmental impacts related to goods movement have result- ed in a flourishing ecosystem for fish and marine mammals, according to a new report on the water and habitat qual- ity of the Long Beach and Los Angeles harbors. The survey, conducted in 2013 and 2014 through an ongoing partnership between the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles, identified 558 species of plants and animals living on the rocks and pilings in the harbors. This represents a 60 percent increase from the last survey in 2008 and almost twice the number cataloged in the 2000 survey. Water qual- ity conditions also improved, with oxygen and phytoplankton measurements higher than ever before. Fish were abundant, and giant kelp beds expanded, to cover as much as 132 acres of Outer Harbor waters; max- imum kelp coverage reached only 27 acres in 2000 and 80 acres in 2008. "There's growing biodiver- sity in the harbors, including more birds and marine mam- mals, and we're seeing species that cannot thrive in polluted waters," said Board of Harbor Commissioners President Lori Ann Guzm~in. "We should all be proud of these results and continue to work hard to build on this prog- ress" she said. 13 o) s o-25so 301 end i[]125 Cremcent iivenue 4 ', Friday, January 13, 20.17 THE CATALINA ISLANDER