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Rotary assists with food and blankets for Mexico The Avalon Rotary Club em- barked on an international Rotary parmership project earlier this month to Ensenada, Mexico to as- sist with a food and blanket drive. Ten Avalon Rotary Club mem- bers and spouses including Paul DeMyer, Cinde MacGugan, Kelly and Scott Nelson, Bill and Sher- rell Paige, Lourdes and Adrian Thoricht, and Rita and Kelly Whitaker traveled to Ensenada in early January to work in partner- ship with three other Southem Cal- ifornia Rotary Clubs and the Club Rotary Centenairo of Ensenada. The Avalon Rotary Club helped distribute over 900 food baskets, toys and blankets to eighteen dif- ferent remote and poverty stricken areas of Ensenada. The needy families live in cardboard houses, with no electricity and very lim- ited bathroom facilities. The food baskets and blankets are given out each January to help celebrate the arrival of the Three Kings. The recipients were over- joyed and thankful for everything they received, particularly the warm blankets. Avalon Rotary actively contrib- utes to the betterment of our Island community by donating to local community charities. Avalon Ro- tary raises money through its an- nual auction and other fundraisers and contributes to local residents for Thanksgiving and Christmas, offers local Avalon High School students' scholarships, and has supported projects at the Cata- lina Island Museum, the Avalon Schools. the Avalon Veterinary Clinic and the Catalina Island Medical Center. Avalon Rotary also organizes and fundraises for the popular USC Trojan Marching Band's par- ticipation in Avalon's Fourth of July parade. In addition, Avalon Rotary Club supported aid to Haiti after the devastating earthquake hit the island nation last year. Avalon Rotary is just one of over 32,000 Rotary Clubs around the world in over 200 countries. All are dedicated to the creed of "service above self." Rotary In- ternational was founded in 1905 as both a business networking and community service organization. \ Avalon Rotary Club offers its membership a chance to network with local business leaders as well as offer community service oppor- tunities for our island, as well as projects such as feeding the hun- gry or contfibutin~ to international efforts to eradicate polio Avalon Rotary meets weekly on Wednes- days at 12:15 p.m. at the Mi Casita restaurant. Lady Lancers on a winning streak The Avalon Lady Lancers ba- ketball team continued their streak by winning their seventh game in a row this week. Avalon struggled offensively but last week pulled out three victories. The Lady Lancers played two games against Fairmont Prep on Jan. 21 and22, and one against Tarbot Valley Torah on the Jan. 25. All three games were league games and Would go down to the final minutes to decide the vic- tor. The Lady Lancers battled the Huskies of Fairmont Prep on Fri- day, Jan. 20. Avalon struggled to find any offense. Nothing seemed to drop as everything seem to go Fairmont's way. Avalon trailed 19-13 at half. Then the Lady Lancers seemed to wake up thanks to the great play of Elizabeth Chavoya. She seemed to be everywhere, stealing the ball, scoring, getting others open shots and giving Avalon a 17-6 third qu- arter and lead 30-25. The five-point fourth quarter lead would not last long as Ava- lon struggled at the line, going 2 for 8. Fairmont took advantage and made five of its 10 free throws including one with 7.1 seconds left giving them the one point lead. Then the Huskies missed their second freethrow. Vai Madina re- bounded and passed to Tori Hoefs who took the ball the length of the court, releasing it at the freethrow line. Time expired as the shot drop- ped in. It was Hoers' second game winning shot of her career. Avalon won 38-37. Chavoya led the team with 13 points, three assists, and seven steals. The next day Avalon proved Friday was not a fluke win. The Lady Lancers rode Ashlin Mahan's back. She made 10 of the 18 first half points for Avalon Even though Avalon continued to struggle offensively, its defense kept them in the lead and eventu- ally won the game 36-31. Mehan led the team with 15 points and 17 rebounds. The Lions of Tarbot Valley To- rah who are tied with Avalon for second in League would come to challenge for that position on Jan. 25. From the start of the game it was obvious that TVT was no match for Avalon. The Lady Lancers got up to an 8-0 run early and than the scoring dried up. Avalon's offensi- ve struggles continued as they led "the write stuff'" Are you a writer, or would like to be one for the Catalina Islander. The paper is seeking to expand its edito- rial horizons. New reporters and guest columnists are welcome. For more information, contact the Islander pub- lisher at dan@cinews.us or call (310) 510-0500. 12-7 at half But the third quarter again found a home for Avalon's offense. It scored 13, giving it a 25-15 lead going into the fourth quarter. Its defense held the Lions to 27 points as the Lady Lancers cruised to 35. Medina led the Lady Lancers with 14 points. Even though the Lady Lancers have been in a scoring slump la- tely, they are proving if you can play good defense you always give yourself a chance to win. Avalon can see the 14-6 Lady Lancers play this Friday at 3:30 p.m. aga- inst Eastside Christian. They Will also be celebrating the two seniors who dedicated themselves to this team over the last four years. YOUR TREASURE AWAITS... 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