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Friday, March 7, 2003 The CATALINA ISLANDER Page: Although their goal of reaching the playoffs was not achieved this year, the Avalon Boys Varsity Basketball team has high hopes that next year will be different. With six players returning next year and off- season work outs, the team will be in a solid position to land in the playoffs next year. The Lancers finished the season with a 8-13 record. Their early season success was no fluke but the Liberty League was extremely competitive again this year. Five of the eight teams in the league made the playoffs and each of those teams won their first round game. Holy Martyrs and Yeshiva were still alive after the third round. Unfortunately Avalon came out on the short end of a couple of heartbreaking losses that ultimately cost them a playoff berth. The big problem this year was not being able to sustain good play for longer than two quarters per game. Yeshiva, Holy Martyrs, Providence and Buckley stayed in for the long haul and were able to sustain their quality of play for the duration of the games. According to Coach Hall, Avalon has the ability to stay in the game. "There is no doubt that if Avalon wants to compete with these teams," says Hall, "they have to commit to basketball in the off-season, both pick-up basketball and Avalon team basketball." What Coach Hall was most proud of this year was the team's performance in the classroom, off the court on road trips and on the coui't during games, in terms of effort, behavior and sportsman- ship. "Although these successes don't always translate into victories, they, sure say a lot about the fine character of these young students and athletes and the great job their parents are doing at home," notes Hall. Hall also pointed out the example set by senior players in terms of performance and sportsmanship that have passed through the school in the last 15 years. Juan Carlos Martin, Ray Ponce, Eddie Ponce, Eddie Morones, Michael McBride and Russell O'Campo are a credit to their families, their school, and their community. Four of them wear a C.I.F. Championship Baseball ring and two of them earned All C.I.F. Football accolades. Their combined G.P.A. is above 3.5. Their athleticism and versatility is amazing. Martin and Morones have played football, basketball and baseball, earning individual honors in each sport. Ponce and McBride have played basketball a'l/W'B~eball, while O'Campo has dedicated himself to year-round basketball. They have continually shown respect of the coaches and the program and will, no doubt, be missed. Another real positive this year was the play of sophomore David Chavoya, who was electrifying at times and looks to have a promising future. Junior Adam Vega was Avalon's most consistent player this year. He played point guard, which is arguably the toughest position, for the first time and steadily improved throughout the season. It was his consistent play that allowed Avalon to be competitive in all of their games. Tanner Engel was our most improved player, so much so that by season's end he was dominating at times. With a lot of work, both on the court and in the weight room, Engel could become the best post player in the league next year. Right along with Engel, is Junior Adam Nelson, Avalon's best defensive player this season, Senior Michael McBride (above), along with teammate Ray Ponce, have proven themselves valuable on the court and on the field, playing both basketball and baseball. Hernandez could be the spark that leads Avalon back to the playoffs next year. Coach Hall acknowledges that player. He lit the Lancers on fire numerous times and improved his defense throughout the season. The best defensive player and leading the team in blocked shots, most electrifying substitute the support of the people and ste s and-defenS,coming off e'b hW a :Otganiz t s,for Avalon Boys Mario Pedroza, like Vega, was Justin Hernandez. With Basketball with a "special thanks another extremely consistent improved ball handling skills, to the super seniors." Substitute Justin Hernandez showed fast-action, electrifying defense on the court this past season, Continued from page 4 practice, removal by hunting is considered necessary and appropriate in these cases. As to leaving the carcasses where they fall, the reason given by these scientists is precisely that given by the Conservancy - to reintroduce nutrients to the soil that these animals removed by feeding on plant and other life. This is especially true in areas with soils that are poor in calcium, which is replenished by the animal bones. I wonder if Mr. Winslow read the extensive resource book on the feral animal issues that I placed in the library several years ago. Assuming it is still there, it would answer many of his questions. Dr. Bill Bushing Avalon, CA Continued from page 3 is securing the funds to continue the three-tier program. Hague noted that ART, DAR and ACT are key and that a large part of the vehicles are being run for the current program. With the program in possible jeopardy, Hague was asked about fare increases to offset costs. "Fares could play a role," noted Hague, but didn't want to broach that subject until the city finds out what funding is available. MTA representatives met with Hague and city staff earlier in the day to outline needs and suggestions and were clear on the message of a need of continued support for Avalon. Those unable to attend the hearing may submit written comments to MTA by March 31, 2003. Comments should be sent BoatUS, the nation's largest recreational boat owners association, wants boaters to know that, as long as your vessel meets the criteria for a second home, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) should have a deduction for you. "For tax purposes, many boats qualify as second homes just like land-based vacation condos and mobile homes," said Elaine Dickinson of BoatUS Govern- ment Affairs. "If you have a secured loan on that vessel, the IRS allows a tax deduction on the interest paid on the loan." The IRS defines a second home as having "basic living to MTA Article 8 Hearing Record, One Gateway Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90012, Attention: Susan Richan (mail stop 99-23-3). In other council action, approval was given to hire two additional deputies for the summer season - from Memorial Day through Labor Day - at a cost of approximately $70,000, funded by the COPS grant money received during the past three years. Council also authorized staff to submit a program supplement to the Los Angeles Community Development Commission's Community Development Block Grant Program requesting a $13,500 change in fund programming to furnish the Catalina Kid Ventures Expansion Facility. accommodations such as sleeping space, toilet and cooking facilities." A secured loan is one where a lending institution holds the boat as collateral for the loan. Interest paid on the loan should be reported on the federal income tax return Form 1040, Schedule A, Itemized Deduc- tions. Boat owners who received a 1098 form from their lender should enter the amount of Continued from page 1 School, as well as throughout all schools in the United States, as part of the "Read Across America" Day. Seuss would have been 99 years old on March 2. As part of the National Education Association, each school prepares some type of program to commemorate the day. At Avalon School, a committee was formed, headed by Sharpe, to arrange inter-grade reading, from 8 to 8:45 a.m. High School students read to the elementary school students on a one-to-one basis in their classrooms. According to Sharpe, the project was a "raving success, the high schoolers were so calm, the little ones so in awe." Part of the success had to be the "lady librarian" herself, decked out in a "Cat in the Hat" costume, complete with facial makeup and whiskers. Her hat soared above her head and gave everyone one more reason to "look up" to Librarian Donna Sharpe. interest paid on line 10. If you did not receive a 1098 form, enter the amount on line i 1 and provide the lender's name, address and tax identification number. For more specific tax information, boat owners should consult their own financial or tax advisors or visit the IRS Web site at www.irs.gov. IRS Publication 936 also covers rules for interest for interest deductions. 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