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I BY PATTI ENGEL Pebbly Beach Building Supply and Straight Up Builders faced off in a defensive battle in the first game of the night. Pebbly Beach Building Supply got on the board first with a run in the fourth. Mirta Mora denied Justin Hemandez an extra base hit With her catch in left center, isaac Felix tied up the game with his inside the park homer, followed by Jorge Heman- dez' inside the park home run to nandez, Cassandra Burch and Ma- Chw ria Reyes all had one hit. ed The secofid game of the night Sus~ was between the Catalina Cookie had Company and The Lobster Trap. The Catalina Cookie CompanySch~ got on the board first with a rnn in the first. In the second both teams 6 p.r scored two. Lobster Trap tied it up with a run in the third. 7:30 In the fourth it looked like The Lobster Trap blew the game open, with nine runs in the fourth, three fez and Mickey Mann collect- tree hits. Manny Hemandez, n Boyd and Sandy Gutierrez )ne hit. dule for Thursday, June 23 flip for home l.--The Lobster Trap and Peb- bly Beach Building Supply p.m. Straight Up Builders and Catalina Cookie Co. take the lead. Cassie Burch stole a hit from Johnny Romo with her catch in left center. In the sixth in- ning Pebbly Beach tied the game up with a run crossing the plate. In the bottom of the seventh with the score tied, Straight Up Build- ers had bases loaded with two outs. Pebbly Beach Building Supply's Glass's inside the park home run. Justin Hemandez Cookie Company just couldn't get Robgrt Reyes that last run in, and the game end- LouJ s Mansanas .708 ed with the score Cookie Company Chu: r Sillas 11, The Lobster Trap 12. Isaaq', Felix For the Catalina Cookie Co, Frankie Rojo Gene Eubank and Scotty Rohlaf- Johnny Romo son were four for four. Shawn Hall Josh Flynn and Nick Flores collected three BattlngChamp Women hits. With two hits each were Aar- Cass andra Burch .421 on Wood and olanda Perez. Bart Mau Hemandez .400 Glass and Samantha Penhall had Chel ;ca Mc Cormick one hit. For The Lobster Trap, Mar a Reyes Chuy Sillas had four hits. Mario Bett Tejeda; the start of the races, lau ~--he completed a catcher tried to c~itch the runner off second, which allowed the nmner on third to score to end the game. Straight Up Builders preserves their undefeated league play in a squeaker 3-2. For Pebbly Beach Building Supply, Johnny Romo, Joe Her- nandez and Robert Reyes all had two hits. Robbie Mc Cormick and Mirta Mora each collected one hit. For Straight Up Builders Frank Rojo and Betty Tejeda collected two hits. Isaac Felix, Jorge Her- League Standings of them coming from Chuy Sil- Straight Up Builders 9- las' inside the park home rtm. The 0 League Champions Catalina Cookie Company didn't IThe Lobster Trap~5-4 give up and scored two on yet an- Pebl~ly Beach Building Supply-- other inside the park homer, this 13-7 one from Nick Flores. Catalina Cookie Co. 1-8 In the top of the sixth with time expired, Cookie Company had Fin~lBattingStandings six runs in, thanks in part to Bart Bating Champ Men .794 .708 From ~age I motocross competitor, was racing on Saturday. Meanwhile, my dad unloaded his memoirs of vintage programs and magazines all over the two twin beds. He has all the original photos of him racing on the Island. Before leaving for our trip, my dad conducted an extensive, yet unsuccessful search for his club jersey but he did find his original checkered helmet. We rooked over all the cool stuff together until we were hungry for an early spaghetti dinner. Walking down to town we strolled around checking out the neat tourist shops and restaurants. I had been to Catalina before, but I stayed in campgrounds on a differ- em part of the island so I was dis- covering Avalon for the first time. All kinds of pre-race activities were happening and we met other members -of my dad's motorcycle club, the Checkers. I made the mistake Of saying that my dad used to be a Checker and was quickly corrected by a club. member, "Once a Checker, always a Checker." My dad told one guy thtit I was the reason he gave up racing mo- torcycles. For some reason, I had never put that together. I decided" that this fact made-it even more fit- ring that I was there with him on this adventure. We made our way down the steep street just in time for the ceremonial parade through town. Vintage and new motorcycles were ridden by young bucks and old timers. The noisy group made their way up to the golf course for I remembered the photos of my dad, looking ruggedly handsome at the original race starting line, on the road to the Casino building. As the trolley we took to the golf course, meandered through town my dad was specifically looking for buildings that were in the background of his vintage pho- tos of him in the Grand Prix. As we climbed up this one hilly street, my dad said it looked famil- iar and soon pointed to a two story building on the comer, so I took a couple of pictures. Later, when we returned-to the hotel room, we found the original picture of the White House Apartments, with my_ dad rounding the turn in the race. Dad and I walked watched the races and met some interesting characters. Many of the original riders still alive attended this reunion. My dad was such a big fan of his peers and considered himself lucky to ride with them back in the '50s. His favorite was Bud Ekins, win- ner of the 1955 Catalina Grand _ Prix, who became a Hollywood stuntman for Steve McQueen. He was the stunt double who made the famous motorcycle jump in "The Great Escape." Sadly, Bud passed in 2007. The legendary Preston Perry, "godfather of the plastic fender," raced both 52 years ago and at the reunion as did several other vin- tage riders. My cousin Allen finished 20th out of 45 riders in his 50-plus divi- sion and had a blast. My dad told me later that he wished he had rid- den in the old-timer race. Don't .708 .667 .643 .625 .607 .353 .350 .346 Hodaka days trail ride just last summer in Oreg 9n. I found a photo of him on the F odaka Days 2010 website. S~lurday night was complete with ~ dinner and movie in the old Casi]to Theater, which sold out. The :nergy from riders and fans in that ,rt deco building was electric as tt ~y watched the latest motor- cycle stunts andblooper movie. Ez ]aausted, my dad and I took a taxi l~ome that night and as we fell asleeig, we agreed that this trip to Catal and r TI the ( hom, roun( youtt the C years ina was all we had hoped for lore. te return to Catalina Island for rand Prix was like my dad's coming. A special place sur- red by fond memories of came to him in the way of atalinaGrand Prix 2010 ... 52 later. Unforgettable. : awaits the start of the 1953 Catalina ~nd Prix. From page 1 eagles are about eight weeks old. The process of attaching the bands takes about 30 to 45 minutes, Jijoa said. The eagle parents watch the whole time. The biologists, for their part, also watch. "We stay in the area until we watch the parents go back to their chicks--and they always do," Jijoa said. That doesn't mean the eagle parents will be par- enting for very long. They will continue to feed their young for awhile after the banding, but around 12 weeks after their birth the baby birds are pretty much on their own. Jijoa said that for the first year or so after they leave the nest, the young eagles are pretty much scavJngers. Sometimes, they will join with oth- er juvenile eagles. The radios at- tached to the young birds allow sci- entists to follow their movements. The radios will last for about three years and are designed to fall off after that. Each band transmits a normal signal as long as the bird is moving. If the bird does not move for six hours, the band transmits a "mortality signal." Jijoa said that when the band sends a mortality signal, IWS bi- ologists will go to where the band is located. Usually, they find that the band has fallen off. However, sometimes IWS personnel find a dead bird. Baby eagles have a rough first year, with a 50 percem mortality rate during that time. If they live to be 4 or 5 years old, they will get their white heads and yellow beaks. "They're pretty speckled in the beginning," Jijoa said. Catalina.Island Medical Center's Rehabilitative Care Program combines the professionalism and competence of a fully-licensed acute care hospital with the care and support of your Catalina Island community. Rehabilitative care program for post orthopedic & reconstructive surgery and serious illness or injury. Therapeutic and rehabilitative services. Dedicated nurse liaison to arrange transportation from the mainland and ensure continuity of care. The comfort and support of friends and family. Ancillary services include state-of-the-art CT scanner and fully eqdipped laboratory. Call Nurse Liaison Santa Dominguez, RN, at (310) 510-0700 to learn more about how CIMC can meet your rehabilitative care needs. (310) 51o-0700 loo Falls Canyon Road PO Box 1563, Avalon 90704 Island Medical Center L eAI"AUNA ISLANDER ................................................................... Friday, )une ;17~2o;1:~ 19