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BY JEN LAVELLE After a 15-year hiatus, Ster- ling "Smooth" Forbes, a Harlem Globetrotter alumnus, returned to Catalina Island July 16-20 to res- urrect his basketball Hoop Camp. The city of Avalon Recreation Department partnered with AHS basketball coach Steve Hall to co-host the week-long event at the Avalon School Gymnasium, which had 30 participants, ages 6-14 years. Campers worked all week long on ball handling, shooting, defense, and more through drills and games, making for a week of fun for all in attendance. Forbes' family members facili- tated the camp and included his wife Sasha and children Marcus, Max, Mason and MaKenzie. The basketball camp was made possible through generous dona- tions from island community, including The Santa Catalina Is- "land Company and Atwater Hotel, Catalina Express, Armstrong's Seafood, Ristorante Villa Por- tofino, Olaf's Ice Cream, Casino Dock Car6, Seaport Village Inn, E1 Terado Terrace, Avalon Plaza Caf6, and Lobster Trap. A highlight of the week was the infamous "Celebrity Game," held Thursday, July 19. Forbes brought over three slam-dunking buddies, Aaron Perry, Donald Smith, and Craig Martin to put on a show with him and his son Marcus. Also play- ing for the Globetrotter & Friends was local Karl Karstens, whose father Bob Karstens was the first Caucasian player to be under con- tract with the Harlem Globetrot- ters. The team was pitted against a motley local crew, dubbed the "Avalon All-Stars," which con- sisted of Coach Steve Hall, Coach David Hart, City Manager Steve Hoefs, Mayor Bob Kennedy, Sher- iff Lt. Doug Fetteroll, LA County Fire Captain Black, Avalon Fire Dept. Captain Michael Alegria, CIVR's Kevin Strege, former Con- servancy Chief Operating Officer Mel Dinkel, Santa Catalina Island Company's Paul DeMyer, for- mer Hoop Camp participant John Eric Hernandez, Men's Basket- ball Summer League coaches Joe Montano and Joe Hernandez, Ava- lop High School basketball players Edgar Alvarez, Marcos Gallegos Daniel Jimenez, Joanna Chavoya, and Laura Amezcua. The referee, in rare form, was John Macktal, and on the micro- phone as commentator was Denny Honsey. Highlights included the old cup of water splashed on to the crowd routine, the free-throw t-shirt switcheroo number, and a sponta- neous dance party with a member of the audience. Over 300 people were in atten- dance to fill the stands and laugh their socks off at the comedy on court, and after costs more that $1,500 was raised for the AHS Boy's Basketball team. Monies raised will be used for a team trip to the mainland to participate in a basketball tourna- ment held at St. Mary's College in Moraga, Calif. The Recreation Department and Avalon Schools Boy's Basket- ball Program were very pleased with both the Celebrity Game and the Hoop Camp, and everyone in- volved agrees they cannot wait to hold the event next summer. Shown above are the players from the Celebrity basketball game. Among the "celebrities" representing Avalon were City Manager Steve Hoefs, former Conservancy COO Mel Dinkel, Mayor Bob Kennedy, LASD's Lt. Doug Fetteroll, CIVR's Kevin Strege; SCI Co's Paul DeMyer, LA County Fire Captain Black, Avalon Fire Dept. Captain Michael Alegria, Men's Basketball Summe'r League captain Joe Hernandez, AHS basketball players Laura Amezcua, Joanna Chavoya, Daniel Jimenez, Edgar Alvarez and Marcos Gallegos, AHS Coaches David Hart and Steve Hall, Men's Basketball Summer League captain Joe Montano, and former Hoop Camp participant John Eric Hernandez. Also shown in the photo are the Globetrotter team which was comprised of honorary Captain Karl Karstens, Donald Smith, Sterling "Smooth" Forbes, camp partici- pant Jalen Flynn, Aaron Perry, Craig Martin and Marcus Forbes. m I The Fifth Annual Flying Fish Inspiration (fourweeks)-- equipment available (including Festival was held the first week- 10,681 plugs in place) on board prior to end of the month. Every year the The World--143 requesting assistance for launch- festival includes more family type Total Cruise Ship--10,824 ing. There is a $20 charge for us- activities including kayak relay A reminder to boaters using the ing the hoist. Please call the Hat- races, pedal boat races, ocean sci- hoist at the Mole: Please have your bor Department Office to arrange ence activities, touch tanks, flying current registration and all safety this service. fish crafts and of course the fabu- lous Flying Fish Tours. The Tuna Club hosted a White ~ ~ Birthdays Seabass Tournament the second weekend of the month with 21Friday, July 27 Sunday, July 29Tuesday, July 31 boats participating. Pacific Marl- Drew Mauck Angela Teckenoff Donna Whitaker ners Yacht Club held a cruise to Michelle Badders Jay Conzoner J.D. FelixlV Avalon the third weekend of June Laura Forese Tanner J. EngelWednesday, August t with 12 boats. Jack Sweeney Greg Winslow Steve,Revo With the Fourth of July fall- Ming Valdez Chris Barrios Amy Wills ing in the middle of the week, Saturday, July28 Max Voci-Machado Billy Delbert many boaters began arriving the Ryan Kerr-BombardMichael McBrideThursday, August2 last week of the month in order VickJe Mead Monday, July30 Chuck Martin to secure a mooring. The harbor Marlene Solomon Jeff SchoonoverTania Padilla was very festive with hundreds of Jesse J Machado Lelei Opah Nicolas Raclde flags mad red, white and blue deco~ rations. The Dinghy Parade was ~~Anniversaries quite a spectacle, enhanced by sev- eral boats and dinghies participat- Friday, July 27 Monday, July 30 ing in large weapon water fights. Philip & Erica Minuto Eric & Joanei Huart June 2012 stats are as follows: Julian & Annabelle Ponce Wednesday, August 1 People aboard boats--5,636 Saturday, July 28 Sarah & Travis Todd Vessels Moored--l,409 Frank & N0mh Hemandez Thursday, August 2 Vessels Anchored--34 Sunday, July 29 Philip & Christi Herbst Lost/Found Reports--I/6 John & Karen Mckay Jack & Usa Reilinger Accident Reports--6 5 ~onsored by: Average Temp, High--66 Enjo.vxlinner in a heated ealrana e~ery Average Temp, Lowm61 Dessert Island Su rloaf ~~ 4~ '~" Friday and Saturday night at Descanso Average Sea Temp--65 417 Crest:e Ave Crescent Ave " --" k "--" Beach Club. Beachside Dinners begin Rain--0 Geta freelce Get one free D E S C A N S 0 Friday, 3rd. Reservatkmsrequired" Moorings Soldhransferred--1 ~ ~lt on Movie Renta4 on ~ ~ ~Complinlcrlta~~ ~sc of Cabanas during Citations Issued--2 ~ bi~|: ~,~! dinner hours on Friday and Saturday nights, Discharges--I . - . Cruise Ship Passengers ~~ ~~t~~ abR ~ ~~