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lilk~ ~ . _t ...... ..I.....~..,~, . Women's Golf Club Last Thursday, Dec. 8, the Cata- lina Island Women's Golf Club held their Annual Christmas Scrambles Tournarnent and Holiday Luncheon. First place honors went to the team captained by Cathy Sweeney, with Marilyn Rousso, Debbie Segrest, Alison Osinski and Olivia Gazis. Second place honors went to the team captained by Ell;n Hodge, and included Jenny Armstrong, Cathy Landry and Bettina Breck- enfeld. Cathy Sweeney won the Longest Drive competition. Elena Maria won Closest to the Hole on number six, while Phyllis Lorenzen won Closest to the Hole on number nine. Twenty-five members and guests attended the lovely catered luncheon and gift exchange held at M's, and the afternoon was filled with fun and good spirits. Women golfers who are Island residents or regular visitors are invited to join the Catalina Island Women's Golf Club. Play days are scheduled for each Thursday morning. Call the Golf course (310) 510-0530 for more informa- tion about regularly scheduled ac- tivities for local women golfers. THE LADY LANCERS COMPETE IN LIBERTY BEACH BASH BY DAVE HART The Avalon Lady Lancers bas- ketball team competed in the Liberty Beach Bash Tournament on Dec 8- 10. They were able to win two games and lost a disappointing third. On Dec. 8 Avalon faced the tournament host Liberty Christian Minutemen. Avalon fell behind early 4-0 and then with a little encouragement by the coach and stand out play by Rocky Sillas, who scored 8 points in first quarter (10 overall), Avalon ended the first with a 15-4 lead. The Lady Lanc- ers never let up and behind Valeria Medina's 17 points, they won by a score of 62-22. The next day, Dec. 9, the Lady Lancers would face Rio Hondo Prep who knocked them out of the cham- pionship round last year. Rio Hondo jumped on Avalon quickly with an 11-5 lead at the quarter. With Me- dina in early foul trouble, the Lady Lancers struggled to find scoring and was down 20-16 at the half. Medina led the come back and scored 19 po ts in the second half, but fouled out 1ate in the fourth quarter. Ava- Ion continued to struggle from the free throw line, making only 3 Of 17 shots while Rio made 15 of 24 at- tempts. Rio went on to win with a final score of 50-46. The last day, Dec. 10, Avalon faced league rival Capo Valley Christian. Capo went up 5-0 ear- ly, but Avalon would respond by finding a rhythm and took a 10-6 lead by the end of the first quar- ter. Much like the first game, the Lady Lancers put on the afterburn- ers and won the game with a final score of 54-16. Tori Hoefs led all scorers with 12 points and Eliza- beth Chavoya had !0 points during this final game. Overall the tournament was a great bonding event for the team as well as a huge confidence booster when it came to their abil- ity to score. Avalon learned that they need to do more work on free throw shooting, and now have a better understanding of the impor- tance of winning the first quarter. If they can improve in these two areas, they will have their most successful year. BY STEVE HALL The Avalon Lancer Boys Varsity Basketball team has returned six players from last year's CIF Quar- terfinalist team and hopes to contin- ue the same success this season. The Lancers are led by 2011 All League Senior Point Guard Marco Gallegos, Senior Postman Alan Casillas, enior gham-shoot- ing Guard-Ivan Garcia, 2011 All League Junior Guard Edgar AI- varez and Junior Swingman Gabe Hemandez. Also contributing to the cause will be Seniors Rata Olvera, Nick Morones, and Juan Cisneros and Juniors Isaac Rios and Daniel Par- adisi. The Lancers bring a lot of experience and talent to the floor with their starters and a lot of hus- tle, aggressiveness, and positive energy from their bench. It has started the 2011-2012 Season on fire. The Lancers opened the season on the mainland play- ing in the Annual Liberty Christian Beach Bash. They not only served notice that they have a 8ood team this year but came away with the big prize, the Championship Tro- phy. Competing against five other schools in a three day tournament the Lancers proved to be the best of the group. On Thursday, Dec. 8, Avalon played against the Minutemen of Liberty Christian. However, the Lancers weren't very hospitable to the host team, trouncing them by a score of 61-21. Avalon was led by Junior Guard Edgar Alvarez with 25 points, Senior Point Guard Marco Gallegos with 12 points and eight assists, and Senior Postman Rata Olvera, with 11 points and numerous successful box outs. On Friday the Lancers faced Crystal Cathedral and again the Lancers were too strong, crush- ing the Lions with tenacious de- fense and an explosive offense. The Lancer scoring was very bal- anced in this one with four players scoring in double figures. Marco Gallegos and Gabe Hernandez both had 16 points. Edgar Alva- rez contributed 14 points to the cause, while Rata Olvera added 10 CATALINA AVIATION HISTORY: t 6-Present The fascinating story of Catalina's legacy Of aviation. Special segments include: "Moth.Goose" .| Available at the following Stores: ,,. Buoys & Gulls : ,* Catalina By-The-Sea Catalina Island Conservancy * Catalina Island Museum Catalina Souvenir Shop * DC-3 Gifts & Grill ,, Latitude 33 * Steamer Trunk Sugarloaf Books A Channel Catalina production www. channelcatalina, corn points. Gallegos also added seven assists to the effort and Alvarez contributed 6 steals. On Saturday the Lancers had to play two games. The first game would decide who would get to play in the championship game of the tournament, later on that evening. Avalon came ready to play and showed they were on a championship m;ssion. Again the Lancers provided a full team effort with everybody contributing to the cause. This was a much more com- petitive game than the first two but again the Lancers proved to be too powerful. Gallegos had 17 points and Alvarez added 12. .. Gabe I-Iernandez, Ivan Garcia, and Rafa Olvera were also essen- tial parts of the victory. On Saturday evening Avalon faced Capistrano Valley Christian, a formidable opponent. All signs pointed to the potential for an ex- citing, hard fought championship game. However Avalon rose to the top of its game in the third quarter, outscoring the Eagles 25-7, after only leadin 22-20 at halftime. The Lancers never looked back and ran away with a 55-39 tourna- ment championship victory. Lead- ing the way again was the dynamic duo of Oallegos and Alvarez, scor- ing 15 and 12 points respectively. Gabe Hernandez, Ivan Garcia and Allan Casillas also played a huge -role in the victory. The Avalon Boys Vacsit~ Basketball team is ready to start the 20]1-2012 year at a touma- ment scheduled for December 19-21 here in Avalon. The team consists of (from L-R) Coach Hall Edgar Alvarez . Isaac Rios. Rafa Olvera. Ivan Garcia. Marco Gallegos, Alan Casillas, Gabe Hemandez, Daniel Paradisi, and Manager Sebastian Sanchez (knealing in front) Not shown m the photo are teammates Nick Morones and Juan Cisneros. The Lancers are proud about their tournament title as many Islanders and former players at- tended the game to cheer on their team and were quite impressed with the showing. Whenever an Island team travels to the mainland and takes Care of business like the Lancers did here it makes all of Catalina people feel very special and proud. Without giving indi- vidual awards for the tournament there is no doubt that Gallegos and Alvarez were the best players of the tournament while Gabe Her- nandez and Ivan Garcia served no- riced that they want to be a big part of future Lancer successes. Rata Olvera, Isaac Rios, Dan- iel Paradisi and Allan Casillas also showed that Avalon doesn't have just a few stars but rather a real team and we never know who will be the star from one game to another. Their defense and unself- ish passing impressed the fans and won over many new fans. The Lancers are starting to make a name for themselves but they still have a long way to go if they want to compete with the best teams of the San Joaquin League, mainly Fairmont Prep and Saddleback Valley Christian. The Lancers' next games are at home ori Dec. 19, 20 and 21 for the Catalina Classic. Avalon plays on Monday at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at 5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. and Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. or 5 p.m. depending on how they do on Monday and Tuesday. The team hopes their fans come up and support what looks to be an exciting and competitive basketball team. Steve Hall is the Avalon Lancer's basketball team coach. Are you a writer, or would like to be one for the Catalina Islander. The paper is seeking to expand its editorial horizons. New reporters and guest columnists are welcome. For more information, contact the Islander publisher at or call (310) 510-0500. 8 ; Friday, December 16, 2011 THE CATAUNA ISLANDER