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4b- This week's news- Airplane crashes onto runway at the Airport in the Sky BY THERESA CUMMINGS proached the landing, he realized he forgot to lower the landing gear. We slid along the runway until we came to a stop. Fortunately we weren't injured because he is a professional pilot." "The fact that no one was injured is to the pilot's credit," O'Leary said. "These Cessna's actually handle quite well on hard land- ings if the pilot knows what he's doing. As for the plane, the propel- ler was completely bent. Rescue personnel had to use a forklift to raise the nose, enabling the pilot to lower the landing gear so they could move it off the runway. Be- cause the propeller struck the run- way, it will require inspection of the engine to see if there was any internal damage." A Cessna 182 crashed onto the runway without lowering its landing gear on Wednesday, Dec. 28. No in- juries were reported. Responding to the incident were Catalina Conser- vancy Rangers, L.A. County Fire- fighters from both Avalon and Two Harbors and Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. "We notified Approach Control that the airport was closed due to an incident, but already had planes circling the Island waiting for clearance," said Airport Director George O'Leary, "We were closed for an hour and when we opened 12 planes landed one after the other." A passenger on the plane said, "The pilot was a friend and was bringing two of us over to the Island from Corona. As we ap- Founded in 1913 by Ernest Wind!e Publisher Dan Teckenoff Editor Dennis Kaiser Office Manager Jennifer Leonhardi AcceuWtiing Judy Murray ' j /~lverti~ng DISPLAY I CLASSIFIEDS I OBITUARIES 101 MARILLA #6 AVALON, CA 90704 ] (310) 510-0500 FAX: (310) 510-2882 Postmaster: Send address changes to The Catalina Islander P.O. 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No part may be reproduced in any fashion without written consent of the publisher. This publication is printed almost entirely on recycled paper. ~ PROUD MEMBER OF THE CALIFORNIA NEWSPAPER PUBLISH ERS ASSOCIATION Lancers Continue Success BY STEVE HALL The Avalon Boys Varsity Bas- ketball team started the season on a roll and has continued to make a positive mark on the court. After opening the 2011-2012 campaign by winning the Liberty Christian Beach Bash on the main- land, the Lancers returned home to host the 20th Annual Catalina Classic. Unfortunately the Lanc- ers started out the defense of last year's Classic title on the wrong foot, losing their tournament open- er to former Liberty League rival, Oakwood Academy. Maybe Avalon was a little too nervous playing in front of their hometown for the first time this sea- son or maybe they were a little over- confident coming off of their tourna- ment championship on the mainland. Nevertheless, Avalon committed too + many errors and waited too long to start playing well. Despite a valiant effort at the end, the Lancers still came up short in this one, losing 146-43. Marco Gallegos and Edgar Alvarez were the standout players, scoring 15 and 14 points respec- tively. Gabe Hernandez also played well, adding 8 points and eight re- bounds to the cause. On Tuesday it was a different story as Avalon took control of the tournament by capturing two vic- tories in back to back games. First, Avalon faced longtime Classic par- ticipant Wildwood and the Lancers caught fire in the 3rd quarter, out- scoring the Wolves 18-12 and tak- ing a 9-point lead into the fourth quarter, a lead they never relin- quished. Marco Gallegos was the star of the game scoring 23 points and grabbing six rebounds. Gabe Hernandez added 14 points and six rebounds, while Edgar Alvarez scored 11 points and dished out six assists. Freshman Danny Jimenez came offthe bench to contribute 7 points and showcase a little bit of Avalon's future. In game two of the day, Avalon faced first time Classic participant Trinity Academy and the Lancers exploded in the second quarter outscoring the Knights 25-16 and taking a 37-24 lead into halftime. The two teams competed evenly in the second half but the Lancers held onto their lead and emerged with a 59-45 victory. The dynam- ic duo of Gallegos and Alvarez was at it again, scoring 24 and 17 points respectively. Allan Casil- las also contributed 9 points to the cause, while Rafa Olvera moved many bodies inside and captured six rebounds. The victory in this game put the Lancers in the championship game of the tournament to be played on Wednesday, Dec. 21, against Wild- wood High School. The Lancers are growing ac- customed to playing in big games so they showed no signs of ner- vousness, especially since they had already defeated Wildwood earlier in the tournament. They knew they only had to go out and execute their plays, hustle on de- fense and stay out of foul trouble in order to successfully defend last year's Classic title. The Lancers did exactly that and now have an- other championship trophy to put in their showcase. Edgar Alvarez was the man on a mission in this game, scoring 21 points, grabbing seven rebounds and getting four steals. He was all over the court. Of course his part- ner in crime, Marco Gallegos was right along side scoring 9 points, grabbing nine rebounds and dish- ing out 4 assists. Gabe Hernandez came off the bench, after sitting out the first half with a bad ankle, to score 8 big points in the third quarter and Isaac Rios huge a big 3-pointer in the second quarter. Although Avalon has its stars, they still play like a team and are receiving posi- tive contributions from everybody. The Lancers held on for a 48-39 championship victory and are feel- ing good about themselves and their pre-season accomplishments. However, better competition is coming as well as league play, where the stakes are much higher and the teams much better. Marco Gallegos received MVP Honors for the tournament and Ed- gar Atvarez received an All Tour- nament Medal. Congratulations to both players for their outstand- ing play and good sportsmanship throughout the tournament. You got everybody's attention. Contin- ue to do good things and you will make your town proud. Next Games: --7:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 29 versus Whitney (Home) --1:30 p.m., Friday Dec. 30 versus Whitney (Home) ....... Steve Hall is the Avalon Boys Varsity Basketball team's coach. Santa again joined us on the Island this year for the first annual Christmas Parade through town on Christmas Eve before he had to make way to other parts of the world. ISLANDERS MOURN DONNA PIACENTINI Avalon mourns the death of beloved longtime Catalina Island resident Donna Francis Smith Piacentini. She passed away peacefully at age76 surrounded with the love of her son, daughter and granddaughters by her side on Dec. 16. Donna Francis Smith Piacentini was born on May 4, 1935 in Ft. Collins, Colorado to Alice and James Smith. Donna was the first child iborn, followed by her ,brothers Mickey and Charlie Smith. The + Smith family relocated to Catalina Island from Colorado in 1944 dur- ing World War II while her father was serving with the US Maritime Services. She attended Avalon Schools and graduated from Avalon High. She went on to college at Long Beach City College to be close to her family on the Island. Donna married Michael Angelo Piacentini in 1955. They were a very popular couple and had a large memorable re- ception at the old St. Catherine Hotel, now the Descanso Beach Club. They bought a home at 115 Upper Terrace when living on "the flats" was the chic place to be. Mike and Donna adopted a son Gregg in 1961 and a daughter Suzanne in 1963. Donna was a stay at home Mom for the first five years of motherhood. In 1967 she went to work at the Pacific Bell Phone Com- pany as a telephone operator alongside her mother, Alice. When phone technology advanced and operators were no longer needed, many employees were dismissed, however Donna was asked to stay on as an assistant manager. Donna dedicated her life to her family and was a simple, Obits, Page 11 2 i Friday, December 30, 2011 THE CATALINA ISLANDER