Catalina Island

Avalon Boys Club Basketball Participates in Basketball Camp

The six members of the Avalon Boys Basketball Club at Saint Mary’s Collage, left to right, Brayan Martinez, Cristo Hernandez, Javier Peguero, Ruben Martinez, Emmanuel Amezcua and Pablo Chavoya. Photo by Coach Steve Hall
The six members of the Avalon Boys Basketball Club at Saint Mary’s Collage, left to right, Brayan Martinez, Cristo Hernandez, Javier Peguero, Ruben Martinez, Emmanuel Amezcua and Pablo Chavoya. Photo by Coach Steve Hall

CATALAN ISLAND, AUGUST  4, 2016 – The Avalon Boys Club Basketball team had the experience of a lifetime this past week thanks to a generous donation from the Avalon Lions Club, the financial support of the parents and the successful fundraising efforts of the club members. The team, consisting of six players, got into a Chevy Tahoe and headed north on Interstate 5, destined for Saint Mary’s College, located in Moraga, California. Saint Mary’s is a small liberal arts/business college nestled in the rolling hills of the East Bay of San Francisco. Each summer they sponsor a Team Camp comprised of 32 teams from all over the state of California. Avalon has participated in this camp before and it has always been a great experience.

The kids not only get to play in six competitive games, but also get to spend time on a small college campus, Saint Mary’s, visit a large prestigious university, UC Berkley, and visit one of the world’s most famous and beautiful cities, San Francisco. What a great experience in just four days!

On the court the islanders gained valuable basketball knowledge and experience that will certainly pay off in the future. We won one game, lost three close ones and were soundly defeated in the other two. Our leaders were Emmanuel Amezcua and Ruben Martinez. They played excellent basketball throughout the camp and displayed some great leadership skills. Our point guard, Brayan Martinez, was spectacular with his speed and explosiveness, as was Javier Peguero with his baseline moves. Youngsters, Cristo Hernandez and Pablo Chavolla probably benefitted the most by attending this camp as they learned so much and showed so much potential for the future.

Off the court the behavior was fantastic and a great time was had by all. The highlight was the drive over the Richmond/San Rafael Bridge, the Golden Gate Bridge and the Bay Bridge, all in one beautiful day. Thanks again to the Avalon Lions Club for your generosity, the parents for your trust and support and the kids for your behavior and fundraising efforts.