Christ the King Wins CYO 5th Grade Volleyball Crown

November 18, 2018 – Fifth Grade Girls Spike Championships Portland, OR

ABOVE: Home Team: St.Agatha (Red), Coach: DanaMcElligott, Danielle Ruhnke, Players: Mia,Maya, Ava, Amara, Serafina, Ally, Lucy, Amelia, Payton

BELOW: Visiting Team: Christ the King (Blue), Coach: ValerieHunter, Kristi Maulding, Players: Ava,Addiso, Elizabeth, Sophia, Brooklyn, Abby, Londyn, Kya


Set 1: 25 – 20 St Agatha

Set 2: 25 – 19 Christ the King

Set 3: 15 – 13 Christ the King

Game Highlights:

FINAL: Christ the KIng

Holy Trinity Nets CYO 3rd Grade Volleyball Championship

November 17, 2018 CYO Volleyball Championships Portland, OR

Home Team: St. Joseph (Vancouver) (Red) Coaches: Ronan Eggleston, Shari Eggleston, Gretchen Nwoke Players: Evelyn, Paige, Lizandra, Madelyn, Ezinay, Lyla,Gracie, Malia

Visiting Team: Holy Trinity (Red)

Coach: Tara Cenova  Players: Samantha, Josie, Hadley, Maya,Alessandra, Amira, Katie, Skylar Coaches: Ronan Eggleston, Shari Eggleston, Gretchen Nwoke

Scores:  Set 1: 25-17 St Joseph, Set 2: 25 – 20 Holy Trinity, Set 3: 15 – 12 Holy Trinity

Highlights: Third grade volleyball is best defined as who can consistently serve and “one bump” over the net.  Both teams did a very good job in their championship game and a keen eye could see future “players” in the making.  Both teams will be fun to watch in the coming years.  Today it went to Holy Trinity.

Holy Trinity took home the 3rd Grade Girls CYO Volleyball Championship Trophy November 17, 2018 games played at Valley Catholic School
St. Joseph School in Vancouver, WA took home the 3rd Grade Girls CYO Volleyball 2nd place Trophy November 17, 2018 games played at Valley Catholic School

Valley Catholic Claims 2018 CYO 4th Grade Volleyball Championships

November 17, 2018 – Fourth Grade Girls Spike Championships

2018 CYO Volleyball Championshp 4th grade Team: ValleyCatholic (Royal Blue & White), Coach(s):Lois O’Halloran, Tim Coppermoll, Players:Claire, Leah, Meghan, Madeleine, Makenna, Malia, Liza, Ryann, Natalie
2018 CYO Volleyball Championsships Second Place 4th grade Team:St. Pius X, Coaches: Isabel DePasquale, Molly Meyers, Players:Tristan, Tillie, Bianca, Gabriela, Claire, Elizabeth, Marissa, Thyvan


Set 1: 17 – 24 St. Pius X

Set 2: 25 – 14 Valley Catholic

Set 3: 15 – 13 Valley Catholic

Game Highlights: Two very equally balanced teams.  Some very good back and forth between the teams for fourth graders.  The game could have gone either way today but it went to Valley Catholic and both teams should be commended.

FINAL: Valley Catholic

9 CYO Women at Valley Catholic See State Championship Success

With Gratitude to Kelly Alfieri for sending in the photo from Valley Catholic letting me know how 9 of her former CYO participants did in fall sports!  The 4A team took first place this month in the Championship game against Cottage Grove at Forrest Grove High School.

Congratulations are in order to the entire team including former CYO participants: Abby Rewers, Allie Merz, Haley Gentry, Gretchen Kibbe, Kayla Robbins, Kylee King, Caitlin O’Kief, Madeline Klopcic and Zoey Van Vleet!

CYO is always interested to see and hear how former participants fare in high school and college!

Motherhouse Road Trip Makes a Stop at My House!

Motherhouse Road Trip is a podcast put out by “A Nun’s Life”, a not for profit in Ohio that sheds light for young women interested in religious life on various religious communities around the country.  They made a stop at the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon in Beaverton to record a show which ended up being a lot of fun for the sisters and students at our Valley Catholic School as well. Sister Adele Marie Altenhofen and I were the “interviewees” and it was actually a lot of fun for us as well!  I have included a link in case you would like to listen in!

CYO Girls Experience HS State Championship at Jesuit

Members of the Jesuit High School State Championship team who participated as youth in the CYO program!  Lauren McCabe – Our Lady of the Lake, Alyssa Hughes – St. Clare, Erin Foley – Cathedral, Lizzie Stegemoller – St. Anthony, Rose Booth – St. Clare, Brooke Olson – All Saints

Special thanks to Mike Hughes, Athletic Director at Jesuit High School for sending this photo of past CYO girls to the CYO office!  We are always grateful to see and hear how our former participants are doing in high school and college!  Congratulations to the entire Jesuit High School women’s team for their recent 6A State Championship!

BINGO Night at Grace Village


As my week of vacation with my Aunt comes to an end, we enter a high stakes game of BINGO where there are several winners per game and the payout is a mini candy bar!  Fifteen minutes before the games begin, a talented woman plays the piano as part of the group sings along.  It is a community building activity and provides entertainment for several of the residents.

Just for the record, I won 2 candy bars! 🙂

BELOW: Barbara and Aunt Nancy are ready to play BINGO!


BELOW: I will win the “picture frame game” with the call of “B3”


BELOW: Nancy (not Aunt Nancy) wins 2 cards of “Blackout” with one number called!!!!


I sat at the winners table for sure!