CYO 8th Grade Boys City BXB a barnstormer to the end


SUNDAY March 13, 2022

8th GRADE CHAMPIONSHIP BASKETBALL

CYO CHAMPIONSHIP

HOME TEAM: St. Pius X

COACH’S: Jabbar Craigswell, Kieran Fitzgerald

PLAYER FIRST NAMES: Justin, Brayden, Jacob, Emmett, Carter, Lucas, Jason, Aaron, Henry, Harper, Joe, Minh, Kellen

VISITING TEAM: All Saints

COACH’S: Chris Zervis, Damian Barron

PLAYER FIRST NAMES: Barron, Colin, Carson, Thomas, Matt, Noah, Ben, Nick

Q1: St. Pius X Jumped to an early lead as the quarter ended with a 12 – 9 score over All Saints.

Q2: All Saints showed their athletic power toward the end of the second quarter as they took the lead, got into their stride and used their height to grab the rebounds.  The half ended with All Saints 24 and St. Pius X 20.

Q3: A fun third quarter to watch as both teams turn up the power.  All Saints led till the last minute of play when both teams battled back and forth.  St. Pius X led at the end 37 to 34.  Some three-point shooting helped St. Pius X get back the lead.

Q4: With 5 minutes in the last quarter, St. Pius tied the game at 38 – 38 then goes ahead by one with a charity shot. Tensions flare with each foul.  Harper puts a three pointer away for a two-point lead.  All Saints answers with their own three pointer by Nick.  St. Pius and All Saints each add another three pointer and the crowd roars with delight!  Score tied 48 to 48 with 2 minutes left to play.

Clearly the best game of the tournament and certainly the most exciting City Tournament game.

A timeout is taken with 58 seconds left in the game and a tied game.  All Saints takes several shots and miss them all.  St. Pius X gets possession of the ball with 7 seconds left in the game.  All Saints fouls with 1.5 seconds left to play.  Number 25 to the charity line for two.  Sinks 1.  All Saints takes a time out. Pius X leads by one. Back to the foul line…Misses second shot and All Saints takes a time out with 1.2 seconds left in the game. All Saints takes out the ball and throws it the length of the court.  The receiver catches it and takes a shot overshooting the target but great try none-the-less.  A truly great City Championship game that kept the fans on the edge of their seat till the very end!

Final:  St.Pius X 49, All Saints 48

CYO 7th Grade Girls City BXB Championships


SUNDAY March 13, 2022

7th GRADE CHAMPIONSHIP BASKETBALL

CYO CHAMPIONSHIP

HOME TEAM: St Pius X

COACH’S: Marc McCullagh, Molly Reding

PLAYER FIRST NAMES: Paley, London, Alexia, Carissa, Grace, Amani, Anna, Logan, Lauren

St. Pius X 8th Grade Girls place 1st in the CYO City Basketball Tournament March 13, 2022 at Valley Catholic High School

VISITING TEAM: All Saints

COACH’S: Simon Lamson, Kevin Kriesien

PLAYER FIRST NAMES: Tabor Hadley, Scarlett, Aoife, Michaele, Olivia, Quinn, Georgia, Chloe, Paige, Olivia, Gabrielle

All Saints 8th Grade Girls Team places 2nd in the 2022 CYO City Basketball Tournament

Q1: St. Pius X came out to a quick lead of 10 – 0 and All Saints finally scored with two minues left in the frst quarter. St. Pius X 12 – 2

Q2: With 4 minutes left in the first half, St. Pius X had added another 10 to All Saints 5. Halftime score St. Pius X 27, All Saints 10. Turnovers and missed shots dashed All Saints ability to square the game.

Q3: with 2 minutes left in the game, St. Pius had added another 10 points and All Saints had put up a lot of shots but none hit the target. End of quarter score: St. Pius X 33, All Saints 12.

Q4: All Saints continued to struggle to get the ball in the basket and keep hold of the ball.  With two minutes left in the game, St. Pius X had added another 10 to All Saints 2.  Final Score: St. Pius X: 44  All Saints: 16

CYO 7th Grade Boys City BXB Championship Results


SUNDAY March 13, 2022

7th GRADE CHAMPIONSHIP BASKETBALL

CYO CHAMPIONSHIP

HOME TEAM: St. Andrew Nativity

COACH’S: Dominique Forrest

PLAYER FIRST NAMES: Davon, Kanelo, Christopher, Nahceem, Von’ye, Samuel, Jehiel, Bennett, Elijah, Isaac

VISITING TEAM: St. Pius X “The Cougars”

COACH’S: Douglas Post, Kelly Grant, Loren Hotchkiss

PLAYER FIRST NAMES: Sam, Conor, Nicolas, William, Michael, Elliott, Alex

Q1: St. Pius X came out to the early lead making some great shots while St. Andrew Nativity paid the price with some turnovers.  End of quarter 12 – 6 St. Pius X.

Q2: St. Pius added several three pointers during the course of the quarter.  St. Andrew struggled with missed shots and turnovers.  34 – 16 St. Pius X.

Q3: St. Andrew came out on fire scoring 7 points in 2 minutes, getting the rebounds on the other end and playing great defense.  St. Pius finally answered with a three point to bring the score to 39 – 23.  With 2 minutes left in the third quarter, St. Andrew had brought the score within 9 points at 30 – 39. End of third quarter score: St. Pius X 39 – St. Andrew Nativity 34.

Q4: The Game. A technical foul on St. Pius X followed by a technical foul on St. Andrew Nativity set the tone for the fourth quarter.  After the technical fouls were shot, the Panthers went into a stall game to maintain a five point lead 44 – 39.  St. Andrew Nativity answered with a foul fest which extended time and the final score St. Pius X 51 and St. Andrew Nativity 45.

CYO 7th Grade Girls City BXB Championship


SUNDAY March 13, 2022

7th GRADE CHAMPIONSHIP BASKETBALL

CYO CHAMPIONSHIP

HOME TEAM – Christ the King “The Lions”

COACH’S: T.R. Riehl

PLAYER FIRST NAMES: Arsema, Elizabeth, Caroline, Cailyn, Keira, Ava, Ruby, Abby, Finley, Lucy, Alexis, Teresa

VISITING TEAM: Valley Catholic “The Valiants”

COACH’S: Zach Bromert, Frank McKeen

PLAYER FIRST NAMES: Claire, Hannah, Leah B., Meghan, Avery, Malia, Louisa,

Leah N., Grace, Stephanie, Natalie

Valley Catholic 7th grade girls win second place in the CYO City Basketball Championship March 13, 2022 at Valley Catholic School.

Q1: Tough defense on both teams, no scoring until second half of the first quarter.  Christ the King was scoreless until under two minutes in the first quarter. The teams ended the quarter Valley Catholic 4, Christ the King 3

Q2: With 3 minutes left in the half, Christ the King tied the game at 6 – 6.  Christ the King gained some momentum and outscored the Valiants 10 -6 to end the half.

Q3: Intense play by both teams with little penetration toward the hoop.  A lot of athleticism on both teams with great defense closing out most scoring attempts. The Lions capitalized on the Valiants endless turnovers. End of quarter Christ the King 15, Valley Catholic 10.

Q4: The Valiants had a momentum burst and brought the game within 3 points.  Turnovers vexed them throughout the game and end of game fouling sent the Lions to the charity line to add points.  Two very balanced teams the Lions were victorious today 22 – 14. FINAL

CYO 6th Grade Girls City BXB Results


SUNDAY March 6, 2022

CYO 5th GRADE CHAMPIONSHIP BASKETBALL

HOME TEAM: St. Pius X

COACH’S Ted Stark, Michael Liu, Marc McCullagh, Trond Williams

PLAYER FIRST NAMES: Madeline, Violet, Grace, Aubrey, Alexa, Lauren, Rowynn, Madeline, Samantha, Maizy, Anna

VISITOR TEAM: Holy Redeemer

COACH’S Sonora Thirdgill, Joseph Ederer, Malik Thirdgill, Yasmin Woodard

PLAYER FIRST NAMES: Edith, Jayda, Jeannemarie, Julia, Isira, Amelia, Gema, Eva, Sera

St. Pius X and Holy Redeemer split games during the season with each team taking a game from the other. 

Quarter 1: Tough play for both teams St. Pius X lead at the end of one 7 – 2.

Quarter 2 – 13 – 12 Holy Redeemer

Quarter 3 – St. Pius X took the lead with the first shot of the third quarter and held on to the lead by one point at the end 17 – 16.

Quarter 4 – The Game!  With 3:27 left in the fourth quarter, the score remained 17 – 16 St. Pius X.  Neither team could buy a basket. The crowd was loud and supportive, the girls fought ferociously.  Finally, Holy Redeemer went to the charity line and sunk two to go ahead by one point. With 2:49 left St. Pius shot a three pointer and went ahead by two points 20 – 18.  Holy Redeemer stole the ball, made a lay up and tied the game 20-20 with under two minutes in the game.

St. Pius X passed the ball around on their next possession and shot a 20 footer to go ahead again 22 – 20.

Final St. Pius X 23 – Holy Redeemer 20 in what was the best game of the tournament thus far!

CYO 5th Grade Boys City BXB Championship Results


SUNDAY March 6, 2022

CYO 5th GRADE CHAMPIONSHIP BASKETBALL

HOME TEAM: St. Pius X

COACH’S: Clayton Lindsay, Jason Reding

PLAYER FIRST NAMES: Parker, Carter, Luca, Jack, Charlie, Lucas, Brennan, Josiah

VISITOR TEAM: Holy Trinity

COACH’S: Laura Thiebes, Tony Salazar

PLAYER FIRST NAMES: Landon, Eli, Sebastian, TJ, Luck, Henry, Jagger, Thaddeus, Stanley, Colby

First Quarter:

St. Pius X came out with a strong start to hold Holy Trinity 17 – 3.

Second Quarter: Holy Trinity roared back scoring 13 points to St. Pius X’s 6 points leaving a half time score of 23 – 16 St. Pius X.

Third Quarter: Holy Trinity made a comeback 29 – 26

Final 39 – 33 St. Pius X

CYO 4th Girls City Basketball Champs…


SUNDAY FEBRUARY 27, 2022

4TH GRADE CHAMPIONSHIP BASKETBALL

CYO CHAMPIONSHIP

HOME TEAM: St. Pius X

COACH’S: Chris Philippi, Chris Bloomer

PLAYER FIRST NAMES: Zoe, Dany, Beatrice, Sarah, Emma, Sophia, Cate, Rose, Emma, Avery, Jordan

St. Pius X 4th Grade Girls win the gold in the 2022 CYO City Basketball Championships

VISITING TEAM: Valley Catholic

COACH’S: Owen Elkins, Robert Birbeck

PLAYER FIRST NAMES: Malia, Addison, Aubrey, Sahasra, Samantha, Anshu, Ariya, Lexi, Zoey, Samantha, Amanda

First Quarter:

Valley Catholic dominated the first quarter with a score of 5 to 0.

Second Quarter:

St. Pius X started a comeback scoring 4 points and Valley Catholic added 2 for a halftime score of 7 – 4 Valley Catholic

Third Quarter:

Both teams scrambled for points toward the end of the third quarter adding 6 points apiece for a quarter ending 13 – 10 Valley Catholic lead.

Fourth Quarter:

Fourth Quarter:  “The Game”

Three minutes into the game, St. Pius X took the lead, 12 – 11 beginning a firestorm of excitement and activity.  The game ended with a score of St. Pius X 14 and Valley Catholic 13.

Time to Develop Talents


October 10, 2020

21 days till National Vocation Awareness Week

St. Mary of the Valley School Photo 1990

In 1982 I began teaching at St. Mary of the Valley High School while also attending Portland State University to get my fifth year and participating in formation classes.  I taught a couple of classes at the high school then went to PSU for the rest of the day until around 4:00 when I returned for classes at the convent.  I was a busy little “first professed” as I continued to learn the ropes.  I enjoyed teaching at the high school very much and could see myself full time in the future.  I really appreciated teaching at our community high school.

My main assignment was to teach religion and I found enjoyment in coaching the jv Softball team.  Prior to 1991, St. Mary of the Valley was an all-girl school which went co-ed and changed the name to Valley Catholic.  My school experience as a youth had been co-ed and I was more at home in that environment.  I think it is good for youth to be with the opposite gender at school while they have their feet under their parent’s roof.  There are a lot of lessons best learned at home.

I realized how fortunate I was to be called to religious life and what satisfaction I got out of it.  A religious who dedicates their life to Christ has the time to do things that a married person with the responsibilities of family would not have in many cases.  I realized the many talents God had given me and I had the time to develop them.

The Rule of Separation


October 9, 2020

23 days till National Vocation Awareness Week – post 3 of 25

Preparing cookies for Christmas celebrations LtoR: Sr. Ruth Etzel, Sr. Maryann Giesel, Sr. Magdalene, Sr. Adele Marie

Fourty years have passed since I entered Religious Life.  Things have changed as the world changes.  Nothing stays the same and that is for the most part good, I think.  Not in all cases but mostly.  When I was in formation, we had what was called a “Rule of Separation” which mean’t if you were in formation you could not talk with the sisters who were professed.  Why? You are probably asking?  Formation takes place through the interaction with one formation director.  Every single person has a suggestion for how something should be done.  If you want a uniform formation for your members in religious life, best it be done through one, trained director.   In my day there were a dozen of us in various stages of formation and we were able to create a good community of young sisters.

Today, we no longer have the rule of separation, but we do have 4 Sisters in formation, three of whom are under the age of 30.  They are a wonderful group of young women who give me a lot of hope and confidence in our future as a religious community.   The Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon accept women between the ages of 18 and 45.  Even though we no longer have a rule of separation, the older sisters have an understanding of what should be deferred to the formation director.

The Last Thing I Did…..


In December of 1979 I was asked to make a sign commemorating the area the Oregon Trail passed through Sherman County. I had just finished student teaching and had graduated from Oregon State University. I was waiting for February 3, 1980 to enter the convent with the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon in Beaverton. A women’s group in the North end of Sherman County asked me if I would make a sign for them. I told them I would be happy to do it. It would be the last thing I would do before entering the convent.

I was living at home on the farm near Kent, OR the southern most part of the county. Wasco was toward the north end of the County. Sherman is the second smallest county in Oregon, only Wheeler is smaller in both population and acreage. The Columbia River to the north, the Deschutes to the west and the John Day to the East cut out the shape of the county.

I found several good pieces of Douglas Fir in the loft of the barn. Who knows how long it had been there. It was just what I needed as it was two inches thick, almost a foot wide and 5′ long. I laminated the pieces together with pegs and clamps to get them to the size I needed. I went to work hand routering the design onto the wood. After finishing, I painted it and finished it. The whole project took about two weeks to complete. I delivered it to the ladies in Wasco and they got one of the farmers to put it up. I saw it over the course of 40 years as I traveled home from time to time.

My cousin, Carsten von Borstel who lives in the county told me the sign had been reported stolen this fall. Someone had seen it in the back of a pickup truck on its way out of the county. There was a lot of commotion on the Sherman County Facebook page over the sign. People were pretty upset by it. No one really knew the details of the sign or how it got to mark the location. My cousin, Carsten informed them. I reached out and told them I would make a new sign. I am posting a photo of the old sign on this blog and at a later date will post the new sign. I have finished routering it on a CNC machine and am in the process of paining it now. It is a different design entirely from the first one. Stay tuned!

1980 Oregon Trail sign commemorating site in Sherman County, Oregon where the trail passed through the county.