CYO 3rd Boys City Champs…




HOME TEAM St. Anthony

COACH’S: Stephen Aidan Tabor, Lozelle Mathai

PLAYER FIRST NAMES: Porter, Nick, Jackson, Gavin, Camden, Luther, Colin, Miles

VISITING TEAM: St. Thomas More

COACH’S: William Thomas, Abraham Hawkins, Brandon Peele, Rommel Vega

PLAYER FIRST NAMES: Izzy, Kelly, Kirin, Rex, Luke, Palmer, Zachary, Henry, Spencer, Kingston, Crosby

First Half: A very fast paced game with St. Anthony converting shots while St. Thomas More missed the mark.  Half time score: 26 – 4 St. Anthony.

End of third quarter: St. Anthony 30 – St. Thomas More 6 in a very hard-fought quarter.

Final 39 – 15 St. Anthony

CYO Third Grade Girls BXB 2022 Champs





COACH’S: Karie Conner, Anna Martin, Michael Liu, Kennard McClennan

PLAYER FIRST NAMES: Philomena, Charline, Layla, Ava, Layla, Natalia, Audrey, Reese, Gabrielle


COACH’S: Charles Keller, Alex Umbdenstock

PLAYER FIRST NAMES: Lea, Sloane, Holly, Caroline, Camryn, Zoe, Hadley, Brielle, Emi

Quarter 1: Lots of back-and-forth play with several shots that were close but missed the mark.  Great ball skills being developed on both teams with obvious look at some great future athletes.  With less than a minute in the game, Caroline scored on a 20-foot shot to end the quarter 2-0 St. Anthony.

Quarter 2: St. Pius X went ahead in the second quarter with a 4-point run while St. Anthony put in an extra point to bring the score to 4-3 St. Pius X with 3:25 left in the quarter. With 10 seconds left in the half with a tied game of 5-5, St. Pius X Leila scored on a breakaway for two at the buzzer leading 7-5 at the half.

Quarter 3:

One of the most exciting 3rd grade games this writer has watched, the score was 10 – 10 with 2:47 left in the 3rd quarter. At the buzzer, St. Pius X increased the lead by 5 with a quarter ending score of 15 to 10.

Quarter 4:

A lot of energy was expended by both teams in the fourth quarter steals, shots, lots of missed attempts but plenty of attempts.  At the end of the game the score stood 21 – 14 in favor of St. Pius X.  Both teams played an incredible game

St. PIus X 3rd Grade Girls bring home the gold in the 2022 CYO City Basketball Tournament
St. Anthony Girls Basketball Team finishes second in the CYO 2022 City Basketball Tournament.

Giving Thanks as We Restart CYO Sports

Sam Robbins wins his heat of the 100 meter dash at the CYO mini meet at Valley Catholic May 1, 2021. He also took first place overall in the longjump for his age group.

Herb Lommen, Announcer, Sr. Krista von Borstel, CYO, Erik Holstrom, Javelin Coach Valley Catholic CYO reunite at Valley Catholic. The trio worked many years together on campus as teachers. Erik Holstrom is still on staff.

CYO Staff Cathy Foy, Connor Garcia and Nora Gravengaard work on the portable sound system for the upcoming track meets.

Jenna Bass and Nora Gravengaard keep spectators, volunteers and participants safe while directing them to their areas for the track and field meet.

Student Meet Director, Paige Dunckly, talks to the head track and field coaches prior to the beginning of the May 1, 2021 meet.

Paige Dunckley, CYO Meet Director talks to head track and field coaches, Liz Dooley (West Hills Christian) and Isaac Forquer (Holy Trinity) prior to the beginning of the meet. Liz and Isaac are also two of the five CYO Track and Field Commission Members.

As the CYO/Camp Howard staff work to make a comeback as a business, I am deeply touched at so many things and I would like to share some of them with you. I am sure many of us have things in common that speak to the sweetness of hearts.

First of all, I could not ask for a better group of people to work with.  They have seen the organization through a year-long furlough, come back when asked and acted as a first-class team to execute our first activities beginning with Cross Country at the end of February and Track and Field currently.

I will always have a very special place in my heart for the CYO Track and Field Commission for helping us offer and execute the new Cross Country program. Isaac Forquer (Chair), Mac Lavier, Jennifer Adamy, Liz Dooley and Randy Dollar worked with the CYO staff and really provided technical assistance, feedback, weekly meetings, encouragement and presence at all of the meets.  How do you properly thank such heroics? 

Our CYO Athletic Directors, coaches and parents have been so excited to return to action.  I was a CYO Official at Valley Catholic this past weekend, hosting three “mini meets” which basically means we held the numbers at each meet to the state mandates including participants, officials and volunteers. We cut the number of events in half to speed things up yet give the kids a good choice of activities, changing them up the following week with the other half of track events. A really positive side benefit has been that youth have tried things they never did before.  Maybe a star will be born!

I cannot give enough thanks to our volunteer parents who stepped in and assisted with the production of the running and field events.  The mini meets lasted 90 minutes each, the participants were able to compete in two events and thanks to all of these individuals all of the events across the city were finished on time and everyone seemed to be so grateful to be back.

Special thanks also to the administrators who made their facilities available to us, Valley Catholic (Beaverton), Seton Catholic (Vancouver) Portland Christian (Portland) and Liberty (Hillsboro).  If not for the sites, there would have been no CYO Track and Field meets.  We are incredibly grateful!

CYO will present three more weekends of track meets at three locations per week the next three Saturdays in May 2021.

Our Biggest Challenge Yet

October 31, 2020

National Vocation Awareness Week November 1 – 6

#23 in a series of 25 short stories

Things were going really well…numbers had doubled over the years in CYO sport participation, Camp Howard numbers were good and we were heading into the final large building campaign for the camp, our Chapel.

March 13, 2020 we had 4 days left in our City Basketball Championship in which some 2500 players participate all over Greater Portland area.  All of a sudden, the Catholic Schools and public schools began to close, sport events including professional, high school and college programs began to cancel events and the nation was beginning to “crumble” before our eyes. What did this mean?

Within the week I realized it meant no spring sports, no summer camp, no benefit dinner, no fall sports, no winter sports, no camp rentals and we had to refund $450,000.  Thanks again to those who donated their fees.  Our income stopped but our expenses did not.  Still had to pay insurance, rent, and $40,000 per month in various expenses to keep the business afloat while anchored!  CYO was one of the businesses that had no business when Covid hit.

We made a lot of calls to donors who have been stellar in their response.  I cannot thank them enough for responding.  We contacted our office space superintendent and asked to cut our space in half and bring our monthly payment to half the expense.  They could not have been better to us, thank you American Property Management!  Most of the staff furloughed and 4 keeping things going at half pay.  A very generous donor stepped up and paid my salary through December.

We have been out of business going on 9 months as of November 1st.  God willing, we will see some business start up again soon.  We are working with the Track and Field Commission to begin track in the spring if possible and we are planning for a new version of camp this summer.  God willing, the Outdoor School will be able to go in the spring but that is iffy.

Our new challenge will be in how we bring the business back after 9 months idle.  We are doing our best to manage a reappearance with the help of a timeline and financial charts.  I know that there are a lot of people who have suffered mightily at the hands of Covid.  I am grateful to the healthcare heroes who gave so much.  I realize how fortunate we are to have the challenges we have in light of so many stories of pain and suffering.  We will embrace our situation and climb out of our hole and we are grateful to all who have and will give us a helping hand and a push and a nudge!    

Karen Joins me at CYO/Camp Howard

Karen and Chuck to the Rescue

October 29, 2020

3 days till National Vocation Awareness Week

#22 in a series of 25 short stories

During the winter of 2008-09, a huge winter storm hit Camp Howard falling sixteen trees due to heavy ice and snow. Thanks be to God, not a single building was hit by any of the trees but every electrical line in camp was brought down and the main electrical pole bringing power into the camp snapped like a toothpick. The camp was a mess. Three feet of snow covered the camp. Trees were strewn around the camp and the neighbors were ready to move out. The camp caretaker at the time called me to report the status of the camp and the fact that they had no power or heat.

Fortunately, my “go to” people were my blood sister, Karen and our brother-in-law, Chuck. I called them both to let them know what was going on as it was Christmas Eve. They geared up with diesel fuel, gasoline, chains, jumper cables and various other items as they headed to camp to free the caretaker family and neighbors from their situation. Karen and Chuck were able to plow the roads, get the equipment going and help the neighbors make it to town.

When Karen and Chuck returned, they brought plenty of photos which really showed the severity of the storm. I knew this would be a serious situation to get cleaned up and that it would take someone like Karen to lead the way. I asked her if she would shut her freight truck business down for a while and help us get the camp cleaned up. She graciously agreed to help get things turned around for us as her team began the three-month process of getting the camp cleaned up. It took a few weeks for the snow to melt and access the camp, but once it melted, they began the grueling task of cleaning the camp.

All of the sixteen downed trees had to be cut up and stacked then dried for future firewood for the camp.

Several trees had to be cut down that had been damaged. The tops of the trees for example had been lost or they were tilted ready to go over.

Branches, limbs, twigs, and needles carpeted the forest floor. Fortunately, Karen was a very handy with tractors and equipment and was able to use it to our advantage. She recommended we purchase a landscape rake from John Deere which we were able to pull behind the tractor which she then used to clean up the never-ending carpet of debris.

Outdoor School was scheduled to move in on March 8, 2009. It took all of January and February to complete the arduous task of cleaning the camp, but on March 7th, PGE came out and reconnected the power lines. The camp was shut from Christmas until March, the longest shut down in the history of the camp. Fortunately, we were able to reopen just as the Outdoor School was ready to move in.

Later in the year I had the opportunity to ask Karen if she would be interested in taking over the management of the camp as the Property Director. I was extremely blessed that she was ready to park the freight trucks and get back into property management. Our rentals set records with her management and service. The fields, building management and kitchen were all kicked up to a new level of service. I am very grateful to be working with my blood-sister, Karen at Camp Howard.

Getting Camp Howard in Shape

October 27, 2020

4 days till National Vocation Awareness Week

#21 in a series of 25 short stories

Camp Howard has always been a beloved camp to the youngsters who attend.  The most important thing to them is their friends they bring or make at camp and their counselors.  Those relationships mean the world to them.

To enhance that experience, however, the camp facilities need to be in good shape.  We found a camp in 1997 that had not been maintained in several years.  There was not a bit of paint inside or outside of the buildings, foliage had grown around the buildings and dirt gathered around the edges causing rot on the bottom of the buildings.  Time had taken its toll on the camp.

My first year with the organization 1997-1998, I worked on getting the lay of the land.  I could see where we could improve but money was tight especially after losing so much om the camp the previous summer.  I did an analysis of the sports and camp and realized we needed to increase fees by a lot and change the way we were doing business.  My mentor, Dick Weigel, coached me along as I did my work and helped me put a plan together to dig out of the hole.  It took three years to stop the financial hemorrhaging and we finally turned the corner after the camp season of 2000.

At the end of each camping season, we retained ten to twelve staff members who wanted extra work and paid them to help us work on a camp improvement project.  We began with one or two of the five units and each summer we would move to another unit to paint the exterior and do special repairs.  By the end of twelve years we had made it around all of the units and all of the major buildings three times and the facilities greatly improved.  I felt we were finally on top of our delayed maintenance.  We have continued the end of camp maintenance projects for 24 years and it has been life changing for the facilities.

We cleaned the roofs every year and in the early days, I cleaned them myself as we did not have money to spend on anyone to come up and do it.  The feeling of satisfaction was never ending.  Everything we did was an improvement!

PHOTOS:  Before and after photos of 1997 cabin vs 2020 (St. Cecilia cabin in Fircrest Unit at Camp Howard.

Local University of Portland Student Wins National Best!

Congratulations @_kyle_garcia for earning 1st place in the College Media Association’s Pinnacle Awards 2019-2020, Best Sports Columnist for the University of Portland, The Beacon @UPBeacon.

CYO/Camp Howard is very proud of this former CYO participant for achieving this outstanding award! What’s next, Kyle?

Welcome to CYO/Camp Howard

October 26, 2020

5 days till National Vocation Awareness Week

#20 in a series of 25 short stories

Left to Right: Krista von Borstel with Dar the Nurse, Wilma, Noryn, Myrna & Sandi the outgoing CYO/CH staff.

July 18, 1997, I walked into the CYO/Camp Howard office for the first time as an employee.  The day coincided with my Mom’s birthday so an easy date to remember.  I shadowed the Executive Director until September 1st, the beginning of the fiscal year.  I learned a ton during those three months and felt very fortunate to have the opportunity to learn from the sitting director.  I also realized we had a mess on our hands.  Relationships with Catholic entities such as the Catholic Sentinel did not exist.  There were no Catholics in the Catholic Youth Organization!  Not that everyone needs to be Catholic but with a name like that, someone should be!  There was a lot of dysfunction everywhere and I realized silently within myself that things needed cleaned up and it would take some time to get it to where it needed to be.

There are so many things I would like to say but feel it would be inappropriate in this format.  Suffice it to say, we rolled up our sleeves and got to work.  I found another mentor, this time a business mentor, in Dick Weigel, the Executive Board chair.  His daytime job was helping businesses liquidate that were not making it or helping them get back on their feet.  Camp Howard had just lost $127,000 at camp that summer so we were the perfect business for a guy like Dick.

Vocation awareness comment:  There were moments that had me shaking in my boots again, but each time I knew I had to confront the situations because if I didn’t who would?  I kept asking myself that question.  I continued to be grateful for the time to be able to spend in cleaning things up, but it was a daunting task that took me about 8 years to completely turn around.

Leaving the High School for CYO/Camp Howard

October 25, 2020

6 days till National Vocation Awareness Week

#19 in a series of 25 short stories

During my last two years at Valley Catholic High School I was Vice Principal and Athletic Director.  Weekend events and weekday meetings kept me very busy.  Serving on the board at CYO/CH was eye opening to me as I had never had experiences with the organization other than reading about it in the Catholic Sentinel.

I had no intention of leaving the high school and would have been content to get my 50-year pin there.  I loved the school and being a part of the happenings there.  God had other plans for me, however, and when God calls, he always lays out a perfect plan.  At the end of two years on the board I had helped clean up some messes that were the result of poor leadership.  The board asked me if I would consider taking on leadership of the organization and I had to do some soul searching.  I was very comfortable at Valley Catholic, on campus, close to home, easily able to handle the conflict at this point in my life…God had me right where he wanted me, ready for the next assignment!

At the end of the 1997 school year, I said goodbye to a lot of great people whom I had worked with for many years.  It was terribly hard for me to leave the school.  I had gone from brand new teacher to the inner workings of administration.  I had a perspective and vision that 15 years at an institution can bring merely through experience with a wide variety of situations.   I was writing databases on a new program called “Filemaker” that I purchased at Egg Head Software.  AOL was just getting a good start in the tech world.  CYO/Camp Howard did not have a computer yet.

I was moving from second line administration to first line where the buck stops here.  Fortunately, I knew the board members well, and they were great people.  I was about to get a look from the inside out and what I would find was not pretty. 

  • I spent the time from 1997 through 2001 outside of the community of the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon.  I returned July 26, 2001 on the feast of St. Anne.  I helped with family issues at this time and lived with my mother, Cynthia, in Hazeldale, WA.

Vocation awareness comment:  We are all called to a vocation whether it be marriage, single life, priestly life or religious life.