St. John Fisher vs St. Clare 7th Boys CYO City BXB 3rd and 5th Place


7th Grade Boys Third and Fifth City

Home: St. John Fisher – William Crowley, Scott Kneefel & Marc Mueller

Away: St. Clare – David Wisniewski, Kevin Tyree

Q1:      16 – 6 St. John Fisher

Q2:      24 – 6 St. John Fisher

Q4:      36 – 13 St. John Fisher  FINAL

Highlights

Two very similar sized teams from the same neighborhood duke it out for bragging rights. St. John Fisher jumps out to an early lead and keep the lead despite St. Clare’s attempts to narrow the gap. Thanks to SJF #45 slight height advantage and agility, SJF wins the rights this year.

St. John Fisher wins third place in the CYO city Basketball Championship 2015

St. John Fisher wins third place in the CYO city Basketball Championship 2015

St. Clare wins 5th place in the CYO City Basketball Championship 2015

St. Clare wins 5th place in the CYO City Basketball Championship 2015

Christ the King vs St. Andrew Nativity for 3rd Place in the CYO City BXB Championship


7th Grade Girls Third and Fifth CYO City BXB  Finals 

Christ the King 7th Grade Girls win third place in the CYO City BXB Championships 2015 at Valley Catholic High School.

Christ the King 7th Grade Girls win third place in the CYO City BXB Championships 2015 at Valley Catholic High School.

St. Andrew Nativity 6th Grade Girls win Fifth place in the CYO City BXB Championships March 14, 2015.

St. Andrew Nativity 7th Grade Girls win Fifth place in the CYO City BXB Championships March 14, 2015.

Home: Christ the King – Greg Smith & Rob Scherzinger

Away: St. Andrew Nativity – Mark Olmsted

Q1:      10 – 2 Christ the King

Q2:      22-9    Christ the King

Q3:      28 – 14 Christ the King

Q4:      36 – 17 Christ the King FINAL

Highlights

Christ the King came out to a quick lead in the first quarter but St. Andrew Nativity stayed in the game with tough defense. Christ the King #50 showed remarkable shooting skills and was generous passing the ball as well. Great defensive plays and three-point shooting by St. Andrew Nativity # 2 Justece.

St. John Fisher vs Holy Redeemer for Third Place in the CYO City Tournament


6th Grade Boys Third and Fifth Place City

Home: St. John Fisher – Matt Osborn

Away: Holy Redeemer – Terrence Lawrence-Robertson

Q1:      11 – 8 (St. John Fisher)

Q2:      Sorry!  I missed it!

Q3:      40 – 25 (St. John Fisher)

Q4:      50 – 46 (St. John Fisher) FINAL

Highlights

Two talented teams St. John Fisher off to an early lead with a margin of 15 points in the third quarter, Holy Redeemer fought back to come within 4 at the final buzzer 50 – 46.

6B1SJF Team Matt Osborne

Holy Redeemer 6th grade boys win 5th in the CYO City Basketball Championship 2015 at Valley Catholic High School

Holy Redeemer 6th grade boys win 5th in the CYO City Basketball Championship 2015 at Valley Catholic High School.

Holy Family vs Portland Christian for Third Place in the City Championships


Saturday March 14, 2015

6th Grade Girls Third and Fifth Place City

Home: Holy Family – Bill Mildenberger

Visitor: Portland Christian – Donald Stumetz

Q1:      14 – 2 (Holy Family)

Q2:      21 – 12 (Holy Family)

Q3:      25 – 14

Q4:      37 – 18 FINAL

Highlights

Holy Family came out to a quick and decisive start. A variety of talent on the team with some well honed skills. Portland Christian trailed early but began making points in the second quarter with confident shots and fast breaks. Portland Christian, Carly Brunner had some great shots and steals for the Royals.

Bill Mildenberger and his Holy Family Girls Team from Holy Family win third place in the CYO City Basketball Championships 2015!

Bill Mildenberger (not pictured)  and his Holy Family Girls Team from Holy Family win third place in the CYO City Basketball Championships 2015!

Don Stumetz and his Portland Christian Royals take fifth place in the CYO City Championships 2015.

Don Stumetz and his Portland Christian Royals take fifth place in the CYO City Championships 2015.

OFFICIALS…..I Respect and Appreciate Them!


As we enter into the last weekend of basketball, I would be negligent if I did not mention the contribution of Rick Skayhan’s Basketball Officiating program.  Ref Corps is the name of the program our officials sign up through.  Ref Corps was begun a few years ago when CYO transferred management of officials to Rick Skayhan, avid CYO supporter.

Nothing is as controversial as an official!  That may be an understatement!  CYO believes in teaching young people to become officials primarily because we are the “Catholic Youth Organization.”  Everyone has to start somewhere and in my opinion, if you cannot get a good start at CYO then where can you?

Officiating takes a special person.  You have to have the courage to go out on the court and make the tough calls.  You have to deal with the crowd who collectively have many more eyeballs than you do and see much more than you are able to see with only two eyeballs!  Additionally the coaches, players and spectators bring a wide range of variables to every game.

CYO is as dependent upon the officials willingness to officiate as we are on the coaches willingness to coach.  The young people who have been stepping forward to learn to become officials are great kids.  If they are able to make it through the first year or two, they will realize what a gift officiating is to them.

Officiating develops characteristics in youth that contribute to strong character.  It will help establish personal boundaries that may one day pay off  in a tough situation.  Officials are better equipped to say “no” when necessary.  Some people are too afraid to say “no.”  What a great gift to send your son or daughter off to college with!

Thank you to all of our officials who have helped us out with Football, Volleyball and basketball this year.  Several Track and Field Officials are needed this spring so be sure to contact Rick Skayhan at Ref Corps if you are interested.  Four track meets per Saturday throughout April with Championships in May.

Sr. Krista and CYO Official, Kyle Garcia at the CYO Championships 2015

Sr. Krista and CYO Official, Kyle Garcia at the CYO Championships 2015

Ronnie Ford, CYO Basketball and Football official for 15 years

Ronnie Ford, CYO Basketball and Football official for 15 years

Rick Skayhan visits with two of the officials he has coached up through the program at the CYO Championships 2015

Rick Skayhan visits with Casey Nicholl and Riley Pendergast, two officials he has coached up through the Ref Corps Officiating program.

I Went to Camp Howard Today….Here’s the Scoop…


This was a PERFECT day to go to Camp Howard.  There was actually dust on the road!  A sure sign of spring!  Karen, Bill, Candi, Leila and I meet almost weekly to work on our camp improvements for next year.  We are reviewing all of the procedures and we have topics we surfaced during camp last year to discuss In the off season.  Some of those topics include”

  • Keeping the Summer Staff Safe
  • Improving our Emergency Procedures
  • Make sure kids things are packed up properly before they return to Portland
  • and several other topics.

We worked from 10:00 until noon then stopped for lunch.  After lunch, before we started the afternoon session, we went on a field trip to check out the progress on projects.   I can tell you the kids will be jumping for joy with some of the improvements!

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Kids Jumping for Joy!

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Eagle Scout Project – New Overnight Location with fire pit, logs and sleeping area!

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Candi Trapp, Bill Fogarty, Leila Blakely, Karen von Borstel

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Mt. Hood between the trees at Camp Howard!

IMG_6528Fircrest Unit overlooking the Bull Run Reservoir

Who’s Coaching CYO Basketball? For Riehl?


T.R. Riehl hails from Heppner, OR where he played fullback and linebacker on the Heppner High School State Championship Football Team!  Today, he coaches his children and others in a variety of CYO sports including Football and Basketball.  THANKS T.R. for your contribution to youth in the CYO program!

T.R. Riehl coaches CYO Basketball at Christ the King.

T.R. Riehl coaches CYO Basketball at Christ the King.