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?

Remember When we High Jumped into Sawdust?

Have you wondered why kids are jumping a lot higher these days than 50 years ago?  Remember when we didn’t have foam to jump in so we used the softest things we could find like sawdust, at our school!  I have heard others speak of straw bales and sand!  I was in the eighth grade when we got our first net bag filled with giant foam rectangles.  That was a real improvement!  What did YOU high jump onto?

Thank you Clayton Smith for your wonderful photography:


CYO 5th Grade Girls City Championship St. Matthew vs St. Cecilia…

March 8, 2018

CYO City Basketball Championships 5th Grade Girls

Home Team: St. Matthew (white)

Coach(s): David Loza, Jeff tuck

Player first names: Chanelle, Anya, Braxtyn, Naomi, Alyssa, Emerson, Ellie, Natalie, Berkleigh, Isabel, London


1 St. Matthew Girls

Visiting Team: St. Cecilia (Blue)

Coaches: Erika Bayless, Curt Fingal

Players: Audrey, Grace, Ella, Alise, Sophia, Sarah, Julia, Mia, Margaret, Sophia

2 St. Cecilia Girls


Q1: 11-7 St. Matthew

Q2: 22-15 St. Matthew

Q3: 39 – 22 St. Matthew

Q4: 47 – 28 St. Matthew

Game Highlights:

  • Intense defense for St. Matthew and St. Cecilia (lots of ball pressure)
  • Crowd and atmosphere were spectacular! Parents and benches for both sides invested in their kids and teammates.
  • Cecilia great cheers in between quarters and timeouts (You gotta want it to win it!)
  • Strong 8-0 run in the 2nd quarter increased gap to 17 – 9
  • Intense defense carried into 2nd half with full court pressure by both sides
  • #22 on St. Matthew great drive to hoop for layup and steals inboud pass for another great layup
  • Huge 3rd quarter for St. Matthew took the lead up to 17 thanks to smothering defense
  • #23 hit a deep 3 with 1:30 to go in the 4th quarter to put on an exclamation point
  • Great team chant for St. Cecilia cheering their team on to the very end


St. Matthew 47 – 28


“Join me for an Evening of Camaraderie and Philanthropy”


CYO/Camp Howard Champions of Faith Benefit Dinner October 17, 2017

“Join me for an Evening of Camaraderie and Philanthropy”

CYO/Camp Howard needs your support for our annual fundraising dinner! I invite you to experience a fun-filled evening of camaraderie and philanthropy:

  • Visit with friends, sport coaches and community leaders
  • Meet the Portland Catholic Community
  • Enjoy an inspiring keynote speech by Nick Robertson, a true sports icon
  • Collectively fund scholarships to ensure our youth can participate in CYO and Camp Howard Programs

Register Now!

To register, sponsor or donate, visit our website. View our 15 second commercial or video that illustrates how the Dinner funds help families in our community. See our dinner flyer for a quick overview.


Blessings to you!

Sister Krista

girls at zip on log

Kaitlyn Jensen High Jump Leap Snags Gold for St. Pius X

Kaitlyn Jensen won the Cub Girls High Jump at the CYO Meet of Champions held May 20 & 21 at Jesuit High School.  Her jump of 4-9 was 1” higher than her closest competitor, Natalie Speich of St. Anthony.  CYO congratulates all of the Cub Girl competitors in the contest. #sistersblog #cyocamphoward


  1. Kaitlyn Jensen, St. Pius X, 4-09
  2. Natalie Speich, St. Anthony, 4-08
  3. Emily Gingell, St. Pius X, 4-07
  4. Mia Williams, St. Matthew, 4-05
  5. Ryleigh Hellberg, St. John the Apostle, 4-05
  6. Madeleine Dutt, West Hills Christian, 4-03
  7. Maria Nehnevaj, Our Lady of Lourdes, 4-03
  8. Ruby Batcheller, St. John the Apostle, 3-10


Roadrunner West Side Regional Meet Parade

The CYO third and fourth grade “Roadrunners” Track and Field participants were scheduled into two regional meets May 13th.  Top finishers from both meets will compete for titles this Saturday and Sunday afternoon at Jesuit High School.  The East side parade was featured earlier this week.  Today we feature the West side teams! #sistersblogs



Holy Family CYO Legends & Legacy – Awesome Event!


I attended the Holy Family “Legends & Legacy” event at the Celebration Center in the School to honor and celebrate CYO Sports within the parish and school community.  Awesome volunteers like Rebecca Brandt and Ted Collins were on hand to emcee the show and honor coaches, athletes and thank parents.  It was a wonderful event that really epitomized the CYO spirit throughout.

Rosie Honl, former CYO participant and coach and current Varsity Coach for the Crook County High School Volleyball team was the featured speaker and she was wonderful in every way.  An inspiration, clinician and entertainer rolled into one.  She holds the record for consecutive State Championship wins for Oregon High School volleyball at eight in a row!

In addition to all of the wonderful praise heaped upon the players and gratitude for coaches, one very special coach was inducted into the Holy Family CYO Hall of Fame, none other than Bill Mildenberger.  I could not have been happier than to have witnessed the event.

Congratulations to a great club making great memories for kids!

BELOW: Rosie Honl pauses for a photo after her speech to the crowd.


BELOW: LtoR: Bill Mildenberger, Rosie Honl and Ted Collins at the Holy Family Legends and Legacy event.


CYO 3 Girls City Double Overtime!

St. Pius X scored the first basket in the first minute of the game. St. Clare added a point off a free throw with two minutes left in the first quarter. Score at the end of the first quarter was 2 – 1 St. Pius X.  Barnburner in the making.

St. Pius X added another 2 points at the opening of the second quarter as both teams appeared warmed up and over the jitters. Another two points for St. Pius X made it a 6-1 game. With 37 seconds left in the first half, St. Clare scored a basket and controlled the ball until the buzzer ending with a score of 6-3 St. Pius X.

Second half action saw St. Clare score quickly adding two points to their deficit.  A foul with 1:12 in the quarter added one point to St. Clare, evening the score at 6-6.

St. Pius X started out the fourth quarter with a basket advancing 8-6 with St. Clare attempting a 1 and 1 and unable to convert.  The game was getting very exciting and the crowd was roaring after every shot.

With one minute to go, St. Clare tied the game at 8-8.  With 23 seconds left and a tied game, St. Pius X had a chance to score on a free throw but could not convert.  St. Clare had the same opportunity with 6 seconds left and missed, throwing the game into overtime tied 8-8.

Overtime 1:  (2 minutes)  With 42 seconds left in the first quarter, St. Clare scored one point on a one and one, leaving St. Pius X 35 seconds to battle back.  Pius was fouled with 31 seconds left in the game and they scored, squaring the game again at 9-9.  St. Clare with  19 seconds on the clock had another opportunity to score from a foul.  No luck.

Overtime 2: (1 minute) With 32 seconds left in overtime, St. Clare scored two points at their basket.  St. Pius could not convert on their foul throws following and had two opportunities to score with steals under their own basket.  A great game by both teams!

St. Clare 11-9 Final.


St. Clare: Sara, Sophia, Molly, Hadley, Sloan, Emery, Maeve, Addison.  Coaches: Derek Costarella, Jonathan Eames.  2017 CYO Third Grade Basketball Champions!


St. PIus X: Grace, Alexis, Annelies, Riley, Anna, Ashley, Emme, Reese, Lauren, Claire, Emma, Maeve.  Coaches: Marc McCullagh & Molly Reding.

Holy Trinity 3rd Graders 2016 CYO Volleyball Champs

The Holy Trinity third grade girls were crowned 2016 CYO Champions for volleyball this year in a unique season ending game.  The Madeleine School who should have played in the contest against Holy Trinity was unable to field a team.  Several CYO Staff members stepped forward to take on the third grade team.  In a close game, 25 – 19, the Holy Trinity Titans prevailed winning the end of season tournament!  Congratulations girls!


COACHES: Vicky Ginter, Tara Cenova. Team Members: Angela, Kennedy, Cailyn, Shelby, Ava, Sidney, Scarlett, Elizabeth & Sofia.

St. John Fisher 7th Girls Win the Big One!

The St. John Fisher Girls remember too well the painful loss of 2015 where they were involved in the famous 6x overtime (CYO Record) Championship game with St. Pius X.  Coming into the game this year, SJF had lost twice in regular season to Holy Family.

St. John Fisher came off the bench on fire and ran up a first quarter lead of 9-4.

With 1:15 in the second quarter, Holy Family went ahead for the first time 11-9.

The third quarter was scoreless until the final 3 minutes when Holy Family led a run on points.  St. John Fisher answered back and went ahead on two free throws by Josie Napoli with 1.3 seconds left in the quarter.

With 2:47 remaining in the game, Holy Family tied the game then went ahead on a steal.  The momentum had swung toward Holy Family and the crowd was behind them.  St. John Fisher, not a team to give it up, kept fighting and tied it back up at 17 all.  Molly Grant powered a shot through the hoop with 23 seconds left for 2 points giving SJF the advantage at 19 – 17.

FINAL: 19 – 17 St. John Fisher

7 Girls City 2016 1st St. John Fisher

CYO’s St. John Fisher 7th Grade Girls win the City Championship March 13th, 2016

7 Girls City 2016 2nd Holy Family

Holy Family 7th Grade Girls place 2nd in the CYO City Championship March 13, 2016