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

Scores:

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

Sister Krista Inducts Mr. Joseph Weston into the CYO/Camp Howard Hall of Fame


With the conclusion of the CYO Meet of Champions, the Track and Field finale in May, we turned our attention toward the annual CYO Appreciation Dinner at the University of Portland.  This event is CYO/Camp Howard’s opportunity to thank a few of the hundreds of volunteers who make the organization operate each year.  Over the next few days we will take a look at those who were honored….beginning with our Hall of Fame inductee, Mr. Joseph Weston!

From the script May 22, 2018 at the University of Portland:

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“Mr. Joseph Weston We are truly blessed this evening to have in our gathering, a man who has worked hard all his life and as a result has been able to bless countless others in a multitude of ways.

Mr. Joseph Weston, a product of All Saints School and Central Catholic High School in Portland, gives millions of dollars each year in tuition assistance, endowments and matching grants through the Weston Foundation.  He was recognized nationally with the Elizbeth Ann Seton Award from the National Catholic Educational Association at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. in October of 2017.  This award is presented each year to someone whose support and service impacts Catholic education and the well-being of the nation’s youth.

If you Google Mr. Joseph Weston, Portland, you come up with some really great articles about him that I find valuable to read because you can pick up some nuggets of wisdom.  I would like to share a few of his quotes:

  • Act before year’s end to donate as much as $100,000 from a 401(k) to a non-profit with zero tax liability. (What that means is that you could donate 100,000 to CYO/Camp Howard and not take a tax hit!)
  • Resist being tempted by banks to take out home equity loans. The free and clear house can be a mainstay of inheritance, helping families pay for education or begin their own philanthropy.
  • Catholic schools must set up legal endowments. “Talk to alumni and give them a guilt trip to some extent. Tell them they can do estate planning. You just have to make people aware they are successful because of their education. When you are successful, you’ve got to remember your [grade and high] school.”
  • Save for retirement and have an emergency fund if something goes awry. But everyone can get into the habit of giving to good causes, even if it’s small at first. Weston calls himself an example of how good it can feel to give.

Weston has a heart for the working poor, the ones who have trouble making ends meet. If he can help a family like that send someone to a Catholic school, that’s a fine day’s work in his mind.

Mr. Joseph Weston has been a friend of CYO/Camp Howard for many years.  Mr. Weston was the sponsor of our original CITY basketball tournament over twenty-five years ago and that is how I first came to know him.

Most recently, in December of 2015, Henry Fitzgibbon, past CYO/CH board member and chosen architect for Mary’s Lodge the new dining hall at camp, and I went to visit Mr. Weston.  He didn’t know it at the time, but he would make the decision as to whether we built the lodge or not.  We needed a good strong lead gift upon which to anchor our campaign.  As we sat down at the table, I pulled out my list of “what when where and how” and carefully went through it.  As I finished, Henry told me Mr. Weston winked at him with a kindly twinkle in his eye as he turned his head toward me and said, “Yes!”

That day set a course at CYO/Camp Howard that has not stopped.  People did jump on board to help us with the dining hall.  If Mr. Weston was behind it, it seemed like a solid plan to them.  I know of at least one person who called Mr. Weston directly to see if we were a safe bet!

Mr. Weston we would like to honor you by inducting you into our Hall of Fame this evening.  You have made an extraordinary impact on Catholic institutions in the greater Portland area and we consider ourselves especially fortunate to be counted among your friends.

Sister Krista: Give Mr. Weston a Hall of Fame Award!

 

CYO 8th Grade Girls City Championships St. Francis vs St. Clare…


March 11, 2018

CYO City Basketball Championships

Home Team: St. Francis, Sherwood (White)

Coach(s): Mary Beth Bowman, Eric Pitt, Leroy Wagner

Player first names: Sophia, Darynne, Keeley, Victoria, Leanna, Gisela, Carmela

 

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Visiting Team: St. Clare (Red)

Coaches: Barbara Harkins, Bethany Macneur

Players: Maura, Megan, Eliza, Michelle, Lauren, Alexa, Sophie, Fiona, Gillian, Gia, Charlotte, Makena

 

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Scores:

Q1: 14 – 7 St. Francis Sherwood

Q2: 26 – 13 St. Francis Sherwood

Q3: 39 – 24 St. Francis Sherwood

Q4: 44-42 St. Francis Sherwood

 

Game Highlights:

  • Francis came out to the early lead and kept St. Clare at bay though out the first quarter.
  • Francis widened the lead in the second quarter with a 13-point margin going into the half.
  • Sophia put in 4 points at the end of the half to widen the gap for St. Francis.
  • Clare moved the ball to their end often but could not get the shots to fall.
  • Francis continued to put on the pressure but with 3 minutes left in the third, St. Clare ignited and desperately attempted to catch up some ground.
  • Lauren #14 for the St. Clare Dragons fouled out with 2:20 left in the game.
  • Left unchecked, St. Francis took advantage of their opportunities
  • Clare at the other end could not get the ball to drop in the bucket! Rebound St. Francis!
  • With five seconds in the 3rd quarter, #20, Charlotte put in two for the Dragons and drew a foul
  • With 2:43 left in the game, St. Clare mounted another comeback getting within 7 points. Now the game will get really interesting!
  • With 1:40 left in the game, #23 and #44 Gigi played keep away on the St. Francis end of the court until the Dragons forced a foul.
  • At 1:05 the Dragons scored coming within 6 points!
  • At 10.9 seconds, the Dragons come within 2 and #44 goes to the line to shoot 1 and 1 for St. Francis. She misses, St. Francis gets the ball.
  • At 7.9 St. Francis goes to the charity line again to shoot two. Score…Score
  • One shot left Dragons # 4 drives to the hoop and scores for 2!
  • An amazing game that brought the entire crowd to their feet!

FINAL: 44 – 42 St. Francis Sherwood

CYO 7th Grade Girls Championship All Saints vs St. John Fisher…


March 11, 2018 BEAVERTON, OR

7th Grade Girls CYO City Basketball Championships

Home Team: St. John Fisher (White)

Coach(s): Jason D’Ambrosio, Jason Hawthorne, Scott Olsen

Player first names: Reese, Catie, Addison, Isabella, Morgan, Isabel, Rosali, Alexandra, Cayton, Grace

 

1 All Saints 7th Grade Girls

Visiting Team: All Saints (Green

Coaches: Ron DePalma, James MacCallum

Players: Olivia, Chloe, Ava, Shannon, Charlotte, Mackenzie, Abigail, Sarah, Molly, Corinne

2 St. John Fisher 7th Grade Girls

Scores:

Q1: 8-6 All Saints

Q2: 18 – 7 All Saints

Q3: 24 – 11 All Saints

Q4: 30 – 21 All Saints

Game Highlights:

  • All Saints slowly and patiently set up the ball on most possessions and moved it around until they had a shot.
  • All Saints had the height advantage and followed up on their missed shots for conversions.
  • John Fisher was the quicker team with great ball handling skills. They had a hard time penetrating All Saints defense to get inside to the basket.
  • With under three minutes left, St. John Fisher caught on fire and made a comeback.
  • With 44 seconds left in the game, St. John Fisher had closed the gap to 5 points and the pressure was on!
  • All Saints was held scoreless through most of the quarter letting SJF close in.
  • John Fisher could not close the gap but gave All Saints a good run for their money in the last quarter.

FINAL: All Saints 30 – 21

 

CYO 6th Grade Girls City Basketball Champions St. Andrew Nativity vs St. Pius X…


March 8, 2018

CYO City Basketball Championships

Home Team: St. Andrew Nativity

Coach(s): Dion Ragsdale

Player first names: Ayanna, Nickara, Genesis, Ge’Aira, Deborah, Nakya, Ebani, Yanci, Genesis, Bobbie Skyy, dulce, Haley, Melissa, Estrella

1 St. Andrew Nativity Girls

Visiting Team: St. Pius X

Coaches: Robert Centis,

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2 St. PIus X Girls

Scores:

Q1: 10 – 7

Q2: 20 – 17

Q3: 26 – 20

Q4: 31 – 27

Game Highlights:

Great defensive game during the 1st quarter.  Both teams were applying pressure from the beginning.

The first half of the game was played hard by both teams.  The score was close.  Both teams had big rosters and did a great job rotating the girls in and out to keep them fresh.

St. Pius X gained the lead in the 3rd quarter with some big offensive rebounds.

St. Andrew Nativity was able to gain back the lead and keep it during the 4th quarter.  They had some big steals in the 4th quarter to help them win the game.

FINAL:

St. Andrew Nativity 31 – 27

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

Scores:

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

FINAL:

St. Matthew 47 – 28

 

Camp Howard Updates Paintball and Laser Tag


April 12, 2017 CYO/CH…The lasertag and paintball courses have been redone at Camp Howard this winter by Ashtien King, Assistant to the Property Director.  Ashtien is no stranger to either sport and has put his own personal touch on the stations.

The Paintball range has moved to a location below Aldergrove Unit which will be exciting for the kids.

A new laser tag shed is under construction to store the materials in during the summer.  Campers age 11 and up are eligible to participate in the laser tag program at Camp Howard.

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Above: Laser tag arena at Camp Howard has new areas to hide behind this year.

I Drove Back for the Cabbage!


JANUARY 10, 2017 CYO/CH –Did I tell you what I saw this summer on my way to the office from Camp Howard?  The area has some very impressive “truck farms” which means they raise vegetables for local stores and sales.

The daily summer trips to and from camp from the office or from the convent or from the bus pick up and drop off, affords the opportunity to watch the entire process from planting to harvest of the cabbages and it is beautiful.

I am driving one day and I notice halfway down the field that they are planting the field with the cabbages.  I drive a little ways and I think to myself, “I haven’t seen the planting process in all of my twenty years of trips to the camp!  It will take an extra half hour of time but do it!”

I drove back and patiently waited for the men to get all the way to the end of the field then come back to the end I was at.  It was worth the wait and I would like to share my photos with you of what I saw.  Would you go back for the cabbage?

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Planting a field of cabbage four rows at a time.

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Above: Making the turn at the end of the row.

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Above: refilling the containers with cabbage plants.  You can see the black circles with small plant holders in which each individual plant is placed.  With the help of some sort of mechanical mechanism, the plant drops and is guided by the two silver levers and the plant is planted!  The large orange wheels create a “seed bed” for the plants.

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Above: four individuals take a seat on the chairs provided and keep the circular mechanisms filled with plants as two individuals follow for quality control.

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Above: All seven of the workers were thrilled to be photographed.  Their work provided a lot of enjoyment for me through out the summer!

CYO 7th Grade Girls – St. Joseph Takes it in Two


9-7-spike-st-joseph-championsSt. Joseph, Vancouver, WA Coaches: Casey Moltrum & Eileen Stemple.  Players: Alyssa, Caroline, Sydney, Rylie, Tyra, Lauren, Renee, Bridget, and Taylor.

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Cathedral Portland, OR. Coaches: Fergie Bush, Tully Bush and Patrick Ryan.  Players: Maisie, Nathalie, Chloe, Harper, Elliott, Alli, Madeleine, Avery, Lily and Maggie.

Game Highlights:

St. Joseph jumped to an early lead in game one and and did not look back, winning the game by 18 points.  Cathedral got on the stick in game 2 and reminded St. Joseph’s they had history at the CYO Championship tournament with an early 8-4 lead.  St. Joseph’s not willing to lay down and take it, fought back every inch of the way to a 15 – 15 tie.  Cathedral went ahead by three and St. Joseph tied it up at 22.  St. Joseph had Cathedral on the ropes at 24 – 23 with the serve. Lauren Stemple served the final ball and scored for St. Joseph and the CYO Championship.  A great game by both teams.

Both teams have high school varsity potential and we will see them playing for local high schools in the future for sure.

CYO 6 Boys City Championship Nativity vs Valley Catholic


St. Andrew Nativity defeated Valley Catholic twice in regular season play and came out with a quick scoring spurt in the first quarter of the CYO City Championship 6th grade game.  Nativity outscored Valley Catholic 15 – 9 in the first quarter.  In the second quarter, Valley Catholic came back and tied the game 20 – 20 before an end of half run by Nativity finishing the half 30 – 24.

Nativity was quick and able to drive the basket yet Valley Catholic stayed within 5 points through the third quarter through patient set ups and 3 point shooting.  The third quarter ended 41 – 37 Nativity.

The last three minutes of the game was a St. Andrew Nativity runaway.  Valley Catholic could not drop the ball.  The slight height advantage and skill of #30 Dondrae Fair could not be equaled by Valley Catholic, though Valley’s #33, Reynard Wan played a masterful game getting 10+ points for the Valiants with his under the basket power plays.

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St. Andrew Nativity 6th Grade Boys win the 2016 City Championship game against Valley Catholic March 12, 2016

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Valley Catholic 6th Grade boys place second in the 2016 CYO City Basketball Championships March 12 against St. Andrew Nativity.