CYO 6th Grade Boys St. Anthony vs St. Andrew Nativity

2017 CYO Sixth Grade Boys

St. Anthony (Navy)

Coaches: Kyle Ferrero, Robert Ferrero & David Roth

Players: Mateo, Nicholas, Russell, Austin, Sean, Pierce, Payton, Nicolas, Garrett


St. Andrew Nativity (White)

Coach: Theodore Brown

Players: Pierre, Adrian, Isaac, MyQuis, Chrisani, Yair, Fernando, Jahad, Jonas, Davyon, Nieby


St. Andrew Nativity School came into the tournament seeded #4 and upended the #1 seed, St. Clare in the second game of the bracket.  St. Anthony, the number two seed won both of their great 8 bracket games leading to the championship game.

St. Anthony’s Nicholas scored the first bucket three minutes into the game.  By the end of the first quarter, St. Anthony lead 14 – 7.  The second quarter saw St. Anthony picking up a greater spread over St. Andrew Nativity with a final half time score of 32 – 16.  The end of the game, however, St. Andrew Nativity was picking up the pace.

The second half began with St. Anthony sinking their first shot and stealing a couple of balls from St. Andrew.  Both teams traded shots back and forth as St. Anthony maintained the lead 40 – 16.

By the end of the fourth quarter, St. Anthony had outdistanced St. Andrew Nativity by a score of  54 to 26.  A fun game to watch as St. Andrew was not a pushover.  Both teams had very athletic players but St. Anthony had the height (this year).

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.

Top Summer Camp Position Filled With Top Notch Leader

JANUARY 9, 2017 CYO/CAMP HOWARD–Anna McLean will step into the position of Program Director at Camp Howard for the 2017 summer camping season.  Camp administration is pleased to name this position early in the year and look forward to working with her this summer.  The Program Director is seen through the eyes of the summer campers as the “Camp Director”.  That goal of the administrative staff behind the scenes such as Nora Gravengaard (Camp Director), Shawna King (Asst. Camp Director, Leila Blakely, (Health and Safety Director), Jolie Abraham Phanton, (CYO Office Liason), Karen von Borstel, (Camp Howard Property Director), and Sister Krista (Exec. Director) is to promote the youth in the Catholic Youth Organization to leadership roles.

McLean who has been a summer camper, Counselor in Training and on the summer staff for multiple years, brings a lot of “can do” to her role.  She has been around the camp for many years and has a thorough understanding of what works.

Camp Staff positions are being filled between now and June.  Individuals 18 years and older are sought to fill the nearly 60 positions available at the camp this coming summer.  Camper materials will be available very soon.  The snow and ice took a toll on our process at the end of December and early January!

BELOW: Anna McLean, 2016 Unit Director and part of the Big Swing and Zip Line crew, prepares a camper for a ride on the “Big Swing”!


Cathedral CYO 8th Grade Champions 6 Year Sweep!

11-8-spike-cathedral-championsCathedral Coaches: Christian Buchholz & Megan Aguon.  Players: Alison, Cierra, Claire, Meaghan, Scout, Grace, Abigail & Ava.


St. Cecilia Coaches: Francis Brown, Hannah Brown, Kelly Larson, Mary Massey.  Players: Sydney, Emma, Grace, Mackenzie, Zoe, Emma, Grace, Emelia, Megan, Lauren.

Game Highlights:

St. Cecilia jumped out to a quick lead and Cathedral, five time defending CYO Championship team quickly tied it up at 8-8.  Cathedral began pouring it to St. Cecilia and a timeout was called at 20 – 10 Cathedral.  Not satisfied with a 10 point lead, Cathedral let St. Cecilia back into the game closing in at 18 – 24 Cathedral. A missed spike by St. Cecilia went out of bounds giving Cathedral the first game 25 – 18.

Game 2 Cathedral started strong and never let St. Cecilia back into the game.  The game however was fantastic volleyball played by two teams filled with players who have developed skills to a very high level.  We will see many of them on high school teams next year without a doubt.  Congratulations to the CYO coaches who have worked with the girls over the years to develop them to this level.  A wonderful game to watch! Cathedral 25 – 16.

Holy Trinity Battles to CYO 5th Grade Volleyball Championship

5-5-spike-holy-trinity-championsHoly Trinity Coaches: Lina Kwee Nguyen, Anh Khoa Nguyen.  Players Mikayla, Marjorie, Emmanuelle, Kendra, Lauryn, Kyla, Taylor, Leia, Adrienne, Ericka, Lauren, Mackenzie

6-5-spike-holy-trinity-secondSt. Matthew Coaches: Marisol Levick, Lacey Puncochar.  Players: Sophia, Dominique, Gillian, Mary, Bailey, Elisabeth, Emilia, Adelle, Jaydn, Macie, Annabelle.

Game 1 – St. Matthew took pretty handily 25 – 10. 

Game 2, Holy Trinity tied the score at 11 – 11 then took the lead 19 – 13 before handing the serve over to St. Matthew.  With a score of 24 – 20, Holy Trinity scored the last point and won the second game 25 – 20.

Game 3, Holy Trinity came out to the early lead 3-0 before St. Matthew took over the serving and tied the game at 7-7.  A back and forth tug of war continued to the end of the 15 – 13 Holy Trinity win!

Notable Game Notes: Holy Trinity got into the championship game by beating the two time previous contender, Valley Catholic.  St. Matthew, the 2015 champion beat St. Agatha, the number one seed this year.  Both teams played a tough tournament schedule to make it to the big game!  “Anything can happen at the tournaments!”

CYO “Spike” Championship Volleyball Results

November 21, 2015

CYO Volleyball “Spike” Championship Final Results


There was an excellent assortment of of CYO Clubs represented in the finals of the 2015 Spike Volleyball Tournament Saturday November 21 as CYO concluded the weeklong tournament. Excitement radiated from all three courts at Valley Catholic School where the higher-level bracket finals were held while all around the City tournament various levels of games concluded. The “Spike” is considered the top level of play while “Rally”, “Ace”, “Gold” and “Silver” also come into play for descending levels of bracket play. All 1300 volleyball players have a place to participate in this season ending tournament.

Jenna Bass, CYO Director of Volleyball and Basketball along with her co-team members from the Portland CYO office, oversaw and presented awards, helped people with bracket questions and answered questions through out the day.


Jenna Bass (CYO) and Kelly Alfieri (Valley Catholic CYO) work together to oversee the CYO Spike Volleyball Tournament Championship Finals


The Spike Tournament started off with third graders from Portland Christian defeating St. Joseph, Vancouver, in a delightful contest that was mainly about serving. The girls did however, have a few good rallies and they were fun to watch in their matching socks and hair ribbons!


The Portland Christian Third Grade Girls place first in the 2015 CYO Championship Volleyball Tournament “The Spike”


St. Joseph (Vancouver, WA) Third Grade Girls place second in the 2015 CYO Championship Volleyball Tournament “The Spike”

The fourth graders found Valley Catholic pitted against St. Matthew for the championship. St. Matthew, a new team to volleyball as they had not played third grade, selected the lower level of play to start out in. They handily defeated most all of their competitors and found themselves seeded into the top division tournament after the play in games. Valley Catholic played at the upper level of play all season and made it a competitive contest,though losing 22 – 25 and 21-25.


St. Matthew (Hillsboro) Fourth Grade Girls place first in the 2015 CYO Championship Volleyball Tournament “The Spike”


The Valley Catholic (Beaverton) Fourth Grade Girls place second in the 2015 CYO Championship Volleyball Tournament “The Spike”

Fifth grade action found All Saints and St. Ignatius battling it out and that they did with a contest going to three games with the second game going into overtime with All Saints winning 30 – 28. St. Ignatius, who had not won a contest all season against All Saints took the first game 25 – 22. They lead the second game all the way to the end but could not put All Saints away. All Saints scrapped and battled and would not be denied! After they took the second game the momentum shifted and St. Ignatius could not get back into the game. All Saints took the third game 15 – 11. It was definitely one of the “games of the day” which in my opinion is pretty good for fifth graders!


The All Saints (Portland) Fifth Grade Girls place first in the 2015 CYO Championship Volleyball Tournament “The Spike”


The St. Ignatius (Portland) Fifth Grade Girls place second in the 2015 CYO Championship Volleyball Tournament “The Spike”

The Sixth grade contest between St. Joseph and Cathedral was also very exciting and St. Joseph found their victory at this level. Tyra Schaub #32 was an all around power player for St. Joseph who made the difference at all levels. Cathedral played a very strong game coached by multi champion Fergie Bush but her team did not have the horsepower to stop St. Joseph today. Cathedral, to their credit, kept the game very competitive.


The St. Joseph (Vancouver, WA) Sixth Grade Girls place first in the 2015 CYO Championship Volleyball Tournament “The Spike” with Cathedral School coming in Second.

In seventh grade play, Cathedral and St. Thomas More played two close contests 25 – 18 and 25 – 23 where St. Thomas More kept the games close all the way from beginning to end.


The Cathedral (Portland) Seventh Grade Girls place first in the 2015 CYO Championship Volleyball Tournament “The Spike”


The St. Thomas More (Portland) Seventh Grade Girls place second in the 2015 CYO Championship Volleyball Tournament “The Spike”

The final contest of the day, the eighth grade, saw St. Agatha against St. John Fisher. Two teams filled with great players for sure. St. Agatha, a multi-repeat participant at the championship level knew “what, where and when!” Saint Agatha won the contest 25–11 and 25–15.


The St. Agatha (Portland) Eighth Grade Girls place first in the 2015 CYO Championship Volleyball Tournament “The Spike”

Gift of Corn a Treat and Blessing at Camp Howard

Thank you, Margie Haener Barnett for the thoughtful gift of corn for all of the campers last week and family campers this weekend!  It was so greatly appreciated by everyone who was present!   The corn was prepared in the Camp Howard propane-heated wok and served up with hamburgers last night at family camp.  It was a major hit!

Karen von Borstel and Sr. Krista von Borstel open the lid to the wok to show the corn being cooked for Family Campers!

Karen von Borstel and Sr. Krista von Borstel open the lid to the wok to show the corn being cooked for Family Campers!