CYO 5th Grade Girls BXB Championships Oregon


Madeleine (White)

Coaches: Brenda Baumgart & Kelli Sullivan

Gillian, Lucy, Celine, Emma, Nancy, Eloise, Alice, Mallory, Catherine, Madison, Karson

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Holy Trinity (Red)

Coaches: Chris Hicks & Anh Khoa Nguyen

Players: Lauren, Siena, Mikayla, Majorie, Kendra, Lauryn, Kyla, Adrienne, Mackenzie, Taniyah, Evelyn

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The Madeleine scored four points in the first 5 minutes of the game and held Holy Trinity scoreless until the last minute and 20 seconds when Holy Trinity scored their first hoop.  At the end of the first quarter, it was Madeleine 8 Holy Trinity 2.

As the second half opened, Holy Trinity added four more points in the first two minutes to come within two.  The height on the Holy Trinity team especially Kendra #42 was a factor under the basket and she wasn’t shy going for the rebounds.

With less than 2 minutes left in the game, Holy Trinity went ahead 19-10, holding the Madeleine to 2 free throws the second quarter of the game.

The third quarter, after pep talks by both coaches, saw both teams with a renewed surge of energy.  Holy Trinity finished the quarter with 13 new points and Madeleine 2 for a quarter ending score of 32 – 14 Holy Trinity.

The Holy Trinity defense forced Madeleine to take perimeter shots while the Holy Trinity team was able to break through for inside shots and most often obtain the rebound for the second and third try.  When Madeleine did get it to the inside they were not able to convert.  This write believes that the height factor for next year’s sixth grade girls will make a big difference!

Game Final: Holy Trinity 42, Madeleine 17

CYO 4th Grade Boys Exciting to the End!


Feb 26, 2017

4th Grade Boys Championships

All Saints – Coaches: Ron DePalma & Peter Metz

Emmett, Ryan, Lucas, Samson, Garrett, Alonzo, Boden, Aidan, Peter

St. Cecilia – Coaches: Mark Adams, Benjamin Carrington & Jason Hawthorne

Chase, Brayden, Kristian, Dax, Cole, Jared, Joshua, Kaiden

All Saints had the advantage of their buckets going through the hoop.  St. Cecilia could not buy a basket in the first half which ended with a score of 19-6 All Saints.

With 1:22 left in the third quarter, St. Cecilia began to turn on the burners and outscored All Saints for the quarter 12 – 11 with a score of 30 – 18 All Saints at the end of three.

With a very exciting fourth quarter and a lot of good play on both teams, All Saints maintained a lead of four points. The consistent ball handling and shooting of Lucas DePalma was too much for the St. Cecilia team to overcome in four quarters.

Great game and the game of the day for the CYO Championships!  Good job to both teams!

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CYO Fourth Grade Girls BXB Championships 2017


Feb 26, 2017 – 4th Grade Girls Championships

St. Matthew (White) Coach: Jeff Tuck

Chanelle, Anya, Braxtyn, Alyssa, Emerson, Natalie, Berkleigh, Isabel, London

Madeleine (Blue) Coaches: Julie Cusumano, Heather Matteri

Katie, Lucia, Nora, Tessa, Isabel, Carlyle, Hailey, Ana

Q1: 3-1 St. Matthew

Q2: 7-5 St. Matthew

Quick back and forth game with girls who have a good understanding of the game and fundamentals.  Growth and development will make both teams fun to watch in the future.  They play with a lot of passion!

FINAL: St. Matthew 22 – Madeleine 17

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St. Matthew 4th Grade Girls win the 2017 CYO Basketball Championship Title.

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The Madeleine CYO Club wins 2nd place in the 2017 CYO Basketball Championship game.

CYO 3rd Grade Boys Championship


Feb 26, 2017

Our Lady of the Lake Coaches:  Thomas Edwards, Keary Lee & Chris Melillo

August, Ryder, Hudson, Caden, Cade, CJ, Brody, Patrick, James, Alex

St. Pius X Coaches: Jabbar Craigwell, David Gorman, Beth Sage

Charlie, Justin, Brayden, Jacob, Tristan, Rowen, Nicholas, Jason, Harper, Joseph, Kellen

Our Lady of the Lake came into the championship as the strong contender having beat St. Pius X in preseason play.  Both teams began the game strong and finished the first quarter 11-8 OLL.  St. Pius X had a hard time getting traction in the second and third quarters finishing 24 – 8 at the end of three.  The final quarter saw Our Lady of the Lake outdistancing St. Pius X 15 – 4.

FINAL 39-12 Our Lady of the Lake

(Photos to come)

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.

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

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

We Chained Up and Got out of Town


Picture this!  Four Sisters pull out their Les Schwab tire chains, get out the directions and put them on the car for practice in case they need them on the summit of the coast range. Lets step back a few paces and get the full picture.  Sister Colleen Schmitt, Sister Alison Green, Sister Michael Francine and I had planned to go to the beach for Martin Luther King weekend.  A nice four day relaxing weekend to play cards, and celebrate Sister Michael Francine’s birthday on the 16th.

One of the Sisters passed away and the vigil and funeral were scheduled for two of the days of the vacation cutting it in half.  The ice and snow predictions were coming in full force and by 2:00 on Wednesday the 11th it was snowing hard and 6″ had dropped.  I paged the Sisters and asked them to meet me in the parlor where we talked about making the trip that afternoon since no one was at the beach house, and stay till Sunday afternoon which would give us 5 days at the beach!!!  Everyone was in.  We packed our bags and met at the car in an hour.

When we got back to the car, we got out the chains and practiced putting them on. Seemed like a good idea to make sure we could get them on easily and that they fit the car.  The Sisters were the dream team of chain gangs!  They got them on and the hard part was tightening them up.  We got it done, drove a short distance and tightened them again.  We were good to go.  Les Schwab puts out some good tire chains by the way!

We took the chains off and drove out to Murray Blvd., which was mostly open pavement. Our question was what would it be like on the Coast Summit?   If we needed the chains, we were in good hands!   We got past the memorial Tunnel and that was about where the snow and packed ice began.  As things got slippy we switched into 4 wheel drive and said the Rosary. Thanks be to God,  we made it fine!  We drove slowly, no one was on the road but us….good time to travel…and for about 10 to 15 miles were were in snow and ice conditions.

A ways beyond Camp 18 we ran out of snow and ice and had a glorious 5 days at Cannon Beach.  With two teachers in the group, we celebrated Wednesday, Thursday and Friday as news arrived that school was called for the following days.

Meanwhile, back in town…

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