December 8, 2016
The cold winter winds and icy snow and rain sometimes play havoc at Camp Howard. Fortunately we do not have a lot to complain about but about every 5 years a cabin comes in contact with a falling tree. During my 20 years with the camp all of the destruction has taken place in Aldergrove unit (built in 1995).
A tree fell during the night and pretty much destroyed a Greenwood cabin, St. John the Apostle. This unit was built in 1955 making it the second unit built at Camp Howard after the original Fircrest Unit built in 1953. The tree pretty much had its way with the cabin and crushed one side of the cabin entirely opening the cabin and destroying the bunks, roof, floor, pylons, windows and heating system!
What next? Generally we have been able to repair the cabins that have been hit but this one is probably a total loss. We will see. The good news is that this is the one unit that has not been re-roofed yet! How’s that for finding the sunny side? And most importantly, no one was at the camp as is our practice during times of high winds.
Photo Credits: Karen von Borstel, Property Director, Camp Howard
Cathedral 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.
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.
St. Joseph, Vancouver, WA Coaches: Casey Moltrum & Eileen Stemple. Players: Alyssa, Caroline, Sydney, Rylie, Tyra, Lauren, Renee, Bridget, and Taylor.
Cathedral Portland, OR. Coaches: Fergie Bush, Tully Bush and Patrick Ryan. Players: Maisie, Nathalie, Chloe, Harper, Elliott, Alli, Madeleine, Avery, Lily and Maggie.
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.
All Saints Coaches: Mitzi MacCallum, Colleen Obryant. Team: Chloe, Sofia, Ava, Logan, Shannon, Charlotte, Maggie, Sarah and Molly.St. Joseph (Vancouver) Coaches: Becki Garrow, Ed Garrow. Team: Drew, Jocelyn, Claire, Lauren, Katie, Sophia, Kaitlyn, Ella and Kassidy.
Game Highlights:Sixth grade volleyball is made more enjoyable to watch by the mere fact the girls have grown tall enough to spike and their skills have been developed to a point that they are doing a great job controlling the ball. Spectators get into the game and it is a louder, more exciting age group to watch.
St. Joseph came back in game two and outscored All Saints 25 – 13. Great serving by St. Joseph’s.
Game 3 – Al Saints came out with 2 point lead, gave up the ball and St. Joseph tied at 2-2. A battle ensued with the score going back and forth tied at 10-10. All Saints started to pull ahead at 13-10 when the St. Joseph team called time out. All Saints came back and scored two more to take the tournament title 15 – 11. It was a great game by both teams and a lot of fun to watch.
Holy Trinity Coaches: Lina Kwee Nguyen, Anh Khoa Nguyen. Players Mikayla, Marjorie, Emmanuelle, Kendra, Lauryn, Kyla, Taylor, Leia, Adrienne, Ericka, Lauren, Mackenzie
St. 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!”
St. Clare Coaches: Theresa Dreves, Tammy Ollivier. Players: Keara, Shannon, Charlotte, Sydney, Kate, Adeline, Francesca, Sofia, Mia, Anna, Rami, Gabriella.
Holy Trinity Coaches: Lisa Knutson, Lisa Sagapolu. Players: Kiana, Phynix, Ashley, Kira, Phoebe, Mya, Ayla, Kylie, Lorelei
If you have ever watched much developmental volleyball, you will know the games at the lower grades are pretty much dictated by the ability to serve. This match was no different, however, the girls kept the games exciting for spectators. St. Clare took the first game 25 – 23 in a very close contest.
The second game was also exciting with a lot of back and forth bumping, But St. Clare came out to an early lead and kept it going until they were ahead 20 – 10. Holy Trinity rallied to 13-20 then 15 – 22. Holy Trinity kept coming back. Both teams were a little tense at the end of the second game which also became a factor. St. Clare took it in the end 25 – 21 in a great fourth grade match.
Both teams will be fun to watch in the coming years.
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.
CYO NOV.19,2016 – The CYO Volleyball Championship weekend is upon us as teams prepare to battle it out on the courts all over the city for various division titles. The CYO Championship SPIKE games will be held at Valley Catholic School beginning with third grade girls and the last games will finish in the early evening for 8th grade girls. Stay tuned for team scores and photos as we get ready to play some CYO Volleyball!
One of the new additions to the line up of activities was bird house construction Session 6 at Camp Howard. The bird houses were pre-cut out of 3/4″ pine in a traditional slant box pattern with bevels at the camp. Campers assembled the houses with screws and glue then painted them in the color scheme of the original cabins at Camp Howard. The Fircrest Unit of cabins was the original unit with 6 cabins. The board and bat buildings are painted in a rust red paint with burnt orange trim. All of the original buildings at the camp are painted in that color scheme.
After dinner each night at Camp Howard, Old Glory is lowered and cabins take turns with the honor. Campers learn to address the flag, proper protocols and folding the flag. The flag was lowered the last time by the kids on Thursday night. On Friday, after the busses head back to town, the camp staff lower the flag. It is raised each morning again by camper groups with the intent of each cabin having the opportunity to participate. This time honored tradition is an important part of the camping experience at Camp Howard.