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  • Last team standing
    Central Catholic, poised to reclaim the 6A title, is the only Catholic school still contending in Oregon’s prep football playoffs. 
  • Conference to teach coaching for character
    Three prominent Catholic educational institutions are teaming up to create a conference for professional development geared toward helping coaches build character in their athletes. Jesuit High School, Central Catholic High School and the University of Portland have collaborated to offer the conference titled "Coaching for Character." 
  • HILLSBORO — The biggest rivalry in Oregon Prep football tipped again to Central Catholic, which beat Jesuit in the closing seconds Sept. 5. Meanwhile, the Oregon School Activities Association imposed its largest fine ever on Central Catholic for failing to certify 55 coaches during the last school year.

  • Academy golf team excelled in classroom as well as on links
    The St. Mary’s Academy Varsity golf team took second in state. But there is more to the story. “This team is one of the finest group of young women I have ever had the privilege to coach,” says Sara Salvi assistant golf coach.
  • CYO track season wraps up
    Once more we have come to the end of a terrific CYO Track and Field season, ending with with two, very large championship meets.
  • Team dynamic matters in track and field
    EUGENE — It takes more than a collection of individuals to win a state team track championship. In a sport of individual events, athletes often draw inspiration from one another during team competition. Winning the team title takes something more than just raw talent.
  • Hopes high for Central girls' tennis
    "Our goal is to capitalize on our strong finish to last year and improve on our placement in state tournament in May," says Dwayne Tyner, coach of Central Catholic girls tennis.
  • Baseball players benched after rushing field
    Keep calm, even during times of high stress – especially in baseball. That’s the lesson learned after OSAA suspended Jesuit and Central Catholic baseball players after the athletes cleared the bench during the Holy War game April 10.
  • CYO basketball: all kinds of success
    Throughout the season I heard of players making their first ever basket. I heard of a team that lost all of their games during regular season, but found a way to win some during the tournament and go home with a trophy.
  • La Salle Prep hires alum as football coach
    MILWAUKIE — La Salle Prep has hired Aaron Hazel to lead its football program starting next fall.

  • Catholic schools claim basketball, swim titles
    Valley Catholic, Regis and St. Mary's Medford claimed winter sports crowns.
  • Catholic schools claim basketball, swim titles

    BEAVERTON — The boys from Valley Catholic High School are the Oregon 3A basketball champions. The Valiants, 27-2 on the year, cruised through the state tournament by an average of 30 points through the semi-finals. In the championship game, Valley Catholic got past Catholic rival De La Salle North 62-50. 

  • Providence, Timbers to help build soccer field for kids
    It will give hundreds of children in Oregon’s most diverse neighborhood a new place to play, and Providence’s new partnership helped make it happen. Bless Field is the first example of Providence and the Portland Timbers soccer club working together, along with other partners, to support community health.
  • Marist graduate making waves in college swimming
    A junior at Loras College in Iowa, Alexis Mollahan was her school's top individual swimmer at the Liberal Arts Championship meet hosted by Principia College. She finished third in 200-meter individual medley and 200-meter breaststroke and fifth in the 100-meter breaststroke.
  • On the court: A moment of Grace
    An extraordinary sports moment took place on the Valley Catholic basketball court last month.
  • CYO swim season wraps up
    CYO teaches the basics of competitive swimming without some of the pressures associated with higher levels of club competition. The program has grown steadily to almost 800 swimmers participating in the 2013-'14 season.
  • Marist track and field star signs with UO
    EUGENE — Marist High School senior and track and field athlete, Liam Henshaw, signed his letter of intent this month and will be joining the famed University of Oregon track team in the fall.
  • JV2 teams, charity, draw a big crowd at Valley Catholic
    BEAVERTON — It was one of those instances when everything comes together, seemingly of its own accord. It was, in a word, magical. How did an after-school JV2 basketball game turn into one of the year’s most-loved events at Valley Catholic, and turn up on the evening news as well?
  • Now, it's Providence Park
    A Catholic health system has purchased naming rights for the home of Portland's professional soccer clubs. The Portland Timbers of Major League Soccer and Portland Thorns of the National Women's Soccer League now will play in religiously-named Providence Park.
  • Knights bring back basketball tourney
    The Knights of Columbus Christmas Invitational Basketball Tournament was held at Valley Catholic High School Dec. 28-29. On hiatus for the past six years, the tournament was rekindled by Chris Johnsen, Knights Oregon State Council director and Holy Trinity Council’s Deputy Grand Knight. After securing a location, Johnsen worked hard to generate interest from eighth-grade CYO teams.
  • Bosco athlete sets scoring record
    Mickey Walker's 48 points led the St. John Bosco Knights to a 70-62 victory over Livingstone Academy in high school basketball action Jan. 9, avenging an 70-48 loss to the Lions earlier in the season.
  • Thomas van der Mars enjoying breakout season at UP
    Coaches want Thomas van der Mars to concentrate on developing a low-post presence, because that's where they see him doing the most damage, mostly as a scorer, but also as a rebounder and a shot blocker.
  • La Salle swimmers set for season
    This year's prospects for La Salle swimming are promising.
  • 'People are going to enjoy this'
    Central Catholic high school made history Saturday. By beating rival Jesuit 38-28 in the Oregon 6A Football Championship, this year's Rams earned Central Catholic its first state football title since winning back-to-back titles in 1952-53. It was a fact on the mind of every Ram player following the game.
  • Preview: Jesuit Boys' Basketball
    Gene Potter's coaching philosophy: “Play hard. Play together. Play like champions.”
  • Preview: Central Catholic Boys' Basketball
    The 2013 boys basketball season ended with success and a little heartache for Central Catholic.
  • De La Salle wrestling enters its third season this year. Coaching staff say the program continues to grow and develop talent.
  • "This group may represent the best team La Salle has put together for some time," says Mark Lee, head coach of La Salle Prep swimming.
  • The Marist swim team returns a competitive group of student athletes, including: sophomores Marissa Gibson, Katie Seaver, Juniors Emily Boyd, Angela Sampson and Corey Solari.
  • Preview: St. Mary's Academy Swimming
    The Swimming Blues from St. Mary’s Academy will be led by new co-head coaches Samantha Sahnow and Holly Vander Schaaf.
  • Preview: Valley Catholic Swimming
    For Valley Catholic Valiant swimmers, Jacob Sherman is head coach along with assistants Ben Karlin and Jen Wendel. The team is a mix of new and returning swimmers from last season, say the coaches. The women’s team finished fourth in the state and the men’s team finished 12th.
  • Preview: Jesuit Swimming
    The Jesuit swim team is in full swim mode, says Bryan Butcher, swim team coach and chemistry teacher at Jesuit High School.

  • Preview: Central Catholic Swimming
    Central Catholic begins its 2013-’14 season with a new coaching staff and a different facility. First year head coach, Jill Black, is all who remains from previous seasons.  Coach Melanie Roberts joins the Rams as their junior varsity specialist. The team secured time at the PSU pool after Duniway Park closed last summer. Despite the changes, Coach Black is optimistic about the team’s season outlook.

  • Preview: Central Catholic skiing
    The 14 members of the Central Catholic Ski Racing team are looking forward to a successful season, with an eye on earning berths for the state race championships in March, hosted by the Oregon Interscholastic Ski Racing Association.
  • Preview: St. Mary's Academy Skiing
    St. Mary's Academy sends teams for alpine and nordic skiing.
  • Preview: Jesuit Skiing
    The Jesuit High men and women’s ski racing team took first in metro and state last year with a nearly perfect record. This year’s team has 42 student racers, making it one of the largest of the 40 ski teams in the state.
  • Preview: La Salle Girls' Basketball
    La Salle Prep girls’ basketball finished in fourth place at the state championships last year.
  • Preview: De La Salle North Girls' Basketball
    De La Salle Women’s basketball didn’t win as many games as they would liked in 2012, but had great improvement during the season.
  • Preview: Central Catholic Girls' Basketball
    What a difference a year makes. The defending Oregon 6A state champion Central Catholic Rams graduated six seniors from last year’s championship girls' basketball team.
  • MEDFORD — The girls basketball squad from St. Mary's in Medford finished last year with what many called a fairy tale run at the state title, losing to Valley Catholic in the final.  

  • EUGENE —The Marist girls’ basketball team has been working hard in the first week of the season. The team saying this year is: “Every second, every minute, JUST WORK” and the girls have been committed.
  • Here is the schedule for Blanchet Catholic girls' basketball:
  • Preview: Jesuit Girls' Basketball
    Coach Jason Lowery expects this year’s team to be fast and exciting because of its core of talented young players. His coaching philosophy is a three-step program: spelling out clear expectations, teaching the skills, and holding the players accountable.
  • Preview: Valley Catholic Girls' Basketball
    BEAVERTON — After placing at state almost every year since the reclassification (2006), Valley Catholic finally captured the 3A state championship last season, defeating St. Mary’s (Medford) in the title game in an exciting matchup between the two fastest-paced teams.
  • Preview: Regis Girls' Basketball
    STAYTON — The Regis girls’ basketball team begins the 2013-'14 season with two new head coaches after being coached by Jeff and Jason Koehnke for five consecutive seasons and as four-time defending state champions.
  • Preview: St. Mary's Academy Basketball
    Last season St. Mary’s Academy’s varsity basketball team finished 19-9 and reached the 6A OSAA State Championships at the Rose Garden for the third consecutive year, placing seventh.
  • Preview: Valley Catholic Boys' Basketball
    BEAVERTON — The Valley Catholic boys basketball team enters the season with depth and experience. Nine letter winners are returning from last year’s team, which brought home the fifth-place trophy from the 3A state tourney.
  • Preview: St. Mary's, Medford, Boys' Basketball
    MEDFORD — The Crusaders look to build on last year’s third-place finish in the Southern Cascade League. Coach Braden Benton likes the team’s depth and versatility.
  • Preview: Regis Boys' Basketball
    STAYTON — Regis High School has hired Tony Miller as the new boys basketball coach. Miller has coached boys and girls basketball at the 2A and 3A levels. He says he brings a defensive mentality with the motto, “Take one possession at a time.”  Returning coaching staff includes Gary Bielemeier, Chris Duman and Lawrence Silbernagel.
  • Preview: De La Salle Boys' Basketball
    De La Salle North boys basketball is coming off a successful season in 2012. The Knights finished second in the Lewis and Clark Conference and made it to the state 3A championships in Coos Bay.
  • Preview: Blanchet Boys' Basketball
    Five returning seniors are expected to lead the team.
  • Preview: La Salle Prep Boys Basketball
    MILWAUKIE — The Falcons from La Salle Prep are heading into their last winter season with the 4A Tri Valley Conference. Next year, the school will compete in the 5A Northwest Conference.
  • Preview: Marist Boys' Basketball
    EUGENE — Excited about the new season, Jonah Saraceno, senior, and Chandler Potter, junior, return with one year of varsity experience for 5A Marist.
  • Title game to be 'Vatican Bowl'
    The Oregon 6A football championship will be a rematch of the the much-anticipated annual Catholic rivalry between Central Catholic and Jesuit. The title game — dubbed the ‘Vatican Bowl’ by some wags — is set for 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at Jeld Wen Field in Portland.
  • La Salle cheer gearing up
    Megan Rensberger, a 2003 graduate of La Salle Prep, teaches kindergarten at nearby Christ the King School. Rensberger also leads the Falcon cheer squad. Assistant coach Stacey Roeder teaches mathematics at La Salle.
  • La Salle senior to attend college on volleyball scholarship
    Gabrielle Timmen, a La Salle Prep senior, received a full athletic scholarship to play volleyball at Adams State University in Colorado. Timmen last month signed her letter of intent among the cheers of her coach Liz Banta, Falcon teammates, family members and the La Salle community.
  • Valley Catholic girls claim first soccer title
    The girls from Valley Catholic High School are 3A state champions in soccer for the first time. In a rematch from the 2012 final, the Valiants edged Oregon Episcopal 1-0 Nov. 16 final, avenging last year's loss.
  • Jesuit boys claim 6A soccer title
    In the first ever Holy War soccer match in Oregon, the state's two 6A schools faced off, with Jesuit coming out ahead 2-1 over Central Catholic in a close game. It was the third title for Jesuit in four years.
  • It's a 'Holy War' on the pitch
    For the first time, Central Catholic and Jesuit will meet in the Oregon 6A boys soccer championship.
  • Fall sports winding down: Three cross-country titles for Catholic schools
    Oregon Catholic high schools have claimed, or are in the hunt for, state titles as the fall sports season comes to an end.

  • Rams thankful for Holy War win, now 4-0
    This year Central Catholic is ranked number one in the Oregon School Activities Association power rankings. If the Holy War is any kind of yardstick, the Rams may be in their best position in years to make a run at a state title.
  • Where the bucks stop
    The Champions of Faith Benefit Dinner was started as a result of the closing of the Portland Chapter of the Christ Child Society.
  • Timeline
    A timeline of Camp Howard's first 50 years:
  • Bringing back a star
    The 2013 camping season saw happy campers checking out the new structure. Overnight sleep-outs, star gazing classes and climbs to the top for a view from high in the air all gave children another experience at camp.
  • Putting a smile on the face of a child through scholarships
    The Christ Child Society and Jack Lynch were historically the two greatest advocates for Camp Howard in regard to scholarship support over the years.

  • Faith in Sport: Hillsboro AD an advocate for CYO sports
    While some folks are sitting in cubicles at work, Molly Gill is busy navigating through gym mats, pommel horses, vault equipment and a pit filled with rigid foam.
  • Inspired by stories of sport:
Keynote speaker John Canzano has made a career of inspirational sports tales
    Keynote speaker for this year’s CYO/Camp Howard Champions of Faith dinner will be John Canzano — sports columnist and radio talk show host.

  • For many years CYO has offered high school basketball. To some, that comes as a surprise. 
  • CYO inducts esteemed coaches in hall of fame
    CYO/Camp Howard inducts two lifelong athletes this year into its Hall of Fame: retired Portland State University softball coach Teri Mariani and longtime CYO coach Louis Cereghino, who is honored posthumously.

  • Camp Howard: Future vision and needs
    Here is a list of needs and wants at Camp Howard:
  • Forestry work improves fire safety, open environment
    Over the past four years, Camp Howard staff and Oregon Department of Forestry crews worked together to make the camp safer in case of wildfire.
  • Figuring out the food at Camp Howard
    Parents are surprised to hear how much their campers enjoy the food at camp.  Generally, camp food is not known to be very good. Not true at Camp Howard, thanks to the old time cooks. Cheesy rolls, pulled pork sandwiches, scones, lasagna and pizza are some of the specialties cooked each week during summer camp. With a record setting number of campers at Camp Howard this summer, the food preparation is tricky and important.
  • At family camp, households focus on fun and each other
    CORBETT — For a weekend each summer at Camp Howard, people of all ages get to act like children. It’s the annual family camp, when grandma, grandpa, parents and kids can have a blast on 70 acres in the woods and then pile into the same cabin at night.  
  • Cheesy rolls and commando hikes: A day in the life of a camper
    MILWAUKIE — Though school has started for Emma and Brook Wycoff, Camp Howard is a memory that makes the girls feel delight, even amid homework and rainy fall weather. These sisters say that a day at Camp Howard is well worth remembering, and so they told us about a typical 24 hours.
  • Help! It's Raining and there's No Place to Go!
    Camp Howard has programs and facilities to delight campers during the summer. One thing the camp is missing, though, is a covered area for a rainy days.
  • It's not about all-stars: Couple helps to improve lives of kids
    The couple who are chairing this year’s Champions of Faith Benefit Dinner disprove any notion that busy people can’t find time to volunteer for causes they love. Sheri and Sean Dooney, parents of seven, are constantly on the go — balancing careers, children and household — yet they are enthusiastic about making time for CYO/Camp Howard.
  • 'Happy to Help':CYO board president serves to help cyo last long after he's gone
    “We want the organization to survive far beyond us and our kids,” says CYO board president Michael Garcia.
  • 'Not Bible study in the woods': Camp is for everyone
    Not all of the children who go to Camp Howard are Catholic. Children of all faith backgrounds are welcomed. However, the people who run the camp don’t water down its religious tradition. “Everyone is welcome, but we’re not going to be something we’re not,” said Bill Fogarty, camp director.
  • Cross Country preview
    MILWAUKIE — Last year’s 4A state title went to the La Salle Prep girls. The Falcon boys, who took third at last year’s 4A state meet, have some experience returning.
  • Nuns have bocce fun
    The Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon, at their annual “Community Days” took time out to compete in an in-convent bocce ball Tournament.
  • Girls Soccer Preview