Oregon’s Catholic Youth Organization inducted Maureen Atchison into its hall of fame Nov. 20.

Atchison, who retired in 2018 as senior vice president at Umpqua Bank, had a previous career as an Oregon sports star. She got her start in CYO.

Sister Krista von Borstel, executive director of CYO/Camp Howard, presented the honor during the season-ending volleyball tournament held at Valley Catholic High School. Sister Krista called Atchison a “groundbreaking Oregon woman athlete.”

Atchison was one of 11 children in the Clifford family and attended St. John Fisher School in Southwest Portland, playing CYO volleyball and basketball. At St. Mary’s Academy in Portland, she became a leading player on the basketball and volleyball teams, helping the Blues claim league titles and a state volleyball championship in 1976.

Atchison was the first Oregon high school female to be selected to compete in a national all-star basketball game: the Seamco Classic in New York. In addition, she was selected as a high school All-American based on athletics, scholarship leadership and sportsmanship. The Oregonian selected her as one of the outstanding prep athletes of the decade.

She was one of the first three women to receive an athletic scholarship from the University of Portland and was the first U.P. basketball player to score more than 1,000 points during her college career, which at that time consisted of only 89 games.

“Youngsters are molded by the experience of being part of something beyond themselves, working toward a common goal, developing discipline – and hanging with their buddies and having fun,” Atchison said. “They’re developing important values that will carry them through life.”