Selah Colombe controls the ball during a Fall Hot Shots regular season game.
Selah Colombe controls the ball during a Fall Hot Shots regular season game.

The 2019 CYO fall Hot Shots basketball season concluded on Nov. 9 with a tournament that had 10 teams participating for medals and trophies. Both Cathedral and Holy Redeemer schools hosted the big day. As always, watching these young players compete is a highlight of the CYO sports year.

The program has fewer participants than in the winter season, but it is run in the same format. Teams play seven regular season games, learn the fundamentals and have a lot of fun along the way. This fall season there were 12 teams and more than 100 participants. 

Players are gently introduced to basketball. The coaches teach basics during a 30-minute warm-up before games each Saturday: passing, dribbling, shooting, and making moves to the basket. 

Score is not kept in order to emphasize having fun and learning the game. Coaches are on the court, allowing them to be fully engaged and help the players with their skills. Most importantly, before each game the CYO prayer and parent statement are read as a reminder that the game is about the kids’ enjoyment.

Cathedral, Holy Family, Holy Redeemer, Holy Trinity, Portland Christian, St. Agatha, St. John the Baptist, St. Joseph (Vancouver), St. Therese and Valley Catholic hosted Hot Shot games during the season.


We recognize our Hot Shots coaches. Their dedication of time and commitment to these players does not go unnoticed by CYO.  We know we couldn’t have our program without them and appreciate everything they do for us. 

Bass is CYO basketball director.


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