Catholic Youth Organization athletics have been a part of Catholic schools for a very long time. Our philosophy is to be inclusive of everyone from the best athlete to the newest, beginning athlete. Our volunteer coaches are always excited to work with the children to teach them the sport, create great team cohesion and develop within each child a desire to be the best Christian athlete/person he or she can be. As you can imagine this takes incredible patience and hard work on their part. Your support as a parent to help our children learn that winning and losing are just part of the athletic adventure. The most important aspects in CYO athletics are being a great teammate, being a respectful and graceful opponent and becoming the best person you can be.
Our season has officially wrapped up with the conclusion of the middle school championships. Thanks to all the volunteers who helped oversee this great season. Congratulations to all runners from 1st place to 99th place. Finding the strength to finish every race in life will help you be a strong Christian and person.
Another fun week of basketball! Our student athletes are improving and having a lot of fun playing a game they love. Below is the schedule for December 16th and the game summaries from the weekend of December 9th and 10th.
Saturday, December 16th
4th girls play Visitation at 7:00 pm at St. Charles
4th green have a bye
4th white play Visitation 5th at 12:00 pm at St. Charles
5th boys play Visitation 5th at 1:00 pm at St. Charles
6th girls play St. Francis 5th at 1:30 pm at St. Pats
6th boys Visitation at 3:00 pm at St. Charles
7th girls play St. Charles 6th at 12:15 pm at St. Pats
7th boys play St. Charles 8th at 11:30 am at All Saints
8th girls play St. Charles 8th at 11:00 am at St. Pats
8th boys play St. Charles 7th at 10:15 am at All Saints
Our 4th grade boys white team met St. Charles’ gold team in the second game of a busy schedule. Our boys jumped out to a 10 point lead in the first half. As the half came to an end St. Charles hit a basket to draw within 8 points. During the second half St. Charles went on a run and tied the game. Our boys worked hard to score for the win, but we went into overtime. During overtime, neither team could score so we ended in a tie.
Our 4th grade boys green team met St. Charles’ blue team in the third game of a busy schedule. Our boys worked hard and had some very good individual performances, but St. Charles blue was much better on this day and they won easily.
Saturday, you got your money’s worth (even though it doesn’t cost to get into our games) with our 5th boys coming from behind and staving off a late rally by a talented St. Charles team to win it, 41-38! After going down early (St. Charles scoring the first 8 points) and still down at the half, our boys got more physical underneath on the offensive boards and adjusted to a new high pick offensive scheme setting up mismatches underneath. Plus, our outside game came to life with 3 3s to grab the lead in the second half. Defensively the Shamrocks pushed the Cougars to the cheap seats forcing them to hurl long, low percentage shots. The St Charles (5th) team awarded Magnus N. with the Spirit Award – I should have noted Joe E. was recognized with this by the All Saints (4th) team in our first game.
The 6th grade boys had another great weekend. Two games – two wins! The first game was against rival St. Charles. St. Pats started out strong and never lost the lead. We won 43-19. The second game was against a newly formed St. Nick’s team and St. Pats won easily. The boys are working hard this year, really playing well.
The 5th and 6th girls played our 7th grade girls. Our 7th grade girls jumped out to an early lead, but the 6th graders battled back to within 12 points. It was a good game with our 7th grade girls winning by around 12 points. There was great play and good sportsmanship displayed all around.
Our 7th and 8th grade boys had a thriller at St. Charles. The 8th grade team jumped out to a 9-2 lead early in the 1st quarter. The 7th graders battled back and tied the game mid-way through the second quarter. After that it was a fun game to watch. Each team took the lead at different times. We played tied for large parts of the 4th quarter. With about 95 seconds left in the game, we were tied 38-38. Matteo S. stole the ball and passed to Sam I. Sam I. drove the lane and kicked it to Kellen O. who hit a three pointer to put the 7th graders up 41-38. Jonas L. brought the ball down the court and got off a layup but it didn’t fall. There was a battle for the rebound which was won by Jackson B. He fired the ball to Kellen O. who slowed the game down. The 8th graders fouled Sam I. with 4 seconds left in the game and he hit both to put the 7th graders up 43-38. Josh N. fired up a three pointer at the end of regulation, but it fell short giving the 7th graders a victory. It was a fun game and the coaches and players know it could have gone either way.
St. Pat’s 8th grade girls faced off in a friendly match up against the 7th grade team on Sunday. Jo nailed a 3-pointer to open the set and drove home another basket on a running drive. Elise converted one free throw to bring the score to 6-4 at the end of the 1st quarter. There was a definite energy today, and the team has obviously been practicing to get closer and more consistently to the basket. Brianna morphed all over the court to steal the ball and grab rebounds in the air. Elise and then Lauryn converted on fast breaks to set the score at 10-8 at the half. The second-half pace was quick, and the 7th graders snuck a brief lead early that ended after Jo dropped an easy 2-pointer. The offense saw every player getting hands on the ball, and while some were more successful than others in making baskets, the teamwork was definitely there. Robyn, Natalie, Brianna and Monserrat kept the defense pumped up, which held the opponents to an 11-point gain in the 2nd half. Jessica was put to the test throughout the match by a scrappy 7th grade defense often double-teaming her; she managed to convert on 2 attempts and added 4 points to the total. Lauryn saw success on 5 consecutive shots, including 1 free throw. Ellie scored a basket down low on an assist by Natalie, and then Jo sealed the deal to end the game 29-19. Go Shamrocks!
Pierce County CYO does not have these sports yet. If we put together teams, we will have to travel to Seattle to compete. We have had school children participate in the track program through All Saints and St. Vincents. We have had several groups look at the baseball programs.
If you have interest in starting a team, please contact the athletic director and we can look into these matters.