The Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon (SSMO) and their sponsored ministries are frequently showcased in regional media.

December 2015

Valiant boys hoops readying for state return
Beaverton Valley Times – December 17, 2015
By year’s end, the Valley Catholic boys basketball team will look a lot different than it does now, and that’s exactly what head coach Joel Sobotka wants….“We’re a good basketball team, but we’re going to be better as the year goes on,” said Sobotka. “Our goal is to play our best basketball by the end of the year.”

Valiants looking for another trip to state
Beaverton Valley Times – December 17, 2015
In her three years suiting up for the Valley Catholic girls basketball team, senior Molly Danielson has become accustomed to two things: winning and state tournament appearances….Danielson said this year’s Valley crew, with its blend of speed and dexterity, could very well send her out with a fourth state tourney appearance in as many years.

Local Recap: Boys basketball highlights on Oregon’s South Coast 
The World – December 13, 2015
Valley Catholic 50, North Bend 30: The Valiants secured a split of their two games on the South Coast.

Marshfield girls fall to Valley Catholic

The World – December 11, 2015
Marshfield’s girls basketball team couldn’t quite stay lock-step with Valley Catholic on Friday, trailing big in the second half and never being able to recover in a 58-37 loss at Pirate Palace.

November 2015

2015 Class 4A volleyball all-state selections
OregonLive – November 17, 2015
First Team members include Valley Catholic sophomore Lizzy Osborn.

2015 Cowapa all-league football
OregonLive – November 17, 2015
Valley Catholic is represented by Jakob Pruitt, Avery Jones, Alex Hyland and Ian Birrell.

Soup’s On 2015 raises nearly $19,000 for the Sunshine Pantry

KGW-TV – November 16, 2015
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Valley Catholic soup competition brings nearly $19,000 to Sunshine Pantry
OregonLive and Beaverton Leader – November 16, 2015
Hundreds of bowls of soup paid off with an $18,900 check from the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon to Sunshine Pantry in Beaverton.

2015 Cowapa all-league girls soccer
OregonLive – November 9, 2015
Valley Catholic team members include Reilly Blood, Taylor Menkens, Meredith Woolverton, Regan Torres, Kate MacNaughton, Noelle Mannen, Jessi Beyer and Annika Filip.

Oregon’s third Serra Club launches
Catholic Sentinel – November 3, 2015
Linda Rooke says that her service as president of the group seemed the right thing to do. “It’s in gratitude for what I’ve been given,” she says. “I’m trying to pay it forward. I don’t know where I’d be if it weren’t for the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon and a couple of priests in my life.”

2015 Cowapa all-league boys soccer: Alesandro Tubito of Valley Catholic and Colton Carter of Seaside are co-players of the year
OregonLive – November 2, 2015
Valley Catholic all-league team members also include Rylan Torres, Kevin White and Noah Olsen.

October 2015

Second-quarter outburst lifts Tillamook past Valley Catholic 20-0
Beaverton Valley Times – October 24, 2015
This was not how Valley Catholic wanted to go out. The Valiants — they hosted Tillamook on Friday in their 2015 season finale — wanted to send their seniors out on a high note and wanted to send head coach Doug Ierardi out with a win in his final game.

Fall theater in Washington County high schools promises to entertain
Oregon Live | Beaverton Leader | Hillsboro Argus – October 23, 2015
Valley Catholic: Shakespeare in the…Old West?!  The lovely Sunny Day arrives in the small mining town of Gravel Gulch with a troupe of actors determined to bring culture to the locals.

Tillamook ties up Valiants in home finale
Tillamook Headlight Herald – October 22, 2015
The Tillamook Cheesemakers scored first Thursday, but the visiting Valiants from Valley Catholic scored last as the two Cowapa League rivals battled to a 1-1 draw at Doc Adams Field.

Valiants score girls soccer win over Lady Fish at CMH, 6-0
Daily Astorian – October 21, 2015
Lessons learned about the Valley Catholic girls soccer team Tuesday night: The Valiants can execute the corner kicks, and they can score lots of goals in a short amount of time.

Shakespeare goes to Gravel Gulch by way of Valley Catholic
OregonLive | My Beaverton – October 20, 2015
Blending old-fashioned melodrama with comedy and farce, “Shakespeare Goes to Gravel Gulch” is the fall production at Valley Catholic High School.

Spot on: SSMO Ministries communications team honored for excellence
OregonLive | My Beaverton – October 19, 2015
The communications team of the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon Ministries Corporation has received a 2015 Spotlight Award from the Portland Metro Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) for their work in support of Valley Catholic School.

Missionary priest serves Oregon, gives back to his homeland
Catholic Sentinel – October 15, 2015
Father Ocun, 51, grew up in Nebbi, a village of about 5,000 in far Northwest Uganda and was ordained in 1996 in the Apostles of Jesus….About 60 Apostles of Jesus serve in the U.S. There are five in Oregon. They live in Beaverton, close to the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon, and serve at St. Vincent, Providence Portland Medical Center and St. Michael the Archangel Parish in Sandy.

Valiants show improvement, progress in Scappoose setback
Beaverton Valley Times – October 9, 2015
One lopsided loss does not decide a season’s outcome or a team’s character.

Tribe tops Seaside, falls to Valley Catholic
South County Spotlight – October 9, 2015
The Scappoose Indians came away from action over the past week with a much-needed win over Seaside, a good tournament performance, but a loss to third ranked Valley Catholic.

Hicken, Miller hoping to make varsity waves for Valley
Beaverton Valley Times – October 8, 2015
The seven Valiants who ultimately get to compete at the Cowapa League District meet on Oct. 21 and the Class 4A state championship meet that follows are not set in stone by any means. Though senior mainstays, such as Ben Davidson and Alex Kiss, seem sure bets to be two of Valley’s final seven, the remaining five slots are still to be decided based on times and finishes down the road.

Gibson, Eisenbacher relish time in Valley’s spotlight
Beaverton Valley Times – October 8, 2015
When the opportunity to shine as Valley Catholic’s lead runners arose on Oct. 2, junior Elizabeth Gibson and sophomores Mary Eisenbacher and Isabella Amman starred….Eisenbacher and Amman helped Valley place fifth overall as a team at the Southwest Christian Invitational.

Prayers for peace at ninth annual Rosary Bowl Catholic Sentinel – October 7, 2015
The event, dedicated to The Year of Consecrated Life, gathered faithful families from all over the Archdiocese of Portland. Many Religious were in attendance, including Sr. Michael Francine Duncan, SSMO.

Consecrated teach ways of prayer
Catholic Sentinel – Oct. 6, 2015
“Ways to Pray, a mini-seminar organized by members of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, drew 55 people to the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon campus on Sept. 13.

Soup’s On competition: Beaverton police and Thai Bloom ladle out wins
OregonLive – October 4, 2015
Beaverton Police Department and Thai Bloom restaurant took home the top prizes at the Soup’s On at Valley Catholic fundraiser for the Sunshine Pantry in Beaverton.

Local volleyball teams host key battles
Tillamook Headlight Herald – October 1, 2015
Weeks ago, Valley Catholic was chasing the Lady Mooks during preseason, with the THS volleyball team climbing as high as fourth in the 4A OSAA poll. Then, Valley Catholic handed Tillamook a 3-2 road loss in the Cowapa League opener. Since then, Tillamook has had to play catch-up.

Valley boys soccer relying on youth early on
Beaverton Valley Times – October 1, 2015
In his three years as Valley Catholic head boys soccer coach, Mike Chertude said he has never had as much youth as he does with this year’s version of the Valiants…The Valiants’ silver lining, however, is that Valley’s skill level is arguably as high as it’s ever been during Chertude’s stint at the helm and the team’s industrious desire to compete is top-level.

September 2015

Portland restaurant and bar events — Sept. 30 – Oct. 6
Oregonian & OregonLive – September 30, 2015
Featured events include Soup’s On fundraiser at Valley Catholic Athletic Center.

Portland restaurant and bar events — Sept. 23 – 29
Oregonian & OregonLive – September 23, 2015
Featured events include Soup’s On fundraiser at Valley Catholic Athletic Center.

Volleyball: Tribe takes Valiants to the wire
The Chronicle Online (St. Helens) – September 22, 2015
The Scappoose Indians (4-4, 1-1) went toe-to-toe with the No. 2 Valley Catholic Valiants (6-2, 2-0) on Sept. 17, but eventually lost a three-set affair. The Valiants won, 25-15, 30-28, 25-23.

Friday Night Lights 2015 – Week 3: Molalla versus Valley Catholic
KPTV Fox 12 – September 18, 2015
The Valley Catholic Valiants hosted the Molalla Indians for week 3 of Friday Night Lights.

Friday Night Lights 2015 – Week 3 Mack Attack: Valley Catholic versus Molalla in a spelling contest
KPTV Fox 12 – September 18, 2015
Kara Mack visits Valley Catholic for a very easy spelling contest, or so it seemed.

Portland restaurant and bar events – Week of Sept. 17-22
Oregonian & OregonLive – September 16, 2015
Upcoming events [include] Soup’s On fundraiser at Valley Catholic Athletic Center.

Valiants trip Lady Mooks
Tillamook Headlight Herald – September 16, 2015
Valley Catholic may not have been ranked as high as Tillamook going into Tuesday’s Cowapa League opener. [But] The Valiants won 15-11 to start off Cowapa play with a 1-0 record, just like Banks and Scappoose.

Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon: a photo tour of their campus
Oregonian/OregonLive – September 12, 2015
The Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon campus is 43 acres, and the convent is adjacent to Maryville and Valley Catholic School. The community was founded in 1886 and moved to Beaverton in 1891.

Four Valley Catholic Seniors Named National Merit Scholar Semifinalists
OregonLive | My Beaverton – September 10, 2015
Four Valley Catholic seniors were selected as semifinalists in the 61st annual National Merit Scholarship Program.

Valiant volleyball looking for Cowapa League championship
Beaverton Valley Times –  September 9, 2015
Valley has seven returners and five newcomers who are well beyond where the Valiants began last year. [Coach Becky] Kemper said Valley is a fiercely competitive crew that doesn’t need to be coached on aspects of the game like heart and effort.

On Oct. 3: Soup’s On at Valley Catholic to fight hunger in our region
OregonLive/My Beaverton – September 8, 2015
BEAVERTON, Ore. – What do Samantha Bakall, food & dining writer for The Oregonian; Byron Beck, features editor for GoLocalPDX; Keely Chalmers, environmental reporter for KGW; Jenny Hansson, news anchor for KOIN6; Rhonda Shelby, morning meteorologist for KATU; Miles Vance, editor of the Beaverton Valley Times; and Joe Vithayathil, feature reporter for KPTV’s “Good Day Oregon” have in common? They are all scheduled to serve as celebrity judges at Soup’s On 2015, the popular fundraiser presented by the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon and the City of Beaverton to benefit the Sunshine Pantry and help fight hunger in our region.

Sisters and Prayer (In Person with Dina Marie)
Mater Dei Radio (KBVM 88.3) – September 2, 2015
SSMO Superior General Sr. Charlene Herinckx was a guest on the hour-long program which showcased religious communities in northwest Oregon and events (including a day of prayer) which are taking place during the Year of Consecrated Life. Click below to listen to the program.


Valiant boys, girls cross country running after success

Beaverton Valley Times –  September 2, 2015
The well of talented cross country runners — both girls and boys — never seems to run dry at Valley Catholic. Year after year, the Valiants keep plugging in new packs of competitors, particularly on the boys side, and winning in spectacular, state-wide fashion.

Fall Sports Preview: Even with nine seniors, Lady Gulls soccer rebuilding
Daily Astorian – September 2, 2015
The “Conference of Champions” dominated 4A girls soccer, with three teams advancing to the quarterfinals (Banks, Scappoose and Valley Catholic), with the Valiants winning the state title. The same three teams will likely battle for a state title this season, making it difficult for the rest (Astoria, Seaside, Tillamook) to have much success in league play.

August 2015

Valiant girls soccer out for a three-peat
Beaverton Valley Times – August 27, 2015
Some of the stars might be gone, but the objective remains the same for the two-time defending state champion Valley Catholic girls soccer team.

SSMO PR Chief honored
Catholic Sentinel – August 7, 2015
Barbara Kerr, chief communications officer for the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon Ministries Corporation, is one of 15 members of the Public Relations Society of America to enter the organization’s College of Fellows.

July 2015

Barbara Kerr elected to PRSA College of Fellows
Portland Business Journal – July 21, 2015
Barbara Kerr, APR, Fellow PRSA, has been approved by the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Board of Directors for acceptance into the organization’s prestigious College of Fellows. She is chief communications officer for the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon Ministries Corporation.

Washington County farm boy comes home to do his (heavenly) father’s work
OregonLive. Beaverton Leader and Hillsboro Argus – July 21, 2015
The Rev. Jeff Meeuwsen [a Valley Catholic alum] has been pastor of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church only three weeks, but he’s settling in quickly. The parish is only 12 miles, as the crow flies, from his childhood home.

Three schools earn Oregonian Cup honors
Catholic Sentinel – July 19, 2015
Three Catholic schools have won the Oregonian Cup in their size categories, reflecting academic achievement, sports glory, activities and sportsmanship….

PRSA College of Fellows welcomes Barbara Kerr
Daily Insider – July 17, 2015
Barbara Kerr, APR, Fellow PRSA, chief communications officer for the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon Ministries Corporation, is one of 15 members of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) that have been approved by the Board of Directors for acceptance into the organization’s prestigious College of Fellows.

Barbara Kerr, SSMO communications officer, wins election to Public Relations Society of America’s College of Fellows
OregonLive & Beaverton Leader – July 16, 2015
Barbara Kerr, chief communications officer for the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon Ministries Corporation, has been named one of 15 members of the Public Relations Society of America approved by the PRSA Board of Directors for acceptance into the organization’s College of Fellows.

PRSA to Welcome 15 New Members into its Prestigious College of Fellows in 2015
July 16, 2015
Fifteen members of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) have been approved by the Board of Directors for acceptance into the organization’s prestigious College of Fellows, PRSA announced today….[Inductees include] Barbara Kerr, APR, Fellow PRSA, chief communications officer, Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon Ministries Corporation.

WATCH: Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon to honor 2015 Jubilarians
Catholic Sentinel – July 14, 2015
The Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon (SSMO) will honor five Sisters who have given nearly 300 years of service and ministry.

Breakout Star: Valley Times Male Athlete of The Year Wilder Boyden
Beaverton Valley Times – July 9, 2015
For [Wilder] Boyden, it was a banner year and one that has garnered the Valley Times’ Male Athlete of The Year for the 2014-15 school year. The Valley Times’ Male Athlete of The Year is awarded annually to the top graduated senior male athlete among the seven high schools covered by the Times.

June 2015

Valley Catholic wins fourth consecutive Oregonian Cup, first at 4A level
OregonLive – June 29, 2015
A move up in classification was no problem for Valley Catholic when it came to The Oregonian Cup. The award, which is decided at all six classification levels, is based on a weighted point system that takes into account “excellence in academics, activities, athletics and sportsmanship.” Valley Catholic moved up to Class 4A this school year instead of 3A, where it had won three consecutive Oregonian Cups. But the Valiants kept rolling, earning 3,470 points over the course of the year.

New place to heal: Maryville’s new unit and courtyard designed for recovery
Catholic Sentinel – June 29, 2015
Sharon Niver is glad to have a Catholic place to heal. A member of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Aloha, Niver suffered a shoulder fracture and had surgery. Trying to recover at home, she fell and re-injured the shoulder, leaving her in agony and in need of another operation. This spring, she’s recovering and getting physical therapy in Maryville’s new rehabilitation unit.

A tale of four princesses
Catholic Sentinel – June 28, 2015
Portland Rose Festival Princess Clara Cannon visited Maryville last month to crown the retirement and rehabilitation community’s 2015 Rose Queen. The 2015 Maryville Rose Princesses were Val Koven, 91; Dimi Todd, 100; and Naomi Lewis, 92. In the end, the centenarian reigned.

Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon to honor 2015 Jubilarians
OregonLive: My Beaverton – July 26, 2015
In the tradition of the Catholic Church, the word “Jubilee” is used to designate an anniversary year. In 2015, the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon (SSMO) will honor five Sisters who have given nearly 300 years of service and ministry.

Things came up roses for Valley Catholic graduate
Catholic Sentinel – June 19, 2015
June 6 was a day to remember for Clara Cannon, Valley Catholic senior and Portland Rose Festival Metro West Princess. In the morning, she took part in the Rose Festival Queen’s Coronation and rode on the Rose Festival Court float in the Portland Grand Floral Parade. In the afternoon, she received her diploma during Valley Catholic High School’s commencement.

New law makes CPR a requirement for schools
Beaverton Valley Times – June 18, 2015
Oregon students will be learning a new skill when they return to classes this fall, after Governor Kate Brown signed a new law that will require students to learn CPR by the time they graduate from high school…TVF&R has already partnered with area school districts to teach CPR to middle schoolers. It’s become part of the curriculum at Fowler Middle School in Tigard and at Valley Catholic School in Beaverton.

Maryville Rose Queen is royalty for the ages
Beaverton Valley Times – June 18, 2015
When you’re 100 years old, you’ve had time to practice a few things.“Dimi” Todd, for example, had her first go ‘round as royalty back during World War II, but she was every bit as pleased to be crowned as this year’s Maryville Rose Queen. “From now on, you have to bow and say ‘Your Highness,’” Todd said with a mischievous grin after a short coronation on Monday, June 15.

Princess Clara wraps up her Rose Festival duties
Beaverton Valley Times – June 18, 2015
Clara Cannon had it relatively easy on Monday, taking part in one last (and entirely informal) duty after wrapping up a whirlwind schedule as Valley Catholic High School’s first-ever Portland Rose Festival Court princess. The newly minted graduate (she went through commencement on June 15) helped crown the Maryville Rose Queen at the care center that shares the same Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon campus with her school.

Encyclical shows church reaching beyond itself
Catholic Sentinel – June 18, 2015
Pope Francis’ new encyclical, “Laudato Si: on Care for Our Common Home,” is a prime example of what the church needs to be doing — looking beyond itself….Sister of St. Mary of Oregon Charlene Herinckx, superior general, said she’s been talking about the encyclical for more than a week, anticipating its release. “It’s exciting that our Holy Father is challenging us to be involved and not just wait for events to overtake us.”

Two VC runners a sixth place team
Catholic Sentinel – June 15, 2015
With just two members, the track team from Valley Catholic managed to take sixth place in the 4A state meet last month. Valiant senior Wilder Boyden won both the 3,000 meters and 1,500 meters. With his teammate Ben Davidson, the two were in territory usually occupied by much larger teams with more people to score points.

Old gym razed for SSMO caretakers building
Catholic Sentinel – June 8, 2015
Built in the 1930s, the old gymnasium on the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon campus was the site of basketball games and other campus events for generations of students – and Sisters. On May 13, the old gym came down to make way for a new building for the SSMO Ministries Corporation maintenance workers, who serve Valley Catholic School, Maryville and the other projects on campus.

CYO wraps up track and field season with two meets
Catholic Sentinel – June 5, 2015
With nearly 1,800 participants, the Catholic Youth Organization has concluded a successful season of track and field. [The field included multiple winners from Valley Catholic.]

Oregon Sports Awards Fan Vote
June 4, 2015
Valley Catholic’s Sarah Connelly is nominated for Female Prep Soccer Player of the Year.

2015 Artistic Achievers and Community Leaders gallery
OregonLive – June 2, 2015
A slideshow of artistic achievers and community leaders from the Class of 2015 features Valley Catholic seniors Andrew Herinckx and Kevin Alexander.

May 2015

Valley Catholic valedictorian aims to write novels, a job bounded only by his imagination
The Oregonian/OregonLive – May 29, 2015
Kevin Alexander knew all his letters before he turned 3, read his first Harry Potter novel at age 5 and started writing stories a year later. So, it’s little wonder that the Valley Catholic School valedictorian wants to write novels for a living.

Boyden closes career with pair of state titles
Beaverton Valley Times – May 28, 2015
What it means to be an individual state champion, what it takes to stand at the peak of your craft was never real to Wilder Boyden….At ease with his own athletic destiny in the last competitive races he’ll ever run, Boyden…took both the 1,500-meter and 3,000 state crowns.

Valley Catholic’s Kevin Alexander named National Merit Scholar
Beaverton Valley Times – May 27, 2015
Valley Catholic senior Kevin Alexander was recently named a 2015 National Merit Scholar. Alexander, a Tigard resident, is the winner of a National Merit $2500 Scholarship and one of just 2,500 Merit Scholars chosen from a talent pool of more than 15,000 finalists in the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program.

Poll: Who should be The Oregonian/OregonLive athlete of the week for May 18-24?
The Oregonian/OregonLive – May 25, 2015
Wilder Boyden, Valley Catholic boys track and field: The senior won the 1500 (4:06.14) and 3000 (8:52.53) meter races in Class 4A, helping push the two-man team from Valley Catholic to sixth place.

Julian Body, Wilder Boyden each win two state titles, nominated for athlete of the week
The Oregonian/OregonLive  – May 25, 2015
Valley Catholic senior Wilder Boyden and Jesuit junior Julian Body earned a pair of impressive sweeps over the weekend at the track and field state championships at Hayward Field. Boyden won the 1500 (4:06.14) and 3000 (8:52.53) meter races in Class 4A, helping push the two-man team from Valley Catholic to sixth place.

Two-man team pushes Valley Catholic to sixth in Class 4A track and field
The Oregonian/OregonLive – May 23, 2015
The idea for a two-man team to earn a medal at the state track and field championships was hatched two years ago on Valley Catholic’s bus down to Eugene…Ultimately, Valley Catholic got closer to a medal than two years prior but fell just short.

South Umpqua leads 4A boys track and field race as Valley Catholic duo tries to keep pace
The Oregonian/OregonLive – May 22, 2015
Valley Catholic sent just two boys to the OSAA 4A state track and field meet at Hayward Field, but Valiants runner Wilder Boyden thinks their two-man crew might be able to grab a spot on the team podium Saturday.

Valley Catholic’s Wilder Boyden edges in front of tight pack to win 4A boys 3,000
The Oregonian/OregonLive – May 22, 2015
Valley Catholic senior Wilder Boyden came up just short of an individual cross country title in the fall, finishing behind Jakob Hiett of Sweet Home. Friday, Boyden held off Hiett to win the 4A boys 3,000 meter race at the OSAA track and field meet at Hayward Field.

Baseball: Scappoose hosts Cowapa League’s Valley Catholic for play-in round
South County Spotlight – May 21, 2015
Scappoose is set to take on a team they’ve come to know fairly well over the last season, as they’ve matched up with Valley Catholic three times….Valley Catholic enters the postseason having won seven of their last 10 league games, including a 10-9 win in Banks and dominant efforts against Seaside and Tillamook.

Sisters of St. Mary demolish the old gym on campus, but keep the memories alive (videos)
OregonLive – May 21, 2015
It’s hard to imagine the sheer number of sneakers that ran up and down the old Valley Catholic School gym during its 70 years of activities.

Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon remember Sister Geraldine Bernards
Beaverton Valley Times – May 18, 2015
A dedicated caregiver, Sr. Geraldine Bernards spent 39 years at Maryville as a nurse, director of nursing and administrator.

Longtime caregiver, a Sister of St. Mary of Oregon, dies at 85
Catholic Sentinel – May 18, 2015
A funeral Mass will be held Monday afternoon for Sister Geraldine Bernards, former Maryville administrator. Sister Geraldine died May 14 at the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon Motherhouse.

PREPS: Top seeds for state tennis
Portland Tribune – May 17, 2015
Oregon Episcopal School senior Matthew Sipowicz is the top seed for the 4A/3A/2A/1A boys tourney. Matt Biggi, a Valley Catholic junior, is No. 2. Sipowicz will be gunning for his third consecutive state title.

Valley Catholic boys third, VC girls fifth at Cowapa League district track
Beaverton Valley Times – May 15, 2015
The Valley Catholic boys track team took its best shot….Foremost among those were the dueling 1-2 finishes by senior Wilder Boyden and junior Ben Davidson in the 1,500 and 3,000 meters races.

Historic St. Mary’s gymnasium demolished in Beaverton
KGW – May 13, 2015
A big demolition marked the end of an era of sorts, in Beaverton Wednesday. The gymnasium on the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon campus was knocked down. The huge gym was built in the 1930’s and then closed almost 10 years ago.

Boys Golf: Valley Catholic takes dual against Scappoose
The Chronicle (St. Helens) – May 4, 2015
The Valley Catholic Valiants topped the Scappoose Indians in a dual meet at The Reserve Golf Course on May 1, winning 314-346. Valley Catholic’s top golfer shot a one-over-par 73.

April 2015

Herb Lommen and his Valley Catholic students teach hands-only CPR to locals
North Coast Citizen – April 30, 2015
Herb Lommen visited his hometown of Nehalem on Thursday April 23rd and brought 24 of his students from Valley Catholic School with him to teach a life-saving skill he has become passionate about in the last four years. 

Schmidlin paces Valiants on the links
Daily Astorian – April 17, 2015
Valley Catholic’s Ryan Schmidlin carded a 75 Wednesday, to lead the Valiants to a victory over Astoria in a Cowapa League boys golf.

SSMO leadership chosen
Catholic Sentinel – April 15, 2015
The Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon have elected their 2015-2020 leadership team. The election came during their every-five-year general chapter meeting, held at the SSMO Motherhouse.

Family is and the Thomas family does at Valley Catholic
“Portrait” Magazine (Pamplin Media Group) – April 2015
From administration to teaching to coaching, the Thomases are VC.

Class 4A girls basketball all-state
Oregonian & OregonLive – April 6, 2015
Kaylynn Bush of Valley Catholic earns 4A all-state honorable mention.

Valley Catholic teacher honored for teaching CPR
Beaverton Valley Times – April 1, 2015
Herb Lommen knows what it’s like to survive heart disease. The Valley Catholic teacher is doing everything he can to help others face off against America’s deadliest assassin and come out alive.

Middle-schoolers becoming lifesavers by teaching CPR
Beaverton Valley Times – April 1, 2015
By the end of May, well more than 4,000 Beaverton School District students will be ready to save lives after learning hands-only CPR….Several of Beaverton’s schools already have taught the skills, modeled after a program at Valley Catholic School, but this is the first year that all of the Beaverton district’s middle schoolers will be involved.

March 2015

Team Charisma of Valley Catholic wins state for dance and drill rendition of ‘Tethered’
OregonLive – March 22, 2015
The Charisma Dance Team of Valley Catholic High School won the 4A/3A/2A/1A classification at OSAA Dance and Drill state championships the week of March 16, held at Veteran’s Memorial Coliseum. It’s the fifth state championship for the team since 2010.

IN PHOTOS: State Dance – Large and Small Dance Division
Portland Tribune – March 22, 2015
Gresham and Valley Catholic High Schools take top honors at this weekend’s state dance championships.

Poll: Which dance team was most impressive at state championships?
OregonLive – March 22, 2015
Oregon’s best high school dance and drill teams were crowned on Thursday and Saturday in various categories. Out of the following winners, we’re curious to find out: Which team stood head and shoulders above the rest?

Gresham, Valley Catholic, Canby among winners at OSAA dance and drill state championships: complete results
OregonLive – March 21, 2015
The OSAA dance and drill state championships were held Wednesday through Saturday in Portland.

2015 Rose Festival Court: Clara Cannon of Valley Catholic High named a princess
Oregonian & OregonLive – March 18, 2015
Clara Cannon of Valley Catholic High School was named Wednesday to the 2015 Rose Festival Court, representing Metro West. Talia Quatraro from Lake Oswego High School was named Wednesday as the Metro East representative. Cannon, Quatraro and the other members of the court, presented by Unitus Community Credit Union, will receive a $3,500 scholarships from The Randall Group, a female business executive mentor and the chance to be crowned Queen of Rosaria on June 6 at Memorial Coliseum.

Aloha’s club pitches in to help 1-year-old with rare medical condition
Beaverton Valley Times – March 18, 2015
Members of Aloha High School’s Sparrow Club have a mission — to help the families of children with medical needs….[Sparrow Club member Andrea] Castillo said recent activities students have undertaken have included writing Valentine’s Day cards to Christian and his family. They also wrote cards to senior citizens at Maryville nursing home.

Valiants get their trophy
Beaverton Valley Times – March 14, 2015
The Valley Catholic High School girls basketball team didn’t end its first season at the Class 4A level empty-handed. And the Valiants are pretty happy about that. Valley Catholic, a former Class 3A state powerhouse, concluded its initial season at the higher level by earning the fifth-place trophy at the Class 4A state tournament, which concluded Saturday at Liberty High School.

Live updates from final day of high school basketball season: 6A, 4A finals and consolation
OregonLive – March 14, 2015
It’s the final day of the Oregon high school basketball season. Two champions were crowned Friday, and four more titles will be decided Saturday.

Henley, Valley Catholic battle in state semifinal: 4A girls basketball video highlights
OregonLive – March 13, 2015
Henley pulled away in the second half to defeat Valley Catholic 52-38 on Friday, but the teams were nearly even through two quarters with the Hornets and Valiants each turning in their share of highlight-reel plays.

For Henley, return trip to state championship game was roller coaster ride: 4A girls semifinal recap
OregonLive – March 13, 2015
The journey has had more downs than ups, as the [Henley] Hornets failed to make the tournament as sophomores and finished fourth last season, but with its 52-38 victory over No. 3 Valley Catholic on Friday at Liberty High School, the group is finally back in the state’s premier event.

Valiants can’t get past Henley
Beaverton Valley Times – March 13, 2015
The effort was there. So was the hustle.The swarming, pressing defense was definitely there. But, unfortunately for the Valley Catholic High School girls basketball team, in the second half, at least, the baskets weren’t. The Valiants, after battling their way to a 28-26 halftime lead over Henley, couldn’t find their shooting touch in the second half, as they fell 52-38 to the Hornets in a Class 4A state playoff semifinal game played Friday at Liberty High School.

Rival coach tips his hat to 4A girls semifinalists Sutherlin, Henley, Valley Catholic, Cascade
OregonLive – March 13, 2015
There are six state basketball tournaments taking place this week, and the majority of them have seen their share of surprises over the past few days….The question many are wondering is: Can anyone possibly knock off Sutherlin (26-0)?  If any team is going to pull it off, [Banks coach Brandon] Begley didn’t hide the fact that his top choice would be Banks’ rivals from the Cowapa League, the Valiants.

6A, 4A semifinals and 5A finals set on wild day of overtimes and upsets: Oregon high school state basketball recap
OregonLive – March 12, 2015
Thursday was a wild one. Three games went into overtime — with North Bend and Cascade taking three overtimes before they could rest — and two No. 1 seeds fell, including in 6A girls where South Medford lost by one point to league rival Roseburg.

Valley Catholic coach John Innes recaps the Valiants 61-30 win over Seaside: Girls basketball quarterfinals video
OregonLive – March 12, 2015
No. 3 Valley Catholic blew out No. 6 Seaside 61-30 in the quarterfinals of the Class 4A OSAA girls basketball state tournament on Thursday at Liberty High School….Valley Catholic head coach John Innes recaps the Valiants’ big win over Seaside.

No. 3 Valley Catholic runs past No. 6 Seaside 61-30: Girls basketball quarterfinals photos
OregonLive – March 12, 2015
No. 3 Valley Catholic blew out No. 6 Seaside 61-30 in the quarterfinals of the Class 4A OSAA girls basketball state tournament on Thursday at Liberty High School….In the gallery, view photos from the Valiants’ big win over Seaside.

Valiants crush Seaside’s championship hopes
Daily Astorian – March 12, 2015
The league with the most may also be the league with the best, in this year’s Class 4A girls basketball state tournament. Entering the tournament with three of the final eight teams, the Cowapa League is well-represented this week in Hillsboro, where the Valley Catholic Valiants — the second-place team in the Cowapa — could make a serious bid to prove that they’re the best in the state.

Poll: Best fans [including Valley Catholic] at Thursday’s 6A, 5A, 4A Oregon high school basketball tournaments
OregonLive – March 12, 2015
Every day during the 6A, 5A and 4A state basketball tournaments, we’ll be compiling photos of the fans we find most impressive and letting readers decide which team had the best supporters. Which school brought the most spirit? Had the coolest theme? Really propped up their team?

Valley Catholic girls storm the tournament
Beaverton Valley Times – March 12, 2015
Maddie Vinson said she’s been waiting all week for this game. Molly Davidson said she’s been waiting a whole year. Well, for the Valley Catholic High School girls basketball team, it was certainly worth the wait. The Valiants, playing their first-ever state tournament game at the Class 4A level, got off to a flying start and never looked back, as they rolled to a 61-30 win over Cowapa League foe Seaside in a Class 4A tourney quarterfinal game played Thursday at Liberty High School.

Valley Catholic’s defense bottles up Seaside in 61-30 victory: 4A girls basketball tournament recap
OregonLive – March 12, 2015
Two years ago, Valley Catholic won a state girls basketball championship. Last year, the Valiants were state runners-up. But that was in Class 3A. After growing too big for that classification, the Valiants moved up to Class 4A this school year. On Thursday, they showed they can be a force in the bigger class, too.

Valiants tear apart Tigers, eye 4A state title
Beaverton Valley Times – March 12, 2015
Faced with a half-month layoff after clinching a bye in the first round of the Class 4A state playoffs, the Valiants had ample time to sift through all the state-tournament clinching possibilities, the chances of a loss, and the uncertainty of playing its first 4A postseason opponent, Junction City. When the moment came for the Valiants to finally hit the floor on Saturday, Valley was eager and committed not to just dominating the outmanned Tigers, but to make a declaration doing it.

Valley Catholic girls basketball reaches 4A state tournament
OregonLive – March 9, 2015
In its first season in a new classification, the Valley Catholic girls basketball team has kept its string of state tournament appearances alive. The three-seed Valiants won their Round 1 matchup against 14-seed Junction City 57-26 on Saturday to reach the OSAA 4A Girls Basketball State Championship.

Clutch free throw shooting sends Valley to state playoffs
Beaverton Valley Times – March 5, 2015
Valley Catholic senior Kazuma Lane said he and his teammates have been practicing free throws quite a bit of late. That proved to be a very good thing for the Valiants last Friday night when Lane stepped to the line with 4.8 seconds remaining and calmly knocked down a pair of free throws, giving Valley Catholic a 36-34 victory over visiting Hidden Valley.

The ‘Godspell’ Convergence
Catholic Sentinel – March 4, 2015
Three Portland area Catholic high schools [including Valley Catholic] have chosen to stage ‘Godspell’ this month and directors say students are fired up.

Living Valiantly (story with video and photos)
Catholic Sentinel – March 3, 2015
Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon bring spirit, service, faith to many.

February 2015

Highlights hit the ground dancing
Statesman Journal – Feb. 20, 2015
The Stayton Highlights dance team is assuredly on its toes when it comes to hosting home competitions…The Valley Catholic Charisma Dance Team, of Beaverton, won first place in the 4A division of the competition and went home the Grand Champions for the third consecutive year with the highest score of all divisions.

Ash Wednesday brings the whole student body together at Valley Catholic School for Mass (photos and video)
OregonLive – Feb. 18, 2015
Father Jeff Eirvin led the Ash Wednesday all-school Mass at Valley Catholic School on Wednesday, Feb. 19. Over 1,000 students and teachers from the pre-school through 12th grade gathered in the gym to attend the Mass and have the ash put on their forehead at this start of Lent.

Gulls come up short in race for team title
Daily Astorian – Feb. 16, 2015
The same two schools [Newport and Seaside] finished 1-2 in the team standings for the second straight year on the boys’ side of the District 1/4A swim meet….And Valley Catholic definitely made a splash in its first year in its new district, as the Lady Valiants won the girls’ title with 252 points, over Tillamook (229)….On the girls’ side, Valley Catholic, Tillamook and Newport dominated most of the events.

Godspell casts its spell at Valley Catholic
OregonLive – My Beaverton – Feb. 10, 2015
“Godspell,” the legendary rock musical based on the Gospel of Matthew, will be casting its spell at Valley Catholic High School in early March. The musical features popular songs audiences will recognize, such as “Day by Day,” “All Good Gifts” and “Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord.”

Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon let the public in for a peek
Beaverton Valley Times – Feb. 5, 2015
Sister Michael Francine Duncan heard her calling to the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon from halfway across the world….She and five dozen fellow sisters will open up their massive home to share their lives with the general public with an open house set for Sunday, Feb. 8.

Maryville care center expansion nearly finished
Beaverton Valley Times – Feb. 5, 2015
As construction wraps up this month, the Maryville care center soon will be able to care for more short-term rehabilitation patients. Maryville officials hope to open 16 private rooms in its new wing by early March, assuming the new building passes its inspections, administrator Kathleen Parry said Monday.

Baglai, big fourth quarter help Valley bounce Banks
Beaverton Valley Times – Feb. 5, 2015
The Valley Catholic boys basketball team’s offensive manifesto goes something like this: When all five players are in on the action, touching the basketball and tasting success, the game is at it its most euphoric. And when the Valiants marry that ball movement with their dog-eat-dog defense as Valley did on Friday night against Banks, there’s no telling what the defending state champs can do in the Cowapa League.

Valiant girls’ hoops fight, fall just short of Banks
Beaverton Valley Times – Feb. 5, 2015
Noelle Mannen’s last-gasp, half-court heave had a chance….Alas, the skyrocketing missile hit the left side of the glass and caromed away, leaving Valley with a 46-43 overtime home loss on Friday night.Yet Mannen’s gallant attempt seemed to mark a fitting end for Valley’s labor. Mannen put everything she had into that full-scale cast, just as the Valiants did against the Braves, despite playing without one of their best post players in Bailey McDevitt.

January 2015

Jesus Narvaez scores 15 points for Banks, but Valley Catholic rallies for 46-36 win: Boys basketball recap
OregonLive – Jan. 30, 2015
Jesus Narvaez had a game-high 15 points for Banks, but Valley Catholic took control in the fourth quarter and pulled away for a 46-36 victory Friday in Beaverton.

Banks coach Brandon Begley ‘so proud’ of his girls after 46-43 overtime win at Valley Catholic
OregonLive – Jan. 30, 2015
“What a game!” Those were the first words Banks coach Brandon Begley had to offer following his team’s 46-43 overtime victory at Valley Catholic on Friday.

Honoring the valiant, distinguished life of Marlene Schmidt Duyck
OregonLive – My Beaverton – Jan. 30, 2015
Described as a woman “who spent her entire adult life devoting herself to her family and the church,” Marlene Schmidt Duyck ’59 received the 2015 Distinguished Alumni Award from Valley Catholic School.

Additions, strong returners add intrigue to Valley’s season
Beaverton Valley Times – Jan. 29, 2015
Though the Valiants are moving up to 4A, the program’s bar hasn’t been lowered by any stretch of the imagination. If anything, with the transfers’ instant impact, it’s been raised.

Seaside comes back to beat Valley Catholic 64-56 behind sophomore Maddi Utti: Girls basketball recap
OregonLive – Jan. 27, 2015
The reigning league champion Seagulls trailed by seven points in the third quarter and couldn’t sustain any momentum against the Valiants, newcomers to the Class 4A Cowapa after playing in three consecutive Class 3A finals. Fortunately for Seaside, it has Maddi Utti.

Seaside at Valley Catholic girls is Fans’ Game of the Week, and other games staffed by The Oregonian
OregonLive – Jan. 27, 2015
Every week during the high school basketball season we ask fans to decide which game Jen Beyrle should cover Tuesday. This week, Seaside at Valley Catholic girls is the winner. Jen will be at Valley Catholic High School in Beaverton on Tuesday night to provide a photo gallery and video highlights from the battle between the Seagulls and Valiants. The teams enter the showdown a combined 25-7 and are tied atop the Cowapa League standings.

Struggling Tillamook falls to Lady Valiants, Fish
Tillamook Headlight Herald – Jan. 27, 2015
The Tillamook girls basketball continued its recent swoon, literally giving away a 36-33 decision at Astoria Friday when they turned the ball over 33 times.…The team also lost to Valley Catholic 55-32 in the league opener.

Valley Catholic hosts its 2015 pre-K through 8th grade open house on Jan. 25
OregonLive – My Beaverton – Jan. 23, 2015
Valley Catholic Early Learning, Elementary, and Middle Schools will host their annual open house on Sunday, Jan. 25.

Llama helps Beaverton students de-stress
KGW – Jan. 20, 2015
A visiting llama helped students at Valley Catholic Middle School de-stress before final exams.

This Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon open house will ‘Wake Up the World’
OregonLive – My Beaverton – Jan. 16, 2015
Each day, as thousands of people pass through the intersection of Murray Blvd. and TV Highway in Beaverton, they see a historic building with a majestic dome and wonder about the lives of the women who call that building their home. On Sunday, Feb. 8, they can find out.

25 girls, 6 boys from Oregon named McDonald’s All-American game nominees
OregonLive – Jan. 14, 2015
The McDonald’s All-American game committed named 492 boys and 331 girls to the watch list for the basketball showcase, and several Oregon athletes [including Valley Catholic senior Kaylynn Bush] were among the nominees.

Valley’s size, defense cuts down Corbett
Beaverton Valley Times – Jan. 8, 2015
A year ago, Corbett came into Valley Catholic’s gym, undaunted and downright defiant, and nearly took down the then-undefeated Valiants on their home turf. This season, it was no contest.

Valley awakes in second half, eases past Eagles
Beaverton Valley Times – Jan. 8, 2015
For a team supposedly in limbo when it comes to finding its foothold in Class 4A play and trying to usher in a fresh posse of stars, the Valley Catholic boys basketball team sure looked sharp against an old 3A foe.

Kissing alpaca visits Beaverton nursing home
KOIN-TV – Jan. 7, 2015 (story originally aired on Dec. 22, 2014)
The video of a kissing alpaca has gone viral – and it began in Beaverton.

Remembering Sister Maureen Kalsch, SSMO
OregonLive – My Beaverton – Jan. 5, 2015
A Vigil Service and Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Jan. 11 and 12 for Sister Maureen Kalsch, who died on Jan. 5 at the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon (SSMO) Motherhouse.

Remembering Sister Grace Schonlau, SSMO
OregonLive – My Beaverton – Jan. 3, 2015
A Vigil Service and Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Jan. 7 and 8 for Sister Mary Grace Schonlau, SSMO, who died on January 2 at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center.

Video shows tender moment
Catholic Sentinel – Jan. 2, 2015
A short video from the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon has gone viral…The 58-second piece documents the visit of Napoleon the Alpaca from Mountain Peaks Therapy Llamas and Alpacas [at Maryville].