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December 2016

Thursday Recap [Basketball tournament results]
The World (Coos Bay) – Dec. 30, 2016
Valley Catholic 43, Coquille 39: The Valiants handed the Red Devils their first loss by holding off a Coquille comeback in the fourth quarter at the Crusader New Year’s Invitational.

Valiants looking to climb Cowapa League ladder
Beaverton Valley Times – Dec. 29, 2016
At 5-1, Valley is No. 1 in the Class 4A power rankings….Buoyed by a seven-girl senior class and a junior point guard in Noelle Mannen who’s started nearly every game she’s played in a Valiant uniform, Valley sports a veteran-laden roster that’s played in a lot of big games, yet has an afresh program-wide philosophy.

Fighting hunger during the holidays
OregonLive/My Beaverton – Dec. 28, 2016
Christmas arrived a few days early at the Sunshine Pantry in Beaverton. It arrived on Dec. 21 as representatives of the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon and the City of Beaverton presented a check for the proceeds from Soup’s On 2016, the popular fundraiser that fights hunger in the Portland metro area. This year’s event raised more than $20,000 for the Sunshine Pantry.

All-State Football Teams announced
Beaverton Valley Times – Dec. 22, 2016
The Metro League was well-represented on the Class 6A all-state teams, as was Valley Catholic on the 4A all-state squads.

PR society honors Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon communications chief
Catholic Sentinel – Dec. 20, 2016
Barbara Kerr, who leads communications for the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon, has received the 2016 William W. Marsh Lifetime Achievement Award from the Public Relations Society of America Portland Metro Chapter.

Saturday [Sports] Recap
The World [Coos Bay] – Dec. 10, 2016
Valley Catholic 75, North Bend 39: The Bulldogs were beaten by the hot-shooting Valiants on the road on the second game of their two-day road trip. Andrew Plambeck hit five of Valley Catholics 10 3-pointers and had a game-high 20 points….Valley Catholic 64, North Bend 41: The Bulldogs were unable to follow up their Friday win at Newport when they visited the Valiants on Saturday. “It was rough,” North Bend coach Adam Decker said. “They kind of punched us in the mouth a little bit….They were good.” The Bulldogs trailed just 20-16 after the first quarter, but the Valiants pulled away from there.

Sports Highlights: Top Performers
Beaverton Valley Times – Dec. 8, 2016
Top performers include: Valiant Lizzy Osborn. Osborn, a junior middle blocker on the Valley Catholic volleyball team, was picked as Class 4A first-team all-state selection this week after helping the Valiants win the Cowapa League championship and finish fourth at the 4A state tournament in November. Valley Catholic senior outside hitter Reagan Dean was named second-team all-state for the Valiants.

All-State Soccer
Oregonian/OregonLive – Dec. 7, 2016
Here are the Class 6A, 5A, and 4A all-state selections for the 2016 Oregon high school season. All-state teams are determined by a vote of the state’s coaches and compiled by the Oregonian/OregonLive’s high school sports team. [Congratulations to our Valiant girls soccer team for winning silver at state. And kudos to team members Taylor Menkens, Noelle Mannen, Sarah Jones and Callie Kawaguchi.

Advent retreat in Beaverton
Catholic Sentinel – Dec. 2, 2016
With the rush of the Christmas season tapping at the door, the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon are offering an Advent Retreat to help remind the faithful of the blessings that come as we wait with Mary for the birth of our greatest blessing.

November 2016

Astoria, Seaside seniors earn all-league honors
Daily Astorian – Nov. 29, 2017
Cowapa League girls soccer is good, young…and it will be even better next year….Valley Catholic, which lost the 4A state championship game to North Valley, swept the top awards, as the Valiants placed seven players (two juniors, four sophomores, one freshman) on the first team.Valley Catholic junior Taylor Menkens was named Player of the Year, while junior teammate Noelle Mannen was selected as the Goalkeeper of the Year. The Valiants’ Kayla Gaspardis was named Coach of the Year.

Beaverton Police win People’s Choice Award in Soup’s On Benefit
Catholic Sentinel – Nov. 20, 2017
Sister Colleen Schmitt gave the coveted Golden Ladle to the cooking crew from the Beaverton Police, winners of the People’s Choice Award in this year’s Soup’s On Benefit.

Championship Heartbreak
Beaverton Valley Times – Nov. 17, 2016
All year long, the Valley Catholic girls soccer team defied the odds…..With 10 seniors graduating last year, Valley’s assumed lack of experience would presumably rear its ugly head in the postseason, as it tends to do in the playoffs. Yet, the young Valiants demonstrated a resolved will and a cool moxie under pressure against bigger, more seasoned foes and reached the Class 4A state championship game at Liberty High School.

North Valley caps perfect season with 2-1 win over Valley Catholic for 4A girls soccer championship
Oregonian/OregonLive – Nov. 13, 2016
Both teams are well-positioned to get back to the championship game next season. Valley Catholic played no seniors in Saturday’s game, while Comyford was the only senior to play significant minutes for the Knights. “Every team wants to be here, but if you said we’d be in the championship game, I don’t think anyone outside of our group thought we would make it,” [Valiants coach Kayla] Gaspardis said.

Valley: Kawaguchi finishes in top 10 individuals
Beaverton Valley Times – Nov. 10, 2016
Three years ago, the Valley Catholic boys cross country team won a Class 3A state title with Cooper Roach and Wilder Boyden at the helm. And in 2014, it was Boyden and his running mate Ben Davidson finishing in the top-three of the 4A ranks to help Valley steamroll the state field. But riding superstars to the summit isn’t all the Valiants are about. On the contrary, Valley can dig deeper into the well, excavate upwardly mobile stars and achieve state eminence. The Valiants verified that notion on Saturday, winning their third state championship in four years.

Valiant dynasty
Beaverton Valley Times – Nov. 10, 2016
Valley Catholic boys cross country team wins their third title in four years.

Valley outlasts Molalla, readies for 4A state title game
Beaverton Valley Times – Nov. 10, 2016
North Valley girls’ soccer defeats Gladstone, will face Valley Catholic for Class 4A state championship Saturday in Hillsboro.
With the win, Valley Catholic (15-3-0) earned a berth in Saturday’s championship, where they will try to exact a measure of revenge against top-ranked North Valley.

Valley volleyball takes out Cowapa rivals, takes third at state
Beaverton Valley Times – Nov. 10, 2016
Trailing by five late in the opening set, the top-ranked Valiants exploded to score five consecutive and 10 of 11 points on their way to putting a lid on a raucous Tillamook crowd and defeating the No. 9 Cheesemakers, 25-21, 25-18, 25-18.

Valiants take out Warriors
Beaverton Valley Times – Nov. 10, 2016
A torrential downpour during Saturday’s second half could not prevent the second-ranked Valley Catholic girls soccer team from getting the goal it needed to win its Class 4A state quarterfinal.

North Valley girls’ soccer defeats Gladstone, will face Valley Catholic for Class 4A state championship Saturday in Hillsboro
Grants Pass Daily Courier – Nov. 9, 2016
Baylee Touey led the way with a hat trick as No. 1 North Valley routed No. 5 Gladstone 5-0 in a Class 4A girls’ soccer state semifinal game Tuesday at Russ Werner Field in Grants Pass. Touey’s goals came in the 20th, 53rd and 62nd minutes of play. Brianna Robles and McKenzie Comyford also scored for North Valley (17-0). The Knights beat No. 2 Valley Catholic (14-3) on Sept. 1 by a score of 3-1. The Valiants are also the last team to have beaten North Valley; Valley Catholic ousted the Knights from the 2015 state playoffs with a 6-1 win in the first round. Gladstone ended its season with a 12-4-1 record.

Valley Catholic outlasts Philomath in girls soccer playoff battle
Corvallis Gazette Times – Nov. 8, 2016
On paper and based on OSAA rankings, the home-field Valiants entered the girls soccer contest as the favorite to move on. Valley Catholic, a Beaverton school out of the Cowapa League, took a 12-game winning streak into Saturday’s showdown against the upstart Warriors, co-champions of the Oregon West Conference.

Vote now: Who should be The Oregonian/OregonLive’s team of the week?
Oregonian/OregonLive – Nov. 7, 2016
[Nominees include] Valley Catholic boys cross country: The Valiants scored 58 points to win the Class 4A state championship at Lane Community College.

Seaside boys second at state cross country
Daily Astorian – Nov. 7, 2016
The Tillamook girls and the Valley Catholic boys were the team champions in the Class 4A portion of the [OSAA state cross country], held at Lane Community College. The Valiants’ top five runners finished in the top 26 overall, enough for Valley Catholic to finish with 58 team points, to Seaside’s 79.

Cowapa volleyball all-league teams: Lizzy Osborn of Valley Catholic and Mary Schorn of Banks are co-MVPs
Oregonian/OregonLive – Nov. 3, 2016
Co-players of the year: Lizzy Osborn, Valley Catholic, and Mary Schorn, Banks. Coach of the year: Becky Kemper, Valley Catholic. First Team includes: Lizzy Osborn, Regan Dean, Abby Groh, Sarah Gram, Kayla Robbins, Valley Catholic. Honorable Mention includes: Daria Wonderlick, Allie Merz, Valley Catholic.

Valley Catholic handles Henley in soccer playoffs
Beaverton Valley Times – Nov. 3, 2016
The Valley Catholic girls soccer program graduated ten seniors from a team that reached the state semifinals last season. Losing that many players usually leads to rebuilding year. Not so for this season’s Valiants. Despite not having a single senior in its starting lineup, second-ranked Valley Catholic had little trouble defeating visiting Henley 3-0 in the first round of the OSAA 4A playoffs Tuesday.

Valley Catholic handles Sutherlin in volleyball playoffs
Beaverton Valley Times – Nov. 3, 2016
Valley Catholic showed why it’s the top ranked team in the state last Saturday evening as the host Valiants quickly dispatched of Sutherlin in the opening round of the OSAA 4A Volleyball State Playoffs.

Henley girls soccer falls to Valley Catholic again, 3-0
Herald and News (Klamath Falls) – Nov. 2, 2016
Valley Catholic girls soccer knocked Henley out of the playoffs for the second straight year after beating the Hornets in the OSAA Class 4A first round playoffs, 3-0.

Famous detective duo at VC
Catholic Sentinel – Nov. 2, 2016
Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson come to life in Valley Catholic’s fall production of “The Secret Case of Sherlock Holmes.” The high school’s drama department has performances left Nov. 4-6. Friday and Saturday shows begin at 7 p.m. Sunday matinee begins at 2 p.m.

October 2016

Lady Mooks battle Valiants in quarterfinals
Tillamook Headlight Herald – Oct. 31, 2016
After a rough start in Florence Saturday, Tillamook rallied to sweep into a rematch with Cowapa League champion and top-seeded Valley Catholic Friday at 1:15 p.m. on court 1 of the state volleyball tournament quarterfinals.

No. 1 Valley Catholic sweeps Sutherlin in 4A playoff
The News-Review – Oct. 30, 2016
Sutherlin ran into a talented Valley Catholic club, dropping a 25-15, 25-14, 25-10 decision Saturday in a Class 4A playoff match….The No. 1 Valiants (20-4) advance to the state tournament and will meet No. 9 Tillamook at 1:15 p.m. Friday in the quarterfinals at Forest Grove High School.

Valley Catholic drama department presents ‘Sherlock Holmes’
Beaverton Valley Times – Oct. 27, 2016
Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson — the fictional detective duo made famous through television, film and literature — will come to life in Valley Catholic’s fall production of “The Secret Case of Sherlock Holmes.”

Friday Night Lights (FNL) 2016 Week 9 – AIR 12 Highlights
KPTV FOX12 – Oct. 21, 2016
Tualatin vs Tigard/ Lakeridge vs Lake Oswego/ Century vs Southridge/ Valley Catholic vs Gladstone.

Valley Catholic girls end Mooks’ soccer season, 8-0
Tillamook Headlight-Herald – Oct. 26, 2016
Tillamook ended its girls soccer season Tuesday with an 8-0 loss to second-ranked Valley Catholic at Doc Adams Field.

Valiants stage late rally to edge Cheesemakers, 25-20
Tillamook Headlight-Herald – Oct. 25, 2016
Tillamook had a 20-6 halftime lead Friday. They also had too much time left.

Valley Catholic drama department presents “The Secret Case of Sherlock Holmes”
Oregon Live | My Beaverton – Oct. 21, 2016
Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson – the fictional detective duo made famous through television, film and literature – will come to life in Valley Catholic’s fall production of “The Secret Case of Sherlock Holmes.” The Valley Catholic High School Drama Department will showcase their fall production October 27-29 and November 4-6. Thursday, Friday and Saturday performances begin at 7 p.m. Sunday matinee begins at 2 p.m.

Top-ranked Valley Catholic clinches Cowapa title
Tillamook Headlight-Herald – Oct. 20, 2016
The last time Valley Catholic and Tillamook met, the Lady Valiants handed out the first Cowapa League loss to the Lady Mooks. They added another Tuesday, dropping Tillamook into third place in the Cowapa League standings.

Indians girls’ soccer rides shutout streak
South County Spotlight – Oct. 14, 2016
Scappoose…has a rematch at No. 2 Valley Catholic, which won the first match 1-0 on Sept. 29, at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 20….The Valiants unleash all-league stars in junior midfielder Taylor Menkens, junior goalkeeper Noelle Mannen and sophomore forward Kate MacNaughton.

Valley Catholic upsets Scappoose in defensive fashion
Beaverton Valley Times – Oct. 14, 2016
If you’re going to beat the champs, you have to knock them out. And, fittingly, with the biggest win in Valley Catholic football program’s history hanging in the balance against Scappoose, it was Daniel Hardy — who had a day most players can only dream of — that landed the haymaker heard around the Beaverton area Thursday night.

Thursday Night Lights (football highlights)
KPTV FOX12 – Oct. 13, 2016
North Salem vs. Sprague / McMinnville vs. West Salem / Camas vs. Heritage / Battle Ground vs. Skyview / Union vs. Evergreen / Molalla vs. Estacada / Scappoose v.s Valley Catholic / Sandy vs Putnam. (Valiants segment starts at 4:42 in the highlight reel.)

Barbara Kerr receives William W. Marsh Lifetime Achievement Award
Daily Insider – Oct. 13, 2016
Barbara Kerr, APR, Fellow PRSA, has received the 2016 William W. Marsh Lifetime Achievement Award from the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Portland Metro Chapter.

Tillamook sweeps Seaside, faces top-ranked Valiants
Tillamook Headline Herald – Oct. 13, 2016
Tillamook stayed in a tie with Banks in the Cowapa League race by sweeping Seaside Wednesday. Now, after a visit to the Marshfield volleyball tournament Saturday, the Mooks will face rival Valley Catholic in an ultimate showdown Tuesday evening at home.

SSMO Ministries Corporation CCO receives lifetime achievement award
OregonLive/MyBeaverton – Oct. 12, 2016
Barbara Kerr, APR, Fellow PRSA, has received the 2016 William W. Marsh Lifetime Achievement Award from the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Portland Metro Chapter.

Football: Valiants defeat Gulls
Daily Astorian – Oct. 10, 2016
The Seaside football team finished a brutal three-game stretch in Cowapa League play Friday night at Valley Catholic, where the Valiants scored a 51-8 win over the Gulls….The Valiants built a big 44-0 lead in the second quarter, and Valley Catholic quarterback Alex Tranquill capped the night with a 25-yard touchdown toss to Charlie Bevins for the final score.

FNL (Friday Night Lights) 2016 Week 6 AIR 12 Highlights
KPTV FOX 12 – Oct. 7, 2016
Seaside vs Valley Catholic (first highlight)/ Century vs Beaverton/ Skyview vs Camas/ Roosevelt vs Madison/ Putnam vs Hillsboro

FNL (Friday Night Lights) 2016 Week 6 Pep Rally: Valley Catholic
KPTV FOX 12 – Oct. 7, 2016
Joe V stopped by Valley Catholic High School as students got ready for their game against Seaside High School with a pep rally.

Girls Soccer: Valiants blank Astoria, 9-0
Daily Astorian – Oct. 7, 2016
Two goals just six minutes into the game set the tone for the night, for the Valley Catholic girls soccer team. The No. 2-ranked Valiants added two more goals for a 4-0 halftime lead, on their way to a 9-0 Cowapa League win over Astoria Thursday night on a rain-slickened CMH Field.

Indians girls’ soccer will have another shot at Valley Catholic
South County Spotlight – Oct. 7, 2016
Callie Kawaguchi’s 39th-minute goal is all that separates the No. 3 Valiants from the defending state champion Indians. The sophomore defender sank the Tribe 1-0 on Thursday, Sept. 29, at Scappoose Middle School’s Chinook Field.

Vote now: Who should be The Oregonian/OregonLive’s team of the week?
Oregonian/OregonLive – Oct. 3, 2016
Here are the candidates for The Oregonian/OregonLive’s high school team of the week for Sept. 25-Oct. 1, as nominated by fans and readersValley Catholic girls soccer: The Valiants improved to 4-0 in league play with Thursday’s 1-0 win over Scappoose — the reigning Cowapa and Class 4A state champion. (Photos from Valley Catholic’s win over Scappoose)

September 2016

New science home, new leaders
Catholic Sentinel – Sept. 28, 2016
The first day of the 2016-17 term marked a milestone at Valley Catholic School, as high school students became the first to take classes in Valley Catholic’s new science building.

Good sports at Valley Catholic
Catholic Sentinel – Sept. 28, 2016
At Valley Catholic High School, the start of the new school year was a celebration – not only for students — but for the entire school community. Kelly Foster of the Oregon School Activities Association honored the school as the winner of OSAA’s 2015-16 Sportsmanship Award.

Valiants hand Lady Mooks first league loss, 3-1
Tillamook Headlight Herald – Sept. 28, 2016
The top-ranked Lady Valiants stymied Tillamook with a 3-1 decision Tuesday on the road. It was the second time in four days the Mooks ended up on the short end of a battle with Valley Catholic.

Cowapa Volleyball: Valley Catholic 3, Tillamook 1
AM1360 KUIK – Sept. 28, 2016
There’s a new number one in Oregon 4A volleyball. The Valley Catholic Valiants followed up a victory over Tillamook at the Sisters Tournament with a 22-25, 25-22, 25-21 25-22 victory over the previously top-ranked Cheesemakers (4-1 Cowapa, 9-3 overall) Tuesday night.

Valiant volleyball gunning for awaited state title
Beaverton Valley Times – Sept. 22, 2016
It didn’t take long for the Valley Catholic volleyball program to quickly establish itself as a Class 4A linchpin. In two years at the 4A level, the Valiants have placed at the state tournament twice: taking sixth in 2014 and fourth in ’15….With maybe the best team head coach Becky Kemper has fielded in years — which is saying something considering the quality of talent that’s come through the program — there is hope this season brings a long awaited state title banner back to Valley.

2016 Oregon High School Volleyball Players to Watch
Oregonian/OregonLive – Sept. 22, 2016
Another season of high school volleyball is in full swing, and come November, new state champions will be crowned in Oregon. The state has plenty of outstanding players on the court this season; here’s a look at some of those top returning stars [including junior Lizzy Osborn of Valley Catholic].

Oregon High School Football’s 2016 Early Season Surprises
Oregonian/OregonLive – Sept. 22, 2016
Three games into the high school football for 2016, here are 10 teams in 6A, 5A and 4A [including Valley Catholic] that look to be early-season surprises. Can they continue?

Soup for a good cause
Catholic Sentinel – Sept. 21, 2016
Portland area food vendors will compete for affection from celebrity judges at the Soup’s On 2016 fundraiser Oct. 1.

Volleyball: Valiants defeat Gulls
Daily Astorian – Sept. 21, 2016
Fourth-ranked Valley Catholic defeated Seaside in three games at the Gulls’ Nest, 25-12, 26-24, 25-20, in a Cowapa League volleyball match Tuesday. Valley’s Regan Dean went on a seven-point serving run to close out the first set.

#9 Valley Catholic Pounds Madras 47-0
OregonPrepSports.Net – Sept. 18, 2016
Valley Catholic (3-0) jumped out to a quick 28-0 lead in the first quarter and never looked back in their final non-conference tune-up before heading into Cowapa league play.

Valiants finding confidence in strong start
Beaverton Valley Times – Sept. 15, 2016
As far as first impressions and fast starts go, Valley Catholic rookie head coach Nick Hegwood couldn’t have asked for much more from the Valiants football team.Through two games, Valley has looked legitimate, knocking off Douglas 41-28 in its first game on the road and then trouncing Yamhill-Carlton 53-7 on Friday at home.

Valley Catholic High School recognized by OSAA for outstanding sportsmanship
OregonLive/My Beaverton – Sept. 8, 2016
At Valley Catholic High School, the start of the new school year was a celebration – not only for students – but for the entire school community. Kelly Foster of the Oregon School Activities Association (OSAA) honored the school as the winner of OSAA’s 2015-2016 Sportsmanship Award.

Soup’s On 2016 at Valley Catholic: because no child should go to bed hungry
OregonLive/My Beaverton – Sept. 6, 2016
Soup’s On 2016 will be held on Saturday, Oct. 1, from 5:00-7:30 p.m. in the Valley Catholic Athletic Center. Valley Catholic is located at 4275 SW 148th Ave., Beaverton, at the intersection of TV Highway and Murray Blvd.

Football League alignments for 2016
The World/WorldLink (Coos Bay, Oregon) – Sept. 2. 2016
Listings include: Class 4A Cowapa League: Astoria Fishermen, Banks Braves, Scappoose Indians, Seaside Seagulls, Tillamook Cheesemakers, Valley Catholic Valiants.

Finding friendship: Examining the importance of friendship in the golden age
Catholic Sentinel – Sept. 1, 2016
It’s not unusual to see Dimi Todd motivating the residents at Beaverton’s Maryville Nursing Home to get involved in activities. The 101-year-old woman entered Maryville three years ago and still has no difficulty making new friends. “I was surprised,” said Todd. “I was only here a little while and I was elected queen.”

August 2016

Astoria volleyball enters new era at the net
Daily Astorian – Aug. 31, 2016
Tillamook and Valley Catholic were also part of the final eight at the state tournament, and ended up facing each other in the consolation final, the Valiants winning in three games….“What I know about the league is that Banks won (state) last year, Valley Catholic was fourth and Tillamook sixth,” she said. “It is a very tough league. We are getting prepared for that.”

Hegwood excited for head coaching chance at Valley Catholic
The Times (Beaverton Valley edition) – Aug. 25, 2016
With so many high quality programs to choose from in the Beaverton School District, [new head coach Nick] Hegwood hopes to make Valley a football destination for potential players when they’re deciding where to spend their high school careers.

Valley Catholic hopes to turn corner with new coach, offense
Oregonian/OregonLive – Aug. 19, 2016
Previewing the 2016 Valley Catholic Valiants of the Class 4A Cowapa League

The Oregonian/OregonLive’s 2016 high school football tour: photos, previews, more
Oregonian/OregonLive – Aug. 14, 2016
The Oregonian/OregonLive’s annual high school football tour is underway! [See Valley Catholic in week one.]

July 2016

Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon to celebrate 2016 Jubilarians
Catholic Sentinel – July 27, 2016
Sisters to be honored for service and ministry milestones on July 31

Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon to celebrate 2016 Jubilarians
OregonLive/My Beaverton – July 6, 2016
The Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon (SSMO) Community will honor six Sisters who are celebrating significant anniversaries in their service and ministry during the annual SSMO Jubilee Mass and reception.

June 2016

Diamonds in the rough
Beaverton Valley Times – June 23, 2016
Valley Catholic’s Jakob Pruitt and Avery Jones are headed to the next level.

Vote now: Who should be The Oregonian/OregonLive’s boys tennis athlete of the year?
Oregonian/OregonLive – June 18, 2016
Nominees include Valiant Matt Biggi, who won the 4A/3A/2A/1A boys singles championship. [He also won this online poll.]

Valley Catholic bids farewell to grads, retiring leaders
Catholic Sentinel – June 7, 2016
This commencement season marks a milestone for the 94 seniors in Valley Catholic High School’s class of 2016.

Class 4A baseball all-state teams
OregonLive – June 7, 2016
Honorees include Valiants Alex Hyland, Ethan Cape, Chris Rapp and Jakob Pruitt.

May 2016

What Students Say / Valley Catholic Elementary School
Beaverton Valley Times – May 26, 2016
What is special and unique about your school? Our students respond.

Biggi brings it in state title match, takes home crown
Beaverton Valley Times – May 26, 2016
To become a state champion, Matt Biggi first had to learn how survive failure. For three seasons, the Valley Catholic boys tennis singles star steered through his respective state tournaments, first at the Class 3A level and then at 4A. This spring…with the weight of expectation on his shoulders, the Valiant senior played some his best tennis, beating North Marion’s Ethan Berkeley 6-2, 6-1 in the Class 4A state championship singles match.

Clark claws back to 4A state podium
Beaverton Valley Times – May 26, 2016
As a freshman competing for the Valley Catholic girls team, (Julia) Clark was a key cog on the Valiants’ 2014 Class 3A state championship squad. She ran the third leg on the Valiants’ 4 x 400-meter relay team that clinched the title for Valley Catholic over Hidden Valley. Success is finicky, as Clark found out, which only made her Hayward Field homecoming at the Class 4A track and field state championship meet on Saturday that much more gratifying. Clark took third in the 400 (at 59.48) seconds, breaking the 60-second barrier for the third time in two weeks.

Local track stars shine at state on Friday
Beaverton Valley Times – May 26, 2016
Beaverton-area athletes cranked out some big performances at the Class 6A and 4A state track and field meets at Hayward Field on the University of Oregon campus on Friday. In this photo gallery, courtesy of Hillsboro Tribune sports editor Amanda Miles, see shots of the top competitors from Sunset, Jesuit, Aloha, Southridge and Valley Catholic [Ben Davidson] as they took their shots at glory.

Photo Gallery: See the best of state track photos from May 19-20
Beaverton Valley Times – May 26, 2016
Each day, every race, every minute seemed to make another big performances at the 2016 state track and field meets in Eugene. In this photo gallery…see shots of the top competitors from Sunset, Jesuit, Aloha, Southridge and Valley Catholic [Valiant Ben Davidson] as they took their shots at glory.

Oregon High School tennis champions: meet the winners
OregonLive – May 22, 2016
Winners included 4A/3A/2A/1A boys singles champion Matt Biggi of Valley Catholic. (He is featured in image 16 in the display.)

Valiants bow out Banks, vow to rebound in postseason
Beaverton Valley Times – May 13, 2016
Maybe the grand stage of a de facto league championship game spooked the young Valley Catholic baseball team or perhaps Banks lived up its hyped billing as one of the Class 4A’s state title favorites….Valley, though it had it eyes set on a league crown, is still No. 3 in the all-important 4A power rankings and will most likely host postseason contests.

Cowapa League baseball: Banks vs. Valley Catholic (photo album)
Oregonian/OregonLive – May 12, 2016
Photos by Oregonian Sports Producer Billy Gates

Banks baseball wraps up league title for first time in 19 years 8-2 over Valley Catholic
Oregonian/OregonLive – May 11, 2016
Banks gets a home game since they won the league title, and they will play an opponent to be determined later on May 25. Valley Catholic, again in all likelihood, will also open the postseason in the first round May 25 and not have to be in a play-in game.

Valiants 7, Fishermen 0
Daily Astorian – May 8, 2016
Valley Catholic pitcher Alex Hyland fired a four-hit shutout, and the Valiants scored five runs in the third inning on their way to a 7-0 win over Astoria Friday, in Cowapa League baseball action.

Valiants edge Gulls, 3-2
Daily Astorian – May 5, 2016
Seaside scored two runs in the second inning and Valley Catholic scored three in the fourth Wednesday night — and that accounted for all of the scoring in a 3-2 victory for the Valiants in a Cowapa League baseball game in Beaverton.

Late rally helps save Valiants from Mook upset bid
Tillamook Headlight Herald – May 4, 2016
The third-ranked Valiants needed a dramatic seventh-inning rally to spoil a Tillamook upset bid Tuesday at Randy Schild Field, 20-14. The win kept Valley Catholic in the middle of the Cowapa League title fight with second-ranked Banks for the championship. The Valiants are 8-2 in league, just one game behind Banks in the standings and ahead of the defending state champions from Scappoose (5-4).

Scappoose girls three-peat as Cowapa League golf champions [Top two teams – Scappoose and Valley Catholic advance to regionals]
South County Spotlight – May 4, 2016
“We were nervous because Valley Catholic was so close to us,” said [Macy] Gray, a senior.

High School Baseball: Monday Recap
KUIK AM 1360 – May 3, 2016
VALLEY CATHOLIC 5, Tillamook 2 – The Valiants won a close game against the Cheesemakers, who came in allowing nearly 10 runs per contest. With the victory, Valley Catholic remains one game behind first-place Banks in the Cowapa League standings.

Poll: Who should be The Oregonian/OregonLive’s high school athlete of the week for April 24-30?
Oregonian/OregonLive – May 2, 2016
Nominees include Valiant Alex Hyland, Valley Catholic baseball: Hyland helped the Valiants knock off Cowapa League-leading Banks 5-4 last week with a great pitching performance. Hyland struck out five, didn’t walk anybody and allowed one earned run in the win. He threw 97 pitches, 70 for strikes, in a complete game.

April 2016

Update: Tech in Catholic classrooms has more pros than cons
Catholic Sentinel – April 30, 2016
Over the past three years, Catholic schools in Oregon have gone through an education revolution. Officials have introduced laptops and tablets into classrooms, with many schools giving students their own devices, even in primary grades….At Valley Catholic, writing and research have increased and vocabulary has expanded.

Valley Catholic plates two in the seventh, gives Banks first Cowapa baseball loss 5-4
OregonLive – April 27, 2016
Coming off a 15-2 thumping at home Tuesday at the hands of league-leading Banks, Valley Catholic head baseball coach Pat Thomas wanted to see his team’s mettle. Looking at another loss square in the face, the Valiants plated two runs in the top of the seventh and held on for a 5-4 win at Banks on Wednesday.

Cowapa League Baseball: Valley Catholic 5, Banks 4
KUIK AM 1360 – April 27, 2016
The Cowapa League continues to stamp itself as the preeminent sports league in Oregon at the 4A level. With half of  the state’s baseball champions in the last decade and three of the current top-five ranked teams in the state, the league really blossoms in the spring. All of those Cowapa showings at Volcanoes Stadium are courtesy of two schools, Astoria and Scappoose. Now Banks and Valley Catholic are hoping to bring some new Cowapa blood late in the postseason.

Baseball: Valiants outslug Indians
St. Helens Chronicle – April 26, 2016
The ball was pinging all over the park on April 21 when the No. 3 Valley Catholic Valiants (10-2, 5-1) and No. 6 Scappoose Indians (9-5, 2-4) staged an offense-heavy barnburner. The lead changed hands a half-dozen times in the game. Valley Catholic took the last lead of the game, winning 9-8 on a walk-off double in the bottom of the seventh inning.

Sixth-ranked Scappoose baseball sweeps Tillamook [coverage of several games]
South County Spotlight – April 26, 2016
The sixth-ranked Indians (11-5 overall, 4-4 Cowapa League) have not allowed a run in 13 innings since falling 9-8 in walk-off fashion at No. 2 Valley Catholic on Thursday, April 21, in Beaverton….The Indians (9-5, 2-4) and Valley Catholic (10-2, 5-1) traded five-run innings in the fourth and the fifth, but the Valiants pushed two runs across in the seventh. Valley Catholic senior Alex Hyland smacked six RBIs, and also struck out five Indians in 4.2 innings.

Cowapa League Baseball: Valley Catholic 9, Scappoose 8
KUIK AM1360 – April 22, 2016
The Valley Catholic Valiants and Banks Braves are headed toward a first-place showdown. Will Desmond doubled into the right-center field gap in the bottom of the seventh inning, scoring Chris Rapp all the way from first base as the Valiants (5-1 Cowapa League, 10-2 overall) walked off with a thrilling 9-8 victory over Scappoose Thursday at Randall Field.

Valley Catholic baseball powers past Astoria 6-2
Beaverton Valley Times – April 16, 2016
The Valley Catholic baseball team knows there are bigger challenges ahead, but right now, things are going pretty darned well for the Valiants. The Valiants, hosting Astoria under sunny skies at Valley Catholic High School on Friday, beat the Fishermen 6-2 for their fourth straight Cowapa League win and their eighth straight overall.

[Clatskanie] Tigers return from spring break on the road
The Chief – April 2, 2016
Clatskanie baseball fell 18-8 at home on March 30 to Valley Catholic. The Valiants were up 10-0 in the fifth…and the Valiants were able to score eight runs in the seventh inning.

March 2016

Ben Settle takes state title, looks forward to senior year
Beaverton Valley Times – March 31, 2016
What was supposed to Ben Settle’s second-best event turned out to be state title worthy.

Prep roundup (softball, baseball, soccer tennis, track)
The Daily News (Longview, Washington) – March 31, 2016
Valley Catholic 18, Clatskanie 8: The Valiants led 10-0 in the fifth before the Tigers’ offense made it a two-run game, but an eight-run seventh inning was the difference in Clatskanie’s nonleague loss.

Nano Ninjas: Breaking barriers with a robot
Beaverton Valley Times – March 23, 2016
This week, the Nano Ninjas are taking on the best young robot-builders on the West Coast. In the future, they might just change the world. The Nano Ninjas, a team of mostly Beaverton-area middle-schoolers [including Valley Catholic], is among more than a dozen Oregon teams that qualified in late February for the FIRST Tech Super-Regional Championship in Oakland, Calif.

Power and beauty
Beaverton Valley Times – March 23, 2016
They leapt. They twirled. They pranced in perfect unison. They were fierce, and they were stunningly beautiful. “They” were the state’s best Dance/Drill teams, and in this case, the state’s best included the teams from Sunset, Southridge, Westview and Valley Catholic. [Click on the middle image to see a slide show of images of all four teams competing.]

Photos, results from the 2016 OSAA state dance and drill competition
Oregonian/OregonLive – March 20, 2016
The 2016 OSAA state dance and drill competition held Saturday, March 19, 2016, at Veteran’s Memorial Coliseum. 

Umbrella project seeks support for Beaverton homeless shelter (Column)
Oregonian/OregonLive – March 18, 2016
Valley Catholic High School art students display a few of the umbrellas they’ve painted for the Shelter Us Beaverton project. The campaign hopes to raise awareness for the need for a homeless shelter in the city. (Courtesy of Valley Catholic)

Grace in the Everyday: Author Brian Doyle visits SSMO Bethany Center
OregonLive/My Beaverton – March 14, 2016
Author Brian Doyle will speak on “Grace in the Everyday” on Saturday, April 16, at the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon (SSMO) campus. “Grace in the Every Day” will take place from 9:00-11:30 a.m. in the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon Motherhouse and Administration Building, located at the corner of TV Highway and Murray Blvd. in Beaverton.

Ready for Rio
Beaverton Valley Times – March 9, 2016
She is the most accomplished U.S. woman in fencing history, and Mariel Zagunis continues to build on her legacy. The Valley Catholic High School graduate and Beaverton resident, a two-time Olympic sabre champion and three-time Olympian, is headed to Rio de Janeiro in August to compete in her fourth Olympiad.

Cowapa League girls basketball all-league selections
The Oregonian/OregonLive – March 7, 2016
Honorees include: Player of the year – Molly Danielson, Valley Catholic; All-league selections – Molly Danielson, Valley Catholic, senior, and Noelle Mannen, Valley Catholic, sophomore; Honorable mention – Jessi Beyer, Valley Catholic, senior.

Cowapa League boys basketball all-league selections
The Oregonian/OregonLive – March 7, 2016
Honorees include: All-league selections – Shankar Krishnakumar, Valley Catholic, senior; Honorable mention – Andrew Plambeck, Valley Catholic, sophomore, and Avery Jones, Valley Catholic, senior.

Following God’s call: Priest receives distinguished alumnus award
Catholic Sentinel – March 6, 2016
On a morning early this month, Father Jeff Meeuwsen came to Valley Catholic to preside at Mass and deliver a homily about hope, gentleness and love at an all-school Mass during Catholic Schools Week. At the end of the Mass…Father Meeuwsen heard the surprise announcement that he would receive the 2016 Valley Catholic Distinguished Alumni Award. The gym erupted with applause.

See both beauty and beastliness at Valley Catholic
Beaverton Valley Times – March 2, 2016
Magic. Love. Jealousy. Hatred. Fear. Violence. Redemption. “Beauty and the Beast” — which will be performed by the Valley Catholic High School Drama Department from March 4-6 and 11-13 — seems to have it all.

Maryville recognized for patient safety
OregonLive | My Beaverton – March 2, 2016
Maryville was one of eight healthcare facilities in the state recognized as a leading participant in the Oregon Patient Safety Commission’s (OPSC) 2015 Patient Safety Reporting Program. This is the second year in a row that Maryville has received the Leading Participant Award, which is given to healthcare facilities that exceed expectations in “consistently investigating patient harm, developing solutions to prevent future patient harm, and submitting reports that effectively contribute to shared learning across Oregon.”

Local students tops at state robotics contest
Beaverton Valley Times – March 2, 2016
Teams stocked with Beaverton-area students were among the top finishers at last weekend’s statewide robotics competition in Portland….The Nano Ninjas include many Stoller Middle School students as well as students who attend Meadow Park, International School of Beaverton (ISB) and Valley Catholic middle schools in Beaverton and Hazelbrook Middle School in Tualatin.

February 2016

Valiants tune up for 4A playoffs, mow McLoughlin
Beaverton Valley Times – Feb. 27, 2016
The age-old rest versus rust debate at the start of the postseason makes the Valley Catholic girls basketball team a tad uneasy….Competing in their first “play-in” game in nearly half a decade after finishing third in the Cowapa League, the Valiants were crisp and truculent against McLoughlin on Friday, pounding the Pioneers 71-33 with a 32-point third-quarter outburst that was vintage Valley basketball.

Mac-Hi girls lose playoff at Valley Catholic, 71-33
Union Bulletin – Feb. 27, 2016
Molly Danielson scored 18 points and ripped down 13 rebounds as Valley Catholic defeated Mac-Hi 71-33 in a Class 4A girls basketball state tournament play-in game here Friday. The ninth-ranked Valiants (18-7 record) broke the game open with a 32-point third quarter in which they shot a red hot 15 of 20 from the field.

Valley Catholic Spring Break Spokane service-immersion program [scroll down to fourth news item]
National Catholic Reporter – Feb. 26, 2016
The Spokane community also benefits from a spring break ministry-immersion program sponsored by Valley Catholic High School in Beaverton, Ore.

Big games abound for high school basketball’s Feb. 26 games
Beaverton Valley Times – Feb. 26, 2016
It’s time.Time for the biggest games, the ones that turn into memory makers and season breakers. While some leagues are ready for their final round of regular-season play, the rest of the state moves into the Play-In Round today, where teams get the chance to right regular-season wrongs and turn tough seasons into something special….Class 4A Play-In Round: No. 23 McLoughlin (2-4 in GOL play, 13-11 overall) at Valley Catholic (7-3 in Cowapa play, 18-7 overall), 6 p.m.

Award-winning classical pianist will perform free concert at Valley Catholic
OregonLive – My Beaverton – Feb. 24, 2016
Acclaimed pianist Eloise Kim will perform at her alma mater, Valley Catholic High School, on Monday, March 14, at 7 p.m. The concert is free and open to the public.

Indians finish Valley Catholic for third Cowapa League seed
Beaverton Valley Times and South County Spotlight – Feb. 24, 2016
It took overtime [for Scappoose] to snatch the third Cowapa League seed from eighth-ranked Valley Catholic on Tuesday….[The] Indians will host Crook County in Class 4A state play-in at 5 p.m. on Saturday; Valiants play at La Grande at 6 p.m. on Saturday

No. 6 Scappoose, No. 8 Valley Catholic will face off in Cowapa League Tournament opener
South County Spotlight – Feb. 22, 2016
Two very recent state champions collide for the third time this season at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday at Clatskanie Middle/High School. The defending Class 4A state champion Indians (16-7 overall, 6-4 Cowapa League) have split all four meetings with Valley Catholic (15-8, 6-4) since the Valiants won their second Class 3A state title and joined the Cowapa League in 2014.

Class 4A-3A-2A-1A swimming: Meet the state champions
The Oregonian/OregonLive – Feb. 20, 2016
A rundown of each boys and girls champion from the 4A-3A-2A-1A state swimming championship meet at Mt. Hood Community College. Champions include Valley Catholic’s Ben Settle, who won gold in the boys 500 freestyle.

Class 4A/3A/2A/1A state swimming finals: Photos, results
The Oregonian/OregonLive – Feb. 20, 2016
Official results from the Class 4A/3A/2A/1A state swimming finals, as provided by the OSAA.

Late free throws sink Astoria, 44-42
The Daily Astorian – Feb. 19, 2016
The loss will sting for awhile, but the Astoria Fishermen were still “accenting the positive,” following a dramatic defeat Thursday at the Brick House. Valley Catholic’s Avery Jones made two free throws with 3.1 seconds left to give the Valiants a 44-42 win, sending the Fishermen to their second-straight loss, and a second-place finish in league to go with it.

Cowapa League Girls Basketball: Banks 53, Valley Catholic 48
KUIK AM 1630 – Feb. 17, 2016
Leading 40-34 late in the third period, the Braves saw Valley Catholic race ahead with 10-0 run, capped by a back-to-back backcourt turnovers that turned into Valiant points….Valley Catholic closes out the regular season at Astoria Thursday night, needing a win over the Fishermen to force a tiebreaker with Seaside for the league’s number two and three seeds in the postseason.

Valley Catholic invites you to “Be our guest!” at “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast”
OregonianLive/My Beaverton – Feb. 17, 2016
“A tale as old as time” comes to life in Valley Catholic’s spring production of “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast.” The Valley Catholic High School Drama Department will present the award-winning musical from March 4-6 and 11-13. Friday and Saturday performances begin at 7 p.m. Sunday matinees begin at 2 p.m.

No. 2 Banks rallies to beat No. 9 Valley Catholic 53-48, clinch outright Cowapa title: Girls basketball recap
OregonLive – Feb. 16, 2016
Trailing by four points early in the fourth quarter at No. 9 Valley Catholic, Banks came through with a series of clutch plays down the stretch to beat the Valiants 53-48 and remain unbeaten in league.

Check out the big basketball results from these small schools on Friday
Beaverton Valley Times – Feb. 15, 2016
The state’s biggest schools are going to get their high school basketball coverage….But there’s gold elsewhere, too, and we here at Community Newspapers get that. So take a look…at a handful of big results that came from some of the state’s smaller schools on Friday night. (This overview includes an article about the Valley Catholic varsity girls basketball and their match against Seaside.)

Valiants’ bold rallies fall just shy against Seaside
Beaverton Valley Times and Portland Tribune – Feb. 12, 2016
With just two games to go in the regular season there still remains a great deal of untapped potential on the Valley Catholic girls basketball team….Valley sits at 17-5 overall with a 6-2 record in the Cowapa League, good enough for second place in conference.

Fifth-ranked Indians fall to vengeful No. 10 Valley Catholic
Beaverton Valley Times & South County Spotlight – Feb. 10, 2016
Valley Catholic’s resolve was too strong. The fifth-ranked Indians trailed 23-8 after a quarter and could not pull off a comeback on Tuesday in Scappoose. The No. 10 Valiants scrambled to a 61-45 win.

Boys Basketball: No. 9 Valley Catholic looks like contender against Scappoose [Subscription required to see full article]
The Chronicle – Feb. 10, 2016
For one night, at least, the Valley Catholic Valiants (13-7, 4-3) looked the part of a team that should own a spot much higher in the rankings than the No. 9 slot they currently hold. The Valiants surprised the No. 7 Scappoose Indians (14-6, 4-3) with an aggressive 1-3-1 trapping defense. Valley Catholic’s success on defense generated scoring opportunities on offense and – especially in the first half – the Valiants capitalized on those looks.

An invitation from the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon to learn about The Saint John’s Bible
OregonLive/My Beaverton – Feb. 10, 2016
On Feb. 20, the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon will host a presentation about the history and creation of The Saint John’s Bible, the first completely handwritten and illuminated Bible to be commissioned by a Benedictine monastery in over 500 years.

Lady Mooks rolled (third item in the article)
Tillamook Headlight Herald – Feb. 9, 2016
After playing the Lady Valiants tough for a half Friday, the fortunes of the Cheesemakers disappeared as the visitors ran up a 21-0 third quarter that blew open the battle in Tillamook and set the stage for a 69-32 win.

Valiants escape Mook ambush with 51-48 OT win
Tillamook Headlight Herald –  Feb. 6, 2016
A last-second buzzer-beater forced Friday’s game into overtime where the visiting Valiants pulled out 51-48 victory.

Following God’s call: Father Jeff Meeuwsen receives the 2016 Valley Catholic Distinguished Alumni Award
OregonLive/My Beaverton – Feb. 4, 2016
Father Jeff Meeuwsen, pastor of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in Aloha, Oregon, is the 2016 recipient of the Valley Catholic Distinguished Alumni Award.

Maryville Valentine’s Sale
Hillsboro Tribune (Calendar) – Feb. 4, 2016
Residents of Maryville will sell their handmade heart cookies, Valentine cards, flowers, gift bags, treats, candles and more on Feb. 12-13 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Sr. Adele Marie Altenhofen joins Vision Action Network Board of Directors
OregonLive/My Beaverton – Feb. 2, 2016
Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon Ministries Corporation President Sr. Adele Marie Altenhofen has joined the board of directors of the Vision Action Network (VAN) of Washington County.

Watch: ‘You show forth the love of God’ – Mass closes Year of Consecrated Life
Catholic Sentinel – Feb. 2, 2016
Local observance of the Year for Consecrated life closed Jan. 31 with a Mass at St. Mary Cathedral….Events came through the year in western Oregon. The Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon hosted a prayer seminar in September.

January 2016

Banks girls withstand late Valley Catholic rally to win 43-40
Beaverton Valley Times – Jan. 30, 2016
After the Valiants wiped out a 12-point Banks lead late in the game, the Braves stood strong, held Valley Catholic scoreless for the final 3:45 of the contest and held on to win 43-40. Valley Catholic, meanwhile, which entered the game with identical Cowapa League and overall records to Banks, was disappointed with the final result but knew it could play far better than it showed on Friday.

Banks boys put Valley Catholic away late to win 52-44
Beaverton Valley Times – Jan. 30, 2016
There was a time, midway through the second quarter of the Valley Catholic boys basketball team‘s Friday night game against Banks when the Valiants had the Braves right where they wanted them….The Braves, however, had other ideas.

No. 8 Scappoose too much for No. 7 Valley Catholic
Beaverton Valley Times – Jan. 28, 2016
In Scappoose and Valley Catholic’s three-game Cowapa League rivalry, the road team has won each time. It always comes down to the wire….Valley Catholic won the Class 3A state championship in 2013 before joining the Cowapa League. The Valiants won 42-40 last season in Scappoose, then the Indians survived 39-35 in Beaverton.

Valiants hold off Seaside rally, 40-31
The Daily Astorian – Jan. 27, 2016
Valley Catholic had more depth, more size and more experience Tuesday night against Seaside, in a Cowapa League girls basketball game at the Gulls’ Nest.

Astoria girls hold off late Scappoose charge
South County Spotlight – Jan. 27, 2016
The Indians, nonetheless, have taken five of the last seven games in the series….Brianna Smith scored all of her 10 points in the fourth quarter against ninth-ranked Cowapa League rival Valley Catholic on Friday, Jan. 22, in Beaverton, but the Valiants won 63-29.

GIRLS BASKETBALL: No. 9 Valley Catholic tops Scappoose
The Chronicle – Jan. 26, 2016
The No. 9 Valley Catholic Valiants (13-3, 2-0) took a 63-29 win over the visiting Scappoose Indians (4-10, 0-2) on Jan. 22.

No. 9 Valley Catholic girls’ hoops endures late Scappoose run
South County Spotlight – Jan. 26, 2016
Brianna Smith scored all of her 10 points in the fourth quarter against ninth-ranked Cowapa League rival Valley Catholic on Friday in Beaverton, but the Valiants won 63-29….Valley Catholic, which finished fifth at state in its first Class 4A season, improved to 13-3, 2-0.

Friday’s top five: Check out the five biggest high school basketball games from Jan. 22
Beaverton valley Times – Jan. 26, 2016
Among the games covered by Community Newspapers’ sports editors, reporters and photographers on Friday night, there were some absolutely huge results that will shape the power rankings for weeks to come. In case you may have missed some of these landmark scores, here’s a look back at the top five results from Friday’s contests.

Meet the OregonLive high school sports Fan of the Week: Ian Birrell of Valley Catholic
OregonLive – Jan. 25, 2016
Ian Birrell of Valley Catholic was chosen as the OregonLive high school sports Fan of the Week for his passionate support of the Valiants during Friday’s basketball doubleheader against Scappoose. He screamed. He danced. He led chants. He wore a gorilla mask! The home team had a number of passionate supporters cheering them on throughout Friday’s games, but Birrell, a junior, is the one fan who stood out above all the rest.

Indians hang on for big road win
The Chronicle Online – Jan. 25, 2016
The sixth-ranked Scappoose Indians (11-4, 1-1) held on for a big Cowapa League road win against the No. 10 Valley Catholic Valiants (10-5, 1-1) on Jan. 22. The Indians built themselves a nine-point lead late in the fourth quarter only to see the Valiants chip away at their deficit.

Valley Catholic hosts Scappoose in Fans Game of the Week: Photos
OregonLive – Jan. 22, 2016
Every week we let you — the readers — help us determine one game for which our attention is focused not on the players on the court, but on the fans in the stands. This week, Scappoose at Valley Catholic was chosen as the Fans Game of the Week after that matchup received more than 2,000 votes.

Boys basketball: Valiants roll past Cheesemakers, 57-35 [second featured story in the basketball roundup]
Tillamook Headlight Herald – Jan. 20, 2016
Tillamook stumbled on the road Tuesday, falling to the seventh-ranked Valley Catholic Valiants….The win put the Valiants in a three-way tie for first with Seaside and Astoria.

Valley Catholic pre-K through 8th grade open house (OPB spot)
OPB Radio – Jan. 19, 2016
Spots in support of the 2016 open house for Valley Catholic Early Learning, Elementary and Middle Schools ran from Jan. 11-23. This spot ran on Jan. 19 at 8:45 a.m. It was read by OPB Morning Edition host Geoff Norcross.

Valley Catholic girls hand Country Christian first loss
Portland Tribune – Jan. 15, 2016
Molly Danielson scored a game-high 20 points before leaving the game with an injury as the Valiants won 57-53 Thursday to snap the Cougars’ 10-game win streak to open the season.

Astoria girls score [swim] win over Valiants [Valiant boys defeat Astoria]
Daily Astorian – Jan. 14, 2016
The Astoria swim team hosted Valley Catholic for a Cowapa League dual meet Thursday at the Astoria Aquatic Center, where the Fishermen and Valiants each had a win in the team standings. Valley Catholic scored a narrow 89-76 victory over the Astoria boys, while the Lady Fishermen racked up 109 points in their win over the Valiants (47).

Answering the Call (In Person with Dina Marie): In Person with Fr. Jeff and Sr. Michael Francine
Mater Dei Radio (KBVM 88.3) – Jan. 7, 2016
SSMO Vocations Director Sr. Michael Francine Duncan and Archdiocese of Portland Director of Vocations Fr. Jeff Eirvin were guests on the hour-long program, which will air on Feb. 3, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. and Feb. 10 at 7:30 p.m. Click below to listen to the program now.

Valley’s size, defense overwhelms Portland Adventist

Beaverton Valley Times – Jan. 1, 2016
It’s doesn’t take a basketball savant to understand what propels the Valley Catholic boys basketball team this season. Blessed with four posts standing 6-foot-4 or above who all bring different skill sets and abilities to floor as well as long-limbed, willing defenders who can do a number of athletic feats, the Valiants’ bread-and-butter will be based in the post and their effort on the defensive end.

Valiants stay with Cougars, can’t close in fourth
Beaverton Valley Times – Jan. 1, 2016
Dropping a game to a lower classified foe usually isn’t means for conviction. But, when you consider Valley battled back from three large deficits and fought through bouts of adversity versus one of 3A’s state title contenders all the while playing its second game in two days, there was good reason for optimism.