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

December 2017

The Sentinel’s Top 10 Lists for 2017
Catholic Sentinel – Dec. 30, 2017
We reviewed our coverage in 2017 and here are two lists of the most popular stories of the year, one from our website, the other from our Facebook page. [Both lists include “Religious vocation, teaching is a family affair for three Vandecoevering sisters” — Three Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon, also blood sisters, have had a major impact on Catholic life in western Oregon.

People, Places and Things of 2017
Beaverton Valley Times – Dec. 27, 2017
Our favorite arts, culture and human interest stories in Beaverton, Tigard and Tualatin from 2017….In the summer of 1986, the disco track “I Can’t Wait” by Nu Shooz spent 15 weeks on Billboard’s Top 40 chart — and went gold in the process, meaning it sold more than 500,000 units. Over 30 years later, former Nu Shooz saxophone player and Valley Catholic band director Dan Schauffler just received his gold record.

Fall Sports Highlights
Catholic Sentinel – Dec. 18, 2017
Valley Catholic girls are champions in 4A soccer [and other fall highlights at regional Catholic high schools].

CYO volleyball ends with good rallies, big participation
Catholic Sentinel – Dec. 15, 2017
Fall sports came to a conclusion for the Catholic Youth Organization with the end of the volleyball tournament Nov. 14. The tourney was played all over the city with 1,389 participants, the second highest number for CYO volleyball….Valley Catholic took the fourth grade crown over St. Clare….Valley Catholic also won the grade 3 championship, with coaches Angelica Arellano and Lisa Marie Hunt at the helm.

Mannen, Kawaguchi prepared to lead Valiant girls basketball
Beaverton Valley Times – Dec. 14, 2017
Valley Catholic beats old Class 3A foe Westside Christian at home, looks ahead to season

For teens to balance life, they should plan ahead — and get real
Catholic Sentinel – Dec. 11, 2017
When it comes to balancing life, high school students need to use a calendar, explore, prioritize, and accept reality….Joe Bernard, longtime counselor at Valley Catholic High School in Beaverton….said a few students do need the maximum challenge so as not to be bored, but many get in over their heads because of unrealistic expectations and goals.

Decades after death, former firefighter’s love of toy drive continues
Hillsboro Tribune – Dec. 1, 2017
[Valley Catholic High School Secretary-Registrar] Pat Joyaux…and her husband, Hillsboro firefighter Richard Christensen, lived in an apartment above the old fire station….Firefighting was always more than just a job for Christensen, Joyaux said. Christensen devoted his time to running Hillsboro Fire Department’s Toy and Joy program — a tradition in Hillsboro Fire Department which continues to this day.

November 2017

Valley Catholic boys basketball blasts Gladstone
Beaverton Valley Times – Nov. 30, 2017
On opening night, when first-game nerves and on-edge emotion can take effect, Valley Catholic looked and played like a self-assured team with something to prove. Against a respected Gladstone program with its own strong tradition and background, the Valiants began their season the hard way, hanging its hat on the defensive end of the floor, and as a result, made their first act look relatively easy.

Oregon’s great Catholic funeral
Catholic Sentinel – Nov. 29, 2017
The 1983 rites for Archbishop Edward Howard showed refreshed Catholic worship on local television…Eulogies were delivered by Msgr. Edmund Van der Zanden, Sister Mary Fidelis Kreutzer of the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon, Jo Bonk of the Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women, and Mark Perkins, a student at Archbishop Howard’s beloved Central Catholic High School.

Valley Catholic girls soccer redeems, wins 4A state title
Beaverton Valley Times – Nov. 16, 2017
Conjuring up the sort of late-game mettle that turns runner-ups into champs, Valley senior Francesca Tubito booted home the go-ahead goal with seven minutes left in the second half to give the Valiants a 1-0 lead. And Valley’s defense, buttoned down by superstar goalie Noelle Mannen, safeguarded the lead down the stretch for the 1-0 championship win at Liberty High School on Saturday.

Vote now: Who should be The Oregonian/OregonLive’s athlete of the week?
Oregonian/OregonLive – Nov. 15, 2017
Here are the candidates for The Oregonian/OregonLive’s high school athlete of the week for Nov. 5-11, as nominated by fans and readers. [Candidates include] Francesca Tubito, Valley Catholic girls soccer: In a 1-0 Class 4A championship victory over Hidden Valley, Tubito scored the only goal of the match in the 73rd minute off an assist from Katelyn Snook. (PHOTOS)

Vote now: Who should be The Oregonian/OregonLive’s team of the week?
Oregonian/OregonLive – Nov. 15, 2017
Here are the candidates for The Oregonian/OregonLive’s high school team of the week for Nov. 5-11, as nominated by fans and readers. [Candidates include] Valley Catholic girls soccer: The No. 10 Valiants topped No. 9 Hidden Valley 1-0 to take the 4A state title. (PHOTOS)

Girls soccer: Astoria has Law on its side, as Keeper of the Year [Valley Catholic’s Taylor Menkens is Player of the Year]
Daily Astorian – Nov. 13, 2017
Astoria’s Lexi Law was selected as the Cowapa League’s Goalkeeper of the Year, with the release of the Cowapa’s All-League team, as voted on by the league’s coaches….Valley Catholic senior Taylor Menkens was selected as the league’s Player of the Year, as the state champion Valiants placed seven players on the all-league team, including five juniors.

Valley Catholic tops Hidden Valley for soccer title
The World (Coos Bay) – Nov. 13, 2017
Hidden Valley, which beat North Bend in the first round of the Class 4A girls soccer playoffs, came up just short of the state title in Hillsboro on Saturday, falling to Valley Catholic 1-0 on a late goal. The Valiants got the only goal of the match in the 72nd minute, when Francesca Tubito deflected a corner kick by Katelyn Snook off the crossbar and into the net. Tubito, a senior, came on as a substitute during the match. Valley Catholic goalie Noelle Mannen had three saves, while Hidden Valley’s Megan Porter had six saves.

Valiant girls soccer back to 4A title game
Beaverton Valley Times – Nov. 7, 2017
Redemption is just one victory away. All the Valley Catholic girls soccer team needs is one more conquest, a full 80 minutes of high-quality play and the ghosts of last year’s Class 4A state championship game are gone forever.

Prep girls soccer: Philomath falls [to Valley Catholic] in the semifinals
Corvallis Gazette-Times – Nov. 7, 2017
Philomath High’s run through the OSAA 4A girls soccer playoffs came to an end on Tuesday night. The No. 11-seeded Warriors suffered a 4-0 semifinal loss at No. 10 seed Valley Catholic. It’s the second straight year the Valiants have eliminated the Warriors in the postseason. Last year, Valley Catholic, then the No. 2 seed, beat No. 10 seed Philomath, 1-0, in the quarterfinals.

Teubner joins ‘Players of the Year’ [football and volleyball honors]
Seaside Signal – Nov. 7, 2017
The Valley Catholic volleyball team capped a great regular season with all six starters being selected to the Cowapa All-League team, released this week. As voted on by the league’s coaches, Valley Catholic senior Lizzy Osborn was named the Cowapa’s Player of the Year, while the Valiants’ Becky Kemper was Coach of the Year. Valley Catholic had four first-team selections and two honorable mention.

Beaverton native takes top prize at medical hackathon
The Times – Nov. 7, 2017
Josef Scheidt is a Valley Catholic graduate and current freshman at Case Western Reserve University.

New ACCW spiritual advisor, a woman religious, leads retreat
Catholic Sentinel – Nov. 2, 2017
Archbishop Alexander Sample recently approved the appointment of Sister Michael Francine Duncan of the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon as spiritual advisor to the Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women. On Oct. 10, she led the women’s group in a retreat at Our Lady of Peace Retreat House in Beaverton.

Volleyball: Astoria, Seaside [and Valley Catholic] players named all-league
Daily Astorian – Nov. 2, 2017
The Valley Catholic volleyball team — currently in Forest Grove for the Class 4A state tournament — capped a great regular season with all six starters being selected to the Cowapa All-League team, released this week. As voted on by the league’s coaches, Valley Catholic senior Lizzy Osborn was named the Cowapa’s Player of the Year, while the Valiants’ Becky Kemper was Coach of the Year. Valley Catholic had four first-team selections and two honorable mentions.

Valley Catholic sweeps Estacada, heads to state tournament
Beaverton Valley Times – Nov. 2, 2017
Valiants roll to easy state playoff win over Rangers, will play in the Class 4A quarterfinals

October 2017

Osborn, Valiant volleyball eye 4A state championship
Beaverton Valley Times – Oct. 26, 2017
The one Valley Catholic championship vacancy on its towering gym wall completely covered in blue-and-white banners dating back to the 1980s is volleyball. The Valiants have sported great teams and players, particularly the past eight years or so under head coach Becky Kemper, but ultimately ran up against like-minded titans….Each year Valley has done enough to warrant a state title but come up shy. That all ends now, this season, if you ask captain Lizzy Osborn.

Valley boys cross country peaking at the right time
Beaverton Valley Times – Oct. 26, 2017
The beat of upheld prosperity with the Valley Catholic boys cross country team continues on. The defending Class 4A state champions are in prime position for a repeat performance with a team that’s young, but possesses a high ceiling and rock solid senior leadership at the top in Nate Schmidlin, Jackson Hicken and Matt Ierardi.

Valley Catholic’s Issac back on course, back on track
Beaverton Valley Times – Oct. 13, 2017
Valley Catholic junior Taylor Issac made her return to the course after sitting out nearly half of a month due to the flu and ran a personal record 11:17 at the Valiant Invitational 3K to take second overall on Oct. 18 at Valley Catholic High School.

She influenced me
Catholic Sentinel – Oct. 23, 2017
Regarding “Religious vocation, teaching is a family affair for three Vandecoevering sisters,” Oct. 6, pages 14-15: “Much of my Catholic formation and religious learning and catechism came from Sister Clare when she headed the religious education (CCD) at St. Edward in North Plains. I always remember her being the first influence in my life to pursue music on the piano. That would lead to my choir directorship.” – Philip Shores, Portland

Meet Oregon’s high school soccer stars: 60 of the state’s top players
Oregonian/OregonLive – Oct. 20, 2017
The Oregon high school soccer regular season is winding down, and over the past six weeks we’ve had the opportunity to see more than 60 teams play. Who are the top stars in the local soccer scene? Here’s a list compiled by Hayes Gardner. [Profiled athletes from boys and girls soccer include Noelle Mannen and Taylor Menkins of Valley Catholic. Athletes appear in alphabetical order by last name.]

Volleyball notebook: Valley Catholic eyes first state championship; Central Catholic peaking at the right time
Oregonian/OregonLive – Oct. 19, 2017
Valley Catholic has never won a volleyball state championship. The Valiants made the state final in 2007 and coach Becky Kemper led them there again in 2013. A year ago they made the state semifinals as a No. 1 seed, but never have they gone all the way. This year could be different.

Sports Highlights
Beaverton Valley Times – Oct. 19, 2017
Showcased athletes include: Daniel Pruitt, a sophomore quarterback on the Valley Catholic team, ran for a touchdown and made a number of strong throws in the Valiants’ loss to Scappoose last week. Pruitt connected with two different receivers to keep the chains moving on Valley’s final drive of the first half and then punched in a five-yard touchdown run.

Convent still occupied — by one
Catholic Sentinel – Oct. 15, 2017
The convent at Visitation Parish, once home to the Vandecoevering sisters, is now weeknight lodging for Sister Alison Green. Like the three Vandcoeverings, she is a Sister of St. Mary of Oregon and a teacher.

Valiant football shows off potential in loss at Scappoose
Beaverton Valley Times – Oct. 13, 2017
Led by a gifted sophomore signal caller with a vast array of potential in Daniel Pruitt and a group of budding youngsters, Valley Catholic could very well be the Cowapa League’s team of the future. But the kings of the acclaimed conference had a bone to pick with the youthful Valiants on Thursday, as one of the final stops on their self-proclaimed “Back in Black” tour.

Valiant girls soccer flying high, looking for deep playoff run
Beaverton Valley Times – Oct. 12, 2017
High expectations are nothing new around the Valley Catholic girls soccer program. In truth, after making the Class 3A or 4A state championship games in three of the past four seasons and winning two of those said titles, lofty goals are practically embraced amongst the Valiants. Long playoff runs are the norm, Cowapa League crowns are counted upon and state title dreams have valid merit. This year is no different.

Sports Highlights
Beaverton Valley Times – Oct. 12, 2017
Showcased athletes include Valiant Callie Kawaguchi: Kawaguchi, a junior forward on the Valley Catholic girls soccer team, scored three goals in the first half against Astoria to help the Valiants crush the Fishermen, 7-0, last week. Senior midfielder/forward Taylor Menkens also added two goals for the fourth-ranked Valiants.

Religious vocation, teaching is a family affair for three Vandecoevering sisters
Catholic Sentinel – Oct. 9, 2017
Like any close sisters, the Vandecoevering trio interrupt each other, laugh at much-told family tales and wear matching clothes — which for many years have been black-and-white habits. Affectionately known in Verboort as the “Blessed Vandecoevering Trinity,” Sisters Clare, Agnes Marie and Anne are all members of the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon. But along with a shared bond of blood and vows, they have something else in common: a lifelong dedication to young people.

Valiants continue to surprise, press past Tillamook
Beaverton Valley Times – Oct. 5, 2017
It’s possible that a one-goal lead could have slipped away from Valley Catholic a year or two ago. Too many times the Valiants boys soccer team would jump ahead of an opponent early, only to get caught sleeping and give up the lead and ultimately the game. Those days, however, are over and done with.

Valiants knock off Mooks
Tillamook Headlight Herald – Oct. 3, 2017 (third item)
Tillamook found Tuesday’s volleyball showdown with Valley Catholic to be a mixed blessing. The visiting Valiants swept the Cheesemakers for a three-set win (25-23, 25-11 and 25-18) to take sole possession of first place in the Cowapa League standings at 5-0 after the first round of play.

Fast start gives Valiants 7-0 soccer victory
Tillamook Headlight Herald – Oct. 2, 2017
Valley Catholic is one of the best 4A girls soccer teams in the state, according to the Oregon School Activities Association’s own poll. With an 0-5 league record, the [Tillamook] Lady Cheesemakers are not ranked anywhere close in that poll. The Valiants tried to show off the difference early Tuesday, scoring less than a minute into the game. The visitors added two more goals in the first eight minutes of the half. Although the pace slowed, the Valiants were able to run up a 7-0 lead in the first half.

September 2017

A Catholic family’s ‘story of resilience’
Catholic Sentinel – Sept. 26, 2017
“All refugees have a story of resilience.” So Asukulu Songolo began the speech that won him second place in the original composition section for eighth graders at the Valley Catholic Middle School speech tournament last spring.

Girls Soccer: Valley Catholic tops Astoria at CMH Field, 6-0
The Daily Astorian – Sept. 21, 2017
…the Valiants backed up their No. 2 state ranking Wednesday night at CMH Field. Valley Catholic scored a pair of goals in the final 14 minutes of the first half, and three more in the first nine minutes of the second half, on its way to a 6-0 Cowapa League win over the Lady Fishermen.

Oregon high school volleyball: 50 top players to watch in 2017
Oregonian/OregonLive – Sept. 14, 2017
Players recognized include Valiant senior Lizzy Osborn, who  was voted first team all-state as both a sophomore and junior. The 5-foot-11 outside hitter helped lead the Valiants to a No. 5 OSAA ranking in 2015 and a No. 1 ranking in 2016.

Valiants win [volleyball] league opener at Astoria
Daily Astorian – Sept. 13, 2017
Astoria had the tough task of opening Cowapa League play against No. 3-ranked Valley Catholic Tuesday night at the Brick House, where the Valiants scored a three-game sweep, 25-14, 25-17, 25-21.

Rodriguez not seriously hurt, resting easy; Tigers drop 27-10 non-league contest to Valley Catholic
The News-Register – Sept. 9, 2017
Yamhill-Carlton dropped a 27-10 result to Valley Catholic Friday night in a game overshadowed by…injury…..Valley Catholic controlled most of the possession, as a result of sophomore running back Trey Eberhart. His one receiving and two rushing touchdowns help the Valiants take a commanding 27-0 lead after three quarters.

Yamhill-Carlton football player taken to OHSU in Life Flight helicopter after suffering injury
OregonLive – Sept. 9, 2017
A Yamhill-Carlton high school football player was flown to OHSU via a Life Flight helicopter after suffering a serious injury during Friday night’s game vs. Valley Catholic.

Young Valiants will battle, compete in Cowapa
Beaverton Valley Times – Sept. 1, 2017
Valley Catholic football hopes to build on six-win year, continue toward playoff win

Prep Football: Strong third quarter lifts Valley Catholic past Douglas, 29-21
The News-Review – Sept. 1, 2017
Douglas fought hard in its season opener but ultimately fell 29-21 to Valley Catholic in Friday’s nonleague football game….Valley Catholic and Douglas were tied twice in the game, but the Valiants were able to pull ahead late in the third quarter with back to back touchdowns.

August 2017

Seaside Gulls’ volleyball ready for a return to state
Daily Astorian – Aug. 31, 2017
Last year’s Sweet 16 included five of the six Cowapa League schools, and three of the eight teams in the state tournament were from the Cowapa, with Banks and Valley Catholic reaching the Final Four (both lost, and Valley Catholic defeated Banks in a consolation match).

Corbett volleyball falls in three sets to Valley Catholic
The Outlook – Aug. 30, 2017
Corbett’s volleyball team showed signs of staying with Class 4A powerhouse Valley Catholic in Tuesday’s season opener, but the Valiants answered the challenge to claim the 25-11, 25-15, 25-17 win.

Astoria girls soccer: Searching for goals
The Daily Astorian – Aug. 30, 2017
The Cowapa is a tough league, as first-year coach Tim Fastabend found last season. “The tough part is playing Valley Catholic and Scappoose,” he said. “I think they only lost two or three seniors each.”….And the Valiants and Indians “are probably stronger than they were last year,” Fastabend said.

Holy Women: a note
Catholic Sentinel – Aug. 8, 2017
We nod to them in friendly fashion when we see them here and there, and then we forge ahead to the bank or the bakery, and we do not stop for a long moment to consider that this quiet woman swore to devote her entire life to light and love and mercy and epiphany and kindness and tenderness and the battle against arrogance and greed and cruelty and lies and violence. [This essay by the late author Brian Doyle features a photo of Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon at Holy Cross School in 1934. Top (back): Sr. Engratia Sparkman. Forming the “V” (from left to right): Sr. Clementine Gescher, Sr. Rosaria Schmid, Sr. Alodia McHale, Sr. Gemma Kindel and Sr. Celine Schindler.]

July 2017

Two St. Francis classes sent to Camp Howard, thanks to scholarships
Catholic Sentinel – July 31, 2017
For the first time ever, scholarships — organized by [SSMO] Sister Krista von Borstel, Camp Howard executive director, and funded by the camp’s Champions of Faith donors — were offered to two elementary school classes; all fifth- and sixth-graders at St. Francis were invited to attend one of the general camp sessions. [The classes are taught by SSMO Sister Alison Green.]

Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon celebrate six jubilarians
Catholic Sentinel – July 21, 2017
The Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon this month honor six women who have given a combined 350 years of ministry. Sister Clare Vandecoevering will celebrate her 70th jubilee. Sisters Paula Fox, Marianne Giesel and Sharon Kirk will be honored for 60 years of service. Sisters Charlene Herinckx and Patricia Marie Landin will celebrate their 50th jubilees.

It’s cool to be Catholic in college 
Catholic Sentinel – July 21, 2017
School’s out and summer’s in full swing. That means the return of Oregon’s finest faith-filled college students, many of whom have spread their enthusiasm for the church across the country in diverse ways. [Writer William Deatherage is a Valley Catholic alum who currently attends The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. The article references Valley Catholic graduates Joseph Kiefer and Andrew Plasker.]

Tweets be to God: Priests and religious sisters embrace social media
Catholic Sentinel – July 17, 2017
The Catholic Church has observed and engaged with the trend from a human-centered paradigm. “Today the social networks are one way to … discover the beauty of faith, the beauty of encountering Christ,” said Pope Francis in his 2014 World Communications Day message. However, church leaders continually ask the question: How should we be using this powerful tool?….Sister Michael Francine Duncan, vocations director for the Sister of St. Mary of Oregon who tweets regularly, finds meaningful prayers and theological information on LinkedIn.

Southwest Bible Church hosts a summer day camp, and Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon plans a jubilee.
The Times (Beaverton, Tigard, Tualatin, Sherwood) – July 7, 2017
The [SSMO] jubilarians will be honored during a Mass and reception at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, July 30, in the Our Lady of Perpetual Help Chapel of the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon Motherhouse. The Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon campus is located at 4440 S.W. 148th Avenue, Beaverton. Additional information is available at

Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon to honor 2017 Jubilarians
OregonLive | My Beaverton – July 3, 2017
In the tradition of the Catholic Church, the word “Jubilee” is used to designate an anniversary year. In 2017, the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon (SSMO) will honor six Sisters who have given 350 years of service and ministry. Sr. Clare Vandecoevering will celebrate her 70th Jubilee. Sr. Paula Fox, Sr. Marianne Giesel and Sr. Sharon Kirk will be honored for 60 years of service. Sr. Charlene Herinckx and Sr. Patricia Marie Landin will celebrate their 50th Jubilees.

June 2017

CYO recognizes volunteers
Catholic Sentinel – June 30, 2017
Catholic Youth Organization counts on more than 1,500 volunteers each year to help facilitate sports programs. This year, CYO honored the following people [including: For 20 years of service to CYO/Camp Howard as executive director – Sister Krista von Borstel of the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon

Local legends will grace the stage at Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts
Lake Oswego review – June 22, 2017
More than 25,000 artistically minded visitors are expected to gather this weekend for the 54th-annual Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts, where three days of art exhibits, craft displays, music and more will fill the Lakewood Center and George Rogers Park. Not surprisingly, it’s that variety and mass appeal that first attracted Dan Schauffler and his wife Annie to the festival more than 10 years ago. Schauffler, an accomplished saxophonist and music educator at Valley Catholic School, has curated the festival’s music lineup for the past decade.

Why we love our dads: Reflections from around the archdiocese
Catholic Sentinel – June 17, 2017
In honor of Father’s Day, we asked an assortment of Catholics — including a musician, a Franciscan sister, kindergartners and high schoolers — to share what they love about their dads. [Those quoted include Joey Biever, Noelle Mannen, Ace Calcagno, Noah Olson and Chris Rapp of Valley Catholic High School.]

A Seattle jazz band with Beaverton roots will perform next weekend at the Buffalo Gap in Portland
The Times (Tigard/Tualatin/Sherwood) – June 14, 2017
Next Friday, the Buffalo Gap in Southwest Portland will welcome jazz band Hopscotch to the stage. While the band hails from Seattle, this will be akin to a homecoming performance for vocalist Jeanie Mishler, who grew up in Beaverton….Mishler’s love for music was fostered at Holy Trinity, where she went to elementary school, and later at the all-girls St. Mary of the Valley, now the coed Valley Catholic. She sang in the choir throughout her K-12 schooling.

Oregon’s Catholic women leaders: A model for all
Catholic Sentinel – June 13, 2017
Sister Charlene Herinckx, who is serving a second five-year stint as superior general of the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon, is a fan of the histories of religious communities. “Historically, women religious have been the ones who take the church out from the centers to serve those at the edges — in hospitals and through social work, for instance. We can be proud of serving those in need.”

Valley Catholic seniors took part in a unique new tradition last week
Beaverton Valley Times – June 8, 2017
Graduating seniors at Valley Catholic celebrated the milestone last Friday afternoon with the second annual Valley Catholic High School Senior Walk of Honor.

Cowapa League Baseball and Softball All-Stars
Forest Grove News Times – June 8, 2017
The feature article focuses on Banks athletes but includes the all-star honors list, which features baseball all-stars Chris Rapp, Porter Agnew and Will Desmond and softball all-stars Noelle Mannen and Joanna Duyck of Valley Catholic.

Valley Catholic eighth-graders to graduate
Catholic Sentinel – June 5, 2017
A graduation ceremony for Valley Catholic Middle School students will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, June 9, in the Valiants Gym, located in the Valley Catholic Athletic Center.

Sisters have a big day at UP
Catholic Sentinel – June 4, 2017
May 7 was a memorable day for the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon. During the University of Portland commencement ceremony, the superior general, Sister Charlene Herinckx, received the Christus Magister Medal — the university’s highest honor….In addition to honors for Sister Charlene, two members of the community — Sisters Thuy Doan and Colleen Schmitt — received a master’s in pastoral ministry. Nearly a dozen Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon were on hand to cheer for their community heroes.

School buildings sleepy over the summer? Nope
Catholic Sentinel – June 2, 2017
Once classes are out for summer, Catholic school buildings still get a workout, whether it’s for summer sessions, sports and drama camps, deep cleaning or big maintenance projects and renovations….Academics, athletics and the arts are taught according to the traditions of the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon at Valley Catholic School in Beaverton. 

May 2017

Valley Catholic sends off grads, plants seeds for the future
Catholic Sentinel – May 31, 2017
Valley Catholic High School will honor the class of 2017 during a commencement ceremony at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 10, in the Valiants Gymnasium, located in the Valley Catholic athletic center.

Community best part of Holy Cross speech team
Catholic Sentinel – May 25, 2017
“We have shared many experiences together, but one of the most memorable has been participating in the Valley Catholic Speech Competition, a contest where students have a chance to show their public speaking skills in three different rounds: elocution, extemporaneous and impromptu.”

Human rights group lauds students
Beaverton Valley Times – May 24, 2017
Beaverton Mayor Denny Doyle and the Beaverton Human Rights Advisory Commission recognized student winners for the 2017 Human Rights Creative Expression Contest during the May 2 Beaverton City Council meeting. Honorees included Valley Catholic junior Ania Ty, who won first-place honors among high school students.

Valley Catholic ends Douglas’ baseball season with 4A play-in victory
The News-Review (Roseburg) – May 18, 2017
The Douglas Trojans lost 19-7 to the Valley Catholic Valiants on Thursday at Dan Withers Field in a Class 4A baseball play-in game. The Valiants of Beaverton, who are ranked No. 12 in the OSAA power rankings, had 20 hits in the game — 19 which were singles.

Valiants end Mook season with 23-3 win
Tillamook Daily Herald – May 12, 2017
Tillamook closed out the 2017 season Friday with a 23-3 loss to visiting Valley Catholic at Randy Schild Field.

Valiant baseball bringing balance, big goals to field
Beaverton Valley Times – May 4, 2017
Looking back on what’s been a stellar five-year run, the Valley Catholic baseball team has revolved around stars, players who would go on to the collegiate level after achieving all-state status….the 2017 version of the Valiants — equipped with eight seniors and a number of high-quality pitchers — top-to-bottom could be the deepest, most balanced team head coach Pat Thomas has ever had.

April 2017

AM1360 KUIK – April 25, 2017
Going into Monday’s Cowapa League matchup against Valley Catholic, the Banks Braves had not allowed more than five runs in a game all season. The Valiants nearly tripled that run total, pounding out 14 hits against four Braves pitchers in a 14-4 rout at Ron Tonkin Field on Monday.

Oregon’s population boom a boon for schools?
Catholic Sentinel – April 17, 2017
But as Oregonians welcome… an influx of new neighbors, how has Catholic school enrollment within the Archdiocese of Portland been affected?….Valley Catholic High School, has been “positively impacted by population growth,” coupled with “a good stretch in our academic, music and athletic programs,” according to Bob Weber, president of Valley Catholic School.

Beaverton resident, former Nu Shooz member, finally gets gold record
Beaverton Valley Times – April 13, 2017
In the summer of 1986, disco track “I Can’t Wait” by Nu Shooz spent 15 weeks on Billboard’s Top 40 chart — and went gold in the process, meaning it sold more than 500,000 units. More than 30 years later, former Nu Shooz saxophone player and Valley Catholic band director Dan Schauffler just received his gold record.

Girls Golf: Valley Catholic was team champion; Astoria was second in Seaside Invite
Daily Astorian – April 11, 2017
The Astoria Golf & Country Club was the host course for the Seaside Invitational girls golf tournament Monday….Valley Catholic was the team champion, as the Valiants fired a 221 team score to finish ahead of Astoria (259), Scappoose (268) and Seaside (302). Ilwaco and Tillamook fielded incomplete teams.

Valley Catholic honors leadership, service
Catholic Sentinel – April 9, 2017
Health care leader, nurse and educator Kelly Fox is the 2017 recipient of the Valley Catholic Distinguished Alumni Award. Fox, who graduated from St. Mary of the Valley (now Valley Catholic) High School in 1986, was honored following an all-school Mass during Catholic Schools Week.

Remembering Sister Veronica Marie Templer, SSMO
Oregon Live/My Beaverton – April 4, 2017
Growing up in Seattle, Judith Marie Templer attended Catholic grade schools and high schools. “I always admired the Sisters I had as teachers,” she said. “I knew I wanted to become a Sister or teacher or both.” As Sr. Veronica Marie Templer of the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon (SSMO), she became both.

Sr. Veronica Marie Templer, SSMO
Catholic Sentinel – April 4, 2017
Sister of St. Mary of Oregon Veronica Marie Templer died March 31 at the Maryville skilled nursing care facility, located on the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon campus. There will be a funeral Mass at 4 p.m. April 5 in Our Lady of Perpetual Help Chapel in the SSMO Motherhouse.

March 2017

A Valiant leader.
Beaverton Valley Times & Tigard Times – March 30, 2017
Valley Catholic athletic director Joel Sobotka takes on double duty.

Settle swims to two more 4A state titles
Beaverton Valley Times – March 23, 2017
Valley Catholic senior swimming star [Ben  Settle] adds to his state collection, will swim for the Air Force AcadEmy

Valiants defeat Gulls at Gearhart
Daily Astorian – March 23, 2017
Valley Catholic and Seaside opened the Cowapa League boys’ golf season Tuesday at the Gearhart Golf Links. Led by Cole Schmidlin’s 78, the Valiants scored the team win with a 339 team score, to Seaside’s 382….After Schmidlin, Valley Catholic’s Cole Heinsen scored an 84 and Peter Boileau finished with an 86 for the top three individual scores.

IN PHOTOS: 2017 Oregon dance champions crowned
Portland Tribune – March 19, 2017
High school dance teams from across Oregon leaped, twirled, and strutted their best routines over three days at the 2017 Oregon Dance and Drill Championships held at Portland’s Veterans Memorial Coliseum March 16-18. Metro area dance teams did well this year with perennial power Canby High School taking top honors in the Show division, Lake Oswego and Tigard High Schools finishing second and third respectfully in the 6A division, Milwaukie High School finishing fourth in the 5A division and Valley Catholic earning second place honors in the combined 4A/3A/2A/1A division.

Former Cresco Resident Dorothy Chvatal Celebrates 100th Birthday [at Maryville]
Cresco (Iowa) Times Plain Dealer – March 15, 2017
They came from far and wide. They came from Florida, Texas and California. Relatives and family came from Illinois, Colorado and Wisconsin as well as Minnesota, Washington and Oregon.On Feb. 7 Dorothy Irene Chvatal joined the ever-growing population of centenarians and celebrated her 100th birthday with approximately 100 family, relatives and friends at Maryville Nursing Home, Beaverton, Ore.

Seaside boys beat Valley Catholic 71-63 in Class 4A state championship
Beaverton Valley Times – March 12, 2017
The Valley Catholic boys basketball team wasn’t going to let this one go. The Valiants, facing Cowapa League foe Seaside in the Class 4A state championship game on Saturday, weren’t going to go down easily….”I’m definitely proud of what we did this year,” [Joey] Braun said. “We had a tremendous year … and I’m proud because everyone put their heart in it.

Seaside caps 24-1 season with first 4A boys basketball title, beating Valley Catholic 71-63
OregonLive – March 11, 2017
Joey Braun led Valley Catholic with 16 points, while fellow senior Colin Haggerty added 14. The Valiants [were] in their first championship game at the 4A level. They won 3A titles in 2007 and 2014. [Article and photo album]

Valley Catholic gets past league rival Tillamook 67-52 to advance to 4A boys state championship game
OregonLive – March 11, 2017
Valley Catholic is on the way to its first boys basketball championship game at the 4A level, thanks to a 67-52 win over Cowapa League rival Tillamook in the semifinals at Forest Grove High School.

Daniel Hardy, Colin Haggerty carry Valley Catholic to 4A semifinals with 68-50 win over Henley
OregonLive – March 10, 2017
Daniel Hardy had 15 points, Colin Haggerty added 10, and third-seeded Valley Catholic cruised past sixth-seeded Henley for a 68-50 win Thursday in a Class 4A boys quarterfinal in Forest Grove.

Valiants slay Hornets, 68-50
Herald and News – March 10, 2017
Henley boys basketball knew that size on its frontline was not going be in its favor against third-ranked Valley Catholic in a quarterfinal matchup in the Class 4A OSAA state championships. The length of Valley Catholic (19-5) ended up hurting the Hornets (20-4) with an 11-0 deficit to start out the game and did not muster a comeback and fell, 68-50.

OSAA Basketball Tournament; Westside Wrap-up
AM1360 KUIK – March 10, 2017
Valley Catholic 68, Henley 50: The Valiants got out to an 11-0 start against the undersized Hornets and were never seriously threatened.

Catholic colleges often the right fit for Latinos
Catholic Sentinel – March 9, 2017
“For a first generation college student, it was super tough to find what’s good and what’s not good in a college,” says Victor [Rodriguez Valdovinos], a graduate of Valley Catholic High School in Beaverton. “Just getting there was the main goal.”….“I have observed a concern about understanding the process,” says Joe Bernard, longtime college counselor at Valley Catholic. “That is a huge barrier for some students.” That’s why Bernard and his peers make special efforts to decode the college process.

Valiants turn focus toward state stage
Beaverton Valley Times – March 9, 2017
The summit is within striking distance, a Class 4A state championship is within view. Valley Catholic — just three years after winning the 3A crown and exiting the smaller classification for the more competitive Cowapa League — is one of the few teams truly capable of winning three 4A playoff games and a state championship on March 11.

Bulldogs advance to state tourney
Baker City Herald – March 6, 2017
Valley Catholic wouldn’t go away…and tied the game with 1:45 left. Baker’s Desi Davis sank three free throws in the final minute to give Baker a 3-point win.

U.P. announces 2017 commencement honorees
Catholic Sentinel – March 2, 2017
The University of Portland has announced honorees to be recognized during 2017 commencement ceremonies, to be held on campus in the Chiles Center Sunday, May 7….Sister of St. Mary of Oregon Charlene Herinckx, a 1978 U.P. graduate, will receive the university’s highest honor, the Christus Magister Medal.

Local will shine in school show
Newberg Graphic – March 1, 2017
Ellie Erwert leads Valley Catholic’s production of ‘High School Musical’

February 2017

Vote now: Which championship performance was most impressive at the 4A/3A/2A/1A boys swim meet?
Oregonian/OregonLive – Feb. 19, 2017
Eleven champions were crowned Saturday at the Class 4A/3A/2A/1A boys state swim meet, but which of those performances was the very best? [Champions include Valley Catholic’s Ben Settle, who won the 200 freestyle and the 100 backstroke).

Valiants’ fierce fight falls just short
Beaverton Valley Times – Feb. 16, 2017
The scare of Seaside’s starry season came under the vigilance of Valley Catholic. Following two-and-a-half quarters of periodic play, the Valiants dug out of a double-digit deficit in the third quarter, and then tied the game twice in the fourth. Alas, as Seaside nudged ahead with less than 30 seconds to go, Valley’s gallant comeback came up just shy.

All in this together: “Disney’s High School Musical” comes to life at Valley Catholic
OregonLive/My Beaverton – Feb. 13, 2017
Disney’s High School Musical – the Disney Channel’s smash hit movie musical – comes to life on the Valley Catholic stage this spring.

Who should be The Oregonian/OregonLive’s high school team of the week for Feb. 5-12?
Oregonian/OregonLive – Feb. 13, 2017
Here are the nominees for The Oregonian/OregonLive’s high school team of the week for Feb. 5-12. [Nominees include] Valley Catholic boys basketball: The Valiants have won five consecutive games, the latest a 68-50 victory over No. 1 Seaside. The Seagulls came into the game as the state’s only unbeaten boys basketball team at 17-0. The win moved Valley Catholic to No. 2 in the OSAA Class 4A rankings.

Valiant Vanquishing
Beaverton Valley Times – Feb. 11, 2017
Valley — playing arguably its best full four quarters of action this year — dismantled the top team in Class 4A, 68-50, at Valley Catholic High School to tie the [Seaside] Seagulls for first place in the Cowapa League.

2017 Valley Catholic Distinguished Alumni Award honors health care leadership and service
OregonLive/My Beaverton – Feb. 10, 2017
Health care leader, nurse and educator Kelly Fox is the 2017 recipient of the Valley Catholic Distinguished Alumni Award. Fox, who graduated from St. Mary of the Valley (now Valley Catholic) High School in 1986, was honored on Feb. 1, following an all-school Mass during Catholic Schools Week.

Girls Basketball: Valiants defeat Lady Fish, 57-30
The Daily Astorian – Feb. 5, 2017
Valley Catholic posted a 57-30 win over Astoria Saturday, in a Cowapa League girls basketball game at the Brick House.

Boys Basketball: Valiants hold off Astoria, 63-44
The Daily AstorianFeb. 5, 2017
The Astoria Fishermen rallied from a big first half deficit … but they could not rally from another in the second half Saturday night at the Brick House. Valley Catholic escaped town with a 63-44 win over the Fishermen, in a back-and-forth (and back again) Cowapa League boys basketball game.

January 2017

Excellence & Opportunity: Valley Catholic Open House
OregonLive/My Beaverton – Jan. 23, 2017
Valley Catholic Early Learning, Elementary and Middle Schools will host their annual open house on Sunday, Jan. 29.

Braves boys fall to Valiants on the road, 52-42
Forest Grove News Times – Jan. 21, 2017
The No. 5-ranked Valiants jumped on No. 8-ranked Banks early, pulled further away near halftime, and hung-on at the end to beat a Braves team coming off of a good road victory at Tillamook the night prior.

Valley Catholic boys play to their strengths to pick up key 52-42 win against Banks
Oregonian/OregonLive – Jan. 21, 2017
Consistency. Energy. Depth. Three-point shooting. Defensive intensity. To beat a good opponent, these characteristics surely help, and the Valley Catholic boys basketball team put them all on display Friday night at Valley Catholic High School.

Banks scraps to 45-39 victory over Valley Catholic in top-5 Class 4A girls basketball showdown
Oregonian/OregonLive – Jan. 21, 2017
It seems like whenever the Banks and Valley Catholic girls basketball teams get together, they always put on a good show. The most recent edition in the rivalry Friday continued with that theme.

Girls Basketball: Valiants defeat Lady Fishermen
Daily Astorian – Jan. 20, 2017
Valley Catholic junior Noelle Mannen scored 16 points, and the Valiants jumped out to an early lead and held on for a 51-30 win over Astoria Thursday in a Cowapa League girls basketball opener.

Boys Basketball: Bigger Valiants defeat Astoria
Daily Astorian – Jan. 20, 2017
A “long, big and physical” Valley Catholic team had Astoria scrambling for open shots Thursday night in a Cowapa League boys basketball opener. And the Fishermen struggled against the taller Valiants, who posted a 56-30 win over Astoria.

Valiants cruise past Indians on the road
Beaverton Valley Times – Jan. 19, 2017
“I think it’s a huge team win because we had a lot of guys out sick; we all pulled together and everybody did their part and stepped up, we had a lot of young guys come up and help out, and they did a great job,” said Valley Catholic senior Daniel Hardy as he singled out freshman Trey Eberhardt for his performance.

St. Mary and Regis to merge
Catholic Sentinel – Jan. 17, 2017
Valley Catholic School serves children from infancy through high school in four different schools, all unified. Unlike Regis-St. Mary, Valley Catholic schools are on one campus. Bob Weber, president of Valley Catholic, said he’s hard pressed to find a downside to a unified school and thinks Regis-St. Mary will flourish.

Remembering Sister Janice Boogaard, SSMO
OregonLive/My Beaverton – Jan. 10, 2017
“God has been so good and so fulfilling.” That is how Sr. Janice Boogaard described her life of ministry in 2016 as she prepared to celebrate her 60th Jubilee as a Sister of St. Mary Oregon (SSMO). Sr. Janice died on Jan. 7, 2017, at the SSMO Motherhouse in Beaverton, Oregon.

Valley Catholic focuses on 4A state tourney goal
Beaverton Valley Times – Jan. 5, 2017
When one looks closely at the Valley Catholic boys basketball roster, two things stand out. First, the Valiants are remarkably tall in stature across the board, especially for the Class 4A level….Secondly, Valley is vast in depth….All this size and depth, Valley hopes, can lead to a 4A state tournament appearance, the one missing link during the Valiants’ short tenure in the newer classification and Cowapa League.

Indians boys’ swimming gains on Valley Catholic at River City Invitational
South County Spotlight [Scappoose] – Jan. 5, 2017
Austin Sharp and the Indians boys are hot on Cowapa League champion Valley Catholic’s trail….Valley Catholic’s boys are back from seventh in the state.

From rascal to philanthropist
Wilsonville Spokesman – Jan. 4, 2017
After leading a robust career of volunteering in Wilsonville for the past 30-plus years, [Suzy] Sivyer said that she felt God “winking and whispering” at her to give more of herself and to write down the extraordinary experiences that He has given her over the course of her life….Near the end of December, Sivyer was able to write a $1,000 check to one of her beneficiaries, Maryville Nursing Home.