CYO hosts annual awards banquet

2014 CYO Sports Awards Banquet.

Nearly 400 people attended the 2014 CYO Sports Awards Banquet, held June 1 at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels.

The gala affair in the Grand Ballroom features presentations to 170 student athletes who were invited as guests of CYO to be recognized as All-CYO for their athletic achievements during the school year.

Among the annual awards presented were the Directors Cup awards for athletic success by school, determined by points earned based on achievement in CYO playoffs and competition events. The overall winner was American Martyrs, Manhattan Beach, earning the title for seventh consecutive year. Regional honors were earned by Holy Family, South Pasadena (North); St. Benedict, Montebello (East); and Beatitudes of Our Lord, La Mirada (South).

Individual awards went to Stefanie Berberabe of St. Linus in Norwalk (Female Athlete); Sal Spina, Holy Family, South Pasadena (Male Athlete); and Raymond Moreno of St. Turibius, Los Angeles (Coach).

As previously noted in The Tidings (June 13), long time St. Rita (Sierra Madre) athletic director Randy Davies was presented with the inaugural CYO Athletic Director of the Year Award, which going forward will be known as the Randy Davies Athletic Director of the Year Award.

“Coach Davies fully embodies and projects the spirit of CYO and the ‘Play Like A Champion’ philosophy, said James McGoldrick, CYO director. “It was an easy decision to recognize Randy for this first time honor.”

Silent auction items were donated by several area Catholic high schools, including St. John Bosco, Cathedral, Don Bosco Tech, St. Francis, La Salle, Salesian, Damien, Notre Dame (Sherman Oaks), Providence, St. Paul, Bishop Amat, Cantwell Sacred Heart and St. Mary's Academy.


New seasons begin

Fall sports competition for CYO begins in September, including girls’ volleyball, flag football, golf and the cross country invitational and championship. Winter sports include basketball (boys and girls), bowling and golf, and spring sports feature soccer (boys and girls), cheer, softball, golf, boys’ volleyball and track and field.

Additionally, Patty Dodd will offer the 11th annual volleyball camp this for boys and girls (grades 3-8), Aug. 11-15 at the American Martyrs Gym, 701 15th St., Manhattan Beach. The clinic is designed for players who want to polish their fundamentals and footwork in a positive environment.

Sessions are 9 a.m.-1 p.m. daily for grades 6-8, and 2-4 p.m. for grades 3-5. Costs vary; for more information contact Patty Dodd, (310) 227-6628 or

 The St. Sebastian Sports Project will offer a free football coaches’ clinic on Aug. 16, 9:3-11:30 a.m. at Bishop Mora Salesian High School, 960 Soto St., East Los Angeles. The clinic will be led by coaches  Larry Muno, Rob Luncenti and Vince Di Leva, all of whom have had success coaching CYO football programs. Information: guardian@saintsebastian or Clare Gurbach, (310) 880-9226.


For additional information on CYO, call (213) 251-3562 or visit


A blaze of praise

Father Ed Benioff

If you say nice things about my preaching — or my writing, or my shoes — I have to admit, I’ll be pleased. I’ll remember what you said. Pay me a compliment, and it may even change the course of my day. That’s the power of praise when it’s directed at another human being. For a moment, it makes us feel like we’re the object of admiration and even love.


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November 26, 2015

  • Thursday, November 26

    Thanksgiving Day Dinner, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., St. Finbar Church, 2010 W Olive Ave., Burbank. All are welcome to join for food, fellowship and the sincere celebration of God’s goodness on Thanksgiving Day. Featuring a buffet-style turkey dinner and dessert. Free. (818) 846-6251.

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