Rev. Jayson Landeza preaches at the Mass prior to the tournament.
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Teams from St. Felicitas, St. Bede
win annual sportsmanship awards
Eighth grade teams from St. Felicitas and St. Bede, winners of the RC Camp Sportsmanship Award.
Twenty-two girls' CYO volleyball teams met for a day of play in the annual Jim Negri CYO Volleyball tournament, sponsored by the Diocesan CYO Office. Seventh and eighth grade teams were invited to the tournament, held recently at Moreau Catholic High School in Hayward.
The tournament began with a special Mass, celebrated by Father Jayson Landeza, who reminded the players to listen to what God is calling them to do as Christians, both on and off the court.
The highlight of the tournament was the presentation of the RC Camp Sportsmanship Awards, presented to the teams in each grade division displaying both spirit and sportsmanship throughout the tournament. The tournament referees give the award, named after the late R.C. Camp, a longtime CYO referee.
This year's eighth grade RC Camp Sportsmanship Award recipients were the teams from St. Felicitas, San Leandro, and St. Bede, Hayward, both tying for the award. The teams also tied for the award last year as seventh grade teams. In the seventh grade division, the St. Felicitas team in that grade earned the award. The Sportsmanship Award is considered the highest award in the tournament and participating teams create a very positive atmosphere by cheering for other teams, making signs congratulating other teams and striving to display good sportsmanship.
The tournament is unique in that a single game, or set, is played, rather than three sets to the match, making the tournament very fast-paced. In the eighth grade division, St. Leander, San Leandro, won the championship, 25-18, with St. Lawrence O'Toole, Oakland, as the runner-up. The consolation division was won by Corpus Christi, Fremont, 25-19, with St. Felicitas, the consolation runner-up.
In the seventh grade division, Our Lady of Grace, Castro Valley, won the championship, 25-12, with St. Felicitas, the runner up. St. Anthony, Oakland, won the Consolation division, 25-22, with St. Elizabeth, Oakland, the consolation runner-up.
The Negri tournament, sponsored annually by the Diocesan CYO Office, is named in honor of the late Jim Negri Sr., from Corpus Christi School, Piedmont, who was one of the founders of girls' CYO athletics in the Oakland diocese, and who began the tournament. The tournament has been played each year in the diocese for over 40 years.
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