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placeholder February 6, 2017   •   VOL. 55, NO. 3   •   Oakland, CA

Seventh grade Assumption Sportsmanship winner.

Eighth grade Assumption Sportsmanship Winner.

22 teams play in annual volleyball tourney

The Jim Negri CYO Girls' Volleyball Tournament featured 22 Seventh and Eighth grade teams from around the Oakland diocese, gathering for a day of prayer and exciting volleyball action while demonstrating outstanding sportsmanship.

The annual tournament was played at Moreau Catholic High School in Hayward and is sponsored by the Oakland diocese CYO Office.

The day began with a special Mass in the gym, attended by more than 100 players and their families. The Mass was celebrated by Rev. Michael Lacey, retired priest of the diocese, with players proclaiming the readings, leading the prayers of the faithful and presenting the gifts to the altar.

At noon, after Mass, teams began the fast-paced tournament where individual 25-point sets were played instead of the usual three-set matches. The quick pace allowed each grade division to finish in about three hours of play with the teams racing between the two gyms for their sets, adding to the excitement of the day.

To highlight good sportsmanship, each year the RC Camp Sportsmanship Award is awarded by the tournament referees to a team in each grade division displaying spirit, cheering and good sportsmanship throughout the tournament. This year, the awards were presented to two teams from one parish: to Assumption (white team), San Leandro, in the Eighth grade tournament and to Assumption in the Seventh grade tournament. The award is considered the highest honor in the tournament and is named after the late RC Camp, a longtime CYO referee.

In the 7th grade division, Assumption won the Championship, 25-12, with All Saints, Hayward, the Runner-up. The Consolation Championship was won by School of the Madeleine, Berkeley, 25-15, with St. David, Richmond, the Consolation Runner-up.

In the 8th grade division, Holy Spirit, Fremont, won the Championship, 25-22, with St. Anne, Union City, as the Runner-up. Our Lady of Grace, Castro Valley, won the Consolation Championship, 25-18, with Assumption (white team), the Consolation Runner-up.

The tournament is named in honor of the late Jim Negri Sr., a former CYO coach and athletic director from Corpus Christi School, Piedmont. Mr. Negri was one of the founders of girls' CYO athletics in the Oakland diocese and began the tournament more than 40 years ago.

(Bill Ford is the director of the Catholic Youth Organization in the Diocese of Oakland.)

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