The meeting for basketball referees is scheduled for Saturday, November 22nd at Nativity of Our Lord School Gym in St. Paul. The meeting will begin at 8:00am.
The basketball coaches meeting is scheduled for Monday, November 24th at the Hill-Murray School Fieldhouse. The meeting will begin at 7:00pm. Schedules will be available for pick-up at this meeting.
The basketball season begins on Monday, December 1st.
It all started with a $37 check
World War II had ended earlier in the decade, and returning vets either were starting families or returning to them. Catholic schools were going strong, but a sports program serving their youth folded in 1947. In stepped Bob Doran and Fr. Otto Neudecker and the CAA was started.
Over the years, the CAA has been able to keep up with trends in sports and the overall interest of its participants. Leaders have always stated that the goal is not to produce highly skilled athletes who go on to play in college and the pros - although a number of them have done just that - but, rather, to give every interested child the chance to play sports.
The Catholic Athletic Association conducts various athletic programs for boys and girls of grade school age (K-8) in the City of St. Paul and surrounding suburban area. Currently, there are 41 Catholic schools and 13 non-Catholic schools fielding teams in nine sports during fall, winter and spring.
The idea - as it has been all along - is to say yes to every grade-school boy and girl who wants to play.
Soccer and Volleyball Champions
Congratulations to the following schools that won championship games this past week:
6th Grade Girls Soccer - Faithful Shepherd
6th Grade Boys Soccer - Faithful Shepherd
7th Grade Girls Soccer - Highland Catholic
7th Grade Boys Soccer - Nativity of Our Lord
8th Grade Girls Soccer - St. Paul Academy
8th Grade Boys Soccer - Trinity River Ridge of Eagan
5th Grade Girls Volleyball - Gethsemane Lutheran
6th Grade Girls Volleyball - St. John the Evangelist
7th Grade Girls Volleyball - St. John the Evangelist
8th Grade Class D Volleyball - Frassati Catholic Academy
8th Grade Class C Volleyball - St. Croix Catholic
8th Grade Class B Volleyball - Community of Saints
8th Grade Class A Volleyball - Transfiguration
The CAA gratefully acknowledges Davanni's of the Twin Cities for its sponsorship of our programs. Davanni's offers pizza, pasta, salads, calzones, and desserts in friendly, family-oriented restaurants. They also offer great specials and dining room facilities for team parties.
Click on the Davanni's logo for CAA specials!
Joe Mauer played football, basketball, and baseball for at Cretin-Derham Hall. In his senior year he became the only athlete ever to be selected as the USA Today High School Player of the Year in two sports (football in 2000 as a quarterback and baseball in 2001 as a catcher).
Mauer attended the same high school as Baseball Hall of Famer and former Milwaukee Brewer Paul Molitor. Molitor has said that Mauer "has the best swing he had ever seen". Jim O'Neill, Mauer's baseball coach at Cretin-Derham Hall, said his former student "has been groomed for this job since he was a little boy. Mauer's dad, Jake, created a contraption for Joe he later named the 'Quickswing'. The device dropped balls down a tube from eye level and released them at waist level." Mauer had been asked to leave his T-ball league at the age of four, because he was hitting the ball too hard for the other players.
A stand-out in baseball, Mauer struck out only once during his four-year high school career, and hit .605 during his senior season. Years later, Mauer laughingly told an interviewer: "I can remember the time I did strike out. It was junior year, and it was in the state tournament. I came back to the bench and everybody thought something was wrong with me." Mauer's high school batting average exceeded .500 every year. He also set a Minnesota high school record and tied the national preps mark by hitting a home run in seven consecutive games. Mauer caught for the Team USA Junior National team from 1998 to 2000 and hit .595 during his final year on the team. He was voted best hitter at the World Junior Baseball Championship in Canada in 2000. In 2001, Mauer was voted the United States District V Player of the Year.
The Spotlight Member recognizes the accomplishments, no matter how big or how small, of a team member, a group of team members, or a previous CAA athlete. It serves as a way to motivate and encourage others. Be sure to congratulate the Spotlight Member when you see them and encourage them to keep up the good work.