Faces in the Crowd- Spring Athlete Profiles

A look into Central Catholic’s spring athletes beyond what they do on the field. These personal tidbits give insight on what student-athletes do in the classroom and community.

Patrick Muskat ‘19- Baseball

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Photo By: Megan Shannon

Central Catholic’s newest addition to the Varsity Baseball Team comes from an unusual source- Catlin Gabel. Patrick Muskat, brother of last years ace Sam Muskat, had attended Catlin for 10 years. After his freshman season for the Eagles he was ready for a change. Patrick, who plays for Mound Time Baseball Club, predicts he will find a home on first as well as in the pitching rotation. The pitching staff this season is shaping up nicely and Patrick will be a welcome addition to the rotation. Patrick is excited and thinking the 2017 Rams can as he put it “make a pretty far run into the playoffs this year.”

Kiora Ridgeway ‘18- Track and Field, Basketball, Volleyball

Central Catholic’s Kiora Ridgeway celebrates a point against Sheldon.

Photo By: Portland Tribune

Central Catholic is known for their spectacular runs at state championships. Athletes who have gone deep into a season know the struggle of waking up the day after a long practice and feeling like your knees can not hold up the rest of your body. That is why many student athletes find comfort in the fact that they can rest after a couple months of grueling mental and physical testing. However, this does not apply to Junior Kiora Ridgeway. The class of 2018 superstar  is on her own personal quest for 10 varsity letters over the course of her four years at CC. She has already been the part of two varsity volleyball state finals and was named Second Team All League as a only junior. When she is not using all 5’11 of herself to terrorize Clackamas in the 2016 State OSAA State Finals, she is playing club volleyball for Adidas NW Juniors.

After her favorite sport, volleyball, the winter weather means it’s time to post up in basketball. Without even a week off, in the spring, you can find Kiora on the javelin runway helping the 2015 State Champion Girls Track Team make another run at the title. When asked about her relentless pursuit for athletic success Ridgeway remarks, “it’s exhausting but I love the feeling at the end of the season when I can see what we’ve accomplished-it makes it worth doing it again.” She followed up the statement expressing her gratitude for the connections she has made with her teammates and how they have greatly impacted her experience as a Central Catholic Ram. This love for her teammates truly emulates what sports are about- self growth and community. Kiora is a bright spot in CC. We can only wait and watch to see what she will do next.

Max Diess ‘18 Tennis and CYO Basketball

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Photo By: Megan Shannon

Central Catholic’s has a new teacher-coach and he comes from a familiar place, the math department. Joining geometry teacher David Frank as a Ram’s coach this year will be Paul Wallulis. Mr. Wall’s expertise as a teacher at Central goes all the way back to the 80’s but now he will try his luck at tennis. Junior Max Diess was ecstatic to hear about the new addition to CC’s tennis team. This will be Max’s third year in the Central tennis program which is highlighted by all-state senior Joey Schwartz. The sport is not only an athletic passion for Diess but also a place to have fun. In a jubilant interview Max joked about the importance of a crop-top polo shirt and Lebron’s for the optimal tennis experience. A six course Thanksgiving meal is also what Max would ideally eat before a match.

Max loves playing tennis for Central even if part of it is just to wear a collared shirt. When Max isn’t trying to replicate his favorite player Venus Williams’  serve you can find him balling out with his CYO Basketball team, The Top Tier Athletes. CYO basketball is an opportunity for high school athletes to dabble in a sport the do not play through Central. The option for girls and boys to compete in a recreational sense is appealing to many young athletes who often feel overly pressured in the ultra-competitive environment of high school athletics. As a junior Max has a field of interests academically and athletically. As an honors precalc student, varsity tennis player, and CYO basketball star he feels that Central Catholic is properly meeting his needs to excel in the areas of his life that make him happy. It will be exciting to see what Max achieves next whether it be on the court or in his new Coach’s class.

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