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Goal to Goal: Brittany Bowling

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Goal to Goal is a video series with our Athletic Director Rob Casteel, where he intends to show the human side of the athletic program. Video interviews will highlight different contributors (coaches, student athletes and parents) to the athletic program.

In Goal to Goal we hope to convey the passion and enthusiasm these people have for Westside and its athletic program.

Rob is with Varsity Volleyball Coach Brittany Bowling below.

Go Eagles!

Goal to Goal: Laura Staropoli

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Goal to Goal is a video series with our Athletic Director Rob Casteel, where he intends to show the human side of the athletic program.  Video interviews will highlight different contributors (coaches, student athletes and parents) to the athletic program.

In Goal to Goal we hope to convey the passion and enthusiasm these people have for Westside and its athletic program. View installment # 2 with Varsity Girls Captain Laura Staropoli below.

Go Eagles!

Big Win at Horizon

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Volleyball won a big game against Horizon Christian last Thursday night. Westside came out strong and took the first two sets easily, before Horizon fought back to even the score 2 – 2. The last set was a tight match all the way until the end when Westside pulled away at the end, winning the final game 15-13.

Kendra Zuckerman led the team on offense with 10 kills, and Emma Molony led the team from the service line with 4 aces. Susannah Fischer headed up the defense with 19 digs, and our setters Lia Reid and Haley Shaver put up 15 and 13 assists, respectively. It was an all around team effort with every player contributing to the big win.

Go Eagles!

Big Cross Invitational

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On Wednesday, Sept. 20, Westside co-hosted the second annual Big Cross Invitational cross country meet at Pat’s Acres in Aurora, OR. There were 167 boys and 100 girls representing 16 high schools who finished the rainy 5K course. Westside’s boys placed 8th and the girls 6th. Individually, Davis Raz and Kellen Petersen were 13th and 14th respectively. Our top placer for the girls was Becca Gurnee at 34th. There were also 46 middle school racers in a 3k run prior to the high school races.

Go Eagles!

WCHS Boys XC

Goal to Goal: Jeff Spiegel

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Goal to Goal is a just launched video series with our Athletic Director Rob Casteel, where he intends to show the human side of the athletic program.  Video interviews will highlight different contributors (coaches, student athletes and parents) to the athletic program.

In Goal to Goal we hope to convey the passion and enthusiasm these people have for Westside and its athletic program. View installment # 1 with Varsity Boys Soccer Coach Jeff Spiegel below.

Go Eagles!

USHJA International Derby

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Westside Freshmen Kennedy Duke recently placed 8th at her first United States Hunter Jumper Association event, claiming a top spot at the International Derby. Take a look at a full article highlighting Kennedy at The Plaid Horse.

Great work Kennedy!

Kennedy Duke, up & over!

Kennedy Duke, up & over!

“I’ve loved horses since the day I was born.”

“I’ve loved horses since the day I was born.”

Beach Soccer Road Trip

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At the beach!

At the beach!

Girls soccer opened their 2017 season Monday at Taft High School with a convincing 7 nil win.

Freshman Morgan Petersen opened the scoring in the third minute and the Eagles kept it going from there with Kaia Lunz, Lauren Demaris and Laura Staropoli all finding the net.  GK Lexi Rodriguez, along with defenders Mary Nordlund, Megan Larson, Peyton Jones, Hollyn Dugan, Olivia Mills and Kate Groscup preserved the clean sheet. Kelsey Moore, Aly Larson, Kayley Cross, Bella McMahon, Brooklyn Rodriguez, and Natalie Van Gordon all played quality minutes and contributed to the win.

Immediately after the match the team headed to Cape Lookout State Park for two nights of tent camping, great food (courtesy of experienced camper Rob Groscup), campfires and hours on the beach.  The girls even enjoyed a short ride into town to visit the Tillamook Cheese Factory for free cheese samples and fresh Tillamook ice cream.

A return to Portland and some focused trainings are next on the agenda as the season schedule will have its share of significant challenges.

Devotions with a (foggy) view.

Devotions with a (foggy) view.

Tillamook Ice Cream!

Tillamook Ice Cream!

 

Welcome Rob Casteel

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Rob & his '65 Chevy

Rob & his ’65 Chevy

 

Rob Casteel joins Westside after most recently being Westview High School’s Athletic Director. Welcome aboard Rob!

I have been married 33 years to Lori Casteel. We met as first year teachers at Cedar Park Junior High, and for the past 13 years we worked together at Westview High School. We have three children, Amanda (28) who is married to Randy Sinner and lives and teaches in LA. Robert (26), who works for Amazon in Seattle. Our youngest, Eli (24) is working on his masters at Taylor University but more importantly is engaged to Kirin Foster and will be married next July.

I have recently retired from public education after 34 years. Two gifts I have enjoyed this summer are a tour of Slovenia, Croatia,  Bosnia and driving a new to me but old ’65 Chevy pickup. 

Rob & Lori

Rob & Lori

In my coaching career, I have always been involved with high school football in some capacity, but this fall, for the first time in 33 years, I have booked a weekend trip for Lori and I at the Oregon Coast. I am truly looking forward to my new experience at Westside Christian as a teacher and athletic director.

Favorite scripture John 11: 44 – Jesus told them, “Unwrap him and let him loose.” I have always taken this as a reminder that only Jesus gives life but He lets us participate in setting other people free in their new life!

Welcome Michael Wenger

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Mr. Wenger & wife Cindy

Mr. Wenger & wife Cindy

Mr. Wenger is joining Westside as our new Head of School, a bit about him below!

I met my wife Cindy while attending Biola University. My graduate study was completed at Talbot School of Theology, Oregon State University, and Trinity Theological Seminary. We have three children and they are all married. We have three granddaughters and two grandsons. I enjoy praying and walking with my wife. I also enjoy fishing, hiking, running, reading and gardening. I was born in Corvallis, Oregon and graduated from West Albany High School.

NBC Basketball Camp

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Team time

WCHS team time

The Westside boys basketball team recently attended the NBC Team Camp in La Grande, OR at Eastern Oregon University. WCHS brought 13 students, split into two teams.

Soon to be senior Jordan Jun was selected as a camp All Star, a compilation of the top 12 players from the whole camp. Camp All Stars play in a college coach showcase at the end of the week. Sophomore Jack Carr and Freshmen Luke Jun were selected to the honorary All Star squad, an impressive honor for two of Westside’s underclassmen.

Both teams had a great week on the court, but the major areas of growth were off of the hardwood. Team bonding exercises, activities, and time together strengthened relationships amongst everyone in the WCHS basketball program. NBC’s commitment to have Christian values and teaching permeate all aspects of their programming also provided time for personal spiritual reflection.

Dribbling drills

Dribbling drills

Training kicks

Training kicks