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Laura Staropoli: Letter of Intent

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Senior Laura Staropoli will play soccer for The College of Idaho “Yotes” beginning fall 2018. On Wednesday, which was National Letter of Intent Day, Laura formally committed, accepting the offer extended to her by the College of Idaho. The school is a liberal arts college in the Boise area with a beautiful campus and a large number of athletic programs. The Yotes, an NAIA program, compete in the highly competitive Cascade Collegiate Conference against schools from throughout Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana.

Laura Staropoli with Head of School Michael Wenger and Athletic Director Rob Casteel

Laura Staropoli with Head of School Michael Wenger and Athletic Director Rob Casteel

The College of Idaho offers a unique curriculum model called “PEAK,” which requires students to meet goals in four areas: the humanities, natural sciences, social sciences, and a professional field. Students who follow the PEAK model complete a major and three selected minors in four years. Laura, with a weighted 4.06 GPA, will focus her academic efforts on Health Sciences as she intends to pursue a course of study that will allow her to follow in her mother’s footsteps as a nurse.

FC Portland Club

FC Portland Club

One of a number of talented athletes at Westside Christian High School, Laura, who plays competitive club soccer for FC Portland on their ECNL platform (photo to right), experienced a fantastic run with the Eagles. A four-year starter and team captain, she enjoyed the rare privilege of being named 3A/2A/1A Girls’ Soccer First Team All State each of her four years. During that time she helped lead the Eagles to 4 State Quarterfinal appearances, 2 Semifinals and 1 Championship contest. She ended her high school career as the second leading all time scorer in Oregon girls’ high school soccer history (second only to former Olympian and National Team player Tiffeny Milbrett).  Laura tallied 117 goals along with 53 assists during her Westside career. All of this was capped with her being named the Oregon 3A/2A/1A Girls’ Soccer Player of the Year this past fall.

We share with Laura and her family the excitement of seeing her move into the next phase of her education and athletics. We praise God and we rejoice in the legacy that she and many others have created at Westside Christian High School, as they have worked hard and sought to achieve excellence in all aspects of student life.

Field Update: February 2018

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Work on the new soccer field continues with everyone excited about the dry weather this week! A few construction updates:

  • The field is fully installed, and the associated sitework and drainage systems are now complete.
  • Concrete bleachers and stairs were finished last week.
  • Support for future street lights, scoreboard, and fencing are all installed.

 

WCHS field bleacher completion

This week, crews will continue work on the upper field concrete plaza, planting / landscaping, and fencing. The first official soccer match is scheduled for this Saturday, February 10th! Financial update: Westside just received an incredibly generous gift of $40,300 towards project completion, and now have a balance of only $109,700 to turn on the lights!

Praise be to God for His provision, and great gratitude to our community for their continued generosity.

Goal to Goal: Marc Howell

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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 Girls Basketball Coach Marc Howell below.

Go Eagles!

 

Basketball Starting Strong

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Senior Jordan Jun elevates for a better passing lane angle.

Senior Jordan Jun elevates for a better passing lane angle.

Both Varsity teams won their opening league competition this week at home against Willamina. The girls won 46-43 and the boys won 62-58 in overtime. It was an exciting evening of basketball. Congratulations to the coaches and teams for pulling out a victory in both of these intense games.

Go Eagles!

Senior Lexi Rodriguez takes aim from downtown.

Senior Lexi Rodriguez takes aim from downtown.

Laura Staropoli: State Player of the Year

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Staropoli scored 117 goals, second most in state history, over the course of her four year career.

Staropoli scored 117 goals, second most in state history, over the course of her four year career.

Senior Laura Staropoli was named OSAA’s 3A/2A/1A  State Player of the Year after her outstanding final season as a Westside Eagle. The conclusion of her high school soccer career caps one of the most incredible 4 year runs in history.

An ambidextrous attacker, Staropoli was a threat from any position on the field. Over the course of her four years she netted 117 career goals, number two all time in Oregon state history. Though no official statistic for this exists, her coach estimates that 55 % of these came off of her dangerous left foot, and 45 % from the right. With the ability to almost effortlessly convert from either side, Staropoli proved difficult to defend from the moment she stepped onto the field her freshmen year. Laura also dished out 52 career assists.

In addition to almost unmatched personal production, Laura set the tone for the Eagles as a team captain all four year. Not coincidently, these past four years the Eagles have been on an impressive run. Westside has been to the state playoffs 4 consecutive years, reaching the quarterfinals or better each season. During two campaigns the Eagles advanced to the state semifinals, and once the State Championship, falling to OES in a tough final.

2017 WCHS Girls Soccer

2017 WCHS Girls Soccer

Laura was also voted 1st team All League 4 times, in addition to 4 consecutive appointments as 1st team All State. While undoubtedly an unparalleled talent on the pitch, her transition to collegiate soccer (she will play for College of Idaho next year) will leave more than just a talent hole on the field. She will also be greatly missed for the leadership, stability, and grit that she demonstrated and shared with her teammates.

Laura Staropoli, your Oregon State Player of the Year, and always a Westside Eagle!

Girls XC # 1 in State

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Each season the OSAA recognizes those teams with the highest GPA in the state. This year that distinguished honor goes to the Westside Christian High School Girls Cross Country team! The GPA is based on the previous semester (spring 2017) and all of our returning runners had a 4.0 last term. There were only 5 other school in the entire state (and none in 3A) that also had a team comprised completely of 4.0 students.

Congratulations to our outstanding cross country scholar athletes!

2017 Girls Cross Country

2017 Girls Cross Country

Catalina Gillis Metro League MVP

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Catalina Gillis Metro MVP

Catalina Gillis Metro MVP

Catalina Gillis was named the Water polo Metro League MVP,  as well as 1st Team All Metro. Catalina just finished her 3rd season playing for the Sunset High School Water polo team. Additionally, this last summer Catalina was selected for the Olympic Development Program’s Pacific Northwest team and represented our region in California against highly selective top teams across the nation.

Congratulations Catalina!

WCHS into the State Quarterfinals

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Lauren Demaris

Lauren Demaris

The Westside Christian High School girls soccer team heads into the quarterfinals of the state playoffs for the 4th consecutive year. The team finished the regular season ranked #3 in state and thereby secured a bye into the quarters.

Last Friday, the Eagles beat Riverdale 1 nil in a Special District #1 playoff.  The goal came courtesy of sophomore Lauren Demaris, who made a far post run and headed home a left footed inswinging corner taken by senior Laura Staropoli.

The win ran the Westside girls’ record to 13 wins and 2 losses.  Those 2 losses came at the hands of league opponents OES and Catlin Gabel, who ended the regular season ranked #1 and #2 in the state.

Westside will take on the winner of the Tuesday contest between Santiam Christian and Lakeview. The Westside quarterfinal match will be played this coming Saturday Nov. 4th at Tonkin field in Hillsboro, kickoff time TBD.

Boys Soccer Finishes Strong

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After a slow start to the season, the Westside Christian Boys Soccer team wrapped up the year on a 6-game unbeaten streak, punctuated by a 2-1 victory over No. 4 De La Salle North on Friday. That victory capped off a week in which the Eagles defeated No. 14 Gervais and tied No. 9 OES to bring their overall season record to 6-6-1.

“We’re a young team, with only one senior this season, so I think with a bunch of guys adjusting to new and bigger roles, it took us a while to get going,” head coach Jeff Spiegel said. “But I know that at this point in the season, after the way we finished, there’s not a team in the state that would have wanted to see us in the playoffs next week.”

Unfortunately, despite the strong finish, the Eagles will just miss out on the playoffs as a result of playing in one of the toughest leagues in the state. As it stands, Special District 1 boasts 4 of the top 15 teams in the state, leaving the No. 22 Eagles on the outside looking in.

Junior Nain Emery

In Friday’s game against De La Salle, the Eagles were motivated by Josiah Vermillion — the team’s lone senior — who was playing in his final game on senior night. With a newfound confidence as a result of recent success, the Eagles came out strong and got on the board early thanks to a brilliant free kick play from about 30-yards out on the left side. With juniors Nain Emery and Mason Lunz standing over the ball, Emery faked taking the kick and sprinted to the corner, where Lunz found him wide open with a through ball. After one quick touch, Emery placed a perfect left-footed cross to the back post — just over the goalkeepers hands — where junior Grant Gardner overpowered his defender to knock the ball into the back of the net.

Heading into halftime with just a one goal lead, the Eagles knew they needed to maintain the pressure in order to keep the Knights (23 goals in their previous 4 games) in check. About 10 minutes into the second half, the Eagles struck again — on another free kick, as Lunz lasered a ball from 30 yards out into the corner of the net, just off the hands of the opposing keeper.

The Knights would get one back with 10 minutes remaining in the game on a penalty kick to cut the lead to 2-1, but from that point forward, the Eagles were able to shut them down and preserve the victory.

“This was such a great win for our program,” Spiegel said. “Just for these sophomores and juniors to know heading into next season that they’re capable of playing with — and beating — the best teams in the state is huge for us.”

Goal to Goal: Kellen Petersen

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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 Junior Cross Country runner Kellen Petersen below.

Go Eagles!