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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!

 

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!