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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.
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!
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.
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.
Rachael Hahn is OSAA’s 2017 4A/3A/2A/1A singles State Tennis Champion! The tournament was held at Oregon State University on May 19th and 20th. Hahn was the number one seed heading into the State Tournament after finishing 1st in her District Tournament.
In Round 1 Hahn played Meghan Beishe from Sherman and with minimal errors and superb play quickly defeated her 6-0, 6-0. Hahn then went on to defeat Erica Mitchell from Cascade 6-1, 6-0. Next she faced the tournament’s overall number 3 seed, freshmen Courtlyn Lam, from Klamath Union in the semifinals. Rachael eventually won a long and fought 3 set match 1-6, 6-3, 6-3. Rachael squared off against Kate Keeney from OES in the finals and defeated her 7-5, 6-0.
It was an amazing year of tennis for Rachael, finishing 18-1 on the way to securing a State Championship Title. The win earned Westside Christian a Third Place team finish in State for Girls’ 4A/3A/2A/1A.
Great job Rachael and way to go girls tennis for an amazing season!
Westside’s Jake Mount was nominated and recognized by the Lake Oswego Review as a finalist for their Amazing Kid Award this past week. Jake was acknowledged for the work he has done raising money for the Children’s Cancer Association through a basketball camp he has organized and run for younger children.
Here is the excerpt from the article noting Jake’s impressive accomplishments: Mount has raised more than $5,000 for the Children’s Cancer Association in the past five years through a basketball camp for younger children (ages 4-12) that he holds during the summer. He organizes the camps in honor of Gage, a close friend who died of cancer on Valentine’s Day in 2011 at age 9. Gage was the only child of Lauren and Trux Dole, said Lauren Dole, who nominated Mount. “Jake wanted to do something to help other kids fighting cancer,” she says. She says what’s impressive is how long Mount has kept up this effort. He never forgot Gage, she says.
Read the full story here: LO Review – Amazing Kid
The Girls’ Tennis Team continues to be a strong force this season with a tie of 4-4 against strong rival Catlin Gabel and definitive 8-0 wins against Tillamook and Riverdale. Rachael Hahn beat Catlin Gabel’s Aarushi Phalke at #1 Singles 6-0, 6-0. Mary Nordlund defeated Senior Kobi Saha at #2 Singles 7-6, 4-6, 6-3. Younse Park defeated Regan Magee at #4 Singles 4-6, 7-6, 6-3. McKenzie Turner and Soteria Pecore defeated Juniors Culla Galaher and Kathyrn Putz 5-7, 6-4, 6-4. The team then went to Tillamook winning 8-0 with Rachael Hahn leading off the singles defeating Kathryn Woolfolk 6-0, 6-0. Younse Park at #2 Singles defeated Janel Cruz 7-5, 6-4. Gabrielle Lau at #3 Singles defeated Haley Ou 6-3, 4-6, 6-1. Gracie Roach defeated Naledi Monamets 6-1, 6-1. Allison Marti and Mary Nordlund lead off the doubles defeating Coral Morales and Chloe Weber at #1 doubles 4-6, 6-3, 6-3. Mia Cywinski and Brittney Martin defeated Anna Mattson and Dorian Romero at the number 2 spot. The #3 Doubles team of Jessica Beighle and McKenzie Turner defeated Alexis Stevens and Claire Atchison 6-1, 6-2. Elisabeth Gouge and Soteria Pecore had a great win at #4 Doubles defeating Lily Lux and Nong Jetterat 6-0, 7-5. Audrey Eucker and Taylor Foglio also played a great match defeating their JV opponents 8-2. The team followed their great wins with a memorable overnight in Tillamook and a day of celebration on the beach in Pacific City.
The team continued their winning streak against Riverdale on April 21st. Mary Nordlund led off the the singles showing great determination defeating Julia Brown 6-1,6-1. Allison Marti at #2 singles showed great perseverance defeating Emma Brendle 6-3,3-6, 6-3. Younse Park quickly defeated Tohar Or-Amitay 6-0, 6-0. Kayla Nguyen at #4 Singles had a great win defeating Malani Ortiz 5-7, 6-2, 6-4. The doubles was led by Mia Cywinski & Brittney Martin at #1 showing great determination and teamwork defeating Isabelle Whitlock & Allison Molinari 5-7, 6-2 10-7 (3rd set tie-breaker). Gabrielle Lau & Kelsey Moore showed great poise defeating Grace Inglin & Olivia Corveloi 6-2, 6-1. Gracie Roach & McKenzie Turner played a great match defeating Mia Ward & Sara Scarlett 6-1, 6-1. And Sarah Oh & Elisabeth Gouge won by default.
The team will be busy over the next two weeks as they wrap up district play before the District Tournament. Come watch them take on Blanchet Catholic Thursday, April 27th and Valley Catholic April 28th, both at Fowler Middle School with a start time of 4:15pm. In their final week the JV will host Lake Oswego High School’s JV2 team on Monday May 1st. The Varsity will host Catlin Gabel on Tuesday, May 2nd and Tillamook on May 5th. Come show your support to this great group of ladies! The District Tournament will be held at Tualatin Parks and Recreation on Monday and Tuesday, May 8th & 9th.
Congratulations to our Cheer and Girls Basketball teams for Top 10 Academic All-State honors!