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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!

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2017 Girls Cross Country

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!

 

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

National Coach of the Year

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Westside Christian High School’s Scott Ball was selected as only one of twenty-two high school coaches from across the country to be honored as 2016 National Coaches of the Year by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Coaches Association.

The selection process consisted of following the following criteria: nominees must exemplify the highest standards of sportsmanship, ethical conduct and moral character and carry the endorsement of the respective state high school association, be successful in their respective sport, be successful as an individual in their schools and communities, longevity in coaching, and they must be a member of the Oregon Athletic Coaches Association.

Congratulations Coach Ball!

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Still got it!

 

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It’s the waffles…

The Great Pumpkin Chase

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For the past 16 years, Cross Country Coach Mr. Ball has organized a running scavenger hunt open to everyone in the school. This year Senior Nat Gurnee & Junior Kenny Pratt, both members of the XC team, took first place.

Best costume: Mrs. Little

Cutest participant: Baby Charlie Witkowski

Candy recipients: Everyone!

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Pumpkin Chase Champions!

 

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Post Race Smiles

 

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Youngest participant in history!

 

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Mrs. Little won ‘Best Costume!’

 

Scott Ball Named Coach of the Year

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Head Varsity Girls’ Cross Country Coach Scott Ball was selected as the Oregon nominee for the National Federation of High Schools (NFHS) 2016 “Coach of the Year” award. The award was on behalf of the Oregon Athletic Coaches Association (OACA).

Each year the OACA selects one coach from each of the 10 boys and 10 girls sports offered in our state. Each state award winner then becomes eligible for Section 8 awards, competing against coaches in their respective sports from Washington, Montana, Idaho, Alaska and Wyoming. Section 8 winners then compete for National Coach of the Year against representatives from the other 7 sections of the United States.

The selection process consisted of following the following criteria: nominees must exemplify the highest standards of sportsmanship, ethical conduct and moral character and carry the endorsement of the respective state high school association, be successful in their respective sport, be successful as an individual in their schools and communities, longevity in coaching, and they must be a member of the Oregon Athletic Coaches Association.

Congratulations Coach Ball!

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School Superman

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Still runnin!

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Taking pics during cool down.

XC: State Meet

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Sophomore Reece Hupfer placed 35th in the State Cross Meet at Lane Community College on Saturday, Oct. 31 with a time of 18:10.  His time places him as the 30th fastest ever run by a Westside student on that course.

Nice race Reece!

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WCHS XC

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The cross country team raced well at Bush Park in Salem last week. Sophomore Reece Hupfer placed 9th overall. The squad again travels to Bush Park this Thursday to compete in their end-of-year District Meet.

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