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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!


Soccer at Triple Falls

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A Wilderness Trek

A Wilderness Trek

Westside Girls Soccer is off to a fun start this summer.

August began with “Guest Coaches Camp,” with some fantastic sessions run by three different former players, each of whom played top level college soccer, and now each coach the beautiful game. Then, more spirited training sessions last week and on Thursday, a team bonding event as the girls donned their hiking gear and headed up the gorge.

First, the girls hiked up and in about 2 miles to the pristine “Triple Falls.”  No surprise but several players “attacked” the trail like it was a competition to see who could work the hardest and get there first. Back down to the trailhead and followed by a short walk up the road and then it was time to negotiate the large log debris pile that blocks the way into Oneonta Falls and the pool at the base of the falls that offered swimming and minor rock jumping. The water was brisk, but after a couple of hours hiking in the heat, it was a well earned cool down.

Treats on the drive home, including an ice cream concoction featuring Pineapple, made for an enjoyable end to a memorable outing.

The team begins formal tryouts and training this week with the first preseason match just 12 days away.

Go Eagles!

The Summit!

The Summit!


Creek cool down

Creek cool down

Update II: Finishing the Work

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Westside Community,

We hope that you all had a wonderful Christmas with your families.

In recent days, we have been asking for your support with helping us complete our “exterior campus” and build a soccer field. We have talked about the great benefit this would be to our community, as well as some good tax reasons to make a gift prior to year-end.

But I wanted to take a brief moment and remind us all about the “bigger picture”.

A recent Barna Research Group survey revealed only 9% of the American population holds to a biblical worldview. Even more alarming: only one half of one percent of the Mosaic generation (those 18-23 years old) has a biblical worldview.

Westside Christian exists to be a light on a hill for God’s work in the world. We exist to provide training for future generations so that they are able to learn to think and live biblically within their chosen spheres of influence.

Westside’s goal is to be excellent in every area in which we engage student growth and development. We aspire to be an extraordinary high school in the greater Portland area with the heart and mind of Christ.

As the year-end quickly approaches, we are now over half way toward our goal of $1.2 million! We praise the Lord for His provision, and thank all of you who have given and/or pledged to make our soccer field and facility improvements a reality!

If you are considering alternatives for year-end gifting, we would be honored if you considered Westside.

To give a gift online, go to: wchsonline.org/giving

You are a generous community! We are so thankful for your support for Westside, and for some of you, that faithfulness has been for many, many years!

Let us say again how grateful we are for our Westside family. Together, we are “Finishing the Work.”

Dan Davis, Board Chair
David Henry,  Director of Development
Debi Miller, Head of School


Dear Westside Community,

We hope that all your preparations for Christmas and the holidays are nearly done, and that you will enjoy a rich time with family and friends celebrating our Savior’s birth.

As the year-end quickly approaches, we wanted to follow up on our end-of-year giving request with a quick update. We are now over half way toward our goal of $1.2 million! We praise the Lord for His provision, and thank all of you who have given and/or pledged to make our soccer field and facility improvements a reality!

Also, for those of you who are able to take advantage of the tax benefits of charitable giving, we wanted to make you aware of some possible tax changes that may make giving in 2016 a better stewardship value than waiting. Here is a link that provides some information about these anticipated changes:  http://www.cbsnews.com/news/charitable-givers-trumps-tax-plan-means-move-fast/

In brief, possible future caps on itemized deductions as well as reduced marginal tax rates may lower the tax benefit of giving in future years. Of course, you should seek advice from your tax counsel to see how this affects your own situation, but if you are considering increasing your year-end giving, we would be honored if you considered Westside’s soccer field project!

To give a gift online, go to: wchsonline.org/giving

You are a generous community! We are so thankful for your support for Westside, and for some of you, that faithfulness has been for many, many years!

Let us say again how grateful we are for our Westside family. Together, we are “Finishing the Work.”

Merry Christmas!

David Henry,  Director of Development

Debi Miller, Head of School


Dear Friends,

You recently received a letter asking you to consider a year-end gift to help with the turf field we are going to build on site at the school, hopefully by next fall.  If you haven’t made a decision about whether to contribute before year’s end, please give the field another thought.  I can’t tell you how many of the students see me and earnestly ask: “Do you think we’ll have a field in time for next season?!” You may recall that we were given a $50,000 match grant. We have raised over $33,000 toward that match, so we have made some good progress but have some room to go.

Whether or not you can give, thank you for being part of the fantastic community at Westside Christian High School.

Mike Staropoli

WCHS Girls; Head Soccer Coach, Soccer Field Campaign Committee Chair

*** If you have some stock that has appreciated in value; rather than sell and take the tax hit, you might want to gift the stock to the school for this project. If so, please contact Cassandra Jenks at the school (jenks@wchsonline.org or 503.697.4711)


Strong 6-0 Start for Girls Soccer

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The Eagles girls’ soccer team stands at 6 wins 0 defeats after their 4-1 victory last night.

Last Tuesday the girls won at Portland Adventist 3-0 with goals from Lilie de la Motte and Laura Staropoli (2). They followed that with another tough match in warm temps on an artificial surface, this time at #8 Dayton last Friday. That game was a physical match where the Eagles had opportunities but just could not break through early. Finally, just 3 minutes from full time, Hollyn Dugan played a wonderful through ball to Staropoli who held off a defender and beat the keeper low right to grab the game winner. Goalkeeper Mckenzie Turner and her defenders Mary Nordlund, Emily Curtis, Lydia Polvony, Lexi Rodriguez and holding mid Lauren Demaris kept the Pirates at bay and did not concede many chances. Hard work by Selah Joyce, Lilie de la Motte, Grace Biggs, Kelsey Moore, Brooklyn Rodriguez and Blythe Wolverton helped secure the win.  Last night the girls won their first league contest with a 4-1 win at home against Rainer.  Senior Lilie de la Motte led the way with two goals.


Mckenzie Turner shutting the door on another opponent’s attempt.



Lilie de la Motte holding off her defender.

Westside Wins Season Opener 5-1

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On August 30th the Westside Christian HS Girls’ soccer team officially opened their season with a 5-1 win on the road against Amity. Selah Joyce got the team off to a quick start with an early upper far post screamer that found the back of the net. Selah and Laura Staropoli each netted two goals, with Lilie de la Motte adding the fifth when she tucked it inside the near post. Seniors Mackenzie Turner, Lydia Polvony and Emily Curtis anchored the defense, with Mary Nordlund, Megan Larson, and Lexi Rodriguez rounding out a strong back line effort. Freshman Lauren Demaris provided quality play in the middle, while Grace Biggs, Angie Rivet, Gabrielle Lau, Kelsey Moore, Hollyn Dugan, and senior Kate Pitcher all contributing significantly.  The team’s next game is Sept. 6th at Portland Christian.


Lydia Povolny



Mckenzie Turner



Emily Curtis



Kate Pitcher



Lilie de la Motte

Southern Oregon Summer Soccer: Part II

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The WHCS girls soccer team just returned home from a three day trip to play a couple preseason friendlies.  On Tuesday the team left early and traveled to Medford where they played a match against Cascade Christian HS.  After an extremely competitive contest the two teams sat down together and consumed copious amounts of pizza provided by our gracious hosts and new friends at Cascade.  Many thanks to Coach Mick Power and all the great folks at CCHS.

From there the girls headed to Lost Creek Reservoir for a swim at sunset and a night of camping, with S’mores and time around the campfire.

On Wednesday the team broke camp and headed to Crater Lake on an absolutely stunning day.  The girls hiked to the lookout tower for a commanding view of the lake from the top of the rim.  Then, a short drive later the girls arrived at the trailhead leading down to the lake where they swam and cliff-jumped into the incredibly clear blue hued water.  A spectacular day at Crater Lake concluded and the team climbed in the vehicles to head to Eugene, but not before stopping for dinner in Oakridge.

After a night in the hotel across the street from the University of Oregon, the girls headed just down the road to Pleasant Hill.  We again received a first class welcome by our hosts at Pleasant Hill and participated in another hard fought match with another quality opponent.  We can’t say thanks enough to Coach Kris Dunne and PHHS for the arrangements and extra efforts to make us feel welcome.

A quick stop at Panera for nourishment in Springfield followed by lots of sleeping and reading in mostly quiet cars and the team completed the last leg of the journey to arrive safely back at Westside Christian.  What an amazing adventure and great start to the upcoming season.  We are truly blessed.


Westside Eagles



Outdoor and ‘off the pitch’ adventures



Atop crater Lake



Coach Staropoli entering Crater Lake


Pleasant Hill

Pleasant Hill & WCHS

Summer Soccer in Southern Oregon

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The Westside Christian High School girls soccer team is enjoying a preseason trip to southern Oregon. Yesterday Cascade Christian rolled out the welcome mat and the teams played a hard fought friendly at the US Cellular fields. Afterward the teams grabbed a group photo and then sat down for pizza (generously provided by Cascade Christian!) and enjoyed making new friends. The Westside girls then headed to Lost Creek Reservoir for swimming and camping.

Today’s plans are for a visit to and a hike at Crater Lake. Then off to Eugene for another friendly on Thursday.

Go Eagles!


Posting up in the park!


Swimming at sunset.


Loving Lost Creek!


The Westside & Cascade Christian soccer teams.

2016 Summer Soccer!

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A pic below from Coach Staropoli after an optional summer soccer training session. The lady Eagles are getting ready for what will undoubtedly be another strong 2016 campaign!


B4SQ Outreach Soccer Camp

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A number of Westside students volunteered as coaches at a Beaverton Foursquare community outreach soccer camp this week. Westside students served campers from a wide variety of ethnic and cultural backgrounds while teaching both the fundamentals and some of soccer’s finer points.

Thanks for sharing some of your summer space to serve Eagles!


Westside students at Beaverton Foursquare’s community outreach soccer camp.