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Goal to Goal: Ben Smucker

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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 athletics.

Rob is with Varsity Golf Coach Ben Smucker below.

Go Eagles!

Catalina Gillis: Letter of Intent

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Senior Catalina Gillis will play Women’s Water Polo for Division I San Diego State University this fall, after signing her Letter of Intent to suit up for the Aztecs last week.

 On Thursday, April 11th Catalina signed her National Letter of Intent with San Diego State. Catalina inks with SDSU after finishing three years as a varsity starter with Sunset High School. Cat started playing  water polo as a sophomore for Sunset High School, following four years as a synchronized swimmer who competed nationally as a soloist, part of a duet, and with her team. She ended her synchronized swimming career after being invited to compete internationally in Canada’s National Synchronized Swimming Championships. When her brother Hunter’s water polo coach invited her to try water polo as a sophomore, she decided to jump into something new and loved it from the start.

Catalina Gillis signing with the San Diego State Aztecs

Catalina Gillis signing with the San Diego State Aztecs

Cat began playing water polo for Sunset High School, and played as a starter on the varsity team from day 1, earning 2nd team All Metro her first year. During her off-season, Catalina played club water polo for Tualatin Hills as a sprinter and attacker. In the summer of 2015, Catalina attended Pepperdine’s Malibu water polo camp, there training under Olympians Terry Schroeder and Merrill Moses. She earned a position on the Olympic Development Team (2016-17) where she played against the top national high school teams in women’s water polo. As a Junior, Catalina earned 1st Team All Metro and played at the Junior Olympics in the summer of 2017.

 Gillis competing at the State Championships

Gillis competing at the State Championships

During her senior year Catalina was selected as the Metro League MVP, First Team All Metro, and Second Team All State. Additionally, this year she joined the Sunset Swim Team following the water polo season. In her first year Cat earned a varsity letter in swimming, and placed 15th in the state at the 100 Meter freestyle, contributing to a team that placed 1st overall in the 6A state championship.

Catalina continues to play club water polo for Tualatin Hills and will again play at the National Junior Olympics this summer.

Catalina is excited to start at SDSU in the fall, where she will major in Marine Biology. As a Certified Lifeguard, and accomplished scuba diver, Cat has always been the happiest in the water, and might invite some to ask whether Mermaids really do exist.

Congratulations Catalina!

Goal to Goal: David Henry

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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 athletics.

Rob is with Varsity Boys Basketball Coach David Henry below.

Go Eagles!

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!