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WCHS Winter Sports Awards

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WCHS athletics’ department celebrated basketball and cheerleading season with a winter awards dinner. Thanks to Debby Mager, Mesina Lunz, Michael Wenger, and Mike and Eve McCarthy the event went smoothly.  My hope in adding the dinners was to provide a time to come together as a community. This event provided an opportunity to thank people who went above and beyond by keeping the score clock or scorebooks, teaching volunteers how to safely use the popcorn machine in the concession stand, driving teams across the state, and helping pick up trash after games.  I am thankful to all those who contributed their time and talents to make an impact on our sports teams.

My very favorite moment of the evening was at 7:20. I invariably grab the nearest person to me and say,  “listen, just listen.” I draw their attention to a community engaging in storytelling, laughing, and smiling. Each table is different, at one table a team of 14 players sitting around a table set for 8 people, longtime friends sitting together who haven’t connected for some time and new friendships that started this season.  This year’s highlight for me was when two women at two different tables, engaged in two different conversations tilt their heads back in laughter at the same time. It was quite a coincidence, but a magical moment for me.

I get nervous before the dinner starts, will anyone show up, will we run out of food (cookies yes, tacos no) and will there be people so stressed they won’t enjoy the evening.  Then I remind myself it is supposed to be fun and I am grateful to be a part of this community. I wait and watch the clock and when 7:20 comes I grab the nearest person to capture the moment with me, and I enjoy the time celebrating our teams!

Thank you WCHS community!

Rob Casteel, Athletic Director

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.

NBC Basketball Camp

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Team time

WCHS team time

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.

Dribbling drills

Dribbling drills

Training kicks

Training kicks

LO Review’s “Amazing Kid”

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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

 

WCHS Spring Slam

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Westside hosted a 3-on-3 basketball tournament on the Eagles homecourt(s) this past weekend. Sixteen teams competed throughout the day, beginning with morning pool play, followed by A & B bracket play in the afternoon.

Thanks to all 50 + of the competitors who helped make this first ever “WCHS Spring Slam” a success!

 

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Mark Heinrich with the quick hands in his defensive stance.

 

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Micah Stromvig with the pull-up midrange J.

 

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Riley Stromvig from downtown.

 

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Jordan Jun for 3.

 

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Caleb Hansen posting-up.

WCHS: Playoff Basketball!

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Congratulations to the Westside Girl’s Basketball team for winning their West Valley League home playoff game 43-41 against Sheridan last night. Crystal Lang paced the squad with six 3-pointers and 20 points. Tomorrow (Thursday, Feb 18th) the girls travel to Willamina to play for a chance to continue their march toward the OSAA State Tournament.

Cost for the game is $4 for students with a student ID and $6 for adults.

Go Eagles!