The Knights draft 10 Year Old Lexy delos Reyes to Women’s Basketball Team

Lexy delos ReyesWarner Pacific College has chosen 10 year old Lexy delos Reyes as the newest member of the Knights’ Women’s Basketball Team. Lexy has been battling cancer since she was 14 months old and was drafted through a partnership with Team IMPACT, a nonprofit organization that matches children who are facing serious illnesses with college athletic teams in order to “inspire, motivate, and play against challenges together.”

Since her initial diagnosis at two months old, Lexy has undergone multiple brain surgeries and countless procedures in her fight against brain cancer. While she was receiving treatments on the east coast, Team IMPACT shared her story with Warner Pacific Director of Athletics, Jamie Joss. Upon Lexy’s return to Portland, the Knights chose to draft Lexy to the Women’s Basketball team based on her determination, perseverance, and her positive attitude when facing challenges.

“The entire team is crazy about Lexy and very excited to be representatives of Team IMPACT,” said Head Women’s Basketball Coach, Matt Gregg. “It’s important for our team to gain the perspective this opportunity provides and know that the troubles they might see as insurmountable are actually brief.  What Lexy has gone through has been life long, and she continues to smile and be outgoing, even while facing life threatening medical problems; she is what being a true competitor is all about.”

Lexy was drafted during a special ceremony held at Warner Pacific in which the students, staff and faculty welcomed her to the team with pompoms, cheers, and her own Knights jersey. As a new recruit, Lexy will provide encouragement at practices and support to the Women’s Basketball team at home games.

“Lexy has been such an inspiration to our team,” said senior, Ali Campbell. “She’s the most positive, happy little girl I’ve ever met and we feel so blessed and thankful that she can be a part of our and team and our lives.”


A video of Lexy’s draft day with the Warner Pacific Knights is available on the Knights’ YouTube page. To show your support for Lexy delos Reyes, visit

Team IMPACT’s mission is to improve the quality of life for children facing life-threatening and chronic illnesses by establishing and expanding vibrant team-based support networks. They endeavor to continually encourage a wide range of team-based organizations to open up their ranks and extend their laughter, strength and support for children facing these adverse issues, and events. In doing so, the team joins the child’s support team, supporting the child in his or her medical journey and beyond. Learn more at

Knights Take Home CCC Top Awards

WPC men’s basketball team claimed the Cascade Collegiate Conference (CCC) Tournament Championship with a thrilling 67-63 win over the Southern Oregon Raiders on February 26, 2013, at Bart Valentine Court.

The game was everything expected in a clash of top-ranked NAIA teams, with both teams delivering outstanding performances from the court. In the fourth quarter, the teams battled down the stretch, trading baskets until the clock showed just 1:55 remaining. At that moment the Raider’s Tim Weber hit a deep shot from behind the arc to tie the game at 63-63, but SOU would not score again. Stephen Harris muscled in a basket on the next possession, and the Knights managed to make 2 of 4 free throws in the final minute to clinch the victory.

“I’m really happy for the guys, they played a tough, gritty game,” said coach Jared Valentine. “Southern Oregon is a very good team and we had to play a physical game to beat them. The players really had to earn it tonight.”

The Knights add the post-season title to their regular season CCC Co-Championship, and will now get ready for their 8th consecutive trip to the NAIA National Championship Tournament to be held March 6-12, in Point Lookout, Mo.

CCC Players of the Year

The College continued to top the conference as the CCC Player of the Year in both the men’s and women’s divisions were awarded to Warner Pacific Knights, as voted on by the league’s head coaches.

Chelsey Christensen, a 5’9 senior guard from West Linn, Ore., leads the CCC in scoring at 19.9 points per game and is the top free throw shooter, hitting 87 percent (103-119) of her charity tosses. Her scoring average places her seventh-best in NAIA Division II women’s play. Christensen is also among the conference leaders in 3-point shooting percentage (2nd in CCC, 39.8 percent) and overall field goal percentage (5th, 50.8 percent). In addition to being awarded Player of the Year, Christensen was also named CCC Red Lion Player of the Week during the season.

Stephen Harris, a 6’5 senior forward from Hillsboro, Ore. led the CCC rebounding average (10.5 ppg), was third in steals (1.8 spg) and sixth in scoring (15.6 ppg) while averaging 33 minutes played per game. Harris was instrumental in leading the Knights to the CCC Tournament title and a share of the CCC regular-season title. In addition to being awarded Player of the Year, Harris was also named CCC Red Lion Player of the Week during the seasons, as well as NAIA Division II Player of the Week.