Knights Soccer to have new home field at Portland Adventist Academy

In partnership with Portland Adventist Academy (PAA), the Knights’ soccer teams will soon have a new home pitch (aka field).

This field is constructed by FieldTurf, which utilizes the latest technology in artificial playing surfaces.  FieldTurf, a worldwide leader in innovative flooring and sports surface solutions, has provided playing surfaces across the United States including the Portland Timbers Providence Park, CenturyLink Field in Seattle, and Gillette Stadium in New England.

Portland Adventist is building this new synthetic turf field on their campus at 99th and Market Street in east Portland and it will serve as a home facility for both PAA and both WPC soccer teams.

Over the summer, Warner Pacific Athletic Director Jamie Joss documented the progress of the field’s construction. Completion is anticipated in early October 2014.

Read more and view more photos here.

Knight Soccer field at PAA light poles July 15 2014
Light poles being installed (July 15, 2014).
Soccer field at PAA Aug 5 2014 dirt
The soccer field is taking shape (August 5, 2014).
Knights soccer field at PAA drainage and sub layers Aug 15 2014
Drainage and sub layers to support the turf (August 15, 2014).
Knights soccer field at PAA prep for turf Sept 9 2014
Field is prepped for the turf (September 9, 2014)
Knights Soccer Field at PAA Sept 17 2014
Turf being installed (September 17, 2014).


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

Men’s and Women’s Intercollegiate Wrestling Coming to WP in 2014

Warner Pacific College Director of Athletics Jamie Joss announced that the College will add men’s and women’s wrestling to its athletics program and begin intercollegiate competition in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) in 2014-15. The search for a head coach and recruitment of student-athletes will begin immediately.

“We’re thrilled to offer a robust athletics program that serves the needs of a wide variety of students,” said Warner Pacific President, Andrea Cook. “I believe men’s and women’s wrestling will provide many students new avenues in which to pursue their higher education goals, while strengthening their character through the principles inherent in Knights Athletics.”

Warner Pacific previously fielded a men’s wrestling program from 1968-75 led by local coaching legend and Warner Pacific Hall of Honor member, Dave Sanville. Under Sanville, the Knights amassed a 58-30-3 record in dual match competition and had 35 individuals qualify for the NAIA National Wrestling Championships including one NAIA All-American. Sanville continued to coach in the high school ranks for many years, including eight years at Bend High School (1976-84), and 17 years at West Linn High School (1984-2001).

“Many top wrestlers in Oregon and Washington are forced to leave the state to pursue college wrestling, while others just stop wrestling after high school,” said Director of Athletics, Jamie Joss. “The return of wrestling at Warner Pacific College provides wrestlers in our region with the opportunity to continue their pursuit of athletic excellence, while providing an outstanding urban Christ-centered liberal arts education. We are very excited to find the right coach to lead both programs and begin recruiting student-athletes who are ready to excel as champions on the mat, in the classroom, and in life.”

The College’s decision to initiate a women’s program is a historic addition for NAIA wrestling. Warner Pacific will become the 15th women’s program in the NAIA, allowing women’s wrestling to become a NAIA Recognized sport. Warner Pacific women’s wrestling will be the third program in Oregon, joining non-NAIA programs at Pacific University and Southwest Oregon Community College.

“Adding the women’s program is a great opportunity for many of the top women’s wrestlers from Washington to stay close to home, while also expanding the recruiting efforts of the College in California and Hawaii,” Joss added.

Women’s wrestling is a recognized Olympic sport, and since 1994, the number of women participating in high school wrestling has grown from 804 to over 8,727. California, Guam, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Texas, and Washington sponsor a girl’s state high school championship, while many girls compete for boys high school teams across the United States.

The Knights women will compete both regionally and nationally in the Women’s College Wrestling Association (WCWA). The National Collegiate Wrestling Association (NCWA) added a Women’s Collegiate Division in 2008.

The WCWA is the current governing body for all collegiate women’s wrestling programs at NCAA, NAIA and NJCAA institutions.  The WCWA competes in freestyle Olympic wrestling and includes the following weight classes (in pounds): 101, 109, 116, 123, 130, 136, 143, 155, 170 and 191.

The Knights, along with Life University (Ga.), Lyon College (Ark.), and Ottawa University (Kan.), have committed to adding women’s wrestling beginning in 2014-2015. They will join current NAIA women’s wrestling programs including: Oklahoma City University, University of Jamestown (S.D.), Missouri Valley College, Wayland Baptist University (Texas), Missouri Baptist University, University of the Cumberlands (Ky.), Midland University (Neb.), Waldorf College (Iowa), Lindenwood University-Belleville (Mo.), Menlo College (Calif.), and Campbellsville University (Ky.).

Warner Pacific’s men’s program is the fifth intercollegiate team in the state joining Clackamas Community College, Oregon State University, Pacific University and Southern Oregon University.

The men’s sport, which was added by the NAIA in 1958, is currently sponsored by 43 institutions across the United States. The NAIA Wrestling National Championship has 10 men’s weight classes (in pounds): 125, 133, 141, 149, 157, 165, 174, 184, 197 and 285.

There are currently 280,000 high school students actively engaged in wrestling at the secondary education level.

For information on recruiting and hiring within the Warner Pacific College wrestling program, contact Jamie Joss at 503.517.1261 or Learn more about Knights Athletics.

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.