Adrian’s Wagster brings community together for a memory

PARMA, IDAHO – Like many high school students in eastern Oregon, Adrian High School senior Claire Wagster is missing her friends, playing sports and the community support of the town at high school events. Wagster, a cross country runner, should be worrying on her time at the Catherine Creek Scamper during this time or preparing for districts. However, rather than dwelling on what not is happening, Wagster chose to bring two communities together and relive a past success.

On Thursday, October 29, Wagster and others gathered at the Parma Motor Vu in Parma to watch the combined football team of Adrian and Jordan Valley win the 2019 1A Football Championship on the big screen. In a setting usually used for first run Hollywood films, the screen lit up with the game pitting the Antelopes against St. Paul on November 30, 2019. The Lopes were victorious, 38-32, claiming the state title.

Pickups filled with players and families parked, grabbed some popcorn and bundled up for the show. The crowd included a throng of Jordan Valley players and families, fitting as the championship team was comprised of both schools.

“I just really felt the community needed this at this time,” said Wagster. “We all miss sports and we needed to see each other. I want everyone here tonight to just have a good time.”

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Wagster, a former basketball, softball and volleyball participant for the Antelopes, is waiting for the delayed cross country season and planning on an upcoming track season.

Surprisingly, she was not at the game last November to see Adrian/Jordan Valley take the title.

“I think that was the weekend my aunt had a baby so I wasn’t able to go to the game,” she said.

Prior to the game video starting, parents and grandparents sat on tailgates talking of crop prices or work. Students gathered in groups remembering the game or catching up on life. Wagster’s hope of just having the community finally get together was a success.