foes line up as
Adrian- For some in the
stands, the memories go years back.
remember tales of jawing after a game.
Some remember the 76-0
drubbing Jordan Valley gave Adrian in a
homecoming game years ago.
But for the players this season, none of
the past matters. What is important is
the coming together of two towns, two
schools, Jordan Valley and Adrian, make
up one team with a state championship
As the season
approached, Jordan Valley Coach Bryce
Kershner saw only eight players ready to
hit the field for the Mustangs.
One injury would
result in the game being played
One phone call fixed
just wanted to give the kids a chance to
play," Kershner said. "The first call I
made was to Adrian and they welcomed us
|Eduardo Munoz follows the
lead blocks from Kirk Eiguren
and Kirkland Obendorf.
It did take some logistics and long bus rides,
but Adrian and Jordan Valley now are one. And,
judging from the early season games, the team
will be going far.
really play well together," said Kershner.
"The team has come together
and the kids play as one," said Adrian Coach
Billy Wortman. "This is not two teams combining,
but one team playing."
That one team mentality
showed as Adrian-Jordan Valley ran away in the
second to down Wallowa 52-36 on Saturday in the
home opener before a crowd of Adrian and Jordan
Valley fans sitting side by side in the stands.
thing that will need to be fixed. Because of the
numbers showing up for home games, the
concession stand ran out of hamburgers and
bottled water by half time, a testament to the
two towns supporting their athletes.
think we really work well together," said Adrian
senior Eduardo Munoz, a player now sharing
quarter backing duties with Chase Fillmore, a
Jordan Valley senior. "I am really proud of the
players coming from Jordan Valley. The
dedication they show making the trip over here
for practice every week really shows their
dedication to the game."
valley senior tight end Kirk Eiguren said, "If
we had tried to go it alone, we probably would
have been 0-2 instead of 2-0. It has been
amazing being on the team. We have so many
weapons playing together."
Both teams add something to
the combination, according to the players.
Jordan Valley brings some real athletes to this
team," said Adrian senior Andy Walker. "We can
run some plays with the people on this team now
we really had not considered before."
Players from both towns
admitted they heard some grumbling from alumni,
those remembering the old days on the field and
games from 20 years ago.
just pass it off," Eiguren said. "This is our
team now and we know what needs to be done."
Jordan Valley bus makes the trip to Adrian three
times a week for practice. The teams both
practice at home on Wednesdays.
won't discuss what they expect from this season.
"We are taking this one game
at a time," Munoz said.
After the fall season ends,
Adrian and Jordan Valley will go separate ways
into basketball season, competing again in the
Jordan Valley ended last
year's basketball season with fifth-place state
finish while Adrian wrapped up the year with a
third-place league standing.
Even if they face each other
as opponents on a basketball court, players from
both towns will have memories of this fall for a
"We know we are doing
something special this year," Eiguren said.
The combined schools will continue making
history as one team as they board a bus to
Powder Valley on Friday, September 15, for a
non-league matchup. Game time is 7 pm.
Building of Adrian’s gym ‘looking good’
The Argus Observer
Construction on a brand new gymnasium for Adrian School District is
moving along with a tentative completion
date set within the next two to three
Kevin Purnell, principal of Adrian High
School, the construction project, which
sits at approximately $2.2 million, has
been staying on budget ever since it
began several months ago.
good,” Purnell said.
He added that
despite unavoidable change orders that
tend to be needed when under a large
date that had been originally set for
completion of the gymnasium was Aug. 1.
contractor Holcomb Construction, of
Nyssa, hasn’t been willing to set a firm
date on completion of the gymnasium,
Purnell said, but the current plan,
barring any unforeseen delays, is to
have bleachers installed by Dec. 1.
shows the interior of Adrian
School District’s new gymnasium
on Friday, as tools and machines
from contractors working on the
project lay about the gym floor.
can seat as many as 424 people, Purnell
said, and wouldn’t get installed until
the very end of the construction
project, after both the baskets and
hardwood flooring are installed.
will have space for baskets on each end
of the court, along with side baskets
for practice, Purnell said. The school
district managed to snag a good deal
from an auction of hardwood used by the
former Idaho Stampede, which relocated
from Boise to Salt Lake City, Utah for
the 2016-17 season to become the Salt
Lake City Stars.
also helped Adrian School District get a
deal on the end baskets for the court.
In total, the purchases cost the
district $30,000, Purnell said.
enough to cover the entirety of the
court, however, Purnell said. The
district has already found an outside
company to supply the remaining 20 feet
To help pay
for the construction project, Adrian
taxpayers approved a $945,000 bond
during the May 2016 election, and along
with a matching grant worth $945,000
provided by the Oregon Department of
Education’s School Capital Improvement
Matching Program, designed to help
school districts across the state
acquire dollars for facility needs, the
original project dollar figure of $1.9
million had been met.
year, when the Adrian School District
went out to get a construction
contractor, the lowest bid from Holcomb
Construction came in approximately
$300,000 over budget. However, an
anonymous donor, in mid-December, made a
$300,000 donation to the school district
in order to pay the difference.
District teachers have taken a tour
inside the new gym space as it currently
stands, Purnell said.
excited about the gym coming into
place,” Purnell said. “It’s been long
Other than the bevy of
improvements a new gymnasium would have
over the existing space currently in use
by Adrian school district students, it
would help the school district to adhere
to new state requirements that began at
the beginning of this year. Those Oregon
Department of Education requirements
mandate the amount of time a student
spends on physical education. For