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First football action for Paradise High School after wildfire devastation

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First football action for Paradise High School after wildfire devastation

NOVEMBER.THE TOWN OF PARADISE FELL VICTIMTO THE DEADLIESTWILDFIRE IN THE STATE'S HISTORY.BUT THERE WAS SOMETHING TO BRINGPEOPLE BACK TOGETHERON FRIDAY...FOR RESIDENTS WHO SURVIVED ANDREMAIN ... AND SOME OFTHOSE WHO LEFT - AND RETURNEDTHERE WAS SOMETHINGSPECIAL IN STORE.REPORTER ERIC RUCKER HAS THESTORY.NATSFOR A HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL GAME,THIS ALL APPEARSPRETTY STANDARD.IN REALITY THOUGH, THIS MAY JUSTBE THE BIGGESTSPORTING EVENT PARADISE HIGH HASEVER SEEN.ANNE STEARNS, ATHLETIC DIRECTOR,PARADISE HIGHSCHOOL: "I THINK THE FOOTBALLTEAM IS GOING TO GO THROUGHTHAT SO WE NEED TO CUT THATPIECE RIGHT HERE SO WE NEEDSCISSORS."ANNE STEARNS IS THE SCHOOL'SATHLETIC DIRECTOR.NATSSTEARNS SAYS THE CROWD ATTONIGHT'S GAME AGAINST WILLIAMSWAS AROUND FIVE THOUSAND PEOPLE,MORE THAN DOUBLE ATYPICAL HOME GAME ATTENDANCE.AND IT WASN'T JUST THOSE WHOREMAINED AFTER THE CAMP FIREWHO CAME TO THE GAME.STEARNS SAYS PEOPLE WHO HAVEBEEN DISPLACEDACROSS THE COUNTRY RETURNED FORTHIS SPECIALOCCASION.ANNE STEARNS, ATHLETIC DIRECTOR,PARADISE HIGHSCHOOL: "I MEAN, OUR COMMUNITYHAS BEEN LOST.

AND SO OURCOMMUNITY IS ALL OVER THE UNITEDSTATES, AND SO FOR ONE NIGHTESPECIALLY TODAY WE CAN ALL BETOGETHER."BUTTEDPARADISE RESIDENT: "WE WENT TOHIGH SCHOOL HERETOGETHER AND NOW WE ARE LIVINGAS ROOMIES."LIKE SO MANY OTHERS, THESELADIES HAD THEIR HOMESDESTROYED IN THE CAMP FIRE.THEY NOW LIVE TOGETHER INTRAILERS THAT THEY CALL THECOMPOUND.AN EXTENDED FAMILY THAT TONIGHTINCLUDESTHOUSANDS OF OTHERS.CHRISTY VOIGT IS ALSO A TEACHERAT PARADISE HIGH.CHRISTY VOIGHT, TEACHER: "BUTWHEN YOU'RE HERE AND YOU'REON CAMPUS OR AT A FOOTBALL GAME,YOU DON'T REALLY FEEL ANYDIFFERENT.

IT FEELS LIKE IT DIDLAST YEAR SO IT'S PRETTY COOL."FOR THOSE WHO REMAINED AFTER THEFIRE AND FOR THOSE WHO LEFT,A FOOTBALL GAME AT PARADISE HIGHWILL ALWAYS FEEL LIKE HOME.ANNE STEARNS, ATHLETIC DIRECTOR,PARADISE HIGHSCHOOL: "THEY KNOW THAT THIS ISSOMETHING THEY CAN ALWAYSLEAN ON."NATSIN THE HOME OF THE BOBCATS ATPARADISE HIGH SCHOOL, I'M ERICRUCKERSO WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT WHEN YOUHEAD OUTSIDE THISWEEKEND.




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