Roger Paschall graduated from Waseca High School in 1953 and was probably the most outstanding and versatile athlete to ever come out of Waseca Central. During his high school career he participated in five varsity sports, and earned 17 varsity letters. Roger is the only Waseca Bluejay athlete to accomplish this feat. He won his first “W” in golf when he was in the eighth grade; after that, he earned four varsity letters each in football, basketball, baseball and track.
Roger’s athletic abilities stood out already as a sophomore. He was selected to the All-Conference football team that year, again his junior year and made it a three-peat as a senior. Also in his senior year he was selected to All-State team as a halfback. Roger was a standout all season as the team’s leading ground gainer and second leading scorer. He also passed and did most of the punting. In addition to his offensive play, Paschall was a cracking good defensive back, defending the run and pass with considerable brilliance.
Probably his best sport was basketball where he played either guard or forward. In the South Central Conference, Roger was chosen to the All-Conference basketball team three times, and his team won the SCC Championship three times. Paschall was in Coach Whitey Aamot’s starting lineup all four years. He amazed spectators with his blinding speed and his flawless ball handling. Roger won a game with a last second shot in his freshman year and did it again his sophomore year. One sports writer wrote –“ With the crowd screaming, Paschall knew that time was short and what he had to do. He took deliberate aim and let fly. Halfway to the hoop the buzzer sounded, the ball arched dead to its mark and swished the net. If Paschall plays basketball from now until he trips over his beard he’ll never sink a better one.” In his junior year he put his Jays into overtime with a bucket with seconds left and had the winning basket in O.T.
Roger had four great years in baseball, playing as an infielder. He excelled in track where he was a consistent point winner in the hurdle events, the high jump and the discus. As a junior, Roger earned a trip to the state track meet in the 120-yard high hurdles. As a senior, to qualify for the state meet, the blond speedster topped the high hurdles in 15.8 seconds at the Regional meet in Rochester. His time over the hurdles was the best of all region qualifiers. It was fitting that he closed his brilliant high school career at the Minnesota State Track Meet.
After graduating, Roger joined the Navy and after his discharge, went to barber school and set up his business here in Waseca. At the sports award banquet this spring, the Waseca Bluejay Booster Club presented a new award to athletes out for three sports all four years of high school. This award is appropriately named The Roger Paschall Athletic Award.
Roger passed away August 3, 2002 and is survived by his wife Jean and three children, Charles, Tim and Patti.