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Municipal Elevator lit to help celebrate upcoming 100th rivalry game with West Linn.

JOHN LARIVIERE - Oregon City and West Linn Battle for the Bridge alumni players join together to pose for a photo with Battle Hall of Fame inductees John Denny, Ed Burton, Joe Cerny and Ron Chappell during halftime ceremonies of the 2015 Battle for the Bridge Alumni Football Game. The alumni players are intense rivals during the game, but off the field they have become good friends as they come together in the battle to eradicate cystic fibrosis.Oregon City is celebrating the 100th anniversary of a football rivalry with West Linn High School with commemorative lighting of its Municipal Elevator and by planning a virtual tailgate party.

COURTESY PHOTO: CITY OF OC - Oregon City Commission President Rocky Smith proclaims April 2 as Oregon City-West Linn Rivalry Day.Oregon City Commission President Rocky Smith and Oregon City High School Associate Principal Stacy Erickson will host members of the public who wish to join the tailgate party from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, April 2, by visiting tinyurl.com/OCvirtualtailgate.

Earlier this month, Smith proclaimed April 2, 2021, to be "Oregon City-West Linn Rivalry Day."

OCHS and WLHS, the latter formerly known as Union High School, have competed in football continuously since 1921, making theirs the longest continuously played rivalry west of the Mississippi River.

In addition to one tie game in 1936, Oregon City has had 50 wins and West Linn has had 48 wins in the 99 games played so far.

COURTESY PHOTO: ROCKY SMITH - Oregon City started lighting up its Municipal Elevator this week to get people excited about the 100th rivalry high school football game.


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