Oregon Sports Photos Photography by John Lariviere


Oregon City vs West Linn Football 2015

Just a few short weeks after the Oregon City alumni claimed rivalry honors over West Linn in the annual "Battle for the Bridge" football game at Lions' home field with a 48-28 victory, the 2015 OSAA 6A pre-season game between the two schools kicked off at Pioneer Stadium in Oregon City.  The West Linn Varsity squad took revenge on behalf of their alumni as their high octane passing game was too much for the Oregon City defense with the Lions cruising to a 40-28 win.

Game report in the Oregon City News:  http://portlandtribune.com/pt/251-sports/prep-football/271832-147491-lions-take-flight-at-oregon-city

  • Oregon City alum and World War II veteran Hal Lindsley (left) was honored during the playing of the National Anthem before the start of the “Battle for the Bridge” rivalry game between Oregon City and West Linn at Pioneer Stadium in Oregon City. Lindsley played for the Pioneers during the 1945 “Battle for the Bridge” against West Linn.

Battle for the Bridge 2015

In 2011 West Linn High School alum Ian Giammanco and Trent Tribou come up with an idea to money for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation as Giammanco's young daughter has CF.  The unique fundraising event was to have alumni of Oregon City and West Linn High Schools play a football game in the spirit of "The Battle for the Bridge," an annual match-up between the two neighboring schools that is themed the longest running rivalry game west of the Mississippi.  Participating players are primarily in the 20's and 30's, but there are some aging souls in the 40's giving all they have in honor of their school, community and giving to support the fight against CF.  This year's game was held at West Linn High School with the Oregon City Pioneers scored a 48-28 victory over the Lions but the true winner was the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation with over $25,000 raised this year and over $100,000 raised over the five year history of the game.

Game coverage in the Oregon City News:  http://portlandtribune.com/pt/251-sports/prep-football/270350-145462-rivals-come-together-for-a-cause

Battle for the Bridge web page:  http://www.battleforthebridge.com/

  • Honorary captain Sophia Giammanco (77) shakes hands with a referee during the coin toss ceremony to begin the Battle of the Bridge with West Linn captain Mike Livermore (65) looking on.