Ed Burton (Hall of Fame 2014)
Ed Burton has been a mainstay in the Oregon City community, leading the Pioneers as Head Football Coach from 1986 through the 1996 season when he led team program to a 2nd place finish in the OSAA Playoffs and impressive 5th Three Rivers league title as head coach.
During Burton’s 11 seasons at Oregon City, he compiled a 75-35 record and the Pioneers never suffered a losing season under his guidance. Burton’s teams also dominated their cross town rivals during these years, winning nine of 11 games against West Linn.
Burton is remembered by players as a consummate leader and for his trademarked “atta ways” that followed accomplishment both on the field and off.
When not on the football field Burton also served as Oregon City’s head wrestling coach and as the voice of Oregon high school wrestling as public address announcer at the OSAA Wrestling Championships for 30 years.
On Behalf of the Battle for the Bridge Board of Directors and the Oregon City and West Linn communities, we are pleased to announce Ed Burton as the inaugural member of the Battle for the Bridge Hall of Fame.
Ron Chappell (Hall of Fame 2014)
No coach is more revered than West Linn’s Ron Chappell. During his 17 years as Head Coach with the Lions from 1995 to 2011, Chappell’s teams accrued an impressive 114-62 record with four three rivers league titles including a 13-4 record against the Pioneers. During the nine years prior to his retirement in 2011, the Lions ran off nine straight victories against their cross-town rivals.
Players remember Chappell as their leader and mentor, where he instilled players to be a “class act” on and off the field.
Chappell has coached football for over 30 years and is still currently a health and physical education teacher at West Linn High School.
On Behalf of the Battle for the Bridge Board of Directors and the Oregon City and West Linn communities, we are pleased to announce Ron Chappell as the inaugural member of the Battle for the Bridge Hall of Fame.
John Denny (Hall of Fame 2015)
John Denny has served the Oregon City and West Linn communities for over 40 years as a sports journalist for the Clackamas Review, West Linn Tidings, Oregon City News, and (now defunct) Oregon City Enterprise Courier. During Denny’s decorated career, he has personally witnessed almost half of the football games played between Oregon City vs. West Linn and through his eloquent words helped build the rivalry in what is now the longest continuously played high school football game in the nation.
Denny is the recipient of numerous professional awards including Oregon High School Coaches Association Sports Writer of the Year in 1995, Oregon Golf Association’s 2011 Dale Johnson Media Person of the Year, and four-time Media Person of the Year by the Oregon High School Wrestling Coaches Association (1976, 1985, 2007, 2008).
Most notably, Denny has made an enormous impact on the thousands of student-athletes he has covered for his weekly stories over the past four decades. Alumni from Oregon City and West Linn alike can recall the dreamlike feeling when seeing their photo or finding their name in the newspaper for the first time. More often than not, John Denny made this possible.
Denny’s ability to capture “big” moments transcends the playing fields in our community and regularly brings spotlight to the wonderful young people who compete for the Pioneers and Lions. John’s stories often focus on the people in the game rather than simply reporting the result. For this, our community is forevermore in John’s debt.
On Behalf of the Battle for the Bridge Board of Directors and the Oregon City and West Linn communities, we are pleased to announce John Denny as the 2015 inductee into the Battle for the Bridge Hall of Fame.
Joe Cerny (Hall of Fame 2015)
Battle for the Bridge Board of Directors is proud to announce coach Joe Cerny as a 2015 inductee into the Battle for the Bridge Hall of Fame.
West Linn student-athletes and alumni alike warmly remember Cerny’s enthusiasm and repeated proclamation “It’s a GREAT day to be LION!” Coach Cerny’s teaching and coaching career spans over 29 years and includes various roles with the football team and as Head Coach for Track & Field. A graduate of Cupertino High School, Cerny played college football at Montana State University where he helped the Bobcats claim the 1984 Division 1AA National Football Championship.