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Southridge honors a hometown hero

by: MILES VANCE - Southridge High School's football team will officially retire No. 13 in honor of U.S. Army Pfc. Andrew Keller, a 22-year-old alumnus killed in action Aug. 15 in Afghanistan. A special ceremony will take place prior to Friday night's football game.U.S. Army Pfc. Andrew Keller will be honored by his alma mater Friday night as the community gathers at the Southridge High School football stadium.

Families, alumni and community members will begin showing up at 6:30 p.m. for a pre-game dedication ceremony to pay tribute to the 22-year-old Tigard soldier, who was killed in action Aug. 15 while serving his country in Afghanistan.Pfc. Andrew Keller

Keller, a 2008 Southridge High School graduate, spent a great deal of time on that football field. In the fall of 2007, Keller served as captain of the Skyhawks football team. Fellow teammates selected him as the Most Valuable Player during his senior year.

On Friday night, Southridge will officially retire Keller’s No. 13 uniform and present the jersey both he and his younger brother Derek wore to Keller’s parents, Jeff and Kim.

The No. 13 will also grace balloons that will be sold at the gate. All proceeds will be donated in honor of Pfc. Andrew Keller to the Wounded Warrior Project, which supports injured veterans.

The balloons will be released into the air prior to kickoff at 7 p.m.

The public is encouraged to take part in this tribute to a young man who will be remembered as a leader. The Skyhawks will then take the field to face the Lake Oswego Lakers.