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OC to honor hometown hero

OREGON CITY - A rally to honor NCAA College Baseball World Series most outstanding player Jonah Nickerson has been planned for this Friday.

'Police and fire will escort Jonah - with bells and sirens - from the old high school, up Seventh Street and Molalla Avenue, to Danielson's Thriftway, where he will be honored in many ways,' said Oregon City major Alice Norris. 'We encourage all citizens to turn out along the parade rout and at Danielson's to honor our hometown hero.'

The celebration will begin Friday at 11:30 a.m. at the old high school. The official ceremony is scheduled to start at noon at Danielson's.

Among the scheduled speakers will Norris and Nickerson's high school coach J.J. Winkle.

Norris said Nickerson would be presented with the keys to the city. She said the city council, at its July 5 meeting, would also declare July 7 Jonah Nickerson Day in his honor.

Nickerson, a 2003 graduate of Oregon City High School, will be available afterwards to sign autographs and visit with his hometown fans.

Nickerson started for Oregon State University in three games during the 2006 College World Series, and was named the Series most outstanding player, as he helped lead the Beavers to their first NCAA national title in baseball.