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Longtime announcer to discuss East-West Aurora sports rivalry

Updated: September 11, 2012 6:05AM



AURORA — Just two weeks before the 120th meeting between the East and West Aurora high school football teams, a longtime local announcer will host a discussion of the city’s most heated sports rivalry.

The crosstown rivalry between East and West dates back to 1893, and is considered one of the longest running match ups in the state. Neal Ormond, who has been broadcasting local sports and keeping stats for 49 years, will present “Divided by the River, United By the Games” on Sunday.

The talk was arranged by the Aurora Historical Society and will be presented at 2 p.m. Sunday in the David L. Pierce Art And History Center, 20 E. Downer Place, Aurora.

Ormond will talk about the records and stories from the historic rivalry.

Admission is $3 for members, $5 for non-members, and includes an exhibit of memorabilia and light refreshments. For more information, go to www.aurorahistory.net, or Facebook.

The 120th playing of the East-West football game is scheduled for Aug. 24 at Ken Zimmerman Field at West Aurora High School. Alumni and booster groups are planning special commemorations in honor of the city’s 175th anniversary. Junior varsity game is at 5 p.m. and the varsity kickoff is at 7:30 p.m.

West leads the overall series, 59-48. There have been 12 ties.



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