October 10, 1989 |
This football season in the Southland will be remembered for the deaths of three outstanding players. In late August, Raider safety Stacey Toran, 27, was killed in an automobile accident; last month, University of Colorado quarterback Sal Aunese, 21, from the San Diego Area, died of stomach cancer, and Friday night, Kevin Copeland, 17, of Dorsey High School died apparently of heart failure during a game against San Pedro. Copeland's family has a history of heart problems.
June 10, 1998 |
Kevin Copeland could be the poster child for the persistence-wears-down-resistance campaign. And on that poster he would undoubtedly be sporting a milk mustache. A longtime soft drink salesman, Copeland is now the nation's only African American owner of a full-service dairy. On May 1, his Copeland Beverage Group Inc. took over the former Santee Dairies plant on 19 acres in South-Central Los Angeles.
October 17, 1991 |
Kyle Copeland sits in the bleachers at all Dorsey High football games and wonders if he took part in the action, would it cost him his life? Although Copeland, 16, longs for the opportunity to show off his athletic ability, his mother, doctor and school officials have denied him the chance. A family history of undetected heart disease is the reason, but he says he is willing to take the gamble. "If I had my way, I'd play sports," said Copeland, a junior.
October 8, 1989 |
In the aftermath of the death of a Dorsey High School football star Friday night in San Pedro, those involved were in a state of mourning and shock. Kevin Copeland, an All-City receiver for Dorsey, died apparently of heart failure shortly after collapsing on the sideline during a game against San Pedro. He was 17. "We're all deeply saddened," said Mike Walsh, defensive coordinator for San Pedro. "I don't know how the kids will rebound from something like this.
December 21, 1989 |
Venice Co-Coaches Al Dellinger and Tony Chretin and their quarterback, Louis Jones, and Santa Monica center Eric Banducci won the top Westside honors at the annual Times high school football awards brunch. Dellinger and Chretin were named the area's coaches of the year, Jones back of the year and Banducci lineman of the year. The late Kevin Copeland of Dorsey High was honored in memory with the third annual Glenn Davis Award, given to the top high school football player in Southern California.