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Copeland Inducted into High School Athletics Hall of Fame

By Floyd Miller



1978 was a memorable year for Copeland as over 30 area coaches named him Western New York’s Defensive Player of the Year for his work as a lineman. “He’s got good range moving sideline-to-sideline,” coach Joe Foyle said of his 6-foot, 212 pound middle guard. “He’s a real strong kid, and one of the most likeable kids we’ve ever had on our team.” Copeland also garnered first team All-New York State and was named to the Who’s Who All-American team. He was the co-recipient of the 1978 Tomahawk as the team’s hardest hitter evidenced by his eight sacks. He was a three-yea letterman. Copeland was a starter on the Lancaster’s 1978-1979 basketball team that finished 15-5. In track, he ran the 220 and competed in the shot put and discus. {{more}}  He played football at NAIA Kansas Wesleyan for three years earning all-conference twice. He ended his Photos from Alan Copeland Sr.’s playing days at Lancaster High School. Photo courtesy of Alan Copeland.collegiate career at NCAA Division II Emporia State.Copeland played professional football for the San Antonio Stampede and coached the defensive line for a season. He has devoted his life to the ministry.  Alan Copeland Sr., Chris Dickson, Head Coach of the Lancaster Redskins, and Alan Copeland Jr. visit after the banquet. Photo courtesy of Alan Copeland A group of former players and coaches who attended the Lancaster High School Athletics Hall of Fame Banquet. Photo courtesy of Alan Copeland

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