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Dozens play pickup games in honor of coach Henry Pope
Students turned out in droves to play pickup basketball in honor of recently deceased basketball coach Henry Pope. Players from the boys basketball program at South Whidbey High School, which he coached from 2010 to 2013 and from the girls program he ran for a few years before that, hit the court at Community Park on July 26, the day after Pope died of cardiac arrest. Recent South Whidbey graduate Chase Collins said dozens of people came, as many as 50, to play, watch or just stop by. The above photo shows the group of players who were at the park around 8:45 a.m., though Collins said many more came later. They played pickup games for the first three hours, rotating players in and out. For the last hour they played bump and one, large fun game, including Lewis Pope, Henry Pope’s 13-year-old son. There were people from the middle school, high school, graduates and adults. Pope was 57.
Around 50 people played basketball for nearly four hours in honor of recently deceased South Whidbey High School coach Henry Pope.