For some players faced with a season-ending football injury, all that’s left to do is sit on the sidelines and cheer on both the team and whoever replaced them.
But for Steve Copland — whose senior season was cut short by a knee injury as a Madera Coyote in 1965 — sitting on the sidelines wasn’t enough, and Copland used an elective photography class as a chance to document his teammates in a hobby he’s kept up the rest of his life.
“I’ve probably got well over 2,000 pictures,” Copland said. “Probably a lot more, but that’s including a lot people have given me … 12 years ago I paid a kid who was working through college $300 to organize all my photos at 10 bucks an hour.”
Copland, 65, pored over dozens of negatives from photos he took during his high school career from 1962-1966 as he described his hope to get some developed before the Madera High School football alumni dinner on Friday at 13672 Road 23. The dinner, which attracted more than 100 alumni last year, is a benefit for the Madera Coyote football program...