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Ashley's Kopka following in dad's footsteps

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WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – In Middle School Bruce Kopka played football, baseball, and wrestled.  It was only by chance that he found out about pole vault.  

"I went through a photo album my freshman year and there is a photo of my dad clearing 12"6 at regional's and I was like what is this. I was like I have never seen this and it was pole vault," said the Ashley High School Junior.

Since that day his dad Keith Kopka, who was a standout pole vaulter at Lejeune High School has coached his son despite suffering from ALS, or Lou Gehrig 's disease. "To have my son pick a sport that I did, and love it more than I did, means the world to me."

Bruce has also bettered what his dad was able to do during his career.  Just this season clearing 13 feet, surpassing his dad's personal best, at the same time breaking the Ashley High School record. "It remains in the family. He broke the title, it now goes to him, I couldn't be prouder," said Keith.

Bruce now has his eyes set on a State Title.  He and three other Screaming Eagle pole vaulters will take part in the 4A State Championships Saturday May 18th, in Greensboro on the Campus of North Carolina A&T.

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