Dennis Pope graduated from Lincoln High School in 1968 and was a member of the high school baseball team. He participated in all phases of American Legion Baseball.
Dennis drowned in Pawnee Lake on July 14, 1968. At that time, his family was approached by the American Legion and coaches, suggesting that this memorial award be established. A fund was also established to provide for the annual presentation.
Each season, the Dennis Pope Memorial Sportsmanship Award is given to a senior American Legion Baseball player who has demonstrated true sportsmanship during that season--and upholds the creed of the American Legion Baseball program.
Selected as the recipient of the 2016 award is Cody Gilbertson who attended Lincoln High School and played for the Sampson Construction team He was coached by Danial Beckman. Congratulations to Cody and good luck in your education and baseball career at McPherson College.