Notable deaths in the sports world in 2005

Daily Pilot
January 1, 2006

A former Newport-Mesa Dream Team performer as a fullback and linebacker for the Estancia High football team, he died in a car accident in Colorado on Aug. 28. He was 19.

An estimated 850 attended a local memorial service for him and the inaugural Bubba Kapko Memorial golf tournament raised an estimated $8,500 for the Estancia Athletic Boosters and the Bubba Kapko Memorial fund.


Daily Pilot
December 30, 2005

Aug. 28, age 19
The former Estancia High School football standout died in a car crash in Colorado. He and three other friends were on their way to Denver after a volleyball tournament in Boulder. He graduated from high school in 2004 and attended Johnson & Wales University. The Bubba Kapko Memorial tournament was held in November at the Costa Mesa Golf & Country Club’s Los Lagos course.

The men’s volleyball team at Johnson & Wales University in Denver, for which Kapko planned to play this year, has dedicated its 2006 season to him.