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There are sixty-eight umpires in the Major Leagues in baseball. Three of those umpires came from Coldwater, Michigan. There are not too many towns that can boast that. But, Coldwater can.

There is a chapter in “Coldwater’s Finest titled “Blue Collar Guys in Professional Baseball.” This chapter tells the story of three Coldwater High School grads who were lucky enough to land a job as a major league umpire.

You can read all about these umpires in your copy of “Coldwater’s Finest.” If you would like a copy email 3

Becky Howe Smith always seemed to enjoy being upside down. She had that opportunity to do that on the Balance Beam.

“It is such a rush that you get, being upside down and flipping and twisting, and knowing that no one is touching you. It is cool! It’s fun! Wow!”

This is one of the quotes made by Becky Howe Smith who was Coldwater’s first outstanding gymnast. You can read all about her adventures in “Coldwater’s Finest.” Read all about her amazing freshman year as she dazzled the crowds with never before seen gymnastic skills.

Some of Becky Howe’s teammates that are mentioned in “Coldwater’s Finest” are Karen Heinemann, Tracy Woods, Sabrina McLain, Kathy Rompf, Kim Grady, Julia Strobel Diane Branan, Angela Vanbuskirk, Suzie Kirby, Tracy Winger, and Marnie Szafranski. If you would like to read up on this very interesting story, let me know. I will make sure to get a book to you.

Coldwater’s Finest

It was arguably Coldwater High School’s finest backfield tailback Neil Newton and fullback Chuck Neutz. They rushed for 1,626 yards during the 1980 season. Neutz was also Coldwater’s first 13-foot pole vaulter. Yet, Chuck Neutz’s abilities were surpassed by something even greater his courage! Some graduates of Coldwater High School benefit others by entering careers of medicine, or education, or social work. Kit Snyder helps people where they may need it the most in their pocketbook! Becky Howe set record after record, while leading her team to some of the best days of CHS gymnastics. Yet Becky Howe was more than a great athlete. She was a pioneer!  As high school seniors the Gilchrist twins accomplished almost everything two young golfers could hope to achieve. Yet there was one trophy they had never won. Sandra Jo Shiery was content to stay home and enjoy life with her family and friends. Yet bowling beckoned her to leave behind her loved ones and succeed many miles from Midway Lanes. Each victory will help you some other to win was true in the shot putting career of Aaron Tagert. Little did he realize the cumulative effect of all his success, until one day all that he worked for came down to just one more attempt. Umpires lead the life of a professional baseball player without the glamor. Performing demanding work daily before millions of intolerant fans, they never receive applause. It the life of Coldwater’s Tim and Bill Welke, and Jeff Kellogg. Their story is one of Coldwater’s finest.

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