05-07-2020 Tri-City Area Sports

Coloma Press Box By Dave Vollrath

Coloma Comet senior track men recognized

Caleb Winfield is a senior Coloma Comet, and would have been competing on the Coloma track squad this spring, which would have been his fourth year participating in this sport. Caleb is an outstanding young man with a positive attitude, which has definitely served him well during this unsettling time in our nation’s history.

As an athlete, Caleb has also participated all four of his high schools years on the Coloma soccer team. He states that having the school year end so suddenly was a heartbreaking casualty of the virus. Like all the seniors, he was extremely disappointed to miss out on the yearend activities, such as prom, in addition to all the spring sports.

This winter Caleb participated in the Mr. Coloma contest and was named Mr. Nice Guy, in joining the Coloma Court. Again, he says that most all of the activities that encompass these events have been cancelled for 2020, and this too is extremely disappointing.

The Class of 2020 will always be remembered as the year of the virus that shut down our country, making this class very unique. About this Caleb says, “I know the Class of 2020 is a very strong class, and we’ll make it through this, and we’ll come out stronger.” Caleb says that his favorite memory about Coloma will be the atmosphere. The coaches and teachers always make students feel like family, and there isn’t a single member of the Coloma faculty and staff that he would not have a problem going to for help.

Caleb has some very lofty and specific goals for post high school that includes plans to attend Lake Michigan College for two years and then transfer to a university. His ultimate dream would then be getting into med school on his way to becoming an emergency room surgeon. Toward this end, Caleb spent his senior year participating in the Professional Health Careers Academy, where he was able to do rotations at Lakeland Hospital and shadow doctors, surgeons, nurses and other specialists.

Coloma head boys track coach, Mike Churchill, says of Caleb, “Caleb is a great young man, and when he is faced with adversity and trials, he attacks them head on, in order to achieve his goals.”

Alec DeLaTorre is another fine young man who was extremely disappointed when the school year ended, and the track season never got started. Alec was a 3-sport athlete for the Comets, as he participated all four years of high school in football and wrestling, and three years and one incomplete for his track career. On the track this spring Alec would have been competing in the 300-meter hurdles, and would have run a leg on the 4 x 400-meter relay team.

Alec’s football coach, Joe Stephens, and wrestling coach, Kenny Ashley, both agree that Alec was great to have on their teams, as he was a hard working and dedicated athlete who never backed down from a challenge.

Alec says that even though their senior year ended so abruptly, he understands the seriousness of the pandemic situation and what was necessary to slow down a dangerous health crisis.

The favorite high school memory for Alec is the homecoming spirit day games. The top memory of those events for him