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Tom Rademacher: Godwin Heights’ only state champions gather for reunion 50 years later
By The Grand Rapids Press staff
September 19, 2009, 10:07PM

Tom Rademacher | The Grand Rapids Press

They carry a little more weight and a few additional wrinkles, and they’re certainly not as quick as they used to be.

But 50 autumns ago, they were boys with the wind in their hair.

This month, the 1958 cross-country team from Godwin Heights High School very quietly came together to celebrate the only state championship that school district — which dates back to the 1860s — has ever known.

And what’s significant about their reunion — something they might not even be aware of themselves — is they didn’t arrange to be honored en masse during a boisterous halftime, or otherwise recognized by the school board or city officials.

They simply met at an area motel, shared some memories, broke bread and went home.

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