By Rob Langrell
Publisher of The Sidney Sun-Telegraph 

Sidney's Wintholz uses Homecoming to honor relative

Senior receiver wears 'special' jersey number in Raiders' 13-12 heartbreak loss to Alliance


Larry Brown / For The Sun-Telegraph

Coby Haas (No. 21) hauls in a first-quarter interception for the Red Raiders in their 13-12 loss to Alliance on Friday.

Even before the 2015 football season started, Tyler Wintholz was looking to do something "special."

Most would expect that statement to simply mean catch a lot of passes and score touchdowns in bunches in his final season.

Instead, his intentions were to honor the man who introduced him to football.

Wintholz traded in his usual No. 24 jersey for the No. 17 on Friday night for Sidney's game against Alliance.

That number was adorned on his great-grandfather Maynard Smith's uniform back in the days when he played at Aurora Central (Colo.) High School.

Smith died Oct. 16, 2014 – a year ago to...

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