Christmas is a week away.
Good ’ole St. Nick is putting the finishing touches on his gifts for sports figures in our area.
Sorry if this ruins any surprises.
St. Louis Rams: Plans for a new stadium at the old Chrysler plant in Fenton.
St. Louis Blues: To avoid the Kings in the playoffs.
St. Louis Cardinals: To avoid the Red Sox in the World Series.
St. Louis Billikens: An invitation to that new Catholic conference.
Mizzou Basketball: A win over Kentucky.
Mizzou Football: A chance to beat up on Kansas and/or Illinois.
Jim Scanlan, former WHS coach: As much time with the family as possible.
Zach Schneider, WHS football: Another all-state running back.
Dale Gildehaus, Borgia football: Some size up front, to go with the skill players.
Erick Webster, Union football: The preseason team to beat in the area.
Cody McDowell, St. Clair football: Another season with double-digit wins.
Andy Arnette, Sullivan football: No rebuilding, just reloading.
Jeff Duncan, Parkway West football: A less brutal schedule.
Matt Kroeter, WHS coach: No more long wrestling nights.
Tim Rinne, WHS coach: A good scoop.
Dr. Frank Wood, WHS principal: A good quote.
Dr. Lori VanLeer, Washington superintendent: A basketball scholarship.
Gary Leimkuehler, Hermann assistant superintendent: A sweet high school weight room.
Mike Hunter, St. Clair principal: A spot in Jerry Jones’ suite for the Cotton Bowl.
Jeff Hamlett, St. Clair administrator: A personalized golf cart.
Ron Millheiser, WMS administrator: A radio show.
Dave Neier, Borgia basketball: Another shot at Republic.
Grant Young, WHS basketball: A Meramec championship.
John VanLeer, Pacific basketball: His first district championship.
Casey Korn, St. Clair basketball: A healthy team.
Ray Steinhoff, New Haven basketball: A Truman State sweatshirt.
Dino McKinney, Sullivan basketball: Good health for the family.
Tim Spiers, Hermann basketball: The surprise team in the FRC.
Mike Scheer, WHS coach: NCAA Tournament bid for the Bears.
Adam Fischer, WHS basketball: Back-to-back conference champs.
Tim Isgrig, St. Clair coach: A head-coaching gig.
Josh Spuhl, Pacific basketball: A box of sweater vests.
Jena Carroll, St. Clair basketball: A Rolla championship.
Chris Simmons, Union basketball: More depth on the team.
Jason Merkel, Sullivan basketball: A state ranking.
Doug Peirick, New Haven basketball: Two wins in Columbia.
Stacia Parsell, Borgia basketball: AAA champions.
Janel Brown, Pacific volleyball: A new addition to the family.
Scott Brown, Pacific coach: Another male in the house.
Pete Jett, Owensville coach: Continued good health.
Kym Blankenship, WHS volleyball: A third straight GAC Central championship.
Ashley Mims, St. Clair volleyball: A St. Clair Tournament title.
Linda Lampkin, Hermann volleyball: 800 more wins.
Bill Deckelman, WHS AD: A nice vacation far away.
Greg Dunigan, St. Clair AD: More pregame interviews.
Brad Bruns, Borgia AD: Yearly reservations in Cape Girardeau.
Chris Arand, Union AD: Some really cool on-campus athletic facilities.
Andy Herbst, Pacific AD: An SEC road trip.
Todd Anderson, Hermann AD: A trip to Columbia in March.
Sean Erwin, Sullivan AD: A new boys basketball tournament.
Jeff Reed, Pacific baseball: Another double eagle.
Rob Struckhoff, Borgia baseball: A new turf field.
Ryan Bailey, Union baseball: A new on-campus field.
Scott Bray, WHS baseball: Another shot at Howell.
Rob Hauck, St. Clair baseball/softball: A conference title in the spring or fall.
Bill Juengel, Union softball: A fantasy golf championship.
Phil King, Washington softball: A district win over Eureka.
Tonya Lewis, Pacific softball: A state bowling championship.
Josh Ohm, WHS wrestling: A state champion.
Mike Olszowka: WHS track/cross country: A state champion.
Rob Schimsa, Pacific wrestling: Another state champion.
Todd Dempsey, Pacific soccer: Another conference player of the year.
Mitch Figas, Borgia cross country: A pass to the Winter Olympics.
Post 218 baseball: Three state championships.
Cory Cowsert, Pacific Post 320 baseball: A new legion field.
Dr. Bart Coleman, St. Clair trainer: A spot in the Tour de France.
Mike Wood, area referee: A state championship game.
John Covington, KLPW: An ice-hockey rink in Washington.
Dave Marner, Gasconade County Republican: A key to the town of Owensville.
Will Johnson, Gasconade County Republican: Cardinals season tickets.
Derrick Forsythe, Warren County Record: A trip to Pasadena.
Bill Battle, Missourian: Another trip to Salisbury.
Craig Vonder Haar, Missourian: A media parking spot at every school in the area.