Santa Claus didn’t disappoint us.
At this time last year, we asked Big St. Nick for the moon and he delivered in a big-time way.
We had no idea when we gave him what we thought was an unrealistic list that he could fill so many orders. We asked for individual state championships, team titles and playoff berths.
Check, check and check.
Do we dare shoot for the moon again? Do we ask for many of the same items?
All he can do is say no. But we have a feeling he could deliver on many of them.
Our list this year includes:
• For our MHS basketball teams, we ask for spots in the Class 5A Final Four at Topeka. Santa, just get the teams there and let the chips fall where they may. But we’d sure like to see a repeat of 1999 when the Bullpup teams were pictured together for winning state titles.
• We also ask for an MHS-Wichita Heights final in next month’s McPherson Invitational. That game could be the greatest matchup ever in the Roundhouse and wouldn’t it be great to once again see fans lined five deep around the top of the gym like the old days? We haven’t had an old-fashioned “Roundhouse crowd” in 25 years.
• For the MHS wrestling team, we ask for a couple of qualifiers in the state final at the new Hartman Arena, home of this year’s event. The Bullpups have surprised a lot of the so-called experts this year as despite not being ranked, they have shown they can compete with the big boys.
• For the MHS boys swimming team, we want numerous state qualifiers. The Bullpups would like to send a strong contingent to the finals.
• For the yet-to-compete bowling team, we want another trip to the state tournament, where it has been a staple.
• We are asking for an MHS spring season to follow in the footsteps of what was an amazing fall and what looks to be an equally strong winter. McPherson High is having a dream athletic season, starting with winning four league titles in six sports in the fall.
• A comeback for McPherson College’s basketball teams. The Bulldog teams are both 1-3 in the KCAC, but there’s a long way to go. We’d like to give the Mac men a repeat trip to nationals, as it appears after a bumpy start they’re back on the right track.
• A continuation for the Central Christian College men of their 9-2 start. Hopefully the Tigers can find a way to unseat one of the MCAC’s Big Three of Oklahoma Wesleyan, Bellevue and College of the Ozarks.
• Final Four berths for Kansas and Kansas State. Granted the mess this week involving Jacob Pullen and Curtis Kelly has cast a pall over the Little Apple, but hopefully it will all work out.
• A second year for Josh Selby. We hope he doesn’t have the shortest career in KU basketball history. Also, we’d like a repeat of 2008 and we all know how that season ended.
• We ask for another amazing McPherson College football season, following the 9-2 and 10-1 seasons of the last two years. It’s been the most special two years of our Mac College sports writing career and we want to keep riding the wave.
• We ask for more McPherson High football magic. Haven’t these last five years been simply amazing?
• A playoff berth for the Kansas City Chiefs. To be honest, we don’t think they’ll hold off the hard-charging Chargers of San Diego, but at least they’re back in the mainstream again.
• This one’s a big request -- a big year for this editor on the golf course. It’s pretty hard to top a year that included three hole-in-ones -- it sure was nice to move back ahead of Kurt Kinnamon 8-7 in our ace race -- but our scoring average was higher than in recent years. If only we could turn back the clock to our high school days when those 5-footers were like tap-ins.
• For my father, the request is for relief for his ailing knees so he can live his final years pain-free.
• For the newspaper business, an infusion of hope. There’s a lot of negativity surrounding newspapers these days, but we can tell you there’s a lot of hard-working people at The Sentinel who do their best every day.
• For you and yours, a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Note -- This sports editor will be out of the office beginning today and will return Jan. 3. Those who would like to submit sports items during those days can contact Katie Stockstill at 241-2422, ext. 17.
Here’s hoping that Santa delivers big again
Santa Claus didn’t disappoint us.