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It was fun last week to read the letters listing what kids all over Owenton wanted for Christmas. The great thing about kids is that they don’t understand what things cost or how impractical they might be. Instead they just ask for the things they want and hope for the best.
As a sports fan, I have decided to do the same thing. I have put together my wish list for things I would like to see during the next year. Call it my Christmas Wish List for the Sports Fan.
My first wish would be that the Bengals are able to finish off this tremendous season and do something special in the playoffs. It has been so long since fans in Cincinnati have enjoyed football games deep into January.
I wish that come March, University of Kentucky would find themselves in the Final Four. It seems like 1998 was such a long time ago. The Cats came close a couple of times under Tubby Smith, but now hopes are soaring with Calipari at the helm and the perfect start to the season thus far.
I wish the Reds would at least be competitive next year.
I wish that the players in each league would make better decisions regarding their off-the-field actions. Is it too much to ask for guys to stay out of trouble?
On a local level, I wish for continued success for all sports at Owen County High School and Bowling Middle School.
How nice would it be for both the Rebels and Lady Rebels to make a trip in February to Richmond. The boys came so close last season and it would be nice to see them get some redemption this year.
It would be great to see baseball coach Kevin Webster, softball coach David Wainscott and track coach Jerry Doolin have success on the diamond and the track. Each coach has some experienced players returning who should help each team have some fun this spring.
Another wish I have is for Danielle Hoop to get herself a state championship next fall in cross country. She has had such a great career and it would be nice to see her cap off her senior season by standing on the top step of the podium at the Horse Park in November.
On the gridiron, I wish the Rebels would have a solid season and be able to do pick up a win in the playoffs. Football coach Adam Fowler and his staff have worked hard to improve the program and it would be nice to see all that pay off.
For the volleyball team, I wish them a trip to the 8th Region Tournament. They were close last season and will have the talent this season to make it happen.
I wish for good seasons for the Owen County soccer teams. Both teams were young last year and I hope that the experience they gained will show itself in the upcoming campaign in 2010.
I also wish for a speedy recovery for Randy Bishop. The Owen County athletic director was involved in a farming accident this fall and is doing well. It was nice to see him at the games Friday night and we hope to see him at many more as the year goes on.
Finally, I want to wish each of you a very merry Christmas.