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Merry Christmas to all

Published: Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2013 1:45 p.m. CDT

All I want for Christmas ...

Well, at my age, there’s not a really a lot of anticipation unwrapping Christmas presents anymore. The socks, shirts, etc. kind of all go together these years. I’m fortunate I don’t wear ties to have to get any of those traditional dad gifts.

What I wish for most of all is good health for my family and my friends.

I also wish for success for all the area basketball and wrestling teams, especially the one I hold most dear to my heart. Merry Christmas Tigresses.

I wish for my Pittsburgh Steelers to get one more win and wiggle their way into the playoffs.

I wish I had more time to write, but we’re running on deadline here this Christmas Eve morning and our Lyle Ganther, the BCR jack of all trades, is anxiously awaiting to output these pages today.

While on the Christmas spirit, the Bureau Valley Storm carolers have been back at it, bringing tidings of good joy to local nursing homes. Coach Jason Marquis and gang really know how to warm up the residents spirits, including Grandma Moore at Country Comfort Retirement Home.

The Storm also sang at Greenfield and Liberty Village.

“It was a great time. We have great kids, don’t have to coax them into going or anything. Has become a neat tradition for us,” Coach Marquis said. “Grandma loved it, especially our rendition of Holly Jolly Christmas. I think our ‘12 days of Christmas’ is our team’s future single though.”

The coach says “we’ve also learned this group is hopefully a lot better at basketball than they are at singing.

Dan Pearson, codirector of the IlIowa Fellowship of Christian Athletes, followed the Storm on their caroling adventure, will run a piece on Channel 8 on Christmas Night. Dan is hopeful to start up a FCA chapter at Bureau Valley.

• The Manning of the Year: I thoroughly enjoyed reading the Sports Illustrated cover story on Peyton Manning as the SI Sportsman of the Year. It’s a great piece telling what really makes the Broncos quarterback tick, on and off the field. More than being the best quarterback of his generation, he is simply an outstanding human being, one who takes the time to personally respond to fans who write him.

He is truly a sports hero, one that our youth can admire and one that other pros could follow his lead. If my Steelers can’t get in the playoffs, I’ll be rooting for Peyton again.

Kevin Hieronymus is the BCR Sports Editor. Contact him at khieronymus@bcrnews.com

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