Multiple Teams · From the Seidlines: Last-Minute List for Santa

Dear Santa:

While you’re making a list and checking it twice, would you mind adding some gifts for a few of my co-workers? Nothing big…just a few stocking stuffers. Thanks, and Merry Christmas!

Varsity Girls’ Basketball Coach Rob Fleming:  The skill and motivation to start up his own Twitter account. The guy has his own iPhone and everything, but the only thing I see out there is a @NotCoachFleming account that is obviously being managed by one of his many fans.

Varsity Football Coach Gabe Priddy:  An appreciation for quality pop musicians – i.e. Katy Perry, Eminem, Bruno Mars, Taylor Swift, Pitbull, etc. I can only play Kenny Chesney songs so many times.

OHS Principal Troy Waffle:  A part-time embroiderer to stitch the more attractive Olivet “O” on all of his fancy sport coats. While he claims to prefer the traditional block “O” over what he calls a “toilet-seat O,” I firmly believe the new one is starting to grow on him.

Custodian Tom Critchlow:  A year’s supply of homemade cookies. The man does everything for our athletic program, both inside and outside, but he’ll do it with a smile when his sweet tooth is addressed.

JV Boys’ Basketball Coach Matt Buckley:  Some Olivet gear to wear during games and maybe some green socks to match. I’m not sure how long he can get away with the pink tie and red Nike Elite socks.

Varsity Softball Coach Jeff Taylor:  The three S’s — sunscreen, sandals and a straw hat – for his annual trip to Florida to see the Detroit Tigers’ Spring Training. I just hope he’s back in time for the start of the Eagles’ promising 2017 season.

Varsity Volleyball Coach Kelly Fedewa:  More senior classes like the one she experienced in her rookie season, and, of course, the intuition to volunteer to drive and not leave her car at a Park & Ride the next time she travels with friends.

Athletic Administrative Assistant Lauri Janousek:  A huge “#CalendarZone” sign on the front of her desk, more opportunity for family trips to Tawas City, and the tolerance to deal with my sense of humor – or lack thereof.

Cross Country Coach Mike Spoelstra:  A contract with Two Men And A Truck so that transporting the tent, table, water coolers, etc. to and from invitationals is not such a chore. We hate when he’s left standing in the rain after a meet waiting for a ride back to Olivet.