During a week in which families spend time together and share life's blessings, let's find out what some of central Ohio's premier high school athletes consider the best Christmas gift they have received.

During a week in which families spend time together and share life's blessings, let's find out what some of central Ohio's premier high school athletes consider the best Christmas gift they have received.

Abby Barker, Watterson field hockey: "The best Christmas gift I ever got was a trip to Colorado. We had so much fun skiing, relaxing and hanging out together as a family. It was a time I will never forget."

Kellie Roudabush, Hilliard Bradley softball and basketball: "My favorite Christmas gift that I ever got was a bike when I was really little. It was something that I had always wanted and I finally received it."

William Rosler, Columbus Academy boys swimming: "My best Christmas gift came in 2001 when I got a Nintendo GameCube along with the game 'Super Smash Brothers Melee.' I spent the next 36 hours or so in the basement playing the game and only stopped for food."

Brian Sullivan, Upper Arlington boys basketball: "My favorite Christmas present was Nintendo 94. My brothers and I had asked for Nintendo 94 and we opened all of our presents but there was no Nintendo. Later in the day, my grandparents came with a box and inside was the cherished Nintendo 94. We were thrilled and played video games for the rest of the Christmas break."

Tiyona Marshall, Gahanna Lincoln softball and basketball: "My all-time favorite Christmas gift was my Easy Bake Oven. I would make brownies all Christmas vacation long for the whole family."

Kellie Carmendy, Olentangy Liberty girls diving: "I thought about my favorite gift for a while and I really don't have one favorite Christmas present. Getting presents doesn't mean that much to me. I am just happy to have my whole family together."

Cooper Staton, DeSales boys swimming: "My best Christmas gift ever was in 2005 when my sister, Carmen, and I discovered we would be having a new sibling. We got to tell all of our friends and family that weekend what was going to happen. Today, our youngest sister, Ellen, is 4 years old and puts a smile on everyone's face every day."

Aisha Cavin, Hartley girls track: "My best-ever Christmas gift was my dog named Chase. We got him from Walhonding, Ohio, during the huge blizzard that left everyone without power, including the breeders. However, we drove three hours to get him and it was by far worth it and the best gift I could receive."

Wil Trapp, Gahanna Lincoln boys soccer: "It's real easy for me. My favorite Christmas gift was a Ping-Pong table."

Chris Uhle, Olentangy Liberty pole vault: "My favorite Christmas gift was a Fisher Price easel I got when I was 4 years old. It also came with a letter from Santa that said to use it for coloring with my crayons instead of using my uncle's couch, and if I ever did that again I would be getting coal for Christmas."

As for me, the most memorable gift was given to me by my late wife, Jeanne, who took me on a picnic in Schiller Park in German Village on the night after Christmas. We went to the park via horse-drawn carriage and shared moments that will be with me forever.

To all of you, from the student-athletes and from me, Merry Christmas!