Christmas is a special day and a special time. It is a time for all us to reflect on what we have and what we cherish.

Christmas is a special day and a special time. It is a time for all us to reflect on what we have and what we cherish.

It is my honor again to feature the Christmas wishes of some of the area's most dynamic high school sports individuals. From coaches, to athletes, to trainers, to officials, here are the thoughts they have for this memorable time of the year.

•Julius Palazzo --high school official: "My Christmas wish is that coaches, players, spectators and officials strive to understand one another better in this Christmas season and in the coming year, resulting in a more positive atmosphere for our young people."

•Will Trapp --Gahanna boys soccer captain: "This year for Christmas I have found it to be a hard time thinking of things that I would like. I have won a state championship and been given various awards that are more than I could have asked for. But if I have to think of a couple things that I would like this holiday season, I would wish for a new pair of sneakers and a winter coat. Hope all of you have happy and healthy holidays."

•Kim Stercula -- Columbus Academy athletics trainer: "I wish that we would be more charitable with each other throughout the year and not just on occasions ... switch the time we spend buying gifts with the amount of time we spend together because time is more precious than anything we can buy in a store. Happy holidays and may 2010 be kinder and more prosperous for all of us."

•Verlon Reed -- Marion-Franklin quarterback: "Something that I genuinely want for Christmas is for my family to be happy and stay healthy and to be able to enjoy my life while I am here."

•Sam O'Brien, Dublin Coffman hockey player: "It is real simple. All I want for Christmas this year is some free Raisin' Canes Chicken."

•Margo Geer --Fairbanks swimmer: "My Christmas wish this year is to have quality time with my family and friends. As a senior in high school, I realize I have limited time to be at home this holiday season and I am really excited to relax with the people closest to me. I also hope the New Year brings joy and happiness."

•Brian White --Hilliard Davidson football coach: "My wish for Christmas is to continue to be a better father and husband to my two kids, Griffin and Sydney and my lovely wife, Jill."

May the spirit of the season stay with you throughout the coming year. Merry Christmas.

Larry Larson is a former athletics director at Grandview High School. He can be heard as "Mr. High School Sports" on WTVN 610 AM.