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FROM THE PRESS BOX: JUST ONE WISH ON MY CHRISTMAS LIST (2020-12-25)

Normally on Christmas Day, I submit a list of sports wishes to Santa Claus.

Over the years, I’ve asked for things like Waverly renewing its gridiron rivalries with Athens and Sayre. (We’ve seen Athens and Waverly play three times in the last 11 years, but the Wolverines and Redskins have yet to square off in the Valley Sports Report era.)

I’ve asked for a return of the Valley Christmas Tournament. Lo and behold, the holiday tradition returned a few years ago.

For years, I asked Santa for a Valley N.Y.-Pa. challenge on the diamonds. In 2019, we finally got it with Athens topping Waverly and Tioga, while the Tigers and Wolverines both edged Sayre.

Their softball counterparts were set to follow suit in 2020, but the Covid-19 pandemic put that on hold until this spring (maybe).

This year, I might have asked Santa for a shot clock for PIAA basketball games, or for unruly and loud-mouthed high school sports fans to realize they are doing more harm than good.

However, considering our current circumstances, there’s only one item on my Christmas list in 2020.

I’d like to wake up Dec. 26, with things having returned to normal, and Covid-19 a thing of the past. No more masks, no more social distancing, no more remote learning, no more students sitting behind plexiglass barriers, and no more restrictions on high school athletics or small businesses.

I guess you could say I want a Christmas miracle.

Is that too much to ask?

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