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Shawn Jansen: Christmas wishes for our athletes, coaches

One day left before Christmas.

Not that you need to be reminded of that.

Just look at the mall parking lot.

I hope everyone has finished their shopping.

With that in mind, I thought it would be fun to play Santa Claus this morning.

I've made my list and checked it twice.

Here's what I would be placing under the Christmas trees of some of our area sports personalities:

Rob Scheidt

The Merced football coach would find four new assistant coaches wrapped with bows on Christmas morning.

Scheidt has seen four of his assistant coaches leave the staff for various reasons since the end of the season.

Alex FletcherFor Golden Valley's sharpshooter, I'd get one of those hand warmers NFL quarterbacks wear around their waist.

Fletcher should wear it at all times. In stores. During class. Everywhere.

Anything to keep the hot hands we saw at last week's Tracy Winter Holiday Classic.

Fletcher made seven 3-pointers in a 29-point performance in a semifinal win against Merrill West -- falling one short of tying the tournament record.

Deja Mann

The Merced senior deserves an unbreakable anterior cruciate ligament for her knee.

The top girls basketball player in the area has missed the last two seasons with two torn ACLs.

Let's hope the problem doesn't follow her to Arizona State.

Keith Hunter, John Kane

I got the perfect gift for Hunter and Kane, the Golden Valley and Atwater boys basketball coaches.

New shoes -- with extra padding in the heels.

Nobody stomps the floor like these two when their players screw up or a call doesn't go their way.

Their closets are a cemetery where shoes with worn-down heels go to die.

Brian Fuentes

For our resident baseball pro, a multi-million dollar deal with the Los Angeles Angels.

The former Merced High and Merced College pitcher wants to play for the Angels.

Let's hope the closer gets his wish.

Brian SabeanThe best gift I could give the San Francisco Giants general manager is a time machine.

That way Sabean could go back and not spend the $126 million on Barry Zito and spend it on some offensive players.

Monte Ellis

I hear the Golden State Warriors guard needs a new moped.

Apparently, his old one was wrecked in an accident.

Dusty Ryan

The former Golden Valley and Merced College catcher deserves a major league contract.

Ryan was impressive during his September call-up, hitting .318 with two homers and seven RBIs.

However, making the Detroit Tigers roster this spring won't be easy.

The Tigers traded for veteran catcher Gerald Laird and signed former Marlins catcher Matt Treanor in the last couple weeks.

Brad Reed

The Merced girls coach needs a healthy team.

Merced was supposed to contend for a Sac-Joaquin Section title until Mann and Dalemesha Hill went down with injuries.

Now Reed's girls struggle to score points.

Angelo Naldi

I'd like to see the Livingston boys basketball coach win a Western Athletic Conference title.

You won't find a nicer coach in Merced County than Naldi.

Who says nice guys have to finish last?

Happy holidays.

Shawn Jansen is a Sun-Star sports reporter. He can be reached at 385-2462 or via e-mail at sjansen@mercedsun-star.com.

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