Dear Santa: Please bring these gifts. . .

While wishing everyone a Happy Christmas and prosperous New Year, here are a few stocking stuffers we hope Santa leaves tonight.

* Butch Young, Meade boys basketball coach: nine wins to become only the second county coach to reach the 400-win milestone.


* Tom Albright, Southern boys coach: a dozen victories to reach 450 wins by season's end, his 31st on the job in Harwood.

* John Brady, Annapolis boys coach: a return to Cole Field House for the 4A Final Four for the first time in five years.


* Brian Barber, Annapolis junior forward: a speedy recovery from pneumonia and a return to the lineup so he can sing the national anthem by Wednesday's Cap City Classic.

* Germaine "Boo" Diggs, Annapolis junior forward: ESPN "SportsCenter" highlights after one of his thunderous dunks.

* Ken Kazmarek, Broadneck boys: Jason Smith back at guard as a post-graduate student in time for the 3A playoffs.

* Renardo Walker, Broadneck senior forward: full recovery from his football knee injury and subsequent surgery.

TTC * Charles "Tank" Duckett, Severn boys: A successful first season as coach of a team with seven sophomores.

* John Spinnenweber, Chesapeake boys: having already matched last year's win total with a 2-3 start, eight more in the "W" column to hit double digits.

* Desmond Dailey, Glen Burnie swingman and Joe Barnes, Old Mill guard: 50-point nights for the county's top pure shooting seniors.

* Brad Wilson, North County boys coach: 15 wins or more in the school's second straight winning season.


* Maurice Bowie, North County senior guard: an All-County season for an unselfish and superb athlete who gave up all-county football defensive back honors because his team needed someone to play quarterback.

* Jon Briggs, Severna Park senior guard: a great season in the mold of his dad of the same name who starred for Butch Young (now Meade coach) back in the 60s.

* Service Academy appointments for three Severna Park athletes: Naval Academy for Scott Vane, boys soccer player of the year; West Point for Paul Mathieu, all-county distance runner; and Air Force for lacrosse player Ryan Scaffe.

* Lee Rogers, Arundel girls basketball coach: a much-deserved 4A state championship.

* Kristen Kapusta, Annapolis junior guard: with her great touch, the chance to shoot more threes for the Panthers.

* Jackie Edwards, Annapolis sophomore forward: continued development into one of the county's best inside players.


* Jennifer Holmes, Severna Park senior center, and Chavonne Hammond, Arundel senior forward: neither to foul out when the future Vanderbilt teammates meet in a Jan. 3 showdown at Arundel.

* Angela DeSalvo, Severna Park senior guard: continued recovery from knee surgery as she picks up her game and hopefully draws the interest of a college team that needs a gritty, sharp-shooting guard.

* Kim Davis, junior member of Severna Park's 4A state champion field hockey team: based on her keen writing abilities shown in the Falcons' school newspaper, the Talon, a future in journalism.

* Maurice Jennings, Severn girls coach: an AIS A Division championship.

* Harry Dobson, St. Mary's girls coach: two victories over defending champion Seton Keough and the Catholic League crown.

* MPSSAA playoff teams: to be seeded per their records so as to reward achievement and not mediocrity.


* Tyrone Neal Jr., Southern's 145-pound wrestler: the chance to break the school record of two state titles (1970 and '71) set by his dad and coach, Tyrone Sr.

* Friends of Arundel Baseball: more donations for imprinted bricks to erect new dugouts on the Wildcats' field to keep the aging Bernie Walter out of the rain.

* Bernie Walter, unprecedented seven-time state championship baseball coach: with new brick dugouts to put final touches on a wonderful facility, finally his name on the Wildcats' stadium. His 23-year career record of 362-98 (.787) is unmatched in county history and it's time for "Death Valley" to be called "Bernard P. Walter Stadium."