‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even Bryon Clouse
The stockings were hung inside the gym with a void
Does anyone have a clue what happened to John Boyd?
The children were nestled all snug in their beds
Some wearing Nikes, some in Pro-Keds
And mamma in her ‘kerchief and I in my cap
There was another Region hoops disappearing act
Last year he was a state champ, the king of the boss
Whatever happened to Andrean’s Kyle Ross?
When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter
I sprang from my bed to see what was the matter
Inside a packed gym, that 21st Century was adoring
Last Friday Chesterton’s Jake Wadding was still scoring
Away to the window I flew like a flash
I love Bob Dylan and of course, Johnny Cash
The moon on the breast of the new-melting snow
Gave a lustre of midday to Jimmy and Joe
When what to my wondering eyes did appear
But the Crown Point Lady Bulldogs, fast as a deer
They are pounding everyone, stealing the gifts
With a stifling press that chokes and lifts
More rapid than eagles Chris Seibert’s coursers they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name
Now Carrothers, now, Santiago!, now Stoddard and Stoddard
Now Dash-er, now Govert, now Vania and Smith
To the top of the polls, to the top of the wall
Now Dash away! Dash away! Dash away all
As leaves that before the wild hurricane fly
Region hoops is a treasure, mount to the sky
‘Nelly has 21 Cent playing so very, very well
Merrillville’s Keon Thompson is ringing that bell
While the schedule is soft, , Hanover’s playing like a tornado
What more can be said about Dom Lucido?
And speaking of players with a ton of slamming fun
How about West Side star Jalen Washington?
Now my eyes -- how they twinkled! My dimples how merry!
These cheeks are like roses, this nose like a cherry!
We all will chill for a bit with some family, fun and food
Then, we shall all meet in our gyms, and that is quite good
Who will be duds and who will be missiles?
Which players and teams will fly like the down of a thistle?
So I heard me explain as I drove out of sight
Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!