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|01-03-03: St. Henry evergreen now wears scarlet and
|By SHELLEY GRIESHOP
The Daily Standard
In Buckeye country, fans are known to be a little creative. The Stahl
family of St. Henry is no exception.
Thirteen-year-old Tony Stahl decided the family's 10-foot artificial
Christmas tree wasn't ready to return to its storage box just yet. With gray and scarlet
running through the family's veins, they picked up on Tony's idea for a "Buckeye
tree" and began replacing Christmas garland and ornaments with any kind of Ohio State
Buckeye items available.
"All four kids went through the house and began hanging all the
decorations they could find," said the children's mother, Lisa Stahl. "Sandals,
pompoms, red beads, and of course the OSU ornaments we already had."
Adorning the tree are authentic Buckeye necklaces made by Tony, the
Buckeye Neutron Man, an OSU license plate cover, hats, headbands and wrist bands, all
bearing the OSU insignia.
"I thought it would be pretty cool to have a Buckeye tree since we
were going to have a Fiesta Bowl party at our house tonight," said Tony.
About 35 family members will gather at the Beckman Avenue home for the
party, but not until after they travel to Fort Recovery to see nephew Tyler Niekamp, a
senior at Fort Recovery Local Schools, play basketball against the Redskins. The high
school game is scheduled earlier than normal, just for Fiesta Bowl fans, and the gang
hopes to get settled back at home before kick-off between OSU and Miami University.
Tony will be wearing his lucky long-sleeved OSU gray sweatshirt.
"They've not lost a game yet when I wore my lucky shirt," he
Tony and brothers Brad, 11, and Kyle, 8, were already dressed in OSU
team wear early this morning, as was little sister, Olivia, in her OSU cheerleading
Olivia clutched her beloved stuffed Brutus, as her brothers talked
about their favorite players - Mike Doss, Maurice Clarett and Matt Wilhelm, to name a few.
The family attends many of the college games in Columbus. Lisa Stahl
graduated from St. Henry High School in 1981 with former professional football player Jim
Lachey. Her husband, Jerry Stahl's family tree includes former OSU players and St. Henry
natives, Bobby and Tom Hoying.
Lisa Stahl's biggest problem tonight likely won't be running out of
food or entertainment for her guests. It will be what to wear.
"All of our stuff is on the tree. I'll have to pull something off
it before I can get dressed," she said with a laugh.
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