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LOCAL SHORTS: W-DC to present Perham team with donations

WADENA — The Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines boys basketball team, the W-DC Student Council and others will present the Perham boys’ basketball team with donations for Zach Gabbard and his family before the varsity game at 7 p.m. on Friday at the W-DC Elementary School gym.

Gabbard is a 17-year-old junior from Perham who collapsed during a varsity game Jan. 20. After receiving emergency medical procedures, he was taken to Sanford Medical Center in Fargo, where open heart surgery was performed. Once stable, he was moved to the University of Minnesota, where doc tors reported Thursday that the heart is fully recovered, the Associated Press reported. 

W-DC students, staff and parents have been raising funds for Gabbard. The boys basketball team has been selling orange bracelets bearing Zach’s initials and number. The student council has been collecting coins from students and staff. Also, a five-piece patio set, which brought in a bid of $1,400, has been raised for the Zach Gabbard Benefit on Feb. 27. 

Also at Friday’s game, a basketball signed by the Timberwolves, as well as college basketball merchandise, will be raffled off to benefit Gabbard. Raffle tickets will be sold during JV and varsity games.

Team from Rice wins broomball title

Preferred Concrete of Rice scored with one second remaining to edge Edward Jones 1-0 in the Brainerd Parks and Recreation Department's Broomball League championship game Wednesday at the Gold Medal Arena.

The teams had split during the regular season and tied for first place heading into the playoffs.