Sports Teams Take on Cancer
Owatonna High School's boys' basketball and girls' and boys' hockey teams have held cancer fundraising nights in front of big crowds so far this season. The OHS girls' basketball team will host its cancer night Friday, February 9. The Owatonna Wrestling Association will pass proceeds from the ice golf fundraiser on Saturday to a family battling cancer.
OHS boys' basketball coach Josh Williams said Friday's "Coaches vs Cancer" event might have been the best yet for the program. Money raised Friday will benefit Jim Gleason and his family during his battle against brain cancer. Over $3,200 was raised. Owatonna's girls will donate money from their upcoming event to the Steele County Relay for Life.
Owatonna boys' hockey hosted "Stick it to Cancer" January 30 with some of the proceeds to assist the family of former Owatonna hockey player Brian Wencl in his journey against prostate cancer. Co-organizer Heidi Meier said captains Braeden Meier and Mitch Wiese approached parents with the concept of a cancer night after each lost a grandparent to cancer this school year. Both the boys' and girls' hockey teams dedicated their night to a family member or friend battling cancer.
The Owatonna Magnet student news site put together a feature piece on the action teams are taking in support of those battling cancer.