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Boys basketball: Jan. 14 fundraiser to help daughter of KMS coach

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The KMS boys basketball team is having a rough season, with an 0-7 record. The Hancock boys, at 1-4, haven’t fared much better.

But when the Owls arrive to play KMS on Jan. 14, there’s a great reason area fans should make it their must-see game.

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The Lucas Post Family Benefit, which features the Owls and Saints playing at 7 p.m., will raise money to help the Post’s daughter, Mia, who is battling cancer.

Mia Post, 4, was diagnosed with a Wilms’ tumor, a form of childhood kidney cancer, on Oct. 4. Surgeons removed the kidney but recently her physicians found a small tumor a lung. She now faces nine months of radiation and chemotherapy, according to KMS Athletic Director Richie Schieck.

The fundraiser begins at 6 p.m. There is no ticket charge for the game and a free-will offering will be collected.

Tacos-in-a-bag will be available and activities include a silent auction, Shoot for Loot, a Future Saints game, an alumni game following the varsity game, the KMS Pep Band and a free throw competition.

For more information about the fundraiser, contact Schieck at 320-264-1412.

Cards at home

Three Willmar teams will be in action at home tonight. The Willmar swimming and diving team plays host to Melrose/Sauk Centre at 6 p.m. and the gymnastics team is at home against St. Cloud Apollo at 7 p.m. The Cardinals wrestlers take on Alexandria beginning at 7:15 p.m.

Speaking of home games, the Cardinals girls basketball team will be playing plenty of them over the next month.

The Cards play at Sartell on Friday and at Sauk Centre on Monday. Those games will mark the end of a 12-game stretch during which the team played 10 on the road. The 6-4 Cardinals then catch a wave of home games, playing nine of their next 10 at WHS.

Saints, ‘Cats to grapple

A wrestling rivalry is renewed tonight when KMS travels to New London-Spicer to take on the Wildcats at 7 p.m.

Hoops poll update

This week’s boys and girls basketball polls have five area teams among the top 10 in their classes.

The New London-Spicer girls team is 9-0 and ranked No. 9 in Class AA.

In boys basketball, Litchfield, the Class AA runner-up last season, is 5-2 and ranked No. 6 in Class AA.

Three teams, including defending champ BBE, are ranked in Class A. The 8-0 Jaguars, winners of 40 straight games and 73 of their last 74 games, are the No. 2 team behind Maranatha. Dawson-Boyd (7-1) is ranked No. 8 and MACCRAY, at 6-1, broke into the poll this week at No. 10.

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