Prep basketball: Fundraiser brings together area's best

Tim Orth Memorial Foundation's Jam the Gym fundraiser set for Saturday, April 1 in Bird Island

Willmar senior Sam Raitz, 31, goes by St. Cloud Apollo's Azayah Washington for a layup during a Central Lakes Conference game on Monday, Feb. 27, 2023 at the Big Red Gym in Willmar.
Willmar senior Sam Raitz, 31, goes by St. Cloud Apollo's Azayah Washington for a layup during a Central Lakes Conference game on Monday, Feb. 27, 2023 at the Big Red Gym in Willmar.
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BIRD ISLAND β€” The Tim Orth Memorial Foundation's Jam the Gym fundraising event brings together many of the area's top high school girls and boys basketball players on Saturday, April 1 at BOLD High School's Bird Island Gym.

Doors open at 3 p.m. with a preliminary 3-point shootout contest taking place at 3:50 p.m. followed by a Just For Kix dance performance at 4:20 p.m. Opening ceremonies begin at 4:30 p.m. followed by the 3-point shooting contest finals. That's followed by first a girls basketball game and then a boys basketball game.

Other highlights include the Fargo-Moorhead Acro Team performance, NBA mascots and dunk teams and speed painter Evan Struck.

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Willmar senior guard Allie Rosendahl launches a 3-pointer against Rocori in the Section 8AAA quarterfinals on Thursday, March 2, 2023, at the Big Red Gym.
Michael Lyne / West Central Tribune

There also is a silent auction, crash prize raffle, t-shirt sales and concessions. Silent auction items include Chanhassen Dinner Theater tickets and jerseys from Justin Jefferson, Alex Ovechkin and Steph Curry as well as Russell Westbrook game-worn shoes. There are many other items.

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The Tim Orth Memorial Foundation is a private non-profit set up to raise money to help assist children facing substantial medical expenses as the result of a serious accident or incident. There are also events on Friday, March 31 in Winthrop and Saturday, April 1 in Glencoe.


Orth was a BOLD student-athlete who died from an inoperable brain tumor on Feb. 14, 1997. The foundation was set up in his honor and has raised more than $4 million.

For more information, visit the website

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Boys team roster

* Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City β€” Sam Rouser, Thor Goerish
* Benson β€” Juan Espinoza, Riley Schmidt
* Buffalo Lake-Hector-Stewart β€” Chase Hubin, Connor McColley
* BOLD β€” Brayden Gass, Ryan King, Zen Boen
* Central Minnesota Christian β€” Brayden Marcus, Ethan Bulthuis
* Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg β€” Isaac Rudningen, Jacob Walsh, Jaiden Henjum
* Montevideo β€” Mason Jerve
* Renville County West β€” Adam Schrupp, Isaac Haen, Jaise Miller
* Redwood Valley β€” Cohen Frank, Elijah Larsen, Tyson Irlbeck
* Willmar β€” Sam Raitz, Simon Radermacher
* Yellow Medicine East β€” Bryce Sneller, Cody Dahlager, Owen Torvik

Girls team roster

* BLHS β€” Allison Milbrandt, Ellaina Bergstrom, Kristi Kottke, Rachel Kottke
* BOLD β€” Anna Moorse, Kenzie Visser, Lily Dean, Mari Ryberg, Rylee Boen
* KMS β€” Elsa Gjerde, Josie Gjerde, Julia Carlson
* Lac qui Parle Valley β€” Ayanna Gipson, Camryn Lee, Rylee Lund, Taylor Shelstad
* Montevideo β€” Avery Koenen, Hailey Dirksen, Tenley Epema
* Morris/Chokio-Alberta β€” Maddy Grove
* RCW β€” Emily Lippert, Rachel Jakel
* Willmar β€” Allie Rosendahl, Zoe Schroeder
* YME β€” Hannah Stark

Tom Elliott has been the sports editor at the West Central Tribune since September 2019.
Contact him at or leave a message at 320-235-1150.
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