Basketball Fans Donate $700 for Minn. Prep Player

MORRIS, Minn. (AP) — Fans attending a college basketball game have donated $700 to support a western Minnesota high school player who collapsed during a game.

The money was raised when the Minnesota-Morris men’s and women’s teams hosted St. Scholastica on Saturday. Minnesota-Morris women’s coach Tim Grove spoke about 17-year-old Zach Gabbard of Perham at halftime of the men’s game.

In response, $700 was raised to help Gabbard’s family.

Perham boys’ basketball coach Dave Cresap offered his thanks. Cresap is the father of Minnesota-Morris women’s basketball senior Brandi Cresap.

Gabbard collapsed on the court during a game in Glyndon on Jan. 20. He remains in critical but stable condition at University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview.

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  • ProudofMorris

    Totally awesome!! That’s one of many reasons I’m proud to live in this small community! God bless Zach and we are all pulling for you!!

    • Paloma

      Hey Cindy I think they are related like aunt and neice or sitsers. Something because did you see them early on satuday BBAD they were real close out in the hall away from all the others and they were hugging and the way Kathy kissed her was like a loving Mom or Aunt something is going on there watch them close. Penny from Michigan

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  • Liz

    Thank you Minnesota Morris community this is greatly appreciated – Proud of you too, from family of Zach Gabbard.

  • Auth

    Kathy was not healthy enuogh to be on BB. She is still on many medications and has been fighting cancer for 9+ years. I know she wanted to be there but she is not ready yet for the physical competitions. She did the best she could. Who ever didn’t get in this year will probably apply again.

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