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North Marion and Gervais staff basketball game will take on a different look this year, and benefit the American Heart Association

PMG PHOTO: PHIL HAWKINS - The Brack brothers of Gervais and North Marion will be back in action this year, competing to raise money for the American Heart Association and their respective schools, orchestrated through the NMHS Key Club and ASB.A modified version of the Battle of the Bracks is on the horizon, along with a number of other activities planned by North Marion High School students.

The activities serve to support a worthy endeavor while keeping students engaged.

"The North Marion High School Key Club is working with other leadership clubs at North Marion High School and are putting together a fundraising activity for the American Heart Association," said Gina Audritsh, a club sponsor.

North Marion Key Club President Kayla Hudock informed the Woodburn Area Chamber of Commerce of the events in a recent letter.

"During the month of February, I have organized a month-long Kindness Challenge inspired by Random Acts of Kindness Day on February 17," Hudock wrote. "We are doing community service oriented challenges virtually, with some in-person events on Tuesday-Friday, which is our school week, through the whole month. "

The in-person events are limited in capacity to afford adherence to pandemic safety protocols. Hudock said students have folded paper cranes for childhood cancer patients, created positive yard signs and engaged in other similar activities.

The modified Bracks challenge will take place Thursday, Feb. 25. Brothers Ty and Tucker Brack are educators at North Marion and Gervais respectively. In recent years they resurrected a staff vs. staff fundraising basketball game similar to one their father, Randal, had taken part in nearly a half-century earlier.

"We were hoping we would make a little bit of money that both schools could have to go toward their activities, and the kids could have a little fun," Tucker Brack told the Woodburn Independent last year.

"Usually, meaning pre-COVID, North Marion and Gervais High School would have a staff basketball game centered around the Bracks, which are two teachers, one at North Marion and one at Gervais, that just so happen to be brothers," Hudock said. "They use their 'feud' to fire up the student body, and we all gather at this event."

The pandemic-adjusted version of the Battle of the Bracks will only involve the Brack brothers, who will compete in a 3-point shooting contest, a game of HORSE and a skilled obstacle course that Hudock described as similar to shows often seen during halftime.

"Opposed to a full contact game, the brothers are going to do a socially distanced shooting competition, at a location of their choice, and spectators will watch over Instagram Live stream, graciously filmed by the Bracks' wives," Hudock said, emphasizing that all safety protocols will be observed.

The organizer further noted that the Assembled Student Body at North Marion has been working with the American Heart Association to raise funds.

"They will be selling T-shirts, and doing other works," Hudock said. "At the fault of the pandemic, our ASB is sufficiently low on funds, and has not had many fundraising opportunities. They have confirmed with American Heart Association that they can do a 50/50 fundraiser, and they would like to use the game as that fundraiser."

Proceeds will be divided evenly, and donations will be sent digitally through Venmo or mailed by check or cash.

"This is a wonderful opportunity for our student bodies to come together from a safe distance, support a good cause, and support each other," Hudock said.

Donation options

Contributions can be made to the North Marion High School ASB online through Venmo: https://venmo.com.

Checks also can be sent to the North Marion School District main office: 20167 Grim Road NE, Aurora, OR 97002, attention Chelsey Degman.

For information, contact Kayla Hudock at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 503-826-3961.


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