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Arlington, Stanwood high school basketball to host second Coaches vs. Cancer event | UPDATE

UPDATE: The Coaches vs. Cancer game has been rescheduled for Friday, Feb. 3 at Arlington High School beginning at 7:15 p.m.

ARLINGTON — Rivals Arlington and Stanwood high school boys basketball will meet in a Coaches vs. Cancer game at 7:15 p.m. on Jan. 20 to raise money and awareness of cancer at Arlington High School Gymnasium.

The event benefits the movement to raise money to cure cancer. Fans are encouraged to wear pink in support of Arlington head basketball coach Nick Brown, whose wife was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009.

Honorary coaches, who have been diagnosed with cancer or will appear on behalf of another affected by the disease, will be special guests and take part in pre-game, timeouts and will be featured on the bench. Pierre Riedel will represent his brother, Cyle Drake, who passed away in November after a three-year battle with leukemia. Yvonne Ito, a breast cancer survivor and Drake's mother, Arlington sophomore and cancer survivor Kaylyn Myers and Arlington senior survivor Lexi Sarver will also be honorary coaches.

Eagles senior guard Tanner Goheen and senior post DJ Smith will be recognized for their participation in the event and the example they set for the community and rest of the student body. Arlington athletic director Tom Roys and principal Brian Beckley will be recognized for hosting this event exemplifying how the school district is involved not only in the event but in Relay for Life. Cascade Valley Hospital Assistant Administrator Heather Logan and Mayor Barb Tolbert will be commended for their sponsorship of Coaches vs. Cancer and their role in supporting the community. American Cancer Society and Relay For Life representatives Jennifer Holocker and Kerry Munich, Sherry Jira, a breast cancer survivor and mother of Arlington junior guard Jayden Jira, Lee Ottini, a Snohomish County official, referee and prostate cancer survivor involved in facilitating the event, will be honored as well.

KRKO-AM's "On The Road with Stitch and Maury" will broadcast a live show from 4 to 6 p.m.

The American Cancer Society and Relay For Life will have display tables at the gym entrance to provide information about the Relay For Life event coming to Arlington in June. Registration information can be found here.

A donation bucket will be available and donation cards will also be available.

Arlington High School administrators and the Arlington community have joined forces to come up with a variety of events including a pop-a-shot contest in which contestants have a chance to win $100 with a winning half-court shot, from which all proceeds go to American Cancer Society. Last year's event raised more than $900.

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