Members of the Austin boys' basketball team took a special statement Thursday night when they collectively as a team shaved their heads in honor of Samantha Gasner to which the team dedicated the game to. -- Eric Johnson/

Packers shed some hair for a good cause

Published 11:58pm Thursday, January 17, 2013

The Packers had a little different look as they took the court in an 80-77 win over Rochester John Marshall in Packer Gym Tuesday.

Their game was as good as usual, but they were missing most of their hair. After Austin seniors Collin Weisert and Tom Aase made a suggestion that the team shave their heads together, the Packers did just that Wednesday night as a movement to raise cancer awareness on Paint the Gym Pink Night.

“This was out of respect and compassion for cancer victims who had to go through the side effects of chemotherapy,” Austin head coach Kris Fadness said. “I was all for it and proud of our boys. It was a nice gesture.”

Austin junior guard Zach Wessels said the new hairstyles also helped build team chemistry and he is considering keeping his head shaved for awhile.

“It was good team bonding and it was a fun thing to do,” he said. “We told some jokes and everything. Zach Coffey didn’t want to do it with his flow.”

Joe Aase wasn’t as eager to keep the shaved look.

“It was good to do as a team, but I’m letting mine grow out,” he said.

Before the game, Sam Gasner, the mother of Austin sophomore Nik Gasner and freshman Dylan Gasner, was presented with a pink basketball from her sons and the game was dedicated to her.

“I thought what our fast break club did tonight for Sam Gasner was fantastic,” Fadness said. “I think it was probably a hard night for Nik. It’s a great family going through a tough situation and hopefully they’ll be good.”

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