- Associated Press - Thursday, February 18, 2016

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - A New Jersey high school girls basketball team’s season has been called off following a melee that broke out between players and spectators during a game last week.

The American History High School team’s season was suspended and the students involved have been disciplined, according to Newark Public Schools spokeswoman Dreena Whitfield. The team will remain on probation next year, NJ.com reported (https://bit.ly/1R9uuJG).

The brawl broke out during a Feb. 9 game between American History and Roselle High School at a Newark recreation center, according to Larry White, assistant director of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. The fight started when an American History player was fouled and punched a Roselle player, prompting spectators to attack Roselle players, White said.

The game was canceled in the second quarter and an ambulance and police were called to the scene, White said, citing an official who worked the game.

“We may need to see if there’s some criminal charges that may need to be inflicted,” White said. “You get people coming out of the stands, adults beating up on minors. That’s not a good thing.”

Roselle Athletic Director Rick Schmid declined to discuss the melee further.

“It’s not newsworthy stuff,” Schmid said. “It’s just a matter of an event took place and it’s over and done with and everybody’s moving forward with whatever they have to do accordingly.”

Roselle Superintendent Kevin West, Roselle Principal Rashon Mickens and American History Principal Bryan Olkowski have not returned phone messages seeking comment.

Police spokesman Capt. Derek Glenn said police received a report of a fight at the recreation center, but the game had ended and the teams were gone by the time officers arrived. Investigators were reviewing surveillance footage and working with school officials to find out what happened, Glenn said.

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Information from: NJ Advance Media.


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