IHSAA to decide fate of schools after brawl

IHSAA to decide fate of schools after brawl

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The commissioner of the Indiana High School Athletic Association will decide tomorrow how to address the fight between players and coaches during Friday‘s football game between Arsenal Technical High School and Fort Wayne South Side.

Indianapolis Public Schools spokesman John Althardt says school administrators will meet with IHSAA commissioner Bobby Cox to determine what, if any, punishment will be given to the schools.  Tech High has already dismissed a volunteer coach who fought with a Fort Wayne South Side coach – the school and IPS have not released the coach‘s name.

The game was stopped with 1:41 left in the third quarter and Tech leading 24-to-6.  The teams briefly scuffled after a South Side player was flagged for a late hit well out of bounds on the Tech sideline.  The fighting had seemingly stopped when the coaches started shoving each other.  Some fans also came out of the stands and on to the field during the melee. Indianapolis Metropolitan Police were called in to assist IPS poilce, but no arrests were made.

No one from Fort Wayne Community Schools has said anything outside of a statement released by the school district.  “We are disappointed with the turn of events at Friday’s football game, and we expect all involved in high school athletics – both our teams and those we play – to demonstrate good sportsmanship,” the statement read. “We will conduct our own investigation into what took place as well as cooperate with the IHSAA investigation.”

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