17 players suspended after HS basketball fight

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SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (WDTN) – The Greater Western Ohio Conference says a total of 17 high school basketball players from Springfield and Huber Heights will be suspended for two games following a brawl.

Springfield City School District Superintendent Dr. David Estrop released the decision in a release to the media Monday.

GWOC ruled that every player that left the bench during a game Friday night to get involved in the scuffle will be suspended for the next two games in accordance with Ohio High School Athletic Association bylaws.

Nine players from Springfield are suspended and eight players from Wayne High School are suspended. The suspensions will not be staggered.

School leaders say the fight started on the court between Wayne and Springfield, but both benches quickly emptied and then some fans became involved.

The Springfield City School District is now working alongside the Huber Heights City Schools to investigate why the brawl broke out between teams Friday night.

Springfield Superintendent Dr. David Estrop told 2 NEWS that he and Huber Heights Superintendent Susan Gunnell discussed disciplinary action during a phone conversation Monday morning.

“We are reviewing video and eye-witness accounts. If additional discipline is needed for the students or spectators at the game, appropriate measures will be taken based on school policy. An announcement will be made once our investigation has concluded,” said Dr. Estrop.

“I greatly appreciate the efforts of the Springfield Police Department, as well as the Springfield City School District Administrative staff who were on hand to respond to this situation as quickly as possible,” said Gunnell.

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