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Brawl leads to 4 suspensions

Four Nevada Union High School students have been suspended for their roles in an off-campus fight following a basketball game with rival Yuba City High School.

The students, who were not identified by Principal Marty Mathiesen, will be allowed to return to school Feb. 4. They were among a group of students who reportedly fought with Yuba City-area students at a Brunswick Basin restaurant following Nevada Union’s 59-50 boys basketball victory over the visiting Yuba City Honkers Jan. 25.

None of the students was a basketball player, Mathiesen said.



Grass Valley Police Capt. Greg Hart said no arrests have been made, and the case is still under investigation.

“We have identified some of the individuals involved,” he said. “This is a very serious incident, and there’s a lot of work yet to be done.”




Hart said previously that brass knuckles were used during part of the scuffle.

One Yuba City student, who was not a basketball player, had to be hospitalized for injuries suffered in the melee, police and school officials said.

The fight might have been sparked by incidents during the game, in which several players dived for a loose ball in front of the Yuba City bench during the opening minutes of the fourth quarter. As the struggle reached the stands, a fan on the Yuba City sideline became involved and was ejected by officials.

The opposing teams’ fans left through opposite ends of the gym after the game.

At most basketball games, Mathiesen said, a group of administrators and teachers accompanies the team. He’s considering bringing security guards and more personnel before the team travels to Yuba City on Feb. 18 for a rematch.

“It’s important that we cooperate with Yuba City officials and make sure this doesn’t happen again,” he said.


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