Rivalry sparks brawl – NU, Yuba City fans fight; one injured
A scuffle between opposing players and fans at a Nevada Union versus Yuba City high school basketball game Tuesday night spilled out into a full-fledged fight between students afterward.
After a game that featured tense back-and-forth action between the two rivals, but no technical fouls or player ejections, a fight between students ensued in the Brunswick Basin.
One 17-year-old Yuba City student, possibly a basketball player, had to be hospitalized for injuries to his face, Grass Valley police officials said.
“There were brass knuckles used at some point during the fight,” Police Capt. Greg Hart said.
Three minutes into the fourth quarter of the basketball game, which the Miners won 59-50, several opposing players dived for a loose ball in front of the Yuba City bench. As the struggle reached the stands, a young fan on the Yuba City sideline became involved and was ejected by officials.
After the game, Nevada Union fans left through one end of the gym and Yuba City fans through another end.
However, a short time later, a Nevada Union student who was not a basketball player tried to punch a Yuba City student or basketball player. The Nevada Union student was stopped, said Principal Marty Mathiesen.
“That was the end of that,” Mathiesen said.
About 30 minutes later, police got a call about a brawl taking place between the Burger King and Jack in the Box restaurants in the Brunswick Basin.
“We responded to a large fight in the general vicinity of those fast food restaurants,” Hart said. “I’m not sure if it was a fan or a ball player or a student or an adult who started the fight.”
The Nevada Union principal praised his school’s basketball team, saying the players did not do anything wrong.
“It could have been Yuba City players who were involved with Nevada Union students but it was most likely Yuba City students from the stands,” Mathiesen said of the Brunswick Basin melee.
A Yuba City student was taken by ambulance to Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital, where he was treated for cuts and bruises to his face.
“We are working very closely with school officials to identify these kids and find out what happened,” Hart said.
No one has been arrested in connection with the fight, he said.
“Certainly, they are going to be held accountable once they are identifiable,” Hart said. “To file a complaint would be premature.”
Mathiesen said school officials know which local students were involved and that they will be appropriately punished.
The two teams will meet again in two weeks at Yuba City High School.
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