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Basketball coach pushed by parent

A fifth-grade girls basketball coach was reportedly pushed to the ground by the father of a young referee at a game Saturday, according to the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office.

Dale Cope, 47, of Grass Valley, told deputies that during the course of a Magnolia School game Saturday, he was not satisfied with the officiating, and he let referee Nicole Scott, 18, know how he felt.

Eventually, Scott’s father, James Scott, approached Cope and told him not to harass his daughter, Sheriff Keith Royal said. Scott then allegedly pushed Cope, who was standing in the bleachers and fell awkwardly.



Several parents reportedly intervened before the violence could escalate.

No one was arrested, Royal said, although the case has been forwarded to the Nevada County District Attorney’s Office for review.




Cope did not require any medical attention.


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