Leading off today: A post-game brawl
erupted at Wyandanch High School on Monday night shortly after a boys basketball victory over Mount Sinai.
Brawlers threw at least four chairs and others wrestled each other to the ground or shoved and pushed, Newsday reported. Suffolk County police reported the arrest of a 14-year-old male for hitting an officer. A 14-year-old girl, who was not involved in the fight, suffered a knee injury and was treated at a hospital.
Numerous 911 callers reported a fight in the gym about 5:45 p.m. The first officers to arrive saw 15 to 20 people fighting, but the origin of the fight was unclear.
The paper reported a video showed a circle of about 40 people around fighters on the court, with more spectators milling about on the sidelines and bleachers.
"The brawl occurred right after the game," Mount Sinai AD Scott Reh said. "According to my coaches, the melee did not involve Mount Sinai players or fans. Our coaches did a great job of getting our student-athletes out of the area and to a safe place in an adjacent hallway and locker room. I was told it turned into a hostile environment very quickly."
Section 11 Executive Director Tom Combs said he will meet with the county's boys basketball chairman and security people to determine what to do about the incident.
Girls basketball: There were two notable developments out of Section 5 on Monday.
Rochester Edison senior Dyaisha Fair scored a school-record 51 points and added 14 rebounds, eight assists and eight steals during a 75-66 win over Gates Chili.
Midlakes, ranked No. 1 in the state in Class B, suffered an 89-66 loss to Class AA Our Lady of Mercy. The Monarchs got 21 points from Emily Tabone, 20 by Katie Whitaker and 19 from Maggie McDonough.
Abrupt ending: I offer this tweet without comment:
Screw it. How can I not comment?
Shooing teams from the ice midway through the third period of a competitive game ranks as the Mickey Mouse move of the year in New York high school sports -- never a small feat.
I'd rather play my games on the Hudson River -- it wouldn't even have to be thoroughly frozen over -- than at a rink operated by people that inflexible.