High School Basketball Game Ends in Brawl in St. Cloud

March 18, 2018 10:11 PM

A large fight took place at a Minnesota State High School basketball game in St. Cloud Friday night. 

According to St. Cloud assistant police chief Jeffrey Oxton, around 9:45 p.m. officers received a call concerning a large fight at Halenbeck Hall, located in the 1000 Block of 4th Avenue South. 

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The venue was being used for a Minnesota State High School League basketball game between Minneapolis North and Brooklyn Center high schools. According to the release, approximately 12 officers responded to the scene. No officers were working the game or on scene prior to the incident.

Upon arrival, officers were advised the altercation occurred immediately after the game ended. St. Cloud Police received information that both players and fans were involved in the altercation. No reports of any assaults, weapons, or injuries were made to responding officers. 

Police assisted in dispersing the crowd and escorting the teams and fans to their busses and cars. No arrests were made during the incident.

The case remains active as officers will review information from the incident. Both schools and the Minnesota State High School League will also be reviewing the incident. 

Peter Hannig said he started recording the incident on his phone about 30 seconds after it started. It went on for about three to four minutes, he said.

"It was definitely a scary incident and we were all shaken up by it," Hannig said. "We were being told to leave the building over the public address system, but we were a little too uneasy about doing that because with it that bad inside, along with all the police officers and security guards, we were worried about what might be happening outside."

Minnesota State High School League spokesperson Tim Leighton issued this statement Sunday night: 

The League Office is aware of this unfortunate situation and is gathering information from the two schools, Region 5A, St. Cloud State University staff and law enforcement in St. Cloud. Once we have this information, we will work with League staff and the two schools in addressing the situation.

Brooklyn Center Public Schools communications specialist Tara Drey released this statement Sunday morning:

We are aware of an altercation that happened after the basketball game between Brooklyn Center High School and North High School. While we are still looking into the details of what occurred, we maintain high expectations of sportsmanship among our fans and players. At this point in our investigation, we don't believe any Brooklyn Center High School basketball players were involved in the incident. 

North Principal Dr. Shawn Harris-Berry sent the following statement to her staff:

North's basketball team's defeat against Brooklyn Center High School ended in some of our players and fans in a brawl with the opposing side. This unfortunate incident is being investigated by the MN State High School League and administrators from both schools. The Polars do not condone displays of poor sportsmanship and will hold individuals who participated accountable for thief actions. An apology and congratulations have been extended to the Principal of Brooklyn Center High. 

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