South Haven forfeits game after fight sparks suspensions

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SOUTH HAVEN, Mich. (WOOD) — The South Haven Rams are forfeiting Tuesday’s varsity basketball game after suspensions sparked by a game time fight depleted the team.

The district announced the decision on its website Monday. It will mean a forfeit win for Dowagiac.

The fight between South Haven and Paw Paw’s varsity teams broke out during the Dec. 21 basketball game and involved about 70 people, according to police.

Officers said it started when players began pushing each other after a foul. Players cleared both benches and bystanders came down from the stands to either join or stop the fight.

No one was injured, but the game was canceled before the second quarter started.

In a statement posted online, South Haven Superintendent Kevin Schooley said players involved in the incident would be disciplined following state and local athletic code guidelines.

“We do not condone or support this kind of behavior and we have worked with our student athletes and coaches. In addition our team has met with the Paw Paw basketball team to discuss how athletes need to support one another in the spirit of healthy competition,” he stated.

It’s unclear how many athletes were suspended.

South Haven’s freshman and junior varsity boys basketball teams will play as scheduled, the district says.

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