The Indiana High School Athletic Association has canceled the remainder of the 2014-15 seasons for Griffith and Hammond high schools after the two were involved in a massive on-court brawl over the weekend.
The penalty includes a ban from the state tournament, IHSAA commissioner Bobby Cox announced on Tuesday. Additionally, both teams will have to pay a forfeiture fee of $500 for all away varsity games to each hosting school on their remaining schedules. Both programs were also placed on probation for the full 2015-16 school year, and players and coaches have been mandated to complete various education components.
The brawl started shortly into the game on Saturday at Griffith High School. With Griffith holding a 4-0 lead in the first quarter, Anthony Murphy went up for a dunk at the end of a fastbreak. Before he could finish the play, a Hammond player fouled him hard into the padded wall along the baseline. Immediately, players and spectators from the stands flooded to the court, igniting the melee.
The Hammond player was ejected and the game was ultimately called off after Griffith police came onto the court to break up the fight. Officers were reportedly viewing video of the incident in an attempt to identify any adults who may have thrown punches, NWITimes.com reported. No serious injuries were reported.
The game will remain a double forfeit, the IHSAA said in its statement on Tuesday.
- Mike Fiammetta