IHSAA upholds sanctions against Griffith, Hammond

This still frame from a YouTube video posted by The Times shows some of the brawl. (Video by the Times)

GRIFFITH, Ind. (AP) — An Indiana High School Athletic Association review committee has upheld the season-ending sanctions for the Hammond and Griffith high school boys basketball teams following a bench-clearing brawl that ended a game between the two schools.

Attorney Mike Jasaitis, who represented Hammond High School in its appeal, tells The (Munster) Times (http://bit.ly/1ziLXUh ) the review panel on Thursday upheld the sanctions that canceled the schools’ remaining seasons after the Feb. 7 brawl, booting them from the state tourney that begins next Tuesday.

Representatives of the two schools appeared Feb. 20 before the review committee to ask for a modification of the sanctions.

The canceled seasons affected all varsity, junior varsity and freshmen boys basketball programs at the two schools. They also will be placed on probation for the 2015-16 season.

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