5 J-Hawks & Coach Suspended Due to Fight

By: Scott Grodsky, Mike Garrigan
By: Scott Grodsky, Mike Garrigan

ROCKFORD (WIFR) --Jefferson's regional final basketball game against Huntley will be played as scheduled Friday night at Belvidere North. Despite Tuesday's on court post game fight with Rockford East. But the game will go on without many J-Hawks players and their coach.

The Illinois High School Association won't make any official announcement until Friday. Jefferson's Coach Todd Brannan told 23 Sports that he and five of his players have been suspended for Friday night's game against Huntley. A punishment that Brannan said does not fit the crime.

It's all because of this fight Tuesday night following the Jefferson and East High School Semi-Final Game at Belvidere North High School. The IHSA delayed it's ruling Thursday to review recordings like this one given to us from our friends at the Rockford Register Star and rrstar.com.

The Rockford School District already handed down punishments . According to the code of conduct, suspensions range five to ten days. Even possible expulsion depending on if a kid has been in trouble in the past.

Brannan told 23 Sports "Our kids went to shake hands to show good sportsmanship and be respectful. What are you supposed to do when you are outnumbered and security wasn't coming. Our kids had to defend themselves."

It may take awhile for East to receive their punishment because their season is over. So there aren't any time issues. Also it's expected that their punishment may be more severe since the video suggests that they initiated the fight.


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