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LaPorte High School

LaPorte High School

Doug Ross, The Times

A basketball game Sunday at LaPorte High School erupted into a brawl involving about 40 people, including players and spectators, police said.

Two Illinois women could be charged in connection with the brawl, which occurred during an amateur boys basketball tournament game.

According to LaPorte police, warrants for Class B misdemeanor battery are sought against Brittany Overall, 20, of Richton Park, and Angie Morris, 47, of Dolton.

Parent and team scorekeeper Arthur Rodriguez, of Valparaiso, said his son's team had come from a 13-point deficit to being two points down when players from both teams began scuffling on the LaPorte High School gymnasium floor. Then, Rodriguez said, he was punched in the face by one of the women.

Rodriguez said he warned the referees the game was becoming too physical. After halftime, tempers flared between the freshmen and sophomore players.

"It was really bad," Rodriguez said.

Arin Thomas, of Hobart, the mother of one of the players, was punched in the head, and a clump of her hair was pulled out in an attack in the stands by Overall and Morris, according to the police report.

Rodriguez was punched by Overall while pulling her off Thomas, who is Rodriguez's sister, police said.

Overall told investigators she got involved only to get some of the people off her brother, a player on one of the scuffling teams, police said.

According to police, there were no serious injuries. Paramedics looked over the minor injuries suffered by at least one of the adults, police said.

Rodriguez said his son's team has players from Porter and Lake counties. The other team's players are from the Chicago area.

He said the game was part of a tournament sanctioned by the National Alliance for Youth Sports.

Marvin McCoy, a school resource officer for the LaPorte County Sheriff’s Office, said LaPorte High School is often used as a venue for public events like youth regional basketball tournaments.

Officers from the LaPorte County Sheriff's Department as well as LaPorte Police Department responded.

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