Two West Michigan high schools involved in assault at basketball game

A basketball game between two West Michigan high schools went awry and led to the call from the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office.

Tuesday evening, the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office was called to East Kentwood vs. Grand Harbor Women’s basketball game.

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Details are still being collected, but here’s what we know so far.

The Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office said an East Kentwood player and coach were ejected after a fight at the game. They said it was linked to an assault between a member of the East Kentwood High School and Grand Haven High School Girls’ basketball teams.

The Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office had to work with school staff to defuse the situation.

Once things calmed down, the game continued and the deputies stayed to make sure nothing else happened.

The East Kentwood High School Athletic Department released a statement

It’s a statement that was released after the incident by Blaine Brumels, who is the co-athletic director of East Kentwood High School.

The East Kentwood High School Athletic Department is committed to high expectations for student-athlete and coach behavior both in and out of athletic competition. Educational athletics is an extension of the classroom and provides an opportunity for all aspects of the growth and development of our student-athletes.

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The Grand Haven Area Public Schools Superintendent released a statement

Following last night’s incident at the Grand Haven High School girls’ basketball game, GHAPS Superintendent Scott Grimes expresses his gratitude for the quick actions of the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office, as well than his pride in the GHAPS community.

“Our top priority is the safety and well-being of our students, especially our player who has been injured,” Grimes said. “This unfortunate and frightening incident has no place in interscholastic athletics. We are proud of our team, our coaches and our sports administration, who kept their cool and helped defuse the situation. »

Grimes also praises the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office for responding quickly to the call for help.

“The deputies quieted the scene and stayed until the parking lot was empty,” says Grimes. “Safety and security, whether during school or at extracurricular events, is a collaborative effort between GHAPS and law enforcement – ​​and we couldn’t have asked for better support.”

According to the sheriff’s office, the family of the Grand Haven player involved declined to press charges. Any sanction for the East Kentwood player or coach will be at the discretion of Kentwood Public Schools.

“We expect our athletes to perform to the highest standards, especially in the heat of the moment,” says Grand Haven High School athletic director Scott Robertson. “Last night our women’s basketball team was the victim of very serious unsportsmanlike behavior. I am proud of their sportsmanship and self-discipline.

Grand Haven Area Public Schools is a district of distinction for students from preschool through 12e class. With the goal of providing exceptional educational experiences, GHAPS is committed to the success of all students and strives to provide exemplary programs and opportunities to meet their diverse needs.

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