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The Bismarck Tribune
December 17, 2013 Tuesday
SECTION: WIRE; Pg. 4A
HEADLINE: Adult Fight Halts Tourney
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* Helena, Mont.
A fifth-grade basketball tournament being held at the YMCA in Helena was canceled after police were called to break up a fight involving adults.
Police Chief Troy McGee said his understanding is that a coach disagreed with an official during a game on Thursday and the scorekeeper got involved, followed by numerous spectators.
The scorekeeper, 39-year-old Tanya Brancamp, was cited for misdemeanor assault. McGee said more people could be cited.
As a result, the YMCA canceled the rest of the tournament, which was to run through Saturday afternoon.
Helena YMCA CEO David Smith says it was a difficult decision, but notes that when a parent signs their child up for youth sports, they agree to a 12-point code of conduct. He said violence and poor sportsmanship cannot be tolerated.