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Crosstown Hockey Rivalry Ends in Fight at Troy Sports Center

Students, parents and alumni from Troy and Athens high schools took to social media Wednesday night to discuss the brawl.

The crosstown rivalry hockey game between Athens High School and Troy High School Wednesday evening ended in a fight that had to be broken up by police, according to Troy Police Capt. Robert Redmond, who said the fight broke out shortly after 9 p.m.

The Athens High School student newspaper, the AHS Scarlet Letter (@AthensSL), tweeted about the fight just before 10 p.m. Wednesday, writing: "Brawl erupts after hockey game. Troy Police have arrived, numerous students being held by Safe-Ed. Venue being cleared now by authorities."

A few minutes later, @AthensSL tweeted again: "Numerous police cars on scene at the Troy Sports Center after a brawl erupted between Troy Athens and Troy High."

Athens High School senior Kenneth Scudder, reporter and Twitter coordinator for the Scarlet Letter, was a the sports center for the game and gave a firsthand account of the fight.

"Following the ending of the hockey game, students from both schools slowly exited the rink under close supervision from Safe-Ed – school security personnel – and school administrators," Scudder wrote in an email to Patch. At that time, Troy Police were not yet present, he said.

"Students entered the lobby and a fight (developed) between Troy High and Athens students," Scudder continued. "Safe-Ed struggled to regain control, and an elderly woman in an electric scooter was almost crushed by the crowd.  Other students were running to the door."

Scudder said Safe-Ed and school administrators managed to clear the lobby, though the fight continued to a lesser degree in the parking lot.

"Students heard the sirens of the police approaching, and the fight dissipated," he said.

"My kids just got home and there was a big fight," Scudder's mother,Jennifer Kirsch Scudder, wrote on Troy Patch's Facebook page Wednesay night. "They said it involved up to 30 kids and they had to evacuate the Sports Center."

"The game ends like this almost every year," Samantha Pena wrote on Facebook.

"Lets fight over territories while little ones are being buried in CT," Kim Niemiec Graziosi wrote on Facebook. "Do you ever wonder why girls don't commit mass killings? It's all in the way we socialize boys to be violent."

"Say it ain't so," Bob Krizmanich (@bkrizphoto) tweeted. "It's Christmas time. What happened to peace on earth and goodwill toward men?"

Editor's Note: This story was updated with additional information about the fight at 9 a.m. on Dec. 20.

Were you at the game? Did you see the fight? Tell us in the comments below.

Richard Happening December 20, 2012 at 07:36 PM
Hockey has always been a redneck sport, why would this surprise anyone? Also, not all of the combatants may celebrate Christmas. Nice facility, though.
pavaia December 20, 2012 at 09:23 PM
Idiotic comment Richard Happening.
pavaia December 20, 2012 at 09:27 PM
It was not a Troy High student or Athens student that initiated the fight. The "young man" also went to the game to specifically start trouble and brought his "friends" from a nearby inner city to back him up.
S. Lukas December 23, 2012 at 06:03 PM
What happen to sportmenship? These young athlets should know better if you want to be a athlete then act like one. Some of these coaches should make sure that if you want to play a sport you better show leadership on the ice and off the ice. This if for any sport. Maybe they should but all of there energy and do something good in the world.
Ferndale_1986 December 23, 2012 at 08:07 PM
My sister moved out of Troy because she had no confidence in the Troy Police Department.

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