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Catholic league investigating Timon-St. Francis postgame situation

Monsignor Martin High School Athletic Association Interim Executive Director Pete Schneider said Saturday that the Catholic league is investigating the situation that developed at St. Francis following Friday night's boys basketball game between the Red Raiders and Bishop Timon-St. Jude.

Police and coaches defused a minor situation in which St. Francis fans and Timon players gathered together after the game.

According to David Universal of the New York State Sportswriters Association, a St. Francis fan appeared to taunt Timon players as they were walking off the court. No punches were thrown, Universal said.

"We don't have all the facts," Schneider said. "We're collecting the information we need to make a decision."

Timon Athletic Director Charlie Comerford, who was at the game, said he believes the league is just trying to do its due diligence as it does in every situation.

"We've watched three or four videos and all of them show nothing happened." Comferford said via text. "Both schools acted quickly and made sure nothing happened.

"This is a very minor incident."

A message was left for St. Francis Athletic Director Steve Otremba.

Schneider said there's no timetable on the investigation.

In October, the Timon-St. Joe's football game was suspended during the second quarter after a brawl erupted between the teams. The league later ruled the game a double forfeit and disciplined both teams.

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