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Youth basketball tourney halted after adults fight

Published On: Dec 16 2013 11:06:18 AM MST
Updated On: Dec 16 2013 02:59:26 PM MST
OTD June 6 - YMCA


1844: The Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA) is founded in London, England. By 1851, there were YMCAs in the United Kingdom, Australia, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland, and the United States.

HELENA, Mont. -

A fifth-grade basketball tournament being held at the YMCA in Helena was canceled after police were called to break.

Police Chief Troy McGee says 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 says 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.