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Published: Thursday, Apr. 5, 2012 - 12:00 am | Page 7C
Last Modified: Thursday, Apr. 26, 2012 - 10:45 am

Yuba City-Del Campo JV brawl investigated

School officials are continuing to investigate a fist-swinging brawl between the Del Campo and Yuba City junior varsity baseball teams at a tournament Monday in Granite Bay.

A Del Campo fan videotaped the scene and posted it on YouTube. The video, which has gone viral, shows more than a dozen Yuba City players sprinting across the field toward first base after the Honkers' pitcher fired a ball at a Del Campo coach.

At least three Yuba City players are seen throwing punches at a handful of Del Campo players as coaches for both teams stepped in to try to break things up.

The game, the score tied 4-4, was halted.

Yuba City Unified School District superintendent Nancy Aaberg said her investigation is nearly complete and she expects to issue a statement today.

"We're taking our time because we want to make sure that the consequences are appropriate for the behavior in which the players participated," Aaberg said. "We're not stalling. But there are a lot of kids involved."

Del Campo and San Juan Unified School District officials also are investigating the incident.

"We are conducting a full investigation based on the video, statements from those involved and statements from the game's officials," San Juan district community relations director Trent Allen said in an e-mail.

"Based on the outcome of that investigation, any of our players found to have exited the dugout or thrown any punches will face disciplinary actions which may include suspension from one or more games in accordance with district and CIF rules."

Babineaux will play basketball at Drake

Former Folsom football and basketball standout Kori Babineaux has verbally committed to play basketball at Drake.

The 6-foot-4 combo guard is a fifth-year high school player who played football and basketball for four seasons at Folsom. He was a key member of the Bulldogs' State Bowl championship football team in 2010 and is now at Lake Forest (Ill.) Academy.

This past season, Babineaux put up a school-record 48 points in a Lake Forest Academy loss to North Chicago. He averaged 27.6 points, six rebounds, five assists and three steals for a team that went 8-13.

St. Francis pair to sign letters of intent

St. Francis athletes Paige Folger and Kathleen Menz will sign NCAA national letters of intent April 11.

Folger, headed to Gonzaga, was a member of the Troubadours' Sac-Joaquin Section Division I girls volleyball championship team. The 6-1 senior middle blocker and outside hitter led the Troubadours (38-6) in blocks with 121.

Menz, a goalie who will sign with Cal, helped the St. Francis girls water polo team reach the D-I section championship match for the eighth consecutive season. The Troubadours lost 8-5 to Davis in the finals.

– Bill Paterson

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