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Strongsville coach involved in game incident placed on leave


ELYRIA — The Strongsville assistant basketball coach who was accused of pushing an Elyria parent at a girls basketball game at Elyria High School on Saturday has been placed on leave while police investigate the incident.

Cameron Ryba, assistant superintendent for human resources and staff development for Strongsville Schools, said the district is cooperating with the investigation and won’t take any disciplinary action until the investigation concludes.

Ryba could not provide details on what happened Saturday, but he said Dawn Thall, the girls basketball assistant varsity coach, was attempting to help a student who intervened in the feud.

“Coach Thall has been with our district for a while and has an exemplary record,” he said.

A news release from police indicated that Thall pushed an Elyria parent, which led to a physical confrontation. Earlier at the game, words had been exchanged by spectators from Elyria and Strongsville.

Thall was charged with disorderly conduct — fighting turbulent behavior.

Two mothers of Elyria High School students have been banned from school events, regardless of the findings by police, according to district spokeswoman Amy Higgins.

The women — LaTonya Mahone and Yvette Spraggins — were charged with disorderly conduct, as well as Spraggins’ daughter, who was allegedly taunting those involved in the fight.

Contact Chelsea Miller at 329-7123 or cmiller@chroniclet.com. Follow her on Twitter @ChelseaMillerCT.

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