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Coach Attacked Following Basketball Game

The Republican, Conor Berry

Police are apparently still looking for the man wanted in connection with an attack on a Catholic Youth Organization basketball coach, biting off part of the coach's ear at the conclusion of a Friday evening game at Holy Name School in the Forest Park neighborhood.

Several ranking Springfield police officers said they had no new information about the case on Monday morning, adding that they were unsure if any arrests had been made over the weekend. Police say they know the identity of the man they are seeking, according to a published report, but neither the suspect or the injured basketball coach have been publicly identified.

Mark E. Dupont, a spokesman for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield, said the CYO teams were not affiliated with Holy Name or the diocese. The game was held in the gymnasium of the Dickinson Street school.

Police said the attack occurred just after the game had ended, when players from both teams had gone onto the basketball court to shake hands. Springfield Police Lt. Robert P. Moynihan said the attacker started punching the coach of the winning team, biting off part of his ear during the assault. The coach was treated at an area hospital and is expected to recover.


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