Extra security on hand for Cibola-Volcano Vista game
February 10, 2018 10:54 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- A heated high school rivalry led to heightened security at Cibola High School Saturday afternoon.
A few weeks ago, a friendly feud between the Cibola and Volcano Vista ended in a brawl after a boys basketball game. In addition to the fight, there were social media rumors, canceled school dances, and vandalism.
In a decision made by the administration, the rematch was originally scheduled for Friday night but moved to Saturday. A number of police vehicles surrounded the gym entrance, and there were security guards situated at each entrance inside the gym.
Despite a close competitive game, the tension seemed to ease up. There were no issues or heated confrontations.
"I don't think they would do that again because they're playing in the game, and the kids just mess around in the nighttime," said one Cougar fan, Wanda Duran-Gallegos.
Coaches on both sides said they were disappointed by what happened a few weeks back, adding it wasn't an accurate representation of their students and fans.
''These are both very, two really good schools with good kids and teachers and communities and administration,” said Greg Brown, head basketball coach for Volcano Vista. "It was an unfortunate thing that we're all ready to move past."
Updated: February 10, 2018 10:54 PM
Created: February 10, 2018 04:29 PM
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