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GARY, Ind. (STMW) — Two volleyball players from a northwest Indiana high school are facing criminal charges after a post-game attack on an opposing team, the Post-Tribune is reporting.

Erica Brown, 17, and Daphine Jones, 15, were charged with threats, intimidation and battery, Gary Police Cmdr. Pete Sormaz said. A third player is being sought and expected to be charged with the same crimes, Sormaz said.

The incident occurred Tuesday after Edison High School from Lake Station, Ind., defeated Roosevelt High School from Gary in a close contest at Roosevelt. Witnesses inside the gym said Roosevelt players taunted Edison players and were particularly hateful to one girl.

As the Edison team lined up to board its bus to go home, witnesses noticed the lights in the foyer were off, and the area outside the exit also was dark, witnesses said.

Brown, Jones and the third player — all still wearing their jerseys — were joined by friends who surrounded the Edison players and attacked them, police said.

Two girls were injured in the assault. One was taken to the hospital to be examined because she had been hit in the head, police said.

Witnesses identified the three players by the numbers on their jerseys. Gary Community Schools Supt. Myrtle Campbell said three girls have been suspended and could face additional punishment, including expulsion.

She said the incident is still under investigation.

The Lake Station Community Schools superintendent said his students will no longer play at Roosevelt, though Roosevelt teams will be welcome at Edison.

 (Source: Sun-Times Media Wire © Chicago Sun-Times 2010. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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