Oregon coach arrested after sixth-grade basketball disturbance


Clackamas County sheriff's deputies arrested a sixth-grade girls basketball coach Sunday, accusing him of taunting a high-school-age referee over her officiating and refusing to leave after being ejected, leading to a swarming onto the court floor by angry fans.

Sheriff's department spokesman Jim Strovink said Jeffery Scott Larsen, 34, of Molalla, was charged with misdemeanor criminal trespassing of a sporting event.

Deputies went to the Estacada High School gym Saturday after getting calls about a disturbance over officiating of the game between teams from Estacada and Molalla.

Strovink said Deputy Brian Pearson reported that the disturbance began when Larsen, the Molalla coach, received two technical fouls and was ejected.

Pearson said Larsen remained in the building and verbally harassed the game's 17-year-old referee, an Estacada High School student. The deputy's report said Larsen threatened the referee physically and directed a profane attack at the boy after the game.

Strovink said via e-mail that Larsen got his first technical in the first half when he contested a foul call on one of his players.

The second came in the second half when Larsen slammed his clipboard on the hand of a sixth-grade girl who was the scorekeeper. She suffered a cut but did not require medical attention.

Strovink said reports were that Larsen refused to leave the arena when ejected, as required by law, and continued to yell at the officiating, coaching his players from a corner of the gym.

Molalla fans became caught up in the taunting, the e-mail said, fan hostility grew and at the end of the game fans of both teams went onto the floor taunting the referee and insulting each other.

Witnesses said Larsen went onto the floor and grabbed the arm of referee Houston Webb, and cocked his arm back with a clenched fist.

Larsen was arrested at his home Sunday, cited and released.

"Many of the girls were frightened, crying and fleeing the building with their parents," Strovink quoted Estacada Junior High School Principal Kevis Olds, who was coaching the Estacada team, as saying.

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