Sunday, March 25, 2001

Two Miami athletes stabbed in Oxford fight

The Associated Press

        OXFORD, Ohio — Two Miami University athletes were stabbed early Saturday after apparently trying to break up a fight, university officials said.

        Chester Mason, 19, a first-year student and basketball player from Cleveland, was in serious condition Saturday night at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, hospital officials said.

        Mike Wolf, Miami's director of athletic media relations, said Mason was stabbed in the chest but the injury was not life-threatening.

        Alphonso Hodge, 18, a first-year student and football player from Cleveland, received a superficial wound to the shoulder and was treated at Oxford's McCullough-Hyde Memorial Hospital and released, Wolf said.

        “They were not the instigators in this,” Wolf said. “They were trying to break up a fight. One of their friends was involved. Basically, they just got in the way.”

        The stabbings occurred around 1a.m. at home near the uptown area of Oxford, university officials said.

        Mason is a 6-foot-3, 176-pound point guard who practiced with the basketball team this season but did not play in any games because he was academically ineligible.

        Mason was selected by the Associated Press as Ohio's co-Mr. Basketball (as the state's Division I player of the year) when he was a senior at Cleveland South High School.

        Mason was expected to challenge for a starting spot next season. Wolf said it was too early to tell whether the injury would affect his chances to play.

        Hodge is a 5-11, 185-pound defensive back who was redshirted last fall. He was an all-state selection as a senior at Lakewood St.Edward High School.

        Oxford police declined to provide any information on the stabbings Saturday.


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