Two more suspects answer charges in basketball brawl


MILFORD — An 18-year-old Smyrna man was prohibited from attending any high school basketball games in Delaware after being charged with disorderly conduct following a brawl at Milford High last Thursday night, police said Monday.

Tahraan Hughes turned himself in to Milford Police and was presented through Justice of the Peace Court 2 in Rehoboth Beach, Det. Timothy Maloney said.

He was released on $500 unsecured bail and the case was transferred to the Kent County Court of Common Pleas in Dover. A no contact order with Milford School District property was also issued.

Milford Police Sgt. Robert Masten said no contact orders are “usually made at the discretion of the court.”

Tahraan Hughes

Also, police said, a 17-year-old New Castle male turned himself in Tuesday and was charged with disorderly conduct. He was released to his guardians and scheduled to appear at Kent County Family Court at a future date, authorities said.

The teenager’s name was not included in the news release.

The charges resulted from investigation into a fight that prematurely ended the Henlopen Conference Northern Division boys’ basketball game between Cape Henlopen and Smyrna last week.

The incident erupted with about four minutes left in the game and prompted the arrest of Cape Henlopen star player Randy Rickards Jr., 18, of Milton.

Mr. Rickards turned himself in to police on Friday and pleaded not guilty to third-degree assault and disorderly conduct misdemeanors. He was released on a $1,000 unsecured bail and arraignment at Kent County CCP was scheduled for March 26 at 12:30 p.m. According to police, Mr. Rickards was issued a no contact order with a person who was injured during the alleged incident.

The playing status of Mr. Rickards, a 6-foot-5, 180 pounds senior who has scored over 1,000 career points, remained unclear Tuesday. The Cape Henlopen School District issued an updated statement in the afternoon that read:

“The Cape Henlopen School District does not have any additional information to share regarding the incident at last week’s basketball game. As with all disciplinary issues related to our students, we follow our student Code of Conduct.

“Per the State Privacy Laws, we will are not permitted to release any information related to individual students, including any disciplinary action taken.”

Top seeded Cape Henlopen (18-3 record) hosts either Newark Charter (15-5) or Glasgow (13-7) Thursday night at 7 in its DIAA state tournament opener.

Staff writer Craig Anderson can be reached at 741-8296 or

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