South Elgin junior basketball player Matt Smith, 16, told Aurora police he was assaulted Friday night by as many as four people he identified as possibly being Metea Valley players after the two schools competed in an Upstate Eight Conference game in Aurora.
“Apparently, a 16-year old Elgin male who plays for the (South) Elgin team said he was battered by several males thought to be Metea basketball players at around 9:30 p.m. (Friday) night after the game as he was getting ready to board the team bus,” Aurora police Sgt. Dan Ferrelli said in an email responding to a Daily Herald inquiry about the attack. “Apparently, some of his teammates came to his aid. He went to an Elgin hospital and received three stitches for a cut above his eye. We, along with Metea Valley administrators, will be conducting an investigation.”