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Two Hudson Valley basketball teams renew their rivalry, but with a strong police presence on the sidelines. As our Christian Farrell tells us, officers were at Kingston High School to make sure the battle stayed on the court.

KINGSTON, N.Y. -- Kingston and Newburgh. Two area high schools that have a history on the hardwood.

"Kingston is our top rival in all of our sports," said Jack Mager, Newburgh athletic director.

"This rivalry has gone on for a hundred years. And hopefully, it'll go on for another hundred years," said Glen Maisch, Kingston athletic director.

Tuesday night in Kingston, it's the girls basketball teams that renewed their rivalry. But last season, the rivalry ran off the court.

The two teams were playing in Newburgh, when a fight broke out. And then even worse, fans rushed the court.

The incident has police ready just in case there's another flare-up.

“So, we're just watching - if people start getting a little rowdy, we'll notify the administrators or the athletic director. They'll go up - talk to them a little bit. If it seems something like they're not getting the hint, we'll remove them. We'll remove any and all kinds of problems that occur," said John Kurz, Kingston PD.

While police and security had their eyes focused on the crowd during a game, school officials were concentrating on something else. And it wasn’t just the scoreboard. They were looking at the sportsmanship on display by their players.

Kingston Athletic Director Glen Maisch is also the Section 9 Sportsmanship Chairman.

"It's about playing hard, keeping it positive, and when the whistle blows you stop," said Maisch.

And as for the fans.

"We just want everybody to enjoy the game tonight," said Maisch.

From the looks of it, they seem to have accomplished that.

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