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Burlington athlete accused of hitting rival teen with bat

A Burlington High School senior faces a felony assault charge, Winchester police said, after he struck a 17-year-old Winchester High student in the head with a baseball bat in an altercation following a hockey playoff game between the schools Monday night.

As the Tsongas Arena in Lowell emptied out after the game, words and taunts were exchanged between two groups of students, police Lieutenant Peter MacDonnell said.

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As the situation escalated, Winchester students began to throw objects at the car of 17-year-old Harrison Smoske of ­Burlington, an athlete at ­Burlington High.

Smoske, along with four passengers, then followed a car carrying Winchester students back to a parking lot on ­Laraway Road in Winchester, where they were met with a group of 30 to 40 ­Winchester students, MacDonnell said.

After further confrontation, Smoske pulled a baseball bat out of the trunk of his car and swung at the large group of Winchester students approaching his car, police said.

The 17-year-old Winchester student was struck on the leg and then in the head, said ­MacDonnell. The victim was taken to a hospital and is now recovering at home, police said.

“He is lucky,” MacDonnell said, referring to the victim. “It could have been a lot worse.”

Smoske was arrested Tuesday in Burlington and charged with assault and battery with a deadly weapon and was ­arraigned in Winchester District Court.

A not-guilty plea was entered on his behalf.

Smoske is on the Burlington High baseball and football teams. None of the students involved in the altercation are members of the hockey teams that played Monday. A call to his home Friday night was not answered.

Haven Orecchio-Egresitz can be reached at Haven.egresitz@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @haventaylor.

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