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Published May 13, 2011, 08:50 PM

Supporters' Reaction to Firing of Coach Molstre

The DGF girls basketball program is without a head coach and supporters of Steve Molstre are trying to figure out how things went so terribly wrong.

By: Travis Skonseng, WDAY

The DGF girls basketball program is without a head coach and supporters of Steve Molstre are trying to figure out how things went so terribly wrong.

As we first told you Thursday night, authorities needed to get involved in the school board meeting.

Then, after our newscast, heated exchanges between supporters and opponents.

Immediately after the school board fired Steve Molstre, our cameras captured what can only be described as mob mentality, with angry supporters lashing out at board members.

In front of a large crowd of frustrated supporters, the Dilworth Glyndon Felton school board broke the troubling news. Girls Basketball Coach Steve Molstre is fired.

Frustrated supporters immediately became fired up over the firing, quickly standing up, and rushing out of the packed gym.

Many chasing down board members who quickly left out side or back doors to avoid the angry mob.

Many players and students hugged one another, huddled together for support. Tears flowing and emotions running high.

We caught up with the school board chair, Tracy Tollefson, down a nearby hall. She calls the decision difficult.

"Our decision was to move forward in a different direction. We want more students involved in our basketball program," Tollefson said.

Back in the gym, Steve Molstre, still feeling the love, thinks about his unknown future. He plans to appeal.

"And then we'll go from there as far as my coaching job. I don't know what's next for me and my family. I wanted to coach so I'm bummed," Molstre said.

We don't know the full reasons behind the firing.

We have requested all communication, including emails and letters.

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