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Forum staff reports, Published January 28 2013

Two NDSU softball players charged in connection with boozy initiation party

FARGO – Two people have been charged in Cass County District Court in connection with incidents that occurred on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 and involved individuals who at the time were members of North Dakota State University’s women’s softball team.

The charges stem from an initiation party for freshman players that included beer-chugging contests and forced shots of liquor, one of the players allegedly told police.

Cassidy Szeredy is charged with harassment and disorderly counduct, a Class A misdemeanor and a Class B misdemeanor, respectively, according to a Monday afternoon news release from the Cass County State’s Attorney’s Office.

Alexandria Sobrero is charged with delivery of alcohol to a minor, a Class A misdemeanor, according to the release, which stated that both Szeredy and Sobrero were members of the softball team at the time of the alleged conduct.

Another member of the team, Jenina Breana Ortega, was referred to the State’s Attorney’s Office for simple assault, but after a review of the case prosecutors concluded Ortega may have a valid claim for self-defense and declined to file a charge, the state’s attorney’s office said.

See Tuesday’s Forum for more details.