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Fri. May 21, 2010 | Izzy Gould | Email

The Florida High School Athletic Association and Pasco County Schools System have been in contact with Wesley Chapel's administration after two standout basketball players transferred to the school this week.

The Times first reported the transfers of Shanel Sweet and Briahanna Jackson to Wesley Chapel online Thursday. The girls led Gaither and Lecanto, respectively, in scoring and several other categories.

Both play for Suncoast Basketball Club, an AAU program co-run by former Wesley Chapel coach Warren Jones and River Ridge coach Joeyn Dearsman.

Jones, who works at Anclote and has no known affiliation with Wesley Chapel, is Jackson's legal guardian at the mother's request, he said. He also said Sweet's transfer was coincidental and that she lives in Pasco County.

Wesley Chapel coach Karim Nohra had no comment Thursday, and principal Carin Nettles did not respond to an e-mail from the Times seeking comment.

FHSAA spokeswoman Laurel Ring said in an e-mail Friday her office received information on a situation involving Wesley Chapel, which it shared with the school. No specifics were given, and it is unclear if a formal investigation will be launched.

Bell said in an e-mail he has spoken with the Wesley Chapel administration and the FHSAA.

"I will continue to work closely with all of our principals and ADs to ensure that all county/FHSAA guidelines are being followed," Bell wrote.

Ring said Thursday there is no bylaw precluding Jones from coaching the girls at Wesley Chapel next season. Nettles intends to open all supplemental positions, asking incumbent coaches to reapply, including Nohra.

Jones said he has not decided if he will pursue a high school coaching job next season, but did say he would prefer to work at a school closer to home.

Jones resgined as Wesley Chapel's coach in 2008 for a position on Saint Leo's staff, which also enabled him to earn his bachelor's degree. He is credited with building the Wildcats into a local power and left having coached the team to its first region final and a school record 24-5 record.

Nohra replaced him and has guided the Wildcats the past two seasons to back-to-back region finals. Both seasons he was named the Times' North Suncoast Coach of the Year.

igould@tampabay.com

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