Florida juco pulls scholarship from Caples

Published 12:00 am Monday, May 18, 2009

From staff reports

Former Warren Central basketball star Sha’Kayla Caples, who was arrested last week on armed robbery charges, has lost her scholarship at Florida Gulf Coast Community College, a Florida newspaper has reported.

Gulf Coast athletic director Gregg Wolfe told the Panama City News Herald that Caples, 18, 414 Ford Road, would be mailed a release form and has two weeks to sign it. If Caples does not sign it in two weeks, she will be automatically released from her scholarship.

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Attempts by The Vicksburg Post to reach Wolfe and Gulf Coast women’s basketball coach Roonie Scovel were not successful.

“We will follow up on this and find out exactly what happened,” Wolfe told the News Herald. “Coach Scovel did not receive a courtesy call from the player, the coach, the family. Those things happen, it’s unfortunate.”

On Wednesday, Caples, a Warren Central High School student, and three other Vicksburg teenagers were arrested and charged in a string of robberies in the city since the beginning of the month. Caples was charged with three armed robberies and one attempted armed robbery — two on May 7 at City Front, one on May 7 at Drummond and Mulvihill, and a May 7 attempted armed robbery on Berryman Road.

Caples has been released on bond. Her case will go to a grand jury on Aug. 3.

Caples was The Vicksburg Post’s basketball player of the year for four years. She averaged 24 points and 12 rebounds per game in her senior season and had signed a letter of intent to play at Louisiana Tech.

Caples did not qualify academically, however, and later signed with Gulf Coast Community College in Panama City, Fla.


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