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Former basketball standout arrested in Arizona

Wed., April 8, 2009, 12:36 p.m.

After helping lead the Central Valley Bears to a state basketball title, Raeanna Jewell continued her athletic success at Gonzaga University as a starter.   (Holly Pickett / The Spokesman-Review)
After helping lead the Central Valley Bears to a state basketball title, Raeanna Jewell continued her athletic success at Gonzaga University as a starter. (Holly Pickett / The Spokesman-Review)

A former Central Valley High School and Gonzaga University star athlete was arrested and booked into jail earlier this week under suspicion of sexual misconduct with a minor at an Arizona high school, Pinal County authorities told the Scottsdale Tribune.

Raeanna Jewell, 25, was working part-time as a coach at Apache Junction High School in Scottsdale, Ariz., as a basketball and softball coach, according to the Arizona newspaper. She is accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a 16-year-old player she coached, the newspaper said.

Jewell was arrested March 29 on suspicion of sexual conduct with a minor after the girl’s parents told police they’d found suspicious text messages between Jewell and the girl, the newspaper reported.

Before moving to Arizona, Jewell played on a Central Valley Bears basketball team that went to the state playoffs in 2000. She was a starter for Zags, helping them to their first NCAA Tournament berth in 2005, according to previous news reports.



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