Two Lady Mohawk's named as "Queens of Hardwood"

Wednesday, May 16, 2007
Volleyball coaches all across the state are glad that these two Lady Mohawks won't be back next year. Senior All-State selections Kortney Toombs (left) and Erica Rickman posed for this shot prior to the third game of their match Friday at the "Queens of Hardwood" at Valley View. (Times photo/Tim Blair)

Friday night the top senior high school volleyball players in Northeast Arkansas gathered at the Valley View gym for a charity match. The event was billed as the "Queens of the Hardwood," and raised over $2,600 for the Jonesboro City Youth Ministry. At the conclusion the "East" squad had held on to beat the "North" in five sets; 25-20, 25-17, 20-25, 17-25, and 15-6.

Dressing out for the North team, which was coached by Brookland's Nancy Taylor-Rodriguez and Westside's Tiffeny Sands, were Lady Mohawks Kortney Toombs and Erica Rickman. Toombs is a 5'11" outside hitter and two-time All-State selection, and an All-State-Tournament selection this past year, she will also be playing in the Arkansas Activities Association All-Star volleyball game in June.

Rickman is a 5'9" middle blocker, and was also chosen to the All-State and All-State-Tournament team. This marks "Rick's" second all star game of the spring, as she played in the Sun Basketball Classic two weeks ago at Jonesboro High School. Assistant Lady Mohawk softball coach Melissa Williams also reported that Rickman will be the top-ranked girl's softball player in the 3A-3 conference, and should be playing in the state All-Star softball game later this year. That roster had yet to be decided at press time.

Joining Kortney and Erica on the "North" team were; Dia Gibson and Jordan Rupard of Nettleton, Lauren Honeycutt and Hannah Tate of Westside and Lacie Rackley and Ashton Stevens of Brookland

The "East" team was coached by Valley View coach Margie McGee, assisted by Marion coach Lisa Beasley. Members of their squad were; Andrea Cupp and Whitley Jones from Crowley's Ridge Academy, Amanda Hitchman and Shelby Strayhorn from Marion, Heather Gottfried from Valley View, Emily Hanzlik of Wynne, Kaci Herron and Stephanie Moore of Jonesboro and Katie Tacker and Candice Eskridge of Harrisburg.

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