Ricks to continue playing basketball

Emily Ricks recently signed her National Letter of Intent to play basketball at Methodist University. Front Row: (L-R) Tyler Ricks (brother), Chris Ricks (father), Emily Ricks, Cheryl Ricks (mother), Faye Ricks (grandmother), Stanley Ricks (grandfather). Back Row: (L-R) Bruce Proctor (athletic director), Paula Wooten (basketball coach). (Michael Held photo)


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PRINCETON—Princeton senior Emily Ricks loves competing in athletics as she has displayed the last four years representing the Bulldogs on the girls basketball, softball and volleyball teams.

Resigned to the thought that she may not be able to compete in college, Ricks sought colleges that had educational programs she was interested in. Fortunately for Ricks, it just so happened that in addition to having business administration and forensics programs available, Methodist University also had a spot it wanted Ricks to fill on the girls basketball team.

Ricks, joined by her family, recently signed her National Letter of Intent to play basketball for the Monarchs.

“I was looking to find a school that I wanted to attend and I knew that I liked first,” said Ricks. “Then I thought maybe about playing basketball and that maybe I could.”

Ricks averaged 10 points, six rebounds and three steals a game for the basketball team last season playing mostly as a forward for the Bulldogs during her four years on the varsity team.

She will be asked to move to one of the guard positions and points to needing to work on her conditioning and ball handling in order to successfully make the transition.   

During Ricks’ time at Princeton, she has been part of some great championship winning teams. As a freshman outside hitter, she was a member of the volleyball state champions who defeated East Surry in the finals. Ricks was also a member on the 2016 Bulldogs who defeated North Stanly to win the state softball title.

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