A to Z: Erica Cook


Published: Friday, January 5, 2007 at 9:51 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 5, 2007 at 9:51 a.m.

A thlete you admire most: I'd have to say (UF sophomore middle blocker) Kelsey Bowers. I played with her on the volleyball team my sophomore year. It's amazing to see how well she's done at UF.

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Facts

  • School: Gainesville
  • Year: Senior
  • Height: 5-foot-0
  • Weight: 110-pound class

  • B iggest strength/weakness you have in your sport: My strength is my upper body strength. My biggest weakness is coming out of my squat clean.

    C ollege choices: I've already been accepted to North Florida. I'm going to see how everything plays out before I make my decision.

    D ream job: My dream job would be to work with athletes (perhaps in physical therapy). I want to stay around athletes, but I don't know I if could coach. I don't have the patience (coach Steve Bauer) has.

    E -mail, text or phone call: Phone call

    F avorite pro and college teams: College would have to be UF. I don't watch a lot of pro sports, but we watch the Jaguars.

    G oal this season: I'd like to qualify for state and win state. That would be nice.

    H ardest practice drill: Probably rack-holds. (The bar is on the rack, and lifters have to get under it with their arms already extended and lift the bar.) You need a lot of core strength for that one.

    I dol: I look up to my dad (Tony) a lot. He had success playing college baseball (Central Florida Community College) and he's very supportive of me.

    J uice, milk or coffee in the morning: Does Gatorade count as juice? That's all I really drink.

    K ind of shoes you wear: Pretty much everyday I wear sandals. I like to be comfortable.

    L ast time you laughed out loud: I laugh a lot. But the last time was probably last night at dinner. Our dinners are pretty hilarious.

    M ovie you love: I have to say "Dumb and Dumber." I can watch it over and over and it never goes old.

    N ickname: Usually people just call me by my last name or just E.

    O ff-field hobby: I play volleyball and that takes up the rest of my free time.

    P regame ritual: Besides warming up, nothing really.

    Q uirky habit: Sometimes I pick at my thumbs. I guess that's more of a nervous habit.

    R ival you want to beat most: I'd have to say (three-time defending state champ) Spruce Creek. One of their lifters beat me last year.

    S ong you sing in the shower that could go to No. 1 on the charts: I don't really sing in the shower, but I sing in the car a lot. Whatever's on the radio.

    T elevision show you can't miss: I really like to watch "House." It's pretty funny.

    U seless fact about you: I have a twin brother (Tyler). He plays baseball.

    V ocal teammate: Probably Jen DeJesus

    W orst loss: Last year at state (Cook was sick the whole week before the state meet, and finished third).

    X -rays: My aunt's a radiologist. The most recent one was on my left wrist.

    Y our best friend: I don't really have just one. Julie Liddon, Lindsay Prestemon (seniors on the volleyball team) and Sarah Beebe (sophomore on the volleyball team).

    Z any thing your coach once said: He always says, "Dip and shoot!"

    5 THINGS OF NOTE IN AREA SPORTS

  • The Rock won perhaps its biggest-ever regular season games during the holidays at the Kreul Classic in the Fort Lauderdale area. There, the Lions upended 2006 Class 5A regional finalist Palm Beach Dwyer.

  • The Class 2A Hawthorne's girls basketball team beat 6A DeLand, 48-33, to win the Treasure Coast Holiday Tournament. Watch out for coach Barry Hutchinson's veteran team as the year goes along.

  • Gainesville High School will host its annual boys basketball shootout this Saturday. The games are Santa Fe-Lake City Christian (12:30 p.m.), Shores Christian-Tampa Sickles (2:15 p.m.), Buchholz-Daytona Beach Seabreeze (4 p.m.), P.K. Yonge-Columbia (5:45 p.m.) and GHS-The Rock

    (7:30 p.m.).

  • Gainesville will face Eastside tonight at 7:30 p.m. at Santa Fe Community College in a big boys basketball district game. The Rams host Columbia on Tuesday night in what also should be a huge 4-5A clash.

  • During the holidays Floridakids.us wrestling analyst John Lawton ranked Suwannee's Lee Laxton (189 pounds) and Barney Wainwright (215) as the top grapplers in their weight class (regardless of classification) in the state.

    5 GIRLS WEIGHTLIFTERS TO WATCH

    Erica Cook

  • Gainesville senior finished third at state meet in 101-pound class as a junior, despite being sick at the meet.

    Oja Rollins

  • In the unlimited weight class, Columbia's now-senior finished fourth in the 2006 meet. Was five pounds away from being tied for second overall.

    Hailey Monismith

  • Eastside's most outstanding wrestler in 2006 finished 13th at state meet. Senior is looking to qualify for state for third consecutive year.

    Kelly Leigh

  • Bradford senior finished fifth at state in the 139 class last year, her second consecutive top-10 finish at state.

    Heidi Martenson

  • Santa Fe senior finished 10th at state last year in the 101 class.

    5 TEAMS TO WATCH

    Gainesville

  • Hurricanes return six of seven state qualifiers from a team that finished ninth at the state meet in 2006.

    Keystone Heights

  • Indians had best finish of any local team at state meet (tied for sixth).

    Columbia

  • Tigers went 5-0 during the regular season and sent four lifters to state last year. Columbia returns three of the four, and all three had top-15 finishes.

    Buchholz

  • Bobcats have a new coach in Brittany Kiel, who lifted for Spruce Creek High School, the three-time defending state champs (every year of competition). It will be interesting to see what she brings to a team that finished 3-2 last year.

    Eastside

  • Return 11 experienced lifters.

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