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Hicks' Seventh-Place Finish Makes Her All-American

June 05, 1997

Freshman Cheree Hicks of Cal State Northridge placed seventh in the women's discus in the NCAA track and field championships in Bloomington, Ind., on Wednesday to earn All-American honors.

Hicks, the Northridge record holder at 180 feet 2 inches, threw 175-4 to become the first Matador freshman to earn All-American honors since Northridge moved to the Division I level in the fall of 1990.

She also became the third Matador thrower to earn All-American honors in the NCAA outdoor championships by finishing among the top eight competitors who are United States citizens.

Another chance: Carrera-Thompson III?

Welterweight Fausto Carrera, 18, a senior at Birmingham High, would like another shot at Vance Thompson after their four-round welterweight fight Saturday night at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas ended with the same result as their first bout in April: a draw.

"It was a good fight," said Carrera, 0-1-2 since turning pro in February. "He had a good right hand and he was moving OK. I have to punch harder. I'd like to fight him again, maybe six rounds."

Former World Boxing Assn. heavyweight champion Gerrie Coetzee, a former fight promoter at Warner Center Marriott, will fight Iran Barkley in a 10-round main event Sunday night at the Hollywood Palladium. The undercard will include former World Boxing Council welterweight champion Carlos Palomino, a resident of Sherman Oaks, in a 10-round bout against Rene Arredondo.

All-Stars set: Harvard-Westlake High's Jason and Jarron Collins are among 20 players bound for NCAA Division I schools who will be competing in the 1997 IntenseCity Summer All-Star Classic scheduled for 7 p.m. June 29 at Ocean View High in Huntington Beach.

The game will pit a team of standout seniors from schools in the Los Angeles County area against a squad of Orange County stars.

Among others on the L.A. County side with the Stanford-bound Collins twins are UCLA recruits Baron Davis of Crossroads High and Schea Cotton of St. John Bosco.

Pre-sale tickets to the game are available by calling (714) 754-CITY.

Herrera to CSUN: Middle blocker Angie Herrera of Moreau Catholic High in Haywood has signed a letter of intent with the Cal State Northridge women's volleyball team.

Herrera, 6 feet 1, was an all-Haywood Area Athletic League selection the past three years.

Spartans split: The La Canada water polo youth program competed, with mixed results, in the Villa Park 18-and-under summer tournament last weekend.

The La Canada "A" team, composed of many of the players on the La Canada High water polo team, finished the tournament with a 2-2 record. The Spartans won, 11-8, over El Toro, which was ranked fourth in the CIF-Southern Section Division I last year, and topped La Jolla, 10-5, to avenge a 6-5 loss in last year's tournament.

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