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Hicks’ Seventh-Place Finish Makes Her All-American

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?

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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.

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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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