Local Digest: Early propels Stanislaus past Humboldt St.

TURLOCK -- Cherie Early scored two goals 1 minute and 18 seconds apart in the first half Sunday as Cal State Stanislaus defeated Humboldt State 3-2 in a California Collegiate Athletic Association women's soccer game at Warrior Soccer Field.

Adrienne Sorenson and Jenna Coates assisted on Early's first goal in the 19th minute. Kim DiNardo's pass set up Early's next goal. Sorensen redirected the pass to Early, who put the ball into the right side of the net.

Early is second all-time in points at Stanislaus with 49, fifth goals with 17 and second in assists with 15.

"Cherie did an excellent job creating opportunities for herself and her teammates," Stanislaus coach Gabe Bolton said.

Melissa Phillips scored what turned out to be the difference-maker in the 55th minute for the Warriors (9-6-2, 7-2-2 CCAA) on a header off Jenna Kasch's corner kick into the box. It was Phillips' second goal this season.

The Lumberjacks (3-12-2, 1-10) scored in the 75th and 86th minutes.

"The first 75 minutes was the best soccer we have played all year, both offensively and defensively, but give Humboldt credit for battling back and making it exciting," Bolton said.

Men's Soccer

CAL STATE STANISLAUS 2, HUMBOLDT STATE 1, at Turlock -- Stanislaus coach Eric Mild finished a season sweep of his alma mater as the Warriors came from behind to defeat the Lumberjacks.

Senior Kishin Hamaguchi sealed the win in the 83rd minute with a goal off of a free kick. The Lumberjacks were called for a foul about five yards from the top of the goalie box. Hamaguchi tucked the ball into the upper right corner to give the Warriors a 2-1 lead that would stand.

College Wrestling

WEST VALLEY TOURNAMENT, at Turlock -- Victor Carazo and Ryan Sughrue won their weight classes to help Modesto JC to a fourth-place finish in the 18-team West Valley College Tournament at Pitman High.

Sughrue dominated the 184-pound division. He pinned three opponents in the first period and won a 16-2 decision before pinning Derek Rottenberg of Shasta at 1:35 in the final. Carazo defeated Shawn Ceremello of Fresno City 5-2 in the 174-pound final.

Jordan Lefler of MJC lost to Mingo Grant of Sierra 9-6 in the 197-pound final, and Rolando Velasco and Austin Cronan each placed fourth.

Palomar won the team title with 187 points, followed by Sierra with 177, Fresno City with 147 and MJC with 122.5.


Mark Heffner of Merced finished first in the golf competition in the 2007 Special Olympics World Summer Games held recently in Shanghai, China. Heffner totaled 409 for four rounds.