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Sharp, Wildcats on move

Steve yingling

Running for one of the top cross country teams in the nation is bringing out the best in former South Tahoe High all-state cross country runner Alex Sharp.

Chico State’s Sharp finished 38th out of 301 runners at the 34th annual Charles Bowles Willamette Invitational on Oct. 4 in Salem, Ore. The junior ran the 8-kilometer race in 26 minutes. He was 12th among the Chico State runners. The Wildcats, who won the meet, were led by winner Scott Bauhs in 24:06.32.

Chico State will compete in the San Francisco Gator Invitational on Saturday.

• Jessica Woods posted big statistical matches in three of Wright State’s Horizon League matchups.

The former Whittell High volleyball star played in all four games and delivered seven kills, 11 digs, an ace and two block assists as Wright State handed Butler its second conference defeat with a 25-17, 17-25, 25-19, 25-16 victory on Wednesday. Woods also had 13 digs and 12 kills in the Raiders’ 25-19, 25-21, 24-26, 25-22 victory over University Illinois-Chicago last Saturday.

Woods contributed 12 digs, seven kills and three block assists in Wright State’s four-game defeat to Loyola on Friday. Wright State, which is 7-12 overall and 5-3 in the Horizon League, is scheduled to play at Robert Morris on Saturday.

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• Jordan Reeder had seven digs and three assists in five games as Cornell completed an Ivy League season sweep of Columbia last Saturday.

Reeder, a freshman from Zephyr Cove, came back to deliver 10 digs and one kill in the Big Red’s 3-1 loss to Long Island on Sunday in Brooklyn, N.Y. Cornell is 3-8 overall, including 2-0 in the Ivy League.

• Jessica Bettencourt and her Seattle Pacific volleyball team gave Western Washington, fourth in the NCAA Division II rankings, all it wanted last week.

The Falcons won the first game 25-21 before Western Washington won three close games to win the match. Bettencourt, who prepped at South Tahoe, had three kills and three blocks.

On Saturday, the Falcons lost at Montana State Billings, 25-21, 25-21, 25-20 as Bettencourt made three kills. The Falcons, who are 3-11 overall and 1-4 in the Great Northwest Conference, returned home to play Western Oregon on Thursday night.

• Adam Fountain will have bragging rights over former STHS football teammate Mikey Van Gorden for the rest of his life. Fountain’s Humboldt State Lumberjacks defeated Van Gorden’s Azusa Pacific Cougars 24-17 last Saturday in Arcata. Fountain, a senior, was a starting offensive tackle for the Jacks, while Van Gorden, a junior receiver, saw action for the Cougars. Van Gorden has eight catches for 120 yards and a score and two carries for 21 yards through six games.

• USC junior linebacker Nick Garratt, formerly of the STHS Vikings, made a solo tackle in USC’s 44-10 trouncing of Oregon last Saturday.

• Leon Abravanel was a sub in Denver’s 1-0 win over UNLV on Sunday in Denver and the former South Tahoe High soccer standout fired two shots in a 1-0 triumph over New Mexico last Friday. Denver (4-5 overall, 2-0 conference) plays at Air Force on Saturday.

• Karli Vath and the Northwest Christian women’s soccer team won their first Cascade Collegiate Conference game in school history on Oct. 2.

The only goal in a 1-0 win over Warner Pacific was triggered by a Vath breakaway. After Vath’s shot hit the crossbar, Heather Henderson collected the rebound and fired in the winning shot. The Beacons, who were 0-10 in conference play last year, are 1-3 in 2008.

• Manhattanville junior Cybil Robinson assisted on one of Holly Norris’ two goals in a 2-0 triumph over Ramapo College on Wednesday.

The Valiants, 1-1 in the Freedom Conference and 6-7 overall, plays at FDU-Florham on Tuesday.

• After being ranked 12th in the NCAA Division II poll, the Sonoma State women’s soccer team suffered two defeats – 6-2 to Cal State Dominquez Hills on Sunday and 2-1 to UC San Diego on Friday.

Sonoma State entered the Cal State Dominguez Hills game with only nine goals allowed in 11 games. Defender Allison Kern played 74 minutes and had a shot on goal. Kern played 59 minutes in the overtime defeat to UC San Diego.

The Seawolves (9-3 overall, 5-2 in the California Collegiate Athletic Association) plays host to Cal State Bernardino on Friday and Cal Poly Pomona on Sunday.