Oakdale's Burtschi heads to North Idaho
Oakdale High senior Rudi Burtschi has accepted a full scholarship to wrestle for North Idaho College, a junior college in Couer d'Alene, Idaho. Burtschi, a two-time state champion and two-time Modesto Bee wrestler of the year, completed an undefeated season in March. North Idaho is the top-ranked JC team in the nation, and has won 13 national titles. "We've got a strong tradition here," Cardinals coach Pat Whitcomb said. "California's such a strong wrestling state. We think Rudi's going to come in and compete right away at 197 pounds. He's a solid wrestler."
Gomes will play at CS San Bernardino
There will be two local products on the Cal State San Bernardino women's basketball roster this fall. Former Modesto JC forward and Hilmar native Connie Gomes signed with the Coyotes on Wednesday. She joins former Pirate Diana Felix, who redshirted last season. Gomes, who returned from a torn ACL to average 11 points and 6.8 rebounds her sophomore season, will receive a partial athletic scholarship. She won the Big 8 Conference javelin title last month and is seeded sixth going into Friday's NorCal Track & Field Championships at MJC.
All-Star basketball Friday night at MJC
The 13th Annual Six Counties All-Star High School Basketball Classic is Friday night at Modesto Junior College. The girls game, which tips off at 6:30 p.m., features four members of The Bee's all-District team. The red team is coached by Turlock Christian's Ed Santiago and Modesto's Pete Peterson. The blue team is coached by Davis' Joe Ovalle and Ripon Christian's Kirk Tillema. The boys game is scheduled to tip off at 8:30 p.m. The boys blue team, coached by Summerville's Marlen Ronet and Amador's Paul Neville, features three all-District players. The red team, coached by Turlock's Doug Cornfoot and Downey's Doug Streeter, includes two all-District players. Doors open at 6 p.m., with the 3-point shooting and dunk contest to follow. Full rosters are on Page C-5.
Raiders sign former Falcons linebacker
The Oakland Raiders signed free-agent linebacker Edgerton Hartwell, hoping he can revive a career beset by injuries in recent seasons. Hartwell, 30, played only 13 games in 2005 and '06 with Atlanta because of injuries to his knee and Achilles tendon. He was cut by Cincinnati before the start of last season and sat out the entire year. He signed with Oakland on Tuesday and will have a chance to compete for the starting strong-side linebacker spot alongside Kirk Morrison and Thomas Howard.