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Oakdale man wins Bee's bowl contest

Dave Finster of Oakdale picked 25 winners in 32 games and topped a field of 136 players to claim The Bee's college bowl game "pick 'em" contest. Eight contestants tied for second place, and six people tied for third. Finster knew he was doing well as the contest progressed but was surprised to learn Wednesday night he was the winner. Said Finster, "I figured I might have lost when LSU kicked butt" over Ohio State in the BCS title game Monday night. "All I had to do was pick the favorites. Of course, I know what I'm doing. I'm good at this," he said with a laugh, adding he won a contest about 10 years ago when he lived in Livermore. "And I got lucky at that," Finster said. "That's all it is; it's just a bunch of luck." Finster won a $150 gasoline card from City Tire Sales. Ever the joker, Finster said, "I read it was a new Lexus."

MJC's Bergerson is headed to Idaho

Modesto Junior College men's basketball player Brian Bergerson has committed to play for the College of Idaho out of Caldwell, an NAIA school. Bergerson, a 6-foot-6 sophomore forward, is averaging 16 points and six rebounds a game for MJC. Bergerson graduated from Johansen High. He went to Vanguard University for his first year, but came back to MJC after that. "Brian can really shoot the ball," said College of Idaho coach Mark Owen.