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By Casey Christie / The Californian
By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN
Frontier defensive lineman Colton Foster verbally committed to Colorado State on Tuesday, becoming the third Kern County football player to commit to a Division I school so far this fall.
Foster chose the Rams over a number of Football Championship Subdivision offers (schools like Cal Poly and UC Davis) and one FBS offer, Texas El Paso. He said Fresno State has shown interest but hasn't offered a scholarship.
Foster, who's 6-foot-4 and 275 pounds, committed after visiting Colorado State's campus in Fort Collins this weekend.
"It went really well," he said. "I loved the campus, and the city was awesome. The coaching staff is top-of-the-line guys."
Despite missing one game and parts of two others with injury this season, Foster recorded 4.5 sacks, 48 tackles, a pass deflection, a forced fumble and a blocked kick this season.
Verbal commitments are non-binding; Foster can sign an official letter of intent starting on Feb. 5.
No live TV locally, yet, for regional bowls
Time Warner Cable is airing the CIF Southern Cal Division I regional bowl game Friday between Bakersfield and San Marcos-Mission Hills live on its SoCal 101 channel.
But SoCal 101 isn't available in Kern County.
There is a chance, TWC spokeswoman Amy Millstone said, that Time Warner will reach an agreement with Brighthouse Networks or another carrier before Friday to carry the game live in Bakersfield.
As it is, the game will air on Time Warner Cable SportsNet -- the same channel that carries most Lakers games -- on tape delay at 6 p.m. Sunday. TWC SportsNet is available in Bakersfield through Brighthouse, DirecTV and AT&T UVerse.
The Division IV SoCal regional bowl between L.A.-View Park Prep and Bakersfield Christian at Centennial can be seen on tape delay at 9 a.m. Saturday on TWC SportsNet.
Both games kick off at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
Advance tickets are also available for both games. For the D-I game, visit the BHS finance office between 8 a.m.-4 p.m. today and Thursday.
For BCHS, call (661) 410-7000 or visit the the school's finance office during school hours.
Tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for students, children and seniors.
The BHS game is at Mission Hills, in northern San Diego County.
Ruettgers set for Packers Hall of Fame
Garces High graduate and former NFL lineman Ken Ruettgers will be inducted into the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame on July 14, along with former running back Ahman Green.
Ruettgers, a left tackle, was a fixture on the Packers' line from 1985-96, and earned a Super Bowl ring when Green Bay beat the New England Patriots for the title in 1997.
After graduating from Garces in 1985, Ruettgers continued his career at USC, where he was an All-Pac-10 selection in 1984.
The Packers made Ruettgers a first-round draft choice in 1985, selecting him seventh overall. He was the team's Offensive Most Valuable Player in 1989.
Green played eight seasons (2000-06 and 2009) with the Packers and finished as the team's all-time leading rusher with 8,322 yards.