The Bear Facts - December 2, 2017

Good morning! I’m Caitlin Thilges!

I’m Megan Wadle!

And I’m Trevor Darling! You’re listening to the “Bear Facts”, the weekly radio show from Bishop Garrigan High School.

Basketball season has started, and both the Golden Bear girls and boys are off to a good start. For a change Garrigan’s boys are looking to enjoy a height advantage over most of their opponents this year. Head coach Dr. Harry Condoleon expects the team to contend for the conference title, and the boys have made their goal a trip to state. They’ll get a preview of that next Friday afternoon when they play Eagle Grove at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.

There are no seniors on this year’s boys basketball team. Junior T.J. Schnurr is at the core of the team, together with returning starters Brad Capesius and Cade Winkel. Another top player is sophomore point guard John Joyce, who transferred to Garrigan from Emmetsburg High School, and freshman Angelo Winkel is one of the tallest and most talented players on the team.

Other boys players to watch are Tristan Furgeson, John Meis, and John Capesius; sophomores Cameron Baade, Andrew Arndorfer, Marcus Plathe, Colby Graves, and Kurt Condoleon; and freshman Kyle Schaaf. Good luck all season long to the boys basketball team!

The Golden Bear girls began their season with two big wins over teams from higher classes, and they’re also hoping to dominate the competition throughout the season. Eight seniors are at the heart of the girls team. Among them is Jenna Boelter, who is one of the top three-point scorers in school history. Also returning for the Bears are seniors Whitney Hovey, Grace McGuire, Caitlin Thilges, Alisa Altman, Megan Wadle, Livia Miller, and Emory Miller.

Younger players like sophomore Maddie Meister have also been important for the Bears early in the season. Other sophomores are Mackenzie Meister, Amanda Miller, Emma Fogarty, Katie Noonan, and Emma Lichter. Rounding out the team are freshmen Kaylyn Meyers and Grace Elsbecker. The girls will also be competing at Wells Fargo next Friday. Good luck then and throughout the season to Coach Brandon Schwab and the Golden Bear girls basketball team!

The state dance and drill team competition is being held this weekend down in Des Moines. Garrigan has a long tradition of success in dance, and the danz squad is hoping to bring home some more championships in 2017. The senior captains in dance are Olivia Hall, Aubrey McEnroe, Grace Menke, and Kat Wille. Other dancers include Bella Capesius, Laurel Degen, and Cora Ricke, alternates Tabi Kollasch and Abbi Heying, and manager Olivia Kajewski. Best wishes at state to coaches Katie Miller and Julie Illg and all the danz squad!

 The coming week is a busy one for the Golden Bear quiz bowl team. They’re in Spirit Lake today for a big regional contest. Ben Degen, Trevor Darling, Nolan Greene, Will Eggers, Sami Darling, Grant Bormann, and Jordan Hansen. Then on Monday the Bears will compete in the online 3—2—1 competition. Good luck to Coach David Burrow and the quiz bowl team!

Our Senior Spotlight this week shines on Will Eggers. Here to tell you about him is Ben Degen.

Will Eggers started school in Emmetsburg, but he’s spent many years here at Garrigan. He’s one of the most successful members of Garrigan’s trapshooting team, and he’s also active in quiz bowl. Will enjoys politics, and away from school you might see him working at the checkouts or customer service desk at K-Mart. He’d like to be a history teacher in the future, and he’s looking at going to either NIACC or Iowa Central next year. We wish Will all the best of luck.

Thanks, Ben! On this week’s Golden Bear calendar, there’s quiz bowl this morning in Spirit Lake and the state dance championships are finishing up in Des Moines. This afternoon the basketball teams have a quad at Mason City Newman.

Tomorrow is the first Sunday of Advent, and we’ll begin the day at school Monday with an Advent prayer service. After school the quiz bowl team will participate in the 3—2—1 online contest, and that night the JJV basketball teams will travel to Lake Mills.

The JV and varsity Bears host Lake Mills Tuesday night for their first home games of the season. Wednesday night Seton students from kindergarten through third grade will hold their annual Christmas concert.

Thursday night there’s JJV basketball, with the Bears hosting Algona High. Friday is the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, and we’ll begin the day with mass at St. Cecelia’s. Classes are dismissed that day, though, because in the afternoon the Bears will face Eagle Grove in a basketball match-up at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.

That’s the “Bear Facts” for another week. Thanks for tuning in, and be sure to join us again next week for more news from Bishop Garrigan High School.