Good morning! I’m Andrew Thilges!

And I’m Logan Capesius! Thanks for tuning in to the “Bear Facts”, the weekly radio show from Bishop Garrigan High School.

Two Garrigan students are starting off speech season this morning. Senior Levi Capesius and junior Sam Trainer are over in Osage today for the Top of Iowa Conference Speech Tournament. Levi will be performing the Musical Theatre selection “If I Can’t Love Her” from Beauty and the Beast and an Acting piece called “How to Get a Date without Joining”, while Sam will tell the story of “Clever Gretel”. Speech coaches David Burrow and Jake Rosenmeyer will also be over in Osage today. Best wishes, speech!

Also today, seven students are up in Spirit Lake for one of the oldest quiz bowl meets in the area. Garrigan is the defending champion in both the varsity and JV divisions at the Spirit Lake Quiz Bowl, and they hope to defend their titles this year. Competing for the Bears are seniors Mark Mather, Logan Capesius, and Andrew Thilges; juniors Ben Degen, Trevor Darling, and Tommy Kollasch; and sophomore Logan Heying. Spanish teacher Twila Wichtendahl will be accompanying the team today. Good luck, quiz bowl!

The Golden Bear danz squad competed at state Thursday. There’s a long tradition of dance success at Garrigan, and that continued this year when the girls took first place in both the pom and kick competitions. This year’s danz squad includes Courtney Noonan, Sarah Skilling, Chloe Garman, Danielle Plathe, Aubrey McEnroe, and Kat Wille; as well as Olivia Hall, Grace Menke, Laurel Degen, Isabella Capesius, Madison Illg, and Megan Besch. Congratulations, dancers!

Basketball season is here! Coach Brandon Schwab has been working with the girls team for nearly a month now, and they’ve had good results in their early games. The team includes senior veterans Gracie Behr and Ciera Hall; juniors Jenna Boelter, Caitlin Thilges, Whitney Hovey, Gracie McGuire, Alisa Altman, Livia Miller, Megan Wadle, and Emory Miller; and freshmen Madison Meister, Katie Noonan, Emma Fogarty, Mackenzie Meister, and Amanda Miller. Good luck, girls basketball!

Because of the extended football season, the boys team has had a lot less time to prepare, but they’re still looking forward to a good season. At the core of the varsity team are seniors Chase Winkel, Ryan Kenyon, Joel Vaske, Chase Hatten, and Andrew Meister. Sophomores T.J. Schnurr and Brad Capesius are also an important part of the team; as are junior Drake Buscherfeld, sophomores John Meis and John Capesius, and freshman Cade Winkel. Good luck to Coach Harry Condoleon and the boys basketball team!

All season long the basketball spirit squad will be cheering on the basketball teams. This year’s winter cheerleaders include Johanna Becker, Isabelle Davis, Megan Besch, Megan Bronk, Ashlyn Harrington, and Emma Thul; together with Bailey Kollasch, Gigi Byrkeland, Olivia Hart, Caroline Bradley, Layah DeLange, Madison Illg, Carolyn Hough, and Olivia Kajewski. Thanks to the cheerleaders for all they do.

Last week the state runner-up Golden Bear football team held their awards banquet. Gibson Behr was named Offensive Player of the Year, while Chase Winkel was named Defense Player of the Year. Nick Mergen and Chase Hatten were the Special Teams Players of the Year; and Jackson Rosenmeyer, Ben Degen, Aidan Koob, and Billy Erpelding earned Scout Team honors. Grant Buscherfeld was named the team M.V.P. Andrew Meister won the Larry Weir Academic Award, Mark Mather won the Bill Higgins Memorial Trophy, Levi Capesius won the Dennis Cruise Award.

The Most-Improved Players on Offense were Joel Vaske and Brad Capesius. The Most-Improved Defensive Players were Zach Muller, Drew Bacha, Max Patkins, and Grant Arndorfer. Joel Vaske, Chase Winkel, Grant Buscherfeld, Gibson Behr, and Drake Buscherfeld all won All-State honors. In addition to them Max Patkins, Mark Mather, Nick Mergen, Grant Arndorfer, Brad Capesius, Andrew Meister, and Chase Hatten were All-District Honorees; and Coaches Marty Wadle and Chad Hall were the District Coaches of the Year. Finally Academic All-District Honors were earned by Drake Buscherfeld, Joel Vaske, Levi Capesius, Grant Buscherfeld, Sam Trainer, Andrew Thilges, Ben Degen, and Andrew Meister. Congratulations, football award winners!

Our Senior Spotlight this week shines on Max Patkins. Max came to Garrigan a year ago by way of southern California, Humboldt, and St. Benedict. Max is one of the few Garrigan students who’s not Catholic, but he is an important part of our school. His biggest activity by far is football, but he also helped behind the scenes in the play and he’s part of the publications staff. We’re glad Max chose to join us here at Garrigan, and we wish him all the best in the future.

: On our Golden Bear calendar today there’s conference speech in Osage and quiz bowl in Spirit Lake. This afternoon there’s a basketball quad, with the Bears hosting Northwood—Kensett.

: Tomorrow is the Second Sunday of Advent, and the cross-country team will have their awards banquet. Monday the JJV basketball teams host Lake Mills.

: Tuesday the JV and varsity teams play at Lake Mills, and Wednesday the quiz bowl team will compete in the online 3—2—1 competition. Then on Thursday we’ll have mass for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception.

 There’s JJV basketball at Eagle Grove on Thursday, and the JV and varsity teams host Eagle Grove next Friday. There will be a meal at the games to support technology.

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