The Bear Facts

November 4 2017

Good morning! I’m Caitlin Thilges!

I’m Megan Wadle!

And I’m Sam Trainer! Thanks for joining us for the “Bear Facts”, where each week we bring you the news from Bishop Garrigan High School.

At our All Saints mass last Wednesday eleven seniors were installed to serve as Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion. They will be distributing communion at our school masses throughout the year and also helping out as Eucharistic ministers at weekend masses in their local parishes.

The new Eucharistic ministers include Isabelle Davis, Sam Trainer, Tommy Kollasch, Parker Schiltz, John Zeimet, and Sarah Brown; as well as Alisa Altman, Gigi Byrkeland, Caitlin Thilges, Whitney Hovey, and Megan Wadle. Congratulations to them on taking this step to serve their church.

Today four Garrigan students are down in Newton to compete in the state solo dance championships. We have a long tradition of success in dance at Bishop Garrigan, and we hope that continues today. Laurel Degen, Kat Willie, and Cora Ricke will have lyrical performaces, while Grace Menke is competing in the hip-hop division. The competition is going on all day at Newton High School, and the Bears are performing between 4:30 and 5:30 this afternoon. Good luck, dancers!

Today is also a big day for the Golden Bear quiz bowl team. The Bears are competing across town in the Algona invitational tournament. Eighteen Garrigan students will be part of the competition. Garrigan’s top varsity team will feature seniors Ben Degen, Sam Trainer, and Trevor Darling, plus junior Logan Heying.

Also competing for the Bears are seniors tommy Kollasch and Will Eggers; juniors Gabe Trainer, John Meis, Sami Darling, and Ashlyn Harrington; sophomores Alex Mammen, Cade Winkel, Abbi Heying, Grant Bormann, and Jenna Heinen; and freshmen Reese Rosenmeyer, Joey Trainer, and Jack Snyder. Good luck, BGHS quiz bowl!

The Bishop Garrigan cross-country team held their awards potluck last week. Alisa Altman earned all-conference honors this year. Livia Miller won the Adam Sundall Award, and she split Most Improved Runner honors with Tommy Kollasch. Alisa Altman and Joseph Meis won the Dedication Award. Joseph also split Rookie of the Year honors with Ava Bartolo. Emory Miller and John Zeimet won the 2017 Coaches’ Award.

Emory Miller went into the record books with the second fastest girls time in school history, finishing the 5-K course in 21 minutes, 59 seconds. Others running for the Bears this year include seniors Trevor Darling, Olivia Hall, Isabelle Davis, and Lexi Berte; sophomore Jenna Heinen; and freshmen Joseph Bonstetter, Bailey Kollasch, Amanda Thilges, and Kiana Book. Congratulations, cross-country runners.

Unfortunately the season came to a close for the Golden Bear football and volleyball teams last week. The volleyball team advanced to the third round of regionals before falling to Newell—Fonda. Then the football team lost a close game to West Hancock on a very cold night last Friday. Both the football and volleyball teams will pass out their awards tomorrow, and we’ll let you know the winners on next week’s show.

This week’s Senior Spotlight shines on Tommy Kollasch. Here to tell you about him is Ben Degen.

We’ve mentioned Tommy Kollasch’s name three times this week—as a Eucharistic minister, a cross-country runner, and a quiz bowl player. This Bancroft native was also a member of the golf team that placed second at state last spring. He’s active in choir, drama, speech, and student council. He’s also active in Christian Leadership, and he’ll be heading to Haiti on a mission trip this winter. Tommy will be off to college next year, and we wish him all the best in the future.

Thanks, Ben. On our Golden Bear calendar today, there’s state solo dance in Newton and quiz bowl at Algona High. Tomorrow the volleyball and football teams will hold their awards potlucks.

Monday a large group of students will be heading to Jordan Creek Mall in West Des Moines as their reward for being top sellers in the calendar drive back in September. Girls basketball practice begins that night.

The cheer banquet will be Tuesday night. Then Wednesday we’ll have mass with students from St. Mary’s in Humboldt. We’ll dismiss early for teacher inservice that day. Next Saturday Garrigan will host the Top of Iowa Conference quiz bowl tournament. That night opening night for our musical, Little Shop of Horrors.

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