The Bear Facts
November 13, 2016

Good morning! I’m Taylor Becker !

 I’m Miranda Book!

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

 This is the third week in a row we’ve had to record the “Bear Facts” before the Golden Bear football team played their biggest game of the season. Two weeks ago the Bears opened up playoffs by taking on the Earlham Cardinals. They won that game 37 – 6 to advance to the state quarterfinals. Last Friday they faced the West Hancock Eagles, the toughest team they faced all season. It was a close game, the only one where the Garrigan varsity stayed in the entire game. We’re proud to say that the Bears pulled it off, coming from behind to win 12 – 8.

 The win advanced the Bears to the state semifinals and gave them their first their first trip to the UNI-Dome since George Bush was President. The big game was yesterday afternoon, as the Bears took on St. Albert Falcons from Council Bluffs. We dismissed school for the big game, so once again we had to record our show before the Bears had actually played. As we said the past two weeks, we’re confident the team played the game of their lives, and we’re just hoping they did well enough to advance to the championship round.

Football wasn’t the only BGHS activity that did well last weekend. The state solo dance championships were held last Saturday down in Newton. Seventy-six of the top dancers in the state competed, and Garrigan’s three entries all ended up in the top ten. Senior Courtney Noonan won the state championship in Class One for the third straight year with a flawless lyrical dance performance.

Two other Garrigan dancers also had excellent performances. Junior Kat Willie finished fifth overall with a contemporary dance. The other Garrigan entry was senior Sarah Skilling, who finished #9 in the state with her lyrical dance, making a clean sweep for the Bears in the top ten. Congratulations to all our solo dance award winners!

Also last weekend Bishop Garrigan had four teams entered at the Algona Bulldog quiz bowl tournament. All four teams finished in the top half of the teams entered, three of them made playoffs, and one of the JV teams won the championship. The top team included Logan Heying, Ashlyn Harrington, Aidan Koob, and Bryce Capesius. They were seeded fourth after preliminary rounds, with wins over Algona High, Clay Central Everly, and Estherville Lincoln Central. They upset Mason City Newman in the semi-final game and then defeated Algona High to take the JV championship.

There’s more quiz bowl action today, as the Bears host the 2017 Top of Iowa Conference Tournament. Seventeen teams from nine different schools are entered, They’ll all compete throughout the morning, and the top eight teams will advance to playoffs. The Bears are the defending conference champions, and we hope they’ll keep the trophy again this year. Good luck, quiz bowl!
 Because of the football playoffs, opening night for the fall musical Beauty and the Beast has been moved back to tonight. Curtain time tonight is at 7pm, and there’s another show tomorrow afternoon at 2:00. All reservations that had been made for Friday will be honored on Sunday, but there will still be seats available if you show up at the door. Best wishes to the cast and crew of Beauty and the Beast. … Break a leg, everybody!

 The All-State Music Festival will be held next Friday and Saturday in Ames. The top musicians from all over the state will be performing, and we’re proud that this year three members of the all-state choir will be from Garrigan. Senior Levi Capesius has qualified for the all-state choir all four years he’s been in high school—an unbreakable record. This year he’ll be joined in Ames by his brother, sophomore Bryce Capesius, and by junior Sam Trainer.

 The all-state concert will take place at next Saturday at Hilton Coliseum on the ISU campus. Tickets are scarce, but he performance will be broadcast on Iowa Public Television at 7pm on Thanksgiving night, with a repeat Sunday, December 4, at 5:30pm. Congratulations to all our all-state music honorees!

 Our Senior Spotlight this week shines on Chase Winkel. Chase Winkel is a second generation Golden Bear who’s played in the UNI-Dome, since his dad was on the 1985 state championship team. This Algona native has been a key part of the Golden Bear defense throughout the season. Chase also plays basketball, and he’s in field events in track. He’s also part of the media class that’s been streaming Golden Bear activities. Chase plans to continue his education after high school, and we wish him all the best in the future.

  On our Golden Bear calendar, Garrigan hosts the Top of Iowa Conference quiz bowl tournament this morning, and tonight there’s the first performance of Beauty and the Beast.The musical continues tomorrow, with a matinee performance. Monday we’ll finish up the Iowa assessments. Boys basketball practice starts that night, and it’s also the first practice for the Garrigan students involved in Algona wrestling.

Tuesday Mrs. Vaske’s law students will tour the courthouse and jail. We’ll have a student mass on Wednesday. Then Thursday at 1:30 is the state football championship.

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