The Bear Facts
February 13, 2016

Good morning! I’m Zac Kibby!

I’m Miranda Book!

And I’m Zach Boelter! You’re listening to the “Bear Facts”. Happy Valentine’s Day from everyone here at Bishop Garrigan High School.

Basketball playoff time is here. The Golden Bear girls began regional play last Thursday by racking up a big win over West Bend—Mallard. Jenna Boelter and Johanna Vaske led the Bears to victory as they cruised to a victory with more than quadrupled the Wolverine’s score. The final score was 62 – 15. They now move on to the second round of regionals, as they travel to Rockford Tuesday night. If they win then, the third round will be next Friday at Northwood.

The Bishop Garrigan boys begin district play next Thursday. The Bears will host Newell—Fonda in the nightcap of a playoff doubleheader. The game should begin around 8:00 Thursday night. The Bears will also host the second round of districts, which will be Tuesday the 23rd against either St. Edmond or Sioux Central. Good luck to the Golden Bears all through playoffs!

There’s more quiz bowl action today Bishop Garrigan is down in Waukee for the “Lightning in Winter” tournament. They’re by far the smallest school in a field that includes several teams from suburban Des Moines and Creighton Prep from Omaha. Devin Degen, Joseph Espinosa, Mark Mather, Noah Buscher, Ben Degen, and Logan Heying are competing for the Bears. Good luck, quiz bowl!
Last Saturday the Golden Bear speech team made the long trip to LeMars to compete at the state large group contest. No school from our area did particularly well at state, but the Bears did come home with one “excellent” and three “good ratings. The best ratings went to Bishop Garrigan’s radio broadcasting entry, which earned straight Division One ratings. That group included Levi Capesius, Mariah Bronk, Kylie Fox, and Joseph Espinosa. Congratulations, speech!

With large group speech over, it’s time for individual speech to begin. Coaches Mary McCall and David Burrow have been busy preparing students for district contest, which will be two weeks from today. Among this year’s competitors are Levi Capesius in Musical Theatre and Acting; Sam Trainer in Storytelling and Prose; Noah Buscher and Gabe Trainer in Literary Program; Chloe Garman in Acting; and Tommy Kollasch and Caitlin Thilges in Prose. Best wishes, speech!

The season of Lent began last Wednesday, and as always that’s an important time at Garrigan. It’s traditional for Catholics to either give up something for Lent or to go out of their way to do good works as a way of growing in their faith during Lent. Something different this year is Project Simon, which is named after Simon who carried Jesus’ cross. The program challenges us to find little things we can do to help out other people.

Our Senior Spotlight this week shines on Logan Besch. Here to tell you about him is Avriel Miller.

Logan Besch comes to Garrigan from the Whittemore area. During football season the crowd always went wild when Logan went into the game. Logan also keeps busy with band, baseball, track, quiz bowl, and student council. He’s in Christian Leadership in Action and serves as a Eucharistic minister. Logan’s also one of the biggest fans you’ll see at every other Garrigan event. He’ll be off to college next fall, and we wish Logan all the best in the future.

On our Golden Bear calendar this week, there’s quiz bowl today in Waukee. Then intramurals resume tomorrow, with the freshmen facing the juniors.

There’s parish busing on Monday. It’s another day when the Algona Community Schools aren’t in session, but we have school at Garrigan and Seton.

Tuesday is the second round of girls regional basketball. Garrigan will be playing at Rockford that night. The school board meets on Thursday, and boys district play starts that night, with the Bears hosting Newell—Fonda. 

We’ll have Stations of the Cross next Friday. And we hope that Friday night the Bears will be playing at Northwood in the third round of girls regional play.

Finally this week, we’re offering a special prayer for the Meister family. Gene Meister, our longtime baseball coach and former president of the Bishop Garrigan Schools, has been fighting medical issues. There were complications this past week, and he was life-flighted to Rochester. Mr. Meister’s son teaches religion here at Garrigan, and his grandchildren are students in the high school and junior high. We want them to know we’re thinking of them and keeping Gene in our prayers. 

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