The Bear Facts

October 13, 2018

Good morning! I’m Abbi Heying!

I'm Gabe Trainer!

And I'm Laurel Degen!  You’re listening to the “Bear Facts”, the radio show where each week we keep you in touch with Bishop Garrigan High School.

Do you know what cooking term means coating meat in juices to keep it from drying out? Can you name the only person who has won an Oscar, a Grammy, an Emmy, a Cannes Film Festival Award, a Golden Globe, and an award from the Council of Fashion Designers? Do you know what African country changed its name in 2018? Well, if answers like “basting”, “Cher”, and “Swaziland” or “eSwatini” are on the tip of your tongue, then you should be in quiz bowl.

Today Bishop Garrigan is hosting its twenty-eighth annual quiz bowl tournament. Garrigan’s is one of the oldest and largest tournaments in the Midwest. Today thirty-three teams from as far away as Sioux City, Ankeny, and Riceville will be competing. Area schools in the tournament include Algona High, North Union, West Bend Mallard, North Iowa, and West Hancock.

Each quiz bowl game has three parts. Teams answer toss-up questions like those we started todays show with, bonus questions with multiple parts, and a lightning round where they can answer up to ten questions on the same topic in one minute. Each team will take on eight others this morning, and the top sixteen teams will advance to playoffs this afternoon. Admission is free, and the anyone is welcome to come and watch.

The Bears have five teams competing today. Among them are seniors Logan Heying and Gabe Trainer, who were part of last summer’s sixth place team at nationals. Other seniors include Billy Erpelding, Aidan Koob, Eric Thul, Sami Darling, and Bryce Capesius. Juniors competing today are Alex Mammen, Jenna Heinen, and Grant Bormann.

There’s lots of younger quiz bowl players as well. Among them are Aric Laubenthal Noah Bronk, and Mya Kemna, who all competed last week in a tournament in Waukee. Rounding out the team are Meredith Tigges, Reese Rosenmeyer, Marguerite Fakler, Riley Rosenmeyer, Abby Heying, Joe Trainer, Xander Darling, and Hollis Bode. Good luck, quiz bowl!

Last Saturday Garrigan’s Solid Gold Marching Band competed in the state marching band contest in Ft. Dodge. The Bears followed up on their first place showing at Algona Band Day by earning a Division One rating at state. Katherine Wiemers is the band director at Garrigan, and Ashlyn Harrington and Emma Thul are the drum majors. Congratulations to the Garrigan band!

It’s post-season time for fall sports! The Golden Bear volleyball team will be hosting the first two rounds of regionals. They’ll open playoffs against West Hancock next Tuesday at 7:00. If they win that game they’ll then host the winner of Newell—Fonda and West Bend—Mallard on Monday the 22nd. The third round of regionals will be in Buffalo Center on Thursday the 25th, and the regional final is Tuesday the 30th in Clarion.

The cross-country team will have their conference meet next Monday, after it was postponed last week. Then it’s all or nothing with the state qualifying meet next Thursday in Hawarden. We’re hoping at least a couple Bears do well enough to advance to the state meet October 27th in Ft. Dodge.

Qualifying for football playoffs is more complicated, but the Bears are still on track to win their district. If they do they’ll be assured a hosting spot at the start of playoffs, and we’re hoping they push on to make another appearance in the dome. Good luck to all our fall sports!

October is the month when we honor cancer survivors, and in honor of that our Senior Spotlight this week shines on Bryce Capesius. Here to tell you about him is Reese Rosenmeyer.

Two years ago we weren’t sure if Bryce Capesius would be graduating with the Class of 2019. Following what turned out to be a fortunate football injury, Bryce was diagnosed with brain cancer, and he spent much of his sophomore year at the Mayo Clinic. He’s fully recovered and is basically back to being a normal high school kid. Bryce has been to all-state in both music and speech. He enjoys drama and quiz bowl, and he’s also a manager for multiple sports teams. Bryce was also the top seller in our recent calendar drive. We’re glad that Bryce beat cancer, and we wish him a long and happy life.

Thanks, Reese. On our Golden Bear calendar, today there’s the big quiz bowl tournament here at Garrigan. Then Monday the JV football team finishes their season by hosting Sioux Central.

Tuesday volleyball regionals begin. The Bears will host West Hancock that night. The 8th grade retreat will be on Tuesday, and there’s also a math competition at Dordt College that day.

Wednesday high school students will have mass at St. Joseph is Wesley. Thursday the cross-country team will travel to Hawarden for the district cross-country meet.

Next Friday the football team is looking to finish their fourth straight undefeated regular season with a win at Graettinger. Finally next Saturday there’s all-state music auditions, and there’s also a quiz bowl tournament at Ankeny Centennial.

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.