October 14, 2017

Good morning! I’m Nolan Greene!

I’m Tommy Kollasch!

And I’m Laurel Degen! Thanks for joining us for the “Bear Facts”, the weekly radio show from Bishop Garrigan High School.

Did you know that Canada is the country with the highest percentage of college graduates in the world? … Or that Budapest is called “the pearl of the Danube”? … Or that Amazon’s CEO Jeff Bezos is now the richest man in the world? If you know lots of facts like that, then you should be in quiz bowl. Today Garrigan is hosting Iowa’s largest quiz bowl tournament, with nearly 45 teams from all over northern Iowa participating.

About two hundred students will be coming to Garrigan today from as far away as Ankeny, Sioux City, and Riceville. Area teams competing include Algona High, West Bend Mallard, West Hancock, and North Union. The Garrigan tournament has been going since 1991. It traditionally begins the quiz bowl season and is one of the largest events around.

The Bears have six teams competing today, with twenty-five students in action. They include national quiz bowl veterans Ben Degen, Sam Trainer, Logan Heying, and Gabe Trainer. Others competing today are seniors Caitlin Thilges, Tommy Kollasch, Trevor Darling, Myles Koob, and Will Eggers; and juniors Sami Darling, Ashlyn Harrington, Brad Capesius, T.J. Schnurr, and Bryce Capesius.

Sophomores in today’s tournament are Alex Mammen, Emma Fogarty, and Jenna Heinen. There’s also a big group of freshmen—including Abbi Heying, Aric Laubenthal, Joey Trainer, Jack Snyder, Reese Rosenmeyer, Grant Bormann, Noah Bronk, and Amanda Thilges. Good luck to Coach David Burrow and the quiz bowl team!

Last weekend Garrigan’s Solid Gold Marching Band competed at the state contest. When they left Ft. Dodge they thought they had just missed a Division One rating by one-tenth of a point. However, during the week, state officials informed them that there had been a mix-up in the paperwork, and in fact Garrigan was well over the cut-off and did receive a top rating. Congratulations to director Katherine Simpson and the band on a well-deserved division one.

Last Saturday the Golden Bear football team had their toughest game of the season, when they hosted the Ridge View Raptors. While the Bears held a good lead through most of the game, Ridge View came back in the fourth quarter to tie things up and send the game into overtime. Fortunately Garrigan got an overtime touchdown, while Ridge View didn’t, and the Bears ended up winning 26 – 20. The game marked a milestone for Coach Wadle and the Golden Bears—their twenty-fifth straight regular season victory. Congratulations, Bears!

The Golden Bear volleyball team is getting ready for playoffs. The Bears have a bye in the first round, and they should be hosting the next two rounds. On Monday, October 23 Garrigan will be hosting the winner of West Bend Mallard and Graettinger Terrill—Ruthven Ayrshire. Round 2 will also be hosted at Garrigan, on Thursday the 26th. If they win again, the Bears will most likely play Janesville in the regional championship on Halloween at Clear Lake. Good luck in regionals, volleyball!

Our Senior Spotlight this week shines on Emory Miller. Here to tell you about her is Caitlin Thilges.

Emory Miller has lettered in both track and cross-country, and she’s also active in basketball. She’s an honor roll student who has also been to state in speech and starred in drama productions. She was one of the Garrigan students who participated in last week’s CROP Walk, and she’s been part of lots of other service projects as well. In summer you might see her lifeguarding at the Algona Aquatic Center. Emory plans to major in marketing at college, and one day she dreams of owning her own bakery. Good luck, Emory!

Thanks, Caitlin. On our Golden Bear calendar today is the big Garrigan quiz bowl tournament. Competition starts around 10:00. The public is invited to watch, and admission is free.

Monday the JV football team plays at Sioux Central. Tuesday there’s an eighth grade retreat in Wesley, with Garrigan juniors and seniors organizing the activities. 

There’s parent—teacher conferences after school on Wednesday. Thursday we’ll have a flu shot clinic at Garrigan, and that night the cross-country team will run in the state qualifying meet at Eagle Grove.

Friday our sophomores will be visiting Emmetsburg Catholic School. That night the football team will close the regular season by hosting St. Edmond for Senior Night. Then next Saturday there’s quiz bowl at Ankeny Centennial.

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