THE BEAR FACTS
May 19, 2018

Good morning! I’m Ashlyn Harrington!

I’m Gabe Trainer!

I’m Laurel Degen!

And I’m John Meis! Welcome to our final “Bear Facts” for the 2017 – 2018 school year, where we’re looking forward to summer here at Bishop Garrigan High School.

Last Sunday the Class of 2018 graduated from BGHS. In addition to receiving their diplomas, numerous awards were presented to the Class of 2018. Among these were $948,400 in scholarships given to this year’s seniors. Thanks to everyone who contributed to make those scholarships possible.

Every year each department honors its top students. Sam Trainer won the award for excellence in math, while Gigi Byrkeland earned the art award. Drew Bacha and Drake Buscherfeld were honored in business, Alisa Albman in English, and Ben Degen and Aubrey McEnroe in science. Megan Wadle won the foreign language honors, 

Myles Koob received the vocational award, and Tommy Kollasch and Drew Hansen were honored by the social studies department. The speech and drama award went to Caitlin Thilges, and she split music honors with Sam Trainer. Caitlin and Megan split the theology studies award, while Tommy Kollasch and Parker Schiltz were honored for service above self.

Each year students are honored for their participation in a wide range of activities. This year Olivia Hall, Aubrey McEnroe, Livia Miller, Megan Wadle, and John Zeimet received bronze pins; while Alisa Altman, Jenna Boelter, Gigi Byrkeland, and Tommy Kollasch earned silver pins. The highest honor—a gold pin—went to Isabelle Davis, Caitlin Thilges, and Sam Trainer. Congratulations!

State track is happening this weekend down at Drake Stadium in Des Moines. The Golden Bear boys qualified four events for state. Drake Buscherfeld and T.J. Schnurr both qualified in the shot put, while John Meis was a state qualifier in the 1600-meter run. The Bears also qualified with the 4 by 800-meter relay, which features Tristan Furgeson, Joe Meis, John Meis, and Brad Capesius. Alternates for the boys are Gabe Trainer and John Cepesius.

On the girls side eight events qualified for state. Caitlin Thilges is back at state in the shot put and discus. Alisa Altman is running the 100-meter, Laurel Degen the 400-meter dash, and Livia Miller the 400-meter hurdles. The shuttle hurdle and 4 by 400 relays also qualified—with Livia Miller, Isabelle Davis, Aubrey McEnroe, Olivia Hall, Laurel Degen, Maddie Meister, and Jenna Boelter. The girls alternates are Reese Rosenmeyer, Gracie Rosenmeyer, Kaylyn Meyers, and Emma Thul. Congratulations and good luck to all the state track qualifiers!

Summer sports start this coming Monday. The softball team starts their season with a home game against Webster City. This year’s softball team features returning senior veterans Gigi Byrkeland, Jenna Boelter, Alisa Altman, and Caitlin Thilges. The sophomores include Aubree altman, Katie Noonan, Emma Fogarty, Jordan Hansen, Mackenzie Meister, Maddie Meister, Jenna Heinen, and Emma Lichter.

Freshmen in softball are Gracie Elsbecker, Tara Kron, Bailey Meister, Halle Menke, Kaylyn Meyers, and Ava Bartolo. There’s also a big group of eighth graders, including Meredith Tiggers, Meredith Illg, Emma Grandgenett, Lexi Galligan, Megan Buscher, Ava Eisenbarth, Lillee Dieke, Ella Muller, Molly Borman, and Isabel Casey.

In baseball the action starts Monday at Estherville, and the Bears’ first home game will be Tuesday against Emmetsburg. There are two returning seniors for the Bears: Drake Buscherfeld and Drew Bacha. The core of the group will be the juniors—Luke Bormann, Brad Cepsius, Logan Heying, John Meis, Drew Merron, and Sam Vaske.

Sophomores in baseball include Marcus Plathe, Colby Graves, Alex Mammen, Dylan Lappe, and John Joyce. While the freshmen are Joey Trainer, Kyle Schaaf, Aydn Rowlet, Isaiah Plathe, Kellen Murphy, and Joe Merron; as well as Joe Meis, Aric Laubenthal, Kyphus Goche, Lazarus Elbert, Sean Davis, and Isaiah Byrkeland. There’s also four eighth graders on the team: Hollis Bode, Jacob Leerar, Grant Haugland, and Collin Casey. Good luck all summer to the baseball and softball teams!

In mid-June the Golden Bear quiz bowl team will be making their nineteenth trip to the National Academic Championships. The Bears qualified for nationals by winning both the Top of Iowa Conference championship and also taking first place at the Algona Invitational last fall. Making the trip to nationals will be seniors Ben Degen, Trevor Darling, Tommy Kollasch, and Sam Trainer; as well as juniors Gabe Trainer and Logan Heying. Good luck at nationals, quiz bowl!

This is our last “Bear Facts” for the school year, so we’d like to take a minute to look at some of the highlights of the coming summer. This weekend is the state track meet in Des Moines. Then Monday and Tuesday we’ll finish up semester tests, with special schedules those days. We’ll dismiss at 11:00 Tuesday morning.

Baseball and softball start on Monday, with games almost every night in through the end of June. The CYO tournament is June 2 and 3. Softball regionals start July 3, and baseball districts begin July 7.

State boys golf is next Friday and Saturday, with girls state golf right after Memorial Day. The quiz bowl team leaves for nationals June 14, and they’ll return June 20.

Fall sports camps start at the beginning of August, and before we know it August 23rd will be here, and it will be time for school to start up again.

That wraps up our twenty-sixth season of the “Bear Facts”, where we passed a milestone this year by airing our thousandth episode on KLGA. Thanks to everyone to listening to the show, and thanks to all the sponsors who help to keep the show on the air.

Thanks also to our faculty producer David Burrow, and thanks to all of you for listening each week. We’ll be off for the summer, but we hope to be back next fall bringing you more news from Bishop Garrigan High School.