The Bear Facts

November 21, 2015

Good morning! I’m James Quinlin!

I’m Devin Degen!

And I’m Mariah Bronk! Thanks for joining us for the “Bear Facts”. Happy Thanksgiving from all of us here at Bishop Garrigan High School.

Last Saturday the Golden Bear quiz bowl team got another big win. Garrigan hosted the first ever Top of Iowa Conference Tournament, and the Bears won the championship. The team of Devin Degen, Joseph Espinosa, Levi Capesius, Noah Buscher, and Ben Degen finished with a perfect 7 – 0 record, scoring 1470 points on the day. This is the second straight win for the Bears, who also won the Scholastic Bowl in Ankeny in October.

Garrigan had two other teams competing at the conference tournament. The team of Aidan Koob, Sam Trainer, Logan Heying, and Gabe Trainer just missed making playoffs. They got wins over West Hancock, North Iowa, and North Butler. Also competing were Logan Capesius, Andrew Thilges, Caitlin Thilges, and Tommy Kollasch. Congratulations, quiz bowl!

This weekend Garrigan junior Levi Capesius is down at Hilton Coliseum in Ames for the All-State Music Festival. Hundreds of vocalists and instrumentalists have been rehearsing for the past day and a half to prepare for the big all-state concert tonight. Levi is in the bass section of the all-state choir. The concert will be broadcast on Iowa Public Television at 7pm Thanksgiving night and again at 5:30pm next Sunday, November 29.

Tomorrow the Golden Bear football team will hold their awards potluck. This was an outstanding year for BGHS football. The Bears were undefeated in district play, and they advanced all the way to the state quarterfinals. While the local awards won’t be announced until tomorrow, we already know that ten Golden Bears received all-district honors.

Garrigan has seven players who were named first team all-district: seniors Cameron Langerman, Zac Kibby, and Landen Studer; juniors Grant Buscherfeld, Gibson Behr, and Chase Winkel, and sophomore Drake Buscherfeld. Senior Logan Rosenmeyer and junior Joel Vaske earned second team all-district honors, while junior Max Patkins was an all-district honorable mention.

In addition to the athletic honors, six Golden Bears earned academic all-district awards. Devin Degen, Landen Studer, Grant Buscherfeld, Levi Capesius, and Donovan Berte all earned first team academic all-district honors, while Logan Besch was an academic all-district honorable mention. Congratulations to all the all-district football players!

The girls basketball team is already in their second week of practice. They’ve had several scrimmages, including going up against 4-A schools. They’re hoping to be in top shape for their first game, December 1st against Belmond.

At the core of this year’s team are returning seniors Johanna Vaske, Kelsey Hovey, Maddie Sullivan, Olivia Vaske, and Avriel Miller. Also back are juniors Gracie Behr, Ciera Hall, and Taylor Becker. Rounding out the varsity squad are eight sophomores: Jenna Boelter, Megan Wadle, Caitlin Thilges, Alisa Altman, Emory Miller, Whitney Hovey, Livia Miller, and Gracie McGuire. Good luck to Coach Brandon Schwab and the grils basketball team!

The basketball cheerleaders have also started getting ready for the winter season. This year’s squad includes Isabelle Davis, Gigi Byrkeland, and Olivia Hart; as well as Ashlyn Harrington, Emma Thul, Caroline Bradley, Lauren Kenyon, and Layah DeLange. Best wishes, cheerleaders!

Today is the Feast of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary. This is the Feast Day of the sisters who have served the Algona area for nearly a century—at Garrigan and Seton and also at St. Cecelia’s Academy. In honor of their service, the school board voted to officially name the chapel at Garrigan the Presentation Chapel so it will be a constant reminder of the work these women have done over the years. Thanks to all the Presentation Sisters for their service to our school.

Our Senior Spotlight this week shines on Logan Rosenmeyer. Here to tell you about him is Carolyn Baxter!

Logan Rosenmeyer has earned all-district football honors for his work as a running back and defensive lineman. He has also medalled in state track, and he’s active in basketball. This Wesley native is also part of the target shooting team, and he enjoys outdoor activities like hunting and trapping. Logan plans a mechanics-related career, and we wish him good luck in the future.

On our Golden Bear calendar this week, today is the Feast of the Presentation. There’s also the All-State Music Festival in Ames. Then tomorrow the football team will have their awards potluck.

Next Wednesday we’ll have our annual memorial mass, where we honor all the Garrigan alumni who have died. Mass will be at 9am, with a reception following.

We’ll also have the Thanksgiving hunger meal on Wednesday, where we help to fight hunger around the world. There’s also a sexual assault awareness workshop that day, and we’ll be dismissing at 2:15 for the Thanksgiving holiday.

There’s no school next Thursday or Friday, and over the weekend we’ll be getting ready for the season of Advent.

That’s the “Bear Facts” for this week. We hope you all have a Happy Thanksgiving, and be sure to join us next Saturday for more news from Bishop Garrigan High School.