October 21, 2017

Good morning! I’m Jordan Hansen!

I’m Kat Willie!

And I’m Will Eggers! Thanks for tuning in again to the “Bear Facts”, the radio show where each week we keep you up to date on everything here at Bishop Garrigan High School.

Around the state today hundreds of vocalists and instrumentalists are auditioning to be part of the 2017 All-State Music Festival. Again this year Garrigan has one of the largest audition groups from any small school. Sixteen Garrigan students are auditioning for all-state—fourteen in choir and two in band. In band junior Sami Darling is auditioning on the French horn and sophomore Jordan Hansen on the clarinet. They’ll be presenting etudes from a concerto by Mozart in today’s auditions.

Choir members trying out for all-state include seniors Caitlin Thilges, Sam Trainer, and John Zeimet; juniors Megan Bronk, Layah DeLange, Ashlyn Harrington,Bryce Capesius, Logan Heying, Sam Vaske, and Gabe Trainer; sophomore Amanda Miller; and freshmen Abbi Heying, Noah Bronk, and Joey Trainer. They’re auditioning throughout the day, mostly in groups of three or four, singing selections that will be performed at the all-state concert.

The most interesting of those pieces is one called “Nyon-Nyon”, where voices are used to make gibberish sounds that imitate electronic instruments. The auditioners say “Best of Rooms” is the hardest piece, and they also don’t care for singing “How Lovely Is Thy Dwelling” in German. Everyone agrees, though, that the coolest piece they’re performing is “Deep River”. Good luck today to directors David Fog and Katherine Simpson and all the all-state auditioners.

Last Saturday Bishop Garrigan hosted its annual quiz bowl tournament. The Garrigan tournament starts the quiz bowl season and is by far the largest tournament in Iowa. Forty-five teams were registered for last week’s tournament, and there were many good comments from the participants. Quiz bowl isn’t classed, and it wasn’t a surprise that one of the largest schools in the state—Ankeny—ended up winning. We’re proud to say two Garrigan teams made playoffs, though.

The team of Ben Degen, Sam Trainer, Logan Heying, and Gabe Trainer ended up in fifth place overall. They just missed the Final Four after losing a sudden-death tiebreaker in the quarterfinals. The other team to make playoffs included Caitlin Thilges, Tommy Kollasch, Trevor Darling, Will Eggers, and Sami Darling. They won a tie-breaker to take the sixteenth seed after preliminary games.

There’s more quiz bowl action today. Nine Golden Bears are competing at the annual Scholastic Bowl at Centennial High School in Ankeny. The Bears will have two teams going up against mostly 4-A schools. The first includes Ben Degen, Tommy Kollasch, Trevor Darling, Alex Mammen, and Aidan Koob; and the other team features Nolan Greene, Drew Hansen, Will Eggers, and Aric Laubenthal. Good luck to Coach David Burrow and the quiz bowl team.

For the third straight year we’re pleased to say that the Golden Bear football team are the district champions. The Bears clinched the district title a week ago with a big win at Hartley Melvin Sanborn. Playoff pairings should be announced this morning, and the Bears should be hosting the first round at Conway Field next Friday, October 27. Congratulations to Coach Wadle and the district champion Golden Bears!

Our Senior Spotlight this week shines on Isabelle Davis. Here to tell you about her is Layah DeLange.

Isabelle Davis is known around Garrigan as both an athlete and a musician. She had the lead in last year’s musical production of Beauty and the Beast, and she’s had four years of success in both band and choir. She’s also a key part of both the track and cross-country teams, and her other activities include speech, cheerleading, and Christian Leadership. Isabelle wants to attend DMACC next year, and we wish her all the best in the future.

Thanks, Layah. On this week’s Golden Bear calendar, there’s all-state music auditions today in Storm Lake. Also today the quiz bowl team is in action down in Ankeny.

Monday the Bears play in the second round of volleyball regionals, taking on Graettinger Terril—Ruthven Ayrshire. There’s an art field trip on Tuesday, and Wednesday we’ll have mass at St. John’s Church in Bancroft.

We’ll dismiss early for teacher inservice on Wednesday, and that night is the second round of parent—teacher conferences. Thursday night is the third round of volleyball regionals.

Football playoffs start next Friday, and the Bears should be hosting the first round. Then next Saturday is the state cross-country meet in Ft. Dodge.

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