The Bear Facts
August 26, 2017

Good morning! I’m Megan Wadle!

I'm Caitlin Thilges!

And I’m Ben Degen! Welcome to the twenty-sixth season of the “Bear Facts”, the radio show where ever since 1992 we’ve been bringing you all the news from Bishop Garrigan High School.

This was a very busy summer, but a good one for the Golden Bears. It started right after school got out, when the boys golf team brought home a big trophy for being state runners-up. Recent graduates Logan Capesius, Donovan Berte, and James Burns competed at state, together with Tommy Kollasch and Andrew Arndorfer. They got a team score of 632, which was second only to East Buchanan of Winthrop.

Logan Capesius and Donovan Berte were among the top ten golfers at state, and Andrew Arndorfer was in the top twenty statewide. On the girls side Isabella Capesius also competed at state. She finished #15 in the state. Congratulations, golfers!

Both the boys and girls track teams also competed at state. The best showing was from Caitlin Thilges, who made the finals in both the shot put and discus, finishing in fourth and fifth place respectively. Girls track coach Brent DeGroote was also named the Top of Iowa Conference track coach of the year. 

Caitlin Thilges, Alisa Altman, Jenna Boelter, Livia Miller, and Maddie Meister received the top track team awards. Aubrey McEnroe, Emory Miller, Aubree Altman, and Julia Berte were named Most Improved Runners. Sam Bormann, Alisa Altman, Jenna Boelter, and Caitlin Thilges earned the Dedication Award; Livia Miller, Jenna Heinen, and Emma Lichter won Practice Honors; and Maddie Meister, Katie Noonan, and Emma Fogarty were Rookies of the Year. The Coaches’ Appreciation Award went to Gracie Behr, Miranda Book, Sam Bormann, and Danielle Plathe—with Sam and Gracie winning the Ray Dorweiler Track Award.

In boys track Andrew Meister was 12th statewide in the discus, and Gibson Behr was 12th in the100-meter dash. Joel Vaske, Max Patkins, and Gibson Behr won the rop track awards. T.J. Schnurr, Ben Degen, and Sam Vaske were the most improved runners; Marcus Plathe was Rookie of the Year; and Zach Muller and Ben Fogarty won the Coaches’ Award. John Meis was honored for Dedication, and the Ray Dorweiler Track Award went to Joel Vaske. Congratulations, track!

In softball, Gigi Byrkeland won all-state and all-CYO honors. Together with Gigi, Maddie Meister and Aubree Altman were all-district in softball; and they as well as Alisa Altman, Jenna Boelter, Amanda Miller, and Megan Brown were all-conference. Gigi Byrkeland was the softball team’s Most Valuable Player, while Amanda Miller was Pitcher of the Year.

Alisa Altman was Infielder of the Year, Jenna Boelter was Outfielder of the Year, and Whitney Hovey won the Golden Glove Award. Gigi Byrkeland was named Big Hitter, Maddie Meister was Rookie of the Year, Megan Brown was the Most Improved Player, and Sam Bormann was Leader of the Year. Caitlin Thilges won the Bear Pride Award, and the Softball Coaches’ Award went to Aubree Altman.

The Golden Bear baseball team started out slow, but they came on strong when it mattered—advancing to substate, where they lost to the eventual state champions. Joel Vaske was named a statewide all-star player; and he won all-district honors—as did Grant Buscherfeld, Chase Hatten, and Drake Buscherfeld. Grant and Joel were also all-district honorees, as was Andrew Meister.

Joel Vaske, Grant Buscherfeld, Andrew Meister, and Chase Hatten were the baseball MVPs. The Golden Bear Pride Award went to Gabe Trainer. Andrew Meister and Drake Buscherfeld won the Silver Slugger Award, and the Gold Glove Award was split by Joel Vaske and Grant Buscherfeld. Brad Capesius and Luke Bormann were the Most Improved Players, Chase Hatten and John Meis won the Cy Young Pitching Award, and the Rookie of the Year was Drew Bacha. 

Each year on the “Bear Facts” we begin our Senior Spotlight by saluting the Student Council Presidents. This year we’ll start by looking at Drake Buscherfeld. Here to tell you about him is Sam Trainer.

Drake Buscherfeld is a year-round athlete. His work on the line was one of the key things that led the Golden Bear football team to state last year. He’s also been to state in football, he was a power hitter and played shortstop in baseball, he went to state as a thrower in track, and he also plays varsity basketball. Drake has also participated in quiz bowl, he’s helped with lots of service projects, and he’s created pages for the student website. Drake’s looking forward to a great senior year, and we wish him the best now and after high school.

Thanks, Sam. On our Golden Bear calendar, the volleyball team has a tournament at Ft. Dodge St. Edmond today. Also today there’s auditions for All-Iowa dance.

Monday there’s JV football, with the Bears hosting Garner. Tuesday will be Picture Day at Garrigan. That night the cross-country in the Newman meet at the west campus of North Iowa Hospital in Mason City.

We’ll have a student mass Wednesday morning, and there’s an early dismissal for teacher inservice that afternoon. Then next Thursday there’s volleyball, with the Bears hosting Lake Mills.

The annual calendar drive kicks off next Friday. We’ll dismiss early for Labor Day weekend that afternoon, and Friday night the varsity football team travels to Gowrie to play Southeast Valley.

That’s our first “Bear Facts” for this year. Thanks for joining us, and be sure to tune in every week to hear all the latest news from Bishop Garrigan High School.