The Bear Facts


Good morning! I’m Devin Degen!

I’m Mariah Bronk!

And I’m Andrew Lallier! Thanks for spending your holiday weekend with us on the “Bear Facts”, the weekly news program from Bishop Garrigan High School.

The fall sports have ended, and it was a great year for the Golden Bears. The football team set five new school records. On offense they gained 4,239 yards in a season, breaking the record set by the state championship team thirty years ago. They also broke records for most points scored in a season, most rushing yards in a season, and fewest total yards and rushing yards allowed in a game.

Cameron Langerman was named the football MVP for 2015. Zac Kibby and Gibson Behr were the top offensive players, and Grant Buscherfeld was tops on defense. Will Kellner and Zac Kibby won the special teams award; and Levi Capesius, Jackson Rosenmeyer, and Donovan Berte earned scout team honors. Joel Vaske and Drake Buscherfeld were most improved on offense, while Devin Degen and Chase Winkel won most improved defensive honors.

James Quinlin earned the Larry Weier academic award, Landen Studer won the Bill Higgins trophy, and Logan Besch received the Dennis Cruise award. The Deacon Bob Larsen Memorial award went to Landen Studer and Logan Rosenmeyer, and Logan also received the D.E.F.E.N.S.E. trophy. When the votes were counted for captains for 2016, the winners were Grant Buscherfeld and Gibson Behr.

Johanna Vaske set or tied five school records in volleyball: kills in a match, digs in a season and a career, career service aces, and games played. Johanna also earned the Deacon Bob Larsen Award, she was first team all-conference, and she earned all-CYO honors. Olivia Vaske was an all-conference honorable mention; and all-area honors went to Johanna Vaske, Gracie McGuire, Jenna Boelter, and Avriel Miller.

Nicole Zeimet, Carolyn Baxter, and Emily Baumann split defensive MVP honors; while Johanna Vaske and Avriel Miller were the offensive MVPs. The most improved players were Courtney Kirsch and Whitney Hovey; and Jenna Boelter and Gracie McGuire split the Hustle Award. Olivia Vaske won the Team Spirit Award, and she also split the Coaches’ Award with Caitlin Thilges.

In cross-country Kelsey Hovey and Ryan Kenyon were the most valuable runners, while Miranda Book and Trevor Darling earned most improved honors. Livia Miller, Cady Steinman, and Josh Hamilton received the Coach’s Appreciation Award; and Isabelle Davis, John Zeimet, and Andrew Thilges were rookies of the year.

The “Purple Paw” award for recovery from injuries went to Isabelle Davis, Ben Fogarty, and Andrew Thilges. Six-year participant Kelsey Hovey won the Adam Sundall Memorial Award; and she split team captain honors with Ben Fogarty and Ryan Kenyon. Kelsey and Ryan also earned all-conference honors at the first ever Top of Iowa Cross-Country Meet.

This year’s boys basketball team includes returning seniors Zach Boelter, Zac Kibby, Logan Rosenmeyer, and Michael Condoleon. Two new seniors are joining the team this year—former intramural stand-outs Cameron Langerman and Landen Studer. Juniors Chase Winkel, Gibson Behr, and Grant Buscherfeld will also be at the core of the team; as will Joel Vaske, Ryan Kenyon, Andrew Meister, Chase Hatten, and Max Patkins. Rounding out the varsity squad are freshman standouts Brad Capesius and T.J. Schnurr. Good luck, basketball!

Garrigan has a long tradition of success in many activities—like golf, football, dance, and quiz bowl. One activity there’s not much of a tradition in, though, is wrestling. Only a handful of Garrigan students have ever hit the mat, but this year two more names will be added to that list. Junior Donovan Berte and sophomore Zach Muller will be showing their strength and skill as part of the Algona Bulldog wrestling team. While we wish they were wearing black and gold instead of red and black, we wish Donnie and Zach good luck all through the season.

Our Senior Spotlight this week shines on Sophia Grandgenett. Here to tell you about her is Michael Condoleon.

Sophia Grandgenett’s main activity is dance. She’s won state honors all through school as part of the Golden Bear danz squad. Sophia is also a cheerleader, and she’s active in Christian Leadership in Action. Sophia was also part of the Homecoming royal court earlier this fall. She be off to college next year, and we wish her all the best in the future.

On our Golden Bear calendar, tomorrow is the first Sunday of Advent. Then on Monday there’s a JJV basketball game—which means mostly freshman boys—with the Bears hosting Belmond—Klemme.

Tuesday there’s a basketball quad at Belmond. Then on Wednesday there’s reconciliation in the morning, and after school the quiz bowl team will compete in the online 3—2—1 event.

Thursday and Friday the danz squad competes at state in Des Moines. Saturday the quiz bowl team has a tournament in Spirit Lake, there’s conference speech at Forest City, and the basketball team plays at Northwood—Kensett.

That’s the “Bear Facts” for Thanksgiving weekend. Thanks for joining us, and be sure to catch the show next week for more news from Bishop Garrigan High School.