The Bear Facts

August 29, 2015

Good morning! I’m James Quinlin!

I’m Michael Condoleon!

And I’m Andrew Lallier! Welcome to our twenty-fourth season of the “Bear Facts”, where for almost a quarter century we’ve been bringing you all the latest news from Bishop Garrigan High School.

This was a busy summer for the Bears, and really a very good one. Shortly after school got out last May the boys golf team continued their winning ways, capturing another state golf championship. Three of the Bears—Logan Capesius, Jess Marlow, and Donovan Berte—were in the top ten at state, while Andrew Lallier was #11. Michael Condoleon and James Burns were also on the state championship team.

The girls golf team also did well at state. They placed 7th overall as a team, and recent graduate Emily Marlow took 5th place individually. Others golfing at state were Brittany Arndorfer, Emily Berte, Chloe Garman, Lexi Berte, and Grace Menke. Congratulations, golfers!

In girls track, sophomore Caitlin Thilges was the state runner-up in the shot-put, and she took fifth place statewide in the discus. Recent graduate Emily Riesenberg finished 7th in the 1500-meter run, while the girls 4 by 200-meter relay with Taylor Frideres, Johanna Vaske, Livia Miller, and Alisa Altman took 6th place overall.

On the boys side, the 4 by 800-meter relay with Tony Kollasch, Zach Kollasch, Will Kellner, and Patrick Marlow finished was the state runner-up, and the shuttle hurdle relay team with Logan Rosenmeyer, Devin Degen, Zac Kibby, and Tyler Schnurr set a new school record and ended up in 6th place overall at state. Congratulations, track!

This was a great summer for the Golden Bear baseball team. The Bears finished with a 31 – 8 record, winning their third straight district championship. This was also the first time ever that Bishop Garrigan won the CYO tournament. While the Bears didn’t make it to state, they had the pride of knowing they were the only team in Iowa that played a close game against the eventual state champions from Mason City Newman.

Three Golden Bears—Zac Kibby, Reece Wadle, and Andrew Miller—earned all-state honors in baseball. Reece and Andrew also received academic all-state honors, as did Ben Vaske. Others earning all-conference honors were Zach Boelter, Tyler Schnurr, Chase Hatten, and Joel Vaske. Reece Wadle played in the Iowa All-Star Series in Clinton early in August.

In local awards for the baseball team, all four graduating seniors—Andrew Miller, Tyler Schnurr, Ben Vaske, and Reece Wadle—shared MVP honors. Joel Vaske and Grant Buscherfeld won the pride award, Zach Boelter and Zac Kibby were named Silver Sluggers, Tyler Schnurr and Ben Vaske won the golden glove award, Reece Wadle and Andrew Miller were the most outstanding pitchers, and Chase Hatten and Devin Degen were the most improved players. Congratulations to all the baseball team!

The BGHS softball team finished the summer with a 16 – 15 record. Kelsey Hovey and Johanna Vaske were all-state and all-district selections, while Betty Straub and Kaitlyn Fogarty earned academic all-state honors. 

Betty Straub was named pitcher of the year, Johanna Vaske was infielder of the year, Kaitlyn Fogarty earned outfielder honors, and Nicole Zeimer won the Gold Glove honors. The Big Hitter award went to Kelsey Hovey and Jhanna Vaske. Jenna Boelter and Gigi Byrkeland were Rookies of the Year, Whitney Hovey was the Most Improved Player, and Kelsey Hovey was named Most Valuable Player. The Leader of the Year award went to Kaitlyn Fogarty. Betty Straub won the Bear Pride Award, and the Coach’s Award went to Sam Bormann and Avriel Miller. Congratulations on a great season to the softball team!

Also over the summer everything got finished up on the new addition at Garrigan. We had the official dedication Monday night, with Bishop R. Walker Nickless on hand to offer the blessing. The beautiful new gym is the most noticeable part of the addition, but there’s also new classroom and office space. A lot of teachers switched classrooms, and the Garrigan building now includes grades 4 – 12. We’re looking forward to enjoying all the new facilities.

On the first day of school we voted for this year’s Homecoming royal court. It was a very close election, but in the end the queen candidates are Sophia Grandgenett, Kelsey Hovey, Cady Steinmann, Johanna Vaske, and Olivia Vaske. The king candidates are Zach Boelter, Will Kellner, Zac Kibby, Cameron Langerman, and Landen Studer. Homecoming will be September 13 – 18 with the theme “Welcome to the Jungle”.

We always begin our Senior Spotlights each year by looking at our Student Council presidents. This week we’re saluting Zach Boelter. Here to tell you about him is Devin Degen.

Zac Boelter is an Algona native whose biggest activity is probably baseball. Zach is the Bears’ main catcher, and he also does a good job at the plate and on the mound. Zach is also a guard in basketball, and he’s active in Christian Leadership in Action. He’s represented his class on student council all through school. Zach will be off to college next year, and we wish him all the best in the future.

Thanks, Devin. On our Golden Bear calendar this week, there’s volleyball at Ft. Dodge St. Edmond today. Then on Monday the freshman/sophomore football team takes on Garner Hayfield.

Tuesday is picture day at Garrigan. That night the cross-country team runs in the Newman Invitational at Mason City. Then on Wednesday we’ll have a K-12 student mass.

There’s a fire drill scheduled for Thursday. That night the volleyball team will play the first game ever in the new Garrigan gym, as they take on Lake Mills. Then next Friday is the kick-off of the annual calendar drive.

We’ll dismiss at 2:15 Friday for the Labor Day weekend. That night the football team plays at Pocahontas.

That’s our first “Bear Facts” for the 2015-16 school year. Thanks for tuning in, and be sure to catch the show every week for all the news from Bishop Garrigan High School.