The Bear Facts
October 31, 2015

 Happy Halloween, everyone! I’m James Quinlin

 I’m Devin Degen!

 And I’m Mariah Bronk! This is the “Bear Facts”, the weekly radio show where we scare up all the news from Bishop Garrigan High School.

Undefeated. This is only the third time in school history that a Golden Bear football team has been able to say that at the end of the regular season. A week ago the Bears capped off one of their best seasons ever by getting a commanding win over West Hancock to take the district championship.

The Bears continued their success in playoffs Wednesday night, beating AGWSR of Ackley by a score of 36 – 7 to extend their record to 10 – 0 on the season. They now advance to the second round of football playoffs. BGHS will host Grundy Center this Monday night at 7pm. If they win that game, they’ll also host next Friday when they play for the right to go to the dome.

The Golden Bear volleyball team has also been enjoying a good playoff run. They cruised past CAL of Latimer in the first round of regionals and then beat North Iowa in four games last Tuesday to advance to the regional semi-final. We had to record this show before the big game against Harris Lake Park last night, but we’re hoping the Bears advance to the regional final next Wednesday.

We told you on last week’s show that the Golden Bear quiz bowl team had finished second in their big home tournament. Well, last week they did even better. The Bears competed in the Scholastic Bowl at Centennial High School in Ankeny last Saturday, and the team of Ben Degen, Noah Buscher, Joseph Espinosa, and Ben Fogarty ended up winning the overall championship.

The Bears had a very impressive day. They beat Algona High, Ames High, Ankeny Centennial, and East Sac County in preliminary rounds, while falling only to Chariton. In playoffs they upset the top seed from Waukee before edging past Boone to take the championship. A second Garrigan team with Logan Heying, Samantha Harrington, Tommy Kollasch, Drew Bacha, and Drew Hansen also had one of the top scores in the tournament.

Last Saturday was also a big day for Garrigan junior Levi Capesius, as he was selected to participate in the All-State Choir. Levi has made all-state as a tenor in the past, and this year he will be in the bass section. All-State will be November 20 – 21 in Ames, and the festival concert will be broadcast on Iowa Public Television over Thanksgiving weekend.

Next weekend Garrigan music and drama departments will host the biannual madrigal. This year’s madrigal is not a formal dinner. However reservations for table seating with finger foods are available for $15. There is also chair seating with no food served for just $5. Performances will be next Saturday at 7pm and Sunday at 11am in Friedmann Auditorium. You can call the school any time through Friday for reservations.

Jedd Magill and Carolyn Baxter will play the king and queen at madrigal, while Levi Capesius will be the jester. Others at the center of things include Tommy Kollasch, Sam Trainer, Caitlyn Thilges, Johanna Vaske, James Quinlin, and Andrew Thilges, A total of twenty-three choir members will be participating in madrigal, and younger students will help serve the finger foods.

Our Senior Spotlight this week shines on Cameron Langerman. Here to tell you about him is Andrew Lallier.

It’s appropriate to feature Cameron Langerman during football playoffs. He is one two Garrigan players who pushed their season rushing total over 1,000 yards at the AGWSR game last Wednesday. Cam is a football captain who has also qualified for state track in the shot put. His team won last year’s intramural championship, and he’s also part of the trap-shooting team. Cam enjoys racing, and he plans to major in diesel technology at college. We wish Cameron all the best of luck in the future.

Thanks, Andrew. On our Golden Bear calendar, today is Halloween, and tonight instead of looking for candy, Garrigan’s Christian Leadership in Action group will be trick-or-treating to get donations for the Kossuth County Food Pantry.

Daylight Savings Time ends tonight, and tomorrow is All Saints Day. St. Cecelia’s will have their fall dinner tomorrow.

Monday Garrigan will host the second round of the state football playoffs. The Bears will take on the Grundy Center Spartans at 7:00 Monday night.

The volleyball regional final is Wednesday night at Sibley. Next Friday we’ll have parish busing at Garrigan and Seton, and that night we hope to be hosting the state football quarterfinals, with the Bears playing for the right to go to the Dome.

That’s the “Bear Facts” for October. Thanks for tuning in, and be sure to catch the show again next week for more news from Bishop Garrigan High School.