March   1,   1997

Good morning!  I'm Casey Wolf!

And I'm Zeb Besch!  Welcome to another edition of the 'Bear Facts', the weekly radio show where we keep you in touch with all the news from Bishop Garrigan High School.

This was a week of ups and downs at Garrigan.  One of the saddest days was Wednesday, when we learned of the sudden death of Larry Hilbert, a Garrigan graduate and the father of sophomore Lynn Hilbert.  A tragedy like this saddens everyone, and we all want the Hilbert family to know that our thoughts and prayers are with them in this time of sorrow.  We offer them our sincere sympathy now and in the coming days.

The week's news was certainly not all sad, though.  The happiest event probably came last night when the Golden Bear girls beat Manson/Northwest Webster to earn their second straight appearance in the state basketball tournament.  That's right--the Bears are headed back to Vets!  They'll make their debut in Des Moines on Wednesday, March 12th, and this year we're crossing our fingers that the undefeated girls just might go all the way to the top.  We'll fill you in on nex week's show with all the details of the girls' trip to the 'big dance' in Des Moines.

The girls aren't the only big sports news, though.  A year ago the Golden Bear boys finished the season with a record of 1 win and 18 losses.  Who'd have thought then that a year later they'd be 12 and 8, and in the district finals.  Last week the Bears edged past Clarion/Goldfield and went on to murder Belmond/Klemme.  Their next game will be next Tuesday night, when they play Manson/Northwest Webster at Humboldt.  If they win there, they'll play at Forest City on Friday for the right to go to state.

The boys' team has really come together on both offense and defense.  Senior Dennis Becker was the top shooter in the Clarion game, and he was tops in assists against Belmond.  Ben DeWaard has been one of the team's top rebounders, while Eric Scobba, Chris Miller, and Andy Laubenthal help out with taking the ball to the hole.  Other boys to watch include seniors Zeb Besch, Chris Eischen, Matt Molacek, and Cory Mescher; and juniors Tom Twait and Michael Courtney.  The boys are definitely the Cinderella team of the area, and we're crossing our fingers that the magic will continue through at least two more big games.

While most of the top stories this week are in sports, there's another big event happening today.  More than four hundred students from around the area are gathered at BGHS today for the district individual speech contest.  Garrigan itself has sixteen entries at district.  In Acting, Cindy Bormann will present 'The Waltz' and Kristi McGraine will perform 'The Little Red Shovel'.  'Two Acts of God' is Katie Reising's Acting piece, and Jenni Krieps will act out 'Bubbles Goes to School'.

Cindy Bormann will present Theodore Roosevelt's 'The Strenuous Life' for Public Address, while Tiffany Meyer will perform 'Stand Up'.  In Poetry, Julie Henkelvig will read a parody of 'Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs' while Jenni Krieps will do a take-off on 'Cinderella'.  Carrie Kohlhaas' poem is 'The Creation'.  Kristi McGraine is also entered in Prose, where she will read 'The Little Match Girl', while Jenessa McGuire reads 'I'm the One Who Stands Out in a Crowd'.

Garrigan has two Storytelling entries.  Julie Henkelvig will tell the stor of 'The Boy Who Fooled the Giant', and Jenessa McGuire will present 'Guess How Much I Love You'.  Finally, in Radio News Announcing, the Bears have three entries:  Katie Reising, Ruby Bode, and Mark DeLange.  Mary McCall and David Burrow coach individual speech at B.G.H.S.

This week's Senior Spotlight shines on basketball manager Amy Schiltz.  Amy is the daughter of Rose and Ed Schiltz of  Bancroft.  She enjoys playing softball, volleyball, and track.  Amy enjoys rollerblading and rollerskating in summer and snow skiing in the winter.  Next year she plans to attend Waldorf College, where she will pursue a career in nursing.  Good luck with all you do, Amy!

On our Golden Bear calendar this week, there'd district speech contest today here at Garrigan.  Then tomorrow intramurals resume.  

Tuesday the freshmen, sophomores, and juniors will start the registration process for next fall's classes.  Then on Tuesday night the Golden Bear boys will take on Manson/Northwest Webster in the district finals at Humboldt.

If the boys win on Tuesday, we'll fast forward to the next big event--the substate game next Friday night at Forest City.  Also next Friday is the annual Education Fair at Seton Middle School

Finally this week we'd like to offer our sympathy to our friends at North Kossuth after the loss of their classmate this past week.  We're thinking of you, and we wish you all the best.

That's the 'Bear Facts' for another week.  Thanks for listening, and be sure to catch the show again next week when we'll fill you in on the details of the state girls' basketball tournament and Bishop Garrigan High School.

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