The Bear Facts-November 1, 2008



Good morning! I'm Joe Straub!

And I'm Christopher Schmidt! Welcome to another episode of the "Bear Facts", the weekly radio show from Bishop Garrigan High School.


The top news this week is in music. Last Saturday fourteen Garrigan students went over to Storm Lake to audition for the 2008 All-State Chorus. It was a confused contest, but in the end Garrigan did extremely well. Four Golden Bears-Alec Boeckholt, Rebecca Brosnan, Sam Norland, and Sarah Matthews-were all selected for all-state. They will perform at Iowa State University on November 20, and the all-state concert will be broadcast on Iowa Public Television over Thanksgiving weekend. Congratulations to director Linda Ferjakl and the all-staters!


Today the Golden Bear competition cheer squad is down in Des Moines for the state cheerleading competition. They'll be performing this afternoon at 1:20 at Veterans Auditorium. The competition squad includes captains Meghan Mayer and Beth Kollasch, as well as Ryya Kumm, Abbey Reding, Adison Miller, Ashley Bode, Kelsie Berke, Laura Richter, Beth Broesder, Kayla Schiltz, and Molly Brashear! We wish good luck at state to coach Erin Miller and the cheer squad!


We're sad to say that in the fast two weeks all three of Garrigan's fall sports teams finished up their seasons. First the volleyball team fell at districts to North Sentral Kossuth. It took four close games, but the Bears ended up losing 3 - 1. That finished a mixed season that included victories at Estherville, Clear Lake, Eagle Grove, St. Ed's, and Hampton, and in the Estherville tournament. Seniors Allison Blocker, Christina richter, Megan Hilbert, Kelly Rouse, Kali Smith, Danielle Rahm, Mandy Kohlhaas, Jesie Rosenmeyer, and Michaela Bormann are finishing up their high school volleyball careers. They've had a good run, and we congratulate them on their effort.

Cross-country districts were postponed last week because of flooding. The meet was re-scheduled to last Monday. Unfortunately the Bears' top runner, Katrina Even, was sick that day and could not run. So in spite of some personal records, the girls were did not have a full team and were unable to advance to state. Senior Shanna Miller led the girls team with a time of 19:12. The Garrigan boys were led by seniors Ben Hellman, Chris Kellner, Randy Kenyon, Sam Norland, and Christopher Schmidt. They ended up in tenth place overall at district.

The last of the fall sports teams to compete was football. Last Wednesday night the Bears hosted Alta in the substate playoff game. While Garrigan had the higher seed, both teams had 7 - 2 records going into playoffs. The game was close most of the way, but Alta took advantage of a fumble in the fourth quarter to put things out of reach. The substate game marks the end of a great career for seniors Jack Bradley, Brian Patterson, Ethan Gisch, Kory Wieland, Vince Cruise, Joe Straub, Brian Hamilton, David Miller, Alec Boeckholt, Kyle Smith, Daniel Thilges, Jim Geelan, Richard Forburger, and Vinnie Humble.


The lower level football teams had a pretty good season, in spite of having some of their games cancelled due to weather. Both the JV and 9-10 teams ended up with .500 records, including big wins over Pocahontas and North Iowa. The JV standouts will be among the players to watch for on the varsity team next year. They include Dana Miller, Nick Foertsch, Joel Reding, Nick Kellner, Mike Mergen, Mark Garman, Brian Berte. Mitch Rahm, Grant Reding, and Zac Keith. Congratulations to our younger football players!


Last weekend the quiz bowl team went down to Ankeny for their second tournament of the season. They won two games and lost two others by just 10-point margins, the closest you can get in quiz bowl. The quiz bowl season continues next weekend, when the Bears play at Algona High.


Our senior spotlight this week shines on Meghan Mayer. Here to tell you about her is Kelly Rouse.

Meghan Mayer is co-captain of the competition cheer squad that is performing at state this afternoon. Her other activities include danz squad and Christian Leadership in Action. You may have seen her working at the Algona Dairy Queen. After high school she plans to major in interior design at college, and we wish her all the best.


 Thanks, Kelly! On our Golden Bear calendar, today is All Saints Day. The competition cheer squad competes in Des Moines this afternoon at 1:20. Also don't forget that Daylight Savings Time ends tonight.

Tuesday is Election Day. Then next Thursday the annual magazine drive ends. Finally next Saturday the math there's quiz bowl at Algona High and the math team travels to Sioux Center.


That's the "Bear Facts" for this week. Thanks for joining us, and be sure to tune in again next week for more news from Bishop Garrigan High School.


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