November 1, 1997

("Bear Facts" Episode #185)

Good morning! I'm Angie Weber!

And I'm Tracey Fickbohm! Welcome once again to the "Bear Facts", your weekly radio show from Bishop Garrigan High School.

The Bears are the district champions! That's right, for the first time ever the Golden Bear volleyball team has won the district championship. Last Monday they beat Clarion-Goldfield to earn their district medals. Then on Wednesday the team won a big victory over North Iowa in the quarter-finals of the regional tournament. Next Monday night they'll have another big test, when they take on North Kossuth in the regional semi-finals. The girls know they'll have to play their best, but they're definitely pumped for the game. The game will be at BGHS, and we encourage everyone to come out Monday at 7pm to cheer on the Bears!

Among the leaders on the Golden Bear team this year is senior Katie Vaske, who was recently featured as KIMT television's scholar-athlete of the week. Also appearing in the TV feature on the Bears were teammates Lisa Boekelman and Jenny McAlpine. Other players to look for in the tournaments include seniors Kim Kramer and Annie Potthoff and juniors like Sarah Hall, Molly Nelson, Alicia Arndorfer, and Katie Reding. We wish them, and all the Bears, the very best, and we're crossing our fingers that this will be the year the girls take things all the way.

There are 200 boys entered in the Class 1-A state cross-country meet. Each one of those 200 qualified for state by being one of the best runners in their district meet. Out of all those 200 top-level runners, only one will be wearing the number "1"--assigned because he had by far the lowest qualifying time of any runner in the state. The honor of being athlete #1 goes to Bishop Garrigan junior Adam Sundall, whose 15 minute 35 second district time made him the only athlete in his class to qualify in less than 16 minutes. In fact, only one runner in any class had a faster district time than Adam, and that's the top runner in the big school division, from East High School in Sioux City.

Adam will be trying for the state championship this afternoon at 1:40. The awards ceremony will be at 3:00. The state meet is at the Lakeside Golf Course in Fort Dodge. Lakeside is located in Kennedy Park, two miles north of the Fort Dodge airport, and less than an hour's drive from Algona. Adam will be starting in Box 19, on the spectators' right of the starting line. We hope he'll be alone as he crosses the finish line about a quarter of an hour later. We encourage everyone listening to make the trip down to Fort Dodge to cheer on Adam as he makes a serious bid to bring home the gold. Good luck, Adam Sundall!

There's another state contest going on today, too. The BGHS junior football cheerleaders are competing this morning in the state cheerleading competition at Southeast Polk High School in Runnels, just outside Des Moines. The competition starts at 10am, and participants include Sarah Foth, Jenny Hall, Melanie McGuire, Abby Monson, Natalie Salz, and Libby Wingert. This is the first time Bishop Garrigan has entered this competition, and the girls have worked hard to perfect their cheers and stunts. We wish our cheerleaders the very best. Good luck, girls!

Ten Garrigan quiz bowl players are in Iowa City today for the second annual Hawkeye Invitational Quiz Bowl Tournament. The tournament is hosted by the University of Iowa College Bowl team, which includes a Garrigan graduate among its members. Representing BGHS are seniors Tom Twait, Mike Cowan, Nathan Fouarge, Jeremy Richter, and Jeff Geving; sophomores Tyler Struck, Louie Bode, Dennis Gisch, and Jenny Reinhart; and freshman Lynn Kohlhaas. They'll face some tough competition, with fifty-seven teams, including some of the largest schools in Iowa. We know they'll give it their best, though, and we wish them good luck.

Volleyball play-offs have altered the rehearsal schedule for the Garrigan fall musical, but as they always say: "the show must go on!" It will go on next Friday and Saturday nights, when BGHS presents The Wizard of Oz. You'll see Dorothy, the Munchkins, the witches, and that famous trio--the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, and the Cowardly Lion--when we take you over the rainbow and into the wonderful land of Oz. Showtime is 7:30 next Friday and Saturday night, and tickets are just $3 for adults and $2 for students. So be sure to catch The Wizard of Oz live on the Garrigan stage.

One student group that doesn't get a lot of attention is the youth choir, which sings for masses in area churches. Miss Mary McCall directs the youth choir, which will be singing tomorrow morning at the 8:00 mass in St. Benedict. While most of the members are Garrigan students, the choir also includes some students from Seton and Algona High. Among the regular participants are John, Carrie, and Angie Kohlhaas; Melissa and Dan Lighter; Anne Smith, Rachel Studer, Jamie Schmidt, and Sarah Menke. In addition to Miss McCall, faculty members Greg Ahlers and Shannon Duffy help out with youth choir.

This week's Senior Spotlight shines on Andy Peterson and Katie Elbert. You may have read about Andy Peterson in this week's Algona paper, in an article that contrasted this Whittemore native with his namesake from Algona High. Andy is a football captain and all-district athlete, who has also lettered in track. In winter he enjoys playing intramural basketball. Next year Andy hopes to major in biotechnology at Ellsworth Community College. Good luck, Andy!

Katie Elbert is also from Whittemore. She's a four-year softball letterwinner, a state-tournament basketball player, and a four-year volleyball veteran. She's treasurer of the National Honor Society, vice president of the youth council, and she also enjoys drama, choir, and band. Away from Garrigan you might see her working at Charlie's Supper Club. Katie hopes to major in sports medicine in college, and we wish her all the best.

On this week's Golden Bear calendar, today is All Saints' Day. There's state cheerleading in Runnels this morning, and the quiz bowl team plays at the University of Iowa.

At 1:40 this afternoon Adam Sundall runs for the state cross-country championship. Be sure to head down to Lakeside Golf Course in Fort Dodge to cheer him on to victory. Then tomorrow you can hear the youth choir at 8am in St. Benedict.

All next week the Garrigan magazine drive continues. Monday night the volleyball team will host North Kossuth in the regional semi-finals.

Tuesday morning most sophomores will take the PLAN test. At 6pm Tuesday night the football team will hold its awards potluck at the K.C. Hall.

Thursday Garrigan students will be receiving shots for hepatitis B. Thursday night is the regional finals for volleyball, with the winner heading for the state tournament.

Next Friday the music and drama departments present The Wizard of Oz at 7pm in the Garrigan gym. Then on Saturday the quiz bowl team travels to West Bend.

Finally this week we'd like to congratulate business teacher Annette Vaske and her husband Greg. Last Monday Mrs. Vaske gave birth to a new daughter named Johanna.

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

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