The Bear Facts
September 1, 2007

Good morning! I'm Allison Missal!

And I'm Lee Brashear! Welcome once again to the "Bear Facts", your weekly radio update from Bishop Garrigan High School.

Fall sports are here! The Golden Bear football team began their season last night with a big game against Alta. While, like every year, the Bears are working to replace some talented graduates, they also have a lot of talent coming up. Senior veterans on the 2007 football team include Andrew Elbert, Lee Brashear, Peyton Schindler, and Chris Gelhaus at wide receiver and defensive back; D.J. Thompson and Chase Reding at running back and linebacker; John Parrish and A.J. Doughan at end; and David Frideres, Shane Koob, Mike Garman, and Jake Grein on the line. Senior lineman Chad Lambert is also returning to the Golden Bears this year.

Other players to watch for this year include seniors Jim Geelan, Richard Forburger, Brian Patterson, David Miller, Jack Bradley, Alec Boeckholt, Ethan Gisch, Kyle Smith, Kory Wieland, Dan Thilges, Vince Cruise, and Joe Straub; as well as sophomores like Brett Capesius, who is likely to be starting for the Bears this fall. Other sophomores include Mark Garmsn, Mike Mergen, Bryan Berte, David Reding, Austin Wolf, Nick Kellner, Dana Miller, Luke McCall, Nick Foertsch, Elijah Gelhaus, and Devin Tindall. Good luck to Coach Marty Wadle and all the Golden Bear football team!

As always, the Bears will have a big spirit squad backing them up as they play. Beth Byrkeland, Jane Krieps, and Marty Patterson are in charge of the cheerleaders this fall. The varsity squad includes captains Stephanie Kollasch and Melanie Myers, as well as Katie Boeckholt, Melissa Cruise, Abby Greg, Britteny Stone, Jade Kajewski, Beth Kollasch, and Meghan Mayer. JV football cheerleaders are Captains Molly Brashear and Kayla Schiltz, together with Beth Broesder, Emily Hidalgo, Katelyn Renger, Kelsie Berke, Ashley Bode, Becky Jennings, and Ryya Kumm. Thanks to the cheerleaders for all their help!

There are four seniors on the varsity volleyball team this year: Cassie Vautier, Macy Fickbohm, Meredith Meyers, and Emily Behr. Backing them up are juniors Maleri Bollig, Christina Richter, Megan Hilbert, Kelly Rouse, Kali Smith, Jesie Rosenmeyer, Allison Blocker, Danielle Rahm, Michaela Bormann, and Mandy Kohlhaas; as well as sophomore Chloe Behr. At the JV level, in addition to those listed earlier, players include Kelsey Blocker, Amy Rasmussen, Amanda Buscher, Kelly Klein, Alyse Meyers, Mackenzie Schnidler, Alicia Pfeffer, and Tayler Cink. Good luck to Coach Dave Schnurr and the volleyball team.

Numbers are down quite a bit in cross-country this year, but Coach Daryl Kohlhaas is still hoping for a good season. Returning seniors are Carrie Courtney and Krissy Kohlhaas. The girls' team also includes juniors Shanna Miller and Holly Byrkeland, sophomores Katrina Even and Taylor Brandenburg, and freshman Anna Kollasch. On the boys side team leaders include juniors Ben Hellman, Chris Kellner, Sam Norland, and Christopher Schmidt. Joining them on the course is freshman Alex Hamilton. Go, cross-country!

Garrigan's Solid Gold Marching Band is adjusting to a new director this year, but they're hoping to put on quality performances throughout the season. Holly Byrkeland is the field commander for this year's band, and Mr. Ken Ferjak is the new band director. The band's competition program is entitled "Magical Mystery Tour", and it includes a medley of Beatles music. Besides the title number, they'll be playing "A Hard Day's Night", "Hey Jude", "Eleanor Rigby", and "Yesterday". You can hear the band at halftime performances throughout football season. They'll be competing at Algona Band Day September 29 and at state marching contest October 6. Good luck, band!

The Garrigan calendar drive is underway. Every Garrigan student as well as the seventh and eighth graders at Seton are selling activity calendars for $25 each. The calendars enter you in a raffle to win cash prizes. Since 2008 is a leap year, you'll have 366 chances to win between $35 and $500. The drive continues through the middle of September, so be sure to find your favorite Garrigan student and buy your calendar today!

Our Senior Spotlight this year shines on Lee Brashear. Here with the scoop on him is John Parrish.

Lee Brashear is one of our student council co-presidents, but he's unique in just joining the student council his senior year. Lee is an Algona native who you may have heard as a "Bear Facts" announcer in the past. He's active in football, basketball, and track, and he's also part of the Golden Bear quiz bowl team. Lee will be off to college next year, and we wish him all the best after high school.  Good luck, Lee!

Thanks, John! On this week's Golden Bear calendar, there's the Algona volleyball tournament today. The varsity is playing at Algona High, the JV at Garrigan, and the freshman at the Algona Family YMCA.

Next Tuesday is the first goal in the calendar drive. We'll also have Catholic College Day that morning. The cross country team runs at Estherville Tuesday night, and the freshman and sophomore football players travel to Garner.

Wednesday Seton Grade School will have their home-school tea. There's a meeting that night for this year's confirmation class.

The second calendar goal is on Thursday. Kossuth Connections meets that day, and that night the volleyball team plays at Iowa Falls. Finally next Friday the football team plays Clay Central Everly at Royal.

That's our second "Bear Facts" of the year. Thanks for listening, and be sure to join us again next week for more news from Bishop Garrigan High School.

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