The Bear Facts ... April 2, 2005

Good morning! I'm Anthony McGuire!

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

Gala is here! It's time once again for the elegant evening of food and fundraising. Gala is one of the biggest events of the year in Algona and by far the biggest fundraiser for the Garrigan and Seton. The theme of this year's Gala is "Take Me Out to the Ballgame", and it combines the fun of a sporting event with the traditional elegance people have come to expect at Gala. While they dine, guests will bid on 839 different live and silent auction items, ranging in value from almost nothing to thousands of dollars. There are also raffles for a car, a big screen TV, a four-wheeler, a boat, and thousands of dollars in cash.

For a lot of people, the whole point of Gala is the meal. The evening begins with hors d'oeuvres-including feta cheese triangles, cabrale cheese and phyllo rolls, and-fitting with the theme-miniature ballpark dogs. The dinner starts with a hearty wild rice bisque, followed by primavera salad. The main plate includes roasted tenderloin of pork with apricot chutney, steamed baby red potatoes, and sautéed fresh green beans. That's all accompanied by water, wine, and cheese and garlic rolls. Dessert is a baseball dome with a brown sugar shortbread glove, a dark chocolate bat, and a crème anglaise baseball with raspberry drizzle.

It takes literally hundreds of people to make Gala the special event it is, and many of them are students. Mr. Brosnan's art classes have spent a lot of time getting decorations ready, and this past week Abbie Bradley, Cindy Reding, Andrea Richter, Chase Reding, Chad Meyer, Jesse Studer, Andrew Berte, Jace Boekelman, Pete Bormann, Brian Marso, Sheri Kenyon, Michelle Kollasch, and Allison Missal all worked to set things up. Forty-three other students are helping out at the event itself-working as valet parking attendants, waiters, and technicians. Thanks to everyone who has worked hard to make Gala a success.

Spring sports are here. The boys and girls track teams begin the main part of their season tomorrow when they compete in the CYO meet at Ft. Dodge. The boys track team this year has just three returning seniors: Matt Courtney, Derek Tindall, and Cole Vautier. The core of the team is juniors, including Adam Elbert, Jude Studer, Gavin Freking, Jacob Hellman, Jude Studer, Brandon Rowley, Seth Rogers, Derek Lanus, Jeff Lappe, John Reding, Tim Lind, Joe Rahm, and Spenser Rahm.

Also out for track this year are sophomores Dustin Tindall, Ben Berte, Alex Bradley, Garrison Brosnan, Chris Scobba, Tony Rouse, Josh Rahm, Chris Loebach, Brian Capesius, Joey Dailey, Scott Kollasch, and Alex Elbert. Rounding out the team are the freshmen, who include Lee Brashear, A.J. Doughan, Andrew Elbert, Jacob Zittritsch, D.J. Thompson, Peyton Schindler, and Chase Reding. Other freshmen in track are Dylan Freking, Garrett Elbert, Mike Garman, Kent Recker, John Parrish, Chris Gelhaus, Jake Grein, Jake Lane, Chad Lambert, Brent Kajewski, Nick Kirsch, and Shane Koob. Good luck to Coach Marty Wadle and the boys track team!

On the girls side, there are four returning seniors: Katelyn Besch, Amanda Thompson, Samantha Kirsch, and Miranda Boekelman. The juniors include Kelly Schmidt, Kayla Reding, Samantha Arndorfer, Alison Brandenburg, Bridget Doughan, and Allison Even. There are also eight sophomore girls in track: Kelli Black, Andrea Richter, Abbie Bradley, Emily Funk, Cindy Reding, Alicia Miller, Tami Lallier, and Maria Kohlhaas.

Rounding out the girls track team is a big group of freshmen. They include Casey Arndorfer, Cassie Vautier, Rachel Salz, Gina Rasmussen, Emily Behr, Megan Boever, Carrie Courtney, Bridget Murphy, Meredith Meyers, Stephanie Kollasch, Krissy Kohlhaas, and Macy Fickbohm. Good luck all season long to Coach Greg Ahlers and the girls track team!

Our senior spotlight this week shines on Lindsay Schiltz. Here to tell you about her is Anthony.

Lindsay Schiltz is probably best known as part of the Golden Bear golf team that won the state championship last year. She's hoping to repeat her success this year. Lindsay has also lettered in volleyball, and she's active in student council, National Honor Society, and Christian Leadership in Action. She'll be off to college next fall, and we wish her all the best.

Thanks a lot, Cobb! On our Golden Bear calendar today, the Gala festivities start at 4:00 with a mass for workers in the Garrigan chapel. The doors open for guests at 5:30, and dinner is served at 7:30 tonight.

The Gala guests will get an hour less of sleep than normal, because tonight's the time we "spring forward" for Daylight Savings Time. Tomorrow there's CYO track in Ft. Dodge.

All next week we'll have dress rehearsals for the spring play. The only other event is on Tuesday, when the girls track team runs at Clear Lake.

Finally, next Friday and Saturday we'll present the melodrama Pure as the Driven Snow, the Bishop Garrigan spring play. Curtain time is 7:30 both nights.

That's the "Bear Facts" for another 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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