The Bear Facts

December 2, 2006

Good morning! I'm Bridget Murphy!

And I'm Jacob Lane! Thanks for tuning in to another edition of the "Bear Facts", the weekly radio show from Bishop Garrigan High School.

Today is the biggest day of the year for the Golden Bear danz squad. The sixteen-member team is in Des Moines today for the Iowa State Dance and Drill Championships. Minutes ago the girls finished their pom routine, "Disco's Back", and just before 10am they'll compete in the jazz competition with "Moon Dance". Colleen Conway-Schiltz, Julie Illg, and Sarah Kollasch are the dance coaches this year.

The danz squad includes two senior veterans: Candace Schiltz and Marisa Spain. Juniors Emily Behr and Stephanie Kollasch are also at the core of the team. There's a big group of sophomores in danz squad. They include Rebecca Brosnan, Christina Richter, Danielle Rahm, Kristina Schiltz, Beth Kollasch, and Megan Meyer. Rounding out the team are freshmen Tina Berte, Rachel Molsberry, Taylor Brandenburg, Molly Brashear, Taylor Cink, and Kayla Schiltz. Casey Arndorfer is the manager for danz squad.

While fall sports have been over for nearly a month, the honors banquets are just wrapping up. Among those honored at this year's football awards banquet were all-state honorees Ben Berte and Dustin Tindall. Ben was named the Bears' Offensive Player of the Year, while Dustin won Player of the Year honors on defense. Brian Capesius took Special Teams honors, while Joe Dailey and Jack Bradley shared the Scout Team award.

The Coach Larry Weier Academic Achievement Award went to senior Scott Kollasch. Josh Rahm won the Bill Higgins Memorial Trophy, and Tony Rouse won the Dennis Cruise Award. The Most Improved Players included Andrew Elbert and D.J. Thompson on offense and Alex Bradley, Spenser Eischen, and John Parrish on defense. Junior David Frideres won the Coaches' Award, while Chris Loebach received the D-E-F-E-N-S-E Trophy. Chris shared MVP honors with fellow senior Dustin Tindall, and the captains for next year's team will be John Parrish, D.J. Thompson, Chase Reding, David Frideres, and Shane Koob. Congratulations to all these football honorees!

In volleyball, the team celebrated three records broken in 2006. Cindy Reding set the record for most assists in a match, with 64, Macy Fickbohm set a new hitting efficiency mark for the season at .354, and Hilary McGuire had a record of 1167 digs in her career. Among the team awards, Rachel Byrkeland, Macy Fickbohm, and Christina Richter were named Most Improved Players. Cindy Reding, Emily Fuink, and Macy Fickbohm were Offensive MVPs, while Hilary McGuire and Macy Fickbohm shared MVP honors on defense. 

Alicia Miller, Cindy Reding, and Hilary McGuire shared the volleyball Hustle Award; Rachel Byrkeland and Cassie Vautier won the Spirit Award; and Andrea Richter and Meredith Meyers won the Coach's Award. Macy Fickbohm was a unanimous first-team all-conference selection; and Emily Funk, Hilary McGuire, and Brittany Pfeffer were also selected to all-conference teams. Congratulations to the volleyball award-winners!

The Golden Bear quiz bowl team is in the midst of one of their busiest times of year, with tournaments every weekend between now and Christmas-and two more right after New Year's. Today the team is at Spirit Lake, and Monday they'll head to the computer lab for the nationwide Knowledge Master competition. Next Saturday they'll be at South O'Brien in Paulina, and the following week they're at Aplington Parkersburg. Then in January there's two more meets at North Kossuth and Eagle Grove before things settle down a bit. The teams for today's quiz bowl tournament include varsity competitors Joe Straub, Brian Patterson, Jacob Zittritsch, Jake Lane, and Brent Kajewski; plus the J.V. team of Ethan Dahlhauser, Melissa Cruise, Brittany Berte, Katrina Even, and Rebeccah Erdman. Good luck, quiz bowl!

Our Senior Spotlight this week shines on Maria Kohlhaas. Here to tell you about her is Brent Kajewski.

Maria Kohlhaas has maintained a four-point grade point average so far in high school while also managing to balance a lot of different activities. She was a cross-country captain, and she's one of the key players on the girls basketball team. Maria also is also active in softball and track; she enjoys quiz bowl, speech, and math team; and she's part of student council, Christian Leadership in Action, and National Honor Society. Aside from classes and sports, Maria enjoys working with art. She's looking at a career in architecture, and we wish her all the best of luck.

Thanks, Brent! On our Golden Bear calendar this week, there's the state dance championships today at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines. Also this morning the quiz bowl team is competing in Spirit Lake.

Tomorrow is the first Sunday of Advent. We'll have an Advent prayer service at school Monday during homeroom. After school Monday the quiz bowl team will compete in the Knowledge Master competition.

Monday night at 7:00 there will be a financial aid meeting for senior parents. Tuesday the basketball Bears host a quad with Clear Lake. The cross-country team will serve a chili supper during the games.

Wednesday is St. Nicholas Day. We'll celebrate with no classes at Garrigan, thanks to a teacher in-service and our reward for meeting the goal in the magazine drive last month.

Thursday there's parish busing at Garrigan and Seton. Some students will be helping with a service project at the Mary's Place mission in Minneapolis. That night the freshman basketball teams host Clarion Goldfield.

Friday we'll have mass for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. That night the basketball teams host Webster City. Then next Saturday the math team competes at Iowa State University and the quiz bowl team travels to Paulina.

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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