March 3, 2019

Good morning! I’m Abbi Heying!

I’m Meredith Illg!

And I’m Reese Rosenmeyer! Thanks for joining us for a special edition of the “Bear Facts”, where we’re doing some celebrating here at Bishop Garrigan High School.

THE BEARS ARE GOING TO STATE! Twenty-six years ago, when we were in the very first year of broadcasting “The Bear Facts”, those words started our show on a weekend in March 1993, and we’re proud to announce again today that the Golden Bear basketball team is bound for state. While the substate game with Janesville was postponed twice due to weather, last Tuesday the Bears soundly defeated the Janesville Wildcats to secure their berth in the state tournament.

Garrigan is known for our many state championships in golf, and our school has also been a powerhouse in football over the years. While we’ve done well in basketball, we’ve usually had a scrappy, but short team that bowed out somewhere in playoffs. A big change this year is that we actually have a height advantage on most of our opponents. Sophomore Angelo Winkel has towered over most of the guys he’s faced in the opening jumps of games, and he and senior T.J. Schnurr provide good height inside.

While not as tall as his teammates, junior John “J.J.” Joyce still has good height for a point guard, and he drive the lane in addition to shooting from outside. Senior Brad Capesius is an outstanding ball handler, and junior Cade Winkel always seems to be where the ball is and racks up points and rebounds.

This year’s Golden Bear team also has outstanding depth. Two of the tallest players, senior Tristan Furgeson and junior Marcus Plathe, are among the first guys off the bench, and sophomore Kyle Schaaf also has good height. Andrew Arndorfer is a great point guard, and both he and fellow junior Cameron Baade specialize in draining three pointers. Kellen Murphy and Kyphus Goche round out Garrigan’s “dream team”.

The Bears cruised through this year’s playoff bracket. After earning a bye in the district opener, they beat North Union 95—53 in the quarterfinals and then topped West Hancock 76-38. Their toughest playoff game was the district final vs. St. Edmond, but they knocked off the Gaels 71-53. The substate game seemed close at the start, but the Bears owned the second half, and they put away Janesville 56-35.

Garrigan plays a tougher schedule than a lot of 1A schools, which is why their record placed them in the middle of the pack at state. The Bears drew the #5 seed, and they’ll go up against Montezuma Monday morning at 11:15. A win there will secure two other games later in the week. The would most likely play the #1 seed, Grand View Christian from Des Moines, Wednesday afternoon at 2:00.

The championship game is next Friday at 2:10pm, and the consolation game for third and fourth place is Thursday at 10:20am. All the state tournament games will be played at Wells Fargo Arena at the north end of downtown Des Moines. If you can’t make it down there to follow the Bears, you can hear all those games here on KLGA. We hope you’ll join us in wishing the Golden Bears a great run at state!

Another big event that was postponed last weekend was the district individual speech contest. Garrigan hosted district contest Wednesday night, and in spite of the delays, things went very smoothly. Garrigan students ended up earning eight Division One or “excellent” ratings and three Division two or “good” marks.

Students earning ones include Gabe Trainer, Logan Heying, Ashlyn Harrington, Jordan Hansen, Ava Eisenbarth, Marguerite Fakler, Joey Trainer, Riley Rosenmeyer, and Meredith Illg. They advance to state contest, which is next Saturday at Woodbury Central in Moville. Those earning twos were Abbi Heying, Noah Bronk, and Mya Kemna. Congratulations to Coaches Ashley Meyer and David Burrow and all the speech team.

Because of the state tournament, this year’s Garrigan pops concert has been moved back a couple days. Pops will be Sunday afternoon, March 10. Students auditioned for solos last week, and combined with the many small group pieces, it should be a very entertaining event. If you want reserved table seating, you can contact fine arts coordinator Jake Rosenmeyer, but of course general admission seats are always available at the door. Be sure to come out next Sunday afternoon to see the Garrigan pops concert.

One event that managed to happen in spite of the weather was the danz squad’s annual showcase. They held the big event a week ago Friday, following a clinic for young dancers held at Garrigan. Dancers from other nearby schools joined in the program, which featured special dances by seniors Laurel Degen and Bella Capesius and state soloists Cora Ricke and Lillee Deike. Garrigan dancers also performed at the girls basketball tournament this past week, and some will also perform with the All-Iowa dance team at the boys tournament next Thursday. Congratulations, dancers!

This morning is the funeral for a longtime employee and friend of Garrigan, Monte Pearson. Monte graduated from St. Cecelia’s Academy. Over the years he worked as a history teacher and counselor, but he is best known as an assistant baseball coach, both at Bancroft St. John’s and here at Bishop Garrigan. Coach P. died a week ago, February 22. That was one day after his 80th birthday and the same date two others in the Garrigan family, Gene Meister and Diane Elbert, had passed away. The baseball team will be attending Monte Pearson’s funeral today, and we extend our condolences to all his family and friends.

Because of the state tournament, we’re skipping our regular Senior Spotlight this week. There’s a show choir contest today in Emmetsburg, and Garrigan is hosting a junior high quiz bowl tournament. Tomorrow night is the girls basketball banquet.

There’s no school at Garrigan and Seton on Monday, though the daycare will be open that day. The rest of us will be down in Des Moines for the opening round of the boys state basketball tournament.

The Bears play Montezuma at 11:15 on Monday. There’s Kindergarten Round-Up Monday night at Seton, and Tuesday will be a mostly normal day of school.

Next Wednesday is Ash Wednesday, and we’re hoping the boys will celebrate by playing in the state semi-finals that afternoon. The consolation game is Thursday, and the state championship is on Friday. Finally next Saturday there’s the state speech contest at Woodbury Central.

That’s our first “Bear Facts” for March. Thanks for tuning in, and be sure to join us again next week, when we hope we’ll have some good news from the state tournament here at Bishop Garrigan High School.