The Bear Fact

November 2, 2019

Good morning! I’m Meredith Tigges!

I’m Reese Rosenmeyer!

And I’m Abbi Heying! Welcome once again to the “Bear Facts”, the weekly radio show from Bishop Garrigan High School.

Last weekend the Iowa High School Music Association held auditions for the All-State Music Festival. From Garrigan Noah Bronk, Kelle Bormann, Joey Trainer, and Xander Darling auditioned for the al-state choir, while Savannah Waechter tried out for the all-state band. Out of thousands of auditions from across the state, only 100 of each vocal voice are selected for all-state. We’re pleased to say that for the third straight year tenor Joey Trainer was selected for all-state.

The All-State Music Festival will be held November 21 – 23 at Iowa State University in Ames. The festival concert will be held on Saturday the 23rd, and it will be broadcast Thanksgiving weekend on Iowa Public Television. Congratulations on being a three-time all-stater, Joey Trainer!

This weekend is a big one for two Garrigan dancers. Lillee Deike and Cora Ricke are in Newton today for the Iowa State Solo Dance Finals. Both girls are veterans of this competition. Last year Cora finished second in the state, while Lillee was sixth overall. They’ll be performing lyrical dances this afternoon, and we wish them all the best at state.

Today is also the state cheerleading championships. Fifteen Garrigan girls are down at the state fairgrounds in Des Moines for the event. They will be judged in the categories of emotions and dance; stunts, pyramids, and tosses; and tumbling. The girls will incorporate all those elements into a 2½ minute show. A perfect score is 90, and the girls are hoping to get as close to that mark as they can. This year’s stunting is particularly difficult, similar to what much larger schools do.

The competition cheer squad includes Julia Berte, Carolyn Hough, Jordan Hansen, Andrea Pacheco, Grace DeLange, Kiana Book, and Abbi Heying; as well as Halle Menke, Cora Ricke, Katelyn Cink, Lillee Deike, Ava Kemna, and Ellie Rosenmeyer. Best wishes to all the cheerleaders and to their coach, Erin Miller.

The Golden Bear football team wrapped up their season last Friday with a big win over Graettinger Terril Ruthven Ayrshire. While no one is happy about the fact that the Bears aren’t in the football playoffs this year, they actually had a pretty good season. They finished with a record of 6 wins and just 3 losses, which was better than several teams that did make it to playoffs. Before the switch to the new RPI seeding system, they would have been guaranteed a post-season spot.

Last week five Garrigan seniors played their final high school football games. Marcus Plathe has been the Bears’ starting quarterback all season long, Colby Graves took over the top running back, and Alex Mammen and Cade Winkel made some big holes for him with outstanding blocking on the line. Cameron Baade was new in the line-up this year, but he ended up being one of the top receivers, and all five seniors played tough defense as well. Congratulations to the seniors and all the Golden Bears on another great football season!

The BGHS cross-country team also finished up their season last week, when they ran in the district meet at Marshalltown. Seniors Bailey Kollasch and Jenna Heinen ran their last meet at district, and the girls will be struggling to replace them. The boys team has no seniors. Junior Joe Meis has led the team most of the season, but at districts freshman Gavin Swift edged out his brother Quinn to be the Bears’ top finisher. Congratulations to the cross-country team on running hard all season long!

Garrigan’s fall musical is coming up next weekend. The music and drama departments will be presenting a musical version of the classic story Little Women. Showtime is 7pm next Saturday and 3pm Sunday afternoon. The show features seniors Amanda Miller, Bailey Kollasch, and Jordan Hansen; juniors Austin VonBank, Joey Trainer, Reese Rosenmeyer, Aric Laubenthal, Noah Bronk, and Ava Bartolo; and sophomores Meredith Tigges and Margureite Fakler—as well as the entire Garrigan choir. Be sure to be on hand next weekend for Little Women on the Garrigan stage.

The FFA is having their national convention this weekend, and two Garrigan students are on hand for the event. Joey Schumacher and Colin Casey are part of the Algona FFA, and they made the trip to Indianapolis for the event, The convention includes speakers and workshops on agriculture, career-oriented tours, opportunities to meet other FFA members from around the country, and many entertainment options. We know Colin and Joey will have lots of fun in Indianapolis.

Our Senior Spotlight this week shines on Carolyn Hough. Carolyn will be making the trip to Des Moines with the cheerleaders this weekend. She’s also active in band, choir, drama, and Christian Leadership, and away from school she works as an aide at Bear Care at Seton. Carolyn plans to major in elementary education at college, and we wish her all the best in the future.

On this week’s Golden Bear calendar, there’s state cheerleading today in Des Moines and state solo dance in Newton. Then at 2:00 tomorrow morning Daylight Savings Time ends.

Next Tuesday night is the regional volleyball final, which is scheduled at Clarksville High School. We’ll have a school mass on Wednesday, with an early dismissal for staff development that afternoon.

Next Saturday there’s quiz bowl at Algona High, and that night the curtain opens on the Garrigan fall musical, Little Women.

That’s the “Bear Facts” for this week. Thanks for joining us, and be sure to tune in again next week for all the news from Bishop Garrigan High School.