Bear Facts
December 3, 2011

 Good morning! I’m Cede Forburger!

 I’m Craig Kohlhaas!

 And I’m Mallory Bormann! Welcome once again to the “Bear Facts”, where each week we keep you updated on all the news from Bishop Garrigan High School.

 Quiz bowl is back in the news this week. After more than a month off, the team is scheduled to be back in action this morning as they compete in the Spirit Lake Invitational. The Bears have two teams entered in the tournament. Seniors Philip Detrick and John Richter will head up the varsity team, together with junior Zach Scobba and sophomores Allison Frideres and Levi Bernhard. On the JV team are sophomore Jake Hamilton and freshmen Tony Kollasch, Hannah Bernhard, Mark Fakler, and Zach Kollasch.

 Those students and about a dozen others will also be competing next Wednesday. That afternoon Garrigan will join schools from around the country as they compete in the Knowledge Master Open. The Knowledge Master is an online competition, and in recent years BGHS has been one of the top small schools. They’re hoping to do well this year as well. Good luck to Coach David Burrow and the quiz bowl team.

 There’s more academic competition today as well. The Golden Bear math team is hosting a Great Plains Math League competition right here at Bishop Garrigan. In math competition students answer questions both individually and in groups. Teams will come to Garrigan from northern and central Iowa in the hopes of qualifying for the state math competition next spring. Good luck to Coach Daryl Kohlhaas and the math team!

 This past week was the biggest week of the year for the Golden Bear danz squad. Coach Colleen Conway-Schiltz took the girls down to Des Moines for the Iowa State Dance and Drill Team Competition. Leading this year’s danz squad are senior veterans Lizzy Hohmeister, Sara Poeppe, and Kimberly Schiltz. Juniors Logan Kumm, Samantha Kollasch, Melissa Kellner, Amelia Golwitzer, and Makayla Foertsch are also key to the team’s success.

 There are two sophomores in dance: Anna Hohmeister and Hunter Theesfeld. Rounding out the team are freshmen Cassiday Vitzthum, Megan Lappe, Morgan Hanna, Kaitlyn Fogarty, Sydney Elbert, Patricia Brandt, and Paige Berte. Keni Roethler and Carly Loss are the danz squad managers. You can see the girls’ hard work at halftime of basketball games throughout the year.

 Next weekend the BGHS fine arts program will present the 2011 madrigal. This coming week Garrigan’s musicians and actors will be meeting with the playwright who wrote the show, who is coming to our school from New York thanks to a grant from the Haggard-Tugood Trust. They hope to smooth out all the edges so they can present an outstanding show next Sunday.

 There will be two madrigal performances on Sunday, December 11. Brunch is at 11am, and tickets are available at $15 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under. The dinner show is at 5pm. The cost for dinner is $20 for adults and $15 for children 12 and under. To make reservations, you can call the school at 295-3521 Monday through Friday between 8am and 3pm.

 Basketball season is here. The Golden Bear girls have a new coach, Mr. Brandon Schwab. At the core of the girls’ team are seniors Mallory Bormann, Shelby Schindler, Addison Miller, and Emily Bell. Juniors Sophie Behr, Haley Froehlich, Aubrie Meyers, Sarah McCall, and Chelsi Lanus; and sophomores Taylor Hovey, Kristin Condoleon, and Nicole Behr round out the girls’ basketball team.

 Coach Roger Froehlich is back in charge of the Golden Bear boys. Six seniors are back to lead the team: Austin Vaske, Zach Keith, Mitch Rahm, Grant Reding, Eli Marlow, and Joe Farrell. Juniors John Burns, Adam Hamilton, Jake Kollasch, and Dustin Miller; and sophomores Chris Loss, Brayton Loss, Nathan Krieps, and David Klein will also be suiting varsity for the Bears. Good luck all season long, Golden Bear basketball!

 Our Senior Spotlight this week shines on Carly Loss. Here to tell you about her is Philip Detrick.

 Carly Loss is an Algona native whose many activities include managing the award-winning Golden Bear danz squad. She’s also a publications editor, and she’s active in golf and Christian Leadership in Action. When she’s not at school, you might see her working at the Innovations Salon. Carly will be off to college next year, and we wish her all the best in the future!

 Thanks, Philip! On our Golden Bear calendar, the math team is hosting a tournament today, and the quiz bowl team travels to Spirit Lake. Then tomorrow is the second Sunday of Advent.

 We’ll begin the day Monday with Advent prayer. That night the freshman boys basketball team plays at Humboldt while the JV boys and girls host West Bend/Mallard. Also Monday night there will be a college financial aid meeting for senior parents.

 Tuesday we’ll host a basketball quad with Humboldt. The JV games start at 3:45, with the varsity girls beginning at 6:15. The math team will serve a spaghetti supper during the games.

 We’ll have an early dismissal Wednesday for teacher inservice. It will be a jeans day at Garrigan, and the madrigal group will be rehearsing with the playwright who wrote the show. At 3:30 Wednesday the quiz bowl team will compete in the Knowledge Master.

 Thursday is the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, and we’ll have an all-school mass for the holy day at St. Cecelia’s. That night the freshman boys travel to Ft. Dodge to play St. Edmond.

 Next Friday the JV and varsity teams play St. Ed’s. Then on Saturday there’s the madrigal dress rehearsal, and that night the staff will have their Christmas party at the KC Hall.

 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. Keep it classy, Algona.

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