The Bear Facts

February 3, 2001

Good morning! I'm Amanda Wolf!

I'm Sarah Erdman!

And I'm Jeff Hellman! Welcome to the "Bear Facts", the radio show from Bishop Garrigan High School.
Today is a very special day for the "Bear Facts"-as we celebrate the airing of our 300th episode here on KLGA. It's hard to believe that it was eight and a half years ago that Matt Erpelding first said "good morning" to you on the very first "Bear Facts" show. Matt was a freshman at Garrigan back then. Now he's out of college and is teaching music to high school students. Most of us who are reading the "Bear Facts" today were in second or third grade at Seton back when the program started, and we're glad it's kept up so long. We're also especially proud that sixteen of our announcers have gotten paying jobs in radio, and at least five of them kept working on the air well after they were out of high school.

In the past 300 episodes we've brought you news of going to state in basketball, football, baseball, cross-country, track, golf, speech, and music. We've told about going to nationals in quiz bowl, danz squad, and health occupations. We've told about major renovations and improvements at the school, and great accomplishments of students, teachers, and alumni. We've shared some sorrow over the years, when students or their family members died or were seriously ill. Fortunately, there's been a lot more good news than bad over the past eight and a half years, and we hope our next 300 episodes bring even more great things to report.
There was some good news recently for Garrigan senior Hank Greer. You'll remember Hank as the star running back of the Golden Bear football team. Hank was recently selected to play in the Shrine Bowl. Next summer he'll represent the "North" team when all the top football players from around the state get together for the Shrine Bowl.
There was also good news recently for Garrigan senior Angela Kohlhaas. Angie was recently named to a select group of students that are candidates for the Presidential Scholars Program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education. Out of nearly three million students in the Class of 2001 nationwide, only 2,600 received this honor. Angie is now in the running for prestigious scholarships, as well as the chance to travel to Washington D.C. to be personally honored by President Bush. Congratulations, Angie!
Angie is one of twenty-six Garrigan students who got up very early this morning. They're en route to the state large-group speech contest at East High School in Sioux City. Garrigan has five groups entered at state-in the fields of Ensemble Acting, Readers' Theatre, Improvisational Acting, and Choral Reading. They're also entering the One-Act Play "Happily Ever After". That show got perfect reviews from the judges at district, and we're hoping it will earn another set of straight "I"s at state. Good luck to everyone on the speech team!
Last weekend another group of Golden Bears got up very early. The quiz bowl team left at 4:30am for the Hawkeye Invitational Tournament in Iowa City. Garrigan traveled farther than any other team at the tournament, and they were rewarded for their efforts by making an appearance in the play-offs. In the end the Bears finished about in the middle of the pack, but they competed well and had a good day.
Intramural basketball has been going strong all through January. Every Sunday afternoon eight teams have gotten together for thirty-two minutes of non-stop, all-out action. A week ago Justin Froehlich set a new record by draining ten three-pointers in a game-which even beats the varsity record. Justin's team also includes fellow senors David Monson, Matt Elbert, John Steier, and Cody Youngwirth. Good luck to them and to all the intramural teams throughout the rest of the season.
This week's Senior Spotlight shines on Nick Even and Kevin Kohlhaas. Here to fill you in is David Murphy.

Nick Even is one of the top athletes in the Class of 2001, as well as one of the top students. Nick was a starter on the Golden Bear football team before a season-ending injury in October. He also holds a number of school records in track, and he enjoys intramural basketball. Nick takes a challenging load of classes, and he does well in all of them. Good luck to Nick in the future!

Kevin Kohlhaas comes to Garrigan from north of St. Joe. If you've been to a Golden Bear sports event, you've probably seen Kevin there. As a trainer/manager for both the football and basketball teams, you'll see him on the sidelines helping out the team. Like Nick, Kevin will be off to college next year, and we wish both of them the very best of luck.

Thanks, Dave! On this week's Golden Bear calendar, today there's the state large-group speech contest in Sioux City. Then tomorrow intramural basketball continues.

Monday there's freshman basketball, with the Bears hosting Humboldt. Then on Tuesday the varsity Bears play at Hampton/Dumont.

Wednesday we'll have try-outs for the spring play. Also that night the freshman basketball teams play at West Bend/Mallard. Then on Thursday student council meets.

Thursday will be a jeans day at Garrigan. Play try-outs continue that night. Then on Friday it will be Parents Night as the basketball Bears host Eagle Grove. The National Honor Society will sponsor a chili supper at the games.
That wraps up our 300th "Bear Facts" show. Thanks for listening, and be sure to join us again next week for more news from Bishop Garrigan High School.

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