November 3, 2018

Good morning! I’m Abbi Heying!

I’m Reese Rosenmeyer!

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

Bishop Garrigan is the smallest school in Iowa that plays 11-man football. In fact, there are many schools in the 8-man division that are larger than Garrigan. Even so, Garrigan has had a long history of success in football, and that success has continued this year. The seniors on the football team have completed their entire careers without losing a regular season game, and again this year they won the district championship and advanced to playoffs.

Last week the Bears faced Wapsie Valley from Fairbank in the first round of playoffs. They had to come from behind, but the Bears pulled it off and won the game 12 – 7 to advance to the state quarterfinals. The Bears hosted the Edgewood—Colesburg Vikings last night, a team from over by Dubuque. Just like last week we had to record “Bear Facts” before they played the game. We know all the team gave it everything they had, though, and we hope it was enough for another trip to the Dome.

Football is far from the only thing going on this weekend. Fourteen Garrigan girls are down in Des Moines today for the state cheerleading championships. The event is being held at the Jacobson Exhibition Center on the Iowa State Fairgrounds. The team will be judged on difficulty, technique, skill with tosses, dance, and tumbling, and overall impression.

Cheerleaders competing for the Bears include Emma Thul, Madelyn Cink, Laurel Degen, and Layah De Lange; as well as Bailey Kollasch, Jordan Hansen, Carolyn Hough, and Halle Menke. Also on the cheer squad are Julia Berte, Grace DeLange, Cora Ricke, Lilly Deike, Abbi Heying, and Meredith Illg. Good luck at state to Coaches Erin Miller and Jake Rosenmeyer and all the cheerleaders!

Also today is the state solo dance championship. Laurel Degen, Cora Ricke, and Lilly Deike will have a very busy day, because they’ll be shuttling between state cheer in Des Moines and state solo dance in Newton. Those girls are competing in solos, as is Ella Nelson. Good luck at state to Laurel, Cora, Lilly,and  Ella—and also to coaches Katie Miller and Ashley Meyer!

There’s more quiz bowl this weekend. Bishop Garrigan is one of twelve schools competing in the Algona Invitational tournament. The Bears have a long tradition of success at the Algona tournament, and after winning their own tournament and finishing fourth in Ankeny, they’re hoping for some success across town.

Garrigan has three teams entered in the tournament today. Logan Heying, Gabe Trainer, and Bryce Capesius will be on the main varsity team, with Alex Mammen joining them after a medical appointment. Garrigan’s other varsity team features Grant Bormann, Jenna Heinen, Aric Laubenthal, and Noah Bronk; while the J.V. team includes Meredith Tigges, Marguerite Fakler, and Hollis Bode. Good luck, quiz bowl!

Last week was Halloween, and we definitely got into the spirit at Garrigan. In addition to teaching science, Beany Bode distributes pumpkins throughout central Iowa, and this year he used up some of his leftovers by having his biology and anatomy students carve jack-o-lanterns. The results were displayed in the hallways at Garrigan to get us into the Halloween spirit.

This past week senior John Meis received some good news. John learned that he had been selected to be a page in the Iowa Senate for the coming term. John will be heading down to Des Moines in January, and he’ll be working for state senators in the capitol building. There is a long application process to be a page, including interviews and recommendations, and being selected really is an honor. Congratulations, John!

Our Senior Spotlight this week shines on Laurel Degen. Here to tell you about her is Emma Fogarty!

Laurel Degen comes to Garrigan from the St. Benedict area. Today she’ll be competing at the state cheerleading championships and also at state solo dance. She’s been in danz squad and a cheerleader all through high school. Laurel has also run at state in track, and she’s active in speech and drama. She’s an honor society member, and she was recently installed as a Eucharistic minister. Laurel will be off to college next year, and we wish her all the best in the future.

Thanks, Emma. On this week’s Golden Bear calendar, there’s state cheerleading today in Des Moines and state solo dance in Newton. Also this morning the quiz bowl team is competing at Algona High.

Girls basketball practice starts on Monday. We’ll have mass on Wednesday, and that afternoon there’s an early dismissal for teacher inservice.

Next Friday is the state football semi-finals in Cedar Falls. We had to record this before last night’s big game, but we’re crossing our fingers that the Bears will be playing in the Dome.

There’s more quiz bowl next Saturday, with the Bears hosting the Top of Iowa Conference tournament. That night the curtain goes up on the fall musical, All Shook Up.

That’s the “Bear Facts” for another week. Thanks for joining us, and be sure to catch the show next week for more news from Bishop Garrigan High School.