The Bear Facts ... September 3, 2005

Good morning! I'm Kathy Kohlhaas!

And I'm Shane Koob! Welcome once again to the "Bear Facts", the weekly radio show from Bishop Garrigan High School.

We've already made it through two full weeks of school, and pretty much everybody's back in the swing of things. All the fall sports teams have started up their seasons, and they're all hoping to do well this fall. The cross-country team opened the year at the Newman Invitational last Tuesday. They had a lot of medallists, but not quite enough to make a good showing as a team. Chris Scobba finished in 4th place overall on the boys side, while Brandon Rowley and Jacob Hellman also ran strong. Tami Lallier led the Golden Bear girls with an 11th place finish in a pack of over a hundred. Kelli Black, Maria Kohlhaas, and Carrie Courtney also medalled for finishing in the top twenty. In the JV races, Chris Gelhaus finished in 5th place and Randy Kenyon was 17th on the boys side, while Krissy Kohlhaas finished in 15th place for the girls. Best wishes all season long to Coach Daryl Kohlhaas and all the cross-country runners!

The volleyball team played a close match last Tuesday, and they're in action again today. Returning seniors on this year's volleyball team are Ashley Waller, Andrea Arndorfer, Sadie Foertsch, Laura Kellner, and Tara Trenary. Also on the varsity team are juniors Hillary McGuire, Andrea Richter, Emily Funk, Brittany Pfeffer, Alicia Miller, Katie Buscher, Cindy Reding, and Rachel Byrkeland, and sophomore Meredith Meyers. Good luck to Coach David Schnurr and the volleyball team!

The Golden Bear football team is starting the season ranked #6 statewide, and they're hoping for another strong season. Returning seniors on this year's squad include Bob Geelan, Matt Kollasch, Joe Rahm, Gavin Freking, John Reding, and Tim Lind; as well as Jeff Lappe, Jesse Studer, Nate Pierson, Adam Elbert, Jesse Studer, and Spenser Rahm. We'll also be looking for juniors like Ben Berte, Dustin Tindall, Brian Capesius, Chris Loebach, Josh Rahm, Spenser Eischen, Joe Dailey, Alex Bradley, Scott Kollasch, and Alex Hilbert. A tough group of sophomores will also be suiting varsity. They include A.J. Doughan, Chase Reding, D.J. Thompson, John Parrish, Andrew Elbert, Kent Recker, and Jake Grein; together with Nick Berte, Mike Garman, Lee Brashear, Chad Lambert, Shane Koob, Jake Lane, and Jacob Zittritsch. The players are expecting to dominate teams like Rockford and Newman, while one of the best games of the season should be a tough match-up against Aplington-Parkersburg. The Bears will be working hard and trying to make a repeat appearance at the Dome. Good luck to Coach Wadle and the football team!

Homecoming 2005 will becoming up soon. Last Tuesday the BGHS senior class nominated the Homecoming royalty for 2005. This year's candidates for Homecoming queen are Tara Trenary, Kayla Reding, Courtney Mergen , Alison Brandenburg, and Ashley Waller. The king candidates are Andrew Missal, Dan Garman, Gavin Freking, Eric Goodman, and John Reding. This year's Homecoming theme is "The Golden Bear Time Machine", and the celebration will take place the week of September 19 - 23.

The BGHS calendar drive is off to an awesome start, with more calendars sold in the first week than ever before. Calendars will still be for sale through next weekend. Remember that each $25 calendar you buy gives you the opportunity to win up cash prizes worth from $35 to $500, as well as providing a schedule of all the school events at Garrigan and Seton. So be sure to see your favorite Golden Bear to get your Garrigan calendar today.

Our Senior Spotlight this week shines on our second student council co-president, Jesse Studer.  If you've visited the Algona K-Mart store, you've probably seen Jesse Studer stocking the shelves or scanning things at the cash registers. Jesse is a Wesley native who is in his second year starting for the Golden Bear football team. He's also active in track, quiz bowl, math team, band, and intramural basketball. He's making his debut on student council this year, taking the reins as student body co-president. Jesse will be off to college next year, and we wish him all the best.

On our Golden Bear calendar this week, the volleyball team is playing in the Algona tournament today. The varsity is at Algona High, while the JV is playing at Garrigan.

There's no school next Monday because of the Labor Day holiday. Tuesday we'll have Catholic College Day, and that night the cross-country team runs at Estherville.

Wednesday there will be a meeting for the freshman confirmation candidates and their parents. Then on Thursday the volleyball team hosts Hampton-Dumont.

Thursday is also the birthday of Phillip Garrigan, the Irish priest who became the first bishop of the Sioux City Diocese, and the man our school was named after.

Friday the Bears will be hosting this year's cross-town football match-up, and then on Saturday the cross-country team will run in the CYO meet at Holstein.

That's the "Bear Facts" for this week. Thanks for listening, and from all of us at BGHS-have a great Labor Day weekend!

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