The Bear Facts
September 3, 2011

Good morning! I’m Philip Detrick!

And I’m Emily Bell! Thanks for joining us for the “Bear Facts”, the weekly radio show from Bishop Garrigan High School.

We’ve had two full weeks of school at Garrigan, though a couple of the days have been shorter than standard. One of the weirdest days was last Thursday. In addition to dismissing early because of heat and humidity, we also had electrical problems at school. The main power supply to the school was partially interrupted, and that left some rooms without lights and others without plug-in appliances like computers, projectors, and fans. The problems were quickly fixed Thursday afternoon, and everything was back to normal again on Friday.

Fall sports are off to a good start. At the core of the Golden Bear cross-country team again this year will be Emmetsburg native Erin Reedy. Erin has been medalling consistently since she was a freshman, and we’re expecting her success to continue this year. The girls team also features senior Emily Bell; juniors Sarah McCall and Kelly Rowley; sophomores Erin Quinlin, Nicole Behr, and Aisha Miller; and freshmen Courtney Carlson and Morgan Frideres.

It’s a rebuilding year for the boys cross-country team, but the runners are looking to do their best. Nick Bronk has been the team’s stand-out so far. He’s running with fellow sophomores Jake Hamilton, Dillon Walker, and David Klein; and with freshmen Zach Kollasch, Mark Fakler, and Tony Kollasch. Good luck to Coaches Daryl Kohlhaas and Greg Ahlers and the cross-country team!

The volleyball team began their season last Tuesday, hosting a big match against Estherville, and they begin tournament play against St. Edmond this morning. Seniors Rachel Berte, Abbey Reding, Mallory Bormann, Addison Miller, Lana Larson, Shelby Schindler, Lizzy Hohmeister, and Bethany Capesius will be the core of the Golden Bear team this year. Others to watch include juniors Sophie Behr, Chelsi Lanus, and Aubrie Meyers; plus sophomore Vanessa Dodds. Good luck all season to Coaches Dave Schnurr and Jenna Kollasch and all the volleyball team!

The Golden Bear football team begins their district schedule next week, after starting the season by playing teams from larger classes. Freshman Reece Wadle and junior Jake Kollasch will be splitting the quarterback duties this fall. Returning seniors include captains Grant Reding, Alex Boisjolie, and Mitch Rahm; plus Daniel Gelhaus, Zach Keith, Terrenze Franklin, Craig Kohlhaas, and Luke Eischen. Juniors to watch are Victor Berte, Shawn Vaske, Jonathan Berte, Elliot Boisjolie, Thomas Bradley, Charlie Thilges, Alex Matthews, Adam Hamilton, and John Burns. Twenty other freshmen and sophomores will also be suiting varsity.

The football coaching staff has a few changes this year. Marty Wadle is back as head coach, and Ron Patterson will continue to be the defensive coordinator. Rounding out the coaches are Dave Wieland, Chad Hall, Donnie Loss, and Mark Kollasch. Good luck to all the coaches and to the whole Golden Bear football team!

The cheerleaders will be busy all through the fall. Melissa Kellner, Kim Schiltz, Logan Kumm, Nicole Behr, Jessica Springer, Mallory Schiltz, Sara Poeppe, Sheridan Berte, Noelle Vitzthum, Hunter Theesfeld, Aisha Miller, Savannah McNertney, Mariah McCall, and Anna Hohnmeister make up this year’s competition cheer team. In addition to them McKayla Foertsch is also part of the varsity football spirit squad. Good luck to Coach Erin Miller and the cheerleaders!

In addition to all the Golden Bear sports, three Garrigan girls are competing this fall as part of the Algona swim team. Keni Roethler, Erica Carlson, and Emma Plathe began their season swimming against teams from much larger schools, so they’re looking forward to fairer match-ups later this fall. Good luck, swimmers!

The Garrigan Class of 2015 elected their student council representatives this past week. Mark Fakler and Andrew Miller will be co-presidents of the freshman class. The race for class representatives was extremely close, but when the votes were all counted the winners were Cassidy Vitzthum and Morgan Frideres. Congratulations to them!

Homecoming 2011 will be coming up at the end of the month. The student council has chosen “Made in America” as this year’s Homecoming theme. The senior class nominated Homecoming royalty this past week. This year’s king candidates will be Alex Boisjolie, Daniel Gelhaus, Mitch Rahm, Grant Reding, and Austin Vaske. The queen candidates for 2011 are Rachel Berte, Addison Miller, Abbey Reding, Kimberly Schiltz, and Shelby Schindler. Congratulations to our Homecoming royalty.

Our Senior Spotlight this week shines on Grant Reding. Here to tell you about him is Craig Kohlhaas.

When we asked his fellow student council co-president Alex Boisjolie to tell us about Grant Reding, Alex said, “he’s pretty much the same as me”. Like Alex, Grant was unanimously elected student body co-president, he’s a year-round award-winning athlete, and he’s active in Christian Leadership in Action. You may not see Grant carrying the ball much this football season, because he had an arm injury at the beginning of the year. That just makes him a tougher threat on defense, though. This Algona native will be a college man next year, and we wish him the very best in the future.

Thanks, Craig! On our Golden Bear calendar this week, there’s varsity volleyball at Ft. Dodge St. Edmond today. Meanwhile the JV team hosts Algona, and the freshmen are playing at the Y.

There’s no school Monday because of the Labor Day holiday, but that night the JV football team hosts Mason City Newman. The annual calendar drive continues all next week, and Tuesday there’s a swim meet at Boone.

The cross-country team runs in Estherville on Tuesday. Then Thursday the volleyball team hosts Hampton—Dumont. Finally next Friday the football team hosts West Sioux.

That’s the “Bear Facts” for this week. Thanks for tuning in, and be sure to join us again next week when we’ll be back with more news from Bishop Garrigan High School.

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