THE BEAR FACTS
September 3, 2022

Good morning! I’m Thadd Kollasch!

I’m Violet Bode!

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

Fall sports are off to a good start at Bishop Garrigan. The Golden Bear football team has good numbers this year, and the players started the season healthy. That showed in their first game of the season, when the Bears impressed sceptics with a big 53 – 6 victory over Janesville. After spending most of the season injured last year, senior Garrett Heying is back in his role as starting quarterback this fall.


Other seniors on the Golden Bear team include linemen Drew Casey, Nate Bronk, Drew Fogarty, and Caleb Bormann; receivers Jack Grandgenett, Aidan Hovey, and Matt Kollasch; and running back Cal Birkey. Other key players include juniors Caiden Roethler, Logan Nemmers, and Sam Plathe, and sophomore Trayton Cink. Good luck to Coach Marty Wadle and the football team!

The Bishop Garrigan volleyball team has a lot of returning talent. In their opening game win over Belmond—Klemme senior Maggie Vaske led the team in serving aces, Molly Joyce racked up the most kills, and Audi Crooks led in blocks. Other varsity starters include seniors Ashlyn Hovey and Eva Snyder; juniors Violet Bode, Avery Lichter, and Reagan Murphy; sophomore Zoe Montag; and freshmen Alyssa Haugland, Sacha Alesch, and Emmi Bartolo. Go, volleyball!

There’s only one senior out for cross-country. That’s Gavin Swift, who took 13th place at the Spencer meet last week. The boys team also includes juniors Ethan Kuper and Nathaniel Darling; sophomores Daniel Meis and Schyler Morse; and freshmen Amaury Thomas and Gabe Swift. On the girls side juniors Abbie Capesius and Lauren Swift both finished in the top twenty last week. Freshman Rose Curtis is also out for cross-country. Good luck to Coach Brandon Rowley and the whole cross-country team!

The cheerleaders are an important part of the fall sports scene. This year’s spirit squad includes Emma Bacha, Savannah Waechter, Zoey Von Bank, Avery Berte, Ellie Rosenmeyer, Ava Kemna, Ella Schaaf, and Ava Hough; together with Lydia Erpelding, Ellie Vipond, Isabella Waechter, Ava Roethler, Reece Kemna, Ava Snider, and Addison Kuper. Thanks, cheerleaders!

Homecoming 2022 is just around the corner. Last week the seniors nominated this year’s royal court. The Homecoming queen candidates for 2022 are Audi Crooks, Molly Joyce, Eva Snyder, and Maggie Vaske;PICK UP and this year’s king candidates are Cal Birkey, Caleb Bormann, Drew Casey, and Drew Fogarty. Homecoming will be the week of September 18 – 24.

Last week we talked about summer sports at Garrigan, but there’s one sport we didn’t mention. Sophomore Brooke Ludwig had a very successful season as both a co-coach and a participant in the summer swim team. She was undefeated and won four golds and one silver medal at conference, breaking three summer swim team records. Brooke is also competing this fall with the Algona swim team. Congratulations, Brooke!

Earlier this week the Bishop Garrigan Class of 2026 elected their student council representatives. Five freshmen were elected to the student council. Congratulations to Tate Foertsch, Ethan Marso, Alyssa Haugland, Addison Kuper, and Hailee Reutzel.

Our Senior Spotlight this week shines on one of our student council co-presidents, Avery Berte. Here to tell you about her is Brendan Plathe.

Avery Berte is a Bancroft native whose biggest activities are danz squad, cheer, and art club. At camp last summer she was one of three Garrigan students who were named All-American dancers. She enjoys classes like Spanish, art, and capstone, and during the summer you might have seen her working at the Bancroft pool. Next year she plans to go to college to study pediatric nursing. We wish Avery good luck both this year and in the future.

Thanks, Brendan. On our Golden Bear calendar, there’s a JV volleyball tournament today at Algona High. Monday there’s no school because of the Labor Day holiday.

The JV football team will have a home game on Monday night. Tuesday will be the first turn-in day in the annual calendar drive. We’ll have mass that morning with commissioning of eucharistic ministers.

Tuesday night the volleyball team will be hosting Eagle Grove. The cross-country team runs on the hilly course up at Estherville that night, and there’s also a swim meet in Perry.

Next Thursday the swim team is at Fort Dodge. The volleyball team will be playing at Garner Thursday night, and Friday will be the second calendar turn-in day.

We’ll have a special out-of-uniform Spirit Day next Friday. That night the football team will host West Bend—Mallard. Finally next Saturday there’s the CYO cross-country meet at Holstein.

That’s the “Bear Facts” for Labor Day weekend. Thanks for joining us, and be sure to tune in again next week for more news from Bishop Garrigan High School.