The Bear Facts

September 4, 2010

Good morning! I'm Andrea Altman!

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

Fall sports have begun. The Golden Bear cross-country team has already completed two meets, and they're off to a pretty good start. The Bears' first meet was at Spencer, where the competition was mostly 3-A teams. That didn't phase sophomore Erin Reedy, though. She took first place at Spencer. Then the following week Erin broke the Garrigan sophomore record when she ran at Mason City Newman. Others running for the girls so far this season include Erica Carlson, Nicole Behr, and Erin Quinlin.

The Garrigan boys cross-country team, which has been plagued by injuries for the past two years, was excited to actually have a full team running at the Newman meet. The roster included seniors Drew Magill, Michael Fakler, and Mcihael Hellman; sophomore Dustin Miller; and freshmen Nick Bronk, Jake Hamilton, and Dillon Walker. Good luck all throughout the season, cross-country!

The volleyball team got off to a good start last Tuesday with a victory over Estherville Lincoln Central. This year's team features returning seniors Chelsea Doughan, Kelsey Rahe, Alicia Richter, Becca Molsberry, Katie Miller, Laura Richter, and McKayla Loss. Juniors on the team are Abbey Miller, Addison Richter, Bethany Capesius, Lana Larson, Lizzy Hohmeister, Mallory Bormann, Rachel Berte, Shelby Schindler, and Sheridan Berte. Also on the varsity squad are sophomores Amelia Golwitzer, Aubrie Meyers, Chelsi Lanus, Hannah Boisjolie, Hannah Byrkeland, and Harli Eggers; plus Nicole Grein, Nicole Mergen, Rebecca Richter, Samantha Kollasch, Savanah McNertney, and Sophie Behr. Good luck, volleyball!

The new school year brought new district match-ups and a new game time for the football team. This year all the football games are at 7pm, half an hour earlier than in the past. The Bears also have a lot of different opponents, such as next week's match-up at West Sioux-Hawardan. The Bears return eight senior veterans: Andrew Schiltz, Kevin Elbert, Andrew Behr, Jacob Behr, Logan Smith, Michael Frideres, Eric Baumann, and Joel Reding.

Juniors on this year's football team are Daniel Gelhaus, Zach Keith, Grant Reding, Terrenze Franklin, Alex Boisjolie, Mitch Rahm, Craig Kohlhaas, and Luke Eischen. The sophomores include Victor Berte, Jake Kollasch, Bobby Plathe, Shawn Vaske, Jonathan Berte, Elliot Boisjolie, Thomas Bradley, Andrew Eden, Charlie Thilges, Alex Matthews, and Adam Hamilton. There are also eleven freshmen suiting varsity, but so far only one-kicker Brayton Loss-has gotten a chance to prove himself in a game. Good luck to all the Golden Bear football team!

Tryouts were held this past week for the BGHS fall musical, the Andrew Lloyd-Webber show Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Choir director Linda Ferjak will be working with new drama coaches Carol Eischeid and Lori Richter on the production. They'll be rehearsing through the fall, and the show will be Friday and Saturday, November 5 and 6. Be sure to mark your calendar for Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

There was some good news this past week for Garrigan math teacher David Burrow. Last Friday Mr. Burrow learned that he had been selected Educator of the Year for the Sioux City Diocese. He will officially receive the award next month at the Bishop's dinner for education. Mr. Burrow has been at Garrigan since 1983. In addition to his classes, he works with quiz bowl, speech, student council, intramural basketball, the school website, and the "Bear Facts" radio show.

The Garrigan danz squad spent four days at the National Dance Association camp at Iowa State University over the summer. While there they received technical excellence trophies and certificates, three spirit stick awards, and a team leader routine award. Aimee Dahlhauser, Becca Moslberry, and Kristin Berte were named all-Americans, and they, together with Hannah Bode and Laura Richter, won "top gun" awards. Congratulations to the dancers and to coach Coleen Conway-Schiltz!

Two Garrigan seniors were recently commissioned to serve as extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion. Jake Rosenmeyer and Becky Jennings distributed communion at our school mass last Wednesday, and they will also be serve as Eucharistic ministers in their parishes. It used to be quite common for high school students to distribute communion, but the current Bishop changed that practice. Jake and Becky had to make a special petition and get recommendation from their parishes. They then were allowed to go through special training to become Eucharistic ministers.

Our Senior Spotlight this week shines on Jake Rosenmeyer. Jake Rosenmeyer lives in the Wesley/St. Benedict area and is active in a wide variety of activities. He had been to nationals in quiz bowl for three straight years, and he's earned all-state honors in speech. Jake has been active in school plays, playing such roles as the title lead in Winnie the Pooh. Jake is a four-year student council member who was elected co-president last spring. He keeps stats for sports teams, he plays intramural basketball, he's won awards in choir, and this year he's playing the drums in band. Jake is in the Christian Leadership in Action group. Jake is investigating a calling to religious life, and we wish him all the best in the future.

On our Golden Bear calendar this week, the volleyball team is playing in a tournament at Ft. Dodge St. Edmond today. There's no school Monday because of the Labor Day holiday, but that night the freshman and sophomore football team plays at North Iowa.

Tuesday is Catholic College Day at Garrigan. The cross-country team runs at Estherville that night. Wednesday is the anniversary of Bishop Phillip Garrigan's birth 170 years ago in Ireland. We'll have a school mass that day at St. Cecelia's.

The volleyball team plays at Hampton-Dumont on Thursday. Friday the sophomores will choose class rings, and that night the football team makes the long trip to Hawarden to play West Sioux.

That's the "Bear Facts" for this week. Thanks for listening, and be sure to join us again next week for more news from Bishop Garrigan High School.

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