Good morning! I'm Tracey Fickbohm!
And I'm Angie Weber! You're listening to the "Bear Facts," the weekly radio show from Bishop Garrigan High School.
Basketball season is here, and there are some changes on the Golden Bear coaching staff this year. On the girls' side, Seton instructor Dave Wieland is taking over the head coaching spot from athletic director Ron Patterson. He will be assisted by Joe Capesius. The boys will now have two head coaches, as John Bartolo begins sharing the spotlight with Gene Meister. Mike Stence is the assistant boys' basketball coach.
The boys return a fair amount of experience this year. If size is a factor, they've got Ben Studer at center, who measures up at 6 feet, 7 inches, as well as fellow senior Andrew Brunsen at 6'5". The other returning seniors include Jeremy Bartolo, Jason Kohlhaas, and Matt Kunkel. Among the juniors are John Mosbach and Justin Frideres--both of whom saw lots of playing time last year--as well as Tyler Struck and Josh Meyer. Point guard Brad Nelson is back, and with a year of varsity experience under his belt, we're expecting great things out of him. This year Brad will be joined on the varsity by fellow sophomores Hank Greer, Ben Richter, Scott McGuire, and Ben Lickteig.
The girls' squad has fewer returning veterans, but they should still have a strong season. The returning Golden Bear seniors are forward Liz DeWaard and center Abbey Studer. The team's lone junior is stand-out guard Angie Froehlich. The bulk of the team is made up of sophomores, including Mandy Roethler, Sara Seeley, Heather Stence, Kristin Studer, Kelly Kohlhaas, Julie McGuire, Sara Reding, Deanna Kohlhaas, and Michelle Vitzthum. There's also one freshman playing varsity, 5'7" center Ashley Arndorfer. Congratulations to all our Golden Bear basketball players!
There's also a big crop of freshmen out for basketball this year. The freshman girls' team includes nine players. Among them are Jenna Becker, Allison Dornbier, Jamie Loebig, Teresa McGuire, and Heather Fickbohm. The other players to watch are Mindy Buscher, Shelley DeVries, Stephanie Hilbert, and Jamie Roethler. Ron Patterson is working as the freshman girls' coach this year.
Varsity coaches Bartolo and Meister also work with the freshman boys' team. Among the twelve freshman Bears are Brian Welp, Jeff Vaske, Scot Miller, and Ben Meyer. Other freshmen players include Andy Kardoes, Nick Lane, Mark Meister, and Andy Meyer. Rounding out the team are Steve Goede, Tyler Erpelding, Luke DeWaard, and Joe Bartolo. Good luck to all these future Golden Bear stars!
This weekend the BGHS danz squad is in Des Moines for the state drill team competition. This year's danz squad includes seniors Sarah Foth, Melanie McGuire, Abby Monson, Natalie Salz, and Tracey Fickbohm. The danz squad juniors include Abby Bartolo, Anna Erpelding, Mindy Erpelding, Amanda Hilbert, Corrie Stetzel, Jillian Trenary, and Katie Patterson. Sophomores Heather Johnson and Kelly Kunkel are also in danz squad, as are freshmen Allison Courtney and Monica Studer. Colleen Schiltz is the danz squad advisor. Good luck at state to the danz squad.
The Golden Bear quiz bowl team is in action again today. This morning they're up north for the Spirit Lake Invitational Tournament. Garrigan has a varsity and a JV team entered in the tournament. Mike Reel is the varsity captain, and he'll be backed up by fellow seniors Doug Besch and Adam Foertsch, as well as juniors John Mosbach and Tyler Struck. Heading up the JV team is sophomore Angie Kohlhaas. Her teammates include juniors Jenny Reinhart and Nate Frideres, sophomore Lynn Kohlhaas, and freshman Bob Brandenburg. Good luck, quiz bowlers!
This week's Senior Spotlight shines on Michael Bernhard and Rachel Studer.
Michael Bernhard is a Bancroft native whose main activity is golf. Over the years he has also been involved in intramural basketball. He says his favorite time of day is study hall, but his friends say he also enjoys religion. Away from Garrigan, you might see him working at Jubilee Foods in Algona. We wish Michael the very best of luck.
Rachel Studer is a Wesley native whose activities include speech, youth council, band, and serving as a softball manager. She enjoys art and band, and away from school she keeps busy working at three different jobs. She also plays the organ at area churches. Rachel will be studying archaeology at Iowa State University next year, and we wish her all the best.
On this week's Golden Bear calendar, there's state drill team today in Des Moines. Also this morning, the quiz bowl team is playing in Spirit Lake.
All weekend BGHS is hosting a Discover retreat, where students from around the Sioux City Dicoese can find out more about themselves and their faith.
Tuesday is the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. We'll have mass at Garrigan at 10:45 Tuesday morning, and as always, the public is invited.
Tuesday night the basketball teams travel to Eagle Grove for a four-game boy/girl match-up. Then Thursday we'll have no school at Garrigan, as a reward from the magazine drive last month.
Seton and the Algona Community Schools will have classes Thursday morning, with a teacher in-service in the afternoon. Also on Thursday, the Model UN students will travel to Ames to do research at the ISU Library.
Friday the Variations in Literature students will enjoy a Greek meal. That night the basketball teams host Clarion/Goldfield. Then next Saturday there's more basketball, with the varsity Bears travelling to Hampton/Dumont.
That's the "Bear Facts" for another week. Thanks for listening, and be sure to tune in again next week for more news from Bishop Garrigan High School.
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