The Bear Facts
February 5, 2011

Good morning! I’m Kristin Berte!

And I’m Aimee Dahlhauser! You’re listening to the “Bear Facts”, the weekly radio show from Bishop Garrigan High School.

This was a snowy week in North Central Iowa, which made travel difficult all around the area. We dismissed early Monday and had no school Tuesday or Wednesday. Lots of different school events had to be re-scheduled, and many of our Catholic Schools Week activities were interrupted.

Because of the bad weather, the Golden Bear speech team got a lot less practice in than they’d have liked. In fact, for some of the events the only opportunity they had to practice between district and state was the Speech Spectacular that was re-scheduled to yesterday afternoon. As the old saying goes, “the show must go on”, though, and today nine Garrigan events are scheduled to perform at state large group contest in Sioux City.

Performing for the Bears at state are seniors Anna Kollasch, Michael Hellman, Jake Rosenmeyer, Michael Fakler, Becky Jennings, Brie Blocker, and Ryya Kumm. Also competing at state are Rachel Berte, Amelia Golwitzer, Matthew Fakler, Lizzy Hohmeister, Hannah Boisjolie, Makayla Foertsch, and Melanie Mergen; together with Austin Salz, Craig Kohlhaas, Philip Detrick, Shawn Vaske, John Richter, and Sam Evers.

The speech entries that will be performing today include the one-act play The Last Touchy-Feely Drama on the American Stage, ensemble acting selections called “Men Are From Milwaukee and Women Are from Phoenix”, “The Diary of Adam and Eve”, and “A Beautiful Friendship”, group mimes entitled “Adventures in Babysitting” and “The Horrible Blind Date”, an improvisation group; the musical theatre selection “Pretty Women” from Sweeny Todd, and a short horror film called Occurrence in Iowa. Best wishes at state to all the speech performers. Break a leg, everyone!

The Golden Bear quiz bowl team recently finalized plans for their twelfth trip to the National Academic Championships. Last year the Bears made their best showing ever at nationals, winning three games. They’re hoping to do better in 2011 when they head to New Orleans Memorial Day weekend. The team is now officially registered, and they will make a week-long trip beginning May 26th.

While Garrigan has had many successful quiz bowl players this year, seven students have been part of championship teams at regional tournaments, which allowed them to qualify for nationals. They include Jake Rosenmeyer and Anna Kollasch, both of whom will be making their fourth straight appearance at nationals; fellow seniors Michael Fakler, Alex Hamilton, and Michael Hellman; sophomore Dustin Miller; and freshman Levi Bernhard. Congratulations, quiz bowl!

The spotlight normally shines on varsity basketball, but Garrigan’s lower level teams have also been doing well this year. The freshman boys team has had a particularly good year, with a winning percentage of more than 80%. Nathan Krieps and Chris Loss have been standouts for the frosh, and the team also features Michael Berke, Brayton Loss, Bailey Kohlhaas, Neal Koob, David Klein, and Sean Hart.

The JV Bears have also been working hard all season. At the core of the JV team are juniors Alex Boisjolie, Mitch Rahm, and Joe Farrell. Backing them up are sophomores Jake Kollasch, Andrew McGuire, Adam Hamilton, Dustin Miller, Elliot Boisjolie, and Bob Plathe; and freshmen Nathan Krieps and Chris Loss. Congratulations on a great season to the JV and freshman boys.

On the girls side, the JV team features juniors Addison Miller, Bethany Capesius, and Shelby Schindler; sophomores Aubrie Meyers, Haley Froehlich, Andrea Gisch, Kendra Roethler, Chelsi Lanus, Angelica Brosnan, Sarah McCall, and Sophie Behr; and freshman Kristin Condoleon. Also playing for the freshman girls’ team are Vanessa Dodds, Aisha Miller, Lydia Reding, Taylor Hovey, Mallory Schiltz, Morgan Muller, Kara Eischen, and Nicole Behr. A big salute to all our lower-level Bears!

Our Senior Spotlight this week shines on Travis Cruise and Zac Zittritsch. Here to tell you about them is Michael Fakler and Michael Hellman.

It’s appropriate to feature Travis Cruise this time of year, because it’s snowmobile season—and Travis and his whole family love snowmobiling. Travis is a Wesley native who is a big fan of all his Golden Bear friends' activities and spends a lot of time helping out with farm work. His biggest activity is intramural basketball, where he’s a team captain this year. He’ll be off to college next year, and we wish him all the best.

When he’s not at Garrigan, you might see Zach Zittritsch working at Hy-Vee. Zach’s biggest activity is band, and he’s also a post player in intramural basketball. All through high school he’s also helped out with lights at school plays and concerts. He plans to be a college man next year. Good luck, Zach!

Thanks, guys! On our Golden Bear calendar there’s state large group speech contest in Sioux City today. There’s also an alumni volleyball tournament in the Garrigan gym.

Intramural basketball resumes tomorrow. Monday night the freshman basketball teams play Algona High. Then on Tuesday There’s more basketball, with the Bears taking on Eagle Grove. There will be a pork pattie dinner during the games.

We’ll have mass on Wednesday, and the freshman basketball teams play at Humboldt that night. Then on Thursday girls basketball districts start, with the Bears hosting Twin River Valley.

Next Friday we’ll have a winter dance that’s part of our 100 Days of Fitness program. Then next Saturday the math team plays at Iowa State University.

 That’s the “Bear Facts” for this week.

Thanks for listening, and be sure to join us next week for more news from Bishop Garrigan High School.

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