Good morning! I'm Shane Koob!

And I'm Kayla Reding! Welcome once again to the "Bear Facts", where we're celebrating some great accomplishments here at Bishop Garrigan High School.

"YOU GOTTA WANT IT!" That's what the Garrigan football play-off shirts say, and the Bears showed they definitely did want it with a dramatic win in the opening round of football play-offs last Wednesday night. The Bears showed that conditioning definitely pays off. While their opponents from Ackley Geneva Wellsburg Steamboat Rock took an early lead, they tired toward the end of the game. That's when the Bears came alive, scoring three touchdowns in seven minutes to win the game and advance to the state quarterfinals.

Both the win last Wednesday and the whole season have been a real team effort for the Bears. There's no one star on either offense or defense for the Bears; it's taken everyone working together to get as far as they have. On offense, running back John Reding has gotten a lot of attention this season, but two of the touchdowns on Wednesday were by junior Ben Berte. Both of them will tell you that the real credit goes to linemen like Spenser, Joe, and Josh Rahm, Dustin Tindall, Chris Loebach, Adam Elbert, and Tim Lind. Jeff Lappe has had some incredible kick returns; linebackers Matt Kollasch and Jude and Jesse Studer have racked up the tackles; and Gavin Freking had the play of the game last Wednesday with a huge interception. Nate Pierson has done a great job, both as a receiver and a kicker, and when starting quarterback Bob Geelan was injured in Wednesday's playoff game, junior Brian Capesius stepped up and did a great job in a high-pressure situation.

With the win last Wednesday, the Bears advance to the state quarterfinals-the "elite eight" in Class 1-A. They'll host Pocahontas Area High School Monday night. That game will be at 7:00 right here at Conway Field. Admission to all play-off games is $6 per person. Since we're playing at home against a nearby team, we're expecting a big crowd-so be sure to get there early. Remember game time is 7:00, half an hour earlier than usual. You can even have dinner before the game, because the Golden Bear danz squad will be serving a tailgate supper. You can enjoy pork loin sandwiches, chips, veggie sticks, and cookies, all for just $5.

The danz squad is one of four groups that has a big activity this weekend. The state solo dance championships are happening today at Pella High School. Jenn Vaske, Monica Schiltz, and Marisa Spain are representing Garrigan at the event. Good luck to Coach Colleen Conway-Schiltz and our dancers!

Also this weekend the football cheerleaders are in Des Moines for the state cheerleading finals. Garrigan's varsity cheerleaders include Courtney Mergen, Nancy Syharath, Samantha Arndorfer, Jessica Cink, and Denise Kohlhaas; as well as Kathy Kohlhaas, Lizzie Mayer, Jenni Miller, Michaela Pease, and Candace Schiltz. Good luck to them, and to coaches Angie Fox and Sandra Laubenthal.

Today is also the start of a busy month for the Golden Bear quiz bowl team. The Bears have four teams entered in the Algona Invitational Tournament this morning at Algona High. Team captains include Andrew Missal, Jacob Hellman, Chris Scobba, and Jesse Studer, and twenty other Garrigan students will be competing today. Good luck to them and to Coach David Burrow.

Tonight is your last chance to catch the BGHS fall musical, Annie Get Your Gun. Last night's opening performance was well received, and we're hoping for another great show tonight. Drama director Mark DeLange, music directors Denis Greenfield and Dennis Freking, and art director Steve Brosnan have been working with roughly a third of the student body on one of the biggest productions ever. Curtain time is 7:30 tonight in Friedmann Auditorium--so be there!

The football team isn't the only Garrigan sport that went to state this fall. The girls' cross-country team won their regional championship and ran in the state meet last Saturday in Fort Dodge. Junior Tami Lallier ran the best race of her life at state, finishing the four-kilometer race in 14th place in a time of just 16 minutes, 8 seconds. Kelli Balck ended up 27th, and Maria Kohlhaas was 52nd out of nearly 200 runners in the race. The Bears as a team finished in eighth place overall. On the boys side Chris Scobba qualified for state as an individual, and he ended up in 32nd place overall. Congratulations to Coaches Daryl Kohlhaas and Greg Ahlers and the cross-country team!

Our Senior Spotlight this week shines on Tim Lind. Here to tell you about him is Amanda Shaw.

Tim Lind is an Algona native who was a key to the Bears' playoff victory last Wednesday. Tim got a fumble recovery that ended up providing the insurance Garrigan needed in its win. In addition to football, Tim has been in track and he also enjoys intramurals. He'll also be on stage in tonight's production of Annie Get Your Gun. Tim enjoys math and science classes. He'll be off to college next fall, and we wish him all the best.

Thanks, Amanda! On our Golden Bear calendar this week, there's quiz bowl at Algona High, state solo dance in Pella, and state cheerleading in Des Moines today. Also today the math team is competing in Sioux Center.

Monday the magazine drive ends, so be sure to catch a Garrigan student and renew your subscriptions before then. That night we'll host the state football quarterfinals, with the danz squad serving a meal before the game.

Because of football playoffs, parent-teacher conferences have been re-scheduled to Tuesday and Wednesday nights. Conferences will be from 3:30 to 6:00 at the Rochleau Center.

Wednesday many Garrigan students will be on a field trip to the Mall of America. The rest of us will join Algona Community Schools in dismissing early on Wednesday because of Algona's appearance in the state volleyball tournament.

We'll also start at 10:30 Thursday because of Algona volleyball. There's no school Friday, and we're hoping that that day the Bears will be at the UNI-Dome playing in the state football semi-finals.

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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