Good morning! I'm Cassie Reising!

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

The Class of 2013 is the largest of the four classes now at Garrigan. Last week the freshmen elected their student council officers for this school year. It was a wide-open race, with eleven different candidates on the ballot. Thomas Bradley and Jonathan Berte were elected President and Vice President of the class, and the following day they elected Dustin Miller and Amelia Golwitzer their student council representatives. Congratulations to these freshman politicians!

The student council is already making plans for Homecoming 2009. Bishop Garrigan's fifty-first Homecoming will be the week of September 27 through October 3, ending on Algona Band Day. This year's Homecoming theme is "The Wild West", and it should be a great time for everyone. We'll fill you in on the Homecoming details on upcoming shows.

Last summer's Golden Bear sports teams made quite a showing. The BGHS baseball team won the district championship and came one game short of making it to the state tournament, losing to the state championship team. They had a record of 25 wins and 14 losses and averaged seven runs per game throughout the season. Brian Patterson, Brett Capesius, Austin Vaske, Matt Elbert, and Kyle Smith all earned all-conference honors in baseball, and Brian and Austin were all-district selections. 

Kyle and Brian were named the Bears' MVPs for the season, and Austin was named Most Outstanding Pitcher. Christopher Schmidt, Daniel Thilges, and Dana Miller earned the Golden Bear Pride Award, Brett Capesius was named top offensive player, and Jack Bradley and Mark Garman were the top defensive players. Joe Golwitzer and Matt Elbert were the Bears' most improved players in 2009. Congratulations to the Golden Bear baseball team for a great season!

Fall sports have begun. This year's Golden Bear volleyball team returns four senior veterans: Kelly Klein, Alyse Meyers, Chloe Behr, and Mackenzie Schindler. Juniors Chelsea Doughan, Kelsey Rahe, Alicia Richter, Rebecca Molsberry, Katie Miller, Laura Richter, and McKayla Loss join them on the varsity team. Coach Dave Schnurr is hoping for a good season, and we wish good luck throughout the fall to the volleyball team!

The cross-country team is young, but they should also be fast. Erin Reedy broke the freshman record at the first meet of the season. Other girls out this year include Emily Bell, Sarah McCall, Nora Krahenbuhl, and Kelly Rowley; as well as Anna Kollasch, Hannah Bode, Erica Carlson, Brittany Berte, Amy Rasmussen, and Brittany Brandt. On the boys side freshman Dustin Miller and junior Michael Fakler are leading the group. Mike Hellman, Matthew Fakler, Alex Hamilton, and Drew Magill will also be running for the Bears. Good luck to Coach Daryl Kohlhaas and the cross-country team!

The Golden Bear football team already has two tough games under their belt, and they'll start district play next Friday. This year's football team includes captains David Reding, Brett Capesius, Nick Foertsch, and Kevin Elbert. Returning seniors include Mark Garman, Mike Mergen, Bryan Berte, Austin Wolf, Michael Frideres, Nick Kellner, Dana Miller, Luke McCall, and Devin Tindall. Good luck to them and to Coach Wadle and all the football team!

The Golden Bear danz squad participated and competed in the National Dance Association camp this past summer. competed this past summer. Bishop Garrigan's dancers received the spirit stick every night and also received the NDA spirit trophy-with twelve out of thirteen teams at the camp voting for the Bears. They also received the Super Showmanship Award and were honored as the team exemplifying the best overall skill and dnace technique. Congratulations to all-American nominees Kristin Berte, Aimee Dahlhauser, Kayla Schiltz, and Rebecca and Rachel Molsberry, and good luck to coaches Barb Stence and Colleen Conway-Schiltz and the whole danz squad throughout the year!

The danz squad will be serving a steak sandwich dinner at the next home football game. They'll have steak sandwiches, chips, bars, and a drink available either to eat in or to go. They'll be serving from 5 to 7pm next Friday, September 11, when the Bears take on Clay Central Everly.

Our Senior Spotlight this week shines on David Reding. Here to tell you about him is Rebeccah Erdman.

David Reding is a Wesley native who is a four-year veteran on the student council. He was elected student body co-president last spring. Dave is probably best known as a running back for the Golden Bear football team. He's also gone to state in track and enjoys playing baseball and intramural basketball. Dave will be off to college next year, and we wish him all the best in the future.

Thanks, Rebeccah! On our Golden Bear calendar this week there's a freshman and JV basketball tournament today sponsored by Algona High. The JV are at Garrigan and the freshmen at the Algona YMCA. The varsity volleyball team is playing at Ft. Dodge St. Edmond.

Monday is Labor Day, so there's no school that day. The JV football team will host Mason City Newman Monday night. Then Tuesday we'll have Catholic College Day.

Tuesday night the cross-country team runs at Estherville. Also that night the volleyball team hosts Clear Lake. Then on Wednesday the seniors will nominate Homecoming royalty.

Friday morning we'll commemorate September 11th with a mass at St. Cecelia's. That night the football Bears host Clay Central Everly, and the danz squad will be serving steak sandwiches at the game.

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

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