The Bear Facts
September 6, 2oo8

Good morning! I'm Ashley Beisch!

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

This past week we took a minute out of our morning classes to see something we'd never seen before at Garrigan. We turned on the TVs at school and watched a former Golden Bear being covered on ESPN. After six full seasons in the minors, baseball player Brad Nelson finally got the call-up this week to the Milwaukee Brewers major league team. Brad is wearing #40 in Milwaukee, the same uniform number he wore when he led the Golden Bears to state. With the Brewers in a play-off race, Brad is mostly pinch hitting this September. He made his major league debut on Monday and got his first hit, a double to the wall, on Tuesday night. We congratulate Brad on his success, and we want him to know the school is still standing behind him.


We're always thrilled to cheer on our current Golden Bears, too. Last week we told you about this year's football team, so this year we'd like to highlight our other fall sports. The Bishop Garrigan volleyball team started things off with a win over Estherville in three straight games last Tuesday. The team includes nine senior veterans: Allison Blocker, Christina Richter, Megan Hilbert, Kelly Rouse, Kali Smith, Danielle Rahm, Mandy Kohlhaas, Jesie Rosenmeyer, and Michaela Bormann. Backing them up are juniors Alyse Meyers, Kelly Klein, Mackenzie Schindler, Tayler Cink, and Chloe Behr. Good luck, Golden Bear volleyball!


Cross-country season is also underway. While it's a bit of a rebuilding year for the runners, they've already had some success. Last Tuesday at the Mason City Newman meet Katrina Even, Shanna Miller, and Ben Hellman all ran personal best times. Katrina and Ben brought home medals from that meet. In addition to them, this year's team includes seniors Holly Byrkeland, Chris Kellner, Sam Norland, and Christopher Schmidt; juniors Brittany Berte and Taylor Brandenburg; and sophomores Anna Kollasch, Michael Fakler, Alex Hamilton, and Drew Magill. Chris Hansen, Randy Kenyon, and Michael Hellman manage the cross-country team. Good luck, runners!


Tomorrow six Garrigan girls will head down to Ames, where they'll join hundreds of girls and two boys from all around the state who are trying out for the All-Iowa Honor Drill Team. Danz squad members Christina Richter, Kayla Schiltz, Danielle Rahm, Megan Mayer, Rachel Molsberry, and Taylor Brandenburg will be trying out for the prestigious squad. Those dancers who are selected for the All-Iowa Honor Drill Team will be performing during the basketball tournaments next winter. Good luck, girls!


The fall sports spirit squad has been very busy already. They've been cheering at games and putting up spirit signs in the hallways at school. This year's varsity cheerleaders include Molly Brashear, Kayla Schiltz, Meghan Mayer, Beth Kollasch, and Beth Broesder; as well as Jade Kajewski, Katelyn Renger, Cassie Reising, Ashley Bode, Sarah Matthews, Becky Jennings, Kelsie Berke, and Ryya Kumm. Thanks to the spirit squad for all they do.


One of the busiest groups at Garrigan is Christian Leadership in Action, which does a variety of service projects throughout the school and community. About half of Garrigan's students are part of Christian Leadership, but there is always a core group of class leaders at the heart of the organization. This year's class leaders are seniors Beth Kollasch, Danielle Rahm, Kristina Schiltz, and Bethany Kirsch; and juniors Kelly Klein and Molly Brashear. We're proud of the service these people do.


Our Senior Spotlight this week shines on Megan Hilbert. Here to tell you about her is Kelly Rouse.

Megan Hilbert is a Livermore native who is one of this year's student council co-presidents. She's a year-round athlete who is active in volleyball, basketball, and track. Megan is a National Honor Society member who has been part of the student council all through high school. She has also done lots of service projects through Christian Leadership in Action. She'll be off to college next year, and we wish her the very best of luck in the future.


Thanks, Kelly! On our Golden Bear calendar, the annual calendar drive continues through next week, and we encourage you to buy a raffle calendar from your favorite Golden Bear. Today on the calendar there's the Algona volleyball tournament, taking place at AHS, Garrigan, and the Algona YMCA.

Tomorrow you can head down to Ames High to see the All-Iowa Honor Drill Team try-outs. Monday there's JV football at North Iowa, and we'll celebrate the day our namesake Bishop Phillip Garrigan was born.

Tuesday there's cross-country in Estherville, and the volleyball team plays at Clear Lake. Then Wednesday eight student council and Christian Leadership members will be attending the North Central Conference Leadership Summit in Renwick.

Friday the calendar drive ends, and that night the football bears travel to Clay Central Everly. Then next Saturday there's CYO cross-country in Holstein.

That's our second "Bear Facts" of the year. Thanks for joining us, and be sure to tune in again next week for more news from Bishop Garrigan High School.


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