The Bear Facts ... October 7, 2006

Good morning! I'm Tami Lallier!

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

It's been a while since we talked about an individual person actually winning a cross-country meet, but we're pleased to say that this week we can talk about that again. Last Tuesday at Eagle Grove, Garrigan senior Chris Scobba charged past the competition to win the five-kilometer race by 12 full seconds. Congratulations on a great victory, Chris!

The girls cross-country team also had a great race at Eagle Grove. The scores for their five top runners put Garrigan in a tie for second place. That meant everything came down to Garrigan's sixth runner, freshman Joanna Freking. Joanna's time was better than the competition, so the Bears ended up taking home the second place medals. Congratulations on another great race to the cross-country team!

Less than two hours from now the BGHS Solid Gold Marching Band will be competing in the state marching competition. The band gave a good performance at Band Day last Saturday, and they're hoping for an ever better show today. The state marching competition is held at Dodger Stadium in Ft. Dodge, and Garrigan will be performing at 10:30 this morning. We encourage everyone to head on down to Ft. Dodge to see our band perform.

In addition to our cross-country, football, volleyball, and dance teams, two other Garrigan athletes have been working hard all fall. Caryn Taphorn and Becca Kramer have been competing for Garrigan as part of the Algona swim team. This past week they had a big meet at Spencer, and next Monday they'll be at Storm Lake. The regional swim meet will be Saturday, October 28 in Ft. Dodge. Good luck to our swimmers!

Less than a month from now we'll have the biannual Garrigan Extravaganza. Students, faculty, and alumni will all join in for this fun-filled talent show. Miss Mary McCall is in charge of organizing the extravaganza, which raises money for DARTS, the fine arts booster group. The show will be Saturday, November 4 in Friedmann Auditorium. We'll keep you updated as that date approaches.

Many of the speech and drama students will also be attending a drama workshop next month. They'll be heading up to St. Paul to learn from top-notch actors and then see a production of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. A special grant means the only cost for our students is lunch, and it should be a great learning experience for everyone involved.

While some school websites seem to be getting smaller, Garrigan's just keeps continuing to grow. We've recently added dozens of pages of action shots from every fall sport, pages showing activities in different classes, and a complete overhaul of the virtual tour of the school. Of course, you can also go to the website to find the latest calendars and breakfast and lunch menus, daily bell schedules, course descriptions, staff information, and a complete history of the school. Now in its tenth year online, you can find the school website at garrigan - dot - unlimitedweb - dot -net.

Our Senior Spotlight this week shines on Scott Kollasch. Here with the story on Scott is Rachel Byrkeland.

Scott Kollasch is an Algona native who is one of the few Golden Bears ever to be a five-sport letterwinner. After going to state in cross-country, Scott switched to football, where he's also helped lead the team to state. Scott has also been to state in track, he helped win the conference championship in baseball, and he's earned a letter in basketball. Scott's not just about sports, though. He's also part of the Christian Leadership in Action group and the National Honor Society, and he's a past member of the student council. Away from Garrigan you might see him working at the YMCA. After high school he'll be majoring in physical therapy at the University of Iowa. We wish Scott the very best in the future.

Thanks, Rachel! On our Golden Bear calendar this week, there's the state marching contest this morning in Ft. Dodge. Tomorrow will be the CYO volleyball tournament in LeMars.

Monday there's freshman football, with the Bears traveling to Eagle Grove. Then on Tuesday the cross-country team runs in the North Central Conference meet at Iowa Falls.

Next Thursday the volleyball team plays at Clear Lake. The cross-country team runs at Spencer on Friday, and also that night the football team hosts Sheffield Chapin Meservey Thornton. The football cheerleaders will serve a supper at the game.

Finally next Saturday Garrigan will be hosting its annual quiz bowl tournament. Sixty-six teams will be on hand for the biggest academic competition in Iowa.

That's the "Bear Facts" for this week. Thanks for joining us, and be sure to set your dial here next week for more news from Bishop Garrigan High School.

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