The Bear Facts ... January 8, 2005

Good morning! I'm Ashley Waller!

And I'm Brandon Rowley! Welcome back to the "Bear Facts". Happy New Year from everyone here at Bishop Garrigan High School!

This is a big weekend for several of Garrigan's music students. Band members Casey Arndorfer, Dylan Freking, and Jacob Hellman are in Ft. Dodge this morning for the North Central Iowa Bandmasters Association Regional Honor Band. Band director Dennis Freking nominated the students, and a board of band directors from throughout northern Iowa selected them to the elite group. They'll be refining their skills and performing together with other top musicians from around the area.

Tomorrow four of Garrigan's top choir students will head to Decorah for the Dorian Vocal Festival at Luther College. Bridget Doughan, Chris Kirsch, Rose Mayer, and Jacob Richter were all part of the all-state choir last fall, and now they're being honored by participating at Dorian. The group practices on Sunday, and Monday they'll perform a concert of classical and gospel music. Choir director Denis Greenfield will be accompanying the group to Decorah. Congratulations to all these musicians on their honors!

Today is also a big day for the Golden Bear quiz bowl team. Eighteen Golden Bears are up in Swea City today to compete in the second annual Cougar Invitational Quiz Bowl at North Kossuth. Garrigan is the defending champion in this tournament, and they're hoping to repeat their success this year. Captains at today's tournament include Matt Courtney, Amanda Thompson, Alison Brandenburg, and Andrew Missal.

Other students competing today are Jacob Richter, Anthony McGuire, and Jeff Lappe; as well as Samantha Kirsch, Amanda Golwitzer, and Spenser Rahm. Also part of the team are JoAnn Kirsch, Amanda Cruise, Chris Scobba, and Chris Loebach; together with Jesse Studer, Seth Rogers, and Joe Rahm. There's even one senior making his quiz bowl debut today. Billy Vaske will be the Bears' secret weapon as the new kid on the team.

It's time once again for intramural basketball. The action starts tomorrow, and this year five teams will be competing for the coveted championship. Matt Courtney is captain of Team #1. His teammates include Sam Dittrich, Donnie Monson, Brandon Rowley, Chris Kirsch, Jacob Hellman, Andrew Missal, Jacob Richter, Seth Rogers, Brad Thompson, and Dan Gisch. Team #2 is entirely juniors. It includes captain Eric Goodman, plus Jude and Jesse Studer, Gavin Freking, Spenser and Joe Rahm, Chad Meyer, and Tim Lind.

The third team includes a lot of names that are familiar to those who follow Golden Bear sports. Mitch Buscher is captain of the team, which features fellow seniors Brian Marso, Billy Vaske, Jim Garman, Chris Reinhart, Sean Kohlhaas, Andrew Berte, Anthony McGuire, and Kyle Frideres. Team 4's captain is Adam Finley. Playing along with him are Joey Dailey, Chris Loebach, Dustin Tindall, Caleb DeRoos, Ben Berte, and Alex Hilbert. Nick Berte is captain of the final team. His teammates include freshmen Peyton Schindler, Mark Peoppe, Jake Lane, Krissy Kohlhaas, D.J. Thompson, and Mike Garman. Student council co-president Matt Vitzthum and moderator David Burrow organize intramurals. Good luck to all the teams!

It's official. The Golden Bear danz squad will be headed back to nationals. The girls will be performing in the National Championships the first weekend of March in Orlando, Florida. To help raise money for the trip, the danz squad is sponsoring a Belgian waffle breakfast next Saturday, January 15, at the Rochleau Center. You can see any danz squad member for tickets. Best wishes with the breakfast, and good luck at nationals to the Garrigan danz squad!

Math teacher Daryl Kohlhaas received two different pieces of good news this week. Mr. Kohlhaas was elected by his fellow math teachers as the secondary vice president for the Iowa Council of Teachers of Mathematics. He was also nominated by teachers and administrators in the Garrigan system for the Lawrence Soens Educator of the Year Award, the highest honor given to teachers in the Sioux City Diocese. Congratulations, Mr. Kohlhaas!

Our Senior spotlight for the new year shines on Katelyn Besch. Here with the details is Eric Goodman.

Katelyn Besch is a very active member of the BGHS senior class. Her biggest activity is probably HOSA, the group for people planning on entering health occupations. She has also been a cheerleader, and she's active in speech, drama, music, and Christian Leadership in Action. Katelyn keeps busy working and challenging herself with tough classes like physics. She'll be studying for a health care career after high school, and we wish her all the best in college.

Thanks, Eric! On our Golden Bear calendar this week, there's the NCIBA honor band today at Iowa Central Community College in Ft. Dodge and the big quiz bowl tournament at North Kossuth.

Tomorrow intramural basketball begins and there's the Dorian choral festival in Decorah. Then on Monday the freshman basketball teams play North Kossuth, with the girls at home and the boys in Swea City.

Tuesday the varsity basketball teams host Pocahontas. Semester tests begin on Wednesday, with a special schedule the rest of the week. Wednesday noon the freshmen will enjoy a pizza lunch as their reward from last fall's magazine drive.

Wednesday night at 5:30 we'll have the big Garrigan/St. Ed's game that was rescheduled due to snow a week ago. The baseball and softball teams will serve an Italian dinner during the games.

Tests continue Thursday, and that noon the junior class will enjoy Subway party subs. We'll finish up semester exams on Friday, and that night the Bears travel to Humboldt. Then next Saturday there's a math competition in Iowa Falls and quiz bowl at Eagle Grove.

Finally this week, we'd like to extend our sympathy to the families of Hank Elbert and Peggy Gales, both of whom had funerals this past week. Mr. Elbert's wife Lynn was a Garrigan secretary for many years, and several of his relatives are students here now. Ms. Gales, who died at age 101, worked in the Garrigan library for eighteen years. We want the families to know we're keeping them in our prayers.

That's the "Bear Facts" for this week. 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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