The Bear Facts
January 8, 2010

Good morning! I’m Anna Kollasch!

I’m Amie Dahlhauser!

And I’m Kristen Berte! Happy New Year from the “Bear Facts”. Thanks for joining us for all the news from Bishop Garrigan High School.

Intramural basketball is about to begin. Intramurals involve more competitors than any “real” sport, and they include some of the toughest-fought games around. This year the team to beat is probably captained by Tyler Lallier. His teammates include Brandon, Billy, and Andrew Schiltz, as well as Daniel Gelhaus, Luke Eischen, and Eric Baumann. Another top team has captain Jason Reding, together with Chuck Thilges, Shawn Vaske, Victor Berte, Thomas Bradley, Alex Matthews, Joseph Skilling, and Rebecca Richter.

A third intramural team includes seniors Jake Rosenmeyer, Travis Cruise, Kevin Laubethal, Zach Zittritsch, Alex Hamilton, Michael Hellman, Drew Magill, and Michael Fakler. Also in the competition are Philip Detrick, Sam Evers, Austin Salz, Corey Weydert, Matthew Fakler, Jeanne McCall, Rachel Berte, and Andrea Altman. There’s an all-girls team that features Ashley Bode, Kelsey Rahe, Sarah Matthews, Jessica Springer, Abbey Reding, Nicole Mergen, Kristin Berte, Miranda Gisch, and Sydney McNertney. The final student team includes Dillon Walker, Jonathan Berte, Connort Garman, Andrew Eden, Jake Hamilton, and Michael Frideres.

There’s also a faculty intramural team this year. All the teams will play a round-robin, with the action taking place Sunday afternoons throughout the winter. Varsity basketball players serve as the referees. Play-offs will be in March, and everyone will be hoping for the championship and for slots on the coveted all-intramural team. Good luck to all the intramural basketball players!

Speech rehearsals are well underway. This year coaches Mary McCall and David Burrow are working with sixteen different large group entries. Speech students will be performing the one-act play The Last Touchy-Feely Drama on the American Stage and the readers’ theatre What Are We Going to Do with Mama?. There are three acting ensembles: Men Are from Milwaukee and Women Are from Phoenix, A Beautiful Friendship, and The Diary of Adam and Eve. Mime groups will present Adventures in Babysitting, The “Un”-Study Group, and The Horrible Blind Date.

There are two varsity and one freshman groups in improvisation. In musical theatre, different groups will perform selections from Jesus Christ, Superstar, Sweeny Todd, and The Sound of Music. The JV reader’s theatre is called Flag Girls. Something new this year is the short film category, where a Garrigan group will be producing a horror flick. District large group contest will be Saturday, January 22 at Laurens. Best wishes, speech!

Last month the school board that oversees Garrigan and Seton made an important decision for next year. Starting in August the 7th and 8th graders will be in the Garrigan building rather than at Seton. The middle schoolers will have their own wing at the north end of the school, and their classes will be completely separate from the high school. Three Garrigan teachers will be moving to different rooms as a part of the change, and there will be several other renovations taking place over the coming summer. We’ll keep you updated on the progress on future shows.

Our Senior Spotlight this week shines on Joel Reding and Logan Smith. Here to tell you about them is Becca Molsberry and Michael Helman

Joel Reding is a Whittemore native who is proud to have been on the Golden Bear football team all through high school. He’s also out for track, and he helps maintain the school website. When he’s not at Garrigan, he keeps busy helping out on the family farm. Joel plans to attend Hawkeye Community College next year, where he’ll major in agribusiness. Good luck, Joel!

Logan Smith is also a four-year football player, and he’s also part of the Golden Bear golf team. He’s active in Christian Leadership in Action and has spent several semesters working on the school website. Logan works at Spring Valley Golf Course and at Emerald’s Restaurant in Algona. He’ll also be at Hawkeye next year, where he wants to study either business or horticulture. We wish both Logan and Joel all the best in the future.

Thanks, Becca and Michael ! On our Golden Bear calendar today Alex Hamilton, Becky Jennings, and Grace Steil are at an honor band in Ft. Dodge. Then tomorrow intramural basketball begins.

Tuesday the Bears host Fort Dodge St. Edmond. The baseball and softball teams will be serving a dinner at the games.

Semester tests begin on Wednesday, and we’ll have a special schedule with open campus when we don’t have exams. Wednesday the seniors will go to Pizza Ranch as their reward for being the top team in last fall’s magazine drive.

Note that there IS school at Garrigan and Seton all next week, even though the Algona public schools are off at the end of the week. Thursday the sophomores will enjoy Subway party subs as their magazine reward.

Friday night the basketball Bears face Webster City. Finally next Saturday the quiz bowl team will be playing in a tournament at Sioux Central. Also that day the math team is in action at Iowa Falls.

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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