March 9, 2019

Good morning! I’m Emma Thul!

I’m Preston Kohlhaas!

And I’m Laurel Degen! Thanks for joining us again for the “Bear Facts”, your weekly radio update from Bishop Garrigan High School.

It’s always sad when any sports season ends, and for almost every team the last game of the season is a loss. While we’re sad that the Golden Bear boys season came to an end last Monday, we’re proud that they’re one of the few teams that made it all the way to the state basketball tournament. The difference in the game was three-point shots. Montezuma shot over 50% on threes and made eleven baskets from beyond the arc. While the Bears dominated inside, they only made five three-pointers, and that difference was more than the 78 – 65 margin in the game.

Senior T.J. Schnurr, sophomore Angelo Winkel, and junior John Joyce all scored in double digits for the Bears at state. Brad Capesius, Tristan Furgeson, Cade Winkel, Marcus Plathe, and Kyle Schaaf also scored, and John Capesius and Cameron Baade got into the book with rebounds. The Bears finish the season with a 19 – 7 record. Congratulations to the basketball team on making it to state for just the third time in school history!

Today the Golden Bears have ten events entered in the state individual speech contest, which is being held at Woodbury Central High School in Moville. The Bears left just a few minutes ago, and all their performances will be this afternoon. Gabe Trainer will lead things off by performing the prose selection “My War with Machines” at 12:38pm. Then Bryce Capesius will present an Expository Address called “I Had Cancer Once”.

Riley Rosenmeyer will perform in Storytelling with “Three Feathers”, while Marguerite Fakler will tell the Dr. Seuss’ story “The Sneetches”. Ashlyn Harrington is entered in Prose with “The Waltz”, while Joey Trainer is presenting “The Great Outdoors”. Meredith Illg is reading a poetic version of “Cinderella”, and Ava Eisenbarth is also entered in Poetry. Jordan Hansen is presenting a Literary Program called “Images of Women”, and Logan Heying is competing in Radio News Announcing.

Rehearsals for speech have been few and far between, both due to weather and because of state basketball. Coaches Ashley Meyer and David Burrow have been working hard to prepare the speech students for state, though. Best wishes to all the speech performers. Break a leg, everybody!

Tomorrow afternoon the Garrigan music department will be presenting the annual pops concert. The band will open the show with four numbers. There will also be selections from the whole choir, vocal jazz and show choir groups, and a variety of vocal soloists and small groups. The show starts at 3:00 tomorrow, so be sure to come out to Garrigan for the 2019 pops concert.

Next Friday the Golden Bear quiz bowl team will sponsor their eighth annual Community Quiz Bowl Tournament. People of all ages are welcome to participate, with teams of up to five players competing against each other. Spots are filling up fast, so we encourage you to form your team. For more information or to register, call quiz bowl captain Logan Heying at 712-260-5719. Be sure to be a part of the Community Quiz Bowl!

The proceeds from Community Quiz Bowl will help cover expenses for the quiz bowl team’s trip to nationals this summer. Garrigan qualified for nationals by winning their home tournament in October and then taking the Top of Iowa Conference championship in November. They plan to compete at the National Academic Championships in Chicago this June.

Our Senior Spotlight this week shines on Preston Kohlhaas. Preston is probably best known for his success on the football field. Preston was a top running back who helped lead the Golden Bears to state last fall. He’s also a good student who has taken accelerated math classes all through high school and is enrolled in a number of college classes as a senior. Preston works as a professional photographer, and he’s interested in technology. He’ll be showing off his musical talent at the pops concert tomorrow. Preston plans to study at Iowa State next year, and we wish him all the best in the future.

On our Golden Bear calendar this week, there’s state speech contest today in Moville. Then overnight Daylight Savings Time begins.

Tomorrow at 3:00 will be the annual BGHS Pops Concert. Golf practice is scheduled to begin on Monday, though we doubt they’ll be doing much golfing in the snow drifts.

We’ll be starting the Iowa Assessments next week. The annual academic banquet will be Tuesday night at the K.C. Hall.

We’ll have a reconciliation service at school on Wednesday. There’s an early dismissal that afternoon for teacher inservice. Then Thursday and Friday we’ll have parish busing because Garrigan is in session, but the Algona Community Schools are on break.

Friday is an out of uniform day. The third quarter ends that day, and that night is the annual Community Quiz Bowl.

That’s the “Bear Facts” for another week. Thanks for joining us, and be sure to tune in again next week for more news from Bishop Garrigan High School.