The Bear Facts-January 10, 2009

Good morning! I'm Jake Rosenmeyer!

And I'm Rebeccah Erdman! You're listening to the "Bear Facts". Happy New Year from all of us at Bishop Garrigan High School.

This morning sixteen members of the Golden Bear math team got up early to head over to a big meet in Iowa Falls. Seniors Alec Boeckholt, Kelly Rouse, Chris Hansen, Danielle Rahm, Ben Hellman, and Randy Kenyon; juniors Rebeccah Erdman, Jeff Broesder, Cassie Reising, and Brittany Berte; sophomores Nora Krahenbuhl, Michael Fakler, Anna Kollasch, and Alex Hamilton; and freshmen Austin Salz and Craig Kohlhaas will all be competing today. They will compete together and individually in sprint, target, relay, and team rounds. All day long they'll answer some of the toughest math questions around. Good luck to Coach Daryl Kohlhaas and the math team!

The Golden Bear quiz bowl team is also busy today. They're over in Garner for the first-ever Humanities Challenge Team Competition. This invitation only event stresses history, literature, and the arts. It includes high schools from north central Iowa and includes questions and has a complex set of rules that encourages both individual and team knowledge. Seniors Joe Straub, Christopher Schmidt, and Vince Cruise will be leading Garrigan's team today. Joining them are sophomores Jake Rosenmeyer and Michael Hellman; and freshmen Jenny Broesder, John Richter, and Philip Detrick. Good luck to Coach David Burrow and the quiz bowl team!

Intramural basketball season is here again! This year there are six intramural teams, and fifty people are signed up to be involved in the competition. David Miller's team should be one of the most competitive. It includes seniors Jack Bradley, Matt Elbert, Kyle Smith, Dan Thilges, Chris Kellner, Brian Hamilton, and Brian Funk. Ben Hellman's team is another one to watch. His teammates include fellow seniors Alec Boeckholt, Randy Keyon, Chris Halsen, Sam Norland, Vince Cruise, and Vinny Humble, plus exchange student Henrique Noguiera. 

The juniors should have a strong team with Mike Mergen as their captain. Playing with him are David Reding, Luke McCall, Joe Golwitzer, Jacob Behr, Bryan Berte, Nick Foertsch, Devin Tindall, Elijah Gelhaus, and D.J. Beletti. Eric Baumann's team features sophomores Tyler Lallier, Travis Stone, Zach Price, Joel Reding, Logan Smith, and Michael Berte; while Travis Cruise's team includes sophomores Kevin Laubenthal, Zach Zittritsch, Jake Rosehmeyer, Michael Hellman, Alex Hamilton, and Michael Frideres.

Mitch Rahm is the final intramural captain. His team includes fellow freshmen Billy Schiltz, John Richter, Luke Eischen, Philip Detrick, and Craig Kohlhaas, plus junior Jordan Sprigner. There are also three adults sprinkled among the intramural teams this year: science teacher Beany Bode, religion teacher Rob Meister, and computer technician Andy Laubenthal. Varsity basketball players Christopher Schmidt and Brett Capesius are coordinating the referees. Games are every Sunday afternoon from now through March. Good luck to everyone participating in intramurals!

Our Senior Spotlight this week shines on Brian Hamilton and James T. Geelan. Here to tell you about them is Cassie Reising.

Brian Hamilton's number one activity is probably football. He's been a dedicated athlete all through high school and won first team all-district honors as a senior. He also won the team's defense award. Brian also enjoys track, and next year he plans to attend college over in Sheldon. We wish Brian all the best in the future.

Now that it's winter, you're likely to see Jimmy Geelan on his snowmobile. Jimmy was a wide receiver and defensive back in football. He's also an important part of the Golden Bear golf team, and he's one of the co-editors of the 2009 Garrigold yearbook. Jimmy plans to continue his education after high school, and we wish him all the best.

On our Golden Bear calendar, the quiz bowl team is at Garner this morning for the Humanities Challenge, while the math team competes in Iowa Falls. Tomorrow intramural basketball begins.

Second semester starts on Monday. That night the varsity basketball teams have a make-up game at Clear Lake, while the freshman boys play at Eagle Grove. 

Tuesday night there's a basketball quad, with the Bears traveling to Clarion-Goldfield. Then Wednesday the senior class travels to Cedar Falls for their class retreat.

The seniors return on Thursday. That night the freshman and JV hoopsters play West Bend-Mallard. Then Friday the varsity Bears are back home to host Iowa Falls. The math team will serve a spaghetti supper during the games.

Finally this week we'd like to welcome back freshman Cedes Forburger.  Cedes spent the past couple of months in the hospital in Rochester, and we're all amazed at how quickly she's recovered.  We're glad to have you back with us, Cedes!

That's our first "Bear Facts" for 2009. Thanks for tuning in, and be sure to join us again next week for more news from Bishop Garrigan High School.

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