The Bear Facts

January 10, 1998

(Episode #192)



Good morning! I'm Tim Mosbach!

And I'm Wade MacDonald! Welcome to the "Bear Facts"! Happy New Year from all of us at Bishop Garrigan High School!

We told you before Christmas that the Golden Bear quiz bowl team had qualified for the 1998 National Academic Championships. Try-outs are now complete, and we know exactly who the team members are who will be going to New York and Washington this summer. Nathan Fouarge will be captain of this year's national team, and he'll be joined by fellow seniors Tim Mosbach, Jeremy Richter, and Brad Frideres. Also making the trip will be juniors Abby Rahm, Rachel Studer, and Mike Reel; as well as sophomores Tyler Struck, Jennifer Reinhart, and Dennis Gisch. This will be the Bears' fourth straight trip to Nationals. We'll fill you in on all the details as thngs get finalized.

The quiz bowl team is also in action today, as they compete in the Eagle Grove Invitational Tourament. BGHS has four teams entered at Eagle Grove. The first team features captain Tim Mosbach, as well as Carrie Kohlhaas, Abby Rahm, Jeremy Richter, and Chris Missal. Team B includes captain Tom Twait, Jeff Geving, Nathan Fouarge, Mike Reel, and Lynn Kohlhaas. The team designated "C" is captained by Brad Frideres, with Jenny McAlpine, Mike Cowan, John Mosbach, and Ben Lickteig playing along. Garrigan's final team captain is Rachel Studer, and her teammates are Jenny Reinhart, Adam Foertsch, Paul Loebach, and Angie Kohlhaas. Good luck today to the Bears!


The varsity girls' basketball team is up and running. After early losses against St. Ed's and Webster City, the girls got a big victory when they upset Clear Lake. This is what head coach Ron Patterson said about his team:

After excellent practices over the holidays, the team is looking forward to getting back to games and staying in the race for the North Central Conference championship.
The Bears are led by seniors Ruby Bode, Jenessa McGuire, Lisa Boekelman, Katie Elbert, Katie Vaske, and Jenny McAlpine, as well as juniors Liz DeWaard, Molly Nelson, Abbey Studer, and Sarah Hall. We wish the girls good luck in the rest of the season.

Not everybody knows what goes on behind the scenes of Garrigan's monthly newspaper supplement, the Paw Prints. Every Monday during homeroom the students and their advisor, Miss Mary McCall, meet to go over the next issue of Paw Prints. The students either volunteer or are assigned to do an article that Miss McCall has thought through. Each student in publications is required to write one article a semester, and they must also do work with the camera. Thanks to Miss McCall, editors Tim Mosbach and Shanna Froehlich, and the whole publications staff for the hard work they have done to make the Paw Prints possible.

Garrigan senior Tom Twait was recently nominated to compete in the Principal's Leadership Award Scholarship Program. Principals and superintendents at schools around the country nominate students based not just on academic ability, but also on excellence in extra-curricular activities, leadership, and being a good role model. Tom is now elegible for a $1,000 scholarship, and we wish him good luck in the program.


It's time once again for intramural basketball excitement. This year five teams are entered in the BGHS intramural tournament. The team captains are Brian Kohlhaas, Matt Dornbier, Paul Loebach, Joe Bormann, and Ed Elbert. The teams get together every Sunday afternoon to play the next best thing to full tackle basketball. The excitement begins tomorrow at noon, and as always spectators are welcome to attend.

So far it's been a pretty mild winter. In fact, we haven't had a single snow day yet this year. We have had some late starts and early dismissals, though, and it's probably time to remind you of just what happens when the weather is bad. Whenever there's a late start, Garrigan and Seton will have the same delay as Algona High. However, if there's an early dismissal, because of busing, we'll always get out fifteen minutes before the public schools are dismissed. On early dismissal and no school days, all after-school activities are cancelled, while if there's a late start the morning activities are usually postponed by the same amount of time.

This week's Senior Spotlight shines on Andy Laubenthal and Lynne Lappe. Here with the scoop on them is Kristi Patten.

You probably know Andy Laubenthal best as a scoring machine on the Golden Bear boys' basketball team. Andy is also one of our top track runners, and in the past he's played football and baseball. This Whittemore native keeps himself busy by taking a college math course, as well as his Garrigan classes. Andy will be off to college next year, and we wish him all the best.


Lynne Lappe is a four-year member of the track team who is also active in volleyball and choir. Away from school you might catch this Wesley native working at Hardees or spending time with her friends. Next year Lynne plans to major in chemistry, and we wish her the very best of luck.

On our Golden Bear calendar this week, the quiz bowl team is playing at Eagle Grove today. Also today Jessica Richter is performing in the North Cenral Iowa Bandmasters' Association Honor Band.

Tomorrow is the Dorian Music Festival at Luther College in Decorah. Tomorrow afternoon intramurals begin. Then on Monday there's JV basketball at West Bend/Mallard and freshman hoops at Algona High.

Tuesday we'll have auditions for the spring play. That night the varsity basketball teams face Sentral. Wednesday the play auditions continue and the freshman hoopsters host Emmetsburg.

Next Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday we'll have semester tests. The schedule is really spread out this year--with lots of free time between tests. That's because we're matching Algona High's test schedule.

Students have open campus when they don't have tests, so you may be seeing them around town. Then, when tests are over next Friday, the JV and varsity basketball teams will be playing at Humboldt.

That's our first "Bear Facts" for 1998. Thanks for listening, and be sure to tune in next week for more news from Bishop Garrigan High School.


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