The Bear Facts

March 10, 2007

Good morning! I'm Andrew Elbert!

And I'm Brent Kajewski! Welcome once again to the "Bear Facts", your weekly radio update from Bishop Garrigan High School.

Last fall we told you that Garrigan senior JoAnn Kirsch had attended the World Food Prize Symposium and heard Nobel laureate Dr. Norman Borlaug speak. Since then that honor has brought her more good news. During the snowstorm last week JoAnn learned she had been selected for a special internship sponsored by the organization that gives the world food prize. This summer JoAnn will be traveling to Bejing, China, where she'll be working with biotechnology in the food industry. Congratulations to JoAnn. We hope her work helps to solve the problem of world hunger.

With the blizzard last weekend, we kept postponing and postponing boys basketball playoffs. The district championship game that was originally scheduled for Thursday, March 1, finally got played this past Monday. Garrigan played a great game against Harris Lake Park, and they ended up winning the district championship, which advanced them further in playoffs than any boys team in the area. They had to turn around and play their substate game the following night against Wall Lake View Auburn. It was a very close game until halfway through the third quarter, but then the Bears' fatigue showed, and they ended up losing the chance to advance to state. The boys had a great season, though, and we congratulate our district champions.

Speech contest was also postponed because of the blizzard. We made it up on Tuesday night, at the same time as the substate basketball game. Thirteen of Garrigan's entries earned Division One ratings and will advance to the state contest at Sibley next weekend. They include Rebecca Brosnan, Dylan Freking, Cassie Reising, Rebeccah Erdman, and Sam Norland in Prose; Chris Loebach and Holly Byrkeland in Improvisation; Brittany Berte and Becca Kramer in Literary Program; JoAnn Kirsch in Storytelling; Kendra Plathe in Poetry; Jenna Richter in Acting; and Shane Koob in Radio News Announcing. Congratulations to Coaches Mary McCall and Sarah Freking and all the speech team!

The storm was finally winding down last Sunday when it was time to make up intramural basketball games that were postponed from two weeks ago. Both of those make-up games were blow-outs. Adam Finley's team spanked Chris Hansen's team 60 - 18, and Nick Berte's team demolished David Miller's team by a score of 140 - 28. The player of the week was actually on one of the losing teams. That's because Jack Bradley had 24 of his team's 28 points. There are two more regular sessions of intramurals, and we'll begin playoffs later this month.

Girls track has already begun. With tons of snow outside, the practices have been limited to running in the halls, jumping on bleachers, and lifting weights. They're still working hard to prepare, though. Returning seniors on this year's team include Kelli Black, Cindy Reding, Tami Lallier, and Maria Kohlhaas. Marisa Spain is joining them to provide more senior leadership on the team. The girls also have four other veterans of the state track meet: Emily Behr, Macy Fickbohm, Carrie Courtney, and Allison Blocker. Good luck all season long, girls track.

Boys track is just starting their workouts. Seniors Scobba and Scott Kollasch have committed to track this season, and they're trying to recruit state veteran and year-round athlete Brian Capesius. Junior Peyton Schindler will also be lending his experience to the team. Among the younger Bears to watch are David Frideres, D.J. Thompson, Jack Bradley, and Brett Capesius. Good luck all spring to our track runners!

Our Senior Spotlight this week shines on Tami Lallier and Ben Marso. Here to tell you about them is Sam Norland.

With track season beginning, Tami Lallier is looking to break her school distance records. She's also one of the top cross-country runners, and she serves as yearbook editor. Away from school she works at the K-Mart Pharmacy and also holds a supervisory position at Premier Pizza. Tami will attend Drake University next year, where she'll major in pharmacy and may run competitively. We wish her all the best in the future.

The blizzard last week makes us think of Ben Marso, who is planning a career as an electrical lineman after high school. Ben is a jokester and a huge Garrigan sports fan. He's a farm boy who loves his horse William and enjoys playing country music while driving his green van. We wish Ben the very best of luck.

Thanks, Sam. On our Golden Bear calendar this week, several members of the Golden Bear danz squad will be performing tonight between the 3-A and 4-A girls basketball championships. You can watch the All-Iowa dance performance live on TV.

Also today the math team is competing in a make-up competition at Dordt College in Sioux Center. Tomorrow daylight savings time begins and intramurals continue. Then on Monday girls golf practice starts.

Tuesday we'll have our annual academic banquet, where we honor the top scholars in each class. The banquet is at 6:15pm at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Algona.

Wednesday the ecology class will compete in the Envirothon in Cherokee. That afternoon the juniors will attend a college day at Algona High. Then Thursday afternoon we'll have a reconciliation service for Lent.

Friday many Garrigan students will give the gift of life as they participate in the Red Cross blood drive at Algona High. Also on Friday we'll have eighth grade orientation. Then next Saturday is the state speech contest at Sibley.

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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