The Bear Facts
November 10, 2007

Good morning! I'm Bridget Murphy!

And I'm Michelle Kollasch! You're listening to the "Bear Facts", the weekly radio show from Bishop Garrigan High School.

Last Tuesday was one of the quietest days in a long time around school. That's because everyone was tired and a little sad following the Bears' state quarterfinal football game. The pairings assigned Garrigan to Britt West Hancock-a good team, but one the Bears had already beaten during the regular season. It's hard to beat anyone twice, though, and it was even harder after a play took out the Bears' starting quarterback Brett Capesius at the end of the first half. The Bears played hard, but they ended up losing by a score of 20 - 6.

Unfortunately, all but one team ends their playoff run with a loss. The Bears, though, had an outstanding season overall. A lot of people thought this would be a rebuilding year for Garrigan football, but they proved everybody wrong. For just the second time in school history they finished their regular season undefeated, and their 9 - 0 record included four wins over top 10 rated teams. This has been an awesome year for seniors like D.J. Thompson, A.J. Doughan, Jake Grein, Chris Gelhaus, Andrew Elbert, Peyton Schindler, Lee Brashear, Chase Reding, John Parrish, Dave Frideres, Mike Garman, Shane Koob, Jake Lane, and Chad Lambert.

There's a lot of talent that will be coming up for next year's Golden Bear team. In addition to our sophomore quarterback, juniors Ethan Gisch, Jack Bradley, Joe Straub, Brian Patterson, Kory Wieland, Brian Hamilton, and Vince Cruise have all started for the Bears and will be returning with valuable experience next year. In addition juniors Kyle Smith, Alec Boeckholt, and Richard Forburger; sophomores like Austin Wolf, Bryan Berte, Mark Garman, and David Reding; and freshmen like Jacob Behr and Kevin Elbert will be back to lead the Bears to victory this year.

With football over, it's time to think about basketball. The girls basketball team started practice last Monday, and they're looking for a solid season. Returning seniors on this year's team include Macy Fickbohm, Cassie Vautier, Bridget Murphy, Rachel Salz, Melissa Cruise, and Carrie Courtney. Juniors on the team are Megan Hilbert, Kali Smith, Jessie Rosenmeyer, Brandie Roethler, Ashley Beisch, and Katie Molacek; as well as Mandy Kohlhaas, Allison Blocker, Maleri Bollig, Shanna Miller, and Desiree Jorgensen. Beany Bode and Ron Patterson are the co-head coaches for the girls basketball team, and Jessie Golwitzer will be coaching the freshmen. Good luck, girls basketball!

Last Saturday Kayla Schiltz competed at the state solo dance competition in Pella. She earned a Division One rating, the top honor at contest, with her dance to classic music from the '40s. The entire danz squad will be traveling to Des Moines November 30 and December 1 for the state dance and drill team competition. We'll tell you more about that event on upcoming shows.

The Garrigan magazine drive is well underway. Every Garrigan student has a sales packet, offering popular magazines at the lowest prices you'll find anywhere. When you renew your magazines through the school, 40% of everything you spend stays here to support student activities at Garrigan. The changes in the school schedule in the past two weeks have extended things, so that now the magazine drive will continue through next Thursday, November 15. Be sure to find your favorite Golden Bear and renew your magazines today!

Our Senior Spotlight this week shines on Garrett Elbert and Sheri Keyon. Here to tell you about them is Ben Golwitzer.

Garrett Elbert is a Whittemore native who says that the class he hates the least is Ecology. When he's not at Garrigan, you might see him working out at the Algona YMCA. Next year Garrett plans to attend Hawkeye Community College in Waterloo, where he'll be majoring in business. Good luck, Garrett!

Sheri Kenyon is one of the top trumpeters in the Solid Gold Marching Band. She's also on the Palo Alto 4-H County Council, she was in the pit band for Bye, Bye, Birdie, she's a cross-country manager, and she's part of the Golden Bear Math Team. Sheri is considering a career in elementary education, and she'll be off to college next fall. We wish both Garrett and Sheri all the best in the future.

Thanks, Ben! On our Golden Bear calendar this week, there's nurse's aide clinicals today, and Monday boys basketball practice begins. Also on Monday the seniors will be seeing the play Twelfth Night at Waldorf College in Forest City.

Tuesday we'll have the induction ceremony for the National Honor Society. Wednesday afternoon seniors will be touring area businesses as part of a career education project, and Wednesday night the freshmen will have a confirmation night of reflection.

Thursday is National Principals' Day. Then next Saturday the quiz bowl team will be traveling to Orange City for the Little Dutch Invitational.

 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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