"The   Bear   Facts"

October 10, 1998

Good morning! I'm Rachel Studer!

And I'm Melissa McGuire! Welcome to another episode of the "Bear Facts," the weekly radio show from Bishop Garrigan High School.

If you listened to the "Bear Facts" over the past few years, you'll notice that we almost never said much of anything about the Solid Gold Marching Band. When we did, we pretty much talked around the issue and avoided saying how they did in competition. That's because what had once been an excellent program had been pretty much abandoned a few years back. At one point, the Garrigan band didn't compete in any competitions, and after they started competing again, we all got used to seeing them finish in last place.

While it takes time, eventually things start to change. The BGHS band has been working very hard this year, and finally their hard work is paying off. Last weekend they competed in the Algona Band Day, and we were all delighted to see them end up in the middle of the pack, instead of at the bottom. The band received second place in Class 2-A for both their parade and field entries. That placed them ninth overall, out of fourteen bands in their division. Band director Dennis Freking said he could see the change in the judges' critiques. For the first time since he has been at Garrigan, the judges had constructive criticism about specific parts of the performance, rather than just a polite acknowledgement that the school was rebuilding its music program.

The state marching band competition is being held today at Fort Dodge, and once again the Bishop Garrigan Solid Gold band will be part of the event. Bishop Garrigan will take the field shortly after eleven o'clock this morning, and we invite everyone listening to head down to Dodger Stadium to see the band in action. They may not be the best band in the state, but we're all proud of just how far our BGHS musicians have come, and we know they'll give it their best at state.

One important part of the band performance is the "auxiliary," which is the technical name for what normal people call the "flag corps." Nine girls interpret the music by turning and waving flags this year. Among the flag attendants are Deanna Kohlhaas, Heather Johnson, Sara Casey, and Anne Smith. Waving with them you'll see Abby Rahm, Katie Reising, Katie Patterson, Lisa Rasmussen, and Kelly Kohlhaas. Good luck to the auxiliary, and to all the members of the Solid Gold Marching Band!

After a couple of years of being rated and advancing in play-offs, the Golden Bear volleyball team has come down a bit this year. It is, as they say, "a rebuilding year" for the Bears, as they re-tool their team for the future. There are only four seniors on this year's volleyball team: Sarah Hall, Molly Nelson, Katie Reding, and Abbey Studer. They are joines by just three juniors: Angie Froehlich, Nicole Erpelding, and Pam Kramer.

The sophomore volleyballers include returning letterwinner Michelle Vitzthum, as well as Kelly Kohlhaas, Andi Kramer, Heather Stence, Kelly Kunkel, Sara Seeley, Mandy Roethler, and Molly Meyer. This year's volleyball managers include Alicia Arndorfer, Maria Loebach, Lisa Arndorfer, and Kristin Studer. Tomorrow is one of the biggest days of the season for the girls, as they play in the CYO Tournament in LeMars. Good luck to Coaches Collison and Christianson, and to the whole Golden Bear volleyball team.

One of the unique things we do at Garrigan is having "jeans days". On those days everyone gets to wear jeans, instead of the usual school uniform, usually in exchange for supporting various good causes. Next week five Garrigan confirmation students are sponsoring a jeans day to support Mary's Place, a mission for the homeless in Minneapolis. We'll all be bringing in hats, mittens, gloves, coats, scarves, blankets, socks, and money to help warm the hearts and bodies of those who are down and out in the Twin Cities. Eric Becker, Corrie Stetzel, Chris Weir, Wade MacDonald, and Jesse Walker will see to it that the donations get to the mission to help out the poor this winter.

Our Senior Spotlight this week shines on Melanie McGuire and Nick Thilges. Here with all the information on them is Abby Rahm.

Melanie McGuire is a cheerleading and danz squad captain who has also lettered in choir and golf. She is a four-year member of the swing choir and student council, and you may have heard her voice right here on the "Bear Facts". Away from school you might see Mel at her job at Charlie's Supper Club. Melanie will attend the University of Iowa next year, where she plans to major in pharmacy. Good luck, Mel!

Nick Thilges is a St. Joe native whose proudest moment at Garrigan was being a starting member of the championship Attack Force intramural basketball team. He has also played football, and last summer he was selected to attend the American Legion Boys' State. You'll want to watch out, because Nick plans a career in law enforcement. This future cop will be off to Hawkeye Community College next year, and we wish him all the best.

Thanks, Abby! The calendar is back up and running on the BGHS website, and here are some of the events you'll find if you look there. Today there's state marching band at Fort Dodge, and tomorrow is the CYO volleyball tournament in LeMars.

Monday the volleyball team hosts Humboldt. Then on Tuesday the cross-country team runs in the North Central Conference meet at Webster City.

Also on Tuesday there's freshman football, with the Bears welcoming Algona High. Then on Wednesday it's Parents' Night for the volleyball team, as they host Hampton/Dumont.

Thursday is the All-School retreat day. The freshmen, sophomores, and seniors will have their retreat during the school day. Then after school the juniors who are going through confirmation will have their retreat.

Friday is football Parents' Night, with the Bears facing Rockwell City/Lytton. Then next Saturday, BGHS will host sixty teams and 250 students at Iowa's largest quiz bowl tournament.

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

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