The Bear Facts - September 10, 2005

Good morning! I'm Emily Reising!

And I'm Cindy Reding! Welcome once again to the "Bear Facts", the radio show where each week we bring you the news from Bishop Garrigan High School.

While it's not usually the top sport people think about in the fall, cross-country is definitely a sport with tradition at Garrigan. The Bears kept that tradition alive last week when both the boys and girls teams placed well at the Estherville Lincoln Central/Armstrong Ringsted meet. The boys team finished second, with only Spirit Lake Park doing better overall. Junior Chris Scobba and senior Brandon Rowley both placed in the top ten, with Chris running a personal record. Also medalling were senior Jacob Hellman, and sophomores Peyton Schindler and Chris Gelhaus. In a separate freshman race Randy Kenyon and Christopher Schmidt also earned medals.

The girls finished fourth, behind Estherville, Spirit Lake, and Spencer. Juniors Kelli Black and Tami Lallier finished fourth and fifth overall, and sophomore Carrie Courtney also medalled in the varsity race. In the JV division, Bridget Doughan and Holly Byrkeland also medalled for the girls. The Bears are also running this morning. They're down in Holstein for the annual CYO cross-country meet. Good luck to Coaches Kohlhaas and Ahlers and all the cross-country runners!

Garrigan is a Catholic school, and one of the things that makes us different is the opportunity to practice our faith. One way we can do that is by becoming Eucharistic ministers, the people who distribute communion at mass. At our Homecoming mass in two weeks thirty-seven students will be commissioned to be Eucharistic ministers-both at school and in their local parishes.

Students who have volunteered to be Eucharistic ministers include Katie Buscher, John Reding, Scott Kollasch, Chris Scobba, Adam Elbert, Ashley Waller, Rachel Byrkeland, Laura O'Kane, Michaela Pease, Jenni Miller, Amanda Shaw, Sadie Foertsch, Allison Even, Alison Brandenburg, and Emily Funk from St. Cecelia's in Algona; as well as Amanda Golwitzer, JoAnn Kirsch, Amanda Cruise, Jesse Studer, Cindy Reding, Bridget Doughan, Jude Studer, and Kayla Reding from St. Joseph of Wesley.

From St. Michael's in Whittemore, the new Eucharistic ministers will be Amanda Steier and Kelly Schmidt. Jennifer Vaske, Samantha Arndorfer, Hilary McGuire, Marisa Spain, Monica Schiltz, and Alyssa Gisch are from St. John's of Bancroft; and Denise Kohlhaas, Brian Capesius, Anna Bormann, Melissa Hilbert will be Eucharistic ministers at St. Joseph-Bode. Finally, from St. Benedict, Andrea Arndorfer and Betsy Miller will be installed as Eucharistic ministers.

Like people all over America, those of us at Garrigan have been shocked by the news of the devastation from Hurricane Katrina. Some teachers and students have friends or relatives in the Gulf Coast area, including our "Bear Facts" sponsor David Burrow, who went to college in Mississippi. Even those of us who don't have personal connections understand what a tremendous disaster the hurricane was. Garrigan's Christian leadership in Action group has planned several fundraisers to help the people in need down South. Most recently they held a "jeans day", where students donated money for the privilege of being able to wear jeans instead of their school uniform. They'll also be selling T-shirts, with the proceeds going to hurricane relief. The group has already taken in several hundred dollars, and they're hoping to get matching funds to stretch the student donations even further.

The BGHS calendar drive is almost over, and so far it's been the best ever in terms of fundraising. The calendars cost $25 each, with most of that money going to the transportation budget-buying new buses and suburbans to take students to different school activities. Besides being a donation, the calendars also enter people in a raffle. If you buy one, you can win prizes ranging from $35 to $500. This weekend is your last chance to get a calendar, so if you haven't gotten one yet, be sure to find your favorite Golden Bear and buy a Garrigan 2005 - 2006 Garrigan calendar.

Our Senior Spotlight this week shines on April Wolf and Spenser Rahm. Here to tell you about them is Abbie Bradley.

April Wolf is probably best known for her accomplishments in golf. She's one of the few Golden Bears ever who can claim to have two separate state championships. When she's not at school, April enjoys artwork, playing guitar, and playing with her dog. She plans to attend college next year, and her future plans could include architecture or law. Good luck, April!

Spenser Rahm holds the BGHS school record in the discus, and he's also one of the Bears' top football players. Spenser enjoys quiz bowl and math team, and he's keeps active in winter playing intramural basketball. After high school Spenser would like to major in business, and he's looking at attending UNI next year. We wish Spenser all the best in the future.

Thanks, Abbie! On our Golden Bear calendar this week, there's CYO cross-country today in Holstein. Also today the volleyball team is playing in a tournament in Emmetsburg.

Monday there's JV football at West Bend. The calendar drive ends on Tuesday, and that night there's volleyball at Algona High. Then on Thursday the cross-country team runs at Clear Lake while the volleyball team hosts Eagle Grove.

Next Friday the football team plays at St. Ansgar. Finally on Saturday the freshman volleyball team plays at North Kossuth and the JV plays at Algona.

That's the "Bear Facts" for this week. Thanks for joining us, and be sure to tune in again next week when we'll be previewing Homecoming 2005 here at Bishop Garrigan High School.

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