the bear facts

february 12 2005

Good morning! I'm Ashley Waller!

And I'm Brandon Rowley! You're listening to the "Bear Facts". Happy Valentine's Day from all of us at Bishop Garrigan High School.

The end of the season is approaching for the lower-level basketball teams. The freshman boys have had a remarkable season. After a dismal season in eighth grade and a 1 - 4 start this year, they came back with a seven-game winning streak. The team members say David Frideres has been their MVP. Other starters include Andrew Elbert, Colby Reding, Chase Reding, and John Parrish. Coach Dave Schnurr's team also includes steals leader Chris Gelhaus, Shane Koob, Lee Brashear, Jake Grein, Chad Lambert, and Ben Golwitzer. According to the players their best games include a big victory over Algona High and coming back from a sixteen-point deficit to defeat Clarion-Goldfield. The frosh finish their season next week when they host Eagle Grove.

The JV boys have also had a good season. They've only lost four games, and most of their victories have been in dominating fashion. The team went undefeated at home most of the season. The top JV players are Scott Kollasch and Nate Pierson. Other starters are Brian Capesius, Ross Froehlich, and A.J. Doughan. Chris Cassmann is the first man off the bench, and other players on Coach O.J. Froehlich's team are Josh Rahm, Nick Reding, Logan Wood, Alex Elbert, Tony Rouse, and Spenser Eischen. The team's most memorable game was a big overtime victory over Hampton-Dumont. They also play Eagle Grove next week, and we wish them good luck in finishing up their season.

The freshman and JV girls team is listed on the same roster, because there are only five freshman girls out for basketball: Macy Fickbohm, Bridget Murphy, Rachel Salz, Carrie Courtney, and Melissa Cruise. The JV team, which is 11 - 8 on the season, also features starters Kayla Reding, Alicia Shackelford, Alyssa Gisch, Cindy Reding, and Kelli Black; as well as Alicia Miller and Brittany Pfeffer. The girls said their best games were big victories over Humboldt and Algona High. Congratulations on a great season to the freshman and JV girls.

Last week the Golden Bear speech team competed in the state large-group contest at East High School in Sioux City. The Bears brought home four Division One (or "excellent") ratings. The top honors went to the one-act play that featured Ashley Waller, Brandon Rowley, Amanda Cruise, Andrew Missal, and Laura Kellner; to the acting ensemble of Jacob Hellman, Anna Bormann, and JoAnn Kirsch; and to two improvisation groups featuring Ashley Waller, Brandon Rowley, Chris Loebach, Garry Brosnan, Andrew Missal, Samantha Kirsch, Holly Lancaster, Andrea Arndorfer, and Rachel Byrkeland. Congratulations to Coaches Mary McCall and David Burrow and the speech team.

The quiz bowl team continues to keep busy. Next week they'll be putting their brains together as they participate in the Trivia Champions Think-a-Thon. This event is designed to raise money for St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital. Team members are getting people to pledge money based on how many of 200 fun and challenging questions they can answer correctly, with all the donations going to charity. Later this spring the team will compete in the Knowledge Master, and in June six Golden Bears will be heading to the National Academic Championships in Chicago.

The BGHS math team is hosting a Great Plains Math League tournament today. Schools from all over northern Iowa are at Garrigan wracking their brains to do some very difficult math. Students competing today include seniors Matt Courtney, Samantha Kirsch, and Anthony McGuire; juniors Gavin Freking, Jacob Hellman, Andrew Missal, Joe Rahm, Spenser Rahm, Kandice Roethler, Jude Studer, and Jesse Studer; sophomores JoAnn Kirsch, Maria Kohlhaas, Tony Rouse, and Chris Scobba; and freshmen Dylan Freking, Brent Kajewski, Krissy Kohlhaas, Melanie Meyers, and Kent Recker. Good luck to Coach Daryl Kohlhaas and the math team.

Our Senior Spotlight this week shines on Don Monson. Here to tell you about him is Chris Kirsch.

Donnie Monson has been away from Garrigan for a while, and we're pleased to welcome him back. Don's favorite classes include Spanish, and he's hoping to join some of his classmates for a trip to Spain next summer. Don's intramural team is in first place at the moment, and his other activities include track and cross-country. He's a hockey fan who worked detasseling in the summer. Next year he hopes to either join the Navy or go to college. We wish good luck to Donnie, and we're glad to have him back with us here at Garrigan.

Thanks, Chris! On this week's Golden Bear calendar, there's the math tournament today at Garrigan. Tomorrow intramurals resume with three hotly contested games, and Monday is Valentine's Day.

Next Tuesday the boys basketball teams play Eagle Grove. The danz squad will host a potato bar supper that night. Wednesday we'll dismiss at 12:45, and that afternoon the quiz bowl team will participate in the Trivia Champions Think-a-Thon.

Wednesday night the girls begin tournament play by hosting St. Edmond. Then on Thursday we'll have a jeans day at Garrigan. The advanced accounting class will go to the courthouse that day.

Finally next Friday the juniors at Garrigan will demonstrate that they're up to national standards by taking a mathematics competency test mandated by the No Child Left Behind Act.

That's the "Bear Facts" for another 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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