January 11, 2020

Good morning! I’m Riley Rosenmeyer!

I’m Mya Kemna!

And I’m Isabel Casey! You’re listening to the “Bear Facts”. Happy New Year from everyone here at Bishop Garrigan High School.

We’re almost halfway through basketball season, and as of this past Thursday both the Golden Bear girls and boys were alone in first place in the Top of Iowa Conference. The girls are undefeated, and many of their games have been very lopsided—including An 84 – 19 victory over North Iowa last Saturday. Freshmen Audi Crooks and Molly Joyce have been the top scorers this season, and Molly has also been the Bears’ main ball handler. Seniors Maddie Meister and Katie Noonan are also at the core of the team.

The girls have a special game this afternoon. They’re over in Sioux City, where they’ll be playing at the Tyson Events Center. The team will face Cherokee, which is one of the top five teams in Class 3-A. The Bears play in Class 1-A, where they’ve been moving up in the rankings all season long. They’re looking forward to playoffs a month from now, and they’re ultimate goal is a trip to the state basketball tournament.

The Garrigan boys also have their eyes on a trip to state. Right now, like the girls, they hold the #2 spot statewide in the Moore power rankings, and they want to do at least that well all season long. The boys have alternated between trouncing the competition and playing some very close games this year, but their only loss was a very close game against Algona High—a school three times our size.

One of the closest games the boys team played was an exciting two-point win last Tuesday at Forest City. The boys’ scoring has been very well-rounded—with Angelo Winkel, John Joyce, Cade Winkel, Marcus Plathe, Kyle Schaaf, Cameron Baade, and Andrew Arndorfer all making big contributions. Good luck in the rest of the season to both the boys and girls basketball teams!

Large group speech rehearsals are well underway. District contest will be two weeks from today at Fort Dodge. Garrigan’s entries this year include the choral reading “Thidwick, the Big-Hearted Moose”, which includes Garrett Heying, Annie Burns, Emma Grandgenett, Isabel Casey, Tara Kron, Ava Bartolo, Meredith Illg, and Marryanne Capesius; plus Veronica Capesius, Lexi Galligan, Lillee Deike, Ella Nelson, Katie McIntire, Molly Bormann, and Ella Muller.

We’ll be performing a One-Act Play this year as well. “A Mad Breakfast” features Joey Trainer, Jack Snyder, Noah Bronk, Garrett Heying, Maggie Vaske, Eva Snyder, Riley Rosenmeyer, Amanda Miller, Jordan Hansen, and Kelle Bormann. There’s also an Ensemble Acting selection called “The Committee Meeting” with Reese Rosenmeyer, Gracie Elsbecker, Bailey Meister, Anna Berke, and Riley Rosenmeyer in the cast.

This year’s Readers Theatre is called “A Guide to the Teenage Zone”. The cast includes Meredith Tigges, Maddie Meister, Jenna Heinen, Katie Noonan, Abbi Heying, Katie McIntire, Ella Nelson, Ava Bartolo, Tara Kron, and Lillee Dieke. Also in Readers Theatre are Amanda Thilges, Ava Eisenbarth, Emily Lappe, Katelyn Cink, and Marguerite Fakler. This year’s final speech entry is a Group Improvisation that features Noah Bronk, Joey Trainer, Ava Eisenbarth, Mya Kemna, and Marguerite Fakler. Best wishes, speech!

Our first Senior Spotlight of 2020 shines on Jenna Heinen. Jenna is an Algona native who is involved in a wide range of activities. We mentioned her name with the speech roster, and she’s also part of the girls basketball team. Over the years she’s also been active in track, drama, quiz bowl, softball, cross-country, and band. Jenna is also active in Christian Leadership in Action, where she’s participated in lots of service projects. She’ll be off to college next year, and we wish her all the best in the future.

On this week’s Golden Bear calendar, this afternoon the girls basketball team will be playing Cherokee at the Tyson Events Center in Sioux City. Game time is 2pm. Also today there’s an honor band at NIACC in Mason City.

Monday the second semester begins. Tuesday the Bears will host a basketball quad against Belmond—Klemme. Wednesday we’ll have parish busing, because there IS school at Garrigan and Seton, but the Algona Community Schools are off.

We’ll have a school mass Wednesday morning. Thursday afternoon the school board meets. That night the boys basketball team plays a triple-header, with the JJV, JV, and varsity teams all facing Pocahontas.

That’s our first “Bear Facts” for the new decade. Thanks for tuning in, and be sure to join us again next week for more news from Bishop Garrigan High School.