October 11, 1997

Good morning! I'm Tom Twait!

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

If you checked out the "Ten Years Ago" section of the Algona paper this week, you saw that it was exactly ten years ago this week that the Garrigan school board first considered adding volleyball as a varsity sport. The girls have sure come a long way in ten years. The Golden Bear volleyball team is now rated number twelve in the state, and last week they brought home their biggest win of the season--a four-game victory over Algona High. Today the girls are playing in the North Iowa Tournament, and tomorrow they'll be in LeMars for the big CYO annual tournament. We hope that this year they'll take it all.

The seniors on this year's volleyball team include Lisa Boekelman, Katie Elbert, Kim Kramer, Jenny McAlpine, Katie Vaske, and Dorota Cerwinska. Among the juniors are Alicia Arndorfer, Rachel Studer, Sarah Hall, Molly Nelson, and Maria Loebach. The junior volleyballers also include Abby Rahm, Jessica Richter, Katie Reding, and Anne Smith. There's also three sophomores who suit varsity--Nicole Erpelding, Katie Kellner, and Pam Kramer. Good luck to Coach Collison and all the volleyball team.

Last Tuesday the Golden Bear cross-country team had its best meet of the season when they ran at Eagle Grove. The boys finished fourth overall out of twelve teams, with three medalists for the Bears. Junior standby Adam Sundall led for the first two miles, when the first-ranked runner in the state finally caught up to him. Adam ended up finishing second by just nine seconds, and he shattered his own school record by finishing the five-kilometer course in sixteen minutes flat. Brad Frideres and Doug Besch also earned medals, and every boy on the team had his best time of the year.

The girls had a full team for the first time in weeks, with Jenessa McGuire back from injuries. Senior Ruby Bode and freshman Angie Kohlhaas brought home medals for the Golden Bear girls Also running on the girls' side were Marian Studer and Deanna Hellman. On the boys' side, Neal Elbert, Ed Elbert, and Nate Frideres round out the team. Congratulations to Coach Daryl Kohlhaas and the whole cross-country team.

Two of those cross-country runners also had big victories in last weekend's Tornado Alley Run. While Adam Sundall runs a 5-K race in cross-country, he led the 10-K pack on band day, finishing the six and a quarter mile course in just 34 minutes 17 seconds. That's a full minute faster than last year's winning time. Homecoming Queen Ruby Bode topped off last week's festivities by taking first place in the women's 10-K race. Her winning time was 44 minutes, 21 seconds. Congratulations, Adam and Ruby!

The Golden Bear football team is also on a roll. After demolishing Manson Northwest Webster two weeks ago, they rolled to a big Homecoming victory over Pocahontas last week. The big star on offense has been senior running back Mike Cowan. Juniors Phil Kramer and Jake Sutter have also been moving the ball. On defense the whole team has been playing great. Of special note are seniors Jeremy Richter, Thad Wunder, Chris Miller, Dan Patten, and Andy Peterson. There are also two outstanding sophomores who seem to get better every week--John Mosbach and Eric Becker. Best wishes to Coach Wadle and all the guys on the football team!

The annual Garrigan magazine rive is just around the corner. The student council finished plans for this year's big fundraiser at their meeting last Tuesday. This year's magazine drive will begin Wednesday, October 29th, and it will continue through November 10th. In addition to magazines, this year you can buy selected music, books, and CD roms through the Garrigan fundraiser. Remember that out of every dollar you spend, 40 cents stays right here in Algona to help support student activities at BGHS. So throw away those renewal notices, and remember to renew your subscriptions through the school.

This week's Senior Spotlight shines on Beth Haag and Deanna Hellman. Beth lives in the West Bend area, and she works at Central Park Pharmacy in Algona. She's a student trainer for the football team, and she also enjoys speech and playing piano. In the future she'd like a health-related career like pharmacy or being a physician's assistant. We wish all the best to Beth Haag!

Deanna Hellman is a Bancroft native who is active in cross-country, track, and publications. Away from school she enjoys reading, watching TV, and hanging out with friends. Deanna will be off to college next year, and we wish her the very best of luck.

On this week's Golden Bear calendar, today the volleyball team is in Buffalo Center for the North Iowa tournament. Tomorrow they'll play in the CYO tournament in LeMars, and then on Monday they'll travel to Hampton/Dumont.

Tuesday the juniors will take the PSAT. Also on Tuesday is the North Central Conference cross-country meet in Fort Dodge. Then on Wednesday the volleyball Bears will host St. Ed's, and there's freshman football at Algona High.

Next Friday the football team plays at Mason City Newman, and then next Saturday Garrigan will host Iowa's largest quiz bowl tournament.

We'll fill you in on all the quiz bowl excitement on next week's show. Until then, thanks for listening, and catch us again one week from today to hear more news from Bishop Garrigan High School.

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