The Bear Facts ... March 12, 2005




Good morning!  I'm Samantha Kirsch!

And I'm Amanda Fox! Welcome to another exciting episode of the "Bear Facts", the radio show where each week we bring you all the news from Bishop Garrigan High School.


National champions! For the second time, that's the title for the Golden Bear danz squad. Last Saturday the BGHS danz squad competed at nationals in Orlando, Florida. They had an awesome day and ended up winning two first place trophies. In the pom routine, the girls gave their best performance ever, and the judges rewarded them appropriately for their work. The jazz routine had a couple of minor flaws, but it was still better than the competition. This is the second time the Golden Bear danz squad has won the national championship, and it continues a great tradition at BGHS in dance.

Coleen Schiltz and Nikki Loebig coach the Golden Bear dancers. Ashley Shaw is the lone senior on the squad. There's a big group of juniors, including Michaela Pease, Jessica Cink, Lizzie Mayer, Tara Trenary, Monica Schiltz, Jennifer Vaske, Melissa Hilbert, Amanda Shaw, and Ashley Waller. Sophomores Candace Schiltz and Marisa Spain are also in dance as is freshman Emily Behr. Taryn Vitzthum is the danz squad alternate.

After nationals the girls performed at the state basketball tournament last Wednesday. Five of them will also be part of the All-Iowa Drill Team, which you can see on TV tonight performing at halftime of the girls championship game. You can also see the danz squad show off their talent Sunday afternoon when they present their annual spring show. The performance will be at 4:00 tomorrow in the Garrigan gym.


The Garrigan math team competed in a Great Plains Math League competition at North Iowa Area Community College in Mason City. They won the 9th and 10th grade championship and finished second in the 11th and 12th grade division. The varsity team included Matt Courtney, Gavin Freking, Jeff Lappe, Joe Rahm, Spenser Rahm, and Jesse Studer; while the JV team consisted of Tony Rouse, Chris Scobba, Dylan Freking, Melanie Myers, and Kent Recker. Joe Rahm, Jesse Studer, and Chris Scobba all qualified for the state math tournament, which will be held in April in Iowa City.


Also last Saturday, Garrigan hosted the Iowa High School Speech Association district individual contest. The home team earned seven Division One, or "excellent" ratings. Amanda Golwitzer got Is in both After-Dinner Speaking and Prose. Gavin Freking earned a I in Radio News Announcing, and Samantha Kirsch got a I in Storytelling. Sadie Foertsch and Dylan Freking both earned Is in Prose, while Garrison Brosnan received a I in Poetry. All these students now advance to the state speech contest next weekend in Ft. Dodge.


The Golden Bear basketball teams recently held their awards banquets. For the girls team Miranda Boekelman, Emily DeWaard, Alison Brandenburg, Kelly Schmidt, Amanda Steier, Kelli Black, Maria Kohlhaas, and Brittany Pfeffer all earned varsity letters. Miranda was named Most Valuable Player, while Emily received the Dedication Award. Alison and Maria split "Miss Hustle" honors, and Carrie Courtney was named Most Improved Player. Miranda and Emily earned All-Conference honors, and Maria was an honorable mention. Emily DeWaard also received an Academic All-State award.

For the Golden Bear boys, letterwinners included Matt Vitzthum, Mark Parrish, Cole Vautier, Derek Tindall, Bob Geelan, Dan Garman, Nate Pierson, and Brian Capesius. Matt and Cole received the prestigious Coach Steve McCall Award, while Derek and Mark split the Coaches' Award. Cole was Defensive Player of the Year, and Matt and Dan split Offensive Player of the Year honors. Special awards were also presented to statistician Jacob Hellman and videographer Chad Lambert.


Our Senior Spotlight this week shines on dance captain Ashley Shaw. Here to tell you about her is Nicole Reding.

Ashley Shaw is down in Des Moines for her second consecutive performance as a member of the All-Iowa Drill Team. In addition to dance, she's part of the flag corps for band, and in the past she's been out for softball and volleyball. Ashley is an honor student, and away from school you might see her working at Algona Manor. She'll be off to college next year, and we wish her all the best.


We're in the middle of a four-day weekend on our Golden Bear calendar. Tonight Ashley Shaw, Monica Schiltz, Jennifer Vaske, Jessica Cink, and Marisa Spain will be performing as part of the All-Iowa Drill Team. You can catch them on TV at halftime of the girls state basketball tournament championship game.

Tomorrow at 4pm the danz squad will have their spring show. There's no school on Monday, and Tuesday we'll welcome the Seton eighth graders for a preview of high school life.

Also on Tuesday Garrigan will host the bloodmobile. Students from both Garrigan and Algona High will be donating blood that day.

Wednesday night there's a special in-service on school improvement. Thursday is St. Patrick's Day, and next Saturday is the state individual speech contest at Iowa Central Community College in Ft. Dodge.

Also next Saturday the girls golf team will be sponsoring a car wash at Motor Inn from 12 noon to 4pm. Then next Sunday we'll have the intramural play-offs and championship.


Finally this week, we'd like to congratulated Garrigan graduate Lee Elbert, who recently earned All-American honors in track for Iowa Central Community College.  Lee was a state champion for Garrigan, and it's good to see him continuing to run well.


That's the "Bear Facts" for another week. Thanks for joining us, and be sure to set your dial here again next week when we'll be back with more news from Bishop Garrigan High School.


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