The Bear Facts
November 12, 2011

Good morning! I’m Alex Boisjolie!

I’m John Richter!

And I’m Austin Salz! Thanks for tuning in to the “Bear Facts”, the show where every week we keep you up to date on all the news from Bishop Garrigan High School.

This past week all the different Golden Bear fall sports teams held their awards potlucks, and it was a time for everyone to celebrate excellence and success. The cross-country team probably had the most to celebrate. The girls had their best finish ever at the state meet, and with only one senior graduating, they’re poised to do even better next year. 

Erin Reedy, Erin Quinlin, Nicole Behr, Nick Bronk, and Zach Kollasch all split “Most Valuable Runner” honors. Nicole was also named “Most Improved Runner”, together with Mark Fakler, Jake Hamilton, and Aisha Miller. Zach Kollasch, Aisha Miller, Tony Kollasch, and Morgan Frideres were the cross-country team’s Rookies of the Year. The Coaches’ Appreciation Award went to Courtney Carlson and Seaerra Poole; and Emily Bell, Erin Reedy, Erin Quinlin and Jake Hamilton were named honorary team captains.

In qualifying for state for the third straight year, it was no surprise that Erin Reedy won all-regional honors. Erin Quinlin and Nicole Behr joined her on that list. Reedy and Quinlin were also named all-conference runners, and Erin Reedy was honored as all-CYO. Congratulations to all the cross-country honorees!

There were also lots of honors handed out in volleyball. Shelby Schindler and Chelsi Lanus were the offensive MVPs, while Lana Larson, Rachel Berte, and Mallory Bormann split defensive MVP honors. Rachel Berte and Aubrie Meyers were the most improved players; and Abbey Reding, Addison Miller, and Lana Larson shared the “Hustle” award..

Bethany Capesius and Vanessa Dodds won Team Spirit Awards in volleyball. Abbey Reding received the Deacon Bob Larsen “Fire in Your Belly” Award. The coaches’ award went to Mallory Bormann and Shelby Schindler, and Lana Larson received an honor called the “M.D. Award”. Rachel Berte set a new school record for the best serve percentage in a season.

Shelby Schindler was named to the All North Central Conference first team, and Mallory Bormann and Chelsi Lanus also earned all-conference honors. Abbey Reding, Shelby Schindler, and Mallory Bormann were first team all-area, and other all-area honorees included Addison Miller, Chelsi Lanus, Lana Larson, Aubrie Meyers, and Rachel Berte. Congratulations on a great season to all the volleyball award-winners!

The BGHS music department will be presenting their madrigal dinner a month from now on Sunday, December 11. While the whole choir participates in the show, the cast of major characters was recently announced. Philip Detrick will serve as jester and master of ceremonies, and Shawn Vaske will be King Henry, host of the dinner. Lana Larson is Queen Isabelle, and Amelia Golwitzer is the bard and royal storyteller.

Austin Salz will be Lord Fumbleton, the royal word-smith, Matthew Fakler will play Friar Lawrence Xavier, Melanie Mergen will be Lady Canterbury, John Richter is Lord William Williams (a redundant royal aid), and Dustin Mlller will be the king’s son Prince Artemis.

Other noble lords and ladies include Anna Morse, Alex Matthews, Grace Steil, Nicole Gren, Nick Bronk, Hannah Byrkeland, Mark Fakler, Taylor Illg, Christian Matthews, Tony Kollasch, Erin Quinlin, Zach Kollasch, Sophia Kaduce, Allissa Kirsch, Janet Kenyon, Jeanne McCall, and Angelica Brosnan. In addition Kristin Condoleon, Anna Hohmeister, Kara Eischen, and Brittany Kirsch play wenches; and Dorothy Kirsch, Hannah Bernhard, and Gaby Steil are commoners.

Rounding out the cast, Jake Hamilton is Captain of the Royal Guard, Cory Weydert is an executioner; Sean Hart and Craig Kohlhaas are commoners, and Adam Hamilton and Neal Koob are guards. The madrigal will be performed Sunday, December 11, so mark your calendar today for some wonderful entertainment from old-time Europe.

So far sales are up from the past few years in the annual BGHS magazine drive. We’re hoping to sell more than $10,000 in subscriptions this year, which would leave a profit of about $4,000 for the school. The magazine drive continues through next Tuesday. To participate you can contact any Garrigan high school student or order online at

Four Garrigan seniors were recently installed by the Sioux City Diocese as Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion. The process of becoming a Eucharistic minister is harder than it used to be. The students had to write letters to the Bishop, accompanied by recommendations from the school and their local parishes. In the coming months Daniel Gelhaus, Lizzy Hohmeister, Emily Bell, and Mallory Bormann will be serving the church by distributing communion at our school masses. Congratulations to them.

Our Senior Spotlight this week shines on Kimberly Schiltz. Here to tell you about her is the Craig Kohlhaas.

Kimberly Schiltz is an Algona native who was part of the national champion Golden Bear danz squad and has won first, second, and third place statewide awards in cheerleading. Kim also serves as yearbook editor and is a leader in Christian Leadership in Action. She’s helped with Relay for Life, and she when she’s not at Garrigan you might see her serving up good food at Emeralds or the K.C. Hall. Kim wants to major in business at college, and we wish her all the best.

Thanks, Craig! On our Golden Bear calendar this week, there’s a Search retreat at Garrigan all weekend. Tomorrow is also the St. Cecelia’s fall dinner.

Monday boys’ basketball practice starts. Then Tuesday the girls will compete in a jamboree at Iowa Central in Ft. Dodge. Also on Tuesday we’ll have the induction ceremony for the National Honor Society.

The magazine drive ends on Tuesday. There’s mass Wednesday morning, and we’ll also be dismissing early that day for teacher inservice. Then on Thursday the girls basketball team starts their season by hosting Emmetsburg.

That’s the “Bear Facts” for another week. Thanks for listening, and be sure to join us again next week for more news from Bishop Garrigan High School.

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