September 9, 1998

Good morning! I'm Melanie McGuire!

And I'm Bob Brandenburg! Welcome to a special edition of the "Bear Facts", where it's Homecoming, and we're celebrating forty years of Bishop Garrigan High School.

The Homecoming theme this year is "A Blast from the Past", as we salute forty years of great Garrigan memories. The fun begins tomorrow, when the classes will gather at noon to decorate the school's hallways for the week. The seniors will decorate the main lobby, and the juniprs have the gym lobby. The sophomores are putting up their decorations in the science hallway, and the freshmen are decorating the English hallway.

As always, there will be some wild dress-up days for Homecoming. We'll start things off on Monday with Beach Day, when everyone will dress for fun in the sun. Tuesday will be Decade Day, as the classes compete b dressing in the styles of the past. The seniors will sport the '70s look, while the juniors salute the '60s. The sophomores will dress up in '80s clothes, and the freshmen have the '50s. Then on Wednesday it's Nerd Day. Thursday is the traditional Black and Gold Day, and Friday we'll all dress up in our best outfits.

The hallway and special dress days are part of the annual class competition. On Tuesday night, all four classes will be building floats for the Homecoming parade. Each class is also decorating a hoop that the fall sports teams will run through. The classes will also be judged on skits and on their school spirit at the pep rally Thursday night.

Jake Hansen, Phil Kramer, Phil LaFleur, Adam Sundall, and Nick Thilges are this year's Homecoming king candidates. Competing for queen are Liz DeWaard, Melanie McGuire, Kristi Patten, Katie Reding, and Natalie Salz. The big coronation ceremony will be next Thursday at 7:30 in Friedmann Auditorium, also known as the BGHS gym. We'll fill you in on the winners on next week's show.

The Golden Bear fall sports teams are off to an awesome start this year. Cross-country runner Adam Sundall picked up right where he left off last season. He's run in two meets so far this season, and he's won--what else--two championship medals. At Estherville last Tuesday Adam blew away all the other runners, finishing almost a minute ahead of the second place man. Adam now holds every single 5-K cross-country record at Garrigan. Senior Doug Besch also finished in the top ten at Estherville, with his personal best time ever. On the girls' side, junior Simone Adler has also medalled in two straight meets, and sophomore Angie Kohlhaas also finished in the money at Estherville. Congratulations to all our cross-country runners!

The Golden Bear football team began their season by crushing Fort Dodge St. Edmond, 42 to nothing. In this week's football polls, the Bears were rewarded for their big victory with a ranking in the top ten around the state. Senior Jake Sutter is back as the Golden Bear quarterback. You're likely to see Andrew Brunsen, Phil Kramer, and Paul Richter headed for the end zone all season long. Other players to watch include seniors Justin Roethler, Mike Reel, and Mark Anderson; and juniors Eric Becker, John Mosbach, and Chris Weir. Good luck to them, and to all the Golden Bears!

If you make a call to Garrigan during the school day, there's a pretty good chance a student may answer the phone. That's because about a fourth of all BGHS students participate in the school's work/study program. Through work/study students are able to pay a part of their tuition through work they do for the school. Several work in the office, answering the phone and doing clerical work. Others help out the janitors after school. Still others assist the development staff, the activities director, or help out when the school hosts special events. The work/study students mostly seem to enjoy the work, and it's a way to help make the school affordable to everyone.

Our Senior Spotlight this week shines on two members of our Homecoming royal court: Jake Hansen and Kristi Patten. Here with the scoop on them is Abby Rahm.

Jacob Hansen is a Whittemore native who is probably best known for his contributions to the Golden Bear golf team. He has also played football, and last summer he was a delegate to the Iowa Boys' State. Jake works at Steier Turkey and at Ampride in Whittemore. He plans to attend Minnesota West College next year, and we wish him the very best of luck.

Kristi Patten is co-editor of the Garrigold yearbook, and she's also active in choir, Model UN, track, and here on the "Bear Facts" radio show. This St. Benedict native also has been a manager and statistician for the volleyball, football, and basketball teams. Kristi plans to go to the American Institute of Business next year, and we wish her all the best.

Thanks, Abby! Our Golden Bear calendar is jam-packed for Homecoming week. There's a cheerleading camp at Garrigan today from 9am to 4pm. Also today the volleyball team plays at Emmetsburg.

Homecoming Week begins tomorrow. The classes will gather at noon to start putting up the hallway decorations.

Monday the JV football squad hosts West Bend/Mallard, while the volleyball players travel to Clear Lake.

Tuesday afternoon we'll have a pennance service at Garrigan. After confession we'll dismiss early for float construction. That night there's freshman football at Emmetsburg.

Wednesday the cross-country team tuns at Clear Lake and the volleyball team plays at Fort Dodge St. Edmond. Then on Thursday we'll dismiss at 12:45 for teacher in-service.

Thursday night at 7:30 we'll have Garrigan's fortieth Homecoming coronation, followed by the traditional all-school pep rally.

Friday at 10:45am is the annual Homecoming liturgy. Former superintendent Father Friedmann will be back to celebrate mass. Then at 4pm you can see the bands, floats, and convertibles on State Street for the big Homecoming parade.

The Homecoming football game will be Friday at 7:30, when the Bears take on Manson/Northwest Webster. On Saturday the volleyball team faces Algona, and the cheerleaders will be holding a car wash. Finally, there's the Homecoming dance Saturday at eight o'clock.

That's the "Bear Facts" for another week. Thanks for tuning in, and Happy Homecoming from all of us at Bishop Garrigan High School.

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