The Bear Facts

March 13, 2010

Good morning! I'm Becky Jennings!

And I'm Alexander Boisjolie! Welcome once again to the "Bear Facts", the weekly radio show from Bishop Garrigan High School.

Last Monday the Golden Bear boys basketball team competed in the state tournament for the first time in seventeen years. They fought hard and played a good game, but things just didn't go their way. The Bears ended up losing to Lynnville-Sully by a final score of 59 - 43. We're still really proud of our team, though. They had an awesome season and represented our school well. Congratulations to Coach Roger Froehlich and the Golden Bear basketball team!

Today is another big competition day. The Golden Bear danz squad left last Wednesday for a trip to California. They've spent the past two days seeing different sights around the Los Angeles area, and today they'll be competing in the Champion Dance Nationals. The Bears won the Iowa state championship in hip-hop and pom last December, and they also received the judges' choice award-one of just three out of hundreds of performances around the country to earn that honor. The judges who gave them their highest honor urged them to come to this particular national competition, and the Bears took them up on the offer.

The contest is at Mater Dei Athletic Center in Santa Ana, California. This area is familiar to Garrigan dance coach Colleen Conway-Schiltz, who grew up in suburban L.A. She and fellow coach Barb Stence will be accompanying the girls to nationals. State solo dance champion Rachel Molsberry is at the core of this year's Golden Bear danz squad. Others to watch include Kayla Schiltz, Taylor Brandenburg, Tina Berte, Aimee Dahlhauser, and Rebecca Molsberry.

The danz squad also includes Katie Miller, Kristin Berte, Hannah Bode, Laura Richter, and Sara Poeppe, as well as Kim Schiltz, Noelle Vitzthum, MaKayla Foertsch, Logan Kumm, and Samantha Kollasch. They'll spend pretty much the whole day today performing and competing. Then tomorrow they'll spend the day at Disneyland. The girls fly back to Iowa early Monday morning. Good luck at nationals, danz squad!

Fifteen Garrigan students got up very early this morning. They boarded a bus at 6:00 to head over to Sibley for the state speech contest. Since four people are performing twice, Garrigan actually has nineteen entries at state contest, and they're hoping for a good showing today. Best wishes at state to Coaches Mary McCall and David Burrow and all the speech team. Break a leg, everyone!

This is also a big weekend for most of the Garrigan freshmen. They've been working hard all year to prepare for the sacrament of confirmation, where they become full members of the Catholic church. Bishop Walter Nickless will be in Algona this Sunday for the big event, which will include Garrigan students from all the area parishes, as well as public school students enrolled in CCD classes. Congratulations to all these confirmands!

Last Saturday the Golden Bear quiz bowl team competed in their last big regional tournament of the year, when they went down to Boone for what is likely to be the last-ever invitational tournament there. Two different Garrigan teams ended up in fourth and fifth places at Boone. Jake Rosenmeyer, Brittany Berte, Rebeccah Erdman, Michael Fakler, and Michael Hellman were undefeated in the preliminary rounds and ended up in fourth place overall. Lizzy Hohmeister, Alex Hamilton, Craig Kohlhaas, Rachel Berte, and Austin Salz edged past Marshalltown in the opening round of playoffs to take fifth place.

Garrigan teams have competed in eight regional quiz bowl tournaments this year, and they have finished somewhere in the top four every time. At Boone there was also a special coaches' game, and Garrigan coach David Burrow captained the winning adult team. Mr. Burrow's team beat their opponents by a 150-point margin and got 10 out of 10 correct in the lightning round. Congratulations, Golden Bear quiz bowl!

We'd also like to congratulate one of our Garrigan seniors and some alumni who recently competed in 801 Grand, a special challenge for firefighters that raises money for the American Lung Association. Garrigan senior David Reding went down to Des Moines for the event, which includes a power climb in full gear and fighting for air. Most of the top finishers are marathon runners, and a lot are fulltime career firefighters. David has been a volunteer with the Wesley Fire Department for less than a year, but he still managed to finish in the top half of competitors, in a time of 12:04. Garrigan graduates Eric Goodman, Brad Richter, and Chad Besch were also among those competing, and we also congratulate them on their effort.

Our Senior Spotlight this week shines on Austin Wolf. Here to tell you about him is Stephanie Kajewski.

Austin Wolf was one of the most vocal fans at the state basketball tournament last week. He decorated his van and led a group of friends on an awesome road trip to Des Moines. Austin's favorite activity is probably football. He also enjoys intramural basketball and publications. Away from school, you might see him racing cars. Austin will be off to college next year, and we wish him all the best after high school.

Thanks, Steph! On our Golden Bear calendar this week, there's national dance today in Los Angeles, as well as state individual speech in Sibley. Tomorrow is confirmation, and in the afternoon intramural basketball resumes.

Monday girls golf starts. In the morning the Health 2 class will visit nursing home residents, and the danz squad will return from California in the afternoon.

Monday and Tuesday we'll have registration for next year, combined with parent-teacher conferences. This will be at the Rochleau Center from 3:30 to 6:30 each night.

Next Thursday biology teacher Beany Bode will take five students to the state Envirothon competition. Then on Friday there's no school at Garrigan and Seton, though the Algona Community Schools will be in session that day.

That's the "Bear Facts" for this week. Thanks for joining us, and be sure to tune in again next week for more news from Bishop Garrigan High School.

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