March   13,   1993

Good morning! I'm Matt Erpelding!

I'm Dawn Bormann

And I'm Jenny Nord. Welcome to a very special edition of Garrigan's radio show, "The Bear Facts".

The Bears are going to state!

That's right. The Bears are going to state! It's old news by now, but it's definitely what everyone's been talking about at Garrigan this past week. It seems almost unreal, but the Golden Bear basketball team really will be going to the boys state tournament next week in Des Moines. Garrigan has made it as far as substate seven times before, but every time they came home disappointed. This year the boys came through. They edged past Rockwell City-Lytton to win substate with a score of 63-61, and next week they'll be the first Garrigan team ever to make the trip to Vets.

The Bears, with a 20 and 4 record, will play their opening game in the state tournament on Monday night at 8:15pm against 18 and 3 Cascade. If they play up to their ability, the Bears should beat Cascade. Then they'll play their next game Thursday afternoon.

Everyone knows the player to watch in the state tournament will be Torrey Wingert, who wears numbers 44 and 45. Torrey has played varsity since he was a freshman, and he should set the school record for points scored in a season in the opening game at state. Torrey has averaged 27 points a game, and he leads the Bears in most other stats as well. Torrey was named to the all-state team last year, and we're expecting big things from him all through the tournament.

The Bears are far from a one-man team, though. Their biggest asset this year is their depth. We found out in the tough substate game just how important every guy on the team was. At state watch for solid outside shooting from Matt Muller and James White. Look for steals and tough defense from Ryan Grandgenett and Doug Berte. Count how many rebounds Dean Bormann and Matt Ringsdorf rack up. Watch Doug Schoo draw fouls with his patented fake and shoot, and notice how well O.J. Froehlich brings the ball up the floor and passes off when the pressure is on. With a little luck you'll see Ian McGahuey hit the floor after blocking a shot or being fouled. And maybe you'll even observe the ball-handling skills of Ben Muller, a few jump shots from Rob Cruise, and some awesome three-pointers from Steve "the Beav" Froehlich.

It's been a long road to state for the Bears. The team finished the regular season with a 16-4 record. They added four more wins to their record in the play-offs. We asked the players what they felt was their best game this season. It's surprising, but the top vote-getter was one of the Bears' four losses. Almost every player felt that the best game this season was the CYO championship, where Garrigan ame within four points of defeating Sioux City Heelan, the number one rated team in Class 4-A. That game, more than any other, showed that the Bears can play a close game with any team they come up against.

When asked about their best individual games, the players had more varied answers. O.J. Froehlich felt his best game was with Heelan, Doug Schoo mentioned the third St. Edmond's game, while James White mentioned the pre-Christmas match-up with Carroll Kuemper. Dean Bormann was proud of his defensein the Eagle Grove play-off game for the district championship. Matt Ringsdorf mentioned his games against LeMars, and Rob Cruise was proud of scoring against Sentral-Burt. Finally Torrey Wingert felt his highlights were getting a quadruple double (with ten or more points, assists, rebounds, and steals) against LeMars and winning the district championship over Eagle Grove.

Every player on the basketball team has at least one nickname, and most of them have several. They range from stupid slams to just plain fun, and we thought it would be fun to tell you what the players call each other. So, we hope you'll join us in wishing good luck to Scrappy, Beav, Dorf, Lenny, Boathead, Mario, Juggler, Scheister, Goon, Helmut, Juice, Arrowhead, and Bill. ... And there's one other nickname we can't forget--good luck, Fro!

Another thing you might notice about the Bears is their haircuts. Every Golden Bear has his hair cut short, and several of the players have very distinctive haircuts--shaved close on the back and sides. Some people think these look dumb,but the players who have them say they like them for several reasons. They say it helps them keep cool when they work up a sweat during a hard game. The similar haircuts also have become a tradition, and the guys say they give them a team feeling. They also remind them of their favorite players in college and the pros.

We're not going to make any predictions about how the Bears will do. We're all incredibly proud that they made it to state, for the first time in school history. Now we just want to see them play their best. We're all rooting for them, and we know they'll do a good job. Everyone's keeping their fingers crossed that we just might see them in the championship game next Friday.

Besides the players, another important addition to the state tournament will be the cheerleaders. The cheerleaders will be pumping up the crowd to help get the school and parents involved in the game. If you happen to be sitting at Vets on Monday night and notice the Bears are coming out cold, look at cheerleaders Jenny Lind, Dawn Bormann, Beth Ludwig, Sarah Stence, Melissa Cink, Pam Grandgenett, Lisa Reding, and Lindsay Plathe for all t cheers, because if you were at the game last week you know that the Bears do get hot when the crowd is wired. For the cheerleaders, a lot of hard work has paid off--especially for the senior captains, Jenny Lind and Dawn Bormann. What else can we say: we're big, we're bad, and we're boss!

We know it's not just our school that the Bears are representing in Des Moines. At the substate game, there were a lot of fans wearing jackets from Algona High, Corwith-Wesley-Luverne, Sentral-Burt, and North Iowa. Garrigan is really proud of the way everyone in Algona and the surrounding area has gotten behind the Bears. It's really great to see fans from other schools rooting for the Bears, and Coach Froehlich wants you to know that your cheering was part of what helped them win. We hope to see you again in Des Moines, and we know our team will do their best to represent not just Garrigan, but the whole area.

So, on behalf of all of us at the "Bear Facts", everyone at Garrigan, and pretty much everyone in Algona, Wesley, Whittemore, St. Joe, and Bancroft, we wish the very best of luck to Coach Froehlich, Father Schon, and the entire Golden Bear basketball team.

Because of all the basketball news, we'll be skipping our staff and senior features this week. Be sure to listen next week, though, when we're back to the regular schedule.

There is some news besides basketball this week. This weekend, Garrigan's annual pops concert is taking place. This year our theme is "Music Extra", where we bring the latest headlines in the choral and band department. Headed by Mr. Todd Ulmer, the choir will embark on four numbers: "Under the Sea", "True Colors", "What a Wonderful World", and the traditional "He Never Failed Me Yet". Also, the crowd will get to hear some excellent instrumental selections, as performed by Mr. Lynn Miller's two jazz bands, the Jazz Company and the Jazz Review. Small groups will also be performing, such as Kevin Kollasch and Shauna Schumacher singing "You Don't Bring Me Flowers", a few Spremes wannabes, and a no-named band making their debut. In addition we will have numerous skits throughout the program to keep you entertained. Now, if you missed last night's performance, don't fret. There will be another show tonight at 7:30 in the Garrigan gym. Tickets are available at the door--$2 for students and $3 for adults.

On this week's calendar, today you can find out more about Garrigan and Seton by visiting the Catholic schools booth at the Kossuth County Expo at the old Alco building in Algona. There's a middle school band contest today at Seton. Then tonight is your last chance to catch the pops concert. It's at 7:30 in the Garrigan gym.

Sunday Expo '93 continues. There's also a music parents breafast Sunday at the K.C. Hall.

Monday classes will be pretty much normal at Garrigan. There will be a big pep rally at 1:30 to send the basketball team off to state. We invite the public to be there to help cheer on the Bears.

The team leaves for Des Moines at 2:00 Monday, and we'll have pep buses and charter buses to take fans to the game leaving around 4pm Monday. If you can't make it to Vets, you can hear the game on KLGA at 8:15 Monday night.

Because we play so late Monday night, there will be a late start at Garrigan on Tuesday. Classes will start at 10:00 Tuesday morning. We'll also have an early dismissal for in-service on Wednesday.

If the Bears win on Monday they'll be playing in the state semi-finals Thursday afternoon. We'll start the day at the usual time, with a special assembly by the speach team scheduled for that morning. If the Bears are playing in Des Moines, classes will be dismissed in the middle of the morning.

The state consolation game will be Friday afternoon, and the championship is Friday night. If the Bears win their opener Monday, Garrigan will have no school next Friday. We hope they win, because otherwise it will be classes as usual.

Thursday and Friday are also kindergarten round-up at Seton for parents of the Class of 2006.

Next Saturday is the state speech contest in Fort Dodge. While that may be overshadowed by the basketball tournament, we wish the very best of luck to the speech team--who also made school history with a record 25 entries going on to state.

That's the "Bear Facts" for this week. Contributors for this week's broadcast included Matt Erpelding, Dawn Bormann, and the entire Golden Bear basketball team. We join all of you in wishing them luck. We hope to see you in Des Moines to cheer on the Bears, and we hope you'll join us next week for another edition of the "Bear Facts".

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