"The Bear Facts"

NOVEMBER 13, 1999

Good morning! I’m Sarah Schmitt!

I’m Steven Kellner!

And I’m Jeff Hellman! Welcome to a very special edition of the “Bear Facts”, where we’re celebrating the success of the Golden Bears here at Bishop Garrigan High School.

This past week the Bears definitely proved that there’s no place like the Dome! For the first time in fourteen years, they went down to Cedar Falls for the state football play-offs, and once they got there, they didn’t waste any time getting the job done. An enormous crowd was on hand Monday night, when Garrigan took on Postville. It was a tough defensive struggle, and the score shifted back and forth. When the horn sounded to end the game, though, it was the Bears who were on top, 15 to 12.

All the players were excited about their first chance to play football on the carpet. Seniors like John Mosbach and Tyler Struck admitted that, while beforehand they didn’t really believe that playing in the Dome was all that special, they had some chills in their spine when they ran out on the turf for the first time. Juniors Ben Richter and Hank Greer commented on how absolutely deafening the roar of the crowd was indoors. Everyone was excited, and now the whole team understood why the guys who won the state championship in 1985 still talk about it even today. There’s a special feeling when you make it to the Dome, and now they were part of that tradition, too.

Everyone has to admit that a lot of Monday night’s victory came down to good luck. Garrigan benefited from some key penalties and bad plays on the part of the Pirates, and some favorable calls and spots by the officials. It really looked like someone was watching out for the Bears on Monday. You don’t get to the state semi-finals by luck alone, though. The Bears played a tough game, and they definitely deserved the hard-fought victory.

The win on Monday placed the Bears in the final four statewide, and it says something about the quality of teams in this part of the state that the semi-final game pitted Garrigan against the winner of their district, Southern Cal. The Bears lost to Southern Cal in the last game of the regular season, after a lightning delay and a lot of confusion. There were no thunderstorms to cause distraction in the Dome, though, and the Bears showed Southern Cal what they were made of. They played one of their best games of the season and ended up on top.

That win puts Garrigan in the state championship game. The 1-A state championship will be next Friday, November 19, at 1:30pm. Once again it will be in the UNI-Dome. That will be the third straight game the Bears have played in Cedar Falls, and we’re hoping it will continue to be “Dome, Sweet Dome” for Garrigan when they win it all for the second time in school history. Win or lose, though, they’ve proven they can play with the best. Congratulations to Coach Wadle and the whole Golden Bear football team!

The Golden Bear volleyball team held their awards potluck last week. There are two new records in the volleyball books this year. Senior Angie Froehlich broke the school record for most kills in a game, with 4.5. She also tied Katie Vaske’s record of 28 kills in a match. It’s no surprise that Angie led this year’s team in kills, with 335. Angie was also the top server on the team, and she led the team in defensive digs.

Kelly Kohlhaas was the top blocker for the Bears, and Ashley Arndorfer led in assists. Ashley had 6.5 assists per game, and she racked up 34 assists in the Bears’ match against Hampton-Dumont. Angie, Ashley, Kelly, and Sarah all received all-conference honors, and Angie also made the CYO All-Tournament Team. Angie Froehlich was the team’s Most Valuable Offensive Player, while Kelly Kohlhaas and Kelly Kunkel shared Most Valuable Defense honors. Sarah Reding won the Hustle Award, Molly Meyer was the Most Improved Player. Congratulations to Coach Collison and the Bears for their season.

There’s a lot of volleyball talent in the younger classes. Eleven girls played JV volleyball this year, and Coach Wendy Meister helped lead them to a 12 and 11 record. Andi Kramer and Sara Seeley led the JV team. Joining them were Mindy Buscher, Jamie Loebig, Allison Courtney, Jill Goodman, and Jamie Roethler. Jenna Becker, Shelly DeVries, Ashley Schiltz, and Janel Richter rounded out the JV squad.

The freshman Bears also had a good season. The team included Sarah Erdman, Chelsie Wood, Jenni Erpelding, Amanda Wolf, Lisa Even, and Sylvia Weber. Other freshman out for volleyball were Nellie Fowler, Andrea Schiltz, Hillary Frideres, Amy Rahm, Maria Paterson, Kim Frideres, Jenna Hansen, Jill Johnson, and Keshar Nadkarni. We know that all those girls have a bright future in Golden Bear volleyball.

This week’s Senior Spotlight shines on Nick Roethler. Nick is an Algona native who has been out for football all four years of high school. Nick is also active in track, and he enjoys weightlifting. Nick is active on the tech crew for music and drama events at Garrigan, and he’s responsible for keeping the music playing when the danz squad performs. He’s a National Honor Society member who is also active in 4-H. Nick will be off to college next year, and we wish him the very best of luck.

On this week’s Golden Bear calendar, there’s a girls’ basketball scrimmage this morning at Garrigan. Then tomorrow juniors will receive the Rite of Welcoming for Confirmation.

Monday boys’ basketball practice starts. That day about a third of the students will be gone to Minneapolis on a trip to Mall of America. The trip is one of the rewards from the calendar drive last September.

Both Monday and Wednesday after school there will be Parent/Teacher Conferences. The conferences this fall will be at the Rochleau Center at Seton.

Tuesday afternoon we’ll have the induction ceremony for new members in the National Honor Society. Then on Thursday a group of Youth Council members will leave for St. Louis for the National Catholic Youth Conference.

Next Friday there’s no school at either Garrigan or Algona. The state championship football game will be at 1:30 Friday afternoon in the UNI-Dome.

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

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