The Bear Facts
October 13, 2007

Good morning! I'm D.J. Thompson.

And I'm (cough) Jake Lane! Welcome to the "Bear Facts", the weekly radio show from Bishop Garrigan High School.

Did you know that former President George H.W. Bush played in the first-ever College World Series? ... Or that Buffalo is the safest major city in America? ... Or that the U.S. imports more cars from Canada than from any other country? If facts like those are at the top of your brain, then you should be in quiz bowl. Quiz bowl is a trivia competition that works a lot like a game show, and today Garrigan is hosting the largest quiz bowl tournament in Iowa. This is the seventeenth year for the BGHS Invitational Tournament, and this year sixty teams from twenty-three northern Iowa schools will be on hand to compete.

The Bears themselves have six teams entered in their home tournament. Team captains today include Ethan Dahlhauser, Katrina Even, Brent Kajewski, D.J. Thompson, Mark Poeppe, and Jake Rosenmeyer. Each team will play four preliminary games starting shortly after 10:00 this morning, and the top sixteen teams overall will advance to play-offs in the afternoon. The public is welcome to watch, and admission is free.

It takes a lot of people to make an event the size of Garrigan's quiz bowl tournament run smoothly. Garrigan's gifted and talented coordinator David Burrow organizes the tournament each year, and this year forty-six people will be working to make sure everything goes right. That includes seven parents, nine current students, five Garrigan faculty members, and two quiz bowl alumni who are coming back to read questions. Over the years more than 500 different people have helped out with quiz bowl, and we want all of them to know their help is definitely appreciated.

Last weekend the Golden Bear football team once again played the role of giant killers. For the fourth time this season they beat a top-ten rated team, this time Northwood-Kensett. By keeping their record undefeated, the Bears virtually guaranteed themselves another playoff bid and almost certainly the district championship. The 2007 Bears are on track to be only the second team in school history to go undefeated through the regular season. Congratulations, Bears!

Tomorrow is the start of Homecoming week. Our Homecoming theme this year is "Road Trip 2007". Special dress days this year include Hobo Day on Monday and Black and Gold Day Tuesday. Wednesday will be Class Color Day-with the seniors in black, the juniors in white, the sophomores in blue, and the freshmen in yellow. On Thursday we'll have Backwards Day, and Friday will be the traditional Dress-Up Day.

With Homecoming later this year, the event coincides with district volleyball and cross-country. The volleyball team will play their district opener at Britt on Tuesday, and on Thursday night the cross-country team runs in the district meet at Fort Dodge. The Homecoming football game will be Friday night against Graettinger-Terril. Other events include the class competition game day on Wednesday; the coronation and pep rally Wednesday night; and the Homecoming liturgy, parade, and dance on Friday.

Candidates for Homecoming King this year include Lee Brashear, Dave Frideres, Mike Garman, Shane Koob, and John Parrish. The Homecoming Queen candidates are Katie Boeckholt, Carrie Courtney, Macy Fickbohm, Meredith Meyers, and Gina Rasmussen. We'll be voting for king and queen on Monday during homeroom, and the winners will be announced Wednesday night. The ceremony should be aired right here on KLGA.

Our Senior Spotlight this week shines on Jacob Zittritsch. Here to tell you about him is Melissa Cruise.

Jacob Zittritsch is an Algona native who doesn't mind too much when his friends call him "Zit". He's played baseball his whole life, and he's been a big part of the Golden Bear team in recent years. During the school year, Jake is active in band, and he also loves quiz bowl. He was upset that his work schedule wouldn't let him participate in this week's tournament. Jake loves bowling, and you might also see him working at Hy-Vee. He'll be off to college in the fall, and we wish him all the best in the future.

Thanks, Melissa. On our Golden Bear calendar, there's the big quiz bowl tournament at Garrigan today. Tomorrow we'll build floats in the afternoon, and many students will be participating in the CROP Walk to fight world hunger.

Tomorrow night is the powder puff football game. Monday night the JV football team plays at Clarion. Then on Tuesday there's district volleyball, with the Bears playing West Hancock at Britt.

Wednesday we'll have the class competition game day at school. In the afternoon several juniors will be taking the PSAT, and Wednesday night we'll crown our Homecoming king and queen.

Thursday there's district cross-country at Kennedy Park in Fort Dodge. Friday morning we'll have our Homecoming mass at 10:45, with the parade down State Street at 2:00 in the afternoon. The danz squad will serve a supper before the football game that night.

The Bears face Graettinger-Terril Friday night, and the traditional Homecoming dance will follow the game. Then next Saturday several choir members will be auditioning for all-state.

That's the "Bear Facts" for this week. Thanks for joining us, and be sure to tune in again next week, when we tell you all the results of the Homecoming competitions here at Bishop Garrigan High School.

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