September    13,    1997

Good morning! I'm Tim Mosbach!

And I'm Jenni Krieps! Welcome once again to the "Bear Facts". Thanks for joining us as we begin our sixth season here on KLGA.

There's been lots of construction around BGHS, over the summer and right into this past week. Much of the work is part of converting our former board room into Algona's newest site for the Iowa Communications Network. Garrigan will be the first school in Algona to enjoy the high technology of the ICN fiber optics network. The room will allow our students to join people from other schools for new advanced classes, and it will also be available for people in the area to use for video conferencing.

One of the other big construction projects is thanks to Garrigan junior Doug Besch. If you drive past the school on McCoy Street, you can't help but notice the handsome new benches by the main entrance. Doug built these benches and did the accompanying landscaping as part of his work for becoming an Eagle scout. We've already noticed lots of people siting on the benches while they wait for buses and at the end of the day. We thank Doug for this very practical project.

The fall sports season has already begun, and all three Garrigan teams are off to an excellent start. The biggest news comes from cross-country, where junior Adam Sundall became the first Golden Bear ever to win a meet. Adam ran the five-kilometer course at Mason City last week in just 16 minutes, 27 seconds. The time not only won him first place, but also broke his own school record. Adam has run ten miles or more everyday, even on the hottest days of summer. We're glad to see all that hard work paying off.

Homecoming, '97 is just a couple weeks off. Last week the Student Council finalized plans for this year's celebration. This year's theme will be "The Bears' Ultimate Victory", and the special dress days include old favorites like Pajama Day and new ideas like Super Heros Day. One change this year is that the homecoming dance will be on Friday night, instead of the traditional Saturday. This is because this year's Homecoming festivities are the same weekend as Algona Band Day. Be sure to tune in to next week's show, when we'll tell you who the seniors nominated for this year's Homecoming Royal Court.

Last summer was a busy time for many BGHS students. In June seven members of the quiz bowl team travelled to Washington, D.C. to make Garrigan's third straight appearance in the National Academic Championships. While they didn't place high in the tournament, they did make a good showing against the best schools from all around the country. They also enjoyed the sights of the nation's capital, as well as a baseball game at nearby Camden Yards.

In August the Bishop Garrigan Spanish club packed their bags and took off for sunny Spain. The group toured the museums and monuments of Madrid, and then they relaxed on the sandy beaches of the Mediterranean Costa del Sol. Everyone who went agreed it was a fun and exciting trip.

Summer also brought outstanding seasons for the Golden Bear baseball and softball teams. They set records for the most wins in a season and won the North Central Conference. Both teams are lucky because most of their top players will be back again next year. You'll recognize names like Chris Miller, Mike Cowan, Thad Wunder, and Jeremy Bartolo -- or Kristin Richter, Ruby Bode, Lisa Boekelman, Annie Potthoff, and Jill Erpelding. Then there's Brad Nelson, who had some of the most impressive stats on the baseball team last summer. Brad will have a lot more chances to top himself, because this fall he just started his freshman year.

Each season on the "Bear Facts" we've introduced you to members of the senior classes at BGHS. This year we're continuing the tradition of the "Senior Spotlight", and this week our spotlight shines on Tom Twait and Brad Frideres. Here with the scoop on them is Nathan Fouarge.

You're probably most familiar with Tom "T-Bone" Twait as a member of the Golden Bear basketball team. You may have also seen him running in track or on the baseball bench, or you may have heard his distinctive voice here on KLGA. On top of all that, this Emmetsburg native is the cornerstone of the Golden Bear quiz bowl team, where he's won six trophies and he's been a captain ever since his freshman year.

Brad Frideres went on both the Washington and Spain trips last summer, and he also vacationed in Wyoming. Brad has consistently good finishes in cross-country, and he also runs well in track. His other activities include music and drama. Both Tom and Brad will be off to college next year, and we wish them the very best of luck!

Thanks, Nate! Our Golden Bear calendar is already busy. There's freshman volleyball today at Emmetsburg, and tomorrow morning the softball team will hold a fundraiser breakfast at the St. Cecelia's Rochleau Center.

Monday the JV football team travels to West Bend/Mallard, and Tuesday the freshmen host Emmetsburg. Also on Tuesday we'll have a reconciliation service at school at 1:15pm.

Wednesday the cross-country team runs at Clear Lake, and the volleyball teams travel to Webster City. Thursday we'll dismiss early for teacher in-service, and then on Friday the football Bears will take on West Hancock.

That's our first "Bear Facts" for this year. Thanks for listening, and be sure to check back every week to hear all the news from Bishop Garrigan High School.

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