THE BEAR FACTS -- January 14, 2005

Good morning! I'm Gavin Freking!

And I'm Seth Rogers! Welcome once again to the "Bear Facts", the weekly radio show where we keep you up to date on all the news from Bishop Garrigan High School.

Last weekend the Golden Bear quiz bowl team competed at the Cougar Invitational Tournament at North Kossuth High School. Even though the Bears were missing a lot of players because of rescheduled events, they had a good day at the tournament. Two different groups from Garrigan made the playoffs, and one team ended up finishing fourth in their division. The team of Seth Rogers, Andrew Missal, and Chris Scobba lost only one game in the preliminary rounds. They lost to West Bend Mallard and Ankeny in playoffs to finish in fourth place overall. Also making playoffs were Joe Dailey, Ethan Dahlhauser, and D.J. Thompson.

There's more quiz bowl action today. Right about now twenty-four Garrigan students are arriving in Eagle Grove for a day of competition. Garrigan has five quiz bowl teams entered in today's contest. The first consists of Jeff Lappe, Andrew Missal, Joe Straub, Amanda Golwitzer, and Chris Scobba. Team 2 includes Spenser Rahm, Jacob Hellman, Alison Brandenburg, Seth Rogers, and Gavin Freking.

The third Golden Bear team Joe Rahm, Shane Koob, Brandon Rowley, Joe Dailey, and Josh Rahm. Team #4 is made up of Mark Poeppe, Melissa Cruise, D.J. Thompson, and Jacob Zittritsch. Garrigan's final entry today is a team that includes Ben Golwitzer, Ethan Dahlhauser, Brian Patterson, Chris Gelhaus, and Brent Kajewski. Good luck today to the quiz bowl team!

Today is also a big day for the BGHS math team. Fourteen Garrigan "mathletes" are in Iowa Falls today for one of the largest in a series of Great Plains Math League competitions. Competing for the Bears are JoAnn Kirsch, Tony Rouse, Maria Kohlhaas, Kelly Rouse, and Chris Kellner; together with Randy Kenyon, Alec Boeckholt, Sam Norland, and Melanie Meyers. Rounding out the group are Kent Recker, Dylan Freking, Gina Rasmussen, Sheri Kenyon, and Krissy Kohlhaas. Good luck to Coach Daryl Kohlhaas and the math team!

This was a good week to be a freshman at Garrigan. Last Monday the freshman basketball team brought home their first victory, with a big win against North Kossuth. Thursday noon the freshmen got to eat at Godfathers, as their reward for finishing first in the magazine drive last fall. Another big event for the ninth graders happened Sunday, when David Miller's freshman intramural team defeated Brent Kajewski's team. They're on track to be the most successful freshman intramural team in history.

Intramurals are off to a good start, and as always they're one of the most popular activities at Garrigan. After one week, it's the sophomore team of D.J. Thompson, Mark Poeppe, Garrett Elbert, Ben Golwitzer, and Chris Lanus that holds first place in the standings, thanks to a big hundred-point game last week. The faculty team featuring basketball coach O.J. Froehlich and secretary Beth Byrkeland is also undefeated, as Eric Goodman's team of seniors and Joe Dailey's team of juniors. Games are played in the Garrigan gym every Sunday afternoon, and the season will continue until the end of March.

Our Senior Spotlight this week shines on Eric Goodman and Seth Rogers. Here to tell you about him is Jacob Hellman.

Eric Goodman is one of the co-presidents of the BGHS Class of 2006. This Whittemore native's main activities are golf and intramural basketball, but you're sure to find him cheering on the Bears in every other event. Eric is one of the students responsible for the Garrigan website, where he's created literally hundreds of pages in the past couple of years. He'll be off to college next fall, and we wish him all the best.

Seth Rogers was captain of last week's play-off quiz bowl team. He's been active in quiz bowl for all four years at Garrigan, and he also enjoys speech and drama. Seth is also a history fan, and he's looking at a career involving teaching history in the future. We wish both Seth and Eric the best of luck in the future.

Thanks, Jacob! On our Golden Bear calendar this week, there's quiz bowl at Eagle Grove and math league competition in Iowa Falls today. Then tomorrow intramurals continue.: Monday the second semester starts. Juniors will take the ACRE test in religion that day. Monday night the freshman basketball teams play at Emmetsburg.

Tuesday the school board meets. That night there's a basketball quad at Clarion Goldfield. Then Wednesday is the diocesan honor band in Storm Lake.

We'll dismiss at 12:45 Wednesday for a staff in-service. Thursday we'll have a jeans day for the student gift to Gala. That night the freshman and JV basketball teams take on West Bend Mallard.

Friday the varsity basketball teams play at Webster City. Finally next Saturday is the district large group speech contest at Laurens.

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

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