November 14, 2020

Good morning! I’m Isabel Casey!

I’m Ava Eisenbarth!

And I’m Reese Rosenmeyer! Thanks for joining us for the “Bear Facts”, the weekly radio update from Bishop Garrigan High School.

 Last Wednesday our weekly school mass honored area veterans. As part of the Veterans Day celebration, Garrigan seniors Austin Von Bank and Sean Davis spoke. Austin and Sean are both planning to go into the military after high school. Sean will be joining the Marines, and Austin will be in the National Guard. We wish them well, and we also thank all the veterans who have served our country in the past.

The BGHS quiz bowl team competed last weekend in the Iowa Quiz Bowl League fall classic. Joe Trainer, Meredith Tigges, Jacob Ward, Nathaniel Darling, and Ben Greteman combined to earn a 2 – 2 record on the day. There’s more quiz bowl action this coming week. On Wednesday the team will be competing in the nationwide 3—2—1 contest where they have to answer 200 questions from all fields of knowledge.

One of the biggest activities at Garrigan is danz squad. Because of the pandemic, state dance will be a little different this year. Group and solo performances are happening at the same time, and teams will be competing both in person and on video. The Golden Bear danz squad will be heading down to state to compete in person. They’ve prepared three solo performances. Cora Ricke and Lillee Deike were among the top solists last year, and Ella Schaaf is hoping to join them with her solo performance.

The whole danz squad has worked hard preparing a Broadway-themed routine, which they’ll be presenting at state next week. This year’s danz squad features Grace DeLange, Cora Ricke, Savannah Warchter, Violet Bode, Halle Menke, Ella Nelson, Katelyn Cink, Eva Snyder, and Kyra Deike; plus Emma Bacha Avery Berte, Lillee Deike, Avery Lichter, Ava Kemna, Ellie Rosenmeyer, Meredith Illg, Ella Schaaf, Zoey Von Bank, and Riley Rosenmeyer. Good luck at state, dancers!

Girls basketball practices started last week. The girls were last year’s state runners-up, and they return two members of the all-tournament team—sophomores Audi Crooks and Molly Joyce. The team will also feature seniors Kaylyn Meyers, Reese Rosenmeyer, Gracie Elsbecker, Grace Rosenmeyer, Kelly Baade, and Anna Berke; and juniors Ella Muller, Emma Grandgenett, and Meredith Tigges. Sophomore Ashlyn Hovey is also out for basketball; as are freshmen Abby Capesius, Reagan Murphy, Elena Salinas, Caelyn Capesius, Ava Hough, and Alaina Casey.

The boys basketball team were also state runners up last spring, and they’ll be starting practice Monday. All-tournament player and thousand-point scorer Angelo Winkel returns for the boys, as do fellow seniors Kyle Schaaf, Isaiah Plathe, Kyphus Goche, Joe Meis, and Kellen Murphy. Juniors Jacob Leerar, Hollis Bode, and Grant Haugland are also on the team; as are sophomores Aidan Hovey, Drew Fogarty, Cal Birkey, Matt Kollasch, Jack Grandgenett, Ryan Noonan, Nathan Merron, and Nate Bronk.

The freshmen in basketball include Logan Nemmers, Ben Greteman, C.J. Weydert, Sam Plathe, Justin Bauer, Drew Lappe, Brody Ludwig, and John Waters. Good luck to boys coach Mark Meister, girls coach Brandon Schwab, and both the boys and girls basketball teams. We’re hoping for another great season.

We had a big ice storm last Tuesday that led to both a late start and an early dismissal. The weather is our chance to remind you that whenever there are school closings, Garrigan and Seton follow the decisions made by the Algona Community Schools. Our school calendar is designed with plenty of extra time built in, which should allow us to have several snow days before we either have to make up time or have online learning days. We remind everyone to always keep safe in winter weather.

Our Senior Spotlight this week shines on Jack Snyder. Here to tell you about him is Veronica Capesius.

Jack Snyder did double duty in last weekend’s performances of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Jack played the role of Pharaoh, and he also filled in for a student who was ill in the role of Jacob. Jack has been on the stage throughout his high school years. He’s won awards in music and speech, and he’s also been in sports and quiz bowl. He’s done lots of service work, which helped earn him a spot in the honor society. Jack works at Miller Construction, and he plans a career in electrical engineering in the future. Best wishes in college, Jack!

On our Golden Bear calendar this week, the state dance competition is Tuesday in Des Moines. That night the girls basketball team will be hosting a jamboree.

We’ll have a student mass Wednesday morning. Thursday Garrigan will be hosting DECA districts, and that’s also when the regional honors for all-state music will be presented.

That’s the “Bear Facts” for this week. Thanks for tuning in, and be sure to catch the show again next week, when we’ll have more news from Bishop Garrigan High School.