Good morning! I'm Rachel Studer!
And I'm Abby Rahm! Welcome to another edition of the "Bear Facts", the weekly radio show where we bring you the news from Bishop Garrigan High School.
The annual magazine drive is history, and while it was a close call for a while, in the end it was one of the most successful fundraisers ever. This year's official total was $19,152, which was well over our school goal. Even better, all four classes met their goals. The sophomores were by far the top class overall, with almost $7,000 in sales from that class alone. The juniors ended up in second place, the freshmen were third, and the seniors were very happy to take fourth place overall.
For the third straight year, Bancroft native P.J. Vaske was the to magazine seller, but this year he had some pretty close competition. P.J. ended up with $882 in sales, but Tricia Eischen was right on his tail with $840. Justin Froehlich ended up with $530 in sales, and close behind were Janet Kramer and Phil LaFleur. It's never too late to order magazines. If you missed the regular drive, call the school, and we'll be happy to send in a renewal order for you.
All the fall sports have held their potlucks and granted their awards for the season. There were some outstanding accomplishments tis fall, and we're going to take some time this week to see who all the award winners were. On the volleyball team, Angie Froehlich had the most kills, with 208, while Sarah Hall's 88 blocks made her the leader in that category. Sarah also led in aces, with 50, and in assists, with 314. Sara Reding's 86.7% hitting percentage led all hitters, and Molly Nelson led in service, with 94.7%.
The volleyball team's most valuable offensive players for 1998 are Angie Froehlich and Sarah Hall. On defense, Katie Reding was named the Golden Bear MVP. The coaches chose Molly Nelson as the most improved player on the team, and Sarah Hall won the Hustle Award. Angie Froehlich made the All-Tournament team at CYO, and four Golden Bears won All-Conference honors. Sarah Hall won a unanimous second team nomination, while Angie Froehlich, Katie Reding, and Molly Nelson got honorable mentions. All of those girls won letters, as did Ashley Arndorfer, Sara Reding, Molly Meyer, Abbey Studer, and Michelle Vitzthum. Congratulations to all the volleyball award-winners!
The cross-country team had their best season ever, and since every runner contributed to the team, every runner lettered this year. Among the highlights were Simone Adler breaking the school record and Angie Kohlhaas breaking the sophomore record. Simone also set a new mark for medals in a season, with 9. The girls also set a new mark for the best team score, with a combined total of 120 at Clear Lake. The boys also set an all-time low score at Clear Lake, with 118. On the boys' side, Adam Sundall set a new senior record, as well as records for most career medals (34), most medals in one year (9), and most career wins (16).
It's no great surprise that Adam and Simone were named the most valuable Golden Bear runners. Their first and twentieth place finishes at state made them the best runners from anywhere in northern Iowa. Simone, Adam, and Doug Besch all made the All-North Central Conference team, Adam and Simone were all-district, and Adam was named to the all-state cross-country team. Adam and Doug shared team captain honors with Nate Frideres and Angie Kohlhaas, and the 1998 Golden Bear Cross-Country Award went to Doug Besch and Adam Sundall. Congratulations to our runners. Your "extreme commitment" really paid off this year.
There was some very good news for a couple of Golden Bear football players this past week, too. Jay Servantez and Justin Roethler were among those who were nominated to play on the All-Iowa All-Star Football Team at the eleventh annual Down Under Bowl in Queensland, Australia. Only seniors are elegible for the team, and they are nominated by coaches around the state. Justin was a Golden Bear captain this year, and Jay was one of the top defensive players. We hope both of them are able to make the trip down under.
Our Senior Spotlight this week shines on Justin Roethler and Maria Loebach.
Justin Roethler is an Algona native who everyone knows as "Toad". He loves all sports, but especially football. He was a repeat starter for the Golden Bears this year. In school he enjoys his science classes, but his least favorite class is history. Away from Garrigan, Justin says he likes to hang out and have fun. Good luck, Toad.
Maria Loebach comes to Garrigan from Whittemore. She is a well-known choir member, and among her many other activities are youth council, speech, and drama. Maria enjoys her peer practicum class, when she gets to get away from the halls of the school. Away from Garrigan you might see her at the Whittemore Golf Course or the Innovations Salon. Maria will be off to college next year, and we wish her all the best.
On the Golden Bear calendar, tomorrow a group of Garrigan students will be helping out at the soup kitchen in Minneapolis. Also tomorrow there's a music breakfast at the Rochleau Center.
Boys' basketball practice begins on Monday. That night from 4 to 8, both Seton and Garrigan will have conferences at the Rochleau Center.
The school board meets on Tuesday, and then Wednesday there's more conferences Then, thanks to conferences, next Friday we have the day off--with no school at either Garrigan or Seton.
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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