The Bear Facts ... October 14, 2006




Good morning! I'm Chris Scobba!

And I'm Shane Koob! Welcome to our six hundredth episode of the "Bear Facts", where we're celebrating a milestone in broadcasting here at Bishop Garrigan High School.


It all started on September 19, 1992, when Matt Erpelding, Nick Becker, and Dawn Bormann said "Good morning" and began a tradition that has continued for fourteen years. Our three original reporters have gone on to careers in music, religion, and television, but the tradition they started continues today. There have been some changes in the "Bear Facts" over the years. When the show first started, the reporters had to go our to KLGA every week to tape on the radio station's equipment. Now we tape our shows on a digital mixer at school, and we hope to soon make the broadcast available online at the Garrigan website.

Our shows are usually about five minutes long, but we've had programs as short as three and a half minutes, and the record for length is 7 minutes, 48 seconds, in a show that was recorded in New Orleans when the quiz bowl team went down south for nationals. In the years we've been on the air we've told about countless different teams that have qualified for state or national competitions, and we've featured more than nine hundred different students in our weekly Senior Spotlight. While no one in 1992 thought the "Bear Facts" would make it to six hundred shows, we're proud of the milestone, and we all hope the show continues well into the future.


The big event at Garrigan this weekend is quiz bowl. The same year that the "Bear Facts" started, Garrigan began hosting an annual quiz bowl tournament. From a little eight-team get-together in 1992, the tournament has mushroomed into the biggest academic competition in Iowa. This year Garrigan will be hosting sixty-six different teams, with over 250 students competing.

Quiz bowl questions can be about anything. For example, did you know that the California state constitution was originally written in Spanish or that basketball player David Robinson was nicknamed "the Admiral" because he went to the U.S. Naval Academy or that New Orleans was the largest city in the Confederate States of America. If that kind of trivia comes easy to you, you'd be a good quiz bowl player. In every quiz bowl game, teams of four compete against each other to answer toss-up, bonus, and "lightning round" questions on every conceivable topic. The top sixteen teams in the from the morning rounds will advance to play-offs, and trophies are awarded to the four top teams overall.

One of the reasons for hosting a tournament is to give everyone at school who wants to play the opportunity to do that. Garrigan will have seven teams competing at today's tournament. Seniors playing include JoAnn Kirsch, Maria Kohlhas, Marisa Spain, Rachel Byrkeland, Tami Lallier, Chris Loebach, and Alex Bradley; as well as Josh Rahm, Abby Bradley, Amada Cruise, Andrea Richter, Chris Scobba, and Joe Dailey.

Also competing today are juniors Jake Lane, Shane Koob, Ethan Dahlhauser, D.J. Thompson, and Brent Kajewski; plus Jacob Zittritsch, Ben Golwitzer, and Mark Poeppe. Among the younger players are Joe Straub, Christopher Schmidt, Ben Hellman, Chris Hansen, Alec Boeckholt, and Brian Patterson; together with David Miller, Dylan Kollasch, Taylor Brandenburg, Katrina Even, Joanna Freking, Rebeccah Erdman, and Brittany Berte. Good luck to Coach David Burrow and the quiz bowl team.


Last Sunday about thirty members of Garrigan's Christian Leadership in Action group spent the afternoon participating in the annual CROP walk. To participate, students got people to sponsor them, and then they walked the 2.4 mile course. Some of the money raised goes to Church World Service to help those in need around the world, while another part stays in Algona, providing aid in special situations. This is one of many service projects that Christian Leadership does every year.


Last week we said it had been a while since we'd talked about a cross-country champion on "Bear Facts". Well, now it's been exactly one week and we're talking about one again. This past week at the North Central Conference meet, Tami Lallier won the conference championship. She's just the second Golden Bear in history to win that meet. On the boys side Chris Scobba finished in fifth place overall, to also earn all-conference honors. Congratulations to all our cross-country runners!


Our Senior Spotlight for Episode #600 shines on Hilary McGuire. Here to tell you about her is Shane Koob.

Hilary McGuire is a Bancroft native who is one of the captains of the volleyball team. Her other activities over the years have included track, Christian Leadership, publications, Spanish club, and choir. She serves as a eucharistic minister in her parish. Next year Hilary plans to major in business at UNI, and one day she'd like to work as a broker. We wish her all the best of luck in the future.


Thanks, Shane! On our Golden Bear calendar, the main event today is the quiz bowl tournament, and students from all over the area are here for that this morning. The action begins at 10am, and the public is welcome to watch.

Monday is National Bosses' Day. Volleyball districts begin, but the Bears have a first round bye. That night the JV football team will be playing at Clarion.

Tuesday the senior class will have their class picture taken at Call State Park. Wednesday many juniors will take the PSAT, and also sophomores will take the ASSET test, which allows them to take college courses while they're still in high school.

Wednesday night the volleyball district semifinal. Then on Thursday the cross-country team runs at districts in Holstein. Friday the football team travels to Graettinger, and next Saturday there will be all-state music auditions in Storm Lake.


That's our six hundredth "Bear Facts" show. Thanks for listening, both today and throughout the years. And join us again well into the future as we keep on bringing you all the news from Bishop Garrigan High School.


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