"The Bear Facts"

February 14, 1998

(Episode #197)

Good morning! I'm Wade MacDonald!

And I'm Jenessa McGuire! Welcome once again to the "Bear Facts"! Happy Valentine's Day from all of us at Bishop Garrigan High School!

When you think of sports at Garrigan, you probably don't think of wrestling. In the past a handful of Garrigan students have competed as part of the Algona Bulldog wrestlingteam, but never before has any wrestler represented Garrigan as a Golden Bear. Well, that all changes today. For the first time in school history, a Bishop Garrigan athlete is entered in the sectional wrestling tournament. Junior Phil Kramer will be in Eagle Grove today, competing as a Golden Bear. While he had no official matches during the regular season, Phil will be giving it all he's got in the sectional tournament.

If you know Phil, you know he's got what it takes to make an awesome wrestler. He's got a small build that's packed with explosive power. His strength has won him weightlifting championships, as well as honor after honor in football. Now he'll be testing that strength one-on-one against other top-notch athletes. The sectional tournament is in Eagle Grove, and the action starts at noon today. So be sure to come down and cheer Bishop Garrigan on to our first ever wrestling victory!

The Golden Bear danz squad is on the move! The award-winning drill team has been chosen to be part of the entertainment at the girls state basketball tournament next month in Des Moines. The girls will be dancing at halftime of one of the preliminary games on Monday, March 9th. What's more, two Garrigan seniors, Kristin Richter and Jenni Krieps, have been named to the All-Iowa Honor Drill Team that will perform during the girls championship round on Saturday, March 14th. Congratulations to Jenni, Kristin, and all the Danz Squad girls!

We're crossing our fingers that the danz squad might not be the only people representing BGHS in Des Moines next month. Basketball play-offs begin next week, and once again we're hoping for big things out of the Golden Bear girls. Garrigan will gace West Hancock at Britt for the first round of regionals next Wednesday at 7pm. Our girls will be the home team on the scoreboard, even though they're playing at Britt. If they win Wednesday, the Bears' next game will be Saturday, against either Garner-Hayfield or North Iowa. A tough conference schedule should help prepare the girls for play-offs, and we're all hoping for a successful tournament season for the Bears.

Last weekend at the state large group speech contest, Garrigan earned two Division I, or excellent ratings. The freshman readers' theatre group received a "I" for their selection "How to Eat Like a Child". Senior Carrie Kohlhaas and sophomore Katie Pattern also earned a "I" in Ensemble Acting, for "Talented Young Newcomers". The other two Garrigan entries received Division II, or "good" ratings at state. Congratulations to the Golden Bear speech team!

Practices have already started for individual speech. Again this year BGHS will be hosting the district individual speech tournament, and thirteen Garrigan entries will have that home court advantage at districts. Julie Henkelvig is entered in Public Address and Original Oratory, while Jenessa McGuire will be competing in Acting and Prose. Jenni Krieps will be performing in Acting and Storytelling, and in Radio News Announcing you'll hear Tom Twait and Carrie Kohlhaas. The Bears' other Acting entry is Katie Patterson. The other Storytelling competitors are Ruby Bode and Tiffany Meyer, and Amanda Freking and Michael Murphy are the other students entered in Prose. Good luck to all these Golden Bear speech contestants.

Last weekend Garrigan religion teacher Sister Janet Stelken received one of the top honors she could get. Her order, the Sisters of the Presentation, selected her to become one of just five members of their overall governing board. Sister will have to leave Garrigan and go to the Presention Sisters' headquarters in Dubuque. We'll definitely miss her, but we wish Sister Janet the very best as she expands her career.

Our Senior Spotlight this week shines on Jenni Krieps. Here to tell you about her is Tim Mosbach.

Jenni Krieps is a danz squad captain who has been competing for the past three years. She'll be part of the All-Iowa Honor Drill Team next month. She's also involved in football cheerleading, both group and individual speech, and announcing for us on the "Bear Facts". In her time away from school, Jenni works at APAC. She'll be at Iowa State next fall, where she plans to major in pre-law. We wish Jenni Krieps the very best of luck.

On our Golden Bear calendar, we wish all the sweethearts out there a happy Valentine's Day today. Then tomorrow intramurals resume, on a special schedule starting at 1:15.

Monday is Presidents' Day, but we still have school here at Garrigan. Then on Tuesday, from 4 to 6pm, we'll have parent/teacher conferences.

Tuesday night the Golden Bear boys have a JV/varsity double-header at Algona High. Then on Wednesday the girls play in their regional opener at Britt West Hancock.

Thursday there's more conferences, with parents welcome at school from 4 to 8pm. At 7:00 that night the After-Prom committee will meet in the cafeteria.

Because of conferences there will be no school at Garrigan, Seton, or Algona High next Friday. The action is on that night, though, when the Golden Bear boys close their regular season with a Parents' Night game against Humboldt.

That's the "Bear Facts" for another week. Thanks for tuning in, and be sure to listen again next week for more news from Bishop Garrigan High School.

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