THE BEAR FACTS
January 15, 2005




Good morning! I'm Denise Kohlhaas!

And I'm Jacob Hellman! Welcome once again to the "Bear Facts", the weekly news program from Bishop Garrigan High School.


Our biggest news this week comes from quiz bowl. Last week, for the third time this season, the Golden Bears made it to the championship round of a major regional tournament. Garrigan competed in the Cougar invitational at North Kossuth Saturday. They scored 1170 points in the preliminary round, and their perfect 6 - 0 record earned them the top seed going into play-offs. They beat Spirit Lake in the quarterfinals and Humboldt in the semifinals before being upset by Armstrong-Ringsted to take second place overall. Team members making it to the finals were Matt Courtney, Jacob Richter, Anthony McGuire, and Jeff Lappe.

Their repeated success throughout the year has qualified the Bears to make their eighth trip to the National Academic Championships, and the team has decided to accept the invitation. This year's national quiz bowl tournament will be in Chicago June 10 - 13. A group of five or six is likely to represent Garrigan at nationals, and coach David Burrow will be accompanying the team to Chicago.

There's more quiz bowl action this week. As you listen to this broadcast, twenty-five Garrigan students just arrived in Eagle Grove to compete in one of the oldest quiz bowl tournaments in Iowa. Captains today include Shane Koob, Matt Courtney, Jacob Hellman, Chris Loebach, and Amanda Golwitzer.

Also competing today are seniors Brianne Donahe, Anthony McGuire, Renee Taphorn, and Jacob Richter; and juniors Alison Brandenburg, Jeff Lappe, Spenser Rahm, Andrew Missal, Jude and Jesse Studer, Joe Rahm, and Seth Rogers. Sophomores at the tournament are Chris Scobba, Josh Rahm, and Joey Dailey; and freshmen Chad Lambert, Brent Kajewski, Chris Gelhaus, Jacob Zittritsch, and Ben Golwitzer are also competing. Good luck, quiz bowl!


Eight other Garrigan students are in Iowa Falls this morning for a Great Plains Math League competition. Because of the conflict with quiz bowl, Garrigan has a very young group competing at the math tournament. They include Kandice Roethler, Tony Rouse, Maria Kohlhaas, JoAnn Kirsch, Dylan Freking, Krissy Kohlhaas, Melanie Myers, and Kent Recker. Good luck to Coach Daryl Kohlhaas and the math team!


Intramural basketball started last Sunday, and the action is as intense as ever. The junior team captained by Eric Goodman is currently in the lead, after getting a big win over Matt Courtney's mostly senior team. Matt's team defeated Nick Berte's freshman team, and Mitch Buscher's team also got a win over Adam Finley's sophomores. Matt Courtney was the week's top scorer, putting up 38 points for the day. Don Monson was second with 24. Also in double digits were Adam Finley, Chris Reinhart, Gavin Freking, Chad Meyer, Jim Garman, Andrew Missal, and Sean Kohlhaas.


There has been a lot of bad weather since New Year's, so we thought this would be a good time to remind you of school policies in winter. Garrigan and Seton follow the decisions of the Algona Community Schools for weather dismissals. On late start days, school starts at Garrigan at 10:30am. All classes meet, but are shortened. If there's an early dismissal, Garrigan and Seton get out 15 minutes before the public schools.

There are no practices or other activities before school on late start days or after school if classes dismiss early for weather. On no school days, if the weather changes as the day goes on, activities sometimes are held at night. Be sure to listen to the radio for announcements. Winter weather is always an important factor at Garrigan. Students come here from five different counties, with some driving as much as 30 miles one way. The school's biggest concern in bad weather is that everyone make it where they're going safely.


Our Senior Spotlight this week shines on Amanda Fox. Here to tell you about her is Jacob Richter.

Amanda Fox is an Algona native who is probably best known for her accomplishments in cheerleading. She says her favorite class is "comp time", which she earns by challenging herself with college classes. She says she doesn't care that much for Spanish IV. Amanda plans to attend college next year, and we wish her all the best.


Thanks, Jacob. On our Golden Bear calendar this week, the danz squad is holding a Belgian waffle breakfast this morning. The math team is in Iowa Falls, and there's quiz bowl at Eagle Grove.

Intramural basketball continues tomorrow. Monday we'll finish up semester tests. There's freshman basketball that night, with the Garrigan boys hosting Emmetsburg. 

The second semester begins on Tuesday. That night the Bears host Clarion Goldfield for four basketball games. The math team will serve a spaghetti supper at the games.

Wednesday there's no school at Garrigan, though Seton and Algona Community Schools are in session. Twenty-one students will be at an honor band in Storm Lake that day.

Thursday the freshman and JV basketball teams play West Bend-Mallard. The girls are away, and the boys at home. Finally on Friday, the varsity Bears host Webster City. The health occupations group will serve a taco supper that night.


That's the "Bear Facts" for another 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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