The Bear Facts ... November 15, 2008

Good morning! I'm Anna Kollasch!

And I'm Michael Fakler! Welcome once again to the "Bear Facts", the weekly radio show from Bishop Garrigan High School.

Last week the volleyball team presented their awards for the season. Allison Blocker and Christina Richter were named offensive MVPs, while Kali Smith and Mandi Kohlhaas earned defensive MVP honors. Kelly Rouse and Michaela Bormann won the coaches' award, and Allison Blocker and Tayler Cink were named most improved players. The annual "Ms. Hustle" Award went to Kelly Klein and Chloe Behr, and Jesie Rosenmeyer and Michaela Bormann split the spirit award. Three Golden Bears earned All-Conference honors. Christina Richter was named to the first team, Chloe Behr made second team, and Kali Smith was a third team all-conference selection. Congratulations to all the volleyball award winners.

The football awards were also announced last week. Junior quarterback Brett Capesius was named offensive player of the year, while Joe Straub was defensive player of the year. Kicker Henrique Noguiera won the special teams award; and Nick Kellner, Nick Foertsch, and Alec Boeckholt split the scout team honors. Kyle Smith won the Larry Weier Award, Kory Wieland won the Bill Higgins Memorial Trophy, and Daniel Thilges won the Dennis Cruise Award. Brian Patterson and Ethan Gisch were the most improved on offense; and Devin Tindall, David Miller, and Kevin Elbert were the most improved on defense.

The coaches' award went to Jimmy Geelan, Brian Hamilton won the DEFENSE Award, and Jack Bradley was named the football team's MVP. Jack was also named a first team all-district player, as were Kory Wieland, Brett Capesius, Joe Straub, Brian Hamilton, and Brian Patterson. Vince Cruise, Ethan Gisch, and David Miller were second team all-district selections. Honorable mentions for all-district went to Kyle Smith, Daniel Thilges, and Alec Boeckholt. Finally the 2009 team captains were announced. They are Brett Capesius, Kevin Elbert, and David Reding.

The annual Garrigan magazine drive finished up last week. It was down to the wire, but in the end we made our overall school goal. The final total was $11,186 in subscriptions sold. The junior class edged past the seniors at the last minute to take first place honors overall, with the sophomores coming in third. The #1 seller overall was senior Ben Hellman, who sold $644 worth of magazines. Sophomore Eric Baumann was second, and Beth Kollasch was third.

Last weekend, for the second time this year, Garrigan did extremely well in a large regional quiz bowl tournament. Two Golden Bear teams made playoffs, and one of them ended up in second place out of forty-nine teams at the Bulldog Invitational Tournament held at Algona High. The team of Joe Straub, Christopher Schmidt, Vince Cruise, and Jake Rosenmeyer ended up in second place, falling to the championship team from AHS. In addition Anna Kollasch, Michael Fakler, Michael Hellman, and Alex Hamilton were undefeated in the preliminary rounds and also qualified for playoffs. They finished in seventh place overall.

There's more quiz bowl action today. The quiz bowl team left early this morning and right about now they're arriving in Orange City for the MOC/Floyd Valley Tournament. Christopher Schmidt, Joe Straub, Anna Kollasch, Rebeccah Erdman, and Michael Fakler will be today's varsity Golden Bear team; while Brittany Berte, Sam Norland, Alex Hamilton, Jake Rosenmeyer, and Michael Hellman will be in the JV division. Good luck, quiz bowl!

Next week four Garrigan students will head down to Ames to participate in the All-State Music Festival. Last month seniors Rebecca Brosnan, Sam Norland, and Alec Boeckholt, and sophomore Sarah Matthews were all selected from among the top vocalists in the state to receive all-state recognition. They'll leave Thursday and spend a day rehearsing before the big all-state concert on Friday. The all-state festival concert will be broadcast over Iowa Public Television on Thanksgiving weekend.

Last weekend we told you about the Golden Bear cheerleaders' state championship win. What we didn't say was that at the same time the cheerleaders were competing in Des Moines, Rachel and Rebecca Molsberry were down in Pella for the state solo dance competition. Both of the Molsberry girls finished in the top ten statewide. Rachel earned seventh place honors, and Rebecca was eighth in the state. Congratulations on this great achievement to our dancers!

Our Senior spotlight this week shines on David Miller. Here to tell you about him is Michael Hellman.

If you check out the BGHS website, a lot of the pages you see will be designed by David Miller. David has worked with web design and other computer classes all through his high school years. David won most-improved and all-district honors in football, and he's looking forward to a dominating season in intramural basketball. David will be off to college in the fall, and we wish him all the best of luck in the future.

Thanks, Michael! On our Golden Bear calendar this week, there's quiz bowl today in Orange City. Also the nurse's aide students are finishing up their clinical exams this weekend.

Monday boys basketball practice begins. Tuesday at 1:30pm we'll have the induction ceremony for the National Honor Society, and that night the girls basketball team begins their season with a jamboree at Corwith Wesley Luverne.

Wednesday the freshmen will have a night of reflection for confirmation at the KC Hall. Then Thursday through Saturday there's the All-State Music Festival at Iowa State University.

Finally, next Friday marks Presentation Day, the feast day of the Sisters of the Presentation, who have served Bishop Garrigan throughout its history. Fifty years ago, our school's staff was full of Presentation sisters. These days there are only two-Sr. Janet Goetz who works in the office as our registrar, and Sr. Mary Hermann who is our curriculum director and librarian. We thank them and all the Presentation sisters who have worked at Garrigan over the years!

That's the "Bear Facts" for this week. Thanks for joining us, and be sure to tune in again next week for more news from Bishop Garrigan High School.

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