"The Bear Facts"
Episode #187

November 15, 1997

Good morning! I'm Tyler Struck!

And I'm Jeremy Richter! Welcome once again to the "Bear Facts", KLGA's weekly radio show from Bishop Garrigan High School.

While it started out slowly, this year's BGHS magazine drive ended up a big success. The school goal was $15,120 in subscriptions, and in the end we sold almost $18,000. The freshmen alone sold over $6,700 in magazines. They will be rewarded with a pizza party in January. There was a tie for second place among the classes, with the seniors and sophomores both making 103% of their goals. They will enjoy Subway party subs as the class prize from the magazine drive.

The top seller overall was sophomore P.J. Vaske, who turned in $1,033 in subscriptions. Freshman Tricia Eischen and junior Kristi Patten claimed the second and third place prizes. There was also a raffle among everyone who sold magazines to win an enormous five-pound Hershey bar. The big sweet tooth this year is sophomore Louie Bode. Congratulations to everyone on a successful magazine drive!

Last weekend BGHS competed at the West Bend/Mallard Invitational quiz bowl tournament. While the group everyone thought would be the Bears' top team did not have a good day, five Garrigan quiz bowl players went from obscurity to greatness and finished with a 4 and 1 record. They just missed making the play-offs, which included the top eight teams in the 41-team tournament. The Bears' winning team included juniors Abby Rahm, Rachel Studer, Maria Loebach, and Adam Foertsch, as well as sophomore Louie Bode. Congratuations!

There's more quiz bowl today. Four teams are representing Garrigan at the Algona PTO tournament at Algona High School. Team captains include seniors Tom Twait, Tim Mosbach, Jeremy Richter, and Nate Fouarge. Others playing today are seniors Brad Frideres and Carrie Kohlhaas, and juniors Abby Rahm and Mike Reel. The sophomores playing for the Bears include Louie Bode, Nathan Frideres, Dennis Gisch, John Mosbach, Tyler Struck, and Jennifer Reinhart. Then there's the freshman quiz bowlers. They include Paul Loebach, Lynn Kohlhaas, Angie Kohlhaas, Chris Missal, and David Monson. The Bears have a tradition of doing well at the Algona High tournament, and we wish them good luck and hope they'll do well today.

Tomorrow morning several juniors in the BGHS confirmation program will be going to Minneapolis to help out in a soup kitchen. This is part of an ongoing project that Cathy Reel and Walt Bradley have organized through St. Cecelia's Parish. The group will fix the morning meal and serve it to needy Twin Cities residents. Several of the juniors have been helping out in the soup kitchen throughout the fall. They include Abby Rahm, Katie Reising, Kristi McGraine, Julie Henkelvig, and Lisa Kollasch. We thank them for their service and wish them and all the other helpers well tomorrow.

Another group of juniors will be headed to Kansas City next week for the National Catholic Youth Rally. Religion teacher Shannon Duffy is escorting the group to the event, which begins next Thursday. Representing Garrigan at the National Catholic Youth Rally will be Rachel Studer, Maria Loebach, and Abby Rahm. There will also be two Algona High students making the trip to Kansas City. Best wishes to everyone!

The Golden Bear football team held their awards potluck last Wednesday. Mike Cowan was named the 1997 Most Valuable Player, as well as Offensive Player of the Year. The entire team shared Defensive Player of the Year honors. Ben Studer was the most improved offensive player, while Dan Patten and Jeff Geving wo most improved defense awards. The special teams award went to Thad Wunder, and Phil Kramer won the scout team award. Jeremy Richter won the Dennis Cruise Award, Andy Peterson earned the Bill Higgins Award, and Jason Anderson won the Larry Weir Award. Three Golden Bears earned All-District honors--Andy Peterson at lineman, Chris Miller at end, and Mike Cowan at back. Next year's football captains were also named at the potluck. They will be Phil Kramer and Justin Roethler.

The cross-country team also handed out awards last week. It was no surprise that perpetual medalists Ruby Bode and Adam Sundall were named the most valuable runners for 1997. Adam also won All-District and All-State honors, while Angie Kohlhaas, Brad Frideres, and Doug Besch joined Adam and Ruby as All-Conference runners. Six seniors earned their fourth consecutive cross-country letter. They include Ruby Bode, Neal Elbert, Brad Frideres, Deanna Hellman, Carrie Kohlhaas, and Jenessa McGuire.

Among the records broken by our athletes this year, football player Mike Cowan rushed for 1,355 yards--more than any other Golden Bear in history. The cross country team set records for best all-time individual and team finishes, most medals in a year and a career, and new junior and senior best times. Congratulations to our record breakers, and to all our fall athletes.

This week's Senior Spotlight shines on Nate Fouarge and Mary Beth Stence. Nate is a computer whiz who enjoys math and science classes. He helps out behind the scenes for BGHS drama and music productions, and he is also active in quiz bowl. Away from school, you might see him hunting or working at the Chrome Country Inn. Good luck, Nate!

Of all the activities she has been involved in, you probably know Mary Beth Stence best for cheerleading. Over the years she's also participated in music, speech, and student council, as well as doing different service projects. Mary and Nate will both be off to college next fall, and we wish them all the best.

On this week's Golden Bear calendar, there's quiz bowl today at Algona High. Tomorrow there's a music breakfast at the Rochleau Center, and confirmation candidates will be at the soup kitchen in Minneapolis.

Monday boys' basketball practice begins. Tuesday there's a girls' basketball jamboree at Humboldt, and we'll have National Honor Society installation at 2:15pm.

Wednesday the advanced health classes will take a field trip to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester. There's also bus driver school on Wednesday night.

Thursday we'll have a meal and special prayer service to honor the hungry, with proceeds going to Oxfam. That night the volleyball team will have their awards potluck.

Next Friday is Presentation Day, when we honor the sisters who have served the Algona area for the past century. Both Friday and Saturday Carrie Kohlhaas will be in Ames for the All-State Music Festival.

That's the "Bear Facts" for this 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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