The  Bear Facts

NOVEMBER 16, 2019

Good morning! I’m Ava Eisenbarth!

I’m Maryanne Capesius!

And I’m Veronica Capesius! You’re listening to the “Bear Facts”, your weekly radio update from Bishop Garrigan High School.

Some students from other schools have referred to Garrigan as a “quiz bowl dynasty”, and the Bears continued that tradition of success last weekend. Twelve Golden Bears competed in the Algona High quiz bowl tournament, and they had a very good day. Garrigan’s JV team with Gavin Swift, Ava Eisenbarth, Mya Kemna, and Jacob Ward won the championship in their division, going undefeated on the day.

The Bears also had two varsity teams competing, and both of them finished in the top four overall. The team of Abbi Heying, Reese Rosenmeyer, Riley Rosenmeyer, and Garrett Heying had a perfect record in the preliminary rounds and drew the top seed going into playoffs. They were upset in the semi-finals by St. Edmond and then upset again by Garrigan’s other varsity team with Grant Bormann, Jenna Heinen, Joey Trainer, and Aric Laubenthal. The two Garrigan teams ended up in third and fourth place overall.

There’s more quiz bowl action today. Garrigan is hosting the annual Top of Iowa Conference Quiz Bowl Tournament, and teams from as far away as Nashua and Lake Mills will be on hand for the event. The conference tournament began back when Garrigan was in the North Iowa Conference, and it’s continued as a Top of Iowa event. So far the traveling trophy for the conference champions hasn’t left our school, and the Bears are hoping to keep it that way.

Students competing for the Bears today include Alex Mammen, Grant Bormann, Abbi Heying, Garrett Heying, and Meredith Tigges; plus Jenna Heinen, Aric Laubenthal, Lucas Hough, Gavin Swift, and Joey Trainer. Rounding out the group are Riley Rosenmeyer, Marguerite Fakler, Ava Eisenbarth, Mya Kemna, and Jacob Ward. Good luck to the quiz bowl team!

This past week thirteen Garrigan students were down in Ames for the district DECA competition. DECA is an organization for future business leaders, and the Bears competed in such diverse areas as accounting and hospitality management. Representing Bishop Garrigan were Cade Winkel, Grayson Rowlet, Amanda Thilges, Reese Rosenmeyer, Noah Bronk, Anna Berke, and Gracie Elsbecker; as well as Mya Kemna, Kyle Schaaf, Riley Rosenmeyer, Aric Laubenthal, Kellen Murphy, and Joseph Meis.

Golden Bear football player Alex Mammen received a couple of big honors this past week. Alex was selected to play in the River Battle Bowl, which pits the top players in Iowa and Nebraska against each other. The game will be held in Council Bluffs at 2pm on November 30. Alex also learned that he was selected to represent northern Iowa at the Shrine Bowl next summer in the UNI-Dome.

This coming week Garrigan junior Joey Trainer will be down in Ames for his third trip to the All-State Music Festival. He will join hundreds of Iowa’s other top musicians spending two days preparing for the big all-state concert. Joey said the most difficult song he will be singing is the extremely fast “Regina Coeli” or “Queen of Heaven” from a mass by Wolfgang Mozart. His favorite is the upbeat gospel number “Unclouded Day”.

The All-State Festival concert will be next Saturday at 7:30pm at Hilton Coliseum in Ames. The concert will air on Iowa Public Television at 7pm Thanksgiving night, and it will rerun at various times through December 9. Congratulations to Joey Trainer on being selected to all-state for three consecutive years!

The Golden Bear basketball teams will be hosting Estherville-Lincoln Central in a Pride Scrimmage next Thursday, November 21. Fans can pay admission ($5 for adults or $3 for students), or they can bring an unwrapped toy that will be delivered to Toys for Tots program of North Iowa. It’s a chance to help out a good cause and also support the Garrigan basketball players, cheerleaders, and danz squad.

Our Senior Spotlight this week shines on Matt Reding. Matt comes to Garrigan from the Cylinder area. He’s one of the students who helps out with the student website—taking pictures and making pages for the site. He was also one of the Homecoming king candidates earlier this fall. Away from school Matt keeps busy with two jobs and with farm work. Next year he plans to major in electricity at Northwest Iowa Community College in Sheldon. We wish Matt all the best in the future.

On this week’s Golden Bear calendar, there’s the conference quiz bowl tournament this morning at Garrigan. Competition starts at 9am.

Tomorrow the music department will be holding a waffle breakfast, and there’s also a confirmation retreat for freshmen. The football team will have their awards banquet at 1:30 tomorrow afternoon.

Boys basketball practice begins on Monday. Then Tuesday the girls basketball team will host a jamboree. There’s a student mass on Wednesday, and Thursday is the pride scrimmage for Toys for Tots.

The All-State Music Festival starts next Thursday, with the concert Saturday night. Finally next weekend there’s a diocesan search retreat at Garrigan.

That’s the “Bear Facts” for this week. Thanks for joining us, and be sure to tune in again next week to hear all the news from Bishop Garrigan High School.