The Bear Facts ... December 17, 2005

Good morning! I'm Samantha Arndorfer!

And I'm April Wolf! You're listening to the "Bear Facts", the weekly radio show from Bishop Garrigan High School.

We've had a lot of snow already this season, and almost everyone is enjoying it. That's especially true for the seniors, who know that the snow make-up days will be tacked on to the end of the calendar after they've already graduated. The snow day last Wednesday did force our annual Christmas concert and art show to be rescheduled. The event will now be next Wednesday night, December 21.

Our quiz bowl team also had a rescheduled tournament. Their meet at Spirit Lake was postponed by snow at the beginning of the month, so they went up north to make up the event last weekend. Many of the students who were originally supposed to make the trip had to cancel do to jobs, other activities, or the ACT, but the Bears ended up doing pretty well anyway. The JV team of Joe Straub, D.J. Thompson, Jacob Zittritsch, and Brent Kajewski went undefeated in the preliminary rounds and was seeded fourth in the playoffs. They ended up losing to the champions from Clay Central Everly. The varsity team also had a good day, just missing the playoffs.

Also this week the quiz bowl team got the results from the Knowledge Master, a computer-based competition that they competed in earlier this month. Garrigan's varsity team scored 1,010 points in the competition, which placed them in the middle of the pack nationwide, one point ahead of Algona High. The two-man freshman team also did well. Their 1,263 points was one of the highest scores ever earned by a Garrigan team.

The BGHS math team went down to Ames last Saturday for a Great Plains Math League competition. Five Garrigan students earned awards at the contest, and two qualified for state. Senior Jeff Lappe and and junior Tony Rouse earned outstanding scores in the sprint round and will advance to the state contest next spring. Also finishing in the top three in their divisions were sophomore Melanie Meyers and freshmen Danielle Rahm and Kelly Rouse. Congratulations to Coach Daryl Kohlhaas and the math team!

The Golden Bear football team held their annual awards potluck last Sunday. Dustin Tindall was named Defensive Player of the Year, while Bob Geelan and Nate Pierson split the offensive honors. Jeff Lappe and Brian Capesius were the Special Teams Players of the Year, and Adam Elbert won the Scout Team Award. Jesse Studer won the Dennis Cruise Award, Joe Rahm received the Bill Higgins Award, and Spenser Rahm earned the Larry Weier Scholastic Achievement Award.

Jude Studer was the Most Improved Offensive Player, while Tim Lind and Matt Kollasch were the Most Improved Defensive Players. Adam Elbert won the Coaches' Award, and Gavin Freking won the D.E.F.E.N.S.E Award. John Reding was named team MVP, and next year's football captains will be Dustin Tindall, Chris Loebach, and Brian Capesius. Congratulations to all the award winners on the state runner-up Golden Bear football team!

Our Senior Spotlight this week shines on Brandon Rowley and Ross Froehlich. Here to tell you about them is Allison Even.

Brandon Rowley is one of the busiest students in the Class of 2006. You've probably heard his name most in cross-country and track, where he has repeatedly made it to state. Brandon is also active in choir, band, drama, speech, quiz bowl, and intramural basketball. Away from school you might see him stocking the aisles or working the scanners at Hy-Vee. Brandon will be a college man next fall, and we wish him all the best.

Ross Froehlich is one of just three seniors on the Golden Bear boys varsity basketball team. Ross was also part of the state runner-up golf team last spring, and he enjoys watching other sports. He spends a lot of his time in technology classes, and is looking at possibly working with computers in the future. We wish both Ross and Brandon all the best.

Thanks, Allison! On our Golden Bear calendar this week, tomorrow is the fourth Sunday of Advent. Monday we'll have an Advent prayer service discussing all the traditions of the holiday season. That night the freshman basketball teams host Estherville.

Next Tuesday the school board meets. That night the Bears take on Algona High, with the varsity games across town and the JV games at Garrigan.

Wednesday we'll have our K-12 Christmas mass at St. Cecelia's. Then on Thursday we'll dismiss early for Christmas vacation.

That's the "Bear Facts" for this week. We'll be back next week with a special holiday show, so be sure and join us then for more news from Bishop Garrigan High School.


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