The Bear Facts

February 17, 2007



Good morning! I'm Shane Koob!

And I'm Sam Norland! You're listening to the "Bear Facts". Thanks for tuning in to hear all the news from Bishop Garrigan High School.


Last Saturday Garrigan won the championship when they hosted a Great Plains Math League competition. The Bears had 142 team points, compared to second Place Sioux Center's 95 2/3 points. Sophomore Kelly Rouse qualified for state, and her brother senior Tony Rouse re-qualified with one of the highest sprint round scores ever. Tony won the sprint round, Maria Kohlhaas finished second among seniors, and Chris Scobba was third. Also in the sprint round, Joe Straub and Ben Hellman were second and third among sophomores; while D.J. Beletti, Luke McCall, and Rebeccah Erdman finished first, second, and third among freshmen.

Sophomores Ben Hellman, Danielle Rahm, and Christopher Schmidt won first place in the team round, and six different three-person teams from Garrigan tied for first place in the relay round. In the target round medalists included seniors Maria Kohlhaas and Tony Rouse; junior Kent Recker; sophomores Kelly Rouse and Ben Hellman; and freshmen D.J. Beletti, Luke McCall, and Katrina Even. The next math tournament will be March 3 at North Iowa Area Community College in Mason City. Congratulations to the math team!


Basketball playoff time is here. The Golden Bear girls opened playoffs last Monday with a narrow last-second victory over Armstrong Ringsted. Their second round district game is tonight, and again it's a home game right here at Garrigan. The Bears will face Sentral at 7pm. A win tonight would place them in the district championship, which will be played next Tuesday night at Algona High.

The boys finished their conference season with a win over Clarion Goldfield, and they have a bye in the first round of districts. Their playoff opener will be next Thursday night, when they host Ruthven Ayrshire at Friedmann Auditorium. If they win on Thursday, they'll play for the district championship, which we'll host at Garrigan on Monday, February 26. Good luck all through playoffs to the Golden Bear basketball teams!


Individual speech season is here. Garrigan will host district contest on Saturday, March 3rd. The Bears have twenty-four entries at district contest. Garrison Brosnan Jenna Richter, and Cassie Reising will be competing in acting; while Dylan Freking, Rebecca Brosnan, Sam Norland, and Rebeccah Erdman present prose selections. Jenna Richter, Kendra Plathe, and Shane Koob are reading poetry; and Becca Kramer, Jade Kajewski, Sam Norland, Brittany Berte, and Rebeccah Erdman are preparing literary programs. Alex Elbert, Joe Dailey, and Shane Koob are competing in the field of radio news announcing; JoAnn Kirsch Krissy Kohlhaas, and Michelle McGuire are entered in storytelling; and Brent Kajewski, Chris Loebach, and Brittany Berte are Garrigan's improvisation contestants. Good luck to Coaches Mary McCall and Sarah Freking and all the speech students!


Pops concert is just around the corner. This year's show is scheduled for Thursday and Friday, March 8 and 9. Soloists and MCs were recently announced for this year's pops concert. Heading the show for 2007 will be masters of ceremonies Shane Koob, Michelle Kollasch, and Joe Straub. Best wishes to everyone involved in pops concert!


Our Senior Spotlight this week shines on Laura O'Kane and Cindy Reding. Here to tell you about them is Brent Kajewski.

Laura O'Kane's was part of the state champion Golden Bear golf team, and she's looking forward to bringing home another championship this year. Laura is also in Christian leadership, and away from school you might see her working at the Good Samaritan Center. After high school she plans to move to Omaha, where she'll be studying cosmetology. We wish Laura all the best in the future.

Cindy Reding was on the district champion Golden Bear volleyball team. She's also active in track, and she's part of the basketball cheer squad. When she's not at school, she enjoys hanging out with her friends. Cindy plans a pre-med major at the University of Iowa, and we wish her good luck.


Thanks, Brent! On our Golden Bear calendar this week, there's district basketball tonight, with the Bears hosting Sentral. Then tomorrow there's more intramural basketball action.

Tuesday is Mardi Gras. A group of Garrigan juniors will spend the day helping out at the Mary's Place Mission in Minneapolis. That night we hope the Garrigan girls will be playing for the district championship at Algona High.

For Ash Wednesday we'll have a special prayer service at 8:45 at St. Cecelia's. The Golden Bear boys open district play Thursday night when they host Ruthven Ayrshire. Then on Friday night there's girls regional basketball in Fort Dodge.


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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