THE BEAR FACTS January 17, 1998 Episode #193

Good morning! I'm Jenni Krieps!

And I'm Tim Mosbach! Welcome to another informative edition of the "Bear Facts", the radio show where each week we keep you up-to-date with everything that's news at Bishop Garrigan High School.

The BGHS quiz bowl team made history last weekend in Eagle Grove when, for the first time ever, three different Golden Bear teams advanced to the play-offs in a tourament. The Bears have often advanced one team to the play-offs, and sometimes two, but three is unheard of. The top Garrigan team at Eagle Grove was captained by senior Tom Twait. In the preliminary rounds they beat Nevada, Northeast Hamilton, and two teams each from Forest City and North Iowa, while their only losses were to Eagle Grove and South Hamilton. In the play-offs, this seventh-seeded team narrowly lost to Humboldt, by a score of 105 to 95. Tom's teammates included seniors Jeff Geving and Nate Fouarge, junior Mike Reel, and freshman Lynn Kohlhaas.

A second Garrigan team was seeded eleventh overall after the preliminary rounds. They included captain Brad Frideres, fellow senior Mike Cowan, sophomore John Mosbach, and freshman Ben Lickteig. The third Golden Bear play-off team ended up with the number sixteen seed. Team members were captain Tim Mosbach, seniors Carrie Kohlhaas and Jeremy Richter, junior Abby Rahm, and freshman Chris Missal. Congratulations to all fourteen of these quiz bowl stars for advancing to the play-offs at Eagle Grove!

If you've been to a Golden Bear basketball game this winter, you've probably noticed some changes in the Bishop Garrigan gym. Probably the biggest change happened last weekend, when the gymnasium was officially named Friedmann Auditorium, in honor of Father Cecil Friedmann, who was superintendent of the school for more than half the years it has existed. Father Friedmann is retired, but he still lives here in Algona, and you'll often see him at school events.

In addition to the big "Friedmann Auditorium" sign, there's a lot of smaller changes in the gym, too. For instance, you'll see an artistic black stripe with bear paw highlights painted o the end walls. There's alsoa handsome new sign saluting all ten schools in the North Central Conference, as well as a sign honoring the school's three state tournament basketball teams. Outside the gym you will notice a calendar, surrounded by pictures of the Golden Bear teams. Above it is a handsome message board that welcomes visitors to the school and keeps track of on-going events. The message board had been unused for years until it was re-programmed by seniors Tim Mosbach and Nate Fouarge. It's just one more little thng that makes your gym-going experience more pleasant.

The gym was in use last Sunday for the first session of intramural basketball for 1998. In last week's games, Joe Bormann's team anhilated Matt Dornbier's team by a score of 41 to 16. In the nightcap, Chuck Kohlhaas' team clobbered Ed Elbert's team, 36 to 19. The top scorer at intramurals last week was Josh Forburger, with 16 points. Other intramuralers in double digits were Justin Roethler, Jeff Geving, and Phil Kramer. The action continues tomorrow at 12 noon.

Also tomorrow the Garrigan Model UN will be serving up a tasty breakfast at the St. Cecelia's Rochleau Center. The menu includes farm fresh eggs, savory pancakes, fruity orange juice, and steaming coffee. The cost is just $3.50, and they'll be serving after each of the Sunday masses. So stop in tomorrow, feed your face, and help out the Garrigan Model UN students.

One Garrigan senior will be spending most of the spring away from BGHS. He's Thad Wunder, who was selected to be a page in the Iowa House of Representatives. Thad is living with a friend in Des Moines, and he spends his days taking phone messages, making copies, and delivering important papers. Senior Jeff Geving also applied to be a page, and he was chosen as an alternate. We congratulate both Thad and Jeff on this honor.

... And now, here with this week's Senior Spotlight is Nate Fouarge.

This week's Senior Spotligt shines on Mike Cowan. Most listeners probably know Mike best as a tailback who broke the school rushing record in football. Mike also plays outfield in baseball, and he's one of the top sprinters in track. In the winter he shoots hoops with the Fire Ants intramural team. Mike is also a student council member and a member of the quiz bowl team. He'll be off to college next year, and we wish him all the best.

Rather oddly, there's absolutely nothing on the Bishop Garrigan calendar today. Tomorrow intramurals resume, and the Bishop will host a special dinner in Sioux City.

Monday the freshman basketball teams play at Emmetsburg, while the JV hoopsters host Fort Dodge St. Edmond. Then on Tuesday the varsity basketball squads host Hampton/Dumont.

The school board also meets on Tuesday night. On Wednesday the freshman boys' "A" and "B" squads will play at Humboldt, and there will be two freshman girls' games here at Garrigan. Also on Wednesday, the JV basketball teams will host West Bend/Mallard.

Next Thursday the juniors in the confirmation program will celebrate the Rite of Passage. Then on Friday there's more varsity basketball, with the Bears hosting Iowa Falls.

Next Saturday there's the district large group speech contest at Garner, and then next Sunday Catholic Schools Week begins, as we celebrate a tradition of "preserving faith in education".

That's the "Bear Facts" for another week. Thanks for sharing a few minutes with us, and be sure to tune in again next week when we'll tell you about all the special events for Catholic Schools week here at Bishop Garrigan High School!

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