"The Bear Facts"


October 17, 1998




Good morning! I'm Brandon Donahe!

And I'm Bob Brandenburg! Welcome once again to the "Bear Facts," the radio show where we keep you in touch with all the news from Bishop Garrigan High School.

Do you know what British man founded the Boy Scouts ... or what is the most common metal on earth ... or in what American city you'd find streets like Roxbury Road and Ted Williams Way? If you said Sir Robert Baden-Powell, aluminum, and Boston, today could be your lucky day, because any of those could be the winning question at Iowa's largest quiz bowl tournament. Two hundred fifty students are in Algona today as we host the eighth annual Bishop Garrigan Invitational Quiz Bowl. They'll be answering hundreds of questions in fields ranging from chemistry tp geography and from grammar to baseball.

Sixty teams from twenty-three schools are competing in the tournament. They include North Central Conference teams like Hampton-Dumont, Clear Lake, Algona, and Eagle Grove; other area schools like Emmetsburg, West Bend/Mallard, Corwith/Wesley/Luverne, and Twin River Valley; and even more distant schools like Riceville, Grundy Center, Le Mars Gehlen, and South Hamilton. All the teams will be competing in four preliminary games this morning, and then the top sixteen will advance to a single-elimination tournament for the chance to take home a trophy for one of the top four places overall.


We hope one of those trophies stays right here with one of our Golden Bear teams. This year six teams will represent BGHS in its home tournament, with thirty-one students competing. Team captains include seniors Mike Reel and Abby Rahm, juniors Wade MacDonald and Dennis Gisch, and sophomores Angie Kohlhaas and Lynn Kohlhaas. Several of the players in quiz bowl have names that may be familiar to you if you follow Golden Bear sports. You'll find football stars Phil Kramer, Eric Becker, Mark Anderson, Josh Kohlhaas, Andrew Brunsen, and Tyler Struck answering questions tomorrow, together with cross-country runners Doug Besch, Bob Brandenburg, and Nate Frideres.

Other top quiz bowl players include returning veterans Rachel Studer, Jennifer Reinhart, Paul Loebach, Adam Foertsch, and Louie Bode; and newer players like Rebecca McGuire, Josh Richter, Phil LaFleur, Chris Missal, and Julie Henkelvig. Rounding out this year's quiz bowl roster are Ben Lickteig, Scott McGuire, Brandon Donahe, Adam Rahm, Ellie Reising, Brooke Buscherfeld, and Justin Froehlich. Good luck to all the players, and to their coach and tournament manager, David Burrow.

Tomorrow a group of Garrigan students will be up in Minneapolis, helping out at Mary's Place, a mission for the homeless in the Twin Cities. Last Tuesday we has a jeans day at Garrigan, where everyone brought in winter clothes in exchange for the opportunity to wear jeans for the day. We filled nearly a third of the main lobby with bag after bag full of warm clothes, and there were a number of cash contributions besides. We hope our contributions help to make this a better winter for some of the poorest people in the Midwest.


All three Golden Bear sports teams had big competitions this past week. Probably most important was the football team's big overtime victory over Pocahontas last week, which game Garrigan sole possession of first place in the district. We're still crossing our fingers that this might be the year the Bears go on to play-offs. The volleyball team also had a big weekend. They finished the regular games at the CYO tournament in LeMars with a winning 2 and 1 record, beating both Storm Lake and Remsen St. Mary's. As part of the tournament festivities, Coach Julie Collison was named CYO volleyball coach of the year. Congratulations!

In cross-country, Adam Sundall won his second straight North Central Conference championship, and Simone Adler also gained all-conference honors. The cross-country team will finish their regular season at Spencer on Monday, and then it's on to district. This year, even though there's a district meet at Whittemore, Garrigan's Class 1-A district assignment is at Hawarden, on the Iowa/South Dakota border, just south of Sioux Falls. Fortunately there's no school at Garrigan Thursday, so the runners will have plenty of time to make it to the course. District will be the first time all season that the Bears compete mainly against schools their own size, and we're hoping it will be a very successful meet for the team.

This week's Senior Spotlight shines on Chuck Rahm and Todd Vaske. Here to tell you about them is Tyler Struck.

Todd Vaske comes to Algona from the Bancroft area. Away from school he enjoys working on the farm and hunting. Here at Garrigan he says he likes his math class, but he doesn't care much for English. Todd plans to attend Iowa Lakes Community College next year, and we wish him all the best.


Chuck Rahm describes himself as a fun-loving guy. He says his favorite time of the day is lunch, and he doesn't like religion class. Away from school, you're likely to see Chuck preparing food at McDonalds. He'll also be off to college next year. Good luck, Chuck!

Thanks, Tyler. On our Golden Bear calendar, there's Iowa's largest quiz bowl tournament taking place today at BGHS. There's also freshman volleyball this morning at North Kossuth.

Tomorrow a group of students will be helping up at the mission in Minneapolis. Then on Monday district volleyball begins, with the opening game right here at Garrigan, as the Bears face Sentral.

Also on Monday the cross-country team runs at Spencer, and there's JV football, with the Bears travelling to Mason City Newman.

Tuesday a group of juniors will take the PSAT, and publications students will be selling ads for the yearbook. Then on Wednesday volleyball districts continue.

Thursday there's no school at Garrigan--half as a reward for success in the calendar drive last fall and half because of a teacher in-service. Finally, next Friday the football team travels to Armstrong/Ringsted.

That's the "Bear Facts" for another 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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