The Bear Facts
September 17, 2022


 Good morning! I’m Eva Snyder!
 I’m Gavin Swift!

And I’m Avery Berte! Welcome to a special episode of the “Bear Facts”, where we’re getting ready for Homecoming here at Bishop Garrigan High School.

 The student council has been busy planning lots of fun events for Homecoming. This year’s Homecoming theme is “Go for the Gold”, and that’s what we’re hoping the Bears will do this coming week. The Homecoming coronation will be Monday morning at 9:00 in Friedmann Auditorium. This year’s king candidates are Cal Birkey, Caleb Bormann, Drew Casey, and Andrew Fogarty, and the queen candidates are Audi Crooks, Molly Joyce, Eva Snyder, and Maggie Vaske.

 Fun dress days are always a part of Homecoming. Monday everyone will dress as Olympians or celebrities, and Tuesday we’ll dress as gold miners, pirates, and leprechauns. There’s no school next Wednesday. Thursday will be class color day—with the seniors in black, the juniors in white, the sophomores in blue, and the freshmen in gray. Then on Friday we’ll have the traditional black and gold day.

 There are lots of sports events for Homecoming week, most of them fairly close to home. The volleyball team starts the week in LeMars with the big CYO tournament. They’ll be in Buffalo Center on Tuesday to play North Iowa, and then next Saturday they’ll be hosting their home tournament. Cross-country will be running at Humboldt on Monday night, and the Golden Bear football team will host Harris—Lake Park on Friday.

 There’s lots of other events for Homecoming week. On Friday we’ll start the day with we’ll have the traditional Homecoming mass. The parade will be at 2:00 Friday afternoon. Because of the construction by the courthouse, it will follow a slightly different route—turning onto Dodge Street, with the pep rally by the Carnegie Arts Center. There’s a meal sponsored by the junior class at the game, and following the game we’ll have the traditional Homecoming dance.

 A big part of Homecoming each year is the class competition. The four classes will be creating banners for the parade and hoops for the teams to run through. They’ll be collecting for the food pantry and raising money for the library, and they’ll be judged on participation in all the different dress-up days.

 The class competition also includes our annual game day on Thursday. Game day will include contests in kickball, volleyball, trivia, kan jam, ultimate frisbee, bean bags, home run derby, dodgeball, pie eating, hot dog eating, Gatorade chug, egg toss, tug-of-war, and a special event called the “final countdown”. The competition also includes the Mr. Garrigan pageant, which will be after mass on Friday morning. Good luck to all the classes in the Homecoming competition!

 The Golden Bear volleyball team got a huge win this past week, when they won in five games against North Union. The Bears took the first two matches 25 – 17 and 25 – 18. North Union came back to win the third and fourth, but Garrigan edged past them 15 – 13 in the fifth to take the overall contest. Audi Crooks had 19 kills and 3 blocks, while Molly Joyce ended up with 18 kills and 16 digs. Maggie Vaske had 36 assists, 8 kills, and 10 digs. Congratulations on a great night to the volleyball team!

 Our senior spotlight for Homecoming week shines on Jack Grandgenett. Here to tell you about him is Drew Casey.

 Jack Grandgenett is a three-sport athlete. His favorite sport is probably basketball, where he’s the Bears’ starting point guard. Jack is also a wide receiver on the football team, and he sometimes plays defensive back as well. In spring Jack is a sprinter on the track team, and when other sports are playing, he’s one of the biggest fans in the stands. We know Jack will have a great senior year, and we wish him all the best after high school.

 Thanks, Drew. On our Golden Bear calendar this week, there’s a JV volleyball tournament at Algona High this morning. Tonight is the Bishop’s Dinner for Education in Sioux City.

 Tomorrow is the CYO volleyball tournament, with the Bears heading to LeMars to take on the other schools in the Sioux City Diocese. Monday we’ll have the Homecoming coronation at 9am, followed by a pep rally.

 The cross-country team runs at Humboldt Monday night. Also that night the JV football team will be playing GTRA at Ruthven. Tuesday there’s volleyball at North Iowa, and Brooke Ludwig will be swimming in Spencer.

 There’s no school next Wednesday because of a teacher in-service day. Homecoming week continues on Thursday, with the Battle of the Classes.

 We’ll start the day with mass on Friday, with the Mr. Garrigan pageant following that. The Homecoming parade will be Friday at 2pm, and that night the Golden Bear football team will take on Harris—Lake Park.

 The juniors will serve a pork loin meal at the Homecoming game. After the game will be the big Homecoming dance. Then on Saturday the volleyball team will be hosting their home tournament.

 That’s the “Bear Facts” for Homecoming week. Thanks for tuning in, and be sure to catch the show again next week for more news from Bishop Garrigan High School.