"The Bear Facts"
April 18, 1998

Good morning! I'm Nathan Fouarge!

And I'm Tim Mosbach! Welcome back to the "Bear Facts", the weekly radio show from Bishop Garrigan High School.

Last Monday, when Garrigan has the day off school, we had the big play-offs and championship for intramural basketball. The overall winner was Team 4, the Fire Ants, who we featured on the "Bear Facts" a few weeks ago. They ended up the season undefeated, with a perfect 10-0 record. Congratulations to team members Brian Kohlhaas, Michael Courtney, Mike Cowan, Andy Peterson, Jeff Geving, Joe Lucas, Eric Eischen, and Thad Wunder.

There's another team that had reason to celebrate at intramurals, too. Team 5, which calls itself the Kamikazes, won its first victory of the season in the play-offs. The team is mostly a group of freshmen, such as Paul Loebach, Chris Missal, David Monson, Tony Schmitt, and Dan Bormann. Junior Brad Servantez is also on the team, as are freshmen Greg Besch, Jake Rahm, Cody Youngwirth, Gavin Illg, and John Steier. While they didn't have that great of a record, they showed up and played hard all season long. We're glad to see they finally came up on the winning side in the end.

Also last week we announced the 1998 All-Intramural Team. Selection was based half on performance during the season and half on an on-line fan poll on the Internet. The most votes went to junior Justin Roethler, who is captain of the All-Intramural Team. Other first-team members include Michael Courtney, Josh Kohlhaas, Mike Cowan, and Joe Lucas. The second team selections were Phil Kramer, Josh Forburger, Mark Anderson, Dan Patten, and Jake Sutter. There were also six honorable mentions: Jeff Geving, Jay Servantez, Joe Bormann, Brad Servantez, Dean Boever, and Andy Peterson. Congratulations!

Gala '98 has come and gone, and once again it was a fabulous success. This year's Gala brought in almost $200,000. That's not all profits, of course, but even after all the expenses are deducted, there's still a lot of funds left over to help out Garrigan and Seton. The bidding to name the drive in front of the school was fierce this year. In the end two families split the honor, with Meister/Hall Drive selling for a total of $12,500.

With Gala out of the way, Prom is just around the corner. This year the junior class has gone to the movies to find the prom theme. The theme this year is "Titanic: The Ship of Dreams", and they're hoping to deck out the gym in all the elegance of that ill-fated ship. Prom is scheduled for two weeks from tonight--Saturday, May 2, and we'll let you know more about the plans as the time gets a little bit closer.

Next Friday, for the first time in recent memory, Bishop Garrigan will be hosting its own individual track meet. Ten schools from around the area will be in Algona next Friday for the BGHS Boys' Track Invitational. The meet will be held at the community track near Algona High, and the public is welcome to attend.

The track team got off to a pretty good start a week ago at the CYO track meet in Sioux City. On the girls' side, senior Ruby Bode broke the school record in the 3000-meter run. On the boys' side, Garrigan finished fourth overall out of eight schools in the Sioux City Diocese. Adam Sundall ended up second in the 3200 run and third in the 1600. Mike Cowan was third in both the 200-meter dash and the 4 x 100 relay. Doug Besch ended up third in the 800 and fifth in the 1000. John Mosbach was fifth in the high jump, the 200-meter, and the 4 x 2, and Brad Frideres finished fifth in the 3200 and seventh in the 800-meter run. Congratulations to the track team!

The girls golf team is hoping for another good season this year. Three seniors are back for the Bears: Angie Becker, Emily Muller, and Bobbie Jo Smith. Juniors Melanie McGuire and Molly Nelson and sophomores Melissa Blocker and Katie Paterson are also part of the team. Rounding out the girls' golf team are freshmen Stephanie Berte, Dana Elbert, and Lynn Kohlhaas. Good luck to Coach Marty Wadle and the whole girls' golf team.

This week's Senior Spotlight shines on Kelly and Travis Elbert. Kelly is a Whittemore native who has been involved in lots of different activities. She's a cheerleader and a band member, and she's also participated in Model UN, quiz bowl, speech, and golf. Kelly will be off to college next year, and we wish her good luck.

Travis Elbert happens to share the same last name as Kelly, but they live in different towns. Travis comes to Garrigan from Burt. He has been on the honor roll all through high school, and he especialy does well in math and business classes. We wish Travis Elbert the very best in the future.

On our Golden Bear calendar this week, Monday the Iowa Hawkeyes will be taking on area seniors in a special basketball match-up right here in the Garrigan gym. Also on Monday the golf teams face Hampton/Dumont.

Tuesday the girls' track team runs at Garner, and there's a boys' track meet at Spirit Lake. Then on Wednesday the golf teams take on Clarion/Goldfield.

Wednesday is Secretary's Day. That day a group of Garrigan students will be getting hepatitis shots. Then on Thursday the Model UN delegation will be going to Cedar Falls for their annual event.

Thursday is also the day for the North Central Conference Art Show. Several Garrigan artists will be down in Fort Dodge for the festivities.

Next Friday we'll be hosting the BGHS Relays at Algona High. The girls' track team will be running at Estherville on Friday, and the golf teams will be playing at Clear Lake.

Finally next Saturday the boys' golf team will play in the Algona Invitational. That night the Bishop will be in Algona to confirm our junios as full members of the Catholic Church.

That's the Bear Facts" for another week. Thanks for setting your dial here, and be sure to tune in again next week for more news from Bishop Garrigan High School!

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