THE BEAR FACTS-February 18, 2006

Good morning! I'm Amanda Shaw!

And I'm Kayla Reding! Welcome once again to the "Bear Facts", the weekly radio update from Bishop Garrigan High School.

Last Saturday BGHS hosted a math competition for the Great Plains Math League. The Bears ended up keeping the first place trophy in their home tournament, beating teams from Mason City, Iowa Falls, Humboldt, and Sioux Center. Twenty-six students competed in the tournament, and many of them took home medals. Tony Rouse, Jeff Lappe, and Spenser Rahm each earned two medals for first, second, or third places. Also winning individual medals were Ben Hellman, Dylan Freking, Kent Recker, Gina Rasmussen, Maria Kohlhaas, Chris Scobba and Gavin Freking. 

The Garrigan team of Joann Kirsch, Maria Kohlhaas and Tony Rouse tied Gavin Freking, Spenser Rahm and Kandice Roethler for first in the Team Round. Garrigan swept the Relay Round. Garrigan's freshman team of Chris Kellner, Sam Norland and Christopher Schmidt made an outstanding showing in the Relay Round. They tied two Garrigan varsity teams for second place overall. Several of these students will advance to the state math contest, which will be held in Iowa City in April. Congratulations to math teachers Daryl Kohlhaas and David Burrow and to all the math team members.

This morning eight Garrigan students are in Ames this morning for the All-State Speech Festival. Andrew Missal, Chris Loebach, Ashley Waller, Garrison Brosnan, and Brandon Rowley will be performing in improvisation at 10:40 this morning at the Iowa State Center. Also receiving all-state honors is the group mime of Joe Dailey, Liz Mayer, Ashley Waller, and Shane Koob. Congratulations to the all-state speech students!

Basketball play-offs have begun. The girls started districts last Wednesday with a big game against Clarion Goldfield. Boys districts begin on Monday, and the Bears will have a very familiar opponent. They'll travel to Pocahontas to play Eagle Grove, the team they just defeated last Tuesday in the final conference game of the season. Good luck to the Bears in the rest of their play-off road.

Intramural basketball is also in full swing. Last weekend Eric Goodman's team of seniors passed the faculty team for most points scored on the season. Those two undefeated teams square off tomorrow in one of the biggest intramural games of the season. Basketball coach and former college player O.J. Froehlich still leads all scorers in intramurals, but seniors Nate Pierson and Gavin Freking are on his tail. The regular season for intramurals lasts three more weeks, and then play-offs begin.

We got some big news from the Iowa High School Athletic Association this past week. On Monday they announced that the Bears, who were last fall's Class 1-A football runners-up, would be moving down to Class A next year. That's happening even though the school is actually larger than we were the last time classes were re-aligned. Enough schools have moved down to eight-man that the line between A and 1-A has moved up.

The change in football classes is mostly good news for our athletes, who will be playing smaller schools than they have in the past. It does mean the loss of a lot of traditions, though. In most cases Class A teams have all their games scheduled against district opponents, so there's no available dates for old rivalries like St. Edmond and Algona High. Garrigan fans always especially looked forward to those games, and the Bears had a winning record in both series-in spite of the fact that St. Ed's has 50% more students than us and AHS is about twice our size. We'll miss the old rivalries, but we're looking forward to establishing some new traditions.

Our Senior Spotlight this week shines on Amanda Shaw and Chad Meyer. Here to tell you about them is Jennifer Vaske.

Amanda Shaw has a lot championships to her name. She's a two-time national champion in danz squad, and she was part of the state champion golf team last spring. When she's not at school Amanda works at the Algona Manor Care Center. She would like to go into a health career, and we wish her all the best in the future.

Chances are Chad Meyer is in Ames this weekend watching his girlfriend, who is a double-honoree in all-state speech. This Whittemore native is best known for his accomplishments in track, where he's won medals at state. Chad will be off to college next year, and we wish him good luck.

Thanks, Jennifer! On our Golden Bear calendar, there's the All-State Speech Festival today in Ames. Tonight is the second round of girls district basketball.

Tomorrow intramural action continues. Then on Monday the boys basketball team starts district play against Eagle Grove at Pocahontas. The week's pretty empty until next Saturday, when there's an honor band at Buena Vista University.

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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