October 18, 1997

Good morning! I'm Tim Mosbach!

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

Today is one of the biggest events of the year at BGHS. More than 350 students are at Garrigan this morning for the Bishop Garrigan Invitational Quiz Bowl Tournament. The tournament started seven years ago, with just eight teams. Since then it has grown into Iowa's largest academic competition. There's sixty-six teams this year, and they come from all over northern Iowa--including nearby schools like Algona, Twin River Valley, and C-W-L, as well as far-off places like LeMars, Remsen, and Riceville.

The Golden Bears have four teams entered in their home tournament. The team captains are Tom Twait, Nate Fouarge, Mike Reel, and Louie Bode. Among the quiz bowlers you'll recognize a lot of names you know from sports--people like Jenny McAlpine, Jeremy Richter, Brad Frideres, Mike Cowan, Jeff Geving, Rachel Studer, Andy Laubenthal, and John Mosbach. Other seniors among the Bears are Carrie Kohlhaas and Tim Mosbach.

The other juniors on this year's quiz bowl team are Adam Foertsch, Abby Rahm, and Mike Reel. The sophomores include Jen Reinhart, Dennis Gisch, Tyler Struck, and Nate Frideres. Then there's the freshmen. This year's youngest quiz bowlers are Chris Missal, Angie Kohlhaas, Paul Loebach, and David Monson. Good luck to coach David Burrow and the whole quiz bowl team!

It takes a lot of effort to run an event as large as the BGHS quiz bowl tournament. More than fifty students, teachers, and friends of the school are out at Garrigan today working at the tournament. Most of the adults are reading questions, while the student workers are working as judges, timers, and scorekeepers. Several other students helped to get everything set up, and there will be even more to clean things up this afternoon.

If you're wondering what people have to know to be in quiz bowl, the questions could be just about anything. In just one round of this year's tournament, you'd hear answers like "John Steinbeck", "Cal Ripken, Jr.", "yellow skin", "eartquake", "Burma", and "Jack Daniels". There's questions about everything from classical music to the Internet, from football to grammar, and from famous quotes to salad forks. Four people play at a time on a quiz bowl team, and the hope is that--among the whole team--everybody knows a little bit about everything. We hope that's true for the Bears, and we wish them all the best today. The public is always welcome at quiz bowl, and we invite you to come on down and cheer on the Bears!

Two BGHS sports teams set new records last week. The volleyball team broke the record for most wins in a season by racking up their twenty-eighth win when they beat St. Ed's last Wednesday. They'll start play-offs next week versus Corwith Wesley Luverne. The girls' cross country team set a record low team score, and Brad Frideres set a new senior record at the North Central Conference meet last Tuesday. Junior Adam Sundall won the meet, his fifth this season, and Brad and Ruby Bode also took home All-Conference honors. Congratulations, athletes!

The freshman and sophomore football teams have had good seasons. Last week the frosh rolled over Algona High, 20-6. Their unstoppable defense includes free safety Scott McGuire, as well as Chris Thilges, Brad Nelson, and Ben Lickteig. Other freshmen to watch include Scott Black, Nick Even, Paul Loebach, Greg Besch, and Hank Greer. You'll also see Bryan McAlpine, David Monson, Andy Pierson, and D.J. VonBank moving the ball for the frosh.

The sophomores will tell you "Dorn's tough", referring to nose guard Matt Dornbier. Also playing a tough job at nose is sophomore Duane McGregor. Among the other top sophs are Louie Bode, Dean Boever, Eric Eischen, Jason Geving, and Jake Kohlhaas. You should also be watching for Trent Youngwirth, Chris Weir, Jesse Walker, Tyler Struck, and Nick Roethler. Then there's Wade MacDonald, Joe Mayer, Josh Meyer, Matt Rahm, and Justin Reding, who are making things happen on the field. The sophs racked up a big win against St. Ed's, and they creamed Humboldt 40-0. Congratulations, sophomores!

Our Senior Spotlight this week shines on Carrie Kohlhaas and Bobbie Jo Smith. Carrie Kohlhaas is the manager of the award-winning cross-country team. She's also active in speech and music, and she's won awards as the top math student in the school. Carrie will be off to college next year, and we wish her all the best.

Bobbie Jo Smith is an unusual Garrigan student. As a resident of Hancock County, she has a longer drive to school than almost any other student. She's also one of the few Protestant students in the Catholic school. Bobbie has been active in cheerleading and choir, and she also plans to attend college next year. Good luck, Bobbie Jo!

On this week's Golden Bear calendar, there's the quiz bowl tournament today at Garrigan. It all starts at 10am, and the championship round will be at two o'clock this afternoon.

Monday district volleyball begins, with the bears hosting Corwith Wesley Luverne. Also on Monday the cross country team finishes their regular season at Spencer.

Wednesday is the second round of district volleyball, again at Garrigan. Also on Wednesday the freshman and sophomore football teams will host North Kossuth.

Thursday we'll have no school at Garrigan. That afternoon the cross country runners will be at Eagle Grove, for the district meet. Then next Friday the football Bears host Armstrong/Ringsted.

That's the "Bear Facts" for another week. Thanks for listening, and be sure to join us again next week for more news from Bishop Garrigan High School.

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