The Bear Facts

February 19, 2005

Good morning! I'm Theresa Reising!

I'm Matt Courtney!

And I'm Anthony McGuire! Welcome once again to the "Bear Facts", the radio show where each week we keep KLGA-land in touch with all the news from Bishop Garrigan High School.

Last Saturday the BGHS math team hosted their fourth annual Great Plains Math League competition. Schools came from as far away as Sioux Center and Iowa Falls to compete in a series of group and individual tests. Garrigan ended up winning their home tournament, and they also qualified nine students for the state math competition in April. In the team round at math competitions, students work in groups of three to solve challenging questions. Sophomores Maria Kohlhaas and Tony Rouse and freshman Dylan Freking won the team round medals; followed closely by juniors Spenser Rahm and Gavin Freking and senior Matt Courtney, and by senior Samantha Kirsch, junior Kandice Roethler, and sophomore JoAnn Kirsch.

There are two individual competitions at math competition-called the sprint and target rounds. Earning individual medals were senior Matt Courtney; juniors Spenser Rahm and Gavin Freking; sophomores Maria Kohlhaas, Tony Rouse, and JoAnn Kirsch; and freshmen Kent Recker, Krissy Kohlhaas, and Dylan Freking. Matt Courtney, Samantha Kirsch, Kandice Roethler, Spenser Rahm, Gavin Freking, JoAnn Kirsch, Tony Rouse, Maria Kohlhaas, and Dylan Freking all had scores that qualified them for state. They join junior Jeff Lappe, who qualified earlier this year. The state meet will be held April 23 at West High School in Iowa City. Congratulations to Coach Daryl Kohlhaas and the math team.

Individual speech season is here. This year Garrigan will have fourteen events entered when they host the district speech contest two weeks from today. Senior Samantha Kirsch and her sister sophomore JoAnn Kirsch will compete in storytelling. Junior Gavin Freking and sophomore Alex Elbert will show off their skills in Radio News Announcing. Juniors Sadie Foertsch and Amanda Golwitzer and freshman Dylan Freking are entered in Prose, and Amanda is also competing in After-Dinner Speaking.

Other individual speech students include Andrew Missal and Joey Dailey in Improvisation, with Joey also entered in Acting. Seth Rogers is competing in Spontaneous Speaking, and Anna Bormann and Garrison Brosnan will be reading poetry selections at contest. Good luck to Coaches Mary McCall and Sarah Freking and all the speech students. Break a leg, everybody!

Intramural basketball resumed last weekend after a one-week break. There were three hard-fought games. In the closest one, the sophomore team captained by Adam Finley nearly upset Mitch Buscher's seniors. The seniors came from behind to win by a final score of 43 - 39. In the other two games, older teams dominated this year's freshmen. Eric Goodman's juniors beat the freshmen 106 - 23, while Matt Courtney's team eased their way to a 69 - 30 victory. Games continue tomorrow with some of the top teams facing each other. Then the regular season for intramurals wraps up one week from now.

There's always something new on the Garrigan website. Technology teacher Sarah Freking's class has been busy updating all the information online. Our site is different from most school websites, because at Garrigan it's the students themselves who plan and design most of the pages. You can see their work by going to, where you'll find literally hundreds of pages full of pictures of our students and their activities. There's also lots of information for parents and alumni, including a schedule for the upcoming summer reunions. So check out Garrigan's home in

Our Senior Spotlight this week shines on Andrew Berte and Cole Vautier. Andrew Berte was one of the top players on the Golden Bear football team that made it to the Dome last fall. He's also active in track, and he enjoys intramural basketball. Andrew spends much of his day away from Garrigan, taking automotive courses that should prepare him for a future career. He also takes night classes at Iowa Lakes. He'll be continuing his education after high school, and we wish Andrew all the best in the future.

Cole Vautier is an Algona native who is one of the top athletes in the Class of 2005. He has gone to state in track, won all-area honors in football, and he's also a starting basketball player. Cole is also a good student academically. He takes has taken courses like Math Analysis at the high school, and he also takes classes at Iowa Lakes. He'll be off to college next year, and we wish him good luck.

On our Golden Bear calendar this week, there's a girls basketball district game at Pocahontas. Then tomorrow intramural basketball continues.

Boys basketball districts begin on Monday. The Bears will travel to Emmetsburg to take on the E-Hawks. The girls regional semi-final is Tuesday, and the second round of boys dirstricts is Wednesday night. Play-offs continue next Friday, with the girls regional final.

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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