The Bear Facts
March i
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Good morning! This is Matt Courtney!

And this is Theresa Reising! We're here bringing you the "Bear Facts", the weekly radio show from Bishop Garrigan High School.

March madness is here! No, we don't mean the NCAA play-offs, although lots of guys have filled out brackets and are watching those games. No-here at Garrigan March madness means intramural insanity. It's time for the intramural basketball playoffs, and tomorrow is the big day. Four teams still have a chance of winning the coveted T-shirts and the right to rub in their friends faces that they were the best of all the of all the people who didn't play a real winter sport.

The #4 seed in the intramural play-offs is the team of Adam Finley, Dustin Tindall, Caleb DeRoos, Chris Loebach, Alex Hilbert, Joe Dailey, and Ben Berte. No one's giving them much of a chance, since they come into play-offs with a 1 - 7 record and a loss to the freshmen under their belt. They're hoping to be the Cinderella team of intramurals, though, and they'll be giving all they've got when they take on the #1 seeds at 12:15 tomorrow. The top-seeded team includes Mitch Buscher, Billy Vaske, Jim Garman, Chris Reinhart, Sean Kohlhaas, Brian Marso, Andrew Berte, Anthony McGuire, and Kyle Frideres.

Following that game there will be a much more hotly-contested match-up. The #2 and #3 seeds both have the ability to go all the way to the championship. Eric Goodman's team of juniors will have to step things up, because one of their key players, Gavin Freking, is at a funeral this weekend. Other members of the team include Chad Meyer, Spenser Rahm, Jesse Studer, Joe Rahm, Jude Studer, and Tim Lind. They'll take onmy team, with teammates Donnie Monson, Sam Dittrich, Brandon Rowley, Chris Kirsch, Jacob Hellman, Andrew Missal, Jacob Richter, Seth Rogers, Brad Thompson, and Dan Gisch. Good luck to both teams.

After a short break the winners of the two semi-final games will face each other in the intramural championship game, also tomorrow afternoon. We will also be announcing an all-intramural team, with selection based both on achievement during the season and an online poll. We'll tell you all the results on next week's "Bear Facts" show.

Weather permitting, a handful of Garrigan students will be competing in Ft. Dodge today at the Iowa High School Speech Association state speech contest. Samantha Kirsch will perform in Storytelling, Sadie Foertsch in Prose, and Garrison Brosnan in Poetry. All-state speech veteran Amanda Golwitzer will be returning to state in both After-Dinner Speaking and Prose. Gavin and Dylan Freking also qualified for state, but unfortunately they will be unable to perform. Best wishes to the Golden Bear speech team. Break a leg!

Gala 2005 is just around the corner. The school's biggest annual fundraiser will be Saturday, April 2nd. This year's theme takes the celebration in a new direction. The theme is "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" might not at first seem like the name for an elegant evening, but it's certainly an appropriate theme for Garrigan. After all, the Bears have dominated North Central Conference baseball for the eleven years they've been in the conference and have produced both college-level and professional players.

Just like every year, Gala guests will enjoy a fabulous meal set among beautiful decorations. While they dine, they can bid on live and silent auction items and participate in a variety of games of chance. In recent years Gala has brought in nearly a quarter million dollars each year, and it has helped put the area Catholic schools on a solid economic footing. If you haven't received an invitation and you'd like to attend Gala, be sure to call the school at 295-3521 and ask for the Development Office.

Tomorrow nine Garrigan students and six girls from Algona High will be leaving to compete at state HOSA in Des Moines. HOSA is the Health Occupations Student Association, and health teacher Jeanne Wunder has one of the most active HOSA chapters in Iowa. The group organized a blood drive at Garrigan last Tuesday that brought in over 80 units for the Red Cross. Garrigan students competing at state include Katelyn Besch, Jennifer Miller, Sarah Funk, Kayla Reding, Rachel Byrkeland, Alicia Miller, Anna Bormann, Elizabeth Erdman, and Katie Buscher. Good luck at state, HOSA!

This week's Senior Spotlight shines on Miranda Boekelman. Here to tell you about her is Theresa.

Miranda Boekelman is an Algona native who is best known for her accomplishments in sports. She has won all-conference honors in basketball, volleyball, and track. Miranda is also active in Christian Leadership in Action, and she's a member of the National Honor Society. Next year she plans to play volleyball at Briar Cliff College. We wish Miranda all the best in the future.

Thanks, Theresa! On our Golden Bear calendar this week, there's the state speech contest in Ft. Dodge, and several Garrigan runners will be participating in an indoor meet at Buena Vista University.

Also today the girls golf team is sponsoring a car wash at Motor Inn. You can stop in from 2 - 4 pm to get your car cleaned up.

Tomorrow is the intramural play-offs and championships. Also tomorrow HOSA leaves for Des Moines and we'll have tryouts for next year's football cheerleading squad. Then Monday and Tuesday is registration for next year's classes.

Tuesday and Wednesday are danz squad tryouts. Then Thursday morning we'll have our annual morning of reflection for Holy Week. Garrigan will dismiss at noon for the Easter weekend.

Thursday afternoon the students going to national quiz bowl will participate in the Bishop Garrigan Trivia Challenge. Then from 4:00 Thursday through 8:00 the following Monday there will be no school activities as we celebrate the holy time of Easter.

Finally this weekend we'd like to extend our sympathy to technology coordinator Sarah Freking and her family. Mrs. Freking lost her grandmother this past week, and she and her family are in South Dakota for the funeral. We want the Frekings to know we're keeping them in our thoughts and prayers.

That's the "Bear Facts" for another week. Be sure to join us again next week when we'll tell you the outcome of the big intramural championship here at Bishop Garrigan High School.

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