February 20, 2020

 Good morning! I’m Aric Laubethal!

 I’m Jack Snyder!

And I’m Joey Trainer! You’re listening to the “Bear Facts”, the weekly radio show from Bishop Garrigan High School.

 This Monday six members of the Golden Bear danz squad will be down in Des Moines. Seniors Grace DeLange, Cora Ricke, and Halle Menke, and juniors Lillee Deike, Meredith Illg, and Riley Rosenmeyer were selected to be part of the All-Iowa Honor Dance Team. The all-state dance showcase is very different this year. Instead of performing in person at state basketball, the honorees recorded several group routines, which will be played both on the scoreboards an the livestreams at halftime of the championship games. Congratulations, All-Iowa dancers!

This past week senior Angelo Winkel broke a major basketball record. Last Tuesday, in the Bears’ playoff opener against GTRA, Angelo became the new career scoring record. The old record was 1,882 points and was set twenty years ago by Garrigan sports legend Brad Nelson. Angelo kept adding on to his record later in the week, and we know it will be a long time before anyone passes him. Congratulations, Angelo!

Both the boys and girls basketball teams advanced in playoffs this past week. The girls had one of their biggest wins ever when they beat Northwood Kensett Tuesday night. The final score was 79 – 24, with the JV playing for most of the fourth quarter. The boys had to work a little bit harder in their game on Monday, but they still ended up beating GTRA 58 – 43. We had to record this before the next round of games late in the week, but we’re hoping the Bears keep on advancing!

We just started the season of Lent. Lent starts off with Ash Wednesday, and we had a kind of different Ash Wednesday service this year. Because of COVID, we celebrated with a livestreamed mass, with only the little kids attending in person. Another change this year was that ashes were sprinkled over people’s heads instead of being marked on our foreheads. We’re hoping that as the vaccine becomes more common, things will start getting back to normal.

The annual Garrigan pops concert will be next weekend. One of the groups that will be featured there is the Garrigan jazz choir. They competed virtually and recently received a division one rating at the state jazz contest. Congratulations to director Antonia Rupert and the whole jazz choir!

Gala 2021 is just around the corner. For the second straight year, Gala will be a virtual event this year, with both the preview party and the main auction being held online. The Gala theme for 2021 is “Reflections”, and the committee has been busy gathering gifts and planning activities to make the virtual fundraiser fun for everyone involved. This year’s Gala will take place on April 10, and we hope it will be a big success.

Another date to mark on your calendar is March 20. That’s when the curtain opens on the BGHS spring play. This year the drama department is presenting a radio play version of the classic It’s a Wonderful Life. At the core of the cast are seniors Derrick Kirsch, Joey Trainer, Noah Bronk, Jack Snyder, and Kelle Bormann, and twenty-one other students will join them in the show. You can see It’s a Wonderful Life Saturday night, March 20, or Sunday afternoon, March 21.

Our Senior Spotlight this week shines on Halle Menke. Here to tell you about her is Derrick Kirsch.

Halle Menke is an Algona native who is one of the dancers who will be part of the All-Iowa Honor Dance Team. She’s been in danz squad all through school. She’s a cheerleader, she’s won awards in softball, and she’s also active in track. Halle is also active in Christian Leadership, where’s she’s been part of a lot of service activities. She’ll be off to college next year, and we wish Halle all the best in the future.

Thanks,Derrick . On this week’s Golden Bear calendar, this weekend is the state DECA competition. Basketball playoffs continue next week, with the boys district final on Tuesday and the girls regional final—the last game before state—Wednesday night.

There’s parish busing at Garrigan next Wednesday, because the Algona Community Schools are not in session. We’ll have a livestreamed mass that morning.

All next week the speech team will be busy filming their entries for district individual speech contest, and the band and choir will be busy prepping for pops concert. The pops concert is Friday night, and speech will be judged on Saturday.

Finally today we want to offer our prayers and sympathy for the Bacha family. Sophomore Emma Bacha lost her mother to cancer this past week, after a long battle with cancer. We want Emma, her brother Drew, and her father Marc Bacha to know we’re there for them.

That’s the “Bear Facts” for this week. Thanks for tuning in, and be sure to join us again next week for more news from Bishop Garrigan High School.