The Bear Facts - May 20, 2006



Good morning! I'm Josh Rahm!

And I'm Anna Bormann! Welcome to our last "Bear Facts" of the 2005 - 2006 school year. Thanks for joining us to hear the news from Bishop Garrigan High School.


Garrigan has done very well in math competition in the past few years, but never as well as we did this year. Last week Tony Rouse went down to Kansas City for the Midwest Regional Mathematics Championships, and he ended up bringing home two trophies from the event. Tony finished second in both the target round and the sprint round-second place among all the students in the Midwest area. This caps off a year with several outstanding showings in area contests, where six math team members competed at state. Congratulations to Tony Rouse, to Coach Daryl Kohlhaas, and to the math team!


Garrigan would have had two competitors at regional math; but the second, Gavin Freking, chose instead to compete in the district track meet. The Golden Bear boys had an awesome showing at district. They won the meet and qualified eleven different events for state. State track has been going on for the past two days, and it finishes up today at Drake University in Des Moines. Individual qualifiers from Garrigan include Jeff Lappe in both the long jump and the 200-meter dash, Spenser Rahm in discus and shot put, John Reding in the 400-meter dash, and Chris Scobba in the 3200-meter run.

Garrigan's relays also did very well at district. Qualifying for state were the 4 by 100, 4 by 200, 4 by 400, 4 by 800, and distance medley relays. Relay runners include Chad Meyer, Scott Kollasch, Jeff Lappe, John Reding, Jude Studer, Jesse Studer, Nate Pierson, Peyton Schindler, Brandon Rowley, and Brian Capesius. Congratulations, boys track!

The girls track team qualified six events for state: the 4 by 200, 4 by 400, and 4 by 800 meter relays, the sprint medley, the distance medley, and the 3000-meter run. Girls running at state include Kelly Schmidt, Kayla Reding, Emily Behr, Maria Kohlhaas, Tami Lallier, and Cindy Reding; as well as Emily Funk, Kelli Black, Alison Brandenburg, Macy Fickbohm, Carrie Courtney, Abbie Bradley, and Allison Blocker. Congratulations, girls track!


Baseball season is here. The action starts next Monday night, when the Bears play at Estherville. Returning seniors this year are Adam Elbert, Gavin Freking, Daniel Garman, and Jeff Lappe. Juniors out for baseball are Nick Reding, Chris Scobba, Brian Capesius, Chris Cassmann, Scotty Kollasch, Alexander Elbert, Anthony Rouse, and Adam Finley.

The baseball team also features sophomores Dylan Freking, Mark Poeppe, Ben Golwitzer, Chris Gelhaus, and Jacob Zittritsch; plus freshmen Christopher Schmidt, Brian Patterson, Chris Kellner, Kyle Smith, Jack Bradley, Dan Thilges, Sam Norland, and Alec Bocekholt. Good luck to Coaches Gene and Rob Meister and the Golden Bear baseball team!


Softball season will also be starting up soon. The girls' first game is Tuesday, May 30, when the Bears host Clear Lake. The returning seniors on the softball team are Kelly Schmidt, Allison Even, Alison Brandenburg, Denise Kohlhaas, Sadie Foertsch, and Ashley Waller. Juniors include Brittany Pfeffer, Marisa Spain, and Maria Kohlhaas; and the sophomores are Bridget Murphy, Amber Broesder, and Katie Boeckholt. There are also seven freshmen out for softball: Jenna Richter, Allison Blocker, Rebecca Brosnan, Christina Richter, Mandy Kohlhaas, Megan Hilbert, and Holly Byrkeland. Good luck to Coach Wendi Meister and the softball team!


Also this summer three members of Garrigan's HOSA group will go to the National Health Occupations Competition in Anaheim, California. Seniors Kayla Reding and Kathy Kohlhaas and junior Anna Bormann will be competing in the areas of Physical Therapy, Clinical Specialty, and Extemporaneous Writing. Good luck to Coach Jeanne Wunder and the HOSA girls!


While the seniors have been gone for over a week, we've still got three more people to salute in our Senior Spotlight: Laura Kellner, Ashley Lickteig, and Michaela Pease. Here to tell you about them is Alicia Miller.

Laura Kellner has won awards for her work in speech and drama. Among her other activities, her favorite is probably volleyball, and away from school, you might see her working at the Scoreboard. Laura plans to attend Iowa State next year, and we wish her all the best.

Ashley Lickteig comes to Garrigan from the Sexton area. When the school day is done, you might see her working at the Pizza Ranch or spending time with her boyfriend. She'll also be a college girl next year, and we wish her good luck.

Michaela Pease has been involved in dance and cheerleading all through high school. She hopes to continue competitive dance at Loras next fall. Away from school, you can find her working at Unique for You and at Hallmark. Good luck in the future to Michaela and to all sixty-three of our graduating seniors!


On our last Golden Bear calendar of the year, the state track meet finishes up today in Des Moines. Next Monday and Tuesday we'll have semester tests at Garrigan. There's a special schedule, and everyone has open campus when they during the periods when they don't have tests.

Monday the girls golf team hosts regionals at Spring Valley, where they'll play for the right to return to state. The baseball team plays a doubleheader at Estherville Monday night. Then Tuesday there's more baseball, with the Bears traveling to West Bend.

Summer vacation officially starts next Wednesday. Thursday night the baseball team hosts North Kossuth, and Friday they'll take on Spencer. State boys golf is next Thursday and Friday. Monday the 29th is Memorial Day, and the Garrigan band will play in Whittemore. 

Among the highlights on the summer calendar, girls state golf is May 30th and 31st, and the CYO baseball and softball tournament is June 3rd and 4th at Carroll. Baseball playoffs begin July 10, and Garrigan will host the substate final this year on July 18.

Softball playoffs begin July 17. In early August we'll start fall sports camps, and school begins on Wednesday, August 23rd.


That wraps up this year's "Bear Facts". We'd like to thank all forty-two people who reported the news on this year's shows. 

Thanks also to our faculty producer David Burrow and to KLGA and their sponsors for keeping us on the air for the past fourteen years.

Thanks also to all of you for tuning in each week. We hope you have a great summer, and we hope you'll join us again in the fall for more news from Bishop Garrigan High School.


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