The Bear Facts
November 20, 2010


Good morning! I’m Mallory Borman!

And I’m Emily Bell! Welcome to a special holiday edition of the “Bear Facts”. Happy Thanksgivign from everyone here at Bishop Garrigan High School.

With Thanksgiving approaching, one thing all of us at Garrigan and Seton are thankful for this year is that first grade teacher Karen McGregor was able to get the transplant she desperately needed. Mrs. McGregor was diagnosed with a serious liver disease more than four years ago, but a liver transplant gave her a new lease on life. She is now in Rochester, where she’s making a slow but steady recovery.

To help with Mrs. McGregor’s huge medical expenses, friends are holding a benefit for her next Saturday, November 27. The event will be at the KC Hall from 4:00 to 9:00pm. It will include a meal with a free will donation and a live auction. If you are unable to go to the benefit, you can also help out by leaving a contribution at Farmer’s State Bank in Algona.

All the Golden Bear fall sports teams held their awards banquets earlier this month. Jacob Behr was named the football team’s MVP, Kevin Elbert was Offensive Player of the Year, and Alex Boisjolie was Defensive Player of the Year. Grant Reding and Zach Keith received the Special Teams Award; and Zach split “Most Improved” honors with Luke Eischen and Adam Hamilton. Victor Berte, Daniel Gelhaus, and Jonathan Berte won the Scout Team Award; Joel Reding won the Bill Higgins Award; Logan Smith received the Dennis Cruise Award; and Eric Baumann earned the Larry Weier Award.

A new football award this year was named in honor of Deacon Bob Larsen. Andrew Schiltz received the first Deacon Larsen Award. The Coaches’ Award went to Andrew Behr, and Jake Kollasch received the DEFENSE Award. Alex Boisjolie and Grant Reding were named the 2011 Golden Bear football captains. Kevin Elbert, Jacob Behr, Andrew Schiltz, Alex Boisjolie, Joel Reding, and Grant Reding all earned first team all-district honors, while Eric Baumann, Zach Keith, and Mitch Rahm were district-wide honorable mentions. Congratulations to all the football award-winners!

In volleyball Chelsea Doughan and Shelby Schindler were the Offensive MVPs, while Kelsey Rahe and Lana Larson earned Defensive MVP honors. Katie Miller and Alicia Richter were the Most Improved Players; Chelsea Doughan and McKayla Loss split the Hustle Award; and the Team Spirit Award went to Alicia Richter and Laura Richter. Kelsey Rahe won first team all-conference honors; while Chelsea Doughan and Shelby Schindler were named to the third team . All-Area honorees include Kelsey Rahe, Chelsea Doughan, Shelby Schindler, Mallory Bormann, McKayla Loss, Laura Richter, and Katie Miller. Congratulations to all the award winners in volleyball!

Last Tuesday Garrigan’s National Honor Society chapter welcomed fourteen new members. Senior Kayla Blocker was inducted into NHS this year; as were juniors Austin Vaske, Andrea Altman, Rachel Berte, Kimberly Schiltz, Grant Reding, and Alex Boisjolie; as well as Jennifer Broesder, Bethany Capesius, Abbey Reding, Sara Poeppe, Daniel Gelhaus, Addison Miller, and Lizzy Hohmeister. Second-year seniors in National Honor Society include Kelsie Berke, Katie Miller, Kristin Berte, Andrew Schiltz, Jake Rosenmeyer, McKayla Loss, and Becky Jennings; together with Aimee Dahlhauser, Kevin Elbert, Alicia Richter, Rebecca Molsberry, Michael Fakler, Nora Krahenbhul, Alex Hamilton, Anna Kollasch, and Michael Hellman. Congratulations to moderator Linda Peterson and everyone in National Honor Society.

The quiz bowl team was supposed to be competing last weekend, but their tournament was postponed due to the heavy snow in Algona and to the west. The make-up date is today, and the Golden Bears are over in Orange City for another big quiz bowl tournament. …

This week’s Senior Spotlight shines on Jacob Behr. Here to tell you about him is Terrenze Franklin.

It was no surprise to anyone that Jacob Behr was named this year’s Golden Bear football MVP. He’s gotten varsity playing time since he was a freshman and has been an outstanding player all through high school. Jacob is also one of the top athletes on the Golden Bear track team, where he’s run at state in sprints and relays and helped break the shuttle hurdle record. He also enjoys working with publications and intramural basketball. Jacob would like to major in business in college, and we wish him all the best in the future.

Thanks, Terrenze! Because of the Thanksgiving holiday, we’ll be looking at two weeks of events on our Golden Bear calendar. Today there’s a Search retreat at Garrigan and the quiz bowl team is playing in Orange City.

Tomorrow is Presentation Day, the feast day of the sisters who have served our school throughout its history. We especially salute our registrar, Sr. Janet Goetz.

Monday the girls basketball team will be playing at North Sentral Kossuth, and Tuesday they’ll be hosting Eagle Grove. The cross-country team will serve a chili supper at the games on Tuesday night.

Wednesday morning we’ll have our Thanksgiving mass at Garrigan. That’s the time when we honor all the alumni who have died over the years. We’ll dismiss at 2:15 Wednesday for the holiday.

Thursday we’re off for Thanksgiving day, and Friday the boys basketball team plays in a jamboree at Graettinger. Advent begins on Sunday the 28th, and we’ll start our celebration with a school prayer service on Monday.

Tuesday the 30th there’s basketball at Clarion. On Wednesday the 1st we’ll have a “partners” session with Seton students after mass, and we’ll dismiss early that day for teacher inservice.

State dance is December 2nd and 3rd. On Friday the 3rd the Golden Bear varsity basketball teams play at Webster City. Then on Saturday the 4th there’s quiz bowl at Spirit Lake.

That’s the “Bear Facts” for November. We’ll be off next Saturday because of the holiday weekend, but be sure to catch us two weeks from now for more news from Bishop Garrigan High School. Until then …

EVERYONE: Happy Thanksgiving, everybody!

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