Good morning! I’m Jordan Hansen!

I’m Bryce Capesius!

And I’m John Meis! Thanks for joining us once again for the “Bear Facts”, the weekly radio show from Bishop Garrigan High School.

Last Friday the Bishop Garrigan football team beat West Fork of Sheffield. That game was significant for many reasons. Most important, with the win the Bears clinched the district championship, and the combination of that and a high RPI ranking assures them of home field advantage in the playoffs. Quarterback Brad Capesius also broke the career touchdown record last week, and the Bears’ win all but guaranteed that the seniors would finish out their fourth straight regular season undefeated.

Last week’s victory also marked the 200th win Golden Bear for coach Marty Wadle. Coach Wadle took over for longtime coach Larry Weir in 1992, and he continued the Bears winning tradition. Coach Wadle is always quiet and modest in public, but he’s one of the most successful coaches in the state. While Garrigan is one of the smallest schools playing 11-man football, they’ve always been competitive. We’re proud to congratulate Coach Wadle on this huge milestone.

Last Saturday Garrigan hosted our big annual quiz bowl tournament, with thirty-three teams from fourteen schools competing. For just the second time in twenty-eight years the Bears won their home tournament. The team of Alex Mammen, Billy Erpelding, Aidan Koob, and Eric Thul had a perfect 12 – 0 record on the day. Their final game against Ankeny was tied at the end of regulation, but the Bears won on a sudden-death tiebreaker.

Two other Garrigan teams also made playoffs. The team of Logan Heying, Gabe Trainer, Sami Darling, and Bryce Capesius finished fourth overall; while Abbi Heying, Amanda Thilges, Jenna Heinen, Aric Laubenthal, and Joe Trainer were seeded #8. The quiz bowl team is also competing today in a meet at Ankeny Centennial.

Today is the biggest day of the year for several Garrigan musicians. Seven singers and two instrumentalists are over at Storm Lake High School, where they’re auditioning for the All-State Music Festival. The vocalists have spent the summer and fall learning and perfecting the songs that will be performed at all-state. They will be auditioning in small groups, and those singers the judges find most talented will be called back. The instrumentalists have been working on etudes, which they will present for the judges.

All-state music is a BIG honor. Statewide thousands of students audition, and all of them are talented. Only 150 are selected for each vocal part, though, and about 200 are in the all-state band. From Garrigan Megan Bronk, Gabe Trainer, Bryce Capesius, Layah DeLange, Noah Bronk, Joey Trainer, and Xander Darling are auditioning for the all-state choir. Band member Sami Darling is auditioning on French horn, and Jordan Hansen is auditioning on clarinet. Best wishes to everyone trying out for all-state!

Tomorrow many Garrigan staff members as well as some students and community members will be over in Sioux City. They’ll be at the Bishop’s dinner, where BGHS business teacher Annette Vaske will be receiving the Bishop’s Award for Excellence in Education. This is the highest honor given to Catholic school teachers.

Mrs. Vaske is a Bancroft native who has taught at Garrigan for twenty-four years. In addition to being an outstanding teacher, Mrs. Vaske has a passion for her Catholic faith, and she works hard to inspire and serve both her students and co-workers. Bishop Walker Nickless will be presenting Mrs. Vaske with her award, and we’re proud to have her with us here at Garrigan.

Our Senior Spotlight this week shines on Mrs. Vaske’s son, Sam Vaske. Here to tell you about him is Aidan Connor Koob.

Sam Vaske is a very well rounded senior. He’s been to all-state in speech and had lead roles plays and musicals. He’s also part of the Christian Leadership in Action group. This Bancroft native is a talented athlete who plays running back for the Golden Bear football team and has won medals in track. In the past he’s been in baseball and basketball. Sam will be off to college next year, and we wish him all the best in the future.

Thanks, Aidan! On our Golden Bear calendar, there’s all-state music auditions in Storm Lake, and the quiz bowl team is at Ankeny Centennial. Tomorrow is the Bishop’s Dinner in Sioux City.

Regional volleyball continues on Monday, with the Bears hosting Newell—Fonda in the second round of playoffs. Then on Tuesday art students will take a field trip to Des Moines.

Wednesday we’ll have mass in the morning. There’s an early dismissal that day, with parent—teacher conferences in the afternoon. Wednesday night we’ll have special committee meetings with students, parents, and community members providing input for the school.

There’s picture re-takes on Thursday, and Friday the first quarter ends. That night Garrigan will be hosting the first round of football playoffs. Finally next Saturday there’s state cross-country in Ft. Dodge.

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