September 20, 1997

Good morning! I'm Jenessa McGuire!

And I'm Jeremy Richter! Welcome once again to the "Bear Facts", the weekly radio show where we keep you in touch with all the news from Bishop Garrigan High School.

Last week the BGHS Senior Class nominated this year's Homecoming Royal Court. Half the people on the court--five out of ten--just happen to be from one little town, Whittemore. They include queen candidates Katie Elbert, Emily Muller, and Kristin Richter, and king candidates Andy Laubenthal and Andy Peterson. One candidate, Brian Kohlhaas, calls LuVerne home, while the other four are from the Algona area. They include king candidates Mike Cowan and Chris Miller and queen candidates Lisa Boekelman and Ruby Bode. Congratulations to all our Homecoming royalty!

In addition to being a queen candidate, Ruby Bode is also one of four Golden Bears who medalled at the Clear Lake cross-countr tournament last Wednesday. Ruby was the lone medalist for the girls, finishing in tenth place with a time of 13 minutes 14 seconds for the two-mile course.

The boys' cross-country team had one of the best team scores in school history. Adam Sundall kept up his winning ways, finishing first for the third time in three meets this season. His time for the five-kilometer course was 17 minutes 22 seconds, a full 47 seconds ahead of second place. Doug Besch and Brad Frideres also medalled, with 14th and 15th place finishes.

This was also a big week for the Golden Bear volleyball team. For the first time in school history, the volleyball Bears are ranked among the best in the state. It's not that many years ago that volleyball first began at BGHS, and now the girls' hard work is paying off--with the official ranking of number seven in the state.

Among this year's top volleyball players are seniors like Jenny McAlpine, Lisa Boekelman, Katie Vaske, Annie Potthoff, and Kim Kramer. There's also a big crop of juniors helping out the team. Among them are Molly Nelson, Katie Reding, and Abby Rahm. Congratulations, and best wishes throughout the season to the volleyball team!

The Golden Bear football team began the year with a few tough breaks. Last week they played Class 3-A Algona High, and they ended up with a respectable loss to a school with twice as many students. Then last night the Bears played the number two rated team in their own class, Britt West Hancock. In spire of a top-heavy schedule, everyone is expecting things to improve as the season gets going.

Names you'll hear a lot in football this year include returning seniors like Andy Peterson, Mike Cowan, Chris Miller, Dan Patten, Jeremy Richter, Jeff Geving, Thad Wunder, and Jason Anderson. Among the younger players to watch are juniors Phil Kramer, Jake Sutter, and Justin Roethler, and sophomores John Mosbach and Eric Becker. We wish good luck all season long to our Golden Bear football team!

The cheerleaders are always there on the sidelines cheering on the Bears. The seniors on this year's cheer squad are Jenni Krieps, Kelly Elbert, Shanna Froehlich, Sarah Foth, and Mary Beth Stence. Cheering with them are juniors Jenny Hall, Melanie McGuire, Abby Monson, Natalie Salz, and Libby Wingert. The JV cheerleaders include Anna Erpelding, Mandy Hilbert, Katie Patterson, Jillian Trenary, Nicole Vaske, and Deanna Kohlhaas. Best wishes to all the cheerleaders!

The BGHS website has come a long way since the school first became part of the Internet a year ago. The Internet homepage was created by senior Tim Mosbach as a project for the Garrigan gifted and talented program. Since it first went on-line, the page has been accessed over three thousand times. W've gotten lots of letters and e-mails from alumni who enjoy looking up Garrigan on the Web.

Among the newest additions to the website are a large series of research tools and a virtual tour of the school, featuring a clickable floorplan that reveals photos of every room and hallway, right down to the restrooms, locker rooms, and janitors' closets. If you ever miss an episode of the "Bear Facts", you can also read the script for each show. To visit the site, just head your web browser to . See you in cyberspace!

Our senior spotlight this week shines on Thad Wunder and Jeff Geving.

Thad Wunder is an unusual Garrigan student. He lives in the Thompson area and commutes all the way into Algona. Thad also spends as much time in college courses at Iowa Lakes as he does in his Garrigan classes. Thad enjoys football, baseball, and track, and he also plays hard in intramurals. He plans to attend either Ellsworth or Iowa State next year. Either way, we wish good luck to Thad!

One of Thad's best friends is Jeff Geving. Jeff is also taking several college courses, and at Garrigan his activities include football and quiz bowl. He works at Fareway, and in his free time he likes to go hunting. Jeff will be off to college next year, and we wish him all the best.

On this week's Golden Bear calendar, the JV volleyball team plays this morning at Algona High. Tomorrow is the first day of autumn.

Monday there's no school at Garrigan or Seton, because of a teacher in-service. The Algona public schools will be in session that day. Monday night there's volleyball at Iowa Falls.

Also on Monday there's cross-country at Humboldt, and the JV football team welcomes Blue Earth, Minnesota. Then Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday mornings we'll be getting out the number 2 pencils to take the Iowa Tests of Educational Development.

Wednesday the volleyball team hosts Clarion/Goldfield, and the JV football squad welcomes St. Ed's. Next Thursday there's a retreat for juniors in the confirmation program.

Friday the varsity football team travels to Manson Northwest Webster. And then next weekend we'll be putting up the decorations to get ready for Homecoming, 1997.

That's the "Bear Facts" for another week. Thanks for listening, and be sure to set your dial here again next week to hear more news from Bishop Garrigan High School.

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