The Bear Facts ... March 21, 2009

Good morning! I'm Anna Kollasch!

And I'm Michael Fakler! Thanks for joining us for the "Bear Facts", the weekly radio show from Bishop Garrigan High School.

Last weekend eighteen Garrigan entries performed at the state individual speech contest in Fort Dodge. The Bears had a very good day, taking home ten Division I or excellent ratings. Students earning I's were Anna Kollasch in both Storytelling and Literary Program, Rebecca Brosnan in both Acting and Poetry, Lizzy Hohmeister in Prose and Jake Rosenmeyer in Prose, Rebeccah Erdman and Cassie Reising in Poetry, Philip Detrick in Improvisation, and Sam Norland In Literary Program.

In addition eight Garrigan entries earned Division II or good ratings. They included Brittany Berte in Acting and Radio News, Craig Kohlhaas in Poetry, Rachel Berte and Michael Fakler in Prose, Cassie Reising in Acting, Alex Hamilton in Public Address, and Rebeccah Erdman in Radio. Congratulations to all the students who performed at state speech and to coaches Mary McCall and David Burrow.

Monday night we learned that two Garrigan students were selected for the highest honor in speech. Out of 40,000 entries at that begin at the district level, fewer than 400 are named Outstanding Performers and chosen to perform at the All-State Speech Festival. This year Rebecca Brosnan earned her second All-State nod with her Poetry selection, "Nellie's Prayer" and Jake Rosenmeyer was chosen for All-State for the Prose piece "Girls". The All-State Speech Festival will be Monday, March 29 at the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls.

The regular season of intramural basketball finished up last Sunday, and it featured some of the most exciting games yet. Ben Hellman's team was undefeated going into Sunday's action, but Mitch Rahm's team, a group made up mostly of freshmen, upset them 49 - 35. Sunday's second game went into overtime, with Mike Mergen's team outlasting David Miller's team 52 - 46. In the final game the two sophomore teams that had been eliminated from playoffs played for pride. Travis Cruise's team beat Eric Baumann's team 38 - 29.

Throughout the intramural season nine different guys have earned the honor of "Player of the Week". They include seniors David Miller and Matt Elbert; juniors David Reding and Mike Mergen; sophomores Zach Zittritsch and Eric Baumann; and freshmen Billy Schiltz, Luke Eischen, and Mitch Rahm. Interestingly, none of the players of the week was from the #1 seed going into playoffs, the senior team that includes Ben Hellman, Alec Boeckholt, Randy Kenyon, Chris Hansen, Sam Norland, Vince Cruise, and Vinny Humble-as well as exchange student Henrique Noguiera and religion teacher Rob Meister.

The top-seeded intramural team will take on David Miller and fellow seniors Jack Bradley, Matt Elbert, Kyle Smith, Dan Thilges, Chris Kellner, Brian Hamilton, and Brian Funk in the first playoff game tomorrow. The team also includes computer technician and former college basketball player Andy Laubenthal, who should be back from his honeymoon to help them out. In the other playoff game Mike Mergen, David Reding, Joe Golwitzer, Jacob Behr, Bryan Berte, Nick Foertsch, Devin Tindall, Elijah Gelhaus, D.J. Beletti, Luke McCall, and Fr. Randy Schon will face Mitch Rahm, Billy Schiltz, John Richter, Luke Eischen, Jordan Springer, Philip Detrick, Craig Kohlhaas, and Mr. Mark Meister. The winners will advance to the intramural championship game, which is scheduled for April 29th in the Garrigan gym.

Track practice has already started. The Golden Bear boys return seven senior letterwinners this year: Jack Bradley, Joe Straub, Brian Patterson, Ben Hellman, Christopher Schmidt, Kyle Smith, and Daniel Thilges. Also returning are veterans Brett Capesius and Jacob Behr. On the girls side there are just three seniors out for track: Megan Hilbert, Shanna Miller, and Kelly Rouse. Others to watch on the girls side include juniors Mackenzie Schindler, Amy Rasmussen, Alyse Meyers, and Kelly Klein. We'll give you more updates on track as the season progresses.

Next week fifty-nine of Garrigan's band and choir students will be gone for a big trip to New York City. They'll leave Tuesday morning and return late Saturday night. Both the band and choir will be performing in the Big Apple, and the trip also includes visits to Radio City Music Hall, St. Patrick's Cathedral, the Statue of Liberty, and the Broadway show The Lion King. Bon voyage, musicians!

Our senior Spotlight this week shines on Brandi Roethler and Daniel Thilges. Here to tell you about them is Alex Hamilton.

Away from Garrigan you might see Brandi Roethler keeping busy at Berte's Back Nine or at the Algona YMCA, since she's employed by both those places. When she's not working or in class, Brandi enjoys playing basketball or working with the Christian Leadership in Action group. Brandi will be off to college in the fall, and we wish her all the best in the future.

Daniel Thilges has a wide range of interests. You probably know him best from football or baseball, but he's also active in choir, and you may have seen him in school musicals or at pops concert. Daniel will be heading to New York next week on the music trip. He'll also be a college man next year, and we wish him good luck.

Thanks, Alex! On our Golden Bear calendar this week, tonight is your last chance to catch the spring play, Winnie the Pooh. Showtime is 7:30 in Friedmann Auditorium.

Tomorrow we'll have the intramural playoffs. The 1st and 4th seeds will play at 12:30, followed by the 2nd and 3rd seeds at 1:15. The public is invited to watch.

It's a pretty light week otherwise. Tuesday the band and choir leave for New York City. There's no school at Garrigan Wednesday-with staff inservice and the reward for the magazine drive last fall.

Late in the week we'll start setting up for Gala, which is coming up on April 4th. Then Saturday night the musicians return from their trip.

 That's the "Bear Facts" for this week. Thanks for joining us, and be sure to tune in again next week for more news from Bishop Garrigan High School.

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