The Bear Facts

March 21, 1998

Good morning! I'm Wade MacDonald!

And I'm Brandon Donahe! Welcome to another weekly episode of the "Bear Facts", KLGA's radio show from Bishop Garrigan High School!

It's time once again for the state individual speech contest. Eight Garrigan students are down in Manson today for the big event. Jenni Krieps is entered in two events. She's telling the Sesame Street story "The Case of the Missing Duckie", and she's also reading the prose piece "Charles". Other storytelling entries include Ruby Bode with "Pigs" and Tiffany Meyter, who's reading "The Polar Express".

Tom Twait and Carrie Kohlhaas are both performing at state in radio news announcing, and Katie Patterson will present the acting selection "Wrong Number". There are also two other prose pieces: Jenessa McGuire reading "I Fall in Love" and Amanda Freking with "Dearest Mom". Mary McCall directs the whole speech program at Garrigan, and she's helped out in individuals by assistant coach David Burrow. Good luck to the whole Golden Bear speech team!

Last wekend the BGHS quiz bowl team ended up fifth out of twenty-four teams at the Northeast Hamilton Invitational Tournament in Blairsburg. The Bears had an undefeated 8-0 record in the preliminary rounds, racking up wins against teams like Fort Dodge, Sac City, Hampton-Dumont, Eagle Grove, Bone, BCLUW, and two Northeast Hamilton teams. They had a bye in the first round of play-offs and then won a play-off game, before finally falling in the quarter finals to finish fifth overall.

Tom Twait was captain for the Golden Bears. Other team members included fellow senior Brad Frideres and juniors Abby Rahm, Rachel Studer, and Adam Foertsch. A second Garrigan team also competed last Saturday. They played hard all day and finished up in the middle of the pack. The Blairsburg tournament wraps up another great regular season for the quiz bowl team, and we hope they'll cap things off with a good showing at nationals this summer.

Tonight's a big night for the BGHS danz squad. They'll be holding their annual danz squad night, featuring the best of their award-winning routines. Together with the Golden Bears, drill teams from area schools such as Emmetsburg and Fort Dodge will be on hand to add to the entertainment. The Garrigan danz squad had a great year. They won trophies at state competition, they were invited to perform at the girls' state basketball tournament, and three Garrigan girls even made it to the All-Iowa Honor Drill Team. We invite you to see why they did so well when the girls show off what they've got at tonight's big show.

Last week they held try-outs for the 1998-99 danz squad. Among the girls you'll see on next year's team are Abby Bartolo, Allison Courtney, Anna Erpelding, Mindy Erpelding, and Sarah Foth. Dancing along with them will be Amanda Hilbert, Heather Johnson, Kelly Kunkel, Melanie McGuire, and Abby Monson. Rounding out the squad are Natalie Salz, Corrie Stetzel, Monica Studer, and Jillian Trenary; as well as alternates Tracey Fickbohm and Katie Patterson. Congratulations to all the danz squad members!

Tomorow will be the end of the regular season for intramurals. So far the dominant team this year has been team 4, whose captain is Chuck Kohlhaas and whose members call themselves the Fire Ants. The team has a perfect 7-0 record so far, and they've got one more game left to play tomorrow. Team members include Mike Cowan, Thad Wunder, Andy Peterson, Jeff Geving, Eric Eischen, Joe Lucas, and Michael Courtney--most of whom are near the top of the intramural scoring records.

The number one intramural scorer is Justin Roethler, who has already scored 116 points this season. Other top players include Josh Kohlhaas, Jake Sutter, Josh Forburger, Jay Servantez, and Mark Anderson. Tomorrow afternoon we'll have the last three regular season intramural games. Then there's two weeks off before the big intramural championship tournament, which will be Easter Monday, April 13th.

We had our snowiest week of the winter this past week, but track season is here! Today a group of Garrigan boys is in Ames for the ISU Indoor Classic. Among the athletes to watch are Adam Sundall in the two-mile run, and Paul Richter, Tom Twait, Mike Cowan, and Thad Wunder in the four by 100 meter relay. Eric Becker and Andy Peterson are competing in shot put, and John Mosbach is competing in the high jump. You should also lok for Andy Laubenthal in hurdles, Brad Frideres in the 1600, and Dean Boever on sprints. Good luck to coaches Ross and Ahlers and the whole boys' track squad!

This week's senior spotlight shines on Tiffany Meyer and Jamie Schmidt. Tiffany was one of the danz squad members who made the All-Iowa Honor Drill Team this year. She has also been involved in both large group and individual speech, as well as drama. She is active in Spanish club and went to Spain last summer. Away from school this National Honor Society member works at Fareway in Algona. Next year Tiffany will be off to Iowa State, and we wish her all the best.

Jamie Schmidt is also in our spotlight this week. You can see Jamie next Friday or Saturday, when she'll be playing Truvy in the school production of Steel Magnolias. Jamie has also been active in speech, and she's a long-time accompanist for the band and choir. She has studied both Spanish and French, and she has also been part of the gifted and talented program. Away from school she enjoys playing organ in her home parish. Next year Jamie will attend Briar Cliff College in Sioux City, and we wish her good luck!

On our Golden Bear calendar this week, there's state speech today at Manson/Northwest Webster. Also today the boys' track team is competing in an indoor meet at Iowa State University.

Tonight at 5pm, it's the big danz squad show. Then tomorrow morning the music department is sponsoring a breakfast at the Rochleau Center.

Tomorrow at noon we'll have the last three regular season intramural games. Then on Tuesday we'll have our Lenten reconciliation service.

Also on Tuesday the juniors will go to Algona High to met with college representatives. Thursday we'll be dismissing at 12:45 for a teacher in-service.

Finally next Friday and Saturday it's showtime, as the curtain goes up for the BGHS spring play. Be sure to be there for the all-girl cast of Steel Magnolias.

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

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