The Bear Facts ... May 21, 2005

Good morning! I'm Gavin Freking!

I'm Andrea Arndorfer!

I'm Samantha Armdorfer!

And I'm Bridget Doughan! Welcome to our last "Bear Facts" for this school year. For all practical purposes, school is over at Garrigan. All that's left is semester tests, which we'll be taking next Monday and Tuesday. On this our final show of the year we'll fill you in on some recent events and look ahead to summer here at Bishop Garrigan High School.

The BGHS track teams made a very good showing at the district meet last Saturday in Laurens. Both the boys team and the girls team each qualified five events for the state meet, which ends today in Des Moines. On the boys side Golden Bear recordholder Spenser Rahm qualified for state in the discus, while Chris Scobba qualified in the 3,200-meter run. The Garrigan boys also qualified four relays for state: the 4 x 100, 4 x 200, and 4 x 400. Running those relays are John Reding, Cole Vautier, Jeff Lappe, Chad Meyer, and Jude Studer. Scott Kollasch, Brian Capesius, and Derek Tindall also went down to Drake as alternates for the boys track team.

The girls track team qualified four relays for state: the sprint medley, the distance medley, the 4 x 100, and the 4 x 200. Relay runners include Kelly Schmidt, Miranda Boekelman, Abbie Bradley, Maria Kohlhaas, Emily Funk, Kelli Black, and Macy Fickbohm. Miranda Boekelman also qualified for state in the high jump. Alternates for the girls track team are Cassie Vautier, Emily Behr, Kayla Reding, Tami Lallier, Carrie Courtney, Cindy Reding, and Alison Brandenburg. Congratulations to all the members of the track team who have been competing at state!

The boys golf team has also been doing well in playoffs. A week ago they hosted the sectional meet, where they ended up finishing in first place. The Bears had 315 overall points, compared to second place Armstrong-Ringsted's 350. Garrigan also had the top four individual scores: Matt Kollasch and Bobby Geelan with 76 and Tim Richter and Ross Froehlich with 81. Winning sectionals qualified the Bears for district, which was played yesterday at Mason City. Congratulations, golfers!

Two different groups from Garrigan are bound for national competition this summer. June 10 - 13 the quiz bowl team will travel to Chicago for the National Academic Championships. This is the Bears' eighth trip to nationals, and their fourth consecutive appearance in the 21st Century. The team recently learned their schedule in Chicago. They'll be playing six games against tough competitors from places like New York, Ohio, Kansas, and New Mexico. Recent graduate Matt Courtney will be the Golden Bear's captain at nationals. Backing him up are teammates Jacob Richter, Anthony McGuire, Gavin Freking, Jacob Hellman, and Jeff Lappe. Good luck at nationals, quiz bowl!

Right after the quiz bowl team returns home, Garrigan's health occupations group will head to the national HOSA competition in Nashville. HOSA stands for the Health Occupations Student Association, and Garrigan competes as part of a group sponsored by Iowa Lakes Community College. Sarah Funk, Alicia Miller, Kayla Reding, Elizabeth Erdman, Jennifer Miller, Katie Buscher, and Anna Bormann all qualified for national HOSA. Good luck to them in their competition!

Also in June, a group of BGHS Spanish students will be flying to sunny Spain. Spanish teacher Linda Peterson is supervising the trip, which will take the students to Madrid, Barcelona, and the resort island of Mallorca. Many juniors and seniors are part of this trip, and they all are looking forward to a fun time.

The big activities of the summer are baseball and softball. While the Golden Bear baseball team has lost a lot of key players, they still should be a threat to vie for yet another conference championship. The Bears open their season at home next Monday against Estherville. They follow that up on Tuesday by hosting North Kossuth. The big CYO tournament will be June 4th and 5th at Carroll, and playoffs begin July 11th. The standard starting time for baseball games is 5:30pm, and we urge everyone to come on out and support the Bears!

The softball team will be returning a lot of key players and is looking for an improved season this year. They start their season at Algona High right after Memorial Day, on May 31st. Then they start out June with home games against Humboldt, Woden-Crystal Lake-Titonka, and Clear Lake. The girls CYO tournament will also be June 4th and 5th, and it will also be at Carroll. District softball starts July 18. Good luck all summer long to the Golden Bear softball team!

On our Golden Bear calendar, the state track meet finishes today at Drake Stadium in Des Moines. Monday baseball season begins, with the Bears hosting Estherville in a varsity doubleheader.

We'll have final tests Monday and Tuesday, with a special schedule. Don't be surprised to see high school kids around town during periods they don't have tests.

Baseball action continues on Tuesday, with the Bears hosting West Bend/Mallard. Thursday the baseball team plays at North Kossuth, and Friday they travel to Spencer.

State golf is next Friday and Saturday, and then on Memorial Day the Solid Gold Marching Band will participate in the holiday festivities here in Algona.

June brings national quiz bowl and HOSA and the Spanish trip to Europe, plus CYO baseball and softball. Many Garrigan students will be participating in the Adam Sundall Memorial Run on Founder's Day, June 25.

Baseball and softball playoffs are in July, and we hope the Golden Bears advance down the playoff road. Then in August fall sports practices begin. Before you know it, the calendar will say August 23rd, and we'll be starting another school year.

Before we go we'd like to thank all the thirty-plus students who helped out with the show this year. Thanks also to our faculty producer, David Burrow. Thanks to KLGA and to the sponsors who make this show possible. And thanks especially to all of you for tuning in each week. We hope to be back with more "Bear Facts" shows in the fall, bringing you all the news from Bishop Garrigan High School.

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