The Bear Facts
May 21, 2011

Good morning! I’m Philip Detrick!

And I’m Matthew Fakler! Thanks for joining us for our final “Bear Facts” this season, where school is out at Bishop Garrigan High School.

Most of us at Garrigan took our last semester tests on Wednesday. We’ve cleaned out our lockers and packed things up for the summer. Even with a lot of snow days, school is out fairly early this spring. That’s because we started earlier than ever last August, and there were also multiple days during the year when Garrigan and Seton had school but other area schools were off. We didn’t like it at the time, but now that school’s out we’re going to enjoy sleeping in.

The seniors finished up their classes two weeks ago, and last weekend was graduation. There was an empty chair among the senior boys this year honoring their deceased classmate Sean Beisch. A scholarship fund has been set up in Sean’s memory, and this year Sean’s good friends Andrew Behr, Jacob Behr, and Andrew Schiltz were awarded that scholarship.

The Sean Beisch scholarship is just a small part of the hundreds of thousands of dollars in scholarship money that Garrigan seniors were awarded. Another new scholarship this year was the Nano Nagle Scholarship, which honors the founder of the Sisters of the Presentation. Sr. Janet Goetz presented this award to Stephanie Kajewski. Other new scholarships honored Evelyn Froehlich Davidson and Chris Miller. Receiving those honors were Kelsie Berke, Jake Rosenmeyer, and Katie Miller.

Among the most prestigious awards at graduation is the Rotary Club’s Service Above Self Award, which this year went to Zach Zittritsch. Jake Rosenmeyer won the Bar Association Citizenship Award. Both Jake and Anna Kollasch were recognized for their thousands of hours of volunteer service, and Anna earned a gold medal for her active participation in every type of school activity.

State track is this weekend. The Golden Bear girls qualified for state in the 3000-meter run, the 400-meter hurdles, and the 4 x 100 and distance medley relays. Running for the girls are Erin Reedy, Addison Miller, Nicole Behr, Mallory Bormann, Chelsi Lanus, and Aubrie Meyers. On the boys side, the 200-meter dash, the shot put, and the 4 x 100 and 4 x 200 relays all qualified for state. Representing the boys are Mitch Rahm, Shawn Vaske, Kevin Elbert, Jacob Behr, Adam Hamilton, Grant Reding, and Zach Keith. Way to go, track!

The new Garrigan target-shooting team has had a good season. The marksmen took home a third place trophy from the Algona meet last weekend. The Golden Bear team includes Luke Eischen, Jason Reding, Grace Steil, Dustin Jorgensen, Darwin Cole, Morgan Muller, Dillon Walker, Conner Langerman, and Vanessa Dodds. Congratulations, shooters!

The golf teams have also been doing well. Coach Dean Capesius has had great seasons from both the Golden Bear boys and girls. The boys won their sectional last week, and Andrew, Billy, and Brandon Schiltz had three of the four best scores in the meet. Their district meet was yesterday in Spencer. Meanwhile the girls had a commanding victory in their district meet. Their score of 337 beat the second place team by more than 100 strokes. The top five scores were all Golden Bears: Sheridan Berte, Alexa Capesius, Kelsie Berke, Rebecca Richter, and Haley Froehlich. Nice job, golfers!

Summer sports are here. The baseball team begins their season Monday with a doubleheader against Estherville. Father Victor Raemaker will throw out the first pitch, and there will be a reception honoring his fifty years in the priesthood. This year’s Golden Bear baseball team features returning senior Kevin Elbert and juniors Alex Boisjolie, Austin Vaske, Grant Reding, Zach Keith, and Eli Marlow.

The biggest group in baseball are sophomores. They include John Burns, Adam Hamilton, Jake Kollasch, Jason Reding, Bobby Plathe, Elliot Boisjolie, Alex Matthews, Dustin Miller, and Andrew McGuire. Rounding out Coach Rob and Gene Meister’s team are freshmen Michael Berke and Connor Garman.

The softball team has two returning seniors: McKayla Loss and Alicia Richter. Juniors Emily Bell, Abbey Reding, and Addison Miller will be backing them up, as will sophomores Jamie Baumann, Hannah Byrkeland, and Janet Kenyon. Coach Wendi Meister’s team also includes freshmen Morgan Muller, Aisha Miller, Taylor Hovey, Kara Eischen, Krisgin Condoleon, Sabrina Book, Courtney Blocker, and Nicole Behr. Good luck all summer long, softball and baseball!

The biggest activity coming up in the near future is the quiz bowl team’s twelfth trip to the National Academic Championships. They’ll head out next Thursday morning for the long trip down to New Orleans. The competition is at Loyola University. And the Bears will play six preliminary games against some of the top teams in the country.

Garrigan’s goal this year is to make playoffs at nationals for the first time in school history. With a very experienced team, they have a genuine shot of doing that. The team includes four year national veterans Jake Rosenmeyer and Anna Kollasch; fellow seniors Michael Fakler, Alex Hamilton, and Michael Hellman; junior Philip Detrick; and freshman Levi Bernhard. Good luck at nationals to Coach David Burrow and the quiz bowl team!
On our Golden Bear calendar, state track finishes up today. Monday baseball season opens, with the Bears hosting Estherville. The softball team starts their season on Tuesday at Woden—Crystal Lake—Titonka.

The quiz bowl team leaves for New Orleans on Thursday, and that night is the girls track banquet. Boys state golf starts Friday, with girls state golf the following Tuesday.

The Solid Gold Marching Band will play for the Memorial Day festivities in Algona. Then throughout the summer there will be construction at Garrigan as we prepare for the seventh and eighth graders to move into our building.

We’re all looking forward to summer, but it won’t be long before the school bells start ringing again. Garrigan and Seton will start up on Monday, August 22nd.

That wraps up our nineteenth season of the “Bear Facts”. We want to thank our faculty moderator David Burrow and also Miss Mary McCall and the DARTS organization who provide money for producing our show. Thanks to KLGA for airing it and to all the sponsors who have kept us on the air all these years.

Thanks also to all of you for listening. We’ll be off for the summer, but we hope to be back again on Saturday, August 27, bringing you more news from Bishop Garrigan High School.

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