February 22, 2020

Good morning! I’m Gracie Elsbecker!

I’m Kyle Schaaf!

And I’m Anna Berke! Thanks for joining us for the “Bear Facts”, the weekly radio update from Bishop Garrigan High School.

Tomorrow is a big day for thirteen Garrigan students. They’ll be competing at the state DECA conference in Des Moines. DECA is an international organization that prepares leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, management, and hospitality. There has been a DECA group at Garrigan for the past three years, and even though we’re one of the smallest schools to participate, we’ve still been very successful.

This year Anna Berke, Gracie Elsbecker, Joe Meis, and Kyle Schaaf will all be competing in Travel and Tourism Marketing, Management, and Decision-Making, Mya Kemna will participate in Sports and Entertainment Marketing. Riley Rosenmeyer is entered in Human Resource Management, and Cade Winkel and Amanda Thilges are in the Accounting Applications competition.

Reese Rosenmeyer will be part of the Apparel and Accessories Marketing series. Grayson Rowlet, Kellen Murphy, Aric Laubenthal, and Noah Bronk are all in the Hospitality Services Management Decision Making contest, and Anna Berke, Reese Rosenmeyer, and Gracie Elsbecker are entered in Community Giving. Good luck to coaches Stephany Plathe, Erin Miller, and Christy Peterson and the whole DECA team!

As we predicted on last week’s show, the Golden Bear basketball teams have been progressing rapidly through playoffs. The boys had a bye in the first round of districts, and Thursday they cruised to an easy win over Storm Lake St. Mary’s by a final score of 83 – 37. Seniors Cade Winkel, John Joyce, Andrew Arndorfer, Marcus Plathe, and Cameron Baade are at the core of this year’s team. 6’9” center Angelo Winkel has been solid all season, and fellow juniors Kyle Schaaf, Kellen Murphy, Isaiah Plathe, Joseph Meis, and Kyphus Goche are also big contributers.

The boys will host the district semi-final next Tuesday, when they’ll take on St. Edmond. A win there will advance them to the district championship Thursday at Pocahontas, most likely against Newell—Fonda. The substate game, most likely vs. South O’Brien, will be next Saturday night at Spencer. Good luck in playoffs to Coach Mark Meister and the Golden Bear boys.

The Golden Bear girls have also been progressing well in regional play. They also had a first round bye, and then they beat Mason City Newman by a score of 81 – 29 last Tuesday. We had to record this show before the game they hosted last night, but we’re betting they got a win over AGWSR. That would advance them to the regional championship next Wednesday in Webster City.

Freshmen Audi Crooks and Molly Joyce have been the standouts for the Golden Bear girls. The playoff roster also features seniors Katie Noonan, Madison Meister, Amanda Miller, and Emma Fogarty; juniors Kaylyn Meyers, Reese Rosenmeyer, Kelly Baade, Anna Berke, and Gracie Elsbecker. Sophomores on the team include Emma Grandgenett, Ella Muller, and Meredith Tigges; and freshman Ashlyn Hovey is also on the playoff roster. Good luck throughout playoffs to Coach Brandon Schwab and the girls basketball team!

It’s just one week now until district individual speech contest. Coach David Burrow has been busy rehearsing fifteen different entries. Jordan Hansen, Ava Eisenbarth, and Abbi Heying will be competing in Literary Program; while Joe Trainer and Noah Bronk are entered in Solo Musical Theatre. Jenna Heinen, Ava Eisenbarth, and Savannah Waechter will be competing in Prose, and Marguerite Fakler and Meredith Illg are in the Poetry competition.

Abbi Heying is entered in Reviewing, Jack Snyder will be competing in Radio News Announcing, Marguerite Fakler has been preparing an Acting scene, and Riley Rosenmeyer is part of the Spontaneous Speaking competition. District contest will be one week from today down in Manson.

This week’s Senior Spotlight shines on Andrew Arndorfer. Andrew is hoping for a return trip to state basketball next month, and he’d also like to return to the state golf tournament this spring. Andrew also plays baseball, he is part of the Leadership Algona program, and he helps maintain the school website. Away from school you may have seen him working at Emerald’s. Andrew will be off to college next year, and he hopes to continue playing golf after high school. Good luck, Andrew!

On our Golden Bear calendar, there’s a jazz choir contest in Spirit Lake today. Then tomorrow and Monday there’s state DECA in Des Moines.

Girls track practice starts on Monday. Then Tuesday we’ll be hosting the boys basketball semi-finals here at Garrigan. Wednesday is the girls regional final at Webster City.

Thursday the boys should be playing their district championship game in Pocahontas. Friday we’ll have the pops concert, and then next Saturday there’s district individual speech contest in Manson and the boys substate game in Spencer.

That’s the “Bear Facts” for another week. Thanks for tuning in, and be sure to catch the show next week, when we hope to have more good basketball news from Bishop Garrigan High School.