November 23, 2019

Good morning! I’m Meredith Tigges!

I’m Abbi Heying!

And I’m Reese Rosenmeyer! You’re listening to the “Bear Facts”. Happy Thanksgiving from everyone here at Bishop Garrigan High School!

Last Saturday Garrigan hosted the Top of Iowa Conference quiz bowl tournament. We told you on last week’s show that the travelling trophy for conference quiz bowl has never left our school, and we kept it at Garrigan this year. The team of Alex Mammen, Grant Bormann, Abbi Heying, Meredith Tigges, and Garrett Heying had a perfect 7 – 0 record and racked up more than 2000 points. They defeated Nashua—Plainfield and Mason City Newman in playoffs to win the overall championship.

Basketball season is about to start, and it should be a very exciting year for the Bears. The boys starters are likely to include junior Angelo Winkel and seniors John Joyce, Cade Winkel, Marcus Plathe, and Cameron Baade. Senior Andrew Arndorfer and junior Kyle Schaaf will be the first guys off the bench. That should give the Bears a height advantage even at positions like point guard.

Other junior boys in basketball include Kellen Murphy, Kyphus Goche, Joe Meis, and Isaiah Plathe. Younger team members include Grant Haugland, Hollis Bode, Joey Schumacher, Jacob Leerar, Cal Birkey, Nate Bronk, Drew Fogarty, Ryan Noonan, Nathan Merron, Matt Kollasch, Jack Grandgenett, and Aidan Hovey. The boys are coming off state appearance last year, and they’re hoping to return to Des Moines in 2020.

The girls basketball team features a dedicated group of talented seniors. They include Emma Fogarty, Maddie Meister, Amanda Miller, Katie Noonan, Emma Hamilton, and Jenna Heinen. Key juniors include Kaylyn Meyers, Reese Rosenmeyer, Gracie Elsbecker, Kelly Baade, and Anna Berke.

The sophomores in girls basketball are Maryanne Capesius, Meredith Tigges, Ella Muller, Mya Kemna, Veronica Capesius, Ava Eisenbarth, and Emma Grandgenett. We’re expecting big games from freshman Audi Crooks. Rounding out the team are her classmates Grace Winkelman, Maggie Vaske, Molly Joyce, and Ashlyn Hovey. Good luck all season long, BGHS basketball!

The Golden Bear volleyball team held their awards potluck earlier this month. One of the things they celebrated was Maddie Meister’s new career record for most digs. Maddie shared first team all-conference honors with Katie Noonan, while Emma Fogarty, Gracie Elsbecker, and Mackenzie Meister also made all-conference teams, All five of those girls made the all-area volleyball team, and Emma and Maddie also won All-CYO honors. Emma Fogarty was also an academic all-state honoree.

Gracie Elsbecker ad Katie Noonan were MVPs on offense, while Emma Fogarty and Maddie Meister were the defensive MVPs. Audi Crooks and Emma Grandgenett were the most improved players, Mackenzie Meister and Reese Rosenmeyer won the Hustle Award, and Amanda Miller received the coaches award. The “Fire in Your Belly” award went to Emma Fogarty, and the team spirit honor was shared by Kaylyn Meyers and Tara Kron. Congratulations to all the volleyball honorees!

Rehearsals are starting for large group speech. Fifty Garrigan students are involved in speech this year, and they’ll be preparing at least five events for district contest in January. Performances will include the one-act play A Mad Breakfast, the readers’ theatre A Guide to the Teenage Zone, the choral reading Thidwick, the Big-Hearted Moose, the ensemble acting selection The Committee Meeting, and a group improvisation. David Burrow and Renetta Seiler are this year’s large group speech coaches. Best wishes to them and to the whole speech team.

For about the last two decades we’ve begun the Thanksgiving season at Garrigan with a special mass honoring all the alumni from our school who have died. This year’s memorial mass will be next Wednesday at 9am in Friedmann Auditorium. All the current Garrigan students will be there, and we also invite community members—especially the families of the former students we are remembering.

Our Senior Spotlight this week shines on Katie Noonan. We already read Katie’s name twice this week as part of the basketball team and for volleyball awards. This Algona native’s other activities include student council, speech, track, and softball. Away from school you might see her working as a lifeguard. Katie plans to go to college next year, and she plans a career in the medical field.

Because of the Thanksgiving holiday, we have two weeks of events on our Golden Bear calendar. This weekend there’s a Search retreat at Garrigan sponsored by the Diocese of Sioux City.

Tuesday the girls basketball team begins their regular season with a big game at Ft. Dodge St. Edmond.

Wednesday morning we’ll have the memorial mass for deceased alumni. We’ll dismiss at 2:15 Wednesday afternoon for the Thanksgiving holiday.

There’s no school next Thursday or Friday, and Advent begins on Sunday, December 1. We’ll have a special service to begin the holiday season Monday morning.

Monday night, December 2, the boys basketball team will travel to St. Ed’s. Then on Tuesday te 3rd there’s a basketball quad with both the boys and girls playing at Belmond.

There’s no school on Wednesday, December 4, because of a special inservice on youth mental health for teachers. Finally, next Thursday and Friday are the state dance championships in Des Moines.

That’s the “Bear Facts” for November. We’ll be off next week because of the Thanksgiving holiday, but be sure to join us again in two weeks for more news from Bishop Garrigan High School.