The Bear Facts ... February 24, 2007

Good morning! I'm Lee Brashear!

And I'm Ashli Krieps! Thanks for joining us for the "Bear Facts", the radio show where we keep you in touch with all the news from Bishop Garrigan High School.

The Golden Bear girls ended a great season last Tuesday with a heartbreaking loss to Southeast Webster in regionals. In spite of the loss the Bears had a great season and a good playoff run. They won the district championship and finished third in a conference made up of larger schools. This was the last basketball season for the Bears' five seniors: Maria Kohlhaas, Kelli Black, Alyssa Gisch, Alicia Miller, and Brittany Pfeffer. Congratulations to them and to all the girls on a great basketball season!

Intramural basketball action is in full swing, and last week we had two exciting come-from-behind victories. The most hotly contested game pitted Nick Berte's juniors against Adam Finley's seniors. The seniors came back from a thirteen-point deficit to beat the juniors by a final score of 42 - 38. Another close game featured two sophomore teams. Chris Hansen's team was leading in the fourth quarter, but David Miller's team came from behind to beat them 38 - 36.

The only stats that are kept in intramurals involve scoring. So far this year seniors Tony Rouse, Chris Scobba, and Chris Cassmann have all scored over 100 points on the season. Adam Finley is close behind with 99, and he's followed by juniors Chris Gelhaus, Ben Golwitzer, Nick Berte, and Shane Koob. Rounding out the top ten are freshman Mike Mergen and sophomore Alec Boeckholt.

At the end of each intramural season we name an All-Intramural Team to honor the top second-rate basketball players in the school. Part of the selection criteria is performance during the season, but another part is an online poll. You can be part of that poll by going to the Garrigan website-garrigan - dot - unlimitedweb - dot - net. Go to the intramural page, and you can click there to cast your ballot. The winners will be announced at the championship game later this season.

After you vote, be sure to check out all the latest changes on the Garrigan website. Mrs. Sarah Freking teaches the Specialized Technology Topics course where students design web pages, and in the past month her students have added or changed more than three hundred pages on the Garrigan website. What makes our website stand out compared to other schools is all the pictures-thousands and thousands of pictures of absolutely everything and everyone around the school. You can see them and everything else on the school website by going to garrigan - dot -unlimitedweb - dot - net.

Lent started this past Wednesday, and it's a time of year when we try to think less about ourselves and more about those in need. Garrigan's Christian Leadership in Action group tries all year round to live out the name of that group, to put their Christian faith into action. This past week several Christian leadership students got up early to head up to the Twin Cities. They spend the day at the Mary's Place mission in downtown Minneapolis where they helped serve lunch to homeless people and helped with food and clothing distributions. That's just one of dozens of service activities Christian Leadership has done throughout the year.

Next weekend Garrigan will be hosting the annual district speech contest. Among Garrigan's entries this year are three acting pieces-Garrison Brosnan with "Is It a Dream", Cassie Reising with "I Fall in Love", and Jenna Richter with "Whose Wedding Is This?" In Storytelling JoAnn Kirsch will be presenting "Sloppy Kisses", Krissy Kohlhaas will present "The Five Chinese Brothers", and Michelle McGuire will tell the story of "Barrington Bunny".

In Poetry Shane Koob will read "The Cremation of Sam McGee", Kendra Plathe is presenting a variation on "Little Red Riding Hood", and Jenna Richter will read "Nellie's Prayer". The Prose category includes Rebeccah Erdman with "The Waltz", Sam Norland with "The Three Codependent Goats Gruff", and Rebecca Brosnan with "Detention". The Bears also have entries in the fields of Improvisation, Literary Program, and Radio News Announcing.

Our Senior Spotlight this week shines on Alex Hilbert. Here to tell you about him is Colby Krieps.

This past week was National FFA Week, so it's appropriate to feature Alex Hilbert this week, because he's one of the few FFA members from Garrigan. Alex is also in 4-H. He enjoys going to school activities and cheering on the Bears. He's a big Iowa State fan, but next year he plans to head to Cedar Rapids where he'll attend Kirkwood Community College. We wish Alex all the best in the future.

Thanks, Colby Joe. On our Golden Bear calendar this week, several Garrigan students are helping out today with the Seton Middle School quiz bowl. Tomorrow intramurals resume and the danz squad will have their spring show.

Monday is the boys' district basketball championship. The big game will be at 7:00 right here at Garrigan.

Thursday we'll have a jeans day for the student gift for Gala 2007. Then next Saturday the math team competes at NIACC and we'll be hosting district speech contest here at Garrigan.

Finally this week we'd like to offer our prayers for all those who are currently fighting in the Middle East-particularly for Garrigan alumnus and Annapolis graduate Mike Reel who just received an assignment in Iraq. Our prayers are with all those who are serving their country overseas.

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

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