The Bear Facts
March 24, 2007



Good morning! I'm Lee Brashear!

And I'm Colby Krieps! Welcome once again to the "Bear Facts", your weekly radio show from Bishop Garrigan High School.


Last Saturday the Golden Bear speech team went over to Sibley for the state individual speech contest. The Bears had a good day overall, but it was an especially good day for junior Dylan Freking. Dylan learned Monday that his prose selection, "Blue Like Jazz", had earned him an Outstanding Performer citation and a place at the All-State Speech Festival. Dylan will perform at all-state on Monday, April 2nd, around 2:15 at the Maucker Union at UNI. Congratulations to Dylan on earning the highest honor in speech.

Besides Dylan, six other Garrigan performers earned Division One or "excellent" ratings at state contest. In Prose Rebecca Brosnan earned a one with "Detention", Sam Norland for his selection "The Three Codependent Goats Gruff", Rebeccah Erdman with "The Waltz", and Cassie Reising for reading "I Fall in Love". JoAnn Kirsch earned a one rating in Storytelling with "Sloppy Kisses", and Brittany Berte got an excellent rating in Literary Program for "Politically Correct". In addition four students-Becca Kramer, Holly Byrkeland, Chris Loebach, Jenna Richter, and Kendra Plathe-received Division Two or "good" ratings at state. Congratulations to all these speech students and to coaches Mary McCall and Sarah Freking.


Last Sunday we finished the regular season of intramural basketball, with two more lopsided games that gave the players a chance to pad their stats. When the playoff bracket was announced, Adam Finley's team got the top seed with an 8 - 0 record. Nick Berte's team is the #2 seed, with a 6 - 2 record. The third and fourth seeds went to Mike Mergen's and David Miller's teams, both of which had 2 - 6 records on the season.

Adam Finley managed to rack up 164 points during eight games of intramural play. His senior teammates Tony Rouse and Chris Cassmann were second and third on the scoring list, with 159 and 152 points. Also scoring over 100 points on the season were Chris Gelhaus, Chris Scobba, Ben Golwitzer, Shane Koob, and Jack Bradley. Rounding out the top ten players were Nick Berte with 99 points and Mike Mergen with 91. Thirty-six players participated in intramurals this year, and the scoring went down to Jacob Zittritch with 8 points and Luke McCall with a single three-pointer for the season.


Tonight is your last chance to catch the Garrigan spring play "It Was a Dark and Stormy Night". Jenna Richter and Holly Byrkeland are assisting director Mark DeLange as stage mangers, and Brent Kajewski and Jacob Zittritsch are in charge of sound. The cast includes JoAnn Kirsch, Ashli Kreips, Garrison Brosnan, Meghan Mayer, Allison Missal, and Rebeccah Erdman; as well as Cassie Reising, Dylan Freking, Chris Loebach, Michelle Kollasch, Rachel Byrkeland, Shane Koob, Sam norland, and Rebecca Brosnan. The cast members say this should be a surprising show with a good story line and a twist at the end. The curtain goes up at 7:30 tonight in Friedmann Auditorium, and we encourage everyone to be there to see the show.


Golf season is here. The Golden Bear girls are hoping for another state championship in 2007. Seniors Anna Bormann, Laura O'Kane, Alyssa Gisch, and Andrea Richter should be at the core of this year's team, together with juniors like Abby Greg, Taryn Vitzthum, and Melissa Cruise. Rounding out the girls team are sophomores Ashley Beisch, Mandy Kohlhaas, and Kristina Schiltz.

On the boys side, prospects to start varsity include senior Logan Wood; juniors Ben Golwitzer, our very own Colby Krieps, Chris Lanus, and Nick Berte; sophomores Brad Richter and Jimmy Geelan; and freshman Brandon Doughan. Others to watch include seniors Alex Elbert and Alex Bradley; juniors Brent Kajewski, Nick Kirsch, and Garret Elbert; sophomore Alex Dodds; and freshmen Bryan Berte, Elijah Gelhaus, Luke McCall, Jordan Springer, Austin Wolf, Tyler Gregg, and Mike Mergen. Good luck throughout the season to the golf teams!


Our Senior Spotlight this week shines on Amanda Cruise and Brittany Pfeffer. Here with the details on them is Elisabeth Mary Kollasch.

You may have seen Amanda Cruise working at K-Mart or at Johnny's in Wesley. She's in a lot of tough classes, and her school activities include band and quiz bowl. After high school Amanda plans to major in interior design at Briar Cliff. We wish her all the best in the future.

Brittany Pfeffer was a varsity starter in basketball, and she also excels at softball and volleyball. She works at the Algona YMCA, and she also does odd jobs like mowing lawns and cleaning. After graduating she plans to enter a radiology program. Good luck, Brittany!


Thanks, Elisabeth Mary Kollasch! On our Golden Bear calendar, tonight is the final performance of the Garrigan spring play. Show time is 7:30pm. Tomorrow and Monday we'll have tryouts for next year's danz squad.

Tuesday is the Iowa Lakes business competition in Emmetsburg. Several Garrigan students will be among those competing. Friday and Saturday there's an alumni basketball tournament.

Next Saturday the quiz bowl team travels to Boone and most of the band and choir students will be in Garner for the state solo and ensemble music contest.


That's the "Bear Facts" for another week. Thanks for tuning in, and be sure to set your dial here next week for more news from Bishop Garrigan High School.


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