March 24, 2018

Good morning! I’m Megan Wadle!

I’m Ben Degen!

I’m Sam Trainer!

And I’m Caitlin Thilges! Thanks for joining us for the “Bear Facts”, where we’re finishing up Lent and getting ready for Easter here at Bishop Garrigan High School.

You’ve got one more chance to see the BGHS spring play, The Cases of Sherlock Holmes. The final show will be tonight at 7:00 in Friedmann Auditorium, and tickets are just $5. Sam Vaske plays Sherlock Holmes in the play, and Tommy Kollasch is Dr. Watson. More than twenty other Garrigan students star in the show, many of them playing multiple roles. Be sure to come over to Garrigan tonight and see The Cases of Sherlock Holmes.

Last week the Garrigan quiz bowl team hosted their eighth annual community quiz bowl tournament. The event was a huge success. Eighteen teams participated, and the team raised $470 to help pay their expenses at the National Academic Championships in Orlando this summer. Dr. Tony Trainer was the captain of the winning team. Also earning top honors were Luke Snyder, Jonathan Chambers, Pete Waltz, and Al Laubenthal. Congratulations to them, and thanks to everyone who helped out with the community quiz bowl.

A week ago we hosted our annual pickleball tournament at Garrigan. Fourteen pairs of students competed in the double-elimination event. It was a hard-fought competition, with several tough contenders. In the end, though, the coveted jars of pickles went to Drake Buscherfeld and Tristan Ferguson. Congratulations to them!

2017-18 was a record-breaking season for Bishop Garrigan girls basketball at Garrigan.  On their way to the state tournament, the Golden Bear team set new school records for most 3-pointers in a game (14) and in a season (164).  Jenna Boelter broke the season and career records for 3-pointers made and set the new individual scoring record, with 1,520 career points.  Jenna also shattered the career steals record, with 265.  Grace McGuire also broke the record for highest season free throw percentage, making 84% of her attempts from the stripe.

Jenna Boelter was named Most Valuable Player for the Golden Bears.  Katie Noonan was the Most Improved Player, Grace McGuire won the Teammate Award, and Emma Fogarty received the Fire In Your Belly Honor.  Jenna Boelter was a first-team all-conference selection, Kaylyn Meyers made second team, and Grace McGuire was an all-conference honorable mention.  Jenna and Kaylyn also earned all-area awards.  Jenna Boelter also was named first team all-district and then first team all-state. 

Letterwinners for the Bears include eight seniors, three sophomores, and one freshmen.  Jenna Boelter, Whitney Hovey, Grace McGuire, Caitlin THilges, Alisa Altman, Livia Miller, Emory Miller, Megan Wadle, Maddie Meister, Katie Noonan, Emma Fogarty, and Kaylyn Meyers all lettered for the Bears.  Congratulations on a great season, girls basketball!

Track season begins next week.  The Bears will start their season Wednesday with the CYO Meet at Buena Vista University in Storm Lake.  There are three returning seniors on the boys track team:  state veteran Drake Buscherfeld and also Ben Degen and John Zeimet.  Key younger guys on the track team include Brad Capesius, T.J. Schnurr, John Capesius, John Meis, Tristan Ferguson, Sam Vaske, and Marcus Plathe.
The girls track team has a big group of returning seniors, including multiple state medalist Caitlin Thilges. Other returning seniors are Alisa Altman, Jenna Boelter, Megan Wadle, Livia Miller, Gigi Byrkeland, Isabelle Davis, Emory Miller, Aubrey McEnroe, Olivia Hall, and Isabelle Davis. Good luck to the seniors and all the other members of the girls track team!
 Because it’s a busy news week, we’re going to skip over our Senior Spotlight this week, and due to the Easter holiday we’ll have two weeks of events on our Golden Bear calendar. It starts today, when it’s closing night for the spring play, The Cases of Sherlock Holmes.

Also today groups are working on packaging for Parish Families Against Hunger. Tomorrow is Palm Sunday, and also tomorrow a large group of music students will be heading to St. Louis.

CCCCC: Monday Caltlin Thilges and Sam Vaske will be performing at the All-State Speech Festival in Cedar Falls. Sam Trainer will also be honored at the event. That night there’s a financial aid meeting for seniors and their families.

Tuesday night the girls compete in the Algona Early Bird track meet. Wednesday we’ll celebrate living stations of the cross, and we’ll dismiss early that afternoon for the holiday.

There’s the CYO track meet on Wednesday. There’s no school Thursday, Friday, or Monday as we’ll be celebrating the Easter holiday. 

Monday, April 2, golf starts with a coed meet at Belmond with the Bears facing Belmond—Klemme and Eagle Grove. Then on Tuesday, April 3, there’s girls track at Clear Lake.

We’ll have a school mass on Wednesday the 4th. Thursday the 5th there’s girls track at Eagle Grove, and Friday the 6th there’s a golf meet at Emmetsburg.

There’s boys track at Garrigan on Friday, April 5th, and also that night there’s the preview party for Gala 2018.
That’s the “Bear Facts” for March. We’ll be off next Saturday because of the Easter holiday, but be sure to join us again two weeks from today for more news from Bishop Garrigan High School.