The Bear Facts

April 25, 1998

Good morning! I'm Ruby Bode!

I'm Beth Haag!

I'm Jenni Krieps!

And I'm Sadie Kohlhaas! Welcome to another episode of the "Bear Facts". A big "hello" to all of you from all of us at Bishop Garrigan High School.

The Golden Bear girls' track team made history last week, when for the first time in fifteen years they were the undisputed champions at a track meet. It all happened last Tuesday, when the girls won the Cardinal Relays at Garner, taking first place with a total of 165 points. Carrie Kohlhaas finished second in the shot put, while in the 3000-meter run Ruby Bode was first and Marian Studer was second. Jenny McAlpine, Nicole Erpelding, Heather Stence, and Sadie Kohlhaas took the gold in the four by 800-meter relay; while Deanna Hellman, Mary Beth Stence, Lynne Lappe, and Ruby Bode came out on top in the distance medley.

Angie Froehlich was first in the high jump, while Lisa Boekelman was the champion in the long jump. In the four by 200 relay, Liz DeWaard, Deanna Hellman, Katie Vaske, and Lisa Boekelman finished at the front of the pack. Heather Stence was first and Sadie Kohlhaas was second in the 800 meter run. Deanna Kohlhaas, Mandy Roethler, Kelly Kunkel, and Jenny McAlpine ended up second in the sprint medley. In the 1500-meter run Angie Kohlhaas was first and Jenessa McGuire was second. Finally, in the four by 400 relay, Jill Erpelding, Annie Potthoff, Liz DeWaard, and Lisa Boekelman brought home another gold for the Bears. Congratulations to the firls on a great team victory!

The boys' track team has also been doing well lately. At the Spirit Lake Relays last week, Adam Sundall added to the success he had in cross-country by finishing first in both the 1600 and 3200-meter runs. Adam also won the Van Vorhis Travelling Trophy for the best time in the mile, the first time in a generation that a Garrigan runner has taken that prize. The medley relay with John Mosbach, Mike Cowan, Phil Kramer, and Adam Sundall, an their best time of the season to finsih second overall at Spirit Lake. Congratulations to these runners and to the whole boys' track team!

This past month several Garrigan athletes participated in the National Athletic Testing Program, which ranks how their skills compare with high school athletes nationwide. As a group the Bears ranked well above the national average. They did especially well in upper body power and in speed. On the girls' side, junior Abbey Studer ended up in the top ten percent of all athletes around the Midwest.

The boys did even better. Seven Golden Bear football players ended up in the top ten percent of all athletes who took the NATP test. Tops overall was sophomore John Mosbach, followed closely by freshman Brad Nelson. Other elite athletes among our Golden Bears are sophomores Eric Eischen and Eric Becker; and juniors Paul Richter, Jake Sutter, and Phil Kramer. Congratulations to all these top-ranking Golden Bears!

Next week we'll be having elections at Garrigan for the 1998-99 student council. Two pairs of candidates are running to be co-presidents of the student council. The first is Liz DeWaard and Andrew Brunsen. They'll be running against Jeremy Bartolo and Joe Lucas. The loser of that election will go against Katie Reding and Melanie McGuire for president of the senior class. Whoever loses that election will be competing for class representative, against Mike Reel and Doug Besch.

There's some stiff competition in the Class of 2000, where Eric Becker and Pam Kramer are running against Ed Elbert and Jason Geving, Tyler Struck and Corrie Stetzel, and Louie Bode and Mindy Erpelding for class president. The losers will face Nate Frideres for representative. In the Class of 2001, there's a three-way race for president, with Ben Lickteig and Steve Courtney running against Heather Stence and Lori Elsbecker, and also Brad Nelson and Scott McGuire. The losers of the presidential election will take on Scott Black in the race for sophomore class representative. We'll fill you in on who all the winners are on next week's show.

This weekend is a special time for most of the juniors at Garrigan. They're part of around ninety area students who are being confirmed as full members of the Catholic Church. Bishop Daniel DiNardo is in Algona this weekend for Confirmation, 1998. He will be presiding at special ceremonies in Whittemore, St. Joe, and Algona. This year's confirmation is especially significant for Sister Janet Stelken, who has been in charge of te confirmation program for nearly a decade. This will be Sister's last year as head of confirtion, since next year she'll be off to Dubuque where she'll be heading up the Sisters of the Presentation. Congratulations to Sister Janet and to all of this year's confirmation candidates.

Our Senior Spotlight this week shines on Jill Erpelding, an Algona native whose main activity is dance. She has won individual honors for her work, as well as helping lead the Golden Bear danz squad to success. Now that the drill team season is over, Jill keeps busy in track. You heard us say her name earlier as one of the medalists on the championship girls' track team. Jill plans to attend college next yer, and we wish her all the best in the future.

On our Golden Bear calendar, there's confirmation this weekend in the area parishes. Monday the a capella choir will be performing in West Bend and the golf teams play Iowa Falls.

Tuesday the boys' track team runs at Estherville, while the girls will be running at Forest City. There's a pre-kindergarten music program at Seton Tuesday night.

Wednesday we'll be voting for student council president. That night the golf teams play Humboldt, and the girls' track team runs at Humboldt.

Next Thursday we'll have the class president election. We'll be dismissing at 12:45 on Thursday for a teacher in-service. Also on Thursday the student council will be doing their adopt-a-highway project in Sexton.

Friday we'll vote for class representatives. That night the boys' track team runs at Hampton/Dumont, while the golf teams take on Eagle Grove. Then next Saturday, it's time to board the Ship of Dreams for Prom Night, 1998.

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

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