The Bear Facts ... August 25, 2007

Good morning! I'm Gina Rasmussen!

And I'm Melanie Meyers! You're listening to the "Bear Facts". Today we're starting our sixteenth season here on KLGA, bringing you the news each week from Bishop Garrigan High School.

It seems like it was just yesterday when school got out for the spring, but last Tuesday we started up again for the new school year. A lot happened over the summer. The most excitement was probably when the girls golf team won their fourth consecutive state championship. Andrea Richter had a total of 167 at state, to lead the Bears to victory. Other scores from the two-day event include Alyssa Gisch with 172, Mandy Kohlhaas with 177, Ashley Beisch with 187, Anna Bormann with 191, and Laura O'Kane with 201. During their trip to state they got to meet both Governor Culver and Masters champion Zach Johnson. Congratulations to the latest version of the Golden Bear girls golf dynasty.

The Golden Bear baseball team got off to a slow start, but they picked things up as the season went along. They ended up with an 18 - 15 record on the season and finished as the runner-up in the tough North Central Conference, behind Eagle Grove. Letterwinners in baseball include seniors Adam Finley, Brian Capesius, Chris Scobba, Nick Reding, Chris Cassmann, and Scott Kollasch, as well as Alex Elbert, Brett Capesius, Brian Patterson, Ben Golwitzer, Christopher Schmidt, Chris Gelhaus, Dylan Freking, Kyle Smith, and Jack Bradley.

Brian Capesius was named MVP for the 2007 baseball team. Adam Finley and Ben Golwitzer won the Golden Bear Pride award. Alex Elbert and Scott Kollasch were the top offensive players, while Chris Cassmann and Chris Scobba were honored for best defense. Chris Gelhaus, Jack Bradley, and Kyle Smith were the most improved players, and Nick Reding was named outstanding pitcher. Brian Capesius won all-district and all-CYO honors, and six Golden Bears received all-Conference awards.

In softball the Bears finished with a 9 - 9 conference record and went 17 - 19 overall. Maria Kohlhaas won the MVP honors, Brittany Pfeffer was named "Big Hitter", Marisa Spain received the Golden Glove, Holly Byrkeland was the Hardest Worker, Katrina Even and Rebecca Brosnan were the Most Improved Players, Amber Broesder won the Coach's Award, and Kelly Klein was Pitcher of the Year. Congratulations to Coach Wendi Meister and the softball team!

Back in July the Golden Bear danz squad attended a special camp at UNI. In addition to perfecting their skills and learning more about dance, the team also won some prestigious awards, Garrigan won the Technical Excellence Award for their outstanding dance skill. The girls also received the Spirit Award as the group most admired by the other teams at camp. Their home routine, "Push It", won a superior rating from the judges. Danz squad members Emily Behr, Stephanie Kollasch, Christina Richter, Danielle Rahm, Meghan Mayer, Kaula Schiltz, Becca Molsberry, Tayler Brandenburg, and Hanna Bode all won individual honors at camp. Congratulations to Coach Colleen Conway-Schiltz and all the danz squad!

Spanish teacher Linda Peterson took a large group of students to Spain this past summer. In spite of unseasonably cold weather and putting up with petty crime, everyone had a great time on the trip. Mrs. Peterson said this was an easy group to travel with, and she was pleased with how well everyone used their Spanish. Those in the group enjoyed the fun and variety of everything Spain has to offer.

With recent flooding the football field isn't in the best of condition, but when you come to Conway Field this fall, you'll find the football bleachers are better than new. For improved safety and better durability, the whole seating area has been re-built with treated wood. Spectators will now enjoy a solid floor and vinyl seat covers. We'd like to thank the all the workers who donated hundreds of man-hours to this project.

There are three new faces on the Garrigan faculty this fall, more new teachers than we've had in several years. In the music department Ken Ferjak is the new band director, while his wife Linda Ferjak will be working with the Garrigan choir. The Ferjaks live in Forest City and have many years of experience working in Iowa schools. The other new staff member is Erin Miller, who is teaching English classes and helping organize the library. Erin is married to Garrigan alumnus Scot Miller, and last year she did a student teaching internship at our school. Welcome to all our new teachers!

Our Senior Spotlight this week shines on Carrie Courtney. Here to tell you about her is D.J. Thompson.

We always begin the year in our Senior Spotlights by saluting our Student Council leaders. One of our co-presidents this year is Carrie Courtney. Carrie is an Algona native who has made multiple trips to state in cross-country. She's also active in basketball, track, speech, and band. Away from school she enjoys reading, running, and watching movies. Carrie will be off to college next fall, and we wish her the very best in the future.

Thanks, D.J.! On our Golden Bear calendar this week, there's the North Central Conference volleyball scrimmage today in Clarion. Then tomorrow from 8:30 to 12:30 the football cheerleaders will hold a Belgian waffle breakfast at the Rochleau Center.

Tuesday the Student Council holds their first meeting of the year. That night the cross-country team begins their season running at Mason City Newman. Also on Tuesday the volleyball team hosts Estherville.

Wednesday we'll have the election for freshman class president. On Thursday the freshmen vote for their class representatives. Then Friday the annual calendar drive begins.

Friday night football season begins, with the Bears hosting Alta. The cross-country team will be serving root beer floats at the game. Finally on Saturday the volleyball team plays in the Algona tournament.

That's our first "Bear Facts" for the 2007 - 2008 school year. Thanks for tuning in, and be sure to join us every week for all the news from Bishop Garrigan High School.

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