October   25,   1997

Good morning! I'm Jenessa McGuire!

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

Who's the best runner in Iowa? If you checked the paper or the Internet for that information last week, you'd have found a kid named Ryan Pence from Eldora-New Providence. Pence was the number one ranked runner, right up until the district cross country meet last Thursday. That's when Garrigan junior Adam Sundall sailed past Pence to win the district championship by nearly half a minute. Adam shattered his own school record at district, running the five-kilometer course in just fifteen minutes, thirty-five seconds. That works out to almost twelve miles an hour--on foot.

No Garrigan student had ever won a cross country meet until this fall, but with his district win Adam chalked up his ninth championship of the year. He'll go for an even ten next Saturday when he'll be the man to beat at the state cross country meet in Fort Dodge. The Golden Bear boys just missed advancing to state as a team. They finished fifth overall out of seventeen teams at district. Senior Brad Frideres was the second Bear across the finish line, ending up in nineteenth place overall. The girls also had an excellent day. Senior Ruby Bode finished in fifteenth place, while freshman Angie Kohlhaas ended up twentieth. Congratulations to our cross country runners!

The Golden Bear volleyball team has also been sailing through districts. The tenth-ranked Bears whipped Twin River Valley last Monday and then beat West Bend/Mallard in three straight on Wednesday. The Bears' next opponent will be the Clarion/Goldfield Cowboys. They'll play at Clarion next Wednesday night. Then--win or lose--they're guaranteed at least one more game in districts. Good luck to Coach Collison and all the volleyball team!

Four BGHS musicians are in Hampton today, tryng out for All-State. The lone band member auditioning for All-State is freshman Angie Kohlhaas. The choir has a more robust representation. Hoping to sing their way into All-State are seniors Ruby Bode and Carrie Kohlhaas and sophomore Wade MacDonald. The All-State Music Festival will be November 21st in Ames, and we hope to see all four Garrigan representatives down there.

Tomorrow more than seventy Garrigan students will be in Carrll for the annual Catholic Youth Rally. The youth rally is a day-long event where young people find out more about themselves, their world, and their God. This year's youth rally theme is "Side by Side", and the program includes sessions on such diverse topics as sportsmanship, date rape, assertiveness, prejudice, and stress. Roughly a third of all the BGHS students will be down in Carroll for the youth rally, and we hope they all have a great time.

The BGHS fall musical is just around the corner. This year the drama and music departments invite you to look over the rainbow as they present that eternal favorite, "The Wizard of Oz". Jenessa McGuire will star as Dorothy, and you'll see Abby Rahm as the Scarecrow, Tyler Struck as the Tin Man, and Louie Bode as the Cowardly Lion. Katie Elbert plays the Good Witch of the North, and Rachel Studer is the Wicked Witch of the West. The Munchkins include Mayor Jason Geving and Coronor Angie Weber. You'll also recognize our Homecoming King, Chuck Kohlhaas, as Uncle Henry, while Marian Studer plays Auntie Em. Showtime is 7:30 on November 7th and 8th. So why-oh-why not head over the rainbow and see "The Wizard of Oz" at Garrigan?

The annual Garrigan magazine drive starts next Wednesday. As always the school is offering the best deals you'll find anywhere on subscriptions to almost every magazine. This year we're also offering special deals on music, books, and CD rom educational software. The magazine drive continues through Tuesday, November 11th, and forty percentof every dollar you spend goes to support student activities right here at BGHS. So be sure to catch your favorite Garrigan student and keep those subscriptions up to date.

This week's Senior Spotlight shines on Neal Elbert and Chris Miller. Neal Elbert ran a personal best time at the district cross country meet last Thursday. While 18:34 was almost three minutes off the winning time, it's a whole lot faster than almost anyone else can run. Neal is a Whittemore native who enjoys working backstage for drama and music shows. Neal will be off to college next year, and we wish him all the best.

You may know Chris Miller as a free safety in football, a pitcher or third baseman in baseball, or the leading three-point scorer on the basketball team. Chris has also participated in quiz bowl, and away from school he coaches youth league sports and works in the meat department at Fareway. Chris enjoys health sciences, and his tough schedule of classes just might lead him into the career in neurology he jokes about. Good luck, Chris!

On our Golden Bear calendar this week, today there's All-State music auditions in Hampton. Also today BGHS is one of the sites for the Algona fall craft show.

Tomorrow daylight savings time ends. That provides an extra hour for the youth rally in Carroll. Then on Monday night the Golden Bear volleyball team plays in district action at Clarion.

Tuesday the BGHS connection to the Iowa Communications Netwrk officially goes on-line. Then on Wednesday the magazine drive begins.

Next Friday the football team plays North Iowa. Then next Saturday the quiz bowl team travels to Iowa City for the Hawkeye Invitational Tournament, and Adam Sundall will make his bid for the state cross country title.

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

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