Good morning! I'm Alicia Miller!

And I'm Danielle Rahm! Welcome to the "Bear Facts". Thanks for joining us as we start our fifteenth year here on KLGA, bringing you the news from Bishop Garrigan High School.

The Des Moines Register recently ranked all the schools in the state on their overall accomplishments in all different activities. We're proud to say that Garrigan finished in third place statewide on that list. We saw a lot of that success in the time between our last "Bear Facts" show last spring and our first show this fall. First there was state track. The Bears qualified eleven boys' events and six girls' events for the state meet last May in Des Moines. Among the accomplishments at state Macy Fickbohm broke a 26-year-old school record by long jumping 16 feet, 5 inches. Also at state Tami Lallier broke her own school record for the 3000-meter run.

Golf is another sport with a long tradition of success at BGHS. This year Sara Kunkel, April Wolf, Amanda Shaw, Andrea Richter, Alyssa Gisch, Laura O'Kane, and Anna Bormann led the Golden Bear girls golf team to their third consecutive state championship. Sarah also finished third overall as an individual at state. Meanwhile Dan Garman, Bobby Geelan, Matt Kollasch, Colby Krieps, and Jimmy Geelan won the state runner-up boys golf trophy for the second year in a row.

Summer sports also did well. The Golden Bear baseball team won their eighth conference championship in thirteen years in the North Central Conference. The Bears' conference record this year was 16 wins and only 2 losses. They also won the district championship and advanced all the way to the substate game. Chris Cassmann, Brian Capesius, Jeff Lappe, and Dan Garman were named to the first team all-conference; Nick Reding and Gavin Freking earned second team honors; and Scott Kollasch, Alex Elbert, and Adam Elbert were honorable mentions. Dan Garman, Jeff Lappe, and Brian Capesius were all-district players, and Brian also won all-CYO honors. Dan and Jeff won athletic and academic all-state honors and were also selected to play in the statewide all-star game in Clinton.

The softball team finished the season with an 18 - 16 record and placed fifth in the North Central Conference. Both Kelly Schmidt and Brittany Pfeffer hit home runs during the season. Maria Kohlhaas was named to the all-district team, and both she joined Marisa Spain, Brittany Pfeffer, Kelly Schmidt, and Allison Even in receiving all-conference honors.

Now it's time for fall sports to begin. Even though the school has actually grown since the last assignment, the Golden Bear football team moved down a class for the 2006 and 2007 seasons. That means that instead of old rivals like Algona High and Ft. Dodge St. Edmond, the Bears will take on new foes this year. Their season starts next Friday at Alta. Their other non-district game is versus Clay Central Everly. Other opponents the Bears will face this season are Belmond-Klemme, West Hancock, North Central Manley, Northwood-Kensett, SCMT, Graettinger-Terril, and West Bend-Mallard.

Returning seniors on this year's football team include Brian Capesius, Ben Berte, Chris Loebach, Dustin Tindall, and Josh Rahm; as well as Tony Rouse, Alex Bradley, Scott Kollasch, Joe Dailey, Alex Hilbert, and Spenser Eischen. Among the younger players to watch are David Frideres, A.J. Doughan, Chase Reding, D.J. Thompson, John Parrish, Jack Bradley, Joe Straub, and Kory Wieland. Good luck all season long to the football team!

For each of the past fifteen years we've begun our Senior Spotlights by portraying our student council presidents. This week's spotlight shines on Chris Loebach and Dustin Tindall. Here to tell you about him is Brent Kajewski.

Chris Loebach is a Whittemore native whose biggest activity is probably football, where he plays center and strong safety. Chris also enjoys intramural basketball. He's been on student council all through high school, and last year he was elected co-president. He enjoys quiz bowl and challenging classes like Math V, and h says that after high school his plans include "college, travel, the world". We wish Chris the very best of luck in the future.

Dustin Tindall comes from a very athletic family. He plays guard and defensive tackle in football, where he's played varsity all through high school. He's also active in intramurals, and he's also been on student council all through school. He says that school is way better than working in the summer heat. Dusty will also be a college man next year, and we wish him all the best.

On our Golden Bear calendar this week, there's the North Central Conference volleyball scrimmage this morning in Clarion. Then on Tuesday the volleyball team begins their regular season at Estherville.

Also Tuesday night the cross-country team runs in the Mason City Newman meet. The meet is run at the west campus of North Iowa Mercy Medical Center.

Wednesday the freshman class will elect their student council officers. Then on Thursday the seniors will nominate royalty for our Homecoming celebration. Finally next Friday football season begins with the Bears playing at Alta.

That's the "Bear Facts" for this week. Thanks for joining us as we begin our fifteenth season, and be sure to tune in next week for more news from Bishop Garrigan High School.


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