The Bear Facts --- March 26, 2005

Good morning! I'm Nicole Reding!

And I'm Samantha Kirsch! You're listening to the "Bear Facts". Happy Easter from all of us at Bishop Garrigan High School.

Last Sunday we finished up the big intramural basketball season here at Garrigan. It was a good year, with every single team getting at least one victory and three teams with a legitimate shot at going all the way. In the semi-final round, Mitch Buscher's team devoured Adam Finley's team by a score of 64 - 34. The other semi-final saw Matt Courtney's team outlast Eric Goodman's team 32 - 25. The championship game was a defensive struggle. Matt Courtney's team took the early lead, but Mitch Buscher's team came back and ended up winning 33 - 23. Mitch's team includes seniors Billy Vaske, Jim Garman, Chris Reinhart, Sean Kohlhaas, Brian Marso, Andrew Berte, and Kyle Frideres. They now get to wear their intramural champion T-shirts. Congratulations!

In addition to a championship team, each year at intramurals we announce an All-Intramural Team composed of the top players on all the different teams. Selection is a combination of performance during the season and votes in an internet poll. The captain of this year's All-Intramural Team is Matt Courtney, and for the third straight year the all-intramural referee is Matt Vitzthum. The first team includes Adam Finley, Mitch Buscher, Chris Reinhart, Chad Meyer, and Peyton Schindler. Second team honors went to Gavin Freking, Andrew Berte, Dustin Tindall, Eric Goodman, and Sean Kohlhaas. There were also honorable mentions for All-Intramural. They were Jesse Studer, D.J. Thompson, Kyle Frideres, Sam Dittrich, Brad Thompson, and Brian Marso. Congratulations, all-intramural honorees!

Last Saturday five Garrigan entries performed at the Iowa High School Speech Association state individual speech contest at Iowa Central Community College in Ft. Dodge. Junior Amanda Golwitzer earned two Division One ratings at state-one in After-Dinner Speaking and the other in Prose. Sophomore Garrison Brosnan brought home a One in Poetry. The other Garrigan performers at state were senior Samantha Kirsch in Storytelling and junior Sadie Foertsch in Prose. Both of them received Division Two ratings at state contest. Congratulations to the performers and to coaches Mary McCall and Sarah Freking.

Next week several Garrigan students will be working hard to turn the gym we call "Friedmann Auditorium" into a ballroom. Abbie Bradley, Cindy Reding, Andrea richter, Chase Reding, Chad Meyer, Jesse Studer, Sheri Kenyon, Michelle Kollasch, and Allison Missal will be helping to put up decorations for Gala 2005. The theme for this year's Gala fundraiser is "Take Me Out to the Ball Game", which combines baseball with the old-time flavor of the '30s. 

Some people have wondered whether a sports theme can bring the grandeur and luxury that Gala usually entails. Development director Diane Elbert assures us that the decor this year is an elegant take on baseball, as elegant as any other Gala, if not more so. The decorations will combine shades of brown, gold, navy, and burgundy, and the gym will be transformed to provide a nostalgic glimpse into old time days at Wrigley Field. One special feature is the centerpieces, each of which includes two magnificent wood inlaid boxes framing a baseball autographed by Garrigan's own future Major Leaguer, Brad Nelson. Pro baseball's regular season begins the same weekend as Gala, and when he autographed the balls Nelson assured the development staff that if he didn't have to work, he'd be there in person for the event.

The centerpieces will be auctioned off at the end of the evening. Another special opportunity to win at Gala is the "First Chance" raffle, where every paying guest has the opportunity to win $2500 just for walking in the door. There are a few seats left for the big event. You can be part of the fun by contacting the Garrigan development office or seating coordinator Linda Froehlich.

There's always something new on the Garrigan website. Sarah Freking's web page class has recently added a twelve-page section with photos from this year's pops concert. There's also photos from the intramural play-offs, as well as six pages of brand new candid photos from all around the school. All together there's nearly a thousand pages to browse through on the Garrigan website, making it one of the most comprehensive school sites anywhere. You can visit the school online anytime you want by going to garrigan - dot - unlimitedweb - dot - net.

Our Senior Spotlight this week shines on Kyle Frideres. Here to tell you about him is Holly Lancaster.

Kyle Frideres is a Rodman native who was on the team that recently won the intramural basketball championship. He was also a right tackle on the football team that went to the Dome last November. When he's not at school Kyle enjoys four-wheeling, and he's worked for Becker Construction. He plans to attend Iowa Lakes next year, and we wish him all the best.

On our Golden Bear calendar, tomorrow is Easter Sunday. There's no school on Monday, nor any school activities.

School resumes Tuesday, and there will be football cheerleading try-outs next week. All week long students will be putting up the decorations for Gala.

The Gala preview party will be Friday night, and that day will also be the first order for the new "Bear Bucks" scrip program. Then next Saturday we'll have Gala 2005.

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

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