The Bear Facts - August 27, 2005

Good morning! I'm Andrea Arndorfer!

And I'm Samantha Arndorfer!! You're listening to the "Bear Facts". This morning we're starting our fourteenth season here on KLGA, bringing you the news from Bishop Garrigan High School.

When we broadcast our final show last spring, the golf and track teams were in the middle of district play. We said the golf teams had potential to do well, and they ended up doing incredibly well. Both the boys and girls teams brought home big trophies from state competition. The boys finished in second place overall, while the girls won their second straight state golf championship. The boys golfers at state were Dan Garman, Ross Froehlich, Tim Richter, Matt Kollasch, Bobby Geelan, and Matt Vitzthum; while the girls team included Lindsay Schiltz, Sara Kunkel, April Wolf, Amanda shaw, Anna Bormann, Laura O'Kane, and Alyssa Gisch. Congratulations on an awesome season to the Golden Bear golfers!

The boys track team competed at state last May. School recordholder Spenser Rahm finished in fifth place statewide in the discus. The 4x400 relay of took sixth place overall, the 4x400 was ninth, and the 4x200 ended up tenth. Relay runners included John Reding, Cole Vautier, Jeff Lappe, Chad Meyer Jesse Studer, and Jude Studer. Also competing at state was Chris Scobba, who earned twelfth place in the 3200-meter run.

The Golden Bear girls' top finish at state was seventh place in the 4x400, with Kelly Schmidt, Miranda Boekelman, Maria Kohlhaas, and Abbie Bradley. The same girls finished thirteenth in the distance medley. Miranda was eighth in the high jump; Kelly, Miranda, Abbie, and Kelli Black were fifteenth in the 4x200, and Emily Funk, Macy Fickbohm, Kelli Black, and Maria Kohlhaas finished in eighteenth place in the sprint medley. Congratulations to the track teams!

If you go to a Garrigan volleyball game this fall, you're sure to notice the gym floor in Friedmann Auditorium, which was completely re-finished over the summer. According to activities director Ron Patterson, it's been fourteen years since any work had been done on the gym floor. While it's held up well, it was definitely overdue for improvement. Mr. Patterson would especially like to thank Garrigan alumnus Randy Schultz for his help with the artwork on the floor.

There were a lot of other improvements made over the summer. In addition to the usual waxing, painting, and cleaning, new windows were installed in the religion rooms and a lot of new landscaping was done on the grounds. Custodians Chuck McCabe, Dick Krapp, and Rob Meister were assisted this summer by a group of students, including Jacob Detrick, Andrew Missal, Brandon Rowley, Chris Loebach, Peter Bormann, Allison Missal, Brent Kajewski.

It's time once again for the annual Garrigan calendar drive. Both Garrigan and Seton students have calendars full of pictures and school events that they'd like to sell to you. The calendars cost $25, but each one provides you with 365 opportunities to win big cash prizes. The smallest prize is $35, and you could win as much as $500. Be sure to get your Garrigan raffle calendar soon!

There are some new faces among the Garrigan staff this fall. 1994 graduate Benjamin "Beany" Bode is back at BGHS teaching science and coaching freshman sports. He takes over for long-time biology teacher Tom Froehlich. In the resource room Julie Illg has taken over for Karen Roman working with students who have learning disabilities. The lunch staff has also changed. Lisa Blocker, Karen Berte, Janet Muller, and Betty Berte have taken over the kitchen. We welcome all these new staff members and hope they enjoy their time at Garrigan.

Enrollment at Garrigan has been very stable for many years, and this year it increased by about fifteen students. In fact, there are actually more students at BGHS today than there were when we first started broadcasting the "Bear Facts" in the early '90s. Part of that comes from graduating a very small group and gaining a much larger freshman class. We're also pleased to welcome two exchange students: Ae Rin (Erin) and Chae Rin (Sharon) Oh, who come from Korea.

Every year on "Bear Facts" we begin our Senior Spotlight by featuring our student council presidents. This week the spotlight shines on Andrew Missal. Here to tell you about him is Alison Brandenburg.

While Andrew Missal is a newcomer to student council, he's no stranger to other school activities. He's active in speech, drama, and quiz bowl, and he serves as a manager for the track and cross-country teams. Andrew loves working with computers. He's taken all the school's technology classes, and he spends a lot of his free time working with computers as well. Next year he plans to attend the University of Iowa, where he'll major in computer engineering and mathematics. We wish him the best of luck in the future.

Thanks, Alison! On our Golden Bear calendar this week, there's the North Central Conference volleyball scrimmage today in Clarion. Tomorrow the cheerleaders will be serving a Belgian waffle breakfast from 8:30 - 12:30 at the Rochleau Center.

Tuesday is the first turn-in day in the calendar drive. The volleyball team hosts Estherville Tuesday night, and the cross-country team runs at Mason City Newman.

Wednesday the freshman class will elect their class president, and Thursday they'll elect student council representatives. We'll dismiss early next Friday for the Labor Day holiday, and that night the football team begins its season at Ft. Dodge St. Edmond.

That's our first "Bear Facts" for the new school year. Thanks for joining us, and be sure to come back every week to hear all the news from Bishop Garrigan High School.

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