August 27, 2022

Good morning! I’m Avery Berte!

I’m Garrett Heying!

And I’m Eva Snyder! Welcome to the “Bear Facts”, where today we’re starting our thirty-first season bringing you the news from Bishop Garrigan High School.

School started this past Tuesday. There’s still some congestion in the area because of the construction that’s been going on with McCoy Street all summer. There is a small access in front of school now, though, and—more important—we can now get to the parking lot from both the east and west. The construction should finish up in the next couple of weeks, and we’ll be glad to have things back to normal.

We signed off last spring just before the state track and golf meets. Garrigan ended up doing very good at the state events. The girls track team ended up in fourth place overall statewide. Audi Crooks set a new state record in the shot put, with a throw of 45 feet, 1 inch. Audi also won the championship in the discus, and Molly Joyce was the state champion in the long jump. The Bears also took 4th place in the shuttle hurdle and 8th in the 100-meter hurdles.

Other athletes helping the girls to their fourth place finish were Reagan Murphy, Emma Grandgenett, Zoe Montag, and Abbie Capesius. On the boys side Cal Birkey, Caden Roethler, Justin Bauer, and Quinn Swift finished in 11th place in the distance medley, and Quinn also set a personal best in the 1600-meter run. Congratulations, track!

The girls golf team added another big trophy to the school lobby, winning their straight state championship. Annie Burns, Ava Eisenbarth, and Riley Rosenmeyer were all in the top twenty individually, and Meredith Illg, Avery Lichter, and Olivia Arndorfer also made good contributions to the team. Congratulations, golfers!

The Golden Bear baseball team had a great season, advancing in playoffs to win the district championship. The Bears also won the conference championship game, but they ended up forfeiting the conference trophy on a technicality. Drew Fogarty, Garrett Heying, and Hollis Bode were all first team all conference selections. Cal Birkey and Drew Lappe were second team, and Nathan Merron was an all-conference honorable mention. Also during baseball season Coach Rob Meister picked up his 500th career win. Congratulations!

The baseball team also announced their team awards for 2022. Cal Birkey won the Gold Glove award, and Garrett Heying and Hollis Bode were named Silver Sluggers. Drew Lappe and Justin Bauer split Rookie of the Year honors, Andrew Fogarty and Nathan Merron won the Cy Young pitching award, and Collin Casey and Hollis Bode were named the most improved players. The Bear Pride award went to Keaton Helleseth, Collin Casey, and Jacob Leerar; and the MVPs for 2022 were Garrett Heying and Andrew Fogarty.

There were five all-conference selections on the softball team. Abbi Capesius and Darius Goche made first team; Hannah Merron and Sasha Alesch were second team; and Zoe Montag was an honorable mention. Abbi Capesius was also a first team all-district honoree, and she made third team all-state.

During the summer the National Dance Alliance held a three-day camp at Garrigan. During the camp the NDA staff nominated three Garrigan students as All-American dancers, who will be invited to perform at special events around the country. Congratulations to All-Americans Ella Schaaf, Kyra Deike, and Avery Berte!

The annual Bishop Garrigan calendar drive starts next Friday. For just $35 you can buy a calendar full of pictures from around the school and all the times and dates of activities. In addition to getting a calendar, you’ll also be entered in a raffle, with 365 chances to win cash prizes. You can win up to $500. So see your favorite Golden Bear to get a Garrigan calendar.

For the past three decades we’ve begun our Senior Spotlights by looking at our student council presidents. One of this year’s co-presidents is Eva Snyder. Here to tell you about her is Drew Casey.

Eva Snyder is Burt native who is active in volleyball, dance, choir, speech, and drama—as well as student council. She’s worked at Bear Care and as a nanny. She also enjoys cooking, taking walks, and spending time with family and friends. Next year she plans to attend the University of Wisconsin—La Crosse, where she’ll study to be a physician’s assistant. We hope Eva has a great senior year!

Thanks, Drew! On this week’s Golden Bear calendar, there’s a volleyball tournament today at Ft. Dodge St. Edmond. Then Monday will be picture day at Garrigan.

Monday night there’s a cross-country meet at Mason City Newman. Also that night the freshman football team will play at Rockford.

Tuesday morning we’ll have our first school mass of the year. Masses are normally at 8:40am at St. Cecelia’s. Next Thursday the volleyball team plays at Lake Mills.

Friday we’ll have the kickoff for the annual calendar drive, and we’ll dismiss early that day for the holiday weekend. Friday night there’s football at North Iowa, and on Saturday there’s a JV volleyball tournament at Algona High.

That’s our first “Bear Facts” for the new school year. Thanks for tuning in, and be sure to catch the show next week and all year long to hear the news from Bishop Garrigan High School.