The Bear Facts

August 28, 2010

Good morning! I'm Michael Hellman! 

And I'm Rebecca Molsberry! Welcome to the our nineteenth season of the "Bear Facts", where ever since 1992 we've been bringing you the news from Bishop Garrigan High School.

This was an awesome summer for a lot of different groups at Garrigan. Probably the biggest news was in golf, where right after school got out last spring both our boys and girls teams competed at state. The boys ended up winning the state championship! Andrew Schiltz, Jordan Springer, Bryan Berte, Brandon Doughan, Brandon Schiltz, and Eli Marlow all competed for the Bears at state. Also part of the boys team last spring were Dylan Kollasch, Mike Mergen, Chad Thompson, Tyler Lallier, Logan Smith, Joe Farrell, Austin Salz, Billy Schiltz, and Victor Berte.

Meanwhile the girls golf team was the state runner-up. The girls team included Kelsie Berke, Miranda Gisch, Laura Richter, Sheridan Berte, Carly Loss, Haley Froehlich, Rebecca Richter, and Noelle Vitzthum. Congratulations to all the Golden Bear golfers and to Coach Dean Capesius!

The Golden Bear baseball team had its ups and downs, but they definitely peaked at the right time. The Bears cruised through their district and then racked up a big win over North Sentral Kossuth to win the district championship. A one-one loss to Mason City Newman kept them from advancing to the state tournament, but we're all proud of the great season they had. 

Brett Capesius, Mark Garman, Dana Miller, David Reding, Zach Keith, and Austin Vaske all won post-season awards in baseball. Congratulations to them and to varsity players Brandon Doughan, Joe Golwitzer, Kevin Elbert, Alex Boisjolie, Luke Eischen, Daniel Gelhaus, Eli Marlow, Grant Reding, and John Burns. Congratulations also to Coaches Rob and Gene Meister and the whole Golden Bear baseball team!

Another group that did well this summer was quiz bowl. Back in June the quiz bowl team went out to Arlington, Virginia, for their eleventh appearance in the National Academic Championships. The Bears racked up three wins, matching their best showing ever at nationals. Jake Rosenmeyer captained the Golden Bear team. His fellow starters were Brittany Berte, Rebeccah Erdman, and Anna Kollasch. Backing them up were Michael Fakler, Alex Hamilton, and Michael Hellman. Congratulations to the quiz bowl team and to Coach David Burrow.

There have been a lot of improvements at Garrigan over the summer. Visitors to the school are most likely to notice the work that's been done at the main entrance on McCoy Street. In addition to minor sidewalk repairs like those that have been done all over Algona, the front entrance is now handicap accessible, and there's a beautiful black and gold Bishop Garrigan logo embossed in the concrete by the entrance. The gym floor was also re-surfaced this summer, and the football stadium now also has seating for the disabled.

There's also a major change in the office at Garrigan. Long-time administrator Mike Stence is still around, but he's stepped down from his duties as principal. Mr. Stence is now an administrative assistant, mostly working in the counseling office. Former counselor Lynn Miller has taken over as principal, and he's been working hard in his new duties.

nother change over the summer was the school website. The entire site has been moved to a new server and is now located at bishopgarrigan - dot - org. That much shorter and easier than our old website address. Garrigan still has one of the largest websites anywhere. There are literally thousands of pages full of pictures and information on all the classes, activities, and people at both Garrigan and Seton. We've been online for fifteen years now, and the site just keeps on growing. So update your bookmarks and check us out on the internet at bishopgarrigan - dot - org.

The annual Garrigan calendar drive began yesterday. Every student at Seton Middle School and Bishop Garrigan High School has calendars to sell. The calendars cost $25, and they're full of color pictures and all the school events. In addition each calendar provides three hundred sixty-five chances to win cash prizes. The money goes to our transportation budget, like the new suburban the school got over the summer. So be sure to see your favorite Golden Bear and get your calendar today.

For the past eighteen years we've begun each year's "Bear Facts" senior spotlight by featuring our student body presidents. This week we're featuring co-president Kelsie Berke. Here to tell you about her is Aimee Dahlhauser.

Kelsie Berke is an Algona native who has been part of the student council all through high school. She's a football cheerleader, and she's been part of the competition cheer squad. Kelsie plays basketball and golf, she sings in the choir, and she keeps busy with Christian Leadership in Action. You might even hear her announcing here on the "Bear Facts". Kelsie plans to go to college next year, and we wish her all the best after high school.

Thanks, Aimee! On our Golden Bear calendar this week, the freshman-sophomore football team hosts Garner-Hayfield on Monday. Then Tuesday there's volleyball at Estherville and the cross-country team runs at Mason City Newman.

We'll have mass Wednesday morning, with an early dismissal for teacher inservice that afternoon. Friday we'll dismiss early for the Labor Day holiday, and there's football at Pocahontas that night. Finally next Saturday the volleyball team plays in a tournament at Ft. Dodge St. Edmond.

That's our first "Bear Facts" for the school year. Thanks for joining us, and be sure to catch us again next week for more news from Bishop Garrigan High School.

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