Good morning! I’m Ava Eisenbarth!

I’m Marguerite Fakler!

And I’m Riley Rosenmeyer! Welcome to our thirtieth season of the “Bear Facts”, where ever since 1992 we’ve been bringing you all the news from Bishop Garrigan High School.

There was a lot of news at Garrigan right after we signed off last spring. At the state track meet in Des Moines the Golden Bears as a team ended up in fourth place overall, their best showing ever as a team. Molly Joyce won the state championship in the long jump, and Audi Crooks was state shot put champion. The team of Grace Rosenmeyer, Reese Rosenmeyer, Emma Grandgenett, and Molly Joyce were second statewide in the shuttle hurdle relay; while Reagan Murphy, Gracie Elsbecker, Molly Joyce, and Abbie Capesius finished third overall in the 1600-meter relay.

Bishop Garrigan is a perennial powerhouse on the golf course, and again in 2021 the Bears won the state girls golf championship. They finished the two-day state competition with a total of 671 strokes, which was 74 strokes better than second place Central Lyon. Annie Burns had the third best individual score at state, Kelly Baade was 4th, Anna Berke was 8th, and Ava Eisenbarth was #13 statewide. Riley Rosenmeyer and Avery Lichter also competed at state for the Bears. Congratulations, state champions!

The Golden Bear baseball and softball teams both finished the summer with winning seasons. In softball Bailey Meister won all-state honors. Bailey, Tara Kron, Abbie Capesius, Halle Menke, Ella Schaaf, and Darius Goche were all-conference. Ella Schaaf was the team’s Pitcher of the Year, Bailey Meister and Halle Menke were Infielders of the Year, and Tara Kron was Outfielder of the Year. Abbie Capesius won the Big Hitter award, while Bailey Meister received the Golden Glove.

Zoe Montag and Hanna Merron were the Rookies of the Year, while Ella Schaaf, Ava Bartolo, and Darius Goche were the team’s Most Improved Players, Kyra Deike and Emma Bacha won the Bear Pride award, while Bailey Meister and Tara Kron won the “Fight Like a Champion” award. The team MVP was Abbie Capesius, and in addition to those already named Joey Doerning, Marissa Rahe, and Brooke Ludwig were all letterwinners for the 2021 season.

The baseball team advanced all the way to the district championship game, where they fell to Newell—Fonda. Kyphus Goche received an all-state nod. Kyphus, Isaiah Plathe, and Garrett Heying all earned All-District honors; and Kyphus, Garrett, Isaiah, Joe Meis, and Joe Trainer were all named to All-Conference teams.

Kyphus Goche, Joe Meis, and Garrett Heying split the Team MVP award. Aric Laubenthal and Drew Fogarty won the Bear Pride Coaches’ Award. Garrett Heying and Isaiah Byrkeland were named Silver Sluggers, while Hollis Bode won the Gold Glove defense award. Jacob Leerar and Kyphus Goche were the Most Improved Players, Joe Meis won the Cy Young pitching honor; and Joe Trainer, Nathan Merron, and Cal Birkey were the team’s Rookies of the Year. Collin Casey was also a 2021 letterman. Congratulations to the baseball and softball teams!

The school year has begun, and we’re crossing our fingers that this time it will be a bit more normal than last year. We started the year with a healthy staff and student body, and we hope to keep it that way. The COVID quarantine standards have loosened quite a bit from what they were a year ago, and many high school students are now vaccinated. Hopefully that will mean we won’t have lots of healthy people missing school for extended periods this year.

One activity that was pretty much normal for the first time in a year and a half was the school mass that started the school year. All the students at Seton and Garrigan were in attendance, and there were no special distancing or mask requirements. One change is that our school masses this year are on Tuesday mornings rather than Wednesdays.

There are several new teachers in the Bishop Garrigan system this year. At the high school level we have two new staff members. Brenda Corzette is an experienced teacher who moved to Garrigan from southeast Iowa to be closer to members of her family. She’ll be teaching algebra, as well as junior high math, taking over for Renetta Seiler. Alex Schwing came to Garrigan from Storm Lake St. Mary’s. He’s mostly teaching business courses, but will also be helping out in the math department. We’re glad to welcome these new teachers to Garrigan.

Every year for the past three decades we’ve begun our Senior Spotlight on the “Bear Facts” by saluting our student council presidents. This year we’re starting with Collin Casey, and here to tell you about him is Xander Darling.

Collin Casey comes to Garrigan from the Whittemore area. His biggest interest is probably in agriculture. He’s an officer for the Algona FFA and has won several FFA awards. Collin also ran at state in track, and he was one of the top runners on the Golden Bear baseball team. He’ll be a receiver for the Golden Bear football team this fall. Collin will be off to college next year, and we wish him all the best in the future.

Thanks, Xander! On our first Golden Bear calendar for the year, there’s a volleyball tournament at Ft. Dodge St. Edmond this morning. Monday the cross-country team runs in the Newman meet at Mercy West in Mason City.

There’s also JV football Monday, with the Bears hosting Rockford. Tuesday we’ll start the day with mass, and then Thursday the volleyball team has their first home game of the year, as they host Lake Mills.

Next Friday we’ll dismiss at 2:15 for the Labor Day holiday weekend. The football team will host North Iowa that night. Finally next Saturday there’s a JV volleyball tournament at Algona High.

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