The   Bear   Facts

May 28, 1994


Good morning! I'm Molly White!

I'm Sarah Stence! And this is "The Bear Facts," your weekly news update from Bishop Garrigan High School.

Once again, we're proud to say-THE BEARS ARE GOING TO STATE!!! A year ago, the big news was basketball. Well, this year the hoopsters fell short at district, but there's lots of other good news on the sports scene. Tops on the list is the girls' golf team. Last Tuesday the Garrigan girls won their regional tournament, to qualify for the state meet next week. It's been nearly a decade since Garrigan golfers went to state, and we're proud of our girls this year.

The Bears scored 375 strokes at regionals--their low score for the season. Low is good in golf, and we hope their total will keep falling at state. Player scores included seniors Ava Laubenthal with 90, Dana Altman with 97, and Lorna Bormann with 100; junior Sara Thilges, who scored 96; and sophomore Mindy Berte who turned in a 92 on her scorecard. None of the Garrigan girls was a mdal winner at regionals, but the team's overall consistency helped them beat the competition.


The state tournament is next Tuesday in Spencer. With the competition so close to home, we hope for a big community following for our state-bound girls. Congratulations to Coach Marty Wadle and the Golden Bear girls' golf team!

The golfers aren't the only team in state competition this week. The boys' state track meet is being held in Des Moines this weekend, and we're proud to have six Garrigan entries in competition. Senior Lance Hall has been leading the team this year. We're looking to see him place in the 100-meter dash, but it may surprise you that he's also a contender in the long jump. Senior sprinter Travis Kasch is coming back from an injury, but we hope to see him in top form as he runs the 200 and 400-meter dashes.

Two relays also qualified for state. In the 4 by 100-meter, Bill Froehlich and Travis Rosenmeyer will join Hall and Kasch as they run, bound for glory. The 4 by 200-meter relay features Hall and Rosenmeyer, as well as Tony Kisch and Brian Grisham. Sophomore Ryan Ludwig is an alternate for both relay teams. The Bears have had one of their best seasons in years, and we wish the best of luck at state to Coaches Phil Ross and Greg Ahlers, and the whole Garrigan boys' track team.

This week's events make four sports in one year where Garrigan has had top contenders at state. Last weekend junior Renetta Seiler competed in the girls' state track meet. Netta blew away the competition in the shot-put, with the top throw in any class. Not only did she win the shot, but she also was the Class 2-A runner-up in discus. State competition is nothing new to Netta, since last winter she was also a top qualifier in the state indoor track finals. Congratulations to Netta--and to her coaches: Kara Christianson and Amy Auchstetter.


Anyone who has visited Garrigan this past week was sure to notice a lot of moving going on. Mr. Norm Kunkel has spent the past week completely dismantling the Garrigan library to prepare for the big renovation project this summer. All the books have been stowed away, and we literally ripped the shelves off the walls--exposing the original blue-green paint that they put on the walls clear back in 1958.

This coming week a special crew will remove asbestos from the floors and ceilings of the library. Then the real construction work will begin. The showpiece of the new library will be a state-of-the-art computer research facility, a quantum leap from the old library--which hadn't changed much since the school was first built.

One of the people who came to see the library construction this past week was business teacher Lois Strohman. You may remember that Mrs. Strohman was seriously injured in a car accident last winter. It's been a long recovery, but we were all pleased to see Mrs. Strohman on her feet and out at school.

The big event this weekend is graduation. Garrigan will hold its thirty-sixth annual commencement ceremony tomorrow at 2:30 in the gym. Student Council PResident Beany Bode will deliver the commecement address, and exchange students Lilia Alvarado and Igor Isakovic will reflect on their time at Garrigan. The class colors this year are royal blue and silver, and the class flower is the yellow rose. For their motto, the Class of '94 chose the slogan:

We met as strangers,
We grew as friends,
And now we part as one.


With just forty-eight graduates, the Class of '94 is one of the smallest classes in history, but they've certainly left their mark on the school. The class is probably best known for its superior academic reputation. As a class they have the highest grade point average in school history. What's more, ever since kindergarten, they've scored in the top 10% in the nation on just about every test they've ever taken. More than three-fourths of the class will graduate with honors, and more than half will wear the pins of the National Honor Society. The class has excelled outside the classroom, too. They've set new records in every single sport, as well as hitting new heights in music, speech, quiz bowl, and health occupations.

Next year the class will scatter in many different directions. Virtually everyone is going to college, but they have a wide variety of choices. Among the most popular schools are Iowa STate, South Dakota State, and DMACC. You'll also find Bears at Loras, Grandview, Briar Cliff, UNI, St. Ambrose, and even Iowa Lakes. The senios' career choices are also very varied. They range from engineering and medicine to psychology and architecture to broadcasting and mortuary science. Best wishes, Class of '94!

As we say farewell to the seniors, it's time to start the dimmer switch on our senior spotlights. This week we feature Melissa Cink and Micki Kramer.

Melissa Cink has been an active cheerleader, and she's also participated in chorus, swing choir, and flag corps. Her boisterous personality is always recognizable in the hallways of Garrigan, and her concerned attitude makes her a positive influence in all her school activities.


Michelle Kramer, who is best known as Micki, has been a long-time member of the band and choir. She was the drum major for this year's marching band. Micki keeps busy spending time with all her friends at Garrigan, but she also occupies her time with her many duties as this year's Kossuth County Pork Queen. Good luck to both Micki and Melissa.

The coming week is a busy one at Garrigan. Today there's the boys' state track finals in Des Moines. Then tomorrow is the big day for the senios, with the 2:30 commencement for the Class of '94.

Monday is Memorial Day. The Bishop Garrigan Marching Band will be performing as a part of the festivities in Whittemore. The original calendar called for school to be out by now, but with all the snow days last winter, we'll come back on Tuesday for another full day of school.

The girls' state golf meet is next Tuesday and Wednesday at Spencer. We wish the very best of luck to our state-bound Golden Bear girls. Tuesday night the baseball team travels to Britt for a varsity double-header. Then on Wednesday the JV softball team takes on Pomeroy/Palmer.

Thursday there's a varsity softball doubleheader, as the Bears host West Bend/Mallard. Friday we'll have a full day of semester tests. That night there's JV baseball and softball at Iowa Falls. Then next weekend there's the CYO baseball tournament in Carroll.

We'll come back on Monday, June 6, for our last round of semester tests. Then it's finally time for summer vacation.


finally this week we express our sincere sympathy to Garrigan secretary Bonnie Esser. Bonnie's husband, Jim, died last Wednesday, following a long battle with cancer. We want Mrs. Esser to know that we're thinking of her, and we're keeping her whole family in our prayers.

Next Saturday we'll have one last special edition of the "Bear Facts", highlighting the past year's events and looking forward to what's coming up this summer and beyond. So be sure to tune in then for our final report of the year from Bishop Garrigan High School!


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