The Bear Facts ... October 28, 2006

Good morning! I'm Alicia Miller!

And I'm Joe Straub! Welcome once again to the "Bear Facts", the weekly radio show from Bishop Garrigan High School.

There's been a lot of good news in all the fall sports here at Garrigan. First there's football, where last Friday for the Golden Bears qualified for playoffs for the fourteenth time. The Bears were assigned to what many called the toughest district in Class A this year, but they ended up taking runner-up honors in that district. Football playoffs have become one of those things people just sort of expect at Garrigan, but it really is a big accomplishment. The playoff pairings were announced last night, and the Bears play their opening round game next Wednesday. We're all crossing our fingers that this might be another team like last year's that flies under the radar all the way to the championship game.

The Golden Bear volleyball team has also been enjoying a great play-off run. After getting a bye in the first round, they easily beat Corwith Wesley Luverne. They then played a tough game against West Bend Mallard to claim the district championship and advance to regionals. The began the regional tournament Thursday by taking on Laurens Marathon on their home court. Congratulations to the girls on their great march through play-offs.

The big news today, though, is cross-country. Just like football playoffs, it's becoming routine for the Bears to compete at state cross-country. This is the fifth consecutive year a Golden Bear team has competed in the state meet. This year it's the Golden Bear girls who are doing most of the running. No one knows exactly how the meet will go, but we're expecting good things from the girls, who haven't lost to a 1-A team all year long.

At the core of the girls cross country team are Tami Lallier, Kelly Black, Maria Kohlhaas, and Carrie Courtney, who have all been part of back-to-back-to-back state qualifying teams. Each year they've set a new school record for low team score at districts. The team's newcomers-Shanna Miller, Joanna Freking, and Taylor Brandenburg-have also added a lot throughout the year. The girls will be running in the Class 1-A race this afternoon at 2:00 at Kennedy Park north of Ft. Dodge.

The girls aren't alone in representing the Golden Bears at state. Senior Chris Scobba qualified for state for the second straight year, and like the Garrigan girls, he's rated among the top runners statewide. Chris will be running in the boys 1-A final at 2:30 this afternoon. There will be a send-off for all the Garrigan runners at 9:15 this morning on McCoy Street by the front door of the school. We encourage everyone to head over to Garrigan for that and to then head down to Ft. Dodge to cheer the Bears on to victory!

Next Saturday we'll have the Bishop Garrigan Extravaganza, a biannual event that features the talents of students, faculty, and alumni from the school. The variety show includes drama, music, dance, and improvisation. Speech director Mary McCall is organizing the event, which come off next Saturday night, November 4. Mark your calendar, and prepare for a great time!

The annual BGHS magazine drive just got underway. Each year Garrigan students sell magazine subscriptions to raise money for the student council, which in turn supports lots of different school activities. Prices are the same as those offers you get in the mail, and by renewing through the school you get to keep your money here in town. Forty percent of the price stays right here at Garrigan. The drive will continue through November 9, so be sure to find your favorite Golden Bear and get those magazines renewed today!

The "Bear Facts" airs around 8:45 every Saturday. That's a great time for a lot of people, but it's awkward for many others-including a lot of us students who are sleeping or just getting up around that time. To help out with those who have trouble hearing the show, we've started putting audio files of the "Bear Facts" on the school website. If you miss the show, you can go to and click on "Bear Facts" to find our audio archive. You can hear this week's and last week's show, as well as selected programs from the past. That's just one of the many ways the Garrigan website keeps on growing.

This week's Senior Spotlight shines on Logan Wood. Here to tell you about him is Brent Kajewski.

If you looked in the Garrigan yearbook, you might have thought Logan Wood was a model. That's because there were lots of pictures of the Whittemore native posing as a lifeguard in his swimming trunks. Logan spends a lot of his time in computer classes. There's a good chance you've seen his work if you've checked out the Garrigan website. He plans a career in communications, and we wish Logan the very best in the future.

Thanks, Brent! On our Golden Bear calendar today, there's state cross-country in Ft. Dodge. The girls run at 2pm, and Chris Scobba competes in the boys race at 2:30. Also today there's ACT testing, and the Garrigan quiz bowl team competes in a meet at Ankeny.

Daylight savings time begins tomorrow. Many Garrigan students will be headed to LeMars for the Diocese of Sioux City Catholic Youth Rally.

Monday is the first turn-in day for the magazine drive. Tuesday is Halloween. We'll have a Respect Life service that morning, and that night are the volleyball regional finals. 

Wednesday we'll have mass for All Saints Day, and that night the football team begins playoffs. Then on Thursday our yearbook editors will be selling ads for the 2007 Garrigold yearbook. 

Next Friday the senior class picture, which was postponed earlier this fall, will be taken. Saturday there's quiz bowl at Algona High and the state solo dance competition in Pella. That night the gym will come alive with the Garrigan Extravaganza.

That's the "Bear Facts" for this week. Thanks for joining us, and be sure to tune in next week for more news from Bishop Garrigan High School.

Happy Halloween, everybody! (spooky noises after)

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