The Bear Facts ... April 29, 2006

Good morning! I'm Shane Koob!

I'm Jesse Studer!

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

Tonight is your chance to see the BGHS spring play, Little Women. The cast and crew have been busy rehearsing, and it should be a great show. Cast members include Ashley Waller, Lizzie Mayer, Jacob Hellman, JoAnn Kirsch, and Jenna Richter; together with Amanda Golwitzer, Andrew Missal, Michelle Kollasch, Brandon Rowley, and Gavin Freking. Working behind the scenes are stage crew with yours truly Shane Koob and Jacob Detrick; sound crew Allison Even and Dylan Freking; light crew Jude Studer, Chris Loebach, Spenser Rahm, and Jesse Studer; make-up artists Kendra Plathe, Allison Missal, Rebecca Brosnan, and Macy Fickbohm; and assistants to the director Sam Norland and Holly Byrkeland. Showtime is 7:30 tonight. Best wishes to director Mark DeLange and to everyone involved in Little Women.

Last Wednesday the Golden Bear quiz bowl team competed in the spring Knowledge Master. In this event, students work together to answer 200 fun and challenging questions. The Garrigan freshman team of Joe Straub and Brian Patterson did especially well in the competition. They got a score of 1,210 points, the second time in a year the group scored over 1,200. The varsity group had a much more challenging set of questions to answer. They finished with a score of 907. The Knowledge Master is the last event of the year for this year's quiz bowl team. Highlights of their season include winning a trophy at the Aplington-Parkersburg tournament last fall and participating in a special charity event for St. Jude's Children's Hospital this winter.

Last weekend the math team competed in the state math competition at West High School in Iowa City. While Garrigan is officially in the "small schools" class in math team, that class also includes schools more than three times our size. Even so two Garrigan students, Gavin Freking and Tony Rouse, did well enough to qualify for the Midwest regional math championships, which will be held in Kansas City next month. The rest of Garrigan's team-Jeff Lappe, Spenser Rahm, Brandon Rowley, and Dylan Freking-combined for the best scores the Bears' have ever recorded at state. Congratulations to Coach Daryl Kohlhaas and the math team!

This past week we held elections for next year's student council. Four different pairs of candidates ran for the office of student body co-presidents. Putting up a challenge were Alex Bradley and Maria Kohlhaas, Kelli Black and Brian Capesius, and Nick Reding and Scott Kollasch. When the votes were counted, though, the winners were Dustin Tindall and Chris Loebach. Congratulations to our school co-presidents for 2006 - 2007.

One of the big projects student council sponsors is intramural basketball. The main intramural season ended over a month ago, but this past week we held our intramural championship and named the 2006 All-Intramural Team. The championship game between Eric Goodman's senior team and Joe Dailey's juniors was a hotly contested battle, as was the contest to be named "all-intramural". The honorary team is based on points scored during the season, selections made by the intramural referees, and an online poll in which more than 500 ballots were cast.

This year's team includes a special honor to basketball coach and former college player O.J. Froehlich, who led all scorers this season. The honorable mentions include Dustin Shackelford, David Miller, Jack Bradley, Holly Byrkeland, and Spenser Rahm. Second team selections were Ben Golwitzer, Mark Poeppe, Brad Thompson, Tony Rouse, and Shane Koob. The first-team all-intramural features Chris Gelhaus, D.J. Thompson, Jeff Lappe, Adam Finley, and Chris Scobba. The co-captains of the 2006 All-Intramural team are Gavin Freking and Nate Pierson, and the all-intramural referee is Brian Capesius. Congratulations to all these honoree!

Our Senior Spotlight this week shines on Sara Kunkel, Bridget Doughan, and Jacob Detrick. Here to tell you about them is David Frideres.

Sara Kunkel's biggest activity is golf. She's was part of last year's state championship golf team, and she's hoping to be back at state this year. Sara plans to go to Kirkwood in the fall, and we wish her all the best after high school.

Bridget Doughan is one of Garrigan's most successful musicians. She was selected to sing in the All-State Choir last fall, and she's also had solos at pops concert. Bridget is also active in track, and cross-country, and she's been part of the musical cast. She'll be off to UNI next year, and we wish her the good luck.

Jacob Detrick helps out behind the scenes with lots of different activities at Garrigan. He helps with lights and sound for plays and concerts and also does clean-up work around the building. He's also active in band, and you may have seen him working at Hy-Vee. This tough guy plans a career in massage therapy, and he'll be at LaJames next fall. Good luck to Jacob, Bridget, and Sara, our spotlighted seniors of the week.

Thanks, David. On our Golden Bear calendar this week, there's the spring play, Little Women tonight. Curtain time is 7:30pm. Then tomorrow at 3:00 we'll have confirmation for freshmen from the area parishes at St. Cecelia's.

Monday baseball practice begihs. That night the golf teams play Webster City, with the girls at home and the boys away. Then on Tuesday the boys track team runs at Algona High.

Wednesday we'll have the spring concert and art show. Then on Thursday we'll celebrate Grandparent's Day, with our older relatives joining us for lunch here at school.

The CYO golf tournament will be Thursday afternoon at Altlon. Also that night the girls track team runs at Eagle Grove and the boys team hosts their home meet at Algona High.

Friday there's an art show at the Algona library featuring work of area students. The Ecology class will be helping the Kossuth County Conservation Board with river cleanup that day, and Friday night we'll have tryouts for next year's cheerleading squads.

Finally next Saturday there's state large group band and choir contest at Emmetsburg. Also that day the girls golf team plays at Spencer and the boys golf team travels to Hampton.

That's the "Bear Facts" for this week. Thanks for joining us, and be sure to tune in again next week, when we'll have our senior farewell show, saluting all the accomplishments of the Class of 2006 here at Bishop Garrigan High School.

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