The bear Facts

May 29, 2010

One last time, good morning! I'm Anna Kollasch!

I'm Michael Hellman!

And I'm Jake Rosenmeyer! Welcome to our final "Bear Facts" for the 2009 - 2010 school year. Thanks for joining us to hear the news from Bishop Garrigan High School.

While school finished up last Thursday, it's still a busy time at Garrigan. The biggest event is quiz bowl team's trip to Washington for the 2010 National Academic Championships. Jake Rosenmeyer, Brittany Berte, Rebeccah Erdman, Michael Fakler, Anna Kollasch, Michael Hellman, and Alex Hamilton will be leaving next Tuesday for their trip out east. They'll arrive in Arlington, Virginia, Wednesday afternoon and will have Thursday free for sightseeing. Friday and Saturday they'll play six of the top teams from all around the country.

The Golden Bear team is one of the best they've ever taken to nationals, and they're hoping to not just compete, but to win multiple games. If they get at least three wins they'll advance to the playoffs on Sunday, June 6. Once the tournament is over they'll drive three hours north to historic Philadelphia. After a little bit of sightseeing there they'll return home to Algona on Tuesday, June 8. We wish good luck at nationals to Coach David Burrow and the rest of the quiz bowl team.

It's almost expected each spring that the Golden Bear golf teams will advance to state, and both the boys and girls teams are there once again in 2010. For the boys state is practically a home meet. State began yesterday down at Spring Valley Golf Course just outside St. Joe. The action continues today, and Andrew Schiltz, Jordan Springer, Bryan Berte, Brandon Doughan, Brandon Schiltz, and Eli Marlow are teeing off for the Bears.

The Golden Bear girls are also headed to state. Their state meet will be in the Des Moines area June 1st and 2nd. Kelsie Berke, Sheridan Berte, Laura Richter, Miranda Gisch, Rebecca Richter, and Haley Froehlich will be representing the Bears at state. Congratulations to both golf teams and to Garrigan golf coach Dean Capesius!

Baseball and softball are already well underway. The Golden Bear boys opened last Monday by splitting a doubleheader at Estherville. As always, they're playing almost every night of the summer-the maximum schedule regulations allow. One of the highlights will be the CYO tournament, which is next weekend at Carroll. 

Coaches Rob and Gene Meister are returning six seniors on this year's baseball team: Brett Capesius, Joe Golwitzer, Mark Garman, Brandon Doughan, Dana Miller, and David Reding. Kevin Elbert is the lone junior out for baseball. Also on the team are sophomores Austin Vaske, Zach Keith, Daniel Gelhaus, Alex Boisjolie, Luke Eischen, and Eli Marlow. There's a big group of freshman baseball players. They include Elliot Boisjolie, John Burns, Adam Hamilton, Zach Scobba, Jason Reding, and B.J. Plathe, Dustin Miller, Jake Kollasch, Alex Matthews, and Andrew McGuire. Also on the team are eighth graders Nick Bronk,. Chris Loss, David Klein, Jake Hamilton, Connor Garman, Brayton Loss, and Michael Berke.

Softball also has a very busy schedule this summer. Coach Wendi Meister is welcoming back three seniors on this year's squad: Alicia Pfeffer, Beth Broesder, and Kelly Klein. Juniors in softball include Alicia Richter, Becky Jennings, McKayla Loss, Sarah Matthews, and Kelsey Rahe. The team also features sophomores Andrea Altman, Emily Bell, Addison Miller, and Abbey Reding; plus freshmen Chelsi Lanus, Janet Kenyon, Andrea Gisch, Hannah Byrkeland, Hannah Boisjolie, and Jamie Baumann. Rounding out this year's team are eighth graders Nicole Behr, Taylor Hovey, Erin Quinlin, Morgan Mueller, Sabrina Book, Kara Eischen, Kristina Condoleon, and Aisha Miller. Good luck all summer long to the softball and baseball teams!

At the state track meet last weekend two Golden Bears set new school records. Sophomore Addison Miller broke her own record in the 400-meter hurdles with a fully automated time of 1 minute, 6.38 seconds. Freshman Erin Reedy set two school records at state. She ran the 3000-meter race in 11 minutes, 7.68 seconds and the 1500-meter in 5 minutes, 3.02 seconds. Congratulations to these record-breaking Bears!

Also at state Garrigan graduate Renetta Seiler-who was voted "most athletic" in the Class of 1995- was inducted into the Iowa Girls Athletic Union Hall of Fame. Renetta is a five-time state champion, with gold medals in the shot put and discus. She was also a Drake Relays champion. In college she competed in the hammer throw, and she trained for the Olympics in that event. She now is a track coach at Buena Vista University in Storm Lake. Congratulations to hall-of-famer Renetta Seiler!

There's one more person we want to congratulate on the "Bear Facts" this week. Last weekend freshman Sean Dyson won a silver medal at the state Special Olympics in Des Moines. Sean competed in the 50-meter walk at state, and earlier this year he also won a gold medal in bowling in the regional competition. Congratulations, Sean!

On our Golden Bear calendar, the boys state golf meet finishes up at Spring Valley today. Monday the Garrigan band will be playing for the Memorial Day festivities in Whittemore.

Tuesday the state girls golf meet begins. Also that morning the quiz bowl team leaves for Washington, D.C. Their competition is next Friday and Saturday, which is also when the baseball and softball teams will play in the CYO tournament.

There are a couple of special events coming up this summer. On June 26 and 27 St. Cecelia's will hold farewell open houses for Deacon Bob and Lorri Larsen at the Rochleau Center. There will be another goodbye for Sr. Mary Hermann Platt on Sunday, July 11.

We know summer will speed by, and before we know it school will be starting up again. The first day for Garrigan and Seton will be Wednesday, August 18.

So that wraps up our eighteenth season of the "Bear Facts". We'd like to thank KLGA and all our sponsors, and also faculty moderator David Burrow, who has worked with the show for as long as it's been on the air. 

Thanks also to all of you for listening to us each week. We're planning to be back on the air Saturday, August 28, to keep on bringing you all the news from Bishop Garrigan High School.



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