THE BEAR FACTS . . . OCT. 29, 2005

Good morning! I'm Josh Rahm!

And I'm Alex Elbert! Welcome to a very special edition of the "Bear Facts", where we've got a lot of accomplishments to celebrate here at Bishop Garrigan High School.

Right as this show is airing this morning the Golden Bear cross-country team is boarding the bus to head down to state. The girls won their second straight regional championship last week, and they're hoping to finish near the top of the pack down at state. Chris Scobba, who qualified individually on the boys' side, is also hoping to make a good finish. The state meet is at Kennedy Park, at the north end of Fort Dodge. The girls run at 2pm, followed by the boys race at 2:30.

The regional champion team includes seniors Kelly Schmidt and Bridget Doughan; and juniors Kelli Black, Tami Lallier, Maria Kohlhaas, Carrie Courtney, and Marisa Spain. Alternates include senior Alison Brandenburg, sophomore Krissy Kohlhaas, and freshman Holly Byrkeland. They all sport shirts that say "Gregology" in honor of assistant coach Greg Ahlers. The head cross-country coach is Daryl Kohlhaas. Good luck at state, cross-country!

Playoff football seedings were announced overnight, and the Bears are hoping for a good match-up. As we taped this show, the Golden Bear football team was all but assured a playoff bid-with the only questions being who'd they play and where. This is the Bears' thirteenth trip to the football playoffs, and we're hoping it will be a "lucky 13" that will lead them back to the Dome. Good luck in the post-season to Coach Marty Wadle and the football team!

One other group with some great news this week is the BGHS choir. Last Saturday several choir members traveled to Storm Lake for all-state auditions. The group had been practicing nine pieces of music in English, Latin, Spanish, and German for the past three months. At the auditions they sang five random selections from the music they had rehearsed. About one-fourth of those who tried out were called back, and 17% of the group was selected for the All-State Choir. We're pleased to say that this year that group includes Garrigan vocalists Jacob Hellman and Bridget Doughan. The All-State Festival will be November 17 - 19 in Ames, and the festival concert will be broadcast on Iowa Public Television over Thanksgiving weekend. Congratulations to Jacob and Bridget, our all-state honorees!

Next Friday and Saturday we'll have the performances of the fall musical, Annie Get Your Gun. The cast includes seniors Brandon Rowley, Tim Lind, Chris Kirsch, Ashley Waller, Bridget Doughan, Amanda Golwitzer, Jacob Hellman, Gavin Freking, Andrew Missal, Laura Kellner, Mitch Bode, Jenn Vaske, Sadie Foertsch, and Andrea Arndorfer. Juniors in the cast are Garry Brosnan, Emily Reising, Chris Loebach, and JoAnn Kirsch; sophomores Britteny Stone, Krissy Kohlhaas, Shane Koob, Casey Arndorfer, Kendra Plathe, Michelle Kollasch, and Macy Fickbohm; and freshmen Holly Byrkeland, Sam Norland, Rebecca Brosnan, and Joe Straub. There is also a chorus of townspeople and Indian dancers. Showtime is at 7:30 next Friday and Saturday. So be sure to see Annie Get Your Gun.

The BGHS magazine drive is off to a good start. We're about halfway through the drive and halfway to our goal. Any Garrigan student can sell you a magazine, at some of the best rates you'll find anywhere. When you buy through the school, forty percent of the purchase price stays right here to benefit school activities. The magazine drive continues through next weekend, so contact your favorite Golden Bear and be sure to renew your subscriptions.

Our Senior Spotlight this week shines on Adam Elbert and Jude Studer. Here with the scoop on him is Anna Bormann.

Adam Elbert is an Algona native who enjoys sports. In the summer you'll see him playing baseball, and he's part of the Golden Bear football team that's headed to playoffs this fall. Adam is active in many service and leadership projects around school. He'll be off to college next year, and we wish him all the best.

Jude Studer comes to Garrigan from the Wesley area. He and his twin brother are the last in a large family all of whom went to Garrigan. You'll often hear Jude's name called-especially on defense-at Golden Bear football games, and he also excels in track. In the winter he enjoys intramural basketball. Jude will be in the military next year, and we wish him good luck.

Thanks, Anna. On our Golden Bear calendar this week, there's the state cross-country meet today. Admission is free, so we encourage everyone to drive down to Fort Dodge to cheer on the regional champion Golden Bears.

Daylight Savings Time begins tomorrow. Then on Halloween the seniors and sophomores will be meeting to decide on graduation invitations and class rings.

Tuesday we'll have mass for the All Saint's holy day. The volleyball team will have their awards potluck that night. Then on Wednesday the football team plays in the first round of playoffs.

Friday Annie Get Your Gun opens. Showtime is 7:30 in Friedmann Auditorium. Then on Saturday there's quiz bowl at Algona High, state cheerleading in Des Moines, state solo dance in Pella, and math team in Sioux Center.

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



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