The Bear Facts

October 29, 2011

Good morning! I’m Austin Salz!

And I’m John Richter! You’re listening to the “Bear Facts”, where this week we’re celebrating the success of all our fall activities here at Bishop Garrigan High School.

Today is the biggest day of the year for the Golden Bear girls’ cross-country team. They’re running this afternoon in the state cross-country meet. Junior Erin Reedy is no stranger to the state meet; this will be the third time she’s made it to state. This year, though, the entire team qualified. Teammates Erin Quinlin and Nicole Behr also finished in the top ten at regionals, and they’ll also be running their hardest at state.

The whole cross-country team has done well all season long. Other runners include senior Emily Bell, juniors Sarah McCall and Kelly Rowley, sophomore Aisha Miller, and freshmen Courtney Carlson and Morgan Frideres. Garrigan will be running in the 1-A meet, which will be at 2:00 this afternoon at Lakeside Golf Course at Kennedy Park in Ft. Dodge. Admission is free, but there is a $10 parking fee at the meet. Good luck at state to the Golden Bear runners!

The Algona swim team has their regional meet today, and all season long three Garrigan girls have been big contributors to that team’s success. Kendra Roethler, Erica Carlson, and Emma Plathe are all members of the Algona swim team, and we wish them all the best today at regionals.

The BGHS volleyball team has also had a great playoff run. They won their first two regional games, each in three straight games. The Bears defeated Corwith Wesley Luverne in the playoff opener, and then they beat North Iowa last Tuesday. Last night the Bears hosted West Bend Mallard in the regional semi-finals.

As libero, Addison Miller has been a key member of this year’s volleyball team. The Bears’ success is also due to her teammates, like fellow seniors Rachel Berte, Abbey Reding, Mallory Bormann, Lana Larson, Shelby Schindler, Lizzy Hohmeister, and Bethany Capesius. Other key players include juniors Aubrie Meyers, Chelsi Lanus, and Amelia Golwitzer; and sophomores Vanessa Dodds, Kara Eischen, and Taylor Hovey. Congratulations to the volleyball team for all their playoff success!

The Golden Bear football team made playoffs this year for the nineteenth time since 1976. The state has expanded the number of teams that qualify for football playoffs, but Garrigan would have made it this year by the old standards as well as the new ones. The Bears played the Westerners from Akron—Westfield in their first round playoff game, and while they played a good game, Garrigan ended up losing by just a nine-point margin: 31 – 22. We congratulate the Bears on another good year and another appearance in football playoffs.

The Bishop Garrigan quiz bowl team is back in action today. They’re down in Ankeny for a showdown with mostly large schools from central and eastern Iowa. The Bears have two teams entered in the tournament. Captain Philip Detrick will be playing together with Craig Kohlhaas, Dustin Miller, Levi Bernhard, Zach Scobba, and Rachel Berte. The other team includes captain John Richter, plus Hannah Bernhard, Allison Frideres, Jake Hamilton, and Taylor Illg. Everyone will play five games this morning, and both of Garrigan’s entries are hoping to end up among the top four teams overall and make playoffs. Good luck, quiz bowl!

Halloween is next Monday, and many Garrigan science students will be celebrating with the annual pumpkin chuck. Biology teacher Beany Bode supplies the pumpkins, and it’s up to students to design and build a device that will launch them as far as possible. Almost anything goes, but the devices need to be non-flammable and able to be transported safely. The whole student body will watch the event, and prizes will be given to the best pumpkin-chucking engineers.

Halloween is also a big time for Garrigan’s Christian Leadership in Action group. Instead of traditional trick-or-treating, Christian Leadership goes around the area collecting canned and boxed goods for the Kossuth County Food Pantry. This has been an annual tradition for many years now, and Christian Leadership is hoping to help a lot of needy people with their donations this year.

It’s time once again for the BGHS magazine drive. Through mid-November every high school student will be selling subscriptions and renewals for all your favorite magazines. Prices are lower than through most offers, and 40% of all the money you spend stays right here and goes to the Bishop Garrigan student council. So find your favorite Golden Bear and renew your magazines through the school.

Next weekend the Bishop Garrigan fine arts department will present their Extravaganza, a big variety show that includes students, teachers, and alumni. The Extravaganza is sponsored by DARTS, the group that supports drama, art, and speech. DARTS has funded lots of major projects in recent years—like the new stage curtains and a new spotlight. They also support little things—like cameras to take pictures for the website and the tapes we use to record the “Bear Facts”. The Extravaganza will be at 7pm next Saturday, and admission is just $5.

Our Senior Spotlight this week shines on Austin Vaske. Here to tell you about him is Austin Salz.

If you’ve been to a Garrigan football game this fall, you’ve seen Austin Vaske—though he hasn’t been on the field. Our Homecoming King, Austin has been the bear mascot at every home game. He’s better known for his accomplishments in baseball—where he’s won all-state honors—and basketball, where he helped the team go to state his sophomore year. Austin has also lettered twice in track, and he is one of the most active boys in Christian Leadership in Action. After high school Austin will be studying to become a funeral director, and we wish him all the best in the future.

Thanks, Austin! On our Golden Bear calendar this week, there’s the state cross-country meet in Ft. Dodge this afternoon. The Garrigan girls will be running at 2pm.

Also today there’s the regional swim meet, and the quiz bowl team is playing in Ankeny. Then tomorrow Christian Leadership in Action will hold their Halloween food drive to help the Kossuth County Food Pantry.

All through next week the magazine drive continues. Monday for Halloween the science classes will do their pumpkin chuck. Then Tuesday we’ll have an all-school mass for All Saints Day.

The volleyball regional finals are Tuesday night. Wednesday there’s an early dismissal for teacher inservice. Next Saturday is state cheerleading and state solo dance. There’s also quiz bowl at Algona High that day, and that night is the fine arts Extravaganza.

That’s the “Bear Facts” for October. Thanks for joining us, and Happy Halloween to everybody from all of us at Bishop Garrigan High School!

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