The Bear Facts … September 29, 2007

Good morning! I’m Melanie Meyers!

And I’m Gina Rasmussen! You’re listening to the “Bear Facts”, where this week we’ve got a lot of good news to brag about here at Bishop Garrigan High School.


Before last week the Golden Bear football team had played Britt West Hancock nine times, and every time they’d come up short. Britt has a great football tradition, and while there’s never been a big rivalry between them and Garrigan, West Hancock has always been a big game for the Bears. It was this year, too, when the Eagles came to Conway Field to face the Golden Bears. The crowd was enormous, and the atmosphere in the stadium was electric.

At the beginning it looked like Garrigan would fall short again, when they got down 12 – 0 at the end of the first quarter. They came back strong, though, and they ended up beating the #2 team in the state and keeping their own undefeated record intact. It was a good all-around effort that included everyone from the senior captains down to freshman Jacob Behr, who came up strong on special teams. Congratulations on one of their biggest district wins ever to the Golden Bear football team!


The other fall sports teams also came on strong this past week. After hosting their own tournament last Saturday, the volleyball team beat Eagle Grove in three straight games Tuesday night. That same night Katrina Even ran in the Algona Invitational Cross-Country Meet. Not only did she medal, but she also broke the Garrigan sophomore record.


There was also big news this week from the Golden Bear danz squad. Six Garrigan girls went down to Ames earlier this month to audition for the All-Iowa Honor Drill Team, and all six of them were named members of the prestigious team. That’s more all-staters than any other dance team in this area, and more than even most 4-A schools can claim. Emily Behr, Christina Richter, Meghan Mayer, Kayla Schiltz, Steph Kollasch, and Danielle Rahm will all be performing next winter at the state girls basketball tournament. Congratulations to them and to their coach, Colleen Conway-Schiltz.


The big event today is Algona Band Day. Garrigan’s Solid Gold Marching Band is competing today in both the parade and field competitions. For their competition show this year the band goes on a Magical Mystery Tour with a collection of Beatles favorites. Mr. Ken Ferjak is the new band director, and junior Holly Byrkeland serves as this year’s field commander. The band features thirteen returning seniors, including Katie Boeckholt, Jake Zittritsch, Gina Rasmussen, Amber Broesder, Carrie Courtney, and Melanie Myers. Other seniors are Allison Missal, Melissa Cruise, Ethan Dahlhauser, Michelle Kollasch, Sheri Kenyon, and Krissy Kohlhaas. Seniors Britteny Stone and Megan Thilges are part of the flag line. Rounding out the band are twelve juniors, twelve sophomores, and ten freshmen instrumentalists, as well as two junior and two sophomore flag girls.

You can see the Solid Gold Marching Band in the band day parade, which begins at 1:00 this afternoon in downtown Algona. The field competition will be at Algona High tonight, starting at 6:00. In addition to performing at band day, Garrigan’s musicians will be competing at state marching contest next weekend in Fort Dodge. Good luck in all their competitions to the Solid Gold Marching Band!


Our Senior Spotlight this week shines on Ethan Dahlhauser and Chase Reding. Here to tell you about them is Melissa Cruise.

Ethan Dahlhauser comes to Garrigan from the Whittemore area. Ethan was voted quiz bowl MVP as a junior, and he’s likely to again be at the core of the quiz bowl team this year. He’s also a four-year member of the Garrigan band. Ethan is a top-notch student who takes all the most advanced classes. He especially likes history and would like to major in a history-oriented field at college. We wish Ethan all the best in the future.

Chase Reding is an Algona native who was named Player of the Game in last week’s Golden Bear victory over West Hancock. Chase is a year-round athlete, who is considering switching from track to golf in his senior year. He’s also an honor student who’s done well in a wide variety of classes. He’d like to play football in college, where he plans to major in business. Good luck, Chase!


Thanks, Melissa. On our Golden Bear calendar this week, today is Algona Band Day. The parade is at 1:00, and the field competition starts at 6pm.

Tomorrow the Harlem Ambassadors will be taking on local challengers in a basketball match-up in the Garrigan gym. Then on Monday the freshman football team travels to Ft. Dodge to play St. Edmond.

Tuesday there’s volleyball at Algona High and cross-country at Eagle Grove. Then on Wednesday the choir travels to Carroll Kuemper for the annual Catholic Choral Festival. That morning the student council will do their adopt-a-highway project in Sexton.

Thursday the volleyball team hosts Hampton-Dumont. We’ll have First Friday adoration in the Garrigan chapel next Friday, and that night the football team hosts Northwood Kensett for Senior Night.


That’s the “Bear Facts” for September. Thanks for joining us, and be sure to tune in again next week for more news from Bishop Garrigan High School.


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