THE BEAR FACTS

August 31, 2019

Good morning! I’m Meredith Tigges!

I’m Abbi Heying!

And I’m Reese Rosenmeyer! Thanks for joining us as we begin the twenty-eighth season of the “Bear Facts”, the weekly radio show from Bishop Garrigan High School.

There was a lot of news over the summer at Garrigan. When we signed off last spring, the state track meet was happening. At state the Bears had four different events that finished in the top ten. Most successful were the boys shot put, where T.J. Schnurr finished second and Alex Mammen finished sixth in the state. John Meis finished seventh in the 1600-meter run, and the girls shuttle hurdle relay with Gracie Rosenmeyer, Reese Rosenmeyer, Laurel Degen, and Emma Grangenett ended up in eighth place.

Next up was state golf, where the Golden Bear girls ended up winning the state championship. The team at state included Anna Berke, Ava Eisenbarth, Isabella Capesius, Kelly Baade, Annie Burns, and Madison Illg. While none of the girls was in the top ten statewide, they combined for an overall team score of 727, which was 15 strokes better than second place Akron—Westfield.

The Golden Bear boys also made it to state, though their state tournament was shortened to just one day due to weather. Andrew Arndorfer finished in fifth place statewide, with a score of 77. Other golfers at state for the Bears were Kyle Schaaf, Grayson Rowlet, Aydn Rowlet, Joey Schumacher, and Jacob Leerar. Overall, the Bears finished third overall, behind Harris—Lake Park and Grundy Center. Congratulations to both the boys and girls golf teams!

Right after state golf finished, the Garrigan quiz bowl team made their twentieth trip to the National Academic Championships. This year they traveled to Chicago, where they went sightseeing, saw some museums, a baseball game, and the Broadway show Hamilton. Around sixty of the top teams in the country competed, and the Bears managed to get a win over Watson Chapel from Arkansas. Team members were Logan Heying, Gabe Trainer, Bryce Capesius, Sami Darling, Grant Bormann, Abbi Heying, and Aric Laubenthal. Congratulations, quiz bowl!

One of the biggest highlights of the summer came at the end of July, when the Golden Bear softball team qualified for state for the first time in school history. The team finished with their best record ever, with 29 wins and 8 losses. They finished second in the Top of Iowa Conference, with a 15 – 2 record. Mackenzie Meister made first team all-state, Maddie Meister was a second team selection, and Amanda Miller made the third all-state team. All three of them earned all-conference honors, as did Emma Fogarty, Aubree Altman, Bailey Meister, and Ashlyn Hovey.

For the team’s own post-season awards, Amanda Miller was named Pitcher of the Year, Emma Fogarty and Bailey Meister shared Infielder honors, and Maddie Meister was Outfielder of the Year. Aubree Altman won the Golden Glove award, Mackenzie Meister was named Big Hitter, and Ashlyn Hovey was Rookie of the Year. Jordan Hansen and Tara Kron were the Most Improved Players, Jenna Heinen and Gracie Elsbecker earned the Bear Pride honors, and Amanda Miller and Maddie Meister won the Fight Like a Champion award. The team MVP for 2019 was Mackenzie Meister. Congratulations on an awesome season, softball!

While it was a bit of a rebuilding year for the baseball team, they still had a good season. Alex Mammen was named first team all-district, while Luke Bormann won second team honors. Both of them got all-conference nods, as did Marcus Plathe, Joe Meis, and Brad Capesius. Colby Graves earned All-CYO honors.

Alex Mammen earned the Silver Slugger offense award, while Marcus Plathe and Brad Capesius shared the Gold Glove award for defense. Luke Bormann and Marcuse Plathe earned the Cy Young Award for outstanding pitching, and Joe Meis received Rookie of the Year honors. The Most Improved Player was Kyphus Goche, and the Golden Bear Pride award was split by Logan Heying, John Meis, and Drew Merron. Luke Bormann was the team MVP for 2019. Congratulations, baseball!

The very first day of school we nominated our Homecoming court for 2019. The Homecoming king candidates for 2019 include Andrew Arndorfer, Grant Bormann, Matt Reding, Grayson Rowlet, and Cade Winkel. This year’s queen candidates are Jordan Hansen, Carolyn Hough, Maddie Meister, Amanda Miller, and Katie Noonan. Homecoming will be the week of September 8 – 14.

Every year since 1992, we’ve begun our Senior Spotlights on the “Bear Facts” by featuring our student council presidents. One of this year’s co-presidents is Maddie Meister. Maddie is active in a wide range of activities. In addition to earning all-state honors in softball, she plays guard in basketball, she’s won awards in volleyball, basketball, and track. She’s also active in band, speech, Christian Leadership, and honor society. We wish Maddie all the best throughout this year and in college.

On our Golden Bear calendar this week, there’s a volleyball tournament at Ft. Dodge St. Edmond this morning. Then Monday there will be no school because of the Labor Day holiday.

Tuesday is the first turn-in day in the Garrigan calendar drive. That night there’s cross-country at Mason City Newman, and the JV football team will host Garner Hayfield Ventura.

We’ll have mass on Wednesday. Thursday the volleyball team hosts Lake Mills, and next Friday the varsity football team travels to Mason City Newman.

That’s our first “Bear Facts” of the year. Thanks for listening, and be sure to catch the show every Saturday to hear all the latest news from Bishop Garrigan High School.