The Bear Facts

October 31, 2009

Happy Halloween, everyone! ... And good morning, I'm Drew Magill!

And I'm Stephanie Kajewski! You're listening to the "Bear Facts". We bring you spooky greetings from all the ghosts and goblins here at Bishop Garrigan High School.

You could say our volleyball and football teams got spooked this past week-or you could just say we took a whooping. The season ended for both the Golden Bear football and volleyball teams, and it wasn't pretty for either of them. After winning their district playoff game vs. Woden Crystal Lake Titonka a week ago, the volleyball team fell in three straight games to North Sentral Kossuth on Tuesday night. Wednesday we all hoped the football team would repeat the success they had in the last regular season game at Rockwell City-Lytton. Unfortunately pretty much everything imaginable went wrong in their substate game, and the Bears ended up losing 41 - 0.

There's still one fall sport going on, and the Bears stand a good chance of doing much better in this one. Last Monday freshman Erin Reedy won the regional championship in cross-country, finishing the wet, spongy four-kilometer course in a time of 16 minutes, 13 seconds. Erin is now one of the favorites in the state cross-country meet, which is being held today at Kennedy Park, just north of Fort Dodge. She may not win as a freshman, but we're expecting her to run well and place high.

State cross-country is taking place all day long. The girls 1-A race will start at 2pm, two hours after Algona High runs in the boys state championship. Kennedy Park is just north of Fort Dodge. You can get there by turning at the egg plant south of Humboldt and then following county road P-56 (Nelson Avenue) south toward the Fort Dodge airport. Admission is free, but parking is always jam-packed, so we urge you to get there early if you don't want to have a very long walk. Good luck to Erin Reedy as she runs at state cross-country!

With fall activities drawing to a close, the next big event on the calendar is the BGHS musical. This year we're presenting The Wizard of Oz, and we invite everyone to take a journey over the rainbow to Munchkinland and the Emerald City. Art students have been working hard on the set, which instructor Steve Brosnan says is the single largest set we've ever built for any play here at Garrigan. Reserved seating is available. You can see the floorplan on our website and call or e-mail Miss Mary McCall for reservations. Showtime is 7pm next Friday and Saturday, November 6 and 7. Be sure to see the musical event of the season, The Wizard of Oz!

Last Saturday the Golden Bear quiz bowl team went down to Ankeny. Garrigan has competed in the Ankeny tournament for more than a decade, and normally we haven't done very well there. This year was different, though. The Bears made playoffs for the first time ever, with the team of Jake Rosenmeyer, Brittany Berte, Rebeccah Erdman, Michael Fakler, and Drew Magill finishing in fourth place overall. Garrigan actually had two teams entered at Ankeny. The second team got only one win, but it was a big one. They were the only team all day to defeat perennial powerhouse Ames High. Congratulations, quiz bowl!

All-state music auditions were held last Saturday, and it was a great day for Garrigan junior Anna Kollasch. Anna was selected for the all-state choir. She will perform in Ames on November 21st, and the concert will be broadcast Thanksgiving weekend over Iowa Public Television. Nora Krahenbuhl also received a call-back at all-state tryouts.

The annual Garrigan magazine drive is underway. Sales started out well and then slowed down with all the big sports events this past week. We're hoping the pace picks up this coming week. Every Garrigan student has a catalog with all kinds of popular magazines, and when you order subscriptions through the school, 40% of your money stays here to support student activities. The magazine drive continues through Monday, November 9.

Our Senior Spotlight this week shines on Molly Brashear. Here to tell you all about here is Jake Rosenmeyer.

Molly Brashear has is a cheerleading captain, and she also keeps busy with track, publications, and National Honor Society. She's represented her class on student council all through high school. She enjoys Christian Leadership in Action and particularly liked helping out at the Mary's Place Mission in Minneapolis. Next year Molly plans to go to UNI, and we wish her all the best in college and in the future.

Thanks, Jake! On our Golden Bear calendar this week, there's the state cross-country meet in Fort Dodge. Erin Reedy will be running at 2:00 this afternoon in the 1-A girls contest. Also today there's the state cheerleading competition.

Tomorrow Daylight Savings Time ends. There will be a special rehearsal for the musical at 1:00 Central Standard Time. Monday we'll resume collections for the magazine drive.

Wednesday afternoon there's a teacher inservice, so we'll dismiss at 1:30 that day. The health occupations group will meet at 2pm.

Thursday morning we'll have mass. There's a science and art field trip that day, and in the afternoon we'll have a matinee of The Wizard of Oz for Seton students.

The Wizard of Oz opens to the public next Friday night and continues through Saturday. Also next Saturday there's quiz bowl at Algona High and math team in Sioux Center.

That's the "Bear Facts" for Halloween. 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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