The Bear Facts

October 31, 1998




Good morning! I'm Tyler Struck!

And I'm Tracey Fickbohm! Happy Halloween from all the ghosts and ghouls here at Bishop Garrgan High School

Biology teacher Kara Christianson got an early start on Halloween by bringing her own little spook into the world. Last Tuesday at 11:23pm, Claire Elaine Christianson came into the world. Mrs. C's daughter is 21 inches long and weighs 9 pounds, 6 ounces. Congratulations to the whole Christianson family.

Most Garrigan students are keeping quite busy today without having to worry about trick-or-treating or practical jokes. Probably the biggest event going on today is the state cross-country finals, which are this afternoon at Kennedy Park in Fort Dodge. Garrigan has two runners competing at state: Adam Sundall and Simone Adler. The team will be leaving from the Garrigan gym at 10:30 this morning, and we encourage everyone to come out to Garrigan to cheer the Bears on to State.

Then hop in your car and drive on down to Fort Dodge to see Simone and Adam run. Kennedy Park is at the north end of the city, just north of the Fort Dodge Airport. Auxiliary parking is available between the park and the airport. Simone will run in the first race of the day, the 1-A girls' finals at 12:30 this afternoon. Immediately after Simone's race is done, you can cheer on Algona High's Amber Friedrichs, who is running in the 2-A finals. When the girls are finished, be sure to stick around until 1:45, for the 1-A boys' race. Adam has been ranked number one in the state all season, and we're all rooting for him to bring home the state championship this afternoon. Good luck to all the state-bound cross-country runners!


There's also a big quiz bowl tournament today. While Garrigan's numbers have dwindled because of numerous conflicts, they still have four teams competing, and they're looking for a good day today. The Bears have taken home a trophy from the Algona High tournament for each of the past five years, and they're hoping to haul some more hardware back to Garrigan today.

The Golden Bear team captains at today's tournament are senior Adam Foertsch, juniors Wade MacDonald and Jennifer Reinhart, and sophomore Scott McGuire. Among the other players competing today are Julie Henkelvig, Lynn Kohlhaas, Rebecca McGuire, Brandon Donahe, Bryan McAlpine, and Adam Rahm. Rounding out the team are Scott Black, Justin Froehlich, Brad Nelson, Brooke Buscherfeld, and Ellie Reising. Good luck to all these Golden Bear quiz bowlers!

Today is also a big day or the varsity football cheerleaders. They've done awesomely all season, and today they're competing at the ACF Midwest Open at Johnston High School near Des Moines. The competition is from 10am to 5pm. Next weekend they'll also be in competition, at the state cheerleading competition at Southeast Polk High School. We encourage everyone to come and support your cheerleaders!

This year's varsity football cheerleaders include Melanie McGuire, Natalie Salz, Libby Wingert, Abby Monson, and Sarah Foth. Also cheering this fall are Jillian Trenary, Amanda Hilbert, Anna Erpelding, and Val Besch. Over the course of the season, the girls sponsored a fun cheer clinic with fifty-five Seton students in grades two through six. They also had a car wash at Algona Marine and Sport last month, and they served the biggest waffle breakfast ever held at the Rochleau Center.


The JV football cheerleaders have done a super job this year. By attending a stunt camp and practicing hard, they progressed well and learned many new things. Six of the eight JV football cheerleaders will be varsity basketball cheerleaders this winter, and they look forward to performing their new stunts with their squad. This year's JV cheerleaders include Heather Forburger, Deanna Kohlhaas, Amanda Freking, Sherri Kollasch, Trish Eishen, Heather Johnson, Janet Kamer, and Holly Forburger. Congratulations, girls!

The annual BGHS calendar drive is underway. Students will be selling magazine subscriptions from now through November 9th. Almost every magazine people take is available through Garigan, at the lowest possible rates. In addition to getting a discount, forty percent of everything you buy stays right here to help out student activities and can be considered a tax-deductible contribution. So be sure to see your favorite Garrigan student and renew all those magazines today.

This week's Senior Spotlight shines on Kristin Grunwaldt and Amber Missal. Here to tell you about them is Kristi Patten.

During the fall you may have seen Kristin Grunwaldt in her job at the Algona Dairy Queen. Now that ice cream weather is over, Kristin spends her free time at home or with her friends. Her number one activity is cheerleading, and her favorite class is history. Kristin will be off to college next year. Good luck, Kristin!

Amber Missal is also one of our basketball cheerleaders. She woks at Hy-Vee in Algona, and in her free time she enjoys shopping and going to the movies. Amber's favorite class is "Living for Singles", and her least favorite class is Government. We wish Amber the very best of luck.


Thanks, Kristi. On our Golden Bear calendar, there's quiz bowl this morning at Algona High. Also today, the cheerleaders are in Johnston at a competition.

At 12:30 this afternoon Simone Adler runs in the girls' cross-country finals, and at 1:45 Adam Sundall will be running for the boys' state championship.

Tomorrow is the Feast of All Saints. Then on Monday the magazine drive continues. Tuesday morning the sophomores will be taking the PLAN test.

Football playofs begin on Wednesday. The playoff schedule will be announced today, and we're all hoping this will be the year that the Golden Bears are on the list.

We'll update you on football and all the other happenings on next week's show. Until then, that's the news for October. Thanks for listening, and be sure to tune in again for more news from Bishop Garrigan High School.


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