The Bear Facts

December 6, 1997

(Episode #189)


Good morning! I'm Tim Mosbach!

And I'm Jeremy Richter! And you're listening to the "Bear Facts", the weekly radio show where we let you know what's happening here at Bishop Garrigan High School.

The quiz bowl team has done it again. For the fourth straight year, the Golden Bears have qualified for the National Academic Championships. This year they did it in a high-tech way. The Bears logged onto the Internet, and they finished first among eighty teams from around the country in the November online quiz from Questions Unlimited. Their team score was 19 out of 20 correct. That top score means Garrigan quiz bowlers will be headed to the East Coast next June to make their fourth consecutive appearance at nationals.

So what does it take to qualify for nationals? Well, the questions ranged from art, literature, and opera to chemistry, physics, and calculus. The Bears had to recognize that Romany was the language spoken by Gypsies, and they needed to know that the kookaburra was an Australian bird known as the "bushman's clock". They had to identify the Italian verb for "to feel", and they guessed correctly that Freud dispproved of Darwin's theory of evolution. They also knew the origin of horseshoes bringing good luck. You can check out both the questions and answers by going to the Questions Unlimited site on the Internet.


There's more quiz bowl today. This morning the Bears are in Spirit Lake for their fifth tournament this fall. Garrigan has three teams entered at Spirit Lake. Team captains include Tom Twait, Tim Mosbach, and Mike Reel. Other key players are juniors Maria Loebach, Abby Rahm, and Adam Foertsch; sophomores Tyler Struck, Dennis Gisch, John Mosbach, and Jennifer Reinhart; and freshmen Lynn Kohlhaas, Paul Loebach, Angie Kohlhaas, and Chris Missal. Good luck, quiz bowlers!

Today's biggest event is probably the state drill team contest in Des Moines. The Garrigan Danz Squad will join other teams from around the state at Veterans' Auditorium for a day of fun-filled competition. The seniors in Danz Squad are Jill Erpelding, Sadie Kohlhaas, Jenni Krieps, Molly McGuire, Tiffany Meyer, and Kristin Richter. Among the juniors are Sarah Foth, Melanie McGuire, Abby Monson, and Natalie Salz. There's also four sophomores in Danz Squad. They include Abby Bartolo, Anna Erpelding, Amanda Hilbert, and Jillian Trenary. Good luck at state to all our dancers!

Basketball season is here! The Golden Bear boys and girls opened their season last Tuesday against some tough teams from Iowa Falls. The girls brought home their first big win. The boys faced a top-rated team with several Division I recruits. In spite of the tough competition, the Bears managed to equal their last year's season average in points scored, racking up 61 in a respectable loss.


The returning seniors on the boys' team include Tom Twait, who was top scorer in the Iowa Falls game; Chris Miller, the leading three-point shooter; and ace forward Andy Laubenthal. Among those backing up the seniors are juniors Matt Kunkel and John Bartolo, and sophomore John Mosbach. There's also a big outside threat from freshman stand-out Brad Nelson. Coaches Gene Meister and Mike Matuska are expecting a good season out of their team.

The Golden Bear girls are coming off back to back trips to the state tournament. This year's team should also be strong. The seniors include go-to girl Katie Vaske, three-point threat Ruby Bode, and Jenny McAlpine, who describes herself as "funny to watch". Among the younger players are rebounding machine Liz DeWaard; Angie Froehlich, who the girls say can score at will; as well as Molly Nelson and Sarah Hall. Good luck to Coach Patterson and the whole girls' basketball team!

This week's Senior Spotlight shines on Jenny McAlpine and Katie Vaske. Here with the scoop on them is Nate Fouarge.

Jenny McAlpine just finished a fantastic volleyball season, where she was named to the first team all conference. She is nowplaying forward in basketball, and she also participates in track and softball. Along with sports, Jenny is involved in drama, band, youth council, and National Honor Society. You may have seen her leading her favorite cookie monster cheer during football season. Next year she'll be attending Drake and playing volleyball for the Bulldogs. Best wishes, Jenny!


Katie Vaske stands six feet, one inch tall and participates in volleyball, basketball, and track. Katie was a member of the Iowa AAU team this summer. She is also in the National Honor Society. Outside of school she enjoys working at her mother's flower shop in Bancroft and at the Algona Country Club. Katie has been keeping her college plans open, but she hopes to play volleyball and basketball and major in pre-med. Good luck, Katie!

Thanks, Nate! On this week's Golden Bear calendar, there's state drill team today in Des Moines and quiz bowl at Spirit Lake. Tomorrow is the second Sunday of Advent.

Monday we'll have mass at 10:45 for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. Students will also be receiving hepatitis shots on Monday, and that night the JV baskeball teams host Fort Dodge High while the freshmen play at St. Ed's.

Tuesday the varsity teams welcome Webster City. Then on Wednesday there's JV hoops, with the Bears travelling to St. Ed's.

Next Thursday we'll have the day off at Garrigan. This is a reward from the magazine drive, which was re-scheduled from an earlier date. Seton and Algona High will have classes next Thursday.

Also next Thursday the Model UN will travel to Ames to do research. Then on Friday the Bears travel to Clarion/Goldfield for JV and varsity basketball.


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Finally this week we offer our sincere condolences to our friends at Algona High on the death of their fellow students, Dustin Whiston and Simon Simonson. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Whiston and Simonson families and with all the students at A.H.S.

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That's the "Bear Facts" for another week. Thanks for listening, and be sure to tune in next week to hear more news from Bishop Garrigan High School.

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