May   31,   1997

Good morning! I'm Tracey fickbohm!

And I'm Andrea Cruise! Welcome to our final episode of the "Bear Facts" for the 1996-97 school year.

The year's almost over at Bishop Garrigan. The teachers have finished teaching their last lessons, and all that's left is final exams. We'll have a special schedule for finals next week. Monday we'll have the finals for periods 1 through 5, and on Tuesday motning we'll finish up with periods 6, 7, and 8. We'll all have open campus during the periods when we don't have tests, and then Tuesday at noon we're all out of here for summer.

Nine Garrigan students are in Des Moines this weekend for the boys' state track meet. Garrigan qualified for state in three different events: the 3,200-meter run, the discus, and the medley relay. Making the trip to state are seniors Chris Eischen and Matt Molacek; juniors Mike Cowan, Tom Twait, Andy Laubenthal, Andy Vaske, Thad Wunder, and Neal Elbert; and sophomore Adam Sundall. We wish all of them good luck at state!

The activities keep going even after school is out. Over the course of the summer there are sixty different dates with baseball or softball games scheduled. This year's softball squad begins their season next Monday against St. Ed's in Fort Dodge. There are three returning seniors on the softball team this year: Amy Schiltz, Maggie Nelson, and Molly Froehlich. Other players to watch incclude juniors Katie Elbert, Kristin Richter, Annie Potthoff, Ruby Bode, and Jill Erpelding; and freshman Angie Froehlich.

There's a full roster of girls backing up the starters. They include juniors like Jenny McAlpine, Beth Haag, Jamie Schnidt, Lisa Boekelman, and Carrie Kohlhaas. Among the sophomore softballers are Katie Reding, Tracey Fickbohm, Anne Smith, Julie Henkelvig, and Jessica Richter. Then there's the freshman team. You'll find Corrie Stetzel, Mackenzie Elbert, Angie Weber, Melissa Blocker, and Kelly Wieland. Other freshman players include JoAnn Schumacher, Nicole Eprelding, Abby Gervais, and Abby Bartolo. Good luck to Coach Giles Struck and the whole softball team!

The baseball team began their season last Wednesday with two big wins over West Bend/Mallard. Chris Miller threw a no-hitter, and Eric Scobba hit a grand-slam home run in the first game of that double-header. Other starters for the baseball bears include Dennis Becker, Matt Molacek, Chris Eischen, and Mike Cowan. Then there's Thad Wunder, Jason Anderson, Mark Anderson, and Jeremy Bartolo. Other top players include juniors Michael Courtney, Brian Kohlhaas, Tom Twait, and Jeff Geving; and sophomores Matt Kunkel, Chuck Rahm, Joe Lucas, and Phil LaFleur.

The freshman boys of summer include Eric Eischen, P.J. Vaske, Justin Frideres, John Mosbach, and Joe Mayer. Other freshmen out for baseball are Sam Lickteig, Nathan Frideres, Tyler Struck, Louis Bode, and Duane McGregor. Gene Meister and Mike Matuska are the head baseball coaches at Garrigan. Good luck to them, and to all the Golden Bears!

One of the biggest events on the summer calendar is the quiz bowl team's thrid straight trip to the National Academic Championships. After competing in Dallas in 1995 and in New Orleans last year, the Bears are hoping the third time is a charm when they head to Washington, D.C., June 11th. Brad Frideres is the Golden Bear captain, and backing him up are Jeremy Richter, Tim Mosbach, Tyler Struck, Dennis Gisch, Louie Bode, and Nate Frideres. Accompanying the team will be Coach Burrow and 1995 graduate Aaron Twait, who is now captain of the Hawkeye college bowl team at the University of Iowa.

The quiz bowl team isn't the only group travelling this summer. Spanish teacher Muriel Singer will be escorting ten Garrigan students and two kids from Algona High on a trip to Europe. They'll be flying from Des Moines to Madrid on August 5th, and they'll bask in the European sunshine before they have to return to school next fall. Brad Frideres will be the lone boy on the trip. The girls include Shelley Barth, Deanna Hellman, Lisa Kollasch, and Jenessa McGuire. Also making the trip are Tiffany Meyer, Kristi Patten, Jessica Richter, Jamie Schmidt, and Rachel Studer. Bon voyage to all these Golden Bear travellers!

On the summer calendar there's lots of Golden Bear events. In fact, there's only eight empty days between now and the end of August.

It starts Monday, when Emily Muller will play in the state golf tournament in Johnston. Monday and Tuesday we'll have semester tests, and when the bell rings at 11:50 on Tuesday, we're officially out for the summer.

Monday there's baseball and softball at Fort Dodge St. Edmond. Then on Tuesday the baseball team welcomes Britt West Hancock for a double-header. Thursday both teams play at Algona High.

There's baseball and softball at home against Humboldt on Friday, and the girls host Britt next Saturday at 1:00.

Next Saturday is also the big CYO baseball tournament. The Bears will join teams from all over the diocxese at Carroll Stadium for the big annual event.

The quiz bowl team leaves for Washington Wednesday, June 11th. The following weekend, June 14th and 15th, the softball team plays in the CYO tournament at Storm Lake.

Baseball play-offs begin July 14th, and softball play-offs start July 21st. Right after the summer sports are over, it's time to think about fall. Football camp begins August 12th. Then, before you know it, it will be Thursday, August 22nd--time for school to start up again.

Finally this week, we'd like to share with you one of the toughest times we had on the "Bear Facts" this past year. It was last winter, when for three straight weeks the basketball teams played big tournament games on Friday nights. We had to tape the "Bear Facts" during the week, before those big games were played, and we didn't want to sound stupid by either ignoring the news of telling the wrong outcome. So, for three straight weeks, we recorded two different shows--one in case the team won and another in case they lost. KLGA sports director Scott France and "Bear Facts" moderator David Burrow saw to it that the correct tapes got on the air. By the way, we're glad to say that two of the three weeks we were able to air the "win" versions of the "Bear Facts".

We made it through basketball season, and all the other events of the year, and we hope you've enjoyed listening to the "Bear Facts" all year long. Forty different students have helped out with writing and announcing the show this year, and we thank all of them for the work they did. We'd also like to thank the sponsors who pay to keep the show on the air, and we thank KLGA for allowing us to be here for the past five years.

That wraps things up for this school year. Thanks to all of you for tuning in. We hope to be back in the fall bringing you the news from Bishop Garrigan High School.

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