Good morning! I'm Sarah Reel!
And I'm Matt Erpelding! Welcome once again to the "Bear Facts", where we keep you in touch with all the news from Bishop Garrigan High School.
There was big news last weekend for two Golden Bear athletes. Senior stand-out Renetta Seiler was in Des Moines last weekend to defend her shot put and discus championships in the Drake Relays. Netta was disappointed in her discus performance. "I wasn't very happy with my throws," she said, "but the girls who beat me threw pretty well.," She ended up third, with a throw of 134 feet, 9 inches, behnid two record-breaking athletes from larger schools. If she was disappointed in the discus, though, she definitely made up for it in the shot put, where her 41 foot, 7 -1/2 inch throw gave her the championship for the second straight year.
Basketball MVP O.J. Froehlich also had a great weekend. His AAU team qualified for the Junior National Olympic Games which will be held this summer in Des Moines. The team, which also includes players from Algona High, Corwith/Wesley/LuVerne, Hampton, and Emmetsburg, ended up third in the state finals, defeating teams from Waterloo, Cedar Rapids, and Vinton. O.J. was the top scorer in the final game and was also honored as one of the five athletes who earned a place on the all-tournament team.
In spite of the rain, the Golden Bear golf teams have gotten in a lot of action this spring. After an extremely successful season last year, the girls have been struggling a bit more this season. The top golfers include seniors Mindy Berte, Sara Thilges, and Anita Laubenthal, and freshman Cindy Besch. Others to watch are Deb Bormann, Jenny Weydert, Danielle Elbert, Amy Goodman, Casey Wolf, and Emily Muller.
On the boys' side the news has been up and down, as the Bears struggle for consistency. Senior Miguel Karlen has been a medalist at several meets. Other top players include senior Steve Froehlich, Matt Mescher, and Micah Wagner, and juniors Charlie Plathe and Mike Lallier. Marty Wadle is the girls' golf coach at Garrigan, while Mike Kramer heads things up for the boys' golf team.
Mr. Kramer is one of three Garrigan faculty members who will be leaving after this school year. Mr. Kramer came to Garrigan in the middle of last year, filling in as a typing and accounting teacher after Mrs. Strohman was seriously injured in an auto accident. He will be getting married soon, and he's looking for a job in the Iowa City area, where his fiancee lives.
This is also the last year at Garrigan for Mr. Norm Kunkel, the school librarian. Mr. Kunkel's biggest accomplishment in the past four years has been computerizing the library. He has accepted a job at St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and all of us are waiting for him to invite s down for a vacation on the beach. In addition to Mr. Kunkel and Mr. Kramer, Father Tim Hogan is ending his second stint as a Garrigan religion teacher. The priest is being transferred out of his pastorate in St. Benedict as a part of a church consolidation project.
It's less than a month now until a select group of Garrigan quiz bowl players leaves for the National Academic Championship in Dallas. The plans are all finalized now, and the team will leave for Texas on Thursday, June 1st, the day after school gets out for the summer. They will play four preliminary games over a three-day period, with their eyes set on making the championship play-offs. Quiz bowl coach David Burrow and Garrigan President Father Gerald Feierfeil will be accompanying the group, which includes captain Aaron Twait, seniors Steve Bormann and Tom McGreevey, juniors Matt Erpelding, Chris Bormann, and Charlie Plathe, and freshman Tom Twait.
Today Kossuth County is sponsoring a Toxic Clean-Up Day. People from around the area can take their hazardous waste to the Kossuth County Fairgrounds to have it disposed of properly. The Bishop Garrigan National Honor Society is one of the groups that helped to organize the Toxic Clean-Up Day, and we encourage everyone to take advantage of this chance to get rid of your nasty chemicals in an environmentally friendly way.
This coming week is National School Board Recognition Week. While that might not normally stand out, this year it's special for the Bishop Garrigan Board. At the National Catholic Schools Convention last month, the Garrigan Board was one of only three groups from all over the country that was recognized as outstanding. The citation they received cited their "hands-on spirit of volunteerism" as well as the way they have incorporated both Seton and Garrigan into one school system.
This past week also had a special designation. It was National School Lunch Week. At Garrigan we used the opportunity to honor five women who usually get overlooked: Sharon Kenne, Betty Berte, Bonnie Esser, Pat Roethler, and Dolores Roethler. These ladies work hard everyday to make our lunches as enjoyable as possible. Their work definitely shows, too. While a few years back people complained about hot lunch to the point of organizing a boycott, in recent years the comments you hear about the lunches are basically good. The lunch ladies were honored with flowers, posters, and special thanks from the students, and we'd also like to add our special "Bear Facts" salute to the list.
This week's Senior Spotlight shines on Anita Laubenthal and Micah Wagner. Anita is a Whittemore native whose four point grade point average ties her for the top position in this year's senior class. She's one of the stand-outs on the Garrigan golf team, and she's also been a Golden Bear cheerleader. One of her most important activities is being a piano accompanist for the band and choir. Good luck, Anita!
Our other featured senior is Micah Wagner. Micah loves sports; in summer you'll see him in a baseball uniform, last winter he was named one of the most-improved players on the basketball team, and this spring he's golfing for the Golden Bears. He also enjoys challenging classes like Pre-Calculus and Physics. We wish Micah the very best of luck in the future!
The Garrigan calendar is very busy this week, between events that were rescheduled and things that were already there. It all starts this morning, with the girls' golf team playing in an invitational tournament at Spencer.
Tomorrow several Seton students will be celebrating their first communion at St. Cecelia's
Monday there's boys' track at Spirit Lake, and there's North Central Conference tournament golf--with the boys at home and the girls playing at Clarion.
Tuesday is girls' district track. There's also boys track at Forest City. Tuesday night at 7:30 there will be a special meeting for junior parents to go over college-prep guidelines.
Wednesday the speech and drama departments will have their annual awards potluck. There's girls track at Clarion, and girls and boys golf versus Algona High. Wednesday is also the day that softball practice begins.
Thursday the health students will take a field trip to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. There's a middle school band concert at 7:30 in the Rochleau Center.
On Friday the Variations in Literature class will enjoy a special dinner with Greek cuisine. Boys golf sectionals are Friday at home, while the girls track team will be at Clear Lake for the conference tournament.
Next Saturday there's track at Buena Vista College. Then it's time to get ready for the big celebration of Prom Night, 1995.
That's the Bear Facts for this week. Thanks for listening, and be sure to join us again for more news from Bishop Garrigan High School.
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