Good morning! I'm Zeb Besch!
And I'm Ben DeWaard! Welcome once again to the 'Bear Facts', the radio show where every week we keep you in touch with all the news from Bishop Garrigan High School.
Last fall, when basketball season began, we all hoped that the Golden Bear girls would have an even better season than the record-breaker they had last year. As the season draws to a close, they definitely haven't disappointed us! Last Wednesday the girls went down to Veterans' Auditorium in Des Moines, where they played one of their toughest games of the season. They faced the Gilbert Tigers, who had one of the tallest centers in the state. Gilbert was looking for an upset, but nothing was going to stop our Bears. The girls narrowly escaped with the win on Wednesday, 57 to 55.
The win made this year's team the first girls' team in school history to win at state. Unfortunately their luck came to an end yesterday when they fell to Mid Prairie of Wellman. The Bears fell to the fourteenth-rated Hawks, for their first and only loss of the year. They finished the season with an impressive record of twenty-three wins and only one loss, plus the honor of being one of the four best teams in the entire state. Congratulations, girls!
Even if you don't care about the game, you might still want to set your VCR for the state championships tonight, because some other Garrigan students will be taking the floor tonight. At halftime you'll see the All-Iowa Drill Team, which includes members of our own Bishop Garrigan Danz Squad. Seniors Mya Illg and Sarah Reel will be showing you why they're the best in the state as they dance their way into your hearts tonight.
There's another big event taking place before the game tonight. This morning seven Garrigan quiz bowl students are competing in the Northeast Hamilton tournament at Blairsburg. Seniors at today's tournament include Jen Lighter and Scott Reising. They're helped out by juniors Tom Twait, Brad Frideres, Carrie Kohlhaas, and Nate Fouarge, and freshman Dennis Gisch. The Bears have won the tournament three of the past five years, and they're hoping to place in the money again today.
Several quiz bowl players are also looking forward to their third consecutive trip to the National Academic Championships. The plans are now final. Seven Garrigan students will be headed to Washington, D.C., in June to compete against the top academic teams from all over the country. The starters for this year's national team include juniors Brad Frideres, Jeremy Richter, and Tim Mosbach. They'll be backed up by four freshmen: Tyler Struck, Nathan Frideres, Dennis Gisch, and Louie Bode.
With all the excitement from the girls going to state and the boys making it all the way to substate, it's easy to forget that intramural basketball is still underway. Last Sunday's games were among the most exciting of the season. Team Anti inched past the Fire Ants by a score of 20 to 19, while the Attack Force demolished the U's, 102 to 51. Also last week the Screaming Stus guaranteed themselves a first-place seed in next week's intramural tournament, as they beat the Attack Force, 57 to 33. The March Madness continues tomorrow with the last two games of the regular season.
Tomorrow's intramural games had to be moved to the Seton Elementary gym because the Garrigan gym is all set up for the annual Pops Concert. After a series of schedule changes due to the basketball playoffs, the Pops Concert is now scheduled to take place next Tuesday and Wednesday at 7:30pm. This year's theme salutes TV shows and all the changes in American culture over the years. More than 150 band and choir members have worked hard to make this a great show, and we're sure everyone will enjoy it.
Our senior spotlight this week shines on intramural basketballer Doug Mergen. Doug is the son of Rita and Jim Dahlgren of Algona. He plays for the Attack Force intramural team, and he was responsible for nearly half of their 102 points in the big win last Sunday. He is tops among all intramural players in overall points scored for the season. Away from the basketball court, you'll see Doug in classes ranging from Chemistry to English to Art, and we wish him the best of luck after high school.
On our calendar this week, there's quiz bowl today at Northeast Hamilton in Blairsburg. Then tonight is the 2-A state girls' basketball championships. Be sure to catch the All-Iowa Drill Team at halftime.
Also today a select group from the boys' track squad will begin their season with an indoor meet at Iowa State University. Then tomorrow intramural basketball continues, this time in the Seton elementary gym.
Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday afternoons there will be danz squad try-outs for next year's team. Also on Monday there's a vocal concert for grades 3 and 4 at Seton.
Tuesday and Wednesday at 7:30 it's time for the annual BGHS Pops Concert. Then next Thursday we'll dismiss at 12:45 for an afternoon of inservice for the teachers.
Thursday night is the annual Academic Banquet. Then next Friday we'll have a special Alumni Career Day at BGHS. Also on Friday a number of Garrigan students will be giving the gift of life in the annual bloodmobile drive.
Finally next Saturday is the state speech contest at Manson-Northwest Webster. Garrigan has twelve entries going on to state.
Finally this week, the Algona Sister City program is looking for high school students who would be interested in spending tme this summer in Russia. Applications are available at the Algona City Hall.
That's the 'Bear Facts' for another week. Thanks for listening, and be sure to tune in again next week for more news from Bishop Garrigan High School.