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BGHS advances to state football finals

All season long, the Bishop Garrigan Golden Bears’ defense has been outstanding and a big reason why the squad was 11-0.  Friday at the UNI-Dome in Cedar Falls in the Class A state football semi-finals, the defense was called on late one more time for the a trip to the state championship game.

“Headed to the UNI-Dome”

For the first time since 2005, the Bishop Garrigan Golden Bears football team is headed back to the UNI-Dome.  The black-and-gold defeated third-rated West Hancock 12-8 a defensive, physical football contest between the two rivals played at Conway Field on Friday, Nov. 4.

Altman places 94th at State

In her first year out for cross-country, Bishop Garrigan junior Alisa Altman placed 94th at the Class 1A state meet held at the Lakeside Golf Course in Fort Dodge on Saturday, Oct. 29 with her time of 22:47.4.
“Alisa did an awesome job today,” said Golden Bear Coach Cassie Rowley.  “She was very nervous before the race and I told her at the starting line to relax and take things in because she is going to be right back here next season.

VanZante 97th in 3A

In her third appearance in the Class 3A state cross-country meet in her career, Algona senior Morgan VanZante finished in 97th place with her time of 21:19.9.
The meet was held on Saturday, Oct. 29 at the Lakeside Golf Course inside Kennedy Park just north of Fort Dodge on a beautiful fall afternoon.

Engen 79th in 3A

Trey Engen’s second straight trip to the Class 3A cross-country meet saw the Bulldog sophomore ending up in 79th place with his time of 17:35.8 on Saturday, Oct. 29 at the Lakeside Golf Course just north of Fort Dodge.
Last season at the same location, Trey finished in 68th place for the red-and-black with his clocking of 17:37.9, which was his best time of the year last fall while his best clocking this season came at the district meet at Spencer in 16:55.55.

Running at state meet for first time

Bishop Garrigan senior Ryan Kenyon ran at the state meet for the first time in his career and ended up in 77th place for the black-and-gold with his clocking of 18:17.7
“Ryan did a great job,” said Bishop Garrigan Coach Cassie Rowley.  “It was not his personal best but I thought he gave everything he had and ran a solid race.  He usually likes to start slow and he did that again today.

'Mighty Warrior' best at State

Only the finish line was biggest obstacle keeping Riley Bauer from a state title.  The North Union junior captured the Class 1A state title by cruising to the win with a time of 16:09.7, 23 seconds ahead of runner-up Shane Breheny of Treynor in the meet held in Fort Dodge on Saturday, Oct. 29.

Experience outlasts youth

It was an instant classic. Algona came in with a 21-18 overall match record with a youthful squad that had gotten enormous contributions from four freshmen throughout the 2016 season.
Humboldt was ranked eighth in the final Class 3A rankings with a sparkling 31-1 record and was led by six experienced seniors and a pair of juniors.

Golden Bears top WB-M in four sets

Bishop Garrigan moved onto the Class 1A regional semi-finals with a four-set victory over the West Bend-Mallard Wolverines in a match played at West Bend on Monday, Oct. 24.
West Bend-Mallard grabbed an early 5-2 advantage in game number one before the black-and-gold fought its way back to tie the contest at 12-12. The visitors took the lead up to 17-13, broke it out to 23-16 before taking the first set by the score of 25-17.

Undefeated — Again

Bishop Garrigan wrapped up a perfect regular season for the second straight year with a 40-6 victory over the St. Edmond Gaels in a game played at Dodger Stadium in Fort Dodge on Friday, Oct. 21.
The Golden Bears (9-0, 7-0) will entertain Earlham (6-3) in the first round of the Class A playoffs at Conway Field on Friday, Oct. 28, as the Gaels finished a tough year at 2-7 and went 1-6 in district play.

Warriors win season finale

North Union was on the road at Emmetsburg to finish the regular season as the green-black-and-silver overcame a little adversity after leading hitter Olivia Marlow went down with an injury during warm-ups to defeat the E-Hawks in three straight sets.
“I was very proud of how the girls adjust without any preparation,” said Warrior Head Coach Ashley Scheevel. “I was not sure how they would adjust when Olivia went down as she is our big hitter and has been playing really well.

Bulldogs finish 3rd at AHS tourney

Algona closed out its 2016 volleyball regular season by going 4-2 and placing third at the Algona Invitational held at Algona High School on Saturday, Oct. 15.
Lake Mills was the tourney champions as they went 6-0 to complete a perfect 39-0 regular season with Forest City the runner-up at 5-1. Sheldon went 3-3 as Carroll was 2-4, Clear Lake went 1-5 and Spencer was winless in all six of its matches.

BGHS girls are conference runners-up

Bishop Garrigan finished as the runners-up in the Western Division of the Top of Iowa Conference meet held at Mason City on Thursday, Oct. 13.
The meet saw the entire group of league teams compete in an overall race and then after the race was over, the meet was also rescored and broke into the Western and Eastern Divisions.

Undefeated Bears clinch playoff spot

Bishop Garrigan wrapped up a Class A district playoff berth with a hard-fought 32-6 victory over the Ridge View Raptors in a contest played on Friday, Oct. 7 at Holstein.
The black-and-gold received the opening kickoff and marched 52 yards in 14 plays as Gibson Behr ran the final yard for the score. Brad Capesius ran in the conversion try as the visitors led 8-0 with 4:53 remaining in the first period.

Engen earns conference honor

Algona sophomore Trey Engen earned all-conference honors by being one of the top eight runners at the North Central Conference boys’ cross-country meet held at Hampton on Tuesday, Oct. 11.
Engen was clocked in 17:51.12 to earn his medal and all-conference status in the meet.  Teammate Conner Yi finished in 17th place for the red-and-black in 18:35.53 as Zach Ortloff took 23rd with his time of 18:58.99 and Cameron Petersen ended up in 27th place in 19:02.46.

AHS girls fifth at NCC meet

The Algona Bulldog girls’ cross-country squad finished in fifth place with 97 points in the annual North Central Conference meet ran on Tuesday, Oct. 11 at Hampton.
Humboldt won the conference title with a team score of 33 followed by Clear Lake with 69 as St. Edmond was third with 75 and Iowa Falls-Alden took fourth place with 86 points.

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