Sunday, August 30, 2009

A follow-up...

CMH remembers one of its own. As previously, the CMH Boys Soccer Team remembered Joe Kinateder, CMH '00, last Thursday night. As a comfort to the family, and a sign of what is best recalled, Joe's drive and enthusiasm while on the soccer team was highlighted.

Joining me in the prayer at center field were the Kinateder family -- brother, Fred, Jr., parents Fred, Sr., & Mary, brother Mike, sister-in-law Meghan (Knapp), and nephew Willy.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Summer 2009 Scrapbook

CMH French Class trip abroad --

From Bonny Blake, CMH French teacher --

Father Hartmann,

The France trip was from June 15 to June 30th and 15 students participated. Lindley Henson went along as a chaperone to help me and Anita Condit came as a mother of a student on the trip. There was only one boy, Sean McNaughton, but he got along very well with all the girls and they loved having him there.

It was an educational as well as fun trip. We had 12 meetings (1 to 2 hours each) before the trip to learn more about the history, geography, customs, etc. of France and to work on conversational skills. The students had a home stay in a northern suburb of Paris. They spent 6 nights/5 days with a French family.

We spent the first 3 days in Paris, then the students had their home stays. We then took a bus to Normandy and visited Omaha beach, the American Cemetery, more WW2 beaches and museums, and then the town of Bayeux where we saw the tapestry. Then we visited the Loire Valley where we stayed in Blois and visited castles as well as Leonardo DaVinci’s workshop/garden. We headed back to Paris and had Mass at Chartres Cathedral on the way. We spent the last day in Paris and then came home. Overall, it went very well but we were definitely tired at the end! Many students really improved their French communication skills and some did just outstanding. They were a positive and fabulous group of students.

Some of our fine students exhibiting their finest communication skills, spelling out "CMH" and "Wisconsin" for the camera.
Given the origin of CMH as a living memorial to 23 men who died in World War II, the visit to Omaha Beach in Normandy was especially important.

Crusader Football shout-out --

From today's Waukesha Freeman --

Arrowhead favored to three-peat
Memorial seen as top threat in Classic 8

Retiring Freeman Sports Writer Remembers CMH Basketball

From today's Waukesha Freeman --
When asked about some of Waukesha high school's most memorable moments --
Then there was Catholic Memorial High School’s 2004 state boys basketball championship. On a team loaded with seniors, a sophomore made the winning shot.
[That sophomore was Griffin LaDew, who would go on to play college basketball.]
Photo credit -- Kevin Harnack/Freeman Staff

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Thursday, August 27, 2009

Crusader Boys Soccer Preview

Crusaders look for return to state
Three standouts back

WAUKESHA – The Catholic Memorial High School boys soccer team, which has been WIAA Division 2 state runner-up two straight seasons, will begin its quest for a fourth straight statetournament berth with three first- and secondteam all-Classic 8 Conference players. The Crusaders have claimed four second-place finishes in six appearances at state in the past 10 seasons.

The returning players include senior Alden Bennett, who was a first-team all-conference pick. Junior Eric Schoendorf and sophomore Aaron Horvat were second-team selections, while senior goalkeeper Tim Shore received honorable mention. But coach John Bisswurm, who is starting his 30th season, said, “We hope to find replacements for the nine players that we have lost from last year's team and to improve as the year goes on.”

Memorial was fourth in the conference last season, but went on to finish 19-4-3 overall with a 3-2 loss to Green Bay Notre Dame in the state championship game. Memorial returns 10 other lettermen: seniors Joey Chiappetta, Karl Kallio, Mike Knueppel, Hunter Lange, Danny Smith and Peter Schuster, juniors Nate Craft and Nate Murawski and sophomores Patrick McNulty and Mark Samuel.

The biggest losses to graduation were Conor O’Halloran, a second-team all-league choice, and Shaun Knapp and Jimmy Delforge, who received honorable mention. But Bisswurm lists several promising newcomers: juniors James Masterson, Sean Spencer and Ryan Zielinski; sophomores Ryan Allen, Brad Suchorski and Jonah Sutherland and freshmen Joel Balicki and Ryan Zingsheim. Bisswurm sees Kettle Moraine and defending champion Arrowhead as the Classic 8’s top teams this season.

– Freeman Staff

REMINDER -- Prior to tonight's game (6:30pm), the soccer team will offer a memorial recognition to Joe Kinateder. Click here for more details.

Girls VB Victory!

Check out the Waukesha Freeman Coverage --

PREP GIRLS VOLLEYBALL: Catholic Memorial 3, DSHA 0

By Matthew Stevens Freeman Correspondent

CMH Girls Golf Preview

From today's Waukesha Freeman --
Crusaders look strong again
Two juniors to lead team
WAUKESHA – The Catholic Memorial High School girls golf team has a tough act to follow, but it might very well have the cast it needs to do exactly that. The Crusaders finished first in the Classic 8 Conference Tournament, third in the conference regular season and second in their regional and sectional a year ago.
Steve Plechaty, beginning his 12th season as head coach, has two proven co-stars. Junior Isabella Lambert posted a 41.4 average to earn first-team all-conference and third-team all-state honors last year when she claimed sixth place in the WIAA Division 1 state tournament. Her low scores were 38 for nine holes and 75 for 18. Lauren Seubert, also a junior, averaged 43.5 and made second-team all-conference. Her lows were 41 over nine holes and 83 over 18.
“We will become more competitive as a team as we gain experience,” Plechaty said. “Isabella and Lauren provide a strong nucleus to build around.” Lambert, Seubert and their teammates must pick up the slack created by the graduation of Marion Accola, who paced last year’s squad with a 39.6 average in earning firstteam all-conference and second-team all-state status.
Plechaty lists the following players as promising newcomers: senior Sam Staskiewicz, sophomores Maddie Quartaro and Brittany Weber and freshman Ava Olson. The coach picks Arrowhead, Kettle Moraine and Pius XI as the Classic 8 favorites.
Photo credit -- Freeman file photo Catholic Memorial junior Isabella Lambert was first-team All-Classic 8 Conference and third-team all-state last year

More Crusader Previews at JSOnline.Com

From the Classic 8 Conference Preview --

The Crusaders have to replace second-team all-state defensive back Ryan Stefaniak but return the entire offensive line. Defensively, the team returns seven starters after winning nine games last season, the most since 10 in 2001.

From "10 Things to Watch for This Season" --

MILESTONES -- Catholic Memorial's Bill Young [is] the cusp of milestone victories. Young, who is entering his 32nd year as the Crusaders' coach, needs six victories to reach 250. He is 244-90 (.730).

From the Prep Football "Terrific 25" --

Austin Pucylowski, sr., P/T, Catholic Memorial: Rated 38th among seniors by, Pucylowski made all-Classic 8 last year as a punter and offensive tackle.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

The Freeman's Crusader Football Preview

Gotta love the sunglasses!

from today's Waukesha Freeman --

Offensive line figures to be team’s strength
But many top skill position players gone
By Chris Patterson Freeman Correspondent

Robert F. Borkowski/Special to The Freeman
Catholic Memorial quarterback Dominic Zanoni runs through a drill as offensive coordinator Fritz Richter observes during practice Monday at Memorial.

Robert F. Borkowski/Special to The Freeman
Catholic Memorial’s Connor Heinlein takes off with the ball during a recent practice.

Crusader Boys Soccer

From today's Waukesha Freeman -

CMH 2,Waukesha North 0
Crusaders survive sloppy night

North misses opportunities
By Matthew Stevens Freeman Correspondent

WAUKESHA – Coach John Bisswurm described his team’s victory the same as Tuesday night’s weather – sloppy. Bisswurm’s Catholic Memorial High School boys soccer team, which finished last year as the state’s Division 2 runner-up, got a goal in each half for a 2-0 conference-opening road victory at Waukesha North. “It was shakier than I’d like it to be, but right now it’s a solid win,” Bisswurm said. “We continue to be a work in progress right now, but that’s expected.”

Memorial fought through a drizzling rainstorm, a slick field and physical play from both squads that included five yellow cards. “We talked about the pitch being very wet out there and so we were going to have to get our body behind the ball,” Bisswurm said. “When the pressure builds, sometimes you get a more physical type of match.”

Memorial (3-1 overall, 1-0 in the Classic 8 Conference) scored in the 36th minute off a long run from Karl Kallio. The senior defender raced down the near sideline and beat two North defenders before his crossing shot beat Northstars keeper Keil Shibilski as Kallio was pulled to the ground. “I was just thrilled to get a goal because I was more surprised as anyone,” Kallio said. “I’m more of a defender usually, so I don’t expect to score at all.” Before Kallio scored, North was dominating ball possession, had more corner kicks and shots on goal and the Memorial halftime speech was about to be drastically different.

“We were struggling most of that first half and I give North credit for disrupting our possession,” Bisswurm said. “(Karl) got us jump-started there and I think everything seemed better after that.” While down a goal, the first five minutes of the second half basically defined North’s evening. The Northstars (1-2 overall, 0-1 in conference) had several opportunities to tie the score while attacking inside the Crusaders’ box, but simply couldn’t find the back of the net.

“It’s just so frustrating because when you have that many good chances, you have to put the ball away,” North head coach Seth Dehne said. “When you don’t against a good team, you can expect to get beat.” Memorial got the final goal of the game when junior Nate Craft crossed a ball from the far corner straight into the right foot of sophomore Pat McNulty, who deposited the pass straight into net.

“We lost nine players from last year’s team and we’re still trying to plug some of those holes,” Bisswurm said. North tried to salvage a goal late in the game by pushing its players up. The Northstars’ best chance in the final 10 minutes was on a cross by junior Tyler Birschbach that found Josh Malinowski, but was quickly gobbled up by Memorial keeper Tim Shore. It was the second diving save of the night for Shore.

CMH Girls Tennis

from today's Waukesha Freeman --

MILWAUKEE – The Catholic Memorial High School girls tennis team opened its Classic 8 Conference season with a 6-1 victory over Pius. Memorial swept the doubles matches, winning two matches in three sets. Doubles winners were: seniors Aleah Heinlein and MacKenzie Dunham at No. 1, 6-3, 4-6, 7-5; seniors Maggie Berens and Meg Dwyer at No. 2, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2; and senior Kara Novotny and freshman Sydney Royston at No. 3, 6-3, 6-3. Pius won the No. 1 singles match, but Memorial won the other three singles matches in straight sets. Memorial winners were: sophomore Gabrielle Houk at No. 2, 6-0, 6-3; junior Janice Cantieri at No. 3, 6-1, 6-4; and junior Emily Rzentkowski at No. 4, 6-0, 6-3.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

CMH Opens year with All-School Mass

Some parents worry...

Will my child attend mass regularly after graduating CMH and moving off to college?

Check out this Facebook page started by a CMH grad from last year.

What if CMH were 60%er's instead of 97%

Recall last week's posting about CMH's composite ACT score being 24.9 with 97% of our students taking the test. This far outstripped the 24.4 composite at our closest, public school competitors. I also noted that, from the numbers indicated in the Waukesha Freeman article, it is likely that the public school districts only have 60-70% of their students even taking the ACT.

So, some people have logically asked -- What if CMH only encouraged it's top 60-70% of students to take the test?

Well, we crunched the numbers! If only our top 70% of scores are counted, the CMH ACT composite would be 26.9; if the top 65% - 27.2; in only the top 60% - 27.5!

Two points are worth making - 1) If we wanted to inflate our composite, wouldn't that make for a better apples to apples comparison of the schools?

2) What's better for a school to tout - an artificially inflated composite score, or the fact that we at CMH bring along almost every student to the point of exceeding the rest of the communities best performances?

Crusader Girls Volleyball Expects Another Great Season

from today's Waukesha Freeman --

PREP PREVIEW: Catholic Memorial Volleyball
Top returnees boost hopes of Crusaders
Coach nearing milestone

WAUKESHA – Another season like the last one and Catholic Memorial High School girls volleyball coach Ted Schulte could get close, or possibly reach, a milestone: 600 career victories.

Schulte enters his 18th season as coach with a 566-183 record – after last year’s team won the Classic 8 Conference tournament and was runnerup to Waupun in the WIAA Division 2 state tournament to finish with a 38-12 dualmeet record. Many of the athletes off that team return, including junior libero Patti Abshire (612 digs, 54 aces) and junior outside hitter Kate Acker (293 kills, 406 digs, 79 aces), who were first-team all-conference and second-team all-state last season. Other returning letterwinners are senior setter Colleen Hanley (213 digs, 34 aces), senior hitter Diane McLeod (83 digs), junior hitters Aly Kujawa (385 kills, 244 digs) and Kelli Browning (211 kills, 85 blocks); and sophomore hitters Greta Davis (49 kills, 14 blocks), Kaitlyn Hastings (134 digs, 40 aces) and Nicole Welsh (116 assists). Abshire, Acker, Browning, Hanley, Kujawa and McLeod are two-year letterwinners.

“Despite having only two seniors on the active roster, this is an experienced and mature team,” Shulte said. “We have six players on the roster who are starting their third season of varsity competition, and three other players starting their second season. Abshire and Acker should anchor one of the best defensive and passing teams in the state.” One player who will be missing is senior Julie Kolinske, who suffered a torn ACL during summer basketball and will miss the season. Junior hitters Katie Umhoefer and Rachel Kohli, sophomore hitter Amanda Hansen, sophomore setter Sara Connell and freshman hitter Alyssa Dawson are promising newcomers.

The Crusaders were runners-up to Pius in league dual meets last season after winning the dual-meet championship two straight years and three of the previous four seasons. The two schools are the only ones to have won league dualmeet championships in the 12 years of the league’s existence. Schulte figures more of the same this season, with Arrowhead also making a strong bid for the title. – Freeman Staff
Good Luck Crusader Volleyball!

CMH Senior Derek Schell Commits to Hillsdale

As reported on 414Hoops.Com as well as today's Waukesha Freeman --

WAUKESHA – Derek Schell, a senior guard at Catholic Memorial High School, has committed to play Division II basketball at Hillsdale (Mich.) College on a full athletic scholarship, his father Joe said Sunday.

Schell is a returning honorable mention all-conference selection in the Classic 8 Conference. He averaged 9.7 points per game as a junior for a Catholic Memorial program that went 10-4 in the Classic 8 and 16-7 overall. Schell, who has a 4.2 gradepoint average and had a 30 on his ACT, also was considering Cornell, Dartmouth, the University of Chicago and Case Western.

Congratulations Derek!

Monday, August 24, 2009

School's Back in Session!

...and no time to post anything. Stay tuned.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Homily to new Freshmen and Parents

If you are interested, I invite you to listen to the homily I gave at the mass for our incoming freshmen, transfer students, and their parents at the start of last Friday's Orientation Day.

A link is uploaded to my CMH webpage. Just click on "August 21 Homily" in the left column.

I hope you enjoy it.

CMH Soccer victory

From today's Waukesha Freeman --

CMH soccer teams win

MUSKEGO – The Catholic Memorial High School boys soccer team defeated Whitnall 6-0 in the Muskego Tournament Friday.
The Crusaders (1-0), who will continue tournament play at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. today, got three goals from sophomore forward Aaron Horvat and one apiece from senior forwards Joey Chiappetta and Mike Knueppel. Senior midfielder Alden Bennett notched four assists and senior defender Karl Kallio had one assist.

Boys XC -- High hopes for this season

From today's Waukesha Freeman --
Luterbach coming off third-place individual finish at state

Friday, August 21, 2009

Links to Rome Pilgrimage Information Corrected

Ooops. Many had trouble connecting to the brochure for the CMH Community Pilgrimage to the Vatican and Rome.

I have made corrections. Please click here!

Then, on the left side of the page, click "Rome Trip".

Sorry for the confusion.

Team Building Event Goes Off Course

Trust me, it is not as bad as it sounds...
Denis Sullivan Off Course
By Elizabeth Braun, Lauren Leamanczyk
MILWAUKEE - The Denis Sullivan was coming in from a 2-hour cruise Thursday when wind gusts started to cause a problem. To be safe, the Coast Guard and Milwaukee Police had to take 50 passengers off the 137-foot re-creation of a 19th century Great Lakes schooner.

The passengers were lowered from the tall ship onto Coast Guard boats. Among the groups onboard were some special needs passengers and the Catholic Memorial High School volleyball team.

The boat was pulling in to it's dock at the Discovery World facility when wind gusts started blowing it toward the rocks. The captain was afraid he'd damage the boat if he tried to steer away, so instead he just stopped. At that point, authorities came to help passengers get to land. No one was hurt and the Denis Sullivan wasn't damaged.
All of our girl's volleyball team members are safe, and yes, they are closer as a team than before the trip. But rumor has it that Coach Schulte now has the nickname "Gilligan".

Thursday, August 20, 2009

CMH Faculty starts year with Mass together

Today, at the close of two days of in-service preparations before the start of the new school year, the entire CMH faculty gathered together to celebrate the Eucharist.
The focus of the liturgy was on the last line of today's gospel passage from St. Matthew -- "Many are invited, but few are chosen."

Numbers to remember -- 24.9 & 97

An article in today's Waukesha Freeman about the composite ACT scores for Waukesha County School Districts, did not include reporting on any of the county's private schools.

Here are the reported composites as listed in the paper --

Arrowhead 24.4
Elmbrook 24.4
Kettle Moraine 24.3
New Berlin 24.2
Muskego – Norway 23.5
Mukwonago 23.4
Hamilton 23.2
Pewaukee 23.1
Menomonee Falls 22.5
Waukesha 22.8
Oconomowoc 22.3
Palmyra – Eagle 22.3

What is CMH's composite ACT score for the same period?


Not only is that number fantastic in and of itself, but it comes with over 97% of our students taking the ACT exams. For comparison purposes, the article lists the number of test takers in two of the school districts, Kettle Moraine (272) and Oconomowoc (227). While specific percentages are not reported, if the class involved is approximately one quarter of the school's total enrollment, that would mean that at these public schools only about 65 - 75% of the students even take the ACT. Imagine what the composite would be if, like CMH, virtually every student was encouraged to participate and be evaluated in this way.

So, remember those numbers...

24.9 as an ACT composite which exceeds every public school district in the area.
97% of our kids, probably more than any other high school, with the help of many great and devoted faculty and staff, are a part of that very successful achievement.

We have much to be proud of CMH!

Announcing a CMH Pilgrimage to Rome

Catholic Memorial High School takes great pride in its connection to it 26 supporting parishes and to the Archdiocese of Milwaukee – we take pride in our connection to the Church itself! To celebrate that connection, and even to deepen it, we hope that you might join us in a pilgrimage to the Heart of the Church.

This Easter season pilgrimage (April 5-13, 2010) will allow us to visit many historic sites, enjoy the companionship of fellow CMH community members, and most importantly, celebrate our faith together at the historic heart of the Catholic Church. I am very excited about the itinerary that has been prepared and I know that this will be a special trip; whether it's your first visit or if you're a seasoned veteran.

Let us join together in bringing the enthusiasm of CMH to Rome and the Vatican – and in turn, bringing the power and spirit of these places back to CMH.

For more information and instructions to reserve your spot, please follow this link to a brochure.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

CMH Soccer Team to remember Joe Kinateder

On Thursday, August 27th at 7:00 pm the CMH Varsity Soccer Team will be playing Sussex Hamilton (coached by Adam and Eric Marshall, both CMH Alumni, '94 & '99 respectively) at Waukesha South High School.

John Bisswurm and the CMH Soccer Program will be having a dedication prior to the start of the game honoring Joe. For those of you that don’t know, Joe played varsity soccer for 3 years. During those 3 years Joe’s team was State Runner-Up twice, two heartbreaking losses to Marquette High School in the finals. Joe’s toughness on the field, and passion for the game were second to none.

The Kinateder family will be in attendance and a large, supportive crowd is hoped for. Please come and support the family and the great values instilled by Crusader Soccer.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Enrollment Numbers in the news...

I wish it were because we had shattered all previous records when it comes to the number of kids who will walk through our doors when classes begin. But, unfortunately, such is not the case.

As reported in this morning's Waukesha Freeman, CMH anticipates a student population this fall of 760 students, down from 775 last year. While we have fared better than most other Catholic high schools, and many other private schools that I have heard data for, sadly this marks a break in our five year trend of stability and growth.

As I mentioned in the Freeman article, I see no other reason for this contraction than the present state of the economy. While in the recent past there were some who sought to define CMH as a place only for the wealthy, years of great effort have made CMH a socially and economically diverse community. But, that also means that in these tough economic times new families might be more reluctant to make a commitment for all the years of high school education for all their children.

This circumstance shows us just how important the work of development and strategically growing our endowment funds are. We see how successful we have been to make CMH as affordable as possible in recent years. But right now, the challenge seems too great for some new families.

Even with the changes that were made last fall to our tuition structures and the great drain that has occurred in everyone's invested funds, this year CMH will offer more tuition assistance and tuition discounts than ever before.

Some numbers to note for 2009-2010 --

Direct Tuition Assistance -- approx. $590,000 (a 20% increase)
Supporting Parish Discounts -- approx. $700,000
Family Discounts -- approx. $560,000

Total -- approx. $1,850,000 in tuition offsets to keep CMH affordable for any family who wants to attend.

It is worth noting that when determining tuition assistance grants, CMH uses a reputable national agency which assesses a family's need for assistance. Thus far we have worked very hard and, even though some families felt more was necessary, we have been able to offer virtually 100% of the documented need.

I hope that it is a goal that all in the CMH community share that we will always be the place where any Catholic family in Waukesha County can, and should, send their children. We need to work together, and work hard this year, to keep it that way.

We must always remember that in faith, there is always hope. In life, there is always work to do. I pray your will join me in the work of faith that is CMH!

Last night's blog visitors?

Bombay, India
Istanbul, Turkey
Galicia, Spain
Sau Paolo, Brazil
Some from around the USA
the rest from southeast WI

Wherever your visit from...Welcome!

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Let the games begin...

On Saturday, head Crusader Football coach, Bill Young, led the season's mandatory parent meeting. Practices and parent-meetings mark the beginning of the fall sports season. This week and next, ten varsity sports, along with a number of junior varsity and freshman teams, begin practices.

Boys & Girls Cross Country
Girls Rugby
Boys & Girls
Swimming & Diving
Boys & Girls

Crusader athletics not only offer an opportunity for physical and emotional development for participants but also an opportunity to involve the entire student body in an environment that fosters pride in our school and encourages a sense of community for all students, parents, faculty and staff.

Good luck this season to all student-athletes, coaches, and boosters. To check Crusader team schedules go to the Athletics page on edline.

Friday, August 14, 2009

WIAA B-Ball ReOrg Revisited

It has been pointed out to me that Wednesday's Journal-Sentinel article on the WIAA moves to change how private schools are assigned to competitive divisions did note that there are public hearings scheduled.

The public can voice its opinion about the plan at meetings to be held around the state. The WIAA will be at the Holiday Inn Express in Watertown on Sept. 9 and at West Allis Central on Sept. 15.

I hope that many representatives from the CMH parent and supporter community, as well as from other effected schools, will be in attendance.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Public School Problems on the B-Ball Court

from today's Waukesha Freeman --


WIAA plans to add division for basketball

STEVENS POINT – The WIAA announced a plan Wednesday that would add a division in basketball for the first time since 1991 and place private schools into divisions based on factors other than enrollment. The state's 489 teams would be split into five groups. There would be 97 teams in Division 1 and 98 teams in divisions 2 through 5. Catholic Memorial and Brookfield Academy would be among the schools that would move up if the proposal is adopted.

The gist of the plan is that since private schools don't have set territories and boundaries they should be penalized simply because there is a perception that they "recruit" for the sake of sports. I see some flaws in the proposal --

1. The argument is only being applied to basketball where, yes, private schools in the middle and lower divisions are disproportionately represented among regional and state champions. But, the plan does not effect any other sport, where public schools are disproportionately dominant.

2. The ambiguous notion "other factors" refers to an idea of potential enrollment. But this too is not evenly applied. Public schools do not presently, nor are required in this plan, to use some formula to account for open enrollment and Chapter 220 possibilities. Also, what if (God forbid) CMH and many private schools closed today? The resulting transfer back to public schools would likely bounce a number of suburban, division 2 & 3 schools up a division. Consider districts like New Berlin Eisenhower, Pewaukee, or Shorewood where there a many families who send their kids to private schools. If CMH needs to be penalized for the student we might draw away from them, should those schools not have to account for the students they could draw away from us?

3. The reasons for proposing the plan seem to be premised more on the hurt feelings of schools that came in second in the lower divisions than on fact. For our part, CMH offers no sports scholarships, has only grown in success in the years since the public and private schools athletics associations were merged in spite of slight decline in enrollment. Lastly, anecdotally, where have more questions been raised in recent years -- sports stars being concentrated at certain schools under vague public school open enrollment guidelines, or private schools changing or extending their admissions processes for the sake of enrolling certain athletes?

CMH and other effected schools are considering their options in this matter. Unfortunately, this is not a case where you can just call your congressman. So, we can pray for fairness and consider contacting the WIAA directly.

CMH Grad to star in MCT production

The Milwaukee Chamber Theatre opens its season this week with a production of the recent stage adaptation of Jules Verne’s Around the World In 80 Days by American playwright Mark Brown. The play, which debuted with the Utah Shakespearian Feestival in 2001, has some 36 characters being portrayed by five actors. The adaptation has been hailed as a clever modern comedy directly adapted from a late 19th century adventure novel. Verne’s novel found protagonist Phileas Fogg and his French valet Passepartout rushing around the world on a very expensive bet that they couldn’t do it in only 80 days. Bringing a globe-spanning adventure into the stately confines of the main stage at the Broadway Theater Center is no small task.
CMH alum, Chris Klopatek, Class of 2000, stars in a lead role as Phileas Fogg's French valet Passepartout.
Congratulations to Chris. Break a leg!
According to former CMH teacher, Julie McHale, writing in the Waukesha Freeman, this production will be Chris' last local acting gig before heading off to California to join an exclusive Masters of Fine Arts program, and to try his hand in Hollywood.

More on a CMH past parent

Arcadio M. Ramirez Jan. 12, 1925 – Aug. 10, 2009

Ramirez was pillar of the Hispanic community
He shaped lives after helping save the world

By Joe Petrie Freeman Staff

Wonderful insight about a very good, devoted man.

I apologize for being remiss in noting that not only did his son, Dan, attend CMH (Class of 79), but so did Arthur, Class of 76.

Our prayers continue for the entire family.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Latest surprise visitor to this blog

At 1:46pm today, this blog was visited by someone from Jakarta, Indonesia.
I have no idea what they were looking for.

Sad news of another passing


It is with great sadness that I pass on to you the news of the death of John Hanlon, father of Kathy Hanlon-Sampon. In messages from Kathy she indicated that for her father “it has been a long, hard struggle so this is best. Still hard though. Thanks for your prayers.”

The arrangements for the funeral --

John T. Hanlon
9:30am visitation
11:00am funeral mass
St. John Vianney Parish, Brookfield
Saturday, 8/15

Please keep the repose of John’s soul, and the needs of Kathy and the family in your prayers.

Requiescat in pace.

Details on Ramirez Funeral

Arcadio M. Ramirez, “Art,” of Waukesha, passed away Monday, Aug. 10, 2009, at the age of 84.

Visitation will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Friday, Aug. 14, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 822 N. East Ave., Waukesha. A Mass of Christian burial will immediately follow at noon. A military burial service will take place at 9 a.m. Monday, Aug. 17, at the Southern Wisconsin Veteran’s Memorial Cemetery in Union Grove.

As noted on Monday, Arcadio's son Dan, was a CMH graduate in the Class of '79.

Former CMH athlete to coach at Cardinal Stritch University

from today's Waukesha Freeman --

MILWAUKEE – Natalie Wildes [CMH Class of 2000], a Brookfield native and former three-sport athlete at Catholic Memorial High School, has been hired as head women’s volleyball coach at Cardinal Stritch University. Wildes takes over the Wolves after serving two seasons as an assistant women’s volleyball coach at Lewis University in Romeoville, Ill.

Wildes will be taking over a Wolves program that finished 9-23 overall last season and was 3-7 in the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference. A 2004 graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, Wildes was a four-year starter for the Rangers women’s volleyball team. She concluded her career second all-time on the Rangers’ career list with 3,038 assists. She was a two-year captain and was named second-team all-conference in 2003. She also has been an assistant coach at Parkside and Earlham College in Richmond, Ind.

Congratulations Natalie!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

CMH's TJ Bray commits to Princeton

CMH’s Bray picks Princeton
WAUKESHA – T.J. Bray, a 6-foot-4 senior from Catholic Memorial High School, gave a verbal commitment to Princeton University on Monday. Ritchie Davis, executive director of Bray’s AAU basketball team, the Wisconsin Playground Warriors, said Bray chose Princeton over scholarship offers from Brown, Bucknell, Dartmouth, Florida Gulf Coast, Hillsdale, Lehigh and North Dakota.
Bray averaged 16.3 ppg as a junior last winter and was named Player of the Year in the Classic 8 Conference. He joins fellow AAU teammates Evan Anderson (Wisconsin), Kameron Cerroni from Hamilton (Wisconsin-Green Bay) and Noah Cottrill (West Virginia) who have committed to an NCAA Division I program.
Congratulations TJ!

Monday, August 10, 2009

Another passing...

CMH mourns the passing of Arcadio Ramirez, father of Dan Ramirez, CMH Class of '79. Dan still lives in Waukesha.

Our prayers go out for the repose of Arcadio's soul, and for the comfort of Dan and his family.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Waukesha Freeman 08-09 Top All-County Athletes

Waukesha Freeman recognizes the top athletes, from any sport or sports, among all high schools in the county.

The CMH student-athletes recognized --

John Luterbach, junior, track and field
Val Gonyo, sophomore, soccer
honorable mention, Morgan Sickels, sophomore, track and field

Congratulations to each. Best of Luck in the coming school year.
Go Crusaders!

BTW, with three student-athletes so recognized, CMH has the best shoing on this list given its student entrollment!

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

2 CMHers make Classic 8 All Conference Baseball Team

CMH Junior outfielder, Derek Peake, was named to the the All-Conference First Team.
CMH Senior outfielder, Wes Stasik, was named to the All-Conference Second Team. Wes will be attending Missouri University of Science and Technology this fall.

Congratulations to both. Good luck with college ball, Wes!

Once again, the little school that could (and did)!

from the Waukesha Freeman --


By Tony Mooren Freeman Staff

WAUKESHA – Again Arrowhead High School led all Waukesha County schools with 12 WIAA state-tournament appearances or top-10 finishes in sports that do not have a true team tournament this past school year. But the surprising secondplace team was Catholic Memorial with 10 such entries – a school record.

Congratulations Crusaders!

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Monday, August 3, 2009

CMH mourns...

The CMH family mourns the loss of two members.

Joseph Kinateder, CMH Class of 2000, died this past weekend of an accidental drowning. Joe's parents, Fred & Mary are past parents who remain devoted to leadership volunteer work and support of CMH. His younger brother, Mike, has been an assistant football coach. Please keep the repose of Joe's soul, and the comfort of Mary, Fred Sr., brothers Fred Jr., and Mike, in your prayers.

Arrangements are not yet finalized at this time. Please check local newspaper websites.

Sue Zintek, mother of Meghan, '01, and Erin, '03, died last week Wednesday after living nearly 24 years with a transplanted heart. An extensive write-up about Sue is available in today's Journal-Sentinel. Please keep the repose of Sue's soul, and the comfort of husband Art, and daughters Meghan and Erin, in your prayers.

Requiescat in pace.