Monday, November 30, 2009

CMH well represented School among WF "Best Athletes"

from Saturday's Waukesha Freeman --

Waukesha County's best 20 fall high school athletes in 2009 as selected by The Freeman

Patti Abshire, Volleyball, The junior was a first-team all-state pick for the state-champion Crusaders.

Kate Acker, Volleyball, The junior was a first-team all-state pick for state-champion Memorial.

John Luterbach, Cross Country, The senior won the WIAA Division 2 state title.

Congratulations to Patti, Kate & John!

Nota bene -- In addition to these three from CMH, of the 20 athletes recognized by the Freeman, 4 were from Arrowhead, 2 from South, 2 from West, and 2 from Muskego. Compared to student body size, that's --

Muskego: 1 in 860
West: 1 in 759
South: 1 in 605
Arrowhead: 1 in 560
CMH: 1 in 251

Girls Basketball Highlights

from Friday's Waukesha Freeman --
Experience key for Crusaders
Memorial returns most from last season
By Daniel Mike Freeman Staff

from Saturday's Waukesha Freeman --
CMH 63
Cedarburg 33
Guhl gets back to business
Crusaders have better fortunes against Cedarburg this time
By Tony Mooren Freeman Correspondent
BROOKFIELD – Elizabeth Guhl picked up where she left off last season Friday but her Catholic Memorial High School girls basketball team didn’t – thankfully. Guhl, a first-team all-Classic 8 Conference selection last season, began her senior season with a teamhigh 12 points to lead the Crusaders to a 63-33 victory over Cedarburg in the Kemp’s Klassic Thanksgiving Tournament at Brookfield East...
The close-to-home victory was a far cry from last season’s experience against the Bulldogs. “They pummeled us last year,” Memorial coach Mark Lepkowski recalled of last year’s game. “It was like 18 points – ugly... The Crusaders shook loose from a 6-6 tie to score 14 unanswered points and Cedarburg never recovered, falling behind 29-9 at halftime...
Photos -- Top: Robert F. Borkowski/Special to The Freeman Catholic Memorial senior Elizabeth Guhl shoots over Cedarburg’s Alyssa Wisk during the Crusaders’ semifinal victory in the Kemp’s Klassic Thanksgiving Tournament at Brookfield East on Friday. Bottom: Robert F. Borkowski/Special to The Freeman Catholic Memorial’s Lauren Mueller drives to the basket against Cedarburg during a Kemp’s Klassic Thanksgiving Tournament semifinal at Brookfield East on Friday.

Waukesha Freeman -- Boys Basketball preview

from last Tuesday's Waukesha Freeman --
Crusaders have plenty of talent
...“We were in a tight race with Arrowhead and played two very good games where we felt both of those could’ve went our way,” said Bellanti, who is in his second season guiding the Crusaders. “We have to close that gap and try to figure out a way to knock them off the throne.”
Senior T.J. Bray (6-foot-4) likely will have a lot to say with whether Memorial is able to avenge last year’s two losses to Arrowhead. The reigning Classic 8 Player of the Year averaged 16.7 points per game last season. “He’ll probably play more point guard this year,” Bellanti said of Bray, who has committed to play at Princeton. “He does so many good things on the floor that he really makes other people around him better, and he’ll be a focus of everybody we play.”
Senior guard Derek Schell (6-0), a Hillsdale College (Mich.) recruit, and senior forward Mike Neary (6-5) received honorable mention all-Classic 8 honors last season. Senior center Austin Pucylowski (6-4) and senior guards Dillon Connors (5-10) and Mitch Schultz (5-11) also return. Senior Sean Harvey (6-1) might miss the season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament.
Photo -- Kevin Harnack/Freeman Staff Derek Schell figures to be a key player for Memorial this season.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

A Thanksgiving Day Message for the CMH Family

Dear Friends:

In the very first Thanksgiving Day Proclamation, President George Washington wrote: “Whereas it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor…”

It is interesting to note that in President Washington’s view this day’s celebration is not merely civic in nature, but a day of faith-filled expression. It is even more interesting that, in the view of Washington, the act of giving thanks is both passive (to acknowledge and be grateful) as well as active (to obey and humbly implore).

My prayer for everyone in the CMH community is that we all realize the fullness of God’s graces and blessings in our lives, such that we can do no less that give Him our deepest thanks. My hope is that all of us recommit ourselves to a truly active faith which flows as a lived expression of thanks for all which we have been given.

As a community, CMH has much to be thankful for – great academics, outstanding accomplishments in sports, arts, and community service, and a CMH family who live their faith together as a family of hope. Following the proclamation of Washington, now we must move from passive intentions of thanks to active self-giving. In that way we will have even more to be thankful for next year.

Blessings to all of you on this Thanksgiving Day!

Our Lady of Memorial, pray for us!

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Very Reverend Paul Hartmann

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

CMH Swimmer Meinholz given All-area Honorable Mention

from yesterday on JSOnline.Com --


100 breaststroke: Anna Meinholz, soph., Catholic Memorial

A recap of the Girls Volleyball Team Service Project

CMH Girls Volleyball Team "Dig for the Cure" to support the Breast Cancer Research Foundation

The Catholic Memorial High School Girls Volleyball program, in conjunction with the Pius XI High School Girls Volleyball program, recently held a "Dig for the Cure" event to raise funds for breast cancer research.

The players received pledges for "digs" during our Varsity, JV, and Freshman conference matches against each other at Catholic Memorial High School (CMH) on October 6th, 2009. The players created posters that were hung in the school to promote the event. We designed a t-shirt to be worn by all the players during school the day of the match to promote attendance and awareness. The players and coaches wore the t-shirts during warm-ups prior to the match to show support for raising funds for breast cancer research.

During the course of receiving pledges, we received a generous donation from a CMH parent to cover the cost of the t-shirts. We also received an inspiring letter from another CMH parent wishing to match a portion of the donations we raised, which the CMH team really responded to. The CMH teams raised $6,224.25 and the Pius XI teams raised $968.40 in pledge donations. They also held a bake sale during the match that raised $305.50 and a 50/50 raffle that raised $98.50.

We have wrapped up our 2009 fundraiser and are very pleased to present the Breast Cancer Research Foundation with our combined donation for the amount of $7,596.65.


Catholic Memorial High School & Pius XI High School Girls Volleyball Programs
Kaitlyn Hastings & Diane McLeod
CMH BCRF Fundraising Coordinators

Why the Drama One Act did so well.

from Director Chris Andacht --

While there is no official Top Show of the Weekend award at the WHSFA State Theatre Festival, the fact remains that it was our judges who felt that it was the top show that they had seen all weekend (we received the same comment for this show at both the District and Sectional levels as well) and that statement was given to us in our oral debriefing, just as has been the case for the past two years. In fact, the oral evaluator for CMH (who has been involved in high school theatre for over 35 years as both director and evaluator) told us that our physical connections and in the moment acting our students delivered was the best that she has seen – EVER – in all her time as a director and evaluator.

The fact is that CMH, since 2002, has won 27 individual outstanding acting awards (no other high school in Wisconsin comes close to this total). There were 44 schools and 22 acting awards this year. The average per school is .5 a year. Over the same 8 years (from 2002-today) a good school at State, on average, would receive 4 awards over that same time period. Catholic Memorial’s total number of acting awards speaks to the outstanding level of in the moment acting that CMH drama students achieve.

Catholic Memorial has also received a Critics’ Choice award in 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2009, and only one other school in Wisconsin (Appleton North HS, an outstanding program!) can claim that same distinction at the State Theatre Festival. In addition, Mr. Larry Silverberg, the author of The Sanford Meisner Approach Workbook Series, who is a world-renowned actor, director, and teacher of the Meisner Approach, had the following to say after working with our program last year, “Catholic Memorial High School has an outstanding program! The work Chris Andacht is doing at CMH is an inspiration! The rewards his students are receiving will last a lifetime.”

Although there is no official “Top Show of the Weekend” award, Catholic Memorial’s total of 6 awards: Critics’ Choice, Outstanding Ensemble Acting, Outstanding Directing, and 3 Outstanding Acting awards, was the greatest total that any show was awarded this year and you could certainly argue that the total amount of awards would make it the top show of the weekend. Congratulations to the Catholic Memorial cast and crew of The Crucible!

CMH Rugger to represent USA

from Rugby Coach John Waliszewski --

When senior Erin Davis began playing rugby three years ago, little did she imagine all the adventures it would lead to: a tour of Ireland to play one of the oldest teams in the world (Shannon Rugby Club, est. 1884), two trips to Midwest Championships, and now a chance to represent her country.

This past weekend, Erin pulled on the red, white, and blue jersey of the USA u17 team at an all-star tournament in Florida. Erin has quickly become one of the best players at her position in the country; while also being an IB Diploma candidate. She's one of only two players to ever be a three-time member of the Wisconsin State Championship All-Tournament team. With one season yet to play, she's already the career leader in tries scored by a Memorial forward (21).

As a truly global sport, much like soccer, rugby is known for its camaraderie and tradition of bringing people together. Just check out the new Morgan Freeman/Matt Damon movie Invictus about how rugby helped unify post-apartheid South Afrika. Erin knows all about this; it was the focus of her IB Extended Essay. Not bad for someone whose school didn't even have a rugby team when she enrolled as a freshman!

Pucylowski recognized by Channel 12 as Scholar Athlete

from WISN.Com --

Scholar Athlete - Austin Pucylowski, Catholic Memorial

Austin Pucylowski is a punter for Catholic Memorial High School.

He has a 4.0 GPA and taking advanced level classes. His schedule includes A.P. Chemistry, A.P. American Government, 20th Century American Literature, I.B. Spanish IV, I.B. Pre-Calculus, and the Gospel of John.

Pucylowski is the No. 2 ranked punter in the state by He is also ranked the No. 13 punter in the nation by Jaime Kohl of Kohl's Kicking. He's been on varsity for three years and 1st team all-conference punter and 2nd team all-area punter as a junior. He received honorable mention as a left tackle.

No time to rest...Hoops is back!

from today's Waukesha Freeman --

Catholic Memorial 72
East Troy 60

Schell sparks Crusaders
Guard’s 24 points lead Memorial in opener
By Jeff Hagenau Freeman Correspondent

EAST TROY – Derek Schell had a big night.

Schell, a 6-foot-1 senior guard, scored a career-high 24 points and added four assists as the Catholic Memorial High School boys basketball team defeated East Troy 72-60 in a season-opening nonconference game Tuesday.

Leading 34-31 at halftime, the Crusaders outscored East Troy 19-9 in the third quarter, including what proved to be a decisive 17-4 run.

Schell, who converted a game-high four 3-pointers, had eight points to help ignite the critical spree for Memorial.

“Everything just seemed to click,” said Schell, a Hillsdale College (Mich.) recruit who had 14 points in the first half. “My teammates did a nice job of distributing the ball around the perimeter for the open look. I just shot the ball well in the first half and kept gaining confidence as the game went on.

“We’ve played a lot of scrimmages in this gym over the years so I really felt comfortable throughout the night.”

Senior Austin Pucylowski, a 6-4 center, followed with 17 points, and sophomore guard Charlie Walsh had 11 points for Memorial, which made 29 of 40 free throws. Senior guard T.J. Bray, the reigning Classic 8 Conference Player of the Year, added nine points and 11 rebounds.

“We were fired up coming into the second half and really tried to assert ourselves,” said Pucylowski, who made 13 of 18 free throws. “That’s when we crashed the boards hard, made it to the freethrow line and turned the game around.

“Coming into the game, we still had a few question marks so it was great to see everyone step up and start the season on a strong note.”

Memorial coach Dean Bellanti was encouraged by the way his team overcame a sluggish first half with a big run in the third quarter.

“We made a good first impression,” said Bellanti, who guided the Crusaders to second place in the Classic 8 last season. “From start to finish, it was one of those games where both sides struggled to establish a good flow, so it was nice to see everything come together in the second half. When the game was close in the third quarter, we really established ourselves inside and put together a nice run to pull away.”

More Football Accolades




LINE Jacob Krause, senior Catholic Memorial

Krause (6-2, 255) helped the 9-4 Crusaders run for 1,626 yards and tally 2,026 yards during the nine-game regular season.A first-team Classic 8 pick, Krause has received collegiate interest from several Ivy League schools.“Jake is a twoyear starter and our best lineman,” CMH coach Bill Young said.


LINE Charlie Tell, senior Catholic Memorial

Tell (6-3, 240) was a first-team Classic 8 selection for third-place Memorial.The tackle recorded 48 tackles, two quarterback sacks, five tackles for loss, two knockdowns and two forced fumbles for a team that allowed 11.3 points per game in the regular season.“Charlie plays the position with a lot of energy,” CMH coach Bill Young said.“Charlie is an excellent pass rusher who led our team in quarterback pressure.”

PUNTER Austin Pucylowski, senior Catholic Memorial

Pucylowski (6-4, 225) was a first-team Classic 8 pick for the second straight season after averaging 43.1 yards per punt during the regular season. He is being recruited by several NCAA Division I schools. Pucylowski also starts at tight end and caught four touchdown passes. Opponents had a 5.1-yard per return average during the regular season thanks to Pucylowski’s hang time. His longest punt was 63 yards.

Daniel Mike/Freeman Staff

Second Team

OFFENSE K: Derek Peake (Catholic Memorial) 6-0, 175, Sr.

DEFENSE LB: Steve Dejewski (Catholic Memorial) 5-10, 188, Sr. DB: Derek Peake (Catholic Memorial) 6-0, 175, Sr.

Honorable Mention

RB: Pete Karczewski (Catholic Memorial)

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

CMH Punter named to AP All-State Second Team

Congratulations to senior punter Austin Pucylowski from Catholic Memorial on being named by the state's sports writers All-State, Second Team.

Boys Soccer All-Conference Selections

from the Classic 8 Conference --

First team All- Conference selections included Catholic Memorial senior Alden Bennett and junior Eric Schoendorf

Girls Volleyball All-Conference Selections

from the Classic 8 --

Catholic Memorial senior Diane McLeod and juniors Patti Abshire, Kate Acker and Kelli Browning were first-team picks for the league champion Crusaders.

CMH Fencing makes a point

from today's Waukesha Freeman --

Memorial fencing teams place high in meet

WAUKESHA – The host Catholic Memorial High School fencing team finished third among the girls and fifth among the boys in the Midwest High School Invitational on Saturday.

Memorial’s Abby Langhenry finished fifth among 49 entrants in the girls sabre competition,while Rebecca Reese was sixth among 48 girls foil entrants. Memorial’s Michael Loporrchio was 10th among 63 entrants in boys epee.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Two reminders

Be sure to stop by for at tomorrow's Noodle's & Company Fundraiser for CMH. (Click for details.)


Don't forget to view and share the CMH production of The Legacy Lives with anyone connected to CMH. (Click to be connected to our YouTube Channel - WeAreMemorial.)

Continuing my fixation...

with far off visitors to this blog. Last night we were visited by someone from...

Thanks to CMH from Habitat for Humanity!

November 20, 2009

Reverend Hartmann,

I had the great pleasure of sharing the incredible generosity of the Catholic Memorial High School students, parents and administration with the Habitat for Humanity of Waukesha County board of directors at its meeting last evening. Your donation has special significance for me as I saw firsthand the dedication and enthusiasm of the students who worked on the Haunted House service project. I tried to convey to the board a sense of the experiences of the Habitat construction volunteers, to give them a better sense of the effort behind this donation.

Words cannot adequately convey our appreciation for the generosity of the Catholic Memorial family, but please be assured that everyone associated with Waukesha County Habitat from the construction volunteers to the board of directors are thankful for both your generous donation and the opportunity to partner with your students.


Bob Beglinger
Construction Crew volunteer, and
Secretary, Habitat for Humanity of Waukesha County



Sunday, November 22, 2009

Boys Volleyball Teams Gather for Mass and Banquet

The Boys Volleyball Teams gathered this evening for a mass before their end of year awards banquet. It was wonderful to celebrate mass with them at St. John Vianney Parish before heading over to the Venice Club for dinner.

It was a great season, and all the players, coaches, and fans are to be congratulated!

Another shot from NCYC

Downtown Kansas City, MO is shut down Friday for the Eucharistic Procession occurring as part of the National Catholic Youth Conference. Reported to include 30,000+ participants!

Can you see our CMH kids?

Friday, November 20, 2009

St. Mary's Elm Grove Students Visit CMH

Last week Friday, when school was off for CMH, sixty-eight 7th and 8th graders from St. Mary Visitation School in Elm Grove spent three hours engaged in three different art sessions at CMH. There were 30 CMH art students who came in on this “day off” to help. It was a great experience for all.

CMh prides itself on its connections to the 26 supporting parishes of Waukesha County who make up CMH's corporate structure.

NCYC nearly, sort of, almost, real time update.

from Jon Brzeski, CMH Director of Campus Ministry --

Hi Father,

The opening session this morning was really powerful. We had Cardinal Dinardo and Brian Johnson leading us in a reflection on how the Eucharist must be the source of our Catholic life. We must live our faith as a witness to the world.

Here is a look at the Eucharistic procession from the Sprint Center to the conference center.

God is hard at work here at the National Catholic Youth Conference!
Christ's Peace,
Jon Brzeski

Noodles & Co. Fundraiser

Limited to the new location at 1210 W Sunset Drive, Waukesha, WI (just east of St. Paul).

CMHers attend National Catholic Youth Conference

After a day long bus trip, with just a little bit of excitement (just a small clash between a bus window and a truck mirror in a parking lot -- don't worry, no one was hurt) a contingent of students from CMH arrived safe and sound in Kansas City, MO for the 2009 National Catholic Youth Conference.

38 students travelled as part of our official CMH group, and some 30 more made the trip with their parish youth ministry groups.

Billed as the largest annual Catholic Youth Gathering in the US, NCYC offers young people opportunities to "Pray. Play. Learn. Interact. Discern. Network. Experience. Listen. Grow. NCYC encompasses a wide variety of opportunities to learn about and experience the Catholic faith."

Running Thursday through Saturday at the Sprint Center in KC, the participating young people and adult leaders will experience prayer, catechesis, discussion and just plain fun.
Before the CMH group left, the travellers and their parents gathered at CMH for mass and a pilgrims blessing.
It is hoped that experiences such as this will lead to a building of enthusiasm and excitement to possibly have a CMH group travel to Madrid, Spain for World Youth Day, 2011!

More on the CMH Haunted House

First, a blurb in today's Waukesha Freeman.

And, from the Haunted House parent advisers --

Haunted House a Huge Success

The walls have come down, the costumes put away, the fake blood wiped up and the cob webs removed. The old convent sits dormant once again until fall rolls around and preparations begin for another Haunted House. This year’s festivities were a tremendous success. On Wednesday, November 18th, JC Petersen and Paige Sutherland presented Habitat for Humanity of Waukesha County a check for $5,000.00. The gentlemen receiving the donation were speechless and humbled by the generosity of the CMH community.

This year’s Haunted House was open for four nights. Over 80 students participated and turned the building on the corner into a frightening display of zombies, monsters, spiders, butchers and so much more. When all was said and done, just over 1200 people went through the house – some more than once! St. Joe’s Middle School sent over the entire 6th grade class to go through one afternoon; giving our actors a practice run before opening night.

Our thanks go out to so many in our school community who did so much to help make this happen. We thank you for the donations of props, food for concessions, costumes, lights, extension cords, time and patience. We thank Patti Pavlic Bohne (CMH '91) and Olive Promotions for the generous donation of the Haunted House t-shirts, allowing us to raise additional funds for our cause. While we can’t thank everyone by name in this publication, please know that we sincerely appreciate your support of the students and their efforts.

Until next year…

Joli Krismer
Michele Campbell
Mary McNulty

Congratulations and thanks to all of the organizers, actors, and participants. Barring the surprise of a multi-million dollar donation for the restoration of the convent, let's plan on make next year even bigger, better, and scarier!

Far-flung readers...

Hello, and welcome, to blog visitors from Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada and Heidelberg, Victoria, Australia.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

PRESS RELEASE -- CMH Haunted House Helps Habitat

November 19, 2009
Press Release including photo

For Immediate Release
Contact: Very Rev. Paul Hartmann, President 262.542.7101 ext 243

Catholic Memorial students raise $5,000 for Habitat for Humanity Haunted House proceeds go to Habitat for Humanity of Waukesha County

WAUKESHA – Catholic Memorial High School (CMH) students who created last month’s Haunted House raised $5,000 for Habitat for Humanity. The students celebrated their accomplishment and presented the proceeds to representatives of Waukesha County’s Habitat for Humanity last evening at Casa del Rio restaurant in Waukesha.

“The student’s commitment and efforts on the Haunted House is terrific and this is the second year in a row where they have generated significant proceeds to help out Habitat,” said Fr. Hartmann, President of Catholic Memorial High School. The Haunted House project is just one of many human service projects coordinated and implemented by CMH students throughout the school year as a reflection of the school’s motto Caritas in Omnibus (Charity in All Things). Virtually all CMH students participate in parish and community service activities.
Habitat for Humanity assisted the students in building portions of the project for the Haunted House. Nearly 1,200 people went through the Haunted House during its four day run in late October.

Bob Beglinger, of Waukesha, received the $5,000 check on behalf of Habitat for Humanity. Each year, Habitat for Humanity raises dollars to build homes for deserving families throughout Waukesha County.

Catholic Memorial High School of Waukesha is an Archdiocesan Catholic college preparatory high school serving 760 students from the Waukesha County area. The school was established in 1949 to honor the memories of 23 local servicemen lost in World War II and currently graduates the largest number of International Baccalaureate diplomats in the state of Wisconsin. Composite ACT score is 24.9 and members of the class of 2009 garnered $10.6 million in college scholarship awards.

Submitted photo – Bob Beglinger, center, Board Member of Habitat for Humanity of Waukesha County, receives a $5,000 donation from J.C. Petersen and Paige Sutherland, Catholic Memorial High School seniors and organizers of the CMH Haunted House.

FoxSports.Com Profiles TJ Bray

Bray ready to give Princeton preview
CMH guard set to chase title in senior season
by JR RADCLIFFE , Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

An interesting recruiting line....

CMH, Where You Can Run Around With Sharp Objects!

Contrary to what the good sisters used to reprimand us for...

from today's Waukesha Freeman --

Fencing sticks at Memorial
Decades-old program still growing
By Lee Fensin Freeman Staff

WAUKESHA – “Star Wars” it’s not. Longtime Catholic Memorial High School fencing coach Mike Sampon admits that some students come out for his coed team thinking they’ll be doing something similar to using lightsabers against Darth Vader. But Sampon’s goal is not to produce future Jedi knights; rather it’s to give teens looking for something different from football and basketball an opportunity to learn an activity they can do much of their lives...

...For instance, as the Crusaders prepare for Saturday’s annual Midwest High School Invitational at Memorial, they have to practice in the cafeteria because the gyms are being taken up by basketball tryouts. Saturday’s tournament, which begins at 8:30 a.m. and runs through the afternoon, has attracted 13 high school teams and 12 club teams representing six different states. Sampon said about 350 fencers will participate.

Memorial competes during the season in the Great Lakes Fencing Conference, made up of 10 high school programs from three states. Memorial girls have won the conference titles 11 times, and Sampon said his boys team usually is in the top four, but has won the league title only once.
Memorial is the only high school in the state with a varsity team, although Notre Dame Academy in Green Bay has a small sabre club. All other high school fencers in Wisconsin are from fencing clubs.

PHOTOS -- Top: Kevin Harnack/Freeman Staff Catholic Memorial’s Candice Thorstenson, left, works with Kevin Lawler during the team’s practice Tuesday. Bottom: Kevin Harnack/Freeman Staff Jessica Furrer receives instruction from Catholic Memorial head fencing coach Mike Sampon on Tuesday.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Oodles of Noodles for Lots of Dough!

Noodles & Company Expands in Wisconsin With Grand Opening in Waukesha Restaurant Hosts Benefit Night for Catholic Memorial High School
WAUKESHA, WI -- (Marketwire) -- 11/17/09 --
Noodles & Company, the restaurant that serves noodles, soups and salads inspired from around the world, will open its 26th restaurant in Wisconsin on Wednesday, Nov. 25 at 10:30 a.m. The new restaurant is located at 1210 W Sunset Drive, Waukesha, WI.
In celebration, the new Noodles restaurant will host a fundraiser for Catholic Memorial High School on Tuesday, Nov. 24, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Catholic Memorial High School is the largest private school in Waukesha and empowers students to define their vision and pursue their goals with confidence, competence, and Christian generosity. Students are challenged to become fully integrated persons who embrace social responsibility. Funds raised will support continued development and education at Catholic Memorial High School.
I encourage all CMH students, alumni, past and present families, to support this easy (and tasty) way to support the school.

Last night's surprising blog visitor was from...

Can you name the country represented by this flag?
I don't know if it will be a good hint or not, but the visitor came to this blog after googling the name of a member of last year's state champion, downhill ski team.

Giving their "All"!

from JSOnline.Com --

All-Area Boys Soccer

SECOND TEAM Forward: Alden Bennett, sr., Catholic Memorial
HONORABLE MENTION Forward: Aaron Horvat, jr., Catholic Memorial
HONORABLE MENTION Defender: Eric Schoendorf, jr., Catholic Memorial

All-State Boys Soccer

HONORABLE MENTION Forward: Aaron Horvat, jr., Catholic Memorial
HONORABLE MENTION Defender: Eric Schoendorf, jr., Catholic Memorial

All-State Cross Country

BOYS FIRST TEAM John Luterbach, sr., Catholic Memorial
GIRLS FIRST TEAM Morgan Sickels, sr., Catholic Memorial

Most of us avoided the subject yesterday...

But, for the sake of closure, we need to acknowledge it --

From today's Waukesha Freeman --

Reedsburg 16, Catholic Memorial 13

1 s e c o n d away from berth in state final
Crusaders fall one play short

By Chris Patterson Freeman Correspondent

MIDDLETON – It was one of the most thrilling and improbable endings to a high school football game you will ever see. It was also one of the most devastating and surreal endings to a high school football game you will ever see...

N.B. To the naysayers and Monday morning coaches -- Do the math: a) with defense as your strong suit, 90+ yards in less than 90 seconds with no timeouts; versus b) kick-off return and a drive to a tie, then going depleted into overtime; versus c) kick-off-return and a possible 2 pt. conversion. In football it seems that the odds dictate the first.

Monday, November 16, 2009

From the Drama Stage -- More Accolades!

Catholic Memorial High School, as a result of its sterling performances in the Wisconsin High School Forensic Association Theatre Festival and the quality work that the Drama Department consistently produces, has been nominated by the Overture Center for the Arts for its TOMMY AWARDS. Overture’s Tommy Awards program is a new educational initiative that honors and celebrates excellence in musical theater production among area high school students. Catholic Memorial High School is one of only 27 high schools in Wisconsin nominated to participate this year.

Participating schools will have their high school musicals reviewed by a panel of educators, theater experts and industry professionals. Based on the reviewers’ comments and tabulations, productions and individuals that receive nominations in specific categories will be recognized and honored at a red carpet final ceremony held at Overture Center on Sunday, June 6, 2010. The ceremony will also feature performances and production numbers from nominees in several categories.

Congratulations to Mr. Chris Andacht and the Catholic Memorial Drama students for this honor, and wish them well as they begin production on this year’s winter musical, White Christmas.

(Nota Bene -- Last Summer, CMH became the very first high school level drama program to receive rights to perform White Christmas. Something more about which for us to be deservedly proud.)

Too often overlooked - CMH Swimming

from Saturday's Waukesha Freeman --

Brookfield swimmer sets two records
CMH’s Meinholz places high in two D2 events

MADISON – ... Catholic Memorial sophomore Anna Meinholz was state runner-up in the 100 breaststroke in 1:04.71 and swam fourth in the 200 individual medley in 2:09. ... Sturgeon Bay/Sevastopol won the team title with 201 points. New Berlin West placed 16th with 47, Brookfield Academy tied for 18th with 40 and Catholic Memorial placed 22nd with 32. – Freeman Staff

Before the sesaon even starts...

There is Boys Basketball News to Report --

from Saturday's Waukesha Freeman --

Two Memorial basketball players sign

WAUKESHA – Catholic Memorial basketball players T.J. Bray, bottom right, and Derek Schell, bottom left, signed this week to play for Princeton and Hillsdale, respectively. Pictured left to right behind the players are Schell’s parents, Joe and Lenore Schell; CMH head coach Dean Bellanti; Bray’s sister, Sara Bray; and his father,Tom Bray.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

The Legacy Lives

If you haven't done so yet, be sure to check out the new CMH video -- The Legacy Lives.

Be sure to send the link to any CMH alum, past parents, future prospect, or friend and supporter. I is a wonderful introduction to, and retrospective of, CMH.

Maybe this will go viral!

Caritas in a Horror House!

This year's CMH Haunted House, also known as Maniac Manor, was a huge success. With over seventy students and adult volunteers involved, CMH worked to raised thousands of dollars that will go to support Habitat for Humanity of Waukesha County.

Congratulations to all of the kids and volunteers. Thanks to all the attendees (aka - victims)!

CMH Alumni Gathering in NYC

Last week, on Thursday night, a group of eleven CMH alumni and friends gathered near Times Square in Manhattan to reminisce about their experiences at CMH. Spanning graduation classes from 1964 to 2004, the interesting thing was that while the names of faculty may have changed over the years, the memories of friends and the great moments of high school life seemed amazingly alike.
After the first of the year we look forward to comparable CMH alumni and friend events in Washington, DC, Naples, Fl, Chicago and Minneapolis. Contact me if you are will to help organize one of these events.

Friday, November 13, 2009

FB anticipation builds...

from today's Waukesha Freeman --


Teams traveled similar paths
CMH, Reedsburg have faced parallel situations

By Daniel Mike Freeman Staff

Greetings from the Big Apple!

A more classic blog posting today -- What am I up to?

I am in New York City for today's investiture of the new members in the Sovereign Military Order of the Knights of St. John of Jerusalem, or Rhodes, and of Malta. They are more commonly known as the Knights of Malta. Archbishop Dolan asked me a few years ago to serve as a deputy chaplain to the groups members in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. Today I will be "promoted" as it were, to the dignity of Magistral Chaplain of the Order. More work, no change in pay. For over 900 years the Order has done great works of service and charity throughout the world.

Last night, with the organizing help of Jennifer (Matthews) Cullert, a group of CMH alumni gathered at a nice place near Times Square. The dozen of us ranged from the Class of 1964, to the Class of 2004. Two found they worked in the same business, two other found they worked in the same building. Last year we gathered with six people, so if we double each year, that will be great. When I am back at my own computer I will upload some pictures.

Lastly, those of you who were at the Legacy Dinner saw the great, I mean really GREAT, video about CMH entitled "The Legacy Lives." Watch the ten minute production for yourself now at our own YouTube Channel -- WeAreMemorial. It is very much worth you time, and worth sending to anyone interested in CMH.

Football tomorrow, drama and performing arts all weekend -- always alot of great things going on at CMH!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

How to order the Christmas Music CD

Catholic Memorial High School’s Concert Choir will be featured on an upcoming recording entitled “Sing for Your Supper 2009”. “Sing” 2009 is a production of the Agape Community Center, located on Milwaukee’s Northwest side.

The Agape Community Center is sponsored by the Sisters of the Sorrowful Mother and, along with a host of community-related services, Agape has provided a 3-night-per week free meal program to hundreds of local residents since 1986. The CD project, “Sing for Your Supper”, was started in 2007 as a way to raise funds and boost visibility for Agape’s meal program. Choirs from Divine Savior/Holy Angels, and Marquette University High Schools, along with other performing ensembles, were recorded for “Sing for Your Supper” in 2007 and 2008. This year, Catholic Memorial High School is honored to be included in the musical offering, as well as in providing the cover art for Sing ’09. Recording is scheduled to take place on October 22nd and the CD will be available in time for Christmas this year.

“Sing for Your Supper” is a Christmas-themed collection of music and will feature CMH’s Concert Choir performing “E’en So Lord Jesus Quickly Come” a beautifully expectant Advent piece, as well as “Bonse Aba”, a lively setting of a Zambian folk song which translates: “All That Sing Have the Right to be Called Children of God”

More information can be found on Edline on the left side of the front page at:

“This will make a great Christmas gift”

Bravos to CMH One-Act Cast

from director Chris Andacht --

Father Paul,

Here are some of the comments from some of the judges on Saturday. We were informed by the judges that we were easily best show of the day and they were stunned by the brilliance of the performance. We qualified for state and will perform next weekend at UW-Whitewater.

Judges’ Comments:

The show was an excellent cutting…outstanding for characterization.
Your costumes are awesome. I’ve seen none better in this contest.
Your actors and actresses are giving emotionally committed performances that reigns through all of human emotions.
Your ensemble work is rhythmic, reactive, and powerful.
The moments you create are not only believable, but draw us in as an audience, touch our hearts, and let us feel all that you are feeling.
There are so many people onstage, and yet all are telling the same story. It is a testament to your concentration, commitment, and incredibly hard work.
In your court room scene, the burst of energy at the finale was awesome. I thought it was going to spill over into the audience!
Your cast is a unit, a smooth well-oiled machine, that draws us in right from the very first moment that you step on the stage.
It is evident that your cast really listens to one another in every moment because there is never a movement that is haphazard. They are all purposeful and motivated.
There was excellent ensemble work throughout the show. All your cast members knew where they were going and why they should be there. Their movement and tempo that they created continually pulled me in.
All of your principles are strong characters who know their purpose and their relationships, and bring them to their audience.
The production is not only effective, but a cut above, not only high school theatre, but most of the professional theatre in the area.
Lighting and music not only helps create the mood, but becomes a character in and of itself.
Keep sharp! You’re on the way to the top! What you do in theatre at Catholic Memorial High School keeps us believing in kids and the greatness they are capable of.

Hope you can see us this weekend.

Chris A.

Volleyball Recognitions

from today's Waukesha Freeman --

Coaches poll All-State Boys Volleyball Team --CMH Junior Dan Casper chosen for Second Team, All-State

Another Shout-Out to the Girls Volleyball Team on page 3B.

WAUKESHA – The Catholic Memorial High School girls volleyball team won the state Division 2 championship recently. On the team were, left to right: top row – Nicole Welsh, Katie Umhoefer, Diane McLeod, Kelli Browning, Julie Kolinski, Amanda Hansen, Alyssa Dawson and Rachel Kohli; bottom row – Alyssa Kujawa, Katie Acker, Colleen Hanley, Patti Abshire, Greta Davis, Sara Connell and Kaitlyn Hastings.

CMH's Kara Novotny Recognized

from JSOnline.Com --

Catholic Memorial's Kara Novotny and Greenfield's Kevin Hanneken are the Wisconsin winners of the Wendy's High School Heisman Award, based achievement in athletics, academics and community / school leadership. The two were selected from more than 50,000 applicants.

also in the same JS column --

SIGNED: The early signing period began Wednesday and ends Nov. 18. Here is list of area athletes, who either signed Wednesday, or are expected to sign during the early period.

T.J. Bray, Catholic Memorial - Princeton;
Derek Schell, Catholic Memorial - Hillsdale (Mich.) College.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

CMH Spanish Teachers teach the teachers

Hello Fr. Paul,

A short time ago Steph Diedrich and I presented a conference session to more than 100 participants from across Wisconsin’s public and private schools during the WAFLT (Wisconsin Association of Foreign Language Teachers) annual conference. We discussed the 21st century learner and how we approach assessment in our classroom. Our one hour presentation discussed formative and summative assessment and how to approach them in beginning through advanced levels of the world language classroom.

Assessment is something that Stephanie and I feel passionate about and want it to be attainable for all of our students, so it was thrilling to have so many of our peers interested in learning about it as well. Notably, Paul Sandrock, from Wisconsin DPI and Donna Clementi, a nationally recognized leader in World Language education, were the presentations in our room before and after us.

Jennifer Denten

CMH Singers appear on CD for Charity

It’s a challenge we all have faced when the holiday season approaches. This year, Agape Community Center can help you!

Why not purchase a UNIQUE gift which features local vocal artists and also puts more than 1,000 hot meals on the table at Agape Community Center’s Community Meal Program each month?

Sing for Your Supper

Sing for Your Supper is an innovative CD with holiday hits! Local talent, including Divine Savior Holy Angels High School, Marquette University High School, the Milwaukee Choristers, soloist Cheryl McCrary, the combined St. John Vianny/St. Dominic strings, the Heritage Chorale, Peter Buffett, Kostia, Catholic Memorial High School, the Milwaukee Police Department, and a Ministry Health Care employee will brighten your holidays with:

• O Come Emmanuel
• The Song of the Christmas Tree
• Wake, Awake
• Now Be Very Welcome
• Ava Maria
• The Christmas Song
• Once in Royal David’s City
• Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
• And other traditional and contemporary favorites!

Sing ‘09 will feature the Catholic Memorial High School Choir singing…

• “E’en So, Lord Jesus, Quickly Come”
• “Bonse Aba”

The CD will soon be available at the CMH Spirit Shop.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Still time...

You’re Invited!
A gathering of CMH Alumni and Friends in NYC!

Thursday, November 12th
The Heartland Brewery – Times Square
127 West 43rd Street
Between Broadway & 6th Avenue
NYC contact – Jennifer (Mathews) Cullert, CMH ’93 or 646-408-8824

CMH Football Coverage

from today's Waukesha Freeman --

Catholic Memorial 31
Union Grove 7

Far from equal
Union Grove no match for Crusaders

By Chris Patterson Freeman Correspondent

UNION GROVE – The Catholic Memorial and Union Grove high school football teams each came into Saturday’s WIAA Division 3 quarterfinal playoff game with an 8-3 overall record.

That’s about where the similarity ended.

...It will be Memorial’s first trip to the state semifinals since 2001, when the Crusaders were the Division 2 state runners-up.

“We played extremely well,” Memorial coach Bill Young said. “Our defense kept them off balance and our offense executed well.”

Since losing 31-13 to Arrowhead in their regularseason finale, the Crusaders have outscored their three playoff opponents by a combined margin of 103-21.

“Playing in the Classic 8 really brings out the toughness in us and I think that comes out in games like this,” Memorial junior fullback Pete Karczewski said. “After that loss to Arrowhead, I just think we’ve really grown as a team and have kind of regrouped.

...Karczewski bounced back nicely from a sprained right ankle suffered the previous week, rushing for a teamhigh 157 yards on 21 carries and scoring two touchdowns.

Along with junior halfback Broc Kocour, who rushed for 65 yards on 10 carries, the Crusaders’ ball-control offense produced three scores on their first four series of the game.

Defensively, Memorial senior safety Derek Peake personally ended four of the Broncos’ 10 possessions by recovering three fumbles and intercepting a pass.

...After Union Grove’s next drive stalled at its own 38, the Crusaders needed just 78 seconds to go 71 yards in four plays and take a 17-0 lead on a 23-yard touchdown run by Kocour with 1:30 remaining in the first half. A 35-yard completion from Memorial junior quarterback Dominic Zanoni to senior running back Dylan Wolf helped set up the score.

...Karczewski opened the fourth quarter by busting through the line and outracing the Broncos to the end zone for a 35-yard touchdown run.

An interception by Memorial senior cornerback Mitch Schultz two series later helped set up the game’s final score, a 35-yard touchdown pass from Zanoni to Pucylowski.

Not counting two kneeldowns at the end of each half, Zanoni finished the game with only five passes and two rushing attempts. However, three of his four completions went for a first down or a touchdown, and both of his carries resulted in first downs.

Girls Volleyball Coverage

from today's Waukesha Freeman --


Season ends in special way
CMH, Muskego bring home state titles

ASHWAUBENON – Ted Schulte figured this could be a special season.

“We knew from the get-go that this team had the talent to do some amazing things,” said Schulte, who coached the Catholic Memorial High School girls volleyball team to the WIAA Division 2 state championship Saturday at the Resch Center.

It was the second WIAA title for Schulte, who guided the Crusaders to the 2006 Division 2 crown, and a third title looks attainable next year with only two seniors graduating.

“Next year’s team certainly looks promising,” said Schulte, understating the hopes for a squad that expects to have two first-team and one second-team all-state players back.

...Juniors Kate Acker and Kelli Browning had 15 and 13 kills, respectively, for Memorial, which finished with a 39-9 record. Acker added seven digs.

Senior Diane McLeod had 37 assists, senior Colleen Hanley had eight digs and three aces and junior Patti Abshire had 12 digs to lead Memorial, which lost the state title match last year.

...Hanley and junior Aly Kujawa were unsung players for CMH, Schulte said.

Hanley played three positions during the season, starting as a defensive specialist, moving to right back on defense and finally getting a starting spot at middle back.

Kujawa “ended up being the rock of the team,” Schulte said. “She flies underneath the radar, but is an efficient hitter ... just a really steady player at left front. In 567 attacks, she made only 69 errors.”

– Lee Fensin/Freeman Staff

PHOTO -- Catholic Memorial’s Aly Kujawa goes up for a kill during the Crusaders’ state semifinal victory Friday. CMH won its second WIAA Division 2 state title by beating Appleton Xavier on Saturday. Jeremy Jones/Special to The Freeman

More CMH Athlete accolades --

from today's JSOnline.Com --

All-area boys cross country teams

John Luterbach, sr., Catholic Memorial: Won the Division 2 state championship after taking third last year when he made all-area second team.

Athletes, teams of the week

Catholic Memorial

The junior tandem combined for 49 kills to help the Crusaders win the Division 2 state title. Browning, a middle blocker who has orally committed to Wisconsin, finished with a team-high 13 kills in 19 attacks and made four blocks in the team's 3-0 victory over Tomahawk in the semifinals, then added 13 kills in 21 attacks in a 3-0 victory over Appleton Xavier in the final. Acker, a junior outside hitter, finished with a match-high 15 kills in the championship match and had eight kills and a team-high eight digs against Tomahawk. The two finished the season 1-2 on the team in kills; Browning had 367 and Acker had 352.

from today's Waukesha Freeman --

State champions represented on all-state girls volleyball team

WAUKESHA – Three members of Muskego’s Division 1 state championship girls team and two from Division 2 state champ Catholic Memorial have been voted to the first team of the 2009 Wisconsin Volleyball Coaches Association allstate team.

...Junior defensive specialist Patti Abshire and junior outside hitter Kate Acker represent Catholic Memorial on the first team.

Memorial junior middle hitter Kelli Browning and Muskego senior outside hitter Katie Ellerson are on the second team.

– Freeman Staff

Wisconsin Soccer Coaches Association All-State Team

...Waukesha’s only [other] representation on the all-state team came from Waukesha West junior goalkeeper Josh Rhode, Catholic Memorial sophomore forward Aaron Horvat and Memorial junior defender Eric Schoendorf, all of whom received honorable mention.

– Freeman Staff

Monday, November 9, 2009

Former CMH Hockey player a standout on world stage

CMH alum, Jeff Costello helped Team USA earn a gold medal over the weekend during the World Junior A Tournament. Jeff was selected as Team USA's player of the game for their 6-3 semi-final win over Russia.

I will update the championship game information as soon as I get it.

Congratulations to Jeff!

CMH XC Runners Recognized

from JSOnline.Com --

CMH Senior, Morgan Sickels, was named to the Journal-Sentinel All-Area Second Team.

Also, Freshman Maria Novak received Honorable Mention.

Congratulations Morgan and Maria!

Toot the horn!

Yesterday, at 9:45am, this blog had its 25,000th visitor.

Thanks to everyone who checks in to see the good things that are happening at CMH!

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Crusader Football -- "One More Domination"

from today's JSOnline.Com --

WIAA football roundup
One more domination

By Special to the Journal Sentinel
Posted: Nov. 7, 2009

Catholic Memorial's defense dominated again.

The Crusaders, who held their first two playoff opponents to an average of seven points and 233.5 yards per game, scored a 31-7 victory at Union Grove on Saturday night, holding the Southern Lakes' second-place team to 226 yards. The victory earned Memorial (9-3) a spot in the Division 3 semifinals against Reedsburg (9-3) on Friday or Saturday.

Junior running back Peter Karczewski ran for 155 yards and two touchdowns in 21 carries for Memorial. Dominic Zanoni, a junior quarterback, completed 4 of 5 passes for 80 yards and one touchdown.


from today's PostCrescent.Com --

Xavier Hawks fall short against Waukesha Catholic Memorial in WIAA Division 2 state volleyball final

ASHWAUBENON — Saturday's WIAA Division 2 state girls' volleyball championship match at the Resch Center featured a pair of similar teams. But on this afternoon, Catholic Memorial had just a bit more height and a better overall game than the Hawks in the Crusaders' 3-0 victory. Catholic Memorial (39-9) defeated the Hawks (35-10) by the scores of 25-18, 25-14, and 25-17.

...The Crusaders featured a big front line anchored by 6-foot-4 junior middle blocker Kelli Browning. Browning had 13 kills and presented matchup problems with Xavier when teamed with junior outside hitter Kate Acker, who led Catholic Memorial with 15 kills. Throw in Catholic Memorial's impressive setter Diane McLeod, who had 37 assists, and the Crusaders had an answer for everything the Hawks threw at them.

Catholic Memorial defeated Xavier 25-18, 25-14, 25-17. Xavier leaders: Lauren DeShaney 10 kills, 6 digs; Emily Downey 28 assists, 11 digs; Lexi Thein 13 digs. Catholic Memorial leaders: Kate Acker 15 kills, 7 digs; Kelli Browning 13 kills; Diane McLeod 37 assists, 10 digs; Patti Abshire 12 digs; Colleen Hanley 4 aces.
--Ricardo Arguello

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Campus Ministry Team Goes on Retreat

from Jon Brzeski, CMH Director of Campus Ministry --

Fr. Paul,

We just got done with our Campus Ministry Leadership Team (CMLT) retreat at Holy Hill and it was a wonderful time. We had a chance to reflect on the example of leadership set by people like Martin Luther King, Pope John Paul the Great, Mother Teresa, and Jesus Christ.

We examined how our faith must inform our leadership and what gifts God has given each of us to put to use in service of the Church. The retreat was planned, in large part, by Katherine Harvey (one of the CMLT members) and facilitated by the members of the CMLT. It was an outstanding day and we thank you again for joining us for mass today.

Christ's Peace,
Jon Brzeski

CMH Drama Prepares for One-Act Competion by celebrating mass.

Yesterday, after the whole cast was costumed and in make-up for dress rehearsals of the one-act production of The Crucible, we gathered together to celebrate the Eucharist together. We wish nothing but the best for Mr. Andacht, and the cast and crew, as they compete in the Wisconsin High School Forensics Association's Sectional Theater Competition. CMH is host to the competition today. Break a leg.

At the end of the mass, the following prayer, asking the intercession of St. Genesius, patron saint of actors, was offered --

Prayer for Actors

Saint Genesius, according to a very ancient story when you were still a pagan you once ridiculed Christ while acting on the stage. But, like Saul on the road to Damascus, you were astonished by Christ's powerful grace.

You rose bearing witness to Jesus and died a great martyr's death. Intercede for your fellow actors before God, that they may faithfully and honestly perform their roles and so help others to understand their role in life, thus enabling them to attain their one true end in heaven.


Giving it some thought, maybe we can update the CMH team prayer for performers --

Heavenly Father,
Our Life, Health, and Abilities are gifts from you.
Give us the courage to devote each,
not to our own gain, but to your glory.

Let us perform today
with all our heart, mind, body, and soul.
If you choose,
allow accolades to come as a blessing and reward;
but, if necessary, assist us to learn integrity in despair.

Keep all performers safe this day.
Allow us to give our best as a memorial
to those who have given their all for our sake.

St. Genesius, patron of actors, R:/ Pray for Us.
Our Lady of Memorial, R:/ Pray for Us.

We make this prayer through Christ our Lord.

Just a thought.

500th post!

I have made
postings since starting this blog on Tuesday, December 2, 2008!

Keep watch, by tomorrow at this time this blog will have attained yet another milestone.

CMH Girls Volleyball Return to State

from today's Waukesha Freeman --


Catholic Memorial 3
Tomahawk 0

Crusaders return to title match
CMH beats Tomahawk in semifinals

GREEN BAY – The Catholic Memorial High School girls volleyball team is one match away from its second WIAA Division 2 state title.

The Crusaders earned their second straight trip to the state title match with a 25-15, 25-14, 25-17 semifinal victory over Tomahawk at the Resch Center on Friday.

“It was a workman-like victory,” CMH coach Ted Schulte said. “There were not a ton of emotional highs, but we were going about business. I’m pleased we got the win.

“When we go about our business, we’re a pretty good team.”

Memorial didn’t quite dominate the match but instead used a steady approach.

“We didn’t get any huge runs on them but put together a lot of small ones,” Schulte said. “Every time we had a serve, we pulled away a bit for the most part.”

Senior setter Diane McLeod set the tone for the Crusaders with 28 assists.

“I think we played well, but I think the team we played didn’t bring out our full potential,” McLeod said. “We played well, but it wasn’t a really energetic game.”

The Crusaders (38-9) hope to change that today as they face Appleton Xavier in the title match at 3 p.m. Xavier (35-9) advanced with a 25-14, 25-11, 25-12 victory over Sauk Prairie on Friday.

“They looked very good in their semifinal match,” Schulte said. “We have to stay within ourselves and be a better team from top to bottom.”

Junior Kelli Browning had 13 kills for the Crusaders, sophomore Greta Davis had four blocks, junior Patti Abshire had three aces and nine digs and junior Kate Acker had nine digs.
And the team hopes to improve on those numbers today against Xavier.

“We want to dominate,” McLeod said. “It’s good we all work together. Hopefully (today), if we do get down, someone can dominate. “Hopefully we can all be connected and play to the best of our abilities.”
– Freeman Staff

Photos -- Top: Jeremy Jones/Special to The Freeman From left, Catholic Memorial’s Kelli Browning, Diane McLeod and Alyssa Kujawa celebrate a point during the Crusaders WIAA Division 2 state semifinal victory over Tomahawk on Friday. Bottom: Jeremy Jones/Special to the Freeman Catholic Memorial’s Kate Acker digs a ball during the Crusaders state semifinal victory over Tomahawk on Friday.