Wednesday, December 29, 2010

CMH's Butrym meets with Coach Young before heading to Pasadena

Just a reminder, be sure to watch Patrick's interview with CMH Grad Dan Needles, tonight, 7pm, on Channel 12.

A hockey rematch tonight...

from today's Waukesha Freeman --


CMH/Pius gains berth in title game
KM/Mukwonago wins, but Wings fall to Notre Dame

DELAFIELD – The Catholic Memorial/Pius cop-op high school boys hockey team advanced to the championship game of its own Joe Raymond Memorial Tournament at the Naga-Waukee Ice Arena on Tuesday. The Crusading Popes beat Janesville 5-2 in the semifinals and will play Green Bay Notre Dame in the championship game at 8 p.m. today.

Kettle Moraine/Mukwonago, an 8-1 winner over Mount Carmel of Illinois on Tuesday, will play for fifth place against Janesville at 6 p.m., while the Waukesha Wings will play Mount Carmel at 4 p.m. for fifth place. The Wings lost to Notre Dame 7-2 Tuesday.

Cody Dixon and Kyle Fink each had a goal and an assist for Memorial/Pius, which takes a 10-3 record into the title game. Dominic Zanoni, Sam Chapin and Anthony Soo Hoo also scored for CMP.

– Freeman Staff

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Channel 12 to feature CMH alum Patrick Butrym '07

from WISN.Com --

MILWAUKEE -- WISN 12 will broadcast a primetime Big 12 Sports special, "Return to the Rose Bowl," at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 29. Sports Director Dan Needles [CMH '81] will be in Pasadena that night and will have live reports on WISN 12 News each day leading up to the Rose Bowl on Saturday, Jan. 1. An encore presentation of the Big 12 Sports special will air on Saturday morning at 9:30 a.m. just before coverage of the 122nd Rose Parade begins.

The half-hour "Return to the Rose Bowl" special will feature some of the hometown stars of this year's Wisconsin Badgers, including Defensive End J.J. Watt and Defensive Lineman Patrick Butrym. Watt's family invites WISN's Stephanie Sutton to their home to show her how they’ve raised three boys who have all had success on the gridiron. Butrym, whose father won a National Championship playing basketball at Marquette, talks about how he wound up playing football at his dad’s biggest school rival.


According to Pat's dad, Craig, they tried to get CMH in the discussion as often as possible. Thanks!


CMH Sports Past, Present and Future

If Pat Butrym is a past CMH student-athlete who has gone on to great success, don't forget to check out what's happening at CMH in the present:

Check out the CMH Fall Athletics/Activities Recognition video at our YouTube Channel.

If you know a junior high student who might make a great future Crusader student, send them a link to the above video --

Pope Urban, Pray for Us!

from today's Waukesha Freeman --


CMH/Pius boys win 2-0
But Waukesha Wings, KM/Mukwonago fall

DELAFIELD – The host Catholic Memorial/Pius co-op boys hockey team defeated Mt. Carmel of Illinois 2-0 in the opening round of the Joe Raymond Memorial Tournament at the Naga-Waukee Ice Arena on Monday.

After a scoreless first period, the Crusading Popes scored a goal in each of the next two periods to improve their overall record to 9-3. Senior Josh Campbell scored the first goal with an assist from senior Cody Dixon, while senior Kyle Fink scored the second goal with assists from senior Anthony Soo Hoo and sophomore Nat Gentile.

In other first-round games Monday, the Waukesha Wings co-op team was nipped by Janesville 4-3, and Kettle Moraine/Mukwonago lost to Green Bay Notre Dame 7-1. Freshman Zed Dietrich scored in the first period to give the Wings a 1-0 lead. Seniors Scott Rivers and Tyler Vermey scored the Wings’ other goals. Junior Austin Freeman scored the only goal for Kettle Moraine/Mukwonago.

Today’s schedule has Kettle Moraine/Mukwonago playing Mt. Carmel at 4 p.m., the Wings playing Green Bay Notre Dame at 6 p.m. and Catholic Memorial/Pius playing Janesville at 8 p.m.

Friday, December 24, 2010

A Christmas Message to the CMH Family

Christmas, 2010

Dear Members of the CMH Family,

The most vivid memories that I have of childhood Christmas mornings are not about Santa’s presents. They are the moments after we all woke up, usually at the urging of the youngest. Mom gathered us at the top of the stairs for a family picture. We were not allowed to go downstairs until dad went down to “make sure everything is set.” Without fail, each and every year, dad would yell from the family room “Go back to bed…Santa didn’t come!” When whiplashed necks turned to mom, she would smile and reassure us and then she would tell us that we could go. Then the running began…

The cover art for this year’s Catholic Memorial Christmas card is a 17th century painting of the Holy Family. In it, Joseph sits in the background watching Mary and the baby Jesus. Inside the card, I offered the reflection that “The vision of a mother with a joyful infant brings joy to all who look upon them. May we relish the joy of this season and show that joy to the world in the year to come.”

The students of CMH are no longer infants in the hands of a mother, nor children at the top of the stairs. But their many successes and their youthful joys are gifts to parents, teachers and to the church. By bringing them together in a place of faith and formation, CMH hopes to make of our students, gifts to the world.

This Christmas, we recall how the birth of Christ, Our Savior, marks in time the one true source of our joys, and of our successes; the one true source of our faith, and all that we must learn and all that we must teach. The Birth of Jesus marks in time the source of all the gifts we receive and all the gifts we give.

As President of CMH it is a joy of mine to envision, like Joseph, the gifts which our students give in their daily successes. It is an even greater joy to join with great teachers and staff to give the gifts of faith and education.

Along with our prayers, and Christmas greetings, please be assured of our gratitude for all that each of you, parents, alumni, and community members, does to “make sure everything is set” so that CMH can reflect the message of Christ to the world through its students. Your support of our shared mission is the reassurance that propels us into the future. Let the running begin…

Christmas Blessings to you and your family.

Fr. Paul Hartmann

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Check out the Season to Remember Video

Consider sending a link to this video to the family of a junior high student who might be a future Crusader prospect.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Saturday Hockey Recap

from today's Waukesha Freeman --


CMH/Pius wins
– Freeman Staff

TOWN OF BROOKFIELD – Kyle Fink had a goal and an assist, while Sam Chapin and Cody Dixon each had goals as the Catholic Memorial/Pius boys hockey team nipped Fond du Lac 3-2 in a nonconference game Saturday at the Eble Park Ice Arena.

Nate Gentile, Kieran Gilbert, Anthony Soo Hoo and Joe Heckes also had assists for Memorial/Pius, 8-3 overall.

A future Crusader stands out

from today's Waukesha Freeman --

– Freeman Staff

Brookfield youth in All-American game

BROOKFIELD – Chan Bargielski of Brookfield has been chosen to play in the Offense-Defense All-American Game in Myrtle Beach, Fla., on New Year’s Day. He plays in the Catholic Memorial Jr. Crusaders (sixth grade) football program.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

A Friday night three-fer!

from today's Waukesha Freeman --


Crusading Popes finding more players to score
Team stays unbeaten in conference
By Daniel Mike Freeman Staff

TOWN OF BROOKFIELD – Entering this season, the Catholic Memorial/Pius coop boys hockey team knew its front line was a force. But as the season has worn on, CMP is starting to see the rest of its lineup stepping into the mix. That showed Friday, as Crusading Popes got contributions from each line and cruised to a 7-1 Classic 8 Conference victory over the Greendale/Martin Luther/Franklin/Oak Creek co-op at Eble Park Ice Arena.

“Before we did have one powerful line, but as our year continues, our second and third lines are stepping up,” senior defender Cody Dixon said. “We’re not just a oneline team anymore.”

The Crusaders’ No. 1 line of seniors Kyle Fink, Anthony Soo Hoo and Kieran Gilbert scored three goals, while the No. 2 line of senior Dominic Zanoni, junior Sam Chapin and sophomore Nate Gentile added three goals.

“Our first line, the goal line ... those guys are more skill players,” CMP coach Steve Chapin said. “Our second line ... those guys are kind of the hard-hat workers. They have a little less skill but more determination. “They all bring different things.”

Soo Hoo and Zanoni each scored twice for CMP (7-3 overall, 3-0 Classic 8), while Gilbert, Sam Chapin and junior Nick Mikelonis each scored once. “As more games go on, we’re connecting and getting more opportunities,” Zanoni said. “Our coaches tell us to move the puck and things will open up, opportunities will come and from opportunities will come goals.”

Memorial/Pius scored three first-period goals – from Mikelonis, Soo Hoo and Zanoni. Sam Chapin scored five minutes into the second period for a 4-0 advantage. Greendale scored its first goal at 9:19 of the second period, but Gilbert answered with a goal 14 seconds later for a 5-1 advantage. Soo Hoo and Zanoni each added thirdperiod goals.

“We had seven penalties to their two,” Steve Chapin said. “We started getting those five-on-three (disadvantages) and had to defend that, which kind of wrecked the momentum. “The first period, we were really clicking and we didn’t have any penalties. We slowed down a little in the second.”

But the Crusading Popes continued to move the puck around, and Dixon finished with five assists. “Cody was definitely a playmaker today,” Steve Chapin said. “He was putting the puck right on the stick.”

“Some games he likes to shoot, some days he likes to pass,” Zanoni said of Dixon. “Today was one of his passing days. He has a way of finding guys.” That was the case for the entire team, as the Crusaders kept attacking the Ice Force throughout.

“It was clicking for all of us; it wasn’t just me,” Dixon said. “We played well as a team. “We knew Greendale wasn’t the best opponent, but we wanted to keep the same mind-set we would against a stronger team.”


Getting on track...

from today's Waukesha Freeman --


A first for CMH
After losing opening five games, Crusaders shoot well in overtime
By Chris Patterson Freeman Correspondent

WAUKESHA – Coach Dean Bellanti has been waiting all season for his Catholic Memorial High School boys basketball team to put together four solid quarters. On Friday against Waukesha North, the Crusaders gave him five. As a result, the defending WIAA Division 2 state champions were finally able to celebrate their first victory of the 2010-11 season – a 57-49 overtime decision in a Classic 8 contest at North.

“All year we’ve been putting together two quarters here and 2 1/2 quarters there, but tonight we played four quarters of basketball and then some,” Bellanti said. “We competed hard all night long. “We’ve had some opportunities this season, but we’ve just squandered them. Tonight, we were finally able to finish.”

The Crusaders, 1-2 in conference and 1-5 overall, outscored North 15-7 in the overtime and were nearly perfect in doing so – going 4 of 5 from the field and 7 of 8 from the free-throw line in the extra session. Sophomore forward Andre Bodden, who had scored just 18 points total in Memorial’s first five games, went off for a game-high 18 points – including six points in the overtime on three strong drives to the basket. Bodden also finished with a team-high eight rebounds.

“As a team we just did well getting in the post and driving to the hoop hard,” Bodden said. “We also passed the ball around real well and that led to a lot of open shots. “We really wanted to slow things down and not rush things. We just wanted to play as a team and wanted to execute.”

In their first five games, the Crusaders had spent much of their time on the perimeter – evident by the fact that in those five games, Memorial had as many made 3-pointers (30) as they had made free throws (30). After shooting just 50 percent from the free-throw line in the first five games, Memorial made 11 of 14 foul shots against North – including just the one miss in overtime.

Memorial senior guard Alex Brogge, who finished with 13 points, was 6 for 6 from the free-throw line in the extra period and also made a key assist to Bodden that put the Crusaders comfortably ahead 50-45 with 1:27 to play in the overtime. The Crusaders have started games strong all season and turned in their fourth consecutive “winning” first quarter on Friday – outscoring the Northstars 15-8 in the opening period.

Memorial connected on six of its first seven shots and got baskets from four different players to grab a 13-6 advantage just five minutes into the contest. It was a disappointing start for North coach John Ricciardi, whose squad fell to 1-2 in conference and 2-4 overall. “I was worried right from the get-go because I knew they were going to come out with incredible intensity because this was a huge game for them,” Ricciardi said. “I just didn’t think we matched that intensity in the first quarter, especially defensively.

“There’s nothing you can really do when you miss bunnies and wide open shots on offense, but defensively I thought we were just out of it early.” The missed “bunnies and wide open shots” that Ricciardi referred to resulted in the Northstars going 8 of 22 from the field in the first half, including just 1 of 8 from 3-point range “At halftime, we told them they were getting good shots and there even some wide open 3s,” Ricciardi said. “We’ve got some good shooters and those are usually great shots for us, but sometimes that’s how it goes.”

However, Memorial went just 3 of 10 from the field in the second quarter, allowing North to close to within 23-19 by halftime. With Memorial clinging to a 23-22 advantage early in the third quarter, Bodden went off for six points in a span of just 1:51 thanks to two power layups and two free throws, helping the Crusaders grab a 32-24 lead with 3:05 to play in the third quarter.

However, when the Crusaders were held scoreless for a stretch of 5:09 between the third and fourth quarters, North fought its way back to take a 36-34 lead with 6:52 remaining in regulation. Both teams exchanged small runs in the final minutes of the fourth quarter – Memorial an 8-2 run to take a 42-38 lead with 1:55 to play and North a 4-0 run to close out regulation and force the overtime.

North made only 1 of 5 shots in the extra period – getting its only basket on a nearly uncontested layup with only eight seconds to play. Senior guard Evan Carney and junior forward Jake Ricciardi both scored 13 points to pace the Northstars. “This is definitely a big shot in the arm for the kids,” Bellanti said.

Freeman Prep Girls Basketball RoundUp

from today's Waukesha Freeman --

WAUKESHA – Junior guard Alison Mueller stepped up in two overtime periods to lead the Catholic Memorial High School girls basketball team to a 41-36 double-overtime victory over Waukesha North in a Classic 8 Conference game Friday. Mueller had six of the Crusaders’ eight points in the two overtimes, making two field goals and connecting on two free throws.

Mueller scored 15 points to lead the Crusaders, who had to hold off a second-half surge from the Northstars. CMH led 19-14 at halftime before North freshman Elizabeth Kelliher scored 11 of her 18 points in the third and fourth quarters combined. North went on a 19-14 run of its own in the second half.

Senior guard Jenny Benash added seven points for the Crusaders (5-1 overall, 2-1 Classic 8), and juniors Katie Mueller and Lauren Mueller had six apiece.

“It was just a sloppy game for us,” CMH coach Mark Lepkowski said. “North, I thought, played a very good game.” Sophomore guard Tori Aho had 10 points for the Northstars (2-4, 0-3).

Friday, December 17, 2010

CMH Fencers gather for team mass...

While it was not the feast of St. Michael the Archangel, patron saint of fencers, the CMH fencing teams gathered at 6:45am for mass a team before school started. They head down to Illinois this weekend for a tournament. Good luck to all.

St. Michael, pray for us!
Our Lady of Memorial, pray for us!

Fencing Photos Featured...

and available for purchase at the Catholic Herald Newspaper online, photography section.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Kate Acker named Player of the Year

from JSOnline.Com --

Girls volleyball

Acker named player of year
Senior led team to state title
By Mark Stewart of the Journal Sentinel
Dec. 12, 2010

The greatest finds often come by chance or a hunch.
At the start of the 2008 season, Catholic Memorial coach Ted Schulte decided to give Kate Acker a shot at playing left-side hitter.

Up to that point, the sophomore was considered a defensive specialist. But after watching how well she hit from the back row as a freshman, Schulte decided it was time to see what she could do in the front row.

"It didn't take but a week to find out that was a good idea," Schulte said. "She was magnificent. . . . We never looked back. It was a done deal."

And so began the rise of one of the area's top players over the next three years. Acker went on to make second-team all area that year. As a junior, she was the go-to hitter on the Memorial's Division 2 state championship team and a first-team all-area selection. This year, she took a backseat to no one.

Propelled by an all-around game that helped Memorial win its second straight Division 2 title, Acker is the Journal Sentinel's girls volleyball player of the year.

The team was selected by the Journal Sentinel, which reviewed nominations from area coaches and as well as all-state and all-conference teams.

It was a banner season for the Crusaders, who were without question the top team in the area and state. They won the area's top tournaments - the Milwaukee Lutheran/St. Thomas More Joust in August, Lynn LaPorte Sprawl in September and WIAA state in November - and did so with a roster that featured five players who will play on scholarship in college.

Two of those players, senior libero Patti Abshire and senior middle hitter Kelli Browning, joined Acker on the all-area first team. To understand Acker's role in this impressive collection of talent, consider her nickname: The Igniter.

Schulte gave Acker the ball at the start of every match. Rarely did she disappoint.
"She was a superb server, so (I said) let's give her the opportunity to set the tone of the match, and she would do that," Schulte said. "And because she was such a good back-row hitter, it wasn't like we were losing anything."

The result was that Memorial, which finished the year 42-4, jumped on most opponents from the start, a key reason the team didn't drop a set in conference play and lost just one match to an in-state opponent.

Acker had 66 aces and just 26 errors in 595 serves, handcuffing opponents with a jump serve that would drop unpredictably.

She also ignited the Crusaders defense, often setting up the team's setters with workable passes off the serves she'd receive. She handled 396 serves and had just 26 reception errors, recording a personal-best rating of 2.376. She also had 300 digs.

And then there was her hitting. Though 5-foot-8, Acker was an explosive jumper who could attack from the front or back row. She finished with 269 kills and posted a .337 kill percentage.
"As complete a player as I have seen all year," New Berlin West coach Joel Golsteyn wrote in an e-mail. "She does everything exceptionally. She has more shots than anyone I have seen. She is also one of the smartest players I have seen."

At state, she had eight kills, one off the team high, and three aces in the Crusaders' 3-0 victory over Waupun in the semifinals. The next day, the University of Denver recruit posted a team-high 15 digs in a 3-1 victory over in Madison Edgewood in the title match.

Acker's versatility came in handy right down to the end.

"She is the model of the old-fashioned player when you had so many fewer subs (and) players had to have skills in so many different phases," Schulte said. "The modern era allows for so much more specialization, but Kate is a player who is outstanding in so many phases of the game, which makes her very special to work with."

CMH Girls Volleyball well represented on all-area team

from JSOnline.Com --

All-area girls volleyball team
Dec. 12, 2010


Kate Acker, sr., OH, Catholic Memorial: Really is there anything the area's player of the year can't do well. She was the Crusaders' top server, often setting the tone for the team's matches, but she was also an excellent passer and an explosive hitter. She served 66 aces but also had her best season handling serves and recorded 269 kills and a .337 hitting percentage. She signed with the University of Denver.

Patti Abshire, sr., L, Catholic Memorial: Her leadership and ability to create scoring chances out of broken plays helped make her the Classic 8 conference player of the year. She posted 71 aces and a serve percentage of .946, which was her best. The Duquesne University recruit also posted a school-record 2.443 serve-receive percentage (38 errors in 657 serves handled), and last but not least, played unrelenting defense.

Kelli Browning, sr., MH, Catholic Memorial: The 6-foot-4 Browning presented an imposing presence at the net. She had a hand in 174 blocks this season, which was her best defensively. She also had her best season offensively, tallying 273 kills and a school-record .492 hitting percentage and hit almost 95% of her serves in play. She signed with Creighton University.


Aly Kujawa, sr., OH, Catholic Memorial

Sunday, December 12, 2010


In just the last 24 hours...
A French visitor wanted to read blog entries about CMH alum TJ Bray.

A German visitor took some time to read last year's CMH Christmas message.

Someone from Lithuania wanted to read about the Snow Day we had at CMH last year at this time.

A visitor from the Philippines spent time reading about our State Championship Boys Volleyball team.

A blog visitor from Japan wanted to read about our State Championship Girls Volleyball team.

Some pics from last night's Jazz Ensemble and Show Choir Concert

Special thanks to Angelica Aldred for providing the pictures. I will work later to add the names of the kids. I want to make sure I have them all correct beforehand.

Freshman Charlie Lange on the guitar.

Front row - Eli Walz, fr.; Scott Bembenek, soph.; Brandon Kotlowski, soph.
Second row - Sam Lange, jr.; Ryan MacGregor, jr.; Dan Engsberg, soph.
Back row - Alec Aldred, jr.

Nico Fernandez, jr.; Chris Colombe, sr.; Mitchell Fagan, fr.; Mike Walker, sr.; Charlie Lange, fr.

Seniors Maria Howe, Meggie Moyer, and Sam Meier

Shannon Fuller, soph.; Morgan Mutza, fr.; Nicole Schmit, fr.; Mariela Segura-Fernandez, jr.

(standing) Josh Hovie, jr.
(seated) Jenny Jee, fr.; Alfie Garcia, sr.; Chris Setzke, fr.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

With Great Sadness

A very sad obituary, and loss to the CMH family --

Jack Raphael Staebler

Jack Raphael Staebler, the infant son of Annie (CMH '99) and Justin Staebler (CMH asst. Wrestling Coach), joined the angels in heaven Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2010, surrounded by the love of his family at the tender age of 17 weeks. From this day forward, Jack’s smile will light the world from above and he will live forever in our hearts.

Jack will be dearly missed by his parents, Annie and Justin; big sister, Madelyn “Maddie”; grandparents, Jim and Pam Hammes and Jon and Betty Staebler; aunts, Molly (Adam) Marshall, Rachel (Dan) Lustila and Andrea (Dominique) Berton; uncle, Christopher (fiancee Jasmin) Hammes; cousins, Owen and Andrew Marshall, Jonathan Staebler and Isabelle, Anna and Christine Berton; and great-grandparents, George and Anna Mae Hammes and Phyllis Black.

Jack was preceded in death by his great-grandparents, Kenneth and Lillian Miller, Raphael and Grace Staebler and Norvin Black.

Visitation will be held from 1 p.m. until the 3 p.m. Mass of Christian burial Monday, Dec. 13, at St. Anthony on the Lake Catholic Church, W280-N2101 Prospect Ave., Waukesha. The Rev. Anthony Zimmer will be officiating.

Crusaders down Indians

from today's Waukesha Freeman --


WAUKESHA – Catholic Memorial junior guard Lauren Mueller hit a 3-pointer with 22 seconds to play and the Crusaders held on for a 35-34 Classic 8 Conference girls basketball victory over Mukwonago on Friday.

The Indians missed a shot after Mueller’s trey, and got another chance when Memorial turned the ball over with 12 seconds remaining. But Mukwonago missed a shot and the buzzer sounded as the players scrambled for the rebound.

Memorial junior guard Alison Mueller paced all scorers with 15 points. Junior guard Caitlyn Persinger scored 11 to lead Mukwonago.

The Crusaders improved to 1-1 in the conference and 4-1 overall, while Mukwonago dropped to 0-2 in league play and 1-3 overall.

Friday, December 10, 2010

CMH Alum featured at National Portrait Gallery

CMH alum, John Kascht '79 is hosting a discussion at the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery this Saturday, December 11th! John Kascht is a renowned caricature artist whose renditions of Alan Greenspan and Warren Buffet are currently on display in the National Portrait Gallery! Look here for more information on John's event!
Also, be sure to check out John Kascht's website.

Be sure to tune in... Monday morning from 7 - 7:30 am to the Relevant Radio network when I am a guest on Sean Herriott's Morning Air program.
I will be speaking on "Advent - Preparation or Penance?"
Locally, tune in at 100.1fm, or over the internet at

Sweetest Served Cold

from today's Waukesha Freeman --


Catholic Memorial/Pius 3
Waukesha Wings 1

CMP avenges last season’s loss
Soo Hoo scores two goals
By Tony Mooren Freeman Correspondent

DELAFIELD – Defense of its first Classic 8 Conference championship got tougher for the Waukesha Wings co-op boys hockey team Thursday night. It got a whole lot tougher. Senior forward Anthony Soo Hoo and senior defender Cody Dixon made sure of that as the Catholic Memorial/Pius co-op team beat the Wings 3-1 in its league season opener at the Naga-Waukee Park Ice Arena to drop Waukesha to a 1-1 league season record.

“They scored on their chances – that was probably the main thing,” Waukesha coach Raja Aylsworth said. “Our goalie (senior David Nelson) played a heck of a game, but they were the better team tonight. We have to limit our mistakes – and we made a lot. They had a lot of opportunities and capitalized on them.”

Memorial/Pius hit the ice at full speed while the Wings skidded and were outshot in the opening period 12-4 – a period in which Dixon scored a power-play goal with an assist from Soo Hoo and junior forward Sam Chapin eight minutes and 41 seconds into the game. Waukesha had just one penalty in the first two periods and Memorial/Pius capitalized on it.

“Against a team like them, it’s important to get up on them, not let them gain any momentum and keep ours,” Soo Hoo said. “We kept putting pressure on them, and I was just taking the puck to the net. It wasn’t pretty, but it worked.” Soo Hoo finished with two goals and an assist, while Dixon had a goal and an assist in building a 3-0 lead in the second period. Soo Hoo’s first goal came on a scrum in front of the net 10:03 into the period. Just 1:30 later, he made it 3-0 on a 10-foot shot from the center after taking a pass from behind the goal by Dixon.

Memorial/Pius coach Steve Chapin thought those kinds of passes were the key. “We passed out of traps and were constantly controlling the puck off forechecks in the corners, which kept the puck on their end and forced them to work harder on defense,” he said. Memorial/Pius, one of the top contenders for last year’s league title, lost to the Wings 2-1 last season, but Chapin said, “We didn’t want to put too much into last year. We just wanted to play smart and physical and moved the puck better. This is a big victory but it’s just one victory. It’s step one and now we go to step two.”

But Soo Hoo said he certainly remembered last season’s result. “Everyone on the team knew what happened last season and why it happened,” he said. “We were determined to not let it happen again.” The game was the second straight in which Soo Hoo registered two goals and an assist as Memorial/Pius improved to 5-3 overall. Ironically, he had the first good shot of the game with a one-on-one rush at the goalie, but couldn’t convert. He had three more good chances in the second period before scoring. “The whole thing is we told the kids to go period to period and shift to shift,” Chapin said. “We were able to get the first goal and momentum and then keep it.”

With just 54.7 seconds remaining in the second period, senior forward Mac Wilkie scored on a power play with an assist from sophomore defenseman Joey Horan for Waukesha’s only goal. Wilkie scored despite playing with a cast on a broken wrist that shelved him the previous two games. In fact Waukesha, 2-3 overall, has been hindered by injuries and had been missing as many as five seniors. Most of them returned Thursday after missing several games, but top defender Chris Busbey, who tore an ACL during the football season, is still out of action.

The scoreless third period featured an early flurry of shots by Waukesha but, as was the case much of the game, Memorial/Pius then controlled the action and allowed the Wings few scoring chances. Waukesha had five power-play opportunities, including one 5-on-3 in the second period, but converted just once. Memorial/Pius cashed in on one of its three power-play chances.

Photo credit: Robert F. Borkowski/Special to The Freeman Catholic Memorial’s Anthony Soo Hoo skates down the ice with the puck in the first period during a game against the Waukesha Wings at the Naga-Waukee Ice Arena on Thursday.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Yesterday's All School Mass

for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary

In spite of the cold, the entire student body, faculty and staff of CMH made its monthly trek over to St. Mary's Parish Church for an all-school liturgy.

We were pleased to have with us Deacon Larry Norman from St. Paul, Genesee Depot. Deacon Larry preached the homily and served at the altar for the mass. As with all representatives from our many supporting parishes, his participation was greatly appreciated.

By virtue decree of the First Council of Baltimore in 1846, the Bishops of the United States invoked the Blessed Virgin Mary in her Immaculate Conception as principal Patron and protector of the United States. This designation was confirmed by Pope Pius IX on February 7, 1847.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Weekend Hockey update

from today's Waukesha Freeman --

CMH/Pius splits two games

WAUKESHA – The Catholic Memorial/Pius co-op boys hockey team split a pair of weekend road games.

CMH/Pius, now 4-3, lost to Wausau West 8-3 Friday despite scoring the game’s first two goals in the first five minutes, then won Saturday 5-2 against D.C. Everest.

Memorial seniors Kyle Fink and Anthony Soo Hoo each scored two goals against D.C. Everest, while CMH senior David Butterfield also scored. Memorial seniors Cody Dixon and Kieran Gilbert had four and three assists, respectively.

Dixon had two goals while Fink had a goal and an assist against Wausau West. Gilbert and Memorial senior Josh Campbell also had assists.

Sorry for the silence

Sorry for not keeping up with my one-posting-a-day goal these last few days. Just doing a lot of catch up lately.
Principal Bob Hall and I are in Charlotte, NC to tour a pair a schools. It is part of a sponsored program outside of CMH and seems like it will be a great opportunity.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

A Season to Remember!

Fall, 2010
Congratulations to your
State Champion Boys Soccer Team
State Champion Girls Volleyball Team
State Champion Boys Volleyball Team
the State's Most Recognized and
Awarded Drama One-Act

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Another accolade for Trevor Novotny

from yesterday's JSOnline.Com --

Boys volleyball
Catholic Memorial's Novotny player of year
By Dave Boehler, Special to the Journal Sentinel
Nov. 30, 2010

The season couldn't have gone any better for Catholic Memorial's Trevor Novotny.

The Crusaders boys volleyball team not only won state, but the junior also was named state player of the year by the Wisconsin Boys Volleyball Coaches Association.

Now, Novotny adds Journal Sentinel area player of the year to his season accomplishments.

"It feels great," Novotny said. "It's an incredible feeling but not something you really expect to get as a junior. But all the hard work and practice I put in paid off for me and I had a great season.

"It makes you extremely proud of yourself, but at the same time, you're doing this as a team game. It inspires me to go out and work harder and be able to do the same thing again."
The outside hitter finished with 493 kills, 186 digs, 70 aces and 43 blocks to go with a .390 hitting percentage.

"He's extremely athletic, and a dynamic and explosive hitter," said Mike Hanneman, Catholic Memorial's coach the last eight years. "Not only is he good offensively, he anticipates the ball on defense and that makes him a good defender as well. He's also got a jump-serve that's a weapon for us.

"He's really good under pressure and our go-to guy in clutch situations. He's also our leader on the court and was a captain this year."

Novotny started playing volleyball in fifth grade because of his two older brothers, Tommy and Tyler.

"Ever since they started playing, I looked up to them," Novotny said. "I got inspired and wanted to play because of them. I got the love of the game and wanted to continue that."

Novotny started on varsity when he was a freshman and has led Catholic Memorial to three consecutive Classic 8 Conference championships.

He received all-conference honorable mention his first season, first-team all-Classic 8 as a sophomore and was named league player of the year as a junior.

This past summer, Novotny played for the West Allis Lightning and led the team to the Junior National Championship in the 16-and-under division in Austin, Texas, and also was named the most valuable player of the tournament.

He then led the Crusaders to a 7-0 record in league play this season.

"He's improved a lot. Even since last year, too," Hanneman said. "In all aspects. He got more athletic, jumps higher and is more explosive. He's become a more well-rounded player."

Novotny, who has at least five Division I schools showing interest, plans to continue to improve.
"It feels great, but I'm still going to put in the hard work and try to become a better player," he said.

Coach of the year: Mike Hanneman, Memorial. The Crusaders beat Milwaukee Marquette, 25-20, 25-22, 25-15, in the state championship to claim their first title since 2000.
"It was well-deserved," Marquette coach Eric Sullivan said at the time. "They were a tough team to beat."

Memorial swept all three matches in the two-day state tournament, giving Hanneman his first championship after finishing runner-up four times.


Also to be congratulated foring being named to the J-S All-Area Team:

Dan Casper, sr., Catholic Memorial: The libero tallied 327 digs and 33 aces, and was called the anchor in his team's passing and defense. "His accurate passing has allowed us to use our middles effectively and in turn puts our outsides in good positions to get kills," Memorial coach Mike Hanneman said.


from today's Waukesha Freeman --

Catholic Memorial wins

WAUKESHA – Junior Abby Radish had 17 points as the Catholic Memorial High School girls basketball team remained unbeaten with a 51-47 nonconference victory over Watertown on Tuesday. Junior Katie Mueller added 12 points for the Crusaders, 3-0 overall. Junior Alison Mueller scored 10 points. CMH made 8 of 9 free throws in the fourth quarter.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

CMH Girls Win Kemp Tourney

from today's Waukesha Freeman --

Catholic Memorial wins Kemp tourney

BROOKFIELD – The Catholic Memorial High School girls basketball team beat Whitnall 38-33 in the championship game of the Kemp Klassic at Brookfield East on Saturday. Memorial, which led 14-7 after the first quarter, was sparked by junior Abby Radish with 11 points and junior Lauren Mueller with nine points. Cedarburg beat Brookfield East 59-34 in the consolation game.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Crusader Hockey Against Hunger

Throughout the Advent and Christmas season, the student-athletes of the CMH/Pius Co-op Hockey team will be bellringers for Salvation Army Red Kettles.
Many of the state's best high school hockey programs have also banded together in a little contest to raise funds for the Salvation Army through online pledges.
To support the Salvation Army, and show some school spirit in the process, please go to
Thanks to Coach Chapin for his leadership with the young men in this effort.

Saturday, November 27, 2010


from today's Waukesha Freeman --

RICE LAKE – The Catholic Memorial/Pius co-op ran its record to 3-1 with a 3-1 victory over Rice Lake on Friday. Catholic Memorial senior Cody Dixon scored the game’s first goal on an assist by CMH senior Dominic Zanoni at 8:44 in the second period, and CMH senior Anthony Soo Hoo extended the lead to 2-0 on a goal assisted by CMH seniors Kyle Fink and Kieran Gilbert at 16:55 in the same period.

Zanoni scored an unassisted goal at 5:47 in the third period to seal the victory. Rice Lake’s lone goal came at 2:05 in the third period. Sophomore Chris Nelson made nine saves for CMH.

Freeman's Girls B-Ball preview

from today's Waukesha Freeman --


Catholic Memorial girls basketball
Small Crusaders ready to run, rebound
Size will be an issue for CMH
By Mark Hutchinson Freeman Staff

WAUKESHA – Al McGuire, the late Marquette University basketball coaching legend, used to call tall, dominant post players “aircraft carriers.” Mark Lepkowski, who is beginning his 13th season as Catholic Memorial’s girls basketball coach, has just two players standing 5-foot-10 or taller in his fleet, so you might say the Crusaders will be relying on battleships during the 2010-11 season. “We have to be an aggressive, quick team,” Lepkowski said. “We have to run. We have to be able to rebound – that’s probably the single most important key to the season.

“They’re a physical group, so I’m hoping that rebounding will be there. The kids are working hard.” CMH went 8-6 in the Classic 8 Conference to tie Waukesha South for fourth place and finished 13-10 overall last season. Elizabeth Guhl, a senior on that squad, averaged team highs of 13.3 points, 8.6 rebounds, 2.5 blocks and 2.6 steals per game and was named second-team all-Classic 8 and fourth-team all-Waukesha County.

Just one senior – 5-8 guard Jennifer Benash – is back, but she is joined by five juniors who saw varsity action a year ago: 5-6 guard Alison Mueller, 5-11 forward Katie Mueller, 5-6 guard Lauren Mueller, 5-4 guard Sydney McCarthy and 5-8 guard Jenny Waupoose.

Allison Mueller was the team’s second-leading scorer and honorable-mention allconference, Benash was the team’s fourth-leading scorer and Katie Mueller was the sixth-leading scorer. “Those are the kids we’ll look to first, but we have a lot of nice kids up from our jayvee team who are really going to help,” Lepkowski said.

Benash and Katie Mueller are the team captains. Completing the Crusaders roster are five juniors: 5-8 guard Abby Radish, 5-9 forward Marissa Nennig, 5-10 forward Katie Mark, 5-8 forward Becky Stekiel and 5-9 guard Lilly Lentz.

Lepkowski noticed during the first week of practice that the Crusaders have made strides since last season. “The kids have definitely improved,” he said. “We’ll be stronger in the post, even without the height. Guardwise, we’re really pretty solid there. “We’re a good shooting team; we were last year. The kids who left weren’t necessarily the shooters, so we have that back.”

Lepkowski expects the Crusaders to utilize a variety of defensive looks. “We’ve got to mix it up,” the coach said. “We’ll play man-to-man. We’ll keep working on that and it will be our No. 1 defense, but we’ll have to change it up a little bit depending on who we’re playing. “We have some teams in our conference with some big kids. We’ll have to see how we match up.”

Lepkowski expects the Classic 8 race to be typically competitive. “(Defending conference champion) Pius is the favorite,” he said. “Then I’ll go with KM, Mukwonago and maybe South. They’re a dark horse. They have two D-I players, so they’ll be solid.”


Photo credit: Robert F. Borkowski/Special to The Freeman Catholic Memorial junior Alison Mueller drives against coach Mark Lepkowski during practice.


Girls Basketball, Friday Results from the Waukesha Freeman --

BROOKFIELD – Junior Alison Mueller scored 22 points to lead Catholic Memorial to a 50-42 victory over Cedarburg in the Kemp’s Klassic at Brookfield East on Friday. Junior Lauren Mueller, Alison’s twin sister, had nine points – all on 3-pointers – and junior Katie Mueller, who is no relation, had eight points. Junior Abby Radish also had eight points and had to leave the game after bumping heads with an opponent and getting stitches.

Novotny recognized again.

from today's Waukesha Freeman --

Novotny tabbed as best in Classic 8 volleyball
– Freeman Staff

WAUKESHA – Trevor Novotny led the Catholic Memorial High School boys volleyball team to the WIAA state championship. He was named the state Player of the Year, and he also was named Classic 8 Conference Player of the Year after leading the Crusaders to a league title.

Joining Novotny on the first team were teammates Kevin Koprowski and Dan Casper, both seniors, and Tim Heyrman, a junior.

Kettle Moraine senior Greg Duma, Mukwonago senior Brandon Wagner and Waukesha West’s Alex Jelacic, a junior, and Dillon Gilpatrick, a senior, were also first-team picks.

Friday, November 26, 2010

A CMH alum makes a great half court shot.

And it's not T.J. Bray (at least not this time).

To view, click here.

"But no school received more trophies than Catholic Memorial"

from today's Waukesha Freeman --

State championships pile up
County teams win six titles
By Daniel Mike Freeman Staff

WAUKESHA – The fall sports season brought a slew of state championships to Waukesha County.

But no school received more trophies than Catholic Memorial, which won state championships in boys and girls volleyball and boys soccer. The Crusaders’ football team also earned a state runner-up trophy in Division 3.

Arrowhead won two state championships, with the girls swimming team winning its third straight Division 1 crown and the boys cross country team winning the Division 1 title. The Waukesha West football team also won its second state title by beating Stevens Point in the Division 1 state title game.

The Catholic Memorial girls volleyball team won its second straight WIAA Division 2 state title, beating Madison Edgewood 20-25, 25-18, 25-16, 26-24 in the title match. The Crusaders won the Classic 8 Conference title, going 7-0 in the regular season and winning the league tournament.

CMH seniors Patti Abshire, Kate Acker and Kelli Browning were all first-team all-state picks for the Crusaders, while Hannah Blanchard of Division 1 state runner-up Muskego and Oconomowoc senior Lindsey Gosh also were first-team all-state picks.

The Catholic Memorial boys volleyball team won its second state title behind the play of junior Trevor Novotny, who was named the state Player of the Year. The Crusaders won the Classic 8 Conference dual title at 7-0 and won the league tournament. The Crusaders beat Kettle Moraine in a sectional final to advance to state after a two-year absence. KM had beaten CMH in the previous two sectional finals.

The Catholic Memorial boys soccer team won the WIAA Division 2 state title, beating Fox Valley Lutheran 3-2 in the title match. Ryan Allen scored the game-winning goal in the second overtime for CMH. Waukesha West and Kettle Moraine shared the Classic 8 Conference title at 6-1, and West beat the Lasers in a sectional title game to advance to the state tournament... (fro the rest of the article, click here)


Crusader DB Boll named 2nd Team All-State

covered in both the Waukesha Freeman and the Milwaukee Journal - Sentinel --


Jerry Boll, a senior who helped Catholic Memorial to the Division 3 title game, was a second-team pick at defensive back.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Recieved a nice e-mail today

Very Reverend Paul Hartmann, President
Catholic Memorial High School
601 E. College Avenue
Waukesha, Wisconsin 53186-5538

Reverend Hartmann:

On behalf of the Board of Directors of Habitat for Humanity of Waukesha County (HFHWC) and myself, I would to congratulate the Catholic Memorial High School students and parents who made this year’s Haunted House such an incredible success. They certainly live up to the school’s motto, “Caritas in Omnibus,” . The HFHWC volunteer construction crew enjoyed the experience of working with the students.

I had the pleasure of going from the Haunted House pizza party to the Habitat board meeting to announce the generous contribution from Catholic Memorial made possible through the efforts of the students. It was greatly appreciated, and will be applied directly toward helping the affiliate construct quality, affordable housing on the former YWCA site in the City of Waukesha in 2011 .

Thank you for allowing us to part of the Haunted House tradition.


Bob Beglinger
Chair, Construction Committee
Habitat for Humanity of Waukesha County

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Service Club Thanksgiving Dinner of the community

Tonight Catholic Memorial hosted our annual Service Club Thanksgiving Dinner. Today alone, about 100 students, faculty, staff, and parents came to help prepare and serve a full Thanksgiving meal for members of the Waukesha community. This does not include the many who helped to plan, prepare, and provide food for the meal. In all, we were blessed with about 200 guests to share a meal with. The spirits were high as we celebrated Thanksgiving together as family. Our guests laughed, shared stories, reminisced about past Thanksgiving meals, and enjoyed each others’ company. We cooked as much as in previous years and almost ran out. But God provides and we had just enough for those who came.

The meal is advertized to be for anyone in need of a warm meal and friendly conversation and that was certainly what it was.

The Catholic Memorial annual Thanksgiving dinner is a great occasion for anyone in the community to enjoy friendly conversation and a terrific hot meal. My experience in helping to cook this year’s dinner was rewarding. I met new people and got to know others better. I felt like I made a difference in people’s lives by participating in this year’s dinner. Seeing the smiling faces across the cafeteria made me feel thankful. I am thankful to be a student at Catholic Memorial and I am thankful for all the blessings in my life. I hope that everyone who came to the Thanksgiving dinner had a wonderful time, and that they have blessings in their lives to be thankful for too.

-Alyssa Opiela, Freshman

Many thanks are due to all who helped to make this meal possible! Happy Thanksgiving!

A Thanksgiving Message to the CMH Community

As you received Christ Jesus the Lord, walk in him, rooted in him and built upon him and established in the faith as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving. – Col 2:6-7

Dear Friends and Family of Catholic Memorial High School,

When the students of the Campus Ministry Leadership Team chose their theme for this year, they looked to St. Paul’s letter to the Colossians. In these passages St. Paul conveyed the conviction that there is no way to be a believer in Christ, and not have that belief penetrate through, and emanate from, every fiber of our being. It is impossible for us to say that we are Rooted in Him and not then to abound in thanksgiving.

How fitting it is then that our CMH year already makes it so easy to connect the dots from our faith to that for which we should be offering sincere thanksgiving. Steadfast in prayer, guided by morality, always offering Caritas in Omnibus, our kids then go on to great accomplishments in the classroom, on the field and court, and on the stage. Need I list all the awards and accolades again? And they just keep coming…

As nice as the countless trophies and awards are, the object of my thankfulness today is for the people who make all those recognitions possible – the great students who work so hard; the parents who are so supportive; the teachers, coaches and directors who sacrifice so much; and alumni and past parents whose generosity is added to others to make it possible our CMH mission.

As thankful as I am for all that has come to us so far, I am equally thankful for the enthusiasm and vision that will carry CMH into an even greater future. Just last week the CMH Board of Directors approved a strategic planning report called Vision 2020. Developed over the last eight months, God-willing, in three weeks, Archbishop Listecki will approve the Vision 2020 plan. From that moment on, CMH will be blessed with a set of strategic goals for the next ten years.

Like a student who seeks knowledge, a team that seeks victory, or an actor who desires a specific response, we will now have a clear focus for our enthusiasm, hard work, support, sacrifices, and generosity. We can be so thankful to be part of the CMH family at this time in history. We have a past to be very proud of; a present to relish and enjoy; and a Vision for the future which is clear and ambitious.

Because we are Rooted in Him, we must certainly abound in thanksgiving. I pray that every member of the CMH family has a wonderful celebration of Thanksgiving with family and friends. When I celebrate mass tomorrow please be assured of my prayers of thanksgiving for all that each of you does for CMH and for our many, many successes.

In close, allow me to offer a quote from John F. Kennedy -- As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.

Blessings to all!
Our Lady of Memorial, pray for us!

Fr. Paul Hartmann

Catholic Memorial High School
Named one of America’s Top 50 Catholic High Schools

2 Crusaders named to FB All-County Team

from today's Waukesha Freeman --

Congratulations to -

Matt Baldwin, senior Catholic Memorial
The 5-10, 285 Baldwin helped the Crusaders run for 2,834 yards during the ninegame regular season.The guard was a firstteam all-Classic 8 Conference pick for the Crusaders, the state runner-up in Division 3. He was a three-year starter and team captain for the Crusaders.

Jerry Boll, senior Catholic Memorial
The leading vote-getter among defensive backs in all-Classic 8 Conference selections, Boll (5-10, 180) had 57 tackles (29 solo) in the nine-game regular season. Boll had two quarterback sacks from his strong safety position, 17 tackles for loss, four interceptions, three passes knocked down, one blocked kick, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries in the nine-game regular season.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

NHS Thanksgiving Drive a Huge Success

Congratulations to everyone at CMH. Through your generosity, our NHS Thanksgiving Drive was a huge success. You raised $2,500, including approximately $400 donated by the Student Council Bake Sale held during conferences.

Thanks to your efforts, 50 Waukesha families will be treated to a Thanksgiving meal. They will also be given a $25 gift card to buy the turkey and perishables. Your support of this drive makes it possible for CMH to “branch out to others.” Thanks!

Hockey Starts Season Strong

from today's Waukesha Freeman --

MILWAUKEE – After losing its first game of the Paul Meyer Memorial Tournament on Friday and dropping into the consolation bracket, the Catholic Memorial/Pius co-op high school boys hockey team won two games Saturday at the Kern Center to finish fifth in the eight-team field.

Kyle Fink’s third goal of the game at 5:18 of overtime gave CMH/Pius a 5-4 victory over Middleton. Fink, a Memorial senior, was assisted by Memorial junior Sam Chapin. After scoring four goals in the first period, two by Fink, Memorial didn’t score again in regulation and Middleton tied the game with a minute left in the third period.

Chapin and Memorial senior Josh Campbell also had goals. Memorial sophomore Nate Gentile had two assists, while Memorial seniors Kieran Gilbert and Cody Dixon each had an assist.

Memorial then downed Prairie Ridge, Ill., 3-1 as Dixon scored twice and Fink once. Gilbert and Memorial seniors Sean Waite and Anthony Soo Hoo each had assists.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Saturday, November 20, 2010

CMH takes State Honors One More Time

This time it was the CMH Drama Department's production of "The Miracle Worker" as it was presented at the Wisconsin High School Forensics Association statewide one-act competition and festival.

Holding their awards are Nico Fernandez, Alex Gromacki, Mr. Andacht, Megan Miller, Maria Stout, and Charlie Akre.

A report from the Festival at UW-Oshkosh --

The drama department again represented Catholic Memorial with distinction. For the ninth year in a row Catholic Memorial took home all of the major awards that the festival presents. Following a standing ovation from a full house of their peers, the Memorial cast was presented with more awards than any other school at the festival. The following five actors won outstanding acting awards Maria Stout, Megan Miller, Charlie Akre, Alex Gromacki, Nico Fernandez. The five acting awards were again more than any other school earned. The cast was given a outstanding acting award for their ensemble work. Mr. Chris Andacht received an outstanding directing award. Finally the cast and crew was given the festivals highest honor for their production of 'The Miracle Worker' when they received the Critics Choice Award.

The full house erupted with a standing ovation immediately as the lights came down on the production.