Saturday, January 30, 2010

TWIRP tonight!

Ours students gathered tonight for one of CMH's largest dances - TWIRP. Some places call it Turnabout, and today's teenagers have never heard of Sadie Hawkins, but the idea is all the same.

In a change from the norm of the last few years, tonight the students are dancing to a live band, not a DJ. Some kids prefer the dance music of a DJ and even skipped the dance complaining that they would not hear their preferred dance music and would not be able to easily dance the same dances that they think are the norm. But, those who skipped, missed out.

As the lead singer of the band told me during their break, "Most kids don't know what to do at real dance concert."

For the time I was there, they certainly seemed to be having fun.

Friday, January 29, 2010

The latest recognized works of art.

Hanging by a Prayer by Jessie Schuller-Hosking

Environmental Impact by Sam Stuesser

Stop the presses -- more art awards for CMH!

from Kathy Hanlon Sampon --

Two ADDITIONAL awards!!

I am delighted to announce that moments ago I received a correction to CMH’s list of art award recipients from the Milwaukee Art Museum. AND… these kids probably don’t even know, yet!! So if you see them, tell them!

Please also congratulate the following SILVER KEY AWARDS WINNERS:

Samantha Stuesser, Digital Art
Jessie Schuller-Hosking, Digital Art

Friday Chapel Mass -- Varsity Hockey Team

The Boys Hockey Teams skate tomorrow against University School Milwaukee. Good luck guys!
It has been a few months, so today may be a good time to repost the CMH team prayer --

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 compete today
with all our heart, mind, body, and soul.
If you choose,
allow victory to come as a blessing and reward;
but, if necessary, assist us to learn integrity in defeat.
Keep all players safe this day.
Allow us to give our best as a memorial
to those who have given their all for our sake.
St. Sebastian, patron of athletes, R:/ Pray for Us.
Our Lady of Memorial, R:/ Pray for Us.
Our Lady of Victory, R:/ Pray for Us.
We make this prayer through Christ our Lord.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

CMH on the Radio

This Saturday morning from 10am to noon, CMH Basketball Coach, Dean Bellanti ('85) and senior stand-out, T.J. Bray, will be featured guests on local SportsRadio 1250 WSSP.

Tune in to the Radio, or listen live over the internet.

Tune in and hear about the great success of CMH Boys Basketball!

Follow-up: Freeman recognizes CMH art accolades...

Tuesday's announcement about the CMH students who received Wisconsin Scholastic Art Awards was carried in today's Waukesha Freeman.

Here are small versions of the award-winning pieces --

Flyboys by Dylan Crain

The Gem by Haley Henschel

Unbridled by Sam Spence

Throw Away the Key by Teresa Gagliano

Starving Fear by Ian McGilvrey
Nota Bene: Don't let Ian's piece scare you...think of it as a Hockey mask.

Lots of good B-Ball on the horizon.

from today's Waukesha Freeman --

A LOOK AHEAD Two-team boys race for now
Catholic Memorial could be tough to catch

By Daniel Mike Freeman Staff

WAUKESHA – The Arrowhead and Catholic Memorial boys basketball teams have broken away slightly from the rest of the Classic 8 Conference. The Crusaders went through the first half of league play 7-0, while Arrowhead is right behind at 6-1. Waukesha North and Waukesha West are tied for third at 4-3. But it’s safe to say neither team is going to let up.

“I think Waukesha West is a huge factor in this whole thing,” said Arrowhead coach Craig Haase, whose team hosts the Wolverines on Friday. “They have three losses in the conference, but they only have three overall. They took us into double overtime and lost to CMH by five. “The rest of the conference is solid enough to beat anyone.” CMH will host Mukwonago, a 2-5 team that beat West by 18 and with a big scoring threat in senior guard Ty Bauschek, who is averaging 15.7 points per game.

“If they play the way they played against us, (Memorial) is not going to lose,” Haase said. “They played as well as any team we’ve seen this year. “T.J. Bray was unstoppable against us, and they have good pieces around him. Derek Schell has played well all year, and their big kid inside (senior Austin Pucylowski) is much improved.”

For Arrowhead, Haase simply wants his team to keep focusing on each game and not looking ahead to a rematch with CMH later this season. “We’ve got to take care of business,” Haase said. “(Seven-footer) Ben (Mills) has definitely had a great season for us, and it’s definitely key when he comes out and plays aggressive. When our kids look for Ben and find Ben, good things happen for us.”

WIAA Football not changing...yet.

from today's Waukesha Freeman --

Plan to change to districts rejected 8-2
Board: Problems need to be solved another way

By Daniel Mike Freeman Staff

WAUKESHA – [CMH Coach] Bill Young could see the merits of the WIAA’s plan to switch football from conferences to districts. The WIAA’s plan would have replaced current conferences with districts of eight teams from similar-size schools. But the WIAA Board of Control voted 8-2 against the plan Wednesday. “I think that deep down, the plan had a lot of validity,” said, Young, veteran football coach at Catholic Memorial High School. “We’re a school of 753 (students), and we have to play Arrowhead, Mukwonago, Kettle Moraine, Waukesha West. It’s a really competitive football league.”

Memorial’s student enrollment pales in comparison to the other seven teams in the Classic 8 Conference, and switching to districts would have put the Crusaders into a group of eight teams with similar student enrollment. “Right now, football is the only sport in the state where it’s not all-in for the playoffs,” Young said. “We’re always fighting for four wins to make the playoffs. “It’s tough when you’re the smallest team in a league like this. There are no advantages to what we’re doing now, but we have to grind it out and work hard.” ...

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

CMH Students’ Artwork Awarded Highest Honors in State Competition

The artwork of five CMH students has been awarded Gold Keys, the highest award, in the Wisconsin Scholastic Art Awards held at the Milwaukee Art Museum. Students from 81 schools throughout Wisconsin entered the competition. 365 pieces of artwork were chosen to receive either silver or gold keys from 1284 entries. Award winners will be on display at the Milwaukee Art Museum from Feb. 6 through Mar. 21.

All artwork awarded Gold Keys will advance to the Scholastic Art Awards National Competition held annually in New York.

CMH’s five Gold Key Award winners are:

Ian McGilvray, Senior, Drawing
Haley Henschel, Junior, Drawing
Teresa Gagliano, Senior, Mixed Media
Dylan Crain, Senior, Digital Art
Sam Spence, Senior, Digital Art

CMH Registration -- Numbers are up from last year!

Weekend Update -- Hockey

from today's Waukesha Freeman --
CMH/Pius wins twice

TOWN OF BROOKFIELD – The Catholic Memorial/Pius boys hockey team scored the game’s first two goals and beat Brookfield 5-3 in a Classic 8 Conference game at Eble Park on Monday. Catholic Memorial junior Anthony Soo Hoo scored two goals, while CMH sophomore Sam Chapin and Pius senior Goyko Rajak each had a goal and an assist. Memorial, 10-8 overall and 2-1 in conference, also got a goal from CMH sophomore Nick Mickelonis and assists from CMH seniors Jonathan Bayer, Ian McGilvary and Tom Chapin.

A moment please, to serve my fixation...

...about who visits this blog.
Last night we had a reader from the University of Cambridge in England. I wonder which one of our seniors they were looking into before admission?

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Home, safe and sound.

I was on an earlier flight then the group, so they are a couple hours behind me. Here are links to news articles to recap.

(Note bene -- Some of the articles say that the estimated attendance at this year's March was about 250,000. I am no expert, but last year's March was estimated at 300,000...and, trust me, this year's was BIGGER!)

Nothing in the Journal-Sentinel!

Before I head for the plane....

this AP article was carried in today's Washington Post --

Pope to priests: Go forth and blog

The Associated Press
Saturday, January 23, 2010; 7:33 AM

VATICAN CITY -- Pope Benedict XVI has a new commandment for priests struggling to get their message across: Go forth and blog...

...And just using e-mail or surfing the Web is often not enough: Priests should use cutting-edge technologies to express themselves and lead their communities, Benedict said in a message released by the Vatican.

Well, all of you know how obedient I try to be.

Day 4, Sunday of the Pro-Life Pilgrimage

Yesterday was certainly eventful. Many of our kids took advantage of some free time to visit some of the more "touristy" sights of DC.

A story of note --

Check the First Amendment at the Door!

One of the groups of CMH students planned to visit the National Archives so as to view the historic documents of our country's founding. Most importantly, the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution with its Bill of Rights.

The student, like so many kids this week, was wearing a sweatshirt that contained an aggressive, pro-life message. Amazingly, our CMH student was told that in order to enter the National Archives, in order to read the first document that delineated the notion of free speech, he had to take off or cover the sweatshirt specifically because of the message. Wow.

As is tradition, there was great comfort in praying the Rosary, a pray for wisdom and life, in front of the Supreme Court. It was night, dark, quiet and just our little group. Quite moving and, since we stayed on the sidewalk, we were not asked to move like last year. According to Supreme Court security rules a group praying together is considered an "organized protest" so it has to stay on the sidewalk.

To close the night, I walked with a dozen of our kids the length of the Mall so as to see the monuments at night.

Today, mass at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception and then I leave a little early to catch a flight before the kids.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

And from the DC front.

Not necessarily a good day for our group here in DC, but I won't dwell on those quandaries of high school group travels and travails.

The kids broke up into smaller groups today to explore aspects of DC. Some to The National Holocaust Museum, some to the memorials on the mall, some to see Georgetown University. We will gather together again in about an hour for a group dinner and then it is on to the sidewalk in front of the US Supreme Court to pray the rosary for life.

On Saturday's, the church traditionally prays the joyful mysteries -- the Annunciation, the Visitation, the Nativity, the Presentation, and the Finding of Jesus on the Temple. All focused on the infant or child who is Jesus -- how fitting considering the reason for our trip.

And still back there in Wisconsin --

from today's Waukesha Freeman --


Memorial tops KM

WALES – Senior T.J. Bray scored 19 points as the Catholic Memorial High School boys basketball team beat Kettle Moraine 56-40 in a Classic 8 Conference game despite missing three players.

Senior guard Derek Schell added 16 points for the Crusaders, who improved to 12-2 overall and remained atop the Classic 8 at 7-0...

Back at home for Sports Night....

from today's Waukesha Freeman --


CMH 59
Kettle Moraine 37

Crusaders knock Lasers from share of lead
Two teams tied for third place

By Chris Patterson Freeman Correspondent

WAUKESHA – After watching an eight-point second-quarter lead all but evaporate in the final three minutes of the first half Friday, the Catholic Memorial High School girls basketball team said goodbye to all the momentum it had gained to that point.

However, it didn’t take long in the second half for momentum to find its way back on the Crusaders’ sideline.

Outscoring Kettle Moraine 12-2 during the middle part of the third quarter, Memorial pushed its lead to double figures and won going away, upsetting the Lasers 59-37 in a Classic 8 Conference game at Memorial...

...Junior forward Karly Lentz led the way, making all three of the 3-pointers and finishing with a team-high 14 points.

In fact, it was a key 3-pointer and a fast-break layup by Lentz early in the third quarter that helped fuel the Crusaders’ decisive run.

“We were really pumped for this game and we just worked as hard as we could to get this win,” Lentz said. “At halftime, we tried to calm ourselves down and talked about just keeping things under control but still having intensity.”

While Lentz helped ignite the key third-quarter run, sophomore guard Alison Mueller kept it going, scoring seven of her 11 points in the period.

In the first half, the Crusaders were led by senior center Elizabeth Guhl, who had four of her 10 points and six of her game-high 12 rebounds in the first quarter, and by junior forward Jenny Benash, who scored six of her eight points in the opening period.

Friday, January 22, 2010

The day ends - and it was very full!

As noted earlier, the CMH Pro-Life pilgrims had a 5:30am wake-up call. This gave them time to wake-up, clean-up, and get some breakfast before heading to the Verizon Center where the doors opened at 7:00am. You needed tickets to get it, but they only assigned you to a level. To show how in-demand these tickets were, I did the online sign-up for our CMH tickets five minutes after the site went live. Look where we ended up.....

That's our Pro-Life Club sign in the middle of the fourth level, behind the altar. Imagine if I had waited...I might have had to beg a diocesan priest friend, president of a competitor high school, to find us tickets (kind of like another Milwaukee Catholic high school - I got them the tickets they needed, but not surprisingly they had no girls in their group).
The Verizon Center events included over 22,000 young people for a music and witness rally, the praying of the rosary for life, and then a mass presided over by Archbishop Donald Wuerl and concelebrated by fifty other bishops and two hundred priests.
After leaving the Verizon Center and a quick lunch by the Navy Memorial Plaza, it was off to the mall for the pre-March Rally. Amazingly, in a sign of how large this year's March was, the National Mall segment dedicated to the rally stage and march assembly area was so full when we arrived that the US Park Police prevented us and thousands of others from even crossing Constitution Avenue.
We waited for the hour that the rally speeches were occurring, before we were allowed to join the March itself. I give the kids great credit for their patience. A lesson we all learned -- did you know that if you unfurl school group banner for a picture while on the grass area outside the National Archives (see above), it constitutes an organized protest and you are kicked off the grass. Something like this will happen again tomorrow night when we gather to pray the rosary in front of the Supreme Court.

It is always amazing to me the lessons your learn and the insights you gain just by standing around with a group of teenagers.

When we finally got into the March itself, we were probably at about the mid point of the assembled thousands, and it was an overwhelming crowd.

As our group climbed the hill of Constitution Avenue to the point where we passed the U.S. Capital and even though we were in the area of the mid-point of the March, one need only look back to see that the throngs still stretched all the way back to the staging area. I wonder how low the media estimates will be about the number of people in this year's March?

We ended the day with a group dinner at Holy Rosary Parish. This is the parish where I lived during my two years of studies in Washington, DC. It is a wonderful Italian parish just blocks from the group's hotel.

More to come tomorrow.

March day begins...

The CMH March for Life Pilgrimage group arrived at their Washington, DC hotel at about 9pm last night. The hotel they are at is a hub for MfL activities, and after a late dinner of delivered pizza, they had a chance to attend activities ranging from late night prayer vigils to a Rock for Life concert. Most chose to go to bed. Today's wake-up call was 5:30am.

Time enough to get ready, get something to eat, and then head off to the Verizon Center to join with over 22,000 other young Catholics for a Rally, Rosary, and Mass before the March. Unfortunately, our group tickets are for the seats up in the rafters, but the spirit and excitement are great no matter where your seats are.

Admission moment -- I won't be up in the rafters, I will be down on the main floor, next to the stage, with the priests concelebrating the mass.

Look for us on the news, we have a nice and big CMH Pro-Life Club banner.

Keep us in prayer,

Fr. Paul

Thursday, January 21, 2010

A stop along the way...

Between their departure from CMH and before their arrival at Mitchell International Airport, our Crusader Pro-Life Pilgrims made a stop. Detouring to the grounds of St. Francis Seminary, our group visited the residence of Archbishop Listecki who addressed the young people and offered them a blessing for their journey.

Senior Christian Pytlik spoke on behalf of the group when asking for the blessing, thanking the archbishop for his time, promising that the students of CMH will always being to help him in pro-life causes.

The kids gave the archbishop a t-shirt that commemorates the trip, which he immediately donned for the group picture.

I am not sure why the Archbishop is on the edge of the picture hold the banner, but that's just the type of man that he is.

Heading to Washington, DC

Today is the day when a group of our students from the CMH Pro-Life Club, and their chaperones head off to Washington, DC for the 37th Annual March for Life.
I am leaving on a earlier flight in order to meet with some people related to my Canon Law work, so I am here at Mitchell International at 6:00am awaiting my flight on the ever-changing Midwest(Express)/Frontier/Republic Airlines. Sadly, without those wide seats anymore, it is just not the same...believe me!
While they estimate that there will be more people at the March than ever before, those of you at home can join in through your prayers, or by following along at the Virtual March for Life.
At CMH the goal is that through the totality of our educational endeavor, that our students will fully appreciate the reasons that abortion (and all anti-life measures) must be fought. Not only is it theological (we are made in the image and likeness of God), it is a product of natural reason (a civilization willing to kill its own, will inevitably kill itself), and it is the greatest social justice issue of our day.
I mentioned in my homily at Tuesday's all-school mass, that by using the pro-abortion Alan Guttmacher Institute's own figures and methods, it is estimated that there have been more than 49,500,000 abortions since the Roe v. Wade decision in 1973. Today's high school students soon realize that their age group is right in the heart of this target group. In fact, more then a quarter of their generation, a quarter of their would-be classmates and friends, have been lost to abortion. (To hear my homily from last Tuesday, click here.)
Follow this blog for pictures and info from the CMH pilgrimage to the March for Life.

CMH Mothers Club

I spent some time last night at the regular meeting of the CMH Mothers Club. This is always a great group to be with as they are extremely active in the CMH community in so many ways. We should be thankful for all that they do for CMH.

I asked their help on a few things -- Crusader Fund and Auction, monitoring Facebook, and dress code adherence for school days and for dances.

I was asked to give the opening prayer, so I used as the basis of it this Prayer for the Invention of St. Monica, Patron of Mothers:

Exemplary Mother of the great Augustine, you perseveringly pursued your wayward son not with wild threats but with prayerful cries to heaven. Intercede for all mothers in our day so that they may learn to draw their children to God. Teach them how to remain close to their children, even the prodigal sons and daughters who have sadly gone astray. Amen.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

They Learned a Tough Lesson

The other team that is...

from today's Waukesha Freeman --

Pucylowski leads Crusaders

Center scores 21 as CMH beats Lifelong Learning

WAUKESHA – Senior center Austin Pucylowski scored 21 points – all in the first half – to lead the Catholic Memorial High School boys basketball team to an 83-49 nonconference victory over Milwaukee Lifelong Learning on Tuesday. The 6-foot-4 Pucylowski was 11 for 11 from the free-throw line and added two 3-point baskets for the Crusaders, who improved to 11-2 overall. Senior T.J. Bray added 12 points, and senior guards Dillon Conners and Derek Schell added nine points apiece.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Pilgrims - On a Retreat and On the March

Today, CMH celebrated its monthly All-School Mass. Gathering at St. Mary's Parish, the community offered prayers and blessings for two groups -- the Freshman who go on their retreat starting tomorrow and the members of the CMH Pro-Life Club who will leave on Thursday to travel to Washington, DC to participate in the 37th annual March for Life.
To listen to the gospel and homily from the mass, go to my page at Edline. Links to this homily, and others, are on the left side of the page.

Bray named Athlete of the Week by Journal-Sentinel

from today's Journal-Sentinel --

Athletes, teams of the week

Catholic Memorial

Bray, a senior, needed just 14 shots to score 29 points Friday in the Crusaders' 67-61 victory over Arrowhead, which was ranked third in the area at the time. The Princeton recruit hit 8 of 14 shots, including two of five from three-point range. He was also 11 for 13 from the free throw line. Bray's three-pointer with 1 minute 20 seconds left broke a 56-56 tie and lifted Memorial (10-2, 6-0) to its fourth straight victory as well as gave it sole possession of first place in the Classic 8. He ranks 25th in the area in scoring with 17.1 points per game.

Basketball Rankings and Scoring Leaders

CMH climbs four notches to #4 in statewide, division 2, AP poll.
CMH climbs four notches to #5 in area poll.

Scoring leaders --

Waukesha Freeman, county-wide tally:

4. Derek Schell, 17.7
6. T. J. Bray, 17.1

JSOnline.Com, area-wide scoring leaders:

22. Derek Schell, 17.7
26. T.J. Bray, 17.1
127. Austin Pucylowski, 10.8

Monday, January 18, 2010

It's gonna be a White February?

Rehearsals are well underway!

The Christmas season is not over yet, as our Drama Department and students are putting in long hours gearing up to perform Irving Berlin’s White Christmas! CMH is the very first high school in the country to have received the rights to perform this American classic.

They’re will be dancing & singing, action & drama, beautiful costumes & sets and lots of talent showcased in 3 February weekends.

Friday, February 12th @ 7 PM
Saturday, February 13th @ 7 PM
Sunday, February 14th @ 2 PM

Friday, February 19th @ 7 PM
Saturday, February 20th @ 7 PM
Sunday, February 21st @ 2 PM

Thursday, February 25th @ 7 PM
Friday, February 26th @ 7 PM
Saturday, February 27th @ 7 PM
Sunday, February 28th @ 2 PM

Be sure to make plans to come and see the show!

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Last chance to RSVP...

You’re Invited!

Please join a gathering of CMH Alumni and Friends for dinner in Washington, DC, with me and members of the CMH Pro-Life Club after we have participated in the annual March for Life!

Friday, January 22, 2010
Holy Rosary Parish – Casa Italiana Center
595 Third Street, NW Washington, DC

RSVP by Monday, January 18th to

CMH Girls' Soccer Recieves Academic Recognition

from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America --

2009 NSCAA High School Team Academic Award Winners Unveiled

A total of 426 soccer teams (165 boys, 261 girls) from throughout the United States have earned the NSCAA Team Academic Award for exemplary performance in the classroom as a team during the 2008-09 academic year. Among these programs are 68 schools receiving honors for both their boys and girls teams.

To qualify for the award, the team must have a minimum grade point average of 3.25 for the entire academic year. The team GPA is determined by adding every player's GPA, then dividing by the number of players.

Our CMH girls soccer team is one of only twelve boys or girls teams in the state to receive this recognition. This is the 10th straight year that the team has received this recognition, an accomplishment matched only by one other school in the state.

Congratulations to all the young women who have participated in CMH soccer and to the coaching staff led by Mr. John Burke

Saturday, January 16, 2010

The Annual Father-Daughter Dance

Tonight was the annual CMH Father-Daughter Dinner Dance at the Pfister Hotel. A very special time was had by all.

As usual, I offered greetings and the evening's invocation. Guided by the Jewish tradition of the father of a child offering a prayer on the occasion of the naming ceremony, I found a fairly common example of this prayer. I made a few slight changes, but I hope the message remains just as strong as it was for whomever that faith-filled father was who first composed the basic thoughts.

A Father's Prayer for His Daughter
Build me a daughter, O Lord, who will bring honor to the names of the matriarchs. Bestow upon her their qualities of nobility, beauty, strength, and gentility.

May she be like Ruth, a fountain of our strong faith. May she be like Golda, a pillar of our people. Instill in her the love of learning; grant her the joy of a grace-filled marriage; teach her to have compassion upon all life and that she be blessed with the three-fold blessing of Scripture, Family, and charitable deeds.

Build me a daughter, O Lord, who will be strong enough to know when she is weak and brave enough to face herself when she is afraid; one who will be proud and unbending in honest defeat, but humble and gentle in deserved victory.

Send her, I pray, not only in the path of ease and comfort but also up against difficulty and challenge. There let her learn to stand up in the storm; there let her learn compassion for those who fall. Grant her the insight to know herself and the wisdom to know you in each step of the journey.

Build me a daughter, O Lord, whose heart will be clear, whose goals will be high; a daughter who will master herself before she seeks to master others, or allows others to master her; one who will learn to laugh, yet never forget how to weep; one who will reach into the future, yet never forget the past.

After all these things are hers, this I pray Lord, add enough of a sense of humor that she may always be serious but never take herself too seriously.

Most importantly, give her humility so that she may always remember the simplicity of true greatness, the power of true wisdom, the meekness of true strength, and the fruits of true faith; then I, her father here on earth, will dare to whisper, "I have not lived in vain.”

Clean Sweep, Part 3

Broom #3 -- Boys Basketball

from today's JSOnline.Com --

CMH 67, Arrowhead 61
Bray comes to rescue
Clutch 3-pointer propels Crusaders
By Rob Reischel, Special to Preps Plus

Town of Merton — Catholic Memorial was teetering on the brink of disaster.

Gone was the eight-point lead it had held just moments earlier over Arrowhead. Gone was all the momentum it had established in the Warhawks' rowdy gymnasium.

Clearly, it was T.J. Bray time...

Don't cry for me Arrowhead!

Second Part of the Clean Sweep

Broom #2 -- CMP Hockey

from today's Waukesha Freeman --

Chapin Hat Trick Caps the Night

TOWN OF BROOKFIELD – Catholic Memorial High School senior Tom Chapin’s three goals led the Catholic Memorial/Pius co-op boys hockey team to a 4-2 nonconference victory over the University School of Milwaukee at the Eble Ice Arena on Friday.

Chapin scored his first goal at 8:40 of the first period on assists from CMH juniors Kyle Fink and Anthony Soo Hoo, then netted his second at 15:12 in the second period off a Fink assist.

Chapin completed his hat trick on an assist by Soo Hoo at 12:34 in the third period. Soo Hoo scored on an assist from Fink at 10:38 in the third period.

By Mark Hutchinson, Freeman Staff

A Friday Night Clean Sweep

Broom #1 -- Girls Basketball

from today's Waukesha Freeman --

Mueller leads CMH Past Arrowhead

WAUKESHA – Sophomore Allison Mueller scored 15 of her 21 points in the second half as the Catholic Memorial High School girls basketball team held off Arrowhead 65-53 in a Classic 8 Conference game Friday.

CMH held a one-point lead after one period before going on an 18-3 run in the second period.

Junior Karly Lentz and senior Elizabeth Guhl scored 12 points apiece for the Crusaders (8-3 overall, 4-2 Classic 8). Guhl also had nine rebounds.

Elsewhere in the Girls Basketball Recap --

KM and Pius are now each 5-1 in the Classic 8, and Mukwonago, which beat Waukesha South 49-47 Friday, is also 5-1. Catholic Memorial, a 65-53 winner over Arrowhead on Friday, is right behind at 4-2.

Hello, Santiago, Chile!

Last night's far off visitor to this blog.

Friday, January 15, 2010

CMH Alum featured in National Program

CMH Alumnae and Board Member, Marie O'Brien (CMH '80) reflects great innovation.

Press Release


WAUKESHA, WI – Enterforce Inc., a premier workforce management solutions provider, will be featured on CNN’s The Economic Report hosted by Greg Gumbel...

In the segment, two local Fortune 500 companies, Harley-Davidson, Inc. and WE Energies, will discuss how the U.S. contingent workforce is currently changing and how the Enterforce business model helped them adapt...

Enterforce was chosen not only because of their innovative business model, “The Enterforce Advantage,” developed by President and CEO, Marie O’Brien, but also because of the ways Enterforce has successfully partnered with Fortune 500 companies such as Milwaukee-based Harley-Davidson, Inc., WE Energies, and Actuant Corporation...

CMH Pro-Lifers in DC considered news highlight of 2009

at least according to the Archdiocese of Milwaukee's Catholic Herald newspaper.

Last year, with students and chaperones, our group numbers about 40. This year we will be bringing 50 to Washington, DC. There is no question that now, more than ever, we need to stand up for the Church's teachings on the sanctity of life.

Crusaders Win Hockey Game

from today's Waukesha Freeman --

Crusaders win hockey game
CMH/Pius evens Classic 8 mark

BROOKFIELD – The Catholic Memorial/Pius co-op boys hockey team evened its Classic 8 Conference record at 1-1 with a 9-1 triumph over Greendale at The Ponds on Thursday.

Juniors Kyle Fink and Cody Dixon and senior Tom Chapin, all from Catholic Memorial, netted two goals apiece. CMH junior Anthony Soo Hoo contributed three assists and Fink added two. CMH sophomore Sam Chapin, Soo Hoo and Pius senior Goyko Rajak scored a goal apiece. Rajak, Dixon, Tom Chapin, Sam Chapin, CMH freshman Nate Gentile, CMH senior Jon Bayerv and Pius junior Joe Heckes each had an assist. CMH senior David Chapin had 28 saves in goal for the winners. Memorial is 7-6 overall.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Seeking nominations...

CMH wants nominees for Burke Courage Award

WAUKESHA – Catholic Memorial High School is looking for nominations for its Molly Burke Courage Award. The award grants a $250 scholarship to a Catholic Memorial senior who has battled cancer or another serious illness and still demonstrates success in academic achievement, community service, extracurricular activities and faith. Nominations for the award are due Feb. 1 and the winner will be announced Feb. 17. To nominate a student, send a letter highlighting them to Catholic Memorial President the Very Rev. Paul Hartmann, 601 E. College Ave., Waukesha, 53186.

Arrowhead, CMH showdown set for Friday

from today's Waukesha Freeman --


Arrowhead, CMH showdown set for Friday
Teams tied for Classic 8 basketball lead
By Daniel Mike Freeman staff

WAUKESHA – Sole possession of first place in the Classic 8 Conference is on the line Friday when the Catholic Memorial High School boys basketball team travels to Arrowhead. Both teams are tied atop the league at 5-0 and both are being recognized for their fine seasons across the state. The Warhawks are ranked second in Division 1 in the most recent Associated Press state rankings, down a spot from No. 1 a week ago. Memorial held steady with its No. 8 ranking in Division 2 this week. Arrowhead is led by 7-foot-1 center Ben Mills, a Boise State University recruit, who entered the week tied for second in the county in scoring at 18.2 points per game. Senior gunner Russ Finco entered the week averaging 13.1 points per game. Memorial has no trouble scoring as well, as senior Derek Schell entered the week averaging 17.8 points per game and senior T.J. Bray 16 points per game.

Let's work for a great turn out of CMH supporters in the luxurious fieldhouse on the expansive campus of Arrowhead this Friday night at 7:30pm.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Fun Friday for 8th Graders a Great Success!

from Mary Hutchens, CMH Admissions Counselor --

Fun Friday was a great success.

We ended up with 136 8th graders attending!! 45 Walk-ins. They all seemed to have a fun night, making new friends and “hanging out”.

In the top picture are members of the CMH comedy improv group, Sticky Rhinoceros with a volunteer from the audience. The Sticky kids are Sam Engsberg, Drew Karczewski, (volunteer is Madeline Davis) and Vince Klain. The other picture is from the dance that CMH hosted for these visiting kids after they all attended the Boys Basketball victory of Pius.

A listing of upcoming admissions events --

Tuesday, Jan. 12 Celebrating our Mission 7:00 – 9:00 pm

Wed, Jan 20 Scrima Scholarship Interviews 6:00 pm

Friday, Jan 22 Fun Friday for 6th & 7th graders 6:00 pm

Monday, Jan 25 Registration for Incoming Freshmen 6:00 – 7:30 pm

Friday, Feb 5 Fun Friday for 8th Graders – Hockey game and dance 6:00 – 10:30 pm

Friday, Feb 19 Fun Friday for 5th, 6th and 7th graders 6:00

March 13 & 14 CMH Profile Weekend During all weekend masses -- St. John Neumann

April 17 & 18 CMH Profile Weekend -- Blessed Theresa of Calcutta

A recap of Saturday's hockey game

from today's Waukesha Freeman --


MILWAUKEE – Catholic Memorial sophomore Sam Chapin scored two goals to lead the Catholic Memorial/Pius co-op boys hockey team to a 5-2 victory over University School of Milwaukee in the title game of the Meyer Memorial Tournament at USM on Saturday. CMH senior Jon Bayer had a goal an an assist, and CMH senior Tom Chapin and Pius junior Joe Heckes each scored a goal. Pius senior Goyko Rajak had two assists, and CMH juniors Matt Baldwin, Dominic Zanoni and Kyle Fink had an assist apiece.

Basketball Scoring Leaders

according to today's Waukesha Freeman --

Four Crusader Basketball Players are listed among scoring leaders in Waukesha County.

From our boys team, seniors Derek Schell (ranked #4), TJ Bray (#12), and Austin Pucylowski (#20).

From the girls team, senior Elizabeth Guhl is the #4 in scoring in the county.

Congratulations to all Crusader basketball players!

Monday, January 11, 2010

Volleyball as a Global Draw

A few weeks ago it was a visitor from India who came to this Blog after googling about volleyball. Last night, a visitor from Cluj, Romania visited the blog after googling "volleyball service."

Prep Boys Basketball Round-Up

from Saturday's Waukesha Freeman --

WAUKESHA – Catholic Memorial entered the fourth period of Friday’s game against Pius with a five-point advantage.

But senior guard T.J. Bray’s fourth-quarter performance lifted the Crusaders to a 57-37 Classic 8 Conference victory.

Bray scored five of his 12 points in the final period, and he dished out four of his team-high seven assists in the final quarter as CMH’s fullcourt press keyed a 27-12 run in the period.

Senior guard Derek Schell scored all seven of his points in the fourth quarter as the Crusaders improved to 9-2 overall and 5-0 in the Classic 8.

Senior forward Austin Pucylowski led the Crusaders with 15 points and pulled down a team-high five rebounds. Senior Mike Neary added 14 points for Memorial.

CMP Hockey Wins Tourney Game

from Saturday's Waukesha Freeman --

RIVER HILLS – Catholic Memorial/Pius senior Tom Chapin and juniors Kyle Fink and Anthony Soo Hoo each had a goal and two assists to lead the Catholic Memorial/Pius co-op boys hockey team to a 4-2 victory over Germantown in the University School of Milwaukee tournament.

Chapin, Fink and Soo Hoo all are Memorial students, as is junior Cody Dixon, who added a goal for the Crusading Popes, 5-6 overall. Memorial senior goalkeeper David Chapin had 22 saves.

– Freeman Staff

Another example of Caritas in Omnibus

from CMH teacher, Karolyn Krueger --

One of my greatest joys is helping our students find service opportunities in our community. Four CMH boys, Richard Novak, TJ Bray, Austin Pucylowsi and Kevin Lanigan spent most of Saturday helping a local family move their possessions to a new apartment due to the bank's foreclosure on their landlord's building. I put the 'call' out and these four came forward to help. I just thought you should know the positive impact these young men had on a family that has seen much sadness. I cannot tell you how impressed they were with these fine young men.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Archbishop Listecki Intallation Redux

Just a couple of nice pictures of CMH senior Michelle Pless, representing Milwaukee's German heritage at the installation of Archbishop Jerome Listecki as 11th archbishop of Milwaukee.

Friday, January 8, 2010

Letter to the Editor

Thank you to the editors of the Journal-Sentinel for publishing my letter to the editor today regarding parochial school finances.

My letter was in response to a comment made in a J-S article about Heritage Christian School.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

More news to follow...

A press release should be coming soon, but it is worth noting the Rep. Paul Ryan has nominated CMH senior, J.C. Peterson to a position at the United States Naval Academy.

Press Release from Congressman James Sensenbrenner

Brookfield, Jan 5 -

Ellen Chamberlin of Elm Grove has been nominated to attend the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, NY. Ellen, the daughter of Steven and Shelia Chamberlin, is a senior at Catholic Memorial High School.

Nominees for the United States Service Academies were chosen from an impressive group of applicants residing throughout Wisconsin’s Fifth Congressional District. Each applicant endured a rigorous application process culminating in a personal interview with a member of Congressman Sensenbrenner’s Academy Selection Committee.

Congressman Sensenbrenner is currently accepting nomination applications for those who would like to enter any United States Service Academy in the summer of 2011. Inquiries concerning this process can be made to Briton Shiel in the Congressman’s District Office in Brookfield at (262) 784-1111.

And going still further south...

from today's Waukesha Freeman --

CMH 65,Waukesha South 48
Schell’s 36 lead way
Senior excels from long range

By Tom Badger Freeman Correspondent

WAUKESHA – Derek Schell found the zone Tuesday by going over the zone. Schell hit eight 3-pointers and finished with a careerhigh 36 points as the Catholic Memorial High School boys basketball team picked up a 65-48 Classic 8 Conference victory over Waukesha South at South...
“We got contributions from a lot of different people in different ways,” Memorial coach Dean Bellanti said. “Certainly Derek [Peake] had an outstanding shooting night and his teammates found him in the zone. Derek felt good about his shot and he extended the defense.”...

Memorial’s T.J. Bray added eight points, six assists and five rebounds. “We’re not going to look past Pius because they’re always a tough opponent,” Schell said. “But right after that, we have to get ready for Arrowhead.”
Photos: Left --Katie Derksen/Special to The Freeman Catholic Memorial senior Austin Pucylowski goes up for a shot while being guarded by Waukesha South juniors Jacob Halverson, left, and Tim Woodford on Tuesday at Waukesha South.
Right -- Katie Derksen/Special to The Freeman Waukesha South junior Tim Woodford goes up for a shot while being guarded by Catholic Memorial seniors Derek Peake, No. 12, and Mike Neary, No. 22, at Waukesha South on Tuesday.