Sunday, February 28, 2010

Last week's Pom & Dance Team Trip to Disney World

from Jenna Boll, CMH alum and Poms head coach --

Father Paul,

Just a quick note to let you know that we have returned from Florida safe and sound!! As expected the girls were an absolute joy to be with and behaved in an exemplary manner throughout the trip. We received nothing but compliments from the Badgerette and Disney staff. I did not have to reprimand or correct one girl during the entire trip. The respect that they showed their team mates, as well as both Kristin and I, was stellar. I could not be more proud of them. I think you will hear the same from the many parents who traveled down to see them perform. Our girls really do set a different standard for other Pom teams to follow; from the way they dress, to the way they behave and the respect they show to all.

The girls attended mass on Sunday evening, as well as all of the parents! What a great tradition to start…thank you. We did get a little “mocking” for attending mass from one of the teams, and I could not help but think of one of your past e-mails to the team where you shared the story of St. Olaire, and how she defended her faith to the end. It could not have been more appropriate!!!! I reminded the girls that there will always be people who want to criticize you or tear you down for who you are or what you believe in, but that they should always be true to their faith and values. Our girls really did stand apart from others their overall behavior - which may have brought on envy and jealousy - but they didn’t compromise themselves… and that is such a great lesson to learn as they prepare for college and life beyond the walls of Catholic Memorial.

Again, thank you for your support for our team. They were great ambassadors for Catholic Memorial high school. You can be proud of all of them.



Saturday, February 27, 2010

New Video Favorites Added to WeAreMemorial at YouTube

I know this is late....

from Friday's Waukesha Freeman --


CMH 76
Kettle Moraine 57

History-making night for CMH
Crusaders finish rare unbeaten Classic 8 season
By Jeff Hagenau Freeman Correspondent

WAUKESHA – Derek Schell picked the perfect night to rewrite the history books.

Schell, a 6-foot-1 senior guard, scored a game-high 23 points to lead the Catholic Memorial High School boys basketball team to a 76-57 victory over Kettle Moraine in a Classic 8 Conference regular-season finale Thursday.

Schell made two longrange 3-point baskets in the first half en route to becoming the all-time leading 3-point shooter in school history with 125, breaking the former record of 123 established by Conor Smith.

It was the 14th consecutive victory for league champion Memorial, the top-ranked team in Division 2 which improved to 14-0 in conference and 20-2 overall.

With the lopsided victory on Senior Night, the Crusaders became the first Memorial boys team to complete an undefeated season in the history of the Classic 8 and only the second team in the history of the program to reach the 20-victory mark in a single season.

Memorial led 36-32 with 6:31 remaining in the third quarter and went on what became a decisive 21-3 run to put the game out of reach.

“I really wanted to set the record on our home floor,” Schell said. “Considering all of the great players and shooters who have played in the program over the years, it’s really an honor to be among an elite group.

“We were a little tentative in the first half but started to pick up the intensity at the beginning of the third quarter. That’s when we stepped up our game and started to play up to our potential.”

Senior point guard T.J. Bray followed with 20 points for Memorial, which made five 3-pointers and 15 of 21 free throws.

“It was an awesome victory,” said Bray, who eclipsed the 1,000-point career mark earlier this season. “We’ve put so many hours in on this floor over the years and to finish by making some history with an undefeated conference season is something special. It’s just a great feeling right now.”

Senior center Austin Pucylowski had 10 points and junior guard Alex Broge added seven points for the the Crusaders.

“With an undefeated conference season on the line, we didn’t want to come out flat and just did our best to take care of business,” Pucylowski said. “Being one of our big goals, it was great to accomplish it on our home court.”

Memorial coach Dean Bellanti savored the victory but emphasized that his team must stay focused on improving in order to accomplish its ultimate goal of a state championship.

“Every game is a war in this conference, so to finish undefeated is a tremendous accomplishment,” said Bellanti, whose team clinched the Classic 8 title outright with a victory over Arrowhead last week.

“In the first half, we played with a little anxiety and tried force things a little too much at times. After working past it, the guys came out with a nice run in the third quarter and put the game out of reach.”

Senior forward Patrick Zemanovic scored a team-high 21 points for KM, which lost its ninth straight and dropped to 2-12 in conference and 4-18 overall. Senior forward Dan Mikesell had 12 points for the Lasers, who made six 3-pointers and 15 of 22 free throws.

Thursday, February 25, 2010


Change in Date for Crusader Auction

Dear Friends:

Do good things come in threes? In the last two week period at CMH – we are State Champions in Boys Skiing; the Spring Musical “White Christmas” is a huge success; our Crusader Boys basketball team is heading to the state tournament ranked #1 and with a fourteen game winning streak! You can all appreciate the school spirit (and the momentum) that is growing even in these cabin fever days. It is momentum that will roll right into the Crusader Auction and all our spring events.

But even good things bring challenges. If the boys basketball team does as well as we hope, the State Championship Game will occur at the same time as the Crusader Auction. Not to mention that if the Girls team does well, they would have a sectional game that afternoon. This was the result of scheduling changes by the WIAA compared to years past. Hearts sank when it was realized that, if all goes well, these great events for our community were going to adversely affect one another.

The potential conflict would create difficult, anxiety-filled choices for the families of players, poms team, pep band, classmates, and community supporters. Needless to say, the volunteer ranks that are needed for the success of the auction, and even the critically needed financial benefit, would both be adversely impacted. It is not just a question of the schedule of that day; it’s also about how to well plan for the auction with so many people torn between the possibilities of the two events and hesitant to commit. So what can be done to best ensure that all CMH community events attain their maximum potential?

My friends, after a lot of discussion and serious thought, a decision has been made that we feel will best position ourselves for success in all areas. To ease the difficult decision that so many in our community are facing, we will move the date of the 2010 Crusader Auction back by one week to Saturday, March 27th. We know that even this date is not perfect, but given the momentum building in the community it is worth the effort. It is a date that well serves not only the fine school spirit of our kids and parents, it also maximizes the potential to meet the significant financial need which the auction fills (and is especially needed this year).

It is hoped that this change is not seen for its inconvenience, but rather for how it highlights our momentum-building successes. Let us take this opportunity to be encouraged to turn out as the great Crusader community we are to support all of our sports teams and arts groups. Let us also know that these successes go hand-in-hand with our gathering as an entire CMH family for something as enjoyable and beneficial as is the Crusader Auction.

CMH is a wonderful place because events, whether our kids programs or our community-builders like the auction, are opportunities to show the best of who we are. Thank you for your support of CMH! We look forward to seeing all of you at the 2010 Crusader Auction on Saturday, March 27th.

Our Lady of Memorial, pray for us!


Very Reverend Paul Hartmann

Angelique Klimara & Mary Pat Henschel
2010 Crusader Auction Co-Chairs

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Another far off blog visitor

Last night someone from Bucharest, Romania came to this blog after googling "CMP hockey".

CMH Skier named Athlete of the Week.

from JSOnline.Com --

BILLY WONG, Catholic Memorial

Wong, a senior, led the Crusaders' ski team to a record-breaking performance Feb. 14-15 at the Wisconsin High School State Ski Championships in La Crosse by winning the individual championship for the second straight year. He finished no worse than third in any of the meet's three events, winning the slalom in 39.09 seconds, taking third in the giant slalom (28.38) and third in the Super G (33.47). He combined with seniors Steven Kemp and Chris Siepmann, juniors Ryan Kemp and Chris Colombe, sophomore Andy Colombe and freshman Anthony Wong to finish with 88 points, the best score in the 35-year history of the event.

Before winning the Classic 8 Title...

A few weeks ago, members of the Crusaders Boys Varsity Basketball Team set aside most of their Super Bowl Sunday to perform their annual team service project. These same young men who would use intensity and physical play to eventually win the Classic 8 title, exercised patience, kindness and friendship in a say of serving as referees at a Big Bend-Vernon Lions Club Special Olympics Basketball Tournament held at Mukwonago High School.

Be sure to check out Derek Schell's appearance in the YouTube Video about the event.

Living out the school's motto, Caritas in Omnibus, every CMH sports team is expected to perform a service project as a team. Congratulations to the Varsity Boys team for this great gift of time and skill.

Senior Derek Schell

Senior T. J. Bray

Senior Austin Pucylowski

Senior Mike Neary.

Junior Patrick Bohrer

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Waukesha County H. S. Basketball Scoring Leaders

from today's Waukesha Freeman --

among Boys:

5. Derek Schell, CMH 21 games, 364 pts., 17.3 average
7. T. J. Bray, CMH 21, 356, 17.0

among Girls:

7. Elizabeth Guhl, CMH 18, 224, 12.4

Monday, February 22, 2010

A message of thanks to CMH.

Dear CMH:

I am a teacher at Arrowhead High School, as well as a parent of a sophomore basketball player at the school. I was in attendance for the AHS-CMH basketball game on Friday night.

I want to congratulate your school for an outstanding moment. The moment of silence for Grant that you provided was a very classy move on your schools part. It was very touching to us at AHS.


Paul Brester
Arrowhead High School
Business Education Teacher

Check out the game photos...

at MaxPreps.Com from last Friday nights Crusader victory of Arrowhead.

Last night's unusual visitor.... this blog was from Iran.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Crusader Boys Clinch Title

a sold out musical in the auditorium....
a Fun Friday for a hundred middle school kids...
a capacity crowd at the InPro Center gymnasium...

Just another Friday night at CMH!

Among the headlines...

from today's Waukesha Freeman --


CMH 65 Arrowhead 41

CMH shows sharing pays off
By Chris Patterson Freeman Correspondent

WAUKESHA –Thanks in part to a willingness to share the basketball, the Catholic Memorial High School boys basketball team will not have to share the Classic 8 Conference title this season.

Recording assists on 13 of their 21 baskets, the Crusaders got open looks, hit their open shots and rolled to a 65-41 victory Friday.

Memorial, 13-0 in conference and 19-2 overall, clinched its first outright conference championship since the 2003-04 season as second-place Arrowhead fell to 11-2 in conference and 18-3 overall with only one regular-season game remaining for both teams.

“I’m really proud of my kids and what they accomplished tonight,” Memorial coach Dean Bellanti said. “We moved the ball real well tonight, found our shooters and just hit some good shots.”

Memorial made 21 of 44 shots for 48 percent, including 8 of 17 from 3-point range...

from today's JSOnline.Com --

CMH 65 Arrowhead 41
Bray leads the way
Crusaders senior scores 24 in victory

Waukesha — Sports wags like to crack wise that there are stats guys and there are winners - and players are either one or the other.
Unless you're Catholic Memorial senior guard T.J. Bray. Then you fill up the stat sheet and win huge games.
On Friday, Bray scored 24 points, grabbed 10 rebounds, dished out eight assists, had six steals and added a blocked shot for good measure as the Crusaders dominated Arrowhead, 65-41, in a packed Catholic Memorial gymnasium.
The win clinched the Classic 8 Conference title for the Crusaders and extended their winning streak to 13 games. And Bray's one-man wrecking-crew performance left his coach at a loss for any new words to describe his Princeton-bound star...
The Crusaders (19-2, 13-0) strung together a series of nice runs, and that kept Arrowhead (18-3, 11-2) off-balance and really out of the game.
Memorial went on a 13-0 run in the first quarter to go ahead, 13-2. Senior guard Mike Neary hit a three-pointer, and Bray made a twisting jumper in the lane during the stretch. The Warhawks chipped away and trailed, 16-9, at the end of the first.
A 9-2 run to start the second quarter gave the Crusaders a 25-11 advantage. That spurt included three-pointers by Neary and sophomore Charlie Walsh. A three-point play by senior Derek Schell, another three-pointer by Neary, and driving baskets by Bray and Walsh extended Memorial's lead to 37-17...
The final quarter featured a long bomb pass from Bray to Walsh, who streaked under it and scored an easy lay-in. That made it 56-35. Bellanti cleared the bench as the clock wound down and the lead grew to 63-37.
Schell added 15 points for Memorial, and Neary had 11.

In attendence at last night's game was CMH Alum, Bronson Haase. The 1962 grad presently ranks #1 among Crusader Basketball Scoring leaders with a high school record of 1062 points. Since senior T. J. Bray passed the 1000 point mark last Tuesday, and had 24 points last night, even Mr. Haase knew his 48 year record would soon fall.

"Passion. Desire. Relentlessness."

And this was the CMH Girls Game against Arrowhead last night!

from today's Waukesha Freeman --


CMH 49
Arrowhead 42

Crusaders pull away in fourth quarter
Guhl leads Memorial

By Sean Oberholtzer Freeman Correspondent

TOWN OF MERTON – Passion. Desire. Relentlessness.

Those were the three things coach Mark Lepkowski drilled into his Catholic Memorial High School girls basketball team this week.

All three came out on the court Friday night at Arrowhead where the Crusaders came from behind in the fourth quarter to beat the Warhawks 49-42 in the Classic 8 Conference.

The Crusaders outscored Arrowhead 19-7 in the fourth quarter behind senior Elizabeth Guhl, who had 10 points, five rebounds and two blocked shots in the fourth quarter to erase an eight-point halftime deficit...

The Crusaders closed to within two points midway through the second quarter, but the Warhawks went on an 8-2 run to close out the half...

“I was extremely frustrated with the fact that we were losing. I just decided to step it up and motivate my team as much as I could,” Guhl said...

After Gaberino was fouled in the backcourt, she made 1 of 2 free throws to give the lead back to Arrowhead, and Lepkowski called a timeout to set up his offense.

Coming out of the timeout, sophomore Alison Mueller promptly hit a 3-pointer from the left wing to give the Crusaders their first lead of the game, 44-42, with just 1 minute 41 seconds remaining.

“It was a set play for Alison,” Lepkowski said. “She’s our 3-point shooter. We called it and she was supposed to pass and come off the double screen for the shot and that’s what she did. She hit a big one.”

“Everyone steps up at different times in a game, and that was my time to step up for the team,” Mueller said.

Arrowhead turned the ball over on its next possession, one of 10 turnovers in the fourth quarter. On the inbounds pass, junior Karly Lentz was fouled and hit both free throws to go up by four points and seal the victory...

Guhl finished with 17 points, 11 rebounds and six blocked shots to help Catholic Memorial improve to 12-6 overall and 8-4 in the Classic 8, tying Kettle Moraine for the third spot in the conference with just two games remaining.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Another compliment to CMH students

sent to our Athletics Director, Greg Gamalski (This is how our Varsity Boys Basketball Team spent most of Super Bowl Sunday) --

From: Gary Drska
Sent: Friday, February 12, 2010 11:37 AM
To: Greg Gamalski
Subject: Special Olympics - Mukwonago High School


Good morning. Hope your week is going well. My name is Gary Drska and I am a basketball official and a member of the Lakeland Official Association. I was responsible for assigning the officials for last Sunday's Special Olympic games at Mukwonago High School.

I just wanted to let you know the outstanding job your varsity boys basketball team did helping officiate the games. I had the opportunity to talk to several of the boys and was so impressed in their willingness to help in this very important event. You have a very special group of athletes and should be very proud of them. I enjoyed the opportunity to talk to Coach Bellanti and hope you can share my comments with him and his team.

Greg, it's wonderful to see high school players be willing to give of their time and I hope they will be interested in joining us next year. If you can, please pass my appreciation onto the coaches and players.


Gary Drska

Thursday, February 18, 2010

CMH accomplishments at the State Latin Convention

2010 Wisconsin Junior Classics League Placements

Daniel Engsberg
Greek History 8th
Latin Literature 8th

Emily Gutenkunst
Grammar 5th
Impromptu Art 5th (with Kayla Lesniewski & Ashley Sickels)
Costume- 7th (with Colin Nierzwicki)

Kiara Lee
Grammar 8th

Colin Nierzwicki
Grammar 4th
Pentathlon 10th
Reading 6th
Costume- 7th (with Emily Gutenkunst)

Caleb Walters
Grammar 5th
Latin Derivatives 9th

Charlie Werner
Latin Literature 10th

Tess Abler
Vocabulary 10

Kaitlin Dwyer
Vocabulary 8th
Team sight reading 9th (with Kayla Lesniewski)

Michael Oyervedes
War Machine Design 2nd

Alfredo Garcia
Greek 8th
Greek History 5th
Reading 10th
Latin Derivatives 9th
Roman History 2nd
Latin Literature 10th

Andrew Karczewski
Memorized Oratory 7th

Nora Kral
Vocabulary 10th

Samuel Lange
Latin Derivatives 9th

Kayla Lesniewski
Impromptu Art 5th (with Emily Gutenkunst & Ashley Sickels)
Team sight reading 9th (with Kate Dwyer)

Ashley Sickels
Impromptu Art 5th (with Emily Gutenkunst & Kayla Lesniewski)

Corrine Nierzwicki
Grammar 5th
Reading 6th
Team sight reading 5th (with Leigh Schneider)

Leigh Schneider
Grammar 8th
Pentathlon 10th
Costume-Girl 5th
Reading 8th
Latin Derivatives 10th
Roman Life 10th
Team sight reading 5th (with Corrine Nierzwicki)

Taylor Duncan
Photography 4th

Samuel Engsberg
Greek History 10th
Reading 7th

Rescheduled Vicki Thorn Presentation

On Wednesday, February 24th, Vicki Thorn will be addressing the Catholic Memorial students regarding the science that supports the Catholic Church’s Theology of the Body. She has agreed to present to parents in the evening so that you may better dialogue with your students about the topic.

Please consider joining us:

Catholic Memorial Library
Wednesday, February 24th
7:00 to 8:30 P.M.

Using scientific studies, Vicki Thorn shows how men and women are inherently different, yet are built to complement each other. She explains the biochemistry of sex, the problems of the sexual revolution and the fascinating science of attraction. Mrs. Thorn uses biological data to show that the Church's teaching on sexual morality is not outdated and has significant benefits for the physical, mental and spiritual well being of men and women today. Great for teens and adults alike!

Vicki Thorn is the founder of Project Rachel and the Executive Director of the National office of Post-Abortion Reconciliation & Healing in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Her work has led her to research how people fall in love and bond to each other. She explains how her findings (especially related to hormones) affect human behavior and relationships. She is a trauma counselor, spiritual director, and a prenatal loss and bereavement facilitator.

Sounding Off with Praise for "White Christmas"

from Tuesday's Waukesha Freeman , "Sound Off" Section--

Catholic Memorial’s ‘White Christmas’

"We saw the Catholic Memorial production of “White Christmas” over the weekend, and it was fabulous! The kids were professional and extremely talented (and no, I don’t have a kid in the play or even at the school). In these long, dark wintry days, this play is an inexpensive, entertaining, and very refreshing evening or afternoon out. We weren’t sure we wanted to see a Christmas story in February, but it’s so good, it really doesn’t matter what time of year it is. It’s playing the next couple of weekends, and then it’s over. Check it out! You won’t be sorry, and you”ll be amazed at what a great show it is!"

CMH Student Wins Prestigious Sailing Award

from the Inland Lake Yachting Association --

Pillsbury Award - Kate Klement

Beulah's X skipper Kate Klement was awarded the prestigious Pillsbury Award which represents the Best of the Best. ILYA champs from all classes are eligible to receive this award. Selection is made by recommendation from the delegates of the ILYA. Klement won three races in the 65-boat Senior X boat fleet.

From CMH alum, Joe Skotarzak, '84 -- "She’s a magnificent kid, and a great sailor, and this Pillsbury Cup is a huge deal around our corner of the sailing world – for more info. "

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Ash Wednesday Mass at CMH

CMH Boys Basketball "On a Mission"!

from today's Waukesha Freeman --


CMH 84
Brookfield Academy 57

Bray reaches 1,000 points
Crusaders win 12th straight
By Tony Mooren Freeman Correspondent

WAUKESHA – Catholic Memorial senior T.J. Bray reached his milestone Tuesday, but senior Derek Schell will have to wait awhile for his.

Bray, needing 23 points to reach 1,000 in his career, scored 26 to lead the Crusaders to an 84-57 nonconference victory over Brookfield Academy.

And Schell, needing five 3-pointers to tie the school’s career record of 123, settled for three in a 19-point outing as Memorial improved to 18-2 overall with their 12th straight victory.

“I thought Bray was really focused tonight and played a tremendous game,” Brookfield Academy coach Dave Von Rueden said. “He really showed why he’s going on to play college (Princeton) basketball. He directs their offense, sees everything on the floor and is a very good player.”

Bray didn’t get going offensively right way.

He left that to senior Austin Pucylowski, who scored the first 10 points for the Crusaders with the help of two 3-pointers.

Pucylowski also had five rebounds and three assists in a 23-point opening quarter that gave Memorial a 23-16 lead.

“I’ve probably never had a better quarter in my life,” Pucylowski said, although Memorial coach Dean Bellanti wasn’t as certain.

“We started a little slow on offense and needed someone to spark it,” Pucylowski continued. “Thankfully, I was able to step up.”

Bellanti thought Pucylowski had similar games last season and said of the 3-pointers, “Those are shots we want him to take. You can’t leave him open and his shooting is why our offense is so potent at times.”

The 84 points were a season high even though the starters exited with 4:43 still remaining in the game.

But the Crusaders put Brookfield Academy in an immediate quandary with Pucylowski scoring at will.

Pucylowski, Bray, Schell and sophomore Charlie Walsh each scored 10 points in the first half en route to a 48-31 lead.

“The key to the game was our second quarter,” Bellanti said. “Our defensive intensity led them to commit some turnovers and we had a couple of easy baskets and all of a sudden it went from a six-point game to a 16-point game. Our sense of confidence really grew out of that.”

It turned out that Brookfield had one run left, getting within 10 points at 54-44 midway through the third quarter. But Bray, who also finished with a game-high nine rebounds – Pucylowski had seven – scored seven straight points, senior Mike Neary nailed two straight 3-pointers and Bray added two more layups to give Memorial a 71-46 lead.

“When we got it down to 10 points we were hoping to somehow get it into single digits, but those 3-pointers really hurt us,” Von Rueden said. “Our defense obviously wasn’t very good. Their firepower was just too much, and it wasn’t just Bray. They have a lot of weapons and did a great job of spreading the ball around.

“Their four starting seniors are on a mission. They’re ranked second in the state for a reason and it’s that they’re hungry to take this season as far as they can.”

Brookfield Academy dropped to 12-5 overall.

Bellanti said attacking the basket was a point of emphasis at halftime, and Memorial took advantage with nine of its 13 secondhalf baskets from 5 feet on in.

As for the 1,000 points, Bray said, “It’s really an honor to be up there. Someone did tell me in the third quarter that I needed to make my free throw for my 1,000th point – and I missed it but I was able to get a layup on our next possession.”

Senior Troy Huff led Brookfield in scoring with 20 points, and senior Fred Willis added 10 points. Senior Colin Wruck had a team-high six rebounds.

CMH Ski Championship, Part 3

Check out the coverage in today's Waukesha Freeman!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

All the details on the State Skiing Championship

from CMH parent and intrepid cold-weather reporter, Mr. Tim Colombe --

Father Paul,

On Friday, February 12, 2010, the CMH Men's Varsity Ski Racing Team arrived in LaCrosse, Wisconsin for the 2010 Wisconsin State Championship Meet. With the exception of freshman Anthony Wong, every member of the team was part of CMH's 2009 State Champion team. The team was lead by the 2009 Individual State Champion, Billy Wong (Sr.) and included Steven Kemp (Sr.), Chris Siepmann (Sr.), Ryan Kemp (Jr.), Chris Colombe (Jr.), Andy Colombe (Soph) and Anthony Wong (Fr.). Junior Varsity skiers Neil Klement (Sr.), PJ Feichtmeier (Soph.) and Jake Richter (Fr.) attended to train with and support the Varsity team.

This year, the CMH Women's Varsity team also qualified for the State Championship meet. The women's team included Ali Gutenkunst (Sr.), Emily Murphy (Jr.), Tess Abler (Soph.), Kate Klement (Fr.), Melanie Kohls (Fr.), Emily Benz (Fr.) and Emily Gutenkunst (Fr.).

The coaches of both teams are Eric Stevens (Head Coach) and Steve Kemp. Bill Wong, the Head Coach of the Ausblick Ski Race team, lead the training before the event and offered sage advice during the competition.

On Friday, the Men's team had two training sessions with Coach Bill Wong and members of the Ausblick Ski Race team. On Saturday morning, the Women's team joined the Men for a morning training session. After tuning and waxing skis on Saturday afternoon, both CMH teams, together with their parents, attended 4:30 PM Mass at Blessed Sacrament. After Mass, there was a team dinner at Huck Finn's, a restaurant on an island in the Mississippi River.

The competition began on Sunday and continued until the end of the day Monday. In total, there were 25 men's teams plus 10 skiers who qualified based on their individual results during the season although their team did not qualify -- a total of 160 men skiers. For the women, there were 22 teams plus some individuals for a similar total number of skiers.

The format of the meet includes 3 events -- slalom, giant slalom and super G. For each event, each team has 6 skiers and the results of the top 4 finishers are used. The scoring is based on place points and, in the end, the team with the lowest points wins the meet. For example, in slalom, CMH's top four finishers were Billy Wong with a 1st, Chris Colombe who took 3rd, Andy Colombe who was 6th and Ryan Kemp with a 16th; so, CMH's score for slalom was 26 points.

The CMH Men's team repeated becoming the 2010 Wisconsin State Champion scoring 26 points in slalom, 27 points in GS and 35 points in Super G -- a total of only 88 points. This was followed by Kettle Moraine's second place finish with 240 points, Arrowhead in third with 477 points, Waunakee in fourth with 499 points and Wausau West in fifth with 519 points. At the banquet, Bill Patza, who together with his wife Cindy runs the State meet each year, explained that this was the 35th year of the meet. With approximately 25 men's and 25 women's team each year, approximately 1,750 teams have competed in this event. Of those teams, only two have ever scored fewer than 100 points -- one team scored a 99 and the other (which was coached by Bill Patza) scored a 98. CMH won the State Championship with a record setting performance -- only 88 points!

Billy Wong repeated as the 2010 Individual State Champion. Scoring a 1st in slalom, a 3rd in GS and a 3rd in Super G, Billy had only 7 total points. Chris Colombe placed fourth overall with a total of 16 points, scoring 3rd in slalom, 6th in GS and 7th in Super G. Andy Colombe placed 8th overall with a total of 35 points, scoring 6th in slalom, 10th in GS and 19th in Super G. Anthony Wong scored an 8th in GS and a 6th in Super G; Anthony did not compete in the slalom event. Ryan Kemp placed 12th overall with a 16th in slalom, a 22nd in GS and a 25th in Super G. Steven Kemp placed 16th in GS and 26th in Super G; Steven had a rockin' run in slalom but, unfortunately, fell near the end of the run -- it happens often in ski racing. Chris Siepmann had a lightening fast run going in slalom but also fell -- in nearly the same spot as Steven.

Billy Wong, Chris Colombe and Andy Colombe were named to the All State First Team. Anthony Wong and Ryan Kemp were named to the All State Second Team.

The CMH Women's team placed 17th overall.

It was a great weekend to be a Crusader!


PS This Thursday evening, February 18th, the CMH Men's Junior Varsity team will compete in the Conference Championship meet at Sunburst Ski Hill...Go Crusaders!

The Crusader Boys Ski Racing Team hoists the State Championship Trophy

Photo Credits, top to bottom --Billy Wong, senior, State Individual Champion; Andy Colombe, sophomore; Chris Siepmann, senior; Anthony Wong, freshman; Ryan Kemp, junior; Chris Colombe, junior; Steven Kemp, senior.

Boys Ski Team Takes State!

from last night's broadcast and posting by WXOW, TV 19 in LaCrosse --

CMH Highlights from the State High School Ski Competition in LaCrosse

Men's Slalom -

1 Billy Wong Catholic Memorial High School
3 Chris Colombe Catholic Memorial High School
6 Andy Colombe Catholic Memorial High School

Men's Super G -

3 Billy Wong Catholic Memorial High School
6 Anthony Wong Catholic Memorial High School
7 Chris Colombe Catholic Memorial High School

Team Results --

1. Catholic Memorial High School -- 88 pts
2. Kettle Moraine -- 240 pts

Monday, February 15, 2010

A correction.

Last week I noted in this blog that two Waukesha mayoral candidates have connections to CMH. I am told by the Waukesha Freeman that the candidate's office indicates that he is not the same Jeff Scrima who graduated from CMH in 1993.

I apologize for the mistake.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

A White Christmas mass in February

Today, on the stage where they will be performing the CMH Spring Musical, White Christmas, I celebrated mass for the cast, crew, and their families.

Drawing from the Gospel passage on the Beatitudes, the homily reflected on how we must humbly find within ourselves that graces God has given us, so that we can show forth a fullness of true emotions His love has instilled in us.

At the end of the mass, following a CMH Drama Department traditions, the St. Blaise Blessing of Throats was offered to all.

For performance and ticket information about White Christmas, please click here.
Break a leg.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

One would think beating a Pope is bad...

from today's Waukesha Freeman --


CMH 60
Pius 48

Two big runs boost Crusaders
CMH 12-0 in conference
By Chris Patterson Freeman Correspondent

MILWAUKEE – The Catholic Memorial High School boys basketball team didn’t necessarily outplay Milwaukee Pius for the full 32 minutes on Friday.

All the Crusaders needed was a decisive run at the end of each half – a 12-2 run to close out the second quarter and a 12-4 run at the end of the game.

The first surge gave Memorial the lead for good, while the second finished off a 60-48 Classic 8 Conference victory for the Crusaders.

It was the 11th consecutive victory for Memorial, 12-0 in conference and 17-2 overall.

Following a nonconference home game against Brookfield Academy on Tuesday, the Crusaders will have a chance to clinch the conference title outright next Friday when they host second-place Arrowhead (11-1, 17-2).

“We’ve actually done a nice job of closing halves and closing games all season,” Memorial coach Dean Bellanti said.

The first-half run came immediately following a timeout by Bellanti with 3:47 remaining in the second quarter and Memorial trailing 24-20.

The Crusaders responded by scoring on their final five possessions of the first half, while allowing Pius to score just once in its final five possessions.

Memorial senior center Austin Pucylowski sparked the run by scoring six points in a span of just 30 seconds. He converted a three-point play with 2:34 remaining on a drive along the right baseline in which he drew a foul and made the free throw. Then he stepped back on the Crusaders’ next possession and drilled a 3-pointer from the top of the key with 2:04 to play.

Pucylowski’s long-range shot put the Crusaders ahead to stay at 28-26, but Memorial tacked on four more points in the final 51 seconds of the first half when steals by Pucylowski and senior guard Derek Peake resulted in fast-break baskets.

“It was big going into halftime with some positive momentum,” Pucylowski said. “It was just a matter of us playing better defense and slowing things down on offense so we could get good looks.”

Pucylowski, who also had a 3-pointer and a three-point play on consecutive possessions early in the first quarter, finished with 16 points.

“I wasn’t shooting any 3s early in the season, but then at one practice I just started lighting it up,” Pucylowski said. “After that, I started making more and more at practice and finally coach Bellanti gave me the green light.”

Leading 32-26 at the half, Memorial allowed the Popes to get within two points twice in the third quarter and was clinging to a 48-44 advantage with 5:32 remaining in the fourth quarter after Pius senior guard Artie Turner made two free throws.

Memorial senior forward T.J. Bray, who led all scorers with 25 points, ignited the Crusaders’ fourth-quarter run with a drive to the lane that pushed Memorial’s lead to 50-44 with 5:04 to play.

The Crusaders held Pius scoreless on its next five possessions, a scoreless stretch that enabled Memorial to push its advantage to 55-44 with 1:36 remaining.

Memorial finished 20 of 36 from the field for a solid 55 percent, and was 15 of 16 from the free-throw line.

Memorial senior guard Derek Schell scored 10 points on 5 of 6 shooting, while Pucylowski’s teamhigh seven rebounds helped the Crusaders outrebound Pius 21-19.

Sophomore forward Larry Fitzgerald led the Popes with 18 points.

Hockey Update

from today's Waukesha Freeman --
CEDARBURG – Catholic Memorial juniors Kyle Fink and Anthony Soo Hoo each had two goals and two assists as Catholic Memorial/Pius beat Cedarburg 7-2 in a nonconference boys hockey game Friday.

Memorial senior John Bayer and junior Cody Dixon and Pius senior Goyko Rajak also scored as CMP improved to 14-8-1.

Memorial senior Tom Chapin had three assists, and Memorial’s Ian McGilvray, a senior, Nick Mikelonis, a sophomore and Petar Rajak, a junior, each had an assist.

Memorial senior goalkeeper David Chapin made 27 saves.

– Freeman Staff

Friday, February 12, 2010

Catholic Memorial High School Honor Roll

as published at BrookfieldNow.Com

I had to smile at the fact that even with Marquette University sponsoring the publication of local honor roles, at this point we have top billing over Marquette University High School.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Vote for the CMH/Arrowhead as Game of the Week

Please follow this link and vote for the CMH/Arrowhead as Game of the Week.

Tell all your friends to vote.

Milwaukee Regional Junior Achievement Business Challenge

from CMH Business teacher, Mike Previte --

Fr Paul- Once again the CMH Business Department has been chosen to send 3 student teams to compete in the Milwaukee Regional Junior Achievement Business Challenge on Thursday, February 18th at Briggs and Stratton's corporate headquarters in Milwaukee. Last year, a team of 3 CMH students won their division. This year, our students will compete for scholarship money and prizes from JA corporate sponsors, Kohl's and Milwaukee Bucks.

Please pray (and root for) the following students:

Team 1: Kyle Lesniewski (Senior), Curtis White (Senior) and Tim Tallinger (Senior). Their team won the CMH school JA Titan Business Challenge Title

Team 2: Connor Braun (Soph), Jordan Pogorzelski (Soph) and Kyle Fink (Junior). Kyle and Jordan's team took second in the school competition.

Team 3: Steve Schmidt (Junior), Jacob Czarnecki (Senior) and Liz Frantl (Junior) Todd Sabin will be first alternate should someone not be able to attend.

We will keep all of the CMH family updated on results.
Thanks Mike

Sometimes, It's more than just hunting.

This was the title of the the Second Place Essay in the Senior Prose category of a contest sponsored by Wisconsin Outdoor News.

Congratulations to CMH senior Mike Senglaub for this accomplishment.

Crusader Boys Basketball

In a game re-scheduled due to Tuesday nights' snow storm...

from today's Waukesha Freeman --

CMH 62
Waukesha South 48

Crusaders pull away late
Many players share offensive load
By Tony Mooren Freeman Correspondent

WAUKESHA – For what seemed like the longest time, seniors Derek Schell and Austin Pucylowski were in the forefront for the Catholic Memorial High School boys basketball team Wednesday. Then, just like that, it was seniors Mike Neary and T.J. Bray and sophomore Charlie Walsh delivering some offensive blows, and Memorial’s Classic 8 Conference game against Waukesha South was just about over...

Regarding Dean's Lists and College accomplishments...

Just a note of clarification regarding blog postings of alumni who make Dean's Lists or have other academic or athletic accomplishments in college:

I can only post that about which I am informed. Some colleges inform us, most do not. Some institutions inform the local newspaper, most do not.

At CMH we certainly want to properly recognize all the published accomplishments among our CMH family. If you are aware of such accomplishments, please do contact us with links to the news reports or college websites so that we can offer our congratulations.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Special Donation to the Learning Resource Center

Thanks to the generosity of a CMH benefactor, the Learning Resource Center, under the direction of Kara Scala, now has specialized equipment and programming known as a Kurzweil 3000. According to Kara:

Kurzweil 3000 software is designed to help students become more independent and successful with assignments that require any form of reading and/or writing. This software is appropriate for students with ADD, AD/HD, and dyslexia as well as auditory learners, ELL students, and “grey area” students.

Both students and teachers can use the Kurzweil program with a variety of information including printed, electronic, or web-based. This information will be read to each student, allowing them to adjust rate, pitch, and volume.

Kurzweil also assists students with writing. The software speaks each word or letter as the student types and underlines misspelled words in red.

Students are also able to take tests using the Kurzweil program. Teachers are able to scan/download tests and worksheets and modify tool bars for students to use. The software reads the tests or worksheets out loud and then students type their answer directly onto the image.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

CMH grad makes Carroll University Dean's List

from today's BrookfieldNow.Com --

Local students named to Carroll University dean's list--fall 2009
Submitted By Melissa McGraw
Posted: Feb. 8, 2010

The following students from your area have been named to the dean's list at Carroll University for the fall 2009 semester. To be named to the dean's list, students must have a grade point average for the semester of at least 3.5 on a 4-point scale.

Daniel Polaski, a communications major, is a 2008 graduate of Catholic Memorial High School and son of Paul and Melanie Polaski of Brookfield.

Congratulations Daniel!

Sorry, no snow day.

Even with Randy Vorwalske out sick, we had a back-up plan to keep the school open for the kids! Thanks to the extra efforts of Mr. Hall that is.


from today's Waukesha Freeman --

KENOSHA – The Catholic Memorial/Pius co-op boys hockey team clinched at least a tie for second place in the Classic 8 Conference with a 3-2 victory over Kenosha on Monday.

Memorial, 13-8-1 overall, is 4-1-1 in conference with one game to play. Third-place Arrowhead finished 4-2-1. Trailing 1-0 after one period, CMH/Pius got second-period goals from Pius senior Goyko Rajak (assists from Catholic Memorial juniors Cody Dixon and Petar Rajak) and from CMH junior Anthony Soo Hoo (assists from Dixon and Memorial senior Jonathan Bayer).

Bayer put CMH/Pius up 3-1 in the third period with assists from Soo Hoo and Dixon.

No opinion to be given

Surpisingly, I have been asked twice in the last 48 hours if I have an opinion about the race for the Mayor of the City of Waukesha. Well, even if I had a solid opinion, it would probably not be a good thing for me to share.

I will note though that I am aware that two of the five candidates have connections to CMH. Randy Radish is an active volunteer whose son is here at CMH. Jeff Scrima is a CMH graduate from the Class of '93.

If I have missed equally significant connections of other candidates to CMH, I apologize and would gladly mention those connections in the future.

Monday, February 8, 2010

WIAA Hockey Refs Compliment CMP Program

this report was sent the WIAA by the head referee from last Friday's CMP vrs Arrowhead match-up --

Reported School: Catholic Memorial/Pius
Other School: Arrowhead
Date of Event: 2/5/10
Location: Eble Ice Arena, Brookfield WI

Specific Detail:

The atmosphere was electric last Friday night at Eble Park Arena. The defending state champs - Arrowhead - were about to battle a team - CMP - that had just knocked off the #2 team in the state. And these two teams had played for the conference championship two years in a row, so the rivalry was certainly heated. Expectations were high, and the game didn't disappoint.

All three officials felt it was the fastest game we'd seen in a long, long time. It was tight, competitive, up and down, few whistles, scoring chances galore, great goaltending, the works, appropriately ending in a 3-3 tie.

And to top it off, the class of the two programs was clearly evident. The coaches and players treated each other, and the officials, with great respect. It was a pleasure to be a part of a great game, one that would be a wonderful model for high school hockey.

Congratulations to the head coaches, Steve Chapin and Carl Valimont, for another illustration of exactly how a high school hockey game should be played.

CMP Hockey ranked...

#1 in area poll,

and Honorable Mention in state.

Crusader Boys Basketball...

Ranked #2 in State AP poll,

and #4 in area poll.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

We saw your student at the Sunset last week...

from CMH past parents, Nora & Jude Werra --

Fr. Paul:

Your student, Maggie Berens, stole the show at the Sunset Playhouse the other evening...her musical talents will be appreciated by her students and their parents, as she becomes a teacher after St. Norbert's...many schools are cutting back on the is good that CMH prepares your students for a richer life...

Best to you,

Nora and Jude

Maggie was appearing at the Sunset Playhouse in Elm Grove in the production of Big Songs from the Big Screen.

from the Playhouse's own overview of the show...

A kiss is just a kiss... Four of the area's finest singers--Adam Estes, Tommy Lueck, Rana Roman, and Bonnie Scholz, along with Rising Star Maggie Berens--will bring you a memorable evening of classic songs from your favorite films. The concert will also feature an insider's look at Hollywood as actor Mark Metcalf (Animal House, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Mad Men) joins Sunset regular Susan Loveridge to weave the evening's narrative.


from today's Waukesha Freeman --
Arrowhead 3
CMH/Pius 3
(Double Overtime)

Perfect night gets a pimple
Warhawks score with 38 seconds left in regulation
By Tony Mooren Freeman Correspondent

WAUKESHA – The script was almost perfect for Steve Chapin. But the Arrowhead High School hockey team wouldn’t allow it to be read without a less-than-perfect revision.

The original script saw senior Tom Chapin, one of Catholic Memorial/Pius coach Steve Chapin’s two sons on the co-op hockey team, receive an Air Force sponsored $500 scholarship award as the team senior with the highest gradepoint average before the game.

Then Tom scored the go ahead goal in the third period – joining sophomore brother Sam with a goal in the game.
And senior goalie David Chapin is Steve’s nephew.

But Arrowhead junior defenseman Tony Koehler tied the score with 38 seconds remaining in regulation and, following a scoreless overtime period, the teams settled for a 3-3 Classic 8 Conference tie.

“I thought we gave them one,” Steve Chapin said. “I thought we outplayed them. All we had to do is pop the puck over the blue line and the game was over. It would have been a perfect ending.”...


from today's Waukesha Freeman --

CMH 63
Waukesha West 57

League leader gets scare
Another tough loss for West
By Chris Patterson Freeman Correspondent

WAUKESHA – Another home game against another conference leader. Another game that couldn’t be decided in just four quarters. Unfortunately it was just another tough loss Friday for the Waukesha West High School boys basketball team.

After falling in double overtime to Arrowhead at home early this season, the Wolverines took Catholic Memorial to single overtime at home Friday before eventually falling to the Crusaders 63-57...

Memorial took the lead for good on a putback basket by Memorial senior forward Mike Neary just 29 seconds into the extra period.

“We’ve got nine seniors on this team, so when we got in that huddle (before overtime), we were just like ‘We’ve got to want it more,’” senior T.J. Bray said.

On the go-ahead basket, Bray had driven hard to the right side of the basket and missed, but Neary had cleared out on the backside and was there for the easy putback.

“I just got good position and was in the right place at the right time,” Neary said. “A lot of our games haven’t been too tight, so tonight was a good test for us in terms of playing a close game in the fourth quarter.”...

However, after taking nearly 40 seconds off the clock, the Crusaders nearly lost possession when Bray had the ball stripped and players from both teams dove to the floor for the loose ball.

Bray, on the floor, appeared to regain possession of the ball momentarily and was frantically signaling for a timeout when the ball was once again knocked free.

However, the officials recognized Bray’s timeout request and whistled the play dead – much to the dismay of the West bench and fans.

From there, the Wolverines had to foul and Memorial put the game away by making 5 of 6 free throws in the final 5.8 seconds .


from today's Waukesha Freeman --

Catholic Memorial beats West

WAUKESHA – Senior Elizabeth Guhl and sophomore twins Allison and Lauren Mueller led the Catholic Memorial High School girls basketball team to a 63-51 Classic 8 Conference victory over Waukesha West on Friday.

Guhl had a game-high 17 points and added eight rebounds and five steals for Memorial, 11-4 overall and 6-3 in conference.

Allison Mueller had 12 points and Lauren Mueller eight points.

Memorial led 27-24 at halftime, then outscored West 21-11 in the third quarter, getting three of their seven 3-point baskets in the period. Guhl had six of her points in the third quarter...

After the game, I had the pleasure of hosting the varsity girls players, parents, and coaches over at the rectory for pizza. I think a good time was had by all. They seemed to take an interest in my three-player chess set.

Friday, February 5, 2010

To close Catholic Schools Week, a glimpse of the mass of the 1950's

A few months ago, during initial planning for Catholic Schools Week, the Campus Ministry Leadership Team asked about the possibility of celebrating the mass in the manner it was dome in 1949 when the school was founded. After consultation with the CMH theology faculty and the Leadership team, it was determined to be a great opportunity have the students experience this significant part of the Church's liturgical heritage.

What was previously referred to as the Tridentine Mass, is now called the Extraordinary Form of the Mass. Since this was not something that I was trained for in my time at seminary, I asked a friend to help. Monsignor Thomas Olszyk, a Milwaukee priest who presently serves as Judicial Vicar of the Archdiocese for the Military Services, graciously agreed to celebrate a traditional low, or dialogue, mass with the community.

I must say that I was deeply impressed with how attentive, respectful, and participative all of our students were.

CMP Hockey vrs Arrowhead designated a Great American Rivalry

The Great American Rivalry Series is for "every player" who will go on to become the town's pharmacist, councilman, or business owner. There is no other venue like the Rivalry Series to bring something more memorable to the player, their families, the fans, the coaching staff and the community. This is high school sports at its best! The Greatest Rivalries in the country. This is Friday night in America!

Select schools from around the nation are invited to participate in the Rivalry Series. These schools have always had "their game" - a traditional rivalry going back many years. Thousands of players have participated in this memorable event and every year the rivalry creates it's own special memories. It is "the game" the one the whole community looks forward to and talks about all year long.

The Rivalry Series not only celebrates high school football, it embraces it's excitement, traditions and history. A donation is given to the host team for their football program as well as two college scholarships awarded to a player from each team in the rivalry.

The Great American Rivalry Series strives to preserve the integrity of amateur sports and to bring "every player" something to remember for the rest of their life. This is THE GREAT AMERICAN RIVALRY SERIES.

The main sponsor the hockey season of the Great American Rivalry Series is the U.S. Air Force. Air Force representatives were at the paticipating schools to test students in competitions of physical and mental agility.

Before tonight's CMP - Arrowhead game, the US Air Force will give a $500 college scholarship to the senior from each team with the highest GPA.

Look for game highlight at the website of the Great American Rivalry Series.

Under the watchful eye of a USAF Master Sergeant, CMH students perform the push-ups segment of a physical training evaluation.

CMH Blood Drive

Yesterday was CMH's annual student Blood Drive. Staff members from the Blood Center of Wisconsin spent a full day in the InPro Center with a non-stop stream of students offering to donate blood.

The BCW supervisor who can noted that they had no down time at all.

Thanks to all the students who made a donation that will save the lives of others.

You never know who you will strike up a conversation at a friendly, neighborhood blood draw.

From the Ski Slopes

from CMH parent and intrepid cold-weather reporter, Tim Colombe, a report on last nights Conference Championship for downhill ski racing --

Billy Wong had the fast time in the second run and Chris Colombe had the 3rd fastest. Chris had the fastest combined time (first and second run added together) and, therefore, was the individual winner for the night. Most importantly, CMH beat Arrowhead, remaining undefeated for the season and winning the Conference Championship. In total, we had 6 conference meets with 5 teams at each. So, we beat 24 different teams so far this year. Arrowhead was also undefeated coming into the meet tonight...but not any more!

Next weekend is the Wisconsin State Championship meet in LaCrosse. There will be 25 Varsity mens teams plus another 25 or so individual qualifiers -- about 175 men in total. Our primary competition will come from KM, Arrowhead and, perhaps, Muskego...probably in that order. We faced all three of them already this season and beat each one by a relatively wide margin. Both on paper and based on prior meets, we are favored. However, anything can happen in ski racing. As you saw tonight, falls happen easily and change things in a big way.

Service Academy Appointments Confirmed

As noted previously in this blog, two CMH seniors have received nominations to attend U. S. Service Academies.
Congressman James Sensenbrenner has nominated Ellen Chamberlin to the U. S. Military Academy at West Point.
Congressman Paul Ryan has nominated Joseph (J. C.) Petersen to the U. S. Naval Academy at Annapolis.

First District Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Janesville, left, shakes the hand of Joseph Petersen, a senior at Catholic Memorial High School in Waukesha, after nominating him for appointments to attend the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md.