Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Oh, what a time we are having here at CMH! The great victory of the Boys Basketball Team brings us to four state championships so far this year (this includes Girls Volleyball, Boys Downhill Skiing, and Senior John Luterbach as individual Boys Cross Country state champion). The recent musical, White Christmas, continued the tradition of great CMH musicals; and music and band have had successes at the initial WSMA competitions.
Now add to all of this last weekend’s 2010 Crusader Auction. It was certainly a celebration where we were all “Feelin’ Groovy”…and it showed in the enthusiasm of the community gathered. As much of the world still struggles with fundraising, all of you gathered together and made this an extremely successful event. With the combination of the raffle, auction, and Fund the Future appeal, we raised over $167,000! That is a forty percent increase over last year.
My sincerest thanks go out to the auction co-chairs, Angelique Klimara & Mary Pat Henschel and all of the great volunteers who made this event happen. Thanks also to Marguerite, Monica, Lynn in the Development Office and the CMH faculty and staff members who helped make the difference. But the greatest thanks will have to go to all of you who volunteered, attended, made bids, and made pledges. It is this participation that reflects the greatest sense of the CMH family. THANK YOU!
Looking ahead, great things are coming – our faithful celebration of Easter, Prom, Celebrating Lives of Service, Art Show, Graduation! All of these are opportunities for CMH to shine. We shine in our priorities of Christian faith. We shine in our school spirit. We shine in all our accomplishments. We shine in our great students.
Please be assured of my prayers for you and your family as we all celebrate the Sacred Triduum and move into the Easter Season.
Our Lady of Memorial, pray for us!
Monday, March 29, 2010
Congratulations to all performers in the Wisconsin School Music Association Vocal, Piano, and Strings Solo & Ensemble District Festival held at Waukesha West High School on Saturday March 27th! At annual WSMA festivals, held all over the State, student musicians perform pieces grouped by difficulty (Class A, B, and C, with A being the most challenging) before professional adjudicators and receive ratings on a scale from I – V (I being superior), as well as constructive feedback on their performance. Exceptional performances receive a I* rating and are eligible to advance to a State-level Festival.
On March 27th:
Lizzie Olgiun and Sydney Royston received II’s for their Class B vocal solos.
Sara Twitchell received a I for her Class B vocal solo.
Nancy Lee received a III for her Class A violin solo.
Maggie Berens and Shannon Fuller received II’s for their Class A vocal solos
Anna Schulte and Haley Henschel each received I’s on their Class B piano solos, AND a I on their Class B duet.
Charley Seeger received a I for her Class A vocal solo AND a I for her Class B piano solo.
Julie Lee received a I* for her Class A piano solo and is eligible to advance to State
Meggie Moyer received a 1* for her Class A vocal solo and is eligible to advance to State
Congratulations to all!
Saturday, March 27, 2010
Freeman report, Daniel Mike on T.J. Bray --
T.J. Bray becomes more and more impressive to me the more I learn about him.
He’s obviously a tremendous basketball player – The Freeman’s Player of the Year and a Princeton University recruit – but that’s only a small portion of what makes Bray such a tremendous person.
He holds a 4.2 grade-point average at Catholic Memorial and is a dedicated volunteer outside the classroom.
He’s had to deal with a lot of heartache as well. His mother died unexpectedly when he was in eighth grade. During the Crusaders’ state-title run, he found out his grandfather died just before a sectional semifinal game and his grandmother died just after the Crusaders’ state championship victory.
He scored 30 points in a hardfought victory over the defending state champions the night his grandfather died, and he knows his grandmother was able to watch his state title performance on television and receive a text message from him after the game.
I wish Bray all the best at Princeton and beyond. I have little doubt he’ll continue to be a tremendous individual and be successful in whatever path he chooses after college.
– Daniel Mike,
See the entire All-Freeman Boys Team!
Friday, March 26, 2010
On his arrival in the square, Benedict XVI thanked the young people for their participation, their "magnificent witness of faith" and their "eagerness to follow Jesus". He then responded to questions put to him by three of the youthful participants.
"What can I do with my life to make it great and beautiful?" was the first question put to the Holy Father who, referring to the parable of the rich young man, replied by saying "in the first place, do not waste life, but live it profoundly, not living only for oneself".
"God wanted my life since all eternity", the Holy Father went on. "I am loved, I am necessary. God has a plan for me in the totality of history. ... For this reason, the first step is to know, to seek to know, God. ... Then it is essential to love. ... These are, so to say, rules of love, ... with the following essential points: the family as the foundation of society; life, to be respected as a gift of God; order in sexuality, in relations between man and woman; order in society and, finally, truth. ... Perfection (that is, being good, living in faith and truth) is substantially one thing, but has many different forms. ... Finding my vocation and living it everywhere is important and fundamental, whether I am a great scientist or a labourer".
The second question was "what does it mean to say that Jesus looks at us with love, and how can we have this experience today?" to which the Pope replied: "Of course I would say that we can, because the Lord is always present and looks at each one of us with love. But it is up to us to discover His gaze". The first step, he explained, "is to know the figure of Jesus as He appears in the Gospels", but we must know Him, "not just academically and theoretically, but with the heart; that is, we must talk to Jesus in prayer. ... Reason is also necessary but, at the same time, so is the heart". The key elements are "to listen, to respond, to enter into the community of believers and into communion with Christ in the Sacraments where He gives Himself to us (the Eucharist, Confession etc), and finally, to put the words of faith into practice that they may become a power in my life".
"Where can I find the strength to make courageous choices, and who can help me?" was the third and last question put to Benedict XVI. Let us begin, he replied "with what is a difficult word for us: sacrifice. ... Even a good professional life cannot be accomplished without sacrifices, without adequate preparation, which always requires discipline". In the same way, "the art of being human also requires sacrifices" which "are explained in the Word of God and help us not to fall into the abyss of drugs, alcohol, slavery to sexuality, slavery to money, laziness. ... Being able to renounce the temptation of the moment, to move towards goodness creates true freedom and makes life valuable. In this context, I feel, we must realise that without a 'no' towards certain things, the great 'yes' to true life cannot develop".
Catholic Memorial High School
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
March 23, 2010 at 4:47pm
Subject: Current Address etc...
I have a class list that I obtained from the alumni office but it looks quite outdated in some cases. I am hoping that everyone would be willing to send me a current name (if now married), spouse name, address, phone number (if willing) and email address. Once I have that we can start identifying people who are MIA.
Check out the Class of 1986 Facebook Page.
March 22, 2010:
It's not too lateCMH Class of 99' It's not too late to send in your RSVP for the reunion. Please send it in ASAP. email me email@example.com if you want me to email you the invite CMH mailed out. Thanks
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Bray, Mills first-team all-state
WAUKESHA – Seniors T.J. Bray and Ben Mills, who led their respective Catholic Memorial and Arrowhead boys basketball teams to state championship last week, have been given first-team berths on the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association all-state team.
Bray, who also was given the 2010 Mr. Basketball award Saturday, heads the Division 2 team, while Mills is on the Division 1 team. Sophomore Jean-Pierre Tokoto of Menomonee Falls and seniors Vander Blue of Madison Memorial and Jordan Mach of Antigo were unanimous selections for the Division 1 team.
The rest of the Division 1 team consists of Elgin Cook, Milwaukee Hamilton; Paul Jesperson, Merrill; Marquis Mason, Madison East; Brandon Pritzl, De Pere; Chip Rank, Cedarburg; and Jake Schalow, Kaukauna. Bray and seniors Austin Armga of Waupun, Flavien Davis of Wisconsin Lutheran and Josh Gasser of Port Washington are unanimous selections for the Division 2 team, that also includes Brandon Gries, Kiel; Trevor Hass, New London; Donnie Hissa, Northwestern; Kevin Hurd, Portage; Calahan Skogman, Seymour; and J.J. Panoske, Brodhead.
Seniors Derek Schell of Catholic Memorial and Mitch Sperka of New Berlin Eisenhower received honorable mention on the Division 2 team. Senior Evan Richard of Cuba City was the lone unanimous selection for the Division 3 team. Brookfield Academy senior Troy Huff also was named to the first team along with Jordan Reetz, Fall Creek; Ben Stelzer, Manitowoc Roncalli; Alex Erickson, Darlington; Steve McWhorter, Racine St. Catherine’s; Ryan Sygulla, Whitehall; Cody Odegaard, Poynette; Daulton Levra, Hurley; and Cody Hanke, Marathon.
Senior Kyle Kelm of Randolph is the lone unanimous selection for the Division 4 team, that also includes Curtis Allbaugh, North Crawford; Brad Brooks, Green Lake; Logan Johnson, Barneveld; Tyler Ketz, Clayton; David Neis, Benton; Tyler Ritschard, Monticello; Matt Savatski, Benton; Chad Strehlow, Suring; Lee Veldkamp, Sheboygan Christian; and Kaylor Zimmerman, NEW Lutheran. – Freeman Staff
Cody Dixon, jr., Catholic Memorial/Pius: The only area defenseman to earn a spot on the all-state team, Dixon was fifth in the Classic 8 Conference with 23 assists. He also had 34 points and 11 goals.
Representing the same county and same league, Crusaders and Warhawks bring home gold balls
‘What can you say? (Bray)’s Mr. Basketball’
By Daniel Mike Freeman Staff
MADISON – It was certainly a memorable day for T.J. Bray.
“It’s probably one of the best days of my life,” the Catholic Memorial High School senior said.
Not only did the Princeton University recruit learn he was named Mr. Basketball by the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association, but he helped the Crusaders to the WIAA Division 2 state title with a 60-48 victory over Maple Northwestern at the Kohl Center.
“We were asked, ‘When do you want to give him the award?’” CMH coach Dean Bellanti said. “We said, ‘Let’s do it after the game.’
“Coming into the night, we were thinking, ‘Wouldn’t it be great if we captured the gold ball and then T.J. gets this award?’ It was just icing on the cake.”
Bray lived up to his new title Saturday with 20 points, a team-high 12 rebounds, six steals and five assists. He even blocked a shot in being named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player by The Associated Press.
“What can you say? He’s Mr. Basketball,” senior center Austin Pucylowski said. “He’s just the heart and soul of the team.”
It’s the second WIAA state title for CMH since the state private schools joined the organization. The Crusaders also won in 2004 – that time in more thrilling fashion when Griffin LaDew’s 3-pointer at the buzzer beat Seymour 58-55.
Senior guard Derek Schell scored a team-high 21 Saturday for the Crusaders (27-2), including three 3-pointers, which are his forté. His two 3-pointers toward the end of the second period helped the Crusaders go ahead 27-20 at halftime – as well as get him out of the shooting funk he was in at the Kohl Center.
“All my shots I was taking in the first quarter felt like they were going in and just came right out,” Schell said. “I felt I was getting robbed. The last couple of games, I haven’t really been hitting my 3s. Those got us going momentum-wise into halftime, and got my confidence going in the second half.”
S ch e l l scored 13 in the second half as Memorial held off a run from Northwestern in the third period.
“Me and Derek, we knew we had to step up big-time,” Bray said. “The second quarter, he hit those two 3s to give us some breathing room going into halftime.
“Unfortunately, we let them back in it.”
The Tigers took a 33-31 lead at one point, but two free throws from Bray and a layup from Schell put the Crusaders ahead 35-33, a lead they would never relinquish. A buzzer-beating 3-pointer from senior Dillon Connors put Memorial ahead 42-36 after three periods. All 60 points for Memorial came from seniors, making this the penultimate moment for the Crusaders. “We have nine seniors on this team, and it’s too bad it was their last game that they’ll play together because they’ve been an absolute joy to coach,” Bellanti said. “I’m very proud of them. They deserve to be champions.
“What a great basketball game to end their careers.”
from today's Waukesha Freeman, by Daniel Mike --
Catholic Memorial senior Austin Pucylowski came down with a rebound early in the third quarter of the Division 2 title game and things didn’t feel right.
“I saw a picture of it. I had the ball, and you can see my finger sideways,” Pucylowski said.
The center had dislocated his right pinky and realized he probably shouldn’t be on the court as his finger wasn’t pointing the right direction.
“After I passed it off after the rebound, I was just like ‘Oh, that’s really cool, except I should really get that checked out,’” Pucylowski said. “So I told the ref.”
Time was stopped, and Pucylowski went to the bench to get the finger put back into place.
“I looked at it and I was like, ‘Oh,’” CMH coach Dean Bellanti said. “The thing that surprised me was how impressed he was with it. He had to show everyone behind us.
“He’s a character.”
Pucylowski had the finger popped back into place and was on the court minutes later.
“That picture will probably be framed at Pooch’s house,” Bray said.
• • •
Pucylowski used the injured finger as an excuse to get out of shooting two free throws late in the game.
He wouldn’t have minded shooting the free throws, but he saw that senior Sean Harvey was waiting to check in and wanted his teammate to put some points on the board.
“Sean Harvey tore his (anterior cruciate ligament) at the beginning of the season; he didn’t even have one practice,” Pucylowski said. “I saw him coming in, I was hoping that it was for me, so I just faked it because I wanted him to have some points, especially in the state game.
“I tried, but he subbed in before I could sub out.”
Harvey tore his right ACL in a summer league tournament. He was just cleared to run and jump a week ago.
“I can’t cut, so I couldn’t really get in a real game,” Harvey said. “(Pucylowski) wanted me to get those free throws, but the ref said I didn’t get in. I went in for T.J. at first, but they wouldn’t let me switch.”
Senior Mitch Schultz made the free throws.
1) To the Journal-Sentinel editors- Why only a mention of Arrowhead's state championship on the front page of Sunday's paper?
2) What to say when TJ Bray's selection as a true student-athlete and an upstanding young man with the award of the 2010 Mr. Basketball recognition is proven correct by the reaction of others?
Sunday, March 21, 2010
As we get closer to our season, I would like to announce that CMH baseball will be hosting the 1st ever alumni game. The game will be Saturday May 22nd at 9:00 am at the high school. After the game, we will have a cookout. This is a great opportunity to unite current and former crusader baseball players. Alumni! Please pass this on and we will get a head count for the game. Hope to see you there and thank you for your continued support of CMH baseball. See you then!
RSVP to Coach Tim Gotzler
and join the CMH Baseball Facebook page.
Catholic Memorial hoists the gold ball
By JR Radcliffe
March 20, 2010
Waukesha Catholic Memorial won its second state boys basketball championship, holding off Maple Northwestern in the Division 2 state final Saturday at the Kohl Center in Madison, 60-48.
T.J. Bray, named Wisconsin’s Mr. Basketball earlier in the day, closed his high-school career with another standout performance, finishing with 20 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists. Fellow senior Derek Schell led the way with 21 points.
Northwestern closed its deficit to 45-43 with 5:46 to play in the game, but the Crusaders rattled off the next 8 points and closed the game on a 15-5 run. CMH earned its first gold ball since 2004 – the only other time Memorial has appeared at a state tournament.
Donnie Hissa closed out a superb two-day stretch for Northwestern with 18 points and 9 rebounds.
Saturday, March 20, 2010
Elevating his game throughout the season while competing in one of the state’s toughest conferences, Catholic Memorial senior T.J. Bray is the winner of the 2010 Mr. Basketball award presented by the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association.
One of the state’s most complete all-around players, the 6-foot-4 Bray led Catholic Memorial to an unbeaten record in the Classic Eight Conference while also helping the Crusaders gain a berth in the WIAA Division 2 state championship game today against Maple Northwestern.
A smooth, instinctive player who will play college basketball at Princeton University, Bray leads Catholic Memorial in scoring (18.2 ppg), rebounding (8.5 rpg) and assists (7.2 apg). A four year varsity performer for Catholic Memorial, he took home Classic Eight Player of the Year honors for the second straight year this season.
Bray played his best in the Crusaders’ biggest games. In a pair of league victories over Arrowhead, which will play Madison Memorial in today’s Division 1 title game, Bray averaged 26.5 ppg.
A great example of his versatility was in the regional semifinal game against Lakeside Lutheran, he recorded a triple double with 26 points, 20 rebounds and 10 assists in Catholic Memorial’s 72-62 victory.
“I think it’s an accurate statement to say T.J. has taken his game to a new level this season,” Catholic Memorial coach Dean Bellanti said. “It’s hard to say where and how he’s done it because he’s always been a very good player.
“But I see a different sense of confidence in T.J. He’s able to take over games and he does it while involving his teammates. He just knows how to lead his team in the right direction.”
The voting committee for Mr. Basketball consisted of nine WBCA Hall-of-Fame Coaches: Ken Barrett, La Crosse; Bob Buck, Dodgeville; Eli Crogan, Watertown; Dick Diener, Fond du Lac; Jim Jones, Brookfield; Win Parkinson, Milwaukee; Jerry Stelse, Lake Geneva; Roger Turchany, Hayward; Lee Young, West Bend.
Friday, March 19, 2010
Memorial survives nail-biter with Sauk Prairie
By Mark Stewart of the Journal Sentinel
March 19, 2010 3:04 p.m.
Madison - Catholic Memorial blew a 13-point second-half lead but hit 10 straight free throws in the fourth quarter to seal a 52-49 victory over Sauk Prairie today in a WIAA Division 2 semifinal at the Kohl Center.
Senior T.J. Bray finished with 25 points for the Crusaders, who will face the winner of the Maple Northwestern-Kiel semifinal Saturday at 6:35 p.m.
Sauk Prairie trailed by two with 6 seconds left, but Sam Koenig's three from the corner was short and Memorial gained control of the ball with 0.2 seconds left. Crusaders' senior Derek Schell hit one of two free throws to give his team its final margin of victory.
Sauk Prairie 49
Boxscores at the WIAA website.
The WIAA website also includes link to live streaming video of the games.
Details and pics to follow.
Tomorrow -- State Championship!
6:35pm - Kohl Center
Come out and support your Crusaders!
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
I first heard about the Messmer/CMH switch days last year from my friend Dallas, who helped organize the event. He told me it was a day where CMH students would get the chance to experience the average school day of a Messmer student. Unfortunately I heard about it too late, and did not get the chance to apply. However this year my friends and I were determined to go. We filled out our applications, and prayed we would be a part of the lucky twenty-five who were chosen. Our prayers were answered, and the majority of us were accepted. We were thrilled to say the least. We could not wait until Tuesday morning, when we would first meet the Messmer kids.
When the morning finally came, the nerves set in a little. Would we get along with the other students? Would they like our school? Would they like us? Little did we know how well we would click with them. After the icebreaker in the projection room, I got more and more acquainted with my partner, Jaslyn. Jaz went to all of my classes with me, and really felt welcomed at our school. She liked how willing people were to letting her in and sharing information about themselves with her. She also enjoyed the quality of our lunches, and the fact we do not have uniforms. The first day of the switch turned out to be a great success. I made new friendships with the majority of the Messmer students, and strengthened these friendships at Messmer.
My experience at Messmer was one not easily forgotten. Right off the bat the kids were so welcoming, and quick to introduce themselves. I really enjoyed the spirit of the school. The students were so close to each other that I could not tell what grades they were in. Everyone socialized with everyone. That was the major thing I liked best about the school. I also really enjoyed the relationships the teachers had with the students. The class sizes are small, so the teachers form strong bonds with the kids. They would joke around all the time. The policies at Messmer are very strict however. They have uniforms, and are not allowed to chew gum. Those are the major differences of the school.
Another major difference is the race and culture. CMH is a primarily Caucasian school, while Messmer is a primarily African-American and Latino school. I must admit, it was really cool being in a room surrounded with people of the same race as myself. But the switch was not about the color of our skin, but rather to experience the differences between the schools. Darren Welch, Sarah Lange’s partner, summed it up perfectly when he said, “When I was at CMH, the kids didn’t just talk to me because I was black; they talked to me because they wanted to get to know me, for me.”
From Fr. Paul -- I want to thank all of the students who participated in the Messmer/CMH switch days. Both schools were well represented by outstanding young people. Thanks to Br. Bob Smith, OFM Cap., President of Messmer schools, and Jeff Monday, Principal of Messmer High School (and an eight year classmate of mine from St. John Vianney Grade School) for their work and support of the endeavor. Lastly, that you to Jennifer Denton and the CMH faculty who facilitated this program from our side.
Thank you also to Cameron for his willingness to share his experiences.
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
The Message of the Holy Father for twenty-fifth World Youth Day has just been published. The Day, which is due to be celebrated in all the dioceses of the world on Palm Sunday 28 March, has as its theme this year: "Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?"
Extracts from the Message:
"The Gospel narrative effectively expresses Jesus' great concern for young people. ... His desire is to meet with you personally and establish a dialogue with each one of you"...
"The stage of life you are currently experiencing is a time of discovery: discovery of the gifts that God has lavished on you, and of your responsibilities. It is, moreover, a time of fundamental choices to create a plan for your lives. It is a moment, therefore, to question yourselves about the authentic meaning of existence and to ask: 'Am I satisfied with my life? Is there something lacking?'"
"Do not be afraid to address these questions! ... They await answers, answers that are not superficial but able to satisfy your authentic expectations of life and happiness. To discover the life plan that can make you fully happy, listen to God, Who has a plan of love for each one of you..."
"To ask ourselves about the definitive future awaiting each of us gives full meaning to existence, because it orients our life plan toward horizons that are not limited or fleeting, but broad and profound; horizons which lead us to love the world so loved by God himself, to dedicate ourselves to its development, but always with the freedom and joy born of faith and hope. These horizons help us not to make absolute values of earthly realities, aware that God is opening greater prospects for us. ... Dear young people, I exhort you not to forget this perspective in your own lives: We are called to eternity"...
"Jesus also asks you if you know the commandments, if you are concerned to form your conscience according to divine law and if you will put it into practice. These are certainly questions that go against the tide of the present-day mentality, which presents freedom as disconnected from values, rules and objective norms, and invites us to reject any limitation to momentary desires"...
"God gave us the commandments because He wants to educate us to true freedom, because He wants to build with us a Kingdom of love, justice and peace. To listen to them and to put them into practice does not mean to be alienated, but to find the path of authentic freedom and love, because the commandments do not limit happiness, but show how to find it"...
"Young people today find themselves facing many problems arising from unemployment, and from the lack of solid ideals, and of concrete prospects for the future. ... Despite the difficulties, do not let yourselves be discouraged and do not give up your dreams! Rather, cultivate great desires of fraternity, justice and peace in your hearts. The future is in the hands of people who know how to seek and discover powerful reasons for life and hope"...
Monday, March 15, 2010
Special thanks to our student speakers at the masses, Dabin Yeum, Mackenzie Polochek, and Neil Klement.
Thanks to Fr. Jim Loehr, pastor and former CMH principal, for so graciously welcoming us!
Catholic Church embraces social media — with limits
Some ways to find CMH on the Web...
Our School website
Parent connections through Edline
WeAreMemorial YouTube Channel
CMH Alumni at Linked In
My connections to alumni at Facebook
CrusaderScores at Twitter **NEW**
Some Facebook Pages --
CMH Class of 1970 Reunion
CMH Class of 1976
CMH Class of 1980
CMH Class of 1981
CMH Class of 1985
CMH Class of 1986
Class of 86 2nd site
CMH Class of 1992
CMH Class of 1999
CMH Class of 2000
CMH Class of 2003
CMH Class of 2008
CMH Class of 2010
CMH Class of 2011
CMH Class of 2013
CMH Art Department Friends
Other pages --
CMH Class of 1990 Reunion
Young Waukesha resident performs in First Stage Children's Theater’s production of THE WIZ
Submitted By Bridget Moore
Posted: March 10, 2010
Waukesha resident Alec Aldred will appear in First Stage Children’s Theater’s musical production of THE WIZ, playing at the Todd Wehr Theater through March 28.
Alec is 15 years old and has been acting since he was seven when he first performed in THE MUSIC MAN at Catholic Memorial High School. He has also been performing as a dancer since he was 3 years old.
Alec has previously appeared with First Stage in Harry Connick, Jr.’s THE HAPPY ELF (2008), A YEAR WITH FROG AND TOAD (2008), BUNNICULA (2006) and THE LIFE AND ADVENTURES OF SANTA CLAUS (2005).
THE WIZ is Alec’s fifth show with First Stage, and was thrilled to be cast in it where he can combine his singing, acting and dancing skills.
Alec states, “I have enjoyed learning the unique choreography and appreciate the amazing vocal talents of my fellow actors. There is an acceptance and camaraderie among both the child and adult performers which makes every rehearsal rewarding. The experience of working with such talented professionals encourages me to reach new heights.”
“THE WIZ is a new twist on a classic story with fantastic soulful musical arrangements performed by extraordinary actors in incomparable costumes,” says Alec. “It is fun and energetic and will engage the audience. THE WIZ conveys its message about recognizing everyone’s hidden potential and talents in a memorable and dynamic production.”
THE WIZ runs through March 28 at the Todd Wehr Theater in the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, 929 N. Water Street in downtown Milwaukee. For more information, please visit http://www.firststage.org/ or call (414) 273-7206.
Sunday, March 14, 2010
By Steven L. Tietz
In the end, the deck was just stacked against underdog Whitefish Bay in the Blue Dukes WIAA Division 2 sectional final against second-ranked in state Catholic Memorial on Saturday afternoon.
The 25-2 Crusaders have all-state talent in guards T.J. Bray and Derek Schell and a tenacious set of role players who treat every opposing field-goal attempt as an affront to their dignity.
But when the Blue Dukes hit only one basket in a 13:51 span of the first half, including none in the second quarter, and when both guard John Johnston (ankle) and center Jamie Schneck (elbow to mouth) went down with injuries early in the second half, it just about became an impossible task for them.
So it was no surprise the Crusaders pulled away for a 52-35 victory that ended Bay's tournament run and sent CMH to the WIAA state tournament.
"All credit goes to Catholic Memorial," Blue Duke coach Kevin Lazovik said. "They made all our shots contested and we had a serious problem finishing."
The Blue Dukes finished at 19-8.
Bay had a promising start as baskets from Paul Davis and Alex Jamerson gave them a 4-0 lead at the 5:51 mark of the first quarter. Aside from a Ron Patten put back with 18 seconds to go in the first quarter, those were the last field goals of the half for Bay.
The Dukes missed 16 shots in a row as the Crusaders went on a 15-2 run to take a 15-6 lead at the quarter. Bay got three free throws to start the second but then Memorial went on a 12-1 run to close the half and make it 27-10. The Blue Dukes were just three of 26 from the field in the first half.
Things got even more complicated when Johnston, the Blue Dukes leading scorer all season, aggravated an ankle injury at the 6:58 mark of the third quarter. He came back only sparingly after that.
"But he was the one cheering the loudest all second half," said Lazovik, "and that's what we would have expected out of him."
Further, a few minutes later, Schneck took an elbow to the mouth, which required stitches and cost him valuable minutes.
But behind senior guards Alex Jamerson and Jevontae Merriwether, the Dukes fought back. When Schneck hit a shot in the post, it was 41-29 with 5:29 left. Bay had two chances inside to get the margin to 10, but both rolled out.
Memorial, which was 15 of 22 from the foul line in the second half, then scored the next seven points to end any drama.
As expected, Bray was all over the court for Memorial with 16 points, 15 rebounds, five assists and two steals. Schell led all scorers with 22. Bay got eight apiece from Jamerson and Schneck while Davis added seven.
Lazovik said the team was aware of its heavy underdog status and was pleased with the response, if not the outcome.
"Our thought was to come out here and compete as best we could," he said. "We really had nothing to lose. We just thought of how far we've come this season and just went from there. It just didn't work out for us."
Photo -- PETER ZUZGA
Whitefish Bay's Jevontae Merriwether goes up for a basket past Catholic Memorial's Austin Pucylowski during the first half.
Saturday, March 13, 2010
No. 2 Catholic Memorial defeats No. 1 Wisconsin Lutheran
Editorial comment -- Doesn't that mean that we should be called #1?
Wisconsin Lutheran 50
By Andy Call, Special to the Journal Sentinel
Bray scored 30 points Friday night, then dedicated the victory to the memory of his late grandfather, as Catholic Memorial outlasted Wisconsin Lutheran, 57-50, in a Division 2 sectional semifinal game at Waukesha West.
"He was one of my biggest supporters, and it's tough losing him," Bray said of Richard Bray, who died earlier Friday. "It will be weird not seeing him on the sideline. But I want to dedicate this game to him.
"We all pulled together as a family today, and then tonight I went out and focused on putting everything else aside for two hours and playing basketball."
Bray's focus helped send the Crusaders (24-2), winners of 18 in a row, into Saturday's 4:15 p.m. sectional championship game against Whitefish Bay at the Al McGuire Center. Wisconsin Lutheran (21-4), the defending state champion, came into Friday ranked No. 1 in the state by the Journal Sentinel. Catholic Memorial was No. 2...
Senior guard Derek Schell opened the fourth quarter with a steal and coast-to-coast layup. Then, 27 seconds later, another steal allowed Bray to find Schell for a layup that extended Catholic Memorial's edge to 41-37. Wisconsin Lutheran never led again...
Bray, a 6-foot-4 senior who has signed with Princeton, was 11 for 15 at the line and also pulled down nine rebounds. Derek Schell scored 10 points, and Austin Pucylowski contributed eight rebounds.
"It was a good job on the defensive end by us," Catholic Memorial coach Dean Bellanti said. "We had a couple big steals early in the fourth quarter when we were having a difficult time finding ways to score.
"T.J. Bray had an outstanding game tonight. He's a fantastic basketball player, and an even better kid."
Friday, March 12, 2010
Thursday, March 11, 2010
Berger, Dixon first-team all-state in hockey
WAUEKSHA – Arrowhead High School senior Brian Berger was voted first-team all-state by the Wisconsin Hockey Coaches Association for the second straight season. Berger, the Classic 8 Conference Player of the Year, was joined on the first team by Catholic Memorial senior defenseman Cody Dixon. Waukesha West senior forward Max Carrigan and senior goalkeeper Michael Parda of the Classic 8 Conference Waukesha Wings received honorable mention along with Waukesha North senior defenseman John Dobson. Catholic Memorial senior forward Tom Chapin and Brookfield sophomore defenseman Matt Fosdick also received honorable mention.
– Freeman Staff
from the Classic 8 Conference --
2009 - 2010 Hockey All-Conference
1st Team Forward
Tom Chapin, Cath Mem/Pius, Senior
1st Team Defense
Cody Dixon, Cath Mem/Pius, Junior
2nd Team Goalie
David Chapin, Cath Mem/Pius, Senior
Honorable Mention Forwards
Kyle Fink, Cath Mem/Pius, Junior
Anthony Soo Hoo, Cath Mem/Pius, Junior
STATE WITHIN REACH
Memorial vs. Wisco game highlights weekend
By Daniel Mike Freeman Staff
WAUKESHA – If the Catholic Memorial High School boys basketball team wants to have a chance at a state title, it’s got to knock off the champion Friday. The Crusaders’ journey through the toughest Division 2 sectional will continue Friday with a battle against defending state champion Wisconsin Lutheran.
“We’re glad we had an opportunity to play them once prior to this game,” CMH coach Dean Bellanti said. “We know a little bit about them and have made a few adjustments.” The teams’ last meeting was a 61-59 victory for Wisco during the WBY Shootout. The Crusaders have won 17 games since that game in late December. Wisco has won 15 of its 16 games following that victory and enter Friday’s 7 p.m. matchup at Waukesha West with a 12-game winning streak.
CMH is 23-2, while Wisco enters the game at 22-3 – two of those losses coming to out-ofstate teams. “Obviously, they’re a very good ballclub,” Bellanti said of the Vikings. “They’re returning state champions and have one of the premier players in the state.” That premier player is senior forward Flavien Davis, a Loyola of Chicago recruit who is averaging 20.9 points per game. “They also have an outstanding point guard in Terry Nash, who presents some problems with their speed on the floor,” Bellanti said.
CMH isn’t without its stars, as seniors T.J. Bray and Derek Schell are recruits of Princeton and Hilsdale College, respectively. “T.J. is, without question, an outstanding leader on the floor for us,” Bellanti said. “He’s a leader among leaders, because we have many kids who have led this team in a number of ways. “His understanding of the game, the flow of the game and at what point to take over is amazing. He just does an outstanding job of understanding the time and score of a basketball game.”
Bray and Schell each average 17.5 points per game, while senior post Austin Pucylowski averages 11 per game. “It helps tremendously,” Bellanti said of his eight seniors. “Those kids enjoy playing together and they don’t want their season to end. “They feel they’re a very good basketball team, and they want to compete for a state championship.” Friday’s winner will play in the sectional final at 4:15 p.m. Saturday at the Al McGuire Center in downtown Milwaukee. Ripon and Whitefish Bay are playing the other sectional semifinal Friday at Homestead, with the winner advancing to Saturday.
By Daniel Mike Freeman Staff
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
PREP GIRLS BASKETBALL
Fort Atkinson 47
Guhl’s streak sparks Crusaders
CMH advances to regional semis
By Tom Badger Freeman Correspondent
WAUKESHA – Get it to Guhl. That was the plan early as senior Elizabeth Guhl scored nine straight first-quarter points in Catholic Memorial High School’s 57-47 victory over Fort Atkinson in a Division 2 regional quarterfinal game Tuesday. “It’s win and move on and that’s about what we did,” Memorial coach Mark Lepkowski. “We were good at the start, sloppy in the middle and strong at the end.”
The third-seeded Crusaders, 13-9, advanced to Thursday’s semifinal in Lake Mills against Lakeside Lutheran. The game is scheduled for 7 p.m. Ahead 5-3, the Crusaders got Guhl the ball four times in the paint, and she scored four times to push Memorial’s lead to 14-3 in the game’s first three minutes. CMH hit its first four shots, which opened up a 9-3 lead. Then the fouls set in, including Guhl’s second at the 3:33 mark, and the Crusaders’ offense was disrupted. By the end of the quarter, Memorial had six fouls and had its lead shrink to 15-8.
Juniors Jenny Benash and Ali Mueller kept Memorial in front in the second quarter with some outside scoring, including Mueller’s 3-pointer from the corner with 2:57 left before halftime. A steal and driving layup by Benash assured the Crusaders a double-figure lead, 31-21 at intermission. “As a team, we got really excited by our start,” said Benash, who finished with 13 points. “Then we got kind of sloppy somewhere in between. We just had to pick each other up and forget about the mistakes. Having a short memory out there is key.”
Then the fouls set in – again – as the Crusaders were whistled nine times in the third quarter. Guhl picked up her third foul with only eight seconds gone in the period. Fort took advantage of the situation and pulled to within 36-30 with 2:22 left in the quarter before Guhl returned and scored Memorial’s next six points to get the lead back to 42-32 heading into the final quarter.
The Blackhawks were 6 for 8 from the line in the third quarter. “No one fouled out, so we did a good job playing with fouls,” Lepkowski said. After Mueller completed a three-point play on a driving layup with 5:56 left to play, Memorial enjoyed a 46-36 cushion. Fort heated up and cut the lead to 46-42 with 4:30 remaining after two straight traveling calls on Memorial. “We had a chance in the fourth quarter, but when we took away their inside game, they hit some big outside shots,” Fort coach Scott Lastusky said. “We knew Memorial was tough inside and they’ll take whatever is there. They were tough from the outside, too.” Lastusky was referring to a 3-pointer by Memorial junior Karly Lentz that deflated Fort with 3:50 left in the game.
Another basket inside by Guhl was followed by the game clincher – a 3-pointer by junior Lauren Mueller with a little more than two minutes to go. Mueller’s basket came on a five-onfour advantage, after Fort’s Marie Fitzgerald was sprawled on the floor, in obvious pain, under the CMH basket. “I didn’t even see her go down,” Lauren Mueller said. “I just saw the whole right side of the floor open up. I had to take the shot.” Lauren Mueller’s basket put Memorial ahead for good, 54-44. Guhl finished with 17 points to lead CMH. “We got the lead, but just didn’t get into any rhythm,” said Ali Mueller. “We had to settle down. We just had to slow down and relax.” Fitzgerald led Fort, 5-18 and the No. 6 seed, with 20 points.
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
PREP GIRLS BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT PREVIEW
Tough road to state for county teams
By Daniel Mike Freeman Staff
WAUKESHA – One of the downfalls of being a Division 2 basketball team in the metro Milwaukee area is having to face some difficult competition to advance to the state tournament.
That’s the dilemma the Pewaukee and New Berlin Eisenhower high school girls teams are facing, as the two division champions of the Woodland Conference would have to face each other before even advancing to the sectional title game.
“Even though we beat them earlier this year, doing it twice would be a tall task,” Pewaukee coach Todd Hansen said. “We have that confidence that we already beat them, but we would have to play really well again.”
But getting that far is going to be tough for both teams.
Both teams received a bye in the opening round of WIAA Division 2 regional play, but winning a regional semifinal and title game won’t be the easiest of tasks.
Pewaukee would have to beat the Whitewater-Jefferson winner in a regional semifinal Thursday, and 12-9 Catholic Memorial and 18-4 Lakeside Lutheran are potential regional final opponents.
Eisenhower plays the Milwaukee School of Languages-Milwaukee Marshall/Juneau winner in a regional semifinal Thursday, and 15-7 New Berlin West and 12-9 Wisconsin Lutheran are potential regional final opponents.
Memorial, led by senior Elizabeth Guhl’s 13 points per game, open today with a home game against Fort Atkinson.
“We’re focused on Game 1 right now,” CMH coach Mark Lepkowski said “(Fort Atkinson) is not a real big team. ... (Guhl) has a big part in this game. Her athleticism against their posts will be the difference.”
The Crusaders tied for fourth in the Classic 8 Conference as the only Division 2 team in the league. Fort Atkinson is 5-17 after finishing last in the Badger Conference South Division at 1- 11.
New Berlin West, led by 6-foot freshman post Stephanie Turner and her 12.3 points per game, will host St. Joan Antida (1-19) in a regional quarterfinal.
about last Saturday's game...
PREP BOYS BASKETBALL
East Troy 42
Change of strategy pays off
With outside shooting off, Crusaders go inside
By Chris Patterson Freeman Correspondent
WAUKESHA – Catholic Memorial’s outside shooting was off.
After making their first 3-point shot of Saturday’s WIAA Division 2 regional championship game against East Troy, the Crusaders missed their final 11 3-point shots of the first half and trailed by two points. Memorial shot just 11 of 31 overall in the first half.
So the Crusaders changed strategy in the third quarter, repeatedly pounding the ball inside and using in-your-face pressure defense.
The immediate result was a 17-0 Crusaders run to start the second half, and the end result was a 66-42 victory in a game held at Waukesha South High School.
Memorial, 23-2 and winner of 17 consecutive games, will take on defending Division 2 state champion Wisconsin Lutheran in a sectional semifinal game at 7 p.m. Friday at Waukesha West High School. Lutheran, 21-3, advanced with a 71-55 regional final victory over New Berlin Eisenhower on Saturday.
After coming away with points on only 12 of 30 possessions in the first half, Memorial scored on eight of its first nine possessions in the second half – scoring all but three of those 17 points on post moves, drives to the basket and free throws.
“I always want the kids to take good 3-point shots, and for the most part those were some good shots we took in the first half,” Memorial coach Dean Bellanti said. “However, there were a few there that were ill-advised and some others that were, for the most part, good shots but perhaps not the best shots we needed in a couple of situations.”
Doing most of the damage in the third quarter for the Crusaders was senior forward T.J. Bray, who scored 13 of his game-high 26 points in the period.
“The big thing today was our defense because good defense creates good offense,” Bray said. “Offense is going to come and go, but your defense can be there every game.
“We weren’t hitting our shots on the first half, but we really turned it up on defense in the third quarter and were able to make that big run.”
Memorial held East Troy scoreless for the first 5:07 of the second half, a stretch that featured five Trojans turnovers and five missed shots.
By the time the third quarter ended, the Crusaders had outscored East Troy 20-1 in the period and had taken a commanding 46-29 lead.
“They just turned up the heat a little bit, we had a few turnovers, we didn’t get a lot of good shots and when we did we didn’t hit them,” East Troy coach Darin Lottig said. “We also couldn’t stop them when we needed to.”
East Troy, which finished its season at 21-4, didn’t register its first point of the second half until senior guard Brett Bouwman made a free throw with 2:53 to play in the third quarter. The Trojans’ first basket of the second half didn’t come until 19 seconds into the fourth quarter when freshman forward Nate Dodge made a 3-pointer.
“Defense is all about heart and they put their hearts on their sleeves there in the third quarter,” Bellanti said of his players. “They really turned up the intensity on the ball. All it took was a couple of easy baskets to get things rolling the right direction for us.”
Two of those easy baskets in the third quarter were fast-break layups by Memorial senior guards Mitch Schulz and Derek Peake, both of which resulted from steals by Crusaders senior guard Derek Schell, who also scored 11 points.
Memorial was missing its primary big man, senior center Austin Pucylowski, for most of the game. Pucylowski was ill and was limited to only a handful of minutes and two points.
The Trojans, however, were dealt an even more devastating blow with 4:53 remaining in the second quarter when senior guard Brandon Schmidt injured his right ankle on a play away from the ball. Schmidt, the team’s secondleading scorer this season, had to be helped off the court and did not return.
With senior guard Scott Beckwith, the team’s leading scorer, and sophomore forward Tanner Plomb already out, Schmidt’s loss left the Trojans with three starters watching helplessly from the bench.
Sunday, March 7, 2010
A moving moment in the midst of the evening is the Stations of the Cross prayer service. Along with the recollection of Jesus' own path of sorrow and passion, each student who led a station offered a reflection from personal about encountering Christ in the poor, suffering, or homeless.
Saturday, March 6, 2010
Homeless for a night
WAUKESHA – Catholic Memorial High School seniors McKenzie Polacheck, left, and Diane McLeod work together to seal leaks in the box McLeod plans to sleep in overnight at the high school. About 50 students stayed out overnight at the school to participate in the 12th annual Operation Michael, a student-run homelessness awareness project. Students built cardboard shelters for the night, shared in a “humble” meal, and spent much of their time reflecting on homelessness and the serving the needs of others.
Photo credit - Kevin Harnack/Freeman Staff
For more information about Operation Michael, check out the article in the Fall, 2008 issue of Catholic Memorial Magazine.
WAUKESHA – Two Catholic Memorial High School seniors have been honored for their volunteer work, the school announced this week.
Natalie Lechner and Amy Olson have received the President’s Volunteer Service Award, which recognizes Americans who volunteer significant amounts of time. The girls received the awards from the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards Program, which gave them out on behalf of President Barack Obama.
Father Paul Hartmann, CMH president, said the awards were given for the accumulated volunteer activities by the girls. He said Lechner helps teach soccer and team-building skills to students with disabilities while Olson is a member of the school’s service club.
“I think certainly Natalie and Amy’s efforts reflect our goals for all students at Catholic Memorial,” Hartmann said. “Our motto, charity in all things, is something we try to encourage in each of our students and student organizations ... and it ties in with the work the students do in their parishes and in their community.”
Guhl adds excitement to Crusaders
Coach can’t wait to see what senior does next
By Tony Mooren Freeman Correspondent
WAUKESHA – Mark Lepkowski can hardly wait to see what Elizabeth Guhl does every game. The Catholic Memorial High School girls basketball coach knows something special is going to occur.
“She always adds a level of excitement,” Lepkowski said. “She’s a very athletically talented kid, and you don’t know what or where but at some point in the game you’re going to say, ‘How did she do that?’”
What Guhl has been doing the past two seasons is leading the Crusaders in scoring and rebounding.
The 5-foot-10 senior, who was a first-team all-Classic 8 Conference selection last season, averages 13.1 points a game, leads the team in blocked shots and steals, is shooting better than 50 percent from the field and rarely has a turnover.
She’s one of the top reasons the Crusaders were 12-9 overall and 8-6 in conference (tied for fourth). She also helped CMH to a No. 3 seed in the WIAA Division 2 playoffs, where the Crusaders begin against Fort Atkinson on Tuesday.
“She has quickness, jumping ability, the biggest hands of any player I’ve ever seen, can handle the ball, has a knack for blocking shots and is a definite presence inside,” Lepkowski said. “She also has sparks – moments like when she had 10 points, five rebounds and two blocked shots – in the fourth quarter in our victory over Arrowhead after we were still down with 1:40 remaining.”
It’s added up to a satisfying basketball career that likely will end soon.
Guhl, one of the team’s captains a second straight year, is also a superb student. She has a 4.1 gradepoint average and had a score of 28 on her ACT test.
“I’d like to continue playing but I’m leaning toward not playing because the schools I’m interested in are Division 1 and I’ll be more focused on academics,” Guhl said.
Academics were part of the reason Guhl gave up soccer after two seasons as the starting goalie for exceptional Memorial teams.
“I didn’t have a true love of soccer and the season was so time- consuming, I really didn’t have my heart in it,” she said. “My grades started to go down when I was playing soccer. The only thing I felt really bad about is letting down my friends,”
Guhl participated in basketball, volleyball, track, baseball and golf while in elementary school, so playing soccer was somewhat of a surprise – although she had a good reason.
“Nervousness,” she said. “I was too nervous to try out for volleyball or track, and soccer is no-cut.”
But she had no qualms about trying out for basketball because she was an accomplished, confident player in that sport.
“I thought I had more natural ability in basketball than any other sport,” she said.
She played basketball in pre-school, and her appreciation for the sport kept growing.
“I started to win some allstar awards and was named to some all-tournament teams in grade school,” she recalled.
Not that she was a finished player.
“She’s improved,” Lepkowski said. “She started a little as a sophomore and has continued to improve.”
“I work on the fundamentals the most,” Guhl said. “This is probably my best year.
“I just try to play to the best of my ability.”
She’s played on AAU teams the past two seasons, and was on a highly successful Wisconsin Lakers team last summer that included several other Waukesha County players.
“I’ve had a lot of fun,” Guhl said. “Besides AAU, this is one of the better teams I’ve played for and I’ve been pretty satisfied with my career.”
Photo: Robert F. Borkowski/Special to The Freeman Catholic Memorial senior Elizabeth Guhl has added a level of excitement to the Crusaders this season, helping the team to fourth place in the Classic 8 Conference.
Check out "Get to Know...Elizabeth Guhl" also at the Waukesha Freeman.
Friday, March 5, 2010
Congratulations to all Star Search performers, judges, organizers and volunteers!