Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Last night's far away visitor...

to this blog was from --

The United Arab Emirates.

My April Newsletter Column

for your advance preview...

Dear Friends:

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

Wisconsin School Music Association Recognitions

from CMH Music and Band Director, Peter Lange --

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

They just keep on coming...

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,

The Freeman

See the entire All-Freeman Boys Team!

Friday, March 26, 2010


VATICAN CITY, 26 MAR 2010 (VIS) - Yesterday evening in St. Peter's Square more than 70,000 young people met with the Pope for an encounter of prayer, meditation and dialogue, in an event organised to commemorate the twenty-fifth anniversary of World Youth Days, established by John Paul II in 1985.

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".

WSMA High School Honors Project: 2010 Audition Results

The Wisconsin School Music Association and the High School State Honors Staff would like to congratulate the following students who have been invited to be a member of the 2010 High School State Honors Project, or have been recognized as an alternate.

Catholic Memorial High School
Meggie Moyer
Treble Choir

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Now I need the attention of the Class of 1986

From: Bob Branstetter
March 23, 2010 at 4:47pm
Subject: Current Address etc...
Hello Everyone!

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.

ATTN. CMH Class of 1999

Jenny Ziegler Helmer, '99 wrote
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 if you want me to email you the invite CMH mailed out. Thanks

for more info click here !

Bray named to All-State Team

from today's Waukesha Freeman --

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

Journal-Sentinel All-Area Hockey Team

from today's JSOnline.Com --

The all-area hockey team includes (front, from left) Waukesha's Michael Parda and Brookfield's Matt Fosdick. Back: University School's Alex Tesensky, Arrowhead's Brian Berger, Catholic Memorial/Pius' Tom Chapin and Catholic Memorial/Pius' Cody Dixon. Photo by Gary Porter
Tom Chapin, sr., Catholic Memorial/Pius: Started season as a defenseman but moved to forward and finished with 37 points en route to honorable mention all-state. His 102 total points are fifth-most at Memorial/Pius and he also made all-area last year.

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.

Freeman front page pic says it all!

Jeremy Jones/Special to The Freeman

"What a great basketball game!"

from today's Waukesha Freeman --


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.”

Pooch's pride and his character...

Sorry, no pictures of the pinky.

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.

Catching up....

First two editorial comments:

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

Attn all former CMH Baseball Players

A message to all former CMH Baseball Players from Coach Tim Gotzler

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.

Crusaders Take the Gold!

from today's JSOnline.Com --

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

An accolade, going into the Championship Game!

posted by Nicholas Kartos at 3/20/2010

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.

Additional coverage of the semis...

St. Paul (MN) Pioneer Press
WKOW TV 27 Madison
Sauk Prairie Eagle

Semi-Final Game Pics

from today's JSOnline.Com --

Catholic Memorial hangs on to beat Sauk Prairie
By Mark Stewart of the Journal Sentinel

Photos from JSOnline Gallery --
Photographer Rick Wood

Friday, March 19, 2010

JSOnline calls it a "nail-biter"

from JSOnline.Com --

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.

Crusader Boys Win in Semis

It was uncomfortably close, but it was a win.

CMH 52
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

The meaning of the Messmer/CMH switch days!

by CMH junior, Cameron Sanchez --

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.”
I greatly enjoyed my day at Messmer, along with the day at CMH. I know I have made friendships that will grow more and more each day. My friends and I are actually planning on going bowling with some of the kids in the next couple weeks. I have talked to a lot of the Messmer kids since I left, and they all enjoyed the switch, as did the CMH kids. I cannot wait until next year. Hopefully I will be able to go again!

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.

A short message...

On this, the third highest holy day of the year behind Easter and Christmas...

á Fhéile Pádraig sona duit!

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Holy Father's Message For World Youth Day

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

CMH Profile Weekend at St. John Neuman Parish, Waukesha

Another successful CMH Profile weekend was hosted this weekend by St. John Neuman Parish, Waukesha.

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!

Am I ahead of, or behind, the Pope?

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
CMH Baseball

Other pages --

CMH Class of 1990 Reunion

CMH Sophomore Performs in First Stage's "The Wiz"

from WaukeshaNow.Com --

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 or call (414) 273-7206.
Break a leg Alec!

Sunday, March 14, 2010

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Sign up time for the Crusader Boys in the State Tournament!

Crusader Boys Heading to Madison!

from WhitefishBayNow.Com --

CMH 52
Whitefish Bay 35
Dukes not offensive enough in sectional final loss to CMH
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."

Whitefish Bay's Jevontae Merriwether goes up for a basket past Catholic Memorial's Austin Pucylowski during the first half.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Freeman Coverage of CMH Boys Victory

from today's Waukesha Freeman --


CMH 57
Wisconsin Lutheran 50

Bray leads Crusaders to sectional title game

By Tom Badger Freeman Correspondent

When the headline begs the question....

from today's JSOnline.Com --

No. 2 Catholic Memorial defeats No. 1 Wisconsin Lutheran

Editorial comment -- Doesn't that mean that we should be called #1?

CMH 57
Wisconsin Lutheran 50
By Andy Call, Special to the Journal Sentinel

Waukesha — The only regret T.J. Bray expressed after the biggest game of his high school basketball career was that his biggest fan hadn't been there to see it.

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."
Be sure to check out the JSOnline.Com photo gallery of the game.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Hockey Players Recognized

from today's Waukesha Freeman --

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

Don't jinx it!

from today's Waukesha Freeman --

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.

Update on Girls Basketball

from today's Waukesha Freeman --

By Daniel Mike Freeman Staff

DIVISION 2 After surviving a lull Tuesday to win its regional quarterfinal, Catholic Memorial will visit Lakeside Lutheran for a regional semifinal at 7 p.m. today. The 13-9 Crusaders are led by senior Elizabeth Guhl, who is averaging 13.2 points per game. Junior guard Alex Anthon averages 9.8 points per game to lead a balanced attack for the Warriors, who are 19-4 following a 27-point victory over East Troy on Tuesday....
Photo: Robert F. Borkowski/Special to The Freeman Catholic Memorial’s Jenny Benash grabs a rebound during a tournament game at Brookfield East against Cedarburg in November. At left is Memorial’s Kristina Rodriguez.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Crusader Girls Advance

from today's Waukesha Freeman --


CMH 57
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

CMH - Messmer Exchange Day

County Scoring Leaders

from today's Waukesha Freeman --

Boys -- tied at #4
Derek Schell & T. J. Bray, 25 games, 438 points, 17.5 average

Girls -- #7
Elizabeth Guhl, 21 games, 274 points, 13 average

Girls Basketball Preview

from today's Waukesha Freeman --


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.

Boys Basketball Review

from today's Waukesha Freeman --

about last Saturday's game...


CMH 66
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

Annual CMH Mother-Son Mass and Breakfast

Beginning with mass in the Auditorium, the annual Mother-Son mass and brunch is truly a special moment for the young men of CMH.
From daily masses, to seasonal prayer services, CMH students are encouraged to enter into various liturgical ministries which will serve not only the CMH Campus Ministry efforts, but also the parishes which they attend.

Payers of petition are but the first step for every CMH student to begin to understand the meaning and power of Caritas in Omnibus.

I hope that someday CMH might have a chapel that can serve three hundred or so people, until then, the waterfront warehouse theme will have to suffice. St. Peter was a fisherman.

This year's Campus Ministry theme is We Are Catholic! We Are Memorial! Central to this is a life of sacramental prayer and dedication to the Holy Eucharist.

Thanks to all of the members of the CMH Mothers Club who organize events like these. Thanks to Mr. Brzeski our director of campus ministry, and Mr. Lange, music teacher, for making this a wonderful liturgy.

More pics from Operation Michael

An important part of the Operation Michael experience is the awareness education given the participants. With help from social service workers involved with Catholic Charities or from places like St. Ben's in Milwaukee's central city, almost 60 CMH students learn, reflect and share. Upperclassmen take the lead in encouraging and exemplifying the works that can be done to help the problem of homelessness in our society.

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.

These reflections of our CMH students are powerful testimonials to the impact of the CMH culture of faith, and the living out of our motto - Caritas in Omnibus.

This year's Operation Michael started out with above average temperatures and clear skies. But, as any camper knows, clear skies tends to mean that temperatures would drop continuously until morning. And drop they did!
Every Operation Michael overnight ends with a 6:00am prayer service. This year's morning prayer focused on the example of St. Margaret of Cortona, a patron saint of the homeless.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Raising Awareness

from today's Waukesha Freeman --

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.

Caritas in Omnibus

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.”

Prep Profile -- Elizabeth Guhl

from today's Waukesha Freeman --

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

Star Search 2010!

My Prince
Senior Hailey Schwindt
A Tribute to Stand-Up Comic Mitch Medberg
Senior Matt Greguska
The Blues Sisters
Senior Anita Dillett and Sophomore Sarah Dillett
A Disney Medley
Juniors Nancy & Julie Lee
And Howe
Junior Maria Howe, along with Nick Kapusniak and Mark Engel
Enough is Enough
Freshman Kyle Fritz
Juniors Becky Reese and Anna Schulte
Junior Sam Meier, Freshman Jacob Tom, Sophomore Teddy Delforge, Senior Nick Hurtgen
Freshman Melissa Betters
Hush, Hush
Seniors Kristin McGaver & Monica Lewicki
Just Call Me Alice
Junior Madison Sternig
3rd Place Winner
My Salute to You
Junior Kevin Koprowski
2nd Place Winner
P. R. O. (Pokemon Rights Organization)
Junior T. J. MacGregor, Seniors Miles Klimara & Karl Kallio, Junior Ben Dunlap, Seniors Sam Engsberg & Hunter Lange
1st Place Winners & People's Choice Winners

Congratulations to all Star Search performers, judges, organizers and volunteers!