Friday, April 30, 2010


from today's Waukesha Freeman --

• • • WAUKESHA – Catholic Memorial scored a 4-0 nonconference shutout over Milton on Thursday at Carroll University to run its overall record to 9-2-1. Senior midfielder Amy Bennett scored the Crusaders’ first goal on assists by freshman midfielder Ava Olson and junior defender Val Gonyo at 7 minutes, 18 seconds. Gonyo scored unassisted at 21:30, then freshman forward Julie Fischer converted an assist by junior forward Milena Uzelac at 25:57 before Uzelac completed the scoring with a goal assisted by Fischer at 55 minutes. CMH sophomore goalie Greta Davis made four saves.

The Crusaders will begin play in the Laura Moynihan Tournament at 4 p.m. today against Nicolet at Milwaukee’s Uihlein Soccer Park.


We are looking for host for our International Students. We have several current students that will need new host families and also a couple of new students that we would like to be able to place with families. Take a look at the short bios below to see if you think one of these amazing kids would be a good fit with your family.

June is from South Korea and has been at CMH for 2 years. She is a sweet, bright young lady that will certainly bring laughter with her into your home. She loves music and plays the piano. June loves to be a part of family activities and try new things. She is described by her family as “full of life and curious about all the things surrounding her, especially in social and political issues. She understands people’s feelings well and responds to the needs of people.” June is part of the Nacel Open Door program that places Korean students in private, college preparatory schools in the US for their high school career. Their hope is to be able to attend college in the US after they graduate.

Kiara is also from South Korea and is just finishing her first year at CMH. Kiara loves to try new activities and learn new sports. She loves music and plays the flute, saxophone and piano. She also loves animals and would be happy in a home with pets. Kiara is also a part of Nacel Open Door and when asked what positive contribution she can bring to her host family she replied “I don’t think that I have to be treated special or as a guest of the family, I just want to be part of the family. Also, I will study hard as to fulfill all responsibilities as a student so that the school can be proud for having me.”

Mariela is from Peru and has been at CMH for 2 years. She came to us under rather remarkable circumstances and has thrived in this environment. Mariela was living in an orphanage in Peru before coming to the US, she is thrilled to have been given this opportunity to live and study in the United States. She is looking for a host family that has teenagers and will welcome her into their family. She is a delightful young lady that has much to offer her host family. Mariela is very bright and earns exceptional grades; her goal is to be able to attend a college or university in the US.

Dana is from the Slovac Republic and is looking forward to experiencing life in the United States and Catholic Memorial. She enjoys music and drama and also a variety of sports. Dana has a strong Catholic faith and is very active in her church community. The main reason she applied to Global Outreach is “I would have a chance to learn more about American Christian life and church activities in U.S.A. communities and be member of that. For me it is a chance to change myself, to improve my relationship with God, my friends and family.”

Angelo is a 17 year old young man from Italy. He is looking forward to spending a year in the US to learn more about our culture and customs. He is a hard working student that does well in school and also enjoys many different types of activities. He loves sports, music, movies and traveling. He is also a part time DJ. Angelo is part of the AFS program and would be here for the school year.

We also have the opportunity to host another student from South Korea that would be a part of Nacel Open Door. This student would either be a freshman or a sophomore and depending on the host family we will request either a female or a male student.

I hope you will consider hosting one of these great kids. Opening your home to an International Student can be very exciting and rewarding. You will find that this student becomes a part of your family and shares so many wonderful gifts with your family and our school community.

If you would like more information about any of these students or the programs that sponsor them, please contact Mary Hutchens in the Office of Admissions; 262-742-7101, ext 204 or

Volleyball and Academic All-Stars

The following players were selected for the 2009 Wisconsin Volleyball Coaches Association All-Academic Team:

Sara Connell, Sophomore
Greta Davis, Sophomore
Kaitlyn Hastings, Sophomore
Amanda Hansen, Sophomore
Nicole Welsh, Sophomore
Patricia Abshire, Junior
Katherine Acker, Junior
Rachel Kohli, Junior
Katherine Umhoefer, Junior
Colleen Hanley, Senior
Julie Kolinske, Senior
Diane McLeod, Senior

The Wisconsin Volleyball Coaches Association All-Academic Team is designed to honor high school varsity volleyball players who have proven excellence in the classroom. To be eligible to receive this award, players must have a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale, or the equivalent on another scale, during the first semester of the school year.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Hello, Bombay, India...

...and thanks for visiting this blog last night.
I hope you found reading about our Girls Rugby team enjoyable.

Faith, Academics, and then Athletics

from today's Waukesha Freeman --

Local golfers on all-state academic team

WAUKESHA – Two Catholic Memorial girls and one Waukesha North girl are among 114 who have been named to the Wisconsin High School Golf Coaches Association academic allstate girls team.

Memorial is represented by juniors Isabella Lambert and Lauren Seubert, while junior Hannah Ockelmann represents Waukesha North.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Special thanks... the Daisy Scouts from St. Mary's Parish who planted flowers last weekend at the CMH Shrine of Our Lady of Memorial as well as by the stature of the Sacred Heart of Jesus by the front entrance to the school.

Thanks to all the girls and their adult leader, CMH math teacher, Maria Norgal!

Boys Tennis Ranked 5th in State

Focus on boys tennis
By Dave Boehler, Special to the Journal Sentinel

Posted: April 27, 2010

Muskego Lions awards Scholarships

from myMuskegonow.Com --

Muskego Lions awards Robert Krueser/David Salentine Scholarships
Submitted By Tracy De Angelis

Posted: April 27, 2010

The Muskego Lions Club has awarded two Robert Kreuser/David Salentine post secondary scholarships to Muskego area seniors. Robert Krueser was a life long Muskego resident, respected teacher, principal, and superintendent for the Muskego-Norway School District. David Salentine was a life long Muskego resident, respected teacher, coach, and administrator for the Muskego-Norway School District. Both men were valued and honored members of the Muskego Lions Club.

Alexander York, a senior at Muskego High School and Karl Kallio, a senior at Catholic Memorial High School each received the Muskego Lions Club Robert Krueser/David Salentine Collegiate Scholarship in the amount of $750...

...Karl Kallio will be attending either the University of Wisconsin - Madison, or Marquette University with plans to enter the field of Nursing with a long-term goal of becoming a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist. In addition to his academic accomplishments, karl is active at St. Leonard's Parish by volunteering/leading mission trips, ushering, helping with various outreach opportunities, and being a founding member of Labor of Love (a group established to help elderly people with household/yard chores). Karl volunteers during the summer at the VA Hospital. At Catholic Memoria High School, Karl has been involved with Operation Michael (homeless awareness), International Outreach (a group that raises monies for countries going through struggles), yearly food drives, annual toy drives, and is an active participant in fundraisers for various school projects. Karl shows leadership by representing CMH as a student ambassador, oversees the Operation Michael program, and is a member of the National Honor Society. Karl is an active athlete with the F.C. Milwaukee Soccer Club, Catholic Youth Ministry Basketball Team, and the CMH soccer team, where he is captain ad has received numerous awards.

We congratulate both of these young people on their accomplishments, and thank all of the Muskego area seniors who applied for our scholarship.

We wish the senior classes of 2010 the best in their future endeavors!

Previews from the Spring Comedy


from today's Waukesha Freeman --

WAUKESHA – Catholic Memorial pulled out a 4-3 Classic 8 Conference dual victory over Waukesha West on Tuesday. The Crusaders got victories from Alex Klass at first singles 6-3, 6-1, at second singles from Kevin Lanigan 6-1, 6-4, at first doubles from Matt Mills and Matt Lawton 6-0, 6-2 and at second doubles from Micah Lofholm and Charlie Raddatz 6-2, 6-2.

CMH improved its Classic 8 record to 3-0, while West dropped to 1-2.

Not a loss, but...

more coverage at JSOnline.Com

from today's Waukesha Freeman --


Waukesha West 0

Unfulfilling result in battle of last season’s state runners-up

By Tony Mooren Freeman Correspondent

WAUKESHA – The Catholic Memorial High School girls soccer team will have to settle for a Classic 8 Conference unbeaten streak rather than a league winning streak. Waukesha West, the last team to beat the Crusaders in conference play during the 2007 season, ended Memorial’s 20-game league winning streak Tuesday at Carroll University’s Schneider Stadium. But the Wolverines couldn’t beat Memorial in a matchup featuring two WIAA state runners-up from last season: West in Division 1 and Memorial in Division 2.

The game ended in a 0-0 tie after two overtimes and 100 minutes of play. Memorial is now 2-0-1 in league and 8-2-1 overall, while West is 1-0-2 in league and 5-2-3 overall. It was the second 0-0 league tie of the season for West. The other was against Arrowhead, also at Schneider Stadium. The tie did West no favors. “We need help now,” West coach Dave Zindler admitted. “It was a well played, emotionally laden game that probably should have ended in a tie – and it did.” Memorial coach John Burke wasn’t as sure about the tie being a deserved result. “I told the girls that they created chances, but just didn’t put them away,” he said. “But that’s exactly what we wanted to do and we also wanted to prevent them from getting a lot of chances against our keeper, which we also did.”

The Crusaders had four starting players – seniors Natalie Lechner, junior Nikki Condit, sophomore Ava Olson and freshman Julie Fischer – exit the game because of injuries, which created some real problems. “All right, now what?” Burke said of his reaction to the injuries. “We had a lot of players in different positions as a result, and losing Lechner was huge. Her speed lets us do so many things.” Fischer’s loss also hurt. She left the game with 12:54 remaining in regulation and Memorial’s attack suffered without her speed on the edge.

“They look to go over the top and to Fischer up the side to serve across,” Zindler said. “They’re so gifted up top that they’re able to put a lot of players back defensively.” Memorial’s speed created probably the best three scoring chances of the game: a shot by junior Valerie Gonyo early in the game in which West junior goalie Stephanie Hendren made a nice save; a cross to senior Kelsie Golabowski that was cleared off the line by junior Lauren Rogahn early in the second half; and a shot by Gonyo that hit the crossbar with 2:40 remaining in the first overtime. “It was certainly entertaining to watch, I’m sure, and it was so much fun to play because the energy level was so high and we knew that we needed to come out and be intense right away,” Memorial senior co-captain Ellen Chamberlin said. “We didn’t want to give them many shots and we didn’t and I think we were a little unlucky on our shots.”

Burke credited Chamberlin and his captains for helping to get the team up for the game, but despite a superior overall record against West in the history of the Classic 8, last year’s game was 0-0 until the final 10 minutes (Memorial eventually won 2-1) and the two games before that were 1-0 contests – Memorial winning in 2008 and West in 2007. Add that to the fact the teams were state runnersup last season and the job of getting players up for the game probably wasn’t too difficult...

Robert F. Borkowski/Special to The Freeman Waukesha West’s Leah Seib, left, and Catholic Memorial’s Milena Uzelac compete for the ball in the first half Tuesday at Carroll University’s Schneider Stadium.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

From the Track and the Field

from today's Waukesha Freeman --

PREP TRACK AND FIELD -- Classic 8 Relays

The CMH team of Don Kennedy, Sam Tiahnybik, Peter Gottsacker and Broc Kocour scored second place in the boys 4x400 relay with a time of 3:27.10.

Catholic Memorial’s lone first place winner among the boys was Mike Silas, who took the shot put at 52-04.50.

On the girls side, Catholic Memorial’s Kaitlyn Hastings won the 100-meter hurdles.

Congratulations to all!

Monday, April 26, 2010

Senior Retreat, past and present.

Some pictures from this years retreat with the theme, "Today is the First Day, of the Rest of Your Life!"

And now, some memories from the past shared through my Facebook page --

Dan, ’98 -- "I remember it was awesome and inspirational.”

Carol, ’74 -- "I still have the polonka (letter of love as I call it!) that my father gave me while on my senior retreat in 1974. I take it out every once in a while and remember the great times I had at Catholic Memorial and thank God that I still have my father with me."

Melissa, ’89 -- "I too still have my polonka... it was from a really good friend back then, who is now my husband :)"

Rachael, ’98 -- "It was fun, and a great time to meet new people (even though you were sharing the same school for almost 4 years)."

Theresa, ’86 -- "I remember waking up the girls' track team and doing training on the drive before breakfast!"

Patty, ’84 -- "One of the most precious memories in my life. I cherish it as much today as i did WAY back then! So glad it's a continued event! My best to the class of 2010!"

Jennifer, ’91 -- "Senior retreat rocked! The sense of unity we all felt when we left was the best way to end our year!"

Charlie, ’94 -- "Reading over the polonkas from my 1994 senior retreat helped me overcome a heartbreak-induced funk several years later. So many people said so many nice things—including some people who I barely even remembered."

Denise, ’83 -- “Four hours of sleep over the duration and leaving with a sense of unity. An amazing experience.”

Sunday, April 25, 2010

New issue of our magazine


Articles in this edition of the Catholic Memorial High School Magazine --

Winning Coaches Define Success
Inaugural Hall of Fame Awards
Teacher Masters Technology to Animate Learning
Alumni Award Recipients Inspire CMH Community

Another country heard from....

via a blog visitor from Vilnius, Lithuania.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

If you are looking for something to do tonight...

Milwaukee Bucks to honor boys basketball teams

MILWAUKEE – The Catholic Memorial and Arrowhead high school boys basketball teams will be recognized by the Milwaukee Bucks tonight for winning state championships.

The Bucks, who are home against the Atlanta Hawks in Game 3 of a first-round NBA playoff series, will honor the four boys state champions on the court during the second quarter.

Memorial won the Division 2 crown and Arrowhead followed by taking the Division 1 title.

A very interesting article...

in today's Waukesha Freeman, about high school dances.

CMH Athletics Golf Outing & Hall of Fame Dinner

JUNE 14, 2010
Bristlecone Pines

$700.00 golf 4-some for entire day
$175.00 golf and dinner
$125.00 golf only
$75.00 dinner only

Registration information is coming soon! We hope you can join us for this special occasion.

To inquire about sponsorship opportunities, contact:

Monica Fleming, Assistant Development Director or 262-542-7101, ext. 220

Recall that this event will include the

Inauguaural Induction
to the

Crusader Athletic Hall of Fame

Coach Bill Young
Football and Wrestling 1975-Present
Track 1997-Present

Patrick (Pat) Seegers '75
Football, Baseball, Basketball, Track Relay

Stephanie Pesch - Obermeyer '96
Cross Country, Track

This promises to be a wonderful, sell-out event. Space for the Hall of Fame Dinner is limited, so sign up early with golfing foursomes or sponsorship packages.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Keep them in your prayers

Our CMH Seniors being the final day of Senior Retreat today. Please keep them in your prayers.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Crusader Athletics Most Successful Medium School so far.

Something to do tonight!

Meet art scholarship winners at Cafe de Esperanza
WAUKESHA – The Waukesha Art Fest invites all to meet their 2010 scholarship award winners at the Cafe De Esperanza. The celebration will take place at 5 p.m. Wednesday at Cafe de Esperanza, 410 Arcadian Ave. The art students will present their works, give statements and discuss their future plans. Award winners are from Carroll University and Catholic Memorial, Waukesha South, Waukesha North and Waukesha West high schools. Each scholarship recipient has been hand picked by the art instructors and professors at each school. For more information, visit
Representing CMH amongwill be our two award recipients of the 2010 Waukesha Arts Fest Scholarship -- Jesse Schuller-Hosking and Teresa Gagliano.

by Jesse Schuller-Hosking

by Theresa Gagliano

Check it out...


from today's Waukesha Freeman --

Crusaders young
Team counts on three seniors

WAUKESHA – A young Catholic Memorial High School softball team will rely on its three returning senior letterwinners as it tries to improve on its fifthplace finish in the Classic 8 Conference last season.

Memorial coach Keith Johnson, beginning his seventh season guiding the Memorial varsity, has five returning letterwinners overall, including seniors Erika Lee (second baseman), Alicia Humphrey (outfielder) and Kristina Rodriquez (catcher; honorable mention all-conference each of the past two seasons). Also back are sophomore shortstop Lauren Krolikowski, honorable mention all-conference last season, and junior third baseman/catcher Samantha Schreiner.

Rodriguez batted .314 with 14 RBIs last season, while Krolikowski batted .310 with a .534 slugging percentage. Promising newcomers are sophomores Morgan Schneider (infielder), Jenny Waupoose (outfielder) and Rebecca Stekiel (first baseman/pitcher), and freshmen Ranchel Ramthun (pitcher) and Tia Johnson (second baseman/outfielder). First baseman/pitcher Haley Schreiner, secondteam all-conference for two years, is the key graduation loss from last year’s team that was 6-14 overall and 5-9 in conference.

Other key graduation losses are four players who were honorable mention all-conference last season: outfielders Sarah Milsna, Cassie Galentine and Brianne Buerger and pitcher Meredith Dentice. Buerger batted .349 with 20 RBIs last season. With five freshmen and sophomores starting, Johnson said, “Seniors will need to lead by example.” Johnson, who picks Kettle Moraine, Pius and Waukesha West as the teams to beat in the Classic 8, said his team will have solid hitting and defense this season.

– Freeman Staff


from today's Waukesha Freeman --

Rough start does not jeopardize overall win!

WAUKESHA – The Catholic Memorial High School boys tennis team lost at No. 1 singles but was perfect after that in a 6-2 Classic 8 Conference victory over Mukwonago at Heyer Park on Tuesday.

Memorial, 2-0 in conference, got singles victories from junior Kevin Lanigan at No. 2, 6-0, 6-1; freshman Matt Mirsberger at No. 3, 6-1, 6-3; and junior Jake Truelove at No. 4, 6-2, 6-2. Doubles winners were juniors Matt Mills and Matt Lawton at No. 1, 6-1, 6-1; seniors Micah Lofholm and Charlie Raddatz at No. 2, 6-2, 6-4; and junior Sean Spencer and senior Tim Siegler at No. 3, 6-0, 6-2.


from today's Waukesha Freeman --

Sorenson leads Arrowhead golfers to victory

HARTLAND – Steve Sorenson shared medalist honors with a 35 to lead the Arrowhead High School boys golf team to victory in a Classic 8 Conference maximini tournament Tuesday a Bristlecone Pines. Catholic Memorial’s Chad Bonis also shot a 35, leading the Crusaders to second place (159).


from today's Waukesha Freeman --

CMH blanks Mukwonago 3-0
Gonyo scores two goals

WAUKESHA – Junior midfielder Val Gonyo scored two goals as the Catholic Memorial High School girls soccer team beat Mukwonago 3-0 in a Classic 8 Conference game Tuesday. Senior defender Amy Bennett also scored for the Crusaders (8-2 overall, 2-0 Classic 8). Senior Kelsie Golabowski, junior Nikki Condit and freshman Ava Olson each had an assist for CMH.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Visiting one of our newest parishes

Actually, it is the merger of two of the oldest parishes in the archdiocese -- St. Clare, North Lake, and St. John, Monches were merged a few years ago and re-dedicated by Archbishop Timothy Dolan under the patronage of the recently beatified, Blessed Theresa of Calcutta.
St. John's was founded in 1843, and St. Clare's in 1917. Serving the northwestern parts of Waukesha County, this new parish was a wonderful place to visit for a CMH profile weekend over the last two weekends.

The main point of these profile weekends is for CMH to say thank you to the parishes who are part of our corporate structures as "supporting parishes." Helping me to offer those words of thanks at Blessed Theresa were Sam and Madeline Meier. The Meier family are parishioners of the parish.

As you know, it is my goal to visit all 26 of CMH's supporting parishes for these opportunities to say thank-you, and to raise the profile of CMH.
Thus far, we have visited --
St. Agnes, Butler
St. Paul, Genesee Depot
St. Charles, Hartland
St. Anthony of the Lake, Pewaukee
St. Mary Visitation, Elm Grove
St. Theresa Avila, Eagle
St. Joseph. Big Bend
St. Dominic Parish, Brookfield
St. John Vianney Parish, Brookfield
St. Jerome Parish, Oconomowoc
St. James, Menomonee Falls
St. John Neuman, Waukesha
Blessed Theresa of Calcutta

We are entatively scheduled to go to these parishes in Fall, 2010 --

St. William, Waukesha
St. Bruno, Dousman
St. Leonard, Muskego
I would love the opportunity to visit these parishes sometime soon as well. If you are a parishioner at one of these parishes, please ask your pastor about hosting a CMH profile weekend.

Holy Apostles, New Berlin
Queen of Apostles, Pewaukee
St. Catherine, Mapleton
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, New Berlin
St. James, Mukwonago
St. Joan of Arc, Nashotah
St. Joseph, Waukesha
St. Joseph, Wauwatosa
St. Luke, Brookfield
St. Mary, Waukesha (Actually, as administrator of this parish for the last eight months, I talk about CMH quite a bit.)

Boys Tennis Victory

from today's Waukesha Freeman --


RIPON – The Catholic Memorial High School boys tennis team won its second tournament of the season Saturday, winning the eight-team Ripon Invitational by sweeping all seven flights.

Senior Alex Klaas at No. 1, junior Kevin Lanigan at No. 2, freshman Matt Mirsberger at No. 3 and junior Jake Truelove at No. 4 all went 3-0 in singles. Winning doubles championships by going 3-0 were juniors Matt Mills and Matt Lawton at No. 1, seniors Micah Lofholm and Charlie Raddatz at No. 2 and junior Sean Spencer and senior Tim Siegler at No. 3.

Girls Soccer Victory

from today's Waukesha Freeman --


NEW GLARUS – The Catholic Memorial High School girls soccer team won the Swiss Kick Tournament on Saturday, beating Appleton East in the championship game 3-1. The Crusaders earlier downed host New Glarus 4-1. Both games were tied 1-1 at halftime.

Memorial, which improved its record to 7-2, was led by junior forwards Val Gonyo and Nikki Condit and senior midfielder Kelsie Golabowski. Gonyo scored her team’s first two goals in the title game, had a goal against New Glarus and had an assist in each game. Condit had two goals against New Glarus and an assist against Appleton East, while Golabowski had three assists in the tournament.

Freshman forward Julie Fischer had a goal and an assist against New Glarus, while junior forward Milena Uzelac had a goal and senior defender Natalie Lechner had an assist against Appleton East.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

An Important Announcement from CMH...

Catholic Memorial High School is proud to announce its
Inauguaural Induction
to the

Crusader Athletic Hall of Fame

Coach Bill Young
Football and Wrestling 1975-Present
Track 1997-Present

Patrick (Pat) Seegers '75
Football, Baseball, Basketball, Track Relay

Stephanie Pesch - Obermeyer '96
Cross Country, Track

Induction will take place on

June 14, 2010
following the Annual Crusader Golf Outing
The Legend at Bristlecone
Hartland, WI

Look for information to register week of 4/19/2010. Space is limited.

For list of Hall of Fame committee members and criteria click here.
Note bene -- This promises to be a wonderful, sell-out event. Space for the Hall of Fame Dinner is limited, so sign up early with golfing foursomes or sponsorship packages.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Victory on the Diamond

from today's Waukesha Freeman --


Mukwonago 4

Big inning boosts CMH
Crusaders top Mukwonago

By Jeff Hagenau Freeman Correspondent

MUKWONAGO – One big inning. That’s what proved to be the difference as the Catholic Memorial High School softball team defeated Mukwonago 8-4 in a Classic 8 Conference game at Lauren Park on Thursday. It was the first victory of the young season for Memorial, which improved to 1-1 in conference and 1-2 overall. Leading 2-0 at the end of the first inning, the Crusaders built on the early momentum by scoring five runs on four hits in the top of the second.
Sophomore shortstop Lauren Krolikowski helped ignite what proved to be the decisive spree with a oneout, two-run triple to deep left field. “I really tried to step up and make something happen,” said Krolikowski, who went 3 for 4 with a single, double, triple and two RBIs to help spark Memorial’s nine-hit attack. “With one out and two runners on base, my goal was to hit the ball hard and drive them in. I was just glad that it landed in fair territory and didn’t go foul.

“Hitting a home run was on my mind but I’ll definitely settle for a triple in that situation. It was just a great feeling to come through with a big hit. This should really be a good confidence builder.” Senior catcher Kristina Rodriguez added two hits and two RBIs for Memorial, which committed only one error. Freshman center fielder Tia Johnson added two hits and drove in a run for the Crusaders.

Freshman right-hander Rachel Ramthun pitched a six-hitter to earn a complete-game victory. Ramthun showcased the poise of a veteran by pitching out of a pressurepacked bases-loaded situation in the bottom of the fifth, forcing an inning-ending groundball. “There was a lot of pressure but I knew my teammates would be ready to back me up with some big plays,” said Ramthun, who forced 12 groundouts and allowed only one run on two hits over the final three innings en route to her first varsity victory. “Being a freshman, I came in a little intimidated knowing they had beaten Arrowhead (9-0) on Tuesday. “That’s when I just focused on making good pitches, calmed down and did my job. It was special to walk away with my first varsity win.”

Rodriguez had a RBI double and later scored on a fielding error as Memorial led 2-0 after the opening inning. Rodriguez, Johnson and sophomore first baseman Rebecca Stekiel each added a run-scoring single during the momentum-building five-run second for the Crusaders. Stekiel drove in Memorial’s final run on a sacrifice flyball in the third...

Memorial seventh-year coach Keith Johnson was pleased with the way his young team maintained its focus the entire way. “We have a really young team so it was exciting to see a lot of the girls come through with their first victory on varsity,” said Johnson, whose starting lineup included three sophomores and two freshmen. “After struggling at the plate during our first two games, we were able to come out strong, hit the ball hard and built some momentum. That’s when everything started to fall into place. “Having five new position players in the lineup this year, we’ve really put a lot of emphasis on playing good fundamental defense. Throughout the game, we challenged the kids to make not only the ordinary plays but also a few extraordinary ones. We couldn’t have been happier with the results.”...

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Could it be called a three-peat?

Last year at this time, as juniors, they were all name National Merit Scholars. Then, last fall, those same four CMH students were named Naional Merit Scholarship Semifinalists. This spring all four were further named as National Merit Scholarship Finalists!

from Mr. Chris Benyousky, CMH Director of Counseling --

I’d like to take a moment to share a bit of remarkable information and publically recognize a few seniors who have participated in the National Merit Scholarship program and received the highest standing.

These students took the 2008 PSAT/National Merit Scholarship qualifying test and represent one of the top 15,000 scores in the country and within the top 1% of seniors in the state of Wisconsin.

Please join me and congratulate the outstanding achievement of Miles Klimera, Danny Smith, Emily Starck, and Tim Siegler.
It should be recalled that Tim Siegler recieved a perfect score on the ACT exams.

Crusaders beat Popes

from today's Waukesha Freeman "Prep Round Up" --


WAUKESHA – Senior Alex Klaas won 6-1, 6-2 at No. 1 singles as Catholic Memorial beat Pius 7-0 in a Classic 8 Conference dual at Heyer Park on Wednesday. Junior Kevin Lanigan won 6-0, 6-0 at No. 2 singles, freshman Matt Mirsberger won 6-1, 6-2 at No. 3 and junior Jake Truelove won 6-0, 6-0 at No. 4. Juniors Matt Mills and Matt Lawton won 6-0, 6-0 at No. 1 doubles, seniors Micah Lofholm and Charlie Raddats won 6-1, 6-3 at No. 2 and junior Sean Spencer and senior Tim Siegler won 6-0, 6-0 at No. 3.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

What do these three have in common?

1. All three flags obviously contain the Union Jack -- UK, Australia and New Zealand.
2. Each represents the home of a visitor to this blog from last night. (Is that tomorrow in Australia and New Zealand?)
3. Each of these visitors came to this blog after googling some variation of "girls rugby".
Very interesting what gives CMH worldwide attention.

Crusaders beat the Popes

Yes, a historical oddity, but a team victory nonetheless.

from today's Waukesha Freeman --

CMH opens Classic 8 by beating Pius

WAUWATOSA – The Catholic Memorial High School girls soccer team opened its Classic 8 Conference season with a 2-0 victory over Pius at Wisconsin Lutheran College on Tuesday.

Junior Nikki Condit and senior Natalie Lechner each scored for the Crusaders, who improved to 5-2 overall. Senior Kara Novotny, junior Val Gonyo and freshman Ava Olson each had an assist. CMH junior Monica Gonyo (four saves) and sophomore Greta Davis (one save) combined for the shutout.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Girls Rugby - The Second Season

Sophomore flyhalf Katie Dries bursts through a gap in the Brighton defense.

The Crusader girls rugby team headed to the 62nd Annual St Louis Ruggerfest over Easter Break. Although the 84 degree weather was a challenge, the girls returned from the tour undefeated against Earlham and Brighton, Tennessee (twice).

Senior Captain Erin Davis became the all-time try scoring leader in team history with her 25th try against Brighton, and the entire team brought home a trophy for outstanding teamwork. Senior flanker Dabin Yeum, an exchange student from Korea in her third year of rugby at CMH, also earned an award for outstanding tackling in the tournament.

The Crusaders face off against #2 ranked Brookfield Saturday at 10am at Minooka Park.

PREP GOLF PREVIEW: Catholic Memorial

from today's Waukesha Freeman --

Freeman file photo Catholic Memorial senior Chad Bonis, center, was an honorable mention all-state pick as a junior.
Crusaders return en masse
Every golfer back for CMH
– Freeman Staff
WAUKESHA – The Catholic Memorial High School boys golf team is feeling good about its chances this season. After finishing fifth at last year’s WIAA Division 2 state meet, the Crusaders return their entire varsity roster this season. “With more maturity and experience, we have set high goals for this year,” said Memorial’s Steve Plechaty, who has been coaching golf for 32 years, 20 as a varsity coach. “Because of the strong competition from within and the strength of the Classic 8 Conference, we will grow into a very dangerous team by midseason.”
Leading the team will be senior co-captains Chad Bonis and Sean Harvey. Bonis had a 39.0 nine-hole scoring average last season when he was honorable mention all-state and finished third at the state tournament. Harvey, who had a 41.62 scoring average, was a third-team all-Classic 8 pick.
The Crusaders also return senior Barrett Lanham, junior Patrick Bohrer and sophomore Marco Blise. Senior Taylor Duncan, junior Drew North and sophomore Cory Stanislawski will vie for spots on the varsity. The Crusaders were regional and sectional champions last season, finished fourth in the Classic 8 and third in the league’s tournament.

PREP PREVIEW - Catholic Memorial Boys Tennis

from today's Waukesha Freeman --

Kevin Harnack/Freeman Staff Catholic Memorial’s Alex Klaas returns a volley during practice Friday.

CMH ready to battle Arrowhead again
Crusaders return nine lettermen

WAUKESHA – Much like last year, it appears as if the Catholic Memorial High School boys tennis team will battle Arrowhead for the Classic 8 Conference championship this spring. Memorial won the conference dual-meet crown last year by one point over Waukesha South, then finished second in the conference tournament, two points behind champion Arrowhead.

Memorial graduated Kevin Rasmussen, last year’s conference No. 1 singles champion who lost in the second round of the Division 2 state tournament. But nine lettermen return, led by senior Alex Klaas and juniors Kevin Lanigan, Matt Mills and Matt Lawton. Mills, playing at No. 1 doubles, was injured and missed the conference tournament a year ago, perhaps costing the Crusaders the team title. Mills returned and joined Alex Akre, then a senior, to qualify for the state tournament, losing in the first round. Klaas lost in three sets in the conference championship match at No. 2 singles last year, while Lanigan won the No. 3 singles championship and Lawton won the No. 4 singles crown. Klaas was 16-6, Lanigan 21-1 and Lawton 17-1 last year.

Also back are seniors Micah Lofholm, Charlie Raddatz and Tim Siegler, along with juniors Jake Truelove and Sean Spencer. Carl Veenendaal, who has coached at Memorial for 10 years, also has freshman Matt Mirshburger.

• • •

Memorial opened its season Saturday by winning the four-team Brown Deer Invitational. All four Memorial singles players went 3-0, as did three of its four doubles teams. Singles champions were Klaas at No. 1, Kevin Lanigan at No. 2 and sophomores Tim Heyrman and Dan Verbockel at Nos. 3 and 4, respectively. Going 3-0 in doubles were the teams of Raddatz and junior Brian Lanigan at No. 1, sophomore Gabe Wichser and freshman Eric Schmitz at No. 3 and freshman Matt McGilvrey and junior Joe Bowes at No. 4. Siegler and Spencer won the No. 2 doubles championship with a 2-1 record. – Freeman Staff

CMH All-Stars

from today's Waukesha Freeman --

All-star games to get taste of county

WAUKESHA – Thirteen Waukesha County seniors, led by state Player of the Year T.J. Bray from Catholic Memorial, have been selected to play in the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association boys and girls all-star games in Madison on June 19. Bray will be joined on the Division 2 South team by teammate Derek Schell, the two of whom led Memorial to the Division 2 state championship.

Also on the Division 2 South boys team are Mitch Sperka from New Berlin Eisenhower and Mike Olewinski from Pewaukee. Ben Mills, who led Arrowhead to the Division 1 state championship, was picked for the Division 1 South team along with Tyler Bauschek from Mukwonago.

Megan Tkachuk from Division 2 girls state champion New Berlin Eisenhower was picked for the Division 2 girls South team, along with Elizabeth Guhl from Catholic Memorial and Shannon Kalamarz from Pewaukee. Katie Ellerson from Muskego, Morgan Lamberg from Mukwonago and Jesse Thomas from Brookfield Central were picked for the Division 1 South team. Brookfield Central’s Erin Lueder was going to be out of town and thus was not nominated for the team.

Lake Country Lutheran’s Emily Dufek will play for the Division 4 girls team. Pewaukee’s Todd Hansen will be the head coach for the Division 2 South girls team with Eisenhower’s Gary Schmidt and Catholic Memorial’s Mark Lepkowski picked as assistant coaches. Waukesha South’s Paul Darling and Brookfield Central’s Dan Wandrey are assistant coaches for the Division 1 South girls team.
– Freeman Staff

Congratulations to TJ, Derek, Elizabeth, and Coach Lepkowski!

Monday, April 12, 2010


That's how many Facebook friends I have as of this morning. Virtually all of those are CMH alumni. But, since we have nearly 11,000 graduates, I have some more work to do contacting people.

Friday, April 9, 2010

From one of our supporting parishes...

Catholic Book Fair next weekend

PEWAUKEE – St. Anthony’s on the Lake will be having a Catholic Book Fair on April 17 and April 18.

The fair will be before and after the 5 p.m. Saturday Mass and after Sunday Masses in the church’s fellowship hall, W280-N2101 Prospect Ave. Books are a range of prices and for all age groups. Call 691-1173 for more information.

Still on a couple days vacation (sort of) in the Big D, but...

still on the job to keep you updated.

from today's Waukesha Freeman --

Crusaders win in Georgia

SAVANNAH, Ga. – Nikki Condit scored three goals in the first 23 minutes as the Catholic Memorial High School girls soccer team beat Savannah Country Day 4-0 in a nonconference game Thursday.

Freshman Julie Fischer also scored for the Crusaders, who improved to 4-1. Fischer, seniors Kelsie Golabowski, Natalie Lechner and junior Valerie Gonyo each had an assist.

Recent highlights from JSOnline.Com --

Boys Tennis Preview - Area Rankings
#9 Catholic Memorial High School

Boys Golf Preview - Players to Watch
Chad Bonis, sr., Catholic Memorial: Finished third at the Division 2 state meet after playing on the JV as a sophomore.

Boys Golf Preview - Area Rankings
#4 Catholic Memorial High School

Thursday, April 8, 2010

While I am taking a few days in Dallas...

An update on CMH Girls Soccer.

from today's Waukesha Freeman --

PREP PREVIEW: Catholic Memorial Girls Soccer

Crusaders have unfinished business
Memorial lost state title game last year

WAUKESHA – The Catholic Memorial High School girls soccer team needed just one more goal last season.

The Crusaders were 22-3-1 overall, were unbeaten in the Classic 8 Conference, advanced to the WIAA Division 2 state tournament and were in the title game.

But the Crusaders lost a 1-0 overtime decision to Edgewood in the title game, leaving them with some unfinished business this year.

CMH will have plenty of firepower to improve on last year’s state runner-up showing.

Leading the charge will be junior midfielder Valerie Gonyo, who was voted the Classic 8 Player of the Year and first-team all-state.

Junior midfielder Nikki Condit was also first-team all-state, and junior defender Annie Kalscheuer was first-team all-conference.

Senior midfielders Kara Novotny, Amy Bennett and Ellen Chamberlin were secondteam selections, and sophomore goalkeeper Greta Davis, senior midfielder Kelsie Golabowski and junior goalkeeper/defender Monica Gonyo all received honorable mention in Classic 8 voting.

The Crusaders also will return seniors Natalie Lechner, Sophie Rodriguez and Alicia Ostromecki; juniors Karly Lentz and Milena Uzelac; and sophomores Katie Mark, Lilly Lentz and Gwenn Chamberlin.

Coach John Burke, who entered the season with a 320-32-23 record in his previous 15 seasons at CMH, also expects his eight newcomers – freshmen Courtney Farley, Colleen Wimmer, Maria Novak, Anna Jurken, Shannon Weas, Ava Olson, Julie Fischer and Carina Krausert – to contribute this season.

• • •

Memorial improved its record to 3-1 this season with a 4-1 victory over Stratford Academy in Macon, Ga., on Wednesday.

Condit had two goals and an assist, while Gonyo and Lechner each added goals for the Crusaders, with Jurkin and Novotny picking up second-half assists.

Catholic Memorial bounced back from a 1-0 loss to Frederic Academy in Savanah, Ga., the day before as Frederic scored with four minutes left to play on a free kick.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Two CMH Grads win judicial elections

from today's Waukesha Freeman --

First, Paul Reilly, CMH '80 and a past parent of two CMH grads -

Reilly wins District II Court of Appeals race
Reilly tops Van De Water by six points
By Carl Engelking Freeman Staff

Second, Mark Gundrum, CMH '88 -

Gundrum defeats Congdon
Landslide victory propels state representative onto bench

By Joe Petrie Freeman Staff

Congratulations Paul and Mark!

On the road, but recognized at home...

from today's JSOnline.Com --

Crusader Girls Soccer Ranked #2 in Area Rankings

Ranked #1 in Division 2 in AP State Poll

Two Crusader girls among JSOnline Players to Watch

Girls soccer preview
Players to watch in 2010

Nikki Condit, jr., MF, Catholic Memorial: First-team all-state and Classic 8. Eleven goals, eight assists for Division 2 runner-up.

Valerie Gonyo, jr., F, Catholic Memorial: First-team all-state last two seasons. Classic 8 player of the year had 24 goals, four assists in regular season.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

An Easter Message to the CMH Family

Easter, 2010

Dear CMH Community:

Easter greetings to all of you! I know that these wishes come late, but I have two defenses for my tardiness: 1) my double-duty both here at CMH as well as being in charge of St. Mary’s parish kept me busy last week; and 2) like all the great holy times in the Church’s calendar, Easter is celebrated not only as a day, but as an octave of eight days and a season of fifty. So, sending this message now is still fitting.

The halls of the school are quiet during the days of vacation. It gives us in administration a chance to catch up, and it gives me a chance to reflect a bit more on this holiest celebration in the Church year. In my homily for Easter morning I asked two questions about what Peter and the beloved disciple saw when they looked inside the tomb – the large burial cloth in one spot, and the smaller cloth that covered the heard of Jesus rolled or folded in another place. Who rolled or folded the cloth? Why?

I guess it could have been the Lord himself who folded that cloth separately, but it seems to be more appropriate to consider that His angels or, as he said to Pilate, His attendants were there to care for and serve him. It is especially profound to consider that this service was rendered at the very moment of His most divine, most Godly act. The fact that the evidence of this service was left there for us to see, and was intentionally mentioned by the gospel writer, must be understood as well.

Simply put, even after the resurrection, the Risen Christ’s presence in this world must still be served by those who adore and revere Him. Who else must be the servants of the Lord, and who must be those who adore and revere Him, other than ourselves, those who call ourselves Christians? The ways to offer adoration and reverence are obvious (first off, pray often and go to Mass every Sunday), but the manner of service is sometimes lost amidst the hustle and bustle of our moderns lives. What we often miss is that our acts of service may be as mundane as folding a small cloth.

Among the activities performed by our CMH students in the days leading up to Easter our young people raised awareness of the homeless through Operation Michael; raised funds for Haitian relief and for the Invisible Children of Uganda; participated in a social and cultural exchange with Messmer High School; and planned and organized an Easter Egg Hunt and Brunch for the CMH neighborhood. Believe me…these just name few of the works done which exemplify out our motto Caritas in Omnibus (Charity in all Things).

As I do each day, I pray during this Easter season that every member of the CMH family (students, families, alumni, past parents, faculty and staff) will feel the blessings of the Risen Lord. I also pray that all of us will all be drawn more deeply into the efforts begun among our students to serve the Lord each day of our lives, by living out Caritas in Omnibus. My final prayer is that each of you, as members of the CMH family, will outwardly and obviously support and assist CMH in being a key place where our Christian call to Easter service is fostered so well.

May the Joy of the Resurrection embrace you all!

Our Lady of memorial, pray for us!

Very Reverend Paul Hartmann, CMH ‘84

Girls Soccer on a Southern Road Swing

from today's Waukesha Freeman --

Impressive victory for CMH girls soccer team
– Freeman Staff

HILTON HEAD, S.C. – The Catholic Memorial High School girls soccer team scored a goal in each half and beat three time South Carolina champion Hilton Head Prep 2-0 Monday.

Memorial’s first goal was scored by junior forward Val Gonyo, assisted by senior midfielder Amy Bennett. Senior defender Kara Novotny scored in the second half, assisted by senior midfielder Kelsie Golabowski. Memorial, 2-0, out shot Hilton Head 12-4 in the first of what coach John Burke hopes, weather permitting, are five games on the trip.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Service Club Hosts Brunch & Easter Egg Hunt

Brunch, Easter egg hunt at local high school

WAUKESHA – Catholic Memorial High School will be having a brunch and Easter egg hunt in celebration of the holiday.

Both will take place at 601 E. College Ave. between 11 a.m. and noon April 10.

The event was planned by the Catholic Memorial High School Service Club and is open to anyone “looking for a delicious meal and company for Easter.”

CMH Senior Elizabeth Guhl recognized

on the Waukesha Freeman All-Area teams --

Elizabeth Guhl, sr., Catholic Memorial -- The second-team all-Classic 8 pick averaged 13.3 points per game for the Crusaders. She led the team in rebounding (8.6 per game), blocked shots (2.5 per game) and steals (2.6 per game) as CMH tied for third in the league.

JSOnline Athletes to Watch

from yesterday's JSOnline.Com -

Girls Track and Field Preview

Morgan Sickles, sr., Catholic Memorial: The No. 2 D2 returner in the 3,200 and No. 5 returner in the 1,600.

Thursday, April 1, 2010


from today's Waukesha Freeman --

CMH girls soccer team wins opener
Crusaders explode in second half

WAUKESHA – The Catholic Memorial High School girls soccer team opened its season with a 5-2 come-from-behind victory over Waunakee on Wednesday.

Waunakee led 1-0 at halftime, but Memorial scored the next three goals.

Junior midfielder Val Gonyo scored three goals, while senior midfielder Kelsie Golabowski had a goal and an assist and freshman midfielder Ava Olson had two assists.

Memorial tied the game at 1-1 on a goal by junior forward Mia Uzelac with an assist from senior midfielder Amy Bennett.

Waunakee’s Taylor Madigan, last year’s state Player of the Year, did not score while being marked by senior Kara Novotny and junior Karly Lentz.


from today's Waukesha Freeman --

The track meet was held at Waukesha South.

Catholic Memorial had the only double champion: Kaitlyn Hastings in the 60 high (9.12) and 60 low (8.95) hurdles.

An interesting trend?

With another visitor to this blog last night from either the Middle East, or an otherwise Muslim country (this time, from Bethlehem in the Palestinian Territories), is there a trend of what they google to get here?

Not that I have exact data, but there seems to be a trend of odd interest from the Middle East in last year's spring comedy production of The Death and Life of Sneaky Fitch. Go figure?