Saturday, May 29, 2010

Memorial Day

Following on last week's Celebrating Lives of Service mass with Archbishop Jerome Listecki presiding, every member of the CMH family should be reminded of why we exist as a living memorial -- a memorial to the ideal of sacrifice for something greater than one's self.
No one has greater love than this, to lay down one's life for one's friends.
John 15: 13

Angelus E. Wise, Private, U.S. Army
– May 10, 1942, Bataan Death March
Valentine P. Farkas, Private, Army Air Corps
– June 6, 1942, South Pacific
Thomas J. Jaquest, Private, U.S. Army
– September 21, 1942, Dutch Timor Island, Silver Star
Charles R. Brust, Private, Army Air Corps
– October 17, 1942, Spinal meningitis
Everett G. Kelso, Ensign, USN
– October 21, 1942, training accident, San Diego, CA
Michael J. Puhl, Staff Sgt., U.S. Army
– January 4, 1943, Buna, New Guinea
Robert K. Stark, Private, U.S. Army
– May 24, 1943, Attu, Aleutian Islands, Purple Heart
Harry L. Kruck, Jr., 2nd Lt., Army Air Corps
– September 3, 1943, training accident, Muroc, CA
Valentino A. Brazzale, Sargeant, U.S. Army
– September 11, 1943, Sicily, Italy
Giles Lunenschloss, Private, U.S. Army
– January 6, 1944, New Guinea
Alvan C. Ade, Private, Army Air Corps
– January 7, 1944, Italy
Harry Sewnig, Lt., Army Air Corp
– April 2, 1944, MIA, Italy
Robert H. Petry, 2nd Lt., Army Air Corps
– September 5, 1944, France
William O. Weber, PFC, USMC
– September 15, 1944, Peleliu Island, South Pacific
Joseph M. Kowalski, Sergeant, U.S. Army
– September 16, 1944, Germany
John G. Murdock, Seaman 2nd Class, USN
– December 3, 1944, The Philippines
Robert McGuire, USMC
– January, 4, 1945, Okinawa
George A. Martin, Petty Officer, USN
– March 10, 1945, MIA, lost at sea, Bronze Star
John Roswell Bacon, Marine Medic, USN
– March 14, 1945, injuries at Iwo Jima
Leonard J. Meola, Private, U.S. Army
– March 19, 1945, Luzon, Philippines
Frederick J. Patrinos, Sergeant, Army Air Corps
– April 19, 1945, MIA, Oslo Norway, Purple Heart
Stephen Prelozni, Staff Sgt., U.S. Army
– April 23, 1945, Germany
William S. Malone, 1st Lt., Army Air Corps
– September 26, 1945, training accident, Millville, PA

David J. Frischmann
– May 29, 1967, South Vietnam
George Carr
– February 1, 1968, South Vietnam
Cornelius Vanderstarren
– September 13, 1968, South Vietnam
Craig Sullivan
– October 24, 1986, training accident, Mediterranean Sea
Robert P. Warns, II
– November 8, 2004, Iraq
Richard Warner
– December 13, 2004, Iraq

Requiescant in Pace

Friday, May 28, 2010

CMH Scholarships Shatter Records

Over $12.4 Million in College Scholarship Awards Offered to Catholic Memorial High School (CMH) Class of 2010
Average Increase of 18% in Awards Offered in Each of Past Two Years

Waukesha, WI - Over $12.4 million in academic scholarships was offered to the 2010 graduating class of Catholic Memorial High School by U.S. colleges, universities and civic organizations. Ninety seven percent (97%) of the 185 seniors will attend colleges and universities. Two percent will enter military service, and three will pursue a career in professional sports.

Commencement ceremonies will begin with the Baccalaureate Mass at 11:00 AM on Sunday, June 6, 2010 in the InPro Athletic Center at 601 E. College Avenue in Waukesha.

Girls Soccer Continues Shut Outs

from today's Waukesha Freeman --

CMH extends shutout streak

MILWAUKEE – The Catholic Memorial High School soccer team kept its shutout streak alive. The Crusaders, ranked No. 1 in Division 2, played Divine Savior Holy Angels to a 0-0 nonconference tie Thursday. Behind junior goalkeeper Monica Gonyo, the Crusaders (17-2-2) recorded their 12th consecutive shutout, this one against the second-ranked team in Division 1. Memorial, which hasn’t lost to a Wisconsin team this season, has played 1,021 consecutive minutes without giving up a goal, dating back to April 17. DSHA is 13-4-5.

Boys Track move on to State

from today's Waukesha Freeman --

Luterbach leads CMH boys team
Distance runner helps Crusaders finish second

By Jeff Hagenau Freeman Correspondent

WHITEWATER – The Catholic Memorial High School boys track and field team seized its opportunity to shine. That was a fitting way to describe Memorial’s performance as it placed second in a WIAA Division 2 sectional at Whitewater High School on Thursday. The top four individuals in each event automatically qualified for next week’s state meet at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.

Senior John Luterbach placed second in the highly contested 1,600- and 3,200-meter races to lead Memorial, which scored 57 points – 34 points behind first-place Whitewater. “I really tried to make the most of the opportunity and enjoy every moment,” said Luterbach, who qualified for state in at least one event for the third consecutive year. “Both races were very competitive so it was just a matter of maintaining a good pace, staying comfortable and finishing strong. “It was a great feeling to run another solid race and make it back to state one more time. I can’t wait to see how it plays out.”

Memorial veteran coach John Gabelbauer was excited about how his team responded to the big-meet pressure. “It was really satisfying to see the guys come through with that type of determined effort,” Gabelbauer said. “The kids came out on a mission and made it happen in a big way.” Memorial showcased its depth in the relay events by winning the 800 and placing second in the 1,600 and 3,200.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Last night's Jazz in the Park

With beautiful weather and a good crowd,
live from the Les Paul Performance Center in Waukesha's Cutler Park,
as the opening act of the summer season...

The Catholic Memorial High School Jazz Ensemble

Sophomores Gabe Wichser and Alfie Garcia

Senior Jonathon Balicki, winner of the 2010 Louis Armstrong Jazz Musician Award

The Blues Band with leader singer, senior Miles Klimara, also a National Merit Scholarship Finalist

Returning to play with his alma mater, CMH grad Phil Engsberg, fresh from his first year
in the vaunted University of North Florida's Jazz Studies program

Congratulations to all our CMH musicians and performers. Special thanks go out to Mr. Peter Lange, CMH music director, and Mr. Andy Ruggieri (CMH '79), producer and promoter of Jazz in Cutler Park.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Girls Soccer clinch third straight conference title

from today's Waukesha Freeman --

CMH wraps up third straight title

WAUKESHA – The Catholic Memorial High School girls soccer team won its third straight Classic 8 Conference title Tuesday with a 6-0 victory over Waukesha North.

The Crusaders (17-2-1 overall, 6-0-1 Classic 8) did not allow a goal in seven league games, outscoring Classic 8 opponents 20-0.

Goalkeepers Monica Gonyo, a junior, and Greta Davis, a sophomore, combined for CMH’s 11th straight shutout, which is a school record.

Senior midfielder Natalie Lechner had two goals and an assist for CMH, and junior forward Nikki Condit had a goal and two assists. Freshman midfielder Ava Olson had a goal and assist, and senior midfielder Amy Bennett and junior defender Val Gonyo scored a goal apiece. Freshman forward Julie Fischer and freshman defender Carina Krausert each had an assist.

CMH Student Releases CD!

You've heard him at the CMH Auction.
You've heard him at the Prom Grand March.
You've heard him at our own CMH Star Search.

Now if you are looking to get your hands on a CD full of old favorites and original piano compositions by CMH junior Kevin Koprowski your chance has arrived.

Kevin's first album, STILLNESS, will be available starting tomorrow. Have your CMH student contact Kevin to get a copy of this CD for only $8. Kevin will be donating 10% of all profits to the International Outreach Club's relief efforts for Haiti.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Celebrating Lives of Service

Last Thursday, as CMH has done over the last five years, we gathered to celebrate the reason CMH was founded -- to be a living memorial to the ideals of sacrifice for others.

The day used to be Grandparents Day, but was transitioned to a wider and greater sense of celebration about five years ago.

Now it represents our fulfillment of an obligation to the 23 men from St. Joe's Parish who sacrificed theirs live for our country in World War II, as well as the six other CMH alums added to this honor roll since then. Moreover, it is a chance to celebrate the examples of service shown by the Franciscan Sisters who served CMH for so many years; the priests from our supporting parishes; and yes, the parents, grandparents and other supporters of our school's mission to educate and form young people into living memorials of ultimate service to others.

The celebration last Thursday, and it was wonderful to have Archbishop Listecki preside on his first official visit to CMH.

The only damper on the day was that a good number of our parents wrote releases for their students to skip this celebration. It is sad because it makes one wonder about our overall commitment to this mission and this living memorial.

Another Milestone crossed

I now have over
Facebook friends. Almost all CMH alumni!

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Calling on CMHers at, or from, St. James, Lannon

I have been the St. James/CMH liaison for the past year. One of the initiatives for the year is to take part in a service project at St. James as a way to say thanks for the support we receive from St. James Parish in attending CMH.

Tomorrow is the Third Annual Jim Engel Memorial Bike Ride to help benefit the Mission trip this summer to Kansas City, KS. Please visit our mission trip blog site from July 18th–23rd to see pictures and read about what the kids are doing during their week in Kansas City at Jim Engel was a very good friend of Fr. Art's, who happened to pass away the day before the first benefit while riding his bike. Father Art has also been ill and hospitalized the past few weeks and has not been able to pump up the event, thus, numbers appear to be down.

Originally, our service project was to donate and serve lunch for the event. Since numbers are down, the only need was to supply the desserts as parents of participants are taking care of lunch. We've already purchased and donated the cookies from Sam's and individually bagged them with a label stating "donated by the St. James/CMH Families".

Here's where we really need your donations. Since time is not needed to help at this event, we're hoping you'll sponsor this event with a cash donation. We'd like to have enough money to get the kids home from Kansas. If you could write a check, put it in an envelope and note it's coming from a St. James/CMH family and drop it in the basket this weekend or throw it in the mail to:

St. James Parish
W220 N6588 Town Line Rd.
Menomonee Falls, WI 53051

Thanks for your Support!
Tammy Rinaldi

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Remedying an oversight

Last Friday evening at the Classic 8 outdoor conference meet both John Luterbach and Mike Silas took 1st places for the Crusaders. John won the 3200 meter run in a time of 9:31.55 and Mike won the Shot Put with a put of 52-06.
On Monday, May 24th the boy’s team will compete in the WIAA Division 2 Regional at Carroll University. The field events begin at 3:00 and the running at 3:30. Come out and support the boys!

One more Basketball All-Star

Benefit All-Star game set for May 26 in Milwaukee

The inaugural High School Athletes of Milwaukee Against Abuse All-Star basketball games are set for May 26 at Mount Mary College in Milwaukee. The girls game will tipoff at 6 p.m. followed by the boys contest at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $5 with all proceeds going to charity. Organizers said the players selected for this event were not selected for the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association All-Star game in June.

Among those chosen for the all-star girls' contest is Emi Kihslinger of Catholic Memorial.

CMH Jazz Ensemble Kicks off Summer for the City

Kicking off Waukesha's Jazz in Cutler Park series will be the CMH Jazz Ensemble opening for the Peter Lange Quartet.

Jazz in Cutler Park is held 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.Wednesdays.

Come out next Wednesday and enjoy the show!

For more information click here.

Another College Signing

from today's Waukesha Freeman --

CMH baseball player signs college letter

WAUKESHATrevor Johnson, a senior at Catholic Memorial High School, has signed a national letter of intent to play baseball at the University of Illinois-Springfield. UIS is a Division II school in the Great Lakes Valley Conference. “Trevor is an extremely athletic player who will give us quickness in the lineup,” UIS head coach Brian Grunzke said.

Congratulations Trevor! Go Prairie Stars!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

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CMH Art Show this Thursday and Friday!

from today's Waukesha Freeman --

Catholic Memorial High School to hold art show

WAUKESHA – The annual student art show at Catholic Memorial High School features more than 1,000 pieces of art produced by 200 students. The event will be held in the school library, 601 E. College Ave., from 7:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Thursday and 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Friday. For more information, call 542-7101 or visit

Boys Tennis 2nd in Conference Tourney

from today's Waukesha Freeman --

By Daniel Mike Freeman Staff

WAUKESHA – Waukesha South High School has doubled its pleasure on the tennis courts – in several ways. South’s boys tennis team doubled up on league titles, first going 7-0 in conference duals and then winning Saturday’s Dick Arnold Classic 8 Conference Championships at Heyer Park. South also doubled its school’s tennis dual titles this season, as both the boys girls teams went 7-0 in league duals. South boys scored 28 team points Saturday, while Catholic Memorial tied Arrowhead for second place at 27.

Not yet sure how worried to be about this sort of thing...

Monday, May 17, 2010

Still room to sign up...

Join us for an evening of tribute as...

Coach Bill Young
Pat Seegers '75
Stephanie Pesch Obermyer '96
are inducted into the CMH
Athletic Hall of Fame!

Get together with old and new CMH friends
Monday, June 14, 2010
for the
Inaugural Athletic Hall of Fame Banquet

Cocktail Reception 4:30-6:00 pm
Dinner/Awards 6:00-8:00 pm

The Legend at Bristlecone
Hartland, WI

Join us for the day! Get a foursome together or register individually! Click here for golf information.

Unable to join us at all? Send a tribute to the Hall of Famers!

Friday, May 14, 2010

CMH's "White Christmas" Recognized

White Christmas wins 6 Tommy Awards

Congratulations to Director Chris Andacht and the cast and crew of our 2009 musical White Christmas for winning 6 Tommy Awards!

These awards include:
Outstanding Musical Number – Falling Out of Love Can Be Fun
Outstanding Ensemble
Outstanding Lead Performer – Gavin Briscoe (Bob Wallace)
Outstanding Supporting Performer – Erika Lee (Martha Wilson)
Outstanding Stage Management – Jennifer Loeffler
Outstanding Choreography – Doug Reed

Honorable Mentioned:
Brenna Davidson (Betty)
Sarah Lang (Judy)
Lauren Della (Susan Waverly)
Amy Olson (Rita)
Alex Gromacki (Rhoda)

The Tommy Award ceremony will take place Sunday, June 6 at 7 PM at the Overture Center. The ceremony will include performances of winners in the Outstanding Musicals, Outstanding Musical Number and Outstanding Lead Performer categories. A FINALE number with winners in the Outstanding Lead and Outstanding Supporting Performer categories will also be performed. All award winners will receive a Tommy Award and certificate.

The Overture’s Tommy Awards’ is an educational initiative that honors and celebrates excellence in musical theater production among area high school students.

For more information please visit:

Thursday, May 13, 2010

More on Dr. Cepelka...

from the Archdiocese of Milwaukee website --

Archdiocese of Milwaukee Names Dr. Kathleen Cepelka Superintendent of Schools

The Archdiocese of Milwaukee announced today that Kathleen Cepelka, Ph.D., has been hired as superintendent of Catholic Schools.

"Dr. Cepelka brings exceptional credentials to the Archdiocese of Milwaukee," Archbishop Jerome E. Listecki said. "She will be an asset to our school staff, parents, students and supporters of Catholic schools. Kathleen has a passion for education, especially Catholic education.

"In her role with the archdiocese, Cepelka will be responsible for developing and implementing strategies that promote and enhance quality Catholic education.

“What I believe about Catholic education, and what I’ve attempted to develop in all the Catholic schools where I’ve ministered over those years, has been profoundly and permanently influenced by post-Vatican II Church documents on Catholic education, particularly To Teach as Jesus Did,” Cepelka said. “Authentic Catholic schools, I believe, are vibrant communities of faith in which the message of the Gospel is regularly taught and responsibly lived, communities of worship in which every aspect of school life is rooted in prayer, and communities of service that prepare their graduates to effect positive societal change.”Cepelka, a Whitefish Bay resident and member of both Gesu Parish and the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, received a Ph.D. in education administration from Marquette University in 1992. She holds master's degrees from the University of St. Thomas and Ball State University and received a bachelor's degree from Marian University.

Dr. Cepelka, has spent over 40 years serving Catholic schools in various capacities. Her work at Marquette University College of Education has included service as both a full and part-time faculty member. She currently serves as the associate dean of the College of Education and is director of teacher education.

She also actively supports numerous organizations including Pius XI High School Board of Directors, the Dominican High School Leadership Transition Team, Saint Clare Center Advisory Board, and the Capuchin Province of St. Joseph Public Relations Ministry, Schools’ Theology and Faith Formation Committee. In addition, she is co-chair of the Greater Milwaukee Catholic Education Consortium (GMCEC).

As superintendent, Cepelka will oversee the operation of 13 secondary and 114 elementary schools in the 10-county Archdiocese of Milwaukee. Cepelka, who currently serves as the associate dean in the College of Education at Marquette University, will begin on July 1.

Former CMH Principal, Dr. Kathleen Cepelka, Name Archdiocesan Superintendent of Schools

excerpted from yesterday's JSOnline.Com --

Marquette U associate dean chosen as head of Milwaukee archdiocese schools
By Amy Hetzner of the Journal Sentinel
May 12, 2010

The Archdiocese of Milwaukee has named an associate dean at Marquette University's College of Education as the next head of southeast Wisconsin's Catholic school system.

Kathleen Cepelka, who was the principal of Waukesha's Catholic Memorial High School for eight years before assuming her job as associate dean and director of teacher education at Marquette in 2007, is slated to start on July 1.

"Dr. Cepelka brings extraordinary credentials to the Archdiocese of Milwaukee," Archbishop Jerome Listecki said in a news release announcing her appointment. "She will be an asset to our school staff, parents, students and supporters of Catholic schools."...

...As superintendent, Cepelka will oversee 127 schools scattered across 10 counties in the archdiocese.


from today's Waukesha Freeman --

WAUKESHA – The Catholic Memorial High School boys tennis team defeated Waukesha North 7-0, losing only one set in a Classic 8 Conference dual meet Wednesday. The Crusaders lost only eight games in singles as Alex Klaas won 6-2, 6-2 at No. 1, Kevin Lanigan won 6-0, 6-2 at No. 2, Matt Mirsberger won 6-1, 6-1 at No. 3 and Jake Truelove won 6-0, 6-0 at No. 4.

The No. 1 doubles match was the only one to go three sets as Matt Mills and Matt Lawton defeated North’s Chris Massman and Troy Laedtke 6-3, 4-6, 6-3. Memorial’s Micah Lofholm and Charlie Raddatz won 6-2, 6-1 at No. 2 doubles, while No. 3 doubles went to Sean Spencer and Tim Siegler, 7-5, 7-5.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Busy day

Sorry, no posts right now. It seems I've stirred things up just a bit.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

CMH Spring Concerts: Friday, May 14th & Tuesday, May 18th

Join the CMH community for the Spring Music Concerts.

The Jazz Concert is Friday, May 14th, 7pm at the CMH auditorium. The Choir and Orchestra Concert will be on Tuesday, May 18th, 7pm at the Shattuck Auditorium on the campus of Carroll University.

Christian Athletic Scholarship winners

from today's Waukesha Freeman --

WAUKESHA – The 2010 Christian Athletic Scholarship Awards Banquet was held Sunday, during which five students received awards.
Pictured from left to right are: Aleah Heinlein, Catholic Memorial High School, received a $2,000 female scholarship; Jacob Laux, Kettle Moraine High School, received a $2,000 male scholarship; Kelly Koier, Menomonee Falls High School, received a $2,000 Garrett Becker Scholarship; Cassie Raduka, Oconomowoc High School, received a $5,000 Doug Baker Memorial Scholarship; and Mackenzie Metcalf, eighth grade, received a scholarship to Lake Country Lutheran High School.
The Christian Scholarship Foundation seeks to honor young men and women who have shown tremendous effort and ability in four important areas: Christian witness and service, athletic accomplishments, academic skills and school activities. It is the intent of the scholarship foundation to honor young people who have excelled in these areas and to encourage other young people to follow in their steps.
The awards included the Divine Redeemer Award,The Garrett Becker Award,The Male and Female Christian Athletic Scholarship and The Doug Baker Christian Leadership Award. The Doug Baker Christian Leadership Award is presented to the nominee who has displayed outstanding Christian leadership.
The award is given in memory of Douglas Baker, who was a member of Divine Redeemer Lutheran Church. He attended the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, where he played football. He is remembered for his character, leadership and love for Jesus Christ.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Starting the night off right

Following the time for pictures and the Grand March, and before the buses left to take the kids to prom, we celebrated mass together.

Many parents and family members joined in this celebration that served both to start the evening off right, and to avoid the inevitable tension between parents and kids when the kids want to sleep in the next morning.

It was students themselves who planned the liturgy, served as musicians and ministers, and made the celebration a success.

At the conclusion of the mass, Mr. Bob Hall led the promgoers out the gym to the waiting buses for the trip to the Mitchell Park Domes for Prom, then to Stonefire Pizza for Post Prom.
Special thanks to all those who worked to make this year's prom such a successful event for our kids --
Terry Gavin and Diane Hyde -- Faculty moderators
Jan Lewicki and Lisa Weisner -- Mother's Club organizers of Grand March and Post Prom
Jon Brzeski -- Campus Minister
and many, many other volunteers and chaperones.
Thanks to all!

CMH was their school family first

Three CMH families (and only CMH families) are profiled in an article in the Marquette Journal about the "family" experience at MU.

It says something great when that which MU touts, really has its roots here at CMH!

On a side note, while they are not allowed to confirm the numbers from other schools, it is estimated that CMH is probably the fourth largest feeder school to MU, behind only two Jesuit high schools (Loyola in suburban Chicago, and MUHS) and maybe DSHA or Arrowhead depending on the year.

To read the profiles of the McInerny, Garces, and Quinn families click here.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Far-flung visitors

Why people find this blog from the far corners of the world...

A Norwegian googled "Midwest Rugby Championships" and a Brit searched "girls rugby Wisconsin". A sport of amazing global popularity this rugby!

A visitor from Costa Rica was looking for things having to do with "pig roast", like the one the Junior Crusader Football program hosted last fall.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

GIRLS SOCCER -- Laura Moynihan Tournament

photo by Benny Sieu

Val Gonyo had a blast Saturday afternoon.

The Catholic Memorial junior bombed a 70-yard free kick that bounced into the goal as the Crusaders beat Brookfield East, 1-0, in the championship match of the 16th annual Laura Moynihan Tournament at Uihlein Soccer Park.

Gonyo's wind-aided strike came late in the first half in a match between two of the state's best teams. East is ranked No. 5 in the state in the Division 1 coaches' poll and second in the area by the Journal Sentinel, while Catholic Memorial is No. 1 in the Division 2 poll and fourth in the area.

And the difference between them was one windy, wacky goal.

"I just went up to take the kick, and the wind grabbed ahold of it," Gonyo said. "I had been lofting balls up all day, but this one I hit like a shot."

Gonyo kicked the ball on the Crusaders side of midfield after an East foul in the 30th minute. The ball, with the help of a stiff wind, reached the East box, where goalkeeper Erin Wachowiak rushed out to get it. But the ball bounded over her head and into the left side of the goal.

"Sometimes the shots that look the prettiest aren't the ones that go in," said Catholic Memorial coach John Burke. "Sometimes you win matches on ones that didn't look real good."

The score came after the Crusaders (13-2-1) hit the crossbar and the post with shot attempts.

"Usually those are things that come back to haunt you," Burke said. "When we got the free kick, it was late in the half, and I just told Val to throw it on goal and see what happens."

The Crusaders defense did the rest in the second half, preventing East (10-2-0) from scoring or even mustering a good chance. The Spartans' best chance for an equalizer came in the 65th minute, but senior midfielder Rebekah Roller's wicked liner pounded off the crossbar.

"I'm surprised the bar didn't fold in half she hit so hard," said East coach Matt Schroeder. "We didn't create many chances, and I also thought we played with some heavy legs."

In the semifinals Saturday morning, the Spartans worked hard to beat state-ranked Verona, 3-2. Senior Alex Piercy scored the game-winner in the second half, and East avenged a 5-2 loss to Verona earlier in the season.

"Verona is a tough side, and it was good that we could come back and win it," Schroeder said. "It was a good experience for us to take a lead late in a game, then have to manage it and win it."

Catholic Memorial had an easier time, beating Muskego, 5-0. The Crusaders did not allow a goal in three tournament games despite missing some key defenders, and playing Gonyo - usually an offensive-minded midfielder - on the back line.

"With the injuries we have had, we have had to do some things different," Burke said. "Today Val was in the back. Tomorrow it might be something different."

Golf Team Flexes Muscle

from today's Waukesha Freeman --


Classic 8 flexes its muscle
Arrowhead, CMH win in Janesville

JANESVILLE – The Classic 8 Conference continues to show it is arguably the best boys golf conference in the state. Arrowhead High School, the three-time defending state champion, won Saturday’s Division 1 portion of the Ashenfelter Invitational on Saturday at Riverside Golf Course.

Fellow Classic 8 teams Catholic Memorial and Waukesha North finished 1-2, respectively, in Division 2...

Memorial’s Division 2 total of 316 was four shots better than Waukesha North...

Catholic Memorial’s 316 was best in Division 2, while North had 320.

Catholic Memorial had three golfers under 80: Marco Blise 77, Sean Harvey 78 and Chad Bonis 79...

--The Freeman Staff

Monday, May 3, 2010

More Academic All-Stars

from Thursday'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...

Freeman Prep Profile

from last Thursday's Waukesha Freeman --

Chamberlin gets good training for Army at Memorial

By Daniel Mike Freeman Staff

WAUKESHA – John Burke has little doubt Ellen Chamberlin will succeed after high school. Burke has coached the Catholic Memorial High School senior soccer player for four years. As advisor for the school’s newspaper, Burke also got the chance to see Chamberlin run the newspaper since her sophomore year. “Her leadership is the most remarkable thing about her,” Burke said of Chamberlin.

It’s an easy attribute to spot in Chamberlin, a team captain this season, and it’s a large part of what led to Chamberlin being accepted to the United States Military Academy at West Point. “She is a natural leader,” Burke said. “As a sophomore, she was leading a (newspaper) staff of predominantly junior and senior writers. We’d have staff meetings and she’d command the room as a sophomore. “What makes her a great soccer player is her ability to lead; her ability to walk into a room or step onto a field and command instant respect.”

Chamberlin is already enjoying the opportunity to lead on the soccer field this season. “I’m a captain, so I have more chances to practice,” Chamberlin said of her leadership skills. “It’s an important opportunity for me, because next year I’ll be at the bottom of the totem pole.”

Chamberlin has been dreaming of attending West Point since she was 12 years old. “I’ve known what it takes to get in, so I adjusted my school and activities so I was the right candidate,” she said. “I found out (I was accepted) a year ago, and it was the best feeling I’ve ever had. It’s the only thing I’ve wanted so much. “I’ve wanted to be in the Army for a long time. This worked out great, because I can do the Army and school at the same time. I didn’t want to go to the Army and then go to college after.”

While she will “be on the lowest rung” at West Point next year, it’d be hard to imagine her not rising up to a leadership position quickly. “The reason why she’s able to command that respect is because her work ethic is so extraordinary,” Burke said. “In soccer, she’s the one sprinting in gyms months before the season begins. Before practice, she starts working on technical skills. She leads all the talks the team has together. “All those things are what makes her great.”

Chamberlin, a secondteam all-Classic 8 Conference defender as a junior, has her presence felt at the junior varsity and freshman levels as well. “Her commitment level to the freshmen is as strong as her commitment level to teammates who are seniors,” Burke said. “People notice that right away. You look at our two freshmen who are starting, and Ellen is working with them and spending time with them as much as she spends time with senior teammates.” Chamberlin, who began playing soccer when she was 5 years old, has been a varsity performer since her freshman season, when the Crusaders won the WIAA Division 2 state title. The Crusaders have lost the state title game the past two seasons. “I feel privileged to get to the state final, but it’s tough losing twice,” Chamberlin said. “We have so much to look forward to again this year.”

Her absence next season will be a blow to Catholic Memorial, but Burke has no problem letting go of a person of Chamberlin’s stature. “We’re going to miss her tremendously,” Burke said. “But when you have kids like Ellen Chamberlin, as much as you’re going to miss them, you’re also so excited about the kind of service you know she’s capable of – not only to the community, but to her country. “I’m proud of her decision to go to West Point. She’s going to serve our country in remarkable ways, and we’re all going to benefit from it.”

Worth watching...

Go to the Edline page for Campus Ministry, and check out the Senior Retreat Slide Show!