Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Thinking of Tests, Trophies, and Tomorrows...

this message was sent yesterday, via Edline, to all CMH families --


Dear CMH Community:

I realize that we don’t normally send out a CMH Newsletter or message in the middle of the summer, but with the 4th of July just a few days away, I thought I might write a letter to update all of you on a few things.

First, on the subject of tests – I am sure that you have heard or read the coverage of the annual Newsweek list of “America’s Best High Schools.” While congratulations justifiably go out to all of the schools listed and the students who work so hard at those schools, it should be remembered that the listing intentionally omits all private schools. Following the formula used by the Newsweek editors, if they were willing to include us, CMH would rank higher than any of the eight public high schools listed from Waukesha County. This is an accomplishment which reflects well not only on our outstanding students, but also our faculty and staff who work so hard to ensure success for all their students.

Second, on the subject of Trophies – once again, congratulations to the Girls Soccer team for their State Championship. This year, Crusader athletics had many great accomplishments, as did our drama productions and fine arts shows. When it comes to extra-curriculars, CMH has successes disproportionate to our size and budgets. Instead, our success is directly proportionate to the dedication of our young people and the commitment of their coaches, mentors, and moderators.

Lastly, when considering our tomorrows – as some of you may already know, at the direction of the CMH Board of Directors, we have undertaken a strategic planning process for CMH. Known as Vision 2020, this effort is being spearheaded by the CMH administrative leadership team with the participation of faculty, staff, and board members. Delving into work on specific strategic issues expands the core team to include alumni, past and present parents, as well as community members and future stakeholders. The widest possible consultation of all stakeholder groups will be taking place through focus groups and surveys.

The early work of Vision 20202 formulated the strategic issues to be dealt with over the next ten years. Six issue teams are hard at work in these areas – academics, Catholic identity, students, employees, facilities, and financial stability. It is hoped that the Vision 2020 plan for the future will be presented to the community and approved by Archbishop Listecki by the end of the calendar year. Rest assured, this effort will not be performed only to have a binder sit on a shelf, it should exist to bind us in our path to even greater successes over the next ten years and beyond.

As noted above, in a few days our nation will celebrate the anniversary of its founding. But, for the last twenty years, July 4th has also been the Catholic Church’s feast day for the Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati. Beatified in 1990 by Pope John Paul II, Blessed Pier Giorgio is considered one of the patrons of World Youth Days. In something pertinent to our mission at CMH, the Dominican priest who received the teenaged Giorgio into the Dominican Order wrote of him, “At an age in which passions bubble in the hearts of young people and threaten to break all bounds, Pier Giorgio concentrated his vital forces and kept them in balance. Day by day, in front of God and men, he learned to conquer himself and to master himself.” To study his biography is to know that the key to the success of Pier Giorgio’s devout faith life was not only held in his prayerful heart, but it was bolstered by his diligent studies (which we expect of our kids here at CMH) and further focused by his energetic participation in athletics and service to others (which we do very well here at CMH).

Whether it be the summer of 2010, or when our seventy-first freshman class arrives in the fall of 2020, all our successes at CMH will be premised upon our absolute unity in passing on devout faith, providing strong academics, and offering those extras which form the whole person into CMH graduates who can master themselves and go on to transform the world.

I pray that you will have a wonderful summer. I am very excited about the year, and the decade, to come for all of us in the CMH family.

Our Lady of Memorial, pray for us!

Sincerely yours in Christ,


Very Reverend Paul B. R. Hartmann
President

Monday, June 28, 2010

Slow days...but it is summer.


Hello to a visitor to this blog from Slovakia!

Thursday, June 24, 2010

By a CMH grad...

from this week's Lake Country Reporter --

Delafield man hopes Disney dreams come true
By Erin Lamb


Twenty-six-year-old Brent Dodge [CMH '02] isn't just wishing on a star to make his dreams come true.
The Town of Delafield native packed up his Herbie the Love Bug replica Volkswagen Beetle recently, moved to Florida, and has spent the past 105 days in a row - and counting! - at Disney World, in pursuit of his ultimate dream.

The self-described Disney nerd, who estimates he's been to the Florida park more than 750 times throughout his life, packed up to promote his newly finished book about film references in Walt Disney World and find his happily ever after...

Be sure to check out Brent's website and podcasts.

Lest we forget...


Crusader sports is probably never completely finished.


Baseball is still in full swing. Click here for more info!


Photo -- Waukesha Freeman - Katie Derksen/Catholic Memorial’s Casey Kula jumps for a ball while Waukesha South’s Mark Brandt slides safely into second base.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

MISSION ACCOMPLISHED

from today's Waukesha Freeman --

WIAA DIVISION 2 STATE GIRLS SOCCER TOURNAMENT

MISSION ACCOMPLISHED
Crusaders win school’s seventh state title

By Mark Hutchinson Freeman Staff

MILWAUKEE – The Catholic Memorial High School girls soccer team dedicated itself to winning a state championship this season. And before the Crusaders went out and earned the seventh one in their program’s history with a 1-0 victory over Grafton in Saturday’s WIAA Division 2 state title match at Uihlein Soccer Park, they dedicated it to members of their extended family.
“We decided to dedicate the championship game to one person and one group of people,” CMH coach John Burke said. “I asked the girls to play hard for my 3-year-old daughter, Molly, who has leukemia and is undergoing chemotherapy, and for all the TOPSoccer kids – special-needs kids – that our girls coach, for all the courage they show. “It was wonderful to have Molly and the TOPS kids here today supporting our girls.” The Crusaders gave them all a thrill.

Junior defender Val Gonyo broke up a scoreless stalemate when she kicked a line drive just off the outstretched fingertips of Grafton sophomore keeper Alisa Viste and into the goal at 55:23. The CMH defense, which yielded just 10 goals all season, did the rest, enabling junior goalie Monica Gonyo to play all 80 minutes without having to make a save.

The victory earned the Crusaders, who were making their fifth straight appearance in a state final, their fourth WIAA state championship and an unparalleled total of seven state titles dating back through their years in WISAA. They finished their 2010 campaign at 23-2-2 while Grafton wound up 19-6-1.

“One of the things that I think was special about this team was we went 20-0-2 in Wisconsin this season,” Burke said. “We played one of the toughest schedules any team could play. “It’s a remarkable thing that these kids have accomplished. We’ve played in five consecutive state title games. We’ve won three of them. We have seven state championships to our credit, which is the most in the history of Wisconsin. And we’re this little school from a blue-collar neighborhood in Waukesha.”

Val Gonyo said her coach’s pregame talk gave the Crusaders extra incentive. “Before the game, Coach Burke talked about Molly,” Gonyo said. “We’re all praying for her, hoping she’ll pull through and hoping for the best for her. “We were definitely playing this game for her and the TOPS kids, too. Some of them were here today and we were definitely playing for them.”

Gonyo didn’t let opportunity’s knock go unanswered when it came along. “We’ve been trying to combine with our forwards and midfielders pretty much ever since I’ve been playing defense,” Gonyo said. “I saw the ball laid back to me and I just went for it and ripped it.” The junior defender was pleased that the Crusaders were able to send their seniors – Kelsie Golabowski, Kara Novotny, Amy Bennett, Alicia Ostromecki, Ellen Chamberlin, Sophia Rodriguez and Natalie Lechner – off as state champions. Several of them were members of CMH’s title-winning team as freshmen, but had to settle for state runner-up medals in each of the past two seasons.

“Our seniors were great this year,” Gonyo said. “We definitely wanted to win it for them, especially because the past two years haven’t been that great for us. “We definitely went into this game playing our hardest and working our hardest. We wanted to do it for them and also the whole team.”

Bennett, a midfielder who started as a freshman for CMH’s state champions in 2007, wore one of the most satisfied smiles among the Crusaders after they accepted their championship trophy Saturday. “This feels great,” Bennett said. “I’m just ecstatic right now, considering our seniors waited three years since we won it when we were freshmen. When we lost in the championship match as sophomores, it hurt and we were shocked, but we were like, ‘OK, we can do it next year.’ Then when it didn’t happen the next year, I was really down. It was terrible. “Now that our seniors get to celebrate in our last year here, it’s just amazing. It was worth the wait.”

Burke was impressed with the Crusaders’ perseverance. “State title games are very difficult to win,” the coach said. “You saw how many chances we created, but we just couldn’t seem to get a ball to bounce our way. We were within the box – the 6-yard box, not just the penalty area – for most of the game. We kept telling the kids, ‘Be patient, be patient, defend, defend, defend until we get something.’

“What’s happened sometimes to us in the past is we’ll control a game and then we’ll push so many people forward that we get transitioned on and then all of a sudden we’re down 1-0. So we had to stay very disciplined and be patient. When the goal finally came, we were very confident that we could hold onto the lead.”

E-mail: mhutchinson@conleynet.com

Sunday, June 20, 2010

More Pics from the Soccer Championship








All images Copyright ©2010 Billy Seidel

Congratulations to CMH Girls Soccer



Since school is not in session, it is that much more difficult to ensure that the praises of the CMH Community for the work, play, and success of the CMH Girls Soccer Team are properly shared.

The Girls Soccer State Championship marks the 4th State Championship for CMH this year (Girls Volleyball, Boys Skiing, Boys Basketball). If I am not mistaken, this is a feat not attained in more the 25 years.

The entire CMH community is proud of these fine young women and the leadership given by Coach Burke and his staff.

Thank you for a great season.

Our Lady of Memorial, pray for us!
Our Lady of Victory, pray for us!

Fr. Paul

Friday, June 18, 2010

Across the pond.


Well, not the Atlantic Ocean, just Lake Michigan. I am across the lake, Grand Rapids, MI, until tomorrow so that I can be a presenter and panelist in programs at the annual Acton University. Participating in the institute's program for Catholic High School teachers are CMH faculty members Jon Brzeski, Mary Gentile, and John Waliszewski.


Congrats to CMH Alum

from the Cardinal Stritch University Sports Information Office --


CMH Alum Mlachnik Named CCAC Player of the Year
Lindsay Christensen, Stritch Sports Information

N.B. Dean is a 2005 CMH grad, and his father, Dean, is a 1982 grad.



Milwaukee, Wis. – Though the year ended earlier for the Cardinal Stritch University Wolves then it did for many of the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference baseball teams, the Wolves still managed to walk away with a few postseason awards, including the biggest individual honor in the conference. After a standout season, junior Dean Mlachnik earned the CCAC Player of the Year Award, becoming the first Stritch baseball player to ever receive the honor. Senior Andy Abromaitis also received props for his efforts this season, making the Honorable Mention All-Conference team.

Mlachnik, a transfer, led Stritch in almost every offensive category and was named to the All-Conference team for third base. He ended the season with a .428 batting average and led the league in both doubles, with 22, and triples, with nine. He recorded a .728 slugging percentage and an on base percentage of .474. The Muskego, Wis. native earned 55 RBI, 15 more than any other Stritch player. Mlachnik had multiple hits in 21 games this season, including a five hit game on Apr. 2 against Calumet St. Joseph.

The CCAC Player of the Year brought both leadership and consistency to the Wolves. Mlachnik hit .857 with bases loaded and went a perfect 14-14 when runners were on third base with less than two out. He showed patience at the plate, walking 14 times, fourth best on the team. Mlachnik added to his bag of tricks with his base running, stealing 10 bases on the season, second only to the speedy Sterling Smith. With another year to play, Mlachnik has another whole season to shine for the Wolves.

Welcome to the visitor from...

Baku, Azerbaijan!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Some pics from the Golf Outing

The Nevins Family, long-time supporters of CMH, brought out Hanna Nevins (center) as the day's most experienced golfer.

Just to prove that I was there... even with the clouds I got some sunburn. The rest of my foursome included CMH present parent Roy Bixby, alum and Board Member Marie O'Brien '80, and Ron Smith, a fellow graduate from the Class of '84.


The days overall winning foursome -- Mike Giffhorn, Terry Pavlic, Mike Harvey, and Mike Moore.


The winning mixed foursome -- Marie & Jim Blise, Pam & Tom Taugher.

Crusader Tennis Players Recognized

from today's Waukesha Freeman --

Desler voted Classic 8 tennis POY
– Freeman Staff



WAUKESHA – Despite losing the No. 1 singles championship match at the league tennis tournament, Mukwonago High School freshman Jake Desler was voted the Classic 8 Conference Player of the Year.

Arrowhead senior C.J. Schwind, who beat Desler in the title match, was a firstteam selection, as were singles players Alex Klaas, a Catholic Memorial senior, and Arjun Ranade, a Waukesha South senior.

South seniors Max Finke and Jordan Freitag, the No. 1 doubles champion at the league tournament, were first-team picks. Catholic Memorial juniors Matt Mills and Matt Lawton and Waukesha North senior Chris Massman and junior Troy Laedtke were also firstteam doubles selections.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

DIVISION 2 GIRLS SOCCER

from today's Waukesha Freeman --

CMH extends streak
Crusaders to make fifth straight appearance at state


SHOREWOOD – The Catholic Memorial High School girls soccer team advanced to the semifinals of a state tournament for the 12th time in the past 15 years with a 6-0 victory over Milwaukee Lutheran in a WIAA Division 2 sectional final Saturday. The Crusaders will be making their fifth consecutive – sixth overall – appearance at the WIAA Division 2 state tournament.

Senior midfielder Natalie Lechner had three goals and an assist for the Crusaders, who recorded their fourth straight shutout in the postseason and 16th overall. Senior midfielder Amy Bennett scored two goals, and senior defender Julie Fischer scored one as CMH improved to 21-2-2. Junior forward Nikki Condit had four assists for the Crusaders, and senior defender Kara Novotny had one. CMH has outscored its four postseason opponents 36-0.

Freeman Staff

CMH Golf Outing & Hall of Fame

Well, in spite of periods of light rain (or a west Ireland mist, as we optimistically tried to call it) yesterday's 22nd Annual Crusader Golf Outing was a smashing success. With a full field of golfers and a plentiful slate of sponsors, the day was destined to be good.

The overall winning team of golfers consisted of Mike Giffhorn, Mike Harvey, Mike Moore, Terry Pavlic. in the category of a mixed team, the winners were Jim and Marie Blise, Tom and Pam Taugher.

Congratulations to all of the golfers.



The capstone of the evening was the inaugural induction of members to the Catholic Memorial Hall of Fame. In a wonderful testimony to the impact, influence and values of Crisader athletics, the CMH community proudly recognized Coach Bill Young, Stephanie Pesch-Obermeyer '96, and Pat Seegers '75.
Thanks to all of the CMH Coaches who came out in support of the event. Each represents CMH well not only in their specific sport, but in their commitment to the full mission of CMH.
Special thanks to our sponsors and guests for the great part that they play in the CMH endeavor.
It was a great celebration last night. Now, let us look forward excitedly to next year's event!

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Friday, June 11, 2010

Soccer Pics



All images ©2010 Billy Seidel / Seidel Creative Group

GIRLS SOCCER ROUNDUP

from today's Waukesha Freeman --

DIVISION 2:
CMH 6
Pewaukee 0

Condit sparks Crusaders
Memorial a game away from state
By Jeff Hagenau Freeman Correspondent



WAUKESHA – Nikki Condit had a memorable afternoon.

Condit, a junior forward, scored three of her four goals in the first half to lead the top-seeded Catholic Memorial High School girls soccer team to a 6-0 victory over second-seeded Pewaukee in a WIAA Division 2 sectional semifinal game at Waukesha South on Thursday.

Memorial, the top-ranked team in Division 2 which improved to 20-2-2 overall, advanced to face top-seeded Milwaukee Lutheran in a sectional championship game at Shorewood at 2 p.m. Saturday.

Milwaukee Lutheran outlasted thirdseeded New Berlin West in the other sectional semifinal, breaking a 1-1 tie by winning a shootout 3-1.

It was a school-record 15th consecutive shutout for Memorial, which scored three times in the first half to pull away.

Memorial, which captured the Classic 8 Conference outright title this season, has combined to outscore its three playoff opponents 30-0.

The Crusaders extended their consecutive game unbeaten streak to 19 games (including its two regular-season ties).

The contest remained scoreless at the end of the opening 18 minutes before Condit scored what proved to be the winning goal on an assist from junior defender Valerie Gonyo at the 19:04 mark.

“Our combination play and composure in the box were huge today,” said Condit, who also scored in the 29th, 35th and 54th minutes. “Throughout the game, we played unselfishly and made nice passes to create scoring opportunities. As that happened, we were able to take high-percentage shots in the box and finish. That was the biggest key to our success.

“Now we just have to maintain our focus, not get complacent and play aggressively each time we step on the field. We’ve finally established a consistent playing style so it was exciting to take another big step toward our ultimate goal.”

Senior midfielder Natalie Lechner and freshman forward Julie Fischer each added a goal for Memorial. Fischer, senior defender Ellen Chamberlin and freshman midfielder Ava Olson each had an assist for the Crusaders.

Junior goalkeeper Monica Gonyo and sophomore goalkeeper Greta Davis combined to help preserve a shutout.

After suffering a stinging 1-0 overtime-loss to Madison Edgewood in last year’s state finals, Memorial coach John Burke continues to stress the importance of not looking past anyone.

“We’re just trying to stay humble and take another step forward,” said Burke, who has guided his team to conference championships in 12 of the last 16 seasons. “The improvement since March has been extraordinary and breathtaking at times with the steady development of our two and three player combinations.”

Burke noted the interesting fact that his team had won two other important games by a 6-0 margin this season, including a pivotal key victory over Arrowhead and a conferencetitle clinching victory over Waukesha North in the regular-season league finale.

“Every game is big at this point of the season so we really want to approach each one with great intensity and care,” Burke added. “If we can continue to do that, we could go a long way in the tournament.”

PREP BASEBALL ROUNDUP

from today's Waukesha Freeman --

Mukwonago, CMH, Arrowhead win in Classic 8

MILWAUKEE – Catholic Memorial sophomore Charlie Walsh threw a five-hit shutout, went 2 for 3 with a double and scored a run as the Crusaders defeated Pius 6-0 in a Classic 8 Conference game Thursday. Walsh walked four and struck out five.

The Crusaders staked Walsh to a two-run lead in the first inning and added a run in the fourth, two in the fifth and one in the seventh.

Senior Derek Peake went 3 for 3 with two triples, a stolen base, two runs scored and one RBI. Freshman Justin Dentici went 1 for 2 with a run and an RBI...

On Her Own Crusade

from WaukeshaNow.Com --

Novotny centerpiece of TOPSoccer program in Waukesha
By CHRIS SCHUCK



Photo credit - Scott Ash
Catholic Memorial senior Kara Novotny (right) races down field during the match against Arrowhead at Waukesha South on May 18.
Waukesha Catholic Memorial senior defender Kara Novotny cited last year's come-from-behind victory against Waukesha West as her most memorable moment in four years with the storied Crusaders soccer program. But that memory and all others pale in comparison to her time with the TOPSoccer Program.

The past four years, Novotny has been a staple in the highly-successful program at CMH on Saturdays. Operated by Crusaders players and head coach John Burke, the program gives kids with special needs the chance to develop their soccer skills. Much more importantly, the program creates a lifetime relationship with top-shelf individuals such as Novotny, who hasn't missed a session.

Novotny has made connections with many of these kids, some in wheelchairs, some mentally and physically challenged.

"Kara's never missed a Saturday," Burke said. "Her devotion is unparalleled. She comes here and she's always early, setting up, serving these kids selflessly. She's a special person, able to connect with any one of these kids, and that's not always easy.

"If one of the kids is having a bad day and some of the coaches might be scared, I can call on Kara, and she'll take care of it."

The seventh-year program holds 20 dates per season.

"I had one parent come up to me and the beginning of the spring season and told me, 'My son, Jake, came into our bedroom in full uniform at 5:30 a.m. in the morning,'" relayed Burke. "Another parent told me her daughter gets up every Saturday morning during the program happier than any other day of the week."

In seven years, TOPSoccer in Waukesha has served more than 70 kids. Novotny's gotten to know a large group during her days as a mentor.

"I look forward to it," said the senior, poised to study mechanical engineering at the University of Wisconsin next fall. "It's great to see them develop their skills, but it's not just about soccer. Sometimes it's just about giving them a friend they can talk to. They're all special, and I've really enjoyed being part of it."

Novotny calls fellow defender, senior Ellen Chamberlin, her role model.

"It's completely the opposite; she's my role model," said Chamberlin, who will play women's soccer next fall at West Point. "I'm her sidekick. Kara's just incredible with the kids. She's pretty much incredible in general. She never gets down and she never has a bad thing to say about anyone or anything. She's a born leader. At our games, the ball girls revere Kara. She's so kind."

The Crusaders, who have three state titles since 2004 and consecutive losses in state-title games, face Pewaukee at 4 p.m. Thursday in a sectional semifinal.

"I love what coach Burke said," Novotny said. "He told us state championships are nice, but helping the TOPSoccer kids is what's most important in life."

Thursday, June 10, 2010

From my calendar of New Yorker Magazine cartoons...


Just goes to show...you should always be prepared to make a good impression.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Front Page Profile


from today's Waukesha Freeman --


A FUTURE LEADER
Catholic Memorial graduate driven to join U.S. Army

By Joe Petrie Freeman Staff

WAUKESHA – Ever since Catholic Memorial High School graduate Ellen Chamberlin was 12 years old, she has focused her post-high school career on one goal – the U.S. Army.

“There’s such a challenge there and I like that,” she said. “When you get through that, it’s such a rewarding experience.”

To prepare for life in the military, Chamberlin disciplined herself throughout high school and played soccer to condition herself to take physical pain and the rigor of physical activity.

Now as a graduate of Catholic Memorial, Chamberlin, 18, of Elm Grove, is set to embark on her military career and her high aspirations have led her to attend the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y.

Chamberlin said she wanted to join the military but her mom was the one who told her about West Point, and since Chamberlin first heard the name of the institution, she said she has been focused on it.

Although women were not allowed to attend West Point until the 1970s, Chamberlin said she’s not overly concerned about being in an institution where few women have gone through, saying it’s just another part of challenging herself.

“I’m excited to reach new levels and to see how far I can push myself,” she said. “And the fact is it’s a different experience than just going to college or waiting to attend college later. I thought it would be interesting and the (Army) offers me the opportunity to travel and you need good mental and physical training, and I love a challenge.”

John Burke, head coach of the CMH girls soccer team, said Chamberlin is one of the most driven and ethical players he has ever had on the team and would not be surprised to see her someday as a heavily decorated general.

“She’s self-driven, which is a remarkable quality to see in someone so young,” he said. “Most kids, you encourage them and drive them to step up and do great things, but she does a tremendous job of training herself. I’ve never had to tell her to train hard in the offseason and she leads by example.”

Chamberlin said she will leave for basic training June 26 and will attend the academy in the fall. While it may seem like a tough road for other women who may be considering a similar path, Chamberlin said the potential reward and the ability to later train and make people better are goals well worth pursuing.

“You have to dedicate yourself to your goal,” she said. “You have to dedicate yourself in more ways than one.”

E-mail: jpetrie@conleynet.com
Photo Credit: Kevin Harnack/Freeman Staff Catholic Memorial High School graduate Ellen Chamberlin will be attending the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

CMH well represented at Theology on Tap, 2010

Theology on Tap is organized by the John Paul II Center. Cmh is well-represented by this year's selection of speakers throughout the archdiocese.

Milwaukee—Three Holy Women (Holy Rosary Site)
2011 N. Oakland Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53202
July 12 Mass 101: The How, Why and What Guide to Catholic Worship
Fr. Nathan Reesman (former CMH Board Member)

Kenosha—Boat House Pub & Eatery
4917 7th Avenue
Kenosha, WI 53140
July 21 Smells and Bells and Those Things That Set Catholics Apart
Fr. Paul Hartmann (President & CMH ’84)

Milwaukee—Catholic Knights/Catholic Family
1100 West Wells Street
Milwaukee, WI 53233
July 28 Formation of a Catholic Adult Conscience
Fr. John Yockey (CMH Board Member)

Pewaukee—Thunder Bay Restaurant and Grill
N 14 W 24130 Tower Place
Pewaukee, WI 53072

July 22 How Do I Live Faithfully Through the Experience of Music, Prayer and Worship
Ben and Jon Brzeski (CMH Director of Campus Ministry & CMH ‘99)
Aug. 5 How Do I Live Faithfully and Follow Catholic Church Teachings in the World Today?
Fr. Paul Hartmann (President & CMH ’84)

A nice Blog from two CMH alumni

Voices in G-flat
Economics, Politics and Communication in a Globalized World
by Dan Plechaty '07, and Lindsay Bembenek '07

Congratulations CMH Graduates

On Sunday, June 6th, CMH celebrated the graduation of 185 students. We are very proud of the Class of 2010 --

They earned a composite ACT score of 24.9 with 97% of the class participating.
They were awarded over $12.4M in college scholarships.
They met, and exceeded, CMH expectations in service, extra-curriculars, and school spirit.

The administration, faculty, and staff congratulate and thank the Class of 2010.

Consider this list of colleges and universities where our graduates have been accepted in the last few years (over 20% of them Catholic schools). Add to this, all branches of military service and professional sports, and you can see that CMH has much to be proud of.

Alverno College
Boston College
Cardinal Stritch University
Catholic University of America
College of Saint Benedict
Creighton University
DePaul University
Edgewood College
Fordham University
Franciscan University of Steubenville
Georgetown University
Gonzaga University
Loras College
Loyola University Chicago
Marian University
Marquette University
Mount Mary College
Saint John's University
Saint Louis University
Saint Mary's College
St. Norbert College
University of Dayton
University of Notre Dame
University of San Diego
University of St. Thomas
Villanova University
Viterbo University
Cornell University
New York University
Northwestern University
Princeton University
American University
Arizona State University
Augustana College
Beloit College
Bethel University
Boston University
Bradley University
Bridgewater State College
Butler University
Carnegie Mellon University
Carroll University (Wisconsin)
Carthage College
Cleveland State University
Coe College
College of William and Mary
Colorado Mountain College, Spring Valley
Colorado State University
Concordia College
Concordia University Wisconsin
Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia
Drake University
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - FL
Emory University
Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, Los Angeles
Flagler College
Florida State University
Grand Valley State University
Hamline University
Hillsdale College
Illinois Institute of Technology
Iowa State University
James Madison University
Lake Forest College
Lawrence University
Lewis University
Liberty University
Lipscomb University
Macalester College
Mercer University
Miami University, Oxford
Michigan State University
Michigan Technological University
Milwaukee Area Technical College
Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design
Milwaukee School of Engineering
Minnesota State University, Mankato
Missouri University of Science and Technology
Northeastern University
Northern Illinois University
Northern Michigan University
Northland College
Ohio State University
Oregon State University
Pennsylvania State University
Purdue University
Ripon College
Sarah Lawrence College
Southern Illinois University
St. Cloud State University
St. Olaf's College
The Illinois Institute of Art
The University of Iowa
The University of Texas, Austin
The University of the Arts
United States Military Academy
United States Naval Academy
University of Denver
University of Edinburgh, Scotland
University of Illinois at Springfield
University of Michigan
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
University of Missouri
University of North Dakota
University of North Florida
University of Pittsburgh
University of Southern California
University of Strathclyde, Scotland
University of Utah
University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire
University of Wisconsin, Green Bay
University of Wisconsin, La Crosse
University of Wisconsin, Madison
University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh
University of Wisconsin, Parkside
University of Wisconsin, Platteville
University of Wisconsin, River Falls
University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point
University of Wisconsin, Stout
University of Wisconsin, Waukesha
University of Wisconsin, Whitewater
Utah State University
Wagner College
Washington University in St. Louis
Waukesha County Technical College
Webster University
Western Illinois University
Western State College of Colorado
Winona State University
Wisconsin Lutheran College
Wyotech Institute

Luterbach Sets School Record

from today's Waukesha Freeman --


Luterbach’s prep career ends with CMH record
But senior unable to repeat as state champ

By Daniel Mike Freeman Staff

Nick Dettmann/Special to The Freeman Madison Edgewood’s Matt McKenna beats Catholic Memorial’s John Luterbach to the finish line in the Division 2 3,200-meter run Saturday.

LA CROSSE – John Luterbach has had little trouble getting his legs to perform during this track and field season. But his head hasn’t always been up to the task. The Catholic Memorial High School senior put everything together Saturday, and the result was a school-record time of 9:13.89 in the 3,200-meter run at the WIAA Division 2 state track and field championships.

“I’ve had a really, really trying year,” Luterbach said. “I haven’t had a (personal record) in like a year and a half in all my events, and it’s purely mental. (Saturday) I got everything together and focused. I didn’t zone out at all; all positive thoughts. “It was a mental battle. The whole year, I’ve been mentally weak.”

Luterbach was visibly upset by his performance Friday in the 1,600, in which he finished sixth. Despite finishing second behind Madison Edgewood senior Matt McKenna in the 3,200, Luterbach was in much higher spirits Saturday. “He got me at the end, but I’m satisfied because I wanted to break 9:20,” Luterbach said. “It’s a good guy to get beat by. It was a good race.”

Luterbach helped the Crusaders tie for third place with 28 points. Whitewater won with 47, and Little Chute was second at 35. The Crusaders put a perfect ending on its state meet performance by winning the 4x400 relay in 3:24.47.

“It just feels amazing,” junior Peter Gottsacker said. Gottsacker, juniors Broc Kocour and Don Kennedy and freshman Sam Tiahnybik won by more than a second over Green Bay Notre Dame. “We started working during the winter, and it definitely paid off,” Kennedy said. While the Crusaders thought Whitewater would be near the top of the race, the Whippets finished fifth as CMH put together four solid legs. “They have two real strong legs, but we felt we had a better overall team,” Kocour said. “We have everyone as a whole running as a relay.” Luterbach also helped the Crusaders’ 4x800 relay finish fifth with Gottsacker, Kennedy and senior Tim Shore...

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PREP BASEBALL ROUNDUP

from today's Waukesha Freeman --

CMH defeats St. Thomas More in eight innings
Freeman Staff

MILWAUKEE – The Catholic Memorial High School baseball team rallied from a 6-4 deficit after six innings to beat St. Thomas More 9-6 in an eight-inning nonconference game Monday. Memorial scored two runs in the top of the seventh with Justin Dentici singling home the tying run, then added three in the eighth with Tom West driving in the winning run with a sacrifice fly. West pitched the final 2 1/3 innings, allowing one run to get the win.

Charlie Walsh had four of Memorial’s 16 hits and drove in three runs, while Trevor Johnson was 3 for 3 with a double, an RBI and two runs. Casey Kula was 3 for 4 with three runs and two stolen bases, while West was 2 for 4 with two RBIs.

Sorry, Blogger.Com was down yesterday...

from today's Waukesha Freeman --


PREP GIRLS SOCCER
CMH, West draw nearer to repeat trip to state

Memorial to play Pewaukee, West to face Eisenhower next
– Freeman Staff

WAUKESHA – The Waukesha West and Catholic Memorial high school girls soccer teams are two victories away from repeat state tournament berths...

[Catholic] Memorial and Pewaukee will meet at 4:30 p.m. Thursday at Waukesha South. Neither team has given up a goal in the postseason, and Memorial has outscored its two opponents by a combined 24-0...

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Boys Track -- 3rd in State!

from today's JSOnline.Com --

3200 -- 2nd Place -- John Luterbach
1600 Relay -- 1st Place -- Catholic Memorial: Broc Kocour, Peter Gottsacker, Don Kennedy, Sam Tiahnybik
3200 Relay -- 5th Place -- Catholic Memorial: Don Kennedy, Tim Shore, Peter Gottsacker, John Luterbach
Shot Put -- 6th Place -- Mike Silas

Girls --

100 Hurdles -- 5th Place -- Kaitlyn Hastings
400 Relay -- 2nd Place -- Catholic Memorial: Mara Aparnieks, Alyssa Brohier, Janice Cantieri, Kaitlyn Hastings

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Two CMH Seniors Recognized

Academic All-State selectees from Catholic Memorial High School

“The Wisconsin High School Golf Coaches Association (WHSGCA) is pleased to announce that Sean Harvey and Barrett Lanham of Catholic Memorial High School are Academic All-State honorees for boys’ golf this spring season.

Students are nominated by WHSGCA member coaches, and all are selected for this honor if they meet the following criteria: 1) A cumulative grade point average of at least 3.5, 2) they participated in at least 75% of their team’s varsity matches, and 3) are at least a sophomore in high school. Sean and Barret are student-athletes who serve as great examples to others, proving that academic and athletic successes are not mutually exclusive.

The coaches association believes it is noteworthy that 189 male golfers from around the state have been honored this year for maintaining high academic standards in the classroom while competing in varsity golf. In fact, the average cumulative GPA of those 189 golfers is an exceptional 3.820.

The WHSGCA was formed by high school golf coaches in 1986 to help build Wisconsin's reputation for developing quality junior players by promoting golf in our schools and communities. Besides honoring both boys and girls who succeed as student athletes, the association also selects an annual All-State team for boys and girls based on their playing ability. More information about our association can be found on our website at www.whsgca.com.

If you have any questions and would like to contact me, I can be reached at bsullivan1@wi.rr.com.

Follow our boys as they move on to our state tournament next week at University Ridge in Madison on June 7-8. Live updates can be found during tournament play at: http://www.wiaawi.org/index.php?id=473.

NOTE: You are receiving an individual email for each of the boys selected whose coach indicated you to be their home newspaper.



Bob Sullivan

WHSGCA Committee Chair

A couple days of not posting...Sorry.

Sorry, I took a couple days off. End of exams for undersclassmen was on Thursday, an end of the year thank-you luncheon for faculty and staff followed, and that evening it was off to the Girls Soccer rout of Jefferson in the first round of the State Tournament.

A word must be said about the luncheon. With his collegues present, this year's Wurnig Teacher Appreciation Award was given to Mr. Tom New. Nominated by collegues, and chosen by a panel representing students, parents, administration, and the CMH Board, Mr. New stands out for his commitment to students of all skill levels and his accessibility.

Yesterday, I spent most of the day on the road heading to South Bend, IN, to officiate at the wedding of my cousins son. JJ played football at the fighting Illini so, as is rare, compared to the groom and groomsmen, I am the smallest guy.

The wedding is today at St. Bavo's Parish in Mishiwaka, and then I take off for home right way. I need to get back to the school for tomorrow's graduation ceremonies. The Baccalaureate Mass begins at 11am and Commencement follows immediately after, all in the InPro Center of CMH. I look forward to a very special celebration.

Well, that brings you up to date.



One more thing from today's Waukesha Freeman --


PREP GIRLS SOCCER
CMH turns defensive
Position changes pay dividends

By Tony Mooren Freeman Correspondent


WAUKESHA – The 2010 “newlook” Catholic Memorial High School girls soccer team sure has a familiar look to it.

Despite numerous position changes for returning letterwinners this season, the Crusaders entered Thursday’s WIAA Division 2 opening regional game with a Classic 8 Conference title, the state’s No. 1 ranking, the No. 1 seed and an unbeaten record (15-0-2) against state opponents.

As usual, Memorial has been highly successful – 18-2-2 overall – and continued that success with an 11-0 victory over Jefferson at Carroll University on Thursday.

The Crusaders had 15 corner kicks and 30 shots on goal in completely dominating the Eagles, who seldom got the ball to midfield let alone past it.

Memorial coach John Burke’s defense extended its scoreless streak to 1,101 minutes.

“We’re known for how aggressive we go forward,” Burke said. “But this year we’ve added to our reputation that we can also play tenacious, solid, organized defense – and that starts with (senior) Ellen Chamberlin. She reads the game so well and directs her teammates.”

Chamberlin is among the players who switched positions, from forward to defense.

“It was a major change and I definitely had to re-evaluate everything that I do on the field,” said Chamberlin, who will attend West Point this fall.

“Every game is a puzzle and I have to figure out where everything fits. It’s different but it’s fun.”
The position changes came, in part, because of the influx of eight talented freshmen who made the team.

Junior Valerie Gonyo and seniors Amy Bennett, Natalie Lechner and Kara Novotny were among players who changed positions – with Chamberlin, Gonyo and Novotny defenders.

“Nearly every senior changed positions and the younger kids see that,” Burke said. “They see that they’re willing to do whatever it takes to help the team.”

Also helping the team was a tough schedule.

“I don’t know if we played a team smaller than us the entire season,” Burke said. “We put together the toughest schedule we could possibly assemble because of the faith we have in our players and because we want to prepare them. Our goal wasn’t to be undefeated in Wisconsin. It just turned out that way, but our goal during the regular season is to prepare for the postseason.”

It’s a formula that has worked well as Memorial is seeking a fifth straight state tournament berth. The team has been to nine state finals in 15 years with six championships.

“We’re comfortable with each other and understand each other,” Chamberlin said. “And we’ve had our share of mistakes to know what to avoid. I am a little surprised that we’ve been able to adapt so well (to new positions), but we get so much help from our keepers and everyone on defense has played offense at some point so we’re really motivated in the back.”

The defense was without junior Annie Kalscheuer for much of the season, but she has returned.

“She’s a two-time firstteam all-conference player who had some health issues,” Burke said. “But we’ve had players fill in well.”

That is no surprise.

“We know what everyone is capable of doing,” Bennett said. “And we know that every team we play has the ability to beat us, but basically we’re trying to not give anyone a chance to beat us. We’re playing our hearts out and trying our hardest.”

And succeeding most of the time.

The success included the first career varsity goal for senior Alicia Ostromecki on Thursday in a game in which Burke started his six seniors.

“The last 20 minutes the entire team was trying to get the ball to Alicia to get that goal, and did you see how excited everyone was when she got it?” Burke said.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

PREP SUMMER BASEBALL

from today's Waukesha Freeman --

PREP SUMMER BASEBALL
CMH rips West

WAUKESHA – A five-run first inning and a nine-run second catapulted Catholic Memorial to its first victory of the season, a 14-2 Classic 8 Conference decision over Waukesha West on Tuesday. Derek Peake went 2 for 2 with a home run, a triple, three runs scored and four runs batted in for the winners. Matt Groehler was 2 for 3 with a home run, a run and four RBIs, Trevor Johnson was 2 for 3 with a double, three runs and an RBI, JC Petersen was 2 for 3 with a double, a run and an RBI and Sean Waite was 2 for 3 with a double, a run and an RBI. Winning pitcher Charlie Walsh scattered five hits, walked three and struck out nine.

Waukesha West’s Alex Lawrence was 1 for 3 with a double and an RBI. The Crusaders climbed to 1-3 in the Classic 8 and 1-5 overall, while the Wolverines slipped to 2-2 in league play and 4-3 overall.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Focus on Girls Soccer

from yesterday's JSOnline.Com --

Focus on girls soccer
By MARK FELDMANN

RANKINGS

AREA
Last week
 1. Brookfield East (17-2-2)
 2. DSHA (13-4-4)
3. Catholic Memorial (17-2-2)

STATE
Wisconsin Soccer Coaches Association
May 27 poll

Division 2: 1, Waukesha Catholic Memorial

NOTABLE TEAM OF THE WEEK:

Catholic Memorial. The Crusaders, ranked first among Division 2 schools all season in the state poll, clinched the Classic 8 Conference championship with a 6-0 win over Waukesha North. Memorial then played No. 2 DSHA, the defending Division 1 state champ, to a 0-0 tie. Memorial's defense has not allowed a goal since April 17 (against Sugar River in a 4-1 win) and has posted 12 straight shutouts.

CMH Student Recognized on Memorial Day


from today's Waukesha Freeman --

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HARTLAND – [CMH Senior] Natalie Lechner was awarded a monetary scholarship for her essay submitted to the Marshall-Johnson Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5158 scholarship program in April. She received her award on Memorial Day at the Hartland VFW.
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Lechner, a 2010 graduate of Catholic Memorial Hospital, wrote an essay on “Why is America’s Tomb of the Unknown Soldier such a powerful symbol for our country ?”
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N.B. to the Freeman Staff -- It is Catholic Memorial High School, not hospital.