Wednesday, July 28, 2010

CMH Baseball Coach addresses the Bunt

from today's Waukesha Freeman --

Squeezing them in
Suicide squeeze bunt becomes valuable strategy

By Daniel Mike Freeman Staff

WAUKESHA – If you can’t bunt, your chances of getting much playing time with the Catholic Memorial High School baseball team are sharply reduced.

“You have to be able to bunt to crack the lineup in my book,” CMH first-year coach Tim Gotzler said. Having players with that skill allows the Crusaders to utilize one of the most dangerous plays in high school baseball: the suicide squeeze bunt.

“It’s a lot to ask a kid in a pressure situation to hit a sac fly or to somehow get that runner in,” Gotzler said. “High school kids (at the plate) are nervous, thinking about a three-run home run instead of putting the ball in play. “When you focus on getting a bunt down and timing that play out, it’s a lot easier.” The suicide squeeze has become a vital tool for some high school baseball teams...

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

CMH Wins Classic 8 Sportsmanship Award

from today's Waukesha Freeman --

Catholic Memorial wins sportsmanship award

WAUKESHACatholic Memorial High School has received the Classic 8 Conference Sportsmanship Award for the 2009-10 school year. The eight schools in the conference select a winner for each particular sport during that season and then the votes are tabulated to show the overall winner for the year.

N.B. A few weeks ago in a posting to this blog I made note of how sportsmanship, sadly, is not considered in the tabulation of the various rankings of overall athletics programs. Shouldn't sportsmanship be a criteria of a young person's success in sports?

CMH can be very proud of the fact that it has great success in the win/loss tabulations, but we should be even more proud that we can do that without sacrificing character and sportsmanship.

Monday, July 26, 2010

More prayers needed...

Last Friday, Dan & Kelly (Kastner) Fouts' (CMH classes of '91 & 89 respectively) little boy, Owen, had a horrible accident. Please pray for him and his family. Things are touch and go right now. The family needs your prayers. For more updates please go to Owen's CaringBridge link.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Mary Yourkovich, rest in peace.

With sadness in our day, yet hope in the resurrection, Jim Yourkovich contacted me a short time ago to inform me that his mother, Mary Yourkovich, passed away this morning.

Arrangements have been finalized --

Tuesday, July 27th
St. Gregory the Great Parish, corner of 60th and Oklahoma
Visitation from 11:00am until 12:30pm
Funeral Mass at 12:30pm
Committal to follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery

I know that we all take great solace and hope in the fact that these are the times when the CMH Family turns out to support one another.

Please keep the repose of Mary's soul, and the comfort of her family, in your prayers.

Requiescat in pace.

Fr. Paul Hartmann

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Be Cool to your School!

or maybe "Put the AC into our ACT's"

Help Catholic Memorial Stay “Cool”
We all know it’s cool to be a Crusader, but now it’s time to make our temperature do the same!
Wisconsin's own, Kohl’s Corporation is giving schools across the country a chance to win $500,000 from the Kohl’s Cares Facebook contest.
The top 20 schools who receive the most votes by September 3, 2010 will win $500,000!
With your help, we can move closer to something like having Catholic Memorial completely air-conditioned! Cool, huh?

Here’s how to vote:
Log onto your Facebook account and “Like” Kohl’s.
Vote for Catholic Memorial High School
Tell all of your friends to vote:

Click the ‘share’ icon to tell your Facebook friends
Click the ‘tweet’ icon to tell your followers on Twitter
Pass this email on to your friends and family to have them vote for CMH!

It’s that simple!
Thank you for all your Crusader support!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Come and See me at Theology on Tap

Tonight, I will be a presenter to Theology on Tap in Kenosha --

Boat House Pub & Eatery
4917 7th Avenue
Kenosha, WI 53140

Smells and Bells and Those Things That Set Catholics Apart

Tough finish, season of close games, promising future...

from today's Waukesha Freeman --


Waukesha West 5 Catholic Memorial 2
Homer boosts Wolverines
Solberg helps send West into sectional

By Daniel Mike Freeman Staff

N.B. They say that in sports, only one team gets to end with a victory.

Congratulations to Coach Tim Gotzler for his first year as CMH Head Coach.

Blessings and good wishes to the team's graduating seniors --

Trevor Johnson
Casey Kula
Joe Mahoney
Derek Peake
J.C. Peterson
Tom West

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Freeman Profile -- Trevor Johnson

from today's Waukesha Freeman --
What has made CMH’s Johnson a four-year starter at shortstop?
Senior’s hitting also comes around
By Tony Mooren Freeman Correspondent
WAUKESHA – First it was Trevor Johnson’s glove that got him into the lineup and kept him there. “When he walked into our program, he had as solid a glove as I’ve ever seen for a freshman,” Catholic Memorial High School baseball coach Tim Gotzler said. “He has quick hands and is smart. He always knows what’s going on and anticipates every ball, every situation and what to do.”
Now it’s both his glove and hitting that have made the senior shortstop a star player for the Crusaders – the kind of player who evoked interest from colleges and earned a scholarship to continue his career at the University of Illinois-Springfield, a fledgling Division II program that is starting up next season.
“It took awhile for his bat to come around, but now he’s a top hitter, too,” Gotzler said. “He’s hitting around .400 this season, but his on-base percentage is around .500. He knows when to take pitches, is a gapto-gap line-drive hitter and he never strikes out. He hits the ball where it’s pitched and is a good enough hitter to make adjustments on any pitch.” Johnson’s bat started to come around last season when he hit .300 but he admits, “I was always a better fielder than a hitter, but since eighth grade I’ve become a much better hitter. I hit all the time in a batting cage and off a tee during the offseason and I work out, running and lifting,”
It’s obviously paid off for Johnson, who also played basketball his freshman year at Memorial but quickly made baseball his priority. “I didn’t enjoy basketball as much and I always liked baseball better,” Johnson said. He began playing baseball at the urging of his father. “I liked it because it’s a game of failure,” Johnson said. “You don’t have to be perfect all the time. Three out of 10 times is pretty good.”
He was mainly a catcher until eighth grade when he switched teams. “My new team didn’t have a shortstop so they tried me out there and I guess I was good at it,” Johnson said. “And I really liked it. There’s a lot of action there.” He was surprised he made the transition so well that he became a starter as a freshman. “A senior was our starting shortstop when I was a freshman but he also pitched so I started at shortstop when he pitched,” Johnson said. “But once the season got going, I was there for good and he became our designated hitter.”
“He’s bigger and stronger now,” Gotzler said. That’s helped his fielding and hitting. Johnson said he always strived to become better. “I never received any all-conference honors and I knew that I could have done better. I just didn’t perform the way I should have so I wanted to do better and worked hard at it,” he said. That’s the same attitude he will take to Illinois-Springfield. “Since it’s a first-year program, I’ll be a building block,” he said. “Beloit and Webster were also interested in my playing but they’re Division III colleges and I wanted to see if I could play at the Division II level.”

Crusader Basebell begins Sectionals

Tonight, 8pm, at Waukesha West. Weather permitting.

Please come out and support the CMH boys of summer.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Freeman Reminds us of Theology on Tap Series

from today's Waukesha Freeman --

Archdiocese reaches out to young adults
Theology-on-Tap combines religion and bars

But, it should be noted that this blog let you know about ToT, and its CMH connections, over five weeks ago.

CMH well represented at Theology on Tap, 2010

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Peaking at the right time?

from today's Waukesha Freeman --

Catholic Memorial downs Whitefish Bay

WHITEFISH BAY – The Catholic Memorial High School baseball team defeated Whitefish Bay 4-3 in a nonconference game Wednesday.

Memorial, which outhit Bay 6-2, broke a 3-3 tied with a run in the fifth.

Ty Neuscheafer pitched six innings for the win, helped by two RBIs from Ted Rindahl.

Good prospects for fall...

from today's Waukesha Freeman --

Local volleyball players help team win national crown

WAUKESHA – Several Waukesha County volleyball players helped the West Allis Lightning win the B16 Open Division title at at USA Boys Junior National Championships in Austin, Texas, last week. The team had an 11-0 match record and a 22-2 set record. The Lightning beat a team from Puerto Rico in the quarterfinals, upset the top-seeded team from California in the semifinals and downed a team from Chicago 25-17, 25-13 in the title match.

Trevor Novotny from Catholic Memorial High School was tournament MVP and he was joined on the all-tournament team by Nick Olson from New Berlin Eisenhower and teammate Peter Hutz and Michael Schneck from Marquette.

Also on the team from CMH -- Timothy Heyrman and Connor Braun

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Some pics from the 14-2 drumming of the Warhawks

Photos by CMH grad, Billy Seidel --

And I don't think he is even Swedish...

Coming from the "I guess there must be a good reason" category...according to SiteMeter, last evening at about 9:30pm local time in Stockholm, someone from Sdertlje, Sweden googled the name "Matt Bernhardt" and found their way to THIS BLOG POSTING from last September.

Congratulations Matt on your world-wide fan base.


from today's Waukesha Freeman --

Catholic Memorial beats Arrowhead

TOWN OF MERTON – The Catholic Memorial High School baseball team defeated Arrowhead 14-2 in a six inning Classic 8 Conference game Tuesday. Memorial led 7-1 before scoring seven runs in the sixth to put the game away.

Senior shortstop Trevor Johnson went 3 for 3 and drove in three runs for Memorial, which outhit Arrowhead 13-7. Senior center fielder Derek Peake was 2 for 4 including a two-run home run, while senior second baseman Casey Kula was 2 for 3 with two RBIs. Winning pitcher Matt West went six innings as Memorial improved to 9-12 in conference.

Arrowhead, 14-15 overall and 12-8 in conference, got an RBI single from senior third baseman Paul Kaye in the second and an RBI double from senior designated hitter Mike DeMartino in the sixth.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Still 3rd in the State!

Not sure exactly how we can be ranked as having the third most successful athletics program in the state by the Wisconsin Sports Network and then be deemed only fourth in the area according to JSOnline.

Well, go figure. No matter how they add it up, at CMH we do a whole lot more with a lot fewer students and smaller budgets.

That my friends, can be credited to great, dedicated coaches, and the very best collection of student-athletes around. All of these efforts are supported by tremendous school spirit among the student body, parents, and alumni.


N. B. If athletics is important to a parent when choosing a high school (and it should not be the most important thing) then consider a comparison that shows how a student-athlete at CMH has a better chance to thrive and succeed. Using the point system devised by the Journal-Sentinel, think about the ratio of points to overall students.

CMH -- 25 pts/753 students = 1:30
MUHS -- 27 pts/1055 students = 1:38
Homestead -- 26 pts/1493 students = 1:57
Arrowhead -- 37 pts/2235 students = 1:60

This means that your child, should they want to play sports at CMH, not only will they get the best education, be encouraged to live their faith, and learn character traits for a lifetime, they will also have up to double the odds of athletic success as at other schools.


Another thing that neither of the rankings accounts for is sportsmanship. This past year, in the Classic 8 Conference, 9 CMH teams were recognized by coaches, officials and conference administrators with Sportsmanship Awards.

For 2009-2010, the Classic 8 Sportsmanship Awards total looks like this (not counting Summer Baseball)--

CMH -- 9
Kettle Moraine -- 7
Waukesha North -- 6
Mukwonago -- 5
Pius XI -- 4
Waukesha South -- 4
Arrowhead -- 4
Waukesha West -- 2

Just some food for thought.

Far off visitor..Burkina Faso?

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Command & Control at the riverfront

from today's Waukesha Freeman --

Classic 8 Baseball

WAUKESHA – Sophomore Charlie Walsh threw a twohitter to lead the Catholic Memorial High School baseball team to a 16-0 Classic 8 Conference victory over Waukesha South in five innings at Frame Park on Friday.

Walsh struck out five and allowed no walks for the Crusaders, who improved to 8-12 in league play. He also went 2 for 4 at the plate.

Junior Sean Waite went 2 for 3 with three RBIs for CMH, senior J.C. Petersen went 2 for 3 with two RBIs, senior Casey Kula went 3 for 4 and junior Matt Groehler and senior Tom West had two hits apiece.

South fell to 8-22 overall and 5-14 in league play.

– Freeman Staff

Some pictures, not from Friday's game, but from Thursday's contests. Pictures by CMH alum, Billy Seidel.

CMH Supports St. Dominic's Festival

CMH Principal Bob Hall and I were joined by Billy Seidel and assistant football coach Konkey to support the St. Dominic's Parish festival by participating in the golf outing which kicked of thier festival weekend.

Weather was great, the Ironwood golf course was beautiful, and six under par can't be laughed at.

Billy Seidel is the producer of many of our CMH video projects including last year's "The Legacy Lives". Be sure to check out his work at Seidel Creative Group.

What's so interesting to someone from Laos?

Answer: Last night someone in Vientiane, Laos, googled "sports" and "Christian leadership" in order to find this blog. Interesting!

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Local students attending business program

More than a dozen area students are participating in a statewide program designed to help them sharpen their business skills. They are among the 130-plus state students who are participating in the Business World program at Edgewood College in Madison this week.

During the Business World core program, student participants will be divided into teams that function as an imaginary company for the program. With the task of turning their company into a financial success, they will create a unique product, develop marketing strategies and design a commercial. In addition, students interact with guest speakers, tour local companies and compete in an online business simulation.

Of the twelve students coming from the Waukesha area, three represent CMH in the core program are -- Kathryn Blais, Victoria Tallinger, and Brittany Weber.

Business World also has an advanced program component, where students who successfully completed the core program the year before may return for a more advanced session. Only five area students returning for the advanced Business World program. Three come from CMH -- Rebekah Melcher, Daniel Suprenant, and Lucas Zimmermann.

To see an online video about Business World, check out this link at Facebook.

CMH players, coach among soccer elite

from today's Waukesha Freeman --

WAUKESHA – The WIAA Division 2 state champion Catholic Memorial High School girls soccer team had two players selected to the Wisconsin Soccer Coaches Association All-State team. Junior defender Val Gonyo and junior forward Nikki Condit were each first-team picks for the Crusaders. CMH coach John Burke was named the private schools Coach of the Year by the WSCA.

Brookfield East senior forward Katie Reigle, who was named the Greater Metro Conference Player of the Year, was also a first-team selection. Verona senior Alex Melin was named the state’s Player of the Year. Coaches Matt Heilman of Verona (large schools) and Nathan Laabs of New Holstein (small schools) also received Coach of the Year honors.
– Freeman Staff

More from the Wisconsin Soccer Coaches Association website --

Coach Burke's Crusaders culminated their season with the Division 2 State Championship and a final record of 23-2-2. John prepared the team for their post season run by setting a challenging schedule in which they went undefeated against within Wisconsin (20-0-2). Catholic Memorial was the Classic 8 Conference champions, as well as the Laura Moynihan Tournament champions. Under Coach Burke's watch, the team ended the season on a 21-game unbeaten streak and only gave up 1 goal in the post season. Over the course of their championship season, the team had a streak of 16 consecutive shutouts and 20 total. During his 16-year stay at Catholic Memorial, John now boasts an overall record of 342-34-25.

Off the pitch, Coach Burke takes pride in having a well rounded and philanthropic team. In January, the Crusaders earned their 10th consecutive NSCAA Academic Team Award and John's team held a 3.78 GPA. His girls also coached 18 TOPSoccer events during the school year, giving back to the soccer community.

An interesting night...

for international visitors to this blog!

Chile, Guam, Thailand, and the Phillipines.
One googled "Girls Rugby", another "Hall of Fame" and another "Catholic sports".

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Derek Peake named JS Athlete of the Week


Derek Peake, Catholic Memorial. The senior centerfielder cracked three home runs and finished with seven RBI in the Crusaders' 16-9 victory over St. Thomas More Saturday at the South Milwaukee/Oak Creek Blast. He was 8 for 17 (.471) in five games last week with 11 RBI and six stolen bases. The St. Cloud State football recruit also pitched 4 1/3 innings Thursday to pick up the victory against Mukwonago. Peake is hitting .366 with six homers, 22 RBI and 18 steals.

More from CMH Baseball

CMH Freshman Justin Dentici

CMH Junior Matt Groehler
CMH Senior Trevor Johnson
CMH Senior Casey Kula
CMH Sophomore Matt West

CMH Senior Derek Peake

Pictures courtesy of Melissa Dentici

Crusader Baseball picking up steam

from today's Waukesha Freeman --

Waukesha North 2

Sophomore leads CMH
West pitches Crusaders past North
By Jeff Hagenau Freeman Correspondent

WAUKESHAMatt West took command. West, a sophomore left-hander, pitched a six-hitter through 5 1/3 innings to help lead the Catholic Memorial High School baseball team to a 5-2 victory over Waukesha North in a Classic 8 Conference game at Waukesha West on Tuesday. West yielded two runs with six strikeouts and no walks in making just his third varsity start for Memorial, which improved to 7-10 in conference and 10-16 overall.

The Crusaders have won six of their last eight games. “My curveball was really working,” said West, who improved his individual record to 3-0 overall. “I just continued to gain confidence as the game went on and my teammates backed me up by playing strong defense from start to finish. “It was another great team effort.”

Sophomore left hander Charlie Walsh earned a save, yielding no runs on one hit with one walk over the final two innings. Walsh ended the contest by picking off a runner at second base. Memorial scored the first run of the game as junior first baseman Matt Groehler delivered an RBI double in the bottom of the first inning.

The Crusaders extended the lead to 2-0 in the third on a runscoring single by Groehler. “I’ve been slumping lately, so it was great to break out of it with a few big hits,” said Groehler, who went 2 for 3 with two RBIs. “Throughout the night, I just tried to go back to the basics and make solid contact. It was just a matter of picking good pitches to hit and making the most of each situation. The game was close so, it was great to contribute.”

Memorial followed with two runs in the fourth as senior pinch hitter J.C. Petersen scored on a fielding error and West collected an RBI bloop single. The Crusaders scored their final run in the sixth on an RBI single from senior left fielder Tom West. North answered with two runs in the bottom of the sixth on an RBI infield single by junior first baseman Nick Jelacic and an RBI double from junior left fielder Mark Miresse.

Memorial first-year coach Tim Gotzler was encouraged by the way his team maintained its aggressiveness for an entire seven innings. “Everything worked out as planned today,” said Gotzler, whose team scored four of its five runs with two outs. “The guys were prepared, came out with a lot of intensity and focused on the fundamentals to make it happen. “We’re starting to play like an upper echelon team so it was great to see the guys realize their potential. We just seem to be peaking at the right time.”...

Photo: Katie Derksen/Special to The Freeman Catholic Memorial’s Charlie Walsh runs to third during the Crusaders’ 5-2 Classic 8 Conference victory over Waukesha North on Tuesday.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Catholic Memorial's Gonyo is soccer player of the year

from today's JSOnline.Com --

Photo: Benny Sieu -- Members of the Journal Sentinel’s all-area soccer team included (left to right, top row) Lydia Kaminsky, Whitefish Bay; Valerie Gonyo, Catholic Memorial; Abby Starker, Whitefish Bay; Katie Klinger DSHA. (Left to right, bottom row) Kate Reigle, Brookfield East; Nikki Condit, Catholic Memorial.
Star's versatility was key factor for Crusaders champs
By Mark Feldmann Special To The Journal Sentinel

Few soccer players would gladly give up the glory of scoring goals for the drudgery of defense. But Catholic Memorial's Valerie Gonyo isn't your typical player.

The Crusaders junior switched from offense - where she had scored 52 goals as a forward in her first two high school seasons - to defender this season. Instead of pouting, Gonyo persevered. She cemented a Crusaders back line that allowed only 10 goals in 27 matches, set a school record for shutouts, and more importantly, won the WIAA Division 2 state championship. She used her offensive skills - her 5-foot-10 frame and explosive ball-striking ability - to score 20 goals, including a 25-yard line drive that was the only score in Memorial's 1-0 state championship win over Grafton.

For her double-duty efforts, Gonyo is the Journal Sentinel girls soccer area player of the year.
"Val demonstrates the finest qualities of a leader: intelligence, intensity, and a willingness to sacrifice for the good of the team," said Memorial coach John Burke.

Gonyo started the season at forward and scored three goals against Division 1 power Waunakee in a 5-2 win. But Burke decided he needed to beef up his back line. He turned to Gonyo, who had played defender for her FC Milwaukee club team.

"He told me we needed someone to step up and take a defensive role," Gonyo said. "I knew I could play defense, but I knew I couldn't go forward all the time. But if I did have the chance to go forward, I still would. It was hard at first, but the team needed me to play defense, and that's an important role."

The Crusaders finished with 20 shutouts and allowed only one goal in six playoff games.
"I was proud of our defense this year," she said. "We have never had that many shutouts in a season. To be a part of that is a great achievement."

While clamping down on opposing offenses, Gonyo picked her scoring spots with devastating precision:

• In the championship match of the Laura Moynihan Tournament, Gonyo scored the only goal - a 70-yard, wind-blown free kick - in a 1-0 win over state-ranked Brookfield East.
• She scored a goal in a 6-0 win over Waukesha North, a victory that clinched a third straight Classic 8 championship for the Crusaders.
• In the state semifinals, Gonyo's assist in the fifth minute led to a goal that gave Memorial a quick 2-0 lead over Appleton Xavier. And in the championship against Grafton, her thunderous strike in the second half was the only goal scored.

"That goal against Grafton is an excellent example of her skill and deep understanding of the patterns of play that lead to success on the field," Burke said.

Big goals in big games have become her trademark no matter what position she plays. "In every game you need someone to step up and do the job," she said. "Sometimes you need to take some chances and just go for it. When I go for it, it has usually turned out pretty good.

"Being a forward has its moments. It's the position people see and opponents pay attention to, but I think I'm more used to playing defense," she said. "I see myself still playing a defensive role, but I'm willing to do whatever the team needs me to do. If that's a new position, so be it."


Also Recognized From CMH --

Second Team:

Forward, Julia Fischer, fr.
Midfielder, Amy Bennett, sr.
Midfielder, Natalie Lechner, sr.
Defender, Ellen Chamberlin, sr.

Honorable Mention:

Goalkeeper, Monica Gonyo, jr.

Recognized on the Classic 8 All-Conference Team--

First team
 Forwards: Nikki Condit, jr.; Natalie Lechner, sr.
 Midfielder: Amy Bennett, sr.
 Defenders: Ellen Chamberlin, jr.; Val Gonyo, jr.
 Goalkeeper: Monica Gonyo, jr.

Second team
 Midfielder: Kara Novotny, sr.

Honorable mention
 Forward: Julia Fischer, fr. 
Midfielders: Karly Lentz, jr.; Ava Olson, fr.

CMH Tennis Player Recognized

The Waukesha Tennis Association’s outstanding male tennis players for 2010 were, from left: Kevin Lanigan from Catholic Memorial, Max Finke from Waukesha South, Ryan Sallmann from Waukesha West, Matt Dallman from Kettle Moraine and Troy Laedtke from Waukesha North.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Celebrating mass with CMH Panama Missionaries

At CMH, students taking Spanish have the opportunity to participate in a 14-day service learning trip to Panama during the summer. While in Panama students will have a 11-day home stay accompanied by service projects at the Nutre Hogar medical clinic.
Last night, I celebrated mass with part of the group that will travel to Panama this year, their chaperones and parents.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Crusader Athletics 3rd Best Program in State!

The points have been tallied and the results are in for the third annual WSN Cup awards. The WSN Cup recognizes schools that provide and achieve success in many of the WIAA sponsored sports. The award totals points earned in both men's and women's sports. All current WIAA sponsored sports are included as part of the scoring for the award. To find out this year’s winners and see how your school did in the standings, be sure to check out our WSN Cup winners article.
N.B. Two things should be noted when considering the import of this recognition --
1) These rankings do not include our successes in Girls Rugby (a club sport not yet sanctioned by the WIAA) and Boys Downhill Skiing (a non-WIAA sport in which we won the state high school championship).
2) Our conference, the Classic 8, has six of its schools in this ranking of the top 100 programs. In the conference, CMH is, by far, the smallest school -- often with only about half or a third as many student-athletes as our competitors.
As I have often said, our success on the field and court, is a reflection of our high expectations in the classroom, the drive and spirit of our students, the dedication of our coaches, and the support of all our fans.
Congratulations to all Crusader student-athletes and fans!

Catch me this morning on Relevant Radio

I am helping out Sean Herriott in the "Ask a Priest" segment.