Wednesday, July 28, 2010
HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL
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
Catholic Memorial wins sportsmanship award
WAUKESHA – Catholic 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
Saturday, July 24, 2010
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
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Wednesday, July 21, 2010
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 --
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
What has made CMH’s Johnson a four-year starter at shortstop?
By Tony Mooren Freeman Correspondent
Saturday, July 17, 2010
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
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.
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
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 --
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
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.
Saturday, July 10, 2010
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.
Weather was great, the Ironwood golf course was beautiful, and six under par can't be laughed at.
Thursday, July 8, 2010
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.
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.
Wednesday, July 7, 2010
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.
Waukesha North 2
Sophomore leads CMH
West pitches Crusaders past North
By Jeff Hagenau Freeman Correspondent
WAUKESHA – Matt 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
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 --
Forward, Julia Fischer, fr.
Midfielder, Amy Bennett, sr.
Midfielder, Natalie Lechner, sr.
Defender, Ellen Chamberlin, sr.
Goalkeeper, Monica Gonyo, jr.
Recognized on the Classic 8 All-Conference Team--
Forwards: Nikki Condit, jr.; Natalie Lechner, sr.
Midfielder: Amy Bennett, sr.
Defenders: Ellen Chamberlin, jr.; Val Gonyo, jr.
Goalkeeper: Monica Gonyo, jr.
Midfielder: Kara Novotny, sr.
Forward: Julia Fischer, fr.
Midfielders: Karly Lentz, jr.; Ava Olson, fr.
Friday, July 2, 2010
Thursday, July 1, 2010
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.