Tuesday, August 31, 2010

CMH's Newest Club a Hit

Catholic Memorial now has its own finance club called "Biz After 3". The club, hosted by business chair Mike Previte and coached by CMH alum Jeff Krause, already has 15 members! Krause, a 2003 graduate, is an investment advisor for Morgan Stanley Smith Barney in Milwaukee.

'Coach' Krause will operate the club on a trimester basis, so as to reach as many students as possible when their sports season is over. He intends to cover such pertinent topics as Personal Finance for Teens, Understanding Investments and involve his team in the Stock Market Game competition against other schools.

Follow-up coverage on the Boys Soccer Voctory at the Dutchmen

from today's Waukesha Freeman --

CMH, Pewaukee win tournaments

OOSTBURG – The Catholic Memorial High School boys soccer team went 3-0 with three shutouts to win the four-school Oostburg Tournament over the weekend. Memorial beat Manitowoc Lincoln 1-0, Campbellsport 2-0 and Oostburg 2-0.

Memorial freshman forward Mitchell Krismer had two goals and an assist, and junior midfielder Patrick McNulty had a goal and an assist in the tournament. The lone goal against Manitowoc came in the first half from sophomore forward Joel Balicki off an assist from McNulty. Memorial scored a goal in each half in its next two games.

Junior midfielders Ryan Allen and Jonah Sutherland teamed up for the first goal against Campbellsport, with Allen scoring and Sutherland getting the assist. Krismer scored in the second half with an assist from senior midfielder Nate Craft. Krismer had an unassisted goal and assisted on a goal by McNulty against Oostburg as the Crusaders improved their overall season record to 6-1.

Follow-up coverage on Girls Volleyball Victory at Milwaukee Joust

from today's Waukesha Freeman --

Memorial wins prestigious Joust

MILWAUKEE – In a battle between what have been two of the finest high school girls volleyball programs in the state in recent years, defending Division 2 state champion Catholic Memorial defeated Menomonee Falls 25-19, 25-21 in the Gold Bracket championship match of the Joust Tournament on Saturday.

Catholic Memorial defeated Arrowhead 25-12, 25-14, while Menomonee Falls beat Burlington 16-25, 25-13, 15-4 in the semifinals. Defending Division 1 state champion Muskego lost to Madison Edgewood 25-27, 26-24, 15-4 in the Silver Bracket championship match. Waukesha West lost to Middleton 18-25, 25-10, 15-10 in the semifinals of the White Bracket.

Memorial, Arrowhead and Pius gave the Classic 8 Conference three pool champions. Memorial went 7-0 in the 24-team tournament, raising its season record to 8-0. Memorial had a different kill leader in each of its seven matches. “That shows the depth of our attack,” Memorial coach Ted Schulte said.

Five Crusaders had 27 or more kills in the tournament, not including junior outside hitter Greta Davis, who led the team in the championship match with eight kills. Senior outside hitter Aly Kujawa had a team-high 36 kills in the tournament, followed by senior middle hitter Kelli Browning and sophomore outside hitter Aly Dawson with 28 apiece, and junior middle hitter Amanda Hansen and senior outside hitter Kate Acker with 27 apiece. Browning added 17 blocks, junior setter Nikki Welsh had 81 assists and senior libero Patti Abshire had 33 digs.
“She triggered the offense with great passing and service receptions the entire tournament,” Schulte said of Abshire.


Also in today's Waukesha Freeman --

Under the heading "High School Fall Previews", the head coaches at both Kettle Moraine and Mukwonago name the Crusaders as there picks as "Conference Favorite."

Last night's far off visitor...

Was from the country of Yemen.
Interestingly, the article which that visitor read was about how well our kids did at last year's WSMA music festival.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Crusader Girls dominate at Milwaukee Joust

from today's JSOnline.Com --

Girls Volleyball
Catholic Memorial dominates at Milwaukee Joust
Crusaders win all seven matches in look ahead to girls volleyball season

Aug. 29, 2010

When we saw them last, Catholic Memorial's girls volleyball team was taking names, punishing foes and hoisting a WIAA Division 2 state championship.

By the looks of it, 2010 will be much of the same.

The Crusaders spent their Friday and Saturday at the 24-team, Milwaukee Lutheran / Thomas More Joust, an event many believe is better than the state tournament. When it ended, Catholic Memorial was back in the winner's circle, following a 25-19, 25-21 win over Division 1 power Menomonee Falls in the title match Saturday.

"I think our team showed a lot out here," said Crusaders senior middle hitter Kelli Browning. "We really came together over the two days, and I think it's going to be a great year."

It certainly appears that way.

The tournament featured seven of the 12 schools that made up the Division 1 and 2 state field last November, along with both champions. And for now, anyway, the Crusaders showed they're the class of Wisconsin.

Catholic Memorial won its seven matches. And while Westosha and Muskego took the Crusaders to a third game, Catholic Memorial responded in both matches with easy wins in the decisive game.

"Good volleyball is like a good jazz combo. You have to be in sync," Crusaders coach Ted Schulte said. "And there were a couple times we were a disorganized symphony. But the story for us is we responded and showed we want to be a good jazz combo."

What makes these Crusaders so difficult to face is their imposing size. Browning stands 6 feet 4 inches, junior middle hitter Amanda Hansen is 6-2, and starters Katie Acker, Alyssa Kujawa and Greta Davis are all pushing 6 feet.

"It's like they have eight girls on defense," Menomonee Falls coach Jason Bruns said. "They're just a great team. I'm glad they're in Division 2."

Catholic Memorial trailed the opening game of the title match, 15-13, before scoring 12 of the final 16 points. Acker rolled off six straight service points - thanks largely to a three kills from Browning and two by Davis - to help the Crusaders take a 20-15 lead they wouldn't relinquish.

Kujawa had two early kills in Game 2 as the Crusaders raced to a 9-4 lead. While the Indians hung tough, they never could come closer than two points. Finally on match point, Kujawa had a big kill to end things.

Davis finished with eight kills and six blocks in the title match, while Browning had six blocks and three kills. Acker had nine digs and five kills, and Nicole Welsh had a team-high 14 assists.

"It's still early and we've got a lot to work on yet," Schulte said. "But this definitely has a chance to be a special group."

Soccer Remains Undefeated

On Saturday afternoon the CMH Boys varsity soccer team won the 2010 Dutchmen Invitational tournament defeating Manitowoc Lincoln 1-0, Campbellsport Cougars 2-0 and the Oostburg Flying Dutchmen 2-0.

Crusader Goal Keeper Ryan Zingsheim, a sophmore, maintains the shut out during this weekend's tournament.

Senior Crusaders Sean Spencer and Ryan Zielinski

Season Opening Victory

from yesterday's Waukesha Freeman --


CMH 41
W.A. Central 7

Crusaders get revenge
By Chris Patterson Freeman Correspondent

WEST ALLIS – Sure, the Catholic Memorial High School football team may have had a little revenge in mind Friday when they took on West Allis Central.

However, opening the season with a solid victory was still clearly the Crusaders’ primary objective.

Thanks to an offense that scored on six of its first seven possessions and a defense that allowed just one first down and 32 total yards in the first half, Memorial accomplished both missions with a decisive 41-7 nonconference victory over the Bulldogs.

One year ago, Central stunned the Crusaders 17-14 at home in their 2009 season opener.

“There was a lot of talk about how they kind of snuck up on us last year and we just didn’t come out and play like we should have,” Memorial senior halfback Broc Kocour said. “So, to start this season with a win was real big.”

Memorial racked up 16 first downs and 198 total yards in the first half, but struggled in the second half – picking up just two first downs in six possessions.

“I was really pleased with how our offense played in the first half,” Memorial coach Bill Young said. “In the second half, kids are going to be kids and we just hit kind of a lull there.

“So, our job now is to focus and finish because we’ve still got a long way to go. We’re still a young squad.”

A botched punt attempt by the Bulldogs on the game’s opening series led to a threeplay, 26-yard CMH scoring drive that ended in a 5-yard touchdown run by Memorial senior quarterback Dominic Zanoni.

Following a quick threeand-out series by Central, Memorial drove 46 yards in eight plays and got a 27-yard field goal from senior kicker Chris Colombe to take a 10-0 lead.

Another three-and-out series by the Bulldogs gave the Crusaders the ball back on the Central 45 with just 36 seconds to play in the first quarter.

However, on an option run to his left, Zanoni’s attempted pitch to the trailing Kocour was grabbed in midair by Central junior defensive back Brian Hoppe and returned 50 yards for a touchdown.

The momentum shift did not last long for the Bulldogs, though, as Kocour busted off a 55-yard touchdown run on the third play of Memorial’s next series to put the Crusaders ahead 17-7 just 33 seconds into second quarter.

On the play, the 5-foot-7, 146-pound Kocour took a handoff into the left side of the line, disappeared for a second, busted the play out to the left and then sprinted down the left sideline.

“I just broke one arm tackle, made a cut to the outside and was gone,” Kocour said. “You have to give a lot of props though to our offensive line because they’re real experienced and played really good.

“They’re the core of our offense.”

The between-the-tackles running play was a rarity for Kocour, who usually does most of his damage on the perimeter.

An interception and 25-yard return down to the Central 8-yard line by Memorial freshman defensive back Alex Kocour on the Bulldogs’ fourth offensive series set up big brother Broc for another score – a 3-yard touchdown reception from Zanoni.

Leading 24-7 early into the second quarter, Memorial added a 3-yard touchdown run by Zanoni and a 42-yard field goal by Colombe later in the first half.

Defensively, the only first down surrendered by Memorial in the first half came on a draw by Central senior running back Thomas Dayton that gained 11 yards on a third-and-10 play on the Bulldogs’ third play from scrimmage.

After that, Central’s final 21 plays of the first half resulted in a combined total of 16 yards as six of those plays went for negative yardage.

The Crusaders forced five fumbles in the second half and recovered two of them –including one at the Memorial 16 on Central’s opening drive of the second half.

Memorial senior fullback Pete Karczewski led all players with 108 yards rushing on just 12 carries. Kocour finished with 84 yards rushing on just six carries.

Friday, August 27, 2010

International Art Recognition

Solo Art Show for CMH Student

KookJoo Kim, senior in CMH’s Art Department, mounted a solo exhibit of his art work in Daejeon, Korea, his home town, this past August.
Outside of the gallery, building-sized banners announced the show and featured an image of him!
KookJoo has been a student in CMH’s Art Department for all of his four years at CMH.
Congratulations to him for this extraordinary achievement.


Photos: Top -- Exterior of the Gallery Le Nomade, sponsored by the Alliance Francaise of Deajeon, South Korea. Bottom -- KookJoo Kim's piece #35 Formality

For more information and to more of KookJoo's work, check out these links:


Freeman Football Preview

from today's Waukesha Freeman --

Catholic Memorial
Lighting up the scoreboard
Scoring won’t be an issue, stopping other teams may be

By Chris Patterson Freeman Correspondent

WAUKESHA – Scoreboard operators in the Classic 8 Conference probably will need to be at the ready when the Catholic Memorial High School football team takes the field this season. That’s because while the Crusaders return seven starters from an offense that rolled up 354 points last season, Memorial also returns just three starters from a defense that allowed only 135 points a year ago. So, while getting into the end zone probably won’t be much of a problem for the Crusaders this season, keeping their opponents out of it may – at least until the young Memorial defense matures.

Memorial finished 9-4 a year ago and came within one second of going to Camp Randall when it fell to Reedsburg in the Division 3 state semifinals. “A year ago, we came into the season with most of our skill kids being gone, but now a majority of our skill kids are back,” Memorial coach Bill Young said. “Also, most of the kids on the line have been together now for a couple years and that’s key.”

Memorial’s starting backfield returns intact as senior quarterback Dominic Zanoni (5-foot-9, 160 pounds), senior fullback Pete Karczewski (5-11, 195) and senior halfback Joe Fleming (5-9, 160) are all back. Senior running back Casey Townsend (5-10, 181) also will get some carries. Karczewski led Memorial with 1,235 yards rushing and 15 touchdowns, while Zanoni was second on the team in rushing with 547 yards and completed 52 of 99 passes for 748 yards and nine touchdowns.

Last season, with Memorial ahead early in so many games, Zanoni wasn’t asked to throw much – an average of just eight passes per game. This season, depending on how his defense comes along, Zanoni might have to go to the air considerably more often.

“With a year under his belt, I know Dominic is going to be that much more comfortable running this offense and that’s going to be huge,” Young said. “We just really like what we’ve seen from him in camp.” Providing protection for Zanoni and holes for the runners will be an offensive line that features four returning starters: senior left tackle Zach Degner (6-2, 277), senior left guard Eric Alfuth (6-1, 250), senior right guard Matt Baldwin (6-0, 247) and junior center Caleb Krause (6-2, 270). Senior Nick Olson (6-2, 260) takes over at right tackle.

Memorial lost all of its top receivers to graduation, so senior Cody Gardetto (6-2, 207) and junior Justin Bauer (6-3, 235) will man the two tight end spots, while senior Broc Kocour (5-7, 146), senior Alex Fridl (5-8, 145) and sophomore Andre Bodden (6-2, 175) will share time at split end.

Defensively, the only three starters back are Gardetto at end, senior nose tackle Ryan Lau (6-1, 247) and senior strong safety Jerry Boll (5-11, 180). However, all three of those players earned all-conference recognition a year ago. “Defensively, we were pretty rock solid last year, but only three of those kids are back,” Young said. “We know we’ve got a way to go on defense this year because there just aren’t a lot of kids returning.”

The rest of the defensive line will feature some rotations with senior David Hodorowski (6-2, 236) and junior Mark Cage (6-2, 192) at the other defensive end and seniors Kyle Matyas (5-11, 229), Erik Drwila (6-2, 284) and Connor Sauer (6-2, 240) at the two defensive tackle positions. Senior Matt Groehler ( 6-1, 215) and junior Charlie Walsh (5-11, 190) will be the starting linebackers, while the remainder of the secondary will feature senior Matt Hauser (5-7, 165) and sophomore Sergio Rodriguez (5-10, 159) at the corners and sophomore Matt Hubley (6-2, 182) at free safety.

“We’re relatively young in the secondary, especially with the two sophomores in there,” Young said. Gardetto is the only player who will start both ways for Memorial. “This is now the third year where we’re pretty much a two-platoon football team,” Young said. “We’ve got some decent depth and the biggest thing there is that depth creates competition. “It makes a big difference when you’ve got to earn a position on the field in order to play.”

Senior Chris Colombe (5-11, 170) will handle the placekicking, while Hodorowski will do the punting. Cage will be the long-snapper. Young, who begins his 33rd season at Memorial with a 253-94 record, expects the usual suspects to challenge for the Classic 8 crown. “Arrowhead’s going to be tough again and Waukesha West lost their quarterback but they’re still tough,” Young said. “Mukwonago is going to be better and of course Kettle Moraine is always solid.”

Photo Credits: Top -- Robert F. Borkowski/Special to The Freeman Catholic Memorial senior quarterback Dominic Zanoni returns to lead the Crusaders’ high-powered offense this season. Bottom -- Robert F. Borkowski/Special to The Freeman Catholic Memorial senior defensive end Cody Gardetto is one of three defensive starters who return from last year for the Crusaders.


from today's Waukesha Freeman --


MUKWONAGO – All five golfers shot under 50 Arrowhead on Thursday as the Warhawks won a Classic 8 Conference minimeet at Rainbow Springs Golf Club. Junior Bethany Gustin shot a 40 to led the Warhawks, while junior Natlie Feder shot a 42, sophomore Peyton Gunnison 43 and freshman Lauren Reeg 44. Waukesha West sophomore Emily Joers was the meet medalist with a 34, while Catholic Memorial senior Isabella Lambert was second at 39.



WAUKESHA – Catholic Memorial swept doubles play in beating Pius 5-2 in a Classic 8 Conference dual meet at Heyer Park on Thursday. Seniors Jennifer Benash and Lauren Schmidt won 6-2, 6-3 at No. 1 doubles, seniors Emily Murphy and Addie Berens won 6-2, 6-2 at No. 2 and sophomores Elizabeth Dietrich and Katie Ness won 6-2, 6-1 at No. 3.

Senior Janice Cantieri won 6-1, 6-2 at No. 3 singles for CMH, and senior Emily Rzentkowski won 6-3, 6-3 at No. 4.

Congratulations to WCSS on 20 Years of Service

from today's Waukesha Freeman --

By Joe Petrie Freeman Staff

WAUKESHA – Twenty years ago, Lisa Gehl saw her education world turned on its ear. The St. Mary’s Grade School eighth-grader was transferred to St. Joseph’s Grade School, which was now a middle school, and all of a sudden she had a bunch of new classmates. But at the same time, Gehl said she and her classmates started to feel good because they were in their own middle school and felt like “big kids.”

“It was absolutely nervewracking. Change is always nerve-wracking and it was scary,” she said. “But it didn’t even take me halfway through the year to get used to it. It was great.” Gehl now has two children of her own attending St. Mary’s and following in her steps. However, 20 years ago she was part of history as one of the first graduates from the Waukesha Catholic School System, which is celebrating its 20th year in existence.

Nancy Nadolny, advancement director for Waukesha Catholic, said leaders of St. Mary’s, St. Joseph’s and St. William began the process of merging into one school system about 22 years ago in order to take on issues rising in Catholic education. Some of the issues included rising costs and declining student populations because public schools were able to offer more programs due to larger student populations.

The leaders were faced with a variety of issues, she said, because none of the schools wanted to give up their own identity and parents were concerned what the changes would mean. Also, the Milwaukee Archdiocese told leaders they would lose about 18 percent of the student population if they merged because that is what happened to other schools that had taken a similar course.
Despite the concerns, the parents adapted, the schools kept their identities and Nadolny said the entire system only lost one student after the merger. “We did a lot of planning and a lot of people were skeptical at first,” she said. “But people soon realized it was a good product we were offering, and we were now able to offer a lot more services.”

Jim Piala had five sons go through Waukesha Catholic and was a member of the original task force that created the system. Looking back at the two decades of service offered by the system, he said it’s an idea that has succeeded. He said the idea has even become a model for other Catholic schools because it has been proven to preserve Catholic education.

“The system is up and going, and I don’t know if you’re familiar with St. James in Mukwonago, but they recently closed due to declining enrollment and an increase in costs,” he said. “The fact that the Waukesha Catholic School System is still growing is probably one of the things I’m most satisfied about.”

E-mail: jpetrie@conleynet.com

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Freeman Prep Football Preview

from today's Waukesha Freeman --

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Season begins Friday
Another good year?
Waukesha County loaded with talent again
By Daniel Mike Freeman Staff

just to get to the pertinent part...

Classic 8 coaches have noted that Waukesha West, Arrowhead and Catholic Memorial appear to be in line to hold onto the top three spots in the league, but there are many teams behind them looking to move up.

West lost its starting quarterback and leading rusher, but returns three of its offensive linemen and a number of other starters on both sides of the ball – led by senior linemen Chris Busbey and Matt Losiniecki.

Arrowhead lost its all-time leading rusher, Brian Crook, to graduation, but the team is looking for linebackers Blake Mattson and Derek Landisch, both seniors, to lead a once-again-powerful defense.

Catholic Memorial returns senior back Pete Karczewski, a second team all-Classic 8 back last season, and returns all-league guard Matt Baldwin and second-team tackle Zack Degner.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Crusader Boys Soccer win Conference Opener

from today's Waukesha Freeman --

Catholic Memorial wins soccer game

WAUKESHA – Sophomore midfielder Joel Balicki scored a first-half goal and it stood up as the Catholic Memorial High School boys soccer team blanked Pius 1-0 in a Classic 8 Conference opener Tuesday. Junior forward Ryan Allen assisted on the goal, which came at the 14:47 mark. Memorial, which was outshot 6-5, improved to 3-1 overall.


P.S. Don't forget to support the Crusader Girls Volleyball Team by voting for them at www.CatholicSportsNet.com.

Go to the bottom right of the homepage -- Take the Poll

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

High hopes for Girls Volleyball

from today's Waukesha Freeman --

Memorial ready to defend state girls volleyball crown
Many return from ’09 team

WAUKESHA – The Catholic Memorial High School girls volleyball team had a terrific season in 2009, winning the Division 2 state championship after finishing first in the Classic 8 Conference.

There’s no reason to think Memorial might not repeat that success. Coach Ted Schulte has 10 returning letterwinners, all of whom, Schulte said, made significant contributions. Four of Memorial’s seniors were on varsity as freshmen, as were three of Memorial’s juniors. “We could conceivably have 22 years of varsity experience on the floor on any given rally,” said Schulte, who is 606-192 in 19 years as Memorial’s head coach.

“We have to replace our setter (Diane McLeod) from last season, something which always makes for an interesting start to the season as our hitters grow comfortable with the new setter,” Schulte said. “But if there was ever a year to train a new setter, this is it – as we have great passers, led by seniors Patti Abshire, Kate Acker and Aly Kujawa, and great finishers, including senior Kelli Browning, juniors Greta Davis, Amanda Hansen and Kaitlyn Hastings and sophomore Aly Dawson.”

Schulte said a trio of “capable” players – juniors Nikki Welch and Sara Connell and sophomore Rachel Murphy – are vying for the starting setter position. Promising newcomers besides Murphy are junior defensive specialist Lauren Krolikowski, junior outside hitter Lauren Landry and sophomore middle hitter Mary Kate Dougherty.

Schulte considers Memorial to be the favorite in the Classic 8, with Arrowhead, Mukwonago and Pius the top challengers. – Freeman Staff

Monday, August 23, 2010

Get out the Vote!

Be sure to support your Crusader Girls Volleyball Team by voting for them at www.CatholicSportsNet.com.

Go to the bottom right of the homepage --

Take the Poll

Which H.S. girls volleyball team has the best shot at winning the national championship?

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Freeman Profile -- CMH Girls Golf

from today's Waukesha Freeman --

Lambert figures to lead CMH girls golf team
– Freeman Staff

WAUKESHA – Senior Isabella Lambert is expected to lead the Catholic Memorial High School girls golf team this season.

Lambert finished seventh in the 2009 state tournament, nine shots behind winner Emily Joers, then a freshman at Waukesha West.

She was first-team all-Classic 8 Conference after finishing first in the conference tournament last year, and finished the season with a 78.84 18-hole scoring average.

Her low 18-hole score last season was a 72 at Broadlands, while her low nine-hole score was a 35 at Muskego Lakes.

She helped Memorial finish third in the conference tournament after finishing fifth in the dual-meet standings. Memorial also won the Beaver Dam Invitational and was third in its regional.

Two other letterwinners return for coach Steve Plechaty, who has been coaching girls golf for 14 years.

Sophomore Ava Olson had a 52.15 nine-hole scoring average last year, with a low 18-hole score of 87 at Broadlands and a low nine-hole score of 49 at Western Lakes and Edgewood.

Maddie Quartaro had a 52.73 nine-hole scoring average as a sophomore last season, shooting a 92 at Broadlands and 47 at Edgewood.

Freshman Lauren Klubertanz, who has shot a 76 at Wanaki and a 78 at Meekwon, should be a good addition to the team.

Junior Britany Weber is another promising newcomer.

“We’re relying on the leadership of Isabella to move our team forward,” Plechaty said. “Lauren (Klubertanz) will add firepower to the proven score making of Isabella.”

Plechaty considers Arrowhead and the Waukesha co-op team as conference favorites.

Classic 8 All-Conference Summer Baseball

Recognized from Crusader Baseball --

from the Classic 8 Conference website --

First team

Infielders: Trevor Johnson, sr., Catholic Memorial
Outfielders: Derek Peake, sr., Catholic Memorial;

Second team

Infielders: Casey Kula, sr., Catholic Memorial

Honorable mention

First base: Matt Groehler, jr., Catholic Memorial

Utility: J.C. Petersen, sr., Catholic Memorial

Thursday, August 19, 2010

CMH 2010 Opening Mass Homily

Listen online to the homily I gave to the assembled student body, faculty and staff.

For faculty ansd staff, following Sunday in their home parishes, this would have been the fourth mass in four days. As my mom says..."It will do us good."

Crusader Soccer Kicks off with Wins

The first day of school, and the first non-conference match-ups for Boys soccer. Not covered by the press, JV Boys soccer won their match against Grafton High School. As for the Varsity team...

from today's Waukesha Freeman --

Catholic Memorial rallies for 2-1 soccer victory

WAUKESHA – The Catholic Memorial High School boys soccer team rallied from a 1-0 halftime deficit to beat Grafton 2-1 in its nonconference season opener Wednesday. Junior forward Ryan Allen scored the tying goal in the 65th minute, assisted by senior forward Ryan Zielinski.

The game-winning goal was scored by junior forward Mark Samuels in the 73rd minute, assisted by junior midfielder Jonah Sutherland.

After the game it was a pleasure to host the varsity boys, parents, and coaches at the rectory for a cook-out. The young men ate fast. It seems that even with first day "classes" only lasting ten minutes, they already had homework.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

More on ACT Composites

from today's Waukesha Freeman --

ACT scores hold steady in county
State sees scores dip to lowest point since 1996
By Carl Engelking and Joe Petrie Freeman Staff

from today's JSOnline.com --

Low test scores worry districts
By Amy Hetzner of the Journal Sentinel

How does CMH compare?

from a list published at JSOnline.Com:

Selected scores
Selected composite scores on the 36-point ACT of some Milwaukee area schools and districts:

CMH: 25.3

• Arrowhead High School: 24.8
• Elmbrook: 24.8
• Kettle Moraine: 24
• Mukwonago: 23.7
• Muskego: 23.2
• New Berlin: 23.7
• Oconomowoc: 23
• Pewaukee: 23.1
• Waukesha: 23

Note: Districtwide scores are averages of all high schools in the district.
Source: School district offices.



Catholic Memorial’s Composite ACT Score Rises
Waukesha, WI—August 17, 2010-

Composite ACT test scores at Catholic Memorial High School have jumped in the past year from a 24.9 to a 25.3. Catholic Memorial’s 25.3 test score indicates the high extent to which our students are prepared for college-level work.

CMH prides itself for its academic rigor. Most schools might have 70-80% participation in the ACT testing program,” says Catholic Memorial High School President Fr. Paul Hartmann. “To attain this level of achievement with 90% of students participating shows that we not only bolster the high-achieving student to new heights, but we also give educational and mentoring attention to any student who needs it so that they too will be part of this achievement.”

Catholic Memorial’s composite score exceeds Wisconsin ACT benchmark scores by 20% in every subject area, including English, mathematics, reading, and science. While the overall Wisconsin State composite dropped to a 22.1, Catholic Memorial has continued to see increasing ACT scores in the past five years.

Catholic Memorial High School of Waukesha is a Catholic college preparatory high school of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee serving 754 students from the Waukesha County area. The school was established in 1949 to honor the memories of 23 local servicemen lost in World War II and currently graduates the largest number of International Baccalaureate diplomats in the state of Wisconsin.

Very Rev. Paul B.R. Hartmann, President
Robert T. Hall, Principal

Friday, August 13, 2010

When the archdiocese talks about high schools...

...it's talking about CMH.

For proof, go to the Archdiocese of Milwaukee Catholic Schools webpage...

That's our Chapel in the header, our computer lab next to the blurb about the Kohl's Cares Facebook Fundraiser, and that our former principal who is now Superintendent of Schools.

Watch the space for more exciting news (very soon) about how CMH sets the standard in Catholic education!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

CMH Alum Hold Book Signing

As noted in this blog a few weeks ago, CMH grad Brent Dodge, '02, has published a book that every Disney afficianado and every theme park going parent should have as a resource.

Brent will hold a local book signing this Friday, from 6-9pm at

Martha Merrell's Book Store
231 West Main Street
Waukesha, WI

This is a great chance to support a CMHer and to rediscover the vibrancy of downtown Waukesha on Friday night.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

An incoming CMH Freshman

One of these four is coming to CMH this fall as a new freshman. Can you guess which one? I am told that the other three are pretty famous in their own right.

Welcome to Miranda Bargielski from St. Joe's, Wauwatosa!

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Saturday, August 7, 2010

End of the year, 2009-2010 Sports Recognitions

from today's Waukesha Freeman --

2 Crusaders Named to the Freeman’s 2009-10 County High School Team

T.J. Bray Catholic Memorial The senior Princeton recruit was named Mr. Basketball after leading the Crusaders to the WIAA Division 2 state championship.

John Luterbach Catholic Memorial The senior won the WIAA Division 2 state cross country title. He finished second in the 3,200 and sixth in the ,600 at the state track meet.

Val Gonyo Catholic Memorial -- The junior was a first-team all-state soccer player for the Division 2 state champions.

Best Teams --

#3 Catholic Memorial boys basketball

Coach Dean Bellanti’s team won the WIAA Division 2 state title after going unbeaten in the Classic 8.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

One last Theology on Tap for 2010

Join me as make the last presentation of 2010 in the Theology on Tap series in Pewaukee --
Thursday, August 5th
How Do I Live Faithfully and Follow Catholic Church Teachings in the World Today?
Thunder Bay Restaurant and Grill
N14 W24130 Tower Place
Pewaukee, WI 53072
I would love to see a lot of CMH alumni and friends there!

Monday, August 2, 2010

Over 1000 votes, but we will still need more!

I like the response so far to the Kohl’s Cares Facebook Friend Challenge in which CMH could win $500,000 for any use we choose. And wow, getting air conditioning has touched on some enthusiasm.
I also like some of the postings to the “Submit your idea” section. Let me offer a couple of observations –

Joe Bowes, CMH Junior – Yes, air conditioning would cost at least $500K. If we win this contest, it is hoped that there would be great momentum for the rest to be raised quickly.

Sr. Catherine Gilles, OSF (CMH faculty from 1959-1972 known back then as Sr. Mary George) – I am just amazed that Sr. Gilles is active on Facebook. Thank you for your votes and thanks to all of the sisters who served CMH so well for so many years!

Michelle Krause, present CMH parent – Believe me Michelle, eventual renovation of the valley fields is on the list of pressing capital needs. The recommendation for using this project for AC came from interested parents and is thought to elicit the widest possible support as it would well serve every student here.

Teddy Delforge, CMH Junior – You ask about the practicality of AC with only 30 or so days of hot weather out of 180 school days. Good question! But, first add up all the hot, non-school days when groups are here in the school. Think also of the “cool” weather days when an event crowd generates heat – things like dances in the cafeteria or plays in the auditorium. Lastly, consider how much more appealing the facility would be for summer camps and enrichment programs, and outside group rentals, if we had AC.
Thanks to everyone who has cast their votes so far. Be sure to get all of your family and friends to vote for us.
Something to be aware of -- For some reason, CMH has two entries on the Kohl's Facebook list of schools. Be sure to cast your votes (you can cast up to five for any school) for the our CMH (not the other one in Massachusetts), and be sure to use the first CMH of Waukesha listing so we don't divide our votes. We are working with Kohl's Corp. to try and get this double listing eliminated asap.
To make it simple -- VOTE HERE!