Thursday, September 30, 2010

CMH Girls Golf -- 2nd at Regional

from today's Waukesha Freeman --

Joers, Kettle Moraine win
Waukesha West sophomore gets ready for state title defense

By Tony Mooren Freeman Correspondent

NORTH PRAIRIE – Emily Joers is ready. If winning Classic 8 Conference Tournament medalist honors and the league’s Player of the Year award last week wasn’t enough to convince anyone that the defending WIAA state champion is definitely someone to contend with this season, a medalist 70 round at The Broadlands in a WIAA regional Wednesday might be.

And that’s very much unlike her freshman season when her first foray into WIAA tournament competition probably didn’t strike fear in anyone. “It’s definitely better feedback than last year when I shot an 82 in the regional,” the Waukesha West High School sophomore said. “That wasn’t good but it was a tough day – really cold – so I’m pretty happy with this since I came back after starting bogey, bogey today. It was nice to finish the front nine at even par and then making a few birdies – and one bogey – on the back nine.”

Her 70 on a cloudless, slightly windy day was four strokes better than her winning conference tournament round and was within one stroke of her seasonbest 69 earlier in the season at Wanaki. As is often the case, Catholic Memorial senior Isabella Lambert pushed Joers but settled for second at 71, and the duo will have at least one more battle in sectional competition as both teams advanced from the regional, which was won by surprising Kettle Moraine at 338. Memorial was next at 341 followed by the Waukesha co-op team, the Classic 8’s second-place team overall, at 345 and Mukwonago at 361...

...Freshman Lauren Klubertanz was next for Memorial, which was runner-up to Arrowhead in the conference tournament, with an 83. “We play well at this course. I’m trying to get the sectional site here,” Memorial coach Steve Plechaty said with a laugh. “I told the girls all they had to do is shoot their normal average (to advance) and they didn’t have to do anything special or super human but there is a little pressure because if you mess up a little it could be your last round of the year.

“This is what we’ve been building for all year and it’s good to see them deliver.” Lambert was “real pleased” with her 71, noting, “It’s my lowest round ever. I was really consistent with my approaches and I didn’t have any three putts.”

Photo credit: Kevin Harnack/Freeman Staff Catholic Memorial’s Maddie Quartaro chips onto the first green Wednesday.

To read the entire Freeman article, click here.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

I am within sight of my goal!

Please help me reach my goal of $2500 in pledges for the 2010 CMH WalkaThon.
It is a very easy way to support the mission and ministry of CMH.
Plus, if I reach my goal, it lets me push and challenge students and faculty alike to reach theirs!
To make a pledge, click on the thermometer below. And thank you in advance for your support!

Junior Alex Dobrinska scores the first goal in Catholic Memorial's game against Arrowhead. The Crusaders went on to shut out the Warhawks with a 2 - 0 victory on Tuesday night. The win gives the Crusaders a 3-3 record in conference play. Next conference game - at home against Waukesha North on October 5 at 6:30 pm.

from today's Waukesha Freeman --

CMH bounces back from bad loss Crusaders getting back to full strength

TOWN OF MERTON – What a difference a week made for the Catholic Memorial High School boys soccer team. A week ago the Crusaders were missing six starters for various reasons and got hammered by Kettle Moraine by eight goals (9-1).

Memorial returned all but one of those players Tuesday and the Crusaders responded with a 2-0 Classic 8 Conference victory over second-place Arrowhead. The victory improved Memorial to 3-3 in league and 10-6-1 overall, while Arrowhead fell to 4-2 and 8-7-1. Memorial coach John Bisswurm has been pleased with how his team has played since the Kettle Moraine defeat.
“We played Friday and lost 2-1 to Menomonee Falls, but the play was getting better,” Bisswurm said. “We got two guys back that game and Saturday we tied Tosa West 0-0 and play improved there also. “Tonight was a lot better. When you have more of an assortment of players, it sure makes a big difference. That game is something that we’re not going to forget. We weren’t too happy about the way it was brought against us and it left a sour taste in our mouth. We’re going to use that going forward.”

After a scoreless first half, the Crusaders scored early in the second half to take a 1-0 lead when junior Mitchell Krismer centered a pass from the left side to junior Alex Dobrinska, who scored in the lower right of the goal in the 48th minute. “I made a diagonal run from the outside right and the goalie was to the left of the goal and I just buried it to the right,” Dobrinska said.

Dobrinska also admitted the bad loss to Kettle Moraine had made things more intense at practice. “We’ve been working so hard at practice and we’ve finally got just about everybody back from being injured,” Dobrinska said. “It really turned us around at practice. We’ve been working twice as hard and we’ve been determined since that game.” Memorial sealed the victory when Arrowhead was pushing everyone up looking for the tying goal in the final minutes and junior Aaron Horvat got past two Arrowhead defenders and scored on a breakaway at the 76:04 mark. “Aaron is still coming back from his injury so we are using him sparingly,” Bisswurm said. “(Junior) Ryan Allen didn’t play a lot either as he is just coming back also. I just can’t say enough about the other guys for picking up the slack and making it happen today.”

Arrowhead, which had a shot in the first half hit the left post, held a 10-1 advantage in corner kicks but was unable to capitalize on the opportunities. “(Memorial) played well and took away our strengths and they played to their strengths,” Arrowhead coach Jeff Staus said. “You do that at the varsity level and you’re going to win. They had more energy than us in the first half and it took us awhile mentally to get into the game. Once we did that we started doing some good things in the second half but we’ve got to bring it from the opening whistle. “We’ve been scoring on some dead sets the last couple of games and we generated some corners and that tells us we are getting in the final third, but against a team like Memorial, you’ve got to finish them.”

Sophomore Ryan Zingsheim got the shutout in goal for Memorial by saving four shots.

Photo courtesy of Eric Schoendorf's Facebook page.

Girls VB just keeps on...

from today's Waukesha Freeman --

CMH, New Berlin West win

WAUKESHA – Senior Patti Abshire set a Catholic Memorial High School match record with 12 service aces as the Crusaders beat Waukesha South 25-2, 25-7, 25-12 in a Classic 8 Conference girls volleyball match Tuesday.

Memorial, 29-1 overall and 5-0 in conference, also got 11 kills from senior Aly Kujawa, 14 assists from junior Sara Connell, 13 digs from senior Kate Acker and three blocks each from Kujawa and senior Kelli Browning.

South got five kills and two blocks from Lexi Weitzer and seven assists from Megan Pittz.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Adding the story to the previous pics ... Friday night football

from Saturday's Waukesha Freeman --


CMH 35
Waukesha North 7

Substitute QB comes through
Crusaders only unbeaten team left in Classic 8
By Chris Patterson Freeman Correspondent

WAUKESHA – With senior quarterback Dominic Zanoni nursing a sore ankle on the sidelines, the Catholic Memorial High School football team’s offense was certainly not firing on all cylinders Friday. However, there to pick up most of the slack was the defense and special teams. So while Memorial finished with its fewest total yards from scrimmage all season, the Crusaders forced four Waukesha North turnovers and also returned the second-half kickoff for a touchdown in rolling to a 35-7 Classic 8 Conference victory at Carroll University.

The Crusaders remained the only unbeaten team in the Classic 8 at 3-0 in conference and 5-0 overall. North fell to 0-3 in league play and 1-4 overall. “Overall I was impressed with the kids and just glad we got out of here relatively healthy,” Memorial coach Bill Young said. “I’m proud of what we did tonight, although it did look a little lethargic at times. “Then again, it’s kind of hard when you have three days to take a linebacker who’s never taken any reps and put him at quarterback.”

The linebacker-turned-quarterback was junior Charlie Walsh, who had played some running back a year ago as a sophomore. With Walsh running the show, the CMH offense had a certain “Wildcat” look to it. Walsh rushed 18 times for 75 yards, while Memorial senior fullback Pete Karczewski had 17 carries for a gamehigh 82 yards. Then there was senior running back Broc Kocour, who only touched the ball seven times, but certainly made his limited opportunities count.

After North fumbled the ball away at its own 23 on the game’s first play from scrimmage, Kocour scored the game’s first points five plays later when he took an option pitch to the right from Walsh and went in for a 4-yard touchdown run just 2:13 into the contest. A little more than three minutes later and just two plays after a Northstars punt, Kocour took a toss to the right from Walsh and ran wild through the North defense for an electrifying 56-yard touchdown run. On the play, Kocour appeared to be stopped several times only to break a tackle or fake out a North defender with one juke move or another.

“Pete’s always busting it in there, so the defense isn’t always looking for some of our other playmakers and that’s how you get those big gains,” Kocour said. With Memorial still leading by that same 14-0 margin at halftime, Kocour saved his best effort for last – taking the second-half kickoff at his own 1 and racing up the middle 99 yards for a touchdown. “That was just huge,” Young said. “He’s a track kid and can definitely run. “He’s a real big weapon for us.”

Kocour finished with five carries for 64 yards, one reception for nine yards and with his return finished with 172 all-purpose yards. North matched Memorial’s 14 first downs and had 245 total yards to Memorial’s 250. However, a lost fumble and an interception in each half doomed the Northstars. “We stressed to the kids all week that we can’t beat ourselves,” North coach Scott Jazdzewski said. “If we don’t commit the turnovers, we’ll be right in the game. “Well, we fumbled on the first play and then later fumbled inside our own 5. You get rid of those things, it’s definitely a much closer game.”

North’s lone touchdown came on a 1-yard keeper by junior quarterback James Blackburn with 9:36 to play in the third quarter. The score, which cut Memorial’s lead to 21-7 at the time, was set up by a 72-yard completion from Blackburn to junior running back C.J. Blackburn.

However, the Northstars fumbled the ball away on their next series at their own 4 and Karczewski made them play just one play later with a 4-yard touchdown run. Karczewski added a 5-yard touchdown run on the first play of the fourth quarter to cap a 13-play, 68-yard scoring drive.


from today's Waukesha Freeman --

Memorial rolls to third tourney title

WEST BEND – The Catholic Memorial High School girls volleyball team won the highly contested Lynn LaPorte Sprawl on Saturday. The Crusaders beat Kaukauna 25-13, 25-14 in the title match, giving CMH its third tournament title this season. They have played in four.

Senior Kelli Browning and sophomore Aly Dawson each had 35 kills in the tournament for the Crusaders, who played seven two-game matches over two days of play. Senior Patti Abshire had 60 digs for CMH, Browning had 17 blocks, junior Sara Connell had 82 assists and junior Kaitlyn Hastings had nine aces.

Memorial beat five state-ranked Division 1 teams over two days: No. 2 Burlington, No. 4 Kaukauna, No. 6 Fond du Lac, No. 9 Neenah and No. 10 Divine Savior Holy Angels. Arrowhead finished eighth in the 24-team tournament.


This weekend, the Crusader Girls, ranked 6th in the nation by will compete in the Mother Macauley High School tournament which features three other nationally ranked teams (nos. 2,5, & 9).

Come to CMH tonight to check out these great athletes when they play Waukesha South at 7pm.

Girls Tennis nets 3rd Place

from today's Waukesha Freeman --

Allen leads South to title
Senior wins fourth singles championship

By Mark Hutchinson Freeman Staff

WAUKESHA – Katy Allen completed her Classic 8 Conference girls tennis dynasty Saturday.

The Waukesha South High School senior won her fourth consecutive singles title during Saturday’s conference tournament.

Before Allen left Heyer Park, though, she helped her teammates carry off the event’s biggest piece of hardware – the championship team plaque.

The Blackshirts racked up 31 points to prevail by two points over Arrowhead. Catholic Memorial totaled 21 points to finish third.

-click here for the rest of the story -

On the cover...

Congratulations to Garrett Gheribah, CMH '04
on being featured on the cover of
"M: Milwaukee's Lifestyle Magazine"

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Pics from the Boys of Fall

Crusaders outshine Northstars 35-7

Photos courtesyt of CMH alumni parent, Mike Haas.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

CMH Girls Rugby Tops Brookfield

WAUKESHA, Wis. (September 24, 2010) — Catholic Memorial High School Girls Rugby beat Brookfield, 13-5, in tonight’s game, held at Minooka Park in Waukesha, Wis. Juniors Sara Dillett and Ally Vanchena made the team’s two tries, with Dillett making the team’s field goal.

In the junior varsity game, Catholic Memorial topped Brookfield, 12-5. Freshmen Julie Else and Rebecca Haight scored the team’s two tries, and junior Lyndsey Bluma made the team’s conversion.

The team takes on state powerhouse DSHA on Saturday, Oct. at 10:00am at Minooka Park.

Photo: CMH freshman Carolyn Bodus strips the ball from a Brookfield player, flanked by her teammates, in its 13-5 win over Brookfield in Friday night’s action. (Photo by Jeff Bohlman)

Friday, September 24, 2010

Open House Yard Signs

Do you have neighbors with middle-school aged kids?
Do you want to show your satisfaction with CMH?
Do you want to so something simple to help CMH grow?
Do you have your yard sign advertising the CMH Open House?
Do you have yard signs and posters for you parish? Your parish school?
Do you have a yard sign and poster for your place of business?

If you answered "Yes" to any of the first three, be sure to get Open House yard sign and posters.
If you answered "No" to any of the last three, be sure to get Open House yard signs and posters.

For yard signs and posters stop by, or call, the CMH Admissions and Recruitment Office...Today!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Crusader FB Player Profiled

From today's Waukesha Freeman --

Dealing with diabetes
Catholic Memorial football player struggled with misdiagnosis

By Daniel Mike Freeman Staff

WAUKESHA – Nick Olson began this school year apologizing to one of his teachers. “My English teacher last year, she thought I was slacking because I kept falling asleep in her class,” said Olson, a senior at Catholic Memorial High School. “She thought I wasn’t getting enough sleep at night. “I have her again this year, and through the first couple of weeks she noticed a difference. I went up to her and apologized for last year. She said she could see the difference, so it was pretty cool.”

But there were no apologies needed. Olson wasn’t slacking off. He wasn’t falling asleep in class because he didn’t sleep enough at home. He wasn’t bored. Olson was dealing with diabetes.

“Last October, I was urinating every 10 minutes and drinking everything in sight,” Olson said. “I was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes.” Olson was treated for the disease near the end of 2009, but nothing was changing. He was still going to the bathroom more than he should have been. He was still falling asleep at an alarming rate. The once 305-pound Olson had slipped to 220 pounds. “I could eat as much as I wanted, and within a matter of an hour I was starving,” Olson said. “I’m not sure how everything works, but all the nutrients kept getting washed out of me. My body wasn’t absorbing them.”

Olson had intended to drop some weight after the football season. As the heavyweight on the CMH wrestling team, Olson had to be 285 pounds or less. But he was almost in a position to wrestle in the 215-pound class. “We keep tabs on our kids’ weights,” said Bill Young, the head football and wrestling coach at Memorial, which is 4-0 this season. “The weight was just falling off him way too fast. There’s no way a kid should lose close to 100 pounds that fast.

“It was a thing where he was tired all the time. When it comes to his homework, he could hardly stay awake. He was lethargic. “Thank God he went back and got another evaluation.” The treatments obviously weren’t working, and Olson’s quality of life was diminishing. He was either sleeping or in a bathroom.

“Before I was diagnosed (with Type 2) and after, I felt horrible,” Olson said. “Every day, I was falling asleep in every class. I probably slept whenever I got home from school, slept in every class. I wasn’t myself at all. “Nothing had changed. Since nothing had changed, my doctors kept trying to play with medications.”

Eventually, a family friend suggested the family try Children’s Hospital. In April, doctors diagnosed Olson with Type 1 diabetes. “It was a relief that I was finally better,” Olson said. “I really didn’t even have a life those months. I was just sleeping and trying to make it through the day. I’d wake up five or six times at night to go to the bathroom. I was trying to wrestle while feeling like garbage every day.

“Once I was rediagnosed, I started feeling like myself.” It didn’t take long for Olson, nearly a third of the size he once was, to start feeling like he thought he should. “Easily within a week they had me on insulin with all meals and nighttime insulin,” Olson said. “I felt 100 percent better. The quality of life was amazing.” The change came near the end of last school year, and Olson wasted no time building his body back up throughout the summer to prepare for football.

“I started summer lifting and all went well,” Olson said. “I’ve actually gotten a lot stronger than I ever was. “I was really weak when I was misdiagnosed. I couldn’t run a lap around the track, but now I feel so much better and everything is easier now.” Now playing at 260 pounds, Olson is a faster and stronger player than when he was a backup on the Crusaders’ state semifinalist team. “He’s doing a rock-solid job this year,” Young said. “You always talk about senior surprises, and Nick is definitely the biggest surprise.”

Not only has Olson built himself up enough to play football again, he earned the starting right tackle job on a team that wants to contend for the championship in the highly competitive Classic 8 Conference. “It’s been a dream,” Olson said. “I’ve been playing football since fourth or fifth grade and flag football before that. Finally being able to start is the greatest feeling.” Olson said he’s a better player than he was a year ago. He’s now 45 pounds lighter than last season.

“I feel that I’ve improved a lot and am a better player,” Olson said. “I’m a lot more mobile than when I was at 305.” Not only have things changed for Olson on the field, but things are more difficult for Olson off the field. “I have to check my blood sugar before, during and after games,” Olson said. “If it’s low, I have Gatorade I can take.” Keeping track during football games is a small part of what Olson has to endure because of his Type 1 diabetes. “Every morning, I have to check my blood sugar, and I have to take a shot before every meal I eat,” he said. “I check my blood before I go to bed and take a nighttime shot.”

That’s not as bad as when he’s playing football or wrestling, either. “When I start football and wrestling, I have to wake up once or twice at night around 3 a.m. to see how new activity influences my blood sugar,” Olson said. He’s open to playing sports in college, especially now that he has a grip on his diabetes and has shown he can battle back onto the field. But he’s got his sights set on an earlier date. “If the opportunity presents itself, I’ll think about it,” Olson said. “Right now, I’m trying to get through football and make the best of this year. I don’t want to look too far into the future.

“I would like to win a state championship, though.” It’ll take a lot of work to win that state title, and no one will have gone through more to hoist the trophy in Madison than Olson already has. “It’s a difficult task for a young person to do that,” Young said. “He battles through it and has shown a lot of courage. “I’m proud of the job he’s done and how tough he’s playing.”


Photos -- Katie Derksen/Special to The Freeman

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Shout Out to the Tennis Team

Received a word of sincere thanks this morning for the members of the CMH Girls Tennis Team who are volunteering this Friday night at the 2010 Tennis Ball to support the Milwaukee Tennis and Education Foundation.

According to MTEF's website, since 2002, MTEF has served over 17,200 Milwaukee children who otherwise would lack a safe, productive, and healthy after-school and summer environment. Our high quality literacy and tennis programming not only builds academic skills and improves fitness but also emphasizes First Serve Life Skills development, which instills the confidence needed to succeed in school and in life.

Special thanks to tennis coach Carl Veenendaal for getting our Crusader Girls involved in this worthy event.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

CMH Golfer Profiled

from today's Waukesha Freeman --

Golfer stays calm
Lambert takes good game plan into rounds
By Daniel Mike Freeman Staff

WAUKESHA – Some athletes get nervous when a parent is watching their every move. But for Isabella Lambert, having her father nearby is actually a calming presence. “Everyone would think I get distracted by him,” the Catholic Memorial High School senior said. Not so. “It’s the norm for me,” Lambert said. “I guess it helps me with my mental game.” It is the mental aspect of golf that has helped Lambert achieve a considerable amount of success during her time at CMH. “She thinks her way through the course,” CMH coach Steve Plechaty said. “We do spend a lot of time on course management. She’s pretty good at setting up the next shot prior to hitting it so she can go after the hole how she wants to and avoid hazards.

“There’s always something to learn and things don’t always work the way they’re planned. One of the reasons she’s able to play consistently strong is she’s got a strong mental attitude and good game plan going into holes.” Lambert remains even-keeled on the links. In a game that is often frustrating and has been known to cause some tem- pers to be lost, Lambert rarely shows her disappointment, anger or uneasiness – if there even is any. “She’ll be her biggest critic, so she doesn’t let situations or the course conditions really affect her,” Plechaty said. “That’s the whole secret of golf. It’s so much mental, that there are times you’re bound to hit a bad shot or get a bad break. Stronger players are the ones who are able to control the mental aspect and stay on their game.

“That is one of the lessons that, with maturity, you figure out and one of the reasons she’s so successful. She keeps the damage to a minimum. “She keeps her emotions pretty much in check.”

Holding a 4.29 cumulative grade-point average at Memorial and taking several advanced placement and international baccalaureate classes, Lambert has a leg up in a vastly mental game. “I think things through a lot,” she said, “and my academics obviously would help. “I look at things differently, I guess. Instead of just hitting a ball to a place, I’ll think the hole through. That comes with golf experience, too.”

Lambert’s father, Dave, got her into the sport early, and she has stuck with it for nearly 14 years. “I started when I was 4 years old because my dad was always into golf,” she said. “He said he got me a plastic set and saw I had a pretty good swing for a 4-year-old. “I really loved it, and then probably in high school is when I started getting serious about it.”

High school offered Lambert the opportunity to turn a primarily individual sport into a team competition. “The camaraderie brought more out of me,” Lambert said. “Since there was more of team aspect in high school, it was kind of a different twist.” Being a senior on this year’s team, Lambert also has taken on a leadership role for a rather young Crusaders team. “We lost a couple players, one to injury and one to another sport,” Plechaty said. “A lot of girls would’ve just sort of played for themselves, knowing the team has lost some key personnel. She has always been about the other girls on the team and bringing them along. She really plays for the team aspect, not just her personal score.”

Lambert, who won the Classic 8 Conference Tournament last year and finished seventh at the Division 2 state meet, has a golf club in her hand on a daily basis. “I practice every day, at least two hours a day,” she said. “In the summer, it’s probably four hours a day because I don’t have schoolwork. “It’s kind of stuck in me. I’ve been doing it my whole life, so it’s part of me now.” Lambert has verbally committed to play golf at Butler University next season. “I always wanted a scholarship for golf,” she said. “I really like their campus and their coach was amazing. “The academics of the school are really nice, too.” Lambert undoubtedly will be putting in a lot of work to have success at the next level. “She can be pretty successful right away,” Plechaty said. “She can walk in and help that program as a freshman.”

Photo Credit: Kevin Harnack/Freeman Staff Catholic Memorial senior Isabella Lambert is one of the Classic 8 Conference’s best golfers.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Previews of Drama's Fall One-Act -- The Miracle Worker

CMH Girls Rugby Falls to Kettle Moraine HS

WAUKESHA, Wis. (September 20, 2010) - Catholic Memorial High School Girls Rugby fell 20-19 in a hard-fought match against cross-county rival Kettle Moraine High School on Friday, Sept. 17 at Naga-Waukee Park. The JV squad also lost to Kettle Moraine, 17-15. Catholic Memorial fell to 1-1 overall for the young season, and Kettle Moraine remains undefeated at 2-0. Sophomore Sarah Dillet made two of the team's tries, while junior Kayla Henschel made one. Freshman Maggie Wesolowski made the two conversions. In the junior varsity game, team's three tries were made by freshman Carolyn Bodus.

CMH takes on Brookfield on Friday, Sept 24, at 4:30 p.m., at Minooka Park.

Photo: Junior Hannah McCaffrey carries the ball for Catholic Memorial High School Girls Rugby match against Kettle Moraine High School on Friday. Catholic Memorial lost the game 20-19. (Photo by Jeff Bohlman)

More from Friday's FB Victory!

from Saturday's Waukesha Freeman --

CMH19, Mukwonago 3
Crusaders find knockout punch
Second half surge improves CMH to 4-0

By Chris Patterson Freeman Correspondent

WAUKESHA – It definitely wasn’t the early knockout that the Catholic Memorial High School football team had been used to this season, but coach Bill Young was more than satisfied to come away with a unanimous decision on Friday. After a first half in which each team collected a field goal, the Crusaders came out in the second half and completely dominated on both sides of the ball against Mukwonago on their way to a 19-3 Classic 8 Conference victory over the Indians.

Memorial, now 2-0 in conference and 4-0 overall, had outscored its first three opponents by a combined margin of 126-21. However, after Mukwonago upset Arrowhead 27-17 last Friday, Young knew his squad would be in for a battle this week. “I told the kids that this was going to be a 15-round fight,” Young said. “The teams were going to be exchanging punches all night and you were going to see who was getting tired towards the 10th, 11th and 12th rounds. “I think we were just able to keep banging away tonight and were able to lean on our O-line and our running backs in that second half.”

Behind Memorial’s imposing offensive line of senior tackles Zach Degner (6-foot-2, 277 pounds) and Nick Olson (6-2, 260), senior guards Eric Alfuth (6-1, 250) and Matt Baldwin (6-0, 247) and junior center Caleb Krause (6-2, 270), Crusaders senior fullback Pete Karczewski ran for 123 yards on 17 carries – including 87 yards on just nine attempts in the second half.

“It was just all about execution,” Karczewski said. “Our line really stepped up and they just kept pushing them back and back. “I think it also just took a while to figure out where all their linebackers were coming from.” Karczewski’s longest run and the “punch” that sent the Indians reeling and gave Memorial the lead for good at 10-3 was a 38-yard touchdown run with 2:31 to play in the third quarter. On a play that began as a run up the middle, Karczewski simply ran over a Mukwonago defender at the 27-yard line before breaking to the outside and outrunning the remainder of the Indians defense down the left sideline.

The touchdown came on the first play of Memorial’s third series of the second half, which began at the Indians’ 38-yard line thanks to a short Mukwonago punt and an 11-yard return by senior Broc Kocour. On the Crusaders’ next possession, Kocour came up big again – hauling in an 18-yard touchdown pass from senior quarterback Dominic Zanoni with 9:29 remaining in the fourth quarter to cap a six-play, 59-yard scoring drive. Kocour helped set up the score himself with a 26-yard reception three plays earlier.

The Indians, who fell to 1-1 in conference and 2-2 overall, found themselves at a huge disadvantage all game long when it came to field position. Of the Indians’ nine offensive possessions, four started inside the 12-yard line with an average starting field position of the 15. Mukwonago’s best starting field position was at its own 23, and that came on their final series of the game.

“Our defense stepped up and really set us with some great field position,” Karczewski said. Conversely, Memorial started three of its nine drives in Indians’ territory and had an average starting field position of its own 42. When two of Mukwonago’s kick returners bumped into one another at their own 1-yard line following Kocour’s touchdown and the returner with the ball was knocked to the ground, the Indians started that series at their own 1-yard line. Two plays later, Memorial sophomore safety Matt Hubley came in on a blitz and sacked Mukwonago senior quarterback Derek Hasanoglu in the end zone for a safety.

“All week in practice we kept working on chasing the quarterback for when he scrambles and I think we did a good job of that tonight,” Hubley said. Memorial senior defensive end Cody Gardetto also spent a good portion of the game in the Indians’ backfield – helping hold Hasanoglu to just 20 net yards rushing on 14 attempts.... (click here to read the rest of the article)

Katie Derksen/Special to The Freeman Catholic Memorial junior Casey Townsend runs during the Crusaders’ 19-3 Classic 8 Conference victory over Mukwonago on Friday.

Scenes from Friday courtesy of Jerry Noll.

The Bodden family with its present, and future, Crusaders!

Sunday, September 19, 2010

A very special mass...

Tonight I had the singular pleasure of heading up to Fort McCoy in Tomah, WI to celebrate mass with Colonel Greg Rosenmerkel, CMH '84, and members of the 819th Red Horse Squadron which he commands.

Red Horse is at Fort McCoy for its last segment of training before deployment to Afghanistan. With no reservist unit bringing a priest to Fort McCoy this weekend, it was my honor to celebrate the Eucharist with men and women of Greg's unit.

A picture with some of the officers and senior enlisted of the 819th.

Who would have thought that when we graduated together in 1984 our paths would come together in this way.
I promised Greg that the prayers and best wishes of the entire CMH community will go with the Red Horse Squadron while they serve in Afghanistan.

Sunday Morning Recaps

JSOnline.Com Football Rankings --

CMH #7 among all schools
#1 among medium-sized schools

from the Friday Football round-up at JSonline.Com --

Catholic Memorial 19, Mukwonago 3: Pete Karczewski's 38-yard touchdown run in the third quarter broke a 3-3 tie. He finished with 16 carries for 118 yards.

more to follow....

JSOnline.Com "Focus on Boys Volleyball" --

CMH Boys #2 in State and Area polls

Thursday, September 16, 2010

CMH Alum recognized


Marie O’Brien Selected as WBDC’s 2010 Entrepreneur for Wisconsin

WAUKESHA, WI - Marie (Smith) O’Brien (CMH ’80 and present member of the Board), President and CEO of Enterforce, Inc. will receive the 2010 Entrepreneurial Woman of the Year – WBE Success Award from the Women’s Business Development Center, during their 24th Annual Entrepreneurial Woman’s Conference on September 22nd at McCormick Place in Chicago, IL.

The WBE Success Award is given to a Woman Business Enterprise (WBE) for achieving significant business growth, as well as for noteworthy success in leveraging the WBE status to secure new business. The Award also recognizes Marie’s outstanding contributions to the community, especially her dedication to seeing other women business owners achieve similar success. Marie is the first WBE from Wisconsin to be honored.
Recognized as #4 in the Top 50 Fastest Growing Women-Led Companies in North America by Entrepreneur Magazine in 2008, Enterforce, Inc., is a Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) certified workforce consulting, talent acquisition, and management company based in Milwaukee, WI. With over 30 years of experience and expertise in the staffing and contingent workforce management industry, Marie’s keen grasp of prevailing business trends, is the foundation of the “Enterforce Advantage” Business Model targeted at Fortune 1000 companies. Marie developed this innovative model, that delivers significant cost savings that result from facilitating a competitive marketplace amongst its client’s staffing firms, contractors, and suppliers, coupled with infrastructure tools that streamline its clients’ contingent workforce systems, to revolutionize the Managed Services Provider (MSP) industry.

Featured earlier this year on CNN’s The Economic Report hosted by Greg Gumbel, Marie is a recipient of numerous awards and accolades for her business acumen. Enterforce received top supplier honors from both We Energies (2008, 2009, 2010) and Harley-Davidson Motor Company (2006, 2007, 2008) for supplier and workforce diversity, customer satisfaction, cost reduction, safety and innovation. She also lends her expertise to numerous organizations, including serving as an Advisor on the President’s Council for IMPACT Milwaukee; as a Member of the Board of Trustees at Mount Mary College; and as a Board Member of the Sharon Lynn Wilson Center, the Women’s Club of Wisconsin and Catholic Memorial High School.


Enterforce, Inc., is a woman-owned, WBENC certified, workforce management consulting and solutions provider that plans, implements and manages best-in-class procurement processes for contingent workers, consultants, intern/co-ops, independent contractors, and direct hires. Enterforce currently services a number of Fortune 1000 clients enterprise-wide including their operations throughout the US.

Making good for soccer...

From yesterday's Waukesha Freeman --


Catholic Memorial 3,Waukesha South 0
Horvat’s return boosts Crusaders
Junior scores all three goals

By Todd Hansen Freeman Correspondent

Great job Aaron!

Hmmmm...What to think?

Last night's far-off visitor to this blog was from Doha, Qatar on the Arabian Peninsula. Whoever it was linked through a Google search to see last Memorial Day's listing of the 23+6 for whom CMH is a living memorial.

CMH Alum appears on CNBC show

CMH Alum, Tim Sullivan, '71, president of Bucyrus Corporation, appeared last night on Jim Cramer's CNBC program "Mad Money."

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Sorry for no posts yesterday....

But I was having a great day at the Klumb Family Foundation Golf Outing for the Wake-A-Wish Foundation. I offered the invocation at the dinner and auction. The keynote speaker was Packer tight end Jermichael Finley.

It was a great event. And, I must say, future Crusader Griff Klumb is a fine golfer.

Monday, September 13, 2010

If anyone has been counting...

This is the
post to this blog.

Former Packer Mike McCoy comes to CMH

info from --

Former Green Bay Packer and Notre Dame football player, Mike McCoy's passion is empowering youth and helping them develop a larger vision for their lives. Mike delivers a faith-based message of hope and encouragement to students in Catholic schools that will help them be morally focused, overcome challenges and deal with peer pressure to develop the self-confidence to achieve true success.

Our children are bombarded by secular images of aberrant behaviors on a constant basis. To assume that they are capable on their own to withstand the peer pressure to conform to their friends expectations is certainly short-sighted.

Fr. Paul and Mike

Mike McCoy expresses some displeasure at senior Ryan Connell who wore a Chicago Bears jersry today.

Mike offers an illustration of what true friends ought to do for one another when navigating the "landmines" of modern teenage life.

Mike & Mr. Hall

CMH FB wins conference opener

from Saturday's Waukesha Freeman --

Interceptions help CMH
Walsh plays important role
By Chris Patterson Freeman Correspondent

WALES – As a backup sophomore running back last season, Charlie Walsh wasn’t involved much in his team’s passing offense a year ago. However, as a starting senior linebacker this season, Walsh was very involved in his opponents’ passing game on Friday. Returning an interception for a touchdown on Kettle Moraine’s first series of the game and then intercepting a Lasers pass at his own 13 to kill a drive on the opening series of the second half, Walsh helped the Catholic Memorial High School football team get its Classic 8 Conference season off to an impressive start with a 36-14 victory.

Memorial, 3-0 overall, has outscored its opponents by a combined margin of 126-21. Despite coming into the season with only three returning starters, Memorial’s first-team defense also has allowed just one touchdown thus far. “Yeah, we only had three starters coming back, but we had a lot of other kids who played quite a bit,” Memorial coach Bill Young said. “These kids have really stepped up to play.”

Kettle Moraine, 1-2, finished with 14 first downs and 264 yards of total offense, but Memorial negated most of those numbers by intercepting Lasers quarterback Kyle Kita four times, turning three of those into touchdowns or touchdown drives. “At times, I thought we played very well, but you just can’t turn it over four times against a quality team like that,” Kettle Moraine coach Mike Fink said.

No turnover was any bigger than Walsh’s interception and 52-yard return for a touchdown on the Lasers’ third play from scrimmage. Kita rolled to his right and under pressure from Memorial senior defensive tackle Connor Sauer, forced a throw in the flat that Walsh stepped in front of and took all the way back. “I just read the quarterback’s eyes,” Walsh said. “We also watched a lot of film on them.” Senior defensive back Jerry Boll had a key interception late in the second half, leaping high into the air at the KM 32 to pull down an errant Kita pass. Seven plays later, Memorial senior fullback Pete Karczewski delivered a 4-yard touchdown run on with just eight seconds remaining in the first half on what was a gutsy draw play because the Crusaders were out of timeouts.

Trailing 22-7 at the half, Kettle Moraine came out throwing at the start of third quarter and had marched 59 yards in just eight plays when Walsh intercepted Kita at the Memorial 13 and returned that pick 24 yards to his own 37. “A lot of people might have been questioning our defense, but I think we’ve been stepping up real big,” Walsh said.


Some pics from under the Friday night lights, compliments of Melissa Dentici.

Coaches Bob Hall and Bill Young

Senior, Broc Kocur

Theme night -- 1980's workout videos

Crusader Soccer alum recognized

from the Lipscomb University Athletics website --

The Lipscomb Bisons won both of their games this weekend in the Belmont Invitational but no one is getting overconfident.

“We saw a lot of good stuff, but we saw some areas we can work on to get better which is also good,” Bisons’ coach Charles Morrow said. “We are not going to let ourselves get too happy.

“We know there is more there. We left some goals on the field. We certainly have some work to do before this weekend.”

The Bisons jumped out to a 3-0 lead and held off Centenary for a 3-1 win Sunday afternoon in the final round at the Whitten Soccer Complex. Both Lipscomb and Belmont were unbeaten in the tournament. Belmont won the tie-breaker with seven goals to six for Lipscomb.

Garret Pettis, Miguel DaSilva and Joey Chiappetta [CMH '10] were named to the all-tournament team.

Friday, September 10, 2010

A Friday morning tradition...

Well, at least for the last two years..

Friday morning Chapel mass with CMH teams or student groups. Today, the first of the new year, I celebrated the 6:45am mass with the Boys and Girls Cross Country teams.

In a wonderful coincidence, the first reading for today was quite fitting --

A reading from the first letter of St. Paul to the Corinthians (I Cor 9:16-19,22-27)

If I preach the gospel, this is no reason for me to boast, for an obligation has been imposed on me, and woe to me if I do not preach it! If I do so willingly, I have a recompense, but if unwillingly, then I have been entrusted with a stewardship. What then is my recompense? That, when I preach, I offer the gospel free of charge so as not to make full use of my right in the gospel. Although I am free in regard to all, I have made myself a slave to all so as to win over as many as possible. To the weak I became weak, to win over the weak. I have become all things to all, to save at least some. All this I do for the sake of the gospel, so that I too may have a share in it. Do you not know that the runners in the stadium all run in the race, but only one wins the prize? Run so as to win. Every athlete exercises discipline in every way. They do it to win a perishable crown, but we an imperishable one. Thus I do not run aimlessly; I do not fight as if I were shadowboxing. No, I drive my body and train it, for fear that, after having preached to others, I myself should be disqualified.

The word of the Lord.

As is also part of the tradition, we finished mass with a recitation of the CMH Team prayer --

Heavenly Father,
Our Life, Health, and Abilities are gifts from you.
Give us the courage to devote each,
not to our own gain, but to your glory.

Let us compete today
with all our heart, mind, body, and soul.
If you choose,
allow victory to come as a blessing and reward;
but, if necessary, assist us to learn integrity in defeat.

Keep all players safe this day.
Allow us to give our best as a memorial
to those who have given their all for our sake.

St. Sebastian, patron of athletes, R:/ Pray for us.
Our Lady of Memorial, R:/ Pray for us.
Our Lady of Victory, R:/ Pray for us.

We make this prayer through Christ our Lord.

Good luck to all our student athletes in the fall season. Especially to the Cross Country teams who, tomorrow, compete in the Retro Metro Meet (a gather of all the schools of the old Metro Conference of private schools) at Washington Park.

Last night, visiting this blog, someone from...

Japan wanted to read about Crusader Girls Rugby and...

someone from the Philippines wanted to learn more about CMH Girls Volleyball.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Last week's FB victory way up north...tomorrow, it's KM.

CMH's four senior captains --#80 Cody Gardetto, # 5 Jerry Boll, #77 Zach Degner, and #66 Matt Baldwin

Senior, #36 Peter Karczewski, scoring one of his five touchdowns

Senior, # 7 Matt Hauser relishing the victory

Photos courtesy of Jerry Noll.
Turn out tomorrow for CMH vrs Kettle Moraine at KM at 7pm!