Friday, September 3, 2010

Updates from a free Wi-Fi connection in Eau Claire, WI

On a break from the drive to Hayward for tonights FB game. Just finished lunch with the team and have found a place near UW-Eau Claire with free Wi-Fi. So, here are some updates...

Crusader Girls Tennis --

from today's Waukesha Freeman --

Catholic Memorial 4 Waukesha West 3

Rainy doubles victory seals dual for CMH
Crusaders 3-0 in Classic 8

By Jeff Hagenau Freeman Correspondent

WAUKESHA – The Catholic Memorial High School girls tennis team saved a little bit of extra effort for a rainy day.

Leading 3-2 with two matches remaining still left on the courts and light rain coming down, Memorial’s No. 2 doubles team of seniors Emily Murphy and Addie Berens pulled out what proved to be a decisive three-set victory as the Crusaders outlasted Waukesha West 4-3 in a Classic 8 Conference dual meet at Heyer Park on Thursday.

It was the third consecutive conference dual victory for the Crusaders, who remained undefeated in the league.

Murphy and Berens, who remained undefeated in league play, overcame a oneset deficit en route to a dramatic 5-7, 6-2, 7-6 (4) victory over West senior Lauren Vogel and sophomore Cat Phauybanydht to end the nearly three-hour dual meet.

“It was nerve racking coming off the first set into the second,” Murphy said. “At that time, we just wanted to come back on a strong note and force a third set. When that happened, we just tried to concentrate on each individual point and stick with our gameplan.

“It was just a matter of focusing and playing together to make it happen. It was a great way to end a long afternoon.”

Berens was quick to point out winning the second set was the turning point.

“It was a big confidence boost,” she said. “After losing the opening set, we came back strong and won 6-2 to build some momentum. That’s when we came out fired up and ready to go and took control in the third set and tiebreaker.

“We were on the court almost three hours, so the rain felt wonderful and just added to the moment.”

Memorial senior Janice Cantieri followed with a victory at No. 2 singles, beating West sophomore Amy Zhou 6-1, 6-1.

The No. 1 doubles tandem of seniors Jennifer Benash and Lauren Schmidt and No. 3 duo of sophomores Elizabeth Dietrich and Katie Ness each added victories for the Crusaders.

Memorial coach Carl Veenendaal was pleased with how his team maintained its composure and battled hard for every point.

He also noted that his squad was without its normal No. 3 player, junior Gabrielle Houk, who was out with mononucleosis.

“It was exactly the type of tough meet that we had anticipated,” said Veenendaal, whose team already has defeated Pius and Mukwonago this season. “The matches were close, every point was big and the girls responded with a nice effort. From a coaching standpoint, there were a few anxious moments but we remained poised under the pressure. It was just a fun victory and a big day for our seniors.”

Freshman Rachel Gantz won in straight sets at No. 1 singles to pace West, which lost its second straight league dual and dropped to 1-2 in conference.

Gantz defeated Memorial sophomore Sydney Royston in straight sets 6-0, 6-2.

“It was nice to walk away with a solid victory to help the team,” said Gantz, who improved to 10-4 overall. “I just tried to step up my effort, deliver my best serves and go for it all. That’s when I was able to battle through the pressure, play with confidence and get the job done.”

West sophomore Katelyn Asfeld won a three-set match at No. 3 singles, defeating senior Emily Rzentkowski 7-5, 2-6, 6-4. Junior Mandy White added West’s final victory at No. 4 singles, beating junior Lauren Mueller in straight sets 6-4, 6-1.

“We had three, three-set matches and were just a point or two away from winning all of them,” West coach Kari Nelson said. “Down the stretch, we were right there but it just didn’t happen. The girls played aggressively and came up a little short at the end.”


An alumni update:

from today's Waukesha Freeman --


Wait almost over
Butrym ready for kickoff

By Daniel Mike Freeman Staff

MADISON – Patrick Butrym [CMH '08] has been looking forward to Saturday for a while now.

With the University of Wisconsin football team riding high after beating Miami in the Champs Sports Bowl in December, the offseason has been full of lofty expectations.

“I’m looking forward to it,” said Butrym, who is entering his junior year with the Badgers.

Not only are the Badgers expected to battle Ohio State and Iowa for the top spot in the Big Ten Conference, but the defense is being looked upon to be the strong suit of the team with Butrym and a slew of others returning.

“I wouldn’t say there’s any pressure, we just have to do the job,” the Catholic Memorial High School graduate said. “We are no more responsible for our success than the offense is for doing their jobs. We’re not adding any pressure on ourselves.

“Obviously, there are high expectations, but we definitely think we can have a good year as a unit.”

Butrym played in all 13 games for the 10-3 Badgers last year, starting two. He will start from Day 1 this season at defensive tackle.

“He left us at 235 (pounds), and now he’s close to 290,” Catholic Memorial coach Bill Young said. “At Wisconsin, they change the diet and the kids will put on 50, 60 good pounds.

“Pat is very knowledgable. A lot of times, kids will put on a lot of weight and lose their speed. Pat has been smart enough to play at 280, 285. He kept his burst off the ball.”

That burst and added size helped Butrym records 24 tackles last season – 2 1/2 for a loss – half a quarterback sack and an interception against Minnesota.

“I started two games last year, so I’m familiar with this experience,” Butrym said. “I’m starting the season opener this time, so I know what to expect.”

The transition from CMH to Wisconsin went smoothly for Butrym. While a lot of kids who move away from home after high school get home sick, Butrym has taken to life in Madison right away.
“I really love it here,” he said. “I’ve made a lot of good friends so far, and I’m only an hour from home. Things are great here.”

Adjusting to college football wasn’t too bad either.

“It doesn’t take long to adjust to the college game, because I had played so much,” Butrym said. “The first year was a struggle, but after that I made drastic improvements.

“I’m pretty pleased with my progress, both football and socially.”

The smooth transition came as no surprise to Young, who coached Butrym when he was an all-state defensive lineman and tight end.

“Just to see him mature and develop the skill level you need to have in the Big Ten has been awesome,” Young said. “He’s just a great kid. He really is an extremely hard worker in the weight room, and he’s really well-grounded in how he treats people.

“He comes from great stock. His dad played for Al McGuire (at Marquette University).”

Butrym’s father, Craig, was a member of Marquette’s 1977 national champinship baseball team and has helped his son adjust to playing sports at the collegiate level.

“My dad gives the best advice,” Butrym said. “He doesn’t know much about football, and he’d be the first to admit that. He just gives me the advice of life, athletics, facing adversity.

“He’s the person I go to if I’m ever in a bind. He offers great insight.”

Butrym has also had the luxury of playing alongside Pewaukee graduate J.J. Watt, whom Butrym has known for years.

“J.J. and I knew each other really well,” Butrym said. “We both used to work out at Next Level in Waukesha, and my best friends from grade school and high school played youth hockey with him.

“We have that Waukesha County connection. It helps to have a guy you’ve known for a long time, and now we’re playing alongside him and have developed that chemistry.”

And both were basketball stars in high school, giving the Badgers’ defensive line a great 1-2 punch on the hardwood.

“I think J.J. and I against any offensive linemen would be a blowout,” Butrym joked. “He is a very good athlete and a good post player. I’m more of a midrange guy.

“We play pickup basketball together and bring out that competitiveness in each other.”

That competitiveness will be on display Saturday as the Badgers take on UNLV in a 10 p.m. season-opening game.


Photo credit: Anna Stonehouse/Special to The Freeeman Wisconsin junior Patrick Butrym was a standout at Catholic Memorial High School.

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