Sunday, October 31, 2010

Crusader FB Coverage

nothing in the local papers, but from SheboyganPress.Com -- (with an interesting opinion about private schools by the Plymouth coach)

WIAA football playoffs: Plymouth's opponent too strong
Waukesha Catholic Memorial ends Panthers' season

Plymouth met an opponent it could not handle on Saturday afternoon, and the Panthers' magnificent season came to an end.

Waukesha Catholic Memorial defeated Plymouth 35-0 in a WIAA Division 3 second-round game at Caroll University.

"They're at a different level than we are, that's for sure," said Panthers coach Dan Knaus, whose team finished 9-2 for the second straight season.

"They were just flat-out better than us. Schematically, anything we tried, they mauled us, they were so big up front. Then our players tried to scramble, cheat up to make something happen because we're so sick of giving up six, seven yards every play, we lose contain and give up the big play."

Catholic Memorial feature back Pete Karczewski had 24 carries for 215 yards.

Plymouth fell behind 13-0 in the first quarter, but held its opponent scoreless in the second quarter. Catholic Memorial scored two touchdowns in the third quarter and pulled away.
Knaus said the private schools in Wisconsin have an edge over public schools, especially private schools that play in big-school conferences.

"I think the WIAA needs to stop worrying about districting, and put the private schools together," Knaus said. "It's a huge advantage."

Though the loss was disappointing, Knaus said he couldn't be more proud of this group of seniors, which won two Eastern Wisconsin Conference titles and went 18-4 the past two years.

"I told them I love coaching them," Knaus said. "We had a great run together. We're just going to forget about today's memory and think of all the other great memories, and there are plenty."

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Completing a Saturday Sweep

Soccer Victory, State Championship!
Football Victory, 35-0
Girls Volleyball Victory, 3-0

Soccer Coverage

from --
photo: Ernie Mastroianni

Catholic Memorial beats Fox Valley Lutheran in double OT

Oct. 30, 2010 9:03 p.m.

Eric Schoendorf kissed the state soccer trophy for at least a minute Saturday.

The Catholic Memorial senior could have smooched it for an hour.

Finally, in their fourth straight try, Schoendorf and the Crusaders won the WIAA Division 2 championship at Uihlein Soccer Park. Memorial survived an epic roller-coaster match and beat defending champ Fox Valley Lutheran, 3-2, in double overtime.

It is the first title for Catholic Memorial (19-6-1), which had lost the last three Division 2 championship matches.

"It's overwhelming," said Schoendorf, a four-year starter who suffered through those three losses. "It's been so much frustration, so much frustration. It's hard to even talk about it. It's unbelievable that we finally did it."

After a slow start, the match picked up steam and stretched belief in the final 20 minutes. The Crusaders had numerous chances in the first half, but Fox Valley Lutheran (24-4-2) appeared to be on its way to a second straight title after Foxes senior Paul Stuebs - who beat Memorial in double overtime for the 2009 title - scored in the 49th minute.

Then lightning struck for the Crusaders. They scored twice in 2 minutes to take a 2-1 lead. Patrick McNulty got the equalizer in the 73rd minute, and freshman Mitchell Krismer headed in Aaron Horvat's pass in the 74th minute to make it 2-1.

But Fox Valley turned a last-gasp corner kick into a stunning goal in the waning seconds of regulation to make it 2-2 and send it into overtime. Pang Chun poked in the ball out of a corner kick scrum.

"All we thought about was here we go again," said Horvat, a junior hobbled by a hip injury. "At the break we came together, and we knew we had to battle as a team."

Horvat had a chance in the first overtime, taking a pass from Schoendorf and facing down Fox Valley goalkeeper B.J. Kiser. But the keeper made a great save.

In the second overtime, Horvat dashed down the left and got off a shot. The ball deflected off Kiser, and junior Ryan Allen was there to send it into the left side of the goal for the winner.

"I saw Aaron was going to shoot it, and I tried to position myself in the middle," Allen said.

The teams played a spirited first half, but neither squad had anything to show for it. In the first 10 minutes, Schoendorf had an opportunity when he beat two defenders and Kiser came out to stop the shot. But Schoendorf's shot was blocked.

Fox Valley got on the board in the 49th minute. Teffie Joyce got the ball and dribbled into the Memorial box. He moved to his left and sent a ball to Stuebs, who pushed it past keeper Ryan Zingsheim.

"I can't say enough for the players," said Memorial coach John Bisswurm. "They never gave up."

Catholic Memorial 0 2 1 - 3
Fox Valley Lutheran 0 2 0 - 2

Second half - 1, FVL, Paul Stuebs (Teffie Joyce), 48:52; 2, CM, Patrick McNulty 72:15; 3, CM, Mitchell Krismer (Aaron Horvat), 73:24; 4, FVL Pang Chun 79:54. Overtime - 5, CM, Ryan Allen (Horvat), 96:29. Shots - CM, 16; FVL, 18. Saves - CM, 6; FVL, 3. Records - CM 18-6-2; FVL 24-3-3.

Yes it is!

CMH Boys Soccer Win State!
More to follow.

Fourth Time a Charm?

from today's JSOnline.Com --

Boys soccer
Crusaders get another shot at title
Catholic Memorial blanks Mount Horeb, 3-0, in state semifinal

Maybe the fourth time will be the charm for the Catholic Memorial boys soccer team.
The Crusaders will play for the WIAA Division 2 state championship for the fourth season in a row after routing Mount Horeb, 3-0, in the semifinals Friday at Uihlein Soccer Park.
Memorial (18-6-1) will get a rematch Saturday against Fox Valley Lutheran, which beat the Crusaders, 1-0, in overtime to win the 2009 state title. The Foxes beat Plymouth, 2-0, in the other semifinal Friday.

"We have to finish what we came here to do," Memorial senior defender Eric Schoendorf said. "We have got a lot of business for losing the last three years, but we have worked hard to get back here. Now it's time to finish it."

Memorial got two goals from its leading scorer, junior Aaron Horvat, and dominated the Vikings (19-4-1), who were making their first appearance in the state tournament.
The Crusaders held an impressive edge in possession and limited Mount Horeb to five shots. The Vikings also had no answers for Horvat or Schoendorf.

In the 12th minute, Horvat found the back of the net with a wicked liner over the head of goalkeeper John Sielaff. Schoendorf was credited with the assist.
The duo almost connected for another score later in the half as Horvat sliced a ball right to Schoendorf. But the defender's header sailed left.

Horvat struck again in the 46th minute. James Masterson sent a long ball into the box, where Horvat jumped high and headed it past Sielaff for his second score.

In the 60th minute, junior Michael Schmidt converted Schoendorf's pretty slot pass into a goal to make it 3-0.

The Crusaders played for the Division 2 title the last three seasons, getting closer to the championship each year. In 2007, they lost to Green Bay Notre Dame, 5-3. In 2008, they lost to Notre Dame, 3-2. Last year, they lost to the Foxes in double overtime.

"We will see what tomorrow brings," Memorial coach John Bisswurm said. "We have taken the approach all year of one match at a time. We just need to play our game and take advantage of our opportunities when we get them."

Friday, October 29, 2010

Crusader Soccer Team Wins!

3-0 victory over Mt. Horeb.

The team competes for the State Championship tomorrow, noon at Uihlein Field. It will be a rematch of last year's championship game against Fox Valley Lutheran.

Go Crusaders!

A full weekend begins with team masses

By tradition, the day after the annual CMH Open House is a day off of school. But, that does not mean that things are quiet here.

At 7:00am the nearly seventy players and coaches of the varsity football team gathered for mass before practice. Team chaplain, Fr. Sean O'Connell and I celebrated the mass. At CMH, team masses and team prayers are as much a part of preparation for competition as are running plays and calisthenics.

The Crusader football team plays in the next round of the state tournament tomorrow at 4pm at Carroll University.

At 11:00am, the CMH soccer team gathered for mass and lunch before heading to Uihlein Field before the state tournament semi-final match-up. that you may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ,
filled with the fruit of righteousness
that comes through Jesus Christ
for the glory and praise of God.

St. Paul to the Philippians

So, do the math, a day off of school and over 90 of our students-athletes came to mass. That's a quarter of our boys coming to a daily mass on a day off.

Four CMH teams and some Cross Country runners are still in post-season contention.

Boys soccer plays today at 2pm at Uihlein Field. With a victory, they would play again tomorrow at noon for the state championship.

The football team plays in the quarterfinals tomorrow at 4pm at Carroll University.

The Girls Volleyball team plays for the sectional championship at 7pm tomorrow night at Whitefish Bay High School.

Boys volleyball will compete in the sectional semi-finals on Tuesday night.

Good luck to all CMH student-athletes.

CMH Open House a Success!

Called our best ever!

More details to follow.

Boys Volleyball Ranked #1 in Area & State

as reported at JSOnline.Com.

Girls Volleyball Advances

from today's Waukesha Freeman --

Union Grove 0

It wasn’t pretty, but Crusaders advance
Memorial one match from state
By Tony Mooren Freeman Correspondent

MILWAUKEE – Ted Schulte wasn’t overly excited about the performance of his Catholic Memorial High School girls volleyball team Thursday. The coach was excited about the result: a 25-20, 25-14, 25-18 WIAA sectional semifinal victory over Union Grove that propelled the defending Division 2 state champion within a match of another state tournament. The sectional final is Saturday at Whitefish Bay.

Memorial, which has appeared in two straight state tournaments and three in the past four seasons, trailed 7-4 in the second game and 8-4 in the third game before rallying to win. “We picked up the intensity,” said junior setter Sara Connell, who led the team with 15 assists. “Focus is a big part of it, and sometimes we need to find it.

Consider it found as Memorial, the No. 1-ranked Division 2 team in the state, improved to 43-4 overall. Perhaps it was found after the Crusaders inched ahead 12-9 and senior Patti Abshire delivered what Schulte labeled “a fantastic save.” Abshire went to the ground to save a ball and popped it to the net, where senior Kelli Browning was waiting for a kill. “We started a little run and that kept it going,” Schulte said. “Maybe they were thinking about coming back, but we kept it going and all of a sudden we had a 10-point lead.”

Browning and senior Katie Acker shared the team lead with 10 kills apiece, and Memorial never appeared to be in serious trouble. But Schulte said, “We were just a little sloppy. We were letting some balls fall that we should have been getting up and we had some unforced errors which kept the game closer than I would have liked and I’m sure than they would have liked. “But we have a lot of character and play with a great deal of confidence.”

So CMH was able to turn up the heat when needed. “We’re expected to be here, but we still have to prove that we should be here,” Acker said. “We train pretty hard and are pretty battle-tested from our tough schedule. What we always have to remember is to stay focused, keep the momentum on our side and keep down the unforced errors.” Schulte thought his team had more unforced errors than Union Grove and said, “I just don’t think that we played very well but we played well enough to win, which is what we need to do at this point of time. We were taking care of business. The trick is to get through tonight and get up for the next match. I know we’re going to have to be a lot more efficient Saturday night if we want to go back up to Green Bay.”

Memorial’s biggest comeback occurred in the third game when, trailing 8-4, Union Grove served the ball out and junior Kaitlyn Hastings served two more points to get the Crusaders back into the game. Acker got her team its first lead at 12-11 with a spike, but it wasn’t until Union Grove netted another serve that the Crusaders were able to take the lead for good at 16-15.

Browning later served five straight points, including an ace and another kill by Acker, to pretty much end the match. Junior Lauren Landry scored the last point on a kill and junior Amanda Hansen had the second-last point on a kill. “We find ways to create intensity,” Connell said. Abshire led the team with 14 digs, and Hastings had three aces for Memorial.

Crusader Karczewski among County Scoring Leaders

As reported in today's Waukesha Freeman, CMH senior Pete Karczewski is #11 on the county-wide list of football scoring leaders.
Congratulations Pete!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Open House Tonight!

Pray for success!

If you have not done so yet, check out the invite video.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

CMH 14, Pewaukee 13

from today's Waukesha Freeman --

Defense preserves victory
Watt’s strong first half not enough for Pirates
By Chris Patterson Freeman Correspondent

PEWAUKEE – Committing two red-zone turnovers in the second half, the offense for the Catholic Memorial High School football team never was able to finish off Pewaukee on Tuesday.

Fortunately for the Crusaders, their defense was up to the task.

After the Pirates had driven to the CMH 28 in the game’s final minutes, Memorial forced a fourth-down incomplete pass with 1:57 remaining to preserve a 14-13 victory over Pewaukee in a WIAA Division 3 first-round playoff game.

Memorial, 7-2 overall, will now host Plymouth on Saturday in a second-round playoff game. Plymouth, 9-1, advanced with a 28-7 victory over Whitefish Bay.

Despite allowing 330 total yards and 16 first downs, Memorial’s defense kept the Pirates at bay by forcing four turnovers – all four of which came in CMH territory.

“In the second half, we really stepped up on defense and that was big,” Memorial sophomore defensive back Matt Hubley said.

It was a pure hustle play by Hubley at the end of the first half that might have prevented Pewaukee from taking momentum as well as the lead into the locker room at half.

On the first play from scrimmage after a 22-yard touchdown run by Memorial senior fullback Pete Karczewski had given the Crusaders their first lead at 14-13, Pewaukee senior running back Derek Watt took a handoff at his own 25, busted through the line and appeared headed for the end zone and the go-ahead score.

However, as Watt ran down the right sideline, Hubley just kept on closing the gap and eventually caught the Northwestern University recruit from behind at the Memorial 20 with 55 seconds to play in the half.

“At first, I wasn’t sure, but I just kept on running and eventually caught him,” Hubley said.

“You can never give up. I knew I had to keep chasing him. It’s just about effort.”

And Hubley’s effort was not lost on Memorial coach Bill Young.

“That was about angle of pursuit and things you drill on, but it was more about just not quitting,” Young said. “That was just a huge play there.”

Following two running plays for zero net yards and an incomplete pass, the Crusaders denied Pewaukee any points at all when senior defensive back Matt Hauser intercepted a fourth-down pass in the end zone that was intended for Watt.

Watt thoroughly dominated in the first half, rushing for 169 yards on just 18 carries in the first two quarters. He opened the scoring with a 68-yard run with 5:57 to play in the first quarter and added an 8-yard touchdown run in the second quarter.

“It was a great game played by both teams and Derek Watt is just a terrific running back,” Young said. “He really hurt us that first half, but the second half we had a bunch of big stops on defense.”

Watt rushed 12 times for just 49 yards in the second half to finish the game with a total of 30 carries for 218 yards rushing.

“There were a lot of people that doubted Derek and whether he could play against Classic 8 football teams,” Pewaukee coach Clay Iverson said. “Well, today you saw him dominate one.

“We battled them with everything we had and everything played out the way we wanted it to except we thought we’d win it in the end. We had a chance there, but it didn’t happen.”

The Pirates, whose season ended at 7-3, held Memorial without a first down until early in the second quarter.

After their first four possessions all resulted in three-and-outs and netted a total of only 31 total yards, the Crusaders got things rolling following an interception at the Memorial 46 by senior linebacker Matt Groehler.

On the first play from scrimmage following the pick, Karczewski busted through the left side and raced 51 yards down to the Pewaukee 3. Two plays later, Memorial junior running back Charlie Walsh plowed into the end zone to tie the game at 7-7 with 9:11 remaining in the half.

Pewaukee immediately responded with a 10-play, 80-yard scoring drive and retook the lead at 13-7 on Watts’ 8-yard scamper. However, Watts’ extra-point kick attempt into a stiff headwind fell just short – a lost point that loomed large later.

A partially blocked punt by Memorial senior Cody Gardetto gave the Crusaders the ball at the Pewaukee 47 with 1:57 remaining in the first half.

Following a 6-yard run by Karczewski and a 19-yard pass completion from senior quarterback Dominic Zanoni to junior running back Casey Townsend, Karczewski finished off the three-play, 47-yard drive with his 22-yard TD run. Memorial senior Chris Colombe added the extra point to give the Crusaders the lead for good.

“Sometimes we’re kind of a late-blooming offense,” Karczewski said. “We may have a couple bad drives, but once we get everything in sync, I think we really started pushing them and wearing down their defense.

“In the second half, it was just a matter of getting first down after first down and eating up the clock.”

Karczewski finished with 169 yards rushing on 23 carries.

Photo -- Katie Derksen/Special to The Freeman Catholic Memorial junior Charlie Walsh takes the ball down the field Tuesday against Pewaukee High School at Pewaukee.

Pics of last night's FB Victory

photos courtesy of CMH Parent, Jerry Noll --

Monday, October 25, 2010

CMH Boys Volleyball -- Classic 8 Champions

Photos courtesy of Carlos Garces, CMH parent.

Weekend Recap

In addition to a very successful Haunted House, Drama's fall One-Act winning sectional competions, and CMH hosting Fr. Rocky Hoffman and Relevant really was a pretty typical CMH weekend!

CMH sweeps New Berlin West Crusaders to play Eisenhower

Not satisfied -- Season’s success not enough for Crusaders

No easy task for county teams
Playoffs offer tough opponents

JSOnline Calls Crusader Football one of "the Teams to Beat"
JSOnline FB Playoff Preview

CMH Boys Volleyball Ranked #2
(even though we have beaten the #1 team twice. Hmm? Go figure.)

Boys Soccer Peaks at Right Time

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Listen in... I talk about CMH's recognition as one of the Top 50 Catholic high schools in the country, tomorrow morning, on the Relevant Radio Network.

Tune in tomorrow morning, 7:30am - 8:00am.
100.1 fm
or at

Friday, October 22, 2010

Boys Soccer Peaking at right time

from today's Waukesha Freeman --

CMH 1, Pewaukee 0

Crusaders a game away from state
Horvat scores game-winner
By Jeff Hagenau Freeman Correspondent

PEWAUKEE – One big shot. That’s what made the difference as the second-seeded Catholic Memorial High School boys soccer team outlasted top-seeded Pewaukee 1-0 in a WIAA Division 2 sectional semifinal game Thursday.

Memorial, which won its third straight to improve to 16-6-1 overall, advanced to face another No. 2 seed, New Berlin West, in a sectional championship game at Pewaukee at 4:30 p.m. Saturday.

It was the third consecutive postseason shutout for the Crusaders, who have combined to outscore their three playoff opponents 5-0. Memorial outshot the Pirates 10-5 in the physical, fast-paced contest, including a barrage of seven shots on goal and two corner kicks in the momentum-shifting first half.

As the game remained scoreless with seven minutes remaining in the first half, junior forward Aaron Horvat scored what proved to be the winning goal unassisted at the 33:01 mark. On the decisive play, Horvat took possession on the left side and quickly fired a strong shot that was blocked by a defender. The ball ricocheted back to Horvat, who sprinted toward the middle past a defender and blasted a hard shot into the right corner of the net. “When I tried to cross the ball toward the middle, it came back my way,” said Horvat, who generated six of his team’s seven total shots in the opening 40 minutes despite continuing to play with a nagging hip injury that has plagued him throughout the season.

“After the defender went for it, I was able to beat everyone to the ball and put it in the goal. We dominated during most of the first half so it was great to finally finish one off. “We dedicated this game to one of our injured teammates (junior Nate Craft) so it was special to get the job done.”

Sophomore goalkeeper Ryan Zingsheim was a stabilizing force for the Crusaders defense, recording four saves. “I was just hoping that they wouldn’t score in the final few seconds,” said Zingsheim, who made a key save on a Pewaukee corner kick in the 71st minute. “There was a lot of pressure with the game being on the road in front of a loud, hostile crowd, so it was a great feeling to walk away with a hard-fought shutout. “It was just a matter of stepping up to make the stops and clearing the ball out as far as possible. Looking back, it was scary at times when they attempted some shots down the stretch but our defense rose to the occasion.”

Memorial coach John Bisswurm was pleased with how his team maintained its focus for an entire 80 minutes. “We knew it was going to be a war so we feel very fortunate to get through to the next round,” he said. “Aaron (Horvat) has consistently delivered throughout the season despite his limitations and today he just did it again. Throughout the day, we didn’t give them a lot of open looks and managed to make some big stops at key times. That perseverance was the key to our success.”

Pewaukee had four golden opportunities to score in the final eight minutes but couldn’t convert, including a corner kick with six seconds remaining. “It was a disappointing way to end an otherwise fantastic season,” said Pewaukee coach Randy Staus, whose team ended the season 15-4-3 overall. “At this level of the tournament, each possession is important and every shot becomes magnified to maximum. They just executed a big one when they needed it in the first half. We had some good opportunities after that happened and couldn’t finish the plays.

“They just seem to be our nemesis every time we try to make a serious run for state. In baseball, the Minnesota Twins can never beat the New York Yankees and in soccer we can’t beat CMH.”

Too often overlooked...

Is the CMH Girls Swim team.

Check out this article from today's Waukesha Freeman.

Someconsideration is given to CMH at the very end of the article --

“It’s a tough conference meet with Arrowhead and Waukesha South,” CMH coach Dan Meinholz said. “That doesn’t leave much for anybody else.”

Already the smallest school in the conference, Catholic Memorial doesn’t have the luxury of having a co-op with another school. The Crusaders are not worried about their team standing.

“I would say Arrowhead would be first and then South second,” Meinholz said. “It seems that’s the way things have been falling the last couple of meets.”

CMH junior Anna Meinholz was the only swimmer not from Arrowhead to win a race at last year’s conference meet, winning the 100-yard breaststroke. She also will compete in the 200 individual medley.

“Right now, she’s maybe one of the top three breaststrokers in the state at this point,” Dan Meinholz said. “We’re hoping she goes out and has a good swim. She’s not at her peak, but we’re still hoping for a good swim and a season-best time.”

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Corrected Link to Open House Video

Sorry for a glitch in the YouTube link.
To watch the 2010 Open House Video Invitation, click here!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Sunday, October 17, 2010

CMH Girls Rugby Rolls Over Oak Creek

WAUKESHA, Wis. (October 16, 2010) — Catholic Memorial High School Girls Rugby defeated Oak Creek, 34-5, in the quarter finals of the Wisconsin Girls U19 Rugby Division 1, played Friday night at Minooka Park in Waukesha, Wis.

Senior Maggie Armstrong made two of the team’s six ties, with junior Kayla Henschel, junior Hannah McCaffery, senior Danielle Koepf and junior Ally Vanchena each making one. The team also made two conversions, one by McCaffrey and one by junior Lindsey Bluma.

Photo: CMHS senior Danielle Koepf carries the ball for one of Catholic Memorial’s six tries in its 34-5 win over Oak Creek in quarter final play. (Photo by Jeff Bohlman)

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Be sure to choeck out the other schools in the Top 50

To find a listing of the other 49 schools in the 2010-11 National Catholic High School Honor Roll, just click the logo to the right.
A special word of congratulations to Appleton Xavier High School as the only other Wisconsin school to make the list. CMH is proud to be in your company.

Crusader FB Heads to UofA riding high

from yesterday's Waukesha Freeman --


CMH 39
Pius 21

Crusaders keep moving
CMH offense bounces back from slow start
By Chris Patterson Freeman Correspondent

WAUWATOSA – When the Catholic Memorial High School football team opened Thursday’s game against Pius with a three-and-out series that netted just two yards, it turned out to be the exception and not the rule for the evening.

That’s because of the Crusaders remaining 26 first-half plays from scrimmage, 11 resulted in either a first down or a touchdown.

All told, Memorial scored on five consecutive possessions after that opening series and the result was a 39-21 Classic 8 Conference victory over the Popes.

The Crusaders, now 5-1 in conference and 7-1 overall, will host Arrowhead on Wednesday at Carroll University in a game that will allow the winner to claim at least a share of the conference championship. Arrowhead and Waukesha West are also both 4-1 in conference, but both have to play tonight and the Wolverines could finish at 6-1 in conference and tie for the title if they win out.

“Well, this is right where we wanted to be,” Memorial coach Bill Young said. “We’re 7-1 and going to play for the conference championship against Arrowhead.

“I thought our offense executed real well tonight. Now it’s just a matter of working hard and continuing to improve.”

Memorial junior Charlie Walsh started at quarterback for third time in the four games and turned in his best performance thus far – rushing 19 times for 114 yards and scoring four touchdowns.

“Charlie is really coming on, developing all the time and that just gives the other teams something to think about from the quarterback spot,” Young said. “Everyone has to step up when we need them.

“It’s not always the team with the best talent, but it’s the team that plays the best and puts all the pieces of the puzzle together.”

Walsh, who started the season at linebacker, was thrust into his new role three games ago against Waukesha North after senior quarterback Dominic Zanoni was sidelined with an ankle injury.

Zanoni returned for the Waukesha West game two weeks ago, but has been out since due to an infection that required an extended hospital stay. Zanoni was released from the hospital earlier this week and was on the sidelines Friday, but his loss of strength and weight from the illness makes his return unknown.

“When we first found out he was hurt, I really thought it was just going to be a one-game thing for me,” Walsh said. “Where ever they want me to go, I’ll play.

“I was so much more confident tonight. I just feel that I know now what I’m doing in terms of the reads and everything.”

Memorial got rolling on its second series, marching 79 yards in 10 plays and taking a 7-0 lead on 23-yard touchdown run by senior fullback Pete Karczewski.

Pius, which had its opening series stall at the Memorial 21, had their second possession snuffed out at the Memorial 38 when Crusader sophomore linebacker Sam Bohrer forced a fumble and senior defensive back Joe Fleming recovered.

Six plays and 62 yards later, Walsh scampered in from 13 yards out on a keeper as Memorial went ahead 14-0.

However, Pius responded with an 18-play, 80-yard drive that lasted 6:07 and culminated in a 4-yard touchdown run by sophomore quarterback Connor Senger.

Memorial got a 28-yard field goal from senior Chris Colombe just before the half to take a 17-7 lead into the locker room.

Pius opened the second half with an impressive 11-play, 80-yard drive that resulted in an 8-yard touchdown run by junior fullback Roberto Zarate, cutting Memorial’s advantage to only 17-14.

However, the Crusaders would effectively put the game out of reach by rattling off 15 unanswered points in a matter of only 3:53 late in the third quarter.

After a 9-yard touchdown run by Walsh finished off an eight-play, 62-yard drive with 5:51 to play in the third, Pius’ next series resulted in a safety when junior punter Matt Grams stepped out of the end zone accidentally while trying to punt from his own 4.

Getting the ball back after the safety, Memorial took over at the Pius 49 and needed seven plays to push its lead to 32-14 on a 3-yard touchdown run by Walsh with 1:58 remaining in the third.

“We knew it would be a tough battle because we knew they were a pretty good team, but we were pretty confident that we were going to come in here and win,” Walsh said.

Karczewski led the Crusaders with 139 yards rushing on 23 attempts. Karczewski, who has rushed for 100-plus yards in seven of eight games this season, has now rushed for 977 yards on 156 carries with 12 touchdowns.

Boys Soccer moves on to Sectionals

from yesterday's Waukesha Freeman --


CMH, Pewaukee to play in sectional
Both teams win with shutouts

WAUKESHA – The Catholic Memorial High School boys soccer beat Delavan-Darien 2-0 in a WIAA Division 2 regional final Thursday.

Freshman Mitchell Krismer and junior Aaron Horvat each scored for the Crusaders, who improved to 15-6-1 overall.

Juniors Alex Dobrinska and Ryan Allen each had an assist.

Sophomore goalkeeper Ryan Zingsheim made five saves for CMH, which outshot the Comets 8-5.

– Freeman Staff

Friday, October 15, 2010

A video worth watching...

A moving and inspirational video about the most recent ordinations for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee.

Click here.

Press Release --

Catholic Memorial High School Selected as one of America’s
Top 50 Catholic High Schools

Waukesha, WI -- Catholic Memorial High School (CMH) has earned a place on the National Catholic High School Honor Roll's Top 50 list for 2010. The Honor Roll is a biennial listing of America’s Top 50 Catholic high schools judged on the criteria of academic excellence, Catholic identity, and civic education. The list is a resource for parents, schools, colleges and donors. The Honor Roll is designed to recognize and encourage excellence in Catholic education.

The advisory board for the granting of this designation includes Catholic university, college and seminary presidents as well as Catholic scholars in various fields. Advisory Board member, the Most Reverend David O’Connell recently moved from his post as president of the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC, to be the bishop of Camden, NJ, home to Princeton University.

According to school president and alum, the Very Reverend Paul Hartmann, CMH ‘84, “this recognition confirms that Catholic Memorial lives by its mission to form young men and women to live lives bolstered by a devout Catholic faith, enabled by a premier secondary education, and inspired to serve the Church and the world in the spirit of our motto, Caritas in Omnibus (Charity in All Things).”

"As Principal of Catholic Memorial, I am grateful that we have been recognized by the Catholic High School Honor Roll as one of the top 50 Catholic high schools in the United States,” said CMH Principal Bob Hall. “This is a well-deserved honor and I applaud the students, parents, teachers, and staff for their hard work and commitment to Catholic education."

Catholic Memorial offers a full spectrum of academic and extra-curricular opportunities for its students including over twenty-five varsity and club sports; fifty academic, faith, social and service clubs; as well as a full breadth of fine and performance arts opportunities. CMH is also one of a select few schools to offer the International Baccalaureate program, a rigorous academic curriculum that promotes classes that are inclusive and receptive to many different learning styles.

According the Honor Roll, the best Catholic high schools “demonstrate a balanced excellence, which includes an active Catholic culture, sound college preparation and integration of Church teaching in all departments. These schools also display sound moral, catechetical and civic formation that prepares students for vocations in the world as political, religious, scientific, and business leaders.”

Girls Volleyball Win Conference

from yesterday's Waukesha Freeman --

Arrowhead 0

Crusaders take Classic 8 crown
‘They’re a great team’
By Tony Mooren Freeman Correspondent

WAUKESHA – Balance, defense, power and senior leadership.

The WIAA Division 2 defending state champion Catholic Memorial High School girls volleyball team has all that – and more.

And the Crusaders showcased it to claim their third Classic 8 Conference dual championship in the last four seasons with a 25-16, 25-16, 25-15 victory over Arrowhead on Tuesday.

Memorial finished 7-0 in conference while Arrowhead finished 6-1.

“They have five Division 1 players and are one of the top teams in the state,” Arrowhead coach Sherry Moseler said of Memorial. “We came in ready to play and gave them a great game, but they’re a great team.”

After taking a 2-0 lead in the first game, the Warhawks lost three straight points and never led again in any of the three games.

“This was easily our best defensive effort this year,” Memorial coach Ted Schulte said. “We found an extra step, extended our range and did a really good job of sorting out broken plays to create situations for someone to put the point away.”

Memorial, 37-4 overall, got four kills apiece from senior Katie Acker and sophomore Alyssa Dawson and three more from senior Kelli Browning, along with three blocks and an ace, in the first game.

Then it was Acker (five kills), Dawson (four) and senior Aly Kujawa (three) in the second game and then back to Browning (four kills and two blocks) to lead the third game.

“Our defensive intensity was really good. We haven’t played with that much intensity in a long time and we were getting to balls that we usually don’t get to,” said Kujawa, who will play at Division II Minnesota-Duluth next season. “And we’re pretty dynamic on offense. Everyone is a great hitter and we were everywhere.”

Acker led the team with 10 total kills, while Browning and Dawson had eight apiece, Kujawa five and juniors Greta Davis and Amanda Hansen four apiece.

Browning had eight blocks and Davis six, while senior Patti Abshire had 21 digs and sophomore Rachel Murphy had 23 assists.

“We were definitely a ‘team’ on the floor tonight,” said Browning, who will attend Creighton on scholarship. “We have weapons all over the floor.”

The team’s four seniors – Abshire, Acker, Browning and Dawson – completed four years as varsity players with their 27th victory in 28 league matches on Senior Night. Abshire (Duquesne) and Acker (Denver) also have D1 scholarships, and Dawson has made a verbal commitment to attend Marquette.

“Ending against them really works well for us,” Moseler said. “We can look at the positives and this gives us a great idea of what to work on in order to get better.”

Schulte was of the same mind set as his team gets ready for the D2 tournament season while Arrowhead, 6-1 in league and 33-5 overall, gets ready for its D1 tournament.

“We’ve done an excellent job all year of keeping our errors to a minimum and we attack relentlessly,” Schulte said. “We keep putting pressure on. We were fortunate to finish against a very good Arrowhead team that has good setting, good defense and aggressive hitters. It was not a walkover.”

Junior Jenny Smith had nine kills and freshman Rycki Ebert seven to lead Arrowhead, which also had 19 assists from senior Rachel Keith, and 14 digs from sophomore Meghan Supple.

Photos -- Top: Robert F. Borkowski/Special to The Freeman Catholic Memorial’s Greta Davis pounds the ball over the net past Arrowhead’s Jenny Smith in the first game Tuesday at Memorial.
Robert F. Borkowski/Special to The Freeman Memorial’s Kate Acker reaches for the ball after teammates Patti Abshire, left, and Kaitlyn Hasting crash to the floor going for a save Tuesday.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Save the dates for CMH Alumni events!

Save the Dates and Register Now!
New CMH Alumni Events in
NYC, Chicago & Wisconsin!
Click Here to Register!

New York City Area Gathering
Thursday, Nov 11, 2010 6-9 p.m.
The Perfect Pint
123 West 45th Street
Local host, Jennifer Matthews Cullert ’93

Chicago Area Alumni Gathering
Thursday, Dec 2, 2010 5-8 pm
Townhouse Restaurant and Bar
111 S. Wacker Dr.
Local host, Jane Schumann Curran’94

MU vs. Badger Basketball Game-Watching Party
Show your colors!
Saturday, Dec. 11, 2010 11 a.m.
Steny’s Tavern at 800 S. 2nd St. Milwaukee

Annual Alumni Basketball Tournament
Sunday, Dec. 26, 2010 3 p.m.
InPro Athletic Center

South Florida Alumni Gathering
February 25-27, 2011
Location TBD

23rd Annual CMH Alumni Golf Outing to benefit Crusader Athletics
Monday, June 13, 2011
The Legend at Bristlecone

For details & information, contact the Development Office at
(262)542-7101 ext. 244 or

Kudos to a CMH grad

CMH alum Dan Voors, 03' passed on this news item from the Chicago Business Journal about Katy Lynch, '02. Congratulations Katy!

Flyover Geeks: SocialKaty off to fast start in crowded social-media field
By Edward Domain

Katy Lynch is president and co-founder of SocialKaty, a new social-media consultancy in Chicago that aims to stand out among the noise in the crowded social-media field.

“I went to work for the social application Where I’ve Been in 2008 and six months into working for them I was asked to take over as the social-media strategist,” Ms. Lynch recalls of her early days at the Chicago-based company whose app lets users chart past and future travel plans and discuss them with friends. “I learned fast by testing out different theories and saw what worked and what didn’t when trying to build an audience. And from there, things took off.”

Ms. Lynch had some notable social-media successes: In February 2009, she was the organizer of the Facebook Developer Garage, the largest official Facebook event in Chicago. The event featured speakers from Mashable, Crafted Fun, and Facebook. It drew more than 170 attendees.

Ms. Lynch can also boast that she is the creator of the Twitter Travel Tuesday, which exploded in popularity after she launched it.

“I couldn’t believe how fast it took off,” she says, “and now it has thousands of users every week.” She created it in April 2009 on Twitter and brands such as Expedia, American Airlines, Marriott Hotels, Lonely Planet and Hilton now use it regularly.

And she also helped implement the Facebook app for Where I’ve Been, which has more 65,000 followers on Twitter and has helped propel the site to more than 10 million users as of August 2010.

Because of her growing success with social media, Ms. Lynch is now a sought-after speaker and already has nearly 6,000 followers on Twitter for her SocialKaty account.

“The problem with a lot of marketing companies is that they really don’t do social media the way it should be done,” Ms. Lynch says. “They all say they will do social media now, but they don’t really get it.”

That’s where her new consultancy comes in.

“SocialKaty offers to not only manage your social media accounts,” she says, “but we also offer reporting across a variety of metrics to give tangible proof of the work we have done so a business owner can look at it and understand the value we bring.”

Ms. Lynch has already built up a client portfolio with some well-recognized names. She has worked for Southwest Airlines, Lufthansa, Pet Airways, the government of the Bahama Islands, Columbia Pictures for the movie “2012,” and for Paramount Pictures’ “Sherlock Holmes.” An addition to her client roster is her former employer Where I’ve Been.

“I went to the CEO of Where I’ve Been,” she recalls, “and let him know that I was really growing passionate about the social-media space and saw myself forming my own company. Because of the work I did for them, he agreed and Where I’ve Been became a client as well.”

SocialKaty officially launched in August and already handles four clients in Chicago: Poggled, Chicago Micro, Where I’ve Been and Toodalu.

Ms. Lynch reports revenues will be just over $15,000 for November and that business is up, with four new clients expected to sign on in the next few weeks. “I have had to hire two employees to help with the workload and expect to be hiring one more by early next year if I continue to add business the way I am now,” she says.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Apologies for being out of touch

Yesterday, my traveling companions and I took the train to Paris. We had a series of wonderful experiences. I lit candles for the CMH community at the Cathedral of Notra Dame de Paris as well as at the Basillica de Sacra Coeur.

Given France's historic connections, my prayer at Notre Dame was an invocation of CMH's patron of Our Lady of the Rosary and Our Lady of Memorial.

As I was lighting a votive candle at Notre Dame for all of you, a women from Japan asked me, "Who do you pray for?" When I said "my 750 students and their teachers" she asked a very penetrating question..."Do they deserve prayers?" To which I easily and proudly replied "Yes, they deserve everything I can offer."

Sacre Coeur, or the church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, is another place where I lit candles for all of the CMH community, and made particular intentions for the needs of the CMH students who are in ill-health and seeking healing.

Le Basillica de Sacre Coeur, probably surpasses ever Notre Dame in beauty and nobility. To pray, and celebrate mass here was a special moment in my priesthood.
Mr. Hall and others keep me updated in tghese days that I am away. Thank you to them. Please keep me in your prayers as I travel, and I wll keep all of you in mine.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Greetings from Leuven, Belgium

As noted previously, I am spending this week in Europe. Fr. Sean O'Connell, associate pastor of St. Dominic's in Brookfield and CMH Football Team Chaplain, Fr. Erich Weiss, associate pastor of St. Jerome's in Oconomowoc (who will be working with the hockey team this winter, Fr. Sean's sister Shannon and I, have traveled to Leuven, Belgium.

The Catholic University here holds claim to being the oldest, continually operated Catholic University in the world. The bishops of the United States founded a seminary here in 1857. The American College of the Immaculate Conception continues to serve the American and universal church with its formation and preparation of future priests.

Leuven City Hall

Up close detail of City Hall Gothic designs

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Homecoming was a success!

Walkathon -- Success!
Pep Rally -- Success!
PowderPuff Football Game -- Success!
Homecoming Game -- Success!
Homecoming Dance -- Success!

Now I am going to take week long trip to Europe for the diaconate ordination of Milwaukee Seminarian Kevin Barnekow at the American College of Louvain.

But, here is some coverage of the Homecoming victory from the Waukesha Freeman --

CMH pulls away in second half
South stays close for awhile

By Chris Patterson Freeman Correspondent

WAUKESHA – Speed on the perimeter kept the Waukesha South High School football team close for a half Friday.

However, speed and power up the middle enabled Catholic Memorial to pull away in the final two quarters.

Rolling up 204 yards rushing in the second half, the Crusaders broke open a tight three-point game at the half with two secondhalf touchdowns to post a 30-14 Classic 8 Conference victory over South at Carroll University.

The victory made Memorial, 4-1 in conference and 6-1 overall, playoff eligible and also kept the Crusaders tied for first atop the Classic 8 with Arrowhead and Waukesha West.

It was also an important “bounce-back” victory for the Crusaders, who suffered their first loss of the season the previous week against West.

“After last week, coach just told us that everything happens for a reason, to let it go and just play football,” Memorial senior fullback Pete Karczewski said. “I think we came out tonight and played some football.”

Behind Memorial’s offensive line of senior tackles Zach Degner and Nick Olson, senior guards Matt Baldwin and Eric Alfuth and junior center Caleb Krause, Karczewski pounded the South defense for a game-high 132 yards rushing on 26 carries – including 84 yards on 13 attempts in the second half.

“They’re the ones who kept us in this game,” senior running back Broc Kocour said of the offensive linemen. “They’re the core of our offense.”

A big chunk of Memorial’s second-half rushing total came on one huge play – a 77-yard touchdown run by Kocour with 5:22 to play in the third quarter that gave Memorial some breathing room at 24-14.

On the long run, which came just one play after South’s opening drive of the second half stalled at the Memorial 23, Kocour took a pitch to the left, cut back against the grain and was gone up the middle.

“It was supposed to go the outside, but they’d been flying real hard to the ball all night so we knew sooner or later that the cutbacks were going to be there,” Kocour said. “It was an option that I had to read, so I just hit it and it turned out to be a big play.”

Kocour finished with 103 yards rushing on just eight carries and hauled in a 35-yard pass in the fourth quarter that helped Memorial kill off the game’s final 4:34.

Junior Charlie Walsh, filling in at quarterback for senior Dominic Zanoni who had to be hospitalized because of an infection, added 79 yards rushing on 15 carries. Walsh also filled in at quarterback two weeks ago against Waukesha North when Zanoni was sidelined with a sore ankle.

Running a variety of pitch and counter plays, the Blackshirts used the perimeter speed of their two feature backs – senior Kyler Tolefree and junior Corey Broussard – to move the ball effectively.

Tolefree rushed 16 times for a team-high 113 yards, while Broussard had 17 attempts for 77 yards. The two speedsters also combined for nine runs of 10-plus yards.

“We’re an exciting team to watch and you just never know what’s going to happen,” South coach Dave Rusch said. “A couple plays go the other way and it’s a different ballgame.”

The Shirts’ best drive of the game, which came after a 2-yard touchdown run by Karczewski with 11:11 to play in the fourth quarter, was a 15-play, 79-yard march that took 6:37, but came up just short when South fumbled at the goal line and Memorial senior linebacker Matt Groehler recovered in the end zone.

However, South finished with 18 first downs and 291 yards total offense – including 189 on the ground.

“This is the best offensive team that South has had in a while,” Young said. “(Rusch’s) kids are fast, tough and they really battled hard.”

South scored the game’s first points on a 2-yard run by Tolefree with 3:21 to play in the opening period.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Visiting the Big Apple

I had the pleasure last week of visiting New York City for some family business. While there we had the pleasure of joining former Milwaukee Archbishop Timothy Dolan for dinner. Pictured above are myself, Archbishop Pietro Sambi, the Apostolic Nuncio to the United States, Archbishop Dolan, my mother (parent of seven CMH grads), my younger brother Mike (CMH '86), and Fr. Pierbattista Pizzaballa OFM the Franciscan Custos of the Holy Land.

Mentioning this visit to NYC allows me to remind everyone the the 3rd annual gathering of CMH alumni in NYC will take pace on Thursday, November 11th. If you are in the area, mark your calendars, more info will follow soon.

Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary

For a little bit of context -- the daily mass chapel at CMH is dedicated under the patronage of Our Lady of the Rosary. Our Lady of the Rosary is also referred to in two other ways, Our Lady of Victory and Our Lady of Memorial. Hence, today is essentially the patronal feast day for CMH.

Some history -- (From the Catholic News Agency)

The feast of Our Lady of the Rosary was instituted by Pope Pius V after the Christian victory over the Turks in 1571 and celebrates the powerful intercession and protection of the Blessed Virgin Mary to those who are devoted to praying the Rosary and meditating on the mysteries of the life of Christ.

In the 1570’s Pope Pius V had united the Christian armies against the Turks who were invading Europe from the east, and the outcome was the miraculous victory of the Christian fleet in the battle of Lepanto on October 7, 1571. The island of Malta was attacked by the Turkish fleet, and nearly every man defending the fortress was killed in battle.

The Pope sent out a fleet to meet the enemy, requesting that each man on board pray the Rosary and receive communion. Meanwhile, he called on all of Europe to recite the Rosary and ordered a forty hour devotion in Rome during the time of the battle. The Christian fleet, vastly outnumbered by the Turks, inflicted an impossible defeat on the Turkish navy, demolishing the entire fleet.

In memory of the triumph he declared that day as the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary because of her intercession in answering the mass recitation of the Rosary and obtaining the victory. For this reason he has also been called ‘the Pope of the Rosary’.

Pope Clement XI, after another important victory over the Turks this time gained by Prince Eugene on August 6, 1716 in Hungary, extended the feast of the Rosary to be celebrated by the Universal Church.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

My October family newsletter column

Dear Friends:

Looking around, they all looked very young. Essentially, summer ended for them a few weeks ago. The days are now about classes, the afternoons and evenings filled with very physical practice sessions. No matter how busy their schedule is, these are some teenagers who are being pressed to think about some pretty important things, not the least important of which is “What next?”

I celebrated mass with them. They were quiet and not inclined to sing. They were respectful, but a few were fidgety because they were unsure about when to sit, stand or kneel. They did not have to be there but they were respectful and thankful, never letting on that there might have been others places they preferred to be.

The mass I celebrated was not a daily mass with two CMH academic classes. It was not a Friday morning mass with a team of Crusader athletes. On Sunday, September 19th, I had the honor of celebrating mass for the US Air Force’s, 819th Red Horse Squadron. Under the command of Col. Greg Rosenmerkal (CMH ’84), the unit was at Fort McCoy in Tomah, WI for their last month of training before deploying to Afghanistan. This was their last Sunday before leaving, and no priest was scheduled to be there that weekend. I willingly offered to go and pray with these fine young men and women.

By the time you are reading this, the 819th, an engineering unit, will be building airfields and energy grids, digging wells and irrigation systems – all of this under the threat enemy fire.

After mass, a young man who looked younger than most of our juniors and seniors spoke briefly with me. He was clearly anxious, he had left home for basic training just a few weeks before. In a few days he would be carrying a weapon and literally building a nation. One thing he said sticks with me. After thanking me for coming he said, “Father, I miss my church back home.” When I asked about how involved he was, he bowed his head and said he hadn’t really gone to church since grade school. His parents didn’t really go, so he fell away. But, right then and there, he missed his Church.

At CMH, parents and school together hope that the young people in our care will never miss their Church. Always and everywhere, by knowledge, practice, and heartfelt choice, it is hoped that CMH students having a grounding in faith that will always be at hand no matter where life’s path take them, no matter what challenges confront them.

In the short time I was at Ft. McCoy I was extremely impressed by those young men and women. While their days and responsibilities are very different right now, I hope that how we prepare our kids will never leave them missing anything about the strengths rooted in lived faith, close family, and supportive community.

Blessings to all!

Fr. Paul Hartmann