Tuesday, November 30, 2010

CMH Girls Win Kemp Tourney

from today's Waukesha Freeman --

Catholic Memorial wins Kemp tourney

BROOKFIELD – The Catholic Memorial High School girls basketball team beat Whitnall 38-33 in the championship game of the Kemp Klassic at Brookfield East on Saturday. Memorial, which led 14-7 after the first quarter, was sparked by junior Abby Radish with 11 points and junior Lauren Mueller with nine points. Cedarburg beat Brookfield East 59-34 in the consolation game.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Crusader Hockey Against Hunger

Throughout the Advent and Christmas season, the student-athletes of the CMH/Pius Co-op Hockey team will be bellringers for Salvation Army Red Kettles.
Many of the state's best high school hockey programs have also banded together in a little contest to raise funds for the Salvation Army through online pledges.
To support the Salvation Army, and show some school spirit in the process, please go to http://www.hockeyagainsthunger.com/
Thanks to Coach Chapin for his leadership with the young men in this effort.

Saturday, November 27, 2010


from today's Waukesha Freeman --

RICE LAKE – The Catholic Memorial/Pius co-op ran its record to 3-1 with a 3-1 victory over Rice Lake on Friday. Catholic Memorial senior Cody Dixon scored the game’s first goal on an assist by CMH senior Dominic Zanoni at 8:44 in the second period, and CMH senior Anthony Soo Hoo extended the lead to 2-0 on a goal assisted by CMH seniors Kyle Fink and Kieran Gilbert at 16:55 in the same period.

Zanoni scored an unassisted goal at 5:47 in the third period to seal the victory. Rice Lake’s lone goal came at 2:05 in the third period. Sophomore Chris Nelson made nine saves for CMH.

Freeman's Girls B-Ball preview

from today's Waukesha Freeman --


Catholic Memorial girls basketball
Small Crusaders ready to run, rebound
Size will be an issue for CMH
By Mark Hutchinson Freeman Staff

WAUKESHA – Al McGuire, the late Marquette University basketball coaching legend, used to call tall, dominant post players “aircraft carriers.” Mark Lepkowski, who is beginning his 13th season as Catholic Memorial’s girls basketball coach, has just two players standing 5-foot-10 or taller in his fleet, so you might say the Crusaders will be relying on battleships during the 2010-11 season. “We have to be an aggressive, quick team,” Lepkowski said. “We have to run. We have to be able to rebound – that’s probably the single most important key to the season.

“They’re a physical group, so I’m hoping that rebounding will be there. The kids are working hard.” CMH went 8-6 in the Classic 8 Conference to tie Waukesha South for fourth place and finished 13-10 overall last season. Elizabeth Guhl, a senior on that squad, averaged team highs of 13.3 points, 8.6 rebounds, 2.5 blocks and 2.6 steals per game and was named second-team all-Classic 8 and fourth-team all-Waukesha County.

Just one senior – 5-8 guard Jennifer Benash – is back, but she is joined by five juniors who saw varsity action a year ago: 5-6 guard Alison Mueller, 5-11 forward Katie Mueller, 5-6 guard Lauren Mueller, 5-4 guard Sydney McCarthy and 5-8 guard Jenny Waupoose.

Allison Mueller was the team’s second-leading scorer and honorable-mention allconference, Benash was the team’s fourth-leading scorer and Katie Mueller was the sixth-leading scorer. “Those are the kids we’ll look to first, but we have a lot of nice kids up from our jayvee team who are really going to help,” Lepkowski said.

Benash and Katie Mueller are the team captains. Completing the Crusaders roster are five juniors: 5-8 guard Abby Radish, 5-9 forward Marissa Nennig, 5-10 forward Katie Mark, 5-8 forward Becky Stekiel and 5-9 guard Lilly Lentz.

Lepkowski noticed during the first week of practice that the Crusaders have made strides since last season. “The kids have definitely improved,” he said. “We’ll be stronger in the post, even without the height. Guardwise, we’re really pretty solid there. “We’re a good shooting team; we were last year. The kids who left weren’t necessarily the shooters, so we have that back.”

Lepkowski expects the Crusaders to utilize a variety of defensive looks. “We’ve got to mix it up,” the coach said. “We’ll play man-to-man. We’ll keep working on that and it will be our No. 1 defense, but we’ll have to change it up a little bit depending on who we’re playing. “We have some teams in our conference with some big kids. We’ll have to see how we match up.”

Lepkowski expects the Classic 8 race to be typically competitive. “(Defending conference champion) Pius is the favorite,” he said. “Then I’ll go with KM, Mukwonago and maybe South. They’re a dark horse. They have two D-I players, so they’ll be solid.”

E-mail: mhutchinson@conleynet.com

Photo credit: Robert F. Borkowski/Special to The Freeman Catholic Memorial junior Alison Mueller drives against coach Mark Lepkowski during practice.


Girls Basketball, Friday Results from the Waukesha Freeman --

BROOKFIELD – Junior Alison Mueller scored 22 points to lead Catholic Memorial to a 50-42 victory over Cedarburg in the Kemp’s Klassic at Brookfield East on Friday. Junior Lauren Mueller, Alison’s twin sister, had nine points – all on 3-pointers – and junior Katie Mueller, who is no relation, had eight points. Junior Abby Radish also had eight points and had to leave the game after bumping heads with an opponent and getting stitches.

Novotny recognized again.

from today's Waukesha Freeman --

Novotny tabbed as best in Classic 8 volleyball
– Freeman Staff

WAUKESHA – Trevor Novotny led the Catholic Memorial High School boys volleyball team to the WIAA state championship. He was named the state Player of the Year, and he also was named Classic 8 Conference Player of the Year after leading the Crusaders to a league title.

Joining Novotny on the first team were teammates Kevin Koprowski and Dan Casper, both seniors, and Tim Heyrman, a junior.

Kettle Moraine senior Greg Duma, Mukwonago senior Brandon Wagner and Waukesha West’s Alex Jelacic, a junior, and Dillon Gilpatrick, a senior, were also first-team picks.

Friday, November 26, 2010

A CMH alum makes a great half court shot.

And it's not T.J. Bray (at least not this time).

To view, click here.

"But no school received more trophies than Catholic Memorial"

from today's Waukesha Freeman --

State championships pile up
County teams win six titles
By Daniel Mike Freeman Staff

WAUKESHA – The fall sports season brought a slew of state championships to Waukesha County.

But no school received more trophies than Catholic Memorial, which won state championships in boys and girls volleyball and boys soccer. The Crusaders’ football team also earned a state runner-up trophy in Division 3.

Arrowhead won two state championships, with the girls swimming team winning its third straight Division 1 crown and the boys cross country team winning the Division 1 title. The Waukesha West football team also won its second state title by beating Stevens Point in the Division 1 state title game.

The Catholic Memorial girls volleyball team won its second straight WIAA Division 2 state title, beating Madison Edgewood 20-25, 25-18, 25-16, 26-24 in the title match. The Crusaders won the Classic 8 Conference title, going 7-0 in the regular season and winning the league tournament.

CMH seniors Patti Abshire, Kate Acker and Kelli Browning were all first-team all-state picks for the Crusaders, while Hannah Blanchard of Division 1 state runner-up Muskego and Oconomowoc senior Lindsey Gosh also were first-team all-state picks.

The Catholic Memorial boys volleyball team won its second state title behind the play of junior Trevor Novotny, who was named the state Player of the Year. The Crusaders won the Classic 8 Conference dual title at 7-0 and won the league tournament. The Crusaders beat Kettle Moraine in a sectional final to advance to state after a two-year absence. KM had beaten CMH in the previous two sectional finals.

The Catholic Memorial boys soccer team won the WIAA Division 2 state title, beating Fox Valley Lutheran 3-2 in the title match. Ryan Allen scored the game-winning goal in the second overtime for CMH. Waukesha West and Kettle Moraine shared the Classic 8 Conference title at 6-1, and West beat the Lasers in a sectional title game to advance to the state tournament... (fro the rest of the article, click here)

E-mail: dmike@conleynet.com

Crusader DB Boll named 2nd Team All-State

covered in both the Waukesha Freeman and the Milwaukee Journal - Sentinel --


Jerry Boll, a senior who helped Catholic Memorial to the Division 3 title game, was a second-team pick at defensive back.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Recieved a nice e-mail today

Very Reverend Paul Hartmann, President
Catholic Memorial High School
601 E. College Avenue
Waukesha, Wisconsin 53186-5538

Reverend Hartmann:

On behalf of the Board of Directors of Habitat for Humanity of Waukesha County (HFHWC) and myself, I would to congratulate the Catholic Memorial High School students and parents who made this year’s Haunted House such an incredible success. They certainly live up to the school’s motto, “Caritas in Omnibus,” . The HFHWC volunteer construction crew enjoyed the experience of working with the students.

I had the pleasure of going from the Haunted House pizza party to the Habitat board meeting to announce the generous contribution from Catholic Memorial made possible through the efforts of the students. It was greatly appreciated, and will be applied directly toward helping the affiliate construct quality, affordable housing on the former YWCA site in the City of Waukesha in 2011 .

Thank you for allowing us to part of the Haunted House tradition.


Bob Beglinger
Chair, Construction Committee
Habitat for Humanity of Waukesha County

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Service Club Thanksgiving Dinner of the community

Tonight Catholic Memorial hosted our annual Service Club Thanksgiving Dinner. Today alone, about 100 students, faculty, staff, and parents came to help prepare and serve a full Thanksgiving meal for members of the Waukesha community. This does not include the many who helped to plan, prepare, and provide food for the meal. In all, we were blessed with about 200 guests to share a meal with. The spirits were high as we celebrated Thanksgiving together as family. Our guests laughed, shared stories, reminisced about past Thanksgiving meals, and enjoyed each others’ company. We cooked as much as in previous years and almost ran out. But God provides and we had just enough for those who came.

The meal is advertized to be for anyone in need of a warm meal and friendly conversation and that was certainly what it was.

The Catholic Memorial annual Thanksgiving dinner is a great occasion for anyone in the community to enjoy friendly conversation and a terrific hot meal. My experience in helping to cook this year’s dinner was rewarding. I met new people and got to know others better. I felt like I made a difference in people’s lives by participating in this year’s dinner. Seeing the smiling faces across the cafeteria made me feel thankful. I am thankful to be a student at Catholic Memorial and I am thankful for all the blessings in my life. I hope that everyone who came to the Thanksgiving dinner had a wonderful time, and that they have blessings in their lives to be thankful for too.

-Alyssa Opiela, Freshman

Many thanks are due to all who helped to make this meal possible! Happy Thanksgiving!

A Thanksgiving Message to the CMH Community

As you received Christ Jesus the Lord, walk in him, rooted in him and built upon him and established in the faith as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving. – Col 2:6-7

Dear Friends and Family of Catholic Memorial High School,

When the students of the Campus Ministry Leadership Team chose their theme for this year, they looked to St. Paul’s letter to the Colossians. In these passages St. Paul conveyed the conviction that there is no way to be a believer in Christ, and not have that belief penetrate through, and emanate from, every fiber of our being. It is impossible for us to say that we are Rooted in Him and not then to abound in thanksgiving.

How fitting it is then that our CMH year already makes it so easy to connect the dots from our faith to that for which we should be offering sincere thanksgiving. Steadfast in prayer, guided by morality, always offering Caritas in Omnibus, our kids then go on to great accomplishments in the classroom, on the field and court, and on the stage. Need I list all the awards and accolades again? And they just keep coming…

As nice as the countless trophies and awards are, the object of my thankfulness today is for the people who make all those recognitions possible – the great students who work so hard; the parents who are so supportive; the teachers, coaches and directors who sacrifice so much; and alumni and past parents whose generosity is added to others to make it possible our CMH mission.

As thankful as I am for all that has come to us so far, I am equally thankful for the enthusiasm and vision that will carry CMH into an even greater future. Just last week the CMH Board of Directors approved a strategic planning report called Vision 2020. Developed over the last eight months, God-willing, in three weeks, Archbishop Listecki will approve the Vision 2020 plan. From that moment on, CMH will be blessed with a set of strategic goals for the next ten years.

Like a student who seeks knowledge, a team that seeks victory, or an actor who desires a specific response, we will now have a clear focus for our enthusiasm, hard work, support, sacrifices, and generosity. We can be so thankful to be part of the CMH family at this time in history. We have a past to be very proud of; a present to relish and enjoy; and a Vision for the future which is clear and ambitious.

Because we are Rooted in Him, we must certainly abound in thanksgiving. I pray that every member of the CMH family has a wonderful celebration of Thanksgiving with family and friends. When I celebrate mass tomorrow please be assured of my prayers of thanksgiving for all that each of you does for CMH and for our many, many successes.

In close, allow me to offer a quote from John F. Kennedy -- As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.

Blessings to all!
Our Lady of Memorial, pray for us!

Fr. Paul Hartmann

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

2 Crusaders named to FB All-County Team

from today's Waukesha Freeman --

Congratulations to -

Matt Baldwin, senior Catholic Memorial
The 5-10, 285 Baldwin helped the Crusaders run for 2,834 yards during the ninegame regular season.The guard was a firstteam all-Classic 8 Conference pick for the Crusaders, the state runner-up in Division 3. He was a three-year starter and team captain for the Crusaders.

Jerry Boll, senior Catholic Memorial
The leading vote-getter among defensive backs in all-Classic 8 Conference selections, Boll (5-10, 180) had 57 tackles (29 solo) in the nine-game regular season. Boll had two quarterback sacks from his strong safety position, 17 tackles for loss, four interceptions, three passes knocked down, one blocked kick, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries in the nine-game regular season.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

NHS Thanksgiving Drive a Huge Success

Congratulations to everyone at CMH. Through your generosity, our NHS Thanksgiving Drive was a huge success. You raised $2,500, including approximately $400 donated by the Student Council Bake Sale held during conferences.

Thanks to your efforts, 50 Waukesha families will be treated to a Thanksgiving meal. They will also be given a $25 gift card to buy the turkey and perishables. Your support of this drive makes it possible for CMH to “branch out to others.” Thanks!

Hockey Starts Season Strong

from today's Waukesha Freeman --

MILWAUKEE – After losing its first game of the Paul Meyer Memorial Tournament on Friday and dropping into the consolation bracket, the Catholic Memorial/Pius co-op high school boys hockey team won two games Saturday at the Kern Center to finish fifth in the eight-team field.

Kyle Fink’s third goal of the game at 5:18 of overtime gave CMH/Pius a 5-4 victory over Middleton. Fink, a Memorial senior, was assisted by Memorial junior Sam Chapin. After scoring four goals in the first period, two by Fink, Memorial didn’t score again in regulation and Middleton tied the game with a minute left in the third period.

Chapin and Memorial senior Josh Campbell also had goals. Memorial sophomore Nate Gentile had two assists, while Memorial seniors Kieran Gilbert and Cody Dixon each had an assist.

Memorial then downed Prairie Ridge, Ill., 3-1 as Dixon scored twice and Fink once. Gilbert and Memorial seniors Sean Waite and Anthony Soo Hoo each had assists.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Saturday, November 20, 2010

CMH takes State Honors One More Time

This time it was the CMH Drama Department's production of "The Miracle Worker" as it was presented at the Wisconsin High School Forensics Association statewide one-act competition and festival.

Holding their awards are Nico Fernandez, Alex Gromacki, Mr. Andacht, Megan Miller, Maria Stout, and Charlie Akre.

A report from the Festival at UW-Oshkosh --

The drama department again represented Catholic Memorial with distinction. For the ninth year in a row Catholic Memorial took home all of the major awards that the festival presents. Following a standing ovation from a full house of their peers, the Memorial cast was presented with more awards than any other school at the festival. The following five actors won outstanding acting awards Maria Stout, Megan Miller, Charlie Akre, Alex Gromacki, Nico Fernandez. The five acting awards were again more than any other school earned. The cast was given a outstanding acting award for their ensemble work. Mr. Chris Andacht received an outstanding directing award. Finally the cast and crew was given the festivals highest honor for their production of 'The Miracle Worker' when they received the Critics Choice Award.

The full house erupted with a standing ovation immediately as the lights came down on the production.

Recap of a tough day.

Well, the CMH streak of State Championships stopped at three yesterday.

A very good West De Pere football team bested the Crusaders and won a deserved victory at Camp Randall. Congratulations to the Phantoms.

Some of the coverage from the Waukesha Freeman both before and after the game --

Catholic Memorial football players gather for Mass before heading to state championship

Great quote from Senior Matt Baldwin.

Catholic Memorial parents take pride in football players
Families have supported the teams throughout the season

Great quote from Matt Baldwin's dad, Jeff.

Catholic Memorial loses Div. 3 title game
Fans disappointed, yet glad to see team make it so far

Check the quote from junior Erick Siegler.

What went right for CMH in previous playoff games goes wrong in title game
Phantoms shut down Memorial’s running game

CMH has trouble on third down
Crusaders unable to make key plays on both sides of ball

Friday, November 19, 2010

Load the buses...

Crusader Nation is heading to Camp Randall!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Prep Football Capital of Wisconsin

from today's Waukesha Freeman --


Memory of 2009 playoff losses motivates Division 3 opponents
By Lee Fensin Freeman Staff

WAUKESHA – Two football teams that had some forgetting to do will meet for a state championship Friday. Catholic Memorial will take its 11-2 record against an undefeated West De Pere (14-0) team for the WIAA Division 3 state championship at 10 a.m. Friday at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison.

M e m o r i a l as close to having two straight appearances in the state title game but lost to Reedsburg 16-13 on a 13-yard pass play with one second to go in last year’s semifinals. Reedsburg drove 90 yards in eight plays with no timeouts in the final 1:33 of the game. “That game has always been in the back of our minds,” senior guard Matt Baldwin said. “Back at school in the weight room, we even have a poster that read: ‘Reedsburg – every second counts.’ “That’s been our whole motivation all year, to get back to this point, to win and to get to state.”

Reedsburg went on to beat West De Pere 34-27 in the 2009 championship game the following week. The loss to Reedsburg hit Memorial coach Bill Young hard. “Heartbreaking is the best phrase I can use,” Young said. “It was just tough to deal with. I felt really bad for those seniors. But our kids have drawn from that experience this year. We overcame a lot of injuries and are peaking at the right time.”

The Crusaders, with five starters back on defense from last year’s team, have lost only to Division 1 finalist Waukesha West and to perennial state power Arrowhead in Classic 8 Conference competition.

“We had ‘Reedsburg’ written on all of our wrists (Saturday) because that was a tough game to lose there at the last second,” Memorial senior fullback Pete Karczewski said after Saturday’s semifinal game, a 30-20 Memorial victory over Delavan-Darien. “I just remember sitting on that sideline feeling like the wind had been knocked out of me. “Today, we were shutting them out for a while, but we wanted to make sure to keep going all four quarters because we did not want that to happen again.”

Memorial relies on an opportunistic defense that has 35 takeaways this season while committing only 13 turnovers, including a 12-3 turnover ratio in the playoffs. Young said the number of opponents’ turnovers are the result of work in practice by the Crusaders. “We do a circuit once a week on ball extraction,” Young said. “We’re constantly trying to yank the ball out.”

It’s hard to yank the ball from Karczewski, the heart of the Crusaders’ offense with 1,178 rushing yards this season after leading last year’s team in scoring...

for the rest of the article, click here

Also contributing: freelance writer

Photos: Top -- Robert F. Borkowski/Special to The Freeman Quarterback Dominic Zanoni calls signals for the Catholic Memorial High School football team. Bottom -- Robert F. Borkowski/Special to The Freeman Catholic Memorial’s Casey Townsend looks for daylight against Delavan-Darien on Saturday.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

CMH’s Abshire v-ball Player of Year in Classic 8

WAUKESHA – Catholic Memorial High School senior Patti Abshire was voted Player of the Year in the Classic 8 Conference by the state girls volleyball coaches. Memorial won the conference title and went on to win its second consecutive Division 2 state crown. Three Memorial teammates, seniors Kate Acker, Kelli Browning and Aly Kujawa, join Abshire on the all-conference first team, while two CMH juniors, Greta Davis and Amanda Hansen, made the second team.

Coaches can make the difference

from today's Waukesha Freeman --

Experienced coaching staffs lead the way
Coaches teach, but still learn
By Lee Fensin Freeman Staff
WAUKESHA – It’s probably no coincidence that the two Waukesha high schools involved in state football championship games in Madison on Friday are led by veteran coaching staffs. Coaching experience is important at all levels, but especially in high school where often the most successful programs are run by some of the most experienced coaches.
Bill Young has been head football coach at Catholic Memorial a long time and knows a thing or two about teaching football and motivating young men. And anything he might [not] know, he can go to veteran group of assistant coaches that include Bob Vitale, former head coach at Menomonee Falls High School; Bob Hall, former head coach at Waukesha North and currently the principal at Memorial; and Fritz Richter, who has more than two decades of coaching experience in the area.
And while they are teaching, the Memorial coaches continue to learn. Young said the coaching staff goes on college and pro visits. He has a friend who is tight ends coach for the New Orleans Saints and he said his staff picked up several tips, including some good drills, on the visit down south this summer...
...what Young and his staff are doing not only benefits this year’s team, but lays the groundwork for good things ahead. By making the playoffs and getting to the state championship game, the underclassmen get several extra weeks of practice time and game experience.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Catholic Memorial Girls' Soccer Team Adds Academic Honor to Championship Season

The National Soccer Coaches Association of America announced today that the Catholic Memorial girls' soccer team has earned the 2009-10 NSCAA/adidas Girls Team Academic Award for the twelfth consecutive year, earning a team GPA of 3.71, which is the highest GPA for an award winner in Wisconsin.

Coach John Burke said, "I'm proud of the conference and state championships, but most important of all is this academic honor for the team and the inspiring work my players do when they serve children with special needs in the TOPSoccer program on Saturday mornings." The student-athletes of the CMH girls soccer program have earned seven state titles, twelve conference championships, and twelve team academic awards.

Recent graduates from the CMH girls' soccer team have attended the University of Notre Dame, the United States Military Academy at West Point, and Dartmouth College.

Boys Volleyball Recap

from today's Waukesha Freeman --

VOLLEYBALL State Boys Tournament

Memorial dominates
Crusaders don’t lose a game in completing volleyball sweep for school

MILWAUKEE – Catholic Memorial High School completed a volleyball sweep Saturday. A week after the Memorial girls team repeated as WIAA Division 2 state champion, the Crusaders won the state boys championship Saturday at Wisconsin Lutheran College.

The boys team defeated Marquette 25-20, 25-22, 25-15 in the championship match and wound up sweeping all three of its state tournament opponents. Earlier Saturday, Memorial beat Westosha Central 25-11, 25-2, 25-19 in the semifinals, and the Crusaders won 25-19, 25-9, 25-23 over Kaukauna in Friday’s quarterfinals.

Memorial, which finished the season as the state’s top-ranked team, won its second state title in its seventh appearance in the state tournament. The Crusaders also won in 2000. CMH, which had a 31-3 record and won the Classic 8 Conference championship this season, was led Saturday by state Player of the Year Trevor Novotny, a junior who had 18 kills and six digs in the championship match after getting 27 kills in the semifinals.

Marquette, which beat Wauwatosa East 27-25, 23-25, 25-21, 25-12 in the semifinals, is the most successful boys volleyball program in the state, having been to state nine times with five championships. The Hilltoppers finished 39-7 this season.

Senior Kevin Koprowski had nine kills, sophomore Tony Mack eight kills and junior Tim Heyrman 40 assists for Memorial in the title match. Westosha, in its first state tournament, finished 25-7 as it was no match for Memorial, which got 11 digs from senior Dan Casper, nine digs from senior Casey Garces and from junior Connor Braun and 36 assists from Heyrman.

With Novotny, Heyrman, Braun and Mack among the Crusaders expected back next season, CMH probably will be favored to repeat in 2011.

– Freeman Staff

Crusader run over comets

from today's Waukesha Freeman --

Editorial comment -- This article makes up for the odd, previous article.


CMH 30
Delavan-Darien 20

Crusaders run over Comets
Offensive line makes room for Karczewski to run
By Chris Patterson Freeman Correspondent

WALES – A dozen or so basic running plays. Five overpowering offensive linemen. One bruising workhorse of a running back. It’s been a predictable, yet lethal, combination for the Catholic Memorial High School football team throughout the WIAA playoffs. On Saturday, it helped propel the Crusaders all the way to Camp Randall as Memorial advanced to the WIAA Division 3 state championship game with a 30-20 victory over Delavan-Darien in a semifinal game held at Kettle Moraine High School.

Memorial (11-2) will take on undefeated West De Pere at 10 a.m. Friday in Madison in search of the school’s fifth state title, but what would be its first since the WIAA absorbed the nowdefunct Wisconsin Independent Schools Athletic Association following the 1999-2000 school year.

“These kids weren’t going to be denied today,” Young said. “It was just a lot of hard work and I can’t say enough about the character of these kids. “We had to battle through some real good teams to get here, no doubt about it. But like the old adage says – it’s not necessarily the best team that wins, but the team that is playing the best.”

West De Pere (13-0) advanced Saturday with a 24-13 victory over previously undefeated Appleton Xavier. The Phantoms will be the third No. 1 regional seed that Memorial will have to face in the tournament – the other two being Delavan-Darien, which finished 12-1, and Memorial’s second-round victim, Plymouth.

Memorial senior fullback Pete Karczewski, who came in averaging 196 yards rushing per game in the playoffs, turned it up more than just a notch against the Comets, rushing for a career-high 308 yards on 50 carries. As a team, the Crusaders ran 70 times for 373 yards and, as a result, enjoyed a 33:46-14:14 advantage in time of possession. “All the credit has to go the kids,” Young said. “It was just a phenomenal effort by our offensive line and Karczewski. “We’ve just been riding our offensive line all the way through.”

After rushing for 1,059 yards on 173 carries during the nine-game regular season, Karczewski has rushed for an additional 895 yards on 119 attempts in the playoffs. Not only has his yards per-carry average gone up from the regular season to the playoffs (6.1 to 7.5), but also his team’s reliance on him. After personally accounting for 39.8 percent of Memorial’s total yards in the regular season, Karczewski has been responsible for 69.5 percent of his team’s yards in the playoffs. “I really have to give it up for those guys on the offensive line,” Karczewski said.

Doing the dirty work up front for Karczewski have been senior tackles Zach Degner and Nick Olson, senior guards Eric Alfuth and Matt Baldwin and junior center Caleb Krause. Averaging just over 6-foot-1 and 260 pounds per player, the CMH offensive line was simply too much to handle for a Delavan-Darien defensive front that averaged just over 5-foot-11 and 224 pounds per player.

Memorial needed just four plays and 88 seconds to go 65 yards for the game’s first points as Karczewski turned a simple off-tackle play to the left into a breakaway run and a 39-yard touchdown. On their next two series, the Crusaders drove 71 and 50 yards, respectively, but had to settle for field goals of 20 and 21 yards by senior Chris Colombe when both drives stalled inside the Comets’ 5-yard line.

Leading 13-0 with 5:47 remaining in the first half, Memorial enjoyed lopsided advantages in plays from scrimmage (25-13), total yards (186-36), first downs (9-1) and time of possession (13:35-4:38). However, it took Delavan-Darien just one play to get back in the game as senior quarterback Austin Fritzinger took a keeper down the right sideline for a 65-yard touchdown run on the first play of the Comets’ fourth possession to cut Memorial’s lead to 13-7 by halftime.
The quick score served as a harsh reminder to the Crusaders that the game was not over – a lesson many of Memorial’s players learned the hard way a year ago in a heartbreaking 16-13 last-second state semifinal loss to Reedsburg. Memorial opened the second half against Delavan-Darien with a 57-yard drive that resulted in a 30-yard field goal by Colombe and a 16-7 CMH advantage. However, Memorial’s only turnover of the game – an interception at its own 32 – led to a 27-yard touchdown pass from senior running back Justin Fowlkes to senior wide receiver Marcus McLin that cut the Crusaders’ lead to just 16-14 with 1:11 remaining in the third quarter.

The Crusaders responded immediately with an eightplay, 61-yard drive that resulted in a 3-yard touchdown run by junior running back Charlie Walsh and a 23-14 Memorial advantage with 10:01 to play in the fourth quarter. That’s when the Memorial defense took over, forcing turnovers on the Comets’ next three possessions – the last of which was an interception by Walsh at the Delavan-Darien 25 that led to Memorial’s final gameclinching score, a 2-yard touchdown run by Karczewski with 3:46 to play.

Looking ahead to Camp Randall

From today's Waukesha Freeman --

Waukesha sends two teams to state
Defense up to challenge Ability to hold down Bradford offense key to victory
By Todd Hansen Freeman Correspondent
Editorial Comment -- Even though the article is titled to be about TWO Waukesha teams going to state, except for the picture below, there is absolutely nothing said about one of those teams -- US!

Photo credit -- Robert F. Borkowski/Special to The Freeman Catholic Memorial’s Eric Alfuth, No. 54, looks to make a block for Charlie Walsh during the second quarter against Delavan-Darien on Saturday.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Boys VB Photos

For some great photos of the Boys Volleyball quarterfinal victory over Kaukauna, check these out from Freeman photographer Robert Borkowski -- CLICK HERE!

Pope Benedict on Sports

from the Vatican Information Service --



On the subject of sport the Holy Father affirmed that, "if practiced passionately and ethically, apart from fomenting a healthy spirit of competition, it becomes a school in which to learn and develop human and Christian values. ... Through sporting activity people gain a better understanding that the body cannot be considered as an object but that, though corporeity, it expresses itself and comes into relation with others. Thus, a balance between the physical and the spiritual dimensions ensures we do not idolise the body but respect it; not making it an instrument to be improved at all costs, perhaps even using illicit means"...

Benedict XVI expressed the view that the role of [coaches]: "is important both for healthy sports training and for education in environmental respect. It is, then, a task not to be carried out in isolation but in understanding with families, especially when your pupils are children, and in collaboration with schools and other educational institutions. Another important aspect is your witness as lay faithful who, in the context of sporting activities, can give a correct focus to certain fundamental moments for the life of the faith, especially the sanctification of Sunday, the day of the Lord".

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Yesterday's FB Victory

Walk the line.

Behind it all...tradition!

Grab your Lunch Bucket, and get to work.

Victory is within reach.

Moment of glory.

Taking home some hardware.
Photos courtesy of Billy Seidel, Seidel Creative Group.

Be sure to come out and support Crusader Football as it plays for our 4th (or 7th?) State Championship, this Friday, November 19th, Camp Randall Stadium in Madison, WI.

Advanced tickets can be purchased at CMH and you can make a visit to the CMH Spirit Shop so as to be properly attired as part of Crusader Nation.

Listen to Relevant Radio tomorrow...

Listen tomorrow to the Relevant Radio network for the second part of my interview about Catholic Education in general, and CMH in particular.

I will be on the Sean Herriott Morning Air show from 8-8:30am. For stations, or streaming audio, go to their website -- click here!


Last night's interesting long-distance visitor clicked through my Facebook page to read about the CMH Boys Volleyball State Championship. That vistor was from Israel.

Wow and welcome.

Bump, Set, Spike, Championship!

from today's JSOnline.Com --

WIAA boys volleyball

Catholic Memorial spikes competition
Crusaders win first title since 2000

Nov. 13, 2010

Trevor Novotny's last kill of the boys state volleyball tournament wasn't his most spectacular, but it certainly was his most important spike of the season.

The Catholic Memorial junior outside hitter planted a ball just inside the left sideline for match point that gave the Crusaders a 25-20, 25-22, 25-15 win against Milwaukee Marquette in the state championship match at Wisconsin Lutheran College.

Novotny, the coaches' association player of the year, led Catholic Memorial to its first state title since 2000 with 18 kills and a .367 hitting percentage.

"Novotny's a special kid," Marquette coach Eric Sullivan said. "He came out and did what he's done all year. He's not just a good hitter, he does a great job out of the back row, he's a great server. And they have a great supporting cast. (It was) well-deserved. They were a tough team to beat."

Marquette led, 15-12, in the first game, but Novotny served up seven straight points to put the Crusaders ahead, 19-15. The junior tallied a pair of kills that accounted for the final two points of the game.

"(Novotny) is extremely explosive," Catholic Memorial coach Mike Hanneman said. "He's a dynamic hitter. He plays great defense. He's got a great jump-serve and is able to get good runs on that. He's an offensive weapon."

Catholic Memorial (31-3) entered the postseason on a roll, having not lost a game since dropping two to Nicolet at the Whitefish Bay Invite on Oct. 9. The Crusaders swept all three matches in the two-day state tournament.

"We work really hard on getting good ball control so we can establish our middles," said Hanneman, who won his first state title in his fifth time in the final. "Our middles (sophomores Tony Mack and Eric Schmitz) have come such a long way this year. That opens up holes on the outside. It feels a little bit better to win (the championship game)."

Added Novotny: "Our goal from Day 1 was to get to state and win state. All of the hard work has paid off. It feels great right now. We've always lived in the shadows of Marquette. It feels great to finally overcome that shadow and be bigger than them. They're a great team."

Junior setter Tim Heyrman was solid for the Crusaders, contributing 40 assists. Catholic Memorial had an impressive .405 hitting percentage. Junior outside hitter Peter Hutz led the Hilltoppers (39-7) with 16 kills.

"We thought we had some things put together toward the tail end, but we just ran into a hot team," said Sullivan.

Opening the Lunch Bucket

from today's JSOnline.Com --

WIAA Division 3 Football

CMH 30
Delavan-Darien 20

Ground game powers Crusaders
By Andy Call, Special to the Journal Sentinel

Nov. 13, 2010

Wales — High school football players love to eat. That much we know.

Catholic Memorial players, however, maintain a special affection for their lunch bucket.

"We call Pete Karczewski 'lunch bucket' because that's just the kind of back he is," Catholic Memorial offensive lineman Matt Baldwin said Saturday after Karczewski rushed 48 times for 294 yards during a 30-20 Division 3 state semifinal win over Delavan-Darien. "Pete just shows up with his lunch bucket and goes to work."

Karczewski worked over the Comets all afternoon at Kettle Moraine, helping Catholic Memorial (11-2) earn its way to the state title game in Madison for the first time since a runner-up finish in 2001.

"I'm so tired and so happy," Karczewski said. "I'm going to go support Waukesha West (in the Division 1 semifinals) tonight. I have a lot of friends on that team. But, right now, I think I'll just find someplace to sit down. . . and cry or something."

Karczewski noted that he would be remiss not to "give it up" for his offensive line - Baldwin, Nick Olson, Caleb Krause, Eric Alfuth, Zach Degner and Justin Bauer among them. Catholic Memorial coach Bill Young said he expected a dominant performance from that group.

"Delavan has great team speed, but we felt we had a big size advantage up front," Young said.

Delavan-Darien (11-2) was able to strike quickly when it had the ball, but that was rarely. The Comets ran 42 plays from scrimmage to the Crusaders' 68, and Catholic Memorial piled up 361 yards rushing.

"We knew they were bigger, and we expected them to come at us with a between-the-tackles running game," Comets coach Steve Tenhagen said.

Karczewski passed 100 yards rushing when the game was barely 6 minutes old, including a 39-yard touchdown run when he burst through the middle, cut down the left sideline and dived into the end zone. Two other drives ended in field goals when Delavan-Darien's defense stiffened in the red zone as the Crusaders took an early 13-0 lead.

"We were close a couple times in the first half and didn't score," Karczewski lamented. "I was pretty furious about that for a while."

The Comets were within 16-14 early in the fourth quarter when Catholic Memorial embarked on a clinching 61-yard drive that included Karczewski diving over the pile for a 2-yard gain on fourth and 1 from midfield and Charlie Walsh's 3-yard touchdown run. Later, Walsh's interception set up a score that made it 30-14 with 3 minutes 46 seconds remaining.

Delavan-Darien quarterbacks Justin Fowlkes and Austin Fritzinger combined for 132 yards rushing and 159 passing.

"I think Pete is an all-state running back, and our game plan was to ride him, and our offensive line, all the way to Madison," Young said. "Our kids showed a lot of heart and desire, and that's exactly the way things worked out."

Click here to read the game coverage fro mthe Janesville Gazette.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

And then there were THREE...

State Championships, that is!

Congratulations to Crusader Boys Volleyball in their 3-0 victory over MUHS in the WISAA State Championship Match.

This makes for three State Championship Teams so far this season -- Boys Soccer and Girls Volleyball are the other two. It also means that right now, CMH has six reigning state championship teams when you include last year's Boys Downhill Skiing, Boys Basketball, and Girls Soccer.

Be sure to come out and support Crusader Football as it plays for our 4th (or 7th?) State Championship, this Friday, November 19th, Camp Randall Stadium in Madison, WI.

Advanced tickets can be purchased at CMH and you can make a visit to the CMH Spirit Shop so as to be properly attired as part of Crusader Nation.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

From Crusader to Badger

As an impressionable redshirt freshman, UW defensive tackle Patrick Butrym came under the wing of an upperclassman, Jeff Stehle, who was more than willing to serve as a mentor.

That left a lasting impression on Butrym, who has been trying to serve as a mentor this season to some of the younger linemen, including freshman Beau Allen and redshirt freshman Ethan Hemer.

"Those guys have been great for me, too, they've helped me out a lot, it's just a great relationship," acknowledged Butrym, a junior from New Berlin (Waukesha Catholic)...

to read the rest of this article, CLICK HERE.

A Veteran's Day Reflection

Veteran’s Day 2010


Today I am in New York City. I plan to visit some CMH alumni, attend an event for American Association of the Knights of Malta, and hopefully, visit Ground Zero to see the progress there. Both my parents are originally New Yorkers and coming here reminds me that, sadly, most of my visits in recent years have been for funerals of aunts and uncles. Today being Veterans Day gives me another lens through which to look at my own family, and to look at the foundation of CMH.

My late father was the only son in his family – he served in the U.S. Navy in Korea. He enlisted with a good friend “from the neighborhood”, my uncle Tom Prunty. My Uncle Tom and all eight of my mom’s brothers served in the period from WWII through the Korean War. I have one uncle remaining and, as a veteran, he insists that when the time comes he be buried in a military cemetery with proper honors.

Everyone who served knows that to lay in perpetuity alongside other veterans represents a unity with all who have sacrificed for our American ideals. The rows of white stones stand individually as monuments for each man or woman who served. Those same stones stand collectively as a singular memorial which reminds all of us of the priorities we should have in life.

This year, before every football game, as part of a prayer, team chaplain Fr. Sean O’Connell shares with the student-athletes a short bio of one of the 23 + 6 men in whose honor CMH was founded. It is notable that for many of these men there was never a funeral nor is there any stone marker. For some, the only monument that their lives and sacrifices will ever have will be the memories of family and Catholic Memorial High School.

Individually and collectively, our CMH students in their accomplishments and their sacrificial Christian service (Caritas in Omnibus), are a living memorial to these men, and so many other men and women like them. On this Veterans Day, I pray that everyone connected to the CMH family will take this responsibility to be a living memorial very, very seriously. I know that in staying committed to this mission, we will continue to accomplish great things as a school.

Special prayers and blessings go out to all the veterans in our community.

Our Lady of Memorial, pray for us.

Very Reverend Paul Hartmann

CMH's Trevor Novotny named State's Top VB Player

from today's Waukesha Freeman --

Novotny named state’s top boys volleyball player

WAUKESHA – Catholic Memorial junior outside hitter Trevor Novotny was named the state’s boys volleyball player of the year by the Wisconsin Boys Volleyball Coaches Association. Novotny, who led the Crusaders to the WIAA state tournament, led the team with 392 kills before the tournament. He also had a team-high 58 aces. Memorial coach Mike Hanneman was named the Coach of the Year, while senior libero Dan Casper was a first-team selection. Kettle Moraine senior outside hitter Greg Duma was a second-team pick.

– Freeman Staff

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Boys Volleyball Prospective

from today's Waukesha Freeman --

Crusaders seek state title
CMH to play Kaukauna in quarterfinals
By Daniel Mike Freeman Staff

WAUKESHA – The Catholic Memorial High School boys volleyball team has some talented upperclassmen.

Senior libero Dan Casper was a second-team all-state pick as a junior. Junior outside hitter Trevor Novotny was a first-team all-Classic 8 pick as a sophomore. Junior setter Tim Heyrman received honorable mention from the Classic 8 last year.

And the addition of two stellar sophomore middle hitters has brought everything together. It also has the Crusaders in the WIAA state tournament, where they’ll play Kaukauna in a quarterfinal match at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

“It all starts with the pass,” Catholic Memorial coach Mike Hanneman said. “In order to set our middles, we need good ball control so Tim can get them the ball. Once we establish our middle, then the opposing middle has to hold in the middle and is late to the outside.

“We run a quicker offense to the outside, and that gives us solo blocks and allows us to get more kills.”

Those sophomores, Eric Schmitz and Tony Mack, have opened things up for Novotny, who leads the team with 392 kills.

“A lot of the other teams have big outsides where they can hit over blocks,” Hanneman said, noting Novotny stands just 6-foot. “He’s one of the smaller (outside hitters). We’re probably one of the smallest teams in the state.”

Senior opposite-side hitter Kevin Koprowski ranks second on the team with 144 kills, while Schmitz had 133 and Mack 132. They owe many of those to Heyrman, who has 813 assists.

But most of CMH’s offense begins with the defense of Casper. The 5-10 libero has a team-high 292 digs, which is the beginning of each offensive sequence.

“He’s really good at getting in that right spot to make a play defensively,” Hanneman said of Casper. “That gives us more opportunity to put balls away.”

Novotny has a team-high 58 aces, while Casper and Schmitz had 28 apiece.

“We’ve been working a lot on our serving,” Hanneman said. “We’ve been trying to get gaps in other teams’ serve receive to keep them off balance.”

CMH has beaten Kaukauna twice this season, but neither match was a runaway. Junior outside hitter Alex Judkins has a team-high 352 kills, while junior outside hitter Chris Patterson has 207 for the Ghosts.

“We know they have real good outside hitters,” Hanneman said. “Our game plan is to feed our middles, establish them and open up the outside. We need to take advantage when we do.”

The winner will play Saturday against the winner of Friday’s Nicolet vs. Westosha Central quarterfinal game. Franklin, Marquette, Greendale and Wauwatosa East play in the other half of the state bracket.

“Nicolet, Tosa East and Marquette are some of the better ones out there,” Hanneman said. “We wouldn’t see the other two until the finals, but we have to get there. We have to worry about Kaukauna first.”

Photo credit: Robert F. Borkowski/Special to The Freeman Catholic Memorial’s Trevor Novotny sends the ball over the net past Kettle Moraine’s Adam Martell during Thursday’s sectional final.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Girls Volleyball retrospective

from today's Waukesha Freeman --

An era ends at CMH
Four girls who played on varsity as freshmen to graduate with two straight state volleyball titles after runner-up finish
By Lee Fensin Freeman Staff

WAUKESHA – Sunday’s end-ofthe-year banquet was both joyous and sad for Ted Schulte.

Schulte, who finished his 19th year as head girls volleyball coach at Catholic Memorial High School on Saturday, said goodbye at the banquet to four seniors who have played on varsity for four years helping win two state Division 2 championships and a state runnerup finish during that time. “They invested a lot of time and work here and went out the right way,” said Schulte a day after Memorial overcame a sluggish start to beat Madison Edgewood 20-25, 25-18, 25-16, 26-24 for a second straight crown at the Resch Center in Green Bay. “They were a wonderful group to work with.”

When Patti Abshire, Kelli Browning, Aly Kujawa and Kate Acker took the floor as freshmen at Memorial, Schulte said, “I knew they were special. They were great natural talents and great competitors and I figured we had great opportunities,” Schulte said.

Abshire, Acker and Kujawa were starters as freshmen, and Abshire said, “I thought then that the four of us had a lot of potential. Because three of us ended up starting that year, we were making a big impact already and could do some good things in the future.” Winning back-to-back titles makes this one of the best groups in school history, but Schulte said with rule changes and position changes over the years, “It’s hard to make comparisons.”

Schulte said this year’s team was special not only because of the senior leadership, but became of the team balance and the lack of selfish behavior on the team. “We talked over the course of the summer a little bit about the legacy that players get to pass on,” Schulte said. “In one of the conversations, the question was asked, ‘Are you content with (winning state in 2009) or are you going to make the effort to win another? A lot of teams win one, but the truly great teams win two in a row or three in a row.”’

Although Schulte said this year’s squad was “one of the most complete teams I have ever coached,” it got off to a slow start Saturday after routing Waupun in Friday’s semifinals. “We were very, very tight,” Schulte said. “It was the first time all year they were tight. I think what was going on in their heads was: ‘If we lose today, everything we’ve done all year will be for naught.’ All of a sudden, all the success became a burden. At the same time, Edgewood came in very relaxed, very determined. They had nothing to lose and everything to gain, just the opposite than us.”

Schulte admitted to being tense himself at the beginning and was “loud and obnoxious” as the first game got away from his team. “I felt the tightness, too, and I didn’t know how to help them through it,” the 52-year-old Schulte said. “I told them the same thing happened in 2006 when I thought we were the better team. We lost the first game to Xavier, but got back on top of our game and won the next three. This year, Edgewood played great, but I told my players, ‘We know how to win, so let’s take care of our business.”’

Abshire, a libero, considers Schulte being “loud and obnoxious” as a motivator for the players. “When he’s yelling, it reminds us how dedicated he is and gets us to want to be more dedicated to making a positive play.” Abshire, who was back on the volleyball court Monday giving private lessons with an older sister, didn’t think she and her teammates were especially tight but admitted, “That first game was not our best showing.”

Memorial, 46-4 this season, went ahead 4-1 and 9-4 early in the second game as Edgewood, which played nearly error-free in the first game, began making mistakes. “I started to get the feeling that things were shifting back to us,” Schulte said. “We were playing much steadier. I don’t think we played remarkably well, but we played better.” After the third game played out much like the second, the fourth game was tied 20 times. “It was an absolute war,” Schulte said. “Edgewood had a lot of success running a middle attack, so I kept encouraging our middle blockers to get up earlier,” Schulte said.

Memorial was serving up 25-24 when, Schulte said, “Amanda Hansen got up early and blocked it right down. It was a nice way to end the match.” “Edgewood outhit us, but we outblocked them so it was fitting that the game ended on a block,” Schulte said. Abshire was on the bench at the end. “I remember I was having to squat off the chair because if was so nervous,” Abshire said. “When I saw (Hansen) jump, I said to myself, ‘She is blocking this and we are winning this.”

Kujawa had 11 kills in the match and Hansen, a junior, had nine. Junior Sara Connell had 24 assists and sophomore Rachel Murphy added nine, while Acker had 15 digs, Abshire 14 digs and Connell 11 digs. Browning had nine blocks. Abshire, Acker and Browning made the Division 2 all-tournament team selected by coaches. Hansen, Connell, Murphy, sophomore Aly Dawson and senior Greta Davis will be among next year’s returnees.

By then, Abshire will be off to college with some great high school memories. “I don’t like to think that I am no longer playing for Memorial,” Abshire said. “It is hard to come to terms with.”

Freeman Football Coverage

from today's Waukesha Freeman --

Second straight trip this deep for Memorial
By Todd Hansen Freeman Correspondent

WAUWATOSA – It wasn’t the start the Catholic Memorial High School football team wanted. However, the ending suited the Crusaders just fine.

Trailing by two touchdowns after the first quarter, Memorial rallied for 21 second-half points to defeat Wisconsin Lutheran 24-17 in a WIAA Division 3 quarterfinal game at Wisconsin Lutheran College on Saturday. Memorial (10-2) advances to the state semifinals for the second consecutive year and will face Delavan-Darien (11-1) Saturday afternoon at Kettle Moraine for the right to advance to Camp Randall.

Wisconsin Lutheran’s season ended at 9-3. The Vikings had defeated the Crusaders 28-10 in a sec- ond-round playoff game two years ago. “Not the start we were looking for, no, but it was the finish,” Memorial coach Bill Young said. “I’m so proud of everyone. It doesn’t get much better than this.”

The Vikings led 14-10 entering the fourth quarter before Memorial took a 17-14 lead after a 4-yard TD run by junior running back Charlie Walsh with 10:14 left. The touchdown was set up four plays earlier when senior running back Peter Karczewski went 64 yards to the Lutheran 14-yard line. Lutheran took more than four minutes off the clock and eventually tied the game on a 24-yard field goal by sophomore kicker Jansen VanGrinsven with 4:41 left.

On the first play following the kickoff, on a simple trap play, Karczewski scored on a 74-yard touchdown run to give the Crusaders a 24-17 lead. Before his 64-yard run earlier in the quarter, Karczewski’s longest run of the season had been 50 yards. “The hole was huge and it was the first play after they had tied it and we knew we had to drive it down and waste some time, but I saw the hole and just busted through it,” Karczewski said. “It was just an up-thegut trap. “I just saw the free safety jump over to the other side and I cut it out and then prayed they wouldn’t catch me from behind. I just ran as fast as I could. It was insane.” Karczewski finished with a game-high 207 yards on 22 attempts and has rushed for 1,648 yards this season.
“Peter Karczewski has been the pivotal wheel on our offense all year long,” Young said. “Our offensive line did a great job opening up holes. “It was a trap play. (Guard Matt) Baldwin is a great blocker for us and Karczewski goes the distance. What more can you say? It was phenomenal. We were just looking to drive down for a field goal to win the game and then off a sudden Peter cracks one.”

Looking for the tying touchdown, Lutheran moved to its 48-yard line before facing a fourth-and-two. Junior quarterback Nolan McShane was tackled inches short of a first down by senior linebacker Matt Groehler and the Vikings turned the ball over on downs with 1:46 remaining.

Memorial sealed the victory when senior running back Broc Kocour got a first down on an 8-yard run on third down and the Crusaders only had to take on a knee on the final two plays. “First time we’ve come back from that much down,” Karczewski said. “We just came together as a team and pushed forward.”

After a Memorial drive stalled inside the Lutheran 40-yard line to open the game, the Vikings took a 7-0 lead with 6:28 left in the first quarter on a 75-yard touchdown run by senior running back James Harris, who finished with a team-high 131 yards on 20 carries. Following a Memorial punt, the Vikings extended their lead to 14-0 after a nine-play, 38-yard drive ended with a 1-yard TD plunge by senior running back Tim Bauman with less than minute left in the first quarter.

Memorial was within 14-3 at halftime after a 33-yard field goal by senior kicker Chris Colombe midway through the second quarter. A 1-yard TD run by Walsh cut the Vikings’ lead to 14-10 entering the fourth quarter. “We made some good adjustments,” Young said. “The first series we should have had a three-and-out. Then they get another one on a short field but as cliché and corny as this sounds, it’s a four-quarter game. We can’t be more proud of our kids for the way they battled.

“We kept on battling out there and it was a phenomenal effort and it showed a lot of character by our kids.”

Another trip to State

this time for a member of the CMH Girls Swim Team

from today's Waukesha Freeman --

CMH’s Meinholz among winners
– Freeman Staff

CUDAHY – New Berlin West senior Corey Wannamaker, Catholic Memorial junior Anna Meinholz, New Berlin Eisenhower junior Alli Bellford and New Berlin West junior Lindsey Rodenkirk each won sectional events Saturday to qualify for this weekend’s WIAA Division 1 girls swimming and diving state meet in Madison.

Wannamaker won the 100 freestyle in 53.79 and was third in the 50 freestyle, Meinholz won the 200-yard individual medley in 2:12.88 and was second in the 100 breaststroke, Bellford won the 50 freestyle in 24.06 and was second in the 100 freestyle and Rodenkirk won the 100 backstroke in 1:01.09. Eisenhower also won the 200 freestyle relay in 1:41.71 and was third in the 400 freestyle relay.

Eisenhower junior Leah Fraleigh was second in diving, Pewaukee junior Lacey Leist was third in the 200 freestyle, Eisenhower freshman Steffi Durley was second in the 100 butterfly and Pewaukee sophomore Claire Fernandez was third in the 500 freestyle. Fort Atkinson won the 12-team sectional, with Eisenhower fourth, Pewaukee seventh, New Berlin West eighth and Catholic Memorial ninth.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Congratulations Girls Volleyball All-State

from the website of the Wisconsin Volleyball Coaches Association --

1st Team All - State:

CMH Senior, Patti Abshire
CMH Senior, Katie Acker
CMH Senior, Kelli Browning

2nd Team All-State

CMH Senior, Aly Kujawa

Honorable Mention

CMH Junior, Amanda Hansen

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Another Great Saturday for CMH --

from CMH's Saturday "to-do" list...

Host over 300 fencers competing in our own fencing tournament in the gymnasiums. CMH's fencers (the largest varsity, school-based program in the state) have huge successes...CHECK!

Bring together hundreds of actors and fans filling the auditorium and classroom for the WI High School Forensics Association fall Sectional Theater Festival. CMH's "The Miracle Worker" steals the show...CHECK!

Up in Green Bay... have Girls Volleyball win a second straight State Championship. (For JSOnline coverage, click here.) ...CHECK!

Over in Wauwatosa... have Football pull it together and pull it out to beat Wisconsin Lutheran to advance in the state football tournament. (For JSonline coverage, click here.) ...CHECK!

Down to Mitchell International Airport... have 40 CMH haunted house volunteers on hand to welcome home a planeload of WWII vets returning from Washington, DC as part of the Honor Flight program... CHECK! (In honor of the school's founding as a living memorial, the more than 100 CMH students who worked on the Haunted House want to raise enough funds to send 23 veterans on an honor flight this spring. So far, they are able to send 18 vets.)

Did I miss anything?

Everything accomplished!

Just another typical Saturday for the best high school around!