Monday, February 28, 2011

CMH Alum makes Final Three in Big Ten

From CMH alum Bob Bernhardt, referring to son Matt's, CMH '10, being voted to the final three for the Big Ten Network's "Gus Johnson Moment" contest --

Thanks to you and all the help from the Memorial family Matt has made it to the top three. We will be going to the Big Ten tourney next week in Indy and he will be performing at half time of the Thursday night game. It will be broadcast on the Big Ten Network.

Thanks for all your help.


Friday, February 25, 2011

Dear CMH Mothers --

Have you heard the humorous lament of many dads? They tell of working to raise their sons, to teach and coach them until the day when their first great success arrives. They put tiny footballs into cribs, play whiffle ball baseball in the front yard, and then begins the seemingly endless trips to ice rinks, ball fields, gymnasiums, or auditoriums. And when that day arrives when the boy’s name is called out for a nationwide television audience to hear, what does the boy say to the camera – “Hi mom!”

Everyone knows that no matter the relationship between father and son, there is a very special relationship between mother and son. It was St. John Vianney who said of his own faith that "After God, it is the work of my mother," and he added that sons "voluntarily do what they see done."

CMH prides itself on the faith passed on to all of our students. We can take particular pride in the expectations of a lived Catholic faith that we place upon our young men. Like St. John Vianney, we know that this lived faith very often comes from the examples seen at home, especially the example of mothers.

CMH acknowledges and supports the debt we owe the mothers of our boys. One way that we highlight this unique relationship is through the annual Mother-Son Mass and Breakfast. This year’s celebration will be held on Sunday, March 6th. Mass begins at 10:30am with the breakfast program to follow.

If every CMH mother and their son(s) joined together that day, imagine the example of faith that would be shown to our young men, and the mutual support shown to mothers in this shared mission of raising fine young men who abound in character, integrity, and faith.

Please pre-register for the event today. I look forward to seeing all of you there that morning.

Our Lady of Memorial, pray for us!

Fr. Paul Hartmann

Greetings to Ulaan Bataar, Mongolia

A recent visitor to this blogs from Mongolia spent some time reading about CMH's Boys Soccer team.
Very interesting.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Junior Crusaders are Future Crusaders

Crusaders win two tournaments

WAUKESHA – The seventh-grade Waukesha Crusaders took the first place in the Brookfield Central Hoop It Up Classic boys basketball tournament on Jan. 30. The Crusaders then won the Franklin February Freeze Tournament on Feb. 20. The team is made up of players from St. Charles (Hartland), St. Dominic (Brookfield), Holy Apostles (New Berlin), and Waukesha Catholic (Waukesha). On the team are, from left: front row – Andrew Rindahl, Michael Keyes, Matthew Prahl and Tommy Matoska; second row – Matthew Lechner, Alex Bray and Nicholas Schultze; back row – coach Scott Sheaffer, Dominic Cartier, Riley Voss, John Mack, Alec Sheaffer and coach Bill Voss.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

CMH Men's Alpine Ski Team Three-peats!

from CMH parent, Tim Colombe --

Father Paul and Mr. Gamalski

On Thursday evening February 17, members of CMH's Men's Alpine Ski Team, the reigning State Champion for the past two years, traveled to LaCrosse, Wisconsin to defend their title. This is the first of CMH's current six reigning State Championship teams to defend their title. Members of the team include seniors Ryan Kemp and Chris Colombe, juniors PJ Feichtmeier and Andy Colombe, sophomores Anthony Wong and Jake Richter and freshman Joey Feichtmeier. Billy Wong, past leader of the CMH team and the individual State Champion for the past two years, also accompanied the team to provide sage advice and motivational support. The CMH team is coached by Eric Stevens and Steve Kemp, with the assistance of strength and conditioning coach, Craig Richter.

This year, the CMH team was not the favorite to win the title. Three members of the past two State Championship teams -- Billy Wong, Steven Kemp and Chris Seipman -- graduated in 2010. At the same time, after attending an East Coast ski academy last year, Eric Rasmussen, one of the top skiers in the Midwest, returned home and rejoined the KM team. In addition, Eric's brother Kyle, a freshman, joined KM's team. Also, Marquette rounded out its team with two freshman who are high level ski racers. So, the CMH team was faced with a significant challenge.

After two days of training with CMH/Ausblick Coach Steve Kemp and Ausblick Head Coach Bill Wong, the racing began on Sunday morning. The weather conditions were terrible -- heavy snow, followed by a mix of rain, freezing rain, sleet and hail. For safety reasons, a change was made to ski slalom, rather than Giant Slalom, on Sunday (lower speeds in slalom). Slalom is the strongest event for the CMH Men and they took advantage of the situation winning the event with 36 points. KM placed second with 49 points, Marquette third with 97 points, LaCrosse Central - Logan fourth with 126 points and Arrowhead fifth with 144 points. With this result, the CMH Men knew it was possible to beat the KM team and Three - Peat.

On Monday morning, the event was Giant Slalom. Knowing that the KM team is especially good at this event, the CMH skiers were ready for battle. Skiing in the first seed, CMH's Anthony Wong had a time of 30.25 seconds, which at the time put him in first place. In the second seed, KM's Eric Rasmussen had a time of 30.38 seconds, which put him in second place. The very next skier was CMH's Chris Colombe who layed down a run of 30.39 seconds, good for third place. In the third seed, CMH's Andy Colombe nailed a run of 30.38 seconds to tie for second place. (At that point, three skiers from the top two teams had times that were within one one hundredth of a second -- and two were brothers!) In the fourth seed, KM's Ian Beal thrilled the crowd with a blazing run of 29.98 seconds taking the lead. Ryan Kemp rounded out CMH's score with a 27th place. KM's Eric Wallat and Morgan Beal placed 31rst and 39th, respectively. CMH's score for the event was 37 points versus KM's 74 points giving CMH a solid lead of 50 points (73 versus 123) after two events.

With a 50 point lead, the CMH team had to stay on its feet and complete four solid runs in the Super G to Three-Peat. (In team ski racing, six skiers race and the top four scores are used). The Super G course was set to be incredibly fast -- promising a number of spectacular crashes. CMH's first three skiers delivered solid runs. But KM's Eric Rasmussen and Ian Beal delivered first and second place finishes, respectively. CMH needed a solid run to wrap up the event. Skiing in the fifth seed, CMH's PJ Feichtmeier delivered the Championship to the CMH team, with a time of 28.30 seconds!

Overall, CMH placed first with 152 points. KM followed with 180 points, Marquette took third with 241 points, Arrowhead fourth with 416 points and LaCrosse Central - Logan fifth with 505 points.

Individually, CMH's Anthony Wong placed second overall with a second in slalom, a second in giant slalom and a third in super G. Chris Colombe placed fifth overall with a eighth in slalom, a fifth in giant slalom and a ninth in super G. Andy Colombe placed sixth overall with a fifth in slalom, a third in giant slalom and an eighteenth in super G. Ryan Kemp placed twenty first in slalom and twenty seventh in giant slalom. PJ Feichtmeier placed twenty ninth overall. Jake Richter skied the slalom and giant slalom events; Joey Feichtmeier skied the super G. KM's Eric Rasmussen was the overall Champion and KM's Ian Beal placed third overall.


A question to the Waukesha Freeman regarding its coverage of this event...

If your headline, "KM skiers first in state" were true, why did they give the Championship Trophy to CMH?

Hmmm? Go figure.

CMH Girls Rout Brookfield Academy

from today's Waukesha Freeman --

WAUKESHA – The Catholic Memorial High School girls basketball team scored 20 or more points in each of the first three quarters and beat Brookfield Academy 82-43 in a nonconference game Saturday.

Memorial’s previous high point total this season was 69. Memorial junior Lauren Mueller scored a gamehigh and season-high 20 points, making all four of her 2-point shots and 4 of 7 3-points shots. All four of the 3-pointers she made came in the third period when she scored 14 points.

Her twin sister Alison added 13 points, while senior Jenny Benash added 15 points and eight assists, junior Katie Mueller had 12 points and seven rebounds and freshman Cari Bodus had 10 points for Memorial, 9-11 overall. Brookfield Academy, 9-9 overall, was led by junior Eimile Pesch’s 16 points.

CMH Alum as a Big Ten Announcer?

CMH alum, Matt Bernhardt '10, is among ten finalists to compete for a trip to the Big Ten Tournament and a chance at sports play-by-play fame.

Support Matt by casting your vote by this Sunday, February 27th.

Monday, February 21, 2011

More on the State Ski Championships

Follow the CMH Ski Team at State Championships

CMH Ski Fans,

For those of us following our ski team from back home (and who can steal a look at a web browser occasionally) I've found two great resources:

· This link takes you to a website that posts racers’ times as they finish. Follow the results in real time at:

· A live video feed is also available, but it keeps dropping out on me. Try your luck at the link below. Note you have to enter your zip code and press the ‘login’ button before you can watch:

Award of Academic Distinction from ACT Organization

A message to CMH faculty and staff!

A grateful CMH parent asked that I forward this message to all our teachers and staff:

Last Thursday night at conferences I thanked each of my son’s teachers and appreciated the opportunity. The next day, as many public school teachers across our state were not in their classrooms I want to thank each and every one of Catholic Memorial’s teachers for choosing to teach here at CMH. You sacrifice to do so. We know that. You are valued beyond your knowing. May God bless you and your families and your work.

And students, it might a good time to give your teachers some applause today.

There are still chances to sponsor the 2011 Crusader Auction!

To be a part of CMH's Championship year, consider being an event sponsor for the 2011 Crusader Auction.
For more information click here!

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Mass with cast, crew, and parents, of Guys and Dolls

CMH Champions Twenty Years Later

A wonderful gathering was held last night of the 1990-1991 CMH wrestling team. The team was were the hands-down WISAA State Champions that year.
It was a great time for all.

Friday, February 18, 2011

CMH at the Junior Acheivement Business Challenge

Fr. Paul-

Below is what a business executive had to say about one of two CMH teams entered in the Junior Achievement Business Challenge at Briggs and Stratton today!

Made my day! They finished in the top 3 in their divisions!

Mike Previte, CMH Business teacher

From: George Doome, UPS
Sent: Thursday, February 17, 2011 3:06 PM
To: Mike A. Previte

Thanks. Let me know if you need any feedback on their dedication to the program. I have been involved with this JA challenge for 5 years. That group of 5 I was with today, while larger than most, was the most cohesive and cooperative group I have had the pleasure to work with. They were 1 or 2 decisions away from placing in the top 2 in the RED division and were only a slim margin behind heading into the final 2 rounds. They put quite a bit into R&D during that time thinking the competition would be longer. Had they held those $$ back, retained earnings likely would have been right on the edge of runner up in their bracket. They were a very positive group of kids who worked well together.

Best regards,

George Doome
Business Development Manager
UPS Northern Plains District

Team 1 -- Brittany Briscoe, Ben Kiehnau, Nora Kral, Jack Tiahnybik and Phil Hoge

Team 2 -- Kyle Senglaub, Jacob Tom, Ali Labinski, Torin Henschel and Jon Curtis with UPS District Manager George Doome

Congratulations the future buiness leaders from CMH!

Crusading Popes keep dream alive

from today's Waukesha Freeman --


Waukesha 2

Crusading Popes keep dream alive
Wild run leads CMP past Waukesha
By Tony Mooren Freeman Correspondent

TOWN OF BROOKFIELD – The dream continues for the senior-laden Catholic Memorial-Pius co-op boys hockey team.

A stunning second period in which Memorial-Pius scored three goals in just under three minutes and five goals in a 9:55 span resulted in a 5-2 WIAA regionalchampionship victory over the Waukesha co-op team at the Eble Park Ice Arena on Thursday.

Classic 8 Conference champion CMP actually had another goal waved off in the first 18 seconds of the second period due to a penalty, but the shock was that the explosion came after a scoreless first period and in such a short amount of time.

“I told them after the first period to get the puck to the net and to go hard after the rebound,” CMP coach Steve Chapin said. “They obviously took the advice because they banged a few rebounds in. Sometimes we have a tendency to try to score the pretty goal, but those are not the ones that win games. In the first period we had shots but they were from the outside and we weren’t going for the rebound.”

Anthony Soo Hoo, one of the 12 seniors on the Memorial-Pius team, didn’t waste much time in the second period, scoring on an assist from junior Sam Chapin just 1:29 into the period.

Just 1:13 later, Soo Hoo had a second goal with an assist from senior Kieran Gilbert. Then Chapin, the coach’s son, scored the next two goals with assists from sophomore Nate Gentile and seniors Kyle Fink and Dominic Zanoni.

“We talked about getting the puck on net and getting the rebounds. It was an on-night for me,” Chapin said. “But the other guys were shooting. All I was doing is standing in front of the net and trying to knock it in.”

Coach Chapin called his son a “thumper” and a “grinder” and added, “He’s big and strong and scores his goals around the net. He’ll never score a pretty goal, but you’ll see him on his butt after a lot of his goals.”

Soo Hoo said coach Chapin didn’t really have to remind anyone of what was happening in the first period, when they forced 14 saves by Waukesha – compared to just four for CMP – but were still tied.

“We knew what we were doing with the way-out shooting and part of it in the second period was lucky bounces,” Soo Hoo said. “I didn’t foresee a scoreless game after the first period, but we knew goals would be coming and winning is awesome. This is further than we went last year already and now we get to play another game our senior year.”

Zanoni finished the Memorial-Pius flurry with a shorthanded goal – two of the first four were on power plays – and the team then “got a little lazy” in coach Chapin’s words, yielding two goals to Waukesha in the final 3:20 with seniors Tyler Vermey and Dexter Paige scoring with assists from seniors Bryan Long and Jack Hoffman.

Waukesha played without Classic 8 Player of the Year Zed Dietrich, a freshman, for most of the game after he suffered a concussion at the 8:18 mark in the first period. The Wings failed to produce a flurry of shots in his absense.

Memorial-Pius sophomore goaltender Chris Nelson made 13 saves, while Waukesha senior goalie David Nelson stopped 44 shots.

“No. 1, they’re a good team with talented skaters and they can put it on you quick,” Waukesha coach Raja Aylsworth said. “There’s a reason they were undefeated in conference. Then, when you lose the Player of the Year – other guys picked it up but we didn’t do a good enough job clearing the puck from in front of the net in the second period.

“I’m not disappointed from the sense of the way the guys played, but I’m always disappointed to have a season end. We’re developed a close relationship with the seniors on the team, and it’s tough knowing that the next time we go onto the ice they won’t be there.”

Some pics from last night's game compliments of CMH alum, Billy Seidel --

Thursday, February 17, 2011

CMP Hockey -- Starting the March

from today's Waukesha Freeman --

Senior moments
Leadership carries Crusading Popes into postseason
By Daniel Mike Freeman Staff

WAUKESHA – Kyle Fink and the rest of the Catholic Memorial/Pius senior hockey players have been on a mission this season.

“With as many seniors as we have, we all wanted to win,” said Fink, a senior captain for the Crusading Popes. “Conference was our goal coming in. We came together right away and set the goals for ourselves.

“We know what we have do to. We can’t play any games and leave anything back. We can’t have any regrets.”

The Crusading Popes have 12 seniors on this year’s team, a group that is very familiar with each other and hungry for success.

“Our team bonded pretty tightly this year,” senior Anthony Soo Hoo said. “That’s helped a lot getting through games and practices.

“(The number of seniors) just provides more leadership for our team. We always have different people step up.”

That group lost last year’s Classic 8 Conference title and lost its first postseason game.

“We had the ability to win (conference) last year, but we stumbled along the way,” coach Steve Chapin said.

With that frustration in mind, this year’s group of CMP seniors – Fink, Kieran Gilbert, Jake Zea, Dominic Zanoni, Soo Hoo, Joe Heckes, Sean Waite, Cody Dixon, David Butterfield, Rob Hampson, Matt Baldwin and Josh Campbell – have the Crusaders at 15-8 entering their regional final against Waukesha at the Eble Park Ice Arena tonight.

“A lot of it has to do with the leadership,” Fink said. “With as many seniors as we’ve got, it’s definitely a game-changer in the locker room. Everybody feels like we can trust each other, because we’ve been together four years.

“It’s definitely a different attitude this year. We’re going hard every game, not looking ahead at all. We’re really coming together more as a team, and everybody’s happier this year.”

The Crusading Popes are battle tested. They went 7-0 to win the Classic 8 title, and their eight nonconference losses played a large part in the conference championship.

CMP has lost to the Eau Claire Memorial, Wausau West and Notre Dame, which hold the top three positions in this week’s rankings. Marquette is ranked No. 5, Superior and Edgewood received honorable mention, and Stoughton and the University School of Milwaukee are perennial state powerhouses.

“Early in the season, we played almost all the top 10 teams in the state,” Fink said. “The losses were tough, but we had to keep fighting through it. We definitely think it helps for the playoffs, because we’re used to playing better competition.”

Seniors have been providing most of CMP’s offensive attack. Fink and Soo Hoo lead the Crusading Popes with 23 goals each, and Fink’s 16 assists give him a team-high 39 points.

Gilbert leads CMP with 23 assists and Dixon has 21 assists.

While the seniors are providing the offense up front, sophomore goalkeeper Chris Nelson, who transferred from Oconomowoc, has a 2.5 goals against average and a save percentage of 88.

”We’ve relied on him a lot this year and he’s really stepped up as a sophomore,” Soo Hoo said of Nelson. “He’s done everything we can ask for.”

The Crusading Popes are in their third year of co-op status, but with just two Pius players – and both being seniors – the team may be solely Memorial based next season.

“When we looked at the Pius co-op a while back, we were looking at what would be three, four or five years down the line,” Chapin said. “When we made the commitment with Pius, Pius had maybe 15 kids total and we had 18. Pius hasn’t really helped us as far as numbers. The players have helped us, but it hasn’t added to our overall numbers.

“I don’t think anybody envisioned Pius would drop off that quick.”

Photo credit: Robert F. Borkowski/Special to The Freeman Anthony Soo Hoo is one of 12 seniors hoping to lead the Catholic Memorial/Pius co-op boys hockey team to the WIAA state tournament after winning the Classic 8 Conference title.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Wrestling Sectionals

PEWAUKEE – For the first time since the 2000-01 season the Pewaukee High School wrestling team did not qualify for a team sectional tournament.

Delavan-Darien won Saturday’s Division 2 regional tournament at Pewaukee, scoring 258 points to runner-up Pewaukee’s 244.5. Catholic Memorial was fourth with 144 points.

Only regional champions advance to team sectionals.

“I knew after the first round that we very likely had already lost it,” Pewaukee coach Ed Kurth said. “We needed everyone to advance into the top four to beat an experienced team like Delavan-Darien in a tournament setting and we fell short.”

But Pewaukee finished with five regional champions and five runners-up who will advance to this Saturday’s individual sectional tournament. The top two in each weight class in Division 2 advance.

Pewaukee champions were Tom Shafer at 112, Nathan Moore at 119, Gill Saya-ang at 125, Josh Berg at 140 and Tom Mischker at 160.

Mischker rallied from a 7-4 deficit to score four points in the final six seconds to claim his first regional championship a week after winning the Woodland Conference championship with an overtime victory in the final.

Saya-ang led Catholic Memorial’s Matt Krause 2-1 in the championship match before sustaining a significant cut to side of his face. Gill had it wrapped up and went back in, fending off a late attack and shot in for a buzzer-beating winning takedown and a 4-2 victory.

Pewaukee wrestlers who finished second were Sam Nevermann at 130, Chris Czech at 135, Jordan Porter at 152, Nathan Knutson at 171 and Dan Brown at 215.

Catholic Memorial’s Matt Groehler pinned Pewaukee’s Brown in 2:50 of the 215-pound championship match. Memorial’s Nick Olson also qualified for sectionals by finishing second at 285.

Memorial’s Romeo Orosco (119) also lost a championship match. Krause and Orosco each wound up third after losing second-place wrestleback matches.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Opening Night for the CMH Musical

For CMH musical cast and crew, opening night means not only nerves, jitters, and an excited means a prayer service and a St. Blase blessing of throats.

For show and ticket information, click here.

Did you know that the patron saint of actors is St. Genesius of Rome?

St. Genesius Prayer for Actors

Dear Genesius, in the year 303, when you were still a pagan, you once ridiculed Christ while acting on the stage. But, like Saul on the road to Damascus, you were transformed by Christ's powerful grace.

You rose bearing witness to Jesus and died a great martyr's death. Intercede for your fellow actors before God that they may faithfully and honestly perform their roles and so help others to understand their role in life and thus enabling them to attain their end in heaven.


Break a leg!

Ski Team Heading into State strong

from Crusader Downhill Ski coach, Steve Kemp --

Hi everybody, congratulations, the boys are going to state. We can only take 7 boys to state but thanks to all, JV and Varsity boys for there contribution to the team. All the boys did ski on the Varsity team at least one time. The girls placed 13th for the season, how awesome, congratulations to all of you as well. They did not make the list for state but some of you may remember last year that our conference called up one more team. Girls, be ready again this year. We will let you know. Thanks to all the parents for your help and support. Coach Eric & Steve.

a follow up from team Booster Club Rep, Jim Murphy --

FYI, per attached link to the conference standings, it is official that CMH boys ski team squeaked by (and beat them soundly head-to-head @ Holy Hill race 3 weeks ago) Arrowhead and all others to win the conference once again. Now, it is onto defend our State Championship title next weekend Sunday 2/20 and Monday 2/21 @ Mount La Crosse for the boys and, with some luck and prayers the girls squad can join them competing on the slopes in addition to cheering the boys on. The girls are one place in the standings out of qualifying for State ...

Great news, and good luck to all Crusader skiers!

Hot Shooting Propels CMH Girls Past West to Win 69-54

from WaukeshaPatch.Com --

Crusader juniors Alison Mueller and Abby Radish combine for 42 points in the decisive home win over the visiting Wolverines.
By Mike Schmidt

There was no shortage of excitement in Mark Lepkowski’s voice as he described his Catholic Memorial High School girls’ basketball squad’s convincing home victory over conference rival Waukesha West High School Friday night.

The Crusaders converted 15-of-18 free throws, hit 10 three-pointers and did not trail at any point in the second half en route to a 69-54 Classic 8 Conference win over the visiting Wolverines.

“This was our best game of the year,” said Lepkowski, whose squad improved to 7-10 overall and 4-7 in conference play with the victory. “We finally put together four good quarters. I’m just proud of the kids.”

West (10-6, 5-6) earned a 20-point home victory when the two squads met on Dec. 21. However, Friday’s game played out differently.

“Last time we played them we got beat in transition,” said Lepkowski. “They might’ve had one breakaway lay-up (tonight). Other than that we contained their transition, and that’s how you shut them down.”

Memorial benefited from a pair of high-scoring performances from two of its most reliable offensive options. Junior guard Alison Muller totaled a game-high 22 points in the winning effort. Junior wing Abby Radish added 20 points.

Led by their junior duo, the Crusaders seized control of the game due to a furious 13-0 run late in the first half. The scoring streak, which was capped by Radish’s 25-foot three-pointer as time expired in the second quarter, turned a 27-21 deficit into a 34-27 halftime advantage for Memorial.

West coach Brian McGowan credited the Crusaders for hitting their shots from the floor and the free-throw line, but said his players’ lack of preparedness on both sides of the ball cost them dearly.

“We had an emotional loss on Wednesday, and we had one practice to prepare for this game,” said West coach Brian McGowan, referring to his team’s 53-52 home loss to conference rival Arrowhead. “There’s no excuse for not being ready at this stage of the game, when we are fighting for a seed in our regional and fighting for a winning record in conference.”

The Crusaders’ ability to convert all but three of their free throws allowed them to maintain their lead over the Wolverines for the entire second half. West totaled 32 attempts from the free-throw line, but made just 16 in the losing effort.

Senior guard Brittany Wright paced all Wolverine players with 14 points in the loss. Sophomore forward Michelle Farrow chipped in 12.

The defeat was West’s third in its past four conference games. Memorial has won two out of its past three conference contests.

“We hit our shots that we needed to hit and the kids just played with a lot of confidence,” Lepkowski said.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Hot on the ice -- CMP Hockey are Conference Champs

from today's Waukesha Freeman --


Catholic Memorial/Pius 6
Brookfield 2

Crusading Popes regain conference championship
Dixon leads balanced attack for victors
By Tony Mooren Freeman Correspondent

BROOKFIELD – It’s been a long time, but the Catholic Memorial/Pius high school co-op boys hockey team is again Classic 8 Conference champion. The Memorial/Pius team completed its ascent to the top for the first time in a decade – an ascent that began with a 3-1 victory over defending champion Waukesha – with a 6-2 victory over the Brookfield co-op team at the Ponds of Brookfield on Wednesday.

“Everything is clicking for us right now,” said senior defender Cody Dixon, who had a goal and two assists. “We had a couple of injuries early in the season, but I’m so excited right now.” The excitement derived from a great second period in which Memorial/Pius broke a 2-2 tie with three goals, and the defense took over with sophomore goalie Chris Nelson registering 33 total saves.

“I told the players after the first period to move their feet,” Memorial/Pius coach Steve Chapin said. “We were just reacting for everything in the first period. We weren’t pro-active and were just waiting for things to happen. But’s that’s the kind of team we are: We have to work hard to win.”

Nine different players had either a goal or an assist with seniors Dominic Zanoni, Anthony Soo Hoo and Kyle Fink and juniors Sam Chapin and Will Radke adding goals. Sophomore Nate Gentile had two assists, while seniors Joe Heckes, Kieran Gilbert, Zanoni and Fink each had an assist.

“The last three or four games we’ve been on a roll and have been scoring a lot of goals,” Steve Chapin said. “Winning the championship was our main goal. When we started the year. that’s the one thing we wanted to do. The (WIAA) state tournament is really a gamble because it’s oneand-done, but now we can refocus and look ahead.”

Brookfield scored first with junior P.J. Corbett getting the goal with an assist from freshman Robbie Fosdick just one minute and 12 seconds into the contest. But, as was the case all the way in the first period, it didn’t take long for an answer. Just 2:23 later, Zanoni tied the game after a deflection in front of the net.

Memorial/Pius went ahead on a goal by Soo Hoo with 4:46 left in the period, but Brookfield answered 52 seconds later with a goal by senior Sam Myrold with senior T. Ryan Hicks assisting. But Chapin had his talk with the players. “We felt a little shaky after the first period,” Dixon admitted. “But then we were able to regroup. Coach told us he wasn’t too worried. He just told us we all knew what we had to do.”

It took a few minutes, but 6:14 into the second period, Memorial/Pius took the lead for good on a goal by Radke and two more goals followed in three-minute intervals – the goals by Dixon on a power play and by Chapin. Fink scored the last goal late in the third period on an assist from Dixon.

Brookfield had some excellent scoring chances in the third period, but Nelson helped keep the Stars off the board by notching 12 saves in the period. “Chris has done real well and he’s battle tested,” Steve Chapin said. “In the seven games we’ve lost overall, six of the losses have been to teams who are the No. 1 seed in their respective sectionals and the other is to a No. 2 seed. We knew the experience gained in those games would be helpful at the end. “This is a hard place to play and the game was kind of ugly at times, but all we wanted was the win.” Memorial improved to 7-0 in league and 15-7 overall, while Brookfield dropped to 5-3 in league and 13-8-1 overall with its second loss in as many days – the other to Arrowhead on Wednesday night.

“We were on top two days ago and yesterday’s loss hurt real bad or we could have taken the conference,” Brookfield coach Chris Frantz said. “They just outplayed us today, and we didn’t show up in the second period. We lost track of what we had been doing in the first period when we played a passing game. “Overall, I thought we played OK, but that second period really got away from us.”

Thursday, February 10, 2011

It was very, very cold...

But it was good to get out to Sunburst Ski Hill to see the CMH Downhill Ski Team competing.

The CMH skiers were at the top of their game are are poised to win their third state championship in a row.

Good luck to all our skiers!

College signings

Congratulations to our scholar athletes! Ten CMH seniors have signed letters of intent to play collegiate athletics.
They include:

Front Row: Eric Schoendorf (Soccer, Loyola University), Jerry Boll (Football, Conchordia University of St. Paul, MN), Zack Degner (Football, Minnesota State Univeristy), Cody Gardetto (Football, St. Cloud State University).
Back Row: Nicole Condit (Soccer, DePaul University), Monica Gonyo (Soccer, Loyola University), Valerie Gonyo (Soccer, Loyola University), Mia Uzelac (Soccer, Youngstown State University), Karly Lenz (Soccer, Valdosa State University), Isabella Lambert(Golf, Butler University)

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

March for Life Redux and a great video

I feel my participation in the March for Life made a difference because everyone brings something different to the group and the more people, the more awareness can be brought to the community.


from today's Waukesha Freeman --

Catholic Memorial wins in overtime

GREENDALE – Sophomore forward Jake Giffhorn broke a 63-63 tie by going 4 for 4 from the freethrow line as the Catholic Memorial High School boys basketball team beat Greendale 67-63 in a nonconference game Tuesday. It was the third consecutive victory for Memorial, 5-11 overall.

Memorial trailed by five points in overtime, but a 3-pointer and a driving layup by senior guard Alex Broge helped pull Memorial even and set up Giffhorn’s heroics. Memorial made 22 of 34 free throws in the game, with Giffhorn making 7 of 10.

Sophomore guard Ty Sabin, getting a start because of an injury to Ryan Connell, scored nine of his 13 points in the first quarter when Memorial jumped out to a 21-11 lead. Broge scored five points in the first quarter and finished with 16 points, junior guard Ryan Taugher had 13 points as he went 6 for 6 from the line and Giffhorn had nine points

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

PREP NOTEBOOK -- Wrestling

from today's Waukesha Freeman --

Johnson among four Waukesha conference champions
Wade, Gantz, Groehler also victorious
By Daniel Mike Freeman Staff

WAUKESHA – Kyle Johnson got a quick wakeup call Saturday.

Wrestling in the 152-pound title match at the Classic 8 Conference Tournament, the Waukesha South High School senior soon found himself on the wrong end of a takedown.

“I was maybe too confident, because he took me down right away,” Johnson said of Mukwonago senior Tyler Zamzow.

But Johnson answered quickly, pinning Zamzow in 2 minutes, 46 seconds for his first conference title.

“I wrestled him a couple of weeks ago, and I knew he was pretty good,” Johnson said. “(The takedown) was a wakeup call. I just told myself to get up and give him no more shots.

Johnson, who did not wrestle in last year’s league tournament after suffering a concussion, has his eyes set on regional competition this week.

“I definitely have a good mind-set for (the regional tournament),” he said. “I’ll be ready.”

Waukesha West junior Branden Wade won the 112 title with a 9-0 major victory over Mukwonago junior Jake Vadnais in the title match. West senior Seth Gantz won the 140 title by beating Arrowhead junior Jake Nelson 3-1 in the title match.

“I was always close,” said Gantz, who finished behind Arrowhead standout Jake Sueflohn at 135 last season. “I always had someone ahead of me or I just missed it. This year, I just kept focused and didn’t let anything get in my way.”

Catholic Memorial senior Matt Groehler won at 215.

“This is our toughest tournament of the year, because the Classic 8 is such good competition,” said Groehler, who finished third at 215 last year and did not advance to state. “All the hard work has paid off for me.

“This is the ultimate for me to prepare (for regionals), because I’ll be coming off a high level of competition.”

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Welcome to our visitor from Switzerland.

Whoever it was, was interested in watching the homily from Friday's all school mass.

PREP Boys Basketball Roundup

from today's Waukesha Freeman --

CMH 54
Wauk. North 52

Bodden’s basket wins it
Game-winner gets plenty of attention
By Tom Badger Freeman Correspondent

WAUKESHA – It certainly wasn’t your typical buzzer-beater.

It was more of a delayed buzzer-beater.

Either way, Andre Bodden’s basket at the end of the fourth quarter gave the Catholic Memorial High School boys basketball team a last-second 54-52 Classic 8 Conference over Waukesha North on Friday night.

It’s just that the celebration was delayed – temporarily.

With the game tied 52-52, Memorial set up for the game’s last shot in the final seconds. Memorial junior Ryan Taugher missed his 3-pointer, but senior Ryan Connell snared the rebound on the weak side and went straight up with a shot. After Connell’s try rolled off the rim, Bodden grabbed the rebound and went right back up and banked it in.

As the Crusaders celebrated the feat, the referees converged at midcourt and a lengthy discussion ensued. The trio approached the scorer’s table and talked with the clock operator before retreating back to midcourt to further discuss the matter.

About two minutes later, it was ruled that the basket counted.

“I saw it go in and the buzzer sounded,” Memorial coach Dean Bellanti said. “Then they sounded the whistle and they started conferring and I was wondering why. It looked clean to me. I didn’t know what the conference was about. Was the basket good? Was there time left on the clock? I didn’t understand where the confusion was. We wanted to know if the basket was good or were we going to overtime.”

North coach John Ricciardi noted that the clock went out twice during the game, once with two seconds left. Still, he saw something more frustrating just before the end.

“The first thing I saw was that we didn’t block out on the weak side,” Ricciardi said. “That’s what we talked about during the timeout – one shot, one shot. (Memorial) ended up getting three.”

Regarding the game-winner, Ricciardi said, “Was it early? Was it on time? Was it late? I don’t know. At that point, you just have to class up and hope they made the right call.”

Bodden wasn’t exactly sure, either.

“I was wondering if there was enough time at the end, but I was just happy it went in,” Bodden said. “I didn’t hear the buzzer or anything. We boxed out and made sure we got the rebound. Once we did, we just put it back up.”

Bodden’s basket put an end to a feisty North rally. Trailing 44-33 at the start of the fourth quarter, the Northstars rattled off the first nine points to cut the Crusaders’ lead to 44-42 with 5:50 remaining.

Four Memorial turnovers on its first four possessions sparked the North rally.

A 3-pointer by North junior Jake Ricciardi from the top of the key tied the game, 48-48, with 2:52 left to play. Following a Memorial miss, North junior Joe Wegner scored underneath to give the Northstars a 50-48 lead with 2:00 left.

Memorial junior Charlie Walsh tied it up at 50-50 with two free throws at the 1:52 mark. Connell came up with a steal and Memorial went ahead 52-50 as Bodden turned in a slick dropstep and lefthanded finish with 44 seconds to go.

Ricciardi, who scored 17 of his game-high 24 points in the second half, made two free throws with 22 second left, which tied the game 52-52.

Following a timeout, Memorial brought the ball up and Taugher started the wild sequence with his 3-pointer from the wing.

Memorial improved to 4-11 overall, 3-6 in conference play. Taugher led Memorial with 14 points, 12 coming in the first half when the Crusaders took a 28-22 lead. Senior Alex Broge added 13 points and Walsh chipped in with nine.

North slipped to 5-10 overall and 1-8 in the Classic 8.

Wegner added 12 points for North.
Photo credits -- top: Robert F. Borkowski/Special to The Freeman Catholic Memorial’s Ayinde Starling, left, and Andre Bodden surround Waukesha North’s Shaquille Brumfield after a rebound in the first quarter Friday at Memorial.

bottom: Robert F. Borkowski/Special to The Freeman Waukesha North’s Jake Ricciardi looks to escape from Catholic Memorial’s Ryan Taugher as CMH’s Alex Broge comes from behind Friday at Memorial.

Pics from last night's Hockey victory

Compliments of CMH alum, Billy Seidel --

PREP Hockey Roundup

from today's Waukesha Freeman --

TOWN OF BROOKFIELD – Senior Anthony Soo Hoo had three goals for the second straight game as the Catholic Memorial/Pius co-op boys hockey team beat Kettle Moraine/Mukwonago 9-3 in a Classic 8 Conference game Friday at the Eble Park Ice Arena.

Senior Kyle Fink had two goals and an assist, and senior Kieran Gilbert had a goal and two assists. Seniors Cody Dixon and Sean Waite and junior Connor Heinlein each scored a goal.

Seniors Dominic Zanoni, David Butterfield and Josh Campbell, junior Sam Chapin and sophomore Nate Gentile each had an assist for CMP (14-7 overall, 6-0 Classic 8).

Sophomore Sam Hart had two goals for KM/Mukwonago, and sophomore Austin Kreinz had a goal and assist.

PREP Girls Basketball Roundup

from today's Waukesha Freeman --

WAUKESHA – Junior guard Alison Mueller had 13 of her 19 points in the second half as Catholic Memorial beat Waukesha North 58-38 in a Classic 8 Conference game Friday.

Junior guard Lauren Mueller added 14 points for the Crusaders, who snapped an eight-game losing streak in improving to 6-9 overall and 3-6 in league play.

Sophomore guard Tori Aho had 11 points for North (4-11, 0-9), and freshman post Elizabeth Kelliher had 10.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Catholic Schools Week Homily on YouTube

I invite you to take a look at my homily to the students this morning at the closing mass of Catholic Schools week. Entitled "Einstein and the little things" the video can be found at the CMHCrusader YouTube Channel.

Mass to close Catholic Schools Week

A special welcome to Fr. Don Thimm, pastor of Holy Apostles, New Berlin, and Deacon Sandy Stiles from Good Shepherd Parish in Menomonee Falls.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Freeman -- Two-Sport Standouts

from today's Waukesha Freeman --

Several basketball stars also had good football season
By Daniel Mike Freeman Staff

WAUKESHA –The basketball season is proving to be good for several Waukesha County football stars...

...Catholic Memorial junior Charlie Walsh is averaging 9.2 points per game after being one of the leading rushers for the Crusaders’ WIAA Division 3 state runner-up football team.

Don't forget, Charlie also plays Crusader baseball!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Girls Soccer Team wins 11th consecutive Academic All-American Team award

from today's Waukesha Freeman --

WAUKESHA – The Catholic Memorial High School girls soccer team received its 11th consecutive Academic All-American Team Award from the national soccer coaches association.

The CMH team has earned the award for their academic accomplishments every year since the inception of the award in 2000.

John Burke, head girls soccer coach at Catholic Memorial, has been named NSCAA Midwest Coach of the Year for the fourth time in his career.

Burke’s teams have won seven state championships and 12 conference championships.

Burke’s career coaching record of 342-34-25 places him among the top coaches for winning percentage in the history of prep girls soccer in the United States.

CMH Senior Cody Gardetto named to state All-Star team

The Wisconsin Football Coaches Association announced the members of the 2011 State All-Star game rosters.
The only representative from among the CMH state runner-up squad of last fall is senior Cody Gardetto.
Congratulations Cody!
The state all-star game will be played on Saturday, July 16th, at Titan Stadium in Oshkosh.