Wednesday, March 30, 2011


from today's Waukesha Freeman --

Catholic Memorial boys

1,600 relay team to lead Crusaders

All four members of squad back

WAUKESHA – The Catholic Memorial High School boys track and field team will have a familiar problem during the Classic 8 Conference season. “We have some good individuals and relays, yet we are lacking in depth,” said coach John Gabelbauer, who is in his 38th season.

CMH has the smallest enrollment of any school in the Classic 8, and the Crusaders finished last in the league’s outdoor meet. But CMH tied for third in the WIAA Division 2 state meet. The Crusaders return their entire state champion 1,600-meter relay with seniors Pete Gottsacker, Broc Kocour and Don Kennedy and sophomore Sam Tiahnybik.

Gottsacker and Kennedy also were part of CMH’s state-qualifying 3,200 relay team, and Kocour and Tiahnybik were part of the state-qualifying 800 relay. The Crusaders also will look to senior Kyle Deneen in the 800 and junior Caleb Krause in throws as team leaders.

Others returning for CMH this season are senior Connor Sauer (throws), junior Justin Bauer (throws) and sophomore Matt Hubley (sprints). Gabelbauer is looking to juniors Alex Noll (jumps, relays), Trevor Novotny (high jump) and Casey Townsend (jumps, relays), sophomores Sam Holt ( distance) and Jacob Tom (800) and freshmen Jacob Piette (200, 400, 800) and Chris Setzer (distance) to step in this season.

The biggest graduation loss for CMH was John Luterbach, who finished second in the 3,200 at state last season and is now competing with the University of Minnesota. Gabelbauer considers defending champion Arrowhead and Mukwonago as preseason favorites in the Classic 8.

– Freeman Staff

Photo credits: Robert F. Borkowski/Special to The Freeman -- top, Kyle Deneen works out on the Catholic Memorial track Monday. bottom, Caleb Krause works on his release of the shot put during practice Monday.

Change in B-Ball Coaching Leadership

from today's Waukesha Freeman --

CMH’s Lepkowski resigns Veteran girls basketball coach decides it’s time to move on

By Daniel Mike Freeman Staff

WAUKESHA – Mark Lepkowski thought it was time to move on from coaching. After 13 seasons as the girls basketball coach at Catholic Memorial High School, Lepkowski resigned. “You won’t know until you do it,” Lepkowski said when asked if he’d miss being on the sidelines. “I guess in November I will know.”

Lepkowski led the Crusaders to the final WISAA Division 1 title game, losing to Pius. The Crusaders advanced to the WIAA Division 2 state tournament in 2005. He was selected to coach the Division 2 team at the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association all-star event in 2010.

CMH went 10-14 this season, finishing sixth in the Classic 8 Conference at 4-10. “We’ve had some good years,” Lepkowski said. “The highlights I look at are the kids who have gone through the program and are adults now. I’ve been to a couple weddings, former players are having babies. I still communicate with some, keep in touch.

“Those are things I’ll miss the most, the relationships you develop.” He also got a chance to coach against a former player, Tara Kielbock (formerly Schmitt), who was coaching at Brookfield East before this season. Two of athletic director Greg Gamalski’s daughters were among that group of former players for Lepkowski.

“His name is synonymous with the girls basketball program,” Gamalski said. “As you look back, it does seem like he’s been here forever.” Gamalski will miss the way Lepkowski was able to run all aspects of the program, letting the athletic director take a handsoff approach to any offseason items.

“There’s a lot of pressure these days to run summer programs, get kids involved with basketball year-round,” Gamalski said. “Mark had all that stuff taken care of. He had varsity kids in summer programs, lower-level kids in summer programs and the incoming eighth- graders in summer programs.” While he doesn’t teach at the school, Lepkowski has become one of its athletic department’s biggest supporters.

“The guy is gold when it comes to supporting volleyball, football, you name it,” Gamalski said. “He works the press box for me at all home games in football.” That is why it was a tough decision for Lepkowski to step down. “The place is awesome,” he said of Memorial. “You just can’t say enough about the people there, the staff, the families, kids, parents. They’re just great.”

Gamalski said the position may not be posted immediately as a teachers contract has not been finalized. “Ultimately, what you’d like is a person that’s on staff teaching as the head coach,” Gamalski said. “They have direct contact with the kids. It’s easier to run and build a program having a person on staff.”

Photo credit: Robert F. Borkowski/Special to The Freeman Mark Lepkowski instructs Katie Mueller and her teammates on good defense during Catholic Memorial High School girls basketball practice before the start of the 2010-11 season.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Congratulations to...

Alison Mueller, junior, named to the Classic 8 All-Conference first team


Jennifer Benash, senior, named All-Conference third team

Saturday, March 26, 2011

CMH FB Coach to be inducted into State Hall of Fame

from the Waukesha Freeman --

Turning kids into men

Longtime Catholic Memorial assistant Ed Baumann, considered to be a role model by many players, to be inducted into state football coaches Hall of Fame

By Daniel Mike Freeman Staff

WAUKESHA – The first year away from coaching football was extremely difficult for Ed Baumann.

After 28 years at Catholic Memorial, Baumann stepped away four years ago to focus more time on his family and being the police chief for the Village of Pewaukee.

Friday nights became difficult for Baumann, who had played football at Messmer High School and St. Norbert College.

“I was so nuts on Friday night that I couldn’t go in the stadium,” Baumann said. “I would drive by and look at what the score was on the scoreboard.”

It was tough for Baumann to leave the CMH program and good friends Bill Young and Greg Gamalski. He was able to coach his three sons and helped the Crusaders to four state private school titles during his tenure with the Crusaders.

But he knew he would have to cut ties with the program some day, and when he felt that time coming, he let go. Although he knew it would be difficult, Baumann knew if he was going to step down he had to just do it with no looking back.

“The last kid I fell in love with was Jake Reynolds. He’s the one I left at the alter,” Baumann said of the 2008 graduate. “He was a junior and a star. I told him I was going to retire, and his dad and him said, ‘You’ve got to stay.’

“There would always be another kid who grabbed my heart.”

He still gets emotional when thinking of all the lives he touched – and touched him.

It’s both his on-the-field success and that caring attitude toward his players that have Baumann being inducted into the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame on Saturday.

“Through the years, I like to think we’ve had great kids who were well coached and physical,” Young said. “Physicality is what we preach to the kids. If you’re going to play us, you’re going to get our best shot.

“Eddie instilled that in the offensive and defensive line. Everything always starts up front on both sides of the ball, and he did a great job with those kids.”

Baumann had only one year of coaching under his belt when he came to CMH. Baumann went back to Messmer to coach the freshman team.

As a lineman at St. Norbert, Baumann roomed with Gamalski, a friend from high school who was coaching the freshman team at CMH. Young was taking over as head coach of the Crusaders, and Gamalski was going to be the offensive coordinator. With Young handling the defense, they needed a third coach to teach the offensive and defensive lines.

“They took me down in Greg’s basement, sat me down and asked if I’d like to help them,” Baumann said. “I fell in love with the idea right away. I was a brand new police officer in Pewaukee, and I thought coaching would be a fun thing, something to supplement my income.

“I never thought it would come out like this.”

Gamalski knew Baumann would be the right fit for CMH. Having known him for so long and knowing of Baumann’s football acumen, Gamalski was quick with a name when Young mentioned a line coach.

“Bill said, ‘You know anybody we could use that would be a good line coach?’” Gamalski said. “I immediately said, ‘I have the guy for us.’ I set up a meeting at my house over a couple beers, and we talked him into coming over with us.

“Ed coached here forever from that point on. The three of us took the program far, had fun with some great kids and some great teams.”

The three-man coaching staff helped turn the Crusaders into a perennial contender in the Wisconsin Independent School Athletic Association. It was a far different dynamic from the coaching staffs today that are loaded with position specialists.

“The game itself has changed so much since then,” Baumann said. “Bill went out along with me and Greg, and we’d go to every other guy’s games. We’d scout, and Bill would write every play down.

“Now there’s filming and things have transformed over the years. But Bill was always ahead of the game.”

Dan Baumann got to spend some extra time with his father during his senior season at Memorial. He was a running back and played a lot of special teams his first three years at CMH, but an injury led him to the line.

“The guard had gone down with a knee injury the first or second week, and my dad needed a lineman,” Dan Baumann said. “He told me, ‘Go play, you can’t screw it up.’

“I started to like it a little bit and started at nose guard and guard my senior year when we went 12-0.”

Coaching his three sons – and some nephews – was a highlight of Ed Baumann’s coaching career.

“He always said that during the football season he always guaranteed 2 1/2 to 3 hours a day with his boys,” Dan Baumann said. “That meant a lot to him.”

“He’s been an informal life coach for so many people in so many ways,” Dan Baumann continued. “He always thinks he has that Superman S on his chest and he can solve any problem. ... My dad believes he has that magic wand to make everyone’s problems go away.

“He took that always into coaching. Every kid who had problem, the ones who wanted help always got it from my dad.”

Ed Baumann had the ability to draw his linemen toward him and keep them focused. He was a coach the players would flock to, and he provided a role model for many kids during his coaching career.

“For some reason, linemen coaches are loved by the kids,” Gamalski said. “They know how hard it is to play those positions, and Eddie was a players’ coach. They looked to him for some funny moments and looked to him for guidance.

“He was a great role model, a college graduate and police officer. I know a number of kids, when they got their first speeding ticket, they flocked to Eddie for his guidance and help.”

While he might have helped a few players with the police department, they still had to pay their depth to him.

“He always got something out of them,” Dan Baumann said. “Whether it was extra community service at the school or extra pushups or situps, he got that speeding ticket out of you one way or another. There was never a free pass in his book.”

He’s still guiding one of his players, Jason Bonesteel, who is an officer with the Village of Pewaukee Police Department.

“I knew I wanted to be a police officer from a young age,” Bonesteel said. “Getting to meet the chief of police who was my football coach helped set the tone for me. He offered a lot of guidance and a pretty good course as far as a path to follow during high school, after high school through college. Luckily, I’ve been able to work for him.

“He’s real supportive of his employees, just like he was the kids he coached at Catholic Memorial. He’s real enthusiastic at work, just like he was as a coach.”

Baumann said he didn’t coach for victories or championships – it was always about the athletes. He was asked to be a leader to teenage boys, and it was something he took to heart.

“I always believed in making these kids more than what they ever dreamed of being, to help them be the kind of young men they could be,” Baumann said. “I knew there were a lot of them who would not go on and play college football, not go on and play pro football.

“The most important thing for me was to make them good men.”



CMH’s Three Amigos built school’s football program into a power

By Daniel Mike Freeman Staff

WAUKESHA – If Bill Young is the father of Catholic Memorial High School football, then Greg Gamalski and Ed Baumann are the good sons.

In 1978, Young became the head coach of the Crusaders. The first coach he selected was Gamalski, who was the offensive coordinator while Young handled the defense.

Their next step was to bring Baumann into the program to coach the linemen.

Young is still the head coach 33 years later, while Baumann stepped down four years ago and Gamalski did the same this year.

But the three are still as tight-knit as ever.

“We’re the Three Amigos, Three Musketeers, you name it,” Gamalski said. “It was just the three of us who coached back then.

“You put any three people together for the three months of the football season and you develop a bond that is quite close.”

Gamalski and Baumann go back to the mid-1960s when both attended Messmer High School in Milwaukee. They roomed together at St. Norbert College, and Gamalski recommended Baumann for the job at CMH.

Young, who went to Milwaukee Lutheran High School and Concordia University-Illinois, fit easily into the friendship.

“Greg Gamalski and Eddie are the two best buddies,” Young said. “We spent a lot of time together, and it was a great experience for all the kids and our families.

“I’ve been fortunate to have the pleasure of coaching with some great guys and football coaches.”

Each coach has been there for the other in any time of need, and they saw both sides of each other on and off the field.

“I did not know Bill when I came to Memorial, but I fell in love with him like everybody else does,” Baumann said. “This guy has got more focus, tenacity, stick-to-itiveness and everything else.

“When my dad passed away, Bill’s the guy who was there. He’s just such a caring, understanding person.

“But when he’s on the football field, he’ll knock your teeth out.”

They were all similar: Dedicated football players who went into coaching as soon as they could. They grew in the sport together and achieved a lot of success together.

“We were just three friends who turned Memorial into the dynasty it is today,” Baumann said.

It’s also something Young hopes could happen again some day.

“I can’t wait until Eddie retires from the police department and starts coaching again,” Young said.


Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Staunchly Pro-Life

Today, CMH played host to Ryan Bomberger, a pro-life activist and creative artist.

Mr. Bomberger's Radiance Foundation and his web project, TooManyAborted.Com are bold abortion awareness campaigns are bold initiatives endorsed by national civil rights leaders.
Ryan has been the creative force behind insightful and provocative video and billboard campaigns aimed at bringing out the truth of the abortion industry.

Monday, March 21, 2011

CMH Poms/Dance team visits NYC

Not only did the CMH girls have chances to take dance classes and attend the Lion King, but they also went to St. Patrick's Cathedral to celebrate mass with Archbishop Timothy Dolan.
It was a wonderful trip for all!

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Welcome yesterday's blog visitor from...

Glasgow, Scotland!
Who spent time reading about the CMH Girls Rugby team.

CMH Family loses member

The entire CMH family prayers for the consolation of the family and the repose of the soul of an honored CMH alumni parent and grandparent...

Warren U. Seegers

June 2, 1922 – March 17, 2011

Warren U. Seegers of Waukesha died Thursday, March 17, 2011, at the age of 88 years. He was born in Saskatchewan, Canada, on June 2, 1922, to Henry and Viola Seegers.

He served his country in the U.S. Army during World War II. In 1956, he started Seegers Brothers Excavating. He was a longtime member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Waukesha and was a member of the Holy Name Society. He enjoyed his involvement with the Town of Waukesha Board of Appeals, the Knights of Columbus Waukesha Council 1825, The Ford Model A. Club and the Soat-Vergenz VFW Post 721. In addition, he enjoyed hunting and bowling in the commercial league and with the Knights of Columbus league at Fracaro’s. On Sept. 22, 1956, he married Carol M. Seidel; she survives him.

Warren will be sadly missed by his loving wife of 54 years, Carol M. Seegers of Waukesha, and their children, Patrick (Bridget) Seegers of Oconomowoc, Linda (Jerry) Schedlbauer of North Prairie, Peggy (Don) Braun of Waukesha, Ray Seegers of Two Rivers, the late Jane Seegers and Chuck (fiancee Beth Spencer) Seegers of Waukesha. He will be further missed by his grandchildren, whom he was so proud of, Britney, Shannon, Colleen, Joseph, Mary Margaret, Michael, Ashley, Stephanie, Taylor and Connor. Also surviving are his sister, Helen (George) Brucker of West Allis; brothers, Jerry (Shirley) Seegers of West Allis and Lawrence (Diane) Seegers of Mesa, Ariz.; brothers-in-law, Father Victor Seidel, Missionary Servants of the Most Holy Trinity, Chuck (Rosie) Seidel and Joe Giesegh; sister-inlaw, Sarah Seegers; and nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

In addition to his parents and daughter, Jane, he was preceded in death by brothers Leo and Eugene Seegers; sisters Millie Boyd, Edna Giesegh and Rosella Seegers; sisters-in-law Marilyn Marx, and Nev Seegers; and brothers-in-law Wally Boyd and Tom Marx.

Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, March 21, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 225 S. Hartwell Ave., Waukesha. Services continue at church on Tuesday with visitation from 9:30 a.m. until the funeral Mass at 10:30 a.m. Interment will follow with full military honors at St. Joseph Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Missionary Servants of the Most Holy Trinity or Catholic Memorial High School.

Obit from today's Waukesha Freeman

CMH Senior recieves award

from today's Waukesha Freeman --

Herb Kohl Foundation scholarship awarded

MILWAUKEE – Kathleen Cashin of Brookfield East High School, Sirjaut Kaur of Arrowhead High School, Troy Laedtke of Waukesha North High School, Rebecca Morgan of Waukesha South High School, Julie Mullen of Waukesha North High School, Lauren Powers of Dine Savior Holy Angels High School, Rebecca Reese of Catholic Memorial High School and Elizabeth Stief of Brookfield Central High School were awarded the 2011 Herb Kohl Educational Foundation Excellence Scholarship.

The $1,000 awards are given to 100 teachers, their schools and 181 high school seniors.

Friday, March 18, 2011

CMH to Host Waukesha Fire - Police Basketball Challenge

First Annual
Police & Fire Basketball Challenge
Presented by Waukesha Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association

7:00 PM Friday, March 25, 2011

Come join the fun at
Catholic Memorial High School Gymnasium
601 E College Avenue, Waukesha

Adults $5.00 Students $3.00 Under 12 Free

Tickets can be purchased at
Waukesha State Bank
Downtown and Silvernail Branch offices
For more information, call 262-527-7053

Near start of Season of Redemption, CMH hosts gangster turned committed Catholic

Read about former gangster John Pridemore at the Catholic Herald online.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

2 CMH Grads head to NCAA Tourney

from today's Waukesha Freeman --

Two Catholic Memorial grads in NCAA tourney
Bray plays for Princeton, Smith with Richmond
– Daniel Mike, Freeman Staff
WAUKESHA – T.J. Bray’s first year of collegiate basketball has been exciting, and it continues into the NCAA Tournament. Bray, a Catholic Memorial High School graduate, is the only freshman at Princeton University to have played all 31 games for the No. 13-seed Tigers, who are 25-6 and face No. 4 Kentucky (25-8) in a secondround game at the St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa, Fla., at about 1:30 p.m. Thursday.
The Tigers tied Harvard for the Ivy League championship, and Princeton beat the Crimson Hawks 63-62 in a one-game playoff for the automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament. Douglas Davis hit a buzzer-beating jumper to lift the Tigers into the tournament.
Bray is averaging 10.7 minutes per game, the most of any freshman on the Princeton roster. He is averaging 1.5 points and 1.7 rebounds per game. He has 20 assists and 14 steals. He is shooting .457 from the field and .684 from the freethrow line.
Bray led Catholic Memorial to the WIAA Division 2 state title last season, and he was named Mr. Basketball, the state’s player of the year honor, the Freeman’s Player of the Year and the Classic 8 Conference Player of the Year.
Bray is not the only CMH grad playing in the NCAA Tournament, as junior Conor Smith is at Richmond, which plays Vanderbilt in a second-round game at about 2:30 p.m. Thursday in Denver. The Atlantic 10 Conference champion Spiders are 27-7, and Vanderbilt is 23-10.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Some Pics from OpMike 2011

as seen in today's Waukesha Freeman --

WAUKESHA – Catholic Memorial sophomore Colleen Wimmer races to find a seat while playing a game called “All My Friends” during Operation Michael on Thursday. Catholic Memorial students were spending a night outside to raise awareness of homelessness.
Charles Auer / Freeman Staff

Clockwise from lower left, sophomore Leah Croal, junior Kathleen Knueppel, junior Katie Dries and senior Danny Ryan talk as part of a small group session during Operation Michael on Thursday. Students played games, took part in small group sessions and personal reflection. They shared a humble meal and held a prayer vigil before retiring to their boxes for the night.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Operation Michael -- CMH Homelessness Awareness

For a variety of reasons, today was a very difficult day. You probably know the type of day -- when frustration and bad fortune can make you feel pretty depressed. Well, as bad as things might have been, everything was balanced out when I joined the students of Operation Michael for the prayer service before their night out. It is inspiring to know just how good our CMH kids are...

Thirteen years ago a CMH senior, Juan, was driving on Bluemound Road heading home. He saw a man holding a sign which read "Will Work For Food". Along with all the other cars, Juan stared at the homeless man for a few moments and then continued on his way.

When Juan got home he told his older brother about the man and his desperate cry for food. Together, the brothers went back to find the man. They took him to get some coffee and warm food. The homeless man's name was Michael.

Michael told the brothers many stories about how he lost his job, his wife, his home. He told them about the people he had encountered: they stared, honked, spit, and cussed at him. People threw things at him, even burning cigarettes, as they drove past.

After some time with them, Michael thanked the brothers for their kindness and went their way. Juan was touched by Michael's story, so he decided to bring his experience back to school. He and a group of other CMH senior boys got together and organized Operation Michael to bring homelessness awareness to everyone.

This was the beginning of Operation Michael. Six years ago the students of Operation Michael also took on the task of fundraising and volunteering in order to build on the growing awareness that this group was already fostering. Members do works of service and justice by participating in clothing and supply drives, volunteering at meal programs and shelters, and fundraising in order to aid the homeless in our community.

Each year, a night is set aside for a group of CMH students to reflect and pray while engaging in different activities that are focused and centered on the homeless.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Remember You Are Dust, and Unto Dust You Shall Return

CMH Ash Wednesday Celebration 2011

To watch and listen to Deacon Scott Campbell's homily, check it out at CMH's YouTube channel.


from today's Waukesha Freeman --

Whitnall 50

Crusaders hang on
Falcons’ rally falls short
Christine Gustafson Freeman Correspondent

WAUKESHA – Last time, it was a five-point victory over Whitnall. This time a threepoint victory. But survive was all the Catholic Memorial High School girls basketball team had to do.

Whitnall (11-11) rallied near the end of a WIAA Division 2 regional quarterfinal game, but fourth-seeded Catholic Memorial (10-13) hung on for a 53-50 victory over the fifth-seeded Falcons on Tuesday to move on in tournament play against top-seeded New Berlin Eisenhower on Friday.

Whitnall outscored Catholic Memorial 9-2 in the final three minutes to cut the Crusaders’ 10-point lead to three. But CMH’s defense held strong in the final seconds with Whitnall, hoping for overtime, unable to get off a last-second shot.

“Being a tournament game, they’re all going to get close at the end. Everyone’s just fighting for life at the end of these games,” Catholic Memorial coach Mark Lepkowski said. “We won by five earlier in the year, and we knew that this one would be closer. It came down to who was going to make the fewest mistakes at the end. Luckily, we had enough of a cushion that we were able to withstand that.”

After closing out the first half with a 30-25 edge, the Crusaders opened the third quarter on a 6-2 run with senior Jenny Benash making a jumper off a pass from junior Abby Radish. “The player who really carried us tonight was Jenny Benash,” Lepkowski said. “She was fighting for rebounds and loose balls. She said in the locker room before the game that she did not want this to be her last game, as she’s our lone senior. She stepped up bigtime, controlling what was going on.”

CMH closed out the third quarter on a 7-1 run to go ahead 45-34 as junior Alison Mueller, who scored a gamehigh 16 points, made a 3-pointer and junior Katie Mueller made two free throws to close the spurt.

Katie Mueller, junior Lauren Mueller and Radish each had 10 points for the Crusaders. “We played as a team,” Alison Mueller said. “That’s how we’ve won our games this season. Everybody contributes.

“People should watch out. We’ve been underestimated all season. Our record isn’t that great, but when we work as a team, good things happen.” Whitnall began to rally at the three-minute mark of the fourth quarter with two free throws by senior Kalina Al-Mohareb. Al-Mahareb and Elena Busalacchi led Whitnall in scoring with 14 points each.

“We didn’t know what to do on offense. It was either drive to the basket or pull it out,” Alison Mueller said. “We kind of got a little flustered there. But we came out with the win.” After the Falcons got to within two points, CMH’s Lauren Mueller sank one free throw in the double bonus to make it a threepoint game with 1.6 seconds left.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

CMH Seniors given Honorable Mention in All-State Hockey Team

Congratulations to Cody Dixon and Kyle Fink!

CMHers kick off Lent with Operation Michael

Catholic Memorial High School will hold its annual Operation Michael prayer service at 8:30 p.m. Thursday, at the main entrance to the school located at 601 E. College Ave.
Operation Michael is a student run project to raise awareness of the homeless where they spend the night outside of the school in cardboard boxes. Students will begin to set up for the event at 4 p.m. and will then spend the next three hours reflecting on the personal testimonies of the homeless, scripture song, statistics and the importance of serving others.
The 8:30 p.m. service will include the Stations of the Cross, with personal stories shared by those reading the stations. The event is open to the public.

CMH to participate in the WSMA Festival

from today's Waukesha Freeman --
WSMA festival Saturday at North
– Freeman staff
WAUKESHA – Residents will have the opportunity to see area high school students show off their vocal, piano and string musical talents as the Wisconsin School Music Association’s Solo & Ensemble Festival.
The festival is from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, at Waukesha North High School, 2222 Michigan Ave.
“These festivals are a great tradition in Wisconsin involving over 200,000 students annually,” WSMA Executive Director Michael George said in a press release...
According to a WSMA press release, the festival is designed to support school music programs as part of a comprehensive education and encourage the study of music literature. It also motivates students to prepare and perform to the best of their abilities, improve student understanding of music literature and concepts and provides a performance assessment to improve individual and group achievement.
The event is free and open to the public, with all members of the community invited to come see the students perform.

Mueller in Top 10

from today's Waukesha Freeman High School Basketball Scoing Leaders --

To be more precise,

CMH junior, Alison Mueller is closing out the regular season at #9 on the county-wdie scoring leaders chart. 22 games, 285 points, 13 pts per game.

Monday, March 7, 2011

CMH Grad performing at Carroll

from today's BrookfieldNow.Com --
Daniel Polaski, a junior communication major, will perform in the ensemble of "A Brand New Brain: The Music of William Finn" at Carroll University on Saturday, March 12, 2011. Show times are 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. in Otteson Theatre, 238 N. East Ave., Waukesha.

Daniel is a 2008 graduate of Catholic Memorial High School and son of Paul and Melanie Polaski of Brookfield. He was previously part of the Carroll Players' "Anything Goes," "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" and "The Imaginary Invalid."

This review of music and lyrics by William Finn is an inspiring look into the healing power of song with selections from "Falsettos," "A New Brain," "Elegies," and "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" featuring 12 interdisciplinary Carroll students. The Carroll production is directed by James Zager, associate professor of theatre arts.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for seniors 60 and older/Carroll parents/Carroll alumni and free for students with a valid ID. Advance ticket purchase is recommended; call the box office at 262.524.7633.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

2011 Mother-Son Mass and Breakfast

CMH student recognized by Kohl Foundations

from MuskegoNow.Com--

Local teachers and student earn Kohl Foundation awards

Posted: March 2, 2011

A New Berlin student and two local teachers have been named winners of Herb Kohl Foundation Awards.

The $1,000 scholarships were given to 100 teachers and 181 graduating high school students statewide this year.

Rebecca Reese of New Berlin, a student at Catholic Memorial High School in Waukesha, received an excellence scholarship.

Susan Gretzel of Muskego, a teacher at East Middle School in Oak Creek, and Roger Radke of New Berlin, a teacher at Pius XI High School in Milwaukee, were named Herb Kohl Educational Foundation fellows.

Excellence scholarship recipients demonstrate academic excellence and show a high motivation to achieve, as well as display a wide range of activity and leadership outside of school.

Fellowship recipients are chosen for their ability to inspire a love of learning in their students and motivate others and for their leadership and service inside and outside the classroom. Each Fellow's school also will receive a $1,000 grant.

Since its inception in 1990, the Herb Kohl Foundation has awarded $7.4 million to teachers, students and schools across the state.

Recipients will be honored at a regional luncheon April 3 at Pius XI High School in Milwaukee.

Long-range visitors --

Last night they came from Greece, and Bosnia-Herzogovina. One was interested in the team mass of the Hockey Team and the other read about Girls rugby.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

CMH Alum named College Head Coach

from BoxScoreNews.Com --

Julie Yankus, CMH '98, on Thursday was named head Women's Volleyball Coach at Souteast Missouri State University.

For more information, click here!

Congratulations Julie!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

CMH Senior Recognized

Previously announced here, but in today's Waukesha Freeman --

Catholic Memorial senior Siehr wins Courage Award
– Freeman Staff

WAUKESHA – Catholic Memorial High School senior Paige Siehr has been named recipient of the Molly Burke Courage Award. The award, named for a girl diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in 2009, goes to a CMH senior who survives a battle with cancer or serious illness and who demonstrates excellence in academics, community service, extracurricular activities and faith. It carries with it a $250 scholarship.

Siehr was nominated by a fellow student, who wrote in a letter that, “As our National Honor Society president, Paige remains diligent and compassionate no matter how difficult her path to recovery from serious illness gets.” Siehr is to be honored at the CMH senior scholarship luncheon May 20 and will have her name added to a plaque hanging in the school library.