Saturday, April 30, 2011

CMH Student Organizes Fundraiser for Cancer-Stricken Boy

from WaukeshaPatch.Com --

Jog for Joey to Support High School Freshman Facing Cancer

A 5k race will be held Sunday, May 15 to benefit Joey Vaichinger, a Waukesha North student who is battling cancer.

By Adam Barndt

Freshman year of high school is a trying time for most young people. A new school, new people and new responsibilities put a great deal of pressure on young teens. One Waukesha North student, however, has to face these problems while battling cancer.

Joey Vaichinger has faced cancer not once, or even twice, but three times in his young life.

Joey was diagnosed with leukemia at 18 months old. After treatment, the cancer went into remission, but resurfaced at age 5. He received a bone marrow transplant from his brother, and for the next 10 years things were good.

Then one day this February, Joey fainted and was taken to the emergency room where doctors found a cancerous brain tumor.

Gabrielle Houk, a student at Catholic Memorial High School heard about the Vaichinger family's problems and decided to help out.

Houk organized a 5k run/walk to be held on May 15 at Catholic Memorial. The proceeds will go to benefit the Vaichinger family.

"I just want to help out the family and give them some more money for their bills and try to make the cost less for them," said Houk. "I want everyone to keep praying for the family."

Through all the troubles, Joey has kept his head up.

Joey's father, Ken Vaichinger, said the doctors call him a rockstar because he tolerated everything so well.

"He never complains or says 'Why me.' He's not that kind of guy," said Ken Vaichinger. "He's made an impression on everybody with who he is and what he does."

The run is weeks away, but already support is pouring in.

"It's absolutely overwhelming," said Ken Vaichinger. "Our church, North High School, Summit View, Butler, it's just amazing the outpouring of love that people have showed. It's like, wow, I can't believe someone would want to do something like that for us."

Friday, April 29, 2011

Journal Sentinel Profiles Girls Soccer's Nikki Condit

from JSOnline.Com --

Photo: Benny Sieu -- The Crusaders’ Nikki Condit says playing in three state championship games has helped her team handle high expectations.

Catholic Memorial's Condit hones leadership

by Mark Feldmann

With excellence established, Nikki Condit wants to leave a legacy of leadership with the Catholic Memorial girls soccer team.

Condit, a senior, showed her skills last season, when she scored 34 goals, had 14 assists and set a team record with six goals in a match. She was all-Classic 8 Conference, all-state first team, and all-region. She signed a letter of intent to play with Division I DePaul.

This year Condit is a captain of the Crusaders, the defending WIAA Division 2 state champions. It's a job she has prepared for during the last three seasons.
"I always watched how the seniors and the captains have taken their time to teach the younger girls and set the example," Condit said. "I really learned a lot from that. I have tried to mesh their styles and make it my own."

Said Catholic Memorial coach John Burke: "Her leadership qualities are exceptional, and she demonstrates unconditional loyalty and devotion to her teammates." She showed that in the first match of the season. The Crusaders were down, 1-0, to Hartford, but Condit scored the equalizer and Memorial went on to win, 2-1.

She also scored a goal and had an assist against Natomas of Sacramento, Calif., in the final match of four the team played on the West Coast during spring break. Among the matches was a game against Davis Senior, ranked No. 1 in the nation. The Crusaders battled but lost, 2-0.

"It was kind of a different feeling going into the Davis game because they really didn't know how we played or who we counted on," Condit said. "We also had a nothing-to-lose feeling. I thought we played really well against them, especially so early in the season for us. That will only help us the rest of the season."

Condit has six goals and three assists for the Crusaders (7-2-1) heading into the 16th-annual Laura Moynihan Catholic Memorial tournament this weekend. All three defending state champions - Verona, Catholic Memorial and New Holstein - will participate.

First-round matches will start at 5:30 p.m. Friday at Uihlein Soccer Park. Second-round matches, and seventh-, fifth- and third-place matches, will be at Uihlein on Saturday. The championship match will be at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at the newly christened Laura Moynihan Field at UW-Milwaukee's Engelmann Stadium.

The Crusaders have won the tournament 10 times, including last season with a 1-0 win over Brookfield East. Memorial expects always to be competitive in the annual event and in the postseason.

Condit has been to three straight Division 2 championship matches. After losing in 2008 and 2009, both by 1-0 scores, the Crusaders beat Grafton, 1-0, for the title last season.

"The expectations have always been there, but every year they are there. We have been able to handle it better and better," she said. "We concentrate on making each other better. If we start thinking about anything else, it could become pretty stressful."

Thursday, April 28, 2011

CMH favored in own soccer tourney

from today's Waukesha Freeman --

WAUKESHA – Host Catholic Memorial will be the defending champion in the 17th annual Laura Moynihan Catholic Memorial Invitational girls soccer tournament Friday and Saturday. “I created the tournament in 1995 to honor my friend, Laura Moynihan, who died of cancer in 1992,” Memorial coach John Burke said.

All three 2010 state champions are in the field. Catholic Memorial beat Brookfield East 1-0 in last year’s championship game and went on to win the Division 2 state title.

The tournament will be played at Uihlein Soccer Park in Milwaukee. Friday’s 5:30 p.m. quarterfinal games have Catholic Memorial playing Verona, Muskego taking on Neenah, Grafton playing Madison West and Milton playing New Holstein.

Competition will resume at 10 a.m. Saturday, with the championship game set for 2:30 p.m. Catholic Memorial is the top-ranked team in Division 2, while Neenah is ranked fifth and Grafton ninth in Division 1. Neenah lost to eventual champion Verona 3-2 in the 2010 Division 1 state semifinals.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Freeman Does Q & A with Gabes

from today's Waukesha Freeman --


CMH athletes benefit from 38 years of coaching experience

WAUKESHA – John Gabelbauer isn’t sure how long he’ll continue to coach at Catholic Memorial High School. He said he may have lost a step from when he began coaching track and field 38 years ago, but he still enjoys every practice and does not see that changing soon. Freeman Assistant Sports Editor Daniel Mike recently had a conversation with the 2011 inductee into the Wisconsin Cross Country Coaches Association Hall of Fame about his coaching and teaching careers at Catholic Memorial:

Q: How did you get involved in coaching?
A: I was teaching in Milwaukee at the time and was a graduate of Memorial. I had gone to a couple of meets out of college and I knew their track coach was resigning. I talked to (athletic director) Tony Kaboord and he said, “Well, you think you can do the job?” I said, “I’ll try,” and he hired me. That was in 1974, and I’ve been there ever since.

Q: How did you wind up teaching at Memorial?
A: I coached the girls in ’73 and the boys in ’74, then Tony helped me get a teaching job as well. I started teaching in the fall of 1974.

Q: What made you stick with coaching so long?
A: I’ve had some good help along the way. Geoff Steinbach, the longtime Waukesha North and Arrowhead coach, helped me in the beginning. My good friend in high school, Pat Dobyns, helped along the way early on, then Chuck Bova came in 1982 and we took off from there.

Q: What do you think has been the key to success throughout the years?
A: I want to try to coach, for example, every one in my distance group, not just the varsity guys but the jayvee guys, and help them progress and get better. The guys who coached with me over the years – Bova, Bill Affeldt, Bill Young – they all had the same philosophy. From varsity guys through the freshmen, everyone gets instruction, gets time, gets expertise.

Q: What do you teach at Catholic Memorial?
A: World history and criminal justice. I’ve been teaching at Memorial for 37 years and 41 total. I taught at a small Catholic school in Milwaukee, St. Stephens, which is now closed. I taught history and sociology for years. Then, I wanted to start something new toward the end of my career. I was interested in law, so I got the criminal justice thing going.

Q: With track being such a time-consuming sport – from daily practice to weekend meets – was there ever a time where you thought enough is enough?
A: I’ve always had a lot of energy. I still do, not as much as I had in the past, certainly, but the rewards are still there. I’m starting to run out of gas, but I still enjoy the kids, still enjoy the sports and I’m still getting something out of it and the kids are, too.

Q: Did you coach other sports besides cross country and track?
A: I was the girls basketball coach for 12 years, from 1977 to 1989. We had some pretty good teams there. We went to two state tournaments in ’83 and ’87. Q: Why did you step aside from girls basketball?
A: I was coaching three sports, and that took a toll. I’ve also coached cross country for 33 years. In 1989, I was going to do one of two things: I was going to stay in basketball and step aside in cross country and track and just coach basketball and pump everything into that, or I was going to take the winter off and coach cross country and track. Basketball was very rewarding for me, so it was a tough decision. Football’s the hardest sport to coach, and basketball is right up there, too.

Q: Have you always been a runner?
A: I was in cross country and track, and I was very average. I was on the basketball team my freshman and sophomore years, and that was very average also. I liked the sports, I liked the participation and I enjoyed practice. Not too many kids do, but I did. When I started coaching, especially in basketball, I enjoyed practice. I enjoy the teaching part of it.

Q: What does your coaching future hold?
A: I’ve got a good staff. I’ve been coaching with Bill Affeldt and Bill Young for years. They’re good friends of mine. We’ll stay in it together for as long as it still feels good. We’ll probably all go together.

Q: What has it been like coaching at your alma mater?
A: My high school coach, Pat Dillon, was very influential in me becoming a coach. He was my JV basketball coach and track coach. He was the football coach but was my cross country coach my senior year. He was a great influence to say the least. It’s been a lot of fun to coach at Memorial. All of sudden, I got to be 62 years old and I realized it’s been a lot of years. I never really thought about it along the way.


OK, this was a new one...

Since it is on the other side of the International Dateline, I am not sure if it was last night, or tomorrow, but this blog had its first web visitor from the South Pacific French territory of New Caledonia.

Located in an archipelago called Melanesia, someone on this tiny island wanted to read about CMH's new lacrosse team.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

CMH's Newest Club

Be sure to check out the new CMH La Crosse Club

Their next match is tomorrow, 5pm, at Waukesha's Haertel Field

Be sure to check out "CMH LaCrosse" on Facebook.

Blog Visitors from two new countries...

In the last day, this blog was visited by websurfers from Lisbon, Portugal and Nairobi, Kenya. They were interested in Girls Softball and Crusader Football respectively.



From today's Waukesha Freeman --

Catholic Memorial golfers win
Bohrer’s 37 leads way

WAUKESHA – Patrick Bohrer was meet medalist to help the Catholic Memorial High School boys golf team win the second Classic 8 Conference mini-meet of the season.

Memorial shot a 161 at Merrill Hills Country Club to finish three strokes ahead of Arrowhead, which leads the conference standings, and four strokes ahead of Kettle Moraine, the state’s top-ranked team. Waukesha West finished fourth.

Three golfers shot 39 – Memorial’s Dylan Allen, Kettle Moraine’s Nic Johnson and Arrowhead’s Matt Ross. Allen was Memorial’s No. 5 golfer.

Kettle Moraine’s Ryan Franklin shot 40. At 41 were Arrowhead’s Kyle Driscoll and John Langhoff, West’s Cody Neu and Pius’ Andy Krupp. At 42 were Memorial’s Corey Stanislawski, Mukwonago’s Pete Heinemann and West’s Colton Duwe.

Waukesha North was led by Nate Hawkins with a 44. Waukesha South did not compete because of absences over the Easter vacation.

Freeman PREP PROFILE-- Nikki Condit

from today's Waukesha Freeman --

Senior ranks with some of school’s best leaders
Coach: ‘I want my three daughters to be like her’
By Tony Mooren Freeman Correspondent

WAUKESHA – John Burke labels Nikki Condit “one of the finest captains I’ve ever had.” The label comes with a quick addendum from the Catholic Memorial High School girls soccer coach: “And that’s saying a lot after players such as Leslie Osborne and Jenny Baumann.”

Which is saying an awful lot because Osborne was the state’s first player on a U.S. World Cup team, and Baumann is a former state Player of the Year and high school all-American. “Nikki is of that caliber – a tremendous leader. One of the best compliments I can give her is I want my three daughters to be like her,”

Burke said. “She has that desire to set a great example. She recognizes that many girls look up to her and feels that responsibility acutely. She lives every day knowing that if she makes good decisions, others will be influenced by them. And she’s had that mind-set since a young age.”

Condit, a senior whose family lives in Pewaukee, began playing soccer when she was 4 years old and “absolutely fell in love with it” for a myriad of reasons. “My family did a lot of moving around and there are soccer fields everywhere,” she said. “So they’re like a piece of home everywhere, and when you’re on the field, you can forget outside distractions. “And it’s not just scoring goals or winning. It’s the closeness and camaraderie of teammates. We’re like a family, and having teammates there to support you and pick you up when you’re down is great.”

Condit, a member of the state’s top-11 team last season, has had few reasons to be down much while attending Memorial with the Crusaders advancing to three straight WIAA Division 2 championship games and winning the title last season with her as the leading scorer.

Many times Condit is involved in the decisive goals. One of her fondest recollections is scoring a goal to beat Pius in overtime this season. “I got a great ball from Karly (Lentz) and what was neat about it is right before the overtime, coach Burke said, ‘Condit, now’s your time to put the game away.’ It was a tremendous moment after we won with everyone running up and celebrating. My teammates are so patient with me and I owe them so much.”

As of early last week Condit had scored 143 points on 55 goals and 33 assists in her career at Memorial. She holds school records for most goals (six) and most points (14) in a game. “Over the past four years she’s absolutely the Most Valuable Player we’ve had and not only because she’s a pure goal scorer,” Burke said. “She always seems to come through in big games and has a competitive spirit beyond what you see in most players. And she’ll battle through injuries and fatigue. But then there’s her leadership.”

Burke has his players involved in a TOPSoccer program that brings athletes together with children who have special needs. “When someone is really challenging, I’ll turn to Nikki,” Burke said. “She’s wonderful with the children. She has infinite patience and it’s even more impressive watching her with those children than it is watching her on a soccer field.”

One of Burke’s three daughters, Molly, was diagnosed with leukemia during Condit’s sophomore season. “That was an earth-shattering event for his family and me,” Condit said. “As soon as it happened, something had to be done to put a positive spin on it.” Her solution was a quote from Crime and Punishment: “Be of great heart and fear less.” She had bracelets made with the quote and Molly Burke’s name on them, sold them with proceeds going to a scholarship fund at Memorial and wears one on her left cleat every game.

On the field, Burke sees Condit as a player who is “extraordinarily quick. In a 5-yard area she’s about as quick as anyone I’ve seen, she can change direction on a dime and is also extraordinarily comfortable with the ball.” Condit sees herself as someone with creativity, savvy and good field awareness. “Sometimes I’m able to work through problems quickly – see a team’s weakness and exploit it,” she said.

She works on her shooting the most, either staying after practice or at her house where she has a rebounder. “I wasn’t thinking about college at all until high school,” she said. “Once I realized how much I truly loved the game and how much I was willing to sacrifice. I started to think about playing in college.”

Condit already is a twotime first-team all-Classic 8 Conference selection – she was second-team her freshman season – and has accepted a scholarship to play for DePaul University in Chicago. “I’m extremely excited about where I’m headed,” she said. “I’m going to miss Catholic Memorial but I’ll stay close. Sometimes I’m really surprised when I look back a little and it’s kind of cool. I hope I had a positive impact, and it will be exciting to watch other players in the program take over.”

Sunday, April 24, 2011

What do they have in common?

The Girls Soccer Team from a Midwest Catholic High School


A California Motorcycle Club (OK, they look like a gang)

Who'd have thought the answer could be Easter baskets!

Saturday, April 23, 2011

This blog's first visitor from...

Puerto Escondido, Panama

The blog surfer came by to read my Easter message to the CMH community.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Easter Message to the CMH Community

Easter, 2011

Dear CMH Family:

“Do we really desire him? Are we anxious to meet him?” Pope Benedict posed these questions during his Holy Thursday homily. As a great Catholic high school, CMH not only teaches the facts of Church history, the patterns of a sacramental life, and the processes of theological thought, but we strive to inspire a desire to meet the Lord, and to stoke an anxious hope to encounter him in daily life.

So much of what we do as a school can be measured. But, how do we gauge our success in inspiring desire or fostering hope? One way to do this is to seek an answer to the next question – What will you do in your life because of your encounters with Christ?

Lent at CMH has been a wonderful season of prayer, in addition to weekly prayers services we had an all-school mass for Ash Wednesday and another to bless our junior confirmands and seniors going on retreat. We have celebrated a season of penance – over and above the students’ individual commitments to sacrifice, the priests who assisted at our communal penance service here at school, or who drove all the way up to Lake Delton for the senior retreat, all spoke highly of the maturity, seriousness, and prayerful insight of our students. Most outwardly though, we at CMH have had a profound Lenten season of almsgiving or, as we like to say it – Caritas in Omnibus.

The Haunted House kids and Boys Soccer team raised funds to send 29 WWII vets on an Honor Flight. The Girls Soccer team took time while touring in California to volunteer at a homeless shelter. The International Outreach Club ran a weekly coffee stand to aid Haitian relief. The Pro-Life Club offered prayerful witness in front of an abortion clinic. These are but a few examples of all that our CMH students and volunteers do in charitable love and service. These, and so much more, are signs of what results when young people are inspired and hopeful not only to meet the Lord each day, but to bring His love to the world.

My friends, in my opinion, Lent has borne great spiritual fruit at CMH. I am confident then that the grace of Christ’s Easter resurrection will bless our hopeful hearts all the more. When we return on Tuesday, we must remain focused on academics and social responsibilities. But, most importantly, we must build on the fruits of Lent and the graces of Easter so that the spiritual growth we have experienced will continue to have profound and positive effect for weeks, months, and years to come.

Be assured that all members of the CMH family will be prayed for in my Easter masses. I ask that you do the same in your celebration of the Lord’s Resurrection. In close, please allow me this opportunity to thank all of you who so devotedly support CMH and its mission. The Crusader Fund continues to grow and the Auction was a huge success. Special thanks to all who will offer their support between now and the end of the year so that we can reach all of our fundraising goals.

Easter Blessings to you and your family.

Our Lady of Memorial, pray for us!

Very Reverend Paul B. R. Hartmann, CMH ‘84

Rugby continues to roll!

In their final tuneup before heading off to the Midwest Tournament next week, Catholic Memorial High School (5-0) hosted Muskego and Wauwatosa at Minooka Park, on Thursday afternoon.

The Crusaders scores early and never looked back against Muskego. Senior captain Maggie Armstrong scored four tries, as did juniors Sara Dillett and Kayla Henschel. Junior Katie Dries was striking her kicks extremely well, converting six two-point kicks after tries.

The best match of the day was the back-and-forth tussle with Tosa and CMH JV (3-0-1). Freshman Becca Silas scored a try as time expired to pull the Crusaders ahead in a narrow 3-try to 2-try battle.

CMH 77 Muskego 0
Tries: Armstrong (4), Henschel (4), Dillett (4), McCaffery (1)
Conv: Dries (6)

CMH JV 15 Wauwatosa 12
Tries: Katlyn Breidel, Rebecca Haight, Becca Silas
"It is finished." And bowing his head, he handed over the spirit.

- John 19:30 -

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Girls Soccer CA Road Trip Continues

Check out coverage of the CMH Girls Soccer Team in the local CA newspaper.

Between games, the Crusader Girls brought the CMH tradition of Caritas in Omnibus to the Sacramento Area Emergency Housing Center where they sorted donated clothing and assembled Easter Baskets for needy children.

CMH Magazine - Spring, 2011 Edition

Be sure to take some time to read the latest edition of the

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Photos and more of the CMH Honor Flight Brat Fry

We are still crunching the numbers but it is clear that this year's effort to support the Stars and Stripes Honor Flight has been an overwhelming success.

The original goal of our community sponsoring the trip for 23 WWII vets, in honor of the 23 men for whom CMH is a living memorial, was easily surpassed weeks ago. The planners of the project updated their goal to send 6 more, in honor of the 6 CMH former students whose names have been added to this honor role of sacrifice in service to our country.

Now, that goal was surpassed! It turns out that enough has been raised to send 30 vets on their Honor Flight.

I guess it can be said that not only will we honor our own 29, but we stepped up and can now honor all the "Unknowns" from WWII for whom there is no headstone nor memorial.

Many of the CMH kids volunteering at the Brat Fry were Crusader Boys Soccer Players. They decided to dedicate their work last Sunday in Honor of Bob Smart, CMH alumni parent, and present grandparent, and a WWII vet himself who passed away last week never having been able to get to Washington, DC to see the WWII memorial.

Nature cooperated greatly in the event. A brat fry fundraiser scheduled for the day before had to be cancelled due to rain, sleet, wind, and freezing temperatures. Not so for CMH.

Thanks to everyone who came out to support this worthwhile effort, and all those who organized, baked, cooked, and volunteered for this fundraiser and all the Honor Flight efforts of the past year. Blessings to all of you.

St. George, patron of soldiers and Crusaders....pray for us!

Last night's far-off blog visitors?

Kampala, Uganda -- A netsurfer wanting to read about CMH's work with Invisible Children.
Larnaca, Cyprus -- someone wanted to learn more about our fencing team.

Monday, April 18, 2011

UK Student-Athletes wisit CMH

Last Thursday, CMH had the pleasure of hosting 32 students and 4 teachers from the Ashlawn School in the UK. In fact, they are located in town called Rugby in Warwickshire.

Not coincidentally, it was our CMH Rugby coach and English teacher, John Waliczewski, who coordinate this great experience.

During the course of the day, each of the Ashlawn students shadowed with a CMH student. Special segments of the day were devoted to the Ashlawn Boys learning about American football from Coach Young, and the Ashlawn girls trying their hand at basketball with Carol Kennedy.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Honor Flight Fundraiser Surpasses Expectations

CMH Brat Sale at Piggly Wiggly in Hartland

Hot Dogs -- 40
Burgers -- 130
Brats -- 360

Bake Sale -- $365
Brat Sale -- $844

Outright donations to Honor Flight -- $2074

Enough funds raised this year to send 29 veterans on an Honor Flight in memory of the 29 for whom CMH is a living memorial -- PRICELESS

Thank you to everyone who has supported this great effort!

Senior IB Art Portfolios

Last Thursday, six CMH seniors pursuing the art component of the International Baccalaureate program, were interviewed, questioned, and evaluated by an IB representative.

Thursday evening, the seniors presented their portfolio of works to community in an art show and individual presentation.

Pictured are:

top - Madison Sternig - Painting
middle - Kevin Koprowski – Mixed Media
below - Erin Petersen – Digital Imagery

OF NOTE: 100% of CMH’s Art students have received passing marks on their IB Visual Arts examinations since the program’s inception with most students receiving a mark of 5 or higher on a 0-7 mark scale.

Girls Soccer in California

This morning the girls of Crusader Soccer paused from their west cost travels to join the celebration of Palm Sunday mass at Sacramento's Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Last night's far off visitor was from...

Cairo, Egypt, and they spent their time on the blog reading about Operation Michael.


Girls Rugby Rolls


St Charles 7

Tries: Kayla Henschel, Maggie Armstrong, Lynsey Bluma, Hannah McCaffery, Becca Silas, Hannah McCaffery (Pen. Try)
Conversion Kicks: Katie Dries (4)

In blustery conditions, The CMH girls rugby team defeated St Charles 38-7 at the Marquette University Women's Rugby Spring High School Rugby Showcase. Junior Cpt Hannah McCaffery played inspired rugby with a dozen tackles, two try-scoring runs, great ball distribution, and multiple quick kicks. The Crusader forwards put in an impressive display of scrums and lineouts that helped CMHS control possession. Junior forward Taylor Wolf, returning to the field after missing last fall, also led by example with several darting runs through the defense.

The Crusader JV girls followed the varsity victory with their best performance of the season. From the kickoff, Memorial's speed and tacklnig skills helped them to a comfortable 51-5 victory. Freshman center Rebecca Haight used her shifty moves and sprinter's speed to race to three tries. Sophomore Erin Sommers made an impressive debut in the backline and set up several tries, and most importantly the Memorial forward pack were able to control posession in a wonderful team effort. Forward Cpt Amy Gogin and freshman Nora Tighe epitomized their effort, with several strong runs and rucks. Putting up that many points in deteriorating weather was remarkable.

Plainfield 5

Tries: Rebecca Haight, Holly Bohlman, Megan Heim, Erin Sommers, Julie Else,
Rebecca Haight, Cecillia Navarette, Rebecca Haight, Megan Heim

Friday, April 15, 2011

Help CMH Support the Honor Flight Program

Sunday, April 17 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at the

Piggly Wiggly in Hartland
505 Cottonwood Avenue, Hartland

Hot dogs, brats and burgers as well as a bake sale

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Another day, another Girls Soccer victory

from today's Waukesha Freeman --


CMH soccer team shuts out Oak Creeek

OAK CREEK – The Catholic Memorial High School girls soccer team allowed no shots on goal for the third straight game, beating Oak Creek 5-0 in a nonconference game Wednesday.

Senior forward Nikki Condit had two goals and an assist for the Crusaders (5-0-1 overall). Senior forward Milena Uzelac had two goals for CMH, and senior midfielder Karly Lentz had one.

Sophomore midfielder Carina Krausert had two assists for the Crusaders, and sophomore forward Julie Fischer had one.

A catch-up posting

from yesterday's Waukesha Freeman --


Condit delivers game-winner for Crusaders

CMH beats Pius in OT

– Freeman Staff

WAUKESHA – Senior forward Nikki Condit scored in the 88th minute to give the Catholic Memorial High School girls soccer team a 1-0 overtime victory over Pius in a Classic 8 Conference game Tuesday.

Senior midfielder Karly Lentz assisted the goal as CMH improved to 4-0-1 overall and 1-0 in the Classic 8.

The Crusaders outshot Pius 22-0, but Pius senior goalkeeper Erin Sullivan made 21 saves.

The shutout was the eighth straight in conference play dating back to last season.

Crusaders Beat Popes (with Tennis Rackets)

from yesterday's Waukesha Freeman --

WAUKESHA – Catholic Memorial High School beat Pius 7-0 in a Classic 8 Conference dual Tuesday.

Senior Kevin Lanigan won 6-1, 6-3 at No. 1 singles for the Crusaders, sophomore Matt Mirsberger won 6-2, 6-0 at No. 2, freshman Mike Mirsberger won 6-1, 6-0 at No. 3 and sophomore Tim Heyerman won 6-0, 6-1 at No. 4.

Senior Matt Lawton and junior Dan Verbockel won 6-3, 6-1 at No. 1 doubles for CMH, seniors Sean Spencer and Jake Truelove won 6-0, 7-6 at No. 2 and seniors Brian Lanigan and Chris Hughes won 6-4, 6-2 at No. 3.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

ALL NEW -- CMH La Crosse Club

Check out the first home game for the new CMH La Crosse Club Team.

Tomorrow, 5pm, at Haertel Field, at the corner of Newhall and S. West Avenues (less than one mile from CMH).

Good Luck Crusaders!

Sorry, no music...copyright restrictions. But, just imagine really great and meaningful music.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Playing a little catch up...

CMH congratulates senior hockey player Sean Waite, this year's recipient of the David Maurin Memorial Silver Stick Scholarship. The scholarship is given to the CMH senior hockey player who best reflects the ideals of sportsmanship and the character expected of a CMH athlete. Congratulations Sean!

CMH Alum discusses new book

Gregory Sadler '88 not only edited Reason Fulfilled By Revelation, but he is also hosting a Q&A presentation of the book at Fayetteville State University's National Library Week this Thursday afternoon! Check it out if you are in North Carolina!

For more information about Greg's book, click here!


from today's Waukesha Freeman --

Catholic Memorial Boys

Good mixture for Crusaders Memorial has experience, depth on roster
– Freeman Staff

WAUKESHA – Catholic Memorial High School boys golf coach Steve Plechaty sees a good mixture to this season’s team. The Crusaders return three players from last season’s Classic 8 Conference third-place team that advanced to the WIAA Division 2 state tournament last season. And the underclassmen stepping in could help the Crusaders battle in the Classic 8.

“We have a nice mix of senior experience, depth from the JV team and a strong freshman class,” Plechaty said. “Our goals remain the same: be competitive in the tough Classic 8, improve each week and qualify for state.”

Senior Patrick Bohrer averaged 41.6 per nine holes last season for CMH, and senior Drew North averaged 42.5. Junior Marco Blise was a third-team all-Classic 8 pick last season and averaged 40.5.

They are the three returning golfers from last season’s team that won its sectional and finished sixth at the Division 2 state meet. Junior Cory Stanislawski averaged 42 per nine holes on the junior varsity last season, and sophomore Matt Petry’s 43.1 average was tops for last year’s freshmen.

Plechaty also is looking for freshmen Dylan Allen and Dan Prager to contribute to this season’s varsity team.

The Crusaders lost Chad Bonis to graduation. Bonis finished seventh at the Classic 8 18-hole finale, and he was an honorable mention all-state selection. Also lost to graduation is Sean Harvey, who was a thirdteam all-Classic 8 selection last season with a 40.8 ninehole average.

Plechaty sees defending league and Division 1 state champion Arrowhead as a favorite for the Classic 8 title. Kettle Moraine, which finished second at the Classic 8 finale and fourth at the Division 1 state meet, is another team Plechaty sees contending for the Classic 8 title.

Photo Credits: Top - Robert F. Borkowski/Special to The Freeman Catholic Memorial’s Jake Karls putts at The Broadlands Golf Club during practice. Bottom - Robert F. Borkowski/Special to The Freeman Catholic Memorial’s Corey Stanislawski putts during a recent practice.


from today's Waukesha Freeman



Record book takes a hit Runners set 11 marks

By Daniel Mike Freeman Staff

Catholic Memorial junior Kaitlyn Hastings set a record of 8.83 in winning the 60 high hurdles

Photo Credit: Robert F. Borkowski/Special to The Freeman Catholic Memorial’s Kaitlyn Hastings won both hurdle races at the Classic 8 Conference Indoor Championships on Saturday, setting a meet record in the 60-yard high hurdles.


from today's Waukesha Freeman --

WAUKESHA – Sophomore midfielder Ava Olson had two goals and an assist to lead Catholic Memorial to a 5-0 nonconference victory over University School of Milwaukee on Saturday.

Memorial, ranked first in the state in Division 2 and 17th in the country by the national soccer coaches association, improved its record to 3-0-1.

Senior forward Nikki Condit, sophomore forward Julie Fisher and freshman defender Tori Hodorowski also scored goals for Memorial, while senior forward Mia Uzelac had two assists and sophomore midfielder Carina Krausert had one assist for Memorial, which outshot University School 23-0. Condit’s goal was the 50th of her high school career.

I think it was our first blog visitor from...

Ljubljana, Slovenia.

They came to this blog after googling the name of CMH graduate, and hockey player, "Tom Chapin".

Congratulations Tom on your global fan base.

Monday, April 11, 2011

You are cordially invited to attend

Catholic Memorial High School’s

IB Visual Arts Senior Exhibition

Thursday, 4/14
CMH Library
Exhibit open from 5:30 – 7:30 P.M.
(Take-down at 7:30pm)

(The only public viewing times.)

Each of the eight exhibitors will give 5-minute presentations on their work beginning at 6:00 and concluding at 6:45 P.M.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

More images from Senior Retreat 2011

from today's Waukesha Freeman --

Catholic Memorial Young team greets new coach

Only one senior back

– Freeman Staff

WAUKESHA – Brian Johnson knows he’s not stepping into the most ideal situation, but he is pleased with the players he has on this year’s Catholic Memorial High School softball team. The first-year coach inherits a team that went 1-19 overall last season, and the Crusaders were just 1-13 in the Classic 8 Conference.

But it’s a young team that Johnson hopes to mold for the next few years. “This team only won one game last year, but there actually is a great deal of talent on the team,” Johnson said. “We are a young team with only one senior.

We will start three sophomores and two freshmen.” That lone senior is catcher Samantha Schreiner. She is one of six returning letterwinners for the Crusaders. Junior pitcher/shortstop Lauren Krolikowski received honorable mention all-conference in the infield last season, and sophomore utility Tia Johnson received honorable mention in the outfield.

Others back are junior first baseman/outfielder Rebecca Stekiel, junior second baseman/outfielder Morgan Schneider and sophomore pitcher/infielder Rachel Ramthun, who pitched on varsity last season. “Our goal is to be more fundamentally sound and to give our conference opponents more competitive games,” Johnson said.

“Besides being a young team, we might also be the smallest team. We think that equates to being faster on the basepaths and we might have to rely on small ball to score runs.” Junior first baseman Melanie Kohls, sophomore utility Nikki Lee and freshmen Katie Major, an outfielder, and Mari Klement, a third baseman, are new to this year’s varsity team.

Johnson sees a lot of talent in the Classic 8 this season, but he does see some frontrunners in the league title race. “We play in one of the most competitive conferences, and any of the other seven teams are capable of winning the conference,” Johnson said. “I think Arrowhead and Waukesha West have a better chance than some others.”

Photo credits:

Robert F. Borkowski/Special to The Freeman: Top -- Lauren Krolikowski received honorable mention all-conference in the infield last season. Bottom -- Brian Johnson, the head softball coach at Catholic Memorial High School, gives instructions during practice Monday.

Last night's far off visitor...

...was from Lahore, Pakistan. Whoever it was, had Googled "cmh student protests".

I doubt that anything at our little school was what they were looking for. After a little research, it turns out that Lahore's largest medical school is known by the abbreviation "CMH".

It seems that a number of protests have occurred at the medical school lately either against the government, and/or against the continued admission of women to the school.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Scenes from Senior Retreat

Things are going so amazingly well.

These Seniors are being so mature, thoughtful, and are genuinely having a good time.

The Senior’s Talks have been wonderfully challenging and students have had a chance to dive into things in small groups.

Even those who were hesitant about coming for one reason or another are doing really well.

Keep praying for us!

- Jon Brzeski, CMH Campus Minister

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

CMH Students make final push for Honor Flight

from today's Waukesha Now.Com --

April 17 brat sale hopes to raise needed funds

By Andrea Budde

Sixty-two years ago, Catholic Memorial High School (CMH) was established as a living memorial for the 23 soldiers from St. Joseph's Parish in Waukesha who died during World War II. To honor those 23 men, CMH is trying to raise $11,500 to send 23 WWII veterans to the World War II Memorial in Washington D.C. through the Honor Flight program.

CMH students have already held several fundraisers for the Honor Flight program. Every year, nearly 100 CMH students work together to host a haunted house with proceeds donated to a specific cause. This past fall, CMH used the haunted house as an Honor Flight fundraiser and raised $10,000.

On April 17 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., CMH will be holding a brat stand and bake sale at Piggly Wiggly in Hartland in an attempt to raise the last $1,500 needed to send the 23 veterans to D.C.

"All these vets that worked so hard and fought for us really deserve to spend a day in D.C.," CMH senior Maggie Armstrong said. Senior Michael Oyervides said "(the vets) all sacrificed to help so we just want to give a little bit back."

Oyervides said that around 30 students have spearheaded the effort to raise funds for Honor Flight.

Donations for CMH's fundraiser can be sent to Catholic Memorial High School c/o Joli Krismer, 601 E. College Ave, Waukesha, WI, 53186.

To read the rest of this story, click here!

Who: Catholic Memorial High School students
What: Brat stand and bake sale to raise funds to send 23 veterans on the Stars and Stripes Honor Flight
When: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 17
Where: Piggly Wiggly in Hartland

Donations: Send to - Catholic Memorial High School c/o Joli Krismer, 601 E. College Ave, Waukesha, WI, 53186.


CMH Seniors leave for retreat.

If you would like to send a message to the CMH Class of 2011 as they make their senior retreat, please visit my facebook page:!/CMHPresident Please keep them in your prayers.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Be sure to check out the homily from...

yesterday's all school liturgy --

The focus for this monthly mass was to prepare the Seniors for their retreat which begins tomorrow and to bless and recognize the juniors who are in the midst of the season of Confirmation clelebrations at their home parishes.

Good luck to the seniors!

Congratulations to the juniors!


from today's Waukesha Freeman

Catholic Memorial wins on Krausert’s goal in overtime

WAUKESHA – Sophomore midfielder Carina Krausert scored at 81:41 to give the Catholic Memorial High School girls soccer team a 1-0 nonconference overtime victory over Slinger on Saturday. .

Sophomore forward Julie Fischer assisted on the goal with a cross as the Crusaders improved their record to 2-0-1. .

“It was just a gorgeous goal, from about 16 yards out into the upper right-hand corner,” Memorial coach John Burke said. “We had just converted (Krausert) to the midfield from defender for this game. We think we'll keep her there. She’s got a lot of speed and aggressiveness.”


from today's Waukesha Freeman

WHITEFISH BAY -- Catholic Memorial High School's softball team won two nonconference games Saturday, beating Greendale Martin Luther 15-5 and downing Whitefish Bay 17-7. Both games ended after five innings.

Junior Lauren Krolikowski, sophomore Nikki Lee and freshman Mari Klement each had two hits for Memorial against Martin Luther, with Klement driving in four runs and Krolikowski scoring three runs.

Sophomore Rachel Ramthun, the winning pitcher in the first game, went 3 for 4 with four runs and an RBI against Whitefish Bay. Krolikowski had four runds and three RBIs, while Klement had three runs and three RBIs. . .

Last night's far off visitor...

was from Chisinau, Moldova.