Saturday, July 30, 2011

Back to the family roots in NY

A family reunion in the other Hampton (the north side) of Long Island.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Some pics from the big day.

I spoke for a few minutes with Jersey Boys cast member Joseph Siravo. I asked about his role on the Sopranos.

I needed some last minute encouragement from CMH varsity baseball coach, Tim Gotzler.

Joining me on the field were CMH students Eric Siegler and Tank Kihslinger.

The on-field producer really wanted to keep things moving. Two rules: 1) If you go to the mound, no digging in for a footing, and 2) Don't waste any time.

The cast of Jersey Boys say the National Anthem.

There is a sense of foreboding when your name is announced in a 40,000 seat stadium.

OK, I admit it...the angle was too steep. For some reason they didn't want to give me a second chance.

The throw from another angle. Taken by a CMH alum.

Brewers assistant coach, and former Mets pitcher, Joe Crawford, acted as my catcher. Good guy.
All in all, a fun way to start an afternoon at the ballpark.

Today's the day!

Pray that I represent CMH well as I take the mound at Miller Park to throw out the first pitch of today's Brewers - Cubs Game.

I mean it, pray I don't embarrass myself.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

OK, I admit it...

Yes, today is my 45th birthday.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Following Butrym, a future Crusader makes his mark...

from BrookfieldNow.Com --

Brookfield player invited to Youth All-American Game

Brookfield's Chan Bargielski received an automatic invitation to the 2012 Youth All American Game held New Year's Day in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Bargielski, a two-time Youth All-American, attended the 2011 Offense-Defense Football Camp in Madison on June 26-29 with over 70 kids from the Midwest.

Bargielski, who received the MVP for the top defensive line player of the camp, plays for the Catholic Memorial Jr. Crusaders. His parents are Skip and Brenda Bargielski.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Speaking of the end of the sports year...

I forgot to make a posting about this...

CMH ranked Second Most Successful athletics program in Southeast Wisconsin by the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinal.

Just a note about our being second once again to Arrowhead, and edging out Marquette. Remember that CMH had 743 students this past year. That is less than one third the size of Arrowhead, and we have about one third the boys as MUHS.

So, if you want to actually participate in sports, get playing time, and be coached up to great success... to me the choice seems obvious. But, then again, I am a bit partial.

Does the school year ever end?

I guess the answer is yes, and no.

Last evening, the final event associated with student activities for the 2010-2011 school year finally happened. Sadly, it came in the form of a loss for the Crusader Baseball team in the regional championship game against Kettle Moraine.

That being said, the days of summer have never really been without CMH student activities. Athletic and high interest camps, bring in our students for work with grade-schools; activity plannings already has members of NHS, Student Council, and Campus Ministry Leadership team coming around, and rehearsals have already begun for the fall one-act play, Spitfire Grill.

Even the sports schedule only gets a few days of breaks with some allowed, scheduled contact days, and the start of football practice in just two weeks, on August 3rd.

So yes, one school year might finally end in late July. But, campus life at CMH, with our highly involved, very committed kids, never seems to end.

Congratulations to our baseball players for a great season and special thanks to the seniors who were fine leaders throughout the season!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

CMH Alum Blogs about Argentina, Soccer, and Soccer in Argentina

Joey Chiappetta, a New Berlin native who played at Waukesha Catholic Memorial High School, is preparing for his sophomore season at Lipscomb by spending time at Centro de Formacion de Futbolistas de Alto Rendimiento – CEFAR – in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

He's agreed to write a journal for Wisconsin Soccer Central about his experiences at the academy, where he's training alongside mainly professional players. Click here for the latest.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

CMH Congratulates 27 New IB Diplomats

Catholic Memorial students continue their high level of success on International Baccalaureate (IB) assessments in 2011. The students listed below earned IB Diplomas and they set a new CMH record with an average score of 31. Special congratulations to Rebecca Reese who achieved the highest overall score of this group.

The International Baccalaureate Program represents a continuum of education, consisting of three individual programmes. We span the years from kindergarten to a pre-university diploma. Traditionally known for the Diploma Programme, IB World Schools increasingly offer all three programmes.

IBO is proud of its reputation for high quality education sustained for over 35 years. The curriculum represents the best from many different countries rather than the exported national system of any one. The extremely challenging Diploma Programme assessment is recognized by the world's leading universities. IBO maintains its high standards by actively training and supporting teachers, and by authorizing and evaluating IB World Schools.

Patricia Abshire, Duquesne University, Holy Apostles, New Berlin
Janice Cantieri, Washington University, St. Paul, Genesse Depot
Ben Dunlap, UW Madison, St. Paul, Genesse Depot
Haley Henschel, UW Madison, St. Anthony on the Lake, Pewaukee
Christopher Hughes, UW Madison, Holy Apostles, New Berlin
Kook Joo Kim, UW Madison, St. Mary, Waukesha
Rachael Kohli, UW Madison, St. William, Waukesha
Kevin Koprowski, Loyola University, St. Dominic, Brookfield
Katherine Kostroski, Marquette University, St. Jerome, Oconomowoc
Isabella Lambert, Butler University, St. Joseph, Big Bend
Ryan Lau, Wheaton College, West Suburban Christian
Matthew Lawton, University of Notre Dame, St. Jerome, Oconomowoc
Jae-Ryoung (Julie) Lee, Cornell University, St. John Vianney, Brookfield
Sae-Ryoung (Nancy) Lee, University of Illinois, St. John Vianney, Brookfield
James Masterson, Marquette University, St. Charles, Hartland
Sam Meier, University of Nebraska – Lincoln, Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, North Lake
Margaret Moyer, Viterbo University, St. Charles, Hartland
Stephanie Pavlick, DePauw University, Divine Redeemer Lutheran
Mitchel Peterman, Northwestern University, St. Charles, Hartland
Rebecca Reese, UW Madison, Holy Apostles, New Berlin
Elle Sander, Creighton University, St. Paul, Genesse Depot
Lauren Schmidt, Saint Louis University, St. Dominic, Brookfield
Chelsea Schrubbe, Winona State University, St. Mary, Waukesha
Lauren Seubert, UW Madison, St. Luke, Brookfield
Laura Starck, Marquette University, St. Mary, Waukesha
Katherine Umhoefer, UW Madison, Queen of Apostles, Pewaukee

Zachary Waltz, UW Madison, St. Anthony on the Lake, Pewaukee

Congratulations to all these CMH graduates!

On this day in history...

July 13, 1959

Catholic Memorial High School officially transitioned from a parish high school associated with St. Joseph's Parish to be an Archdiocesan High School of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee.

CMH principal, Fr. John Hanley, told reporters that CMH had become the first "regional high school" in the archdiocese. It's mission is to serve the Catholic families of the parishes of Waukesha County. The parishes will be responsible for the support and upkeep of the school.

What, is that an ad?

Just to let everyone know, the scrolling ad to the right are just some books I recommend. If you click through and purchase one of them, CMH gets a small percentage from Amazon.Com.

So, check them out as I will change the list from time to time.

Our own Bob Hall and Chris Benyousky survive the Rock & Sole

Can you make them in the picture?

While others faultered and fell, CMH's own Mr. Bob Hall ran his first half marathon last Sunday. With Mr. Chris Benyousky as a training and running partner, in a field of 7000 runners, Mr. Hall finished 70th in his age bracket.

Congratulations gentlemen!

2 Crusaders at Football All-Star game

As reported here last February, Cody Gardetto, CMH ‘11, defensive end, has been selected to play in the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association (WFCA) All Star game on July 16, 2011 at Titan Stadium in Oshkosh, WI.

Jerry Boll, CMH ’11, strong safety, was called up by the South All-Stars coach (Coach Rusch of Waukesha South) after Kenosha Bradford player Trae Waynes withdrew from the game.

Boll and Gardetto were team captains that led the Catholic Memorial football team to the state title game in Camp Randall this past fall.

Boll and Gardetto both attended St. John Vianney in Brookfield, WI and played four years in the Junior Crusader Football program before attending Catholic Memorial.

The WFCA All Star game will be played this Saturday July 16, 2011 at 7 pm with all proceeds benefiting Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Tune in for my somewhat regular appearance on the Relevant Radio network.

Tune in online to hear the discussion about priesthood and "in persona Christi" from 8:00 - 8:30am today. Click below...

Saturday, July 9, 2011

And then finishing big...

from today's Waukesha Freeman --

CMH 18
Waukesha South 3

Crusaders Keep Rolling
CMH wins fourth straight in Classic 8

Catholic Memorial Junior Matt West pitched the Crusaders to their fourth straight Classic 8 Conference victory Friday, as CMH beat Waukesha South 18-3 at Frame Park. Photo: Robert F. Borkowski/Special to the Freeman

Friday, July 8, 2011

Nothing Wrong With Being a Spoiler

Note -- Due to a change in how the Waukesha Freeman publishes its online version, text can no longer be cut-n-pasted into my blog. For now, to read the article, it will be necessary to follow the link to the internet story. Apologies for any inconvenience.

from today's Waukesha Freeman --

Waukesha West's Eric Solberg fields a throw as Catholic Memorial's Matt Krause slides safely into second base during the Crusaders' 2-1 Classic 8 Conference victory Thursday. Photo by Katie N. Garder/Special to the Freeman

Waukesha West 1

Update on from Fr. John Yockey

from today's Waukesha Freeman --

CMH has many connections with St. Jerome's Parish. Fr. Yockey is on our Board of Directors; Fr. Erich Weiss, the associate pastor, lives at the CMH rectory and is chaplain to the hockey program; and we have a growing number of students coming from the parish each year.

We will continue to keep Fr. Yockey in our prayers.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Keep in Prayer -- Ryan Redmond

The brother of CMH graduate, Kristie Redmond, '99, had a severe accident last week while skiing in Jackson Hole Wyoming.

Please keep the entire family in your prayers.

Lazy, Hazy Days...So, just the Headlines

Ty Neuschaefer reaches home plate after a grand slam home run in the sixth inning of the Crusaders 8-4 victory of Waukesha North, Tuesday at Frame Park Photo by Robert F. Borkowski/Special to the Freeman