Wednesday, August 31, 2011

A gauntlet has been cast...

CMH principal, Mr. Bob Hall has set up Team Hall to challenge my aggressive leadership in the annual CMH WalkAThon pledges. He has come out with a bang.

He is already at half the $3000 goal. I am a two-thords of my goal.

I need your help to stay ahead of him.

Please support Team Hartmann and CMH by making an online pledge to the 2011 CMH WalkaThon.

To pledge, click here!

Sometimes they just can't bring themselves to say it..


from today's Waukesha Freeman --

Crusaders Win While Dodging Bullets
by Tony Mooren, Freeman Correspondent

Editorial comment: OK, they did say that we won, but if you read the article you would hardly even know that we were on the field, or you'd think that the Crusader work on defense really shouldn't be counted as decisive. As in any sport, defense can be the difference maker. We had it, and when the time came (for at least one game-winning point), they did not. Enough said.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

CMH alum named player of the week

from GoCreighton,Com --

Volleyball's Kelli Browning Named MVC Freshman of the Week

ST. LOUIS, Mo. -- Creighton Volleyball’s Kelli Browning [CMH '11] has been named the initial Missouri Valley Conference Freshman of the Week, league officials announced today.

A Waukesha, Wis., product, Browning averaged 1.58 kills and 1.08 blocks per set while hitting .241 in three matches last weekend at the Texas A&M Invitational.

She opened her career with six blocks and 11 kills in a five-set win over UTSA. The six blocks were the most in a debut in school history, while her 11 kills rank second-highest and were the most in a debut by any Bluejay since 1994.

After three kills and two blocks at Texas A&M in a loss on Friday, she closed her week with five kills and five blocks in a rematch with the Aggies on Saturday.

She is the first Creighton Volleyball student-athlete honored after the first week of the season since Korie Lebeda claimed MVC Player of the Week accolades on Aug. 28, 2006.

Browning and her teammates will head to Manhattan, Kan., on Tuesday to take on Kansas State. The contest can be heard locally on KKAR (1290 AM), with first serve at 7 pm.

CMH's Novotny profiled in J-S

from JSOnline.Com --

Catholic Memorial's Novotny bumped into new level
By Dave Boehler of the Journal Sentinel
Aug. 29, 2011

Trevor Novotny [CMH senior] never expected the type of awards he's chalking up.

"I didn't envision this at all," the Catholic Memorial boys volleyball player said. "I was just happy to make the team freshman year and get the opportunity to start. Ever since then, I've been working really hard. Never in my imagination thought all this would come from that."

All this includes being named one of 12 first-team All-Americans by Volleyball Magazine as Novotny enters his senior season.

"I didn't even know there was like an All-American team," Novotny said. "I was kind of shocked when I found the news out."

There's also his state and area player of the year awards as a junior, the same season Novotny helped Memorial win state. He was recently tabbed MVP of a U-16 tournament after helping his club team take first place as well.

"Right now it's exciting to hear about all the accomplishments and everything, but I don't think it's hit me yet," the outside hitter said. "Maybe later in life I'll look back and think how cool it was to go through this and how lucky I am."

Memorial coach Mike Hanneman is in the same boat. "It is kind of hard to believe, yeah," he said. "He deserves all the credit. He did a lot of work off the court and trained real hard, but it is hard to believe."

Novotny, who has narrowed his college choices down to three but does not want to mention which ones, helped Memorial win its third straight Classic 8 Conference title last season.

He then led the team to its first state championship since 2000 with 18 kills and a .367 hitting percentage in a 25-20, 25-22, 25-15 victory over Milwaukee Marquette in the finals.

Novotny finished his junior season with 493 kills, 186 digs, 70 aces, 43 blocks and a .390 hitting percentage.

In late June, Novotny and his West Allis club team won the SCVA boys classic in Anaheim, Calif.

The following month, Novotny led the Lightning to fifth place in the junior national championships in Minneapolis. He was named to the all-tournament team, too.

Novotny also made the USA High Performance A2 Youth Team and was named the best attacker in a tournament after helping his squad take second place in Tucson, Ariz., in late July.

So how in the world is Novotny going to avoid the pressure of living up to his All-American billing, let alone being the reigning state player of the year after winning the state championship?

"There's always going to be pressure, but I kind of, I don't know, try to look past that," he said. "I want to do whatever is best for my team. In the end, it matters how the team does, not how I'm doing. I'm happy if my team does well and I don't. That's what I'm most focused on."

Monday, August 29, 2011

We proudly announce...

Catholic Memorial High School and the MacGregor Family are proud to announce...

The Colonel Mary Jo MacGregor ’81, USMC
Award for Meritorious Service

Established at Catholic Memorial High School
upon the occasion of her retirement from the
United States Marine Corps

In recognition of her exemplary service to her country from 1986 through 2011 and to honor her faithful support for the mission of her alma mater.

This award is to be given annually to a graduating senior who has performed meritorious service while at CMH.

To read more about the distinguished career of Col. MacGregor, please follow these links:

I am half way there...

I am half way to my personal goal of $3000 in pledges to the 2011 CMH Walk-A-thon.

Not only am I working to stay ahead of a few ambitious students, now I have been challenged by a group calling themselves Team Hall (Bob Hall, Pat Farrell, Greg Gamalski, et al.). They feel that working together, they can muster more support for the Walk-A-Thon then I would be able to.

Help stay on top!

Pledge your support today...

Thanks to all who are supporting me.

Friday, August 26, 2011

PRESS RELEASE -- CMH ACT scores exceed competitors measures

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 8 / 2 6 / 2 0 1 1
Contact: Bob Hall, Principal 262.542.7101


Catholic Memorial High School (CMH) class of 2011 once again out- paced their state and local peers on the ACT, earning a composite score of 24.6 of 36 versus the state-wide average of 22.2. With 99% of its students taking the ACT it boasts a five-year average composite of 24.8. A collegeprep school with the International Baccalaureate Program, Catholic Memorial, does not impose a selective admission process.

Detailed results from the 205 member class of 2011 are stellar

- 80% of the test takers averaged 27.2. CMH students exceed by 15% the segmented ACT College Readiness benchmark scores for Math, Science, English, and Reading.
- Earned $13.6 million in college scholarship awards from selective colleges and community

Catholic Memorial principal, Bob Hall, expects exceptional results because, “With increasingly robust learning support services, we prepare every student for success in high school and in college. We meet the needs of the valedictorian and the student who struggles for a variety of reasons. This year students returned to a redesigned Academic Resource Center and we welcomed an exceptional educator and alumna, Sue Exner Ruf ’69, to our team. It’s exciting that Sue chose to cap her career at CMH after 37 years serving the Waukesha Public Schools."

Hall concluded, “Every one of the 2011 Catholic Memorial High School graduates is to be commended for their academic success and their growth through extracurricular participation. At CMH the winning combination of family, faculty, and faith is what contributes to this outstandingly high ACT composite score and to all other measures of success.”

PRESS RELEASE -- New CMH Board Members

For Immediate Release: August 26, 2011
Contact: Fr. Paul Hartmann, President

Brookfield Attorney and Young Priest Join Board of Directors at Catholic Memorial High School

Attorney William (Bill) West ’79 and Rev. Phillip Bogacki have been appointed to three year terms on the Catholic Memorial High School (CMH) Board of Directors.

West, an alumnus and current school parent, is a member of Holy Apostles Parish in New Berlin. He is a shareholder at Von Briesen and Roper, S.C. and chairs the firm’s business section.

Bogacki, was ordained in August 2008 and serves as Associate Pastor at St. John Vianney in Brookfield. Prior to seminary, Fr. Phil earned a degree in accounting from Marquette University. He is the chaplain for the CMH Pro-Life Club.

The two join current board members,

Tom Bray '84, Hewlett Packard Co.
Tom Czarnecki, Czarnecki Properties
Rev. Curt Frederick , St. Williams, Waukesha
Mike Giffhorn, Cubic Designs, Inc.,Chair Emeritus
Very Rev. Paul Hartmann ’84, President
Leon Janssen, Executive Consultant, Secretary
Angelique Klimara, Community Volunteer
Joy Krausert, Pinstripe, Inc., Chair
Scott Latzke'93, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, Chair Elect
Paul McInerny, Marquette University
Robert Mlynarek, healthcare consultant, Treasurer
Marie Smith O'Brien '80, Enterforce, Inc.
Rev. Ken Omernick, St. Charles, Hartland
Stephanie Riesch-Knapp '01, R & R Insurance
Very Rev. John Yockey, St. Jerome, Oconomowoc

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Help me reach my goal...

I have been challenged by ambitious students.

A gauntlet was thrown down by principal Bob Hall.

They say I can't reach my goal.

You can help! Help me reach my goal of $3000 in pledges for the 2011 Crusader WalkaThon.

To pledge online -- CLICK HERE!

Quick hits in CMH sports...

CMH Girls Tennis shuts out Mukwonago in Classic 8 dual meet.

Prep Cross Country Preview: Crusaders Have Young Team

CMH grad, Patrick Butrym chosen UW Badgers team captain

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Monday Homily

If you are interested, take a listen to my homily from Monday's mass to open the 2011-12 school year.

At the page above, click on the link at the top of the left column.

Blog by a friend of CMH

From time to time, be sure to check out the blog by Fr. Sean O'Connell, associate pastor at St. Dominic Parish in Brookfield and our football chaplain.

Freeman stops by CMH Opening Mass

from today's Waukesha Freeman --

Waukesha - Catholic Memorial High School students greet each other as they offer the sign of peace during a mass at St. Mary's Catholic Church on Monday. The mass marked the first day for the new school year.

Photo credit: Charlie Auer/Freeman Staff

Follow-ups to two of yesterday's quick takes...

To follow-up on a blog posting from yesterday...

First, there is the Freeman coverage of the CMH victory in the Boys Soccer, Waukesha Classic. Given that the game ended in a tie even after overtime, the decision in a shoot-out made CMH goalkeeper Ryan Zingsheim the center of attention and worthy of the shout-out.

Second, right after being named a J-S "Player to Watch", CMH senior, Aaron Horvat is featured in today's Waukesha Freeman "Prep Profile" column.

Break-out quote: "Playing here [at CMH] has been unbelievable" Horvat said. "It's unbelievable playing four years under John Bisswurm, because he is an unbelievable coach."

Photo credit: Robert Borkowski/Special to the Freeman

CMH's Dawson and Hansen called "Players to Watch"

from JSOnline.Com --

Aly Dawson, jr., OH, Catholic Memorial: The Marquette recruit earned playing time in the area's most talented lineup last season and finished with 218 kills and 25 blocks.

Amanda Hansen, sr., MH, Catholic Memorial: At 6-3 the Seton Hall recruit casts an imposing figure in the middle for the Crusaders. Posted 68½ blocks last season and received honorable mention on the all-state team.

To read the entire list, click here.


from today's Waukesha Freeman --

Crusaders seek to repeat as state champs
Several key athletes back
-Freeman Staff


WAUKESHA - Catholic Memorial High School's 2010 WIAA Division 2 state championship girls volleyball team graduated four players with a combined 16 years of varsity expereince.

But seven players return to a roster that includes four seniors, 10 juniors, and one sophomore. "It is, on average, the oldest team at CMH in six years," Memorial coach Ted Schulte said.

Back from last year's team, which went 7-0 in the Classic 8 Conference and finished 46-4 overall, are senior setter Sara Connell, senior middle hitters Greta Davis and Amanda Hansen, senior leftside Kaitlyn Hastings, junior leftside Aly Dawson, junior rightside Mary Dougherty.

To read the rest of this article, click here.


from today's Waukesha Freeman --

Crusaders look to be rebuilding
-Freeman staff

WAUKESHA - It could be a rebuilding season for the Catholic Memorial High School girls tennis team.

The returning letterwinners from last year's team, which finished third in both the Classic 8 conference and tournament, are seniors Lauren Mueller at third singles and Gabrielle Houk at second singles. Juniors Sydney Royston at first singles and Elizabeth Diedrich and Katie Ness at first doubles also lettered a year ago.

Memorial coach Carl Veenendaal said freshman fourth singles player Kelly Quartaro, the senior second doubles duo of Kate Dwyer and Ali Mueller and the third doubles team of freshman Marissa Taugher and junior Emily Benz have shown promise.

To read the rest of this article, click here.


from today's Waukesha Freeman --

CMH might rely on soph
- Freeman Staff


WAUKESHA - The graduation of Isabella Lambert last spring was a substantial loss for the Catholic Memorial High School girls golf team.

Lambert who earned a golf scholarship to attend Butler University, finished fourth in last year's state tournament...

Steve Plechaty, the program's original coach, has seen his share of talented players in his 15 season and sophomore Lauren Klubertanz seems to be this years stand out...

To read the rest of this article, click here.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Beginning the year as we should - with the Eucharist.

In keeping with a long tradition dating from the founding of the great European universities in the Middle Ages, CMH celebrates the Mass of the Holy Spirit at the start of each academic year. During the liturgy we ask for the inspiration, guidance, and presence of God's Spirit on all of our school activities. This prayerful event gathers the entire CMH community together to rededicate ourselves to our CMH mission, to renew friendships, and to welcome new members.

Joining me in this celebration were four fine young priests who are involved at CMH in various ways. From left to right - Fr. Kevin Barnekow, the newly ordained associate pastor at St. William Parish who looks forward to being chaplain to the basketball teams; Fr. Phil Bogacki, associate pastor of St. John Vianney Parish, a new member of the CMH Board of Directors who will also be working with our CMH Pro-Life Club; Fr. Erich Weiss, associate pastor of Jerome Parish and chaplain to the hockey teams; and Fr. Sean O'Connell, associate pastor of St. Dominic who was the first associate to start working as our football chaplain two years ago.

The readings for the mass were Ezekiel 36:24-28; Ephesians 4:1-6; and Luke 4:16-22. My homily centered the community becoming one in Christ as each member grows in Faith, Maturity, Humility, Leadership and Caritas in Omnibus. An audio version of the homily should be online in a day or so.

Tune in tomorrow... I once again appear on the Relevant Radio network, during the Morning Air program segment called "Ask Father." I will be on tomorrow from 7 - 8am.

To find out if there is a station near you, or to listen online, go to RelevantRadio.Com.

1 Million youth endure the rain to hear Pope...

Dear young people, today Christ is asking you the same question which he asked the Apostles: "Who do you say that I am?" Respond to him with generosity and courage, as befits young hearts like your own. Say to him: "Jesus, I know that you are the Son of God, who have given your life for me. I want to follow you faithfully and to be led by your word. You know me and you love me. I place my trust in you and I put my whole life into your hands. I want you to be the power that strengthens me and the joy which never leaves me".

First Day of School, so just some quick links for now...

CMH Senior, Anna Meinholz, considered by JSOnline to be a "Swimmer to Watch."

Crusader Football Ranked Fifth in State for mid-size schools.

Senior Aaron Horvat, called a "Player to Watch" by JSOnline.

CMH Boys Soccer ranked 7th in J-S preseason poll
*This past weekend, the Crusader soccer team claimed city dominance by winning the Waukesha Classic in a shoot-out victory over 2nd ranked Waukesha West. more to follow...

CMH alum Mark Stigler, '78, profiled for his career in Waukesha Police Department

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Crusaders comeback to trounce WAC

Read the Freeman coverage of Friday night's CMH victory over West Allis Central.

The Crusaders battled back from a 0-18 deficit win 39-18.

First blog visitor from....

Sofiya, Bulgaria.


The priests who assist at CMH

Joining me at Friday night's football game were Fr. Kevin Barnekow, the new associate pastor at St. William's Parish; Fr. Sean O'Connell, associate pastor at St. Dominic's Parish in Brookfield; and Fr. Phil Bogacki, associate pastor at St. John Vianney Parish, Brookfield.

Each of these men offer time to CMH in a variety of ways. Fr. Sean is starting his third season as chaplain to the foot ball team. Fr. Phil joined the CMH Board of Directors this past summer and will work with the CMH Pro-Life Club this year. Fr. Kevin, who was just ordained to the priesthood in May, is looking forward to offering chaplaincy work with our varsity basketball teams.

Along with these three priests, some other priests who offer time to CMH include:

Fr. Erich Weiss, associate pastor of St. Jerome's Parish in Oconomowoc, is chaplain to the CMH hockey program.

Fr. T. J. Uhen, an Opus Dei priest from the Layton Study Center in Brookfield, comes to CMH every Thursday to hear confessions of students.

Fr. John Yockey, pastor at St. Jerome's in Oconomowoc, has served for many years on the Board of CMH.

Fr. Curt Frederick, pastor of St. William's, and Fr. Ken Omernick, pastor of St. Charles in Hartland, are the other pirest members of the CMH Board.

All these priests are to thanked for their support of CMH.

Saturday, August 20, 2011


from today's Waukesha Freeman --

Memorial, West win tourney openers

Read more about the Crusaders 5-0 victory over Waukesha North in the opening round of the Waukesha Classic.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Images from Freshman Orientation Day

As always, Freshman and New Student Orientation Day began with mass in the InPro Center.

A choir of upper class students, faculty and staff brought music to the celebration under the guidance of CMH music director, Mr. Peter Lange.

Parents, and some grandparents, were in attendance to see the school, some for the first time.

In my homily, I spoke of the history and traditions of CMH and how they continue to be guiding forces in every community member's daily life. The scriptures of the day reminded us of the two great commandments, at CMH we make these real in our motto, Caritas in Omnibus.

After mass, new students broke up into groups with peer mentors (upper classmen who will work with new students for the first months of school) to walk through their schedules and the details of everyday life.

Julie (Stikiel) Fuller, '84, here today for her second Orientation Day as a parent, also preps another future Crusader for mass.

Just a few more images of the families and events of Orientation Day.

All-in-all it was a great day and another sign of the start of a great new school year!

CMH Girls Tennis finish second in tourney

Read the article from today's Waukesha Freeman.

Today's message from the Pope at WYD

Dear friends: be prudent and wise, build your lives upon the firm foundation which is Christ. This wisdom and prudence will guide your steps, nothing will make you fear and peace will reign in your hearts. Then you will be blessed and happy and your happiness will influence others.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Meet the new CMH Faculty and Staff

Mr. Matt Bergan (CMH '92)

Fitness & Wellness Teacher - Health, Physical Education, Girls’ Weight Training

Extracurricular Assignments - Varsity Football Assistant Coach, Head Freshman Football Coach, Varsity Assistant Wrestling Coach

Education - Bachelor of Science in Education, Carroll University - May 2011

Something about me - “I was a plumber for four years.”

Mr. Tim Gotzler (CMH '03)

Social Studies/English Teacher - IB Geography, AP Government & Politics, Writing 1, Writing 2

Extacurricular Assignmentsr - Varsity Baseball Coach

- 1 year at Menomonee Falls High School

- 1 year at St. Anthony School - Milwaukee

Education - Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education, Cardinal Stritch University

Something about me - “Sixteen members of my family have graduated from CMH. I am the first to teach here.”

Mr. Greg Groeschl

Science Teacher

IB Physics, General Physics,

Foundations of Physics & Chemistry

-10 years of AP Physics & Honors Physics @ Homestead High School
- 6 years @ various other schools


Masters in Secondary Education – Physics, UW – River Falls

Bachelor of Science in Physics & Math, UW - Whitewater

“Something about me” - “I have celebrated marriage to the same woman (the best and most beautiful) twice, both on June 19th, first in 1998, then in 1999. We have 2 brilliant children – Barbara (9) and Eva (6), 2 dogs (Hunny Pi & Lambda Baby) and 2 cats (Christopher & Katherine). We like symmetry.”