Friday, September 30, 2011

A good Op-Ed at WSJ

Saving Catholic Education
Over 50 years, the U.S. Catholic school population has dropped by almost two-thirds.

by former Los Angeles Mayor, Richard Riordan

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Help advertise the CMH Open House

For a poster or yard sign for your home or business, please contact Julie Lindahl,

Freeman's "A Look Ahead"...

from today's Waukesha Freeman --

CMH Volleyball Team to face a Tough Test

for that, and five other CMH references, click here.

Regional Girls Golf

From today's Waukesha Freeman --

Crusader Girls Golf Advance to Sectional

Quote of the day referring to the four Classic 8 Conference teams all being more than forty strokes ahead of the nearest competitors:

"That just means our conference is really tough!" CMH coach Steve Plechaty said.

To read the full article, click here.

Crusaders Walsh and Townsend among county FB point leaders

from today's Waukesha Freeman --

County Prep FB Point Leaders

tied at #12, Charlie Walsh, 8 TDs, 48 pts.
#18, Casey Townsend, 7 TDs, 2 XPs, 44pts

Wednesday, September 28, 2011


from today's Waukesha Freeman -


West 2

Memorial has to regroup of two game lead disappears

by Tom Badger, Freeman correspondent

to read full article, click here.

quote of the day:

"I haven't played a five game [match] since I have been in high school." CMH junior Ally Dawson.

Photo credit: Catholic Memorial junior outside hitter Alyssa Dawson watches her shot go over the hands of Waukesha West senior setter Emily Nelson during a match at Waukesha Wwest on Tuesday. Charles Auer/Freeman staff

Crusader Boys Soccer beats North

from today's Waukesha Freeman-

WAUKESHA - Senior midfielder Patrick McNulty and sophomore midfielder Mitchell Krismer each scored two goals as Catholic Memorial High School's boys soccer team blanked Waukesha North 4-0 Tuesday.

Memorial, which led 3-0 at halftime, is 11-4-1 overall and 4-2 in conference.

Memorial assists came from senior forward Nick Muelder and Mark Samuel and senior defender Brad Suchorski.

- Freeman Staff

Hmmm, don't they know?

Wednesday morning, 1:07am to 1:17am.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Crusader Girls VB win Lynn LaPorte Sprawl

from today's JSOnline.Com --

Balanced attack leads Crusaders
by Mark Stewart of the Journal Sentinel

For full article click here.

Quote of the day...

In a season when there has been much parity, the victory solidified Memorial's spot as the area's top-ranked team and arguably the top team in the state regardless of division.

N.B. We win the tourney, but no pictures in the J-S gallery?

Damascus, Syria?

Well, whatever brings you to this blog, Welcome!

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Crusaders Rugby can use the word "wallop" once again...

The Catholic Memorial girls rugby team (4-0) defeated Vernon (3-1) Saturday morning at DeClene Field, to remain in a tie for the conference lead.
Memorial began the scoring with two well-earned tries finished off by senior wing Ally Vanchena. Senior Emma Metz stood out among the forwards and contributed two tries of her own, breaking multiple tackles in the process.
Next up is the conference decider against DSHA (4-0) Saturday Oct 1st at Minooka Park at 10am.
THe CMH JV girls (3-1) bounced back with a 31-0 victory over Vernon. Junior Maggie Czarnecki scored off a twenty meter run and freshman Myra Dillett scored a weaving try through multiple defenders.
CMH 44
Tries (8): Ally Vanchena (2), Emma Metz (2), sr Sara Dillett, sr Kayla Henschel, sr Taylor Wolf, jr Maddie Koss.

Conv: Katie Dries (2)

Vernon 0

Crusaders Crush Popes 58-34

Freeman coverage, click here

Waukesha Patch coverage, click here

In many ways an inauspicious end to a five decades long rivalry.

Homecoming Happiness!

But more interesting...

Might be why there was a blog visitor from Sydney, Australia who came through Google after entering the search terms "Matt Bergan yoga and me."

Matt Bergan, '02, began at CMH this fall as a phy ed teacher. I guess I need to look at his syllabus.

You know his career is taking off when...

...someone from Prague, Czech Republic, comes to this blog to read about CMH graduate and Badger Football captain, Patrick Butrym, '08.

This follows last month's Google-directed visitor from Poland who also wanted to read about Patrick.

Does Central Europe have pro football teams?

Haunted House 2011 design underway

Thanks to the great planning and design work done by a large group of CMH students, Sanger House, the sight of the CMH Haunted House was recently used as a backdrop for photo and video ads for Halloween Costumes for the upcoming holiday. Check them out...

Captain Flog Em
Wicked Wilma
The Scaretaker

and many, many more.

Watch this page for more information about Haunted House dates and times.

CMH Golfer Named to All-Conference Team

As reported in today's Waukesha Freeman, CMH sophomore golfer Lauren Klubertanz has been named to the Classic 8 All-Conference Team.

Congratulations Lauren!

Friday, September 23, 2011

Walk-A-Thon 2011

Images from today's WalkaThon.

The numbers aren't final yet, but everything looks positive for reaching our goal.

The Team Hartmann vrs Team Hall competition also seem to still be in the works. As it stands right now, between the two of us, we have raised over $10,000 for CMH.

The day started, as usual with a prayer service. As is our tradition, we use a variation of the blessing of pilgrims -- as we journey, so we encounter Christ.

We moved WalkaThon to homecoming week last year. A great reminder of both the joy and responsibility be a member of the CMH family. No matter what, as CMHer can always find their way home.

The week of Homecoming activities have been enthusiastic and zeal-filled.

Vince Klain and Alex Gromacki together MC'd our pep rally after the WaT. Very entertaining!

Thanks to everyone who supported CMH through pledges to the WalkaThon. All of our students are the winners.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Rest in peace...

Our prayers go out to the family of Manuel Oyervides, sr., the grandfather of Mike "Mo" Overvides, '11, and the father-in-law to Mary (Crites) Oyervides. '72.

We will remember Mr. Oyervides in mass.

To read the full obit from the Waukesha Freeman, click here.

An unusual mix of visitors

Last night this blog had its first visitor from the balmy nation of Trinidad and Tobago. Not sure why, but they were interested in the Jr Crusaders' pig roasts of years past.

Also visiting this blog were net surfer from Saudi Arabia, New Zealand, Canada, and all over the USA.

Welcome to all.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Listen to me tomorrow...

Listen in tomorrow as I make an appearance on the Relevant Radio network. I will spend the the hour from 7-8am on Sean Herriott's "Morning Air" Program taking called in listener questions about things Catholic.

To listen online, click here.

Just 4 Days to go!

I have increased my CMH WalkaThon goal to an unprecedented $5000!
I am at 83% of my new goal with just 4 days to go!


We are in the homestretch, and I need your help.

It used to be that I only had to stay ahead of precocious students. But now it has become Team Hartmann vs Team Hall in a contest for the ages.

CMH Principal, Bob Hall, has been working hard and is said to have set up Survivor-like alliances with Mr. Farrell, Mr. Gamalski, and Coach Young. Their confidence is good, but with your help we can be victorious in the this contest which ultimately only benefits CMH and our students.

Please pledge your support for CMH and join Team Hartmann today

Thank you for your support.

Fr. Paul

A must read for parents...

Sometimes we think that the the most dangerous place for kids is behind the whell of the family car. Sadly, maybe not.

From today's Waukesha Freeman --

Prescription Drug Problem Growing

Not over until its Finnish'd

Over the weekend, this blog had its first visitor from Finland - someone interested in Crusader Boys volleyball. Other international visitors included internet surfers from Denmark, the UK, and Brazil. They were interested in this like Girls volleyball, our Vision 2020 Strategic Plan, and the IB program.

Welcome to all!

Saturday, September 17, 2011

2 CMH alums among J-S Top 30 Restaurants

from yesterday's JSOnline.Com --

Milwaukee's Top 30 Restaurants for 2011

Sebastian's Fine Food and Spirits

6025 Douglas Ave., Caledonia. (262) 681-5465;

Sebastian's has a rare treat on its menu for beef lovers. It's a dish chef-owner Scott Sebastian [CMH '76] calls crown of ribeye: two rolled medallions cut from the thoroughly marbled but well-trimmed cap of ribeye. The result is richly flavored, incredibly tender meat, served with demi-glace and béarnaise sauces. Steaks and seafood dominate the menu at this polished, rustic restaurant about 10 minutes south of Milwaukee County, but duck breast prepared sous vide for maximum tenderness was a pleasure, served with Port-dried cherry demi-glace and aromatic rice. While an appetizer of tenderloin sliders needed tender rolls as well, creamy lemon semifreddo for dessert was pitch perfect, a brightly flavored ending.

Hours: 5-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 5-9:30 Friday-Saturday.
Entrées, $17-$38.
MasterCard, Visa, American Express, Discover.

La Merenda

125 E. National Ave. (414) 389-0125;

The dining room is full and the feeling is convivial at Peter Sandroni's [CMH '89] restaurant, where guests share a spectrum of small plates. Those plates take them on a tour of the world (even while building on local ingredients) - dishes such as calabacitas, a garlicky stew of squashes, corn, tomatoes and peppers; lamb confit served with Dutch brown beans, a meaty heirloom bean; and croquetas, potato purée with blue cheese and speck, breaded and fried crisp, and served with excellent romesco sauce. La Merenda's beet ravioli in lemon cream sauce and Indonesian shrimp are two dishes that make me wish the concept weren't built on sharing.

Hours: Lunch, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Friday; dinner, 5-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 5-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday.
Small plates, $3.50-$11.
Payment: MasterCard, Visa, American Express, Discover.

Crusader Football back to winning way...

from today's Waukesha Freeman --

CMH 21
Mukwonago 7

Offense kickstarts CMH, defense seals victory!

For now Rugby, can just claim the use of "Wallop"

from Crusader Girls Rugby coach, John Waliszewski --

The Catholic Memorial girls rugby team (3-0) remained undefeated with a 22-5 away victory against Kettle Moraine (0-2) Friday evening. In a back and forth battle, CMH was able to break away for several long tries. In wet conditions, CMH seized momentum with a try right after the opening kickoff. Senior Kayla Henschel scored a hat-trick of tries for the Crusaders.
CMH 22
Tries: Henschel (3), Dillett (1)
Conv: Dries (1)

Kettle Moraine 5
Tries: Mertens (1)
Conv: none
The Catholic Memorial jv team (2-1) suffered its first defeat, 0-5, against Kettle Moraine (0-1-1).
Tries: none

Kettle Moraine 5
Tries: Cassie Schultz (9th grade)
Conv: none

to read the Freeman prep brief on the match, click here.

Friday, September 16, 2011

CMH as his first stage, then to California, now back to Milwaukee's First Stage

In his senior year, Brett Ryback, '02, provided musical accompaniment to "Our Town" and played Professor Hill in "The Music Man".

Now he is back in Milwaukee and is profiled today in the Journal-Sentinel.

Congratulations Brett on all your success!

Quick hits in CMH sports...

From assorted news sources...

CMH Girls Volleyball back atop area rankings! Next Tuesday, a showdown with Pius.

Boys Volleyball #2 in area and in state. Keeps trading places with MUHS.
Boys Volleyball sweeps U of Arrowhead. Novotny and Heyrman control the court.

Girls Tennis featured in JSOnline photo gallery in match against KM.
Girls Tennis Sweeps Waukesha North 7-0

Boys Soccer shuts out Hartford, 2-0
Boys Soccer ranked #8 in area, #2 in Division 2 statewide.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

You'll be known by who you hang out with...

Last Tuesday, I had the privilege of play golf in the Klumb Familiy Foundation Golf Outing for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. It was a great day by all measures.

I had the pleasure of being in a foursome and sharing a cart with former Badger running back and Heisman Trophy winner, Ron Dayne. A very soft-spoken man, who is very personable and has a great story to tell. I have invited him to speak at CMH sometime soon. We are working on details.

Before the dinner, I met and spent some time with Green Packer wide receiver, Jordy Nelson. "Down to earth" doesn't begin to describe Jordy. His great success in both college and the pros has not altered the integrity and work ethic of his Kansas farm roots.

When asked about hopes for renewing his contract with the Packers at the end of this season, Jordy indicated that Green Bay is the biggest town he has ever lived in, and it fits best for he, his high school sweetheart wife, and toddler son.

Before the dinner and auction, the Klumb family asked if I would offer an invocation. I did this gladly and share the text with you here.

Make-A-Wish Golf Outing Dinner Invocation

Proverbs 13:12 "Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a wish fulfilled is a tree of life."

We pray this day that the joy given us by God, will be the joy we show all the people we meet.

We pray that the gift of life we have been given, will be the life we live to the fullest.

We pray that the hope that we the fortunate find in our hearts, will be the hope we seek to give the unfortunate.

We pray that the wishes fulfilled, will be the tree of life which stands tall.
the tree of life which bears much fruit.
the tree of life which bends to the wind, but never breaks in the storms.

We pray that in God's good graces we will have joy, life, hope and fulfilled wishes.

We pray in thanksgiving for all of the blessings of this day, and for the chance to bring all God's gifts to others.

We ask God's same blessings on all here gathered.

In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. AMEN!

Team Hartmann vrs Team Hall UPDATE

Team Hartmann has raised its goal to a daunting $5,000.00!

But with your help, this is doable. A great cause, great kids, and a very easy way to support CMH. I am at 82% of this new goal!

Pledge Today!

Team Hall is taking its licks, but they refuse surrender. With almost $2500 Team Hall is at 82% of its $3,000 goal.

I know it is hard, but it is time to choose up sides and pledge your support --


CMH Alum recognized by USBank

from USBank News Release --


Pewaukee, WI. (Sept. 06, 2011) -- U.S. Bank has named James Masterson of Pewaukee, Wisconsin as one of 40 college students chosen to receive a $1,000 U.S. Bank scholarship. Masterson was selected from more than 230,000 students throughout the country who applied for the U.S. Bank Scholarship Program sponsored by the U.S. Bank Student Lending Division.

Masterson, a 2011 graduate of Catholic Memorial High School in Waukesha, is beginning his first year at Marquette University.

“U.S. Bank is pleased to assist our scholarship winners with funding their college education,” said Meghan Richardson, U.S. Bank Scholarship program coordinator. “During this challenging economy, U.S. Bank encourages students and parents to explore all financial aid options. Scholarships are a great way to receive free money towards tuition.”

U.S. Bank offers fixed and variable rate student loan options to help fill the gap between other forms of financial aid and the cost of education. In addition, U.S. Bank announced two good student incentives that can shave up to three percent off the original loan. To qualify, students receive a two percent discount if they complete their degree and another one percent discount if they graduate with a 3.30 grade point average or higher. More information about this and U.S. Bank’s Student lending program can be found at

The online scholarship application for the 2012-2013 academic year will be available October, 1 2011 via U.S. Bank’s website at

U.S. Bank is one of the top student banking institutions in the nation, providing a comprehensive line of student banking products including student loans, campus ID card programs, Internet banking, U.S. Bank student checking and savings, and Visa Buxx® prepaid spending cards.

Crusader's Townsend among top point gainers in county

from today's Waukesha Freeman --

Even with being knocked out for almost two quarters last Friday, CMH senior Casey Townsend is ranked #13 among among county point scorers.

A busy night for this blog

Visitors from:

Kuwait -- interested in the CMH music program
New Zealand -- reading about Girls Rugby
Romania -- CMH art show medals
United Kingdom -- 9/11 and Memorial Day columns
Portugal -- CMH "Biz after 3" Business Club

just to name a few...

Welcome to all blog visitors.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Quick hits in CMH sports...

Waukesha Freeman -- Girls Tennis - CMH Beats Kettle Moraine
Freeman -- Boys Soccer - Horvat Leads CMH Over Waukesha South
Freeman -- Girls Volleyball - Crusaders Keep Rolling in Classic 8
JSOnline.Com -- Football -- Crusaders Ranked #10 in State

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Can we use "walloped" again?

CMH Girls Rugby victorious in 72-0 trouncing of Brookfield!

In the conference opener, the Lady Crusader rugby team (2-0) defeated Brookfield (0-1) 72-0
. Senior captain Katie Dries capped off a special evening with the first and only drop goal in team history, a difficult feat in any match. Sophomore Maggie Wesolowski scored five tries as the girls defeated a young and energetic Brookfield squad.
Leading the defensive effort was fellow senior captain Katie Mueller.
Tries: Wesolowski (5), McCaffery (3), S. Dillett (2), Henschel, Bluma
Conv: Dries (5)
DG: Dries (1)

Brookfield 0

The junior varsity girls remained unbeaten (2-0) with a 60-0 victory, as their forward and back combinations started to find more rhythm. Sophomore captains Alexa Jaeger and Becky Calhoun were strong in their tackles and runs throughout the match. Sophomore Rebecca Haight's blazing runs led to three tries to finish off some great passing sequences.
Tries: Silas, M. Dillett(2), Mueller (2), Else, Calhoun, Haight (3).
Conv: Langhenry (5)

Brookfield 0

Friday, September 9, 2011

A couple of quick hits...

JSOnline.Com -- CMH Boys Volleyball ranked first in area poll!
Tim Heyrman names Player of the Week

Freeman online -- Boys Volleyball beats South in three straight.

Freeman -- Girls Tennis beats South in Dual match-up

(Overall not a good week for Waukesha South)

Sitemeter -- Two blog visitors from different parts of India, interested in IB and CMH drama
A blog visitor from Tarsus, Turkey checking up on Boys Soccer
Someone from France read about Trevor Novony and Boys Volleyball

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Team Hartmann vrs Team Hall


TEAM HALL 64% of Goal

I think I should raise my goal to $4000! Would you support me?

In any case, please support CMH, by supporting WalkAThon 2011.

Make a pledge to your team --


CMH Sweeps Arrowhead

from today's Waukesha Freeman.

CMH vrs Arrowhead considered "Prime Matchup"

At least according to today's Waukesha Freeman! Check out the story.

After reading the article, it seems that each time CMH has beaten Arrowhead, they (Arrowhead) actually go on to greater success in the post-season tourney. So, why not just accept that as the better path.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

There's that word "walloped" again....

used in today's Waukesha Freeman to describe the Crusader Boys Soccer Victory over Pius.

Catholic Memorial Rips Pius
- The Freeman Staff

WAUKESHA - Senior forward Aaron Horvat scored three goals, and junior midfielder Joel Balicki added two goals as the Catholic Memorial High School boys soccer team walloped Pius 8-0 in a Classic 8 Conference match Tuesday.

Senior forward Nick Muelder, senior midfielder Patrick McNulty and sophomore midfielder Mitchell Krismer each scored a goal for Memorial, 7-3-1 overall and 2-1 in cinference.

Senior forward Mark Samuel had four assists for Memorial, which outshot Pius 12-7. Other assists came from senuior midfielders Michael Schmidt and Ryan Allen and from senior defender Brad Suchorski.

Soccer alumni play in the rain

It rained, rained, and rained, but the weather didn't dampen the spirits of everyone in attendance at the annual Sam Beres tournament and the newly reinstituted Alumni game.
The boys varsity team won this year's tournament defeating Milwaukee Hamilton on Friday and Greendale High School on Saturday. The game was called for lightning early but the Crusaders were headed for a sound victory as the game was stopped.

More than a dozen alumni showed up with cleats to play in a friendly game of soccer following the tournament. Food was provided by the current players families and while it rained, a nice social still took place. The men put on their shoes and headed to the field despite the rain.

Pictured from Left to Right: Steve Samuel, Ty Parent, Andrew Cardona, Mike Goetter, James Masterson, Nate Craft, Coach Bisswurm, Danny Smith, Jordan Beres, Karl Kallio, Matt Trebby, Jimmy Delforge and John Albers.

Just under $1,700 was raised for Leukemia research at the annual event in memory of Sam Beres.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Looking for a new verb...

On Thursday, Crusader Football wins 49-0 -- A trouncing
On Friday, Crusader Boys Soccer wins 8-0 -- Freeman called it a walloping

So, when the Crusader Girls Rugby team wins 74-0, what can you call it? Not only that, the JV team won its game 27-0.

I will have to get my Thesaurus.

Here is Coach Waliszewski's report on the varsity and JV games.

In the season opener, the Catholic Memorial girls rugby team jumped out to a 49 to 0 halftime lead, enroute to a 74-0 victory over visiting Muskego.

The senior duo of Sara Dillett and Kayla Henschel, both scored two tries. Sophomore's Maggie Wesolowski and Bridget Magnor each added two of their own tries in impressive varsity debuts.

In the junior varsity match, the lady Crusaders pitched another shutout, as they finished off a 27-0 victory over the new Wauwatosa team. Sophomore wing Brittany Silas scored two tries in her first-ever match.

Next up Memorial plays Brookfield in the conference opener on Friday Sept 9th, 5pm, Minooka Park.

Varsity 74
Tries: S.Dillett (2), Henschel (2), Wesolowski (2), Magnor (2), McCaffery (1), Wolf (1), Silas (1), Else (1).
Conv: Dries (6), Langhenry (1)
Muskego 0

JV 27
Tries: Mueller (2), Sommers (1), Silas (2)
Conv: Langhenry
Wauwatosa 0

Soccer Wins Opener of Charity Tournament

from today's Waukesha Freeman --


Waukesha -- Senior forward Mark Samuels had three goals and an assist as the Catholic Memorial High School boys soccer team walloped Milwaukee Hamilton 8-0 in the first round of its own Sam Beres Tournament at Waukesha South Friday.

to read more, click here.

N.B. The Sam Beres Tournament supports childhood leukemia research. Sam, the son, nephew, and brother of CMH graduates, died in the year 2000. This year, Sam would have been starting his senior year at CMH. Sam's uncle, John Bisswurm has been the CMH boys soccer coach since the programs founding. His older brother, Jordan, is an assistant coach to the junior varsity team.

Friday, September 2, 2011

I guess this would be a third Quote of the Day

A text message from a 2011 CMH grad to his dad after the first days of college classes...

Everyone is still taking notes and I am relaxing, thank you CMH education.

A compliment to our kids...

I just wanted to tell you that I had a lot of students come through my line last night from CMH and they were very polite! I was impressed!

Jodi M. -- Waukesha South ticket window via e-mail

Crusader Football Trounces South 49-0

from today's Waukesha Freeman --

Getting off to a good start
Crusaders score fast and early
by Tom Badger, Freeman correspondent

Catholic Memorial's Sam Tiahnybik scores in front of Waukesha South's Montre Farr during a Classic 8 Conference football game Thursday.

Photo credit: Robert Borkowski/Special to The Freeman

Understated quote of the day: "It just happened to work out for me tonight." -- Sam Tiahnybik, CMH junior

Catholic Memorial's Andre Bodden leads over Waukesha South's Isaiah Pitchford to grab a touchdown pass Thursday. Photo credit: Robert Borkowski/Special to The Freeman

Two quick hits

Waukesha Freeman -- CMH Girls Tennis: CMH Improves to 2-1 in Classic 8

JSOnline -- CMH Boys Volleyball: #2 in Area Rankings

Thursday, September 1, 2011

In all fairness...

All for a good cause. Click below to support CMH