Friday, June 29, 2012

Crusaders down Chiefs again

from today's Waukesha Freeman -

CMH Defeats Mukwonago

Mukwonago 5

Pictured, pitcher Sergio Rodriguez

CMH's Hastings recieves All-American honor

At the recent AAU Natinal Championships in Orlando Florida, recent CMH grad, and South Dakota-bound volleyball player, was recognized with All-American Honors. 

Congratulations Kaitlyn!

CMH Alum - At A Glance

from today's Waukesha Freeman -

Rugby takes Katzfey on quite a journey
Former CMH athlete trying to reach highest level of sport
by Mark Hutchinson, Freeman staff

Quote of the article: "[At CMH] I was just playing to have some fun and one thing led to another."

To read the full article, click here.

Congratulations and good luck to CMH grad Tom Katzfey, '05

CMH family suffers a loss

The prayers of the CMH family go out to the family of Lindsay Murphy.  Lindsay is the older sister of soon to be CMH senior, Rachel Murphy, and daughter of Jerome and Lori.  The family is from Holy Apostles, New Berlin.

For more information, please look to the announcement.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Girls Soccer All-State recognitions announced

The Wisconsin Soccer Coaches Association announce yesterday it All-State Team. 

Recognized from CMH was Carina Krausert, a junior midfielder.

Congratulations Carina!

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

CMH Soccer Jerseys in Guatemala

Fr. Paul,
I thought you all might like to see these pictures of the CMH soccer jerseys being put to use down in Guatemala. Nate Craft, CMH '11 organized the collection of soccer supplies during the past year and CMH got on board by donating their old boys soccer jerseys. Loyola University also got involved and donated their women's jerseys by way of the Gonyo twins, CMH '11, who play soccer there.
I made sure that 14 in yellow (my old jersey) went to a real star.
Hope you enjoy the photos,
Conor O'Halloran, CMH '09

Sunday, June 24, 2012

CMH mourns...

As previously announced, CMH mourns the loss of Mrs. Jaye Herrmann, a beloved member of the CMH community.  Jaye, wife to Walt, mother of two CMH graduates, Jess '09 and Alex '11, aunt to Megan Giffhorn '04 and Matt Giffhorn '06, sister to Lynn (and Mike) Giffhorn, and friend to many.

Services for Jaye will take place this Monday evening at Holy Apostles Parish in New Berlin.  Visitation begins at 4pm and the mass of Christian burial will begin at 7pm.

One of Jaye’s gifts was mobilizing people to produce many successful auctions.  She was a warm and cheerful presence for students visiting the Spirit Shop between classes, and volunteered for all the parent organizations which continually support and improve CMH.  Among Jaye's last wishes was that her commitment, and the love her family has for CMH continue.  With that in mind, her family has established an endowed scholarship fund to help deserving students attend CMH. 

The Jaye Herrmann Memorial Scholarship Endowment at CMH  has been established by her family at Catholic Memorial High School. Your contributions will honor Jaye’s dedicated service to CMH and the joy she found in advancing its mission.  Click here for more information on how to contribute to the The Jaye Herrmann Memorial Scholarship Endowment at CMH.

CMHers at Badger Girls State

Below are photos of Katie Masterson & Katie Ness with Gov. Scott Walker at Badger Girls State last week.  Anyone can access the session information at for election results.  
Katie Masterson was elected Nationalist Platform Party Member and City Council Alderman for the city of Hickory.  She, along with 27 other girls, was responsible to propose, debate and write the platform for all of the Nationalist Party members.
  Katie Ness was elected school board member for the city of Birch.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

CMH's first LAX All-Conference recognitions

From today's Waukesha Freeman -

In only the first year of Varsity play, CMH has two LaCrosse players recognized in All-Conference selections.

Crusaders recognized with honorable mentions -

Midfielder, Thomas Bixby, junior
Defender, Nolan Hoffmann, junior

Friday, June 22, 2012

Sad announcement...R.I.P.

It is with sadness that I pass on to the CMH family news of the passing of Jaye Herrmann, wife of Walt, and mother to CMH grads Jess and Alex, and aunt to other CMH grads.

Jaye was a tremendous example of the commitment needed for a successful community of faith and service.  For this, CMH is deeply grateful.

Services for Jaye will be next Monday at Holy Apostles Parish in New Berlin.  There will be a visitation beginning at 4pm and then a Mass of Christian burial at 7pm.

Please keep the repose of Jaye's soul, and the consolation of her family in your prayers.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Fortnight 4 Freedom begins

"The challenge facing you, dear friends, is to increase people's awareness of the importance for society of religious freedom; to defend that freedom against those who would take religion out of the public domain and establish secularism as America's official faith. And it is vitally necessary for the very survival of the American experience, to transmit to the next generation the precious legacy of religious freedom and the convictions which sustain it."
Blessed John Paul II,1995 Baltimore, Basilica of the Assumption      

Called upon by the bishops of the United States, all Catholics are being asked to make a special effort in the next two weeks, from now until the 4th of July, to pray and advocate for true religious freedom.  Not only arounfd the world, but here in the America, the home of constitutional religious freedom.

For more information about the Fortnight 4 Freedom, visit the website of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.  For a listing of local events, click here.

CMH Defender, Katie Mark, profiled in Freeman

from today's Waukesha Freeman -

Defender Leaves her mark at CMH

Senior graduates with inspiring story
Mark returns from injury to help team win soccer state championship
by Mark Hutchinson, Freeman staff

Quote of the day: "I received such great support from my family, my teammates, and the whole CMH community to get through it.  Everybody inspired me to push through."  CMH senior, Katie Mark on rebounding from a torn ACL last fall.

To read the full article, click here.

Photo credit, Charles Auer, Freeman staff.

8 CMH girls soccer players recognized by conference

2012 Classic 8 All-Conference Girls Soccer

First Team –

Carina Krausert, midfield, junior
Nicole Piette, midfield, freshman
Tori Hodorowski, defender, sophomore

Second Team –

Ava Olson, forward, junior
Anna Jurken, forward, junior
Cristina From, defender, sophomore

Honorable Mention –

Cassidy Lentz, goalie, freshman
Courtney Farley, defender, junior

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Crusader Girls Soccer can claim #1

Fresh off winning the Division 2 State Championship, the CMH girls soccer team is ranked 5th in Region IV (WI, MN, IL, IA) by the National Soccer Coaches Association.

The Crusader girls were the only WI team in the regional top ten, making them the #1 ranked team in the state.


Crusader Baseball launders the Shirts

from today's Waukesha Freeman -

Waukesha South 4

Finn plays key role for CMH
Shortstop does it all
by Tom Badger, Freeman Correspondent

Quote of the article: "[CMH senior Tyler] Finn collected four hits, scored three runs, added an RBI and finished off the Blackshirts with a game-ending double play.  Simply put, Finn did it all."

To read the full article, click here.

Photo: by Robert F. Borkowski, special to the Freeman.  Waukesha South courtesy runner Aaron Schroeder, caught in a rundown between first and second base, is tagged out by Catholic Memorial sophomore second baseman Matthew Schulze in the first inning at 5 Diamonds Sports Complex on Tuesday.  CMH senior, Tyler Finn backs him up.

Softball's Krolikowski strong in All-Star game

From today's Waukesha Freeman -

STEVENS POINT - Lauren Krolikowski, a recent graduate from Catholic Memorial High School, was 3 for 5 in the Wisconsin Fastpitch Softball Coaches Association All-Star games on Tuesday. 

She had seven assists along with one putout to lead her team to two shutout victories against no defeats.  She will be attending the University of Wisconsin - Whitewater in the fall to study special education. 

CMH Tennis Player Honored

The Waukesha Tennis Association's Outstanding Boys High School Player awards were announced last week.  Among those recognized was CMH senior, Tim Heyrman (pictured on the right).

Congratulations Tim!

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Freeman coverage of State Champs!

Click here to read the Waukesha Freeman coverage of the 2012 Girls Soccer State Championship!

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Former CMH staffer and local pastor retires

from the Waukesha Freeman -

Beloved Eagle priest Dennis Ackeret retiring
Ackeret will preach at parishes that need help
By Shannon Venegas, special to the Freeman

To read the full article, click here.

Belated Baseball Coverage

From Friday's Waukesha Freeman -

Waukesha North 6

Crusaders get two big innings
Ten walks doom Northstars

To read the full coverage, click here.

Attn. CMH Jazz Fans

Please consider attending Jazz in Cutler Park, Wednesday evenings, throughout the summer.  You will be exposed to some of the finest jazz in the Milwaukee and Chicago areas.  Listening to live and recorded music is an absolutely critical component of everyone’s development as a musician!

This week, Wednesday June 20th, Jazz @ Cutler Park opens its season with the award of the second annual Chuck Hedges Memorial Scholarship during the performance.  The winner this year is Jacob Richter, a soon-to-be senior, percussionist from Catholic Memorial!

CMH Alums define industrial style

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Advanced coverage of Girls Soccer State Tourney

Read the coverage from the Waukesha Freeman by clicking here.

Former CMH teacher passes away

Sr. Mary Rose O'Connell passed away on May 18, 2012 at Manitowoc Holy Family Convent. Wake will be held Fri. May 25th 7-8 pm service and Sat. May 26th 8:15-10:15 viewing in the morning, with Funeral/Mass at 10:30 am at the Holy Family Convent in Manitowoc, WI.

Suriviors include: Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Preceded in death by her parents Simon Edward and Geneveive O'Connell Longrie and siblings: Robert, Patrick, Eugene, Shirley, Colleen, John, James and S. Edward.

Sr. Mary Rose served as an elementary/music teacher at Sacred Heart, Manitowoc, St. Mary Waukesha, St. Francis, Hollandtown, St. Mary, Kaukauna, St. Mary Bloomington, St. John Antigo, WI., St. Francis Manistique & St. Ambrose, Ironwood, MI, St. Mary Delaware, OH; High School teacher at Catholic Memorial, Waukesha, Xavier, Appleton, Holy Family in Lindsay NE and Rosecrans, Zanesville, OH.

Sr. Mary Rose was an administrator of Keen Ager Home, Appleton and a visitor at St. Paul Home and Riverside, Kaukauna, WI. She served as a Pastoral Minister at St. Mary Kaukauna and Manitowoc as a volunteer for Green Bay Diocesan programs, Marriage Encounter, TEC and Kolonla. Sr. Mary Rose earned a B.A. degree of Music from Alverno College, Milwaukee, WI and a M.A. from Catholic University, Washington, D.C.

Sr. Mary Rose's home parish was St. Therese Church, Appleton, WI. Heaven has a new angel today. Sr. Mary Rose has touched the lives of so many. You were loved by many and shall be deeply missed. May God bless you and keep you safe always and may you rest in peace knowing you have made such a difference in the lives of so many people.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Good Sports on and off the Course

Fr. Paul,

The CMH Boys Golf team won the Classic 8 Sportsmanship Award for the 2012 season. I am most proud to announce this recognition on behalf of our program. I boast often of the integrity and high standard in which our players adhere to. It is our golf motto, "Humble in victory and Gracious in defeat". Congrats to each and every one of you. In particular, this is a direct reflection of our senior captains, Marco Blise and Corey Stanislawski. Thank you for your leadership and example.

Coach Plechaty

Crusaders Trounce Indians (or Phantom Legion)

from today's Waukesha Freeman -

Mukwonago 1

Catholic Memorial's Walsh Pitches One-Hitter

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Definitely big news...

All because of the announcement of Mr. Farrell's retirement plans!

A huge spike in Blog visits...

Covered by the Waukesha Freeman...


and nearly 200 Likes, Comments, and Shares at my Facebook page.

Friday, June 8, 2012

Mr. Farrell announces retirement plans!

For Immediate Release
June 8, 2012
                                                                                            Contact: Fr. Paul Hartmann

Catholic Memorial High School
Associate Principal Farrell Retiring 

Waukesha, WI - Catholic Memorial High School (CMH) of Waukesha announces that Mr. Patrick Farrell, Associate Principal for Student Life, will retire effective January 1, 2013, after more than forty years of service to the CMH family.
Mr. Farrell came to CMH as an English teacher in the fall of 1972.  During his tenure he has served as a teacher, coach, administrator, and advocate for students.  With tremendous dedication to, and the most sincere concern for, the well-being and success of all students, Pat has recently begun to impact a third generation of students from the same families.
Pat intends to devote his energies in his final semester, and beyond, to the continued growth in success of CMH’s new Academic Resource Center and the soon-to-be- established Learning Commons.  As a teacher, he wishes to highlight the interpersonal support given to all students at CMH.  As an administrator, he hopes to work with development and philanthropic professionals to ensure and secure the future success of these projects.
Throughout the fall semester of 2012, community opportunities to recognize, thank, and offer best wishes to Pat will occur in coordination with Homecoming 2012, various alumni events, and in-school recognitions.  Announcements on these events will be forthcoming. 
To learn more about Catholic Memorial High School, go to or call (262) 542-7101.
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About Catholic Memorial High School

Catholic Memorial High School of Waukesha is an Archdiocesan Catholic college preparatory high school serving 700 students from the Waukesha County area. The school was established in 1949 to honor the sacrifices of 23 local servicemen lost in World War II.

Catholic Memorial High School was selected by the National Catholic High School Honor Roll as one of its top 50 schools in the United States. The Honor Roll recognizes academic institutions distinguished by academic excellence, Catholic identity, and civic education.

At Catholic Memorial High School, we educate students as individuals, intellectually and spiritually. We guide students to work to their highest, God-given potential. We prepare them for postsecondary education to become leaders who serve the Church and the world.

Crusaders keep tight leash on Greyhounds

from today's Waukesha Freeman -

Division 2 Soccer

Shorewood 0

Crusader fight through tough sectional
Memorial does better job finishing
by Daniel Mike, Freeman staff

Quote of the day - "Before the game, we decided to come out strong and we wanted it bad.  That was what contribute to our eagerness to score" CMH junior, Carina Krausert.

To read the full article, click here.

Photo credits - Charlie Auer/Freeman Staff - Top, Crusader girls celebrate the first period goal by #7, sophomore Christina From.  Bottom, Crusader junior, Ava Olsen, fends off Greyhound senior, Paige Macken in last night's 6-0 victory at Carroll University.

The sectional final pits CMH against NB Ike this Saturday, 6:30pm at Shorewood High School.

Editorial comment - I know that Coach Burke calls this the toughest sectional in the state and the Freeman picked up on that in the headline, but outscoring the first three opponents 18-0 just makes it look to easy.  Congratulations and good luck to the Crusader girls.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Crusaders sink Pirates

from today's Waukesha Freeman -


Catholic Memorial rallies to nip Pewaukee

Pewaukee 7

To read coverage, click here.

CMH Softball players recognized

from today's Waukesha Freeman -

Classic 8 Conference
2012 All-Conference Softball Team

2nd Team Infielder - Lauren Krolikowski, sr.
2nd Team Outfielder - Tia Johnson, jr.

Honorable Mentions
Pitcher - Rachel Ramthun, jr.
1st Base - Rebecca Stekiel, sr.
Infielder - Mari Klement, soph.

Congratulations to these young ladies, and to the entire CMH softball team for a stellar season.

Welcome to last night's first ever blog visitors from...

...the West African nation of Cameroon.  A visitor from the city of Yaound was interested in our Campus ministry efforts. 

From the North African nation of Tunisia, someone just surfed a couple pages about CMH academics.

Welcome to both visitors.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

CMH Brothers 3rd in State Doubles

from yesterday's Waukesha Freeman --

CMH Doubles Team Third in Division 2

To read the coverage, click here.

Congratulations to Matt and Mike Mirsberger.  We are looking forward to your continued, and greater, success next year!

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Crusader LaCrosse on the upswing

Father Paul-

                CMH varsity won its first state playoff game by beating De Pere last Thursday.  However, the 2012 CMH lax season came to an end Saturday as CMH Varsity lost in the playoffs to University School of Milwaukee by a score of 13-8.  I believe a few teams were surprised that a first year team could have that much success finishing the season at 4-12.   We built a strong foundation that we can build upon again next year.  Our first year had 21 boys as part of our team and this year 33 young men participated at the JV and Varsity level.  I am hoping that next year 40 players will be on the CMH lacrosse club.  There are at least 5 incoming freshmen that have been playing and have already touched base with me to make sure they are informed when the off season lax practices start.   

                I want to thank both of you for your support.  Without your support and backing we are nothing more than a team trying to play a fun game.  With your support, we are working to uphold the high academic, social, and athletic standards that makes Catholic Memorial such as great institution.  I am honored to coach such  fine young men and be a small part of such an excellent catholic high school.

Thanks again.  Sincerely,

Mike Hoffmann
Head Coach
CMH Lacrosse

Kaitlyn Hasting finishes #1

from today's Waukesha Freeman -

Focus on Waukesha

Good Finish to Good Career
Hastings wins state hurdles race
by Daniel Mike, Freeman staff

Quote of the day: "When I got the medal, I started to tear up a bit.  It took alot of blood sweat and tears."  CMH senior Kaitlyn Hasting on winning the state 100 meter hurdles.

To read the full article, click here.

Soccer news from the weekend

from today's Waukesha Freeman -


St. Thomas More 0

Defense Continues to Shine for Crusaders
Piette scores all three goals
by Tom Badger, Freeman correspondent

Quote of the day -- "Cassidy Lentz had no saves on Saturday"  referring to the fact that TM never even got close to the CMH goalie.

To read the full coverage, click here.

CMH Sluggers blunt Arrowhead

covered in today's Waukesha Freeman -


Arrowhead 5

Flash from the recent past

School's out, but the Waukesha Freeman published pictures today of all the Waukesha high school;s prom courts.

Representing CMH this year in the 2012 Prom Court - Jack Hurtgen and Madeline Meier, Sebastian Steuer and Melissa Betters, Jake Richter and Caitlin Dermody, Kasey Kallio and Julie Fischer, Jacob Tom and Josephine McMullen.

Congratualtions to all of these students. 

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Update from Philly

CMH in the semifinals vs Fallbrook
John Waliszewski
Sent:   Saturday, June 02, 2012 9:52 PM

At the Philadelphia 7's High School Challenge, the lady Crusader ruggers advanced out of pool play to play Sunday against Fallbrook, California in a rematch of their 15's semfinal match at Standford University a month ago.
A solid win over the New York Rugby Club, 26-0 helped the girls advance.  Tries were scored by Eileen Lieb, Katie Mueller, Erin Sommers, and Hannah McCaffery.  Katie Dries kicked three drop goal conversions as well.
After their victory, the girls cheered on UW-Wisconsin as they advanced to the quarterfinals, also to be played on Sunday and broadcast on NBC starting at 3pm.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Girls Soccer continues advance toward State

CMH beats St. Joan 9-0 in regional semifinal.

To read the Freeman coverage, click here.

Mirsberger brothers head to State semifinals

from today's Waukesha Freeman -

Mirsberger brothers trying to carry on tradition
CMH pair with dad, coach who won state titles advance to semifinals
by Mark Hutchinson, Freeman Staff

Quote of the article: "When we were little we were super competitive. Whenever we played our mom always had to be there, just in case some arguments broke out." Sophomore Mike Mirsberger on early matches between he and his old brother Matt, a CMH junior.

To read the full article, click here.

Crusader Golfers Among Favorites at State

Read the coverage of CMH golf, and the state field from Waukesha County in today's Waukesha Freeman

Photo:  CMH Senior Marco BlisePhoto by Robert F. Borkowski, special to the Freeman.