Thursday, November 29, 2012

This morning, CMH senior Aly Dawson, signed her letter of intent to play college volleyball for Iowa Western College.

She will be an Iowa Western "Reiver".  (This is another word for a pirate... I had to look it up.)

Congratulations Aly, and Good Luck!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Photos from Justin Constantine Visit


Girls Soccer Team Recognized again!

Catholic Memorial Girls’ Soccer Team

Sets Wisconsin State Record

Earns 14th Consecutive NSCAA/adidas Academic All-American Team Award
Waukesha, WI – The National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) has once again recognized the academic excellence of the Catholic Memorial High School (CMH) varsity girls’ soccer team.  For the 14th consecutive year, CMH will receive the NSCAA/adidas Academic All-American Team Award.  The NSCAA gives this award to teams that demonstrate “exemplary performance in the classroom.”  The Varsity girls’ soccer team at Catholic Memorial earned one of the highest grade point averages of all schools in the country with a 3.74 average G.P.A. during the 2011-2012 school year.  The NSCAA will recognize the team at the NSCAA national convention in Indianapolis, Ind. this January.

The Catholic Memorial girls’ soccer team is one of only seven girls’ soccer teams in the country, and the only one in Wisconsin, to have won 14 consecutive Academic All-American Team Awards.  The other schools who have won 14 consecutive awards consist of schools from Pennsylvania, Colorado, Virginia, Texas, and two from New Jersey. 

The CMH girls’ soccer team has also excelled on the field over the years, winning 12 conference titles, 8 WISAA and WIAA state championships, and a NSCAA national championship. 

In addition, the girls on the soccer team continue their service to the handicapped children of Waukesha County through the TOPSoccer program which will begin its tenth year in January 2013. 

Monday, November 26, 2012

A Wounded Warrior, a Hero, Comes to CMH


Today's assembly was incredible. You could hear a pin drop as Justin spoke to the kids and adults who came to hear him speak.

Channels 12, 58 and 6 were all there, as well as the Freeman. I would guess that the TV coverage will come at the earlier newscasts this evening. Caleb Walters, Alex LaMarche and Jeremy Campbell represented CMH extremely well.

Here is the print version of the Fox 6 report coming tonight…

Iraq War veteran shares story with students
 by Justin Williams

Justin Constantine

WAUKESHA — It can be difficult to hold the attention of a large group of high school students, but for a member of the U.S. military in Waukesha, this was no problem. An Iraq War veteran who serves on the Wounded Warrior Board<; shared his story with the students Monday, November 26th. In turn, the students shared a gift for the Wounded Warrior Project, in this soldier's honor.

Monday morning, the students at Catholic Memorial High School< were riveted by Major Justin Constantine's story as he shared his account of service and sacrifice.
After leaving for active duty in 2004, Constantine became a reservist, and eventually volunteered for duty in Iraq. While on patrol there, he was shot in the head by a sniper. Constantine survived.
"The first surgery at Bethesda Hospital lasted over 18 hours. I know that not all Wounded Warriors are as lucky as I've been in being able to talk as openly about what happened to them," Constantine said.
After sharing his story, Constantine accepted a $15,000 donation from the students — money that will benefit the Wounded Warrior Program, which helps those who continue to struggle after their service.
"I think it's fantastic. I think it really shows that this community really cares about Wounded Warriors because that's just a really big number for a high school to raise," Constantine said.
The money was raised through a four-day haunted house, organized and operated by Catholic Memorial students.
"I just makes me so much happier to know that it's going to a great cause like the Wounded Warrior Project," Jeremy Campbell said.
Catholic Memorial Senior Caleb Walters said as he waits to learn whether he'll join the Air Force Academy, more important than the money was Constantine's message.
"It just gave me all the more motivation to go through with joining because there are people out there who need help," Walters said.


Cardinal James Harvey

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Sunday, November 25, 2012

Pics from CMH victory over Pius

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Saturday, November 24, 2012

St. Peter's at night.

Sent from my iPhoneCongratulations to Cardinal James Harvey!

Hubley selected state's best FB player

  Hubley selected state's best Senior led CMH to state title

MILWAUKEE (AP) – Matt Hubley was an exceptional high school football player during his first three seasons at Waukesha Catholic Memorial before he turned a negative into a positive and elevated himself into The Associated Press 2012 Player of the Year in Wisconsin.

Hubley was chosen for the honor in a vote by a statewide panel of media members In June 2011, just after his sophomore year, Hubley fell off his bicycle, breaking his left shoulder and left elbow. Surgery was needed to repair the elbow and he gutted out constant pain throughout his junior season, during which the Crusaders
went 6-4. Just making it through that season might have been enough of an accomplishment, but not for Hubley.

''I realized I only had one year left and I hadn't done anything that great my first three years,'' he said. ''I just wanted to come out and have a good season and win the state championship.''

Hubley upped his already unreal dedication in the weight room and in conditioning. And then the running back-linebacker, a University of Wisconsin
recruit, directed his motivation and frustration into a memorable senior season for the WIAA Division 3 champion Crusaders.

Moving from strong safety
to outside linebacker, the 6foot-2, 205-pound Hubley was a force with 47 solo tackles, 29 assists, 15 sacks, 17 tackles for loss and a defensive touchdown.

The clincher was his performance at running back, a position he had played sparingly his first three seasons. Hubley rushed for 1,658 yards and 21 touchdowns on 236 carries, averaging 127.5 yards per game.

He topped off his high school career by rushing for 199 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries to lead the 11-2 Crusaders to a 42-7 victory over Waupaca on Nov. 16 at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison.

''We literally had to pull him out of the weight room and send him home during the offseason,'' said Catholic Memorial coach Bill Young, Crusaders coach since 1978. ''He just gave us everything he had.

''We talk about giving us everything you've got and two steps more. Matt was like four steps more. He represented what we were trying to do.''

Also nominated for player of the year was Alec James of Brookfield East.

AP Wisconsin 2012 Coach of the Year honors went to Dave Keel of Homestead. He led the Highlanders to the Division 2 Championship.

As soon as Keel found out


Charles Auer/Freeman Staff

Catholic Memorial senior Matt Hubley ran for 21 touchdowns this season.

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Great news as B-Ball season begins

Great news as B-Ball season begins!

Crusaders overcome preparation problems
CMH gains tourney title game


Catholic Memorial 71
Marquette 68

By Mark Hutchinson

Freeman Staff

MILWAUKEE – Dean Bellanti's high-speed blender poured out a season-opening victory Friday.

And it was a signature one.

The Catholic Memorial High School boys basketball coach had only three practices with his entire team before the debut because of the state playoff runs by the school's football and boys volleyball teams, both of which included basketball players.

The Crusaders apparently made the most of the preparation time they did have, though. They rallied
from an 18-9 deficit for a 71-68 triumph over Milwaukee Marquette in a Hank Raymonds Holiday Classic semifinal at Pius XI High School. They will face Pius, a 59-50 winner over Oconomowoc, in the championship game at 8 p.m. today.

"We played sloppy," said senior guard Ty Sabin, one of the regulars at practice. "But at the end of the day, it was all good because we got the 'W.' And it's always good to beat Marquette, because that program has such a rich history." Bellanti said establishing practice continuity has been difficult.

"We had two starters who essentially didn't get into practice until Monday," the coach said. "There are only 14 schools in the state that could have been in that position. We also had our
volleyball team at state and those guys were out for a week.

"It's been hard to get all the kids on one page. We've tried to keep things simple, and that showed out there because there were some things that we weren't as prepared for as we will be."

CMH ran off nine straight points in the second quarter to pull even. Senior forward Andre Bodden, one of the members of the Crusaders' state championship football team, fueled the surge with three baskets.

"Andre had separated a shoulder and was going to take a few weeks off," Bellanti said. "But he came to me the other day and said he wanted to play. The doctor said to let him go if his range of motion was good."

The Crusaders rode the momentum swing to a 30-29 halftime lead, which they extended to 55-45 through three quarters. Senior swingman Jake Giffhorn scored nine points in the third period, while senior forward Sam Browning and senior guard Ayinde Starling added five apiece.

"We just came out and said we needed to pick it up, hustle and get rebounds, and our good defense led to good offense and put points on the board," Giffhorn said. "We had some good practices, but there were always parts missing. We finally got everyone together and we had a good week."

Sabin credited the Crusaders' defense for the turnaround.

"We played better defense in the second half and were able to run,"
he said. "When we do that, we're a tough team to beat."

Marquette junior reserve swingman Quin Rowen scored seven of his game-high 17 points in the fourth period, and junior guard Jack Barbera, another reserve, added five. But the closest the Hilltoppers came was the final margin of three points.

Sabin, Starling, Bodden and Giffhorn each scored 13 points, and Browning contributed seven.

"I felt very stressed over the last week – did I get enough in? Did they understand it?" Bellanti said. "So overall, having Marquette jump out on us and impose their will, and then seeing our guys respond to that, was certainly a positive."


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Friday, November 23, 2012

St. Peter's at night.

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Greetings from Rome

Be home next week. Maybe.....

Sent from my iPhoneHappy Thanksgiving! I am in Rome for a few days for the Consistory at which Archbishop James Harvey, uncle to 4 CMH grads, will be made a Cardinal of the Church.

A truly special and blessed event.

Here is the view from my room at the Pontifical North American College, America's seminary at the Vatican.

It makes for quite a list when all together...

Fall 2012 Athletics Achievements

Girls Swim:

6th in Conference

Mary Kate Berens was in the State Finals: placed 8th in the 200 Free Style and 10th in the 500 Free Style

Girls Cross Country

8th in Conference

Boys Cross Country

8th in Conference

Girls Golf

6th in Conference

Lauren Klubertanz, All Conference 1st Team; Honorable Mention All-Area and Honorable Mention State

4th at Regionals

5th at Sectionals

Academic All-State: Julia Terasa, Ava Olson, Alyssa Opiela, and Dana Ahlstrom

Boys Volleyball

Tied for 2nd in Conference

Reached the quarterfinals at State

Eric Schmitz, All Conference 1st Team and All State 2nd Team

Paul Heyrman, All Conference 2nd Team

Girls Volleyball

2nd in Conference

Aly Dawson, All Conference Player of the Year, All State 1st Team

Mary Dougherty, All Conference 1st Team, All State Honorable Mention

Rachel Murphy, All Conference 2nd Team

A. J. Smith, All Conference 2nd Team

Lauren Alberti, All Conference Honorable Mention

Kayla Rymer, All Conference Honorable Mention – Libero

Girls Tennis

4th in Conference

State qualifiers: Doubles Team, Elizabeth Diedrich and MarissaTaugher

Sydney Royston, All Conference 2nd Team for Singles

Elizabeth Diedrich, All Conference Honorable Mention for Doubles and received Most Valuable Player Award from the Waukesha Tennis Association

Marissa Taugher, All Conference Honorable Mention for Doubles

Katie Ness, All Conference Honorable Mention for Doubles

Melissa Akre, All Conference Honorable Mention for Doubles


Tied for 2nd in Conference

Division 3 State Champions

Matt Degner, All Conference 1st Team – Guard, All Region, All State Honorable Mention

Matt Hubley, All Conference 1st Team – Running Back and 2nd Team – Defensive End, All Region, All State 1st Team

Mitch Meindel, All Conference 1st Team – Placekicker and 2nd Team – Punter, All Region, All State Honorable Mention

Alec Kocour, All Conference 1st Team – Secondary, All Region, All State 1st Team

Justin Dentici, All Conference 1st Team – Linebacker, All Region, All State Honorable Mention

Jacob Drwila, All Conference Honorable Mention – Guard

Noah Krause, All Conference 2nd Team – Tackle

Andre Bodden, All Conference 1st Team – Receiver and Honorable Mention – Secondary

John Clark, All Conference Honorable Mention – Running Back

Pat White, All Conference Honorable Mention – Quarterback

Tyler Tevich, All Conference 2nd Team – Interior Lineman

Matt Rechner, All Conference Honorable Mention – Defensive End

Sam Bohrer, All Conference 2nd Team – Linebacker

Boys Soccer

2nd in Conference

Mitchell Krismer, All Conference 1st Team – Midfield

Joel Balicki, All Conference Honorable Mention – Midfield

Kasey Kallio, All Conference 2nd Team – Defense

Ryan Zingsheim, All Conference 2nd Team – Goalie

Girls Rugby

2nd at State

Top 15 Team in the country

Won the Founders Cup

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Fr. Paul Hartmann
President, Catholic Memorial High School
Judicial Vicar, Archdiocese of Milwaukee

Thursday, November 22, 2012

A Thanksgiving Message

Winning –The Memorial Way

It was a beautiful day, a fantastic crowd, and a hard-played contest.  Best of all, the team we were cheering for won! 
Last Friday something unique about Catholic Memorial High School showed itself at Camp Randall Stadium.  “The Memorial Way” was evident not just in the State Championship trophy held high by our players. 
On Thursday, players, coaches and parents gathered for mass and heard from Maccabees that the horseman clothed in white, wielding weapons of gold and walking with God can overcome anything.  Elsewhere the danceteam rehearsed and students made signs, flags, and banners.   Our drama team prepared for their competition in the Wisconsin State Forensic Association One-Act festival.
It seems cliché to speak of the CMH family coming together like the small town does, especially when our kids live among and compete against suburban schools double or triple our size.  Yet, on Friday morning almost all CMH students gathered with hundreds of alumni and friends for a great game and our thespians headed with their supporters for the theater competition in Stevens Point.
The CMH success stories don’t simply follow a David and Goliath narrative.  Instead, they are about the stories of David, the Maccabees, or the saints being retold in our faith formation.  Our success stories in academics, sports, drama and fine arts are about intentionally lifting up every young person.  Like when every actor has their time in the spotlight and every senior on the team has playing time to remember from a state championship. 
Our successes, which certainly can be measured in test scores, college scholarships, and charitable outreach, are really about having a common mission to educate young people, guide their character development, and preparing them to be servant leaders for the Church and the world.  Our successes are inspired by the fact that we are called to be a living memorial to twenty-nine fallen servicemen who exemplified a willingness to sacrifice for things greater than one’s self.
At CMH, we don’t see ourselves as the underdogs of the Classic 8 Conference.  We see every opportunity in the classroom, field or court, studio or stage, to be a chance to live out our mission.  Regardless of a final score, this is The Memorial Way.
God has blessed us with many successes in all areas.  An element of The Memorial Way is to make sure that thanks is given.  So, to the students, faculty, staff and families of CMH – Thank you!  To the alumni, community neighbors and supporters – Thank you!  To our supporting parishes and partner schools – Thank you!  And, to God, Our Heavenly Father – Thank you!
Very Reverend Paul Hartmann, ‘84
President, Catholic Memorial High School

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

A Crusader still needs your vote...

CMH senior is still down by about 100 votes for the WisSports Athlete of the Week.

Vote today --

For Kocour brothers, it's brothers' keepers

from today's Lake County Reporter -

For Kocours, it's brothers' keepers

Kocour brothers of Merton help CMH win state football title 


It was a storybook finish the past few weeks for brothers Brad and Alec Kocour of Merton. If we're talking "feel good" stories, this one just might top them all.

The two Waukesha Catholic Memorial high school students played prominent roles last Friday for their CMH football team that made school history when the Crusaders captured their first WIAA Division 3 state championship at historic Camp Randall Stadium in Madison by whipping previously undefeated Waupaca, 42-7.

Brad, a senior, started at free safety for CMH and delivered a first half interception that stopped a Waupaca drive, preserving Memorial's 14-0 first half lead. The 5-8, 165-pounder finished the day with five tackles. He played a key role in allowing Waupaca to score a single touchdown in the game.

Alec, a junior, played strong safety on defense next to his brother and running back on offense. The younger Kocour (6-1, 182) finished with seven tackles on defense and scored a touchdown that all but put the game away early in the fourth quarter. That score came on a 25-yard pass from senior quarterback Pat White.

Best of the best

If that wasn't enough good news for the Kocour brothers, the day before the championship game, Alec learned he had been named to the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association's All-State first team as a defensive back. He also was a first-team Classic 8 Conference selection at the same position.

"There's no doubt winning the championship was a great way to finish the season," Alec said. "We knew we had a good team even though we lost two conference games in a row to Arrowhead and Mukwonago. We just regrouped after that and practiced and played as hard as we could. It was nice to be named to the All-State team, but I don't focus on the individual stuff. I just wanted the team to do the best we could."
And how good was it to be playing next to his brother in the secondary? Brad said it was a special feeling, especially the way the season ended on the hallowed turf at Camp Randall.

"Not many guys get to play high school sports on the same team as their brother," Brad said. "And we both play safety so we have to work together all the time. And then to finish the season by winning the state championship; that was something I'm sure neither one of us will forget"

Bad break for Brad

Brad almost wasn't able to finish the season. In the second game of the year, he suffered a broken right ankle when he fell awkwardly while trying to return a punt against Waukesha South. He left the game at that point and went home after the game. The next morning, he went to the doctor and was told he had broken his ankle. A cast was quickly put on his foot and he was told at the time that it would take 12 to 13 weeks to heal.

Hoping to come back for the playoffs, Brad started doing the math. The cast was put on Aug. 31. If the 12-week layoff was accurate, his comeback date would be the week after the state championship game.
"I was pretty upset when I found out I had broken my ankle," Brad said. "I didn't want my senior season to end being on the sidelines. I just tried to stay as positive as I could. I rehabbed it the best I could and things worked out. I was back on the field in nine weeks. It felt great to be back out there with the guys."

Brad missed the first-round playoff game against Brown Deer but got back on the field in the second round against Pewaukee. He got into the game for the first time when fellow senior Mitch Meindel hurt his shoulder.
"All the guys were very happy to see Brad back on the field for us that night," Alec said. "Going into the season Brad was one of the key players for us on defense. He's helped me a lot the last two years. I think it got everybody excited when Brad ran onto the field against Pewaukee."

As for living in the heart of the Arrowhead school district and playing against rival Arrowhead, both Kocours enjoy competing against the Warhawks.

"Living here I know a lot of the guys from Arrowhead," Brad said. "It's a good rivalry. They have a very good team every year and I love playing against them. I'm happy that both of our teams won state championships."

Photo credit:   Russ Pulvermacher -- CMH's Brad Kocour #11 going over backwards and keeping his eye on the ball and making the interception with Waupaca's Joseph Nelson #7 watching.

Irag War Veteran to Speak at CMH

Iraq War Veteran to Speak at Catholic Memorial High School
Constantine to accept donation on behalf of Wounded Warrior Project
Waukesha, WI — Catholic Memorial High School (CMH) will be hosting Justin Constantine, an Iraq War veteran and board member of the Wounded Warrior Project™ (WWP), for a presentation on Monday, November 26, at 10:20 a.m in the InPro Athletic Center located on the CMH campus. Mr. Constantine was injured while serving in Iraq in 2006, and he will address the community about his experience and that of other wounded veterans.  He will also be accepting a check on behalf of the Wounded Warrior Project from Catholic Memorial’s Haunted House student fundraiser for $15,500.

Wounded Warrior Project began as a program to provide comfort items to wounded service members and has grown into a complete rehabilitative effort to assist them as they recover and transition back to civilian life. Tens of thousands of Wounded Warriors and family members receive support each year through WWP programs designed to nurture the mind and body, and encourage economic empowerment.

Over the five years that the Haunted House has been in existence, it has raised and donated a total amount of $52,000 for the community. Past recipients include Habitat for Humanity, Honor Flight, and Vet’s Place Central, an organization working with homeless veterans in Milwaukee.

“Each year, the CMH Haunted House gets bigger and bigger.  Over 2,000 people went through the Haunted House in the four nights we were open,” said Mary McNulty spokesperson for the Haunted House.  “The community embraces the event, not only because it is a good value, but because we are living our school motto of ‘Charity in All Things’.  All profit leaves the school.  This is truly an example of kids doing good things for others,” said Mary.

Catholic Memorial High School was established in 1949 to honor the sacrifices of 23 local servicemen lost in World War II. Since World War II, this dedication has been extended to all alumni who have died in service to our country.

Waukesha Freeman 2012 Prep Football Picks

The Freeman’s 2012 prep football team



RUNNING BACK Matt Hubley, senior Catholic Memorial
Hubley (6-3, 205) led the Crusaders with 1,537 yards in being selected all-state by the coaches association. Hubley, a University of Wisconsin recruit, was a firstteam all-Classic 8 pick for statechampion Crusaders, ranking second in Waukesha County in scoring. He ran for 19 touchdowns.

LINEMAN Matt Degner, senior Catholic Memorial
Degner (6-3, 290) was a firstteam all-Classic 8 pick for the runner-up Crusaders.The right guard helped the Crusaders to the Division 3 state title. CMH had 3,011 yards of total offense, 2,275 coming on the ground. Degner was a two-year starter and team captain.

KICKER Mitch Meindel, senior Catholic Memorial
Meindel (6-2, 194) was a firstteam all-Classic 8 pick and received honorable mention allstate honors. Meindel made four field goals and 53 extra points for the state-champion Crusaders.A North Dakota recruit, Meindel booted a game-winning field goal as time expired in a Division 3 state quarterfinal against Wisconsin Lutheran. Also a receiver and defensive back, Meindel put 33 of his 53 kickoffs into the end zone.


LINEBACKER Justin Dentici, senior Catholic Memorial
Dentici (6-0, 180) was a firstteam all-Classic 8 pick who had 65 tackles (28 solo). Dentici had 4 1/2 quarterback sacks, 2 1/2 tackles for a loss while forcing one fumble and recovering two for the Division 3 state champion.

Dentici helped the defense hold opponents to 14 points per game – a number inflated by the 50 scored by Division 1 champion Arrowhead. He had 11 tackles and a fumble recovery in the state title game.

BACK Alec Kocour, junior Catholic Memorial
Kocour (6-1, 180) was a firstteam all-Classic 8 pick. He had 71 tackles (42 solo) and seven interceptions, returning one for a touchdown. Kocour forced two fumbles and recovered one for the state-champion Crusaders. He received all-state honors by the coaches association.

PUNTER Mitch Meindel, senior Catholic Memorial
Meindel (6-2, 194) received honorable mention all-state for the state-champion Crusaders.

Meindel averaged more than 40 yards per punt while having none blocked. Also a receiver, defensive back and kicker, Meindel rarely left the field. He will kick at North Dakota.

Named Second Team Offense, Wide Receiver - Andre Bodden (Catholic Memorial), 6-2, 185, senior

– Daniel Mike/Freeman Staff

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

CMH covers all acting awards at the WHSFA State Theater Festival!

Congratulations to the CMH cast and crew of “Crimes of the Heart” for their performance this past weekend at the State Theater Festival at UW-Stevens Point. The cast covered all the possible acting awards again for the eleventh consecutive year, including the Critics Choice Award, an Outstanding Acting Ensemble Award, and Sara Wolf received an Outstanding Acting Award. An eleven-peat is unprecedented in the 118 year history of the WHSFA.

In addition, both Mr. Chris Andacht, CMH Drama Director, and his daughter, Amelia Andacht ’09 were inducted into the Wisconsin Theatre Hall of Fame as an Inaugural members.  Amelai was for her three Outstanding Acting Awards that she won at the State Theatre Festival during her high school career. She was one of only three actors in the 118 year history of the State Festival to accomplish that feat.

Bravo to all of the CMH cast and crew!
You dedication and sacfrices are appreciated.

The All-Conference Crusaders


2012 All-Conference Football Team

GUARD First Team Matt Degner, senior

     Honorable Mention:
Jacob Drwila, junior

TACKLE Second Team
Noah Krause, junior

Andre Bodden, senior

Matt Hubley, senior

     Honorable Mention:
John Clark, junior

QUARTERBACK  Honorable Mention:
Pat White, senior

Mitch Meindel, senior

Tyler Tevich, junior

Matt Hubley, senior

     Honorable Mention:
Matt Rechner, junior

Justin Dentici, senior

     Second Team  Sam Bohrer, senior

Alec Kocour, junior  

     Honorable Mention:
; Andre Bodden, senior

PUNTER Second Team
Mitch Meindel, senior
Congratulations to all of these players.  Good luck to the seven seniors recognized as they go forward.  We are looking forward to a great season next year from the six juniors named.

Fulfilling an obligation...

Late last week CMH faculty member Mr. Jeff Mrochinski, promised that if the football team won the State Championship, he would shave his hair into a mohawk.

Yesterday, Mr. Mrochinski fulfilled his promise and at the hands of senior football captain, Justin Dentici, he went under the clippers.

Students around the school showed great approval for the "Mro-Hawk" hairdo.

Vote for a Crusader...

CMH Senior, Andre Bodden, has been nominated for the WisSports, National Guard, Athlete of the Week.  He needs your vote.  Click below right away.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

More press coverage -

From the Madison paper, with a nice video of the end of game, click here.

From WaukeshaNow.Com - click here.

WTMJ, Channel 4 - click here.

WISN, Channel 12 - click here.

J-S Photo Gallery of Game 

Coverage from J-S

from JSOnline.Com -

  by Mark Stewart of the Journal Sentinal

Madison - Catholic Memorial's Bill Young has won five state football titles, but he'll also tell you he's lost seven times in the final. There also have been some especially gut-wrenching losses in the playoffs.

"We've had a lot of broken hearts on the way to Madison," he said.

Not this year. The 2012 Crusaders peaked at the right time and in their final game put together a performance that earned the school its first state title since 1996, when it competed in the Wisconsin Independent Schools Athletic Association.

Catholic Memorial 42, Waupaca 7.

"To finally get a gold ball is something special," Young said. "This is an incredible group of kids. It's just great for Catholic Memorial."

In Memorial's two other trips to the WIAA state final, it was on the wrong end of lopsided results. Against Waupaca, Memorial jumped out to a 14-0 first-quarter lead and was never in serious trouble.

Seniors Matt Hubley, Andre Bodden and Pat White had big days for the Crusaders, who finished 11-2.

Hubley, a University of Wisconsin recruit, finished with 199 yards and two touchdowns in 19 carries. Bodden caught three passes for 103 yards and tied a Division 3 record with three interceptions. White completed 8 of 9 passes for 179 yards. His three touchdowns passes tied a Division 3 record. Senior linebacker Justin Dentici led the team with 11 tackles.

This was a pretty complete showing for Memorial. It won the turnover battle, 4-1, out-gained the Eastern Valley champs, 404-205, and completed four of seven opportunities on third down.

Waupaca finished the year 12-1, hurt most by turnovers and its inability to stop the big play.

Memorial set up its first touchdown with a 56-yard run by Hubley, scored its second on a 77-yard pass from White to Bodden and got its third on a 70-yard run by Hubley. And to add salt to the wound, Bodden returned an interception for a touchdown as well.

"We were rolling the entire playoff," Hubley said. "We were peaking. We're playing great football right now."
Bodden's 10-yard return with 4 minutes 30 seconds left and the extra point capped the scoring. It was a play he made on Waupaca's first possession, however, that set the tone for both team's day.

Playing cornerback on third and 6, Bodden used his 6-foot-4, 188-pound frame to make a leaping effort to break up the pass. He deflected it and as he fell caught sight of the ball and grabbed it before it hit the turf. The interception ended Waupaca's first drive and gave Memorial a first down at its 24.

Six plays and 76 yards later, Hubley scored on a 2-yard run with 6:39 left in the first quarter.

Waupaca picked up just one first down and 22 yards its next possession before punting the ball back to Memorial. After a run for no gain, White went deep to Bodden, who hauled in the strike in stride and beat the defense for the final 40 yards to the end zone. Just like that the Comets were down, 14-0, with 3:27 left in the first quarter.

Bodden finished the day with the rare distinction of a reception and interception return in the same game.
"It's just coming out and playing hard and playing to the best of my ability," Bodden said. "Coach always teaches brotherhood and that's what our team is based on. We all have each other's backs."

Memorial led, 14-0, at halftime, but on the first play from scrimmage in the second half added seven points to the advantage thanks to an impressive run by Hubley. He made three defenders miss on the play and then took advantage of a crushing block from a teammate in the secondary to reach the end zone almost untouched.

Much like the first half, Memorial set the tone for the final 24 minutes, a stretch that was played with a running clock for the final 4:30.

The turnabout was fair play for a team that lost its WIAA state finals appearances in 2001 and 2010 by a combined score of 62-7.

Memorial, at one point 2-2, closed the season with nine straight victories.

"We just got hot," Young said. "The old adage is it's not always the best team, it's the team that's playing the best. We've got outstanding players, great coaches. I'm so blessed to have terrific coordinators. Our kids did a wonderful job.

"And then our kids got better each week. The competition we play week in and week out is going to make you a lot better."

Photo credit: Mark Hoffmann -  Cathlolic Memorial's Matt Hubley runs past the Waupaca defense for a big gain to set up the first of his two touchdowns.

Brad Kocour’s return from injury helps CMH

from today's Waukesha Freeman -

Secondary gets boost
By Daniel Mike, Freeman Staff

MADISON – Cradling a football into his stomach was one of the best feelings for Brad Kocour.

Two weeks into the football season, the Catholic Memorial High School senior broke his right ankle, and his status for the rest of the season was somewhat in doubt.

So when he intercepted a first-quarter pass in the Crusaders’ 42-7 victory over Waupaca in the WIAA Division 3 state championship game Friday, Kocour couldn’t help but enjoy the moment.

“It felt amazing,” Kocour said. “I couldn’t have imagined a better feeling. It was awesome.”

Kocour entered the season as a key member of the Crusaders’ secondary, but the broken ankle in a 48-0 victory over Waukesha South put him on the sidelines until the second game of the playoffs. He played significant minutes at strong safety in the 21-0 victory over Pewaukee after senior Mitch Meindel suffered a shoulder injury.

“It really helped with our secondary,” CMH defensive coordinator Bob Vitale said of Kocour’s return. “The kids stepped up when he was down and got some good playing time. When he got back, it made us even stronger.”

While others might have questioned Kocour’s return, he was always determined to finish the season on the field and not on the sideline.

“I was pretty determined to come back and play my senior year,” he said. “I was going to do anything it took.”

Memorial's Passing Game Picks Up

from today's Waukesha Freeman -

Memorial’s passing game picks up 
By Daniel Mike, Freeman Staff
MADISON – Pat White walks to the sideline after every offensive play to talk with coaches.

White talks with Bob Hall, the offensive coordinator of the Catholic Memorial High School football team. For most of the season, Hall was telling the
senior quarterback to hand the ball off or pitch it to one of the team’s speedy running backs.

But White’s trips to the sideline at Camp Randall on Friday were met with more passing plays than usual. He made the most of those plays, too, completing 8 of 9 passes for 179 yards and three touchdowns as Catholic Memorial beat Waupaca 42-7 in the
WIAA Division 3 state championship game.

“I was really happy coach let us open up the playbook,” White said. “It’s our last year, and he let us go crazy. Getting three touchdown passes is a big thing for us.”

CMH senior running back Matt
Hubley ran 19 times for 199 yards and two touchdowns, but the coaches added more passes into the game plan throughout the season.

“Our passing game struggled in the first part of year, but we picked it up,” said senior receiver Andre Bodden, who caught a 77-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter Friday. “Pat gained more confidence. As the season wore on, he became more comfortable.

“As the playoffs have gone by, we started passing a little more because teams started stacking the box so it’s hard to run. Our receivers have done a nice job getting open, and Pat has done a nice job getting us the ball.”

Bodden caught three passes for 103 yards, senior Mitch Meindel caught two for 34 yards including a 21-yard touchdown play, junior Alec Kocour caught a 25-yard touchdown pass, Hubley had a 2-yard reception and sophomore tight end Mike Schmidt, who is used almost exclusively as a blocker, caught a 15-yard pass.

“We started to evolve and
open up the pass, especially the play-action,” White said. Hubley’s running plays a large role in any passing success. He felt defenses creeping in on him throughout the season, and once the Crusaders got their timing down, they used that to their advantage in calling playaction passes. They even tried a flea-flicker Friday to add a different wrinkle to the play-action plays.

“The running definitely impacts the game to keep the defense off balance,” Hubley said. “Coming in, we expected
to have a big passing game.

“We have a great quarterback, a great group of receivers, and that’s what
they did all this year.”


Photo credit:  Robert F. Borkowski/Special to The Freeman  - Catholic Memorial’s Andre Bodden intercepts a pass in the first quarter that was intended for Waupaca’s Joseph Nelson.

Something Special

from today's Waukesha Freeman -

CMH 42
 Waupaca 7

By Daniel Mike, Freeman Staff

MADISON – Andre Bodden can remember leaving Camp Randall two years ago. He and the rest of the Catholic Memorial High School football team walked off the field with a state runner- up trophy after not scoring a point in the title game. It was something Bodden and his teammates did not want to feel this season.

Bodden did more than his part Friday in helping the Crusaders beat Waupaca 42-7 in the WIAA Division 3 state championship game.

“I remember that game,” Bodden said of a 35-0 loss to West De Pere in the 2010 state title game. “We just wanted to forget about then and start this year.

“We just came out and played strong.”

Waupaca eliminated West De Pere in this year’s semifinals.

Bodden ended Waupaca’s first drive with an interception, and he caught a 77-yard touchdown pass to give CMH a 14-0 lead with 3:27 left in the first quarter. He also intercepted a pass and returned it 10 yards for a score in the fourth quarter.

Bodden’s final line read: Three catches for 103 yards and a touchdown, five tackles (three solo), three interceptions and two passes deflected.

“I don’t know what to say,” Bodden said. “It’s just
unbelievable that we’re right here and this just happened. It’s a blessing.”

But Bodden wasn’t the only one with gaudy numbers. Senior running back Matt Hubley finished with 199 rushing yards and two touchdowns to go with three tackles, one quarterback sack, three tackles for a loss and one forced fumble. Senior Justin Dentici had 11 tackles and a fumble recovery, and junior Alec Kocour had seven tackles and also caught a 25-yard touchdown pass.

“It was really domination,” said CMH coach Bill Young, who won his first WIAA state title after winning four private school titles. “Waupaca’s a fine ballclub, but our linebackers played great, so did our secondary. Andre Bodden was terrific.

“We have a lot of playmakers. To do what we did against a good team like Waupaca, it put a cap on a wonderful year for our kids.” CMH took a 14-0 lead in the first quarter on a 2-yard touchdown run by Hubley and Bodden’s long score. That score stood until the second half, when Hubley scored on a 70-yard run on the first play from scrimmage in the third quarter. Hubley was the beneficiary of two tremendous crackback
blocks from Bodden and senior receiver Mitch Meindel.

“We knew at halftime we still had to come out and play well,” Hubley said. “That run definitely gave us some momentum.“ Waupaca answered with a 16-play drive capped by a 4yard touchdown pass from Sam Menzies to Nathan Nelson to cut the deficit to 21-7.

But CMH took over in the final quarter. Kocour caught
his touchdown pass with 8:17 remaining, Meindel caught a 21-yard TD pass with 5:52 remaining and Bodden’s interception return came with 4:34 remaining.

“In the start, things were just going a little slow, but we kept grinding,” Bodden said. “In the second half, we came out with a lot of fire and just made everything happen out here.”

The Crusaders finished the season 11-2, having won
their final nine games after a 2-2 start to the season.

“To our kids’ credit, they always believed,” Young said. “To see the kids grow the way they did this year was something special.”


Photo credit: Robert Borkowski, Special to the Freeman 

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Twas the night before the State Championship...

And the entire CMH Football gathered for mass.

 The team chaplain, Fr. Sean O'Connell preached.

Following a potluck dinner from the team moms, the players, coaches, managers and trainer boarded  to spend the night in Madison, near Camp Randall Stadium.

Good Luck!
Go Crusaders!

CMH Teacher Inducted into Hall of Fame

Catholic Memorial High School Teacher Inducted
into Theatre Directors Hall of Fame

Waukesha, WI — Catholic Memorial High School social studies teacher Chris Andacht will be inducted into the Wisconsin High School Forensic Association (WHSFA) Theatre Directors Hall of Fame in a ceremony to take place this evening in Stevens Point.

Besides winning a Critic’s Choice award every year since 2002, Catholic Memorial’s casts, directed by Andacht, have been recognized with 39 outstanding acting awards which is more than any other school in the history of the WHSFA.

During this same time, he has also been awarded 10 outstanding directing awards. However, Andacht says he is most proud of the fact that his three daughters Jennifer, Kate, and Amelia, have all been awarded outstanding acting awards at State.

“The award is really much more about our program and the many wonderful kids who have committed to doing the grunt work that is necessary to bring authentic human acting to the stage. It is also about our belief that the stories we tell can change lives, not only our own, but those of our audience as well. We believe that in helping them to discover a real piece of life, that they all too often miss in their own,  we move them to live and love more fully. It is in this that we fulfill our mission and make our space sacred,” said Andacht.

Chris will be entering the hall of fame in the same year as his daughter, Amelia, who will be inducted for having been one of only three actors in the 116-year history of the association, to win three individual outstanding acting awards at State.

“As a father, I am much more excited about my daughter being inducted by the WHSFA than I am about my own induction, but in terms of their recognizing me, it certainly is a wonderful honor,” said Andacht.

Catholic Memorial High School Selected to Participate in National Pilot Program

For Immediate Release:
November 15, 2012

Media Contacts:
Dr. Robert Hall, Catholic Memorial High School Principal

Jennifer Cahill, PLTW Director of Communications

Catholic Memorial High School Selected to Participate in National Pilot Program
New course expands in-demand, high-skill opportunities for students

Waukesha, WI- Project Lead The Way, the nation’s leading non-profit provider of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) curriculum and professional development to middle and high schools, announced on November 7 that Catholic Memorial High School has been selected to pilot a new PLTW course in the 2013-2014 school year. 

The new course is called Computer Science and Software Engineering and will be part of the high school’s Pathway To Engineering program from PLTW. The course addresses an ever-growing need for students across all career paths to explore the new questions and tools opened up by massive data collection and processing. The course also exposes students to the high-demand career paths within Computer Science and Information Technology.  The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that 50% of the 2.8 million job openings in STEM through 2018 will be for computer specialists (PCAST Report to The President: Engage to Excel, 2012.) 

Rose Hoffmann, the instructor selected to pilot the course at Catholic Memorial High School, is among approximately 50 teachers nationwide participating in the pilot program. These 50 teachers will help instruct the professional development for the teachers who wish to implement the Computer Science and Software Engineering course when becomes available for the full PLTW network in the 2014-15 school year. There are over 5,200 PLTW programs in more than 4,700 schools across the United States. 

Catholic Memorial High School is in their 4th year of teaching Project Lead the Way. Courses offered include Principles of Engineering, Introduction to Engineering Design, Digital Electronics, and Engineering Design and Development.

Catholic Memorial’s Computer Science curriculum includes both SL and HL IB Computer Science, equivalent to 2 semesters of Computer Science in College. This course is taught using Java, an object oriented programming language.
For questions about the Project Lead The Way program at Catholic Memorial High School, please contact Kevin Heaney at 262-542-7101 or
About PLTW
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