Tuesday, December 31, 2013

CMH Alum to represent America

from the Lake Country Reporter -
Local rider to represent U.S. in World Cup

By Melissa Graham
Congratulations go out to Pewaukee native Emily Gutenkunst, 18, who was selected to represent the United States at the 2014 Saddle Seat World Cup.

The announcement comes after impressive showings at the Saddle Seat World Cup Team Trials at William Woods University, Dec. 7. Only 12 riders were chosen from the 32 aspiring athletes, who came in from across the nation — 20 in three gaited competition and 12 in five-gaited.

They rode two phases in a chilly but snow-and-ice free atmosphere. Each phase consisted of one rail ride and one pattern ride on unfamiliar horses. The horses were chosen randomly, out of a hat, and riders had only seven minutes to warm up and get acquainted with their horse.

"We are very proud. She rode her heart out," her mother, Kathy Gutenkunst, said.

Emily says she was surprised to learn that she had qualified. "I knew I had ridden well but I was surprised because the whole day I did not want to know my scores."

"I was really surprised. I came with the mind-set that this is just a great opportunity, I never thought I'd make it," she said.

Emily's been riding for seven years and originally picked up the hobby after seeing her older sister ride horses. Now she has her own horse, "CH Callaway's Where There's A Will" (but known simply as Garth) and finds time to ride in her busy schedule. She says Garth is her best friend,. "I don't know what I would do without him."

Emily is a freshman at the University of Dayton, majoring in marketing. She's also active on her campus activities board.

She trains with Scott and Carol Matton of Knollwood Farm in Hartland and will practice saddle-seat riding whenever she's home. Emily also plans to fly out to World Cup team practices — paying close attention to her departure and arrival times so she doesn't miss class or extracurricular meetings on campus.

"For the past four weekends ... It's gotten to the point where I don't unpack anymore. I just swap everything out," she explained.

Emily will join the other riders on 2014 U.S. Saddle Seat World Cup Team, five per team plus one alternate. Three gaited riders include Aleia Brown, 15, from Ohio; Quinn Mercier, 19, from New Hampshire; Macey Miles, 14, from Indiana; Kristen Smith, 20, Kentucky; Nadine Von Zomeran, 18, from Iowa; alternate Brooke Boyer,17, from Iowa. Five-gaited riders include Gutenkunst; Maise Benfield, 13, from Kentucky; McGee Bosworth, 16, from South Carolina; William Nalty, 15, Louisiana; Eleanor Rainbolt-Forbes, 15, from Oklahoma; alternate Sydney Shaw, 16, Arizona.

"It was intense. We all knew we were good enough to make it at that point and it was hard because you're all friends at that point," Emily explained.

These riders will represent the United States in July 2014 during the International Saddle Seat World Cup competition in Asheville, N.C.

For more information about the U.S. Saddle Seat World Cup Team and the 2014 Saddle Seat World Cup, go to USASaddleSeatWorldCup.org.

"It was never really my thing but after watching my sister ride and just taking it all in ... Well, I loved it once I got started," Emily said.


Dryer leads CMH

WEST ALLIS – Sophomore
Dena Dryer scored 21 points to lead the Catholic Memorial High School girls basketball team to a 47-30 victory over West Allis Hale in the title game of Hale’s tournament on Saturday.

Carrie Bodus added 10 points for the Crusaders, who improved to 5-3 overall.

Anonymous CMH Donor offers $100K Challenge

Please help CMH meet an incredible New Year's challenge to match up to $100,000 in new or increased Crusader Fund gifts or pledges received by January 31st!  This challenge gift has been offered by two anonymous donors who hope to grow the numbers of alumni, parents and friends choosing the Crusader Fund as the fundamental charitable means to support the mission and vision at CMH!

To qualify, gifts and pledges must be directed to the Crusader Fund and fulfilled by June 30th, 2014.
Click here to make a secure online gift now.  Donors receive an immediate email confirmation. A formal charitable gift acknowledgment will be mailed  indicating the original gift date.  Checks can be mailed to the Development Office at 601 E College Avenue, Waukesha, Wi 53186.
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Thank you for all you do to protect the Memorial Way!
Our Lady of Memorial, Pray for Us.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Very Rev. Paul B.R. Hartmann '84

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Christmas Blessings from CMH!

Christmas 2013
Dear Catholic Memorial Family,
It is the Risen Christ who tells us, with a power that fills us with confidence and unshakeable hope:‘Behold, I make all things new’ (Rev 21:5). With Mary we advance confidently towards the fulfillment of this promise.”  Evangelii Gaudium, Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation
This Christmas as I reflect on Pope Francis’ message, CMH advances confidently, treasuring its strong foundation,and proclaiming its deep faith.  With a newborn King at the heart of both, CMH has a bright and promising future.  With Our Lady of Memorial as our inspiration we trust that faith, education, and Caritas in Omnibus helps us to “make all things new”.  
Your generosity is a source of unshakeable hope for us. Thank you for bringing the faith learned here to a needy world.  Thank you, as you receive the new born Christ into your lives.
Our Lady of Memorial, pray for us!
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Very Reverend Paul Hartmann, '84

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Crusader girls best the Warriors

from today's Waukesha Freeman -
CMH 56
Muskego 51
North helps lift Crusaders
CMH wins first in Classic 8
By Tony Mooren, Freeman Correspondent

WAUKESHA – Tori North knew her teammates had it in them to win a Classic 8 Conference game.

Perhaps more importantly, Catholic Memorial High School girls basketball coach Therese Dejewski knew North had it in her to help her team win.

North, a sophomore, came up with a season-high 20 points as the Crusaders posted their first league victory with a 56-51 decision over winless Muskego on Friday.

“Everyone was doing their job on the floor,” North said. “The team played really well. It was pretty nerve-wracking, but I knew we had to keep our patience.”

“Tori’s capable of that,” Dejewski said. “It was a nice night for her to come out and have a day. It was just a matter of asserting herself on offense. We’ve been talking to her the last few days about not being afraid to assert herself.”

North, who made 7 of 11 shots from the field, was perhaps most assertive when it counted the most.

Her team was trailing 48-44 with just over four minutes remaining when she nailed a 3-pointer and 48 seconds later another Tori, senior Tori Hodorowski, drilled another 3 pointer – with North getting the assist – to give the Crusaders a 50-49 lead they never relinquished.

“North’s shot – and Hodorowski’s shot – were probably the biggest two
shots of the night,” Dejewski said. “I feel as if we’ve been close but we weren’t able to put a complete game together. We still have a way to go and we left some points out there, but I’m happy we were able to get over the hump.”

Memorial (1-3 in league) did have some help from the Warriors (0-4), who were outscored 12-3 in the final 4:50 of the game, making just 1 of 7 shots from the field and 1 of 8 free throws with two turnovers down the stretch.

“We have a lot of kids who haven’t had a lot of varsity experience and being in a tight game was a new experience, too,” Muskego coach Brian Hirtz said. “The pressure got to us. We missed a lot of free throws and it’s a learning experience. We had a chance to win the game and we had a lot of players step up, but we also had a lot of mental breakdowns and Memorial took advantage.”

Seven of North’s points came in the final quarter and she was backed in scoring by senior Dena Dryer with 14 points and Hodorowski with nine. Dryer led Memorial in rebounds with nine and junior Nicole Piette had eight.

Muskego took advantage of 2-for-12 shooting by Memorial in the opening quarter to take a 14-7 lead but the Crusaders stormed back with 9-for-13 shooting to take a 28-24 halftime lead – a lead Memorial retained until the final quarter when a 9-2 run gave the Warriors a 48-44 lead and prompted a Memorial time out.

“There was still time and
I felt as if the girls still had an opportunity to make some shots and still had a run in them,” Dejewski said. “It was just a matter of finishing.”

North came out of the timeout with a 3-pointer, but freshman Hannah Kath made 1 of 2 free throws to give the Warriors a 49-47 advantage.

Hodorowski’s 3-pointer gave Memorial the lead and Muskego had no answers, missing six of seven shots and all six free throws from there on.

Memorial had its own free-throw issues, making only 17 of 33 and Dryer, the
team’s leading scorer who was 5 for 13 from the free throw line, admitted they were a definite problem.

“Our transition was pretty good, and our pace really helped,” Dryer said. “We really worked on our transition game and we had good passes, which led to good shots. It feels good to finally win. We’ve been working hard in practice and it paid off.”

Sophomore Emily Schulte led Muskego with 11 points, while senior Dani Abella scored 10 points and senior Sammy Schneiker nine – her points on three 3-pointers.
Photo credits - Charles Auer/Freeman Staff
Top: Catholic Memorial senior Bridget Farley, left, and Muskego junior Kortney Hungelmann-Skiba compete for a rebound Friday. 
Bottom: Catholic Memorial senior Bailey Finnegan takes a shot over Muskego defenders, from left, Johna Radke, Kortney Hungelmann- Skiba and Vicki Jansen on Friday. 

Caritas in Omnibus for the Salvation Army High School Kettle Challenge

CMH students, faculty, staff, and families chip in to defend CMH's 2012 Championship in the Waukesha Salvation Army's High School Kettle Challenge.
Thanks to all for your service!

Crusaders tops in Classic 8 sportsmanship

from the Classic 8 website -

For the Fall 2013 sports season, CMH Teams in a lead-tying 4 sports were recognized by coaches and officials for exceptional sportsmanship.
Congratulations to all Crusader student-athletes who so well reflect our school's mission, vision, and values.
Catholic Memorial – Boys Soccer, Boys Cross Country, Girls Swim, Girls Golf

Waukesha North – Football, Girls Cross Country, Girls Tennis, Girls Swim

Kettle Moraine – Girls Volleyball, Girls Cross Country, Girls Swim

Arrowhead – Football, Boys Volleyball, Girls Swim

Waukesha West – Girls Cross Country, Girls Swim

Muskego – Girls Tennis

Waukesha South – Boys Cross Country

Mukwonago – no recognitions

John Burke, National Coach of the Year


from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America -

2013 NSCAA Girls' High School
National Coach of the Year

Catholic Memorial High School's John Burke has been named Regional and National Coach of the Year in the private school category, girls’ soccer.
Presentation of the award will be Friday, January 17 at the annual NSCAA Awards Banquet, in Philadelphia.

Save the Date – the Annual Crusader Auction

“All that GLITTERS is Blue and Gold”
is scheduled for
Saturday, March 8, 2014.

Planning is underway but we need your input to make sure this year’s auction is a success. 

A Creative Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, January 8th at 6:30 p.m. in the CMH Board Room. 

If you are interested in helping but unable to attend please contact Auction Manager, Kate Schroeder at (262) 542-7101, ext. 305 or by email kschroeder@catholicmemorial.net

Thursday, December 19, 2013

CMH Awarded Waukesha's "Key to the City"

What better way to wrap up the year than to thank those who toil day and night within the community for what they do to make it a better place?

For a third year, Mayor Jeff Scrima handed out keys to the city to those who stood out this year.

"The practice of presenting a Key to the City to an individual may be traced back to medieval times, when admission into a city was hampered by walls and locked gates. Back then the key symbolized free entry. Today the presentation honors people and organizations for their outstanding civic contributions, and symbolizes that the city is at their service.

"As a citizen Mayor, and custodian for the city residents, I am humbled to give these keys to the following 12 2013 recipients, whom have my utmost respect and whom deserve this recognition. Their contributions have further stabilized the family values of Waukesha — values of empathy, responsibility and creativity. They have carried out these values with strength to proactively build a brighter future — a brighter future for ourselves and for our children," Scrima said.

[In recognizing Catholic Memorial High School, the Mayor's commendation credited the school's ability to...]
Guide and prepare each student to bring values of love, faithfulness, and generosity to whatever role meets their desired challenge. In over 60 years, Catholic Memorial High School has graduated more than 11,000 men and women. The City of Waukesha and beyond, has benefited greatly from CMH's near 65 years of sending forth good citizens, strong servant leaders, and devoted faithful, who are having a positive impact on the community and the world.

Representing the entire CMH Family, past, present, and future, in receiving Waukesha's Key to the City were (left to right) Bill West, '79 and Vice-Chair of the Board, Mayor Scrima, Michael Hoffman, CMH Student Council, Karen Zhou, International Student, Dan Prager, Student Council, Fr. Paul Hartmann, '84, President, Mary Petrie, '76 and Project Lead the Way Coordinator.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Sugar sells

One of the joys of my work at CMH is seeing our IB Business students (future business people) create a product and then produce a TV commercial for it.   You will recognize some familiar faces in it!    Enjoy! 

Mike Previte
Business Department Chair

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

CMH alum on track to become a Senator...

from today's Waukesha Freeman -

No end in sight for Costello
Former CMH hockey player perseveres in sport

Freeman Staff

WAUKESHA – Jeff Costello already knows he has a future in hockey.

Having been drafted by the Ottawa Senators in 2009, Costello knows he will be playing hockey beyond his senior season at the University of Notre Dame.

“It was a dream come true being selected in the draft,” Costello said of being taken with the 146th pick in 2009. “I’ve had the benefit of going out to Ottawa the past couple of summers and participating in their development camp. Learning and being around other pros has helped teach me get to that level.”

However, being drafted hasn’t made him complacent in his development. Just being drafted by the Senators doesn’t mean he’s guaranteed a spot on the roster. The Senators can cut him anytime and put him on the free-agent market.

Costello’s been cut before, and he’s not about to let that happen again. But when Costello got cut by AAA Team Illinois, it was the turning point in his playing career. He was cut prior to his freshman year of high school, so Costello decided to play at Catholic Memorial. There, he became a two-time all-state player and eventually played for the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders in the United States Hockey League.

“Definitely not,” Costello said when asked if he’d envisioned his career where it’s at now when he
 was a freshman at CMH. “I had a blast playing for Catholic Memorial and playing in front of my classmates. It’s been a long dream. After a few breaks from here to there, I’m very happy with the route I’ve took and the places I’ve played, and the people I’ve met.”

Being cut can be tough for any eighth grader at any level. AAA is the highest level of hockey for youths that age. Playing for Team Illinois was a commitment in itself. His father, Tim, would drive him about two hours one way to practice in Chicago twice a week during the season.

“It was devastating at the time,” Jeff Costello said about being cut. “I was going into high school and still planned on doing travel hockey still. When I found out, my parents did a great job supporting me and said that these things happen and it’s what I do after that’s going to determine what’s happen next.”

Tim Costello knew his son would bounce back. Jeff Costello is a
 model of resiliency. At the age of five, Costello was diagnosed as a Type 1 diabetic. 

“I say he’s unstoppable,” Tim Costello said. “When he gets that curveball thrown at him, he just figures out how to deal with it. That’s kind of the way we raised him. That’s his mentality, he’s very resilient.”

On the ice, Jeff Costello was still a little small for his age and that could have been a reason why he was cut. But he never lost confidence in his game.

“I knew he was going to grow and be stronger and it was just one of those bumps in the road that you have to overcome,” Tim Costello said. “I knew he would prevail.”

Tim Costello said playing high school hockey just earned his son some notoriety in Wisconsin. It was just a different path. Jeff Costello played three years for the Crusaders, and during that time he was noticed by personnel from Grand Rapids and was drafted. In the two seasons with the RoughRiders, he was selected as an East Division All-Star and led the team to a secondplace finish in the 2009-10 season.

At 6-feet and 212 pounds, Jeff Costello doesn’t have
 to worry about being too small now. It’s that big frame that has gotten him as far has he’s gotten. Jeff Costello said it’s the physical part of the game that drew him to hockey. He leads the Irish in penalty minutes.

But he’s more than just the enforcer on the ice.

“He’s got good enough touch skills and playmaking ability to make a play,” Notre Dame coach Jeff Jackson said. “He’s got good vision and makes good plays with the puck. He can create
 offense with his physical presence, but also with his basic understanding of the game.”

Jeff Costello, who was voted a captain by teammates, doesn’t shy away from hitting. He said he tries to make it a point to get to the net and use his size so other players know he’s out there, too.

“He’s such a solid body. When he hits you, you know it,” Jackson said. “He’s not afraid to get to the net or win battles next to the boards.”

Looking back on his success, maybe it was some of these bumps in the road that made him the player he is today. Jeff Costello said he has no ill will against the Team Illinois coaches that cut him. In fact, he and his dad still joke about it.

“Actually, the year they cut me they went to the national championship game,” Jeff Costello said. “My dad jokes saying they cut the right guy. I still keep in contact with a few of the players I played with on that team.

“You can put in all the work and put in all the time and sometimes things still don’t go your way. My dad always said it takes timing and some luck in a lot of cases. If something bad happens, I don’t let it get to me and focus on the next opportunity.”

The next opportunity is to make it back to the Frozen Four. As a freshman, Costello scored the game’s first goal in a 4-3 loss to the University of Minnesota-Duluth. It was Notre Dame’s second Frozen Four appearance in the school’s history.

“Not get too high and not get too low and just take things in stride and make the best out of every situation,” Costello said.


Friday, December 13, 2013

Rugby - from the Pope and from CMH

It's no secret the Pope is into sports. He says it's not only good for the body, but also to build character and spirit.

Addressing the national rugby teams of Italy and Argentina, he highlighted the values of sports, and those for rugby in particular.

"It's a tough sport, a lot of physical contact, but there is no violence. There's great loyalty, great respect. Playing rugby is tiring. It's no easy walk. And I think it's useful to strengthen character, and one's will.”

In sports, as in life, he said, one must fight to reach a goal. That's why the Pope urged all players to fight with that same spirit in their lives, as in the field. 

Congratulations to the Crusaders named to the 2013 All-State Team!  

The full list, which is filled with upperclassmen, is here:   http://lifelawrugby.blogspot.com/ 

 Myra Dillett (jr) 
 Julie Else (sr) 
 Rebecca Haight (sr)  
 Molly Langhenry (sr)   

 Liz Bellis (sr) 
 Alexa Jaeger (sr) 
 Lizzy Jacobson (jr)  
 Maggie Wesolowski (sr) 

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Project Lead the Way heads to job sites

40 Project Lead the Way students participated in the Waukesha Business Alliance Schools -2- Skills program on Tuesday, December 3. These tours are learning opportunities, offered to high school students in Waukesha County and Southeastern Wisconsin.

The mission of these tours is to raise awareness about the importance of manufacturing to Waukesha County, and to form relationships between schools and businesses throughout the county.  

The top concern of CEO’s throughout Waukesha County is finding and developing the next generation of employees – from shop floor associates to managers and degreed engineers. 

The students went to GE Waukesha Gas Engines,  Delzer Lithograph, and Weldall Mfg. Inc. Students met with leaders in the company to discuss STEM job opportunities, school options,  and various manufacturing processes.  The students even got to do some welding!  

The day concluded at WCTC, where students were given lunch and a tour of their lab facilities.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Caritas off the court

Last Saturday, as part of their annual team service project, the JV boys basketball team went shopping for gifts for this Waukesha County Christmas Clearing Council family. According to Coach Gotzler, the boys had too much fun picking out toys and gifts. They'll be wrapping and delivering the gifts next Saturday.

Crusaders dim the Northstars on the court

Article from Saturday's Waukesha Freeman -
Photos from Jeff Zmania -
Crusaders capture first victory
Late run provides spark for CMH
CMH 60
Waukesha North 48
By Christine Hibbs,
Freeman Correspondent
WAUKESHA – The Crusaders needed a pick-me-up.

Starting the season 0-4, the Catholic Memorial High School boys basketball team got it Friday night.

CMH used a 7-0 scoring spurt in the final period to take control and take a 60-48 Classic 8 Conference victory over Waukesha North.

The Crusaders improved to 1-4 overall and 1-0 in the conference,
while Waukesha North is 1-2 overall and 0-1 in the conference.

“We did a great job of getting stops on defense and rebounding the ball. And then on offense we concentrated on getting good looks and not turning the ball over, and that’s what really got us the win at the end,” senior Jake Shomin said. “In the past few years it’s always been close against North, so we always want to win. They’re a very good team, and we respect each other.”

With four ties and the biggest margin in the first three quarters being
five points, the teams stayed neckand- neck until midway through the fourth quarter.

After North junior Kyle Petersen drained a 3-pointer to inch his team back within four at 48-44, CMH scored seven unanswered points for a 55-45 lead.

“The difference in this game was the defensive effort that we gave,” CMH coach Dean Bellanti said. “We did a nice job in the post defense. They missed a few shots off of the perimeter, but we were able to not allow second-chance opportunities. That was a key. We just got into a nice little rhythm, and our confidence continued to grow.”

The 7-0 run started with CMH senior Chandler North hitting a free throw in the bonus situation. After CMH senior Ayinde Starling earned a block on the defensive end, Shomin, who led all scorers with 16 points, took it to the hoop on the other end for a 51-44 lead.

“It’s your first conference game. People are trying to figure out who they are as a team and so forth,” Bellanti said. “Waukesha North wanted this game, and we wanted this game. It was two teams that were battling for it. Going into the fourth quarter, it was anybody’s game.”

After Shomin’s layup, the Northstars failed to convert and CMH took the opportunity to stretch the lead with Shomin finding junior Mike Schmidt on the inside.

“We were a little stagnant on offense, but we gave them too many easy looks,” North coach Greg Polkowski said. “In that 7-0 run, I
can picture two layups on the left side. We just gave up too many easy baskets.”

After a North timeout, CMH was still able to penetrate, this time Starling going in for a layup to close out the 7-0 CMH scoring run.

Starling had 12 points and six rebounds.

“We played so much better as a team, passing the ball,” Shomin said. “Our big center (6-foot-4) Mike Schmidt did a great job on (6-foot-6 senior) Cory
Michaelis. He’s one of the top guys in our conference, and we held him to a lower scoring average than what he normally does.”

Michaelis had four points and eight rebounds, with sophomore teammate Adam Wieczorek leading North with 13 points.

“I’m pleased with the growth that we’ve made the past couple of weeks,” Bellanti said. “We’ve had four difficult games to start the season with, but we’ve been making progress.”

jeff zmania

Friday, December 6, 2013

Christmas Concerts next weekend!

The Catholic Memorial High School Jazz Ensemble and Show Choir concert will be held next Saturday,
December 14, at 7:00 p.m. in the Recital Hall at Carroll University.

The Concert Choir, Concert Band and Chamber Orchestra will perform at Shattuck Auditorium, Carroll University, on Sunday, December 15, at 2:00 p.m.

Come enjoy the music of the season and support CMH fine arts.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Freeman Wrestling Preview

from today's Waukesha Freeman - 

Depth an issue for Crusaders 
Coach likes team’s tournament ability

Freeman Staff

WAUKESHA – Bill Young is excited about this year’s team – and he thinks it will be a good tournament-style team.

The Catholic Memorial High School wrestling team has five seniors, and juniors John Anderson and Sam Gromacki are returning sectional qualifiers – which makes CMH very strong in some areas.

But the lineup is still missing 106- and 113-pound wrestlers. That’s why Young will put a little more emphasis on tournament results than dual meets.

“We were above .500 with just one senior on the team last year,” the coach said. “We’ve got 23 kids out for wrestling, which is a big improvement. But we have some young kids in the lineup, and there’s a learning curve because you lose before you win. We will be a better tournament team than a dual team because we will have some holes in our lineup.”

Seniors David McLeod (132 pounds), Ty Schmitt (152), Paul Parworth (145 or 152), along with Gromacki (285) and Anderson (145) are all returning sectional qualifiers. However, they didn’t have much success at the sectional. Only Justin Dentici made it to state, but he graduated last year.

McLeod was one match away from state, but because of an illness toward the end of last year he wasn’t 100 percent in the postseason.

“He really worked out hard in the offseason and has been a lot of time at (the Askren Wrestling Academy),” Young said about McLeod. “So has Anderson, Gromacki and Mike Wurster. Hopefully all the work that they have 
spent will pay off for them.” 

Young has a good idea on who will be in what weight class, but some guys will move around in a couple of spots. Everyone coming back is up a weight class or two from last year, which Young said is normal.

“A lot of that has to do, and this is in any sport, of what you do in the offseason,” Young said. “That’s to be stronger and more reps. You’ve just go to keep showing improvements. The end deal is to be a state qualifier.”

John Clark will also provide some experience in the lineup. The senior missed last year after having shoulder surgery. He will wrestle at 195 pounds. Sophomore Chris Else has varsity experience and will wrestle at 120 pounds.

Gromacki, Clark, Else, Wurster, Anderson and Ronny Driscoll all play for CMH’s football team, which is also coached by Young.

“We need our guys at Memorial to play more than just one sport,” Young said. “It’s a great crossover from football to wrestling.”

Young said he’d like to take credit in recruiting football players to wrestling, but he said not everyone can handle the rigors of wrestling.

The Crusaders have a lot of freshmen, and if any starters get injured it’s a freshman
 that will most likely have to step up, Young said. However, there’s two freshmen in Donavon Smith (126) and Rich Urich (132) who will likely crack the starting lineup.

CMH took sixth in the Classic 8 Conference tournament, and Young thinks his team will improve on that finish. He thinks Mukwonago, Arrowhead and Muskego will all be tough teams to beat, but his team doesn’t have to compete in a dual against those teams this season.

“It’s a grind, no doubt about it,” Young said.


Wednesday, December 4, 2013

CMH Service Club Thanksgiving meal for the community

from Mr. Jon Brzeski, CMH Director of Campus Ministry -
Fr. Paul,
Here are a few photos from the Thanksgiving dinner.

The Thanksgiving Dinner has been a longstanding tradition at Catholic Memorial. Service club officers lead the club in planning and preparation for the meal. On the day before Thanksgiving, the Maas family coordinated a team of student, parent, faculty and alumni volunteers who prepared a Thanksgiving dinner with all of the trimmings including the famous Mass mashed potatoes.
Catholic Memorial students and their families prepared and donated pies and desserts. Chef Jeff and Taher food service provided supplies and helped our cooks in the kitchen prior to the day of the meal. Sam’s Club, Pick N’ Save, and Sendyk’s provided gift cards and turkeys.

 With the help of over 100 past, present, and future students and families, the hospitality was unmatched. Over 220 people were guests this year and all seemed to enjoy the evening. At the end of the day, when the clean-up was done, leftovers were taken to the Sienna House to ensure that nothing was wasted.

It was a joy to watch so many wonderful people working together to make this meal happen. All of this is an offering of thanksgiving for the bounty with which God has blessed us. The ability to break bread together and share in fellowship at this time of year is something for which we can be truly thankful. We give thanks for all who were able to join us last Wednesday to take part in our Catholic Memorial Family Thanksgiving Meal. May God continue to bless all of us.

God Bless,

Jon Brzeski
N.B. Just two days later, Jon and his wife Elizabeth celebrated the birth of their third child, Philip Valentine Brzeski.  Dad, mom, and both big sisters are overjoyed.  Baby and all are doing very well.
Congratulations Jon and Elizabeth!

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Crusader Girls BB top Watertown

from today's Waukesha Freeman -

Dryer scores 30 to lead CMH past Watertown

WATERTOWN – Dena Dryer had 30 points as Catholic Memorial beat Watertown 50-35 in a nonconference game Saturday.

Dryer was 12 of 18 from the free-throw line and added nine field goals.

Tori Hodorowski and Tori North each had seven points for the Crusaders.

– Freeman Staff

Monday, December 2, 2013

CMH alum Bray named Ivy League Player of the Week


Princeton senior guard T.J. Bray (New Berlin, Wis.) paced the Tigers to wins over George Mason and Bucknell in just his second and third games back from injury. Against George Mason, Bray led the team with 18 points and had 10 assists, the first Tiger in 10 years to notch 10 helpers and the first one in 22 years to do so against Division I competition. Against Bucknell, he co-led Princeton in scoring with 15 points and had a career-high nine rebounds a game after setting a career high in assists. Bray finished the week with only two turnovers in 72 minutes of action.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Girls BB posts a win

CMH girls win with defense

FOND DU LAC – The Catholic Memorial girls used a pressure defense to
edge Fond du Lac 47-45 Friday.

Bridget Farley and Dena Dryer led the way with 12 points apiece. Fond du Lac made its comeback from the free-throw line as it shot 18 for 24 from the line compared to the Crusaders shooting 5 for 13.

Friday, November 29, 2013

CMH's North named one of County's 20 Best Athletes in Fall Season

Best Athletes

Waukesha County’s best 20 fall high school athletes in 2013 as selected by The Freeman

Chandler North
Catholic Memorial Volleyball 

The senior was the co-Classic 8 Player of the Year and a first-team all-state pick. 

Alberti named C8 Girls VB Co-Player of the Year


2013 All-Conference Girls Volleyball Team


Lauren Alberti 


Lauren Alberti, Senior 

Lexie Calloway, Junior 

Hayley Levenhagen, Junior 
Maddy Davis, Senior

Honorable Mention:
Maddy Rondeau, fresh.