Tuesday, April 30, 2013


Last Sunday. some CMH alums who are students at Marquette University gathered for a mass at noon in the historic St. Joan of Arc Chapel, and then we went over to Sobelman's for lunch.

It is always great to share time with CMH graduates.

Music news

Congratulations to the following CMH musicians who earned "I" ratings, the highest rating, at last Saturday’s State WSMA Solo and Ensemble Festival held at UW Whitewater. These performers also earned the highest ratings at a District Festival in March, in or-der to advance to State!

Clarinet Quartet:
Mary Biedlingmeier
Jenny DeNardis
Sarah Gorczany
Haley Lange

Parade Drum Solo: George Kowalski

Piano Solo: David Wittmann*

Violin/Clarinet Duet: Jenny DeNardis
Kaitlin Trokan

Soprano Solo: Shannon Fuller

Classical Guitar Solo: Mitchell Fagan

Clarinet Solo: Jenny DeNardis

Music Theater – Female Role:Shannon Fuller

Soprano Solo: Jessica Pawlak

Soprano Solo: Laura Ellingen

*David Wittmann also earned an Exemplary Certificate, which is awarded at a judge’s discretion

Girls Track

from today's Waukesha Freeman -

Good meet for CMH girls relays
  - Freeman Staff

WAUKESHA – The sun finally came out to shine Saturday.

Right on cue, so did the Catholic Memorial High School girls track and field relay teams during the Northstar Classic at Waukesha North High School.

Erin Jaynes, Maddy Davis, Bailey Finnegan and Abby Finnegan won the 4x200meter relay in 1 minutes, 48.43 seconds, and Jaynes, Davis, Bailey Finnegan and Emily Kern won the 4x100 relay in 51.96.

“We especially want to focus on getting to state, so coach (Chris) Andacht is switching people in our relays to see what’s best for state,” said Davis, who also won the 100-meter hurdles in 16.29 seconds.

Abby Finnegan enjoyed both the warmth of the sun and the thrill of victory.

“This felt really good,” Finnegan, said. “We’ve been training for a long time, and it felt good to work as a team and win. Our relays are really important to us. Some of the schools in this meet are D-2, so it was nice to be able to compete against teams we’ll see down the road.”

Schools from outside of Waukesha County dominated the team scoring. West Bend West won the meet with 94 points and was followed by Fond du Lac with 76.5, Racine Case with 76, Crystal Lake (Ill.) South with 73 and Grafton with 71.

Kettle Moraine’s Taylor Weis won the triple jump at a personal-best 35 feet, 11.25 inches, and the Lasers – who finished sixth – got thirdplace finishes from Lindsay Stefan in the 100 hurdles, Ann Sekutowski in the 1,000 and 3,200 runs, Alia Paavola in the 800 and Chrystelle Schowalter, Morgan Wischstadt, Nicole Schroeder and Samantha Totsky in the 4x800 relay.

“I was out for most of the indoor season with an ankle injury from gymnastics season,” Weis said. “It’s been
difficult for me to get back to full strength. My past couple outdoor meets, the triple jump hadn’t gone as well as I wanted it, which was a little discouraging.

“This meet was definitely just what I needed to get my confidence back and my excitement and passion about the event.

“The nice weather was a big part of it. We haven’t been able to practice outside every day. The (sand) pits have been frozen, so we can’t jump into them. It’s made a difference with our practices.”

KM coach Steve Lewis was encouraged.

“To have a fabulous meet like this with a lot of great competition was just awesome,” Lewis said. “This is our conference and sectional site, and we saw some good things. Alia Paavola has been injured, but she gutted it out and finished third in the halfmile 15 seconds off her time from last week. That was the type of performance we saw from our kids.”

Waukesha North’s Madison Ricciardi, who played soccer last year rather then competing in track and field, claimed second place in the 100 hurdles and third in the 300 hurdles. She was spent after her 300 race.

“Going through the first 200 meters is fine,” Ricciardi said. “Once you hit the 100 mark, the wall just hits you. It’s so tiring, but I did pretty well. I’d like to make it to state in the 100. The 300 isn’t my strongest event, but today it went pretty well.”

Kaitlyn Weis placed third in the shot put, and Krysta Parson came in fourth in the 200 dash for the Northstars.

“The warm weather felt
amazing,” North coach Kristin Hubmann said. “We had to cancel this meet last year because of cold weather. It was our only meet that got canceled last year, so it was a bummer.

“Our girls ran really, really well today. We had Jori Galles and Krysta Parson in the 400 and 200 for the first time today, and they both dropped huge times since the last time they ran those races. We’re excited to see where they’ll wind up by the end of the year.”

Oconomowoc freshman Marlie Houston won the
1,600 in 5:09.64, teammates Olivia Radtke (800) and Riley Frieler (3,200) finished second and Leah Fenske (high jump) placed third, leading the Raccoons to a seventhplace finish with 60 points.

Muskego, which finished ninth with 44 points, got second- place finishes from Leanna Barr, Morgan Marek, Lexie Tremble and Georgi Llanas in the 4x800 relay and Brianna Frey, Marissa Wendtland, Anna Egan and Shannon Staral in the 4x100 relay.


New girls basketball coach at CMH

from today's Waukesha Freeman -

Dejewski replaces Guess

WAUKESHA – Therese Dejewski is the new girls varsity basketball coach at Catholic Memorial High School.

CMH Athletic Director Greg Gamalski announced the coaching change Monday, noting former coach Ron Guess had too much of a time commitment in his full-time job to continue coaching.

“Ron stepped down because his job started to demand more time and effort,” Gamalski said of Guess. “He couldn’t devote as much time as needed to being a head coach.”

Guess, who was hired two years ago and whose team was 5-19 last season, could not be reached for comment.

Gamalski said he received several applications for the position, but Dejewski’s familiarity with the program helped her earn the head coaching job. Dejewski, a 2007 CMH graduate, was an assistant for the Crusaders since 2008.

“Therese is an alum, so she understands the culture of the school,” Gamalski said. “She’s involved with organizing all the summer leagues; she’s also involved with the junior program, so she had an edge there.

“I interviewed some very good candidates. That made it very interesting.”

– Freeman Staff

Friday, April 26, 2013

PREP Softball

from today's Waukesha Freeman -

• • • WALES – Catholic Memorial defeated Kettle Moraine 4-1 Thursday.

Senior Nikki Lee doubled home a run and scored on an error to put the Crusaders for good in the top of the second inning. Freshman teammate Hannah Smith went 2 for 4 with a triple and senior Rachel Ramthun pitched a complete game, yielding eight hits and two walks while striking out three.

Junior Ashley Madsen went 2 for 3 with a run, and senior Hannah Foltz was 2 for 3 with an RBI for the Lasers, who got a complete-game four-hitter from senior Ashley Ausprung.  


from today's Waukesha Freeman -

Waukesha South 2

Crusaders sweep singles competition
Mirsbergers successful switching from doubles

By Tony Mooren

Freeman Correspondent

WAUKESHA – There was no trophy, but at least coach Carl Veenendaal didn’t lose his clipboard.

Veenendaal’s good-time feeling from last weekend extended into another match as his Catholic Memorial High School boys tennis team topped Waukesha South 5-2 in a Classic 8 Conference dual meet.

The Crusaders won the Cedarburg Invitational last weekend and beat Brookfield Central for the first time in Veenendaal’s 14 seasons as head coach at Memorial, but he said, “I was so excited when they gave me the trophy that I walked away from the clipboard I had set down and then it disappeared.”

So he’s been in the process of contacting coaches of teams he’s faced this season to
send him the results he had on his clipboard.

He knew all about Thursday’s results: The Crusaders had the singles players and South had the doubles players, with one exception.

Perhaps surprisingly – surprising in that Memorial’s top two singles players, brothers Matt and Mike Mirsberger, are more often successfully playing doubles in non-Classic 8 Conference matches.

The duo finished third in the WIAA Division 2 state meet last season and compiled a 20-2 record.

But Thursday they led a singles sweep: Matt, a senior, beating senior Sawyer Dargiewicz 6-2, 6-0; Mike, a junior, taking out freshman Ben Greichen 6-1, 6-1; freshman Tommy Matoska handling Luis Pena 60, 6-1 and sophomore Christian Erickson getting past sophomore Brett Venzke 6-3, 7-5 in a battle of first-time players at the position.

“I knew the match would come down to
singles,” Veenendaal said. “They have good doubles teams and we have the singles players.” But Matt Mirsberger won his first conference match (1-2).

“I ran into two of the league’s top singles players in our first two matches,” he said.

One of the players is senior Jake Diesler from Mukwonago, a two-time conference champion.

But Mirsberger also has to switch gears from singles to doubles often.

“It’s a little difficult because singles and doubles are different,” he said. “You need two different mindsets, but I’ve played a lot of tennis in my life so it’s not too difficult and they help me. You have to have a good net game in doubles and you need a good baseline game in singles so they help my overall game.”

The Mirsberger brothers are 5-0 in doubles this season and have their sights set on matching their father Mark’s 1981 state title in doubles while playing for Wauwatosa West.

“We’d obviously like to win but we’re just trying to improve on last season,” Matt Mirsberger said.

Memorial’s lone doubles
victory came in three sets at No. 2 as senior Eric Schmitz and junior Jon Rymer improved to 5-0 with a 7-6 (11), 4-6, 6-3 victory over seniors Fernando Tejada-Conner Barrett, dropping the South duo to 7-3 this season.

South victories came from seniors Justin Seflow and Justin Gorski at No. 1 as they improved to 9-1, and junior Danny Perez and sophomore Al Tejada at No. 3.

“Obviously I’m not entirely pleased how we played but I was very
impressed by the way the Mirsbergers played,” South coach Dan Schreier said. “Our No. 1 doubles team is really starting to impress people and our No. 3 doubles team probably played its best match this season.”

Seflow and Gorski trailed 3-1 in the second set, then recorded a break and went on to win.

“They’ve gotten down a little in a lot of matches and they used to waver a little but they don’t waver at all any more,” Schreier said.
Photo credit: Robert F. Borkowski/Special to The Freeman  Catholic Memorial senior Matt Mirsberger won the No. 1 singles match Thursday. 

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Project Lead the Way Capstone presentations

Engineering Design & Development

April 23, 2013

1.     A Movable Soccer Goal Attachment:  Haley Anderson, Joseph Kolonko

2.    A Locker for 21’st Century Student: Peter Hornung, Noah Krause

3.    Precise Tape Measurement: Christian Besasie, Timothy McGinn

4.    The Baseball Practice Machine: Joseph Braun,    Lucas Porubsky, Mitchell Wendt

5.    The “Melonator”: Callob Lopez, Nicholas  Karfonta,  Jeffrey Smyczek

6.    The Liquid Pump: Jeremy Campbell, Andrew Toby

7.    The “Pellow”: Austin Kane,  Jared Norgal

Connections to Boston

Over the last two weeks, I have heard of many, many connections between CMH and the Boston Marathon bombing.  Alums, families members, and friends were present, or directly impacted by the act of terror.

All the stories are important to recollect, but here is one that is poignant and professionally written:


From today's Freeman -


Catholic Memorial defeats Mukwonago Ramthun pitches, hits well

MUKWONAGO – The Catholic Memorial High School softball team beat Mukwonago 8-1 in a Classic 8 Conference game Wednesday, scoring five runs in the third inning.

Rachel Ramthun pitched a complete- game three-hitter for Memorial and went 3 for 4 with an RBI.

Mukwonago, which committed six errors, got an RBI double from senior catcher Emily Weinke in the fourth inning.

Muwonago fell to 4-2 overall and 2-1 in conference.


Catholic Memorial boys win lacrosse match

WAUKESHA – Seniors Thomas Bixby, Nolan Hoffmann, Josh Gossett and Oscar Mendoza each scored a goal as the Catholic Memorial High School boys golf team defeated Kenosha 4-1 Wednesday.

Memorial broke a 1-1 tie with three goals in the fourth quarter.

– Freeman Staff

Wednesday, April 24, 2013


from today's Waukesha Freeman -

Crusaders continue early soccer success Memorial blanks Muskego 4-0

MUSKEGO – The Catholic Memorial High School girls soccer team improved to 2-0 in the Classic 8 Conference and 8-0 overall with a 4-0 shutout of Muskego on Tuesday.

Senior defender Shannon Weas opened the scoring with a penalty kick at 24 minutes. Senior midfielder Carina Krausert achived a hat trick of assists, feeding senior midfielder Courtney Farley at 44 minutes, freshman forward Emily Cervantes at 46 minutes and sophomore forward Nicole Piette at 47 minutes.

Junior Cassidy Lentz posted the shutout in goal. The Crusaders have outscored their eight opponents 40-3, with all three
opposing goals coming on penalty kicks.

Muskego dropped to 1-2 in the Classic 8 and 1-2-2 overall.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

A gift of Church history and spirituality

This week, Catholic Memorial High School was gifted custody of fourteen relics.  These relics come from the estate of the late Fr. Cletus Kaiser (1929-1998).  We are honored to become caretakers of these focal points of our Church’s history and spirituality.

1.      A Relic of the True Cross
2.      St. Peregine Laziosi, patron of cancer sufferers
3.      St. Dominic de Guzman, founder
4.      St. Martin de Porres
5.      St. Henry
6.      St. Cletus
7.      St. Clement
8.      St. Francis Assisi
9.      St. John Vianney
10.  St. Maria Goretti
11.  St. John Neumann
12.  St. Elizabeth Ann Seton
13.  St. Marcellinus
14.  St. Gerard Majella

This summer, it is hoped that a suitable display case for these, and the relics already held by CMH, can be built in the back of the Our Lady of Rosary Chapel.

The word “relic” comes from the Latin word meaning “I leave,” or “I abandon.” A relic is a piece of the body of a saint, an item owned or used by the saint, or an object which has been touched to the tomb of a saint.

It may seem strange that Christianity, which holds to the belief in the resurrected body, should attach veneration to relics of the faithful departed. But as Dom Bernardo Cignitti, O.S.B., once wrote, “In a religion as spiritually centered as Christianity, the remains of certain dead are surrounded with special care and veneration. This is because the mortal remains of the deceased are associated in some manner with the holiness of their souls which await reunion with their bodies in the resurrection.”

For more information about the Catholic tradition of relics, consider this simple article -  http://catholiceducation.org/articles/religion/re0331.html

Pope Francis: “Youth must be placed at the service of great ideals."

“Youth must be placed at the service of great ideals."
Pope Francis, April 22, 2013
Pope Calls on Youth to Heed the Lord's Call
Thousands Gather in St. Peters on Vocations Sunday
By Junno Arocho Esteves
VATICAN CITY, April 22, 2013 (Zenit.org) - Pope Francis reflected on the God’s calling to men and women during his address prior to the recitation of the Regina Caeli yesterday at St. Peter’s Square. The fourth Sunday of Easter, which is also known as Good Shepherd Sunday as well as Vocations Sunday, was marked by the ordination of 10 deacons to the priesthood earlier that morning.
The Holy Father reflected on the Gospel of the Good Shepherd, which he stated is the the “central nucleus” of Jesus’ Gospel in which “He Calls us to participate in His relationship with the Father.”
“Jesus wants to establish a relationship with his friends that is the reflection of the one he himself has with the Father: a relation of mutual belonging in total confidence, in intimate communion,” the Pope said.
“Jesus uses the image of the shepherd and his sheep to express this profound shared understanding, this relationship of friendship. The shepherd calls his sheep and they recognize his voice, they respond to his call and follow him. This is a beautiful parable!”
The Pope went on to say that if we learn to listen to the unique voice of Christ, then it will lead us along the path of life. A path, he continued, “that stretches even beyond death.”
Pope Francis then directed his word to the youth present in the square, exhorting them to heed God’s call.  
In a moment of dialogue the Pope asked “Have you heard the Lord’s voice at some time in a desire, in upheaval, invite you to follow him more closely? Have you heard it? I can’t hear you.” The youth erupted with shouts and applause.
“Youth must be placed at the service of great ideals. Do you think so? Do you agree? Ask Jesus what he wants of you and be courageous! Be courageous! Ask him! Behind and prior to every vocation to the priesthood or the consecrated life there is always someone’s powerful and intense prayer: a grandmother’s, a grandfather’s, a mother’s, a father’s, a community’s; This is why Jesus said: “Pray to the Lord of the harvest,” that is, God the Father, “that he might send workers for the harvest!”
Before reciting the Regina Caeli, the Holy Father asked the faithful to pray in particular for the new priests ordained and called on all to follow the example of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
“She learned to recognize Jesus’ voice from the time she carried him in her womb. Mary our Mother, help us to recognize Jesus’ voice always better and to follow it to walk along the path of life! Thank you,” the Pope said.

Pope Francis: The Church is not a mere babysitter!

from last week's L’Osservatore Romano -

The Church cannot be merely  “a babysitter who takes care of the child just to get him to sleep”. If she were  this, hers would be a “slumbering church”.

Whoever knows Jesus has the strength and the courage to proclaim him.  And whoever has received baptism has the strength to walk, to go forward, to evangelize and “when we do this the Church becomes a mother who generates children” capable of bring Christ to the world.

This, in sum, was the reflection proposed by Pope Francis this morning, Wednesday 17 April, during the celebration of Mass in the Chapel of the Domus Sancta Marthae, at which many employees of the Institute for Religious Works were present, accompanies by Ernst von Freyberg and Paolo Cipriani, respectively President of the  supervisory board and the general director of IOR. Among the concelebrants were Bishops Vicenzo Pisanello of Oria, and Giacinto Boulos Marcuzzo, Vicar of the Patriarch of Jerusalem for Latins in Israel.

“Let us ask the Lord,” he concluded, “for the grace to become baptized persons who are brave and sure that the Holy Spirit who is in us, received at baptism, always moves us to proclaim Jesus Christ with our life, our testimony and even with  our words”.

A Crusader cruises

from today's Waukesha Freeman -

Michels, Tiahnybik set track meet marks
MILWAUKEE – Oconomowoc High School senior Shawn Michels won the 110-meter hurdles in 15.14 seconds and the 300 hurdles in 40.09 – both meet records – to lead the Raccoons to fifth place in the Wisconsin Lutheran Invitational on Saturday.

Catholic Memorial senior Sam Tiahnybik set a meet record in winning the 400 dash in 49.43 and won the 200 dash in 22.47. The Crusaders finished 14th with 20 points.

Brookfield Academy junior Ryan Send won the 100 dash in 11.31 and placed second in the 200 dash in 23.36, and sophomore teammate Eli Wrenn finished second in the 400 dash in 52.01, leading their team to a 12th-place finish with 26 points.

Oconomowoc senior Joe Zack came in second in the 1,600 run in 4:22.85 to break the previous meet record and placed fifth in the 3,200 run in 9:56.92. Oconomowoc junior Shadow Day and senior Logan Ferrise finished second and fourth in the pole vault at 12 feet and 11-6, respectively, and freshman teammate Andy Woods placed third in the 400 dash in 52.10.

Wisconsin Lutheran won the girls meet with 108.50 points and won the boys meet with 114.

Oconomowoc junior Jane Nienhuis finished third in the 400-meter dash in one minute, 3.75 seconds to lead the Raccoons to 12th place with 10.75 points.

Brookfield Academy junior Meg Griffin placed fifth in the 3,200 run in 12:55.67 as the Blue Knights tied for 14th place with eight points.

– Freeman Staff

Monday, April 22, 2013

Tennis rolls in Cedarburg

On Saturday, the boy's tennis team won the Cedarburg Invitational.  First place winners were the doubles team of Matt and Mike Mirsberger (still undefeated in doubles competition), Joseph Diedrich and Joe Gagliano and Eric Schmitz and Jon Rymer (also undefeated in doubles competition).  We swept all doubles matches and beat Brookfield Central a highly ranked team in the state.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Senior Retreat 2013 - Now & Forever

Catholic Memorial High School Music Alumni Event and Spring Concert

Catholic Memorial High School Music Alumni Event and Spring Concert

All CMH Music Alumni invited to participate in the alumni choral and instrumental performance of "Loyalty" - CMH School Song
All concert patrons are invited to the President's Reception - Please RSVP
Tuesday, May 14, 2013 - Shattuck Auditorium, Carroll College
101 N. East Ave., Waukesha
Evening Agenda:
5:30-6:00 pm
Optional rehearsal for alumni choral and instrumental performance of "Loyalty" - CMH School Song
5:30-6:45 pm
President's reception for alumni and families, Shattuck Lobby
7:00 pm
Spring Concert featuring Concert Choir, Chamber Orchestra and Concert Band

Crusaders go Yellow for Greg

Crusaders go Yellow For Greg
CMH students showed their support for MUHS Freshman, Greg VonRueden, as he battles cancer, by wearing yellow and holding a bake sale that raised $776. The bake sale was led by Josie McMullen '13 and fellow Holy Apostle friends of Greg.   
Prayers continue from the CMH family.
Greg's cousins, Katie, Dan, and Tim all attended CMH in recent years.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

SHARE A PRAYER! Senior Retreat 2013

Tomorrow morning the CMH Class of 2013 heads off to Camp Chi at the Wisconsin Dells for Senior Retreat. 

For more than 40 years we have been going there, and the senior classes before that went to Green Lake. 

Please take a moment to go to my Facebook page and share a good memory, or your prayerful wishes for the Class of 2013, as they enter this great experience. 

These will be incorporated to the prayer service here at CMH on Friday. 

Thanks to all of you!

PREP PROFILE - CMH senior Sam Tiahnybik

from today's Waukesha Freeman -

State title would ease CMH runner’s pain Second at state again won’t satisfy Tiahnybik
 Freeman Staff

WAUKESHA – Sam Tiahnybik isn’t going to hold back.

The Catholic Memorial High School senior had some lofty goals during last year’s track and field season – and he’s taking them to another level this year.

After a disappointing second- place finish in the 400meter dash at last year’s WIAA Division 2 state meet, Tiahnybik wants to do more than win the event as a senior.

“My goal is to break the alltime state record of 47.12,” he said. “My (personal record) is 49.05, but I dropped my indoor time this year.

“I’m on pace.”

While many runners would be ecstatic to finish second at the state meet, Tiahnybik had entered the meet with title dreams. He fell short, and he’s ready to make sure that doesn’t happen again.

“He wants to improve upon his finish,” CMH sprints coach Bill Affeldt said. “You watch him race, and the last 50 meters can get ugly at times. He had been losing his form and struggled in.

“We really worked in the offseason to fix his form some, and he really worked on getting stronger. This year his form is a lot better and his times have been what we’ve wanted. So far, everything is progressing nicely.”

The 400 mixes all-out sprinting with a mental aspect.
“I’ve never run anything over 400, and I’m not planning on it,” Tiahnybik said. “The 400 is plenty long for me.

“It’s a big mind game. Coaches I’ve talked to have said you have to go out really fast and hold on at the end. In your mind, you don’t want to go out really fast because you’re scared of dying at the end. You’ve got to get past that.”

Tiahnybik didn’t take long to get past the mental aspect of the 400. He began running in fifth grade, and by eighth grade realized his potential. He dropped some time as a freshman and finished his season anchoring Memorial’s state-champion 4x400 relay.

“I thought I was going to play baseball and didn’t think I’d run track until right up when the season started,” Tiahnybik said. “I got talked into it.”

Affeldt saw Tiahnybik’s potential right away and helped persuade the runner onto the track.

“We tried to bring him along slowly and had him in the first or second spot,” Affeldt said of the 4x400. “When we got to sectionals, we were second and got beat out on our anchor leg. For state, we ran him in that anchor, and he’s been doing well ever since.

“When we got to state, we didn’t know how he’d handle it. He was OK with everything.”

Tiahnybik anchored another state-winning 4x400 relay as a sophomore before running second in the 400 and 200 at last year’s state meet.

“I wasn’t so bummed about the 200, but after the 400, I was pretty disappointed,” he said. “I really wanted to win the 400.”

Tiahnybik spent a lot of time in the offseason working on strength. He’s added 10 pounds – which aren’t overly noticeable – and devoted a good portion of the winter preparing for his final track season.

“I started using a trainer and lifting a lot more,” he said. “I started to run in November and really got after it.”

Tiahnybik intends to walk on at the University of Wisconsin next year, although he’s hoping some scholarship money may come from Madison with a strong senior season.

“I’m hoping to drop my time enough to maybe a partial scholarship by the end of year, but I won’t be disappointed if I didn’t,” he said.


Get to know ... SAM TIAHNYBIK

    Catholic Memorial/Track and Field

Also In My Family Are:
my father, Leo, a pilot for United Airlines; my mother, Chris; my brothers, Jack, Ben and Nick; and my sister, Sophie. The Athletic Accomplishment I Am Most Proud Of Is: winning state titles in the 4x400 relay my freshman and sophomore years.

My Favorite Subject In School Is:
science. My Favorite Teacher Is: Mr. Mrochinski, who teaches social studies.

My Favorite Movie Is:“
The Dark Knight.” My Favorite Recording Artist Is: the Imagine Dragons.

My Favorite TV Show Is:
“Scrubs.” The Best Meal My Mother Makes Is: barbecued ribs. A Bad Habit I Have Is: speeding. A Pet Peeve I Have Is: slow drivers.

John Gabelbauer

Class In School/Age

The Thing I Do Best Outside Of Athletics Is:
academics. The Person I’d Most Like To Meet Is: Barack Obama. The Last Time I Cleaned My Room I Found: a Nintendo 64. Nobody Ever Says I’m: strict. My Most Memorable Experience Is: winning state in the 4x400 two times.

My Most Prized Possession Is:
my iPhone. One Thing People Might Not Know About Me Is: I’m a tennis fan.

One Thing I Would Change About Myself Is:
my work ethic at times.

One Thing At My School I Would Change Is:
install air conditioning.

I See Myself In 10 Years Being:
a doctor. I Wish Sprints Coach Bill Affeldt Would: make Tuesday workouts easier.

Girls Soccer squeezes in a game!

from Girls soccer coach John Burke -
Congratulations to the Varsity girls' soccer team for their 3-1 victory over Arrowhead.  With this win, the CMH Varsity team now has a record of 18-2-2 against Arrowhead over the last 19 years--a remarkable accomplishment for our little school from downtown Waukesha that is less than 1/3 the size of Arrowhead.  Crissi From, Courtney Farley, and Shannon Weas scored for the Crusaders, and Anna Jurken picked up two assists.

Mother Nature impedes high school athletics

from today's PrepsPlus at JSOnline.Com -

Teams struggle to get seasons going
By Mark Stewart of the Journal Sentinel
Catholic Memorial tennis coach Carl Veenendaal grasps a chunk of ice he chopped off a court.

Muskego and the rest of the field at the Waukesha West tennis invitational beat the odds last weekend and actually played some matches. Outside.

Still, spring it was not.

"Something just doesn't seem right when you are playing tennis and watching snow blow across the courts at the same time," Muskego coach Jake Adamson said.

We Wisconsinites have become used to "can you believe it?" moments like that. This is far from Florida after all. But what has happened around here the past few weeks has many people involved with high school sports shaking their heads.

The spring sports season is still in hibernation thanks to a late March cold spell and a steady stream of rainy days this month. The softball season started March 19 and baseball and soccer began March 26, yet most teams in the area have played only two or three games.

Golf has had it worse. As of Monday, not a single area school had played a match. Practices have been inside, and some schools have spent more time reviewing videos of USGA rules than swinging clubs. Many area courses still haven't opened.

Veteran coaches across many sports call it the worst start of spring in 25 years.

"As I told our team, Mother Nature is a bad, bad woman," said Homestead coach Steve O'Brien, who led the Highlanders to state titles in 2006 and 1996. "When she wants to kick your butt, she is going to kick your butt."

And she might not be done.

The forecast calls for a 50% chance of rain on Wednesday and 70% chance on Thursday. Friday we could get some snow and rain.

"I'm looking at my schedule this week and I'm almost writing off the whole week," Classic 8 commissioner Dave Sternig said.

This spring has not only thwarted most of the scheduled games, but it has also put a strain on facilities. Most programs have been stuck in gyms almost exclusively, which sometimes have to be shared with other sports.

Some tennis and golf coaches are still trying to figure out their lineups. Junior varsity teams are getting squeezed out of practice time because of a lack of space. Coaches have had to get creative to break up the monotony of working inside.

Milwaukee Bay View coach Jeff Geil's had his baseball team play dodgeball and indoor soccer. Milwaukee Hamilton baseball coach Jeff Hogan sent his kids to the pool for a swim.

"I'm concerned with the long-term ramifications this weather will have on our program," Hartford coach Andrew Andress sad. "Half of our players are seniors. The young players that need time to develop their skills and were eager to learn the game might be rethinking their decision to play a sport like tennis."

But the weather will break eventually . . . we hope. When it does, don't be surprised to see teams playing four or five games a week. Teams might have to break tradition and schedule conference games on Saturdays. Schools with fieldturf surfaces, like Whitefish Bay, have shared their facility with other schools to get soccer matches in.

Sternig thinks some teams might have to pull out of non-conference games to get conference games played.

Meanwhile, Milwauke Public Schools commissioner Bill Molbeck thinks all his league's postponed games will get rescheduled.

Some sports like baseball will be trickier to reschedule than others, though, because of the limits on how much pitchers can throw.

"If teams have five games in one week, that gets a little tough with the number of pitchers most of our schools have," Molbeck said.

And then there is the quality of play, which might suffer as well. How will teams fare with very little work?

"This is our sixth week of softball practice and we've been outside once," Greenfield's Jack Miller said. "We're going (Monday) into a game not having any outfield practice because we haven't been able to hit fly balls. It will certainly be a challenge."

The clock is ticking. It's mid-April. We're about five weeks away from the start of postseason play.
Arrowhead golf coach Greg Budzien, like most of his coaching brethren, is eager to get to work on his team.

His athletic secretary recently asked him for a team picture. His response?

"That would be sort of hard since I haven't been able to elect a team yet," Budzien said with a laugh.
"I'm earning my coaching pay check, but not from coaching as much as from coordinating the schedule. I'd rather be coaching, as would all of us."

Correspondents Dave Boehler, Mark Feldmann and Rob Reischel contributed to this story.

Monday, April 15, 2013

CMH Grad in Movie '42'

Waukesha Native Stars on '42'
Brad Beyer takes the role of a Dodgers player in the newly released film "42".
April 12, 2013

Waukesha Native Brad Beyer is starring in the newly released biographical film of baseball player Jackie Robinson.

Brad Beyer is starring in the newly released
Beyer, a 39-year-old actor and Catholic Memorial High School graduate who has made appearances on Jerico, The Mentalist, CSI: New York, Lie to Me, Without a Trace and other shows, will plays Dodgers player Kirby Higbe.

42, released today in theaters, follows the story of Jackie Robinson, a baseball player from UCLA who broke baseball's color barrier in 1947 and became the first African-American baseball player in Major League Baseball.

Beyer is starring alongside Chadwick Boseman as Robinson, Harrison Ford as Branch Rickey, Christopher Meloni as Leo Durocher, John C. McGinley as Red Barber, T. R. Knight as Harold Parrott, Lucas Black as Pee Wee Reese and Nicole Beharie as Rachel Isum.

Friday, April 12, 2013

Spring Team Chapel Masses

As is the Friday morning tradition here at CMH, we had another Team Chapel mass before school even started today.  At 6:45am this morning all the members of the Girls Soccer team (pictured above) and the Girls Rugby team gathered for mass.

While they are a little tired, it is always a good way to start the day.  Good luck in this season to both great teams!

Also part of the tradition, is the praying of the CMH Team Prayer -

Heavenly Father,

Our Life, Health, and Abilities are gifts from you.
Give us the courage to devote each,

not to our own gain, but to your glory.

Let us compete today with all our heart, mind, body, and soul.

If you choose, allow victory to come as a blessing and reward;
but, if necessary, assist us to learn integrity in defeat.

Keep all players safe this day.

Allow us to give our best as a memorial
to those who have given their all for our sake.

Leader:/ St. Sebastian, patron of athletes,
R:/ Pray for Us.

L:/ Our Lady of Memorial, R:/ Pray for Us.

L:/ Our Lady of Victory, R:/ Pray for Us

L:/ We make this prayer through Christ our Lord.


Growth in the future of Catholic Education

from WaukeshaPatch.Com -

St. Paul School Announces Its New Multiage Kindergarten Classroom for 4 & 5-Year olds
by Peggie Smith

St. Paul School in Genesee Depot is pleased to announce its brand-new 'multiage kindergarten classroom' serving 4 & 5-year olds, enrolling now. The decision to expand its kindergarten came after finding a strong need to offer a 4K level program to the local communities that include Eagle, North Prairie, Wales, Delafield, Waukesha and Mukwonago. Once the decision had been made, new School Principal Tina Ellefson saw this as a great opportunity to look into new educational programming and discovered the multiage classroom as a great fit.

''The program's teaching approach is 'child-centered' according to needs and abilities rather than age. Students learn at their own pace that provides for a less frustrating and more positive learning environment," says Ellefson. "In addition, continuous student monitoring by the same teacher allows for no break-up in learning and less adjustment time in the second year of the program."

DPI Early Learning Standards will remain in compliance with the new program and Exit Expectations for student advancement into the primary level will be adhered to as required.

Their will be a 'St. Paul School Multiage Kindergarten Open House & Informational Session' taking place on Tuesday, April 30th from 6:30-8pm. Activities include an informative presentation about the new program by Kindergarten Teacher Sandy Day as well as Principal Ellefson, tours of the classroom & school, and light refreshments. Children are welcome to attend.

St. Paul School continues to rank in the top 3% of Wisconsin schools with an average IOWA test score of 98%. Besides maintaining its students academic success, last year the school fulfilled its goal to fill all classrooms with Smart boards including Kindergarten.

For more information about the new kindergarten program or to request a registration form, please call (262) 968-3175 or visit the school website.

St. Paul Catholic School of the Milwaukee Archdiocese is a faith community dedicated to the education of God's children. We are committed to helping all of our students experience the POWER: Prayer, Worship, Outreach, Education, and Relationships!

Thursday, April 11, 2013

A message from CMH regarding the Tuition Tax Credit Proposal

As we have stated previously, Catholic Memorial High School respects and supports every effort which furthers a family's ability to exercise their right to educate and form children in the manner they see as best.  Opportunities such as Parental School Choice, Charter Schools, and Tuition Tax credits can be means to support parents and families in this area.   With this in mind,  we are working to spread the word about the Tuition Tax Credit Proposal that would greatly benefit our CMH school families.

The Tuition Tax Credit proposal would provide a refundable tax credit to parents of $1,500 per student in grades K-8, and $2,500 per student in grades 9-12 beginning in tax year 2014.  The credit is easy to file, it is applied statewide, and it respects the autonomy of private school. 
State Senator Glenn Grothman (R-West Bend) and State Representative Dean Kaufert (R-Neenah) are circulating the Tuition Tax Credit proposal among their colleagues asking them to co-sponsor the bill.  It is an important step in the process which allows our elected officials to commit their support early in the process.

It is recommended that all supporters of the Tuition Tax Credit proposal call their elected officials this week and urge them to co-sponsor the Grothman/Kaufert bill.  The deadline to co-sponsor is this tomorrow.  This website will help you quickly find your state senator and representative and their phone number. 

When contacting a legislator it is best to keep the message simple:
  • Please co-sponsor the Grothman/Kaufert, Tuition Tax Credit proposal;
  • Every parent deserves the right to choose the best school for their children, regardless of their financial situation;
  • Every child in a private school saves the taxpayers an average of over $11,000 per year.

Your support in getting the word out is appreciated.


Wednesday, April 10, 2013

International Visitors to CMH

Yesterday, CMH enjoyed a visit from for representatives from mainland China.  As the largest IB private school in Wisconsin these visitors were interested in CMH's IB program and the possibilities of exchange programs or future efforts at international student experiences.

Mr. Jian Gao Sun, Executive Vice President of the Wisconsin International Academy.
Mr. Hongsheng LAN, President of Beijing Municipal UNESCO Clubs Association, Former deputy director of Beijing Municipal Education Committee, Years of experience as a teacher and principal;
Mr. Mike Sampon
Fr. Paul Hartmann

Ms. Lixia QIAN, Professor in Beijing Education Research Academy, research interests focus on international education, education for international understanding, International Baccalaureate, education for sustainable development, the world legacy education;
Mr. John Burke
Mr. Chris Benyousky
Dr. Bob Hall

Mr. Qisheng LI, Vice general-secretary of Beijing Sci-Tech Education Promotional Association, responsible for developing and implementing short-term programs for international exchange in education;

Ms. Yang LIU, Project manager of CERNET Education Development Co., LTD. Responsible for the development of curriculum and short-term activities, teaching management and research of International Pathway Program (which is  a model of international education implementing in China, in this model, students will learn for 2 years in China’s high school and study abroad for the rest of 1 to 2 years high school).

More on CMH Boys Tennis and the Mirsberger brothers

from the Waukesha Freeman -


Brothers lead Crusaders
Mirsbergers eye state title, CMH looks to contend in league

By Mark Hutchinson - Freeman Staff

WAUKESHA – Lofty achievements create even higher aspirations.

Brothers Matt Mirsberger and Mike Mirsberger have begun pursuing theirs, and their Catholic Memorial High School teammates are doing likewise.

Matt Mirsberger, a senior, and Mike, a junior, finished third as a doubles team in the WIAA Division 2 state tournament last season. Their goal is to return to Madison and bring home gold medals.

CMH coach Carl Veenendaal believes the Crusaders are capable of challenging for the Classic 8 Conference championship. The Crusaders tied Waukesha South for second place in last year’s conference tourney with 20 points – six off the pace of Arrowhead – and finished third in the conference dual standings.

“Our goal is to compete with Arrowhead and Waukesha West again for the conference title,” Veenendaal said. “Last year, we did beat Waukesha West in our head-to-head dual and Waukesha West not only went on to win the conference dual title, but qualified for team state. In hindsight, I wish I would have been in that Division 1 sectional as opposed to the Division 2 sectional I’m in with perennial favorite University School. And I’ve heard that University School is even stronger this year.

“My other goal is to hopefully get the Mirsberger brothers a No. 1 or 2 seed for the individual state tennis tournament. Hopefully this will be their year to take home a state title like their father, Mark, did and like their coach did twice. They definitely have worked hard in the offseason and they certainly have the capability and talent to win a state title. Lord knows they are surrounded each day by the knowledge of how to win state titles. They just have to be mentally prepared to do battle in every match they play.”

Joe Gagliano is the Crusaders’ other senior letterwinner. Juniors Joseph Diedrich and Jon Rymer also lettered last season.

The Mirsberger brothers played singles during the conference season, with Mike placing second in the Classic 8 tourney at second singles.

Veenendaal expects freshman Tommy Matoska to contribute at the varsity level. “Tommy will be an immediate impact player,” the coach said.

The Crusaders must offset the transfer of Charlie Sprinkman, who placed second in the conference at fourth singles last season, to Arrowhead.

“Charlie would have played No. 3 singles in the conference,” Veenendaal said. “He would have played No. 1 singles in the tournament series and most likely qualified for individual state.”

Veenendaal likes the leadership qualities he has seen from Matt Mirsberger, the Crusaders’ captain.

“Matt Mirsberger has spearheaded all offseason practices,” Veenendaal said. “This is particularly gratifying for me to see 12 players practicing each day. All of the court expenses are borne by each individual player since Catholic Memorial does not have the taxpayer base to support its programs like the other public schools in the Classic 8. We do not have the luxury to go inside and practice during inclement weather.”

There has been a great deal of inclement weather with which to contend.

“The cold and snow have provided everyone in the state a unique set of problems and circumstances for the first time that I can remember in my long coaching career,” Veenendaal said. “I don’t recall this happening back when I was playing, either. Matches always get canceled due to rain, but never have we had snow on top of an inch or two of ice on the courts.

“I had the boys shoveling and snowblowing the top layer of snow off the courts in hopes to just get two courts ready for practice. Our biggest problem there began when I tried to open the gates to the courts. The doors were embedded in two inches of ice and we first had to chip that ice away. Hopefully the temperatures and sun will melt this problem away.”

Veenendaal anticipates a competitive race for the conference title. “I see Arrowhead and Waukesha West as the frontrunners, with Catholic Memorial very able to do damage to both teams’ quest for a conference title,” he said.

Email: mhutchinson@conleynet.com