Thursday, May 30, 2013

Submit your nominations today - CMH Alumni Awards 2013!

All members of the CMH community are invited to submit nominations for the 2013 Alumni and Memorial awards to be presented at

The Legacy Dinner, November 6, 2013

 Country Springs Hotel in Waukesha

Make sure your nominee is part of this proud tradition!

2011 Legacy Dinner Award Recipients

Tim Sullivan '71, Ann Marie Wick '88, Mary Kinateder AP '98, '00, '02, Dimas Ocampo '97


Awards to be presented include:

Alumni Professional Achievement Award (CMH graduate prior to 1998)

Alumni Caritas Award (for exemplary service to CMH)

Young Alumni Award (CMH graduate between 1998-2007)

Memorial Award (Friends of CMH)

from today's JSOnline.Com Preps Plus -

WIAA boys tennis preview

Catholic Memorial's Mirsberger brothers take their fight to state meet

Matt Mirsberger (left) and his brother, Mike, are aiming for a state title in their last year together playing doubles for Catholic Memorial. They finished third at state last year.

As is the case with some brothers, Matt and Mike Mirsberger occasionally couldn't finish a tennis match against each other because it ended in a fight.

So two summers ago, the Catholic Memorial students got a friend to be a line judge. He was a neighbor who was at a match when one of the Mirsbergers walked off the court because of a dispute.
"He offered to bring a little ladder," Matt said.

So there he was, sitting court-side atop a ladder to keep the brothers in check.

"We still argued," Matt said. "I thought it worked, but Mike claimed there was a little bias in the line judge. It was funny to have him but it didn't solve a lot of issues."

This weekend is the last chance for the two to play as doubles partners, as Matt, a senior, and Mike, a junior, compete in the Division 2 state championships in Madison.

"They're very competitive, but in the end they're best of buddies," said their father, Mark Mirsberger.
Matt played No. 3 singles as a freshman and then moved to doubles his sophomore year to play with Mike.

"It never really crossed my mind, I don't think, until freshman year," Mike said. "I hadn't given it too much thought."

The Mirsbergers advanced to the second round of the 2011 tournament and then finished third at state last season for a combined record of 35-4 the first two years.

"The pros (of playing together) is we're so close as brothers, we just understand each other and sort of see the game through similar eyes, I guess you could say," Mike said. "I understand what my brother would do in certain situations. The cons, whether we win or lose sometimes doesn't matter. It's always a match between the brothers. Whoever plays better can blame the other one for the loss."
Like last season at state, the Mirsbergers are seeded third. They own a 17-1 record and it's their last chance to win a state title together. Their father won a doubles championship for Wauwatosa West in 1981.

"It was a special time," Mark said. "But we weren't the best players in the state. As I told them, it takes some luck and magic. Sometimes the best team wins and sometimes the hot team wins. We were the hot team.

"I've really made sure there's no pressure on them. Enjoy it, go out as brothers, as partners. If they can put some magic together, that'd be special."

Memorial coach Carl Veenendaal also won a state doubles championship for Tosa West in 1976 and '77.

"They're perfect kids," Veenendaal said. "They're exceptional kids that come from an exceptional family, so I have no problems whatsoever. They're driven. They're the ones that are doing it. They know what it takes to be good, to be a success. Me as a coach, I don't have to do much for those two kids."

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

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Young CMH Alum Challenges Fellow Career Builders

Graduation season inspired a member of the class of 2006 to give back to CMH!  Last week an envelope containing $125 arrived with a note of thanks to the faculty for the excellent college preparation they delivered at CMH.  The P.S. included a challenge to fellow young alumni.

To help CMH finish strong this fiscal year, our alum challenges fellow career-building grads to give back to CMH.  Our anonymous young donor will double the $125 Crusader Fund gift when fellow young alumni make new or increased gifts totalling $1,250 by June 15.   

 Click here to make a new or increased gift of $10, $25, $50, or $100 in support of the CMH faculty who prepare young leaders for success in college and the world beyond!   Check out theCMHCrusader YouTube channel to see the mission in action at CMH.

CMH Teacher of the Year award winner!

Wurnig Teacher Excellence Award

2013 Wurnig Teacher Excellence Awardee
Ann (Stollenwerk) Maas '77 

Last Friday, May 24th, Dr. Bob Hall, CMH principal, presented math teacher, Ann (Stollenwerk) Maas ‘77, with the 2013 Frank and Teresa Wurnig Teacher Excellence Award. Ann is a strong proponent of Catholic education being a graduate of St. Mary’s-Hales Corners, CMH, and receiving her B.A. in math and education from Cardinal Stritch. She has also been a math teacher at CMH for 31 years and even completed her student teaching at CMH prior to being hired. Ann has been involved as a student council moderator for the last 15 years and the head cook for the annual Service Club Thanksgiving Dinner for the last 12 years. She is married to CMH theology teacher, Anthony Maas, and is the mother of Sara ’04 and Joe Maas ’07.  Congratulations, Mrs. Maas!

CMH Teacher Retirements announced

Patrice Ridder and Dave Rolison Retiring

As class of 2013 moves on to pursue their life goals and ambitions, CMH acknowledges the tremendous impact our retiring teachers have made on alumni, colleagues and students at CMH.  We thank them and wish them good health, happiness, and peace in their transistion. 

  • Patrice Ridder AP ’82 ’89 ’92, Teaching Center Director, retiring after 35 years
  • Dave Rolison, Spanish, retiring after 4 years

More graduation comverage...

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Congratulations Graduates!

Congratulations to the CMH graduates of 2013!
Our 61st graduating class!

Monday, May 27, 2013

We are Memorial!

As I do every year at this time, each member of the CMH family should be reminded of why we exist as a living memorial -- a memorial to the ideal of sacrifice for something greater than one's self, even to the point of giving the very fullest measure of one's self.

No one has greater love than this, to lay down one's life for one's friends.
John 15: 13
Let us remember those for whom Catholic Memorial High School was founded as a living memorial:

Angelus E. Wise, Private, U.S. Army
– May 10, 1942, Bataan Death March
Valentine P. Farkas, Private, Army Air Corps
– June 6, 1942, South Pacific
Thomas J. Jaquest, Private, U.S. Army
– September 21, 1942, Dutch Timor Island, Silver Star
Charles R. Brust, Private, Army Air Corps
– October 17, 1942, Spinal meningitis
Everett G. Kelso, Ensign, USN
– October 21, 1942, training accident, San Diego, CA
Michael J. Puhl, Staff Sgt., U.S. Army
– January 4, 1943, Buna, New Guinea
Robert K. Stark, Private, U.S. Army
– May 24, 1943, Attu, Aleutian Islands, Purple Heart
Harry L. Kruck, Jr., 2nd Lt., Army Air Corps
– September 3, 1943, training accident, Muroc, CA
Valentino A. Brazzale, Sargeant, U.S. Army
– September 11, 1943, Sicily, Italy
Giles Lunenschloss, Private, U.S. Army
– January 6, 1944, New Guinea
Alvan C. Ade, Private, Army Air Corps
– January 7, 1944, Italy
Harry Sewnig, Lt., Army Air Corp
– April 2, 1944, MIA, Italy
Robert H. Petry, 2nd Lt., Army Air Corps
– September 5, 1944, France
William O. Weber, PFC, USMC
– September 15, 1944, Peleliu Island, South Pacific
Joseph M. Kowalski, Sergeant, U.S. Army
– September 16, 1944, Germany
John G. Murdock, Seaman 2nd Class, USN
– December 3, 1944, The Philippines
Robert McGuire, USMC
– January, 4, 1945, Okinawa
George A. Martin, Petty Officer, USN
– March 10, 1945, MIA, lost at sea, Bronze Star
John Roswell Bacon, Marine Medic, USN
– March 14, 1945, injuries at Iwo Jima
Leonard J. Meola, Private, U.S. Army
– March 19, 1945, Luzon, Philippines
Frederick J. Patrinos, Sergeant, Army Air Corps
– April 19, 1945, MIA, Oslo Norway, Purple Heart
Stephen Prelozni, Staff Sgt., U.S. Army
– April 23, 1945, Germany
William S. Malone, 1st Lt., Army Air Corps
– September 26, 1945, training accident, Millville, PA

Let us also remember those CMH students who have subsequently made this same ultimate sacrifice:

David J. Frischmann
– May 29, 1967, South Vietnam
George Carr
– February 1, 1968, South Vietnam
Cornelis Vandersterren
– September 13, 1968, South Vietnam
Craig Sullivan
– October 24, 1986, training accident, Mediterranean Sea
Robert P. Warns, II
– November 8, 2004, Iraq
Richard Warner
– December 13, 2004, Iraq

Requiescant in Pace

Friday, May 24, 2013

More from last weekend's Rugby Nationals

Three Catholic Memorial High School girls rugby players were named to the All-Tournament Team by USA Junior All-American coach Danielle Miller for the 2013 National Championship tournament.

Senior Cpt Kelli Piatt
Junior Cpt Maggie Wesolowski (not pictured)
Junior Cpt. Julie Else
The CMH Girls Varsity Rugby Team competed against the best teams in the country this past weekend. Ranked fourth in the Division One bracket, the Crusaders faced off against fellow IB-school #5 Summitt High School, Colorado. After an early score from Summitt and a late goal-line stand, the Crusaders were able to score two tries through junior Rebecca Haight. Junior Molly Langhenry kicked one of the conversions for the 12-7 victory. In the semifinal match, Memorial faced #1 Fallbrook, California.

In a rematch of last year's national semifinal, Fallbrook's pace was unmatched in this tourna-ment and they pulled away for a hard-fought 33-0 vic-tory. The girls returned Sunday for the 3rd place match against cross-town competitors Divine Savior. Just like last year, the girls fell behind by two scores, only to battle back again.

The Crusaders built several phases of posses-sion and after putting DSHA under pressure, junior Julie Else darted around the edge of a ruck near the goalline. With a tackler wrapping her up, she reached out her arm to touch the ball down just before being hit by a second tackler, to earn a bravely taken score.

Ten minutes later, after a turnover, Memorial tied the match on a dramatic 70 meter run from Haight. Langhenry's conversion gave CMH a 12-10 lead. Both teams continued to battle for the remainder of the second half. DSHA captain Lindey Wise was impressive with some runs up the middle and DS was able to add a couple more tries and won 27-12.


from today's Waukesha Freeman -

TRACK & FIELD:  CMH’s Tiahnybik wins two races

WHITEWATER – Cartholic Memorial High School senior Sam Tiahnybik won two races in a WIAA Division 2 sectional Thursday.

Tiahnybik won the 400meter dash in 48.66 seconds and the 200 in 22.09. He also finished second in the 100 (10.93) behind Brookfield Academy junior Ryan Send (10.83).

CMH sophomore Joe Novak won the 1,600 in 4:26.52.

Pewaukee senior T.J. Watt won the shot put at 60 feet, 2 inches, and he won discus at 156-0.

The Catholic Memorial girls won the 4x200 relay in 1:47.57, and the Brookfield Academy girls won the 4x100 relay in 50.79. Palmyra-Eagle senior Sam Morateck won the girls high jump at 5-4.


Catholic Memorial’s Tommy Mastoska qualified for the individual tournament in singles, while Matt and Mike Mirsberger qualified in doubles along with Brookfield Academy’s Bjorn Norderhaug and Ajay Doniparthi.

Photo credit: Robert F. Borkowski/Special to The Freeman Catholic Memorial’s Matt Mirsberger, above competing in Classic 8 Conference tournament a few weeks ago, will play doubles at state with his brother Mike. 

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

The Packers, a Lambeau Leap, and the Crusaders

When ESPN.Com wants to present the best of football in WI, it shows Lambeau Field, Randall Cobb and future Crusader Tony Alesci. 

Tony, thanks for representing us so prominently!

Photos of Girls High School Rugby Nationals hosted here in Milwaukee

Crusader LAX on TV

Tune into the following on Time Warner Cable to see our Crusaders in action!

High School Lacrosse Sports event

Wednesday May 22, 2013 at 7:00 PM
Time Warner Sportschannel 32 and HD 1332

Additional airings this week:

Thursday May 23, 201, 2:00PM
Friday May 24, 2013, 8:30AM
Saturday May 25, 2013, 2:30PM
Sunday May 26, 2013, 11:30AM


from today's Waukesha Freeman -

CMH golfers advance to sectional

NORTH PRAIRIE – Junior Dylan Allen was the meet medalist in leading the Catholic Memorial High School boys golf team to the team title in its own WIAA Division 2 regional at The Broadlands on Tuesday.

Allen shot a 74 for the Crusaders, while senior Eric Heyrman was third at 77 and senior Matt Petre tied for fourth at 78.

Pewaukee was second to advance to the sectional level, as junior Cal Condon was second at 76.  

Crusader Girls Soccer "Perfection"

from today's Waukesha Freeman -


Waukesha West 1

Memorial celebrates perfection
Cervantes scores four goals, gains high praise
By Tom Badger - Freeman Correspondent

WAUKESHA – To be the champ, you have to beat the champ.

That’s exactly what the Catholic Memorial High School girls soccer team did Tuesday night with a 5-1 victory over Waukesha West in the Classic 8 Conference season finale at West.

By knocking out two-time defending champion, the Crusaders finished the conference season with a 7-0 record.

Memorial freshman Emily Cervantes scored four goals in the game, earning the highest of praise from Crusaders coach John Burke.

“She’s an amazing talent,” Burke said of Cervantes. “She just goes out and scores a ton of goals – and she scored four tonight, which is extraordinary. Emily Cervantes is the best
prospect from the state of Wisconsin since Leslie Osborne. Someday, we’ll all be watching her on the U.S. national team. There’s no doubt about it.”

West finished 3-4 in league play and is 12-4 overall.

“Last Friday, we had an
epic comeback (against Whitefish Bay). This was just an epic self-destruction on our part,” West coach Dave Zindler said. “We’re young and we can do some really great things. But we’re young and we can do some really stupid things. It wasn’t so much that (the Crusaders) were physically better than we were. They were mentally better than we were. Giving up a goal in the first 90 seconds made us uncomfortable to say the least.”

Zindler pointed to his teams’ 18 fouls throughout as the difference with the first one leading to a free kick from in front of the Crusaders’ bench. Cervantes took her coach’s advice to get the shot on
goal. The long free kick was just over the outstretched arms of West’s keeper and just under the crossbar.

The Crusaders struck again in more conventional style when senior Carina Krausert sent a corner kick over a crowd in front of the net to Cervantes, who controlled, turned and fired a left-foot bullet to the right corner.

“I knew our seniors hadn’t won this game (against West) in the last three years so they got everybody ready – including me,” Cervantes said. “I just came out ready to play.”

West retaliated moments later with a goal by freshman Natalie Yass, and the first half ended 2-1 in favor of Memorial.

The Crusaders jumped on West early in the second half, too, as senior Courtney Farley made it 3-1 with just 2:30 gone.

“A shot was deflected off a girl at the top of the box and I just hit it with the big part of my foot,” said Farley, a midfielder. “The whole team was so pumped for this game and the goal helped us come out strong in the second half.”

Cervantes tacked on her third goal with 15 minutes left when she broke past the West defenders for a one-onone scoring opportunity. After breaking right and avoiding the Wolverines’ keeper, Cervantes drilled a shot to the left corner.

Late in the game, Cervantes scored on a penalty

Memorial junior Tori Hodorowski kept West’s top scoring threat, junior Katie Grall, in check throughout the match.

“We knew that West was going to come out trying to avoid a losing record in conference,”
Burke said. “I know that had to be a major motivator for them because I don’t know if they’ve ever finished 3-4 in conference before. So I’m sure that was part of the physical play that we saw. I told our team to just play our game and we’ll take the free kicks and try to make something of those.”

Memorial sophomore starters Nicole Piette and Haley Lange left the game with injuries and were both getting ice afterward.

“This is a credit to the girls,” Burke said. “They’ve worked incredibly hard since March to get to where they are.”
Photo credit:  Robert F. Borkowski/Special to The Freeman - Catholic Memorial’s Emily Cervantes, third from left, receives a group hug from her team after scoring the first goal of the game against Waukesha West on Tuesday. 

CMH Alum named First Team, Horizon League Baseball

CMH alum Derek Peake, '10, a member of the UWM Panthers Baseball team, was named this week to 1st Team, All-League recognition for the 2013 season.

Congratulations Derek!

For more info, click here.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

CMH selected to pilot an AP Computer Science program

Building on last fall's announcement that CMH would pilot a new Project Lead the Way software engineering program, now CMH is recognized by the College Board:

- The College Board’s Advanced Placement® (AP) Program has selected CMH to participate in the AP Computer Science Principles Phase II Pilot for the 2013-14 academic year. The AP Program selected fifty-one schools (40 high schools and 11 colleges) across the nation for this pilot. All selected schools are expected to continue as a pilot school through the end of the 2015-16 academic year. The AP Program plans to launch the new AP Computer Sci-ence Principles (CSP) course in the fall of 2016 with the first AP CSP.

With this program, CMH continues its commitment to furthering the excellence of STEM education available to our students.

Friday, May 17, 2013


from today's Waukesha Freeman -

CMH advances Smith has big game

WAUKESHA – The Catholic Memorial High School softball team scored three runs in the third inning and defeated Kenosha Indian Trail 4-0 in a WIAA Division 2 softball quarterfinal game Thursday at Infinity Fields.

Catholic Memorial freshman Hannah Smith had three of Memorial’s seven hits, including a triple, and drove in two runs. Sophomore Quinn Schneider also had a triple as Memorial improved to 11-5.

Senior Rachel Ramthun pitched a four-hitter.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Girls Rugby goes to, and hosts, National Championships

 from today's Waukesha Freeman -

Grabbing another berth in nationals
Catholic Memorial girls rugby team to play closer to home 
Freeman Staff

WAUKESHA – The location doesn’t matter to Eileen Lieb.

Lieb was in California for a national rugby tournament last spring, and she wouldn’t have minded another out-of-state trip.

But for Lieb and her Catholic Memorial High School teammates, the short trip to Franksville is going to make this year’s National High School Championships extra special.

“It’s been in California for a few years, but it’s nice to be close to home,” said Lieb, a senior. “There are so many more people who can come support you.

“It’s still built up for us as much as last year, but it’s nice to be home where everyone else is around you.”

The Crusaders finished fourth in last year’s national tournament held on the Stanford University campus. This weekend’s tournament, which features eight of the top high school teams in the country, will be played at the SCORe facility.

“The special part about it is all of their family can see them play,” CMH coach John Waliszewski said. “We play regionally in the spring so much that a lot of times grandparents, brothers, sisters can’t see us play.

“The girls are excited to play at home.”

The second straight trip to the national tournament is quite a feat for a program that began in 2007 in a school with an enrollment of 700. And many of the Crusaders’ players had little to no experience in rugby entering high school.

“I couldn’t even believe when I joined the team how well developed it was,” junior Alexa Jaeger said. “It
didn’t feel like something that wasn’t around a long time. That was hard for me to fathom.”

The majority of Memorial’s roster is comprised of players who don’t play other sports. The team plays a conference season in the fall and a tournament season in the spring, and some play only one season.

The Crusaders have a core that has built a winning program in recent years.

“We have a neat mix of kids who play for different reasons,” Waliszewski said. “Some are kids who always wanted to play football or did in grade school. This is an opportunity to play a contact sport on a girls team that fit what they were looking for. We’re also getting some other girls who maybe phased out of other sports or determined they were burned out of another sport and wanted to try something different.

“Then, we have more and more girls from rugby families where their parents and/or siblings played.”

The Crusaders are hoping last year’s experience pays off this season. Last year the team admittedly was wideeyed and somewhat overwhelmed by the atmosphere.

“Last year it was exciting enough to be invited to the national tournament,” Jaeger said. “We got a chance to learn about ourselves and the sport.

“Now that we know the
level of competition, we are more determined to perform very well. It’s not just, ‘Oh we got to nationals,’ but now it’s, ‘What are we going to do at nationals?’” CMH will play Summit, Colo., in its first game Saturday with the second round being played later in the day. The final round will be played Sunday.

“It’s one of the best opportunities I could think of for how hard we’ve worked,” Lieb said. “This little Catholic school from Wisconsin that has 30 girls in their
program, we’re up against programs with 60 girls in their program.

“Everyone works so hard, and it’s so exciting. We realize we have worked so hard to be here, and that puts us in a good perspective.”

Said Jaeger, “It’s obviously really exciting. The first time we went, we didn’t know what to expect. The national tournament as a concept is hard to make it feel real. We’re excited to do it again.”


Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Quantifying the Catholic Experience at CMH

May 14, 2013

Dear CMH Parents and Community Members,

Since 2008 Catholic Memorial High School has administered, to all juniors, the Assessment of Catholic Religious Education (ACRE) sponsored by the National Catholic Education Association (NCEA). This national, standardized test is used by Catholic schools to assess the success and impact of our Catholic faith catechesis.  Students are assessed on their faith knowledge, beliefs, behaviors, attitudes, and practices.  The ACRE also addresses a series of twelve areas that might constitute a student’s perceived concerns for personal well-being, integrity, or safety, both in school and in their general life. 

We welcome these benchmarking opportunities as an objective means of measuring the impact of the CMH Catholic faith formation programs on our students and in planning ongoing improvements such as the Student Growth Plan implemented for the freshman class starting in 2012.

All CMH students, including our non-Catholic students (6%), participate in the ACRE and are required to take four years of theology classes, join in liturgies, and consistently demonstrate the values of a Catholic school community. 

The following are highlights of our growth and progress over the last six years of the assessment:

Academic domains:

·         Between 2009 and 2013, CMH’s overall scores have increased by more than 8%.

·         In 2009 CMH scores exceeded the national average by 4.5%.  In 2013 we exceeded the national average by 13%.

·         CMH exceeds the national average in all eight academic categories – most significantly in the areas of Church History (25%) and Sacraments (17%).

·         Greatest increases are in the areas of Catholic Faith Literacy (14%) and Scripture (12%).

Affective domains (individual belief, behaviors, attitudes and practice of the faith):

·         Fifty percent more students in 2013 indicate they have seriously “thought about becoming a sister, brother, or priest” than did in 2009.

·         Twenty percent more students say, “My friends and I talk about God” and that “Students here really care about each other.”

·         Since 2009 we measured a 10% increase in the commitment of CMH students to the Church’s teachings in the areas of alcohol, drugs, and pre-marital sexuality.

·         Over 80% of CMH students say they belong to “an excellent parish.”

Students’ personal concerns

·         Since CMH started using the ACRE, 20% fewer students express problems in any of the twelve areas of personal concern.

·         While small in raw numbers to begin with, concerns about personal safety and the fear of sexual harassment declined by more than 40%; and fears of physical confrontation and affronts to diversity have declined by more than 30%.

·         Students feeling personally challenged by the influences of drugs or alcohol has declined by nearly 10% in six years of data.

Simply put, CMH has always been a great place where our Catholic identity sets us apart from other schools.  Today, real and consistent data from the ACRE assessment quantifies how well our students absorb knowledge of the Catholic faith, live the faith, and are affirmed in a safe, comforting, and supportive Christian environment. 

Our stellar results on the ACRE assessment are made possible by the CMH faculty, staff, volunteers, and families. I offer   special thanks to Jon Brzeski ‘99, our Director of Campus Ministry and our wonderful Theology faculty: Tony Maas, department chair; Randy Denk; Mary Gentile; Jennifer Eaton; Edwin Rivera; and Nick Narloch.

Join us in celebrating our commitment to build on and attain greater excellence with each passing year.  The best part is that we are exhibiting excellence in the very core of our mission – knowing and living our Catholic faith!

Blessings to all in these last days of the school year. 
Mary, Seat of Wisdom, pray for us!
Our Lady of Memorial, pray for us!

Fr. Paul Hartmann, ‘84

Crusaders clinch share of league championship

 from today's Waukesha Freeman -
Waukesha North 0 (2OT)
By Daniel Mike,
Freeman Staff

WAUKESHA – Jo Rolli was in disbelief.

The Catholic Memorial High School girls soccer team has numerous well-known players. But it was Rolli who delivered a conference championship-clinching goal as the Crusaders beat Waukesha North 1-0 in a double-overtime Classic 8 Conference game at Carroll University’s Schneider Stadium on Tuesday.

“Winning is great, and as a freshman it’s really an honor,” said Rolli, who scored at 93 minutes, 19 seconds. “It’s really unbelievable to do this as a freshman.

“With all these great players, it could have been any one of them. It just happened to be me. I still can’t believe I was the one who made it.”

CMH is 6-0 in the Classic 8, clinching at least a share of the league title, as every other team has at least one loss.

“We knew we had to win this game to be conference champs, and we wanted it so bad,” junior midfielder Cristina From said.

North packed its defense near the Crusaders’ goal, often having 10 players – including junior goalkeeper Emily Senger – within the goal box.

“We were in a pretty defensive formation,” North coach Jeff Worzella
said. “They’re a pretty good team with players who can play at a very high level.

“We knew we weren’t going to
have too many opportunities today – we actually didn’t have any – so we knew we had to defend well.”

North held off CMH most of the game. The Crusaders had 18 corner kicks, but they were unable to convert on the first 17. Senior midfielder Carina Krausert took the corner kick, and senior defender Anna Jurken was able to redirect it to Rolli.

“We found a way,” Memorial coach John Burke said. “It can be frustrating, because they played with 10 players within 25 yards of the goal. It was very surprising, and it worked for 93 minutes.

“I told the kids throughout, ‘We will score. There is no way that they’re going to be able to defend for 100 minutes against our team. We will score.’” Senger was busy for North, but held up to CMH’s attack. She had numerous goal kicks, but Burke praised From’s play off of those kicks as a key factor in the victory.

“Their strategy was to put one person up top and then just bomb it every time the keeper got the ball,” Burke said. “Cristina was there with her head the whole game long. That’s tough to do.”

And senior forward Ava Olson was busy as well.

“Our little 4-foot-11 outside mid, I told her, ‘Ava, you’re 4-11 but you played like you’re 5-feet tall,’” Burke said with a laugh. “She was patrolling that outside mid and creating so many opportunities for us.”

That’s where Senger came in. Despite 18 corner kicks and many more shots on goal, Senger kept the Northstars in the game.
“We’re going to be a tough team to beat if she keeps playing like that,” Worzella said. “She made some huge saves in one-on-one situations and cleaned everything up.” This is the 13th conference title for CMH, which is 14-0-1 overall and ranked No. 17 in the nation by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.




 Photos compliments of:
jeff zmania

Tuesday, May 14, 2013


from today's Waukesha Freeman -

Memorial wins tournament Crusaders then beat Lasers

WHITEFISH BAY – The Catholic Memorial High School softball team scored two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to overcome a 4-3 deficit and defeated Divine Savior Holy Angels 54 in the championship game of the Whitefish Bay Tournament on Saturday.

Memorial freshman Hannah Smith had three hits, including a home run, while senior Tia Johnson had two hits, including a home run. Senior Rachel Ramthun, the winning pitcher, had two hits and two runs, sophomore Mary Kate Sauer had two hits and three RBIs and freshman Maria Fernandez
had two hits as Memorial outhit DSHA 12-5.

Ramthun struck out seven as Memorial improved its season record to 9-5.

Catholic Memorial beat Brown Deer 17-3 and downed Whitefish Bay 13-3 in pool play.

Smith went 10 for 11 in the tournament with seven runs and six RBIs. Sauer went 8 for 10 and with 11 RBIs, while Johnson had six hits in the tournament, including two home runs, and drove in three runs. Ramthun also had six hits in the tournament and scored eight

• • WAUKESHA – Smith and freshman Brenna Lewandowski each had three of Catholic Memorial’s 16 hits in an 18-11 Classic 8 Conference
victory over Kettle Moraine at Infinity Fields on Monday.

Memorial, 10-5 overall and 7-5 in conference, scored nine runs in the fourth inning as it overcame five errors.

Smith drove in four runs and scored four runs, while Lewandowski scored three runs.

Sauer had two hits, including a home run, drove in four runs and scored twice. Johnson had two hits and two RBIs, while Ramthun, the winning pitcher, and junior Mari Klement each had two hits. Ramthun scored four runs.

Senior Hannah Foltz had four of Kettle Moraine’s eight hits and drove in two runs.

Crusaders set sail

CMH students compete in sailing races - Sailing for the Milwaukee Youth Sailing Team, Kate Kle-ment, senior, and Molly Burns, freshman, finished 3rd place in the A-Division of the May Madness 420 Regatta at Pewaukee Yacht Club this past weekend.

Sustained winds over 20 mph with gusts over 30 mph and tempera-tures in the 40s, made for an exciting weekend of sailing! Kate and Molly's top races were two 2nd place finishes against sailors from Illinois, Minnesota and Wisconsin.


Saturday, May 11, 2013

CMH Names Boys Varsity Volleyball Coach

Waukesha, WICatholic Memorial High School announces the hiring of Taylor Braun, a 2008 CMH alum, as its head boys’ varsity volleyball coach effective immediately.

Braun has been coaching volleyball at the high school level for five years. During the last three years as the freshman boys’ volleyball coach at Middleton High School, he led the team to three consecutive conference championships. During 2009-2011 he was the assistant coach for the West Allis Lightning boys’ 16’s and 17’s teams.

While attending the University of Wisconsin-Madison he played for their men’s club volleyball team, earning an Honorable Mention – All Conference in 2011 and 2013 and First Team – All Big Ten in 2012.

“Taylor’s coaching experience and successful career as the five-year starting setter for the UW-Madison’s men’s club volleyball team gives me great confidence in his ability to lead our boys’ varsity volleyball program,” said Greg Gamalski, CMH athletic director.

For more information about Catholic Memorial High School, call (262) 542-7101 or visit

Just glad to be running

from today's Waukesha Freeman -

Novak back on track
CMH sophomore excels after being in hospital last season
 - Freeman Staff

WAUKESHA – Joe Novak enjoyed the opportunity to run this spring.

While winning two races at Thursday’s Classic 8 Conference Jim Barron TRack and Field Championships was special, simply being on the track was quite an accomplishment for the Catholic Memorial High School sophomore.

“Last year I was in the hospital,” he said after winning the 1,600- and 800-meter run Thursday. “I was excited for this year because it was going to be my first year, and it’s going beyond anything I had ever hoped for.”

Novak took a knee to the stomach during a basketball game last winter and suffered duodenal hematoma. It caused his small intestines to swell, which did not allow food to pass through his body. He ended up in Children’s Hospital where he was fed intravenously, and he was not released until the beginning of May. He was unable to compete in any sport until the end of June.

“By then, I was trying to get ready for soccer,” Novak
said. “That kind of drives me to keep pushing when it hurts.”

Novak’s work got him on the soccer field in the fall and led him to put in considerable time over the winter training for the track and field season.

He admitted that last year’s experience on the basketball court played a role in his decision to not play basketball, but track was at the forefront of his mind.

“(The injury) kind of soured me,” Novak said. “I really wanted to do well in track, and I know you really need winter training to make that happen.”

Getting back on the soccer field was the first step, and after that season ended. he devoted himself to running.

“He spent a lot of time recovering and getting his strength back,” CMH boys coach John Gabelbauer said. “He had a pretty good soccer season and a very good winter training period. That made a big difference for him.”

Novak won the 1,600 in 4 minutes, 18.42 seconds Thursday and the 800 in 1:56.74. It was his fastest time in the 1,600 this season
and a second behind his fastest 800 time.

“I never knew how good he could be or even will be,” Gabelbauer said. “We’re still feeling our way through this.

“He has two things you really can’t coach. He’s got the leg speed, and he’s got a good cardiovascular system. His heart and lungs are really good. If we do all the right kind of training with him, good things can happen.”

It didn’t take long to see the potential in Novak. He ran a 4:36 in the 1,600 in his first varsity meet, running the final lap in one minute flat. The next week he ran a two-minute 800.

“I knew then he’d have a good chance this season,” Gabelbauer said.

Novak got sick and missed a few weeks, but when he came back, he ran times of 4:22 in the 1,600 and 1:55 in the 800.

Novak entered this week seventh on the state honor roll in the 1,600, but his Classic 8 time would rank fourth – first among WIAA Division 2 runners. He entered the week ranked fourth in the 800 – first among Division 2 runners.

“I want to see how he
recovers,” Gabelbauer said at the Classic 8 meet. “We’ll give him a little bit of rest, give him a hard workout, see how he responds and go from there.”

Photo credit: 
Robert F. Borkowski/Special to The Freeman Catholic Memorial sophomore Joe Novak won the 800- and 1,600-meter runs at Thursday’s Classic 8 Conference Championships. 

Friday, May 10, 2013

Freeman Sports Round-Up

Catholic Memorial boys win lacrosse match

WAUKESHA – Senior Nick Stagl, junior Kory Mueller and freshman Justin Morrison each scored two goals to lead the Catholic Memorial High School boys lacrosse team to a 12-4 victory over Heritage Christian on Thursday.

Scoring one goal apiece were seniors Thomas Bixby, Nolan Hoffmann, Josh Gossett and Oscar Mendoza, junior Carson Houk and freshman Dominic Haight.

Waukesha co-op team loses lacrosse match

WAUKESHA – Catholic Memorial junior Kayla Hoffmann scored four goals, but the Waukesha co-op girls lacrosse team lost to University School-Milwaukee 18-8 at Carroll University on Thursday.

South senior Amy Leach had two goals, while West senior Leah Katzung and
West sophomore Lauren Paquin each had one goal for Waukesha, which trailed 115 at halftime.

Senior Meredith Jeffers had eight goals, and sophomore Katherine Engman had four goals to lead University School.

Softball game stopped with CMH ahead 8-0

WAUKESHA – The Catholic Memorial High School softball team built an 8-0 lead over host Waukesha West before the Classic 8 Conference game was suspended after two innings because of rain Thursday.

Junior third baseman Mari Klement hit a two-run single and freshman first baseman Maria Fernandez had a run-scoring single to highlight a four-run first inning for the Crusaders. Klement drove in another run with a sacrifice fly and senior left fielder Nikki Lee had a two-run single during CMH’s four-run second inning.

– Freeman Staff

Monday, May 6, 2013

Catholic Memorial Honors Veterans and Benefactors

at Annual Celebrating Lives of Service

 Waukesha, Wisc.Catholic Memorial High School (CMH) will be holding its annual Celebrating Lives of Service event on Friday, May 10, at 10:15 a.m. in the InPro Athletic Center located on the CMH campus. 

Celebrating Lives of Service commemorates the 23 members of St. Joseph’s parish in Waukesha who gave their lives for their country in World War II and for whom Catholic Memorial High School was named. Later, the dedication of the school was extended to include all graduates of Catholic Memorial who have died in service to their country.

Celebrating Lives of Service is an annual event hosted by CMH students, faculty, and staff to celebrate benefactors and grandparents whose lives of service honors our origin and advances our mission to educate, guide, prepare and serve.

Included in the ceremony will be the presentation of the Col. Mary Jo MacGregor (Ret.) ’81 Award for Meritorious Service and the announcement of the 2013 CMH Hero of the Year Award will close the celebration.

Following the luncheon, all adults and their student hosts will have the opportunity to attend the Catholic Memorial Student Art Exhibition in the Academic Resource Center (ARC). The exhibit features over 1,200 selections of student art from the 2012-13 school year. The art show is free and open for public viewing 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

For more information about Catholic Memorial High School, visit or call (262) 542-7101.

Thursday, May 2, 2013


from today's Waukesha Freeman -

CMH defeats West

WAUKESHA – The Catholic Memorial High School softball team overcame a 4-0 deficit with six runs in the third inning and went on to beat Waukesha West 13-4 in a Classic 8 Conference game at Infinity Field on Wednesday.

Sophomore Mary Kate Sauer had four of Memorial’s 15 hits, including a home run and two doubles. She drove in four runs and scored three times.

Junior Mari Klement had three hits including a double; freshman Hannah Smith had a home run and a double, drove in two runs and scored three times; while sophomore Quinn Schneider had two hits and two RBis as Memorial improved to 5-4 overall and in conference.

Junior Valeria Grundfelder had three of West’s nine hits, while senior Allie Ganswindt and junior MacKenzie Mehling each had two hits.

West committed five errors.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Alum Sports News

from today's JSOnline.Com -

MAAC CHAMP: Isabella Lambert, a Catholic Memorial High School graduate ['11], won individual honors and helped Butler to the team title in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference women's championship on Sunday. Lambert, a sophomore, shot rounds of 75, 75 and 73 for a 7-over-par 223 total on Disney's Palm Course in Orlando. She won the individual title by three shots over teammate Jenna Peters as Butler ran away to a 32-shot victory margin over Boston University.


from today's Waukesha Freeman -

CMH beats Kettle Moraine

WALES –  Catholic Memorial beat Kettle Moraine 5-2 in a Classic 8 Conference dual Tuesday.

Mike Mirsberger won a 6-2, 6-1 decision at No. 2 singles for CMH, Tommy Matoska won 6-0, 6-1 at No. 3 and Christian Erickson won 61, 6-3 at No. 4. Memorial’s Eric Schmitz and Jon Rymer won 6-2, 7-5 at No. 2 doubles, and Trevor Norton and Matt Murphy won 7-5, 6-1 at No. 3.

KM’s No. 1 singles player Chayce Roecker won 6-4, 6-2, and Greg Jasinski and Jesse Klim won 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 at No. 1 doubles for the Lasers.


from today's Waukesha Freeman -

CMH 12
Waukesha South 2 (5 inn.)

Schneider enjoys big game

By Logan Macomber, Freeman Correspondent

WAUKESHA – Catholic Memorial’s lineup was dialed in from top to bottom.

The Crusaders batted around in the first and third innings and picked up three runs in the fourth on a home run by Quinn Schneider on their way to a five-inning 12-2 Classic 8 Conference high school softball victory over Waukesha South on Tuesday at 5 Diamonds.

Schneider, a sophomore, gave Catholic Memorial an
11-0 lead in the bottom of the fourth inning with her first career home run, a high-arcing fly ball that easily cleared the left-field fence.

“It felt good, but I didn’t think it was going to be a home run,” she said.

Schneider, who went 3 for 4 and scored twice, batted eighth in the Catholic Memorial lineup, which registered 13 hits and generated four runs in the first and third innings to go along with three in the fourth and one in the fifth.

Waukesha South scored its
first run of the game in the top of the fifth inning when Erin Steffes knocked in Olivia Heck with a two-out single. Callie Schaser brought Steffes around to score with a triple in the ensuing at-bat to make the score 11-2.

Needing only one run to extend its lead back to 10 and seal the victory in the bottom of the fifth, Catholic Memorial again got production from the bottom of its lineup. With two outs and sophomore Maria Fernandez on third base, Brenna Lewandowski, a freshman batting ninth for the Crusaders, sent an RBI grounder to left field to give
the game its final score.

Steffes had three hits and was the only Blackshirt with multiple hits in the game.

“Erin Steffes was a nice shining part of our offense,” Waukesha South coach Corey Kirsch said.

Catholic Memorial senior Rachel Ramthun picked up the complete-game win. She struck out five batters and walked only one.

“She’s a four-year starter,” Catholic Memorial coach Brian Johnson said of his goto pitcher. “She kept the ball down.

“We made some plays and we hit the ball. We’re young, but we play pretty good
defense and we hit pretty well.”

Catholic Memorial, now 4-4, set the tone early. Freshman Hannah Smith and sophomore Mary Kate Sauer connected on back-to-back RBI doubles to lead the offensive charge in the first inning, which contained five hits.

After Waukesha South pitcher Madelyn Nowers held Catholic Memorial scoreless in the second, the Crusaders extended their lead to eight with their second four-run inning. Ramthun helped her own cause in the inning with a two-run single that scored
senior Nikki Lee and Schneider, both of whom had singled.

Schneider, Lee, Fernandez, Sauer and Ramthun were the five Catholic Memorial batters with multiple hits in the game.

Catholic Memorial senior Tia Johnson was hit by a pitch in her first two at-bats.

Despite an abundance of offense in their first home game of the season, the Crusaders stranded nine runners on base.

Waukesha South is 2-5, but Kirsch has seen improvements in his team. He called Tuesday’s game, “a step in the right direction for us.”