Freshman delivers for Crusaders Bosch earns second varsity victory Freeman Correspondent
MUKWONAGO – Ben Bosch was sharp on the mound.
Bosch, a freshman lefthander, pitched a seven-hitter through six complete innings as the Catholic Memorial High School baseball team outlasted Mukwonago 5-4 in a rain-delayed Classic 8 Conference game Thursday.
It was the second consecutive victory for the Crusaders, who improved to 8-7 in conference and 11-8 overall.
The start of the game was delayed for an hour as the result of muddy field conditions caused by storms in the late afternoon.
Thanks in part to the steady movement of a nasty curveball, Bosch
yielded only one run on three hits over the course of the first five
“It was nice having a
little time to chill out before the game,” said Bosch, who had four
strikeouts with three walks and a hit batsman to earn his second victory
at the varsity level. “Throughout the night, I adjusted the speed of
my pitches and forced them to put the ball in
play. That’s when my teammates did a nice job of backing me up and
made the defensive plays. It was just a matter of pitching with
confidence, making the most of each situation and having some fun out
“The guys cheered me on from
start to finish, so it was great to get some good run support and come
away with a one-run victory.”
Senior right-hander Sergio Rodriguez pitched the seventh inning, retiring the side to earn a save for the Crusaders.
Rodriguez remained cool under pressure, promptly recording a strikeout followed by back-to-back flyouts to end the game.
“I was excited to get the opportunity to close the door,” said
Rodriguez, who also went 3 for 3 with two RBIs to propel Memorial’s
eight-hit attack. “At that point in the game, my main goal was just to
throw strikes and let the defense make the plays.
“It was exciting to be called upon in that situation, come into the last inning of a one-run ball game and walk away with a victory.”
Memorial collected four runs on three hits in the top of the first
inning as Rodriguez delivered a two run single, junior third baseman
Chandler North had an RBI single and junior right fielder Zach Fridl
scored on an error.
The Crusaders added what proved to the game-winner in the second, as sophomore shortstop Eric Brown scored on an error.
Mukwonago trimmed the lead to 5-1 in the bottom of the third on a
run-scoring ground out by senior second baseman Matt McCartan.
The Indians followed with three runs on four hits in the sixth,
including a run-scoring single by senior first baseman Mitch West and
RBI sacrifice flyouts by senior catcher Jason Strickler and junior
third baseman Brandon Parr.
Memorial coach Tim Gotzler was excited about the way his team fought through the monotonous delay and remained mentally sharp.
“It was a great battle between two very similar teams,” said Gotzler,
whose team swept the regular-season series with Mukwonago. “Heading into the playoff seeding meetings, it was a very important victory and should help to give us some good momentum.
“It was tough with the one hour rain delay, but the boys remained
mentally sharp and were ready to go when game time arrived. I was just
very proud of the effort.”
Senior shortstop A.J. Bricco went 2 for 4 to pace Mukwonago, which dropped to 68 in league and 8-11 overall.
Mukwonago assistant coach Steve Frank was filling in for head coach Jay Christiansen, who missed the game with an illness.
“I was very proud of how
we battled back,” said Frank, whose squad stranded five runners on
base. “We’ve been on the losing end of a lot of one-run games, so now we
just have to bounce back from it and start to build some momentum. If
we can do that, we should be ready to go come playoff time.”
Memorial’s Cervantes soccer POY Fotsch, Grall also on all-state first team WAUKESHA – Catholic Memorial High School freshman Emily Cervantes was selected Player of the Year in Wisconsin Soccer Coaches Association all-state voting.
Cervantes, a forward who helped the Crusaders to the WIAA Division 2 state title, was joined on the first team by Brookfield Central senior defender Sarah Fotsch, Waukesha West junior forward Katie Grall and Menomonee Falls senior midfielder Anna Smalley.
Being selected to the WSCA’s Best of the Rest were Arrowhead senior goalkeeper Michaela Ongaro, Brookfield Central goalkeeper Rachel Oleson, Arrowhead senior defender Maddie Dallman, West junior defender Carly Hoffman, Memorial senior defender Anna Jurken, Falls sophomore defender Sammy Lehnen, Falls junior midfielder Jen Eberhardy, Hamilton senior midfielder Robyn Elliott, Memorial senior midfielder Carina Krausert, Arrowhead senior midfielder Sara Opie, Central junior midfielder Lydia Rohde, Brookfield East senior midfielder Jackie Wandt, Hamilton senior forward Rachel Elliott, Waukesha North junior forward Aubrey Krahn and Oconomowoc senior forward Taylor Pampuch.
Congratulations to all Crusader athletes, coaches and boosters!
Along with great academics, amazing fine and dramatic arts, extensive service expectations, a top-rated sports program confirms CMH's commitment to education of the whole person. This is truly a fulfillment of our Catholic faith and education mission!
from Sunday's JSOnline.Com -
Arrowhead maintained its title of Journal Sentinel school of the year for the 12th straight year, but for the first time in five years there is a new champion of the boys standings.
Catholic Memorial Crusaders, take a bow.
Boosted by state championships in football and golf, Memorial finished with 14 points to edge five-time defending champion Milwaukee Marquette and Shorewood by one point for the boys crown.
On the girls side, six high finishes at WIAA state tournaments were enough to give Arrowhead the title, though barely. The Warhawks finished with 15 points, one more than second-place Homestead for the second straight year.
Add Arrowhead's football state title, deep tournament runs in summer baseball and boys tennis and a strong showing at the boys state cross country meet and the entire Warhawks athletic program remained atop the area overall standings with points to spare.
"I'm proud of our coaching staff and I'm very proud of our kids," Arrowhead athletic director Kevin Flegner said. "Our kids work extremely hard and it's their accomplishment. At the end of the day you can have the greatest coaches in the world, but your kids still have to perform at a high level."
The Warhawks claimed that honor based on a point system that rewards success in WIAA tournaments.
Schools received five points for a state championship and three for a second-place finish. Schools earned two points for reaching the state semifinals or for a third- through fifth-place finish. One point was given for reaching the state quarterfinals or a sixth- through eighth-place finish.
Arrowhead's boys and girls finished with 25 points. They were followed by Shorewood (22), Catholic Memorial (21) and Homestead (19).
So beyond the numbers, who were the area's biggest winners?
If your answer is based on state titles then the honor goes to Memorial, Shorewood and Homestead, which won three each. Memorial won football, boys golf and girls soccer. Homestead captured titles in football, girls golf and girls tennis. Shorewood was a state champ in boys cross country, girls swimming and diving and boys track and field.
There were five other schools with two titles: Arrowhead (football and girls cross country), Cedarburg (boys golf and girls soccer), Marquette (boys soccer and boys tennis), Oak Creek (summer baseball and gymnastics) and University School (boys tennis and girls tennis)
If you base your answer on top-eight finishes at state tournaments then the biggest winners was Arrowhead with 10
"Each and every year it's getting harder and harder," Flegner said. "There's a lot great athletic departments in the state, so we're just excited again to be on top. It's a team effort. Our new motto at Arrowhead that we started in the past year is 'One team'. We're really striving to work together across the board."
The tone for Arrowhead's year was set in the fall when it won football and girls cross country titles and placed fourth in boys cross country.
In fact the showings by the Warhawks' girls cross country and football teams were among the most dominating in a state final or state meet all year.
The cross country team's top five runners placed among the top 14 and its score of 41 points was the best for a state champion in any division since 1987. The football team shut out Sun Prairie until the final 4½ minutes and won, 30-14, to complete an undefeated season and give the school its first title under Greg Malling, who completed his second season.
Catholic Memorial finished strong to claim the boys title, winning in golf and taking second in the Division 2 state track meet in the spring. Neither of those teams won a conference title against the larger schools of the Classic 8, but the golf team, led by junior all-area selection Dylan Allen, proved formidable once it started facing schools of similar size in the tournament, and the track team piled up points at state with senior Sam Tiahnybik and sophomore Joe Novak.
Tiahnybik set a Division 2 record in the 400 meters (48.26 seconds), won the 200 in 22.16 and was second in the 100 (11.22).
"I think Sam is one of the five best track athletes that I think we've had at Catholic Memorial," Memorial athletic director Greg Gamalski said.
The tone for the year, however, was set by the football team, which gave coach Bill Young his first WIAA state title and produced Associated Press state football player of the year Matt Hubley.
"If we come out (of the Classic 8) healthy, especially in a contact sport like football, we can compete at that lower division with most teams in the state," Gamalski said. "There is no question. I absolutely love the competition the Classic 8 gives us."
1. Arrowhead 25
2. Shorewood 22 3. Catholic Memorial 21
4. Homestead 19
5. Cedarburg 15
6. Milwaukee Marquette 13
University School 13
9. Brookfield East 12
from today's Waukesha Freeman - PREP BASEBALL CMH 5 Waukesha South 2 Crusaders discover sense of urgency Four-run sixth decides issueBy Logan Macomber, Freeman correspondent
WAUKESHA — Shaky Waukesha South defense opened the door for a Catholic Memorial comeback.
With the threat of a rainout looming, the Crusaders scored four runs in the top of the sixth inning to secure a 5-2 Classic 8 Conference high school baseball victory over Waukesha South at Waukesha West High School on Monday.
Catholic Memorial coach Tim Gotzler credited his team’s comeback to the impending thunderstorm.
“We lacked a sense of urgency early on,” he said, “but Mother Nature gave us a sense. She might be responsible for this one.”
In what was a low-scoring pitchers’ duel for most of the game, Waukesha South took a 2-1 lead into the top of the sixth. Three errors and four Catholic Memorial hits later, the score was 5-2 in favor of the Crusaders.
With one out in the top of the sixth, Catholic Memorial junior Cameron Krausert hit a high blooper to left field that fell between three Waukesha South defenders for a double, then scored on a line-drive single down the third-base line by fellow junior David McLeod.
With the score tied 2-2, Waukesha South starting pitcher Cannon Cooley, a sophomore, struck out his sixth batter of the game for the second out, but a crucial defensive error prevented him from getting out of the inning with no further damage.
After an infield single by sophomore Eric Brown, McLeod scored on a misplayed groundball off the bat of junior Zach Fridl to give Catholic Memorial its first lead of the game.
Catholic Memorial junior Jake Shomin knocked in Brown with a line-drive single to left-center field, and during the ensuing at-bat, another defensive lapse allowed the Crusaders to take a three-run lead.
Fridl scored the game’s final run when Cooley’s throw to second base during a first-and-third walkoff play sailed into center field.
In the bottom of the sixth, Catholic Memorial starting pitcher Sergio Rodriguez, a senior, set the Blackshirts down in order, and in the bottom of the seventh, he got some help from his defense to close out the victory.
A diving stop by third baseman Matthew Rechner highlighted the inning.
“I’m just thinking about throwing strikes, because I know my defense behind me is going to make some plays out there like they did tonight,” Rodriguez said.
Catholic Memorial suffered from an error of its own in the top of the first inning. With one out and no runners on, Rodriguez fielded a soft groundball and delivered a high throw to first base, allowing junior Tanner Hill to reach safely. Hill scored on a double by Cooley to give Waukesha South a 1-0 lead.
The following three innings were scoreless and contained only one hit from each team. Catholic Memorial tied the game in the top of the fifth on the first of four total errors by Waukesha South. Brown scored the run on a misplayed groundball to second base.
The Blackshirts regained the lead in the bottom of the fifth inning on an RBI grounder by Cooley that scored junior Logan Rehn, but it was all Rodriguez from there.
“(Rodriguez) was really efficient on the mound,” Gotzler said. “He attacked hitters, and I was just proud of the way he carried himself tonight as a senior for us.”
Rodriguez struck out two batters and gave up just five hits in seven innings pitched.
Gotzler was also impressed with Cooley’s complete-game performance.
“You’ve got to give that Cannon Cooley credit,” he said. “For a sophomore, he’s about as good as they get in this conference.”
Cooley was the only Waukesha South player with multiple hits.
“We should have scored more,” Waukesha South coach Marc Montez said. “Our goal is five to seven (runs) each game. It’s tough to win on two (runs).
“Credit to them. When we hit the ball hard, they made plays.”
Fridl and Shomin led Catholic Memorial 10-8 overall and 7-7 in conference, with two hits apiece.
Waukesha South fell to 5-16 overall and 4-12 in conference.
I was informed yesterday that Lynn Trepanier, mother of Ashley, '06, Adrienne, '08, and Antonette, passed away very suddenly. My understanding is that the girls need as much support (prayerful and practical) as possible in this time.
Trepanier, Lynn M. (Née Woksinski) Entered God's loving arms on Thursday, June 20, 2013, at the age of 56. Re-united with her mother Marian, father Anthony and brother Thomas. Beloved mother of Ashley, Adrienne and Antonette. Further survived by other relatives and friends. Visitation at St. Luke Catholic Church, 18000 W. Greenfield Ave., on Monday, June 24, from 4:30-5:45 PM. Mass of Christian Burial at 6 PM. Private interment. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Trepanier Memorial Fund through US Bank would be appreciated.
Prep girls notes: Catholic Memorial in national rankings
06/18/2013, 8:15pm CDT
By ERIC ANDERSON
Waukesha Catholic Memorial, which wrapped up an unbeaten season by winning the WIAA Division 2 state championship Saturday in Milwaukee, finished the year nationally ranked by two organizations.
The Crusaders (23-0-1) moved up six spots to No. 11 in the final National Soccer Coaches Association of America national poll, and checked in at No. 48 in the season-ending Elite Soccer Report Top 50.
This is the sixth time Catholic Memorial has ended the season in the NSCAA poll – they were No. 1 in 2000, No. 5 in 1996, No. 9 in 1996, No. 10 in 2004 and No. 19 in 2006.
The Crusaders were third in the NSCAA Region III poll, which also included WIAA Division 1 state champion Cedarburg (16-3-1) at No. 9, and topped the ESR Wisconsin rankings ahead of Cedarburg and Waukesha West (19-5-0).
Emily Cervantes, Catholic Memorial girls soccer, scored two goals in the Crusaders 3-0 win over Mount Horeb to claim the Division 2 state title. She also scored a goal in their 7-0 victory over Ashland in the state semifinals.
Waukesha North 2 (6 inn.) By Evan Frank, Freeman Correspondent
WAUKESHA – Tim Gotzler isn’t afraid to take a chance.
The Catholic Memorial High School baseball coach called on a freshman to take the mound Monday.
It paid off in a big way.
Ben Bosch, in his first game on varsity after a successful run on the junior varsity, struck out seven and led Memorial over Waukesha North 12-2 in a Classic 8 Conference matchup at Infinity Fields that ended after six innings due to the 10-run mercy rule.
North gave Bosch a little trouble early, scoring two runs in the second inning, but the new kid on the mound fought through the early jitters with the help of his teammates.
“The guys are just great, making jokes, lifting me up,” said Bosch, who pitched a complete six-inning game. “Everyone was there to pick me up.”
Memorial will play six games in the next five days, which is a reason Gotzler needed a fresh arm.
“(Bosch) is doing everything he can for us,” Gotzler said. “We have a long week ahead of us. He gave us six great innings. You couldn’t ask any more than that.”
The timing to bring Bosch up felt right for Gotzler.
“He’s been doing very well with the JV,” Gotzler said. “We were looking for an opportunity for him to come up and help us. This was a perfect week. We brought him to practice for the first time on Saturday. Even as we went through our routine, he just seemed to fit in.”
The Crusaders got going offensively in the bottom of the second when they trailed 2-1.
North’s Reggie Rappis struck out Matthew Schulze, and Eric Brown popped up for the second out, but Vince Dombrowski singled to start the rally.
Zach Fridl and Jake Shomin both had RBI singles to push Memorial into the lead.
Justin Dentici drove both Fridl and Shomin home on a single over second base that gave Memorial a 5-2 lead.
“I know that our offense can randomly break out at times,” Dentici said. “We did that tonight. We got on them early and we just kept it going.”
Gotzler was proud of how Dentici, the team’s catcher, helped Bosch along during the the game.
“To have a four-year senior catcher mentor a freshman on his first (start), that just speaks volumes,” Gotzler said. “That’s things you can’t see on a scorecard.”
North put together a solid second inning when Javier Jimenez drove a shot to left center that scored Ryan Cottrell.
The Northstars took a 2-1 lead when Parker Zitzke cracked a single past the shortstop to score Drake Bertnick.
North was coming off a 10-8 victory over Arrowhead, a team that beat Memorial the day before, but hasn’t found much consistency so far.
“I’m pleased with the work ethic,” North coach Tim Conkey said. “It’s just a matter of believing in yourself.
Thursday’s victory over Arrowhead was encouraging to Conkey, but having the weekend off didn’t help.
“Arrowhead gave us confidence,” Conkey said. “Then we sit for four days. We come out here and now we’ve had time to sit around and think about it. Worst thing in baseball is to sit around and think about it.”
WAUKESHA – Mount Horeb fans were extremely supportive of their girls soccer team.
They applauded and yelled loudly every time the Vikings gained control of the ball or stopped a shot on goal during the WIAA Division 2 state high school championship match at Uihlein Soccer Park on Saturday.
That was all they had to cheer about, though, because of a dominant performance by Catholic Memorial.
The Crusaders outshot the Vikings 19-1 on their way to a 3-0 victory to capture their second consecutive state title – their sixth in 10 years – and complete a 23-0-1 season. Memorial also won three state private schools championships.
Freshman forward Emily Cervantes scored two goals and freshman midfielder Kelsey O’Brien accounted for the other. CMH coach John Burke was impressed with their achievements, but when he put this title into the context of the Crusaders’ others, he began with his seven 2013 graduates.
“We have extraordinary seniors ... great leadership,” Burke said. “We have one senior, Julie Fischer, who was lost for the season to an ACL injury. She was one of the finest players in the state, and we were able to overcome losing her, in part because of our senior leadership.
“Our theme for today was, ‘We have to say goodbye to our seniors, so let’s make sure that the goodbye is the best possible one.’ At the very end of the match, we put all of our seniors in and they got to celebrate together.”
CMH senior defender Anna Jurken and senior midfielder Carina Krausert said their third state title conquest was different from their other two.
“It was a lot different being a senior,” Jurken said. “Either way, we knew this was going to be our seniors’ last game. We didn’t want to be coming off the field crying – unless they were tears of joy.”
Krausert felt a strong sense of urgency entering the championship rematch with Mount Horeb. The Crusaders defeated the Vikings 20 in the 2012 title match.
“There was a lot of pressure because it was our last game,” Krausert said. “Last year, we could say, ‘There’s always next year.’ But this year, for our seniors, it was our last one. It felt so good to go out with a win.”
Cervantes, who entered her first state tourney as the highest-scoring player in the field by a 19-goal margin with her 47 goals, scored unassisted at 5 minutes, 42 seconds.
“Playing in my first state championship match was a lot different than anything I’ve experienced because there was a lot more pressure,” Cervantes said. “But our seniors decided to make it fun, and it was a really great experience.”
Jurken said Cervantes’ early goal gave the Crusaders a boost.
“It helped us settle into the game and get us ready to move forward,” she said.
CMH entered intermission with a 2-0 lead after O’Brien scored on a Krausert assist at 33:12, and Cervantes provided an insurance goal at 44:13.
Burke put Cervantes’ phenomenal freshman season and her state tourney debut in perspective afterward.
“It’s not often that you encounter an artist on the soccer field,” the coach said. “Emily Cervantes is an artist. People who know soccer just sit back and enjoy watching her play.
“The fact that she’s only a freshman, I think, makes a lot of people who like watching beautiful soccer happy because they get to see her roaming the fields in Wisconsin for the next three years.”
The Crusaders had seven seniors, six juniors, six sophomores and six freshmen on their roster.
“One of the things coach Burke talks about a lot is we don’t distinguish between grade levels,” Jurken said. “We incorporate everyone into everything. That’s just the way we are.”
Cervantes looks forward to being more of a leader next season.
“Having played in the state tournament ... next year I can tell the freshmen, ‘I went through this last year and it was a lot of pressure, but once you step on the field and give 100 percent, you’ll be fine.’”
CMH 10 Mukwonago 7 Brown clinches victory for Crusaders Sophomore halts late Mukwonago rally Freeman Correspondent
WAUKESHA – Mukwonago’s offense was dialed in until Eric Brown took the mound.
Brown, a sophomore, pitched the Catholic Memorial High School baseball team out of a bases-loaded jam in the top of the sixth inning and helped the Crusaders hold on for a 10-7 Classic 8 Conference victory at Infinity Fields on Thursday.
The Crusaders batted around in the bottom of the fifth, scoring six runs with four of their seven total hits to take a 10-6 lead. Junior pinch hitter David McLeod highlighted the inning with a two-run double off of the fence that scored fellow juniors Cameron Krausert and Matthew Schulze. McLeod came around to score on a linedrive single by Zach Fridl.
After two walks and a hit batsman loaded the bases for Mukwonago in the top of the sixth inning, Crusaders coach Tim Gotzler sent Brown to the mound.
“He’s almost too young to know the situation,” Gotzler said of Brown, who has made few relief appearances this season. “He just comes in and pitches and doesn’t get caught up in the fans or anything else. He just comes in and does his thing. We really relied on him and he came through for us tonight.”
With the bases loaded and no outs, Brown walked Mukwonago junior Noah Sadler as the Indians narrowed their deficit to 10-7. Brown struck out the next two batters, and he forced a groundout on a full count to end the inning.
“I was just looking to go in there and throw strikes, make them hit it and rely on my teammates behind me to make a play,” Brown said.
Brown pitched a scoreless seventh, facing four batters.
Mukwonago (5-8) looked as if it could run away with the game early, stringing together three hits to start the game and taking a 2-0 lead on a line-drive single by Sadler.
The Crusaders tied the game in the bottom of the second and took their first lead with two more runs in the third, courtesy of a Sergio Rodriguez single. But the Indians regained the lead with four runs in the top of the fourth, with senior Matt McCartan hitting a two-run home run to give Mukwonago a 6-4 lead.
Catholic Memorial (7-6 overall, 4-5 Classic 8) relied on contact and putting the ball in play to get its six-run fifth inning going. Two of the Crusaders’ first three hits of the inning deflected off the glove of a diving first baseman.
“Early in the inning there wasn’t one hard-hit ball,” first-year Mukwonago coach Jay Christiansen said. “We could have been out of it had those balls been hit at somebody.”
Brown appreciated the cushion his team built with the big fifth inning.
“We had guys come up with timely hitting that really pushed the runs across for us,” he said.
Schulze and Justin Dentici, Catholic Memorial’s senior catcher, were the only two Crusaders with multiple hits, each going 2 for 4.
Sadler and senior Mitch West each had three hits apiece for Mukwonago.
Catholic Memorial seniors going for third state championship in four years
WIAA DIVISIONS 2-3 STATE GIRLS SOCCER TOURNAMENT PREVIEW
By Daniel Mike
WAUKESHA – John Burke is used to Uihlein Soccer Park.
The coach has taken the Catholic Memorial High School girls soccer team there to the state tournament eight times, and the team will make its eighth straight trip this weekend for the WIAA Division 2 state tournament.
Jeremy Hedrick got his first glimpse at a state tournament last year, coaching Lake Country Lutheran/University Lake/Trinity to the Division 3 tournament for the first time in program history. The Lightning will make a second trip this weekend.
“I don’t think (this year) is quite as big a surprise, because we’ve seen what it takes to get to this point,” Hedrick said. “It’s still a bit of a surprise, because our sectional was tougher this year.
“Last year, we just kept going, ‘Hey, this is further than we’ve gotten before, so let’s have fun and see where it goes.’” Both will be vying for their second straight state championship, and CMH (20-0-1) is seeking its sixth WIAA title as the Crusaders won in 2004, 2006, 2007, 2010 and 2012.
The seniors are going for their third state title in four years. “The girls have had phenomenal success,” Burke said.
The Crusaders won a difficult sectional that included 2012 Division 1 state runner- up Grafton and very competitive teams in Pewaukee, Pius, Big Foot and Sheboygan Falls.
“It’s one thing going to state every year out of a weak sectional,” Burke said. “It’s a strong sectional every year, so to make it through that tough sectional is impressive.”
Memorial lost only one starter from last season’s state-champion team, center back Katie Mark. But the addition of freshman Emily Cervantes, the team’s leading scorer, and moving senior Anna Jurken to Mark’s position has kept momentum going.
“We took one of our leading scorers from last year and moved her to center back, but she’s one of the most composed players you’d ever want to meet,” Burke said of Jurken. “She’s a senior, great leader, communicates extremely well.
“We’ve only given up eight goals, and Anna Jurken’s a big part of that.”
The Lightning lost five players from last season’s team, including leading scorer Jamie Schnuck, who excelled in the postseason.
“Luckily, we were able to find a few other players who finish well this year,” Hedrick said. “Our defense might not be as strong as it was last year, but our offense is really able to move the ball.
“I can’t stand kickball, where teams kick it over the top and chase after it. Me, I like to control possession of the game. We don’t have too many subs to come off the bench so our best offense is to hold the ball as long as we can and wait for our opportunities to strike.”
Combining the three smallest high schools in Waukesha County hasn’t made the Lightning a large team in Division 3. The combined enrollment of Lake Country Lutheran, University Lake and Trinity is still below 300 students.
“None of us would make it on our own, for sure,” Hedrick said. “I try every year to get more and more people to come out, and I fail miserably to do so. I spent an hour at Trinity and University Lake over lunch periods to talk to girls to come out. I had little luck more than the girls I have out.
“The girls I’ve gotten have been outstanding. It always looks bad when you see a coop, but we still don’t have many students with it.”
Division 2 and 3 semifinals are Friday, with CMH playing Ashland at 3 p.m. in Division 2 and the Lightning playing Ozaukee at 9 a.m. The Division 3 title game is at 10 a.m. Saturday, and the Division 2 game is at noon.
from today's Waukesha Freeman - Only a freshman, CMH’s Cervantes already making her mark
She’s being compared to former Olympian
WAUKESHA – John Burke doesn’t hide his enthusiasm.
Burke is in his 19th season as coach of the Catholic Memorial High School girls soccer team, and he’s seen some stellar players come through the ranks.
He doesn’t hesitate to put Emily Cervantes among the elite.
“She is the best player to come through the state of Wisconsin since Leslie Osborne,” Burke said, comparing Cervantes to the former CMH star who became a U.S. Olympian. “In fact, Emily Cervantes is better right now as a freshman than Leslie Osborne was as a freshman.”
Cervantes already has left a mark on the program. She has 101 points this season, with a school record 47 goals.
“Emily is more of an impact player as a freshman than Leslie was, so she has had a pretty big impact,” Burke said. “She has a lot of courage and isn’t afraid to take people on 1v1. That’s not common for many players.
“That is her most remarkable quality.”
Cervantes has been playing soccer since she was 5 years old, and she’s played a lot of club soccer growing up. Burke has coached her in club since she was 9, and she was more than ready for her first high school season.
“I didn’t really imagine it being this good,” Cervantes said. “Once I got on the team with all the seniors, they were all supportive and encouraged me to work hard. That was a big factor in me doing so well.”
Memorial, which will play in a WIAA Division 2 state semifinal Friday, enters tryouts with all players being treated equal. Freshmen aren’t forced to gather the balls after practice or carry water for the team. Instead, they are put on equal footing and given every opportunity for success.
“That makes it a lot easier,” Cervantes said. “Everyone supports each other.”
Kettle Moraine coach Will Loepfe, whose team lost 1-0 to Memorial and did not allow Cervantes to score, saw the Crusaders make a push to get the ball to the freshman.
“They fed all the balls through her so she gets multiple looks in the game,” Loepfe said. “Every ball played was directed to her as a point forward, and she got a lot of good opportunities and looks at the goal.”
Cervantes uses Osborne, a former member of the U.S. National Team and the national Player of the Year in college. as a role model.
“I want to follow in Leslie Osborne’s footsteps,” Cervantes said. “Every time I step on the field, I want to give 100 percent to get there. “I met her when I was 10 because she used to run some of our practices, and I’ve talked to her some.”
Burke has long known Cervantes would be a member of the Memorial program, and having her join the team the same year as his daughter, Maureen, has made this year even more special.
“I’ve known Emily for many, many years, and we were very excited about her coming to Memorial,” Burke said. “She’s been a childhood friend of my daughter since they were 9. To have one of my daughter’s best friends on the team as well this year is a lot of fun.”
Cervantes said she owes a lot to Burke.
“I couldn’t have made it this far without him,” she said. “He’s been there through everything. He’s the greatest. You can talk to him about anything.”
Cervantes has fit in smoothly on a Memorial team that lost only one starter to graduation from last season’s WIAA Division 2 state championship team.
“In my 19 seasons, there has not been a more dynamic offensive threat in the state than Emily Cervantes,” Burke said. “And she is a freshman.”
County high school, area students capture Tommy Awards
Winners to be honored in Madison on Sunday night
WAUKESHA – Waukesha County was well-represented in the Tommy Awards, which recognizes excellence in high school theater.
Oconomowoc High School was one of nine schools honored with an Outstanding Musical award for its production of “Oklahoma!” The production staff featured director Thomas Klubertanz, vocal director Sherman Leatherberry, orchestra director Lynn Carlstein, choreographer Karl Miller, costume designer Carrie Johnson, scenic designer Scott Wirtz-Olsen, lighting designer Ross Zentner, sound designer Michael Nicolai and stage managers Brooke Olson and Jordan Walczak.
Waukesha South High School won an Outstanding Ensemble award, an Outstanding Orchestra award and Outstanding Overall Design for “A Chorus Line.”
Catholic Memorial High School’s Doug Reed was one of six recipients for Outstanding Choreography for the production of “Grease.” Individually, Oconomowoc’s Arianna Imperl won Outstanding Dance Performer for her role as Dream Laurey in “Oklahoma!”
Christopher Andacht won an Outstanding Direction award for “Grease” at Catholic Memorial High School. Abigail E. Kean, of the Kettle Moraine School for Arts and Performance, won an Outstanding Direction award for “Little Women.”
In the Outstanding Lead Performer category, the winners were Oconomowoc’s Emily Menting for her role as Laurey Williams in “Oklahoma!”; Waukesha West High School’s Austin Merschdorf for his role as Beast in “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast”; Kettle Moraine School for Arts and Performance’s Sophia Tzougros for her role as Jo March in “Little Women”; and Oconomowoc’s Drew Weiland as Curley in “Oklahoma!”
Catholic Memorial’s Skelly Warren grabbed an Outstanding Scenic Design for “Grease.” The school’s Jenny Loeffler captured an Outstanding State Management award for “Grease.”
Eisenhower High School’s Elizabeth Schoepke won the other Outstanding State Management award for “The Wizard of Oz.” In the Outstanding Supporting Performer category, the winners were Waukesha South’s Guillermo Contreras for Paul and Isaiah Reynolds as Mike in “A Chorus Line,” and Oconomowoc’s Nathan Kluge for Ali Hakim, Jacob Ranklin for Will Parker and Macy Smith as Aunt Eller in “Oklahoma!”
The 2013 Tommy Awards ceremony will be held at 7 p.m. Sunday at the Overture Center For the Arts, 201 State St., in Madison. Tickets are available by calling 608-258-4141 or visit www.overturecenter.com.
from today's Waukesha Freeman - CMH 15 Waukesha South 5 (6 inn.) Crusaders surge offensively
Team scores 11 unanswered runsBy Christine Gustafson
WAUKESHA – Trailing by one run seemed to be all the spark the Crusaders needed to get their offense going.
Scoring 11 unanswered runs – seven of them in the fifth inning – the Catholic Memorial High School baseball team evened the season series with Waukesha South, staking a 15-5 Classic 8 Conference victory in six innings Monday night at Infinity Field.
Catholic Memorial improved to 6-5 overall, 3-4 in the Classic 8, with Waukesha South at 4-9 overall, 3-6 in the conference.
“When things are going well, we can have a very potent offense,” Catholic Memorial coach Tim Gotzler said.
After the seven-run inning in the bottom of the fifth that put the Crusaders ahead 13-5, Memorial only needed two more runs to end the contest with the 10run rule. Junior Zach Fridl obliged, hitting a triple in the bottom of the sixth that brought both sophomore Eric Brown and junior David McLeod around to end the contest early.
“I just stuck to what I’ve been doing lately,” Fridl said. “I’ve been hitting the ball well and seeing the ball well. We’ve been there before this year, so we know how to play from behind. We just stayed composed and played our own game.”
Catholic Memorial took an early 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first with its first three batters making the rounds. But Waukesha South answered with two runs in the top of the second.
“We started probably not the way we wanted to, but I loved how we came back,” Waukesha South coach Marc Montez said. “We came back hard. We scored a couple here and a couple there and took the lead, but we couldn’t stop them offensively. We didn’t make pitches when we needed to; we didn’t make a play when we needed to, and it kind of snowballed from there.”
South scored three runs in the top of the third to take a 5-4 lead, but Memorial evened it up in the bottom half and added a goahead run in the fourth before the big seven-run inning in the fifth.
“When they started hitting, I knew I was throwing some balls so I knew I had to fix it and get some strikes in and let my defense make some plays, which they did,” CMH junior starting pitcher Jake Shomin said. “Our offense picked up as well. We’re starting to hit. We started off a little slow (this season), but now we’re starting to hit our stride. Hopefully, this will be a good start for this week coming up.”
Batting threw the lineup in the fifth, the Crusaders started off with junior Cameron Krausert hitting a single. After a strikeout, Memorial sophomore Eric Brown and junior Chandler North had back-to-back hits, each of which brought in a run. Three consecutive walks followed.
“Getting these conference wins is always big,” Gotzler said. “They beat us 12-5 the first time, and we came back and beat them this time. It’s a good rivalry.”
Photo credit: Robert F. Borkowski/Special to The Freeman Waukesha South junior catcher Aaron Schroeder tags out Catholic Memorial junior Jake Shomin to end the fourth inning at Infinity Fields on Monday.
WAUKESHA – The Catholic Memorial High School baseball team came from behind twice and beat Nicolet 6-5 and Brown Deer 12-5 in nonconference games Saturday.
Memorial overcame a 3-1 deficit against Nicolet behind Zach Fridl and Matthew Rechner, each of whom had three hits.
Jake Shomin had two hits and two RBIs, while Justin Dentici and Chandler North each had two hits Sergio Rodriguez had four hits and drove in three runs against Brown Deer, which led 2-0 after the first inning.
WIAA DIVISION 2 GIRLS SOCCER Senior, freshman help produce sectional title CMH heading to state for eighth straight year
Up next 3 p.m. Friday WIAA state tournament Division 2 semifinals Catholic Memorial vs. Ashland
WAUKESHA – Senior leadership and freshman talent.
Those are the two keys that have Catholic Memorial High School back in the WIAA Division 2 state girls soccer tournament.
Senior Carina Krausert and freshman Emily Cervantes each scored a goal as the undefeated Crusaders won 2-1 over Grafton in Saturday’s sectional championship game at Carroll University.
The Crusaders play Ashland in the state semifinals at 3 p.m. Friday at Uihlein Soccer Park.
Krausert, who had played in the midfield all season but was moved to forward Saturday because of injuries, opened the scoring with 10:54 left in the first half.
After four consecutive Grafton corner kicks in two minutes failed to produce a goal, Catholic Memorial sophomore goalkeeper Cassidy Lentz sent a goal kick toward midfield. Krausert corralled the bouncing ball, dribbled into the box and scored on a left-footed shot that travelled across the face of the goal and into the right side of the net.
“She had probably 18 inches to slot that ball in under all that pressure, with a kid on her shoulder,” Catholic Memorial coach John Burke said.
Burke also gave credit to his midfielders for the goal.
“It was the challenge in the midfield that really sprung Carina,” he said. “Cristina From is just a warrior in the midfield. She couldn’t practice (Friday) but came out and played 80 minutes today.”
Lentz picked up a rare goalkeeper assist on the play.
“I’ve never scored on an assist from the keeper,” Krausert said. “Cassidy’s really excited about that one.”
The Crusaders won the possession battle in the first half, putting eight shots on goal to Grafton’s one, an unthreatening long-distance attempt.
Grafton came out aggressively in the second half, generating a series of early scoring opportunities, but it was Catholic Memorial that scored the next goal, and this time it came off the foot of a freshman.
Cervantes, who established herself as the fastest player on the field in the first half, took the ball down the left sideline in transition, cut back in front of the goal to create space and fired a right-footed strike just under the crossbar from 25 yards out to make the score 2-0.
“Emily Cervantes is showing that she is one of the premier players who has ever come through this state,” Burke said, “Taking that ball and essentially dribbling past the entire Grafton team and putting it away.”
Grafton pulled back within one 30 seconds later when senior Haley Orlowski scored.
“If that doesn’t happen, it’s not as exciting,” Burke said.
The goal reenergized Grafton’s fans, and the Black Hawks put the pressure on until the final buzzer, but the strong Catholic Memorial defense prevented them from scoring an equalizer.
Saturday’s victory granted the Crusaders, 21-01, a berth in the state tournament for the eighth straight year.
Burke has coached at Memorial for 19 years with a 403-45 record.
“Here’s a program that has won eight state titles,” he said. “It’s not magic. These kids work phenomenally hard from the very beginning in March through now.”
For Burke’s players, it’s team chemistry that fuels the desire to win.
“I didn’t want this to end,” Krausert said. “I love all these girls. They’re my family. There’s nothing I wanted more than to go to state and hopefully to win state. I’ve just got to put my heart into the whole entire game.”
Cervantes has taken her cue from the seniors.
“Carina Krausert and Courtney (Farley) and all the seniors have been really supportive, and I just play for them the whole game.” she said.
N. B. By my count, with this State Championship Trophy, CMH now has 78 State Championships. If there is a good carpenter out there, we need to build some more trophy cases! (What a good problem to have!)
In the past 30 days generous CMH alumni have added $22,000 in gifts for this year's Crusader Fund!
Thanks to each one of the 90 alumni whose gifts of $10 to $10,000
brings CMH closer to its June 30th goal of $730,000. Your gift makes
possible the student support services enabling virtually every CMH student to take the ACT test and over 97% of seniors to enter college. Your gift opens all the CMH the possibilities
for 20% of our student body who qualify for need-based tuition assistance grants.
Grafton, which upset Pewaukee, last team in CMH’s way to state By Jeff Hagenau, Freeman Correspondent
WAUKESHA – Emily Cervantes’ instinct took over.
Cervantes, a freshman forward, scored what proved to be the winning goal on an assist from junior midfielder Cristina From in the 57th minute as the top-seeded Catholic Memorial High School girls soccer team defeated fourth-seeded Milwaukee Pius XI 4-1 in a WIAA Division 2 sectional semifinal game at Carroll University’s Schneider Stadium on Thursday.
The defending state champion Crusaders, who improved to 20-0-1 overall, advanced to face third-seeded Grafton in a sectional final at Carroll at 2 p.m. Saturday.
Grafton upset second-seeded Pewaukee 2-0 in another sectional semifinal Thursday.
With the game tied 1-1 at halftime, battle-tested Memorial responded with three second-half goals to ensure a victory over its long-time private-school rival.
On the game-winner at the 57:47 minute-mark, Cervantes took possession on the left side, quickly dribbled over the middle past two defenders and abruptly fired a strong 15-yard shot into the right corner of the net.
“I had a good feeling about the shot as it left my foot,” said Cervantes, one of six freshmen on the roster. ” Cervantes was quick to point out that competing in the playoffs for the traditional state powerhouse Crusaders has been an honor.
“It’s great being a part of the winning tradition,” Cervantes said. “The experience has been amazing because of all the support and leadership of my teammates.”
Senior midfielder Carina Krausert scored two goals for the Classic 8 Conference champion Crusaders, who have captured state championships two of the past three seasons.
Krausert scored Memorial’s first goal off an assist by From in the seventh minute, and converted on a corner kick in the 60th minute.
“It could have potentially been the last game for the seniors so we didn’t want to see it end,” Krausert said. “We played with a real sense of urgency in the second half.”
Senior midfielder Courtney Farley added a goal on an assist by junior midfielder Erin Chiappetta in the 67th minute for the Crusaders, who outshot Pius 112.
Memorial coach John Burke praised his team’s tenacious, second-half effort.
Pius, which entered the contest with 11 shutouts and riding a three-game winning streak, hadn’t allowed four goals the entire season.
“Pius is an excellent team that doesn’t give up many goals so it was a remarkable accomplishment,” said Burke, who recently earned his 400th career victory for the Crusaders. “During the first half, we generated a lot of opportunities but didn’t attack with enough aggression in the final third of the field to finish. When we focused on that aspect and made the adjustment, it instantly turned the game around in the second half. That, combined with an exceptional defensive effort, made the difference.”
Junior forward Ashley Pitrof scored off an assist from senior midfielder Susanna Krebs in the 28th minute to tie the game for Pius, which ended the season 13-7-1 overall.
Photo credit: Robert F. Borkowski/Special to The Freeman Pius XI senior Kyra Porter and Catholic Memorial junior Cristina From collide going for the ball late in the second half Thursday at Carroll University.
from today's JSOnline.Com - By Rob Reischel, Special to the Journal Sentinel
Verona — Ever the optimist, Steve Plechaty insisted there was a chance.
Deep down, though, Catholic Memorial's boys golf coach knew the Crusaders' pursuit of Edgerton on Tuesday had similar odds to Jim Carrey's quest of Lauren Holly in "Dumb and Dumber." So you're telling me there's a chance.
"Anytime you have to make up 12 shots, your odds aren't great," Plechaty said of his team's deficit.
Maybe Carrey got the girl after all. The Crusaders certainly got the gold.
In a remarkable comeback, Catholic Memorial tied its own state record with a 297 on the final day of the WIAA Division 2 state tournament at University Ridge. And that finish helped the Crusaders pick up 23 shots on defending state champion Edgerton and claim the crown, 616-627.
"I knew we could do it," Catholic Memorial No. 1 player Dylan Allen said. "I knew it would be hard, but I thought it was doable."
The Crusaders got standout performances up and down the lineup during their round.
Allen shot even-par 72, highlighted by an eagle at No. 16. Senior Matt Petre fired a 73 and junior Joel Stanislawski carded a 75. All three scores were season lows.
Senior Eric Heyrman shot a 77. And No. 5 man Conor Farrell chipped in a 78. Amazingly, though, Catholic Memorial tossed Farrell's score.
"We've been waiting for a round like this all year long," Petre said. "We haven't had four guys in the 70s, so this was great timing."
Catholic Memorial's low round of the year was 312. But Plechaty thought if his team could post a score from 305-310, they'd have a chance. Never, though, did Plechaty think the Crusaders would notch a 297.
"I thought if we could put a little pressure on them, we could make it interesting," Plechaty said.
The Crusaders did more than that.
Catholic Memorial fired a sizzling 3-over 147 on the front nine. But Edgerton shot a solid 153, and the Crimson Tide maintained a six-shot lead at the turn.
On the back nine, though, the Crusaders kept rolling and fired a 150 team score. Edgerton slipped to a 167, though, allowing Catholic Memorial to pick up 17 strokes and cruise home.
"This was our goal all year," Allen said. "There couldn't be a better place for it to happen."
Allen and Petre were at the heart of the Crusaders' surge.
Allen birdied two of his first four holes and later drained a 15-foot eagle putt on No. 16.
Petre had three birdie putts of at least 25 feet. He also chipped in from off the green at No. 11 with PGA star and former Edgerton great Steve Stricker watching.
"That was pretty cool," Petre said.
Catholic Memorial has now won three state titles since 2005, and in each one it rallied on the final day. But this was the Crusaders' biggest comeback and perhaps most thrilling moment.
"It was quite a comeback," Plechaty said. "And that makes it all the sweeter."
WIAA STATE BOYS GOLF TOURNAMENT Catholic Memorial Division 2 champ Crusaders overtake Edgerton Freeman Staff
MADISON – Dylan Allen summed up his team’s Monday night demeanor in one word: “Depressing,” he said, A day later, his teammate, Matt Petre, struggled to find words to describe his feelings.
“It’s unexplainable,” Petre said.
After a disappointing first round, the Catholic Memorial High School boys golf team roared back to win the WIAA Division 2 state title at University Ridge Golf Course on Tuesday.
CMH shot a 297 in Tuesday’s second round to erase a 12-stroke deficit after Day 1 and top first-round leader Edgerton 616-627 in the final team standings.
“The first day, there’s always a little bit of nerves,” CMH coach Steve Plechaty said. “It’s a little different when there’s 100 people watching you. Once we got by that, they just started playing golf.
“This is by far our best round of the year. To put it together in the state championship on the second day, that’s a highlight of not only the year but your life as far as golf goes.”
All five Memorial golfers broke 80 Tuesday, with Allen shooting an even-par 72. He tied for sixth in the individual standings with a two-day score of 152.
“We had too many double bogeys (in the first round), and we took most of those out today. That was key,” said Allen, a junior. “Last year we did really poorly (fourth place), and we really wanted it this year. We did not want to do what we did last year..”
Petre, a senior, shot 73 Tuesday, while junior Joel Stanislawski shot 75, senior Eric Heyrman 77 and junior Conor Farrell 78.
Stanislawski tied for 10th at 153, Petre tied for 15th at 154 and Farrell and Heyrman tied for 23rd at 158.
“It’s kind of how we drew it up in the hotel room,” Plechaty said of his team’s second round. “You talk about how every guy has to make up three strokes on the guy in front of them and we would have a chance.
“We just wanted to cut into the lead on the front nine and see if we could put some pressure on (Edgerton). Our guys just kept going with it.”
CMH had cut into the lead by the turn, and through 15 holes CMH had overtaken Edgerton for good.
“After the first day we knew we had the chance of winning, but to pull it off was incredible,” Stanislawski said.
Memorial’s 2 through 5 golfers outperformed their Edgerton counterparts Tuesday, and No. 1 Allen matched Edgerton’s Andrew Morrison at 72. Morrison won the individual title with a two day score of 145.
“We thought that we had to do our own thing and let Edgerton do whatever,” Petre said. “We knew we could do it. We all knew we left a lot of shots on the course (Monday).”
Sam Tiahnybik of Catholic Memorial winces as he comes
down the track in the Division 2 400M dash. Tiahnybik is the top qualifier for
the final. - Image credit: Kristyna Wentz-Graff
Sam Tiahnybik of Catholic Memorial sets up on the blocks
as he runs the Division 2 400M dash. - Image credit: Kristyna Wentz-Graff
Bailey Finnigan of Catholic Memorial (right) shouts to
teammate Emily Kern as they do the final handoff in the qualifying round of the
Division 2 400M relay. The team placed fourth overall in the prelims. -
Image credit: Kristyna Wentz-Graff
WIAA State Track Meet -
Division 2 State Runner- Up - Catholic Memorial
Senior Sam Tiahnybik was State Champion in the 200 & 400 meter races, and took second in the 100 mete.
Sophomore Joe Novak was 2nd in the 1600 and placed 8th in the 800 meter.