Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Crusader Boys Athletics #1 in region!

According to JSOnline.Com, for 2012-2013, the Crusader Boys Sports program was the best in the region.

When considering both Boys and Girls sports, CMH is the 3rd most successful program in the region.

Statewide, CMH ranks 4th among medium size schools, and 5th among all school.

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
Mukwonago 13
University School 13
9. Brookfield East 12
Burlington 12

1. Arrowhead 15
2. Homestead 14
3. Cedarburg 9
Mukwonago 9
Shorewood 9

1. Catholic Memorial 14
2. Milwaukee Marquette 13
Shorewood 13
4. Brookfield East 11
5. Arrowhead 10

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