Friday, August 30, 2013

PREP VOLLEYBALL PREVIEW

from today's Waukesha Freeman - 


Crusaders trying to find the right mixture 
CMH lost several key pieces to graduation
Freeman Staff 

WAUKESHA – Ted Schulte is accustomed to seeing new faces every fall – but this season has brought a lot more to the gym.


The Catholic Memorial High School girls volleyball team graduated the majority of last season’s roster, and that has the coach adjusting to an almost entirely new team this fall.


“This is our biggest turnover by far,” Schulte said. “It’s a new age of Memorial volleyball. There’s so little
 carryover, so little bridge players.

“I’m more excited about this one than teams that were destined to win state. Those are exciting years in different ways. This year is about hope and promise.”


Senior Lauren Alberti received honorable mention in All-Classic 8 Conference voting last season, and she is the only one of last year’s six CMH players to receive all-league honors to return.


Alberti split time with junior Lexi Calloway at leftside hitter last season, with Alberti getting the majority of action. Also returning are senior middle hitters Maddie Davis, Marisa Ulrich and Danela Uzelak, who split playing time as juniors.


Junior setter Haylen Levenhagen returns after seeing some action at
 setter as well as doing some spot serving.

Senior setter Mariah Nelson joins the team after missing last season with an injury. Junior rightside hitter Bethany Krause impressed the coaching staff during tryouts, and sophomore defensive specialist Maddie Miller joins the varsity team this fall.


“We are looking to have a very engaging and challenging practices to see who can step up and take on roles,” Schulte said.


The Crusaders will enter the season with five freshmen on the varsity roster: defensive specialist Kat Christian, 6-foot-1 middle Ivey Whalen, leftside hitter Maddie Rondeau, 5-11 middle Alyssa Miklosy and 5-11 outside hitter Alexis Alden.
 “The five seniors and five freshmen have to embrace each other – and the middle classes, too,” Schulte said. “The seniors have to realize they themselves can’t carry us to titles. The freshmen need the seniors to be great role models.

“They just have to understand how well they need each other.”


The Crusaders finished second in the Classic 8 last season, losing to Muskego during the regular season. CMH rebounded by beating the Warriors in the league tournament title match.


But the team will need some work before it can consider itself a title contender again.


“It’s not a team that walks on the
 floor and wins,” Schulte said. “This is a team that has to earn its points, and they have the disposition to understand that and be committed to the task and making it happen.” 

Schulte sees Muskego as the Classic 8 favorite.


“If Muskego is going to have any issues, I think it’ll be that their strength runs through the middle more than the outside,” Schulte said. “But I’m sure they’ll find somebody who will do just fine. They have great defense, great setting and great middles. That puts them in a dominant position.”


Schulte also pointed to Mukwonago, Arrowhead, Waukesha West and his own team as trying to settle in behind the Warriors.


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Crusader Soccer Supports Leukemia research.

Friends, if you are in Waukesha Friday and Saturday come and watch some soccer and support the Leukemia Society at the same time. 

This weekend the Catholic Memorial Varsity Soccer Program hosts the Sam Beres Tournament at Waukesha South. 

The tournament is in honor of coach Bisswurm's nephew Sam who lost his battle to leukemia. 

CMH plays tonight at 5:00. Saturday games are at 9:00 and 11:00 with an alumni game to follow at 1:30.

CMH kicks off Friday Eucharistic Adoration


Today, CMH started a new effort to have daylong Eucharistic Adoration in the Our Lady of the Rosary Chapel. 

While students are expected to drop in from time to time, it is hoped that this effort will rest primarily on parents and CMH friends who wish to devote time before the Blessed Sacrament praying for our students, our families, our school and our community.

This effort can only be a success if there is a schedule of committed persons willing to offer time in adoration regularly and consistently. 

If you are willing to take part in this effort, and can sign up for a time, please contact our CMH Campus Minister, Mr. Jon Brzeski - jbrzeski@catholicmemorial.net

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Meet the new CMH faculty and staff

Jennifer Ogren
Assistant to the President

Previous Experience:

Recruiter for a placement agency and then 13 years as administrative assistant at St. John Vianney Parish in Brookfield


Education:

CMH grad (class of ’89) and BS in Human Resources from UW-LaCrosse

 
Something about me”:
I enjoy traveling. This is a picture of my family in Ireland this summer. I love watching both my children play sports, especially soccer.

Meet the new CMH faculty and staff

Molly Malone
Spanish Teacher

Previous Experience:

After student-teaching at Catholic Memorial and finding out there were no available positions in the school --- I fled the country.

I volunteered as an English teacher in Guatemala through an organization called Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos. I have also taught Spanish at St. Anthony’s High School in Milwaukee and at Kettle Moraine High School. I am excited to be back with my CMH family.

Education:

 I have a B.S. in English, Spanish Language and Literature, and Secondary Education from Marquette University. Many of my requirements for my B.S. in Spanish were completed at La Universidad Complutense in Madrid, Spain.

Something about me”:
One time Al Roker sang to me on national television! Stop by Room 234 for the whole story.

Meet the new CMH faculty and staff

Krissy Hartung
Associate Director of Admissions

Previous Experience:

I worked for 7 years in sales and strategic marketing at Direct Supply Inc. and MilwaukeeJobs.com, both in Milwaukee.

 
Education:

Earned a BS in Marketing and Consumer Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Something about me”:

I am a graduate from CMH and I am also married to a CMH graduate and have a Dog named Eddie. I have two older sisters that coach volleyball at Memorial. I love watching Real Housewives and anything on BRAVO.

Meet the new CMH faculty and staff

Tracy Dybro
French Teacher

Previous Experience  

Ten Years of Teaching French 1, 2, 3, 4, IB-5 in Racine Unified School District
One Year – Elmbrook Schools- Brookfield Central, Pilgrim Park Middle School
Long term Sub- French- Brookfield East High School


Education

Bachelor of Science- Education, French Major
     UW-Madison
Graduate Credits from University of Northern Iowa- Summer Institute- Angers France
Ongoing Graduate Work at Carroll University

Something about me”:

I love teaching!  I’m very excited to be back in the classroom after several years at home with our three children.  Favorite activities include camping, hiking and biking or relaxing at a Brewers game.  Of course, traveling is great too… which at this stage of my life is mostly road trips with the kids! 

Meet the new CMH faculty and staff

Nicholas Doyle
Chemistry Teacher

Previous Experience:

Pre-service Teacher at CMH, 2012
Student Teacher at Messmer Catholic High School, 2012-2013
     -Chemistry
     -Biology

Education:
Marquette University - Class of 2013
Bachelors of Science, Secondary Education
Bachelors of Science, Chemistry

Something about me”:

I am currently a coach of the girls’ swim team, and have been swimming all my life. This led to my current hobby of competing in triathlons.

I have attended Catholic school for a majority of my educational career and look forward to a career in Catholic schools.

Meet the new CMH faculty and staff

Mike Bruckner
Social Studies Teacher
 
Previous Experience:

My first year out of college, I worked as a Para Professional at Lyons Township High School.  The following year I taught all levels of Government and Current Issues at Grayslake Central High School 

The past two years, I served as Graduate Assistant for the Men’s & Women’s Soccer teams at Wisconsin Lutheran College while pursuing my Masters. 

Education:

Wisconsin Lutheran College (2011-13)
     MAED – Instructional Technology
Concordia University Wisconsin (2004-2008)
     BA– Secondary Education – Broad Field Social Studies

Something about me”:
I enjoy learning anything and everything about soccer, boxing, leadership, politics and coaching. 

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

PREP SWIMMING PREVIEW

from today's Waukesha Freeman -

Crusaders dealing with small roster 
Coaches working with girls individually
Freeman Staff 

WAUKESHA – Christine Solberg is trying to finetune the work her swimmers
 are doing. In her second season coaching the Catholic Memorial High School girls swimming and diving team, Solberg doesn’t have many athletes to teach during a practice.

But a small roster might be beneficial to the Crusaders.


“We don’t have strength in numbers, but the small size can keep us focused on good teamwork and building one another up during practices,” Solberg said. “I look forward to good practice
 sessions, lots of good teamwork and maybe a couple good relays at dual meets.”

Nick Doyle joined the team as an assistant coach this season.


“I look forward to partnering with him and giving it our best shot,” Solberg said. “We’re new at coaching together, but the first week went well.


“We’re focusing on the girls individually. The other day we both took a few lanes and everybody was getting a lot of attention. It’s not all bad being a small team.”


Mary Kate Berens, Memorial’s lone state representative at state last year, has graduated, but the Crusaders
 return everyone else who swam at the sectional level.

Senior Molly Wetzel will swim the sprint freestyles, senior Andrea Edwards likely will focus on the breaststroke and junior Lauren Rein made considerable
 improvements on her 200 and 500 freestyle times last year. Solberg also sees sophomore Emily Berens making a big jump in her second season, Solberg said.

Freshman Sarah Brisco has a club background and looked good early in the training season.


“I look forward to seeing what she can do,” Solberg said. “She has a lot of experience beyond the high school season.”


Solberg said the roster size is in the low teens, and while team goals might be light, she has some individual hopes for the season.


“I would like to see a state qualifier or two,” Solberg said. “We had some girls who were close, and if they put in the work and we work on some stroke techniques, we might have a chance for some state qualifiers.”


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Freeman coverage of Crusader Football

from Saturday's Waukesha Freeman - 


CMH 37
Milw. Riverside 0


A big second period
Crusaders score 30 in quarter
By Christine Hibbs, Freeman Correspondent 


WAUKESHA – Allowing its opponent only 13 offensive yards in the first half got the defending Division 3 state football champion off to a winning start.

Scoring 30 of its 37 points in the second quarter, the Catholic Memorial High School football team routed Milwaukee Riverside 37-0 in a nonconference matchup Friday night at Waukesha South High School.


Senior wide receiver Ty Schmitt provided the spark to wipe away first-game jitters for the Crusaders, getting a 45-yard touchdown reception from senior quarterback Cam Krausert with 10:36 left in the second quarter. The four-play drive only took 1 minute, 9 seconds and opened up the scoring opportunities for CMH.


“Cam threw a nice ball on
 that. I just looked up and saw it and made the play,” Schmitt said. “That was the momentum-changer. We just took it from there. We just needed the butterflies to go away, and after that play, everyone calmed down and started making plays.”

The next points came on the defensive end with junior defensive lineman Sam Gromacki getting a tackle in the end zone, the safety leading to the longest run of the game.
 

With Milwaukee Riverside punting on the next play, Schmitt took the return and sprinted downfield, seeing the openings. Then skirting the left sideline, Schmitt sashayed into the end zone untouched for a 65-yard touchdown run.

“We did have the momentum,” Schmitt said. “A lot of credit goes toward the blocking. I know (junior) Tommy Garza had a nice block on the punter that led me to that.”


Schmitt had 130 of Catholic Memorial’s 274 offensive yards. Meanwhile, Milwaukee Riverside finished with 84 total yards.


“The good things are that we shut them out on defense, we threw a touchdown pass and we scored on special teams,” Catholic Memorial head coach Bill Young said. “It was a good start. We got out of here healthy; no one got nicked up.


“We need to keep things in perspective though. Pat (Wagner) does a great job with those kids, but it isn’t like playing Arrowhead and West. It is what it is. We got away with the win, so we’re pumped.”


Leading 16-0, the Crusaders added two more touchdowns in the second quarter, the first an 8-yard run by senior Alec Kocour and the second a fumble recovery on the goal line by junior Robbie Gogin.
 

Toting a 30-0 halftime lead, CMH came out of the half with a nine-play drive that resulted in its final touchdown, a 2-yard run by senior John Clark that instituted continuous time on the clock.


“We’ve got young kids, and we have to do this on a weekly basis, just keep pecking away and getting better, getting better,” Young said.


Photo credits:

Top - Charles Auer/Freeman Staff Milwaukee Riverside junior defensive back Brion Nash deflects a pass intended for Catholic Memorial senior running back Jake Piette during Friday’s season-opening game at Waukesha South.

Middle - Charles Auer/Freeman Staff Catholic Memorial senior running back Alec Kocour follows a lead block by senior running back John Clark during Friday’s game against Milwaukee Riverside at Waukesha South.

Bottom - Charles Auer/Freeman Staff Catholic Memorial’s Alec Kocour, left, and Jett Siegenthaler contest a long pass with Riverside’s Keyjuan Simond, Jr. and Demetrius Hermon, right, Friday. 

Pics from Friday's trouncing of Milwaukee Riverside

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Thursday, August 22, 2013

PREP BOYS SOCCER

From today's Waukesha Freeman - 


CMH 4
New Berlin West 1 

Fast start boosts Crusaders
Morris scores three goals

By Tony Mooren - Freeman Correspondent 

NEW BERLIN – One wouldn’t think finishing would be a topic of conversation by both coaches in a 4-1 boys soccer game.


But that was the case in a Catholic Memorial High School’s 4-1 nonconference victory over New Berlin West on Wednesday.


The Crusaders started fast with three goals in the first 11 minutes and 43 seconds of their season opener, then scored only one more goal despite a huge advantage in time of possession.


The Vikings had only seven quality possessions past midfield in the second half when they were attacking against the wind and yet two of those brief forays produced excellent – but empty – scoring opportunities.


CMH sophomore midfielder Connor Alba scored 4:17 into the game and junior forward Matt Morris
 added three goals in the next 32:28 – two of them in the first 11:43 of action for a 3-0 lead before West sophomore forward Josh Kryszewski scored the Vikings’ lone goal.

“To come out with this result is great, but we have to do a little better with our possessions. They have to be meaningful,” Memorial coach John Bisswurm said. “West got their feet under them a little after our first three goals and to their credit, they played hard the entire game.”


In fact, the teams played even in terms of score in the final 68 minutes.


But it was far too late for the Vikings, who played Watertown to a double overtime 0-0 draw Tuesday.


“We were tired, big time,” West coach Hansi Herzog said. We started slow and they pounced on us. We never woke up. I think we were shellshocked the first 20 minutes but then we settled down – and I mentioned that to the team after the game. We did have two good scoring chances in
 the second half, but we didn’t do a good job of finishing. It was the same as it was against Watertown. 

Alba, who was superb in getting to and then distributing the ball, tapped the ball back to senior Michael Benash from about 35 yards out and then received a return pass from Benash as he darted toward the goal for an angle shot from the left to the upper right post.


“I have a new role this year,” Alba said. “It’s like a second striker where I’m behind Morris and with him ahead of me, I can distribute the ball or go forward and take shots myself. They were pretty surprised that we came out so strong.”


Morris, who had a four-goal game for the Crusaders in the first round of the playoffs last season, made it 2-0 only 3:59 later. It was another shot from the left after a defender
 slipped at the 30-yard mark, leaving Morris alone for a oneon- one confrontation against senior goalie Alex Sibley and he converted.

Morris’ final goal came 2:55 before the end of the half on another run from the left side and a bullet shot.


“It’s a great way to start the season,” Morris said. “I really think that we surprised them a little bit, and Connor had a great shot to start us off. I didn’t expect to have a hat trick but I expected the team to do well.”


Counter attacks in the second half led to a good scoring chance by senior forward Reed Albinger that senior goalie Matthew Stout saved and another, one-on-one, by Kryszewski that sailed high.


“I wanted these back-to-back games,” Herzog said. “They build a team up and you find out what kind of character you have. If you come back, it shows character, right? But we were tired.”


West is now 0-1-1 and Memorial
 is 1-0. 

Freeman Profiles Coach Young

from today's Waukesha Freeman - 

Still YOUNG at heart
Legendary CMH football coach not slowing down
- Freeman Staff 

WAUKESHA – Age hasn’t affected Bill Young.
 

He has been teaching at Catholic Memorial High School since 1975, which is when he began coaching wrestling and football. He became head football coach in 1978. The Crusaders will kick off Young’s 36th season as their head coach Friday against Milwaukee Riverside.


His opposition can clearly see that age isn’t catching up to the coach.


“Over the years I have heard he has mellowed significantly from offthe- charts intense to extremely intense,” Waukesha West coach Steve Rux said with a laugh. “Every time I see Bill, I think he hasn’t aged.”


Watching the 62-yearold Young run his team, it is hard to envision he has been doing so for more than 30 years. A physical education teacher at Memorial, Young still keeps in tremendous shape and doesn’t look to be slowing any time soon. He’s still a taskmaster who can keep a team in line and on the right path.


He was rewarded for the hard work last season, when his team captured the WIAA Division 3 state championship, his first in the WIAA after
 four private-schools titles.

“We all change as get a little bit older,” said Greg Gamalski, CMH’s athletic director and a former assistant coach for Young. “Bill has mellowed a little bit, but not much. He is a hard-hat, lunch-bucket coach. That’s the way he was brought up by his parents. Bill knows the meaning of hard work and the rewards of hard work.


“I watched practice recently: He hasn’t changed a whole heck of
 a lot.”

Young’s energy begins pretty early in the day. He is awake before 5 a.m. each day, and he’s at school by 5:20. He lifts weights at the school two days a week and works out on an elliptical machine three days. He spends the school day teaching physical education at Memorial and leads practice after school. He can usually be found at the school for a few hours after practice breaking down film or
doing other work that comes with being a head football coach. 

“I have a great respect and passion for the game,” Young said. “It’s something that I always wanted to do, and I’ve been really blessed to have an opportunity at a great school.


“I don’t have any other hobbies but football. Like all coaches do, I probably think about it every day of the year.”


Young graduated in 1968 from Milwaukee Lutheran High School, where he earned varsity letters in football and basketball. He was a member of conference champion football teams his junior and senior seasons, and the basketball team won a league title his junior season.


Young lettered in football and wrestling while at Concordia University in Illinois, and he began coaching at Walther Lutheran High School in Melrose Park, Ill.


He came to Memorial three years after graduating from Concordia and has left quite a mark on the school. He has five state titles, five private-schools state runner-up finishes and one WIAA state runner-up finish. His teams have become perennial playoff competitors that always seem to compete in a Classic 8 Conference filled with schools with much larger enrollment.


“He was the reason I got into coaching,” said CMH assistant Matt Bergan, who played football and wrestled for Young before graduating in 2002. “The No. 1 thing is his ability to prepare his team. It’s an all-year thing, not just during the season.


“He’s not a U rah rah guy, he’s a leader by example. He’s one of the most reliable guys you’ll ever meet. He’s always there early, always prepared. The guy is just an absolute grinder of a football coach and a teacher.”


Young’s daughter, Sara, is proud of her father.


“The fact that my dad has so many former players come back and want to coach for him says something about my dad’s character,” Sara said. “I don’t think there are any other staffs out there like my dad’s.”


While he leads the program, Young is quick to point out he’s not the only reason for success. There’s a roster full of players and a list of assistants who have helped Young turn CMH into a perennial powerhouse.


“The biggest thing is we’ve had a good run of kids,” Young said.


“We’ve had a couple losing seasons here and there, but for the most part we’re competitive year in and year out.


“I’ve been blessed with great assistant coaches. I have a bunch of guys on staff who played for me. To have those guys play for Memorial and turn out to be outstanding young coaches is great. You really need them in a league so competitive as the Classic 8.”


While he’s got a large staff now, Young began coaching at Memorial with only Gamalski and Ed Baumann as his assistants.


“He’s learned to delegate responsibilities, which has helped him remain successful,” Gamalski said. “It’s hard for a head coach to give up certain bits and pieces he’s accustomed to doing, but he’s done a good job allowing the assistants to coach and do their thing.


“When Bill got the head coaching job, he didn’t have any assistants, He came to me and asked if I’d like to be an assistant. He asked if I knew anybody who could be our line coach. I called Ed up and said, ‘Ed, we need help.’” Having Gamalski and Baumann helped with more than football. The three turned out to be great friends over the years, and their families began to interact as well. With the three constantly
 around a football field, the families became close.

“His family fully understands that Bill’s second love outside his family is football,” Gamalski said. “They go to all the games, follow him wherever he goes. It’s never been an issue with him.


“When we started having families, they all just hung out together at games. Everybody knew, wives included, that we were hook, line and sinker football coaches. Our families interacted socially and went from there.”


Young is quick to point out his biggest supporter and the person who helped him become one of the state’s most successful coaches.


“I’ve been really blessed with my wife, Gail, who I’ve been married to for 38 years,” Young said. “She’s allowed me to do this.”


Young was able to coach his twin sons, Aaron and Brad, who are now 33. Sara, was a basketball player at Milwaukee Lutheran and Cardinal Stritch, and Young was able to catch nearly all her games as well.


“I miss some stuff, but not the
 real big stuff,” he said. “Aaron and Brad were both all-conference receivers, and I won a state championship with those guys. In winter, coaching wrestling, I was able to watch my daughter play.”

Opposing coaches have gained a lot of respect for Young.


“Battling against Bill Young has been an honor,” said Dave Rusch, who is in his 22nd year as coach at Waukesha South. “Bill is a competitive man who understands the game. I admire and respect him very much.


“Bill is what I call real. He is the same on and off the field. Over the years he holds true to who he is and what he stands for no matter how much the game has changed.


“He truly is a great man who I consider a legend.”


Former Kettle Moraine coach Mike Fink, who is still the KM’s athletic director, coached many years against Young in the Classic 8.


“Coach Young was an incredible competitor on the field,” Fink said. “Off the field, he was a different person, much more relaxed and easy going. Coach Young has been successful because he has a coaching style and philosophy that he believes in and he sticks to it. Many of the young coaches today have tendencies to switch offensively and defensively and try to implement what is the hot new offense or defense. Coach Young has a system that works and he sticks to it. He is not going to change; he expects his players to fit into his system.”


And those who work for Young share that same respect.


“It has been a great learning experience to watch coach Young model, mentor and coach our student athletes,” said CMH offensive coordinator Bob Hall. “He is truly a 12-month, 24-hour, 7-day-aweek hard-hat and lunch-box coach. He approaches each day with the strongest work ethic I’ve seen.”


His daughter added, “He cares about his players deeply and gives everything that he has to the team. I have spoken to numerous former players and the words that they use to describe my father bring tears to my eyes. They love and respect my dad.


“Our family knows that during the months of July to hopefully late November, dad is going to be focused on football. He still manages to be there for his family and be a great father and husband.”


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At a glance


Who:
 Bill Young What: Catholic Memorial High School football coach

Age:
 62

Family:
 wife, Gail; twin sons, Aaron and Brad, 33; daughter, Sara, 29 Education: 1968 graduate of Milwaukee Lutheran High School, graduated from Concordia University in Illinois in 1973Education: Milwaukee Lutheran High School, Concordia University (Illinois) Success: 2012 WIAA Division 3 state championship, four Division 1 private-schools state titles, five private- schools state runner-up finishes, one WIAA Division 2 state runner- up finish 

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

ICE - Innovation, Creativity, Enterprise at CMH


ICE… a new CMH student group! 

Students, if you are interested in expanding your creativity, pursuing your personal interests, and making an
impact on your world, this distinctive student group is for you. We are looking for 20 creative thinkers to
be a part of a new CMH extracurricular group. 

Students are invited to apply for membership in the ICE (Innovation, Creativity, Enterprise) Group. The
goals of this program are to develop each individual’s creative thinking capabilities, enable each student to
discover and prioritize personal interests, and empower each student to implement a beneficial program or develop a useful product. We will be utilizing the lab facilities at Discovery World twice during the 1st Quarter to participate in several lab activities, including use of laser cutters, creating wearable products, and working in a professional level audio/video production studio.

Discovery World’s mobile lab will also be coming to CMH for our use. A grant from Kohl’s Cares is covering all costs of these trips. Group membership will be limited to 20 applicants. This limit is necessary because of limited space in labs and on field trips. Student from all grade levels will be considered for membership.

Membership applications must be received by Monday, September 2. Applications should be submitted to Mrs. Petrie. The application and additional information about the ICE group is
available on Edline. Meetings will be held on Thursdays from 2:45 - 4:00 p.m.

If you have questions, please contact any of the following ICE
Task Force Members:
-Mrs. Hanlon Sampon, ksampon@catholicmemorial.net
-Mrs. Petrie, mpetrie@catholicmemorial.net
-Mr. Mrochinski, jmrochinski@catholicmemorial.net
-Mr. Spriggs, jspriggs@catholicmemorial.net
ICE Sponsor:
-Dr. Hall, bhall@catholicmemorial.net

Freeman PREP BOYS SOCCER PREVIEW

from today's Waukesha Freeman - 

Catholic Memorial 

Crusaders more experienced 
CMH suffered growing pains in 2012
Freeman Staff 

WAUKESHA – There were some growing pains last season.


The Catholic Memorial High School boys soccer team had been to the WIAA Division 2 state title game in 2010 and 2011, winning a state championship the first time around.


But several players from those teams had graduated, and 2012 brought a lot of new faces to the program – which led the Crusaders to a 13-8 overall record and a fourth-place finish in the Classic 8 Conference.


“With just four seniors, it was tough,” longtime CMH coach John Bisswurm said. “There was a lot of retooling last year and learning experiences, and hopefully we are able to gain from that experience and move forward.”


Leading the Crusaders
 this season will be senior midfielder Mitchell Krismer, a first-team All-Classic 8 selection as a junior who was on the SC Waukesha U17 boys team that qualified for nationals this summer.

Other key returning players are senior midfielder Mike Benash, junior defender Joe Novak and junior midfielder Eric Brown. Bisswurm also is looking for sophomore Connor Alba to be a force up top.


“We’ve got a lot of guys returning from last year, guys who have got a lot of experience last year,” Bisswurm said. “We’re just looking to improve upon last year.”


With so many players returning from last season’s team, the Crusaders have settled into roles and are ready to make another push toward the state tournament.


“It’s going to be kind of an overall team effort this year with guys playing specific roles,” Bisswurm said. “With a lot of guys returning and having played last year, it’s going to be everyone pitching in to make things happen.”


The Crusaders lost second- team All-Classic 8 picks
 at goalkeeper (Ryan Zingsheim) and defender (Kasey Kallio), so defense will be a work in progress this season. 

“Those are some areas that we are concentrating on now,” Bisswurm said. “We need to kind of solidify the back and have people step up in those positions.”


Arrowhead won the Classic 8 Conference title last season, and Bisswurm sees the Warhawks battling with Muskego for the league title.
 Kettle Moraine, which has been to back-to-back Division 1 state title games, also should be in the mix.

“Muskego’s going to be really tough, and they have a lot coming back from last year,” Bisswurm said. “Kettle Moraine is going to be very tough, and Arrowhead.


“This conference, from top to bottom ... every week it’s going to be a tough opponent.”


Bisswurm was reluctant to predict a finish for his team. “We’ll see how things shake out at the end,” he said.


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