Monday, September 30, 2013
Had a great chance to meet Robin Yount last week at the dinner for the Klumb Family Foundation's golf outing to support the Make A Wish Foundation.
Robin said a lot of interesting, and newsworthy things. But, the best line of the night from my perspective, "Father, if I were Catholic I'd go to confession with you!"
Thanks Robin for a great dinner!
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Senior running back John Clark, with the carry.
Junior running back Tommy Garza holding off the tackle.
Senior quarterback Cam Krausert drops back for the pass.
Junior wide receiver Zach Fridl pulls in a pass.
Game captains, seniors Tyler Tevich, John Clark, Jake Drwila, and Noah Krause, head out for the overtime coin flip.
Team chaplain, Fr. Philip Schumaker, associate pastor of St. John Vianney, Brookfield, leads the post game prayer.
Saturday, September 28, 2013
Kocour is in the running for the Jim Leonhard Award. The Jim Leonhard Award is annually given to the top senior defensive back as part of the Wisconsin Sports Network Senior Football Awards.
The award is named after former Flambeau High School and University of Wisconsin athlete Jim Leonhard, who has gone on to great success in the NFL with the Baltimore Ravens, New York Jets, and Denver Broncos.
Krause is a semi-finalist for the Joe Thomas Award. The Joe Thomas Award is given annually to the state's top senior offensive lineman as part of the WSN Senior Football Awards presented by Taco Bell. The award is named after former Brookfield Central and University of Wisconsin athlete Joe Thomas, who has gone on to great success in the NFL with the Cleveland Browns. After an All-American career at UW, Thomas has been a Pro Bowler with the Browns.
For more information, go to WisSports.Net.
By Tom Badger, Freeman Correspondent
WALES – The big one that got away.
That’s how the Kettle Moraine High School football team will look back at the 2013 homecoming game this season.
At the same time, Catholic Memorial may still be wondering how they got away.
At the end, Memorial took home a 21-14 victory in overtime Friday.
With the victory, the Crusaders improved to 5-1 overall, 3-1 in Classic 8 Conference play. The Lasers dropped to 1-5 overall, 0-4 overall.
“If there’s such a thing as a roller-coaster football game, we just experienced it,” Memorial coach Bill Young said. “You really have to tip your hats to (KM coach) Dave Pfeiffer and the Kettle Moraine kids. We’re 5-1 and they’re 1-5 but this game was so close. The bottom line is that we were able to man up at the end of the game. I’m spent after this one.”
It was a different story across the field.
“You’ve got to finish,” said Pfeiffer, KM’s first-year coach. “Part of our growth process is to stay in the hunt against really good teams. In this conference, close doesn’t count so we’re going home with an L. We had chances in the fourth quarter to win the game, but you have to finish.”
Tied 7-7 heading to the fourth quarter, KM junior quarterback Mitch Pfeiffer connected with an underthrown 29-yard completion to junior Will Duchow. The long gain seemed to give the Lasers a shot of confidence.
Four plays later, KM converted on fourth-and-one with a 9-yard pass over the middle to senior Josh Williams to the Memorial 21-yard line.
Following an incompletion, Pfeiffer hit Williams again over the middle for a 21-yard touchdown – and a 14-7 lead with 5:42 remaining in the fourth quarter.
When KM senior Eric Graf pulled CMH senior quarterback Cam Krausert to the turf on third down for a 9-yard loss, Memorial’s predicament doubled in size.
However, on the CMH punt, KM muffed the kick and Memorial recovered at its own 36-yard line with 4:07 left.
The Lasers’ defense responded by forcing another punt with 3:30 to play. This time, however, KM didn’t send anyone back to return the kick and Memorial’s punt rolled inside the KM 10-yard line.
Memorial’s defense answered the call by stopping Mitch Pfeiffer a foot short of first-down yardage, which set up a Lasers’ punt with a little more than two minutes to play.
“It’s about defense and field position,” Young said.
After the punt, Memorial’s offense returned to its own 39-yard line with 2:02 left in regulation. On second down, Krausert rolled from the pocket and gained 24 yards before stepping out of bounds with 1:30 to go.
Junior Tommy Garza got an 8-yard gain to the KM 21yard line. On third-and-inches, he bounced off a pile and raced 14 yards to the 7-yard line with 1:04 remaining.
Senior Ty Schmitt picked up five yards and then two yards for the touchdown with 23 seconds left in regulation.
Junior Zach Fridl kicked the game-tying extra point.
“The offense showed a lot of character and heart at the end of the game to come back,” Young said. “Cam Krausert really manned up and made some big plays for us.”
Memorial had the first possession in overtime, and on third-and-2, Krausert picked up 13 big yards with a keeper.
On the next play, Garza scored from four yards out and Fridl booted the extra point.
On the scoring play, it appeared that a CMH running back was moving toward the line of scrimmage while in motion. A penalty wasn’t called.
On KM’s possession from the 25, a third-down pass play in the flat to junior back Andrew Trafton came up just inches short.
On fourth down, Pfeiffer’s pass over the middle was picked off by CMH senior Jake Shomin.
“We had a hard time running the ball all night so I have no qualms about what we did offensively,” Dave Pfeiffer said. “We did some really good things until there was four minutes left in the game.”
Garza finished with 98 yards rushing on 21 carries, while teammate John Clark gained 96 yards on 18 tries.
Mitch Pfeiffer completed 15 of 20 passes for 141 yards.
Friday, September 27, 2013
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WAUKESHA – Patrick Vandenriessche had 12 kills to lead the Catholic Memorial High School boys volleyball team to a 25-21, 25-14, 25-18 Classic 8 Conference victory over Waukesha South on Thursday.
Nick Potrzebowski had 19 assists for the Crusaders (4-1 overall, 3-0 Classic 8), Danny Brozynski had four digs, Chandler North had three blocks and Jon Rymer had two aces.
Dakota Hunter had 10 kills for South, Zach Pitts had 18 assists and John Fredericks had five digs.
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Local schools would like to stay
WAUKESHA – Catholic Memorial has been the subject of several rumors recently.
With several high schools in southeastern Wisconsin voicing their desire to join new conferences, Memorial has been brought up in several rumors.
But Memorial Athletic Director Greg Gamalski said, “We’re happy where we’re at despite the enrollment discrepancy. It would take a complete realignment of southeast Wisconsin to possibly have us included in it.”
Memorial’s enrollment is less than 700, while all other schools in the league have an enrollment of more than 1,000 students. The largest school in the conference, Arrowhead, has an enrollment or more than 2,000 students.
While many schools would crumble under those numbers, Memorial has thrived. The Crusaders are perennial conference contenders in several sports and won state titles in boys basketball, boys golf, girls volleyball, boys volleyball and football in the past decade.
“Based on our success in both being competitive in the conference and the state championship series, I’d say we’re doing all right.”
But with Wisconsin Lutheran, West Bend East and West Bend West wanting out of the Wisconsin Little Ten Conference, many scenarios have been floated out.
“It feels very unnerving to have a conference – and the people involved – that we care for so much disbanded or changed in a great way,” Oconomowoc Athletic Director Scott Raduka said. “Sometimes when you’re so comfortable, though, maybe change is OK. We’ll be ready for whatever happens. We already are.”
Milwaukee Lutheran also would like to leave the North Shore Conference, and Wauwatosa West (Woodland Conference) and Wauwatosa East (Greater Metro Conference) would like to be paired in the same conference.
The Woodland has been mentioned in several realignment scenarios. The league will undergo a slight change for the 2014-15 school year with St. Francis leaving for the Midwest Classic Conference and the Shorewood/Messmer football program rejoining the league. But with the league’s mid-size enrollment numbers, it’s a desirable location for several schools looking to move.
“That’s always been the case,” Pewaukee Athletic Director John Maltsch said. “It’s because of the location of where we are and the sizes of the schools. People think they can come to the Woodland and be competitive.”
But Maltsch warns that the Woodland isn’t always the ideal spot for a school looking for a change.
“A lot of times, schools are looking for the wrong reasons,” he said. “Many are looking at football only, but that’s not necessarily the answer. Football always drives realignment.”
A big issue with the Little Ten teams leaving is the conference’s geographical makeup. Making trips to Beaver Dam, Watertown, Oconomowoc, West Bend, Slinger and Hartford is a major reason Wisconsin Lutheran would like to move. If the West Bend schools were to leave, slotting the remaining five schools into other conferences might not be easy because of their distance from each other.
“We’re very fortunate. We’re one of very few conference where there’s very little travel time,” Arrowhead Athletic Director Kevin Flegner said of the Classic 8. “Any time you talk about travel, it’s always a positive when everybody is close. From that standpoint, Oconomowoc would seem a natural fit (in the Classic 8).”
But simply adding a school to the league is not simple. Would the WIAA decide to take a school out to put Oconomowoc in the Classic 8? If that were the case, where would the other school go? Perhaps adding an even number of teams would balance the league, but then who would be the 10th school be?
“They could look to add schools to the Classic 8 as long as they kept it at an even number,” Gamalski said. “I don’t necessarily like the (10-school) scheduling, because you’re sort of wrapped up with the conference schedule and don’t have much of a nonconference schedule.”
Classic 8 athletic directors haven’t officially discussed realignment options. The ADs met with Commissioner Dave Sternig before the area meetings, and they won’t meet again until next week. After a slight realignment last year – Pius went to the Woodland and Muskego joined the league – the conference is ready to open more realignment discussion.
“We really don’t know what the plan is,” Sternig said. “You hear about other schools wanting out, and suddenly you’re wondering, ‘What the heck is going on here?’” A big part of this recent realignment talk is joining the two schools in Wauwatosa. Waukesha North, Waukesha South and Waukesha West also want to remain together.
“It’s something that would be interesting to talk to somebody about and see where they want to go with it,” South Athletic Director Dan Domach said. “If we would do this, we all three have to go in the same direction. It wouldn’t make sense for either of us to peel off.”
Said West Athletic Director Kyle LeMieux, “If there were ever reason to take part in realignment discussions, all three Waukesha schools would need to act in unison. We are willing to engage in alignment conversations about how to improve the student-athlete experience for our students, but as of now, the answer for Waukesha West continues to be the Classic 8 Conference.”
Brookfield Central Athletic Director Todd Sobrilsky isn’t worried about his school – or Brookfield East – being moved out of the Greater Metro Conference. But with Wauwatosa East and West seeking to align – and all the other movement in the works – Sobrilsky is realistic.
“It’ll be an interesting process,” said Sobrilsky, who spent five years as the athletic director at Beaver Dam, an original member of the Little Ten. “I don’t believe it will happen overnight. I’m guessing two or three years down the road we’ll be in the middle of trying to figure things out.
“The WIAA is in one of those rock-and hard- place decisions. Whatever they do, somebody’s not going to like it. The whole area will be involved.”
Thursday, September 26, 2013
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Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Catholic Memorial beats Waukesha West 4-3
WAUKESHA – Catholic Memorial won two of the three doubles matches and nipped Waukesha West 4-3 in a Classic 8 Conference dual finale Tuesday.
Memorial’s doubles winners were Diane Heighway and Michaela Hoffmann, 60, 6-0 at No. 2; and Meghan Mueller and Ann Marie Raster, 6-2, 6-2 at No. 3.
Memorial’s singles winners were Catie Fredericks, 6-3, 6-4 at No. 3; and Kate Mrochinski, 6-0, 6-2 at No. 4.
West’s Brittany Asfeld won 6-0, 6-0 at No. 1 singles, and teammate Lynnie Lindbloom won 6-0, 6-2 at No. 2 singles.
West’s lone doubles victory came from Rachel Gantz and Ashley Solberg, 6-2, 6-3 at No. 1.
Memorial finished 4-3 in conference dual meets.
Kettle Moraine 0
Digging up a victory
Crusaders stay unbeaten in league
WAUKESHA – Good defense paid dividends.
Senior Lauren Alberti had 17 digs as the Catholic Memorial High School girls volleyball team gained a 2519, 25-13, 25-15 Classic 8 victory against Kettle Moraine on Tuesday to remain undefeated in the Classic 8 Conference midway through the season.
The Crusaders improved to 13-8 overall, 4-0 in the Classic 8. Kettle Moraine is 12-16 overall, 0-4 in the Classic 8.
“Our defense came together tonight,” Alberti said. “It’s always hard to set and get a hit if the pass isn’t there, so once our defense came together, we were able to run a strong offense. We picked up the defense and focused in a little bit more (after the first game.) We came together as a team better. We kind of got away from that in the first game, so we focused on coming together and taking care of what we had to do.”
Both teams matched point for point in Game 1 until CMH freshman Maddy Rondeau found the hole to give her team a 14-13 advantage. Never retaking the lead, Kettle Moraine stayed within one point until the Crusaders went on a 5-1 scoring splurge to close out the game 25-19 with freshman Alexis Alden delivering the gamewinning kill.
“Lauren Alberti’s defense was brilliant,” Catholic Memorial coach Ted Schulte said. “She had a wonderful sense of the ball, and she was very decisive.
“We had some moments where we played very well and some moments where we weren’t doing what we needed to be doing. We need to grow up a little more and start taking care of business. You have to win the ones you’re supposed to win. I think we were a better team tonight. That’s no disrespect to KM. I just think my kids are a little bit more experienced. This is one that we were supposed to win.”
With momentum on their side, the Crusaders rattled off five unanswered points to begin Game 2 with junior Hayley Levenhagen serving. Levenhagen had 13 assists with Rondeau getting 14 in the match.
KM got a brief reprieve when senior Abby Conner powered over a serve that CMH couldn’t return, but the Crusaders got a spark from junior Lexie Calloway who served five straight for an 11-2 lead.
Calloway led CMH with 11 kills, while KM junior Genna Locke had eight kills.
“We really pushed in Game 1 to play more up-tempo. Catholic Memorial did a great job of digging a lot of them up, but we got them a little more out of system so they were off the net a little bit more,” Kettle Moraine coach Bill Serb said. “In Game 2 we got a little more up tight; we were playing it a little more safe, so that played into their hands where they were able to run the offense they wanted to.”
The Lasers inched within five points, but Alberti, who had a match-high six ace serves, delivered five quick points to widen the margin and KM couldn’t recover.
CMH freshman Kathryn Christian finished off the 25-13 victory with an ace serve.
“They’ve had enough experience this year where they’ve gone five (games) or three in tournaments. That doesn’t bother us,” Serb said. “In our last match we were down 8-0 and we had a 12-0 run, so we know that we’re capable of it. We ended up winning that game 15-13. We know we can do it; it’s just a matter of all of the girls keeping their voices in it and staying aggressive.”
KM scored the first fourpoints in Game 3 with Connor serving, but CMH soon tied it up and took the lead. Soon the Lasers found themselves trailing 19-14, and with Alberti serving. Alberti then came up with the match-winning point, finding a spot in the back row.
“KM played a really tough game,” Alberti said. “They were really scrappy and had great defense. That made it a little tougher. It was definitely a good match.”
Photo credits: Robert F. Borkowski/Special to The Freeman
Top - Catholic Memorial junior Lexie Calloway digs the ball on a serve from Kettle Moraine late in the third game Tuesday at Memorial.
Bottom - Catholic Memorial freshman Kathryn Christian makes a diving save on a kill from Kettle Moraine in the first game of a Classic 8 Conference varsity volleyball match Tuesday.
Monday, September 23, 2013
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Saturday, September 21, 2013
Wauk. South 14
South suffers first lossBy Christine Hibbs, Freeman Correspondent
WAUKESHA—It was no surprise that coach Bill Young’s three-headed monster made an appearance Friday night.
With Catholic Memorial High School’s senior tandem of Alec Kocour and John Clark and junior Tommy Garza scoring the first three touchdowns, the Catholic Memorial High School football team rebounded from its 12-0 loss last week against Arrowhead with a 56-14 domination of Waukesha South at Carroll University on Friday.
Memorial improved to 4-1 overall and 2-1 in the Classic 8 Conference, while Waukesha South suffered its first loss of the season and is 4-1 overall and 2-1 in the Classic 8.
“Offensively, we got off to a great start,” Young said. “Our offensive line did a terrific job, and the three-headed monster of Kocour, Tommy Garza and Johnny Clark did a great job. We were bigger and thought we could run the ball effectively, and we were really able to do a great job with that.
“Dave Rusch and the Blackshirts have done a wonderful job, and they earned all the hype that they got.”
Kocour, Clark and Garza combined for 327 of Catholic Memorial’s 378 rushing yards, with Clark scoring first on a 4-yard run at 6:08 in the first quarter.
After Waukesha South failed on fourth-and-inches, CMH needed only five plays to go 29 yards with Kocour scoring on a 1-yard run.
“We decided that if we want to bump off a big team, we have to take risks and take chances. That’s why we decided to do that,” Rusch said. “They got the quick score on us, and in the last four weeks, that was something we weren’t used to. We’re in the tough part of our schedule now, and we have to beat one of the big guys (to make the playoffs), and this was one of them. We have two more that we have to get.
“We still have a confident, hungry team, but (CMH) just outplayed us.”
The Crusaders made it 200 with Garza bulling his way through and stretching across the goal line for an 8yard touchdown run two minutes into the second quarter.
“Our game plan was just to come in and pound the ball,” Garza said. “We had a rough week last week, and we just really wanted to come out here and dominate from the beginning.
“We have trust in our line, and we knew we were going to come out and pound the ball from the beginning.”
Garza led the Crusaders with 156 yards on the ground.
The Blackshirts managed to break up the Crusaders’ scoring with junior quarterback Cannon Cooley finding junior Jordan Yatchak open for an 18yard touchdown pass.
Waukesha South had 228 offensive yards, 146 of them passing yards.
Kocour responded with a 62-yard touchdown run, and Garza ran for the two point conversion.
Owning a 28-7 halftime lead, CMH continued its two touchdowns per quarter trend in the second half, the first a 23-yard run by Garza and the second a 45-yard run by Clark.
“At about halftime, we made a few changes, went a little wider on some runs, and finally it sprang and we got that long touchdown,” Clark said. “Our plan (coming into the game) was to play a little more safe, hammer the ball at them a little more and wear them down.”
Trailing 35-7, the Blackshirts got a pick-me-up with Cooley finding junior Mikal Merriweather open for a 43-yard touchdown reception.
But Memorial got two more touchdowns in the final quarter, with senior Ty Schmitt scoring on a 1yard run and senior Jared Norgal scoring on a 36-yard run.
“Even after halftime, we wanted to keep on pounding away and chipping away,” Garza said.
Photo Credits: Charles Auer/Freeman Staff
Top - Catholic Memorial senior quarterback Cam Krausert scrambles to evade Waukesha South junior defensive lineman Jordan Zudyk during a game at Carroll University on Friday.
Bottom - Catholic Memorial junior running back Tommy Garza stretches to score a touchdown with Waukesha South junior linebacker Ulises Reyes on his back Friday at Carroll University.