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from NFHS Sports.Com

WISCONSIN BOYS SOCCER MATCHUP PITS STANDOUT PROGRAMS AND COACHES

By John Gillis
The September 26th boys soccer matchup between Waukesha (Wisconsin) Catholic Memorial High School and Grafton (Wisconsin) High School brings together not only two highly ranked programs, but also two standout veteran coaches with a long history between them.
Under the direction of coach Don Arnold, host team Grafton sports a glittering 11-2-1 win-loss record this fall. The Black Hawks are currently No. 2 in the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA) Division 3 rankings.
Led by longtime coach John Bisswurm and playing a challenging schedule, Catholic Memorial is currently 7-4 and ranked No. 5 in WIAA Division 3.
Shown above is the 2013 Grafton High School boys soccer team, with coach Don Arnold, center, back row.
Shown above is the 2013 Grafton High School boys soccer team, with coach Don Arnold, center, back row.
In addition, both teams have been perennial postseason participants and are no strangers to state tournament competition.
The Black Hawks, who are members of the North Shore Conference, went to the WIAA state tournament in 1993, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2006 and 2007, and they finished as runners-up in 1993, 1999 and 2006.
Meanwhile, Classic 8 Conference member Catholic Memorial made it to the WIAA state tournament in 2003, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011. The Crusaders won the state title in 2010, and were runners-up in 2007, 2008 and 2011.
The history component between the two coaches manifests itself in the fact that Bisswurm coached Arnold when he was a former player of his on the Milwaukee Bavarians club team. As such, this game could accurately be described as the proverbial reunion between the mentor and the protégé.
Shown above is the 2013 Catholic Memorial boys soccer teaam.
Shown above is the 2013 Catholic Memorial boys soccer team.
“I have the utmost respect for coach Arnold and the program he runs, as well as the life lessons that he teaches the young men who play for him,” Bisswurm said. “Needless to say, I’m very proud of coach Arnold and I consider myself very fortunate to have him as a friend.
“That being said, even though this is my 34th year at Catholic Memorial, the challenge of going against the best is what keeps all of us in coaching. Going against Grafton is going against the best and is a challenge that we look forward to.”
“Coach Bisswurm coached me when I was young in a soccer club,” Arnold said. “There’s a long, long history between us and it’s very positive. When he brings his team in, I know they’re going to be good. We have fantastic games – hopefully, the student can knock off the teacher this year.”
According to Arnold, three Black Hawks have been setting the pace thus far this autumn.
“Sophomore center midfielder Jake Demerath is probably both our best offensive player and our most talented player,” Arnold said. “He plays way above his age.
“We moved senior Matt Salm to midfield this year. He is a relentless, tireless worker. You’ll never see him walking around on the field. He’s definitely a hard worker.
“Killian Mielotz – who is our senior goalie – reads the game very well and can anticipate things before they happen. Looking at him, you wouldn’t think that he can take care of the box very well as he’s not very tall, but he’s a monster.”
Shown above is Catholic Memorial head coach John Bisswurm.
Shown above is Catholic Memorial head coach John Bisswurm.
On the Catholic Memorial side, Bisswurm also points to three key players.
Mitchell Krismer, who is a senior forward for us, was a first-team all-conference player last year,” Bisswurm said. “This year to date, he has seven goals and six assists.
“Sophomore midfielder Connor Alba has 12 goals and seven assists this year, while junior forward Eric Brown has six goals and four assists thus far.”

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