Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Haunted House has great final weekend!

Well, we did it....another successful year at the CMH Haunted House. While numbers may (+) or (-) a little, the count last night was this...


1953 people went through

$13,500 profit after expenses

We pretty much rocked.

I can't thank everyone enough for their support, extra hands.  Most importantly thanks go to all the CMH kids who made this such a scary success.  Their effort and enthusiasm was amazing, their rooms were great. I heard positive feedback from people I knew, and even ones I didn't. We have been compared to municipal haunted houses with a far bigger budget and expertise.  I think we hold our own with a bunch of moms (and dads!) and about 100 kids. 

Many people thank us for having it be so affordable. That goes to show that we don't just pay it forward to our cause, Honor Flight, we also pay it back to the community for offering something within a persons means. Bottom line is that I think each year we realize that the world doesn't revolve around us. We are part of the orbit in someone else's world.

I want you to remember your journey with us these last 6+ weeks. I hope it has made a difference in your life and taught you something about yourself and others you may never would have known.

It has been an honor and privilege to meet and work with all of you. Thanks for being part of this. :)


Michele Campbell, coordinator

P.S. It is still hoped that, with a few donors or another small fundraiser, the last $1,000 might be raised to reach the goal of $14,500.  This would be the amount needed to sponsor 29 vets to go on an Honor Flight, and to go in memory of the 29 fallen servicemen for whom CMH is a living memorial.

Boys XC take Sectional title

from today's Waukesha Freeman -


Memorial boys win Division 2 sectional 
Pewaukee boys, girls advance to state

WHITEWATER – The Catholic Memorial and Pewaukee high school boys cross country teams finished 1-2, and both qualified for state at a WIAA Division 2 sectional meet Saturday.

Memorial had 71 points to beat Pewaukee by three.

Pewaukee’s Robert Wagner was second, and teammate Kyle Turba was fifth. Memorial’s Jack Zwisler was third and teammate Evan Wetzel eighth.

Pewaukee won the girls competition with 70 points, while runner-up Deerfield had 108. Memorial girls finished fourth with 123 points.

Pewaukee’s Lisa Arzbecker won the girls race in 15:37, while teammate Ashton Keene was a close second.

Memorial’s Rachel Mlsna finished eighth and qualified for state as an individual.

– Freeman Staff

Girls VB take Regional title

from today's Waukesha Freeman -

CMH wins regional title 
Top-ranked East Troy next for Crusaders

WAUKESHA – Now that Catholic Memorial has disposed of New Berlin Eisenhower, the Crusaders can focus on Easy Troy.

Memorial beat Eisenhower 25-23, 25-20, 25-22 in a high school girls volleyball regional championship match Saturday.

That set up Thursday’s match against top-seeded and undefeated East Troy, 7 p.m. Thursday at East Troy in a Division 2 sectional semifinal match.

The winner will play Saturday against the winner of Thursday’s other semifinal match pitting Kettle Moraine Lutheran against Sheboygan Falls.

Junior outside hitter Lexi Calloway had team-highs of 15 kills and three service aces for Memorial on Saturday, while freshman outside hitter Alexis Alden had 10 kills, freshman setter Maddy Rondeau had 26
 assists and senior outside hitter Lauren Alberti had 17 digs.

Lauren Nevinski had eight kills for Eisenhower, while Rachael Dejno had 13 assists, Sarah Lesniewski 15 digs and Natalie Olson four blocks.

East Troy beat Memorial early in the season when Memorial was working some new players into the lineup while East Troy was playing with an experienced group.

“Whether we have closed the gap is to be determined,” Memorial coach Ted Schulte said. “East Troy has been gradually getting better over the years and this year’s team has played together on the same club team year-round.”

Schulte calls East Troy senior Brittney Jakscht “a wonderful setter,” and says of sophomore outside hitter M.E. Dodge, “She’s something special.”

Schulte also is impressed by East Troy libero Mikelyn Olsen and said middle hitter Bryzena Santos “is an effective blocker and hitter.”

“They have lots of pieces and are very well coached,” said Schulte, whose team will take a 26-19 record into the sectional.

– Freeman Staff

Boys VB Sweep C8 Tourney

from today's Waukesha Freeman - 

Crusaders capture league title 

MUKWONAGO – The Catholic Memorial High School boys volleyball team swept Arrowhead in three games in the championship match of the Classic 8 Conference Tournament on Saturday.

Memorial, which swept Waukesha West in two games and Waukesha North in two games (25-12, 25-14) to reach the championship match, was led by senior middle hitter Chandler North and senior setter Paul Heyrman.

North had team-highs of 16 kills and eight blocks, while Heyrman led the Crusaders in assists with 28 and in service aces with four.

Senior libero Tyler Agnew had 31 digs for Memorial, which has an 11-1 season record.

Waukesha South beat Waukesha North 25-15, 25-18, 25-23, and Muskego downed the Northstars 25-13, 21-25, 25-19

– Freeman Staff

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Crusader begin playoffs on a big roll

from today's Waukesha Freeman -
Division Three Playoffs - Level 1
CMH 41
N. B. West 0

Running backs share glory
‘Everyone’s a threat’
 By Daniel Mike Freeman Staff

WAUKESHA – Nobody’s numbers are going to stand out.

The Catholic Memorial High School football team has been posting some impressive rushing numbers this season, but no one player has eye-popping numbers.

That’s just fine with the Crusaders, who had 282 yards on the ground in a 410 victory over New Berlin West in a WIAA Division 3 first-round playoff game at Carroll University’s Schneider Stadium on Friday.

CMH will play Pewaukee in a second-round game next week. The Pirates beat Elkhorn 20-6 Friday.

“We’re a running-based team,” said junior running back Tommy Garza, who led CMH with 89 yards on 11 carries. “We can throw it, too, but it was really important that we got off to a good start and pounded the ball.”

Senior fullback John Clark added 61 yards on 11 carries, senior running back Alec Kocour had 57 on eight carries, senior quarterback Cam Krausert had 52 on four carries and senior back Jake Piette had 32 on seven carries.

“We know we have a solid five or six people who can run the ball,” Kocour said.
“We have a great offensive line, too. We knew we had to be able to run the ball in the playoffs like we did in the regular season. That’s our strength.

“Even with two running backs, you don’t know who is getting the ball. Having five, everyone’s a threat out there. You can’t just go out and try to stop just one person.”

Kocour scored on runs of 4, 17 and 4 yards, and Garza scored on runs of 6 and 32 yards. Garza’s long score included a downfield block from Kocour that broke the play open. Piette also scored on a 4-yard run.

“We were sloppy today, and we didn’t play our best game. But with wind conditions like this, we did a great job running the clock,” CMH coach Bill Young said of the blustery conditions that made passing a challenge. “We’re starting to get our kids back and healthy. We’re going to be kind of like the Badgers with three guys toting the rock – really
four with Jake Piette, Kocour, Tommy Garza and Johnny Clark.”

Kocour was dealing with a partially torn hamstring when practice began this summer, and he feels he’s nearly back to full strength as the Crusaders make a push to repeat as Division 3 state champion.

“I’m probably about 90 or 95 percent,” he said. “It feels good to be able to run. I can’t really feel it when I run.

“The past two months, I didn’t know what it felt like to have a good hamstring. Now it feels good.”

Memorial’s ground game helped the team compile 21 first downs, and the Crusaders’ defense held West to only six first downs – three coming on the final drive of the game.

“They’re a good football team,” West coach Al Moroder said. “They’re big and strong, and they know what they’re doing.”


Photo credits - Charles Auer/Freeman Staff

Top: Catholic Memorial junior running back Tommy Garza is brought down by New Berlin West senior linebacker Ben Meleski during a playoff game at Carroll University on Friday. Backing up the play are New Berlin West’s Nate Latus and Alex McLeod, No. 14. 

Bottom: Catholic Memorial senior running back Alec Kocour reacts after Tyler Tevich. No. 75, comes up with a fumble recovery during a playoff game against New Berlin West at Carroll University on Friday. 

Friday, October 25, 2013

Football team starts play-off game day with mass!

How else should it start?

The CMH Team Prayer

Heavenly Father,

Our Life, Health, and Abilities are gifts from you. 

Give us the courage to devote each, 
not to our own gain, but to your glory.

Let us compete today with all our heart, mind, body, and soul. 

If you choose, allow victory to come as a blessing and reward; 
but, if necessary, assist us to learn integrity in defeat.

Keep all players safe this day. 

Allow us to give our best as a memorial 
to those who have given their all for our sake.

Leader:/ St. Sebastian, patron of athletes,
R:/ Pray for Us.

L:/ Our Lady of Memorial, R:/ Pray for Us.

L:/ Our Lady of Victory, R:/ Pray for Us

L:/ We make this prayer through Christ our Lord.


Crusader Girls Rugby plays for State...again!

from today's Waukesha Freeman -

Rugby team to play for state title
CMH to play in third straight championship contest
Freeman Staff 

WAUKESHA – John Waliszewski admits he has few responsibilities during a game.

As coach of the Catholic Memorial High School girls rugby team, most of his work is done in practice. At game time, he is more of an observer.

“There are no timeouts in rugby, so coaches don’t really call things,” he said. “It’s very much player-centered and they have to make countless decisions on situations. The coach doesn’t have as much influence as basketball or football.

“It’s stressful. Actually, the games are just fun. I’m as much of a fan as I am a coach.”

Waliszewski will get one last time to be a fan this fall as CMH will play Divine Savior Holy Angels in the state championship game at Naga-Waukee Park on Sunday. It is the third straight time the teams have met for the state title, with DSHA winning the previous two meetings.

DSHA, an all-girls school with an enrollment of more than 1,000 students, has
 approximately 50 girls in its program. CMH has 23.

“We’ve got a really commited core of girls,” Waliszewski said. “Everyone touches the ball out there, everyone is involved.”

A rugby field is wider than a football field, and each side has 15 players on the field. Many of the players coming into CMH have never played rugby or have very minimal experience with the sport.

“Waukesha County Parks has touch rugby in the summer, but it can’t quite compare
 that to the full-contact game we play.

“It’s tough to teach, and it takes girls a while to get the hang of it. At the same time, it’s nice because it’s an open window into the sport. A girl can come in without any background and within a year be successful.”

CMH senior Rebecca Haight broke the program’s single-season scoring record with 21 tries this season.

“She’s the fastest player I’ve ever coached,” Waliszewski
 said. “She’s a great finisher and scores a lot of long, breakaway tries.”

Waliszewski pointed to senior captain Maggie Wesolowski’s play this season as being integral in the team’s success in the fall.

“We did a major position change with her, and it’s paid off big time for her,” Waliszewski said. “She’s now playing 8 man, which is more like a linebacker in the middle of the field. She’s really a presence on defense once she’s made the switch.”

Sunday’s competition features four games, with teams playing in first-, third, fifthand seventh-place games. Seven of the teams are from southeastern Wisconsin.

“For right now, the strength of our conference is southeast Wisconsin,” Waliszewski said. “We’re looking on expanding to the Appleton, Fond du Lac area.”


From the Freeman College Notebook -


 UW-Whitewater junior goalkeeper Josh Rohde was selected the school’s Walmart Athlete of the Week. Rohde made three saves in a 1-0 double overtime victory over UW-Superior and had five saves in a 1-0 loss to Loras. He was also a finalist for the WIAC’s Defensive Athlete of the Week award. UWW freshman Carina Krausert from Catholic Memorial won the women’s award after scoring twice in a 5-1 victory over Loras and an assist in a 3-0 victory over UW-Superior. 

Freeman profiles Lauren Alberti

from today's Waukesha Freeman - 

Alberti embraces leader role
Senior most experienced player for Crusaders

Freeman Staff 

WAUKESHA – Lauren Alberti was thrust into a leadership role.

The Catholic Memorial High School girls volleyball team has been chock full of talented players in recent years. This year’s team has several fine players, but Alberti is the lone returning regular varsity performer. That led the now-senior to step up another level and lead this year’s young squad.

“For me it’s been very important more than anything that the team got along,” she said. “Before any kind of success that we had, we just had fun playing together and enjoying the experience.

“I didn’t really want my senior year to be a bad one playing volleyball, so I just wanted everyone to get along.”

Alberti is in her third season with the varsity team, having been a bench player during the Crusaders’ 2011 WIAA Division 2 state title
 run. She was a regular for the Crusaders last season, playing all six rotations and rarely coming off the court. 

“She’s taking on a much bigger role,” CMH coach Ted Schulte said. “She wasn’t the featured player last year, because we had a stud hitter in Aly Dawson. Now, the characteristic of the team is so different.

“(Alberti) has allowed us to become a really good team with a capital T. We don’t have success because of Lauren’s overwhelming
 offensive prowess, we have success because Lauren creates opportunities for everyone to have success.”

Alberti, who said her grandparents are her biggest fans, began volleyball as a setter in elementary school. She spent some time at hitter, then moved to libero before moving back to hitter. Having played three vastly different positions has helped Alberti work all over the court.

“I really love hitting, but I’ve been well-trained and prepared to play in multiple positions, which is always nice,” Alberti said.

And she has a mentality to keep up her level of play no matter the position.

“I’m able to just brush past mistakes I’ve made and keep moving forward and
 staying positive,” she said. “It’s not just for my own sake, but so that the team can build off it as well.

“I’m pretty good at staying mentally strong, but this year especially forced me to come out of my shell and become louder and a better team leader.”

Schulte admits he was uncertain how this season was going to go. Alberti has been key in stifling any doubts.

“I am thrilled beyond belief with her performance,” Schulte said. “She gets the idea of team. I never think Lauren does anything where it’s all about Lauren. You never see a selfish act.

“She’s such a calming influence on a young team where there’s the possibility of panic and worry with a coach as potentially volatile as I am.”

She had 13 aces in seven league matches with only eight service errors for a 91 percent serving percentage. Alberti hit at a .336 average during the Classic 8 Conference regular season, recording 58 kills in 137 attacks.

“She hits with authority, with great savvy,” Schulte said. “She can place the ball softly down the line, into the middle, hard off the block. She can bounce a ball when appropriate.

“She just doesn’t give points to the other side, and that’s a beautiful thing. She creates opportunities for us to win. She has a steady performance as a player and such a competitive drive. She’s determined and a joy to work with.”

Photo credit - 
Robert F. Borkowski/Special to The Freeman - Catholic Memorial senior Lauren Alberti jesters to teammates during the Classic 8 Conference Tournament. 


Get to know ... LAUREN ALBERTI 

      Catholic Memorial/Volleyball
Coach      Ted Schulte 
Class In School/Age Senior/17

Also In My Family Are:
 my mother, Janet, a physical therapist; my father, Scott, a buyer for Cary Francis Group; my brother, Braden, 16, a junior at CMH; and my sister, Ashley, 20, a junior at Wingate University

The Athletic Accomplishment I Am Most Proud Of Is: winning state my sophomore year, even though I didn’t get to go on the court.

My Favorite Subject In School Is:
 psychology. My FavoriteTeacher Is:
 Mr. Mro, who teaches psychology.
My Favorite Movie Is:“Despicable Me 2.” 
My Favorite Recording Artist Is: The Killers.
My Favorite TV Show Is:“ The Big Bang Theory.” 
The Best Meal My Father Makes Is: spaghetti. 
A Bad Habit I Have Is: popping my gum. 
A Pet Peeve I Have Is: when teachers don’t erase everything on the board and leave little marks. 

The Person I’d Most Like To Meet Is:
 Elvis Presley.
The Last Time I Cleaned My Room I Found: a nail file. 

Nobody Ever Says I’m:
My Most Memorable Experience Is: going to Mexico with my family for my grandparents’ 50th anniversary. 

My Most Prized Possession Is:
 my car.
One Thing People Might Not Know About Me Is: I used to dance from second grade to freshman year of high school in a dance company. 
One Thing I Would Change About Myself Is: to be more open-minded. 

One Thing At My School I Would Change Is:
 air conditioning.

 Wish Coach Schulte Would: go easy on the younger players. 

Boys Soccer advances to Sectional title match

from today's Waukesha Freeman - 

St. Thomas More 1

Memorial makes most of possessions to advance
CMH to play Pewaukee in sectional title match
By Jeff Hagenau, Freeman Correspondent 

WAUKESHA – When it comes to tournament time, every possession counts.

The top-seeded Catholic Memorial High School boys soccer team emphasized that point as it outlasted second-seeded St. Thomas More 2-1 in a blustery, cold WIAA Division 3 sectional semifinal at Waukesha South on Thursday.

Memorial, which won its third straight to improve to 14-6 overall, advanced to play at Pewaukee, the top seed in the other half of the bracket, in a sectional championship game at 1 p.m. Saturday.

With the game tied 1-1 and time winding down in the first half, senior forward Mitchell Krismer scored what became the winning goal off an assist from senior midfielder Ryan Dolan in the 39th minute.

On the game-winner at the 39:09-minute mark to ensure a come-from-behind victory, Dolan took possession on the left side, dribbled down field, juked past a defender and quickly made a pass to Krismer.

“Every inch was a huge struggle, so it was a great feeling to be able to work through their defensive pressure and make a decent pass,” Dolan said. “At that point, my main goal was to drive the ball toward the end line and attempt to get it into a good slot for the finish. We had some good opportunities, so it was exciting to find Mitchell (Krismer) wide open.”

Krismer, who had established good position just outside of the goalie’s box, took control of the ball and promptly fired a strong shot into the far right corner of the net.

“I saw Ryan (Dolan) making the run downfield and tried to get in good position to finish the play,” Krismer said. “The ball took a nice bounce, so I was able to turn my body, get a good foot on it and put it on the frame of the goal. We really wanted to go into halftime with some momentum and luckily the shot fell into place at the right time.

“Once we scored to take the lead, it gave us confidence and we were able to shut them down the rest of the way. With it being the last home game of our career, it was a great feeling to come away with another victory to advance to the next round.”

It proved to be a significant turning point in the fast-paced physical battle as the Crusaders did not allow a shot on goal in the second half. Memorial outshot the Cavaliers 7-2 for the game.

The Crusaders collected their first goal as sophomore midfielder Connor Alba scored following a free kick from junior midfielder Eric Brown in the 11th minute.

Memorial veteran coach John Bisswurm was pleased with how his team responded to the pressure-packed challenge after giving up an early goal.

“After falling behind early, the guys deserve a lot of credit for maintaining their focus and creatively generating opportunities,” said Bisswurm, whose team has won six of its last seven games. “We came back with two goals to take the lead and managed to hold on for the final 40 minutes. With their lethal forwards, we feel very fortunate to come away with a victory.”

Bisswurm was quick to point out that his squad’s defense was a huge catalyst to success.

“Our marking was way too loose in the opening minutes, they found a crease and finished to take the lead,” Bisswurm said. “That ended up serving as a wakeup call, forced us to rectify the situation and helped to minimize their opportunities. After that happened, it allowed us to get into a good offensive flow and get back on track.

“At this time of the year, every game is a dogfight so we just tried to leave the jitters on the sideline and battle from start to finish.”

Junior midfielder Reyes Perez scored a goal in the fourth minute for the Cavaliers, which ended the season 15-4-1 overall.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Crusader Football Profiled in J-S

from today's JSOnline.com -
by Dave Boehler, Special to the Journal-Sentinel

Photo by Mike Sears - Running back Tommy Garza signals a touchdown in a game earlier this season. He has rushed for 780 yards and seven touchdowns this season.

One can almost hear Packers general manager Ted Thompson when Catholic Memorial football coach Bill Young talks about how his team has overcome numerous injuries to reach the playoffs for the seventh consecutive year.

"It's our philosophy to build and develop depth," Young said. "It's a grind playing in (the Classic 8 Conference) for us. The game of football is based on numbers and quality of numbers. You can have 100 guys on a team, but if they're not very good, you're not going to have a good team."

Memorial, the reigning Division 3 state champion, is seeded second with an 8-1 record heading into its first-round playoff game against seventh-seeded New Berlin West at 7 p.m. Friday at Carroll University despite injuries to at least seven key players at some point this season.

Defensive tackle Mitch Ulrich, who started every game last year, tore his anterior cruciate ligament in July. He missed the entire season and was replaced by Zack Taylor. And Nick Schulze replaced linebacker Chris Rupel, who also missed the season after he tore his ACL in the preseason scrimmage.

Free safety/tailback Alec Kocour missed three games with a pulled hamstring, including Memorial's only loss of the season.

Cornerback Jake Shomin was out a month with a sprained knee. Running back Jake Piette and offensive guard Jake Drwila sat out two games, and nose guard Tyler Tevich had to miss one.

Memorial doesn't have any standouts — at least from a statistical perspective — either.

Quarterback Cam Krausert has thrown for 437 yards and rushed for 248, and the running game is led by Tommy Garza (780 yards, seven touchdowns), John Clark (508 yards, nine touchdowns) and Kocour (404 yards, eight touchdowns).

But Memorial is healthy now, and has won its last five games by allowing 14 points or fewer each time since a 12-0 loss to Arrowhead on Sept. 13.

The Crusaders enter the playoffs with loads of confidence after beating Mukwonago and Waukesha West — both playoff teams in higher divisions — the final two weeks of the season.

"They're big, fast and really disciplined," Arrowhead coach Greg Maling said. "CMH has Division 1 size and are so well-coached that it's very difficult to find weaknesses. They were obviously really good last year, but I think they may be even better this year."

Last year, Memorial reached the championship game as a three seed.

"I think it's going to be a pretty tough bracket, but it'll be a good challenge for us to see where we are at as a team, I think," Memorial defensive lineman Sam Gromacki said.

If Memorial, ranked fourth in the area by the Journal Sentinel, beats West, a possible second-round matchup would be against eighth-ranked Pewaukee. The Pirates will not only try to avenge a playoff loss to the Crusaders last year, they are 8-1 with their only loss to third-ranked Greendale by six points.

Win that game, and top-seeded Monona Grove or fourth-seeded Edgerton will likely be waiting in the quarterfinals.

Monona Grove is 9-0, having allowed a total of 23 points in its last six games and received votes in the large division of The Associated Press state rankings. Edgerton is 8-1 and its only loss was by seven points to Lodi.

"The thing about the playoffs, if you're not focused and dialed in on one game at a time, there'll be no second game," Young said. "But it's a tough road. There's three tough games right in a row for us, if we can make it that far. The biggest thing I talk to our kids about is win and advance."

The power of the Immovable Object

from today's Waukesha Freeman -

Wauk. West 0

Defensive front holds up against strong hitters
Memorial finishes 7-0 in conference dual matches
By Evan Frank, Freeman Correspondent 

WAUKESHA – Call it the irresistible force paradox of boys volleyball.

On Wednesday, Catholic Memorial High School answered an age-old philosophy question of what happens when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object.

The unstoppable force stopped dead in its tracks.

In a battle between the top two teams in the Classic 8 Conference, Memorial defeated Waukesha West 25-16, 25-14, 26-24 to take the momentum it has built all season long into the postseason.

West is powered by Luke and Aaron Turner, two brothers who are known for their ability to spike the ball with great force.

But Memorial’s defensive front was able to stop a barrage of shots to overpower the hard-hitting Wolverines.

“We’ve repped blocking a lot at practice,” Memorial coach Taylor Braun said. “Past years, a team that normally blocks well, that’s what sends you further into the tournament at the end of the year.”

Senior Chandler North led
 Memorial with five blocks.

“It was definitely a strength of ours tonight,” North said. “(Senior) Aaron Siehr was a brick wall up there tonight. We attribute that to our serving. Tough serves takes (West) out of their offense and we can set up a good block on the pin hitters.”

West coach Dan Rogutich thought Memorial’s ability to put two blockers at the net hurt his team’s scoring chances.

“I knew they were tremendous blockers, but it goes back to us,” Rogutich said.
 “We actually passed fine, but that’s on centers to run a spread offense. If we don’t run a spread offense, we don’t establish the middle, which we did not. Luke and (senior) Joe Coxey took the brunt of that. They got double blocks almost every time.”

Memorial has its own share of hard hitters, but the kills were not always scored from directly in front of the net.

Junior Danny Brozynski hit a number of kills that ranged from 10 to 11 feet away from the net.

Memorial was tested in the third game when it trailed 18-11.

Brozynski didn’t seem to mind being down on the scoreboard.

“Realistically, our team’s never really bothered,” said Brozynski, who had 10 kills. “It’s probably in our heads a little bit, but our team is very mentally strong. We can come back from anything.”

They did just that.

The Crusaders went on a 10-2 run to take a 21-20 lead, and got a crucial tip over the net from Siehr to swing the

West tied it up again, but Memorial took the final two points and the match.

“We don’t like to go down that many points, but we know we have the ability to chip away, extend the game and go on and win it,” Braun said. “It’s nice to have that ability.”

The comeback for Memorial
 started with passing the ball effectively.

“Our passing let up just a little bit,” Braun said. “The guys recognized that and they made the proper adjustments to start passing the ball better which got us in the flow of our offense, which allowed us to run off
 those points.” 

Monday, October 21, 2013

"Gabes" announces retirement!

Beloved Teacher and Coach Retires After 39 Years

WAUKESHA, Wis. – John “Gabes” Gabelbauer, long-time teacher at Catholic Memorial High School has announced that he will retire after 39 years of teaching at the school.

Known for his signature style of teaching – sitting in a student desk among his students rather than standing in front of a classroom “Gabes” has left an indelible mark on thousands of alumni.

Specializing in wide array of course work, including religion, criminal justice and sociology, his lessons showed the gift of bringing the outside world into the classroom.

“The impact that John Gabelbauer has had on our students cannot be overstated,” said the Very Rev. Paul B.R. Hartmann, president of Catholic Memorial High School.

As a 1966 graduate of Catholic Memorial, Gabelbauer participated in cross country, basketball and track. Attending the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse for his bachelor’s degree, he completed his Master of Education at Marian College, Fond du Lac, and then returned to Catholic Memorial, this time as a member of the faculty. He began teaching at Catholic Memorial in 1974, and also started coaching track, cross country, football and basketball.

As a head coach, he lead his teams to multiple state titles in both track and cross country. He was inducted into the Wisconsin Cross Country Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2011 and the Catholic Memorial Athletic Hall of Fame in 2012.

“It has been an honor, truly,” said Gabelbauer. “Catholic Memorial is a special place.”

Gabelbauer will join his colleagues, former students and friends in celebration at Catholic Memorial’s Legacy Dinner and Alumni Awards banquet on November 6. For more information about the Legacy Dinner, please contact Monica Fleming, Director of Alumni Relations at mfleming@catholicmemorial.net 

TOPSoccer heads out for Good Times

Many thanks to the Cathlynn, Tim, and Joe Novak for opening up the Good Times Summer Camp facilities to make it possible for our CMH TOPSoccer volunteers to serve children with special needs from the Waukesha community last Saturday.  Many CMH students and parents contributed to making this a great day for the kids.  In the picture, sophomores Kelsey O'Brien and Nick Davis work together to make TOPSoccer on Saturday a success.  

Next Sunday will be our last event of the Fall--the women's soccer team at Marquette University will open their field up on Sunday for TOPSoccer to play, eat, and watch their game.  See the CMH Memo for more information.

- John Burke, CMH teacher and coach

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Crusader Update - FB Playoof game set

from the WIAA website -

#2 seeded CMH will play #7 seed, New Berlin West, on Friday, October 25th, 7pm at Carroll University.

See you there!

Crusaders close C8 play with a victory

 from today's Waukesha Freeman -
CMH 16
Wauk. West 14
Kocour’s play vital for Crusaders
Taylor scores winning TD

By Daniel Mike, Freeman Staff

WAUKESHA – Alec Kocour did the heavy lifting, and Zack Taylor finished the job.

Kocour, the 6-foot-1, 192pound senior, took care of the dirty work and Taylor, the 6-2, 288-pound sophomore, was the finisher.

Kocour’s presence was felt both offensively and defensively, and his play was vital to the Catholic Memorial High School football team’s 16-14 Classic 8 Conference victory over Waukesha West on Friday.

Taylor scored the winning touchdown as the defensive lineman picked off a would be screen pass and rumbled 20 yards into the end zone late in the fourth quarter.

“The defense ran it well, I just read it well and got the pick,” Taylor said of his touchdown, which came one play after a CMH defensive back dropped what looked to be a touchdown. “I was confused a little bit, because I usually don’t touch the ball. I was excited at the same time, too.”
While Taylor scored the game-winner, Kocour’s play was felt all over the field. Kocour began the season with a leg injury and slowly has been worked more into the playbook.

“You can see Kocour’s getting back more and more, and that’s awfully important
for us,” CMH coach Bill Young said. “My offensive coordinator (Bob Hall) has been doing a great job moving Kocour around the field, which is huge.”

Kocour was a vital part in CMH holding West to 246 yards – 64 coming on a late touchdown run. He made several key tackles to shut down West’s rushing attack in the first half, and his coverage skills helped stop West’s late passing attempts.

“It was a hard day with two head-strong defenses, both playing a lot of people on the line of scrimmage,” Kocour said.

Kocour ran 10 times for 46 yards and caught a 19-yard pass, and he gained two of his toughest yards in the third quarter. Facing a fourth-and-goal situation on West’s 2-yard line. Kocour took the ball off tackle and was met by a host of West defenders. His legs kept churning, and he burrowed his way into the end zone that gave CMH a 9-7 lead with 2:17 left in the third.

“I knew it was fourth down ... and we really needed that one,” Kocour said. “I just hit it and kept on going. You had to fight for your yards and get every one you can.”

CMH opened the game with a 63-yard drive that ended with a 24-yard field goal from junior Zach Fridl.

But West junior Dyson
Chmura returned the ensuing kickoff 76 yards, and senior Elijah Fort scored on a 4-yard run three plays later to give the Wolverines a 7-3 lead with 3:25 left in the first.

That’s where it stood until Kocour’s touchdown in the third that put CMH up 9-7. West senior Drew Rhodes – last year’s starting quarterback who has been used at receiver this season – took over on a late fourth-quarter drive and hit Chmura for a 31yard pass and followed with a 64-yard scoring run to cut the lead to 16-14 with 1:10 remaining. CMH recovered West’s onside kick attempt.

“I thought it was a poor effort by our whole team, and that starts with the head coach,” West coach Steve Rux said. “That’s my fault. We didn’t have a great week of practice. Whenever you play against a great football team, a returning state champion football team, you’ve got to be ready to play them.

“We didn’t give our best effort tonight, and we better next week if we want to extend our season.”

CMH held Fort to 69 yards on 16 carries and one touchdown. He has 22 TDs this year.

“They’re an outstanding
team, I can’t say enough about Fort, but we had a great week of work and we kept them in check,” Young said. “We knew it was going to be a difficult game and it would come down to the fourth quarter.”

Senior Cam Krausert ran 11 times for a team-high 76 yards, and he completed eight passes for 75 yards. His 62-yard run in the third quarter helped set up Kocour’s score. Tommy Garza added 52 yards rushing and John Clark 35 as the Crusaders rushed for 209.

The Crusaders improved to 8-1 overall and finished second in the Classic 8 at 6-1. West is 7-2 overall and third at 5-2.
Senior Alec Kocour make the break for a run.
Senior Thomas Rosecky and teammates break up the pass play.
Junior Zach Fridl prepare for a kick off to hold the lead.
Kocour joins the reach for West's off pass.
Off the field, Chandler North joins the pre-Halloween festivities in the student section.
Sophomore Zach Tayler rests after his pick 6 touchdown run.
Sophomore Matthew Lechner reacts late in the game when victory is secured.
Asst. Coach (and principal) Dr. Bob Hall talks the team after a great win.
Photos courtesy of jeff zmania