Friday, November 29, 2013

CMH's North named one of County's 20 Best Athletes in Fall Season

Best Athletes


Waukesha County’s best 20 fall high school athletes in 2013 as selected by The Freeman
 

Chandler North
Catholic Memorial Volleyball 

The senior was the co-Classic 8 Player of the Year and a first-team all-state pick. 

Alberti named C8 Girls VB Co-Player of the Year

CLASSIC 8 CONFERENCE 

2013 All-Conference Girls Volleyball Team


CO - PLAYER OF THE YEAR


Lauren Alberti 


FIRST TEAM 


Lauren Alberti, Senior 

Lexie Calloway, Junior 

SECOND TEAM 
Hayley Levenhagen, Junior 
Maddy Davis, Senior

Honorable Mention:
 
Maddy Rondeau, fresh.

Coach Young named C8 Coach of the Year

from today's Waukesha Freeman - 

CLASSIC 8 CONFERENCE 

COACH OF THE YEAR
 

Bill Young
Catholic Memorial High School


 2013 All-Conference Football Team 

Offensive Tackle - Noah Krause, senior
Defensive End - Matt Rechner, senior 
Defensive Secondary - Alec Kocour, senior
Defensive Lineman - Sam Gromacki, junior

SECOND TEAM 


Guard - 
Mike Connell, senior 
Running Back -  Tommy Garza, junior
Receiver - Mike Schmidt, junior
Defensive Interior Lineman - Tyler Tevich, senior
Defensive Linebackers - Mike Wurster, junior 
Punter - Zach Fridl, senior

Honorable Mention


Center – Tony Balistreri, junior; 
Guard –
 Jake Drwila, senior;
Running back – John Clark, senior; 
Quarterback – Cam Krausert, senior; 
Defensive Interior lineman –  Zack Taylor, soph.
Defensive end – Jaylen Campbell, fresh.
Linebacker –  Matt Schulze, soph.
Secondary –  Matt Lechner, soph.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Freeman PREP GIRLS BASKETBALL PREVIEW

from yesterday's Waukesha Freeman -


Catholic Memorial 

Dejewski takes over CMH 
2007 grad was assistant for four years
Freeman Staff 

WAUKESHA – Therese Dejewski has begun a new crusade.


Dejewski, a 2007 Catholic Memorial High School graduate who played four years of basketball for the Crusaders, started her first season as the program’s head coach when practice opened Nov. 18.


Dejewski, who spent the past five seasons as a CMH assistant coach, believes her connection to the program will help the Crusaders stay ahead of the learning curve.


“The continuity helps a lot,” Dejewski said. “I’ve known all of our seniors since their freshman year and the juniors since they were eighth-graders.


“Our players are playing similar roles to the ones they played last year, but we will have a lot of different philosophies and different looks than our players have seen in the past, so there will be some transition going on.”


The Crusaders return seven letterwinners from last season’s team, which finished eighth in the Classic 8 Conference at 1-13 and
 wound up 5-19 overall. 

The veteran nucleus consists of 6-foot senior center Bridget Farley, 5-6 senior guard Bailey Finnegan, 5-8 senior forward Tori Hodorowski, 5-6 junior guard Nicole Piette, 5-8 junior forward Cassidy Lentz, 6-0 sophomore forward Dena Dryer and 5-7 sophomore guard Tori North.


“Farley, Finnegan, Hodorowski and North have worked hard during the offseason and in practice to set a good example for the rest of our players,” Dejewski said. “We relied on them heavily during the summer.”


Farley is the Crusaders’ top returning scorer, having
 averaged 7.3 points per game as a junior.

“Bridget is the anchor of our defense – a strong kid,” Dejewski said. “She covered up a lot of mistakes we made on the perimeter. She’s a good rebounder and she has improved offensively. We want her to be more assertive on offense.”


CMH will depend heavily on its other veterans, too.


“Tori North is only a sophomore, but she has stepped into a leadership role and gained the respect of her teammates as our floor general,” Dejewski said. “She’s rock steady and confident as our point guard and is a great defender and good scorer.


“Tori Hodorowski is very athletic and has the ability to change the game defensively and run the floor. Nicole Piette has a very nice shot and may be the fastest girl I’ve seen in my life in-person.


“Dena Dryer is going to play a big role. She’s a natural scorer who has great court awareness, and she’s
 long and can rebound.” Completing the roster are 5-8 senior guard/forward Maddie Davis, 5-6 junior guard Meghan Mueller, 5-7 junior forward Alyssa Lincoln and 6-0 senior forward Cari Bodus, who played varsity ball as a sophomore, but did not play last season.

“Cari is a physical player who has a lot of skills for a post,” Dejewski said. “We’ll be reliant on her to play strong inside and knock down shots.”


Dejewski hopes the Crusaders can play to their strengths.


“With our quickness, we can be good defensively, and we want to be more aggressive there than we’ve been in previous years,” the coach said. “We want to look to run in transition, but we’ve got to have good decision-making in the halfcourt. We also
 need to build more chemistry.”

Dejewski expects a competitive Classic 8 race.


“I would think Arrowhead, Mukwonago and Kettle Moraine are the favorites,” she said. “Arrowhead got so much better as last season went on and made a state run. They have a solid core of players back.


“Mukwonago lost some players and has a new coach, but they reload and they’ve got an equation there that works. Kettle Moraine will be good, and Waukesha North, which the Kelliher sisters (Jessica and Elizabeth) back, will be a handful.


“A lot of teams will compete. I hope we can be in that mix. We’ve got to play at a high level every night.”


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Photo credits - Charles Auer/Freeman Staff 

Top: Catholic Memorial girls basketball coach Therese Dejewski works with the team during practice Thursday.
Bottom: Dena Dryer looks to pass the ball during practice Thursday at Catholic Memorial.

A Thanksgiving message from CMH


Thanksgiving 2013

Dear Friends and Family of Catholic Memorial,

In these last few months, America has marked anniversaries of great oratory: the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech, the 150th anniversary of Lincoln's "Gettysburg Address."  And, in the marking of a half century since the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, we recalled the close of his single inaugural address - "ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country."

The power of oratory rests upon the connection an audience makes to the essential experiences of the speaker.  Soaring rhetoric draws us past the words or the person to something deeper.  When recalling JFK’s most memorable lines, it is important to know that the close of the address was a very Catholic expression, “With a good conscience our only sure reward, with history the final judge of our deeds, let us go forth to lead the land we love, asking His blessing and His help, but knowing that here on earth God's work must truly be our own."

Each year in this Thanksgiving message I lay out the wealth of accomplishments of the CMH community.  Trophies and accolades abound, and great kids and great faculty reflect so very well the mission, ministry, and motto of CMH.  As the premiere Catholic high school of the region, as a partner to the parishes from which our students and families come, and because we believe and live out Caritas in Omnibus, we are confident that our school community makes God's work truly our own.

This Thanksgiving, in whatever way your family expresses that for which it is most thankful, I hope you reflect on your essential connection to the CMH family.  It is my prayer that all of us can be appropriately thankful for CMH's unmatched education, faith formation, and servant leader commitment to Caritas in Omnibus.

I am thankful for each of you.  I am thankful for those students, faculty and staff who bring us so many successes.  I am thankful for the families, alums, pastors, and community members who support CMH.  I am thankful for the strong commitment many have already  made to both the Crusader Fund and our recently announced Crusading for Excellence campaign. 

Let us be thankful that together we can be instruments of God's work here on earth.


Fr. Paul Hartmann '84

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Ripon Redhawks bolstered by CMH alum Sabin





Red Hawks Shoot Lights Out In Win Over Marian

RIPON, Wis. -
 The Ripon men's basketball team set the tone early in Wednesday's 82-65 home opening victory over Marian University, shooting 71 percent (17-24) from the field in the first half and 60 percent (28-47) in the game. The Red Hawks also converted 50 percent (5-10) from 3-point range and 88 percent (21-24) from the free throw line, while Ripon's five starters combined to shoot 62 percent (23-37) in the game.

Ripon (2-1) had the hot hand from the outset, making three of their first five shots to take an early 6-0 lead. The Red Hawks would hold that lead until just over eight minutes left in the first half when Sam Koslowski gave Marian their first lead of the game. Marian's lead didn't last nearly as long, as a Kyle Loughrin layup gave Ripon the lead again with just under six minutes left in the period, which would be a lead that they wouldn't relinquish. The Red Hawks ended the half, much like they started it, making their final three shots to take an eight point lead into halftime.

Marian (1-1) cut the lead to four early in the second half, but that's as close as the score would get, as they used a 10-2 run to take a double digit advantage. From there, the Red Hawks were able to hold the Sabres at arms length, making 10 of their 12 free throws in the final three and a half minutes.

Ty Sabin led the Red Hawks in scoring for the second consecutive game with 22 points on 8-of-11 shooting, to go along with four rebounds and team-highs of five assists and two steals. Loughrin added 20 points, making all seven of his field goals and all five of his free throws. David Klink chipped in with 10 points, while Brad Brooksscored seven on 3-of-3 shooting, while posting seven rebounds, two assists, two blocked shots and one steal.

Marian was led by Cody Veleke's 19 points and six rebounds, while Koslowski added 16 and Jeff Harris scored 11 off the bench. The Sabres shot 40 percent (25-62) from the field, while making just 45 percent (9-20) of thier free throws.

The Red Hawks will try to build on their current winning streak on Saturday when they'll open the Midwest Conference season at Monmouth College. That game will begin at 1 p.m. and can be seen live onhttp://client.stretchinternet.com/client/ripon.portal

Friday, November 22, 2013

Organize your team and sign up today!


Alumni Basketball Tourney
Friday, Dec. 27th

For full details click here!

Registration is STRONGLY encouraged so brackets can be established.  Questions may be directed to Tournament Director Rob Multerer



Calling for Crusader Athletic Hall of Fame Nominations!


Crusader Athletic Hall of Fame Nominations!

Submit your nomination for the Athletic Hall of Fame!  

This year's banquet will be held Monday, June 9, 2014 following the Annual Golf Outing! 

For full details regarding criteria and nomination form please click here.  


Questions may be directed to Monica Fleming, Alumni Director.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

The C8 goes true North

from today's Waukesha Freeman -

Two share Classic 8 POY for boys vball


WAUKESHA – Two shared Player of the Year honors for the Classic 8 Conference boys volleyball season as Catholic Memorial High School senior Chandler North and Waukesha West senior Luke Turner were selected by coaches.


Also receiving first-team honors were Arrowhead seniors Eric Tarnow and Jake Barry, CMH senior Jon Rymer and junior Aaron Siehr, West junior Aaron Turner, Kettle Moraine senior Michael Orgas and Arrowhead sophomore libero Mitchell Pralie.


– Freeman Staff
 

N.B. Crusaders also recognized by the C8 coaches as members of the All-Conference Second Team were:

Patrick Vandenricssche, Junior 
Danny Brozynski, Junior 
Dylan Allen, Senior 

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Freeman Boys Basketball Preview

from today's Waukesha Freeman - 

PREP BOYS BASKETBALL PREVIEW

Catholic Memorial 

CMH finally gets full house 
Crusaders get back athletes from successful fall teams



WAUKESHA – The reinforcements arrived Monday. 

And that was good news for the Catholic Memorial High School boys basketball team, which is playing catch-up for the second straight season after an extended tournament run by one of its fall sports teams. 

The Crusaders were missing several key players for the opening weeks of practice while their football team was wrapping up a state championship run in 2012. 

Coach Dean Bellanti’s current squad was intact for the first time Monday – a week since the opening of practice – after several team members helped CMH reach the semifinals of the state boys volleyball tournament last weekend. 

“We really just started practice Monday,” Bellanti said. “I like our attitude and the way we’re competing. The speed of our practices has been good, and the guys are playing a crisp, intense level of defense. 

“I like the leadership our returning players are showing. They’ve provided guidance to our younger kids to help them understand what we’re trying to accomplish.” 

The Crusaders bring back eight letter winners after finishing third in the Classic 8 Conference at 10-4 and 18-7 overall. 

The veteran cast consists of 6-foot-2 senior guard Ayinde Starling, who received all-Classic 8 honorable mention as a junior; 6-1 senior guard/forward Chandler North, 5-10 senior guard Nate Nennig, 6-4 senior forward Bill Shaeffer, 6-0 senior guard/forward Tyler Larson, 6-0 senior guard Jake Shomin, 6-1 senior forward David VerBockel and 6-1 junior guard/forward Robby Gogin. 

Of that group, Starling, Shomin and North had the most playing time. Starling averaged 10.1 points per outing, Shomin contributed 7.4 and North chipped in with 5.7. 

“Ayinde has played on varsity for 2 1/2 seasons, and he has looked very good,” Bellanti said. “Chandler North and Jake Shomin are starting their third varsity seasons and Robby Gogin is in his second. 


“It was nice to finally get all of our veterans on the floor together (after volleyball ended). I feel good about where our veterans are, and our youngsters are providing energy.”


CMH’s varsity newcomers are 511 junior guard Jack Crain, 5-10 junior guard Jett Siegenthaler, 6-3 junior forward/center Mike Schmidt, 6-3 junior forward center Aaron Siehr, 6-1 junior guard Danny Brozynski, 6-1 sophomore guard Alex Bray, 6-2 sophomore forward/guard Parker Carlsen and 6-2 sophomore forward Nick Schultz.
 

“Alex Bray has practiced very well,” Bellanti said. “He will get minutes.”


Bray is the younger brother of current Princeton University guard T.J. Bray, who was named Wisconsin Player of the Year after leading CMH to the 2010 WIAA
 Division 2 state title.

Bellanti hopes his team can use its strengths to compensate for the lack of a dominant post player.


“We’ll be a deep team with a lot of versatility,” the coach said. “We don’t have a real tall player, but our guys have a lot of different skills and they play well together. They seem to blend well.”


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Photo credits - Charles Auer/Freeman 

Top: Catholic Memorial junior guard Robbie Gogin reacts after a teammate made a good play during a scrimmage in practice Monday.

Bottom:  Catholic Memorial senior Ayinde Starling takes a shot over a teammate during practice Monday.

More Fall Sports Honors

from today's Waukesha Freeman - 

In Boys Volleyball - 

CMH’s North honored


WAUKESHA – Catholic Memorial High School senior middle hitter Chandler North received a first-team berth on the coaches all-state boys volleyball
 team. Waukesha West senior outside hitter Luke Turner and New Berlin senior setter Mickey Sugar were selected to the second team. 

Two Brookfield East juniors, outside hitter Matt Klassen and libero Adam Wessel, received high honorable mention as did Catholic Memorial senior setter/opposite Jon Rymer. Honorable mention went to Waukesha West junior opposite/ setter Aaron Turner, Arrowhead senior outside hitter Jake Barry, New Berlin senior middle hitter Brett Hanson, Brookfield East junior middle hitter Graydon Schroeder and Arrowhead senior outside hitter Eric Tarnow.

– Freeman Staff
 

In Football - 

ALL-STATE TEAMS 
Cizauskas picked as Defensive Player of Year by football coaches 
CMH’s Kocour, West’s Fort among first-team picks


MUKWONAGO – Senior Dominic Cizauskas from Mukwonago High School was selected the state’s Defensive Player of the Year by the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association.


Cizauskas, a 6-foot-2, 250-pound linebacker who has committed to play at the University of Wisconsin, led the Indians to the semifinal round of the WIAA Division 1 playoffs.


Arrowhead senior defensive lineman Billy Hirschfeld and offensive lineman George Panos, both Wisconsin recruits, were also first-team selections along with Arrowhead senior linebackers Sam Seonbuchner
 and Matt Seitz. Pewaukee senior end Eric Lutzen, Brookfield East senior linebacker Vince Schimborski, Oconomowoc senior back Logan Ballering and Catholic Memorial senior back Alec Kocour were also first-team picks on defense.

Brookfield Central senior tackle Luke Rasmussen, Waukesha West senior running back Elijah Fort and Hamilton senior fullback Drew Patterson were firstteam picks on offense, and Oconomowoc senior Casey Bednarski was a first-team pick at kicker.


Receiving honorable mention were Catholic Memorial senior defensive lineman Sam Gromacki, Arrowhead senior defensive back Charlie Reuteman, Brookfield Central senior defensive back Terry Wallen, Kettle Moraine senior punter Austin Wolf, Brookfield East senior guard Noah Pulsifer, Menomonee Falls senior running back Christian Almonte, Brookfield East senior quarterback Zach Damico, Oconomowoc senior quarterback Canton Larson and Arrowhead senior receiver Ricky Finco.


– Freeman Staff



Boys Soccer - 

Six from county on all-state boys soccer team


WAUKESHA – Two players from the WIAA Division 1 state champion Muskego High School boys soccer team were first-team all-state selections by the Wisconsin Soccer Coaches Association.


Muskego senior forward Brody Kraussel and senior defender Trevor Bednarek were first-team selections along with Kettle Moraine senior midfielders Andy Chmieleweski and Johnny Schwalbach, Arrowhead senior defender Colin Koerber and Brookfield Central senior goalkeeper Tyler Moore.


Neenah senior midfielder Adam Pohlman was selected Player of the Year.


Waukesha County players receiving honorable mention were Kettle Moraine junior goalkeeper Dominic Spano, Arrowhead junior goalkeeper Mitch Sutrich, Pewaukee senior goalkeeper Garrett Shibilski, Arrowhead senior forward Colin Dibb, Brookfield East junior forward Peter Raymonds, Catholic Memorial senior forward Mitchell Krismer, Kettle Moraine junior forward Brandon Strobel, Menomonee Falls senior forward Nick Gonzales,
 Pewaukee sophomore forward Griffin Jende, Arrowhead senior defender Peter Schumacher, Brookfield Central junior defender Jonny Dusing, Brookfield East junior defender Mike Kemnitz, Arrowhead senior defender Anthony Biasiotta, Pewaukee senior defender Bennett Wiley, Pewaukee senior defender Jake Neverman, Waukesha West senior defender Ryan Rogahn, Arrowhead senior midfielder Ray Rice, Brookfield Central sophomore midfielder Vuk Latinovich, Brookfield East senior midfielder Mike Lesar, Brookfield East junior midfielder Winston Markusse, Catholic Memorial sophomore midfielder Conner Alba and Pewaukee junior midfielder Jack Wirth. 






Tuesday, November 19, 2013

CMH Girls named to Academic All-State

CMH students are named Academic All-State honorees for the girls’ golf season that just concluded.

We are pleased to announce that Dana Ahlstrom, Lauren Klubertanz, Alyssa Opiela and Jessica Heyrman were named All-State honorees by The Golf Coaches Association of Wisconsin.

Students are nominated by GCAW member coaches if they meet the following criteria: 1) A cumulative grade point average of at least 3.25, 2) participation in at least 75% of their team’s varsity matches, and 3) are at least a sophomore in high school. The girls arestudent-athletes who serve as a great example to others, proving that academic and athletic successes are not mutually exclusive.

Congratulations ladies!

A wonderful video about one of CMH's partner schools

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Quarterfinal victory for Crusader boys

 from today's Waukesha Freeman -

CMH 3
Racine Horlick 0

Crusaders gain semis
Dominating performance by Crusaders
 By Tom Badger Freeman Correspondent

MILWAUKEE – They came. They hit. They blocked. They passed.


And when they were done, the Catholic Memorial High School boys volleyball players conquered again – this time in the quarterfinals of the WIAA state tournament played at Wisconsin Lutheran College on Friday.


The Crusaders ousted Racine Horlick 25-11, 2725 25-7, to advance into the semifinal round at noon today against Germantown, a five-game winner over Middleton on Friday. The winner of that semifinal will earn a spot in the 5:30 p.m. finals against the Brookfield East-Marquette semifinal victor.


“Two more to go,” said Memorial first-year coach Taylor Braun, whose team is 39-4.“We’re playing the way we need to play. It was a little
rough and bumpy in the second game because our passing dropped off, but once we fixed that, and our guys were on a mission in Game 3. I’m really excited for these guys. I just hope they’re enjoying this ride as much as I am.”

They are.


“We’ve been looking forward to Saturday all year,” senior Jon Rymer said. “At the beginning of the season, we had this day marked on our calendars. This is about as good as it gets. If we just play our own game, we know that no one can stop us.”


Memorial’s hitting in the first game led to a 7-3 lead with kills by junior Danny Brozynski,
senior Chandler North and senior Luke Whalen. The Crusaders also benefitted when two Horlick returns bounced off the lights and the heating vent.

Two aces by junior Patrick Vandendriessche
kept Memorial in control 11-4 before three straight double-hit violations on the Rebels gave CMH a 17-7 lead.

Nine kills in the first game highlighted the 25-11 victory.


The best game of the match was the second. Horlick heated up and took a 159 lead before three CMH blocks and a Vandendriessche kill knotted the game at 16-16.


“The block was as good as
it’s ever been tonight,” said Rymer, who led CMH with 10 kills. “There were very few errors, no net violations and we were very clean on our blocking. Blocks have a way of turning the momentum in a game.”

Braun agreed.


“Our block has been there all year when we’ve needed it,” Braun said.


Horlick took a 24-21 lead – one point away from squaring the match.


The Rebels’ first shot to win ended with a mishit to the net. The second shot at victory ended when Brozynski delivered a kill and North followed with another to tie the game 24-24.


Tied at 25, Memorial scored twice – the final point coming on a block by North and Rymer.


“Our blocking had to be perfect in order for us to take the W,” Vandendriessche said. “All the credit goes to (Aaron) Siehr and Chandler (North). The middles really came up big tonight. And Luke Whalen owned the line. Not a single hit went down the line.”


Winning close games is nothing new for the Crusaders.


“We’ve said it all year that no lead is safe against us,” Braun said. “There’s no panic on the court. They guys are calm, cool and collected and know exactly what they need to do because it’s something that we drill in practice constantly.”


It was all Memorial in the third game as North served up a 10-point run to fuel a 123 start.


“When we’re passing, we’re an unstoppable team,” Vandendriessche said.
 



Photo credits:  Robert F. Borkowski/Special to The Freeman

Top - Catholic Memorial senior Chandler North celebrates after his team won in straight games over Racine Horlick on Friday at Wisconsin Lutheran College. 

Bottom - Catholic Memorial junior Patrick Vandendriessche taps the ball over the net Friday. 

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Allow Our Lady to impact your lives...




Last Monday, Leif Arvidson and Marc Copeland joined the Catholic Memorial community to speak about the history leading up to the apparition of Our Lady of Guadalupe to St. Juan Diego as well as some of the significance of the image of Our Lady. Leif is the Executive Director of the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in LaCrosse; Mark helped to build it and serves in buildings and grounds there. Carmen de la Paz, of La Casa de Esperanza, was kind enough to help offer the presentation in Spanish as well.

CMH senior David Wittmann commented "I really enjoyed learning about the history and the apparition. The point that stood out most to me was when Mark said we are all called to be the modern "Juan Diegos" of the world."  Mark encouraged all to look to Our Lady as our mother as John did at the foot of the cross. Mark encouraged students to take a simple step in faith, praying one Hail Mary each day, noting that Mary will draw us to her son.

Students also had the opportunity to spend time with a laser copy of the tilma of Juan Diego. Catholic Memorial is grateful to Liz Pesci, and St. Mary Visitation Parish, Elm Grove, for helping to make this presentation possible.

CMH coach eyes title that escaped him as player

from today's Waukesha Freeman -

STATE BOYS VOLLEYBALL TOURNAMENT PREVIEW 
Freeman Staff 

WAUKESHA – Taylor Braun has been close before.


A 2008 graduate of Catholic Memorial High School, Braun was a member of four state-qualifying boys volleyball teams. That also meant Braun was a member of three state runner- up teams, as the Crusaders
 finished second in 2004, 2006 and 2007 while Braun was a member of the team.

Now in his first year as head coach at CMH, Braun will lead his team to this weekend’s WIAA state tournament
 at Wisconsin Lutheran College.

“For me, I’ve learned all those lessons of what those teams I was on did wrong,” Braun said. “I’m making a conscious effort to make sure we don’t make those mistakes again.


“My assistant, Erik Neuens, was a setter on two of those teams, so we’ve both been there and know what we need to do well to
 take it to the next level. Our guys know the history pretty well, so they trust in what we’re telling them.” 

This is the fourth straight trip to state for CMH. The Crusaders won the title in 2010 but lost in the first round the next two years.


“Last year they were excited to make it to state,”Braun said. “Getting bounced in the first round, nobody likes that because your state experience is held to a few hours.


“They’re excited to get back out on the court and make it past Friday night. That’s been a huge motivator.”


While CMH has been a regular competitor at state, Brookfield East will make its first trip since 2000. The Spartans, who finished third in the Greater Metro Conference, have no seniors on this year’s roster.


“It’s a very young group,” East coach Tim Owen said. “Six of this year’s guys played last year. They didn’t play all the way around, but we made it to the sectional last year and six of this year’s guys who played in that returned this year.


“Even though we’re young, you could see potential was there. A lot have just made great improvements from a year ago and even great improvements from a couple of months ago when we started.”


East will play Kaukauna in the quarterfinal round at 5 p.m. Friday. CMH will play Racine Horlick in a 7:45 p.m. quarterfinal. Semifinals are
 at noon Saturday, and the championship match is at 5:30 p.m.

Memorial, which beat Horlick in a midseason tournament, began the season with senior setter Paul Heyrman recovering from a torn anterior cruciate ligament. Senior Jon Rymer moved from rightside hitter to setter, and now Memorial is rotating the two at setter. Rymer will hit while rotating into the front row, and he sets while playing the back row.


“It definitely helps having Paul just on the court. Even though he’s not at 100 percent, it is a huge boost for the team mentally,” Braun said. “Last year Paul was such a leader for this team. For him to go down, I know the guys were bummed.


“Having Jon step into that setter role and holding the team over until Paul was able to come back was fantastic. For someone who’s never set in his life and also in his
 senior year, to tell him he’s not hitting but setting instead is not normal. It was huge the way he took it in stride.”

Senior Chandler North leads Memorial with 261 kills, and junior Danny Brozynski had 241. Rymer has 725 assists, and senior Dylan Allen has 256 digs.


Junior Dalen Instenes leads Horlick with 328 kills, and junior Jake Romano has 165 kills and 567 assists.


“They have two solid swingers, one who sets in the back row and hits from the front,” Braun said of Horlick. “They’re scrappy and don’t let a lot of balls drop. That can get frustrating for opposing teams.”


Junior Matt Klassen leads Brookfield East with 241 kills, junior Jared Wilgus has 437 assists, and junior Adam Wessel has 193 digs.


“Our second tournament of the year, we lost to Catholic Memorial in the semifinals,” Owen said. “You could see that the pieces were there and the intangibles were there. It’s a tight group, a close group who are all friends off the court. A lot of times there are cliques, but there isn’t any in this team.”


Junior Carter Belling has 527 kills for Kaukauna, and senior Austin Oettinger has 1,011 assists.


“We’ve seen them at tournaments, but we haven’t played against them,” Owen said of the Ghosts. “When you get to this point, they’re all good teams and Kaukauna is no exception.


“It should be a tough test Friday night. The guys are excited for the opportunity.”


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