Wednesday, December 17, 2014

PREP GIRLS BASKETBALL - Defense helps CMH to hot start

from today's Waukesha Freeman -
CMH 45

Kettle Moraine 39

WAUKESHA — Defense has helped the Catholic Memorial High School girls basketball team get off to a good start.

With Tuesday’s 45-39 Classic 8 Conference victory over Kettle Moraine, the Crusaders improved to 5-1 overall and 31 in league play.

“Our defensive effort has been good,” CMH coach Therese Dejewski said of the Crusaders’ man-to-man style. “We’ve still got to get better in a couple areas, but overall defensive effort has kept us in ballgames.”

Sophomore forward Erin Wright led the Crusaders with 12 points Tuesday, while junior guard Tori North added 10.

Senior Lindsey Weber had 14 points to lead the Lasers (2-2 Classic 8). 

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

What "The Memorial Way" is all about...

Dear Catholic Memorial:

I would like to thank the students at Catholic Memorial for their kindness and act of service. My son, William, was recently in the NICU at West Allis Memorial Hospital. Before he was released, we received a onesie made by your students. I don't know what class made them or which teacher is responsible for this effort, so I wanted to make you aware of my family's sincere gratitude.
As you can probably imagine, it is extremely difficult to have a child in NICU. The small act of kindness your students did for us helped to make a difficult time brighter. I included a picture of him in the onesie and I ask that you please share this message with the teacher and students who took part in this effort. Again thank you!  


Making the onesies, like the one little William is wearing above, was one of the projects that CMH students could participate in the first Annual Crusader Day of Service on the day before Thanksgiving.  Recall that on a voluntary basis, over 525 students offered over 1200 hours of service that day.  Caritas in Omnibus!

Sunday, December 14, 2014

4 Crusader Girls Rugby alums compete in National Collegiate Championships

CMH, and Coach Wally’s vaunted Girls Rugby program had 4 girls compete in last weekend's championships. 3 at the D1 level and 1 in D2.

Katie Mueller (2012) won another national championship at Penn State.  Maggie Wesolowski (2014) and Rebecca Haight (2014) are both starters for Quinnipiac as freshman. Rebecca was named to the all-tournament team. Katie Dries (2012) plays for D2 Winona state who finished second as they attempted to defend their title.
Julie Else (2014) plays for Norwich, but did not make the trip to Florida.
CMH is very proud of what Wally and his staff have accomplished on a national scale.  It is truly remarkable!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

The Christmas Spirit of Giving!

Last night, members of the junior varsity boys Crusader Basketball Team to get gifts and household items for two families given them by the Waukesha Christmas Clearing Council. The players will be delivering the wrapped gifts Saturday morning. 

Good work Coach Gotzler and all these fine young men.

Friday, December 5, 2014


from today's Waukesha Freeman -

Memorial’s depth aids win over Northstars 
North won more matches wrestled on mat

WAUKESHA — In a dual that featured nine pins, Catholic Memorial’s depth was too much for Waukesha North as the Crusaders won 51-30 in a Classic 8 Conference dual meet Thursday.

North actually had more pins than CMH. Peter Jensen (113 pounds), Cole Klussendorf (120), Paris Briley (132), Andrew Malicki (145), Eric Malicki (220) all pinned their respective opponent for the Northstars.

CMH got pins from Chris Else (138), John Anderson (152), Tony Wojonowski (170) and Mikey Wurster (195). What put the Crusaders over
 the edge was North forfeited at four weight classes. 

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Starting Advent with Penance!

Yesterday, as we always do at the start of Advent, CMH celebrated an All-School Penance Service.  After a Word Service where Fr. Curt Frederick preached, ten priests spent more than two hours hearing hundreds of confessions from CMH students.

At lunch afterwards, all of the assisting priests complimented the CMH students for their maturity, faith, and their deep sense of the meaning of the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

Thank you to the area priests who came to help yesterday:

Fr. Dennis Ackeret, senior priest (former CMH staff member)
Fr. Kevin McManaman, pastor, St. Joseph Parish, Big Bend
Fr. Curt Frederick, pastor, St. William/St. John Neuman Parishes, Waukesha
Fr. Bill Key, pastor, St. Joseph, Waukesha
Fr. Dan Janasik, pastor, St. Leonard, Muskego, CMH '97
Fr. Ralph Gross, pastor, St. Bruno, Dousman & St. Paul, Genesee
Fr. Howard Haase, pastor, St. Mary, Waukesha
Fr. Tony Zimmer, pastor, St. Anthony, Pewaukee
Fr. Brad Krawczyk, associate pastor, St. Dominic, Brookfield

At CMH the Sacrament of Reconciliation is offered not only at the Advent and Lenten Penance Services, opportunities are available to students weekly and when they go on their various retreats.

CMH/Brookfield Co-op Hockey crush the Icemen

from today's Waukesha Freeman -


Keays scores four for Stars 

SHEBOYGAN — Riley Keays scored four goals and an assist as the Brookfield/Catholic Memorial coop boys hockey team beat the Northwest Icemen 12-5 in the championship game of the Sheboygan Tournament
 on Saturday. John Rymaszewski added two goals for the Stars, and he had three assists.

Patrick McKnight, Noah Mikelonis, Mikey Hawthorne, Eric Sinson, Ron Butzen and Steven Klein had a goal apiece for

McKnight and Gabe Lehnerer each had three assists, and Hawthorne and Brady Kujawa had two apiece.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Girls soccer again recognized for academic success

National Soccer Coaches Association of America logo

Prep notes: 12 Wisconsin teams earn NSCAA Team Academic Award

Three Wisconsin schools were among 51 nationwide to have both their boys and girls prep soccer teams earn the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Team Academic Award for the 2013-14 school year.

The boys and girls teams from Fond du Lac, Kenosha Christian Life and Madison Memorial each had grade-point averages of 3.25 or better to claim the honor. All three schools had the same coach for both teams – Greg Winkler at Fond du Lac, Alan Krass at Kenosha Christian Life and Ben Voss at Madison Memorial. Winkler has since retired from Fond du Lac and relocated to Florida.

A total of 329 teams (194 girls and 135 boys) across the country earned the NSCAA Team Academic Award, including 12 state teams – six boys and six girls sides. WIAA Division 3 state girls champion Waukesha Catholic Memorial posted the top GPA among Wisconsin teams with a 3.81, while Fond du Lac led the boys with a 3.69.

Crusaders among Freeman's Best in County

From Friday's Waukesha Freeman -

Among the "Best Teams" in Waukesha County - Crusader Girls Volleyball at #3.

Crusaders among the 20 Best Athletes in the County -

Alexandra Calloway - senior, Girls Volleyball
Sam Gromacki - senior, Football

Congratulations Lexie, Sam and Coach Schulte!

Freeman PREP WRESTLING PREVIEW - Catholic Memorial

from Saturday's Waukesha Freeman -

Quality, not quantity at Memorial   
Gromacki fifth in state last year

Freeman Staff

WAUKESHA — The page has been turned.

The Catholic Memorial High School wrestling team will never have the quantity to match most of the schools in the Classic 8 Conference, so veteran coach Bill Young truly appreciates having quality, multi-sport athletes.

“In a school the size of ours, for us to be relevant in our conference, we have to have kids who play multiple sports,” Young said. “I don’t care if it’s football or baseball or track or whatever; that year-round conditioning and competition are so important.

“Our kids take a lot of pride in whatever season we’re in.”

The Crusaders finished sixth in the Classic 8 dual standings and posted an 8-10 dual record last season, and several of the ringleaders of that squad are back to provide the leadership core of this year’s team.

Senior captain Sam Gromacki, who will wrestle at 285 pounds, finished fifth in the Division 2 state tournament and wound up 39-11 as a junior. Senior captain Mikey Wurster, who will compete at 195, captured second place in the Classic 8 and finished 32-12 overall.

CMH’s other returning lettermen are senior John Anderson (152), a two-time
sectional qualifier who finished 30-14 last season; senior Ronny Driscoll (220), who was sidelined in 2013-14 by a broken ankle; and junior Chris Else (120), a two-time sectional qualifier who went 30-11 as a sophomore.

“Our seniors will be our best kids,” Young said. “Gromacki had an excellent year, taking fifth in the state. Wurster also had a great year before getting dinged-up in sectionals.”

Young likes the potential of five newcomers: junior 182-pounder Matt Lechner, sophomore 152-pounder Tommy Fleming, sophomore 160-pounder Joe Reinecke and sophomore 170 pounders Steve Foley and Tony Wojnowski.

Many of the wrestlers who make up the Crusaders’ nucleus were members of the CMH football team, which shared the Classic 8 championship with Arrowhead, Muskego and Waukesha West and finished 9-3, advancing to Level 3 of the WIAA playoffs
before falling to eventual Division 3 state champion Wisconsin Lutheran.

“Leverage and balance are so important in both football and wrestling,” Young said. “It’s still a transition to go from football to wrestling, and it’s great to have role models like ours who have done it. You can sell kids on what it takes to be successful in each sport, but it’s great when they can see kids who have done it.

“Anybody who watched the state football finals saw the (Blair) Mulholland kid from Kimberly and what a great running back he is. He is also an outstanding wrestler and was on a state place-winning relay team in track.

“The biggest thing we want our kids to do is get out and compete.”


From Saturday - Boys Basketball Round Up

from Saturday's Waukesha Freeman -

CMH comes back to win in two OTs   
Gogin scores 20 points

FORT ATKINSON — A fourth quarter surge helped the Catholic Memorial boys basketball team to a 62-58 double overtime victory over Marshfield in a Fort Atkinson Thanksgiving Tournament game Friday.

Marshfield took a 32-19 halftime lead after outscoring the Crusaders 20-2 in the second quarter. However, CMH came back to outscore Marshfield 17-5 to tie it at 48 at the end of regulation.

Senior Robbie Gogin led the way with 20 points and seven rebounds. Junior Parker Carlsen added 17 points, eight rebounds and seven steals, while senior Danny Brozynski had 10 points.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

6 Crusader Girls named All-State in Rugby

The Following CMH varsity rugby ladies 
were named to the 2014 Wisconsin Girls 
High School Rugby All-State Team


Kelsey Gustafson (jr)
Katie McGinn (jr)
Meaghan Schmitt (jr)
Lizzy Walicki (jr)


Lizzy Jacobson (sr)
Ellie Metz (jr)

Remember CMH on #GivingTuesday!

This Giving Tuesday, be sure to remember the role CMH has played in your life.

Crusader Girls outlast FDL Cardinals

from today's Waukesha Freeman -

Dryer leads CMH past Fond du Lac

FOND DU LAC — Junior
 Dena Dryer made a 3-pointer to send the game into overtime and the Catholic Memorial girls basketball team prevailed with a 52-51 nonconference victory over Fond du Lac on Tuesday.

Dryer lead the Crusaders with 18 points, while sophomore Erin Wright added 10 more points.

CMH was down 26-17 at the half, but used free throws and transition baskets to make the comeback. CMH was 8 for 16 from the free-throw line. Dryer’s 3 tied the game at 48 heading into overtime.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

CMH Fall One Act - Among most recognized in state!

The cast and crew of The Trip to Bountiful competed at the WHSFA State Theatre Festival this past weekend. The production was hailed as the most outstanding show of the weekend by its adjudicators and was given a number of awards.

Mr. Andacht received an Outstanding Directing Award. The Crew received an Outstanding Crew Award. The Cast received an Outstanding Ensemble Award for acting, and Margaret Tomasiewicz, Evan Wetzel, Claire Polacheck, Laura Ellingen, Joe Lange, and Maria Fernandez all received individual Outstanding Acting Awards.

The festival’s highest honor, a Critic’s Choice Award, was presented to the CMH Cast and Crew for the 13th consecutive year. Congratulations to all!


from today's Waukesha Freeman - 


CMH already banged up 
Two returners out for season

Freeman Correspondent

WAUKESHA — Dean Bellanti jokes that Catholic Memorial High School’s MVP for boys basketball this season could be the team trainer.

The Crusaders, already decked by heavy graduation losses, have also lost junior returning starter Alex Bray and junior Nick Schulze for the season and senior Mike Schmidt rolled an ankle the first night of practice.

Bray, at 6.5 points a game, was the Crusaders top returning scorer but the quarterback was injured late in Memorial’s WIAA football playoff loss to Wisconsin Lutheran while back issues have shelved Schulze.

So it’s understandable that Bellanti needs to keep his troops injury-free the
 entire season.

Memorial’s program is strong — its 140 Classic 8 Conference victories since the league began second only to Arrowhead’s 152 among Waukesha County teams — and Bellanti hopes to once again be highly competitive.

The Crusaders lost eight games by eight points or fewer in a 7-17 overall campaign last season and senior Robbie Gogin, a starter last season, is the top returning player — a group that also including four returning senior letter winners: Danny Brozynski, Mike Schmidt, Jack Crain and Aaron Siehr.

Gogin will be starting his third varsity season.

Sophomore Austin Young also played at the
 end of last season and has grown to 6-foot-5 1/2. 

“He’s the tallest player I’ve coached at Memorial but he’s still a sophomore in a physical, strong conference. He’ll be challenged down low,” Bellanti
 said. Junior Parker Carlsen also saw varsity time and junior Matt Prahl is among the players coming up from the junior varsity team.

“Gogin played well for us last season, Young will be a nice player in the conference, Crain and Brozynski are athletic kids who are team guys and leaders and Carlsen is a kid whose confidence took a huge step forward,” Bellanti
 said.”We have a lot of depth at guard, which gives us a lot of ways to play the game, and we’ll have an improved post game that will help us.”

Concerns are perimeter shooting and free-throw shooting.

“If we had a higher percentage of made free throws, we would have had more victories last season,” Bellanti said. “There were a number of games where a made free throw would have sealed a victory but we didn’t get it. Confidence is contagious and so is a lack of it.

“I think the team will share the ball well and we need to be aware of where the scoring needs to come from and we’ll have to defend well and be very good on the boards. Our philosophy is defense creates a lot of our offense
 and I’m hoping we can be a surprise team this year. We’re picked to finish in the bottom half but we want to finish in the upper half.

Bellanti tabs Arrowhead as the favorite to win the league title with Waukesha West the Warhawks main challenge.

“Kettle Moraine has some kids back who can play and Muskego has a really nice group coming back but I like our team. How we start will be a key. Last year we had some tight games early and lost. We have to respond to that, be resilient. Unfortunately, sometimes those things linger but I know we’ll work hard and get better every day.

“Losing a player like Bray hurts and he was our point guard so now we’re looking at maybe a little different
 concept. We have some questions but some intriguing questions and I’m excited to start.” 

Photo credit:  Catholic Memorial senior Robbie Gogin is one of the leading returning players for the Crusaders this season. Charles Auer/Freeman Staff 

CMH has most C8 1st team players

from today's Waukesha Freeman -

Borton, Kelly capture top Classic 8 football honors

WAUKESHA — Muskego High School senior running back Ryan Borton was selected the Classic 8 Conference Offensive Player of the Year, while Waukesha West senior defensive end Marcus Kelly won the league’s Defensive Player of the Year award.

Catholic Memorial produced the most first-team allconference players with two on offense and four on defense. Senior center Tony Balistreri, senior tight end Mike Schmidt, senior defensive lineman Sam Gromacki, junior defensive lineman Zack Taylor, senior defensive back Jett Siegenthaler and senior linebacker Mikey Wurster were first-team picks for CMH.

Muskego head coach Ken Krause was named Coach of the Year. The Warriors produced four first teamers and two more second teamers.

The Division 2 runnerup Waukesha West Wolverines had four first team selections — all on defense — and four on the second team. Arrowhead, the Division 1 state runnersup four first teamers and three on the second team.

Kettle Moraine’s Kevin Yarbough was named Assistant Coach of the Year.

Arrowhead, Catholic Memorial, Muskego and Waukesha West all went 5-2 in the Classic to share the league title. It was the first time in the conference’s history to have a four-way tie for first place.

— Freeman Staff

Thursday, November 20, 2014

3 Crusader Boys VB Players recognized in C8 All-Conference

Congratulations to three Crusader Boys Volleyball players recognized by the Classic 8 Conference for All-Conference teams.  All are seniors and are great leaders on the team and in the school.

First Team - Danny Brozynski
Second Team - Patrick Vandendriessche
Honorable Mention - Aaron Siehr

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

CMH welcomes Bishop Sklba

Yesterday, the CMH community welcome Milwaukee's auxiliary bishop emeritus, the Most Reverend Richard Sklba as presider and homilist at our monthly all-school liturgy.

His Excellency preached in the faith-filled willingness to offer "charity in all things" of the saint of the day, St. Elizabeth of Hungary.

After mass, the Bishop enjoyed meeting CMH students, especially many of the seniors whom he confirmed last spring.

 He spent time with CMH Inclusivity Leader, Monica Marchon,  They spoke at length about the growing Hispanic population in Waukesha and at CMH, and the positive impact of international students on the CMH experience.
After mass, the Bishop and I spoke at length about CMH's for a new chapel, for the Student Growth Plan, and for the Crusader Day of Service in a few weeks.  The Bishop was grateful for the chance to preside at CMH and complimentary of all our students.

Friday, November 14, 2014

2 Crusaders named WFCA All-Region Team

from the Waukesha Freeman - 


Several Classic 8 players honored by WFCA

WAUKESHA — Four teams shared the Classic 8 Conference football title this season.

And those four teams were well-represented on the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association’s all-region teams, which were released Tuesday.

Catholic Memorial, Muskego, Waukesha West and Arrowhead shared the league title at 5-2 this season.

CMH is represented by senior defensive lineman Sam Gromacki and senior tight end Mike Schmidt.

West senior defensive lineman Marcus Kelly, senior outside linebacker Dyson Chmura and senior defensive back Cody Kujawa received all-region honors.

Muskego senior defensive lineman Alex Hauke, senior offensive lineman Baili Leszczynski and senior running back Ryan Borton were selected.

Arrowhead senior inside linebacker Andy Hessler and junior offensive lineman Ben Bredeson were all-region selections.

Others from the Classic 8 to receive allregion honors were Mukwonago senior offensive lineman Charlie Younger and Waukesha South junior running back Anthony Johnson.

Brookfield Central had three all-region picks: senior defensive lineman Mattias Hoehnen, senior inside linebacker Mitchell Ahmad and senior running back Dominic Labellarte.

Brookfield East senior Connor Allen was an all-region pick at kicker and punter.

Brookfield Academy senior receive Patrick Novacek, Hamilton senior offensive lineman Andrew Poenitsch, Lake Country Lutheran senior offensive lineman Ross Gottschalk, Pewaukee senior tight end Nick Knoke, Menomonee Falls senior inside linebacker Tyler Simcock and Palmyra-Eagle senior inside linebacker Travis Poulson each received all-region honors.

— Freeman Staff

Catholic Memorial senior defensive lineman Sam Gromacki was an all-region selection.

Robert F. Borkowski/Special to The Freeman

Crusader Goalie had overcome serious surgery

from today's Waukesha Freeman -

Catholic Memorial goalkeeper Josh Balicki makes a save during the 2014 season. Balicki came was able to come back from a surgery to remove a tumor in his leg to play for the Crusaders this season. 

Balicki blocks out tumor diagnosis
GK finds second chance in Memorial’s net

Freeman Correspondent

WAUKESHA — Kick the ball, feel the pain.

A few weeks after Josh Balicki had those sensations, it didn’t appear as if the Catholic Memorial High School sophomore would be kicking a soccer ball in the near future.

The sudden pain was discovered during a practice with the Chicago Fire Academy developmental team.

“It seemed as if I had tweaked a hamstring or something, so I went to a physical therapist but he didn’t see much of a problem. It got worse the next two or three weeks and I told my dad, “The pain is killing me when I kick the ball,” Balicki said.

The goalie finally went to a doctor for X-rays, and a golf-ball-sized tumor on his left femur was discovered.

“It was definitely a shock. I wasn’t prepared for that news,” Balicki said. “But I told myself things happen
 for a reason. I had taken for granted simple things like walking and kicking a soccer ball, but there would be a greater benefit from this.”

He had surgery to remove the osteochondroma tumor, which was non-cancerous, April 11.

“The doctor told me this was serious and could be life-changing, but he also said that when one door closes, another one opens,” Balicki said.

Balicki was told to not put weight on his left leg for a minimum of six weeks — but more likely two months.

But he immediately — three days after surgery — launched himself into rehab: crunches and elevated one-legged pushups.

“Overcoming adversity is maintaining a positive attitude,”
 he said. He finally began walking again — slowly — and began work on his range of motion.

“Slowly jogging was then my next goal,” he said.

But playing for the Chicago Fire Academy team he had tried out for and made a year before wasn’t a real option.

However, playing for Memorial was.

“He beat all the odds and was cleared to play the second week of July,” Balicki’s father, Jon, said. “He worked his tail off and beat the odds.”

“I talked with the Fire Academy coaches and we agreed to not rush anything,” Josh Balicki said. “They wanted me to get in a number of games to get ready for the next season in February.”

Memorial coach John Bisswurm, meanwhile, was contemplating converting a defender into a goalkeeper for the Crusaders’ season.

“We had lost a senior goalkeeper and weren’t sure where to turn,” Bisswurm
 said. But then Balicki showed up at practice.

And he isn’t just an average goalie.

“He’s recognized as one of the better players in his age group,” Bisswurm said. “The Academy doesn’t make its decisions on who to take lightly, and Josh is a good athlete who’s got all the intangibles. He’s constantly working on his craft and has the potential to be one of the elite. He’s a special player.

“It meant a lot to us to have him. He brought us a lot of experience from the Academy. We were a young team with nine freshmen and sophomores, so having him there to solidify our back line was huge.

“As the season went on, you could see his play get better and better. Because of his medical situation he had to work his way back physically, but you
 could see his confidence level and play improve.”

And playing for Memorial had an added bonus.

“Playing for them was definitely an honor, and it carried on a family tradition, too,” Balicki said. “My father and brother, Joel, played for Memorial, and I was happy that I could help the team have another successful season.”

The Crusaders finished 12-6-3 overall and lost 4-3 in a sectional semifinal to eventual WIAA Division 3 state champion Delavan-Darien.

Jon Balicki played for Bisswurm on Memorial’s first soccer team in 1980, and Joel was on Memorial’s state-championship team in 2010.

It was Joel who really got Josh going in the sport.

“He needed someone to shoot on,” Josh said. “I really love the sport — it’s the world sport, the beautiful game, so who wouldn’t love to play it, especially as goalkeeper? It’s the last line of defense and it’s a lot of pressure, but it’s something I enjoy.”

His playing future is somewhat uncertain — Memorial or the Fire Academy — but his goals are not.

“I want to be part of a Division 1 (college) program, and hopefully I can get to the professional level after that,” he said. “I was very blessed the tumor wasn’t cancerous and the rehab process was valuable in rebuilding my foundation mentally and physically. I’m at the stage now where I can perform even better than before.”

Thursday, November 13, 2014

4 Crusader Girls VB players receive All-C8 recognition


2014 All-Conference Girls Volleyball Team 


Lexie Calloway, senior

Tori North, junior

Honorable Mention
Ivey Whalen sophomore
Hayley Levenhaven, senior


from today's Waukesha Freeman -

Catholic Memorial senior Danny Brozynski reacts as he is congratulated by junior Matt Murphy after Brozynski blocked a shot during a Classic 8 Conference match. Charles Auer/Freeman Staff 

Long road getting to state
State quarters start Friday

Freeman Staff

WAUKESHA — All eight of the schools competing in the WIAA State Boys Volleyball Tournament are located within 110 miles of the tournament site, Wisconsin Lutheran College in Milwaukee.

The road trips for several of those participants will last no longer than a halfhour.

When the teams arrive for their quarterfinal matches Friday, though, Arrowhead High School will have traveled by far the longest route to get there.

The Warhawks not only ventured to Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, to compete in the St. Vital Invite last month, but apparently took a three-day chemistry course during their international
 journey.“Since this trip, the team chemistry is the best I have ever seen as a coach in my four years,” Arrowhead assistant coach Dylan Guzewski said. “We have told these guys for three years now that if they work hard, they will get there. We have had a tough road for the past near-decade of taking down solid programs such as Nicolet, Germantown and Homestead.

“The hard work has finally paid off. I think Canada was a game-changer for us
 this year.”

The Warhawks (19-13) will meet Appleton North (25-6) in the fourth quarterfinal at 8 p.m. Friday. They will continue to rely on the versatility that has become a hallmark of their program.

“The boys work their tails
 off in season and out of season, but in season, we stress fundamentals and becoming overall volleyball players; not positions,” Guzewski said. “Everyone needs every skill to be on the court. “Working through the struggle of fixing and arm swing, eye work, platform or any technique takes time and patience, and the guys do a great job so we can be our best at the end of the season.” 

Guzewski likes the Warhawks’ leadership core.

“Senior captains Joey Dittman and Luke Pitzo are our on- and off-the-court leaders, multiple-sport athletes and great examples to the underclassmen,” Guzewski said. “Junior Mitch Pralle did an excellent job during his six-and-a-halfweek recovery time from a hernia surgery at practice every day and as an example.”

Arrowhead swept Homestead 25-17, 25-18, 25-23 in its sectional final to earn its fifth state trip and its first since 2005.

“I like our chances if we play like we have been in these postseason games,” Guzewski said. “The boys have worked hard all year for this specific reason. They know to play Arrowhead volleyball, which is all based on serving and serve receive.”

Catholic Memorial has reached the state tourney for the 11th time and for the fifth consecutive season. The Crusaders (17-9) will play New Berlin West/Eisenhower (27-6) in a quarterfinal at 5:30 p.m. Friday.
CMH has relied upon the senior leadership of outside hitter Danny Brozynski, who has team highs of 283 kills and 51 aces, senior outside hitter Patrick Vandendriesche, who has 242 kills, and senior middle Aaron Siehr, who is second on the team with 22 solo blocks and 51 block assists.

Junior libero Matt Murphy leads CMH with 195 digs, senior setter Nick Potrzebowski paced the team with 470 assists, followed by junior setter Peter Aspenson with 369, and senior middle Grant Dakovich has a team-best 25 solo blocks and 59 block assists.

“Our three captains (Brozynski, Siehr and Vandendriessche) all started last year during the state tournament,” CMH co-coach Brad Mikulice said. “Danny also was a starter the prior year, when CMH also made it to state. All three of them are very mentally sound players, and you can tell that even under pressure, they remain calm and make good decisions on the court.

“Since state brings a new atmosphere with a louder crowd and more on the line, it will be great to have them in the game to keep the team headed in the right direction.
 Fortunately, they are not only clear leaders on this team, but they all have a different way of enforcing that leadership. They do it in a very respectful manner, and the whole team looks up to each of them, especially when we need to get going in games.”

The Crusaders know they are in for a first-round challenge.

“We have struggled in the past against our first round opponent, but we have been getting much better as the year goes on,” Mikulice said. “We haven’t played them yet in a situation where something big is on the line, so it will be interesting to see if that added element changes anything on either side.

“We are prepared to come out strong and play our game. At this point in the season, all eight teams have earned their spots in the tournament.”

New Berlin West/Eisenhower is making its third tournament appearance and its first since 2009, when it brought home the championship. The United outlasted Racine Horlick 25-16, 2225, 24-26, 29-27, 15-8 in the Racine Park Sectional final.

The United feature a veteran core including senior outside hitter John Collins from New Berlin West High School and four juniors from Eisenhower — setter Adam Campbell, opposite Quinn Farrell, outside hitter Matt Zeske and libero Stephen Kraininger.

“Our strength is our continuity,” United coach Jay Szatkowski said. “We’ve had the same core of guys for the last three years, and they’ve become a very close-knit team.

“Last year and this year especially, they’ve gained a realization and belief that we could get to state. We have a very difficult sectional, but the guys worked hard and made it a priority to do whatever it took to get to state.”

Farrell and Zeske have emerged as New Berlin’s kill leaders with 285 and 277, respectively. Campbell has 688 assists and 32 aces, Kraininger leads the team with 222 digs, Farrell has a team-high 51 blocks, and Zeske has contributed 25 aces.

“We lost to Appleton North and we lost one match to Middleton, but we’ve beaten everyone else in the state field, so we have the confidence that we can compete with anyone we play this weekend,” Szatkowski said.

Marquette, which won its seventh state title last season, will begin its 13th consecutive state appearance by meeting Wauwatosa East (15-15) at 12:30 p.m. Friday.

Burlington (16-11) will take on Middleton (24-7) in the 3 p.m. quarterfinal.


Wednesday, November 12, 2014

UPDATED: 5 Crusader Soccer Players named All-Conference


2014 All-Conference 
Boys Soccer Team 

Forward Eric Brown, senior
Midfielder Conor Alba, junior


Midfielder Lucas Morris, sophomore

Defender James Major, sophomore

Honorable Mention
Goalkeeper — Josh Balicki, sophomore

Girls VB recap - Crusaders poised for long run!

from today's Waukesha Freeman - 

Catholic Memorial hoists the WIAA Division 2 
state title trophy after beating Tomahawk on 
Saturday at the Resch Center in Green Bay. 
Pat Neumuth/Freeman Staff 


Crusaders poised for long run 
Young team wins CMH’s first title since 2011

Freeman Staff

GREEN BAY — Before Friday, none on the Catholic Memorial High School girls volleyball players had played in a state tournament.

On Saturday, the 13 Crusaders hoisted the WIAA Division 2 state championship
 trophy. Memorial swept Tomahawk 25-11, 25-20, 25-20 in the championship match at the Resch Center.

And youth is on the Crusaders’ side. With only three seniors and a core group of six sophomores, this could be the beginning of a successful run. CMH was last at the state tournament in 2011, when the Crusaders finished off a third straight championship.

“There are a lot of sophomores, but we learned from our seniors and they are a great example for all of us,” sophomore Maddy Rondeau said. “It’s been through our minds a lot. We talk about it a lot that we need to push it
 every year, year by year.”

The chemistry is there for the sophomores. Rondeau, Ivey Whalen, Lexi Alden and Kathryn Christian came together their freshman year, and they joined the Milwaukee Sting club team to get more time on the court together.

The impact from the sophomores was apparent in the title match. Alden had a match-high 16 kills, which gave her 32 for the tournament, and she added three blocks. Whalen had 10 kills on just 14 attempts for a .643 hitting percentage. She also had three blocks. Rondeau
 filled the stat sheet with four kills, 13 assists, five digs and two blocks.

Alden did most of her damage on the left side, but Memorial coach Ted Schulte moved her all over the court.

“I just think that leftside
 has a lot more court,” Alden said. “There’s so many different opportunities, and I don‘t need a perfect pass to get that kill.” 

CMH went to Alden early and often. The Crusaders opened the match with a 70 run with Alden getting three kills during the run. The first set was never close, and the 14-point margin of victory was Memorial’s biggest lead of the set.

“I don’t think it buried them, but I think it intimidated them,” Alden said about the run. “We’ve had matches where we’ve been down by 10 like in the sectional, and we’ve come back and won. It helped them lose confidence and helped us gain more confidence.”

Memorial had its only deficit in the second set. Tomahawk built a fourpoint lead on three separate occasions in the second set. But a 10-1 run that started with Memorial down 16-12 gave the Crusaders the lead for good.

Seniors Lexie Calloway, Hayley Levenhagen and
 Bethanie Krause ended their careers with a title. Calloway had seven kills and nine digs, and Krause had four kills. Levenhagen led the team with 23 assists. She had a crafty kill for Memorial’s 24th point in the second set, where Schulte joked that it was her first kill of the year. Levenhagen had two kills coming into the championship match and doubled that total Saturday.

“I give a lot of credit to the younger class,” Calloway said. “They are so good for how young they are. We couldn’t do it with just three people.”

Added Schulte, “Lexie Calloway doesn’t want to be that person out in the forefront. Her confidence, drive and performance was special, and you hope they learn from that character. Bethanie was just a quiet kid that took on that role, and what she taught was to take on a role and excel at it.”

As for Levenhagen, Schulte said she played with a lot of intelligence and heart. She also played the teacher role for Rondeau, who split time between hitter and setter positions. She will become the full-time setter next year.

“I was a new setter last year, so Hayley taught me pretty much everything I know about setting,” Rondeau
 said. Calloway said the talented crop of sophomores has the ability to finish with three titles. Schulte said the sophomores all get along, which has a lot to do with their success and the team success.

“They fit because they all don’t want to play the same position,” Schulte said. “Maddy wants to be setter. Lexi wants to hit left side. Ivey wants to be a middle blocker. Kat (Christian) wants to be a defensive specialist. Zingy (sophomore Kaitlyn Zingsheim) wants to be in the middle.

“There’s one thing of having a lot of kids, but if they want to play the same position there’s a lot of conflict. When they want to play different positions, there’s less conflict in that regard.”

Schulte said the team will be working hard and the talent is there, but he didn’t want to think about winning three straight titles quite yet.

“Since (2011), the depth in the state is getting better and better,” he said. “Yes, it’s something you can talk about. We have a lot of work to do before we can get to that. We have to get two before we can get three.”


Catholic Memorial sophomore Lexi Alden tips the ball over the net against Tomahawk on Saturday. Pat Neumuth/Freeman Staff