Thursday, January 30, 2014

CMH Recognized for Character Education


                             Capitol West Academy - Milwaukee 
Woodlands School (Bluemound Road Site) - Milwaukee

for being selected as the
2014 State Schools of Character Award recipients.

Honorable Mention goes to
Catholic Memorial High School - Waukesha.

Each school will receive their recognition at the
South Milwaukee State Character Education Conference on 
Friday, June 20, 2014 at Alverno College.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Newsmaker Q & A

from today's Waukesha Freeman - 


‘Finally the big man on campus’

By Arthur Thomas

Freeman Staff

WAUKESHA – As president of Catholic Memorial High School, the Rev. Paul Hartmann is now running his alma mater. He sat down with The Freeman recently to talk about a number of issues, including Pope Francis and young people, the value of Roman Catholic education and what the future holds for his school.

THE FREEMAN: Pope Francis has definitely generated headlines in his first few months in office. Which of his actions stand out to you the most and what do you think of the direction he has taken the church?.  
THE REV. PAUL HARTMANN: I think the direction he’s taken the church is wonderful. It’s very much a compliment to the great philosopher that John Paul was, the great theologian that Benedict was and now a true, true pastor at heart. So that idea, in much the same way that John Paul did when he started, just going out and meeting the people. As he said, to smell like the sheep means being among the people and working with the people and he’s taken that very seriously.

I think he’s reinvigorated all of us that have a lot of administrative responsibilities, and pastors of large parishes, priests today, have a lot of administration to do. It’s a reminder that we have to get out there and really get to know the people we’re working with and working for.
FREEMAN: Clearly the people you’re working with are young people. In your view, how have young people, particularly those here at Catholic Memorial, reacted to the first few months of his papacy? 

HARTMANN: I think certainly there was an excitement that, in this age group, this was the first time they had ever seen the transition of a pope, even though Benedict had only been in about seven years. ... I think they’re also just finding Francis very accessible. As I said, he wants to be among the people, he wants to be among young people, he wants to be with people where they’re at. For them, that’s almost like a grandfatherly figure. I think they certainly, at least here, have great respect for Benedict before and the memory that most of them have of John Paul, but this is truly that active, fun grandfather that they have. 

FREEMAN: Switching gears, the school choice program continues to expand statewide. How confident are you that Catholic Memorial would be among the schools next year, or going forward, that are incorporated into that? 

HARTMANN: Well, I probably wouldn’t say confident. I’m hopeful. I think it’s a program, an opportunity, that would be of great service to families of Waukesha County. Not only the city of Waukesha, but the entirety of Waukesha County, because there’s need throughout the county, there’s more than people see and understand. 

I think the structure of most significant enrollments makes a little bit of a challenge in the sense that we have only one entry point, ninth grade. In the sense that we kind of have to divide our attentions between 26 parishes, 40 different grade schools. Where on the one hand that seems like a lot of places to draw from, but it also is a lot of other options that these families have. 

I’m hopeful, I’m confident that we’ll work not only with other community partners, in particular here in the city, a lot of coordination with La Casa de Esperanza to serve the families that would benefit from this. 

FREEMAN: What’s the value of a Catholic school versus any other private school and also versus a public school? 

HARTMANN: Certainly the faith dimension adds something. Whether our student is Catholic or not, it adds a dimension of faith in God that changes how we interact with one another. It adds a dimension of discipline and expectation that may not always be handled the same way in other schools. It adds a whole life perspective. We’re educating and preparing these kids not just to get good scores on tests, but to truly make a difference in the world...Probably our bigger competitors more so than other private schools, other Catholic schools, are very good free, or property-tax paid, public schools. What we add, what we offer is that confidence a family can have in the partnership we have with parents that faith is so integral, and a lived experience of faith is so integral, it’s worth the investment. And it bears great fruit, not only when they get to college, but when they get to whatever goal in life that they have for them. 

FREEMAN: You went to Catholic Memorial. What’s it like to now be running the school that you went to growing up? 

HARTMANN: It took me 25 years but I’m finally the big man on campus. It’s been interesting, I’m back now in my sixth year. A number of the faculty and staff were here when I was a student and so they are for me in many cases still Mr. So-and-so or Mrs. Soand- so. Somehow I have to tell myself and they have to remind me, I’m the boss. 

I think what I bring to the table is just a love for what this institution had been for over 60 years. Certainly 30 years of my life, when I came in 1980 as a freshman. That investment in what’s been, that hope for what it can be and a vision for what the future holds. 

I think it brings something unique. Not only as an alum, but as a priest. Fewer and fewer priests can be assigned to education work nowadays. As someone who has different connections and different roles within the community, I’m glad to be able to do this. 

FREEMAN: Are young people today more or less religious than when you were in school? 

HARTMANN: I would say they are more religious to the extent that I think they are far more discerning in their religious faith practice. I was still on the tail end of very much a cultural Catholicism. You went, if your family could afford to do so, you pretty much fulfilled the expectation, you went to the Catholic grade school. If you could afford it and there was an option, you went to the Catholic high school and so on down the line. 

Whereas now, with a lot more options, a lot more difficulty in those financial decisions, a lot more discernment, the family environment is different. So the kids that practice their faith now come from blended families, different types of family experiences, come from having had other opportunities. 

They come with a little more skepticism. They want their questions answered in a few minutes rather than say take a lifetime to learn it. Our kids here have a far mature faith than I think I did at that age, but there are still the vast majority who, kids are kids. But even in that case, they realize that it’s not only sacraments. It’s service, its learning the faith and it’s being able to proclaim it, to speak about it to others. 

FREEMAN: Each January we always hear stories marking the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision. Will there ever be a point where this country comes to an agreement that isn’t controversial over abortion? 

HARTMANN: Well, I certainly pray that we reach that someday. Whether that will be the case or not, most people would be skeptical. 

We have to come to an agreement about the personhood of a child. We have to come to an agreement that abortion is not merely another form of contraception. That family planning is about decisions that individuals make. Sexuality are decisions that people make, realizing the consequences. To say that it’s all of those rolled up into one, I’ve just made it more complex than most people will think about it, but it goes to show that it will be a difficult process. 

I think the first step, and the first steps that most of the pro-life groups are taking as they kind of reset themselves in the last five to 10 years, is to say we have to take some strides to look at the most egregious circumstances. Whether on the one hand it’s partial-birth abortion or whether its the sad example of the doctor in Philadelphia who was just truly abusing women in the process of taking their money. I think that incrementalism, but also a realization that this is a civil rights issue. Not only the rights of an unborn child, but how the system has been disproportionately stacked against minority women, against poor women, the system to leave them seemingly no other choice than to abort, is a civil rights issue. 

FREEMAN: What does the future hold for Catholic Memorial? 

HARTMANN: We’ve got some great surprises in the offing. We are in the early phases of a comprehensive campaign. We want to continue to invest in this facility, in our presence in the city of Waukesha and that is both capital expenditures here, it’s participating in choice, it’s working with the growing Hispanic community of the city of Waukesha and Waukesha County in general. It’s making the investment this community has made in us over the last 60 years and now we’ve got to start standing on our own and make that investment again. We’ve got a lot of great alumni and past parents and community partners who are helping with that. We are looking to do, for us, a major comprehensive campaign of about $10 million and really institute our presence here, but then to do so with academic programs like the International Baccalaureate, Project Lead the Way, Memorial Propel is our innovation process, Catholic service learning project, these are all new things, the student growth plan, are all new projects and new endeavors that we’ve been putting in place over the last couple years. 


A framed piece of his school work hangs in the Rev. Paul Hartmann’s office at Catholic Memorial High School. It depicts him saying Mass, with the text reading:“I want to be a priest when I grow up and I will say Mass every Sunday in front of a lot of people.”
Charles Auer/Freeman Staff 



 Paul Hartmann 

Age: 47

 Mother, Ellen; father, Bob (deceased), four brothers and two sisters

Occupation: Roman Catholic priest; president of Catholic Memorial High School 
Education: B.A., Marquette University; M.Div., St. Francis Seminary; JCL, Catholic University of America 


Get to know: The Rev. Paul Hartmann

My greatest achievement is:
 Having become the president of my own alma mater, Catholic Memorial  

My favorite book: The Bible
My favorite TV show is: “Law & Order: UK”

My favorite movie:
 “Lawrence of Arabia”

My favorite childhood memory:
 Christmas mornings, waiting with my brothers and sisters at the top of the stairs for dad to tell us that it was OK to come down

The person I most admire: Blessed Pope John Paul II, soon to be canonized a saint

Three words people describe me with are:
 Faithful, intense, consistent

The worst job I had as a teenager:
 Had two, liked both. Working at a gas station and as a gym coordinator at St. John Vianney

The food I like best is:
 Good, true Mexican food

My favorite hobby is:

My goals for the year: Raise $10 million for CMH, parental school choice and implementing Memorial Propel My favorite music group is: Great Big Sea, a folk rock group from St. John’s Newfoundland

My pet is:
 Sorry, no pet

My favorite vacation place is: New York City or Washington, D.C. 

A nice video from a CMH partner parish...

Friday, January 24, 2014

It's Friday, that means a CMH Team Chapel Mass

This morning, as on virtually every Friday throughout the year, I celebrated mass at 6:45am in CMH's Our Lady of the Rosary Chapel with one of our CMH sports teams.  Today I celebrated with the Crusader Wrestling team.

CMH exists with wonderful statements of Mission and Vision. We work hard to send into the world at graduation young men and women who are happy, healthy, and holy. To that end we do our work with some very clear priorities -- Faith drives us, Academics form us, and Extra-Curriculars round us out. The priorities are to be in that order!

At CMH we have set a goal that no class, no program, no team sees their activity separate from our Catholic faith.  Mass with clubs and sports teams is one way we do this. Another way is team prayer. CMH has a team prayer that all the coaches are asked to use with their kids before each competition.

At most varsity sporting events at CMH, the prayer is publically prayed before the National Anthem. One night, before a basketball game, when it was announced that I would lead a prayer, I heard from behind me (from among the visiting team fans), "A that allowed?"

I hope prayer before home games is never not allowed. We would all be the worse for it (even that visiting fan).

If you are interested, here is 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.


Thursday, January 23, 2014

CMH Family gets shout out in State of State address!

Congratulations to Hastings Air Energy Control a family owned business led by CMH alumnus, David Bohrer ’74.  The company will be recognized as a ‘growing small business’ during Governor Scott Walker’s State of the State address tomorrow night.  

David, and all of his brothers and sisters (8 in total), graduated CMH, and now a second generation (6 so far) have become Crusaders.


Hastings Air Energy Control, Inc. has  been chosen by Governor Scott Walker as a ‘growing small business’ for recognition during his ‘State of the State’ last night.

Employee Patti Sharer will be specifically recognized on the floor of the Assembly as a previously ‘underemployed’ individual who now has a high contributing full time position with Hastings.

After teaching and caring for those in need during a multi-year overseas mission endeavor, my husband and I returned to his home state of Indiana in 2010.  I actively sought full-time employment while working a variety of full- and part-time temporary jobs.  After two years of uncertainty, changing schedules and renting from friends, I contacted Hastings Air Energy Control in New Berlin where I previously had a temporary position when I was in college.  Because of Hastings’ consistent growth, they offered me employment.  By working at Hastings, I now have a regular schedule, live in my own home, and contribute on a daily basis to making a cleaner and more energy-efficient workplace for people in Wisconsin and beyond.


This is the Hastings profile submitted to the Governor’s office:

"Hastings Air Energy Control is the Midwest's leading full-service provider of process ventilation systems, vehicle exhaust removal systems, air filters and energy saving ventilation controls. Over the past year, Hastings has created jobs  to meet existing demand and to accommodate future growth. This reflects their strong confidence in the local economy and the state administration.

Hastings is also dedicated to providing equipment to make technical schools, skilled worker training facilities and manufacturing facilities safer for students and workers. They focus on eliminating airborne contaminants that would be harmful to inhabitants and the overall environment.

With this confidence in the State economy, they recently opened a 5,700-square-foot Technology Experience Center, a one-of-a-kind facility that allows visitors the opportunity to get hands-on with the most advanced systems in the air cleaning industry. Hundreds of manufacturing companies from around the United States will come to New Berlin each year to demo dust collectors, vacuum systems, smoke detection systems, and energy saving systems.  They can even bring their own equipment to the facility to test with the latest products. 

Hastings is a Wisconsin company on the cutting edge of air cleaning and energy management technology, a leader in its field – the latest example of industry and innovation thriving in our great state."

Congratulations to the entire Bohrer Clan and their successful family business!

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

CMH Family member & Carroll professor recognized

Carroll professor wins award in Wisconsin Visual Artists exhibition

WAUKESHA, WIS.—The Wisconsin Visual Artists Southeast Chapter Juried Membership Exhibit is currently displayed in the Marian Art Gallery of Mount Mary University. Peggy Thurston Farrell, associate professor of art at Carroll University, won an award for “Circle of Samsara.” Four equal awards were presented to the top pieces.

In her Symbols series, Farrell explores the relationship between ancient spiritual symbols and contemporary, virtual symbols. She said, “As I silkscreen and collage layers of images from many parts of my life and travels, and repeat the symbols again and again they create something more. New symbols emerge and challenge how and what we see.”

Farrell has Master of Art and Master of Fine Arts degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She received the Women of Distinction Art Commission Award in 2010 from the Women and Girls Fund of Waukesha County and a Waukesha Public Libraries Commission Award in 2008. Farrell’s work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in galleries and museums throughout Wisconsin and the United States, and at the Saitama Museum in Japan.

The WVA Exhibition will continue through Feb. 21, 2014, at the Marian Art Gallery, 2900 N. Menomonee River Parkway, Milwaukee. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. All visits are free and open to the public.

WVA is a nonprofit membership organization of artists working together to promote and support visual art in Wisconsin. For more information, visit

About Carroll University

Carroll, Wisconsin’s oldest four-year institution of higher learning, is an independent, co-educational comprehensive university grounded in the liberal arts tradition. Incorporated in 1846, it offers bachelor’s degrees in 57 majors and master’s degrees in business administration, education, exercise physiology, graphic communication, nursing, physician assistant studies and software engineering, as well as a clinical doctorate in physical therapy. For more information, visit

[Image] “Circle of Samsara” by Peggy Thurston Farrell

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Ooops...A Wrestling Update that I missed earlier this month...


Four from CMH win individual titles

KENOSHA – Four wrestlers from Catholic Memorial High School won individual titles in the Kenosha Bradford Invitational on Saturday.

David McLeod won the 132-pound title for CMH, winning his first match by injury default and his last three via pin. He won the title match in 51 seconds.

Tyler Schmitt won the 145 title, winning his three matches by pin.

Mike Wurster won the 182 title, receiving a bye and scoring two victories by decision – including a 6-0 decision in the title match.

Sam Gromacki won at heavyweight, recording four pins in his five victories. He won the title match with a pin in 1:34.

Chris Else (120) and John Anderson (138) each finished second for CMH, which was second in the team standings.

Menomonee Falls won the team title, with Matt Anderson (106), Ian Virlee (113) and Ben Bonesho (120) winning individual titles.

Mukwonago’s varsity reserve finished fourth, with Michael Dudek (126), Andreus Schwartz (132) and Pat Thelen (182) each finishing second. 

Friday, January 17, 2014

Remember, your CMH tuition will be State Tax deductable at the end of this year!

from the Wisconsin Catholic Conference -

The state budget bill created a new state income tax deduction for elementary and secondary school tuition expenses paid on or after January 1, 2014. When filing in 2015, taxpayers may claim their paid private and religious school tuition expenses of up to $4,000 for each dependent child in kindergarten through eighth grade, and up to $10,000 for each dependent child in grades nine through twelve. The Wisconsin Catholic Conference supported the tax deduction, recognizing it as one of the many ways the state can affirm the vital role parents play in shepherding their children’s education.

Any person who pays tuition expenses at a private school and taxes in Wisconsin is eligible. However, the deduction is not a tax credit. The amount that any one family or individual will save is dependent upon income, filing status, and most importantly, the resulting tax liability.  The average eligible family will see a tax cut of around $240 per primary school child and around $600 per high school student. Those with multiple students attending high school could see the biggest savings. For example, a family with a household income of $90,000 that spends $7,500 per child for their two high school students in 2014 will see their taxes reduced from $5,643 to $4,703, for a savings of $940.

A mother who makes $46,000 and sends her two children to a Catholic elementary school with tuition of $2,000 per student will also save. Her taxes before the deduction are $2,884. After the $4,000 deduction, her taxes fall to $2,633, saving her $251.

To claim the deduction, families should make certain that their child’s school meets the basic definition of a private school. Taxpayers can only claim the expenses they have paid; the deduction cannot be used for scholarships or financial aid. Also, families should save payment records (receipts, etc.) as supporting documentation for their tax records. The Wisconsin Department of Revenue (DOR) will provide further information on how to claim the deduction in their 2014 publications.

Crusader Fund Challenge Update


Thank you to 75 donors whose new and increased gifts to Crusader Fund have earned CMH $16,000 in matching funds from our anonymous donors’ $100K challenge match!   It’s not too late to earn matching gifts for CMH!  Until January 31 every new or increased gift/pledge to the Crusader Fund will be doubled by our generous donors who urge all alumni and friends to choose the Crusader Fund as the fundamental charitable means to support the mission and vision at CMH! 
To qualify, gifts and pledges must be directed to the Crusader Fund and fulfilled by June 30th, 2014.

Join 23 Crusader Fund donors who now qualify for the $10,000 Crusader Raffle to be drawn on March 8th at the Crusader AuctionMake a first-time gift of $150, or increase your prior gift by $150 by March 1 you’re your name will be included in the $10,000 raffle to be announced at the Crusader Auction on March 8, 2014.
For more information contact Marguerite Gallagher at 262.542.7103 or visit

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Crusader Soccer Player plays in Qatar

From left: Connor Alba, Jack Shaw and Sam Kornetzke

Club notes: State trio headed to Qatar with Fire for elite tournament

01/06/2014, 5:45pm CST
Al Kass International Cup logo
The Chicago Fire is the first U.S. team invited to play in the Al Kass International Cup, an elite tournament in Qatar featuring Under-16 teams from some of the world's top clubs. And three Wisconsin players will be making the trip to Doha for the event.
Jack Shaw (Milwaukee Marquette), who plays for the Fire's Under-15/16 team in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy, will be joined by Sam Kornetzke (Grafton/North Shore United) and Connor Alba (Waukesha Catholic Memorial/SC Waukesha). Shaw previously played with Bavarian SC

To read the rest of this coverage, click here.

A CMH partner school sets Open House

St. Charles Catholic School sets informational open houses for prospective students

HARTLAND – St. Charles Catholic School, the recipient of the Exemplary Status Award in the area of information technology and media skills from the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, will hold informational open houses at the school this month. 

The first open house is from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 26, and the second open house is from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Jan. 29. The open houses will include 2014-15 enrollment information, school (including classroom, Instructional Media Center and Holy Family Recreation Center) tours, an opportunity to meet current parents and faculty, and information on school programs including STEM programming and a world languages program. 

St. Charles Catholic School offers 3-year-old kindergarten and 4-year-old kindergarten programming. The programs offer both full- and half-day options, including a lunch option. The programs are in addition to 5K through eighth-grade classes weekdays from 8:25 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. 

More information and registration materials will be available at the open houses or on the school website at www.stcharlesschoolhartland. com. Contact Principal Laura Anderson at 367-2040 for more information or for a school tour. 
St. Charles School is located at 526 Renson Road. It specializes in art, music physical education, technology integration, foreign language learning including five language options and athletics. 

St. Charles School provides busing, and an inhouse hot lunch program. 
– Freeman staff 

Crusader Girls BB on a roll

Dryer leads CMH past Hartford 

HARTFORD – Sophomore forward Dena Dryer had 22 points to lead Catholic Memorial to a 45-37 nonconference victory at Hartford on Tuesday.

Memorial improved to 6-4 overall after outscoring the Orioles 31-26 in the second half.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

If you feed them, they will come!

CMH 7th & 8th Grade Pizza Party 

January 24th 

All 7th & 8th graders are invited to
Catholic Memorial High School 
on Friday January 24, 
for a Pizza Party and 
the CMH Varsity Basketball Game.

Enjoy time socializing with friends 
and meeting future CMH classmates
beginning at 6:45 p.m. 

Following the pizza party, students will be able to attend the Varsity Girls' Basketball game vs. Arrowhead at 7:30 p.m. All for Free! 

Students should check in at 6:45 p.m. in the Learning Commons. Students should be dropped off and picked up at the School's Main Entrance off of College Ave. in the circle drive

"All That Glitters Is Blue & Gold"

CMH will be busting with 
Crusader Pride as we celebrate

"All That Glitters Is Blue & Gold"

Our goal is to raise $175,000 to fund the mission 
to educate, guide and prepare leaders to serve. 

Saturday, March 8, 2014

5:00 pm: Mass
5:30 pm:  Registration, Silent Auction, Cocktails & Hors d'oeuvres
7:00 pm: Dinner and Voice Auction
Dancing to Follow

Sponsorship Opportunities available for our largest fundraising event now!

CMH’s McLeod wins individual title

from today's Waukesha Freeman - 
MILWAUKEE – David McLeod won the 132-pound title as Catholic Memorial finished third in the Milwaukee Lutheran Invitational on Saturday. The tournament is comprised of private schools.

McLeod received a firstround bye, won his quarterfinal by pin in overtime, won his semifinal by pin in 2:41 and won the title match with a 17-5 major decision.

Tyler Schmitt (152), Mikey Wurster (182) and Sam Gromacki (285) each finished second for the Crusaders, and Chris Else (120), John Anderson (138) and Luke Groehler (195) each finished fourth.

Ethan Kennedy (126) and Jack Baranowski (170) each finished fifth for Lake Country Lutheran.

Will Herman finished third at 195 for St. John’s Northwestern.

Monday, January 13, 2014

The need to teach more than just classroom content...

Had cause to be reading articles at USAToday.Com today.  Two articles caught my eye with some quotes pulled out (emphases added):

Traits that can help you beat odds, get hired
Andrea Kay, USA Today

Hiring managers consistently tell me that they can't find other crucial skills, abilities and attributes in candidates. These include good judgment, maturity, common sense, problem solving, clear thinking, initiative and professionalism...

But give the impression — in person, by phone or in correspondence — that you're hard to get along with, can't think on your feet or are unprofessional, and you will get tagged as one of those "unqualified candidates." If they sense you're inflexible, can't tackle problems or are irresponsible, you won't get far...

Expect hiring managers to poke around for clues about who you are. More and more, employers conduct searches on potential employee by viewing social media and other affiliations.

On the Job: Digital natives need these skills to land job
Anita Bruzzese, USA Today

But one of the real values of the program may lie in other skills that it offers participants. Participants do spend time learning about wealth management or commercial banking and credit, but they also learn how to give effective presentations and dress professionally...

"We're really focused on a more well-rounded experience," McLarty says. "We want to teach those soft skills" such as dining etiquette, writing skills and even how to give back to the community...

Based on feedback from participants and from BOK Financial longer-term employees, McLarty has learned that newly minted college graduates need to learn better business writing...

The company's culture focuses on community philanthropy, so mentors encourage the young workers to do community events together.

NB:  I think these are skills and traits that CMH is working hard to pass on to all of our students!

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Class of 2004 Defends Their Crown

Class of 2004 Defends Their Crown

70 alumni participated in the 2013 Alumni Basketball Tournament on Friday, December 27th, with the Class of 2004 defeating 2007/08 to retain their title as reigning champs.  Alumni Director, Monica Fleming, and Tournament Director, Rob Multerer '96, were pleased with the turnout and welcome suggestions for future tournaments (  

Special thanks to the Freshmen Basketball Team for scorekeeping help, Jackie Szajna Gotzler '96 for hospitality help  and  Tom Young '80  for volunteering his time and refereeing expertise.  

Also, special thanks to this year's tournament SPONSORS:

The DeBakker Family -
Milwaukee Broach Company

Mike '79 & Eileen '84 Croal

Bob '77 & Sue '77 Bernhardt -
Bernie's Tap Room

Tom '77 & Mary Beth '77 Gotzler
Save the date for the 2014 Tournament
Friday, December 26, 2014

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

An impromptu invitation

Game watching party!

Princeton basketball (T.J. Bray's, CMH ’10, final college season)
Saturday, January 11th – 5:00pm tip off
                                              Princeton @ Penn
Bernie’s Tap Room
(owned by Bob Bernhardt, CMH  ’77),
located at 351 West Main Street in beautiful downtown Waukesha.

In case you might be looking for something to do Saturday night (Jan. 11th), please join us.  Princeton has started the season playing very well, and TJ has gotten some positive press lately.

A recent article from SLAM Magazine……

Eye Of The Tiger
Point guard TJ Bray is ready to lead Princeton in conference play.

Please extend this invitation to anyone else who may be interested in joining us.  All are welcome!

Last year we had over 75 people join us to watch the game and Princeton won!  Thanks to Bob Bernhardt, and Bernie’s Tap Room, for being such a gracious host to our group.

Have a great week!


Tom Bray
A proud CMH alum and parent

Monday, January 6, 2014


from Saturday's Waukesha Freeman -

Brookfield/CMH 4 
Greendale 2 

Murnane finds way to get it done 
Stars goalie admits his style is ‘unique’
Freeman Correspondent

BROOKFIELD – Steve Chapin has become accustomed to winning the way his team did Friday night.

Senior goaltender J.J. Murnane spent much of his time fighting off shots in front of an army of attackers to lead the Brookfield/ Catholic Memorial co-op boys hockey team to a 4-2 Classic 8 Conference victory over Greendale at The Ponds of Brookfield on Friday.

“J.J.’s been doing that all year,” Chapin said. “He’s the backbone of this whole team and he kept us in the game again tonight.”

Murnane is the first to admit his form isn’t exactly the most picturesque, or even fundamentally sound – but for him and his Stars teammates, it works.

“I’ve always been a little unique,” Murnane said. “I never really had anyone teaching me (the position) growing up, but I’ve always found a way to just stop the puck.”

He did so 27 times Friday, giving his teammates a chance to figure out a way to combat an aggressive Greendale defense early in the first period.

Brookfield/Catholic Memorial had a golden opportunity to take the lead late in the period when Mike Hawthorne unleashed a shot just a few feet in front of the crease. But the puck deflected off the skate of a Greendale defender, bouncing back to junior forward John Rymaszewski, whose onetimer was caught by goaltender Konnor Ondriezek with 2:30 left in the period.

Less than a minute later, the Stars broke through when junior forward Riley Keays took a pass just past the right circle and skated in front of Schultz, beating him glove side for a 1-0 lead with 1:40 remaining.

The Stars went ahead 2-0 midway through the second period on a goal by Robbie Fosdick, and Chapin’s team
began to settle in.

“We were forcing stuff,” Chapin said of the Stars’ early-game struggles. “We seemed to want to take the puck into their defense. We made an adjustment late in the period to let them come to us, create space and try and get an odd-man rush the other way.”

Junior forward Justin Hill was called for interference – the first penalty of the game – with 21.9 seconds left in the second, putting Greendale on the power play. But the Ice Force couldn’t do anything against the Stars’ penaltykill unit.

The Ice Force got on the board when Joey Unrein scored, cutting the deficit to 2-1, with 12:05 remaining in the third.

“He’s a good goalie,” Greendale coach John Kennedy said of Murnane. “You have to get traffic in front of him and you have to take advantage of second- chance opportunities to get him. We were able to do it once, we just don’t
have enough depth to do it often enough.”

Playing shorthanded after Jeremy Campbell was called for a penalty, Brookfield/Catholic Memorial restored the two-goal lead, 3-1, with 4:03 left when Rymaszewski scored on a one-on-one, getting the puck underneath a spread-out Ondriezek.

Still on the power-play, the Ice Force got back with a goal, 3-2, on a power-play goal by defenseman Mitch Hart with 4:03 remaining but again, the Stars answered, this time on Keays’ second score in the game which came with 2:04 left.

“That’s just the way we play,” Chapin said. “We’re not the prettiest team in the world, but we pride ourselves on being able to hunker down and take a beating, but then we strike. That’s our thing.”

Rymaszewski finished with two goals and Fosdick had an assist to go along with his second-period goal. Keays also finished with a goal and an assist for Brookfield/Catholic Memorial, which improved to 8-1-1 overall.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

CMH Rugby Player receives national scholarship

Eileen Lieb, CMHS ’13 (committed to U-Northern Iowa), joins fellow CMH alumni Katie Mueller ’12 (Penn St) and Amanda Pohle ’08 (Marquette) as a recipient of the prestigious Kevin Higgins Scholarship Grant to student–athletes continuing their rugby career in college.
Eileen said that “Playing rugby has also helped me spiritually. Losing four of my brothers, including my twin brother who was born with Down syndrome, was hard on my family and I never did understand why it happened to us. As I struggled with these questions my (CMH) team stood by me. We all shared stories of why we play and I told them I play for my brothers. I have been given life and talent so I must give them something to be proud of. I am determined to live my life to the fullest and reach every potential.” 

For Eileen’s full story, click here.  

For information on the Higgins Scholarship, click here.