Tuesday, April 29, 2014

CMH to get a facelift this summer!

When students return in August, they will see a new look to CMH...

That's right, Catholic Memorial is getting air conditioning. By late summer, everything in CMH, from the steamy auditorium (how nice it will be for the plays and musicals) to the gymnasiums, from the Learning Commons to the math classrooms, will all have AC.

Not only will we "feel" different in school, but the face of the building will get an upgrade. When the original CMH building was erected in 1949, glass block was modern, efficient and eye-catching. While the lower windows were done in the mid-80s, those need efficiency updates and the glass blocks must be removed and replaced with windows.  Imagine how this will offer a facelift to the school’s “curb appeal” from College Avenue.

Some of our CMH lockers are as old as the school itself.  We are going to replace many of them throughout the building.  This will revitalize the hallways of the school.

In cooperation with Carroll University, Waukesha Public Schools, and the Sussex Hamilton School District, a group bid was sought for artificial turf. This means that CMH can finally upgrade the InPro Field in “the Valley”. With this upgrade, our field will be safer for all users; available longer in fall and sooner in spring for phy ed classes; more accessible to our diverse field sports (football, soccer, rugby, and lacrosse); and will certainly be more appealing to our community than the present situation.

All of these exciting upgrades are just the first of many that will be made possible through our Crusading for Excellence campaign. The funds raised through Crusading for Excellence will directly support enhancements to our facilities (in classrooms, the Academic Resource Center, backstage of the theater, and a new Chapel); grow our endowment; and promote student growth and success through academic innovation and faith formation.

Having secured pledges for 75% of the $10M campaign goal, the Crusading for Excellence committee, and the Board of Directors and administration are striving to reach and exceed 100% in the next several months. Your support of this campaign, in the form of time, talent, and treasure, will be essential as CMH grows and innovates so that together we may continue to fulfill our mission, and remain one of the premiere Catholic high schools in Southeast Wisconsin.

To be one of the many volunteers who are needed to assist the Crusading for Excellence campaign, please contact me or Jessica Karis, Development Director.  

 Thank you for your support of the great successes at CMH – past, present, and future!

Our Lady of Memorial, Pray for Us!

Sincerely in Christ,

Fr. Paul

2014 CMH Student Art Show

Monday, April 28, 2014

Crusader's softball tops W West

from Saturday's Waukesha Freeman - 

CMH has big first inning

WAUKESHA – The Catholic Memorial softball team scored 10 runs in the bottom of the first inning en route to a 15-5 victory over Waukesha West in a Classic 8 Conference game Friday.

CMH freshman Steph Rechner led off the first with a home run. She went 2 for 3 with a home run, double,
 three runs scored and an RBI. Junior Mary Kate Sauer and sophomore Hannah Smith each went 2 for 3 with two runs scored and an RBI. Senior Mari Klement led the Crusaders at the plate going 3 for 3 with three RBIs and three runs scored.

Sophomore Claire Lubben pitched all five inning and allowed seven hits, five walks and stuck out four.

2014 CMH Student Art Show

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

CMH Senior, Breanna Aldred, Presidential Scholars Semifinalist


Breanna Aldred, a graduating senior at Catholic Memorial High School in Waukesha, WI, has been named one of 565 semifinalists in the 2014 U.S. Presidential ScholarsProgram. The semifinalists were selected from more than 4,000 candidates on the basis of superior achievements, leadership qualities, personal character, and involvement in community and school activities.

Final selection of the Scholars will be made by the Commission on Presidential Scholars, a group of eminent citizens appointed by the President, and will be announced in May. The Commission will select one young man and one young woman from each state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and U.S. students living abroad; up to 20 students representing the visual, literary and performing arts; and 15 students at-large.

Scholars will be invited to Washington, D.C., in June to receive the U.S. Presidential Scholars medallion at a recognition ceremony and to participate in various activities and events held in their honor.

Semifinalists were chosen by a panel of distinguished educators after a review of students’ essays, self-assessments, descriptions of activities, school recommendations, and school transcripts.

Girls Soccer continues winning ways

from today's Waukesha Freeman -

Cervantes scores three goals to lead Memorial

WHITEWATER – Sophomore Emily Cervantes scored three goals to lead the Catholic Memorial girls soccer team to a 7-1 nonconference victory over Milton at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater on Tuesday.

Sophomore Jo Rolli had two goals for CMH (8-0-0 overall), and junior Nicole Piette and freshman Lauren Lehsten had one goal apiece.

Senior Crissi From had two assists for the Crusaders, who outshot Milton 21-4.

Memorial junior goalkeeper Cassidy Lentz made three saves.

– Freeman Staff

Crusaders in J-S rankings

from JSOnline.Com -

Boys Tennis - Ranked #8 in the area (up from #10) and #4 in Division 2 statewide
Boys Golf - Ranked #2 in the area and #2 in the state
Girls Soccer - Ranked #1 in the area and #1 in the state. 

Also at JSOnline regarding Crusader Girls Soccer:

PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Emily Cervantes, Catholic Memorial. Forget about any sophomore slump for the Crusaders striker. Cervantes helped Memorial start the season 7-0 by scoring 13 goals and giving out five assists. She had all three goals in a huge 3-2 win over Classic 8 Conference rival Arrowhead. The reigning Wisconsin Soccer Coaches Association player of the year, Cervantes tallied 50 goals last season as the Crusaders won their second straight WIAA Division 2 state title.
POLL POSITIONS: Catholic Memorial is the highest-ranked Wisconsin side in the national polls. In the most recent National Soccer Coaches Association of America poll, released April 8, the Crusaders were 14th in the nation and third in the Midwest region. DSHA was eighth in the region. The next NSCAA poll comes out Tuesday. In the Student Sports Fab 50 poll released April 15, Memorial is 27th in the nation and first in the state. DSHA is 47th and second in the state rankings.

Caritas for Easter

Hi Fr. Paul,

Happy Easter. I wanted to share a few pictures with you from our Easter Basket Project for 2014.

A few CMH students helped to assemble the baskets and many CMH families donated to this wonderful service project.

Sara Wolf, Matt Morris, Joey and Tony Balistrieri assembled over 70 baskets. Matt and Tony helped to deliver them.

Have a wonderful day,

Therese Balistrieri

Monday, April 21, 2014

CMH alum, present parent, and wider family profiles by BizTimes.

Congratulations to David Bohrer, CMH '74, for his profile in the BizTimes!

David and all his siblings attended CMH.  Now a new generation, in four families, have, do, or will, attend CMH.

Here is the link to the BizTime.Com column:

Make your office a 'must see' destination

The Last Word

By David Bohrer

Pre-season accolades for Crusader Girls Soccer

Ranked #14 in the country by the National Soccer Coaches Association

Ranked #1, Division 3, in the state by the Wisconsin Soccer Coaches Association

Here is a brief article from Wisconsin Soccer Central:

*The Waukesha Catholic Memorial girls team won all three of its matches on its annual southern trip, extending its unbeaten streak to 36 games (35-0-1). The Crusaders posted a 2-0 victory Saturday over Hilton Head Island, the three-time defending South Carolina High School League Class AAA state champion. Sophomore standout Emily Cervantes scored both goals against the Seahawks (11-2-0), who had their 10-game winning streak snapped. Catholic Memorial also beat Hilton Head Christian 5-0 and Bluffton 7-0, while a scheduled match against Savannah (Ga.) St. Vincent's was rained out. The Crusaders have outscored opponents 175-10 and have posted 28 shutouts in their unbeaten streak, and have allowed more than one goal in a game only once in that span: A 3-2 victory over Hartland Arrowhead on April 10.

CMH Sophomore Emily Cervantes recognized by TopDrawerSoccer.Com as a High School Player of the Week.

Lastly, this past Saturday the Waukesha Freeman profiled CMH alum Leslie Osbourne -

Timing right for Osborne
Former CMH star retires from soccer
By Pat Neumuth, Freeman Staff

 WAUKESHA - Leslie Osborne has retired from her first love.

 The 2001 Catholic Memorial High School graduate announced her retirement from professional soccer March 10.

 She last played with the Chicago Red Stars of the National Women's Soccer League, and she also played on the U.S. National team from 2004 to '08, earning 61 caps.

 Osborne recently talked with The Freeman about her decision to retire from soccer as well as her future endeavors.


A: It was about timing. I felt I was preparing to retire for the last few years, just in terms of other careers that I wanted to pursue. I didn't want to end on an injury. I was going to give it one more shot to make the U.S.

 team and realized that I wasn't going to make this World Cup team. I had a great opportunity that I didn't want to pass up, and I wanted to end on a high.

 The high was playing in my last year in Chicago with my club coach (Rory Dames) and where I started in club soccer close to my family and friends. I knew it was going to be my last game last August, but no one else really did.


A: I'm back at Santa Clara University and I've been working with the athletic director. I want to be an associate athletic director here. I've been working for them learning the ropes, and I am the director of Jerry Smith Coaching for Life Skills Academy that is starting this summer. He was my college coach, and he's a mentor of mine. It's a program about leadership skills on and off the field. I will help him launch that program while I work with the athletic directors, because that's ultimately what I want to do here.


A: I started in January. They hired me for three months to make sure this was the decision and path that I wanted to go down.


A: Yeah, it's pretty amazing.

 We've got a new athletic director and a lot of new faces yet it feels very similar to when I was here. I love the Bay Area, Silicon Valley. I love living here, and I knew I'd come back here. I knew I didn't want to coach. They've been trying to get me back here, and it kind of worked out for both parties. 


A:  No, I don't. I love to coach but there are just other things that I'd like to do, so the way I'm involved is helping with recruits. I do some of their fundraising and speaking engagements. I'm around the girls, but not on the field as a coach. 


Q: I'm still doing that as well. Santa Clara encourages me to still do that, so I will hopefully be doing the Women's World Cup next year and some of their qualifying games this fall. 


A: I did the U17 (games) in November and U20s in January, then I did the full (national) team at the end of January. It's cool to do those kinds of games when I used to be the player at their age. I know the U.S. system very well and a lot of the players. To have a lot of my former teammates on there and good friends, it's fun to do stuff like that. 


A: Yeah. That's probably why they want me to do those games, because they will talk to me. 


A: Oh yeah. John Burke and I are still very close. Every time I come home I speak to the women's team. I usually watch a session every Christmas and when I come home in the spring - because I've been inducted into a couple of hall of fames - I've been able to watch the team play. My parents keep me up to date on everything. John and his family are really close, so that's a relationship I really value a lot as a mentor and everything. 


A: It was a special experience for me on and off the field as an athlete and a student at Catholic Memorial. They helped me a lot in my development getting a full ride to a D1, top school. To know that program has stayed that consistent, the impact I made along with the coaches and people that continue to make an impact makes it a special place and a special thing. I'd still like to stay involved as much as I can. It was a very important stepping stone in my journey. 


A: (Laugh). We will see. I did a lot of the modeling and fashion stuff when I was playing. Now that I'm retired, I don't know how much of that stuff I'll do. I'm still an ambassador for Puma. I'll still do stuff for them, but as for walking the runaway, I'm not sure. That will be at more of a fun gala functions. 


A: My boyfriend (Ricky Lewis) just transferred from London, England, to the Bay Area, so that's part of the reason the timing was right. Yeah. I'm ready to take that next step and settle down a bit. My life has been really crazy playing professionally for the last nine years. I'm looking forward to settling down.  


A: No, not at all. (More laughing). 

You can see the two photos described below in the Freeman today.
Catholic Memorial High School graduate Leslie Osborne, No. 12, played in the 2007 World Cup with the U.S. national team.

Leslie Osborne, right, spent the last season playing professionally with the Chicago Red Stars of the National Women's Soccer League. She announced her retirement from professional soccer in March. 

Monday, April 14, 2014

CMH at Palm Sunday Mass

From: John Burke
Date: April 13, 2014
To: Fr. Paul Hartmann
Subject: CMH at Palm Sunday Mass

A day after beating the #1-ranked team in South Carolina, CMH Varsity soccer players celebrate Palm Sunday Mass at Holy Family Catholic Church on Hilton Head Island.

Coach John Burke

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Quote of the day

From a CMH faculty chaperone:
Just wanted to pass on comments the bus driver made to me today after driving our kids  to MSOE for the field trip.
He said“You have the greatest kids. They are respectful, and they don’t trash the bus. We really like driving your kids”

Great refection of the Memorial Way.

Freeman Tennis Preview

from today's Waukesha Freeman -

BOYS TENNIS PREVIEW: Catholic Memorial

Crusaders relying on experience 
CMH returns six letterwinners
Freeman Staff 

WAUKESHA – Most coaches will take quality over quantity.

Catholic Memorial High School boys tennis coach Carl Veenendaal is no exception.

And when Veenendaal overlooks his 2014 roster, he likes the quality it has.

The Crusaders have six letterwinners back from last season’s team, which finished second in Classic 8 Conference duals and conference tournament.

“I’m grateful for the guys we have,” Veenendaal said. “We’ll try to make a run at the (conference) title. Arrowhead is always so deep. A school (with that many) students
 has a lot of players to choose from. We’ll see.”

CMH’s veterans are seniors Mike Mirsberger,
 Joseph Diedrich and Jon Rymer; junior Christian Erickson and sophomores Tommy Matoska and Matt Murphy. 

Mirsberger finished second in the conference tournament at No. 2 singles, and he teamed up with his brother, 2013 graduate Matt Mirsberger, for a secondplace doubles finish in the WIAA Division 2 state tournament. The duo finished third in the state tourney in 2012.

Matoska placed second at No. 3 singles in the Classic 8 tourney and captured fourth in the state tournament as a freshman.

“Mike Mirsberger will play first or second singles, and Tommy Matoska will play the other spot in our conference lineup,” Veenendaal said. “For state, they’ll be our first doubles team.”

Murphy and 2013 grad Trevor Norton placed second in the conference tourney at No. 3 doubles in 2013. Diedrich and 2013 grad Joe Gagliano finished third at No. 1 doubles, and Rymer competed at second doubles last season.

Among the Crusaders’ varsity newcomers is freshman Andrew Diderich, Joe’s younger brother.

Veenendaal was impressed with his team leaders’ commitment to the sport during the offseason.

“Mike Mirsberger is our captain,” Veenendaal said. “He and Tommy Matoska and the Diedrich brothers know each others’ games well and have put a lot of time into their games.”

The coach is in the process of constructing his lineup.

Andrew Diedrich, a freshman, will most likely play first doubles with his brother, Joe, in our conference lineup,” Veenendaal said. “Jon Rymer, who played second doubles, and Matt Murphy, who played third doubles last season, will possibly be our second doubles team in the conference.

“Christian Erickson will probably play third singles in the Classic 8 and first singles in the tournament.

“Our third doubles and fourth singles are still to be determined.”

Veenendaal believes defending champion Arrowhead and his CMH team are the conference favorites. He also thinks that high school golf could be in jeopardy.

“We only have seven JV players,” Veenendaal said. “I think the recession is catching up to tennis. To play tennis year-round takes money. It’s an expensive sport to play.

“Also, there are so many sports to play in the spring. With the other sports and the academic challenges Catholic Memorial provides, it’s a tough environment to succeed at both. We’re also the smallest school and the only Division 2 school in the Classic 8, and it’s hard to compete.

“Our kids have done it, but it’s getting tougher. Our overall numbers are dwindling.”

Veenendaal said the Crusaders should be proud of what they have accomplished on and off the court.

“We’ve had a lot of kids come through our program who have been really dedicated to the sport,” he said. “A lot of them are in international baccalaureate and advanced placement classes.

“I try to have good, hard practices, because you’ve got to put the time in to be good. But the guys have to get home and eat and do their homework. Academics have always come first at Catholic Memorial.”

Photo: Catholic Memorial’s Joe Diedrich was part of the Crusaders’ No. 1 doubles team that finished third in last year’s Classic 8 Conference tournament. Freeman file photo 

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Boys Tennis dim the Stars

from today's Waukesha Freeman -


CMH tops North 

WAUKESHA – The Catholic Memorial High School boys tennis team swept doubles play in beating Waukesha North 6-1 in a Classic 8 Conference dual Tuesday.

Andrew Diedrich and Joe Diedrich won 6-3, 6-1 at No. 1 doubles for the Crusaders, Jon Rymer and Matt Murphy won 6-3, 6-3 at No. 2 and Luke Whalen and Sawyer Cartwright won 6-4, 6-4 at No. 3.

Memorial’s Mike Mirsberger won 6-0, 6-0 at No. 1 singles, Tommy Matoska won 6-0, 6-0 at No. 2 and Christian Erickson won 6-1, 6-0 at No. 3.

Ben Bue won 6-4, 6-4 at No. 4 singles for the Northstars.


A follow-up message from Crusader Tennis coach, Carl Veenendaal:


Just an FYI, due to our JV numbers being down, our JV team had to play back to back to back matches last night.  CMH has 10 JV players, North has 30 plus.  CMH had two varsity players (Mike Mirsberger and Tommy Matoska) step up and offer to play a JV team from North in order that they would get to play.  This was AFTER an hour long delay due to rain and after their hour long varsity match.  They finished right around 7:00 pm.


Girls Soccer outshines Stars

from today's Waukesha Freeman - 

Wauk. North 0 

Crusaders battle past Northstars 
CMH improves to 3-0 this season
Freeman Correspondent 

WAUKESHA – Tuesday probably wasn’t the best day for team photos.

On the other hand, the school photographer shouldn’t have any trouble getting the Catholic Memorial High School girls soccer team to smile.

With a little makeup and a lot of laundry detergent, the Crusaders will be smiling all day following a 30 victory Tuesday over Waukesha North in the Classic 8 Conference opener at North.

Junior Nicole Piette, freshman Lauren Lehsten and sophomore Emily Cervantes each scored as Memorial improved to 3-0 overall and 1-0 in conference play.

“Waukesha North comes with great intensity and they are a tough team to play,” CMH coach John Burke said. “They’ll never give you an easy game. It was a battle out there. In no way was it dirty at all, but North was very aggressive and they were trying to contain some
 very talented players.”

“We all had muddy knees tonight – not to mention some bumps and bruises,” Piette said. “I love playing Classic 8 teams because it’s always such a high level of competition. Every game is going to be really difficult no matter who you play.”

Crossbars were a goalkeepers’ best friend early when both teams had shots ricochet off the bar.

North’s chance came in the seventh minute when a corner kick resulted in a shot hitting the crossbar above the head of CMH junior keeper Cassidy Lentz, while Cervantes knocked a shot off the bar above North senior keeper Emily Senger in the 15th minute.

Memorial took the 1-0 lead at the 23:42 mark when Piette sliced through the Northstars defense and scored after a ball from Cervantes.

“It was exactly what coach (Burke) said would happen in this game,” Piette said. “He told me to just cut behind the defense, and that’s exactly what happened. I got a fantastic ball from Emily and I was able to bring it down and finish.”

“We were really trying to feature Nicole by having her to stay wide in the attack,” Burke said. “Jo Rolli
 and Emily Cervantes draw so much attention. As good as Nicole looked tonight, in a month she’s going to be unstoppable.” 

In the 28th minute, North’s defense failed to clear a ball from in front of the net and Lehsten was on the spot to poke the ball past Senger for a 2-0 lead.

“We had some breakdowns in the back that were disappointing,” said North coach Jeff Worzella, whose team leveled off at 2-2 overall. “I thought we should have done better. We kept fighting but really struggled with building our attack, and that kept the pressure on the defense. We just made two early season mistakes that I’m expecting to get cleaned up real soon.”

Later in the half, Cervantes was taken down near the end line. Instead of getting right up, Cervantes stayed down for several minutes.

“We were all kind of nervous,” Piette said. “If anyone goes down on our team, we’ll all be nervous. My main thought was, ‘Is she OK?’ I didn’t want her to be hurt. Thankfully, she got up.”

Cervantes returned later in the first half.

North wasn’t as lucky.

In the 50th minute, North sophomore forward Ana Portz went down – and stayed down – with a leg injury. Portz had to be helped off the field and carted off afterward. Worzella was unsure the extent of her injury.

When Rolli, a sophomore, was fouled in the box at the 58:36 mark, Cervantes was called on for the penalty kick – and she delivered.

“I said this year we’re not going to go undefeated again – we’re going to lose a game or two and that’s going to be good for us,” Burke said. “But it wasn’t tonight.”

Monday, April 7, 2014

JSOnline Girls Soccer Preview

From JSOnline.Com - Girls soccer preview

Memorial star always in attack mode

Cervantes plans to add more to offensive arsenal

By Mark Feldman, Special to the Journal Sentinel
Catholic Memorial's Emily Cervantes (left) scored 50 goals last season in her freshman season. Photo by Gary Porter

Catholic Memorial sophomore Emily Cervantes has a few words of warning for the swarms of defenders preparing to stop her this soccer season: She is coming after you.


"I didn't pressure defenders as much as I could have last year, and I plan on doing that more this year," said Cervantes, who was named the Wisconsin Soccer Coaches Association player of the year as a freshman in 2013. "I'm ready for more physical battles this year. Actually, those are the things that make this game fun."


Gleefully seeking out contact is the last thing area defenders probably need from Cervantes. She exploded on the soccer scene last season, scoring 50 goals and leading the Crusaders to a 23-0-1 record and their second straight WIAA Division 2 state championship.


Last year Catholic Memorial coach John Burke compared her to former Crusaders and U.S. national team star Leslie Osborne — an equation that rose eyebrows and bred skepticism.


Smirks of overhype melted into realizations — usually from coaches who lost to the Crusaders — that Cervantes truly could be a once-in-a-decade talent.


"She's legit," Whitefish Bay coach Robert Williams said after he watched Cervantes navigate three-quarters of the field and score a game-tying goal last season.


"She plays at such a high level," Waukesha North coach Jeff Worzella said. "She is as effective off the ball and she is on it."


The young forward herself hears the noise but simply chugs it down as fuel.


"I use that as motivation to get better. I just need to show people what I can do on the field," she said. "I put a lot of pressure on myself. I want to be someone who people are proud of, and to be the best teammate I can be."


For his part, Burke is befuddled by anyone still questioning Cervantes' skill.


"People who are underachievers tear down those who are performing instead of spending time getting better," Burke said. "There will always be people who try to diminish what you do. Emily uses detractors as fuel. It's simple: She brings a creativity to the field that is truly special."


Cervantes knows teams will load up with two, three perhaps even four defenders to stop her.

"I think teams will put more people on me," she said. "When that happens, I need to stay positive and get more assists. I can't frustrated."


"I see Emily becoming a leader this season, a player who helps other players take control of the game," Burke said. "Her scoring is obvious, but she also distributes the ball beautifully. Her teammates love that. They have all been on the other end of a great pass from Emily."


Against Classic 8 rival Kettle Moraine last season, the Lasers were determined to shut down Cervantes. Late in the match, surrounded by three defenders, Cervantes uncorked a pitch-wide pass to a wide-open Carina Krausert. She scored for a 1-0 Crusaders win.


"It was the same with Leslie Osborne," said Burke, making the comparison again. "Teams loaded up to stop her and she would have five assists. She loved it."


With Cervantes, the Crusaders appear to have all the pieces in place to win a third straight state championship and a fourth in the last five years. Cervantes, sophomore forward Jo Rolli, junior Nicole Piette andsenior midfielder Cristina From give the Crusaders a dynamic offense.


Senior defender Tori Hodorowski anchors a solid back line, and junior goalkeeper Cassidy Lentz posted 12 shutouts last season, including in both state tournament matches.


Memorial also plays a tough schedule that includes several Division 1 sides, a quality Chicago-area team, and the defending South Carolina state champion on a spring break trip later this month.


"Being undefeated took us by surprise last season," Burke said. "We design our schedule to maybe have some losses and learn how to deal with those losses. Losses can create urgency."


Winning a third title in a row — something that Memorial has never done — doesn't hold much weight with Burke. Instead he takes more pride in the Crusaders' two decades of success: 405 wins and 10 state titles.


"It's the longevity and the consistency. Long-term success is the real test of a program," Burke said. "The players here in the past two decades have put together a breathtaking record."


Sunday, April 6, 2014

Rugby's second season opens

from Crusader Rugby coach, John Waliszewski -
The Catholic Memorial girls rugby teams kicked off their spring season with three matches Saturday afternoon.
The JV team played Brookfield in two shortened matches.  Freshman Nina Sjogren had a wonderful pair of matches, scoring twice for CMH.
The varsity played Armstrong, MN, three-time state champion, and ranked #9 in the USA.  While only a pre-seaosn scrimmage, the Crusaders won 46-5 to start the season on a good note.  In addition to strong leadership from a host of talented seniors and junors, two Sophomores stepped up in their contributions as Ellie Metz and Meaghan Schmitt each scored well-earned tries.     

Next up for the Crusaders is the St Louis Ruggerfest, as they renew their annual match against Brighton, Tennessee and Broken Arrow High School out of Oklahoma.  See you there!

Saturday, April 5, 2014

CMH Alum recognized for investigative journalism

Dear Father Hartmann,

I thought you'd like to know that one of my classmates from the CMH class of 1989 was honored for her work in investigative journalism.  Karen Coates (and her husband Jerry Redfern, a photojournalist) have worked for many years to expose the consequences of undetonated bombs from the Vietnam era on the people of Laos and the surrounding region.
Their most recent book, The Eternal Harvest, was just named a finalist in the Investigative Reporters and Editors' Book Award.

Angie Wenger
Class of '89
Mother of Nick - Class of '17

From Amazon.Com - Karen Coates and Jerry Redfern spent more than seven years traveling in Laos, talking to farmers, scrap-metal hunters, people who make and use tools from UXO, people who hunt for death beneath the earth and render it harmless. With their words and photographs, they reveal the beauty of Laos, the strength of Laotians, and the commitment of bomb-disposal teams. People take precedence in this account, which is deeply personal without ever becoming a polemic.

PREP PREVIEW - Crusader Girls Soccer

from today's Waukesha Freeman -
Catholic Memorial Crusaders reloading   
CMH returns eight starters
Freeman Staff

WAUKESHA – The reloading has taken place.

The targets have been positioned.

The firing begins soon.

The Catholic Memorial High School girls soccer team is taking aim at its fifth Classic 8 Conference championship in seven seasons and its fourth WIAA Division 2 state title in five years.

The Crusaders return 15 letter winners – including eight starters – from a 2013 contingent that capped a 23-0-1 campaign by defeating Mount Horeb 3-0 in the state title match.

In keeping with tradition, the Crusaders are setting their sights high both on and off the field.

“Our goals are to win our 10th state championship and serve well children with special needs during the 11th season of our TOPSoccer program,” said John Burke, who carries a 405-45-31 record into his 20th season as CMH’s head coach.

Burke likes the leadership he has seen from his team during the offseason and early practice sessions in the gym.

“Cristina From leads by example with a tremendous work rate,” Burke said. “Tori Hodorowski leads with a willingness to serve the team selflessly. Jessica Hyde leads by uniting the team with her indefatigable positive attitude.”

From, a senior midfielder, was a second-team All-Classic 8 selection last season. Hodorowski, also a second- team all-conference choice in 2013, is a senior defender, while Hyde is a senior defender/midfielder.

The Crusaders’ other returning letter winners are juniors Cassidy Lentz (goalkeeper), Haley Lange (defender), Kerri Jo Mark (forward), Rachel Mlsna (defender) and Nicole
Piette (forward/midfielder); and sophomores Jo Rolli (forward/midfielder), Kelsey O’Brien (midfielder), Alex Brittain (defender), Aleesa Medina (midfielder), Emily Cervantes (forward), Maureen Burke (midfielder/forward) and Riley Christensen.

Cervantes was a first-team all-conference pick last season, when she led the team with 50 goals. Two of those came in the 2013 state title match.

Lentz was also a first-team all-conference selection, while Piette received honorable mention.

When asked to identify his team’s strength, Burke responded, “Tactical
understanding – we have an intelligent group of girls with an average GPA of 3.74.”

The Crusaders lost a talented graduating class including Anna Jurken, who is playing at Marquette University; Carina Krausert, who is competing for UW-Whitewater; Ava Olson, who is continuing her career at St. Olaf College; and Haley Anderson, who is playing for MSOE. Jurken and Krausert were first-team all-conference choices.

CMH went 7-0 in winning the Classic championship last season, but Burke expects the conference race to be as competitive
as usual. “Seven of the eight teams in the Classic 8 are highly competitive and are capable of beating any of the other teams,” Burke said.


CMH again hosts Fire Police Basketball Game

WAUKESHA – Above,Waukesha police officer Dave Gawrish takes a shot during the 2014 Police and Fire Basketball Challenge Friday evening at Catholic Memorial High School. The Enforcers of the Police Department beat the Firefighters 66-64 in the game, which raised money for Brookfield Police Lt. Tom Vento, who is in a long-term battle with cancer, and the Wisconsin Alliance for Fire Safety’s summer camp for burn-injured youths at Camp Timberlee in East Troy. Below, Firefighter John Herrera is fouled by police officer Tyler Lusman during the game. Photos by Charles Auer/ Freeman Staff 

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

CMH Seniors Leave on Retreat

Today, the CMH senior class left for Senior Retreat.  Considered by most alums as a, if not "the", highpoint of their time at CMH.

The day starts with an all school mass where the reflections center on the encounter of Jesus on the Road to Emmaus.  Underclassman pray for the seniors, and the goals of a retreat are expressed to all, whether they are seniors going on retreat, or underclassmen.

At the end of mass the senior class receives a special blessing, introduced to them by our principal, Dr. Hall.  The blessing is based on the Church's "Prayers for Pilgrims".

Having already checked in back at school, the seniors process out of mass straight to the buses.

This will be the 34th consecutive class to go to Camp Chi, the Perlstein Camp and Center in Lake Delton.  

Please pray for the CMH Class of 2014 over the next three very important days!
Our Lady of Memorial, pray for us!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Learning about Wildlife in need

Environmental Science at Wildlife In Need Center (WINC) on March 26, 2014. The students attended the educational program that is usually held at Catholic Memorial at WINC this year. The program involves a slide show discussing the reasons why an animal would be a patient at WINC (both human and natural causes), how they can help injured or displaced wildlife, and the opportunities available to student volunteers and possible internships for those who would be pursuing a major in wildlife conservation. After the slide show, the students get to meet the educational ambassadors of WINC and how they came to call WINC “home”.  There is also a strong emphasis on keeping nature IN nature and not keeping a wild animal as a pet.

The students brought an in kind donation to WINC of cleaning supplies, paper towels, and garbage bags. This year a student donated a fake ficus tree for the patients to use as they transition into the outdoor flight enclosures. 

Pictured (left to right): back row: Mitchell Urich, Ryan Sickels, Kory Mueller, Mari Klement, Jessica Hurtgen

Middle row: Morgan Loppnow, Tyler Schmitt, Alex Dodd, Miranda Bargielski, Ben Karczewski, Andrew Kohler

Front row: Mrs. Schmalz, Kelsey Wort, Mitchell Matyas, Ms. Borgen, and Ciara Schwindt