Saturday, May 31, 2014

Crusaders tame the Warhawks

from today's Waukesha Freeman -

Rechner Leads CMH past Arrowhead

WAUKESHA – Matt Rechner had four hits and five RBIs in helping the Catholic Memorial High School baseball team beat Arrowhead 13-2 in a Classic 8 Conference game Friday.

Cameron Krausert added three hits and two RBIs for the Crusaders, and Jake Shomin also had two RBIs.

Krausert threw all seven innings, striking out three and scattering five hits.

Boys Tennis Seedings Announced

excerpted from today's Waukesha Freeman -

Catholic Memorial’s Mike Mirsberger, the Classic 8 singles champion, and Tommy Matoska are the top-seeded doubles team in Division 2, and Brookfield Academy’s Danny Trunzo and Adil Bhatia are seeded sixth. Academy’s Michael Rajchel and Jason Tan are also competing in doubles.

Competing in Division 2 singles are Will Conley from Brookfield Academy and Christian Erickson from Catholic Memorial.

– Freeman Staff

Friday, May 30, 2014

Tennis Doubles Team moves to next level

from today's Waukesha Freeman - 

CMH No. 1 doubles sectional champions 

BROWN DEER – Catholic Memorial senior Mike Mirsberger and sophomore Tommy Matoska claimed first in Flight 1 doubles during the Brown Deer Sectional on Thursday, running their season record to 19-0 and qualifying for the Division 2 state tourney.

University School-Milwaukee won the sectional with 21 points.

– Freeman Staff

Swinging the Shirts off

from today's Waukesha Freeman -


CMH 13
Waukesha South 5

CMH’s top hitters do damage against South
1-2-3 batters collect seven of 14 Crusader hits

By Tom Badger, Freeman Correspondent 

WAUKESHA – Don’t change a thing.

That’s the message the Catholic Memorial High School boys baseball team sent their coach Tuesday night following a 13-5 Classic 8 Conference victory over Waukesha South.

CMH turned 14 hits into 13 runs to pull away at the end.

With the win, Memorial improved to 2-0 in Classic 8 play, 2-1 overall.

Prior to the game, CMH coach Tim Gotzler said he’s been fiddling around with the batting order.

“Tonight we wanted to mix it up a bit and put some of our hotter guys
 in the front of the order so they get more at bats,” Gotzler said. “In a high school season that’s so short, you have to play the hot hand.”

The hot hand belonged to CMH seniors Cameron Krausert, Jake Shomin and Matt Rechner, who were 1-2-3 in the line up and collected seven of the team’s 14 hits. A double by Krausert and single by Shomin sparked a four-run first inning against South junior Cannon Cooley.

“Our guys got on a really good pitcher today,” CMH senior catcher Jake Shomin said. “I’m guessing that we’re going to stick with it. It starts in (batting practice). Our goal was to jump on him early, get him down and hopefully get a lead.”

South battled back and eventually tied the game at four in the bottom of the second. Senior Tanner Hill delivered a two-out, two-run single down the left field line scoring junior Eric Ehrhardt and sophomore Charlie Ho with the tying run.

From there, Memorial starter Eric Brown settled down and kept South from scoring until the bottom of the sixth. A key unassisted double play by sophomore shortstop Kabe Stucker got the Crusaders out of a jam in the fourth.

“You can’t let early mistakes get you rattled so I just had to bear down and focus in,” said Brown, who was starting for the first time on varsity. “I just tried to mix things
 up and keep them guessing. I knew my team had my back and they were going to come up big for me later on.”

Brown was right.

After Krausert, senior Teddy Sibilsky – Shomin’s courtesy runner – and Rechner scored runs in the fourth, Memorial added two more in the fifth and four more in the sixth. A triple by Shomin and a two-run single by senior Chandler North put the game away.

“When we put up a big number on offense, we always talk about putting up a zero on defense,” Shomin said. “Making big plays like that double play is always a key toward reaching that goal.”

“Hitting is contagious,” Gotzler said. “We continued to have good at
 bats throughout the night. Baseball is such a game of momentum, especially at the high school level.” 

CMH senior Matthew Schulze finished up on the mound in the seventh.

With the loss, South dropped to 1-2 in league action, 1-3 overall.

“This was the first rough outing that I can remember Cannon having in three years,” South coach Marc Montez said. “As a pitcher, you are just going to have those days. You have to look past it and move on.”

South collected nine hits and battled right to the final out.

“Our mental toughness in playing a full seven inning game is showing up right now,” Montez said. “On offense, we the ball real hard and had line drives right at people – even up to our last out.”

With the bases loaded and two outs, Ho sent a long fly ball to deep left center that Krausert hauled in just in front of the fence.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

3 Crusaders Sign Letters for College Rugby

Three girls rugby standouts from the class of 2014 signed letters of intent to play collegiately next school year.

Julie Else, '14, signed her letter of intent to play at Norwich University, the oldest Military Academy in the United States.  Julie has represented the Philippines in Olympic 7’s rugby at events in India and the Philippines.   Norwich is the reigning ACRA 15’s D1 National Champion and ACRA 7’s D1 National Champions.

Rebecca Haight ’14, signed a national letter of intent to play under athletic scholarship for Quinnipiac University.  She joins fellow graduate, Maggie Wesolowski, ’14 (below), who signed in April, as the second scholarship rugby player from this year’s CMH senior class to join the Connecticut school and rugby powerhouse.

In addition, Else and Haight will compete at the USA Rugby All-American camp in July.

Also, senior Molly Langhenry has decided to attend and play rugby for Division I Midwest Championships and top-ten ranked Northern Iowa.  She will join former WGR alumni Eileen Lieb (CMH), Talia Tallasquia (KM), and Kaisee Weissmueller (Brookfield) at UNI.  

Freeman Crusader Sports Updates

from today's Waukesha Freeman - 

CMH girls win Division 2 regional 

MILWAUKEE – Catholic Memorial High School girls track and field team won three relays in winning the WIAA Division 2 Wisconsin Lutheran Regional on Tuesday.

The Crusaders won the 4x100 meter relay (50.11 seconds), 4x200 (1:47.1) and 4x400 (4:08.92) and also ran the 4x800 relay second (11:31.82) to beat runner-up St. Thomas More 136-128.

Madeline Davis won the 100 hurdles in 15.67 for CMH, Erin Jaynes won the 100 in 12.84, Maddy Rondeau won the 200 in 27.36 and Kate Mrochinski won the 800 in 2:30.95.

The CMH boys finished second to Kenosha St. Joseph, 116.5-113.

Joe Novak won the 800 in 2:00.33 and the 1,600 in 4:52.7. The Crusaders also won the 4x400 relay (3:31.12) and 4x800 relay (8:40.75).

Memorial dominates Division 2 competition 

FORT ATKINSON – The Catholic Memorial High School boys golf team blew away the field in winning a WIAA Division 2 regional at Koshkonong Mounds Country Club on Tuesday.

Led by a medalist tie between sophomore Mike Immekus and senior Dylan Allen, the Crusaders scored 311 to easily outpace runnerup Brookfield Academy’s 345.

Immekus and Allen each shot 75 to share medalist honors, while senior Conor Farrell was third at 78 for the defending Division 2 state champions. Senior Joel Stanislawski was sixth with 83 and junior Tyler King seventh with 84.

Academy senior Liam McCarty tied for fourth with an 80 in helping the Blue Knights advance to the sectonal
 level as the top four teams move on. Senior Daniel Romero tied for ninth at 86, senior Sean Clarey was 11th with an 87 and senior Troy Zimmerman tied for 15th at 92.

Palmyra-Eagle freshman Devin Wilde and sophomore Izaac Neubauer moved on to the sectional level as individuals, as the top four golfers not on a qualifying team advance. Wilde was eighth with an 85, and Neubauer tied for 12th at 88.

Academy atop subsectional

JACKSON – Brookfield Academy posted the top score in Tuesday’s WIAA Division 2 subsectional at Pleasant Valley Tennis Center on Tuesday.

The Blue Knights scored 24 points, while University School of Milwaukee scored 22. The points will carry over into the sectional level to determine the team champion – and who advanced to the state team tournament.

Academy advanced all seven flights to the sectional: junior Will Conley at No. 1 singles, senior Ajay Doniparthi at No. 2, freshman Anish Singhal at No. 3 and junior Byran Ersoy at No. 4, senior Danny Trunzo and sophomore Adil Bhatia at No. 1 doubles, sophomore Michale Rajchel and freshman Jason Tan at No. 2 and senior Max Drescher and sophomore Bryan Geenan at No. 3.

Catholic Memorial junior Christian Erickson advanced at No. 1 singles, senior Mike Mirsberger and sophomore Tommy Matoska advanced at No. 1 doubles and senior Jon Rymer and junior Matt Murphy advanced at No. 3.

Cervantes scores four goals in CMH victory

MUKWONAGO – Sophomore forward Emily Cervantes scored four goals in leading Catholic Memorial to a 4-0 Classic 8 triumph over Mukwonago on Tuesday.

Cervantes tallied the first goal at 10 minutes, 25 seconds on an assist by freshman forward Lauren Lehsten. She scored the second on an assist by sophomore forward Jo Rolli at 41:26, then scored unassisted at 45:15 before adding the final goal on an assist by sophomore midfielder Mo Burke at 57:38.

CMH got five saves from junior Anna Briscoe and one from junior Cassidy Lentz.

The Crusaders emerged at 5-2 in the Classic 8 and 17-2 overall. The Indians are 2-5 in the conference and 10-7-2 overall.

– Freeman Staff

Coach Wally recaps Rugby Nationals

from CMH Girls Rugby Coach John Waliszewski - 

Last weekend the girls rugby team took on the challenge of competing against the other best teams from around the U.S.A.  It’s always a special mix of style and teams.  One of the highlights for the Lady Crusaders was their first-ever match against a mostly Polynesian American girls team from Danville, California.

Four Memorial girls, all under 100lbs, faced off in the CMH front row from left to right: Elli Metz, Myra Dillett, Julie Else, and, and Becky Calhoun, with their teammates in arms behind them.

The Danville Lady Oaks began the match with a “Haka” just prior to kickoff.  A traditional form of Polynesian war-dance, it is a a warrior’s challenge, but also a sign of respect and a great honor for an opponent to face up against a Haka.

Danville’s Haka was led by their senor Cpt., #9 Fina Toeta.  She squared off against fellow High School All-American Julie Else, in a contrast of styles and strengths.

Of course, in keeping with true rugby tradition, all the girls from both teams fast became friends immediately following one of the best matches ever played by Memorial, and what Dartmouth University women’s coach called “the most exciting game of the tournament.”

Pictures courtesy of Tony Richardson.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Freeman Graduation Coverage

from today's Waukesha Freeman -

Catholic Memorial High graduates 175 in Class of 2014

Freeman Staff

WAUKESHA – Catholic Memorial High School’s Class of 2014 was greeted by a brilliant, sunlit day at the conclusion of Sunday’s commencement ceremony. It was the kind of day that befit all of the glowing words said of the class earlier in the celebration.

Early on, the Very Rev. Paul Hartmann, CMH president, assured students that they will “have a place to fill in the world.”

Of the 175 students who graduated on Sunday, 94.9 percent of them plan to attend a four-year college or university, said CMH English teacher and theater director Tom New. Those institutions range from Saint Louis University to Clemson University to the Savannah College of Art and Design to the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Small percentages of graduates will attend twoyear or technical colleges, enlist in the military, enter the workforce or have yet to decide about their futures.

As a whole, the class was awarded more than $12 million in scholarships, garnering nearly $70,000 per student, which is CMH’s highest total ever.

Successes and missed steps

Salutatorian Alexa Jaeger talked about how she and her classmates have learned from their successes, but also from their missteps – which have included missed steps.

“Personally, one of the things that I feared most entering high school was tripping on the stairs,” she said. “I had this traumatic mental image of just faceplanting on the staircase, dropping all my books and being laughed at by the students. That I’d be so embarrassed that I would just crawl into a cave and hide from society for the rest of my life.”

Despite her friends and family assuring her this would never happen, Jaeger said it did happen. Often.

And, the first time it happened wasn’t as terrifying as she’d imagined.

“Walking on the stairs, I missed the next step,” she recalled. “This was it, the moment I’d dreaded for so long.”

People laughed, she said, just as she expected they would. But, something unexpected happened.

“I laughed too,” Jaeger said. “Then I got back up and kept walking. I did not feel so embarrassed that I had to become a hermit. Surprisingly, life moved on.”

Valedictorian Marisa
 Ulrich’s speech also highlighted those pesky stairs, as well as not “sweating the small stuff” or “letting fear stand in your way.”

“We’ve all fallen down the stairs a time or two here at Catholic Memorial, both literally and figuratively,” she said.

The literal falls are a lesson that there are more important things to worry about, Ulrich said.


Catholic Memorial graduate Diane Heighway (center) is swarmed by her fellow graduates. 
All photos -  Josh Perttunen/Freeman Staff

Joe Diedrich and Edward Dillett (foreground) lock hands with their fellow graduates during the Mass that preceded Catholic Memorial High School’s commencement ceremony on Sunday.

Catholic Memorial senior Tyler Agnew is the first of 175 graduates to receive his diploma as the Class of 2014’s ceremony begins.

CMH graduating senior Becky Calhoun offers Communion moments before the Sunday Mass transitions into the Class of 2014’s graduation ceremony.

Freeman Baseball Preview - Crusaders

from today's Waukesha Freeman -


Shomin a vital part of Crusaders’ success 
Senior was all-state honoree last year

Freeman Staff

WAUKESHA – Jake Shomin will play a large role this season.

If the Catholic Memorial High School baseball team is going to get to the top of the Classic 8, the senior is definitely good place to start.

He is the team‘s starting catcher this season after receiving honorable mention all-state honors last year.

CMH coach Tim Gotzler lets Shomin call the game for the day’s starting pitcher, giving the coach one less thing to worry about.

“As a former pitcher, I want to make sure the pitcher and catcher are on the same page,” Gotzler said. “I want them
 to have confidence in each other and get to know each other to have that chemistry. (Shomin) is a smart kid and knows the game. He understands the approach.” 

A key reason why Shomin can call such a good game is he is a pitcher as well. Shomin will mostly pitch in relief because Gotzler wants him to be the regular catcher.

Offensively, Shomin will be a middle-of-the-order hitter, as he hit over .400 last season. Shomin has the ability to drive the gap, but he is also a really good contact hitter.

Senior outfielder Zach Friedl hit leadoff of the Crusaders and was honorable mention all-conference last year.

“He’s a high on-base guy and he can create a little havoc on the bases as well,” Gotzler said. “He tracks balls well and is just extremely athletic out there.”

Senior second baseman David McLeod is another returning honorable mention all-conference player and should bat near the top of the order. Junior Eric Brown returns as the team’s starting shortstop.

“He’s an extremely coachable kid and very reliable,” Gotzler said of Brown. “He will also do some pitching for us as well.”

The bulk of CMH’s lineup will be athletic, multi-sport players. Gotzler hopes that will help make the team good defensively and be able to take some bases.

Gotzler hopes that defense will help boost sophomore pitcher Ben Bosch. Bosch started CMH’s first playoff game as a freshman last season, which was a 1-0 loss to Hamilton in 10 innings. However, Bosch threw seven scoreless innings and didn’t factor into the decision.

“He earned the right to be our ace at the end of the year as a freshman,” Gotzler said. “We are really hoping he can come back as a sophomore and continue all his success.”

Bosch has three pitches in his arsenal: fastball, curveball and changeup. Gotzler likes his stuff, but it’s Bosch’s presence on the mound that makes him successful.

“He knows how to work hitters and approach hitters, which is very rare in a high school kid, especially for his age,” Gotzler said.

Besides Bosch and Brown, Gotzler said he has three more players who will probably start on the mound.

“We have a big group of seniors who are extremely athletic with a lot of experience,” Gotzler said. “We’ve got big, strong kids who can run.”


Photo credit:  Catholic Memorial’s Jake Shomin received honorable mention all-state last year. Freeman file photo 

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Memorial Day - CMH's 65th Anniversary

On Memorial Day 1949, Archbishop Moses Elias Kiley dedicated our school with these words:

To the memory of the men and women who sacrificed so much on our behalf - many even their blood, the health, their very lives - in the great world conflict.  We lovingly and gratefully dedicate this chapter as we dedicate the monument here described - Catholic Memorial High School.

Catholic Memorial High School was founded that day as a memorial to the 23 young men of St. Joseph’s Parish in Waukesha who gave their lives for their country in World War II.

Army Private Angelus Wise, 
May 10, 1942,
Bataan Death March,
age 30

Army Air Corps Private Valentine Farkas,
June 6, 1942,
South Pacific,
age 18

Army Private Thomas Jaquest,
September 21, 1942,
Dutch Timor Island,
age 22

Army Air Corps Private Charles Brust,
October 17, 1942,
training illness, stateside,
age 23

Navy Ensign Everett Kelso,
October 21, 1942,
training accident,
San Diego, CA,
age 22

Army Staff Sergeant Michael Puhl,
January 4, 1943,
Buna, New Guinea,
age 25

Army Private Robert Stark,
May 24, 1943,
Attu, Aleutian Islands, Alaska,
age 21

Army Air Corps 2nd Lt. Harry Kruck,
September 3, 1943,
training accident, stateside  
age 20

Army Sergeant Valentino Brazzale,
September 11, 1943,
Sicily, Italy,
age 31

Army Private Giles Lunenschloss,
January 6, 1944,
Papua, New Guinea,
age 23

Army Air Corps Private Alvan Ade,
January 7, 1944,
age 21

Army Air Corp Lt. Harry Sewnig,
April 2, 1944,
Missing In Action, Italy,
age 24

Army Air Corps 2nd Lt. Robert Petry,
September 5, 1944,
 age 22

Marine Private 1st Class William Weber,
September 15, 1944,
Peleliu Island,
South Pacific,
age 18

Army Sergeant Joseph Kowalski,
September 16, 1944,
age 27

Navy Seaman 2nd Class John Murdock,
December 3, 1944,
The Philippines,
age 24

Navy Petty Officer George Martin,
March 10, 1945,
Missing In Action, lost at sea,
age 20

Navy medic John Roswell Bacon,
March 14, 1945,
Iwo Jima,
age 34

Army Private Leonard Meola,
March 19, 1945,
Luzon, Philippines,
age 18

Army Air Corps Sergeant Frederick Patrinos,
April 19, 1945,
Missing In Action, Norway,
age 20

Army Staff Sergeant Stephen Prelozni,
April 23, 1945,
 age 28

Marine Cpl. Robert McGuire,
May 4, 1945,
age 20

Army Air Corps 1st Lt. William Malone,
September 26, 1945,
training accident, stateside,
age 23

Let us also remember those CMH students who have subsequently made this same ultimate sacrifice:

Marine Lance Cpl. David Frischmann,
May 29, 1967,
South Vietnam,
age 22

Army Specialist George Carr,
February 1, 1968,
South Vietnam,
age 21

Army Cpl. Cornelis Vandersterren,
September 13, 1968,
South Vietnam,
age 20

Navy Lt. Craig Sullivan,
October 24, 1986,
submarine tracking mission, Mediterranean Sea,
age 26

Marine Cpl. Robert Warns,
November 8, 2004,
Babil Province, Iraq,
age 23

Marine Lance Cpl. Richard Warner,
December 13, 2004,
Babil Province, Iraq,
age 22

So reads the honor roll for whom we are
Catholic Memorial High School.

Girls Soccer halt the Chiefs

from today's Waukesha Freeman -


MUSKEGO – Sophomore Emily Cervantes had two goals and an assist to lead Catholic Memorial to a 3-0 Classic 8 Conference victory over Muskego
 on Friday.

Sophomore Jo Rolli also scored for the Crusaders, who improved to 16-2 overall and 4-2 in the Classic 8. Sophomore Mo Burke also had an assist for CMH.

Muskego is 13-5-2 overall and 3-3 in the Classic 8. 

Crusader Baseball dim the Stars

from today's Waukesha Freeman -

McLeod’s three RBIs help CMH top North 

WAUKESHA – David McLeod drove in three runs in helping Catholic Memorial to a 13-2 victory over Waukesha North in a five-inning Classic 8 Conference game at Infinity Fields on Friday.

Cameron Krausert had three hits for the Crusaders, and Matt Rechner had two hits and two RBIs.

Matthew Schulze pitched all five innings for CMH, striking out four and allowing seven hits.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Rugby on the road, but does not forget mass.

While at the USA Girls High School Rugby Nationals, the Crusader team stopped for mass at the 103 year old St. Ann's Church in Lenox, MA.  After mass they pasued at the shrine for a team prayer and a picture. 

Crusader Golf takes Conference Title

from today's Waukesha Freeman - 


Memorial puts final touch on title 
Allen’s 72 helps Crusaders erase last year’s heartache
Freeman Correspondent 

DELAFIELD – It lacked drama, but it didn’t lack clarity.

The WIAA Division 2 defending state champion Catholic Memorial High School boys golf team finished what was virtually a foregone conclusion by winning the Classic 8 Conference championship with a 306 total at Naga-Waukee Golf Course on Wednesday.

Entering the meet, the Crusaders could have finished sixth out of the eight teams and still claimed the championship – ending Arrowhead’s seven-year reign as league champion.

But counting four scores in the 70s – including senior Dylan Allen’s medalist round of 72, the Crusaders piled on to their already huge lead and finished with a 13-point margin, 61-48, over the runner-up Warhawks, who placed third in the tournament with 315 behind a 311 from Mukwonago.

“They were the class of the Classic 8 Conference,” Arrowhead coach Greg Budzein said. “They’re a great team. It’s a great conference and we had a great run, but we were unseated by a superior team – and that’s OK. Congratulations
 to (Memorial coach Steve Plechaty). It couldn’t have happened to a nicer group.”

Senior Joel Stanislawski (77), junior Tyler King (78) and senior Conor Farrell (79) backed up Allen with counting scores while sophomore Mike Immekus, a first-team all-conference selection, posted an 82 as Memorial claimed the fourth conference championship in school history (1998, 2005 and 2006).

Memorial players finished with five of the top eight overall averages in the league and made sure of the league title after a narrow miss last season.

“We fell one point short last year – and we led going into the tournament,” Plechaty recalled. “It was very disappointing, but things worked out nice at state so that was a nice consolation prize.

“We had this pretty well clinched this year, so the kids were able to play free
 and easy.” 

Allen did not have a free and easy start but admitted, “I got it going.”

Allen, who will attend Division 2 Palm Beach Atlantic University this fall, had a triple bogey on the third hole and a three-putt bogey on the fourth hole. But he rebounded with four birdies on holes 11 through 18.

“This year’s been a struggle – either real low or in the low 80s,” he said. “Last year I was consistently around 38 and in the 76 or 77 range. This year, when I’m in the 70s I’m not above 75 so I’m either way on or way off. My goal was to win conference, but more important was our team winning it.”

Senior Dylan Patscot of Kettle Moraine also had a comfortable lead in the season medalist standings, and he finished his league career with a 78 to claim Player of the Year honors for a second straight season – an accomplishment claimed by few players. His season average of 37.5 edged Waukesha North junior Gavin Stutz (37.63), who finished with a 76 Wednesday.

“It was definitely a goal of mine to come in here and win it,” Patscot said. “It was a priority and a big milestone,
 but I have some bigger goals.”

Heading that list is the state tournament, which would be a first for the Charleston Southern University
 recruit. “My 78 was not near the expectations I have, but it was satisfying,” he said. “Everyone has improved. I got a little longer and put myself in a position for more scoring opportunities, and I was able to show a little less emotion.”

The 78 was still tied for the seventh-best round of the day.

“Two in a row is a great accomplishment,” Kettle Moraine coach Rob Elliott said. “He’s fun to coach and easy to coach because he’s such a great young man.”

Stutz was “super consistent all season” according to North coach Dan Knuth. “A 40 was his highest round in conference. Everything else was under,” he said. “His strengths are he understands the game and he doesn’t take crazy risks, but when he’s on he’ll go after pins so he has the capacity to get birdies.”

The runner-up to Allen on Wednesday was Arrowhead junior Alec Winston with a 74.

“That’s promising for the future,” Budzein said. “We had three guys new to the varsity this season and there’s a learning curve there, but next year we’ll only have to replace two players.”

One of the big surprises was Mukwonago’s secondplace 311 Wednesday.

Senior Nick Pickering (75) and junior Ben Nichols (76) had Mukwonago’s top scores.

“It was a great performance by our guys,” Mukwonago coach Lee Purdy said. “Our first three players have been consistent all year, and we’ve been waiting for our fourth and fifth players to materialize. Having freshman Zach Dybul shoot a 78 was a pleasant surprise, and having four scores in the 70s is what we need.”

Photo credit:  Catholic Memorial senior Dylan Allen tees off on the 10th tee during the Classic 8 Conference Championship at Naga-Waukee Park Golf Course on Wednesday. Robert F. Borkowski/Special to The Freeman 

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Crusader Girls Rugby travels to National Championship

from rugby parent Rick Bellis -
The CMH Girls Rugby team traveled to Pittsfield, MA last week-end to participate in the High School Division 1 National Championships for the 3rd year in a row. CMH opened up play on Saturday against last years runner-up, Kent, WA. In a hard fought, even game CMH was down 15-10 when the game ended with CMH threatening to score on Kent's 20 meter line. Myra Dillet and Rebecca Haight scored Tries (touchdowns) for CMH.

CMH opend up play in the Consolation bracket with a 45-14 win over North Bay, MD. It was a close game until CMH dominated the second half. Tries were scored by Mary Biedlingmeier, Myra Dillet, Rebecca Haight (3), Liz Bellis, and Elli Metz.

On Sunday CMH played in the Consolation final against a team of Samoan girls from Danville, CA. It was a contrast of playing styles as CMH was the fitter team but undersized. A hard fought, close game had the score 5-0 in favor of Danville at half-time. Danville scored another try early in the second half to go up 12-0 but CMH bounced back mid-way through the half with a Julie Else try to cut the deficit to 12-5. The game ended when Danville scored a late try at the final whistle for a final score of 17-5. The Dartmouth Woman's college coach spoke with both teams after the game and said it was the best game of the tournament.

The U20 US National team coaches were in attendance scouting players and voting on the All-Tournament team. Maggie Wesolowski, Rebecca Haight and Liz Bellis were named the best players at their position and were in the group of 15 players named to the All-Tournament team.

It was a successful year for CMH Rugby finishing 6th in the Nation out of 500 high school teams in the US. In addition 4 CMH players recieved full or partial scholarships to continue playing Rugby in college. Molly Langhenry will play at Northern Iowa, Julie Else will play at Norwich and Rebecca Haight and Maggie Wesolowski will play at Quinnipiac University.

The Lady Crusader Ruggers will end their year with the Olympic style (7 players vs. 15) Rugby State Tournament held at the Brookfield Soccer Complex Outdoor fields on May 31st. located at W212N4933 Weyer Rd Menomonee Falls, WI 53051. The JV bracket matches take place at 9:40am,11:40am, and 12:40am, with the varsity matches taking place at 1:20pm, 2:40 or 3pm, and 4:20 or 5pm based on winning or losing.

The Senior class will be missed as 8 starters are graduating. Maggie Wesolowski, Rebecca Haight, Julie Else, Alexa Jaeger, Becky Calhoun, Liz Bellis, Molly Langhenry and Mary Beidingmeier all made significant contributions to the success of CMH Girls Rugby. CMH Rugby Coach John Waliszewski can be contacted at . Rugby is a school sponsored Varsity and Junior Varsity sport that has a no cut policy. The team’s edline page can be viewed here.