Saturday, June 28, 2014

CMH's Cervantes named state's top player!

from today's Waukesha Freeman -


Cervantes voted state’s top player 
Sophomore led Crusaders to Division 3 state title

WAUKESHA – Catholic Memorial High School sophomore Emily Cervantes was voted the state Player of the Year by the Wisconsin Soccer Coaches Association.

Cervantes, who set a single- season scoring record in leading CMH to a WIAA Division 3 state title, has also been selected the Classic 8 Conference Player of the Year and the Gatorade State Player of the Year.

Cervantes was joined on the first team by Waukesha West senior forward Katie Grall, who helped the Wolverines to the Classic 8 title and a state runner-up
finish in Division 2. Menomonee Falls senior midfielder Anna Smalley was also on the First-Eleven Team.

Other CMH players receiving all state
honors were senior midfielder Cristina From and junior goalkeeper Cassidy Lentz, who were selected to the Best of the Rest list.
West senior defender Carly Hoffman and sophomore
forward Dani Rhodes and Waukesha North senior forward Aubrey Krahn and senior goalkeeper Emily Senger were also selected Best of the Rest.

Other Best of the Rest honorees were Pewaukee senior defender Jordan Blaser and senior forward Abbey Toureene, Kettle Moraine junior midfielder Chase Rehm and junior midfielder Julia Zach, New Berlin West senior forward Lexi Porter, Brookfield Central senior midfielder Lydia Rohde, Oconomowoc junior forward Dani Sowinski, Lake Country Lutheran junior defender Margaret Tovar and Falls senior forward Rachel Clayton and senior midfielder Sammy Lehnen.

– Freeman Staff

4 Crusaders named among Waukesha County's 20 Best Athletes

from today's Waukesha Freeman -

Dylan Allen Golf

Emily Cervantes

 Tommy Matoska   Tennis 
 Mike Mirsberger  Tennis

Freeman Spring Sports Review - Lots of Crusaders

from today's Waukesha Freeman -


Stellar spring for county athletes 
Six teams won state titles, individuals won as well

Freeman Staff

WAUKESHA — What a spring.

By the time June ended and the dust settled, Waukesha County found itself jam-packed with medals and trophies from the spring high school sports season.

The county boasted four state champions in WIAA sports — Catholic Memorial boys golf, Catholic Memorial girls soccer, Brookfield East boys tennis and Lake Country Lutheran baseball — and the Catholic Memorial boys lacrosse team won a Division 2 state title and the Arrowhead girls won the state lacrosse title.

Brookfield East put together one of the most impressive state boys tennis runs this spring. The Spartans crowned the state singles champion in senior Felix Corwin — his second straight title — and a doubles champion in junior Henry Termuehlen and sophomore Patrick Krill.

East’s singles lineup was by far the best in the state, as Corwin beat sophomore teammate David Horneffer in the title match and freshman Robert Krill beat sophomore teammate Doug Francken in the fifth-place match. Krill and Francken’s title hopes came at the hands of the teammates, as Corwin beat Francken and Horneffer beat Robert Krill in the quarterfinal round.

East followed the individual state tournament by winning its first state title since 1981, beating Marquette — who had won the previous seven titles — in the semifinal round and Eau Claire Memorial in the title dual.

East wasn’t the only school capturing state titles, as Catholic Memorial senior Mike Mirsberger and sophomore Tommy
Matoska won the Division 2 doubles title after helping CMH to the Classic 8 Conference title while playing singles.

Catholic Memorial also brought home a state boys golf title, as the Crusaders won their second straight Division 2 crown behind senior Dylan Allen’s third place
finish. Brookfield Central senior Eddie Wajda had the county’s top performance in Division 1, finishing fourth. Kettle Moraine senior Dylan Patscot, the Classic 8 Player of the Year, finished sixth in Division 1. Catholic Memorial brought home its third straight WIAA state trophy, winning the Division 3 title after winning Division 2 the previous two seasons. The WIAA changed to four divisions this season.

CMH sophomore Emily Cervantes was selected the Gatorade State Player of the Year after breaking her own school record for goals in a season. She was also the Classic 8 Conference Player of the Year and the Wisconsin Soccer Coaches Association State Player of the Year.

Waukesha County sent five teams to the state soccer tournament, as Waukesha West was the Division 2 runner-up, Kettle Moraine and Muskego were Division 1 semifinalists and Lake Country Lutheran was a semifinalist in Division
4. The Lake Country Lutheran baseball team finished a perfect season with a 11-7 victory over McDonell Central in the Division 4 title game. The Lightning, led by Midwest Classic Conference Player of the Year BJ Sabol, went 32-0.

While no track and field team brought home a title, the Brookfield East girls did bring home a silver trophy for their runner-up showing in Division 1. Senior Alisha Harper led the Spartans to second, winning the long jump and
finishing second in the 4x200-meter relay and triple jump and third in the 300 hurdles.

The Catholic Memorial girls’ 4x100 relay had two impressive days at the Division 2 state meet. CMH ran a state-record 49.17 in the preliminary round, and Renee Bixby, Madeline Davis, Andrea Sullivan and Erin Jaynes followed that by winning the race in 49.38 a day later.

University Lake School senior Isabel Seidel won her first two state titles by winning the 1,600 and 3,200 during Division 3 competition.

The second day of the state track and field meet was marred by thunderstorms that delayed most of the meet, but pole vault competition was held indoors during the delay. That’s when Brookfield East senior Glen Harold won with a state-record 16 feet, 1 inch vault.

Oconomowoc senior Corbin Ellis won the 400 and teamed with seniors
Nate Nord and Casey Bednarski and sophomore Andy Woods to win the 4x400 relay.

Waukesha South senior Michael Cournia won the Division 1 triple jump, and Muskego seniors Matt Little and Noah Kairis, junior Cameron Rygiewicz and sophomore Keith Kamer captured the 4x200 relay title.

New Berlin Eisenhower was the lone softball team from Waukesha County to advance to the state tournament. The Lions lost a 4-3 Division 2 state semifinal to New London. Eisenhower scored twice in the top of the seventh to tie the game, but New London answered in the bottom of the seventh.

Brookfield Central and Menomonee Falls were sectional
finalists. Classic 8 champion Muskego was a sectional semifinalist, but the Warriors lost to Union Grove in one of the toughest Division 1 sectionals in the state.

Catholic Memorial’s boys lacrosse team won the Division
2 state title with a 19-8 victory over Stoughton in the title game.

The Arrowhead girls beat Verona 5-4 in the Division 1 title game. The
Warhawks’ Kara Vana, Auguste Jepsen and Elle Lichte were all-state selections along with Mukwonago’s Phoebe LeRoy and Megan Schallock and Kettle Moraine’s Katie Brueske.


Friday, June 27, 2014

A Sweet 16! - in just one inning

from today's Waukesha Freeman -

CMH 20
Waukesha North 2 (5 innings)

Catholic Memorial bats get going in third
Crusaders score 16 in big inning

By Tom Badger, Freeman Correspondent 

WAUKESHA — Sweet 16.

That’s what the third inning was to the Catholic Memorial High School baseball team Thursday in a 20-2 victory over host Waukesha North in a five-inning Classic 8 Conference victory at Frame Park.

Memorial scored 16 runs on 16 hits in the third inning to turn a tense 4-2 game into a runaway. CMH senior Matthew Rechner went 3 for 3 in the third inning alone, while senior David McLeod collected seven RBIs over the first three innings.

Memorial improved to 11-4 in the conference and 15-6 overall. The victory also marked the third time this season that the Crusaders upended the Northstars.

“Crooked numbers are always a goal of ours offensively,” Memorial coach Tim Gotzler said. “It really does a lot to the demeanor of the other side. Vice versa when someone hangs one on us, it’s hard to bounce back from.”

Ahead 1-0 on an RBI groundout by McLeod in the first inning, Memorial took it to 4-0 after a three-run double by McLeod in the second. McLeod’s double scored senior Cameron
 Krausert, junior Eric Cyskiewicz and freshman Josh Karfonta, who all walked to load the bases. 

North cut the lead in half with two runs in the bottom of the second inning. Junior Austin Weyer scored on a balk, and senior Cal Zimborski delivered a sacrifice fly that scored junior Zach Reiter.

That’s when the came changed.

Memorial came up with eight straight hits, starting with a single to left field by Rechner. After a North pitching change, the Crusaders poured it on by collecting nine hits over the next 11 batters, including another threerun double by McLeod and two more hits by Rechner.

In all, 20 batters came to the plate in the inning.

“There’s nothing more fun in athletics than hitting a baseball,” Gotzler said. “Going on a streak of 10 of 11 hits to start the inning is unheard of. That shows me that we had to earn it. They weren’t walking guys or making errors. We really hit the ball hard tonight.”

McLeod’s seven RBIs were a surprise — especially considering he batted second in the lineup.

“It’s just that a lot of kids
 got on base tonight, which really helped me out with the RBIs,” McLeod said. “Batting second, it was the bottom of our order that really stepped up. Our bats were contagious. If we can keep our bats up like this, I think we’ll be at the top of the conference at the end.”

Senior Alex Dodd replaced Krausert on the mound and Dodd induced a pair of inning-ending double plays
 in the bottom of the third and fourth innings.

Memorial finished with 20 hits with Rechner, senior Jake Shomin, senior Zach Fridl and Karfonta each banging out three apiece. Senior Chandler North, McLeod and Cyskiewicz added two hits each.

It made North coach Dan D’Amico’s head spin.

“Some of them (Memorial’s hits) were hit real hard,
 and some of them found some gaps,” D’Amico said. “You almost have to pitch a perfect game in order to keep yourself in the ball game. We started out OK, but as the game went on we didn’t pitch like we needed to and they took advantage of it. We didn’t give them too many. They just outmatched us.”

North dropped to 0-14 in Classic 8 play and 2-14 overall.

Photo credits: Top - Waukesha North third basemen Jacob Pryor tags Catholic Memorial senior David McLeod during a Classic 8 Conference game Thursday. Robert F. Borkowski/Special to The Freeman 

Bottom Catholic Memorial first baseman Matt Rechner tags out Waukesha North’s Parker Zitzke during Thursday’s game at Frame Park. Robert F. Borkowski/Special to The Freeman

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Crusaders Girls Soccer among best all-time

from today's Waukesha Freeman - 

CMH wins seventh WIAA title, 10th overall


The Catholic Memorial girls soccer team holds the WIAA Division 3 state championship trophy after beating Mount Horeb 2-0 in the state title game Saturday. Robert F. Borkowski/Special to The Freeman 

Mount Horeb 0 

By Mark Hutchinson

Freeman Staff

MILWAUKEE – The old adage says a tie is like kissing your sister.

So why did the members of the Catholic Memorial High School girls soccer team rush the field at Uihlein Soccer Park to celebrate one Saturday?

They had good reason, tying Whitefish Bay for the most WIAA state championships with seven following their 2-0 victory over Mount Horeb in the Division 3 title match. The Crusaders, who earned their third straight WIAA state crown, finished 23-2-1 this season.

“It’s nice to know that we’ve tied the record for the most WIAA state titles,” CMH coach John Burke said. “It’s also great to have double digits now, winning our 10th state title overall (including WISAA titles).

“They’re all special, but this one is special because they’re so young. For these kids, with only three seniors, to put the season together that they did, especially with all the injuries and adversity we had, was

CMH senior midfielder Cristina From, who sustained an ankle injury during the Crusaders’ state semifinal victory over Xavier on Thursday, scored the only goal her team would need at the 8-minute, 16-second mark of the title match off a corner kick by sophomore midfielder Mo Burke.
“I’d sprained my ankle like this before,” From said. “I didn’t know Thursday if I’d be able to go in the championship match, but I really wanted to play for my team and I really wanted to play in my last game. When I was getting ready beforehand, it really, really hurt to run, but I gutted it out.

“Coach Burke is always stressing to us that we’ve got to get the first goal. When we do that, we play better through the rest of the game. I love hitting the ball
 on corners, so I made it my goal to finish one.”

Coach Burke was elated for From.

“Crissy, coming off her injury Thursday night, was hurting and hobbled,” the coach said. “We had to play
 her at center back so she didn’t have to run as much, then come forward for the corners. I told her to come up on set pieces, otherwise she had to stay back because her ankle was pretty severely injured. So then she came forward and finished that brilliant corner.”

Mount Horeb put a heavy emphasis on defending CMH sophomore forward Emily Cervantes, who entered the
 state tourney with a staggering 62 goals and 20 assists. 

“I was so impressed with No. 16 (junior defender Tess Baier) from Mount Horeb,” Coach Burke said. “I thought she did as good a job as anyone has ever done of defending Emily Cervantes. I told Emily at halftime, ‘Here’s a game where you are not going to get a lot of accolades, but what you’re doing is occupying so many of their players.’ It wasn’t just No. 16; there were so many people back dealing with Emily, double- and tripleand quadruple-teaming her.

“That just eviscerates the midfield. I knew we were going to be fine. They only had two shots, and only one of them was on goal. We knew we just needed a couple and we’d probably be in good shape.”

Cervantes had seen similar pressure before.

“It was frustrating at times because they were just on me all the time,” Cervantes said. “But most teams try to do that, so I tried not to let it bother me.

“Cristina had a really good game. She just fought through the pain. She stepped up a lot. This was her last year, and I’ll never forget her.”

CMH extended its lead to 20 when sophomore midfielder Jo Rolli scored on an assist by junior midfielder Nicole Piette in the 53rd minute.

“It felt unreal,” Rolli said. “I remember asking somebody, ‘Did I seriously just score?’ “I’m not usually the one to score in critical situations, so it felt great. But it was like, ‘Holy cow, what just happened?’” Burke enjoyed the view.

“What an absolutely beautiful goal,” the coach said. “It was a combination play that got us in, and Jo Rolli had a clinical finish.”

In order for the Crusaders
 to secure their third straight state title, their defense had to do its job. From and Rolli admired how that mission was accomplished.

“Our defense was remarkable,” From said. “It has been remarkable the entire season. Sometimes our forwards and midfielders get tired out, so we rely so much on our defense and it has really come up big for us.”

Rolli agreed.

“Our defense played great,” she said. “We were having some struggles near
 the end of the season clearing the ball, but we cleared it great here. This was the best I’ve seen our defense play.”

From embraced this state title differently than she did the last two. From, midfielder Jessica Hyde and defender Tori Hodorowski were the only seniors on this season’s squad.

“This one, for me, feels so much better,” From said. “Coach Burke told me that, being a senior, I had to lead this team, so it feels remarkable having been a captain.”

Rolli was impressed at what CMH overcame to win its third consecutive gold ball.

“We overcame so many injuries,” Rolli said. “Some of our girls were really hurting. Morgan (Rymer) had her quad. Crissy (From) had her ankle. Nicole (Piette) had her ankle.

“People needed a lot of rest, and we had to switch around everyone. We had to do different stuff, but we were able to pull together.”


Friday, June 20, 2014

State Champion CMH Golfers recognized for academics as well

The Golf Coaches Association of Wisconsin (GCAW) is proud to announce the recipients of the 3nd annual “Team Academic All-State” award, established to recognize high school golf teams with the highest ‘team’ grade point averages (‘team’ is defined as the five designated golfers on the roster for the spring 2014 WIAA regional tournament).  

Three teams are being recognized for this award in each division.  The three teams with the highest cumulative team GPA in each division (D1- D3) will be recognized with gold, silver, or bronze medals for each student-athlete, and their schools will receive a certificate to note this accomplishment.  Schools with at least a 3.25 team GPA will receive a certificate acknowledging honorable mention status.

Catholic Memorial High School finished with Honorable Mention recognition because of the academic accomplishments of the following team members:

Dylan Allen   Michael Immekus   Conor Ferrall   Tyler King   Joel Stanislawski, who have compiled a cumulative high school GPA of 3.351

N.B. CMH is the only private school so recognized in either Division 1 or Division 2 of all state schools.

from today's Waukesha Freeman -


Xavier 0 

Cervantes keeps piling on
Sophomore adds four goals to school record
By Tony Mooren, Freeman Correspondent 

MILWAUKEE — Thank you, Japan.

As if Catholic Memorial High School sophomore Emily Cervantes needed any more ammunition for her already impressive arsenal, she was apparently given more by Japan in the 2014 World Cup A Japan-inspired new move, relayed to her by coach John Burke, propelled her to one of the finest performances in WIAA state tournament history: a fourgoal barrage that lifted the Crusaders into the Division 3 state title game with a 4-0 semifinal victory over Xavier.

“That’s the most dominant performance I’ve ever seen at state in any game I’ve coached or watched,” said Burke, the state’s all-time victory leader at 429.

Only once in the 32-year history of the state tournament has a player scored four goals in a single game and Cervantes, displaying speed, power and technical superiority, is the first to reach that total.

And she did it with verve: her first goal came on the new move that opened her up for a 25-yard shot, the second on a World Cup-class 25yard rocket shot from the left side to the right upper corner, the third with strength
 as she was knocked down by a defender but still battled through Xavier’s prone goalie and the fourth after going one on three on a 45yard run. 


The four goals give Cervantes, who has already verbally committed to play for the University Tennessee, 66 this season — a year after a then school-record 50 as a freshman.

“I taught that first goal to Emily 10 minutes before the game,” Burke said. “Japan did it in the World Cup. She peels off her defender like she’s going to go one direction on the throw-in and then curls off her back to get open. That’s how high her soccer IQ is. Right when she scored on it, the whole bench yelled, ‘Thanks Japan!’” “I probably didn’t have much of an angle, but I hit the ball right and it went in,” Cervantes said.

Did she expect to score on the shot?

“I expected it to be on goal and I thought I hit it well,” she said.

The goal came 24 minutes, 3 seconds into the match, and it was something akin to an unleashing of the offense.

“Xavier has a fantastic team,” Burke said. “We knew it would be a challenge, so we started off on defense. I told the players: ‘No shots in the penalty area,’ and we didn’t allow any in 80 minutes. All their shots (eight) were from distance. Our defense did an incredible job.”

Junior goalkeeper Cassidy Lentz was in goal for a fifth straight state-tournament shutout for the two-time defending state-champion Crusaders.

“It’s so much fun. When you make a save it’s a great feeling, and then you get the ball back to your offense to score,” Lentz said.

Cervantes’ first three goals came within a span of 13:49 — and she was taken out for five minutes during the stretch.

“She comes up big for us all the time,” Lentz said of Cervantes. “Everyone knows that, but it’s a 0-0 game and then all of a sudden she gets hot and we have four goals.”

Cervantes’ final goal came 27:51 into the second half, and she exited for good shortly thereafter.

Earlier in the second half, she was hit in the right eye
 by a ball, which seemed to bother her.

“I couldn’t see out of my right eye,” she said.

But that mini-injury was better than last week.

“I had a skeletal muscle injury to my ribs and strep throat, so I missed practice while the rest of the team worked hard,” she said. “They sacrificed in practice, so I’m really happy and proud I could repay them for all their hard work.”

Sophomore Mo Burke had an assist on Cervantes’ second goal, and senior Cristina From assisted on her third goal. Lentz recorded seven saves.

Photo credits:  Top - Catholic Memorial sophomore Emily Cervantes works the ball to the goal moments before scoring a second period goal as Xavier sophomore Elizabeth Moran defends Thursday. Charles Auer/Freeman Staff

Bottom - Catholic Memorial sophomore Mo Burke is trailed by Xavier freshman Sophia Otto during a WIAA Division 3 state semifinal game at Uihlein Soccer Park on Thursday. Charles Auer/Freeman Staff

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Freeman Profile - CMH Senior Tori Hodorowski

from today's Waukesha Freeman -


Hodorowski an unsung hero 
Senior defender key figure in run to state for CMH

Freeman Staff

WAUKESHA – Her name is rarely seen in the box score, but Tori Hodorowski has an effect on every game.

As the best defender on the Catholic Memorial High School girls soccer team, it’s the senior’s job to keep the opposing team out of the goal box.

Like most defenders, she’s an unsung hero. That doesn’t sit well with Memorial coach John Burke, which is why during practices following a game he has “Tori appreciation days.”

“Everyone on the team recognizes how important Tori is, but people outside of our team can’t appreciate it because they don’t take defensive stats in high school soccer,” Burke said. “We have these ‘Tori appreciation days,’ and she’s always embarrassed about it. We just want her to understand the team appreciates what she does even if no one outside of the team understands it.”

Burke said he does most of the talking during the appreciation days, but the players will contribute what she did well in a previous game. Hodoworski said she hates those practices.

“It’s a team sport. I just want to win state at the end of the season. However we get there, we get there,” Hodorowski said. “I don’t like being the center of attention much. I like chilling in the back and watching.”

The Classic 8 Conference has several high-powered offensive teams. The Crusaders are one of four from the conference to advance to the WIAA state tournament. Of all those teams, Burke said the league’s two best offensive players, Waukesha West senior Katie Grall and Waukesha North senior Aubrey Krahn, were both
 marked by Hodorowski – and neither scored against her.

“You can go right down the list of players Tori has prevented from scoring,” Burke said. “You can rely on her to shut down the best players.”

Hodorowski gets under the skin of offensive players because she can stop them – and she rarely commits a foul.
 But what frustrates opposing players the most is she never talks. Burke has either heard or seen opposing players talk, swear, push and elbow Hodorowski, and she never retaliates.

Hodorowski possesses two qualities that makes her a good defender: She’s
 both very agile and extremely composed in the back. Hodorowski played midfield prior to high school. Midfielders play as much offense as they do defense. 

Burke said whenever Hodorowski had to mark the ball after turning the ball over, she just stood out.

“It’s fun to take ball from someone,” Hodorowski said. “It’s like an accomplishment. It’s a hard challenge because, if they score, everyone knows who’s fault it was. But if they don’t score, it’s a real good feeling.”

Hodorowski said players have to be more cautious on the back line than in the midfield – and she’s always had that quality. Even when she played in the mifield, Burke said Hodorowski would never stab at the dribbler. She’s always moving her feet and keeping the defender in front.

Hodorowski also excels in the classroom. She will
 attend the University of Minnesota, where she will study pre-med or psychology. Hodorowski was Memorial’s candidate for the WIAA scholar-athlete award.

And she won’t play as much soccer after high school.

“I’m going to miss soccer,” Hodorowski said. “I will play intramurals, so it will be more relaxed. But I’m kind of nervous, because I’ve played sports my whole life. Sometimes when I study too much, I just need a break and soccer was that outlet for me. If I continue to play intramurals, that will have to be my stress reliever.”

Hodorowski said she will miss the competitiveness of high school soccer, which is why this weekend at state she said she will try even harder in her final games of her career.

“I’ve liked it a lot. The whole team aspect and the coaches, it’s been like a family,” Hodorowski said. “I’m going to do my best to play harder and win a state championship.”


Photo credits:  Top - Catholic Memorial senior Tori Hodorowski, right, defends Waukesha North’s Aubrey Krahn during a Classic 8 Conference game. Jeff Zmania/

Bottom - Senior Tori Hodorowski’s defense has helped the Catholic Memorial girls soccer team to the WIAA Division 3 state tournament. Jeff Zmania/


Get to know ...TORI HODOROWSKI 

 Catholic Memorial/Soccer 
Coach  John Burke 
Class In School/Age Senior/18

Also In My Family Are:
 my mother, Jeanne; my father, John; and my brother, David.

The Athletic Accomplishment I Am Most Proud Of Is:
 winning state the past two years.

My Favorite Subject In School Is:
My Favorite Teacher Is: Mr. Doll, my fourth-grade teacher.
My Favorite Movie Is: “22 Jump Street.”
My Favorite Recording Artist Is: Luke Bryan.
My Favorite TV Show Is: the World Cup.
The Best Meal My Mother Makes Is: fettuccine alfredo.
A Bad Habit I Have Is: I say “um” and “like” a lot when I talk.
A Pet Peeve I Have Is: when people drive under the speed limit.
The Thing I Do Best Outside Of Athletics Is: TOPSoccer, which is volunteering to play soccer with special needs children. 

The Person I’d Most Like To Meet Is:
 the pope.
The Last Time I Cleaned My Room I Found: money.
Nobody Ever Says I’m: unhappy.
My Most Memorable Experience Is: when I went on a mission trip to Kath Lake in Minnesota.

My Most Prized Possession Is:
 my car.
Might Not Know About Me Is: I broke my arm in fourth grade falling off boxes.
One Thing I Would Change About Myself Is:
 I wish I wouldn’t get sunburned as much.
One Thing At My School I Would Change Is:
 to have air conditioning.

I See Myself In 10 Years Being:
 in medical school.
I Wish Coach Burke Would: wouldn’t have practice at 7 a.m. 

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Classic 8 Softball - All Conference Selections


2013 All-Conference Softball Team

Hannah Smith Catholic Memorial Soph. 


Mari Klement Catholic Memorial Senior 

Friday, June 13, 2014

Girls Soccer - Sectional Semifinal

from today's Waukesha Freeman - 

Pewaukee 1 
(CMH wins shootout 4-2)

CMH needs shootout to beat Pirates
Senior Hyde makes decisive penalty kick

By Jeff Hagenau, 
Freeman Correspondent 

MILWAUKEE – The tears of joy streaming down Jessica Hyde’s face helped to tell the story of her heroic feat.

Hyde, a senior defender, converted the decisive penalty kick as the topseeded Catholic Memorial High School girls soccer team outlasted second-seeded Pewaukee 4-2 in a shootout in a WIAA Division 3 sectional semifinal game at the Milwaukee School of Engineering’s Viets Field on Thursday.

The No. 1-ranked Crusaders, 20-2-1 overall, advanced to face secondseeded Grafton in a sectional championship game at 5 p.m. Saturday at Pewaukee. Grafton upset top-seeded Plymouth 3-0 in another sectional semifinal.

Fourth-ranked Pewaukee, the Woodland Conference champion which entered the game riding the
 momentum of a nine-game unbeaten streak, ended the season 18-4-2 overall.

After battling to a 1-1 tie at the end of 80 minutes of regulation and two, 10-minute overtimes, Memorial responded by making four penalty kicks to end the marathon contest between two of the state’s top programs.

Senior midfielder Cristina From, sophomore defender Kelsey O’Brien and sophomore forward Emily Cervantes each converted to set the stage for Hyde’s pressure-packed game-winning shot.

On the game-winner, Hyde had originally intended to aim for the left corner but Pewaukee junior goalkeeper Anna Christopherson immediately dove toward that side.

Hyde made a split-second reaction and blasted the ball back toward the middle to clinch the dramatic victory.

“It’s something that I will remember
 for the rest of my life,” said a smiling Hyde, one of only three seniors on Memorial’s battle-tested roster this season. “Walking up to prepare for the shot, I could hear my teammates offering words of encouragement, so it was just a matter of going out there and getting the job done.

“When they started screaming, rushed up and gave me a big hug after the shot went in the back of the net, I was so happy and couldn’t hold back the tears. It was by far the biggest goal of my career.”

Junior goalkeeper Cassidy Lentz was a stabilizing force throughout the day for Memorial, making several critical saves to keep her team in the game.

Lentz’s most critical save came as the Crusaders led 2-1 in the shootout, blocking a rocket of a shot by Pewaukee
 senior striker Abby Toureene. 

“It was a difficult battle throughout the day, but everyone continued to go hard after the victory,” Lentz said. “Even though it came down to PKs, we dug down deep, believed in one another and rose to the occasion. During the shootout, they just kept firing hard shots, so I made up my mind that nothing more was going to get through. That’s when everything came together with the block and we were able to answer with some big goals.

“It was just an exciting victory that will give us confidence as we make a run for state.”

Memorial collected the first goal of the fast-paced, physical contest as Cervantes scored off an assist from O’Brien in the 46th minute.

Memorial coach John Burke was excited about the hardfought marathon victory, but emphasized that his team’s goal hadn’t changed.

“It was high school soccer at its best,” said Burke, who guided the Crusaders to the WIAA Division 2 state championship the past two seasons. “Pewaukee deserves a lot of credit with the way they played and battled to the very end. Looking back, it was a great victory and the kids are thrilled, but our ultimate goal remains to capture a state championship.”

Pewaukee’s only goal came as junior midfielder Lexi Klotz scored on a 30-yard shot with the assist from sophomore defender Abby Wannow in the 47th minute.

“The girls executed the perfect game plan, did everything we needed them to do and just came up short on PKs,” said Pewaukee coach Sean Sullivan, noting the invaluable leadership of his four seniors (Toureene, striker Jennifer Gohlke, defender Jordan Blaser and midfielder Kelly Landry) who captured three conference titles during their four-year career. “I truly thought we outplayed them, but didn’t manage to come away with final result we worked so hard for.

“It‘s heartbreaking, but can’t take anything away from what we accomplished.”

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Wow! How many runs scored?

from today's Waukesha Freeman - 


CMH 29
Waukesha North 9 (5 inn.) 

Stealing home sets tone for Crusaders
11-run second turns tide early

By Todd Hansen
 Freeman Correspondent 

WAUKESHA – In a 20-run game, one play usually doesn’t determine the outcome.

However, it went a long way in opening the floodgates for the Catholic Memorial High School baseball team.

In a tie game with two outs in the second inning, Memorial senior left fielder Zach Fridl stole home with the bases loaded to give the Crusaders a one-run lead.

Memorial added 10 more runs in the frame and the Crusaders went on to defeat Waukesha North 29-9 in a Classic 8 Conference game at Frame Park on Tuesday.

The Crusaders added 12 runs in the third inning to improve to 9-3 overall and 71 in league.

“Momentum is a crazy thing, especially in baseball,” Memorial coach Tim Gotzler said. “A couple of plays here and there really turned it in a positive way for us and we just kept going.

“Momentum is crazy and it worked in our favor today. We just kept going and going today and capitalized on things. Conference win is a conference win. It doesn’t matter what the score is.”

Memorial senior catcher Jake Shomin doubled home two runs after Fridl’s steal
 and Memorial also benefited from five walks and a hit batter following Shomin’s hit before a three-run single by senior second baseman David McLeod and an RBI hit by Matt Rechner.

“One play can turn a game around,” North coach Daniel D’Amico said. “They attempt to steal home in the second inning. The ball beats the runner there and just one little mistake and we didn’t get the tag down in time. It was the right call,
 and we just didn’t get (the tag) down. That went from a 2-2 game with us hitting and turned into a 13-2 game.

“We’re focusing on grinding it out, and when things don’t go our way getting past it and moving on and getting the next guy. Had we done that we could have gone there at 3-2 instead of 13-2. We have to grow up and get out of those situations – and we will.”

Memorial sent 18 batters to the plate in its 12-run third inning. McLeod’s two-run
 double highlighted the outburst, Fridl had two run-scoring singles and the Crusaders also received eight walks in the frame. Overall, North’s four pitchers walked 19 batters and hit three others while also allowing 16 hits.

McLeod led Memorial with three hits and five RBIs. Fridl added three hits and four runs batted in while freshman Josh Karfonta also drove four runs. Every Memorial starter finished with at least one RBI and one run scored.

North (0-10, 0-6) did score seven runs over the final three innings, helped by an RBI double by left fielder Reggie Rappis and an RBI single by catcher Austin Weyer, who finished with three of the Northstars’ 11 hits. Centerfielder Parker Zitzke also had three hits for North and scored two runs.

“We’re young and we’re going to keep battling,” D’Amico said. “I think some positive
 things we can take from the game is that a game we were down 20-some runs our guys kept hitting and they were running out ground balls and popups. They didn’t quit.

“They’re staying together and that’s what we’re working on; staying together as a team and battling. We’re going to keep fighting and things are going to turn around and go our way.”