Wednesday, July 30, 2014

CMH Community welcomes new Marquette President

This past Sunday, members of the Catholic Memorial community held a reception to welcome and honor Dr. Michael Lovell, the new President of Marquette University. 

Dr. Lovell and his wife Amy were welcomed to the beautiful east side home of Kris and Jim Rappe'.  The Rappe's are CMH alum parents, and Kris is a member of the MU Board of Trustees.

CMH is one of the top 5 feeder schools to MU.  Dr. Lovell was impressed to learn that CMH students at MU graduate earlier and academically perform better than the university averages.  Dr. Lovell and Fr. Hartmann hope for growing partnerships between CMH and MU in the future.

Notably, Dean of the Marquette School of Education, Dr. Bill Henk, was recently named to the CMH Board.

Congratulations Dr. Lovell!

CMH Senior Matt Rechner named Classic 8 Player of the Year

from today's Waukesha Freeman -

Memorial’s Rechner Player of Year for Classic 8 baseball

WAUKESHA — Catholic Memorial High School senior Matthew Rechner was voted Player of the Year in the Classic 8 Conference for the summer baseball season.

Vince Mancuso, who led Arrowhead to the league title, was voted Coach of the Year, while Kettle Moraine’s Jake Burac was the Assistant Coach of the Year.

League-champion Arrowhead saw seniors Branden Frank and Benny Serres and junior Mikey Bauer receive first-team recognition. Second-place CMH had seniors Jake Shomin and David McLeod voted first team.

Other first-team selections were KM seniors Matt Melbye and Jake Pohlman, Mukwonago seniors Brandon Parr and Noah Sadler, Muskego junior Luke Thomka, Waukesha South junior Cannon Cooley and Waukesha West junior Chase Scharnek.

– Freeman Staff



Rechner, Frank first-team picks Central seniors get second-team nods

WAUKESHA — Catholic Memorial High School senior Matthew Rechner keeps piling up postseason awards.

The first baseman was voted the Classic 8 Conference Player of the Year, and he was recently honored as a first-team all state selection by the Wisconsin Baseball Coaches Association.

Rechner helped the Crusaders to second in the Classic 8.

Senior pitcher Branden
Frank of Classic 8 champion Arrowhead was also a first-team all-state pick by the WBCA.

Brookfield Central senior infielders Luke Sommerfeld and Elijah Goodman were secondteam selections after leading the Lancers to the WIAA state title, Central’s fourth. Pewaukee senior outfielder Garrett Shibilski and Menomonee Falls sophomore pitcher Ty Weber were also secondteam selections.

Marquette senior utility Parker Sniatynski was the state Player of the Year, Plymouth’s Butch Cain was the Coach of the Year and Greendale’s Mark Bombien was the Assistant Coach of the Year.

The WBCA’s listing of honorable mention all state selections was not available.

— Freeman Staff


2014 All-Conference Baseball Team

PLAYER OF THE YEAR Matthew Rechner Catholic Memorial Senior


Jake Shomin Catholic Memorial Senior
David McLeod Catholic Memorial Senior


Eric Brown Catholic Memorial Junior
Zach Fridl Catholic Memorial Senior
Matthew Schulze Catholic Memorial Senior

Honorable Mention

Cameron Krausert, Catholic Memorial, senior
Chandler North, Catholic Memorial, senior

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Crusaders in Assisi, Italy

Here's the note we received from Friar Giles, the person in the above picture from Assisi:
Dear John [Burke],

Yes, I received the photo. Thank you very much. It was a pleasure meeting you and your students the other day. I'm glad they enjoyed Assisi.

Thank you again. May God continue to bless you and the students. It was wonderful meeting you and speaking a little about Franciscan life to them.

God bless,
friar Giles, ofm conv

Saturday, July 19, 2014

CMH stays poised in win

from today's Waukesha Freeman -


Mukwonago 3
By Christine Hibbs

Freeman Correspondent

WAUKESHA — Having to work from behind didn’t seem to faze Catholic Memorial senior pitcher Matthew Schulze.

Trailing by two runs through two innings, the fourth-seeded Catholic Memorial Crusaders rallied at the plate, while Schulze took care of business on the mound. CMH moves on with an 8-3 victory against fifthseeded Mukwonago (17-3) in WIAA regional final game Friday.

Catholic Memorial High School (21-10) will now face ninth-seeded Sussex Hamilton at 11 a.m. Monday at Waukesha West.

“I just kept playing my game. I didn’t really pay too much attention to the scoreboard,” Schulze said. “I just kept playing my game and let my fielder’s do the work. That’s what I’ve done all year. I was just throw strikes and guys were hitting the
ball, and the rest of my team was making the plays.”

Mukwonago started off with junior Alex Doud making the rounds in the top of the first off an RBI double by senior Noah Sadler. Sadler later instigated Mukwonago’s defensive play of the game, making a throw from center field to home plate with senior catcher Jeff Johnson applying the tag for the third out in the bottom of the fourth to stop CMH with only two runs scored.

Previously, the Indians had taken a 3-1 edge in the top of the second. That’s when Schulze and Co. buckled down.

“After that third run came across, he really got dialed in,” Catholic Memorial coach Tim Gotzler said of Schulze. “That’s the best outing I’ve seen in his career. I wanted him out there for all seven, and he earned the right. He pitched his heart out.”

Facing a 3-1 deficit, the Crusaders evened it up in the third inning with seniors David Mcleod and Matthew Rechner making the rounds. Rechner led CMH at the plate, going 3 for 4 with a run scored and an RBI.

With Schulze retiring Mukwonago in the top of the fourth, the Crusaders went to the bottom half to take a two run lead with seniors Cameron Krausert and Zach Fridl making the rounds before Sadler’s throw to home plate brought the inning to a halt.

Ahead 5-3, CMH added two more runs in the fifth and another in the sixth, while stopping the Indians short.

“We were a little spotty after the second inning,” Mukwonago coach Jay Christiansen said. “I didn’t think we were awful. I thought at times we were hitting the ball harder than they were, but it was always right at them. They made the plays. They did a very nice job. They came to play. They’re a very senior-dominated team. Very experienced kids, they looked like it all year, and tonight it really showed up.”

“I think a lot of it comes
back to a mental block we had. We played a tight game on Tuesday, 4-2 against Brookfield East, and that shook off a lot of nerves,” Gotzler said. “I really think the pressure filled situations, the magnitude, the intensity prepared us for tonight. So, tonight we could just play baseball like we’ve done the other 30 times this year. It’s the same game, just a little higher level. Our guys’ confidence grew as we executed offensively and defensively, and momentum was on our side.”

In the fifth, sixth, and seventh innings, Schulze only faced 11 batters total, his defense standing behind him.

“I give (my defense) a lot of credit,” Schulze said. “They’ve been there the whole year for me. They kept it going strong today, and that’s when I really needed it.”

Photo credits: Top - Mukwonago senior second baseman Payton Graham misses the throw from the outfield, allowing Catholic Memorial senior David McLeod to run back safe to second base in the bottom of the third inning of WIAA regional play Friday at Infinity Fields. Robert F. Borkowski/Special to The Freeman 
Bottom - Catholic Memorial senior pitcher Matthew Schulze throws against Mukwonago in a WIAA regional game Friday at Infinity Fields. Robert F. Borkowski/Special to The Freeman 

Thursday, July 17, 2014

CMH contingent wraps up European educational tour.

CMH students at Pompeii--on to Capri

Hanging out on the cliffs overlooking Capri, Italy
CMH students wrap up their European tour of four countries by visiting the island of Capri--flying home tomorrow

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Crusader Baseball wins in first round

from today's Waukesha Freeman -

Crusaders survive waiting game
Spartans put up first-round fight

CMH 4 
Brookfield East 2 

By Tony Mooren, 
Freeman Correspondent 

WAUKESHA — It was just a matter of time — even though time seemed to be running out.

That’s what Catholic Memorial High School baseball coach Tim Gotzler thought when his team was tangled up in a tie game with only two hits going into the bottom of the sixth inning.

Gotzler was right, as the Classic 8 Conference runner-up pushed two runs across the plate in the bottom of the sixth and beat gritty Brookfield East 4-2 in a WIAA regional semifinal game Tuesday.

Both teams collected only four hits.

Senior catcher Jake Shomin started the winning rally by getting hit by Brad Carstens’ first pitch of the inning, and he went to second on a wild pitch. Junior winning pitcher Eric Brown got Shomin to third with a sacrifice and senior third baseman Matt Schulze got him home with a sacrfice fly to right. Senior centerfielder Cam Krausert, the No. 8 hitter, then completed a big day with an RBI single for an insurance run.

“A miscue behind the plate, a sacrifice fly and Carstens left a pitch over the plate,” East coach Nick Wycklendt said. “Congratulations to Memorial for getting the big inning. This game was a credit to the players how much they battled all year and to come this close to a team that finished second in the Classic 8 Conference is hopefully a sign of bigger things to come if we keep improving.”

Schulze said, “At 2-2 I was just looking to hit the ball hard and put the ball in play.”

It was his first game-winning
 RBI of the season and he proclaimed, “It felt pretty dang good.” 

Krausert’s sixth-inning hit was his second of the game and he also had two RBIs and stole home in a two-run second inning that gave the Crusaders a 2-0 lead.

“Give credit to East,” Gotzler said. “Their pitcher was outstanding. He was on and allowed our offense down. But offense is our forte. That’s what we do. Our team on-base percentage is .490, our team batting average is .380 and we have confidence 1 through 9 in our lineup. It was just a matter of time before we pushed one across the plate.”

Krausert was the main run-pusher.

“The bottom of our lineup has been producing a lot lately,” he said. “Other teams don’t expect it and we (Krausert, No. 7 hitter Chandler North and No. 9 hitter Josh Karfonta) take it as a challenge to get on and be active on the basepath.

“I love to run, so whenever I get a chance I try to take an extra base and create havoc on the base paths.”

That was certainly the case in the second inning when he came up with two outs and Brown on second base after a leadoff walk and stolen base.

Krausert singled North home but then sped to third on an error on the play and stole home.

But Memorial answered in the top of the third inning as second baseman T.C. Swittel doubled, catcher Dan Magyer put down a sacrifice bunt and Swittel scored on a wild pitch.

After centerfielder Alex McGuire walked and stole second, right fielder Zach Breiter beat out an infield single and an error on the play got McGuire home.

But Brown didn’t allow a hit the rest of the way, retiring 13 of the final 15 hitters he faced with only a walk and error getting anyone else on base.

“I was jacked up and they were really battling at the plate,” Brown said. “I was just looking to make pitches. I was getting nervous late in the game but I knew our guys would come around because they have all year.”

Memorial got its leadoff hitter on base three times in the first five innings but only one scored as Carstens recorded three straight strikeouts in the third inning and had a strikeout and two grounds to get out of a fifth-inning jam.

Carstens finished with nine strikeouts — six in the first three innings.

“He was up there in pitches, but he’s our senior, our No. 1 pitcher and we wanted it to be his game — win or lose,” Wycklendt said.

Memorial, the No. 4-seeded team, improved to 20-10 overall while No. 13-seeded East, which had only two seniors (Carstens and third baseman Dustin Brah) in its lineup, finished

Friday, July 11, 2014

CMH student group in Europe!

CMH Students enjoying perfect weather in London the day before traveling on to Paris!

Clara, Sara, and Anne Marie enjoying lunch near Sacre Coeur.

Crusader Baseball finishes regular season strong

from today's Waukesha Freeman - 

CMH wins with big 1st inning over West
Crusaders score 12 runs in first

CMH 18
Waukesha West 2 (5 innings) 

By Tom Badger, 
Freeman Correspondent 

WAUKESHA — It was pretty close to a perfect ending for Matthew Schulze and the Catholic Memorial High School boys baseball team.

It was a perfect ending for its coach Tim Gotzler.

Memorial jumped on Waukesha West for 12 runs in the first inning en route to an 18-2 victory in the Classic 8 Conference season finale at Infinity Fields Thursday. The Crusaders finished league action at 14-7, one game behind Arrowhead, who beat Waukesha South Thursday to lock up the conference championship.

Schulze, a senior right-hander, took a perfect game into the fourth inning before a leadoff walk and two-run single spoiled both the perfect game and no-hit bid.

“This was a best way to finish because we were able to get all our seniors on field at the same time in the fifth inning, something I wanted to do all season,” Gotzler said. “This was by far the best season
 that we’ve had in my time here and the most fun. From here, we want to be a tough out in the (state) tournament.”

Memorial was a real tough out for West in the first inning.

Consecutive singles by seniors Zach Fridl, David Mcleod and Matthew Rechner loaded the bases. After senior Jake Shomin was hit by a pitch, junior Eric Brown doubled to score two runs to give CMH a quick 3-0 lead.

West’s starting freshman lefthander Trey Grassel hit a rough patch by walking the next four batters and fell behind 6-0 — still without an out.

After a Wolverine pitching change, Fridl ripped a run scoring single and Mcleod followed with a sacrifice fly to right field for an 8-0 lead.

Rechner doubled over the head of West’s center fielder for a 10-0 lead — still with only one out.

“To Memorial’s credit, they had three hits in a row right away,” West coach Chad Montez said. “In
 that inning, there was only one error, but other than that, everything was either a hit, a walk or a hit-by-pitch.” 

The inning finally ended at 12-0 when West junior catcher Nate Labott tagged out junior courtesy runner Nick Stortz, who broke for home after a pitch bounced away from Labott.

“We always talk about putting up crooked numbers and we did it again tonight,” Gotzler said. “We’ve scored 10 or more runs in an inning a couple of times this season.”

In the first inning, Memorial had seven hits while picking up five walks, a hit batsman and
 an error.

Memorial tacked on three more runs in the second and third innings, highlighted by a run-scoring single by Mcleod and a run scoring triple by Rechner in the second, and a two-run Mcleod double in the third.

Rechner wound up going 3 for 4 in the game.

“Last year, all I was doing was going up and trying to hit home runs,” Rechner said. “This year, it’s not that way at all. I’ve taken a different approach at the plate and just concentrating
 on hitting it hard.”

Meanwhile, Schulze retired the first nine Wolverines he faced.

In the top of the fourth, West’s junior pinch hitter Austin Rohrer was walked when Schulze’s 3-2 pitch
 was low in the dirt.

“I was thinking about it (a perfect game or no-hitter) a little bit, but I just tried to keep playing my game,” Schulze said. “It didn’t quite work out, but the main thing is that we won the game.”

Later in the inning, West junior Brad Esposito singled to right scoring Rohrer and senior Mitch Hauser, who also walked.

It was West’s first and only base hit.

Gotzler said he would have kept Schulze on the mound in the fifth had the no-hitter still been in tact.

Memorial senior Alex Dodd came on to pitch the fifth inning and retired West in order.

Memorial collected 13 hits with the top three in the batting order going a combined 8 for 10.

Partner Parish welcomes Fr. McManaman

Big Bend church welcomes new pastor with tailgate

BIG BEND — St. Joseph’s Catholic Parish and School invites the public to join them as they welcome their new pastor with an inaugural tailgate on Sunday.

The parish is putting together the tailgate event to celebrate the Rev. Kevin McManaman after the retirement of its previous pastor.

St. Joseph’s member Shelly Wohler said the community is lucky to have the new pastor.

“We’re so excited, especially because there’s more priest jobs to fill than priests available right now,” Wohler said.

The parishioners are excited to bring back the tailgate, an event hey hosted years ago.

“The older members remember doing the event many years ago and it
 worked well,” said Wohler. “It has a nice, laid-back atmosphere.”

The church will supply grilled meats and encourages everyone to bring beverages and a dish to pass.

Also bring tailgate musthaves like outdoor games and lawn chairs.

The school and parish are looking forward to welcoming the new pastor and bringing together parishioners, community members and all interested in learning about the parish and school community through this tailgate.

It will take place in the parking lot of St. Joseph’s Catholic School, S89W22650 Milwaukee Ave., Big Bend, starting at 11:30 a.m. after the 10:30 a.m. Mass. The event is free and open to the public.

— Jordyn Noennig, Special to The Freeman

N.B. Fr. Kevin is a new resident in the CMH rectory.  If you see him in the neighborhood, be sure to welcome him to the CMH community.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Freeman Profiles Crusader Jake Shomin

from today's Waukesha Freeman -

Multisport Shomin at CMH
Senior a standout in baseball, basketball, football

Freeman Staff 

WAUKESHA — Maybe someday Jake Shomin can visit Catholic Memorial High School and give a speech about the virtues of the endangered species to which he belongs: The multisport student athlete.

Shomin is the starting catcher on the Crusaders’
 baseball team, which is second in the Classic 8 Conference at 13-7.

Shomin started at guard on the basketball team and was its second-leading scorer at 11.6 points per game.

He was a starting defensive back on the CMH football team, which reached the third round of the WIAA Division 3 playoffs in the fall after winning the D3 state title in 2012.

And he made the honor roll in seven of his eight semesters of high school.

“Being a multi-sport athlete has taught me a lot about myself and about life,” Shomin said. “I learned how to push myself to my limits and that hard work pays off in order to
 earn respect from coaches, teammates and fans.

“It has rewarded me because I think it is important to be a well-rounded person, and also it keeps me active because when one
 season ends another season starts.”

Memorial baseball coach Tim Gotzler has seen Shomin set himself apart on the diamond.

“Jake is a three-sport athlete
 who has played a major role in football, basketball and baseball,” Gotzler said. “In my opinion, baseball is his best sport. He is wise beyond his years and understands the game and how it is played. 

“Jake has been one of my favorite players to work with over the years. I remember doing pitching and hitting lessons with him when he was in middle school. I had him as a student in my AP government class and, obviously, as a member of the baseball team. Jake and I have spent many hours on the phone talking about baseball or anything else that goes on off the diamond.”

Shomin credits several individuals for being instrumental in his development as a baseball player.

“First of all I would have to say my dad, because when I was a kid he made me try being a left-handed hitter. Ever since then, I never switched back to being a righty,” he said. “My parents have always been there to support me, and it is important in such a difficult sport like baseball where it is hard to be successful all the time.

“Next, coach Gotzler has had a major influence on me because he has taught me so much more about the game of baseball that I did not know before, and he has always trusted me on the field. Finally, Charlie Walsh (a 2012 CMH graduate) helped me a lot, because during his senior year (my sophomore year) he taught me how to become a leader — and I have tried to follow in his footsteps.”

Gotzler wasn’t surprised when his players voted Shomin and David McLeod co-captains.

“Jake’s leadership is what separates himself from his peers,” Gotzler said. “He is willing to hold his teammates accountable and challenge them if needed. Jake leads by his words and actions. What I respect about Jake so much is how honest he will be with me about any question I ask him about the team.”

Shomin doesn’t take his duties as co-captain lightly.

“It is an honor for me to have my teammates’ confidence in my leadership and to have earned their
 respect,” he said. “It is important to me as a leader to make sure everyone is on the same page and buying in. I also know that I have to be a role model for my younger teammates so they know what to do when they become seniors.

“This year has been a little different because this is the best our baseball program has done in quite some time, so it is important that we learn how to handle success. I have to make sure that we don’t get too high after a win and that we don’t get too low after a tough loss, which is something that I have learned to manage.”

Shomin, a three-year starter, spent his first two seasons in a utility role. He earned a first-team All-Classic 8 Conference selection and All-State honorable mention last season. He is the Crusaders’ starting catcher this season after catching
 sporadically in past years.

“I have just been patient at the plate and waiting for a pitch that I know that I can drive,” Shomin said. “As a catcher, I help our pitchers figure out how to work hitters and what the other team is trying to do in certain situations.

“For our team, I think our success has come from being overall solid in all parts of the game.”

Wherever the rest of the season takes the Crusaders, Shomin knows he will treasure his CMH experience.

“It has meant a lot to me as I am constantly involved with a sport at CMH,” he said. “The coaches, teammates and experiences that I had will be something I will remember for the rest of my life. I will miss it when it is over.”

Shomin will attend the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, where he will
 pursue a business education and possibly attempt to make the Warhawks’ defending NCAA Division III national championship baseball team as a walk-on.

“I hope to have a career that I am happy with and a job where I can have a positive impact on the people around me,” Shomin said.


Get to know ... JAKE SHOMIN 

 Catholic Memorial/Baseball
Also In My Family Are: my father, Kevin, a lawyer; my mother, Andrea, a certified public accountant; and my brother, Nick, a student at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

The Athletic Accomplishment I Am Most Proud Of Is: winning state in football my junior year.

My Favorite Subject In School Is:
 International Baccalaureate Geography.
My Favorite Teacher Is:
 Mr. Mrochinski.
My Favorite Movie Is:
 'The Dark Knight Rises.”
My Favorite Recording Artist Is:
 Lupe Fiasco
My Favorite TV Show Is: SportsCenter 
The Best Meal My Mother Makes Is: steak and potatoes.
A Bad Habit I Have Is: procrastination.
A Pet Peeve I Have Is:
 slow drivers.
The Thing I Do Best Outside Of Athletics Is:
 having fun with friends.
 Tim Gotzler
The Person I’d Most Like To Meet Is:
 Mike Trout.
The Last Time I Cleaned My Room I Found: a Pok√©mon game.
Nobody Ever Says I’m:
 lazy — other than my parents.
My Most Memorable Experience Is:
 winning a state championship in football.
My Most Prized Possession Is:
 my iPhone. 
One Thing People Might Not Know About Me Is: I like all kinds of music.

Class In School/Age
One Thing I Would Change About Myself Is:
 to have stronger ankles.
One Thing At My School I Would Change Is:
 to be able to wear athletic shorts.

I See Myself In 10 Years
 being: a successful businessman with a family (hopefully two boys).
I Wish Coach Gotzler Would: let us seniors get an at-bat against him on the mound. 

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Freeman Profile: CMH LAX - Start to State in 4 Years

from today's Waukesha Freeman -

CMH rises as champion
Crusaders win D2 state title in fourth year as a program
 Freeman Staff

WAUKESHA — Usually expansion teams don’t have much success right away. When a college decides to move up a division in a certain sport, the team usually takes a few lumps before building up the program.

The Catholic Memorial High School boys lacrosse team never got that memo.

In its fourth year of existence and third year as a varsity program, the Crusaders won the boys Wisconsin Lacrosse Federation Division 2 state title June 14 with a 19-8 victory over Stoughton at the University of Wisconsin- Whitewater.

Four years ago, it was the father of a player who got the ball rolling for the CMH program. Mike Hoffmann watched his son, 2013 graduate Nolan, play for the Waukesha Nighthawks co-op team. With the help of Laurie Belmer, Waukesha’s boys director, he learned how to start up a high school team.

“We started out with 21 kids that first year, at which point 12 of them had never played before,” Hoffmann said. “It was a challenge to catch and throw the ball that first year. That’s pretty much all we did was practicing catching and throwing it.”

Hoffmann had to step down as the head coach before this season due to travel obligations for his job. However, he tried to make it to as much as he could. John Morrison took over after being an assistant last year. Morrison grew up in Maryland, where lacrosse is as big as football.

“I’ve been playing all my
life and my nephews are playing, and we grew up with sticks,” Morrison said. “I know how to tell them to play the game. I’m big on fundamentals. If their fundamentals are sound, the game will be easy for them.

“The kids want to learn, and they want to give it their all. This last year’s team was awesome. It’s only been three years, and the kids at CMH want to win and they listen to you.”

Senior captains Carson Houk and Kory Mueller were with the program in its inaugural
year. “We had a really good team, and I knew we could do it,” Houk said about winning a state title. “We put in a lot of hard work playing every day. I kind of directed on what was going on along with the coaches. (Inexperienced players) liked it, and the experienced guys really helped them out to help with the coaches.”

Houk also helped in recruiting players through the halls of Memorial. Several football players joined the team, and Morrison said they all made for great defensive players. But Houk recruited anyone who had the slightest interest.

“We had a couple of defensive guys that picked up their sticks for the first time this year,” Morrison said. “We had some good seniors and have some great young players. It was fun to get them all together and meshing.”

Houk said team chemistry was the major factor in winning the state tournament. Practice started indoors in December at STiKS Academy in Oconomowoc. When the school’s gym was available, the team played there, but it wasn’t until the team got outside that the team started to develop.

Despite never playing for the Waukesha co-op, Houk thought the school having its own team was a big reason why everything came together.

“It would have been weird, because I wouldn’t have seen those guys every day,” Houk said. “I get to see all my teammates everyday in school, and knowing it was our club and we started it made it that much more special. We made a commitment to getting better. We also got to pray before every game. Our president, Father Paul (Hartmann) came to some games and prayed with us, so that was cool.”

Morrison said the Crusaders played the “perfect” game in the championship against Stoughton.

“I’ve been coaching for eight years, and I’ve never seen a team where you didn’t have to fix anything in a game,” he said. “It was really fun to coach that game. Every single player played out of their minds. Our goalie, Bailey
(McKnight), had 18 saves and we had 18 assists on 19 goals — so that means everyone was getting open.”

CMH went 11-7 overall and 3-4 in the Classic 8 Conference. Sophomores Justin Morrison and Dominic Haight were second-team all-conference selections, while
Houk and Mueller received honorable mention.

Haight had six goals and four assists in the title game. Sophomore Adam Gronowski also scored six goals and added three assists. Houk had three goals and Mueller had two. Houk and Haight scored 52 goals apiece to lead the
team this season. Houk and Gronowski led the team with 26 assists apiece. McKnight had a 10.2 goals-against average and made 158 saves in 17 games.

Lacrosse is not a WIAA sponsored sport for boys or girls. Verona was the boys Division 1 state champ, while Arrowhead won the girls championship.

Boys lacrosse has held a state tournament since 2003 and split into two divisions in 2011. Catholic Memorial competed in a field of 12 teams in Division 2, while the Division 1 field had 28. The girls’ tournament started in 2007.

“It’s the fastest growing sport in America and the fastest sport on two feet,” said Houk, who will play for the club team at Winona State University. “One thing that grabs everyone’s attention is there’s always something going on. If you try it, you’ll love it.”

At a glance

  Catholic Memorial High School boys lacrosse team

11-7 overall, 3-4 Classic 8

The Crusaders won the Division 2 state championship with a 19-8 victory over Stoughton on June 14.

All-conference selections: Sophomores Justin Morrison and Dominic Haight were second- team All-Classic 8 picks, while seniors Carson Houk and Kory Mueller received honorable mention.

Stat leaders:
Houk and Haight 52 goals; Houk and sophomore Adam Gronowski 26 assists; senior Bailey McKnight 158 saves 

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Crusader Baseball continues to roll

from today's Waukesha Freeman -


Waukesha South 5
Memorial second baseman David McLeod
makes an acrobatic catch in shallow right field during Tuesday’s
Classic 8 Conference game against Waukesha South at Waukesha West.
Charles Auer/Freeman Staff 

Schulze guts out victory
Senior keeps CMH in game
By Jeff Hagenau, Freeman Correspondent

WAUKESHA — Matthew Schulze’s heavily iced right arm and shoulder helped tell the story of his gutsy effort.

Schulze, a senior, scattered eight hits with four strikeouts and three walks in going the distance as the Catholic Memorial High School baseball team defeated Waukesha South 7-5 in a Classic 8 Conference game at Waukesha West on Tuesday.

The Crusaders, who haven’t claimed a league title since 1998, improved to 12-4 in conference and 17-7 overall.

Facing a pressure-packed situation in the bottom of the seventh inning with runners on first and second with two outs, Schulze shook off the fatigue and induced a groundball down the third-base line that resulted in a game-ending force out.

For Schulze, the team’s top pitcher this season, there was never any doubt about staying in the game to finish the task.

“I was a little nervous at that point but just focused
and concentrated on throwing strikes,” said Schulze, who recorded his second complete-game victory of the season en route to improving to 6-2 overall. “I was able to locate my fastball a little better than usual and then combined it with the knuckle-curveball to help keep the hitters off balance.

“It was just a good team victory where everyone
stepped up and came through with a great effort to earn another big victory. Yes, we have the target on our backs right now but if we continue to play our game everything should take care of itself.”

Memorial coach Tim Gotzler was encouraged by the way his battle-tested squad remained focused, responded to the challenge and continued its crusade for a Classic 8 championship.

“With five games left on the conference schedule, it was great to see the guys respond to the pressure and walk away with a hard fought victory,” said Gotzler, a 2003 graduate of Catholic Memorial in his fifth year at the helm. “Even though we fell behind early, we showcased our mental toughness and continued to work through it.

“It was just a great team victory that will only help our confidence as we work toward a conference title.”

South collected its first two runs in the bottom of the first as junior shortstop Cannon Cooley and junior losing pitcher Brady Smith delivered back-to-back, two out RBI doubles.

Memorial responded with four runs on three hits in the top of the fourth, including a critical two-run triple by Schulze, an RBI double from senior first baseman Matthew Rechner and a run scoring groundout by junior third baseman Nick Stortz.

“After falling behind in the first inning, it was a good feeling to be able to come back with a few big runs in the fourth to regain the momentum,” Schulze said. “It was a fastball on the outside corner of the plate so I just went with the pitch and drove it into the opposite
field.” The Crusaders extended their lead to 6-3 in the fifth as the result of a clutch, two-run single by senior second baseman David McLeod and ensured a victory with a one-out RBI sacrifice fly by freshman right fielder Josh Karfonta in the seventh.

Smith added a two-out,
two-run single but South couldn’t get any closer.

Smith went 2 for 4 with three RBIs for South, which dropped to 8-8 in conference and 10-13 overall. Senior second baseman Logan Rehn and Cooley each added two hits for the Blackshirts.

“I was very proud of how
we battled back,” said South coach Marc Montez, whose team turned five double plays in the contest. “Even though it didn’t come out in our favor, it really showed our progression. We’ve been playing good ball so we’ll just use it as another good experience.”
Waukesha South third baseman Nolan Heck vaults
Catholic Memorial shortstop Kabe Stucker
after tagging Stucker out at third during Tuesday’s game.
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