Monday, September 29, 2014

CMH dashes the Dashers

CMHS Girls Rugby:  Currently ranked #7 in the U.S.A.

Friday Sept 26th

from CMH Girls Rugby Coach John Waliszewski -

Catholic Memorial  28  DSHA 5

     The Lady Crusaders won the other homecoming match last night on an afternoon dedicated to the memory of murdered journalist, Marquette grad, and former rugby playing teammate of coaches Klein and Waliszewski. The play of the game occurred in the first half, as Memorial with a series of sustained pressure and multiple earned penalties, was hammering away at the young Dasher's, only for DS to get the turnover and explode for a burst down the far sideline.  The long break away was snuffed out by the covering defense of Memorial's 9 and 15. Memorial then turned the ball over in the tackle and preceded in their own counterattack.  The ensuing long break led Freshman Allison Koenig to scamper all the way back for a long try.  A penalty kick by junior Meaghan Schmitt added to the lead a short while later.

     The Dashers responded on the opening play of the second half, after a flubbed kickoff return by the Crusaders.  After moving the ball through some hands and keeping the ball alive, Dasher's fullback Tara Sweeney, who was impressive all game long stopping several line breaks, scored the try from twenty meters out.  Both sides continued to play well in spurts thereafter. Schmitt responded with another penalty kick, and Memorial added tries from Kelsey Gustafson, Niina Sjogren, and Christy Hill in the second half. 

     Crusader scrumhalf, junior Ellie Metz, was simply outstanding for Memorial in defense, attack, and her leadership.  She seemed to be all over the field, as was her counterpart in the third row, Christy Hill, who as just a sophomore, played like a far more experienced player.  junior Katie Mcginn played the best match of her career and earned a brickhouse award for her efforts.

CMH 28
Tries:  Koenig, Sjogren, Gustafson, Hill

Conv:  Schmitt
FG:  Schmitt (2)
Tries: Sweeney

Friday, September 26, 2014

Crusader Boys VB take off the Shirts

from today's Waukesha Freeman -

Waukesha South 0

Late rallies helps CMH down South
Crusaders ranked fourth in state

By Dave Boehler, 
Freeman Correspondent 

WAUKESHA — Patrick Vandendriessche doesn’t mind having co-coaches leading the Catholic Memorial boys volleyball team this season, even if it brings the number of coaches he’s had to four in the last three years.

“It’s nice to have two coaches, because they both
 have different inputs,” Vandendriessche said.

So far, it’s working for cocoaches Brad Mikulice and Dan Chipman.

Catholic Memorial High School, ranked fourth in the state by the coaches’ association, improved to 3-0 in the Classic 8 Conference after a 25-23, 25-20, 25-18 victory over host Waukesha South on Thursday.

“We kind of know each other’s tendencies,” Mikulice said. “So Dan and I know that, the things that we look at that are different, we’re never going to clash. It’s not quite like a good cop, bad cop relationship, but in a way we can look at things a little bit different so we can kind of harmoniously clash, I guess you could say, to better the team. We try to look at
 it as it’s not so much one person is the head coach and the other is pitching in here and there. We both bring equal value to the team. We’re both focusing on the same thing, which is getting these kids better and better every single day.”

Vandendriessche finished with 13 kills and Danny Brozynski added 12 kills and 12 digs. Nick Potrzebowski totaled 29 assists for the Crusaders, one more than teammate Peter Aspenson.

South dropped to 0-3 in the Classic 8 despite seven kills from Dakota Hunter, 20 assists from Aaron Kalmadge and 11 digs from Zach Pittz.

The Blackshirts held their biggest lead of the night, 1914, in Game 1. But that’s when Catholic Memorial went on a 10-2 run, taking its first lead at 21-20 when South spiked the ball out of bounds.

A running save of the ball by Matt Murphy and a dig by Brozynski led to a spike from the left side from Vandendriessche for a 22-21 lead. It became 24-21 after a service ace from Aspenson and a bad pass by the Blackshirts.

A block by Tristan Stecki cut the deficit to 24-23, but Memorial got the next point on a kill from the middle by Aaron Siehr.

South coach David Riedl was asked if allowing that 10-2 run not only changed the complexion of Game 1, but the rest of the evening.

“To be perfectly honest, I’m not sure that really changed anything,” Riedl said. “Catholic Memorial came out and did what the No. 4 team is supposed to do. They struggled for a bit, we played hard, and then at the end they were able to reel it back in. They’re a very good team and I was actually happy with our guys. I think the next two games we actually started out playing them tight, and then over the course of the game, we let them get a little further away.”

It was a similar pattern in Game 2, as a 6-0 run by South gave the team a 7-4 lead. But a block by Memorial’s Grant Dakovich on a kill attempt by Hunter led to the Crusader’s biggest lead of the game, 23-18.

The teams exchanged points the rest of the way.

“It’s unfortunately been our tendency to start games off slow, which is a thing we’ve been working on all season so far,” Mikulice said. “While it’s not something we wanted, it’s not exactly a shock to us that we started slow or flat here. But we called timeouts, got them in gear, let them know that they can’t let it slip away.”

Memorial didn’t have its first lead in Game 3 until a block by Dakovich made it 9-8. It was close throughout until the Crusaders tallied five of the final seven points.

“I think this year we’ve had a problem where we start slow,” Vandendriessche said. “But then we get a sense of urgency. It’s something we need to change, but I am glad we are pushing at the end of the game rather than slowing down at the end of the game.”

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Just to recap - Team Rankings!

Here's how some of the Crusader fall sports teams are doing so far this season in the various rankings...

Girls Volleyball 
     - 1st in State, D2; 1st in Area on JSOnline
Boys Soccer 
     - 1st in State, D3; 10th in Area on JSOnline
     - 2nd in State, D3; 9th in Area on JSOnline
Boys Volleyball 
     - 4th in State
Girls Rugby 
     -1st in Conference
Boys Cross Country 
     - 15th in State

Boys Soccer shut out the Chiefs

from today's Waukesha Freeman -


Alba leads CMH past Mukwonago 

MUKWONAGO — Junior Connor Alba had a goal and an assist as the Catholic Memorial High School boys soccer team beat Mukwonago 2-0 in a Classic 8 Conference game Tuesday.

Sophomore Lucas Morris also scored for the Crusaders, and senior Eric Brown assisted Alba’s goal.

Girls Tennis beat the Wolverines

from today's Waukesha Freeman -

Memorial edges West in Classic 8 dual 

WAUKESHA — The Catholic Memorial High School girls tennis team used its depth to take a 4-3 Classic 8 Conference victory over Waukesha West on Tuesday.

While the Crusaders did not win at the top singles or doubles flight, CMH’s Kate Mrocynski won 6-0, 6-0 at No. 2 singles, Bridget Fredericks won 6-1, 6-0 at No. 3 and Tara Hoffman won 6-1, 7-5 at No. 4. The Crusaders’ No. 3 doubles team of Sarah Rosecky and Maureen LaMarche sealed the victory with a 4-6, 6-1, 6-1 victory.

West’s Brittany Asfeld won 6-2, 6-0 at No. 1 singles,
 Lynnie Lindblom and Ashley Solberg won 6-3, 6-3 at No. 1 doubles and Christine Allen and Stacy Mellantine won 1-6, 6-4, 6-4 at No. 2 doubles. 

Girls VB stays focused on Lasers

from today's Waukesha Freeman -

Kettle Moraine 0

North learned a lot from older brother
CMH junior helps Crusaders sweep Lasers

By Tom Badger, 
Freeman Correspondent 

WALES — Like brother, like sister.

That’s how Tori North sees it, as the Catholic Memorial High School junior is making her mark on the top-ranked Division 2 girls volleyball team.

North’s overall play Tuesday night helped the Crusaders sweep Kettle Moraine 25-17, 25-11, 25-19 to
 improve to 4-0 in Classic 8 Conference action and 19-3 overall.

Moments after the victory, Memorial coach Ted Schulte was quick to point out North’s contributions to the team.

“Tori is an outstanding player,” Schulte said. “She’s patiently waited her turn for opportunities. When she gets in there, she’s been steady as a rock. For her first year on varsity, she doesn’t seem fazed by the pressure and performs at a very high level.”

North admits she had a pretty good coach growing up: her older brother, Chandler, a standout on the CMH boys team who graduated in May.

“I watched every one of his games and took a lot of advice from him
 through the years,” North said. “He taught me how to swing properly and, more importantly, always come out with a positive attitude. That way, if I stay up, the entire team stays up.”

The Crusaders were up for most of Tuesday night.

Tied 3-3 in the first game, Memorial outscored the Lasers 10-3 to open up a 13-6 lead. The Crusaders run was started by a pair of aces by senior Hayley Levenhagen and two kills from sophomore Alexis Alden.

Memorial was cruising along 19-13 before KM pulled to within 20-16 after Megan Smet knocked a shot off a Memorial defender. Ahead 21-17, CMH won the last four points with sophomore setter Maddy Rondeau on the serve. Alden posted six kills
 in the first game.

Memorial got off to a 14-7 lead in the second game before North pitched in with three kills from the outside position to stretch the lead to 18-8. Sophomore Ivey Whalen kept the attack going with a quick set kill, and sophomore Kaitlyn Zingsheim added two points at the net.

“I do what I can,” North said. “This team is so talented and good at everything they do. I just play the best I can and see where it goes.”

Alden put the second game away with her 12th kill of the match.

“The strength of the team is its balance,” Schulte said.

KM first-year coach Joey Jonas

“You name it, they (CMH) do it well,” Jonas said. “Offensively, across the board, they have the advantage on us. They have three hitters in front at all times, and that makes it hard for us to play defense. When we couldn’t get swings, their defense was just eating everything up.”

The third game was KM’s best game of the night. After going up 8-3 after a small by sophomore Kyenna Stanley-Reckin, the Lasers held the lead until CMH tied it at 12-12. Jonas said contributions
 by sophomore Kaitlyn Jurss and junior Mackenzie Lauer helped the cause.

A serve by KM junior Breanna Perron just inside the line pulled the Lasers to 1819 before CMH seized control with kills by senior Lexie Calloway and Whalen and two non-returnable serves by Rondeau, who also gained high marks from her coach.

“Maddy is the linchpin to so many aspects of what we’re doing,” Schulte said. “She is integral to the defense, integral to the offense and very important to our operation.”

Kettle Moraine fell to 1-3 in league play and 14-11 overall.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

CMH senior Novak transitions to XC

from today's Waukesha Freeman -


Novak adapting to cross country 
Senior in first full season of sport

Freeman Correspondent


WAUKESHA — Joe Novak’s first season with the Catholic Memorial High School boys cross country team continues to get better That should also mean a likely improvement during the track and field season.

The senior gave up soccer to run cross country this year with hopes of becoming a better runner in the spring.

“He’s a miler and a 800meter runner,” Memorial first-year coach Bill Affeldt said. “This will definitely help with the mile. The more miles he has on, the easier the workouts get. Same with the 800. He can start the season with a faster tempo.”

But first things first.

Novak helped Memorial finish third in the 15-team Waukesha South Festival at Minooka Park on Saturday.

He finished in a season best 16 minutes, 58 seconds for a 10th-place showing.

He then caught a flight a few hours later to take a recruiting trip to Duke University for track.

“We’ve been very patient,” Affeldt said. “We tried to get him used to how races go, how to set up different parts of a race and go from there.”

Novak was on the soccer team last year, but when that season ended he made his cross country debut at the WIAA Division 2 state meet.

“It was fun,” Novak said of running at state. “That was a big reason why I decided to run cross country. I love the team and all the guys. I’m really close with the coaches, so all those things convinced me to run cross country instead of playing soccer this year.”

Novak finished fourth in a season-opening meet hosted by Watertown, placed third the following race hosted by Waukesha South and won the Metro Reunion outing last weekend in 17:33.

And Novak, who will also visit Michigan, Notre Dame
 and Penn, is still learning how to run cross country after he finished third in the 1,600 and fourth in the 800 at last year’s Division 2 state track and field meet.

“A 5K is a whole different beast,” Novak said. “The 800 or 1,600 you can kind of break into chunks, and it’s on a track. You can set your splits. But a 5K is different for every course. It’s really different than any event on the track that I can compare it to. It’s just a learning process, but my teammates help me out a lot.

“I think my coach is the best coach in the world. He’s had a plan for me since the end of track season last year. I’ve just been trying to get the miles in, and he’s been really helping me along even though I’m inexperienced.”

CMH senior Evan Wetzel took 23rd in 17:49, junior Jack Zwisler 25th in 17:54, junior Andrew Hirsch 29th
 in 17:59 (a personal best) and senior Brad Bodus 55th in 19:03. 

Although this is Affeldt’s first season, he is not inexperienced. Affeldt, who became Memorial’s second boys cross country coach, was legendary coach John Gabelbauer’s assistant since 1994.

“The kids are used to me,” he said. “We’ve been together for the four years with the seniors. It’s not like I’m totally a rookie at it.”

The Waukesha South girls finished eighth out of 13 teams, and did so without its top runner. Krista Pierstroff hurt her knee and was unable to finish the race.

Freshman Grace Dargiewicz led the Blackshirts by taking eighth in 21:16.

“She’s gaining more and more confidence each week,” South coach Eric Lehmann said of Dargiewicz. “She’s going to be really competitive by the end of the year. As a freshman to do well in a big meet, it’s only going to help her confidence.”

South freshman Elise Boudry finished 27th (22:43), senior Alyssa Wegner 35th (23:01), senior Linda Ortiz 50th (23:58) and Louise Davenport 54th (24:03).

Monday, September 22, 2014

The OTHER Homecoming game!

CMH Rugby goes on a Vernon march

from CMH Rugby Coach, John Waliszewski,

CMH Senior Lizzy Jacobson, breaks through on the run.

Catholic Memorial varsity girls rugby (3-0) stayed undefeated with a 50 to 5 victory over Vernon.

Senior Lizzy Jacobsen led all scorers with four tries, while junior Kelsey Gustafson and sophomore Niina Sjogren pitched in tries of their own.

Vernon senior Lexi Prusheik scored Vernon's loan try in the second half. 

Next up for the Crusaders is "the other" homecoming match, Friday Sept 26th @430pm @ Minooka Park against DSHA's JV side.

pictured:  Senior Lizzy Jacobson

Crusaders top the Blackshirts

from Saturday's Waukesha Freeman - 

Catholic Memorial sophomore Josh Karfonta returns a punt as Waukesha South senior Adam Young dives for a tackle in the first quarter Friday. Pat Neumuth/Freeman Staff 

CMH 28

Memorial holds off South rally 
Crusaders 2-1 in Classic 8

Freeman Staff

WAUKESHA — One play muted the home cheering section.

With 2 minutes, 8 seconds left in the game, the Waukesha South High School football team was an extra point away from tying Catholic Memorial. But the kick sailed wide left, and the Crusaders survived with a 28-20 Classic 8 Conference victory at South on Friday.

“You’ve got to let it go,” South coach Dave Rusch said about his kicker. “We considered going for two, but we decided (to kick) because this dude is automatic. He’s a teenage football player like everybody else, and I still have faith in
 him. He’s just got to let it go.”

South (1-3 overall, 0-3 Classic 8) made a spirited comeback to make it a game. The Blackshirts were down 14-0 at halftime and the CMH defense wasn’t budging. Touchdown runs by senior Tommy Garza and sophomore Josh Karfonta put the Crusaders (4-1, 2-1) ahead in the first half.

South started working the middle of the field in the passing game, while mixing in some bubble screens and draw plays to junior running back Anthony Johnson to open up the offense.

Johnson put the Blackshirts on the board with a 25-yard touchdown on a toss sweep to the right, and he cut back across the entire field for the touchdown. Johnson scored on the final play of the third quarter from 18 yards out to tie the game at 14. He finished the
 game with 22 carries for 84 yards and the two scores.

“It was our defense, first of all,” Johnson said about the comeback. “As an offense, we just had to come back and respond. My offensive line and receivers made some good blocks for me. They set it up perfectly for me, and I cut off them.”

The teams traded interceptions, with senior defensive back Matt Hocum giving the Crusaders the ball with a short field. CMH started a drive on its own 44-yard line. Five plays later, Karfonta was in the end zone again after a 5yard run with 6:47 left.

“It was great that our offense never gave up,” Karfonta said. “We made a drive to come back. It was just great just to get that lead back again and get the momentum back on our side.”

South put together a 12 play, 72-yard scoring drive to give them a chance to tie or take the lead. Senior running back Jordan Yatchek caught a 12-yard pass from senior Cannon Cooley on a fourth-andshort play to keep the drive alive, and two plays later
 Cooley hooked up with Ryan Larke for a 17-yard touchdown pass.

“We thought that if we do go for two and miss, they have two minutes to burn the clock. We weren’t expecting to miss the extra
 point,” Rusch said. “I guess we ended up in the same situation. If you go for two and fail, you look like a goof. If you go for two and score, you are the smartest coaching staff in Wisconsin.”All CMH needed after the missed kick was a first down. On third-and-inches, Karfonta ran 61 yards up the middle to score with 47 seconds left. He finished with five carries for 85 yards and three touchdowns.The touchdown, however, gave South hope to possibly tie the game.

South moved the ball to midfield, but its trick play was stopped and CMH celebrated.

“It was a great high school football game,” CMH coach Bill Young said. “Dave’s kids showed great dedication, and they were all fired up and played hard. A win is a win. Our offense did a good job and our defense played well in the first half.”


Catholic Memorial junior quarterback Alex Bray hands the ball to senior running back Tommy Garza against Waukesha South on Friday. Pat Neumuth/Freeman Staff

Friday, September 19, 2014

CMH Boys Volleyball Ground the Warhawks

from today's Waukesha Freeman -

Memorial hangs tough in victory
Arrowhead puts up a fight

Arrowhead 1 

By Mark Hutchinson

Freeman Staff

WAUKESHA — Volleyball is a game of bounces, so resilience is essential to success.

The Catholic Memorial High School boys team provided a case in point Thursday.

The Crusaders defeated Arrowhead 25-20 in the first set of the teams’ Classic 8 Conference match, but the Warhawks countered by taking the second 25-21 and built a 7-1 lead in the third.

Then the bounce-back began.

“We huddled up after the second game and talked about how this is our house,” CMH senior outside hitter Patrick Vandendriessche said. “We
 had to protect our house. That gave us a lot of fire and energy. We started hitting the floor, getting a lot of touches and frustrating the offense.”

CMH coach Dan Chipman agreed, and pointed out another vital component that keyed the Crusaders’ 25-20, 21-25, 25-21, 25-21 triumph.

“Our resilience made the difference,” Chipman said. “Our passing was pretty consistent throughout the match. We didn’t have too many bad passing runs. They had the one jump server, Ryan Korom, who had some nice runs, but when your passing is consistent, that leaves less things to fix. You don’t have to fine-tune multiple things.”

Vandendriessche, who had 18 kills, and senior middle hitter Aaron Siehr, who finished with two solo blocks and three assists, were the dominant figures in CMH’s first-set victory — but the team had to diversify after the Warhawks adjusted.

“So far, we’ve been pretty balanced
 offensively,” said CMH senior outside hitter Danny Brozynski, who had a team-high 19 kills and eight digs. “We try to go to whoever’s hot. Once he gets going and teams set up blocks on him, we try to dish it off someplace else.

“We started off really slow in every single set. That pushed us to work hard. Apparently we’re not working hard enough to start our games, so we need that push. I’m happy about the way we got stronger as the games went on.”

Senior outside hitter Michael Pepitone and sophomore outside hitter Evan Waltz spearheaded Arrowhead’s Game 2 victory. Pepitone, who totaled a team-leading 17 kills, continued to make a strong impression on his coach, Shane Reid.

“He’s been doing that all season and he’s only getting better,” Reid said. “He’s already transformed in the first
 few weeks from being a guy who’s hit-or-miss offensively to being a fella that you can really rely on the whole time. 

“He’s a great leader by example and an awesome senior to have. The guy does everything you ask and more.”

Arrowhead junior setter Ryan Korom had a sixpoint service run to help the Warhawks take the early lead in the third game, but CMH gradually battled back and overtook Arrowhead 15-14 on a Vandendriessche kill.

The set remained close, but the Crusaders never trailed again, prevailing 25-21.

The fourth set was tied eight times before Siehr had a two-point service run to give CMH a 21-18 edge. Brozynski delivered two clutch points to help the Crusaders clinch the set and the match.

“Our senior leadership was key,” Chipman said. “Our outsides really came to play. When we needed a big point, we knew where we were going and we got it.”

Junior setter Peter Aspenson had 21 assists, and senior setter Nick Potrzebowski had 14 for the Crusaders.

“Once we pass — and we can be a very good passing team — we have very talented hitters,” he said. “We have two very talented middles in Aaron (Siehr) and Grant (Dakovich) and two very talented right-siders in Ryan (Brown) and Brandon (Jackson). If we get everyone involved, it makes us a tough team, and it makes the matches fun.”

CMH’s defense was effective as well.

“I think our serving defense made the difference,” Vandendriessche said. “In our earlier games, we’ve missed a lot of serves. In this match, I think we only missed three.

“And our defense got a lot of touches. That frustrated them, and they started doing a lot of roll shots and tips. I think our serving and our defense really kept us in the games.”

Reid liked the competitiveness of his Warhawks, who got 10 kills from Waltz, 25 digs from senior libero Ben Lyle, 45 assists from senior setter Joey Dittman and three blocks from junior middle blocker Riley Voss.

“We all wanted to win,” Reid said. “I wouldn’t say we’d do things differently, but there were a few things we didn’t execute quite well enough to win the match.

“We had our opportunities, no doubt, being up 71 in that third set and 11-7 in that fourth set. We’ve got to do a better job of taking care of the ball. There’s no doubt about that. But props to them. They got it done.”

Chipman expects more matches like this one as the Classic 8 race unfolds.

“Based on what the rankings are and what we’ve seen so far, our conference is very tough,” he said. “We have four or five of the top 10 teams in the state. Waukesha West is ranked, Muskego is close, Kettle Moraine is ranked, Arrowhead is ranked and we’re ranked.

“We probably have, from top to bottom, the strongest conference in the state.”


Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Let's Celebrate our Champions!

Did you know that Catholic Memorial High School Crusader Sports has had 83 State Championship teams?

We are proud of all our CMH student athletes, and are especially proud of our Champions.

This fall, five Crusader Sports teams celebrate significant anniversaries of their State Championships:

The 1979 & 1989 Football teams.
The 1989 & 1994 Girls Cross Country teams.
The 1999 Boys Cross Country team.

I would like to invite all members of these teams to next week’s homecoming game - Friday, September 26, 7:00pm at Schneider Stadium at Carroll University.

At halftime, we plan to recognize the members of these teams present that night in a special way.

Members of these teams will receive free admission to the game that night, but you must pre-register by email to my assistant, Jennifer Ogren.

After the game, please join us back at CMH for the 5th Quarter celebration.

For planning purposes please RSVP to let us know you plan on coming!!

Which of these teams still has the greatest Crusader Pride?  Which team will have the best attendance?

I challenge the captains of these great teams to get their teammates to come!

I look forward to seeing many of you next week!  Please remember to rsvp to Jennifer Ogren.

Fr. Paul

Freeman Sports updates - CMH

from today's Waukesha Freeman - 


CMH, Mukwonago, Muskego 3-0 in Classic 8 

WAUKESHA — Sophomore Lexi Alden had 11 kills in leading the Catholic Memorial High School girls volleyball team to a 25-15, 25-16, 25-12 Classic 8 Conference victory over Waukesha South on Tuesday.

Sophomore Maddy Rondeau had 22 assists for the Crusaders (18-3 overall, 3-0 Classic 8), and junior Maddy Miller had six digs.

Olivia Heck had 11 assists for the Blackshirts (0-3 Classic 8), Morgan Levene had five kills and six digs, Hannah Buske had six digs and Lexi Andringa had three blocks.


Alba scores three as CMH cruises 

WAUKESHA — Connor Alba had three goals in leading the Catholic Memorial High School boys soccer team to an 8-1 Classic 8 Conference victory over Waukesha South on Tuesday.

Eric Brown had two goals and an assist for the Crusaders, and Lucas Morris had three assists. Nick Davis, Austin Uhl, Liam Crain and Drew Kohler also had a goal for CMH, and Matt Morris had an assist.

Paul Inzunza had South’s goal.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Crusader Girls win KML Invitational


Crusaders win KML Invitational 

JACKSON — The Catholic Memorial High School girls volleyball team won the Kettle Moraine Lutheran Invitational on Saturday, going 5-0 on the day.

CMH defeated Slinger and Wisconsin Heights to get into the winners bracket where the Crusaders narrowly beat Waunakee 25-16, 16-25, 15-9. CMH topped host KML 26-24, 26-24 in a semifinal before beating Germantown 25-21, 25-21 to win the title.

Sophomore outside hitter Lexi Alden led the Crusaders with 40 kills, while sophomore middle Ivey Whelan had 26 kills in addition to six blocks. Sophomore Maddy Rondeau had 65 assists, senior Lexi Calloway had 30 digs and junior libero Maddy Miller added 16 digs and five aces as the Crusaders improved to 17-3 overall.

CMH recognized as one of the best Catholic schools in America!

Catholic Memorial High School nationally recognized as a School of Excellence

The Cardinal Newman Society, a national organization devoted to promoting and defending Catholic education, announced today that Catholic Memorial High School of Waukesha, WI (CMH), has been named to the 2014 National Catholic Education Honor Roll as a School of Excellence.  Nationally only seventy out of the nearly twelve hundred Catholic high schools were named to this year’s honor roll.   This is the third consecutive Honor Roll on which CMH has been recognized.

The Catholic Education Honor Roll's School of Excellence Award recognizes high schools that exhibit faithful Catholic education through institutional identity, administration, academics, and student life.  According to the Cardinal Newman Society all members of the Honor Roll embrace, support, and pledge to work toward achieving three distinct "Indicators of a School of Excellence."  Among these indicators are a commitment to Catholic teachings and lived faith; faculty, staff and volunteers exhibit that faith and Catholic identity; and the school’s policies and programs ensure the strength and stability of the Church’s educational mission in a changing world.
In its press release, Patrick J. Reilly, President of The Cardinal Newman Society said “Since competition began in 2004, the Honor Roll has been a helpful tool for administrators, families, and benefactors in recognizing the quality of a Catholic high school education.  The Honor Roll schools are a reminder that Catholic education is getting better every day—not only academically, but in the renewal of Catholic identity.”
Catholic Memorial High School is the only school of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee on the honor roll.  According to CMH President, Fr. Paul Hartmann, “A recognition like this not only stands beside CMH’s unmatched academics and our stellar extracurricular offerings, but it also shows how lived faith underlies all of the successes a CMH student can attain.” 
At Catholic Memorial High School, we educate students as individuals, intellectually and spiritually.  We guide students to work to their God-given potential.  We prepare them for postsecondary education and to become leaders who serve the Church and world.
For more information about our school’s outstanding educational programming, such as Memorial Propel, Project Lead the Way, International Baccalaureate Diploma and Career Certificate Programs, Academic Resource Support and Student Growth Plan, please contact the school.
For the recent press release about CMH’s highest-ever ACT composite score, please click here.  Regarding CMH’s successful athletics program, please see the WSN Sports Cup Rankings, click here.  For the national press release from The Cardinal Newman Society announcing the 2014 Catholic Education Honor Roll, click here.

Monday, September 15, 2014

A testimonial to CMH's Project Lead the Way!

This message was sent to CMH Project Lead the Way Coordinator, Mrs. Mary Petrie.  It is a testament to the our great PLTW and STEM programs.   The CMH grad began studying engineering this fall at Arizona State University.  Prayers for continued success Austin!

Dear Mrs. Petrie,

How has the school year been going? Things here in Arizona are good. The temperature is still over 100, which is slightly too hot for me, but i hear the winter will be around 70 degrees.

I am taking an engineering class here that is similar to the classes I took with you at CMH. The only thing is that they are way easier. We started the first class by talking about the problem of cooling people down here in Arizona and I immediately thought of my first project with jared where we made the cooling pillow. Even the teacher could not come up a problem statement as good as any of ours. My professor likes our group because we are so efficient

We started a project now where we are building a ping pong ball launcher which is the exact project we did two years ago. They want us to launch the ball 2-15 feet, but I remember launching ours around 30 feet. I believe our next project has something to do with finding a way to light up a miniature city.

It is frustrating at times when everyone here has no engineering experience, but I just have to be patient. Thanks for preparing me so well for this. I know it will help me in the future.

Austin Kane, CMH '14

Friday, September 12, 2014

Crusader Boys VB rocket past Stars

from today's Waukesha Freeman -

CMH beats North in straight sets

WAUKESHA — The Catholic Memorial boys volleyball team took care of Waukesha North in straight sets for a 25-10, 25-20, 25-17 Classic 8 Conference victory Thursday at North High School.

Senior Nick Potrzebowski led the Crusaders with 15 assists and two aces. Sophomore Ryan Brown had 11 kills, senior Aaron Siehr had five blocks and junior Matt Murphy had seven digs.

North’s Eric Zirzow had eight kills, while Zack Hallett made 14 assists.

— Freeman Staff

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Freeman Profiles Sam Gromacki

from today's Waukesha Freeman -

Gromacki a throwback player
 Memorial senior enjoys the label
Catholic Memorial senior Sam Gromacki, left, received all-state honors as a junior. Charles Auer/Freeman Staff 
Freeman Staff

WAUKESHA — Sam Gromacki was born in the wrong decade.

The Catholic Memorial High School senior defensive lineman is not all about himself. He’s not shy when it comes to hitting. And he’s not going to back away from hard work.

“Sam is no different than the kids I had in the ’70s,” CMH coach Bill Young said. “He’s kind of a throwback. He loves to compete and has a great attitude at practice every day. He’s a real physical kid that enjoys contact. He’s just a real competitor.”

And Young knows a lot about high school athletes, as it’s the coach’s 41st year coaching football at Memorial. Young said players are just different nowadays, and what separates Gromacki from your typical high school senior is he cares more about the team than himself.

“He’s got one speed, and that’s 150 percent,” Young
said. “He never dogs it, and he makes our kids offensively practice very hard because you can’t single block him. He draws a lot of double teams. He’s just a nasty, competitive kid that loves to practice.”

Gromacki likes being called an old school guy. He said there’s a lot of smack talk on and off the field, but
he’s not about that.

“Coach always tells me that I’m a throwback, and it puts a smile on my face,” Gromacki said. “I don’t know (why the game has changed). They care about the name on the back a little bit more than the name on the front. It takes more than just one player to win a game.”

Maybe that’s what made him a first-team all-conference and honorable mention all-state player.

Gromacki likes staying out of the spotlight. He’s happy to take on double teams nearly every play so the linebackers can get the tackle. The more a team double teams him, the more players he gets to hit.

“It’s not the most glorious position, but you get your plays here or there,” Gromacki said. “I’m not a big talker or gloat. It’s all about the sport to me. It’s not about the tackles or sacks, it’s about winning games.”

When Gromacki has been on the field, Memorial has won plenty of games. The Crusaders were the WIAA Division 3 state champions his sophomore season, and he had five tackles in the title game against Waupaca. CMH is 3-0 this season and
has allowed just seven points in three games. The CMH starters have yet to be scored upon, something that gives Gromacki a great sense of pride.

“Coach is always working us hard in practice, and our defense is what our team is built around,” Gromacki said. “I take a lot of pride being on this defense, because I know how big it is on our team.”

Memorial’s defense will get a true test Friday night as it plays two-time defending WIAA Division 1 champion Arrowhead at Carroll University. However, Gromacki said he’s up for any challenge and thinks the Crusaders’ defense is good enough to run the table this season. He knows it’s inevitable teams will score against the defense in such a tough Classic 8 Conference, but he said it’s not going to be many points. And if a team is going to score, he thinks it will have to be on a big play, as he has confident in his team’s defense that not many offenses will be able to drive the length of the field.

The only knock a person can have against Gromacki is his height. Young thinks Gromacki’s 5-foot-10, 275pound frame is the only reason why NCAA Division I coaches haven’t come around recruiting him.

“The good Lord makes your height and you can coach them up all you want, but you can’t coach height,” Young said. “He’s a tough football player. Sam goes hard on every play, and you will never challenge him in practice to go harder. He’s a kid that loves to compete.”

Gromacki wants to play football next year, and he was a little upset Division I coaches haven’t come calling because of his lack of
height, but he’s got a different way of thinking when it comes to his stature.

“Every coach says low man wins,” Gromacki said. “I’ve played against all the guys. I’ve played against George Panos (an Arrowhead graduate who plays at Wisconsin). I’ve played against Jaden Gault (a Monona Grove graduate who is at Wisconsin). I’ve played against all of them and held my own. I wish I was a little bit taller just because when they see 5-10 they stop looking. I wish I was taller to show them what I’ve got.”

The University of Wisconsin- Stevens Point interests Gromacki early in the recruiting process. He likes the team and he likes the outdoors education opportunities the school offers. He has other interests from Division II schools and would go that route depending the school — and if there was a scholarship
offer. Gromacki excels in the trenches of another sport, too. Gromacki placed fifth in the WIAA Division 2 state wrestling tournament last year. He said wrestling is his most mentally challenging sport, and after every winter he comes out a better athlete.

“It helps you with your conditioning, strength and balance, and also the mental part of it,” Gromacki said. “Grinding through a wrestling match is like grinding through a football game.”

Wrestling is the only time where he can think about just himself, and he’s got lofty goals for his wrestling season.

“Ever since I went to the state tournament and watched the walk of champions and seeing the Kohl Center full, that’s my No. 1 goal to do the walk of champions,” Gromacki said. “That would be an amazing accomplishment.”

Get to know ... SAM GROMACKI

  Catholic Memorial/Football
Coach Bill Young
Class In School/Age

Also In My Family Are:
my father, Fred; my mother, Barb; my sister, Alex; and my brother, Isaac. The Athletic Accomplishment I Am Most Proud Of Is: the state football championship my sophomore year.

My Favorite Subject In School Is:
My Favorite Teacher Is: Mr. Affeldt, who teaches history.
My Favorite Movie Is:
“Secondhand Lions.”
My Favorite Recording Artist Is:
Toby Keith.
My Favorite TV Show Is: “Duck Dynasty.”

The Best Meal My Mother Makes Is:
A Bad Habit I Have Is: road rage.
A Pet Peeve I Have Is:
lazy people.
The Thing I Do Best Outside Of Athletics Is:
hunting and fishing.

The Person I'd Most Like To Meet Is:
Toby Keith.
The Last Time I Cleaned My Room I Found: a $20 bill.
Nobody Ever Says I’m: small.
My Most Memorable Experience Is:
going up north with my family.
My Most Prized Possession Is:
my puppy.
Might Not Know About Me Is: I’m a little mean on the football field, but I have a big heart.
One Thing I Would Change About Myself Is: more patience.

One Thing At My School I Would Change Is:
to have better locker rooms or a home field to play football.
I See Myself In 10 Years: I’d like to live out in Montana doing some sort of natural resources work.
I Wish CoachYoung Would: make Saturday practices an hour later.