Friday, October 31, 2014

Crusader Senior Sam Gromacki Finalist for State Award

Photo credit - Charles Auer, Waukesha Freeman 

from WSN SportsNet - 

The Tim Krumrie Award is given annually to the state's top senior defensive lineman as part of the WSN Senior Football Awards. The award is named after Tim Krumrie, a former Mondovi and University of Wisconsin athlete who would go on to star in the NFL for 12 seasons, including two Pro Bowl appearances.
The pre-season watch list was trimmed down to 15 semi-finalists, and six finalists for the award have now been selected. Winners are announced the week of the state finals.

Sam Gromacki, Catholic Memorial - Gromacki is a bull on the inside of the defensive line for the Crusaders. Through 9 regular season games he recorded 58 tackles, 21 tackles for loss, 6 sacks, 4 forced fumbles, and recovered 4 fumbles against some of the best competition in the entire state. "He is one of the top two defensive linemen I have coached in 41 seasons," said veteran Catholic Memorial head coach Bill Young.

Girls Volleyball - Crusaders down the Trojans

from today's Waukesha Freeman -

Catholic Memorial players celebrate a game victory 
during their match against East Troy Thursday evening.
Charles Auer/Freeman Staff 

CMH back to sectional final
Crusaders play KML on Saturday

East Troy 1 

By Tom Badger, 
Freeman Correspondent 

WAUKESHA — Two out of three isn’t bad, but three out of four is so much better.

That’s how the Catholic Memorial High School girls volleyball team felt Thursday after knocking off rival East Troy in the WIAA Division 2 sectional semifinal at CMH.

By winning three out of four sets, 18-25, 25-21, 25-21 and 25-19, Memorial has won two of its last three matches with East Troy, its peer and rival in the girls volleyball circuit.

More importantly, the Crusaders advanced to the sectional final against Kettle Moraine Lutheran at 7 p.m. Saturday at East Troy.

“East Troy is a disciplined team with an exceptional player, who carries a huge load for them,” Memorial coach Ted Schulte said. “Our team, honestly, is not quite as disciplined, but we have such a brunt of attack.

We score on the right side, we score on the left side and we score in the middle. It was a classic matchup. Tonight, we were the better team — by a narrow margin — but the better team.”

Not in the first set, however, as the Trojans pulled away at the end with a 7-3 run.

Senior Lexie Calloway kept CMH close with five kills before East Troy rallied with power points by juniors M.E. Dodge and Katrina Santos.

Memorial’s top outside hitter, sophomore Alexis Alden, got off to a slow start. As it turned out, she had a pretty good reason.

“I was definitely struggling early because I was too excited and my nerves got the best of me, almost,” Alden said. “I just needed to calm down. Also, my hand is broken and that was a factor. At first, I wasn’t sure how hard to push it.”

After losing the first set, Memorial rallied in the second behind two quick set kills in the middle by sophomore Ivey Whalen. The second one gave CMH a 10-7 lead and a spark.

“When our setters and middles connect, it seems as if the whole team gets fired up,” Whalen said. “Better yet, it earns us important points up front at the net.”

The Crusaders opened up a 17-8 lead with seven straight before East Troy chipped away and eventually cut the lead to 22-20. After a Trojan kill went long, CMH was whistled for a line violation.

Ahead 23-21, Calloway’s tip shot over the blockers found the floor and Whalen’s block on Dodge’s kill try gave the Crusaders the second set, 25-21.

Between sets, Calloway received a loud rendition of “Happy Birthday” from her team student section.

Again in the third set, two quick set kills by Whalen — from sophomore setter
 Maddy Rondeau — helped the Crusaders gain a 14-10 lead.

East Troy chipped away again and even took a 16-15 lead.

With Rondeau serving, Memorial regained the lead 20-16 only to see the Trojans pull to within 22-20. Down the stretch, Calloway scored twice with kills off East Troy defenders to win 25-21.

Alden came on strong with three monster kills in the third that helped CMH to a 13-5 lead, a lead that grew to 18-12 and 20-13 with a key block by CMH junior Alexandra Morrison.

East Troy fought back to cut the led to 22-19.

“I was very pleased with the lead, but then we let them whittle away a little bit,” Schulte said. “We couldn’t for a minute think that the match
 is over. We didn’t want them to figure out a way to win this game. Who knows what would have happened in a fifth game.”

Two serving faults by East Troy got the score to 24-19 and Calloway’s serve on match point was non-returnable.

“(CMH) gave me the best birthday present that they could have possibly given me,” said Calloway, who led her team with 16 kills on her 18th birthday. “I wouldn’t have wanted anything else. I’m overwhelmed right now.”

Dodge led East Troy with 25 kills while Alden finished with 11 kills for Memorial and Whalen had seven. Rondeau led CMH with 20 assists and senior Hayley Levenhagen added 19 assists. Junior Tori North came up with 23 digs for CMH.

 Catholic Memorial sophomore Alexis Alden hits the ball 
past East Troy junior Chloe Jakscht during a game 
Thursday night at Catholic Memorial.
Charles Auer/Freeman Staff 

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Crusader FB #1 in County Rankings!

from today's Waukesha Freeman - 

The Freeman’s 2014 Waukesha County football rankings 

 Last Week Comment

1. Catholic Memorial (8-2) 1 Crusaders coast in first round of playoffs

2. Muskego (8-2) 2 Warriors upend Manitowoc Lincoln to open playoffs

3.Waukesha West (8-2) 3 Wolverines open postseason with 35-0 victory

4.Arrowhead (7-3) 4 Two-time defending champs in hunt for third title

5. Lake Country Luth. (10-0) 5 Lightning does not slow down in postseason

6. Mukwonago (7-3) 6 Indians to face Muskego in second-round playoff game

7. Brookfield Academy (8-2) 8 Blue Knights ousted in first round of playoffs

8. Menomonee Falls (6-4) 7 Indians shut out by Milwaukee King in first round of playoffs

9. Pewaukee (4-5) NR Pirates suffer shootout loss in first round of playoffs

10. Brookfield East (7-3) 9 Spartans toppled by Cedarburg in opening round

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Crusader images from the Soles for Education Walk

Catholic Memorial's Dr. Bob Hall, Julie Lindahl, and Fr.Paul Hartmann join the day's MC, WTMJ's Gene Mueller and his wife LuAnn.

Catholic Memorial High School students and leadership, joined by the Milwaukee Admirals mascot Roscoe, led the 10,000 walkers in warm ups before starting the Walk.  The highlight of the calisthenics was "The Crusader Coaster".

Thanks to the CMH students and staff who staffed the CMH tent along the walk, handing out candy, water, and CMH materials.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

4 CMH alums nominated to State Forensic Association's Theater Hall of Fame

Forwarded by Mr. Chris Andacht, CMH Drama Director:
Dear Mr. Andacht,

Several alumni of Catholic Memorial High School have been nominated for the Wisconsin High School Forensic Association's Theatre Hall of Fame for the distinguished honor of earning the esteemed Acting Award more than once.  As you know, only an elite few are recognized with this award each year, and an even smaller percentage have achieved it throughout the long history of our organization.

The following four alumni of your school have been elected to the Theatre Hall of Fame this year, and we would like to recognize them at the State Theatre Festival, Friday, November 21, at Viterbo University. 
Kate Andacht
Kate Booth
Nico Fernandez
Megan Miller
Please let me know if you have any questions.  Thank you for your role in inspiring these tremendous performing artists.  It will be great to learn how they have taken that inspiration with them, through their lives.

Warm regards,

Adam J. Jacobi, Executive Director

Wisconsin High School Forensic Association

Pictured above, from Fall, 2010,
with their Wisconsin Forensic Association
awards for "The Miracle Worker" are
Nico Fernandez, left, and Megan Miller, center.

Crusader Boys XC head to State!

CMH Boys Cross Country Goes to State - Varsity Runners Brad Bodus, Joe Novak, Evan Wetzel, Andrew Hirsch, Jack Zwisler, and Matthew Petterson ran at Sectionals this past weekend. 

Joe Novak finished fifth and Jack Zwisler eighth individually.

The team finished second overall and will compete on Saturday, November 1, in Wisconsin Rapids. It is the first time in many years that the Boys Cross Country team has gone to State in back to back years. 

Congratulations runners!

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Crusaders easily repel Raiders

from today's Waukesha Freeman -


CMH 49
Two Rivers 6

Catholic Memorial senior Robbie Gogin leaps over Two Rivers senior Andrew Henderson for a catch Friday. Robert F. Borkowski/Special to The Freeman

Memorial cruises
CMH coach Young wins 299th career game 

By Tony Mooren, 
Freeman Correspondent 

WAUKESHA — The Catholic Memorial High School football team got what it wanted Friday.

But the Crusaders didn’t start the way they wanted.

Memorial, after falling behind by a touchdown early in their WIAA Division 3 playoff opener, coasted past Two Rivers 49-6 at Carroll University’s Schneider Stadium.

Junior quarterback Alex Bray tossed a season-high four touchdown passes, and senior running back Tommy Garza rushed for 105 yards and two touchdowns.

The victory was the 299th of coach Bill Young’s career. He will get his shot at No. 300 next week against Kewaskum.

“It would be nice to get it because it would mean we’re still in the tournament,” Young said.

Memorial, a second-seeded team, was certainly in the tournament against the seventh seeded
 Raiders. After yielding a score — a 69yard pass from senior Marcus Alfaro to senior Ethan Willman — on the first series of the game, Memorial’s offense stepped up with a season-high point total. And the defense not only caused three turnovers — a fumble recovery by senior Ronny Driscoll and interceptions by junior Ben Bosch and senior Chris Rupel — but pretty much shut down Two Rivers. 

The Raiders did have one more big play in the game — a 32-yard pass completion to Willman, who had four receptions for 111 yards — but after their first series the team generated only 91 more yards of offense.

Two Rivers finished with a mere 27 rushing yards on 27 attempts and 158 yards through the air.

“Every game we come out and try to be prepared, but we had a little shaky start,” Garza said. “I’m glad our offense came out and got it back right away. It feels good to get the first playoff game out of the way.”

Garza finished Memorial’s first offensive series with a 16yard scoring run, and then Bray took over.

Garza still ran the ball — the 105 yards on only 12 carries — but Bray hit junior Fletcher Metz with a 31-yard touchdown pass, senior Robbie Gogin with 30- and 28-yard scoring passes and fleet-footed sophomore blazer Eric Fridl with a 17-yard touchdown pass.

Fridl also had an 18-yard scoring run.

Bray actually had a fifth touchdown pass, but it was called back by a holding
 penalty and that turned out to be the only possession in the first eight that the Crusaders did not score.

“We watched two of their
 games on film to see what their defense would do,” Bray said. “We came out conservative on our first drive and they showed some holes, so we went after them.”

Bray finished 9 for 13 for 170 yards, and the Crusaders had 442 yards of total offense.

“It’s a great feeling when your receivers are running good routes and your line is giving you a lot of time,” Bray said.

He then added that Garza’s running was the key.

“He set up some play action, which opened up some holes,” Bray said.

Garza, running only three times in the second half, scored the final touchdown on a 4-yard run — the score set up by an interception by Bosch that he returned to the 4-yard line.

“Bray’s a really good quarterback,” Young said. “But credit the offensive line and Garza and (sophomore Josh) Karfonta’s running, too. They stepped it up.

“Looking at the tape, we did feel that we could throw on them and I was a little disappointed that we didn’t get off the field at the start. Kids are kids, but we then won a game that we probably should have won like this.”

Next up is Kewaskum.

“They’re a spread team, and we’re going to have to be a lot more energized,” Young said of the Indians.

Catholic Memorial quarterback Alex Bray, right, hands off to running back Josh Karfonta on Friday. Robert F. Borkowski/Special to The Freeman 

Friday, October 24, 2014

Team mass this morning with the Crusader Football team.

Even though today is a day off from school here at CMH, the Crusader Football team gathered for mass and breakfast together.

The team prayed for safety and well-being for all competitors, and that they might all be true representatives of The Memorial Way.

Be sure to turn out tonight, 7pm, at Carroll University, for the Level 1 playoff game against Two Rivers.

Girls Volleyball Regionals

from today's Waukesha Freeman - 

Catholic Memorial holds off Vikings 

WAUKESHA — Catholic Memorial held off Wisconsin Lutheran for a 19-25, 2514, 25-20, 26-24 victory in a WIAA Division 2 regional semifinal Thursday.

The top-seeded Crusaders host play second-seeded New Berlin Eisenhower in a regional final Saturday.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Crusaders Garza & Karfonta among County's top scorers!

Congratulations to sophomore Josh Karfonta and senior Tommy Garza for finishing the regular season at #15 and #18 among Waukesha County's Top 20 scoring leaders.

Good Luck Tommy, Josh, and the entire Crusader football team in their run for State.  This Friday, give Coach Young win #299!  See you this Friday at Carroll!

CMH, a Haunted House, and Edgar Allan Poe

from today's Waukesha Freeman -

The Very Reverend Paul Hartmann
President of Catholic Memorial High School

Waukesha Reads a community partnership
Catholic Memorial Haunted House takes on Edgar Allan Poe

Catholic Memorial High School is honored to partner with the public library for Waukesha Reads. I applaud the library and its staff for working tirelessly to bring this program to our community. The goal of Waukesha Reads is to spread an appreciation for American literature, and that blends well with our own educational mission. So, when our CMH English teachers received an opportunity to help further, they enthusiastically got on board.

This year’s choice of Edgar Allan Poe was greeted with great enthusiasm among our student body. It is well known that Poe’s life was difficult and his works reflect a certain darkness. Sometimes so dark, that it might seem unusual for a Catholic high school to devote focus to the man, his life, and his works. But, there are hopeful exceptions in his writings. Glimpses of faith and conscience which show brightness shining through the darkness.

It is said that one day Poe was walking the noisy streets of Baltimore when he noticed, presumably for the first time, the noon-day bells pealing from a Catholic parish. Though little is known of Poe’s Episcopalian faith life, that day he was curious enough to enter a Catholic Church and ask about the bells. According to the legend, Poe learned that the bell rings at noon to signal the Angelus, the prayer at midday that celebrates Mary’s “yes” to the announcement of the archangel Gabriel. For some reason, known only to the Holy Spirit, this encounter was enough for him to write one of his simplest and most beautiful poems. First entitled “A Hymn to Our Lady” in the short story “Morella,” it was later published separately as “The Catholic Hymn.” (Though Poe himself just called it “The Hymn.”) In addition to the exciting class discussions that Poe’s literature generates, the Poe theme places an exciting twist on our annual Haunted House. Since the start of school, nearly 100 students have been working to turn the house on the corner of College and Hartwell into a tribute to the great works of Mr. Poe.

The house that hosts our Haunted House comes with a storied past. The home was built in 1885 by Mr. Caspar Sanger for his wife and 10 children. Hard times hit, and in 1898, Dr. Byron Caples, a prominent psychologist and neurologist, rented the mansion and converted it into a home for persons with nervous disorders. The hospital outgrew its space and a larger facility was built just down the block. The hospital was known as the Waukesha Springs Sanitarium

After World War II, the house reverted back to a residence. It became a home for returning war veterans who attended classes at Carroll College. Later, it was remodeled and became residence to the Franciscan Sisters of Charity who were teaching at Catholic Memorial. The last of the teaching sisters left in 2002, ending a half-century of religious sisters living in the mansion.

Now, once every year, our CMH mansion is a Haunted House that raises money for charitable organizations that serve military veterans. Since its inception seven years ago, the CMH Haunted House has donated almost $70,000 to charity. The work of the students has raised funds for Honor Flight, the Wounded Warrior Project, and Vets Place Central to name a few. This year, the students’ efforts will benefit Fisher House Milwaukee, a home away from home for military veterans and their families who seek medical care at the VA Hospital, Froedtert, and the Medical College of Wisconsin. Fisher House broke ground on June 3, and we are excited to be a part of this incredible endeavor from the ground up.

Catholic Memorial’s commitment to military veterans continues to be strong. In 1949, CMH was founded as a living memorial to the 23 men from St. Joseph’s parish who lost their lives in World War II. Since then, six students from CMH have died serving our country, and their names have been added to the honor roll of those our school memorializes.

The Haunted House runs October 24, 25, 31 and Nov. 1 from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. On Saturday evenings we run a family- friendly hour from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. The cost is $7.00 and is appropriate for persons over 11 years of age during regular hours. In conjunction with Waukesha Reads, we will be collecting new and gently used children’s books that will be donated to the Hope Center.

The Haunted House is located at 601 E. College Avenue, on the west side of the school property. For additional information, please contact the school at 262-542-

(Father Paul Hartmann is the president of Catholic Memorial High School and a 1984 graduate.)


If you are interested, here is Poe's beautiful poem, Hymn to Our Lady.  It first appeared in the short story Morella, published in 1833 and was later published as a stand alone work.

Sancta Maria! turn thine eyes
Upon the sinner's sacrifice
Of fervent prayer and humble love,
From thy holy throne above.

At morn, at noon, at twilight dim
Maria! thou hast heard my hymn.
In joy and wo, in good and ill
Mother of God! be with us still.

When my hours flew gently by,
And no storms were in the sky,
My soul, lest it should truant be —
Thy love did guide to thine and thee.

Now, when clouds of Fate o'ercast
All my Present, and my Past,
Let my Future radiant shine
With sweet hopes of thee and thine.

Soccer Team and Parents gather for mass and dinner.

At the request of the team, last night Fr. Paul Hartmann celebrated mass with the CMH varsity soccer team and their parents.

On the Church's first Universal Feast of Pope St. John Paul II, the readings chosen for this mass focused on a verse from St. Paul's message to the Philippians - "I continue my pursuit toward the goal, the prize of God’s upward calling, in Christ Jesus."

The boys team will compete tonight in the sectional semifinals against Delavan-Darian, at 6pm, at Delavan.

As is our tradition, at the end of the mass, together we prayed the Crusader Team Prayer.

Heavenly Father,

Our Life, Health, and Abilities are gifts from you. 

Give us the courage to devote each, 
not to our own gain, but to your glory.

Let us compete today with all our heart, mind, body, and soul. 

If you choose, allow victory to come as a blessing and reward; 
but, if necessary, assist us to learn integrity in defeat.

Keep all players safe this day. 

Allow us to give our best as a memorial 
to those who have given their all for our sake.

Leader:/ St. Sebastian, patron of athletes,
R:/ Pray for Us.

L:/ Our Lady of Memorial, R:/ Pray for Us.

L:/ Our Lady of Victory, R:/ Pray for Us

L:/ We make this prayer through Christ our Lord.


The evening ended with a potluck dinner at the CMH rectory.  Thanks to all of the families who coordinated and contributed.

Good Luck tonight!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Girls VB send Lady Bishops packing

from today's Waukesha Freeman -

Memorial wins easily 
CMH plays Wisco on Thursday

Messmer 0
WAUKESHA — The top seeded Catholic Memorial girls volleyball team was no match for Messmer. The Crusaders easily won the Division 2 regional game 25-4, 25-9, 25-6 Tuesday.

CMH will host Wisconsin Lutheran at 7 p.m. Thursday in the regional semifinal.

Sophomore Maddy Rondeau led the team with seven kills and six aces. Senior Lexie Calloway also had seven kills, while senior Hayley Levenhagen had 17 assists and junior Maddy Miller had four digs.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Boys' VB wins in a very long run!

from today's Waukesha Freeman - 

CMH boys win Classic 8 volleyball match

WAUKESHA — The Catholic Memorial High School boys volleyball team beat Waukesha West 25-16, 23-25, 2519, 33-35, 15-12 in a Classic 8 Conference match Monday.

Danny Brozynski had 22 kills and 16 digs for CMH, Patrick Vandendriessche had 13 kills, Nick Potrzebowski had 24 assists, Peter Aspenson had 16 assists, Matt Murphy had 16 digs and Ryan Brown had five aces.

Aaron Turner led West with 13 kills and three blocks, Jack Boland had three blocks, Griffin Spence had three aces and 14 assists and Adam Lembke had nine digs.

— Freeman Staff

Putting on a show for Poe

from today's Waukesha Freeman -

CMH’s haunted house starts this weekend

WAUKESHA — Starting this weekend, the former convent and mental institution on Catholic Memorial High School’s property will be downright spook-tacular as the school’s annual haunted house fires up for the season — this time with an Edgar Allan Poe theme.

Organizer Mary McNulty said the haunted house is open from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday as well as Oct. 31 and Nov. 1, with a “family-friendly” hour on Saturday and Nov. 1.

Admission is $7 and it’s appropriate for ages 11 and older.

Proceeds from this year’s haunted house will benefit Fisher House Milwaukee, a private-public partnership that supports America’s military in their time of need by offering shelter and support during a medical crisis. Located on the grounds of VA hospitals and other military medical centers, Fisher House facilities provide a comforting “home away from home” while a loved one is receiving care in an unfamiliar environment, according to the Fisher House’s website.

Each year CMH students put together the haunted house, with proceeds always benefiting a veteran- related charity as an homage to the school’s 1949 founding as a memorial for 23 soldiers who died in World War II. To date, the haunted house has raised more than $60,000 for various charities including Habitat for Humanity, Wounded Warrior Project, Hebron House and Vets Place Central. Last year, students were able to donate $13,000 in haunted house proceeds to the Stars & Stripes Honor Flight.

This year, the haunt dovetails
 with the community reading project Waukesha Reads’ theme of Poe’s tales.

— Sarah Pryor, Freeman Staff

Monday, October 20, 2014

Rugby advances to Championships!

Congratulations to the varsity girl rugby team.  Their 42-7 victory over Brookfield puts them into the Championship game, Sunday night at 7pm at the Milwaukee County Sports Complex against DSHA.   Freshman Allison Koenig scored 5 tries in the victory.  It is the Crusader's fourth straight appearance in the state final.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Crusaders take share of C8 title

from yesterday's Waukesha Freeman -

CMH sets up tie for conference title
Four teams share Classic 8 crown

Above:Catholic Memorial senior Sam Gromacki
applies pressure to Waukesha West junior quarterback
Conor Blount during Friday’s game at Waukesha North.
Below right: Catholic Memorial senior Jett Siegenthaler
comes down with an interception of a pass intended for
Waukesha West junior Tyler Remmers during
Friday’s game at Waukesha North. Charles Auer/Freeman Staff 

CMH 14
Waukesha West 12 By Jeff Hagenau, Freeman Correspondent

WAUKESHA — Jett Siegenthaler’s split-second reaction made the difference.

Siegenthaler, a 6-foot 171pound senior defensive back, deflected a potential game-tying two-point conversion pass with two minutes remaining in the third quarter to help preserve a lead as the Catholic Memorial High School football went on to defeat Waukesha West 14-12 in a Classic 8 Conference regular-season finale at Waukesha North on Friday.

The dramatic, pressure packed victory clinched a share of the conference championship for Memorial, which improved to 5-2 in conference and 7-2 overall.

Memorial finished in a four-way tie for the title with West, Muskego and two-time defending WIAA Division 1 champion Arrowhead.

West dropped to 5-2 in conference
and 7-2 overall.

Following a West touchdown to trim the deficit to two points, West junior quarterback Conor Blount rolled to his right and attempted a two-point conversion pass.

Siegethaler, who worked for good position in the right corner of the end zone, broke on the ball and deflected it to the ground.

It proved to be a backbreaker, as West came up empty on its final two drives in the fourth quarter.

“Everyone played with poise and did a nice job of handling the situation,” Siegenthaler said. “We had great coverage on the play, and the defensive line did an outstanding job of putting pressure on the quarterback to force him out of the pocket. It was just the result of everyone doing their job and working together to make something happen.

“Before the game, we were feeling a lot of pressure, but once we stepped on the field everything calmed down. It was just a great feeling to come away with a share of the conference title.”

Memorial scored the first points of the contest as junior quarterback Alex Bray connected with senior wide receiver Robbie Gogin on a 59-yard touchdown pass to cap a six-play, 74-yard game-opening drive with 9:55 left in the first quarter.

West trimmed the deficit to 7-6 with 6:21 remaining in the opening quarter as freshman running back Peter MacCudden scored on a 4-yard run to finish an eight-play, 59-yard drive — but the extra-point attempt failed by sailing wide right.

Memorial’s road to a share of the title came as the result of a freaky special teams’ breakdown by the Wolverines early in the second quarter.

Forced to punt from its own end zone into strong wind and driving rain, the ball flew out of bounds at the West 15-yard line.

The Crusaders took advantage of the excellent field position and three plays later extended their lead to 14-6 as sophomore running back Josh Karfonta scored on a 2-yard run with 9:11 left in the first half.

On what became the decisive touchdown, Karfonta took a handoff up the middle, followed the strong blocks of the offensive line and sprinted through to the end zone.

“It was a great game from start to finish,” said Karfonta, who rushed eight times for 20 yards. “Coming in having to face a tough team like West, we knew it would take our best effort to get the job done. To be able to walk away with a share of the title was unbelievable.”

West cut the deficit to 1412 on a 43-yard touchdown run by Blount with two minutes left in the third quarter, setting the stage for Siegenthaler’s critical defensive stop.

Bray completed 5 of 15 passes for 94 yards and a touchdown in leading the Memorial offense, which amassed 13 first downs and 209 yards of total offense.

Senior running back Tommy Garza rushed 20 times for a game-high 103
yards for the Crusaders, battling for three consecutive first downs on Memorial’s final possession to help run out the clock.

“Offensively, it was a great feeling to be able to step it up at the end, take the pressure off of our defense and help put the game away,” Garza said. “It was just an exciting experience and fun to be a part of the accomplishment.”

Senior defensive lineman Sam Gromacki, senior linebacker Mikey Wurster and sophomore defensive end Jaylen Campbell each had a sack to spark the Memorial defense, which yielded 16 first downs and 265 total yards.

Veteran Memorial coach Bill Young was ecstatic about the way his team responded to the challenge of playing for a share of the conference championship.

“It was just a great high school football game,” Young said of his 298th career victory. “After losing last week, we tried to prepare hard and came out with the attitude that we weren’t going to be denied. That focused, re-energized approach made the difference.”

Blount completed 15 of 32 passes for 156 yards with an interception for West, which clinched a share of the league title last week with a 17-10 victory over Kettle Moraine.

“Tonight’s game showed how truly difficult it is to win each week in this conference,” West coach Steve Rux said. “We had a chance to finish with the outright title but just made a few key mistakes. Even though we fell short this time, we still earned a share of the championship and have nothing to hang our heads about.”

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Boys Soccer moving forward in post season play

from today's Waukesha Freeman -

Alba leads CMH

WAUKESHA — Connor Alba scored three goals in leading Catholic Memorial to an 8-1 victory over Wisconsin Lutheran in a WIAA Division 3 regional semifinal Tuesday.

Eric Brown had two goals and two assists for the Crusaders (11-5-3). Chris Nennig, Matt Morris and Luiz Lima each had a goal.

— Freeman Staff

Monday, October 13, 2014

Rugby takes conference title

The varsity girls rugby won the Classic Five conference title Saturday with a 59-0 victory over Muskego.

Senior Cpt. Lizzy Jacobson scored twice and kicked a conversion.  Junior Cpt. Ellie Metz scored three tries, to stay two ahead of her twin Fletcher, who caught a 17-yard touchdown pass in the football game Friday night.   Junior Katie McGinn and sophomore Niina Sjogren both scored twice, and even exchange student Ieva Neimantate, from Lithuania, got in on the action, scoring her first try and notching an assist.

Next up for the Crusaders is an exhibition Olympic Rugby match Friday at halftime of the varsity football game.  Rugby parents and players will be around to answer questions before, during, and after.

The girls playoff game takes place Saturday Oct 18th at Minooka Park, against Brookfield at 10am.

CMH Girls Tennis heading to State!

The girls varsity tennis team qualified TWO doubles teams for the state tournament.  They are the teams of Marissa Taugher and Milly Akre and Catherine Raster and Kate Mrochinsky.  They are scheduled to play Thursday evening at 7:00 and 7:30 pm at the Nielson Tennis Stadium in Madison.  Come out and cheer them on to a victory.   Congratulations to all four girls.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Crusaders clinch share of C8 title

from today's Waukesha Freeman -

Catholic Memorial celebrates a kill against Mukwonago 
during a Classic 8 Conference match Tuesday.

Pat Neumuth/Freeman Staff

Mukwonago 1 

Crusaders clinch share of title
CMH rebounds from slow start

By Pat Neumuth, Freeman Staff 

WAUKESHA — It’s not how you start, but how you finish.

The Catholic Memorial High School girls volleyball team lost the first game, but rallied off three straight lopsided victories to beat Mukwonago 20-25, 25-17, 25-17, 2512 in a Classic 8 Conference match Tuesday.

The Crusaders (28-8 overall, 6-0 Classic 8) clinched at least a share of the conference title with a matchup against Waukesha West set for next week.

“Last year we went 3-0 in all of our conference
 games,” CMH senior Lexie Calloway said. “Losing to Mukwonago in the first game was a disappointment, but we tend to start slow a little bit. We do that at tournaments and stuff, too. We come back eventually. They were energetic and and an awesome team.”

Schulte gave a lot of credit Mukwonago (24-4, 5-1) for coming out energized. Coming into the matchup, Memorial and Mukwonago were the only undefeated teams
 left in the conference. 

“They took it to us, but we were able to identify what we could exploit from them, and I thought we kind of wore them down,” Schulte said. “As we started to have success, our energy level picked up and we were pretty excited at the end there.”

It was back and forth from the start until Mukwonago went on a 5-0 run to take an 18-13 lead. The Indians lead got as high as seven, and setter Brittany Michalski finished the game with a nifty flick over the net to an empty spot in the middle of the floor.

“We passed a lot better in that first game,” Mukwonago coach Mary Pocius said. “Then we just couldn’t pass or serve. Their serves were moving, and our passes weren’t good at all.”

CMH took over at the net to finish off the Indians in the final three games. Schulte said Michalski is a good setter, but she lacks height — and CMH took advantage of that. She finished the match with 34 assists.

“They have a short setter, and we are a good left-side
 hitting team,” Schulte said. “We can hit over the top of that setter all day long. She’s a wonderful setter, but she’s short, so matching up against us is a tough matchup for them.”

Memorial’s hitting came in spurts from multiple hitters. Calloway had eight kills in the first game. Sophomore Alexis Alden had a teamhigh six kills in the second. Alden and sophomore Maddy Rondeau each had four in the third. Alden led the team with five kills in the fourth game, and sophomore Ivey Whalen added four. With all the work for the back row defense, Mukwonago libero Andrea Bauer had a match-high 22 digs.

Schulte said the split distribution has to do with how rotations work, but getting it to the hot hitter can be another factor. Alden led the team with 20 kills, while Calloway added 10. Rondeau was precise with her hitting, but she also splits some setting duties with senior Haley Levenhagen. Levenhagen led the team with 30 assists, but Rondeau added 16.

“She is just a superb athlete than can do so many different things,” Schulte said of Rondeau. “Long-term, we are going to turn her into a setter. But on this team this
 year, she’s such a dynamic player that we have her set out of the back row and hit in the front row. We are taking advantage of her athleticism.”

In the final game, it was sophomore serving specialist Kathryn Christian who widened the gap. Christian subbed in only for a turn to serve and played in the back row before being subbed out. She got the ball with Memorial leading 10-5, and she rattled off nine straight points. She had three aces in the run.

Senior Bethanie Krause added a match-high three blocks in the final game to finish off the Indians.

“I think we’ve grown as a team a lot this year,” Calloway said. “Last weekend we didn’t do so well, but we came back this week and showed what we really can do as a team.

“We aren’t the loudest team, but when we get excited we really get excited. Our coaches have been working on that a lot with us. We need to be talking a little more on the court, but we actually did a lot better today. When we realized that we had to amp up our energy it got us to play to that level.”


Catholic Memorial sophomore Maddy Rondeau goes for a kill as
Mukwonago’s Kelly-Anne Murphy, left, and Erin Dietzler go up for a block attempt Tuesday.
Pat Neumuth/Freeman Staff

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Crusaders dethrone the Warriors on the gridiron

from Saturday's Waukesha Freeman -

Catholic Memorial senior Chris Rupel upends
Muskego senior Ryan Borton during Friday’s game at Muskego.
Charles Auer/Freeman Staff 

CMH 35
Muskego 28 

Karfonta, CMH grind out victory 
Crusaders create three-way tie atop Classic 8

Freeman Correspondent

MUSKEGO — Josh Karfonta’s battered helmet, tattered jersey and muddy cleats helped to tell the story of his busy evening.

Karfonta, a 5-foot-7, 155pound sophomore running back rushed 15 times for 72 yards and three touchdowns to help lead the Catholic Memorial High School football team to a 35-28 victory over Muskego in a cold, blustery Classic 8 Conference game Friday.

It was the third consecutive victory for Memorial, which continued its crusade for a conference championship by improving to 4-1 in league and 6-1 overall.

Memorial moved into a three-way tie for first place with Muskego and Waukesha
West in the highly contested league standings.

The Crusaders, who became playoff eligible, have scored 35 or more points in four of their victories this season.

Karfonta scored on a 3-yard run to cap what proved to be a decisive 13-play, 67-yard drive with 3:21 remaining.

On the game-winner, Karfonta came in motion from the left side, took a handoff from junior quarterback Alex Bray and immediately made a sharp cut upfield through the middle of the line into the end zone.

“It was a huge victory,” said Karfonta, who also scored on a 1-yard run in the opening quarter and a 3yard run in the third quarter. “With it being one of the
best conference’s in the state, to be able to come on the road and bump off the top team was a great feeling.

“I took the handoff, immediately saw the cut-back lane and just followed the blocks straight through the middle to the end zone. It was nerve wracking watching the final few seconds tick off the clock. We had faith that our defense would get the job done.”

Senior Tommy Garza followed with 22 carries for 88 yards for the Crusaders.

Bray completed 9 of 17 passes for 107 yards, highlighted by a 14-yard touchdown pass to senior wide receiver Robbie Gogin with five seconds left in the first half.

“It was just a great night from start to finish,” Bray said. “Week in and week out, we try not to take anyone lightly and bring our best effort to the field. Tonight, everyone played with a lot of confidence, stepped up to the challenge and executed at a high level. We didn’t let the pressure become a distraction and made the most of
each possession.”

Senior Jett Siegenthaler came up with an interception with seven seconds left to preserve a victory for CMH, which held Muskego to its lowest point total of the year.

Memorial coach Bill Young was excited about his team’s ability to walk away with arguably its biggest victory of the season.

“It was a great victory for our program,” Young said. “Muskego has a high-powered offense with a great group of running backs and we really tried to prevent them from attacking the middle of the field in the second half. Our scout team did a fantastic job of helping us prepare throughout the week.”

Senior James Schwabe rushed 10 times for 136 yards and two touchdowns for Muskego, which dropped to 41 in conference and 6-1 overall. Senior Ryan Borton followed with 10 carries for 98 yards and two touchdowns.

Schwabe scored on a 30yard run with 2:26 remaining to trim the deficit to seven points with 2:26 remaining.

“I was very proud of the kids and their resilient effort throughout the night,” Muskego coach Ken Krause
said. “Unfortunately, we made a few uncharacteristic mistakes and it hurt us down the stretch. If we would have had another 30 seconds to a minute, who knows what might have happened.

“We played our hearts out from beginning to end but just came up a little short. It was a great high school football game and really shows how difficult each week is in this conference.”

Muskego senior Brandon Valenza deflects a pass intended for
Catholic Memorial junior Fletcher Metz on Friday.
Charles Auer/Freeman Staff