Monday Sept 26, 2022

BIG THANK YOU to Dan Bentz and Dave O'Brien who sponsored DeRango's Pizza for lunch today. They provided three sheet pizzas: one Cheese & Sausage, one, Cheese & Pepperoni,

One half Veggie & half Cheese & Pepperoni. O & H Kringle served as dessert.


On Hand: Jack Kelley, Gary Schonert, Fr Ron Crewe, Alia Onaczynski, Harvey Knuckles,

Terry Toll, Tom Konieczko, Dave Benjamin, Joe Benjamin, George Oteman, George Gordon,

Chris Sosnay, Dick Peterson, Jerry Jardina, Rick Jones, Dave O'Brien, Dan Bentz,

Joe Woitach, Cintia Sanchez, Jeff Pulda, Rick Rabalais, Chelsea Castro, Roger DeMark, Cathy Poulsen, Dan DeMatthew, Craig Savage, Dan Kovara, Terry Kovara, Kory Borek,

Ryan Andersen, Bob Letsch, Bobby Letsch, Jeff Tarkowski, Rick Ropiak, Lou Rideaux,

Marie Welsh


Joining us form Venice, Florida was Rick Rabalais '71 pictured with classmate Jeff Pulda

Dave Benjamin's '61 grandson Joe Benjamin join us, visiting from Grosse Ile, Michigan

Stopping by was former SCHS Math teacher Lou Rideaux. Lou is back teaching part time for SCHS. He will be assisting Coach Ryan with Varsity Boys Basketball.


Packer Pool: Ryan Andersen was this weeks winner..........


Cribbage:

Harvey Knuckles & Rick Ropiak won the 1st two games. Dan DeMatthew was assisting Harvey. Dan DeMatthew then teamed with Bob Letsch and won the next game. Harvey & Rick came back and won the next game. George Gordon and Bobby Letsch won the last two games. The guys had to keep playing until someone one a least one game - Won't mention any names but he's the only JR playing.


Alumni Update:

* Margie (Ruetz) Carrington '80 played volleyball at Nebraska - her daughter Kelsey '19 is

on the volleyball team at University of Oklahoma.

Kelsey Carrington - 2022 - Volleyball - University of Oklahoma

* Remember Nicole May is the granddaughter of John May '56 played football at Notre Dame.

Nicole's dad also John played football at Florida.

Nicole was a member of University of Oklahoma NCAA 2022 Softball Champions

Nicole May - 2023 - Softball - University of Oklahoma


Area News:

* Racine moves forward with proposed clinic/community center in ...

* Dick Graceffa '69 will be covering the upcoming Metro Classic Conference varsity football game on Friday 9/30 when the Racine St. Catherine's Angels host the Lake Country Lutheran Lightning at Pritchard Park field.

Coverage begins at 6:30pm, kick-off at 7:00pm. The game audio will be streamed live on Mixlr. Listeners can hear the stream at https://dgsports.mixlr.com/events/1508884 or on the Mixlr app (click on Listen and enter DGSports in the search box), available free for iOS or Android. No subscription needed. The game will also be recorded at dgsports.mixlr.com


* HS Football with Dick Graceffa '69 on the "Play by Play" .........https://dgsports.mixlr.com/



Prayers for Alumni & Friends dealing with Health issues:

  • Mark Mano dealing strained shoulder - hopefully not a torn rotator.

  • Jack Kelley '58 H dealing with Chemo treatments on his throat.

  • Chris Gorman '77 wearing a boot and playing golf.

  • Bob Garrity '62 new meds has slowed his Parkinson.

  • George Gordon "57 C foot is better no boot.

  • Gary Schonert '59 H has pain in his knee - checking Northwestern U Hospital.

  • Kathy (Hackl) Wirtz & Jim Poulsen dealing with Parkinson.

  • Dick Peterson '52 is has surgery to remove skin cancer on his leg.

  • Don Klemt's daughter dealing with serious health issues, biopsy this week..

  • Rick Jones '73 H back issues and both shoulder issues.

  • Ron Bentz '56 dealing with serious health issues.

  • Kathy (Hackl) Wirtz '60 has early stages of Parkinson's.

  • Paul Matsen '69 recovering from detached Retina Surgery.

  • Jerry Jardina '61 seems to be doing better after his Cataract Surgery.

  • Pat Diem '77 healing thumb from razor cut.

  • Tom Konieczko had successful Cataract Surgery this week. He has back issues.

Others Needing Prayers: Brenda White, Mickey Postorino, Mike Iggulden, Dave O"Brien,

Helen Miller, Tom Konieczko, Dick Albregts' wife, Rudy Weibel's wife, Tom Krug’s wife,

Gary Schonert's wife, Dick Heidenreich's wife, Bill Halberstadt's wife, Pat (Peters) Obernberger


Important Dates:


• Angel Golfers play 9 Holes every Thursday at Ives Grove - Teeing Off at 8:30.

Scramble format, join us and you'll be put in a foursome for some fun and a few laughs.

• Friday September 30th - McGuire/Letsch Golf Scramble, Ives Grove Golf Course

Register Online; saintcats.org - Play 9 or 18 Holes


* Saturday October, 29 at 4:30 - SCHS Athletic HOF - Auditorium

Inductees:

Mike Miller '11

Ron Janaky '58

Haley Jeffcoat '12

Sydney Tepley '12

David Olle '70

James Rammelt '74


Week In Angel Athletics

Sept 19th - 24th


Football

The Angels football team continued its season Friday night as they headed to St. Francis High School to face off against Metro Classic Conference opponent St. Thomas More. The Angels were able to get on the board early and cruise to a 45-6 victory. The scoring started on the 2nd drive of the game when John Perugini found Davion Thomas-Kumpula for a 9 yard touchdown. On the next drive, Perugini found Domonic Pitts for a 37 yard touchdown. In the 2nd quarter Jayvion Hunter broke loose for an 89 yard touchdown drive. Perugini found Thomas-Kumpula again for a 19 yard touchdown to lead the Angels to a 30-0 lead at halftime. In the 3rd quarter Hunter again took off and scored a 38 yard touchdown. Isaiah Taylor finished off the scoring for the Angels with a 34 yard touchdown in the 4th quarter. Perugini ended the evening with 123 yards passing and 3 touchdowns. Hunter had 194 yards rushing and 2 touchdowns.

Girls Tennis

Tuesday night the Angel tennis team traveled to Martin Luther for their last regular season conference dual. Martin Luther proved why they are one of the best teams in the conference as they were able to beat the Angels 7-0. The doubles team of Sarah Strande and Mabel Beversdorf were able to win 5 games, Nylah Kraus was able to win 3 games and the doubles team of Marissa Feuerestin and Lilliana Hoffman won 1 game. Saturday the St. Catherine’s/Lutheran tennis team traveled to The Prairie School to participate in the Metro Classic Conference tournament. Great play by the team all day long led them to a 5th overall place finish. High finisher for the day in singles competition was Claire Mathew who finished 4th. In doubles competition the team of Elena Gaither and Dayjia Brown-Frazier also finished 4th

Girls Volleyball

Tuesday night the Lady Angels girls volleyball team hosted Martin Luther in a Metro Classic Conference girls volleyball match. The Angels started out slowly as they lost the first set 7-25. However in the 2nd set the team started to heat up and traded blows with Martin Luther as they were narrowly defeated 28-30. In the third set the ladies were able to put everything together as they defeated Martin Luther 26-24. Unfortunately in the 4th set, Martin Luther would pull away and defeat the Angles 25-15 to take the 3-1 victory on the evening. Katelyn Gordon led the team with 4 kills and 3 aces while Arianna Jones contributed 5 kills.

Boys Volleyball

The boys volleyball team traveled to western Racine County on Thursday night to face off against the Waterford Wolverines in a Southern Lakes Conference boys volleyball match. The team played extremely well and was able to breakthrough for its first victory of the season as they defeated Waterford in straight sets 25-19, 25-19, 25-22. Drew Schoneman led the team with 18 kills and 10 digs. Tristan Ropiak also had a great night as he had 10 kills and 18 digs. Lucas Adams contributed 30 assists while Caleb Scott had 4 aces and 1 dig.


Boys Soccer Tuesday night the Angel boys soccer team faced off against cross town rival Racine Lutheran at Pritchard Park. The team has been struggling over the past couple of weeks and needed to get back to winning ways and with solid defense and some great offense they were able to do just that. The scoring got started in the first half after a great pass from Wade Roberson ended with a Daniel Ugarte score. Soon after halftime Alex Wilkey added an unassisted goal. The third and final goal came from Edgar Gomez with an assist from Roberson. When the final whistle blew, the Angels were able to walk away with the 3-0 victory. At SCORe soccer park on Friday afternoon the Angels found themselves battling with one of their toughest, if not toughest, opponents of the year as they hosted the Verona Wildcats. The Wildcats are ranked #4 in division 1 and they showed exactly why that is. The Angels battled tough with Verona as they only found themselves down 2-0 at halftime. Verona scored 2 more goals in the 2nd half before the Angels finally netted a goal on a penalty kick by Marco Sanchez. When the final bell rang, Verona walked off the field with a 5-1 victory.

Cross Country

At Johnson Park on Friday afternoon the Angels cross country team hosted Racine Park, Racine Case, Racine Horlick and St. Thomas More. Only two Angels ran, but they each ran a great race. Sean Moore was the highest finishing Angel, finishing 18th with a time of 21:46.75. Elijah Juarez, running in his first race of the year, finished 29th with a time of 25:40.95


Swim Tuesday evening the PSC Aquatics team traveled to Whitewater to participate in a triangular with Whitewater and Plateville/Lancaster. The PSC Aquatics team swam well, with many swimmers earning personal bests. In the 200 yard freestyle relay, Makaelyn Trujillo and Sophia Reeser were a part of the team that finished in 4th place with a time of 2:25.75. Makaelyn also participated in the 200 yard IM and 100 yard freestyle where she finished in 6th place in both events with times of 3:14.84 and 1:18.13. Sophia Reeser also participated in 2 individual events which included the 50 yard freestyle and 100 yard freestyle. She finished 8th in each event with times of 43.66 seconds and 1:34.50. Finally, Makaelyn was a part of the 200 yard medley relay team that finished 5th with a time of 2:29.93.

Upcoming Angel Athletic Events Monday September 26th

  • Boys volleyball @ Union Grove @ 6:30pm

Tuesday September 27th

  • Girls tennis vs. Racine Park @ Lockwood @ 4:00pm

  • Girls volleyball @ Shoreland Lutheran @ 6:30pm

Wednesday September 28th

  • Boys soccer vs. Martin Luther @ SCORe @ 4:30pm

Thursday September 29th

  • Cross country @ Johnson Park @ 4:00pm

  • Girls volleyball vs. Dominican @ 6:30pm

Friday September 30th

  • Boys soccer vs. University School of Milwaukee @ SCORe @ 4:30pm

  • Football vs. Lake Country Lutheran @ Pritchard Park @ 7:00pm

Saturday October 1st

  • Boys volleyball @ Homestead High school @ 8:30am


A bit of SCHS Football History

As some of you know I worked for MaxPreps.com (Based in California) at one time. I was the state of Wisconsin’s field representative for several years. I actually never met Kevin Askeland, one of the web site's writers in person, but he and I have been e-mailing each other a lot over the past 10-years concerning many subjects. Kevin writes history on several sports but mainly football and he has in the past highlighted several people from this state. In another story he lists Tony Romo from Burlington as the states “Greatest Quarterback” ( High school football: Every state's greatest quarterback - MaxPreps ) but this is based mainly on what a QB did in the NFL. Bart Starr and Brett Favre are the top players from their state, Alabama and Mississippi. Interesting and subjective. Kevin Askeland also has an occasional blog story concerning the national history of high school football and other sports. It can be found at High School Sports History (substack.com).

NOW, on to the 1949 St. Catherine’s team..................... The school has had a long history of sports success, mainly in basketball and cross country, but in the 1930-1961 period the football teams were highly successful, winning outright or sharing seven mythical Catholic state championships. The story of the 1949 team actually goes back to 1942. The school had a turn-style of football coaches during those seven years. In 1942 the school hired Gene Schneider from Loris College in Dubuque Iowa, who was only four years past graduating from the school, to take over the St. Catherine’s program. He posted a 3-3-2 record in 1942 but guided the team to the 1943 state mythical title in 1943, their first since the 8-0-0 team of 1931, going 7-0-1. Schneider was drafted into the Army and served from 1943-45. In stepped Orville “Orv” Dermody and he found some success, especially with the 1945 Catholic mythical state championship team (8-0-0). But, back from service came Gene Schneider who became co-coach with Dermody for the 1946 season as they again won the state title with another 8-0-0 season record. They had an assistant named Henry Engel. Schneider left in early August of 1947 to return and coach at Loris College and Orv Dermody had also moved on so that left the school shorthanded and the coaching reigns were turned over to Henry Engel. He directed the team to a lowly 2-5-0 record. He was set to again be the head coach the next year, 1948, but then he was called back to active service by the military so a new coach had to be found. The school picked a good one in Eddie Race. Like many coaches of the time, Eddie Race had varied duties wherever he was located. Born in Pittsburgh, an uncle brought Ed to Milwaukee and enrolled him at Pio Nono (Now St. Thomas More) where he played football, basketball and baseball. He was recruited to play football at Loyola Marymount where he started all four seasons on the football team as well as playing hockey for three seasons as a goalie. It was in that sport that he earned a mention in the old newspaper stories called “Ripley’s Believe it or Not” after scoring a goal as a goalie. He also was cast in a Hollywood movie, “The Game That Kills” in 1937. Not a great movie but it had a few future stars in it. Rita Hayworth, Ward Bond and Paul Fix. Eddie played, what else, a goalie. His play on the ice at Loyola earned him a spot in the U.S. National Hockey Hall of Fame (Located in Eveleth, MN.). Eddie then returned to Milwaukee where he became the head football and basketball coach at St. Benedict’s High School, posting a 16-5-0 record from 1938-40. Moving on, he then directed Messmer High School football, hockey, boxing and baseball teams. On the gridiron he had a 25-8-4 record for the 1941-46 years. Next up was the 1947-48 season where he coached football, boxing, hockey, and baseball at St. Francis Minor Seminary (Now also part of St. Thomas More H.S). The football team was 5-2-0 in 1947 and finished second in the Catholic Conference. Then, the spot at Racine St. Catherine’s opened up and Ed was offered the job as head football and baseball coach and assistant to the legendary basketball coach, John McGuire. Ed would stay at the school from 1948-61 and post an 80-31-6 record with two mythical Catholic state football titles, six Catholic Conference titles and six second place finishes in 14 years. His 1955 and 1957 teams were undefeated and the Angels posted a 24 consecutive conference win streak during the 1954-57 seasons while earning the 1955 and 1957 mythical Catholic state titles. Under Ed Race’s tutelage, 1948 had been a very exciting season for the Angels as they posted a 6-1-0 record and shared the Catholic Conference title with Milwaukee Marquette after a 13-20 loss to the Junior Hilltoppers. There was a lot of talented juniors on that team and they would mature even more in 1949, even with losing 20 lettermen from the ’48 squad. Future WFCA Hall of Fame coach Eddie Race worked his team hard in the late summer to erase the memory of the 1947 season. They were ready for their opponents. Fullback Jim Feest had been the main star as a junior in 1948, leading the Catholic Conference in scoring and totaling 102 total points (15 touchdowns and 12 extra points). Somehow, in the final game of the 1948, a 31-6 win over St. John Cathedral, he was still able to score three touchdowns but the Racine Journal Times reported that his right ankle was so hurting that he couldn’t kick extra points. The team's 1948 opener against Waukesha Industrial School was cancelled by the schools governing body when they banned all sports for that school year so St. Catherine’s only played a seven-game season. As a side note, did you read my blog about “Early Scoring Records”? Well, alumnus Bill Angel from the 1930 St. Catherine’s team was featured at the top of the Journal Times sports page on the day that St. Catherine’s second game story appeared (Which was way down at the bottom of the page). Bill had given up football for golf and he was the 1948 County Golf Champion. The football game story mentioned that Jim Feest had scored three touchdowns and kicked two extra points in a 41-19 win over Don Bosco. Angel would later be in the stands (As mentioned by the newspaper) to see Feest break his, Angel’s, conference single season scoring record of 85 points set in four games with Feest scoring 87 points in six games. Now, 1949 rolled around and Feest and his returning teammates were ready to take the title outright. Beside Feest (5’9, 187), other returning stars were seniors quarterback Jim Haluska (5’11, 170), End Don Penza (6’1, 188), tackle Mark Koleske (6’1, 180), guard Paul Verway (5’10, 80), who started at halfback in 1948 but was moved to the line for this year, and junior center Ed Jarosz (5’11,170). End Dick Bebow, guard Gerald, wingback Joe Cucanato, tackle John Penza and tackle Joe Sodomka all contributed greatly to the team’s success. How talented were these players? Well, Feest, Haluska, Don Penza, Koleske, Verway and Jarosz all made Journal Times sports writer Keith Brehm’s unofficial All-City team. That’s six first team players on Brehm’s 13-member squad as he added two positions for extra linebackers but six stars are a lot as the team covered St. Catherine’s and the two larger city public schools. Four players (Feest, Haluska, Penza and Verway would earn All-Catholic first team mention and Koleske, along with Jarosz would make the second team. Feest would be named to the AP First Team All-State squad as he rushed for 1,017 yards and scored 115 points (18 touchdowns and seven extra points). Jim Haluska made the third team AP squad as he was 108-48-6-1,031-13 passing on the year. Don Penza would get honorable mention for hauling in 28 passes for 502 yards and scoring nine touchdowns and two extra points. They made spectacular plays throughout the season. On one passing play Jim Haluska tossed the ball to Jim Feest who caught the ball in-bounds, along the sideline. Feest then passed the ball backwards to end Dick Bebow who was wide open and he ran the final 15-yards for the score. Playing at the Marquette Stadium before 7,000 fans the Angles posted a 12-6 win over Marquette that ended in spectacular fashion. With five seconds left in the game, Jim Haluska passed from the 11-yard line to the endzone where Don Penza outjumped a Junior Hilltopper defensive back for the winning score. Penza missed the extra point kick but it didn’t matter. They were undefeated, conference champions and earned the Wisconsin Catholic mythical state title. The team stars and coach Race were carried off the field on the shoulders of their teammates.

In 1993, Milwaukee Journal writer Cliff Christl created the “Team of the Century” encompassing the years 1893-1993. There were a lot of contributors to the article, coaches, newspaper people and a few former players. Of the 130+ players on the honorable mention list, Jim Haluska was mentioned at the quarterback position (along with 17 other players) while Jim Feest was also named to the list (along with 365 others). People came to recognize just how good Don Penza was as an offensive end and on defense. Penza was named to the second team as an end. All three had a short profile in my book but I will cover Haluska, Penza and coach Race more here as well as reproduce the post on Feest. Haluska and Penza are profiled with Feest in my book but I have additions to their profiles below. First, Jim Feest. Jim Feest: “As a junior, set a conference record 87 points scored on an average St. Catherine’s team. Playing on the same team as quarterback Jim Haluska, Feest rushed for 1,017 yards in eight games and scored 89 points in six conference games as a senior. Standing 5’9”, and weighing 198 pounds, Feest was a hard-hitting fullback. His career was often compared to Ameche’s and many thought he was the equal of the “Horse”. St. Catherine’s was state Catholic high school co-champion, with La Crosse Aquinas, going 8-0-0. The team had lots of talent besides Feest, including quarterback Jim Haluska who would go on to Madison and lead, along with Alan Ameche, the Badgers to the school’s first Rose Bowl. St Catherine’s Don Penza would go on to be a team captain at Notre Dame while lineman Ed Jarosz played at Marquette. Jim Feest dropped out of high school while just a half-credit short of graduation. He joined the Army and earned his diploma but never went to college. Playing for the semi-pro Racine Raiders in 1953, he hurt his knee and never played football again.

At age 48, after playing squash at the local YMCA, Jim Feest suffered a heart attack and died. He earned honorable mention on the 1993 Milwaukee Journal All-Century Team.” Jim Huluska: After graduating in 1950. Jim first attended The University of Michigan but then transferred to Wisconsin where ha stared with Kenosha’s Alan Ameche and led the Badgers to the 1952 Big 10 championship and the 1953 Rose Bowl, a 7-0 loss to Southern California. He set season passing records in Madison and was drafted by the Chicago Bears and played in just five games his rookie season before retiring and took up coaching. He went to Don Bosco in 1960 where he taught and coached for 12 years. He then took over the St. Thomas More program after Don Bosco and Pio Nono merged and was the school’s athletic director as well as football coach. Haluska move to Pius XI as a teacher while coaching at Waukesha Memorial before the Jim Young era. Overall he posted a 206-60-4 coaching record with 12 conference titles and one state title in 1976. He was named to the St. Catherine’s, Don Bosco, St. Thomas More halls of fame, the UW Athletic Hall of Fame and the WFCA Hall of Fame. Jim passed in 2012. Don Penza: Like Alan Ameche, Don was born in Kenosha and moved with his family to Racine. After graduation he attended Notre Dame where he was the team captain in 1953. Coach Frank Leahy called him “the best team captain I’ve ever had”. Don was listed on the 1953 All-America team and was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers. Playing in only two exhibition games, he hurt his knee and was forced to retire. From 1954-56 Don was a first Lieutenant in the Marines and played “service” football while at Quantico. Following his time in the service Don Penza went on to coach at Wisconsin Rapids Assumption from 1957-1967 where he compiled a 68-18-2 record with five conference championships. In 1968 he retired at age 35 from coaching to enter politics and was mayor of Wisconsin Rapids until 1978. Returning to coaching in 1981, Penza was hired at Woodstock (IL) Marion Central Catholic Central and would go on to compile a 90-18 record with three Illinois Class 2A state titles in eight seasons. Don died at age 57 in 1989. Eddie Race: I mentioned a lot about Eddie but what happened after he left St. Catherine’s? He and his family lived on the south side of Milwaukee and he commuted every day to Racine to teach and coach. He decided that he needed a change so he took the head coaching job in 1961 at Milwaukee Pulaski where he directed the Ram’s to an 8-0-0 record. In 1962 he moved to Cudahy where he coached football and volleyball until 1969 and continued teaching until he retired in 1983. While at Cudahy he posted a 27-25-4 record and his career coaching totals were 161-70-14 and he earned many awards. Named to the WFCA Hall of Fame in 1996 as well being named to the Loyola Marymount University Hall of Fame in 1993. He earned two honors at St. Thomas More with the Alumni Hall of fame in 1996 and the school Athletic Hall of Fame in 1997. The following year, 1998, he was inducted into the St. Catherine’s High School Hall of Fame. Prior to that, in 1985 he was named “One of the Most Interesting People in Town” by Milwaukee Magazine. At the age of 90, Eddie passed but his coaching career and how he molded students and players can not be forgotten. Correction (10/26/2021) - the original article had a typo stating Jim Haluska had won "1 conference title". That should have said "12 conference titles".


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