Athletic Hall of Fame

Friday, September 28, 2018 at 11:00 a.m.
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CLASS OF 2018

Coach Chris Andacht (cross country/track)
Coach Stephen Plechaty ’74 (golf/baseball/basketball)
David Pitsch ’67 (baseball/football/basketball/cross country) (posthumously)
Theresa (Lefebvre) Worrall ’86 (cross country/track/cross country skiing)
Mark Biebel ’87 (soccer/basketball/baseball)
Peter Fox ’92 (football/basketball/baseball/track)
Jamie Vanderveldt ’92 (football/basketball/track)
Karen (Scherwinski) Evans ’93 (cross country/track)
Greg Gamalski, Dr. Paul S. Fox Service to Memorial Award
The Catholic Memorial Athletic Hall of Fame was founded to honor outstanding athletes, coaches, managers, and other individuals who have made contributions to the winning tradition of the CMH Crusaders.
For 60 years, the Catholic Memorial Athletic Program has not only offered an opportunity for physical and emotional development for participants, but also an opportunity to involve the entire student body in an environment that fosters pride in our school and encourages a sense of community for all students, parents, faculty and staff.

As a direct result of making athletics a vital component of its educational program, Catholic Memorial has developed many outstanding athletes in a variety of sports. Further, as a part of its commitment to excellence in athletics, Catholic Memorial has relied on the talents of coaches and athletic directors, who have been instrumental in the school's successful athletic program.

In order to preserve our athletic history, the Catholic Memorial Athletic Hall of Fame was founded during the 2009-10 school year to honor outstanding athletes, coaches, managers, and other individuals who have made contributions to the winning tradition of the CMH Crusaders.

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  • The Hall of Fame Selection Committee

    The selection committee consists of up to 14, but no less than 10, members. Alumni and/or previous staff are represented by up to 10 members, and current school staff/faculty by three members. The athletic director of Catholic Memorial High School will be a permanent member of the committee.

    While there are no explicit qualifications for appointees to the committee, care shall be exercised to select members who have knowledge of the athletic history of Catholic Memorial High School and are representative of the various periods of that history. Members of the committee must abstain from voting if a member of his immediate family or relative is proposed.

    At initiation of the 2018 committee on 03/16/18, current alumni and/or previous staff committee members include Joe Vitale '56, John Gabelbauer '66, Carol Kennedy '67, Steve Houk '68, Deb Fitzpatrick '80, Tom Bray '84, Mark Tomchek '89, Tim Steidl '92, Kyle Stoehr '92, Dolores Ocampo Brown '95, Fred Kinateder Jr. '98, Jeff Krause '02, Alex Glorioso '04, and Coach Bill Young. Current CMH faculty/staff members include Karri Spataro, Danny Polaski '08 and Athletic Director Matt Bergan '02.

    For more information, please contact the Alumni Coordinator, Danny Polaski at 262-290-4608 or alumni@catholicmemorial.net.
  • Criteria for the Athletic Hall of Fame

    The minimum requirements for election into the Hall of Fame are as follows:
    • The candidate must have excelled in one or more sports while a student at Catholic Memorial High School.
    • Alumni must be a graduate for a minimum of seven years prior to being considered for induction into the Hall of Fame.
    • Coaches must be retired from the position at which they served, or been actively coaching at CMH for a minimum of 10 years before being considered for induction.
    • Athlete/Coach must have been in good standing while participating on or coaching an athletic team. Must have conducted self in such a way as to reflect honor on the school and must have exhibited these qualities of character and standards of conduct consistent with their status as a role model to the community after graduation or retirement from CMH.*
    There are no restrictions placed on the maximum/minimum number of inductees. Nomination forms will be kept and reviewed annually if candidate is not inducted.

    *Catholic Memorial reserves the right to remove any individual from the Hall of Fame for personal conduct which reflects discredit upon the school.
  • Bylaws of the Athletic Hall of Fame

    Candidates for selection to the Hall of Fame shall be proposed by CMH leadership, faculty and staff, alumni, students, and friends of Catholic Memorial High School. Solicitations of recommendations shall be accomplished through CMH publications and the online nomination form.

    The selection committee will accept nominations for induction of Catholic Memorial graduates who have excelled in one or more sports, as well as CMH coaches. Candidates must have distinguished themselves and CMH in their athletic endeavors while a student or a coach at Catholic Memorial.

    The committee will also entertain recommendations of others to be recognized for outstanding services to the Crusader program. This category may include, but is not limited to, athletic directors, trainers, team physicians, as well as others whom the committee may approve.

    The final selection of the inductees will rest with the committee which will review the proposed candidates and others the committee members might recommend.

    Final inductees will be confirmed by the President of CMH.

Award Winners

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  • 2018 Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees

    Chris Andacht, Coach
    Since 1982, Chris Andacht has been making a big impression on students in the classroom, on the track, and on the stage. His influence on CMH and his tireless leadership of the successful cross country and track programs are unparalleled. Coach Andacht’s lessons on focus, commitment and hard work transcended the sport. Andacht has been the coach of eight State Champion Track Teams, seven State Champion Cross Country Teams, and holds the record for the longest string of consecutive relay team qualifications at the State Meet in the history of the State Track Meet (43 consecutive years). Andacht currently serves as a part-time faculty member at CMH.

    Stephen Plechaty '74, Coach
    Coach Steve Plechaty is not only a winning coach, but most importantly, he exemplifies what a good coach should be. He teaches his players character, sportsmanship, work ethic, teamwork and fair play. He coaches with class and is admired and respected by fellow coaches, players and their families. As a CMH student 1970-1974, Plechaty lettered six times in four sports. He started coaching Boys Golf in 1992 and Girls Golf in 1997, and still currently serves both programs. Among many other accomplishments, Coach Plechaty is a five-time All State coach of the Year, seven-time All Area Coach of the Year, and has seven golf State Championships to date. Plechaty currently serves as the Dean of Students at CMH.

    David Pitsch '67, Former Athlete (posthumously)
    From 1963-1967, David Pitsch was the star of the basketball team that was ranked in the top 10 in Wisconsin, he played catcher on the baseball team and demonstrated strong leadership skills on and off the court and field. He lettered three times in football, four times in basketball, four times in baseball and once in cross country. According to his friends, “Dave won every award for sports at CMH and was voted the top athlete in the Class of 1967.” Pitsch passed away in April 2016 and his wife, Starr Pitsch plans to accept this award on his behalf.

    Theresa Lefebvre Worrall '86, Former Athlete
    Theresa (Lefebvre) Worrall’s nominator called her one of “CMH’s first absolutely phenomenal female athlete[s].” As a CMH student 1982-1986, she was on the track, cross country and cross country ski teams. She served as captain for the track and cross country teams and was named MVP of the cross country team her junior and senior years. In 1983, Worrall earned All-State in cross country by the Wisconsin Cross Country Coaches Association.

    Mark Biebel '87, Former Athlete
    As a three-sport athlete, soccer, baseball and basketball, Mark Biebel was a true class act on and off the field. He earned multiple letters while at CMH 1983-1987. He played on the state championship teams for both soccer (1983) and basketball (1987). Biebel was named All-Conference and All-State Player in soccer, and held the title of leading scorer for the first 30 years of the CMH soccer program. Biebel went on to play Division I soccer at UW-Milwaukee for four years.

    Peter Fox '92, Former Athlete
    The names Peter Fox (1992) and Jamie Vanderveldt (1992) are so often said together, that the Committee insisted they be inducted during the same Hall of Fame year.

    Fox held a 4.2 grade point average throughout his academic career while earning nine letters playing football and basketball and participating in track. He was named All-State Football Quarterback in 1991 and 1992, Offensive Player of the Year in Wisconsin in 1992 and Senior Athlete of the Year at CMH in 1992. Fox led the CMH football team as quarterback to two State Championship Runner-up Finishes. He was known to be guarded by his teammate Vanderveldt on the football field.

    Jamie Vanderveldt '92, Former Athlete
    Vanderveldt started as a sophomore and went on to help carry the football team to three straight appearances at the State Championship game, winning once and runner-up twice. His physical size, speed and talent single-handedly forced opposing teams to change their blocking scheme to double- or triple-team him. He was named All-Conference and All-State. He also played basketball and ran track and excelled at those sports too. Vanderveldt went on to become an offensive lineman at UW-Madison.

    Karen Scherwinski Evans '93, Former Athlete
    During her time at CMH in 1989-1993, Karen (Scherwinski) Evans proved herself a track and cross country “superstar.” She still holds Girls Track Records at CMH. Her records, set in 1992, are displayed in the hall of the school as the 100-meter dash at 12.31, 200-meter dash at 25.14 and the 400-meter dash at 57.0. Evans was on the cross country team that won State Championships four consecutive years 1989-1992 and served as captain her senior year. She was named the Metro Conference MVP as a freshman for track in 1990, was part of the 1993 State Championship track team and served as captain her junior and senior years.

    Greg Gamalski, Dr. Paul S. Fox Service to Memorial Award
    The Dr. Paul S. Fox Service to Memorial Award is a special honor given to someone who has demonstrated exceptional service to CMH, especially in the Athletics Department while exemplifying the CMH motto Caritas in Omnibus, or “Charity in All Things.” Greg Gamalski served CMH from 1974 until his retirement at the end of the 2017 school year. He taught in the social studies and physical education departments, and coached baseball, track and football. He also simultaneously served as athletic director. CMH earned 90 state championships under Gamalski’s tenure. He has always been an advocate of every sport and treated every athlete fairly and with respect. Gamalski’s love for CMH and the athletes have earned him this award.
  • 2016 Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees

    • Allan Elger, 1949-1957, Retired Coach (posthumously)
    • John Burke, Girls' Soccer Coach
    • Robert Wolfe '59, Former Athlete
    • Chris Chudzik '91, Former Athlete
    • Julie DeWalt Kallie '91, Former Athlete
    • Nic Weber '92, Former Athlete (posthumously)
    • Joseph Vitale '56, Dr. Paul S. Fox Service to Memorial Award
    See Photos from the Event on Oct. 7, 2016.
  • 2014 Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees

    • James "Jimmy" Butler '54, Former Athlete (posthumously)
    • Tim Whiting '66, Former Athlete
    • Tom Bichanich '73, Former Athlete
    • Coach John Bisswurm '77, Boys' Soccer Coach
    • Patricia Neder '85, Former Athlete
    • Colleen Neels Bayer '95, Former Athlete
  • 2012 Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees

    • William S. "Bill" Kezman '53, Former Athlete (posthumously)
    • John "Gabes" Gabelbauer '66, Former Athlete & Coach
    • Steve Houk '68, Former Athlete
    • Jerry Schumacher '88, Former Athlete
    • Leslie Osborne '01, Former Athlete
    • Dr. Paul S. Fox, AP '84, '85, '87, '88, '92, '97, Service to Memorial Award
  • 2010 Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees

    • Bill Young, Football & Wrestling Coach
    • Stephanie Pesch Obermyer '96, Former Athlete
    • Pat Seegers '75, Former Athlete

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2018 Inductees

    • Chris Andacht, Cross Country & Track Coach
    • Stephen Plechaty '74, Golf, Baseball & Basketball Coach
    • David Pitsch '67, Former Athlete (posthumously)
    • Theresa Lefebvre Worrall '86, Former Athlete
    • Mark Biebel '87, Former Athlete
    • Peter Fox '92, Former Athlete
    • Jamie Vanderveldt '92, Former Athlete
    • Karen Scherwinski Evans '93, Former Athlete
    • Greg Gamalski, Dr. Paul S. Fox Service to Memorial Award