The Catholic Memorial High School (CMH) Athletic Hall of Fame Selection Committee (Committee) is proud to announce the newest inductees into the CMH Athletic Hall of Fame. The Class of 2018 includes nine individuals, all of which will be formally inducted on Friday, Sept. 28 at CMH in Waukesha.
Representing eight athletic programs, this year’s inductees include coaches Chris Andacht (cross country/track) and Stephen Plechaty ’74 (golf/baseball/basketball), former athletes the late David Pitsch ’67 (baseball/football/basketball/cross country), 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), and Greg Gamalski, who will be honored with the Dr. Paul S. Fox Service to Memorial Award for his 43 years of service at CMH as a teacher, coach and athletic director.
The Class of 2018 will be introduced to CMH students at the homecoming pep rally in the morning, enjoy a luncheon ceremony with their guests, and then be introduced after the first quarter of the CMH homecoming football game that evening against Waukesha South High School at Carroll University’s Schneider Field.
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.
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.
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’s nominator called her “CMH’s first absolutely phenomenal female athlete.” 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.