"Angels Fly Together, Tradition Never Graduates"
The 2016 WIAA Division Four State Soccer Champion St. Catherine's Angels
Coach Ben Lake and his WIAA State Champion Boys Soccer Team were honored prior to the St. Catherine's Boys Basketball Game Saturday night.
The Angels, which finished the season 17-6-2 and defeated Winnebago Lutheran Academy in overtime, 4-2, to win the title, appeared on the floor to receive accolades.
County Board Chairman Russell Clark presented the team with a Proclamation naming Saturday February 11, 2017, St. Catherine's Boys Angel Soccer Day. The Angel Athletic Department also gave the champions a huge team picture that each player and coach autographed.
The state championship trophy, sectional and regional plaques, and the autographed photo will soon be on display in the St. Catherine's State Championship Trophy case on the third floor of the building.
The Angels won some nail-biting close games on their way to the state title. These included a 2-1overtime win over Wisconsin Heights Barneveld in the Sectional Semi-Final and a 2-1 win over Prairie in the Sectional Final.
A Great Friday Night for ALL Angels at Carthage
2017-2018 Angel Boys Varsity Basketball Schedule
Nov 28, 7:00pm @ Union Grove
Dec 1, 7:00pm @ Lake Mills
Dec 5, 7:00pm vs Racine Lutheran
Dec 8, 7:00pm @ St. Thomas More
Dec 16, 7:00pm @ Martin Luther
Dec 21, 7:00pm vs Horlick
Dec 29, 7:45pm vs Oak Creek @ Carthage College
Dec 30, 7:30pm vs Bradford @ Carthage College
Jan 5, 7:00pm vs Catholic Central
Jan 9, 7:00pm vs Shoreland Lutheran
Jan 13, 7:00pm vs Kenosha St. Joe's
Jan 16, 7:00pm @ Dominican
Jan 19, 7:00pm @ Prairie
Jan 23, 7:00pm vs St. Thomas More
Jan 30, 7:00pm vs Martin Luther
Feb 2, 7:00pm @ Racine Lutheran
Feb 6, 7:00pm @ Catholic Central
Feb 10, 7:00pm @ Shoreland Lutheran
Feb 13, 7:00pm @ Kenosha St. Joe's
Feb 17, TBA Border Battle @ Prairie School
Feb 16, 7:00pm vs Dominican
Feb 22, 7:00pm vs Prairie
YOU CARRY THE NAME.....
THE NAME DOESN'T CARRY YOU......
Friday August 18th @ Cudahy 7pm
Friday August 25th vs U.G. - Hammes Field 7pm
Thursday August 31st vs. St. Thomas More 7pm
Saturday September 9th @ Racine Lutheran 1pm
Friday September 15th @ Shoreland Luth. 7pm
Saturday September 23rd vs. Dominican 1pm
Friday September 29th @ Martin Luther 7pm
Saturday October 7th vs. Ken. St. Joe's(H)1pm Friday October 13th @ Catholic Central 7pm
Former Angels stand-out athlete Devon Polk will be taking her talents to the Milwaukee Torrent next year in the team’s inaugural season in the Women’s Premier Soccer League (WPSL). The WPSL boasts over 100 teams nationwide and is considered the largest women’s soccer league worldwide. Teams in the WPSL have players from high school, college, post-college, and abroad. The newly-added Milwaukee Torrent will provide many opportunities for its players, like Devon, to stay sharp and gain experience during the college off-season. It could also help them to transition into playing on in the professional leagues beyond the WPSL, if they so choose. The team will be loaded with plenty of talent, so Polk will definitely gain invaluable experience in this incredible opportunity.
And she has definitely earned her spot. The 2014 St. Catherine’s High School graduate was a four-time letter winner in soccer and basketball. In soccer, she was named the Metro Classic Conference Player of the Year twice, voted all-conference four times, named first-team All-County three times, and earned first-team All-Milwaukee Journal Sentinel twice. And she didn’t stop there.
Polk went on to play for the University of Findlay from 2014-2015, where she appeared in eight games. She was awarded the Merit Scholarship by the University for her academic success in high school. She then went on to transfer to the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, where she played in all 24 of the Warhawk’s matches in 2016, including 19 starts. At Whitewater, she tied for sixth on the team with three goals. She scored two-game-winning goals, recorded one assist, and registered 1,274 minutes of playing time.
As Polk prepares for her first season with the Torrent, she will surely get to know another Angel alumnus, Mark Litton. Litton served as the goalkeeper coach for the men’s Milwaukee Torrent team since 2016, and he will now take on the head coaching position for the women’s team. He has decades of experience, and it can’t hurt Polk’s chances that he is also a former Angel!
Litton, a 1982 St. Catherine’s graduate, was instrumental in starting the boys’ soccer program that has evolved into the state-champion caliber team that it is today. He signed with the Milwaukee Wave and played professionally until 1994. Mark has remained active with soccer at a multitude of levels, having built one of the most impressive goalkeeper coaching resumes in the country. He was inducted into the UW-Parkside athletic hall of fame, and in March of 2014, Mark was named National Technical Director of Goalkeeping for the U.S. Youth Futsal program.
Hart Park in Wauwatosa will be the home field for the Milwaukee Torrent. Both the men’s and women’s teams will play same-day doubleheaders there, in order to encourage fans to come out and see a high level of both men's and women's soccer in Milwaukee. The women’s season will begin in May 2018. We encourage our Angel family to check it out and support two former Angels doing big things! We wish the best of luck to Devon and Coach Litton next season!
Former Angel standout athlete and current University of Minnesota Duluth junior middle blocker Allison Olley has been selected as a member of the USA Division II Volleyball Teams to compete in Brazil this summer. Olley put together an outstanding season at UMD this past fall, finishing with 256 kills and a team-high 110 blocks, leading the team to a 25-5 (17-3 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference) record and an NCAA II Tournament appearance.
The USA D2 Volleyball Teams have invited NCAA Division II women's players from 15 different schools across the country. Their volleyball tour will run from May 29 through June 7. The teams will begin with orientation in Orlando, Florida on May 29 before the team departs for Sao Paulo, Brazil that evening. The teams will practice on May 30 in the city of Jundiai, before matches on May 31 and June 1 versus one professional team and one club team.
From there, the teams will travel to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on June 2. In Rio, the teams will compete in the "International Challenge" on Sunday, June 4, which consists of two matches against club teams from Rio de Janeiro. The two USA D2 Volleyball teams will be competing against top U22, Adult and professional club teams from Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro on this tour.
While in Brazil the teams will experience educational, cultural and social aspects of Brazilian life through city, school and sports club visits. While in Rio, the team will be staying on the famous Copacabana Beach and touring the Christ the Redeemer Statue and Sugar Loaf Mountain, two of the most recognizable landmarks in the world. It will definitely be a summer to remember for Olley!
Allison is a 2013 graduate of St. Catherine’s. She spent two years starting at middle blocker for the Angels, earning all-conference and all-county first team honors and all-state honorable mention in her senior season. She also played basketball and softball, in which she earned all-conference and all-state honors. In her senior year, she earned the St. Catherine's High School Student Athlete of the Year award and was named to the Academic All-Conference and All-State teams in all three sports.
Allison has definitely made a name for herself at UMD and she is making her Angel family very proud. We wish her the best of luck this summer!
Former Angels girls basketball standout player, Olivia Braun, has made a name for herself at Wester Illinois University.
During her two seasons with the Toledo University women's basketball team, Olivia Braun added some monster numbers to the Rockets' record books, with numbers along the lines of 25 points, 11 assists, or 39 rebounds. However, Toledo simply wasn't a great fit for Braun, who earned third-team Associated Press All-State honors as a senior for St. Catherine's High School in 2013. During her senior year as an Angel, she averaged 12.2 points, 6.7 rebounds, 5.8 assists, 3.3 blocks, and 1.8 steals per game.
The 6-foot-2 forward has a more deliberate and uptempo attack that fits much better with her new team at Western Illinois University. "It just didn't work out fitting in with their program [at Toledo]," said Braun. "And then my AAU coach introduced me to Western Illinois and I knew another player, Morgan Blumer, who was going to Western Illinois. I played with her in AAU."
And what a rewarding journey it has been for her so far. She has moved into the starting lineup for WIU, and even started the game when they defeated IUPUI at Sioux Falls, in the Summit League championship game this past year. It was the first conference championship since WIU's 1994-1995 season. More impressively, the Leathernecks secured their first NCAA Tournament berth in the history of the university.
Braun seems to be the difference since making the starting lineup. "Olivia has been a huge part of this," said Coach J.D. Gravina. "We've always been a good offensive team, but we've always struggled defensively." Braun is definitely a force on the defensive end. She ranks 11th nationally in Division 1 in blocked shots (88) and 17th nationally in blocked shots per game (2.8). She also averages 8.2 points, 5.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists.
Braun will have one more year of eligibility next year, in which she will look to continue to dominate on both ends of the floor. She is playing in her preferred wide-open offense for a team that averages more than 80 points per game, and she is playing for a team that she has helped transform into a winner.
Keep an eye out for Olivia and the WIU Leathernecks during next year's basketball season. She is playing great and making her Angel family proud!