"Angels Fly Together, Tradition Never Graduates"
Meeting for RPAL Boys’ and Girls’ Basketball - October 19th A meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, October 19th, 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the St. Catherine's Auditorium for all Middle School boys and girls interested in playing RPAL basketball. Both parent/guardian and student must attend this mandatory meeting for the student to be eligible to play basketball. If you cannot attend this meeting you must contact Mr. John Johnson, Athletic and Activities Director, prior to October 19th. No exceptions will be made.
Sarah Busey, and her father Assistant Coach John Busey, discuss strategy Tuesday during the second round of the WIAA State Golf Tournament at University Ridge in Verona, WI
There is a sweet irony in the golf career of St. Catherine's Senior Sarah Busey. She attends St. Catherine's, she has committed to play collegiate golf at Santa Clara and she is now a State Champion. Amazingly all abbreviations are S.C. and the third one was certainly the charm for Busey on Tuesday afternoon.
Playing in the WIAA Division II State Championship at University Ridge Golf Course in Verona, Busey become the first Racine County golfer to win an individual WIAA Title since Molly Redfearn of Racine Park in 2001.
The Angel senior has spent endless hours on the putting green, on the driving range and working on her approach shots to the green. Busey has traveled hundreds of thousands of miles to improve and perfect her game, with the goal of winning a state title. Although Practice never makes perfect, it does make permanent. And the permanent lessons Busey has learned from her father John Busey, Coach Dave Arkenberg, and others like John Schneider and Matt Booker led her to Tuesday's "Pinnacle," a state title.
The Santa Clara recruit had a great summer of golf finishing at or near the top of many LPGA amateur events. But being at the top at the end of the two day WIAA meet was a sweet ending to the career of a Great Angel Golfer.
Busey, handled blustery conditions during her second nine holes to win the Division 2 championship at the 45th annual WIAA State Girls Golf Championship. She had rounds of 75 and 76 for a two day 151 total and defeated Lori Meyer of Freedom by four strokes.
“All season, this has been one of my goals and I’m just so happy that it finally came true,” Busey said. “I just took it one shot at a time and my coaches helped me stay calm.”
For Busey, it was redemption after a bitter disappointment. After placing third at the state tournament as a sophomore, she fell one shot short of qualifying last season. But as St. Catherine’s coach Dave Arkenberg said, “she let that remind her that hard work and devotion increases your chance for success.”
After opening with a 3-over-par 75 Monday, Busey opened with a bogey on the par-4, 342-yard 10th hole Tuesday. She followed that with seven straight pars before a birdie on the par-4, 286-yard 18th hole for a 36 for her first nine.
Busey’s second nine holes weren’t as easy because of a swirling wind and far fewer trees. But she had four pars and a birdie and set herself up so well with a six-stroke lead on the No. 9 hole, her last of the day, that Busey felt comfortable taking an unplayable lie after hitting into tall grass.
The one-stroke penalty allowed her to move her ball two club lengths from its original position and she finished with a 7 on the par-5 421-hole.
“I was aware that there was a little bit of a cushion, so we took an unplayable because I didn’t want to take the risk of not hitting the ball the way I would like to,” Busey said.
What did Busey consider to be the highlight of her day?
“Seeing my dad’s face when I was walking off the last hole,” she said.
Busey also mentioned that having the support of teammates Delaney Nielsen and Ashley Lawler on the course was a plus.
"It's always great to have your teammates around," said Busey. "We have such a close knit group. We played together for three years, and to have them here as part of it was great."
The 2016 St. Cat's Angels Boys Cross Country Team
The 2016 St. Cat's Girls Cross Country Team
FOR ADMINISTRATIVE PURPOSES, 2016-17 student-athletes will only be allowed to register for one sport in its season. Athletes will have to wait to register for winter and for spring sports prior to the beginning of those seasons on Sport Ngin.
WE WILL NOT HOLD ANOTHER PARENT ATHLETE MEETING FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE SCHOOL YEAR. - ALTHOUGH COACHES WILL HOLD TEAM PARENT/PLAYER MEETINGS BEFORE THE WINTER AND SPRING SEASONS.
The Racine St. Catherine's Athletic Department has Cotton T-Shirts, Dry-Fit T-Shirts, Crew Neck Sweatshirts and Hoodie Sweatshirts. Please contact Mr. Johnson to see apparel available. The merchandise ranges in price from $7 to $22.
A Great Friday Night for ALL Angels at Carthage
YOU CARRY THE NAME.....
THE NAME DOESN'T CARRY YOU......
Former Angel Boys Tennis Standout Patrick Anderson, left, a member of the Men's Tennis Team at Quincy University in, IL came to watch his sister Rachel play in the WIAA State Girls Tennis Tourney this past weekend in Madison. Tradition Never Graduates
Meeting for RPAL Girls’ Poms/Cheer - October 24th A meeting is scheduled for Monday, October 24th, 6:30-7 p.m. in the St. Catherine's Auditorium for all Middle School girls interested in being on the RPAL poms/cheer team. Both parent/guardian and student must attend this mandatory meeting for the student to be eligible to participate in poms/cheer. If you cannot attend this meeting you must contact Mr. John Johnson, Athletic and Activities Director, prior to October 24th. No exceptions will be made.
A flag with the No. 1 flies on the Minnesota Duluth campus, signaling the UMD volleyball team’s place atop the NCAA Division II rankings.
Based on recent play, the Bulldogs don’t intend to take it down any time soon.
Makenzie Morgen had 11 kills and Allison Olley added 10 as top-ranked UMD cruised to a 25-15, 25-12, 25-15 NSIC victory over
St. Cloud State on Tuesday night before 416 at Romano Gym.
“We know that we have a target on our backs, and we know every team is going to give us the best they’ve got,” Olley said. “It’s exciting knowing every game is going to be a tough one. We’re only going to climb higher from here.”
Hard to get much higher than No. 1.
“We’ve got goals beyond this,” Olley said. “The end goal is a national championship.”
If Olley keeps playing like she is, who knows?
Olley, a 6-foot-2 junior middle blocker from Racine, Wis., also plays basketball for the Bulldogs, making her the first dual-sport athlete in volleyball coach Jim Boos’ 15 seasons at UMD.
Olley was where a rally went to die on Tuesday. Her 10 kills came on 13 attempts, with the other three ending in errors.
“Allison was the ultimate terminator,” Boos said. “Every time she touched the ball the point ended. She was finishing it, one way or the other.”
Sarah Kelly and Sydnie Mauch added eight kills apiece, with the 6-1 Mauch leading the block up front, while sophomore Erin Schindler led the defense with 14 digs for the Bulldogs (20-0 overall, 12-0 NSIC). Freshman Emily Torve, playing beyond her years as the reigning NSIC setter of the week, had 37 set assists as the Bulldogs hit .459 as a team.
“The beauty of this team is a different person can carry the load any given night,” Boos said. “If they take something away from us, somebody else can fill the void. That makes us really tough to defend.”
With a stable of six-footers at Boos’ disposal, sometimes it doesn’t look fair.
Olley is a special athlete. The center averaged 5.3 points and 5.1 rebounds in just 13.9 minutes for the UMD women’s basketball team as a sophomore last winter.
On Tuesday, Olley had six kills in a dominating second set, showing how good she can be.
“She can dominate,” Boos said. “Her and Emily have developed a great connection. It’s nothing complex. Hang the ball in the middle of the floor, and let the 6-2 athletic kid go up there and figure out where to hit it hard.”
Olley isn’t perfect, of course, and she contributed to some of the Bulldogs’ sloppy play in the third set, prompting Boos to pull her aside when she rotated out.
“I told her, ‘Let’s be volleyball Olley, instead of basketball Olley,” Boos said.
Boos also critiqued his freshman setter. Boos will be constantly in Torve’s ear this fall — some could argue he has to be. The position is that important.
“For Emily, it’s a classroom, and the best place to learn is in game situations,” Boos said. “I can pull her aside in practice and we can talk through things, but ultimately, there’s nothing on the line. These are a real-life moments to learn.”
Boos is tough love, especially with his setters. Always has been.
“I’m fair to everybody, especially her,” Boos said, smiling. “It’s hard to argue with what she’s done.”
Sophomore Micah Nier had 10 kills to lead St. Cloud State (8-13, 3-9), while Marissa Kline had 22 set assists and Clara Krenz added 12 digs, but the Huskies hit just .029 as a team.
St. Cloud coach Chad Braegelmann was asked what makes the Bulldogs so tough.
“It’s a combination. They’ve got good coaches, good athletes and boy, they don’t make any errors,” Braegelmann said. “If you look offensively, they had 43 kills and four errors. That’s ridiculous at our level. They put so much pressure on you defensively that you’re constantly on your heels. I think they’re better on defense, and they’re better on serve-receive than they were last year. Those two things allow them to extend rallies.”
Braegelmann is in his second season with the Huskies after turning Minnesota-Morris into a winner. Turning around the Huskies might not be as easy. The NSIC is the nation’s toughest conference in volleyball.
“I was just talking to two of my former players at Morris, and I said, ‘It was a heck of alot easier to turn around a program in the UMAC than it is in the NSIC,” Braegelmann said. “It’s brutal. You see improvement one match, then get absolutely pounded the next. You gain confidence, and they rip right away from you.”
Braegelman’s team already has played perennial power Concordia-St. Paul this season and said the Bulldogs are deserving of the No. 1 ranking.
“Absolutely,” he said. “We haven’t played anybody that’s been better, I’ll put it that way, and we’ve played everyone else in the league who was ranked except Southwest, Augie and Wayne.”
-- UMD fans might recognize the Braegelmann name. Vicky Braegelmann was a national volleyball player of the year for the Bulldogs. Chad and Vicky’s dads are first cousins.
-- UMD volleyball assistant coach Christyn May and her husband, Justin May, are expecting their first child together later this month. Christyn was on the court Tuesday like always, leading the Bulldogs in pregame warmups. She is no longer traveling with the team on road trips. “It’s exciting,” Boos said. “It’s going to change their world.”