Catholic Memorial seniors Catherine Raster and Kate Mrochinski were celebrating a third-place finish after their showing at the Nielsen Tennis Stadium in Madison over the weekend at the Division 2 state tennis tournament.
After a first-round bye, the duo defeated Grace Drake and Claire Stein of Edgewood, 6-2, 6-3, and then handled Milena Maroske and Whitney Treder of Whitewater, 6-4, 6-1.
The Crusaders dropped a 6-0, 6-2 decision in the semifinals to Megan Setter and Kaitlyn Kalinka of Kenosha St. Joseph but bounced back with a 7-5, 6-3 win in the third-place match over Mackenzie Lindow and Erin Rice of East Troy.
Memorial's Kelsey Taugher and Margaret Diedrich also won two matches, including a 7-6 (5), 6-1 win over Hannah Rosenbaum and Ellie Schmidt of Shorewood in the second round. The duo lost to Setter and Kalinka in the quarters, then a three-setter to Maroske and Treder in the final match trying to play back for fifth place.
Waukesha South's Rina Niehoff won her first match in her final state tournament before falling to Ashley Buzaitis of Green Bay Southwest, 6-0, 6-2, in Division 1 singles.
South teammates Carley Schreiber and Jaeda Walsh dropped a first-round heartbreaker in doubles, 4-6, 6-3, 10-4 in a super tiebreaker to a team from Madison West.
Kuzniewski eighth at state golf
Waukesha golfer Jessica Kuzniewski tied for eighth at the WIAA Division 1 state golf meet with her two-day score of 157 at University Ridge in Madison.
Emily Lauterbach (142) won medalist honors for Arrowhead, the team that won the team title by 51 strokes
Not far behind was Catholic Memorial's Sydney Brandt (162), who took 18th.
Memorial caps undefeated football season
Catholic Memorial defeated Waukesha North in the regular-season finale on the football field, 35-7, in a final tuneup before what's expected to be a deep run in the WIAA Division 3 playoffs.
The victory had a twofold impact. It left CMH with a 9-0 record and all but guaranteed the acquisition of the top seed in its pool of eight. The Crusaders will host New Berlin West (5-4) in the first round Friday, Oct. 21.
On the other hand, the loss also left North (5-4, 3-4 in Classic 8) heartbreakingly shy of its first tournament berth since 2006. After starting the year 4-0, North needed two wins in its final five league games to procure the necessary number of wins for qualification, but back-to-back losses to Muskego and CMH brought its season to an end.
West (6-3) defeated Waukesha South in the finale, 49-14, and will host sixth-seeded Stoughton in the first round of the Division 2 playoffs. Both CMH and West reached the state final last year and fell short, with West falling for a second straight year in the state-title game.
CMH wins volleyball tournament
Catholic Memorial's volleyball program was in a familiar position, winning the Classic 8 Conference tournament to follow up a regular-season title.
CMH needed to down Mukwonago in five sets, 22-25, 17-25, 25-20, 25-23, 15-12, in the final. Mukwonago fell to CMH in three sets during the regular season.
CMH, the two-time reigning state champion, has a first-round bye in the playoffs and will meet either Whitnall or Wisconsin Lutheran on Oct. 20.
The Catholic Memorial boys team also won the regular-season Classic 8 title.