Bishops place friendly wager on NDA-Catholic Memorial football game

Bishop Ricken bets cheese curds while Archbishop Listecki offers bratwursts

ALLOUEZ — Notre Dame Academy of Green Bay and Catholic Memorial High School of Waukesha will meet in the WIAA Division 3 state football championship game at 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 20, at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison. A friendly wager on the game was made at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops meeting in Baltimore by Bishop David Ricken and Archbishop Jerome Listecki of Milwaukee.

If Notre Dame wins, Bishop Ricken will receive bratwursts. If Catholic Memorial is victorious, Archbishop Listecki will receive cheese curds. Bishop Ricken will be in attendance to cheer on the Tritons.

Fr. Paul Hartmann, president at Catholic Memorial and judicial vicar for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, pitched the idea of a wager to Archbishop Listecki.

“It’s rare to have a Catholic school versus Catholic school matchup in a championship game in Division 3,” he said. “I have met Bishop Ricken and thought that he would have fun with it, so after we won on Saturday, I called Archbishop Listecki. I think they had breakfast together in Baltimore.”

Notre Dame advanced to the title game with a 27-24 victory over New Richmond on Nov. 13 at D.C. Everest. Senior placekicker Vinny Pallini connected on a 40-yard field goal as time expired to send Notre Dame to Madison.

Pallini also led the Tritons in receiving with five receptions for 99 yards. Senior quarterback Robert Petitjean threw for 217 yards. Junior running back Nate Ihlenfeldt led the ground attack with 110 yards on 28 carries.

Both Notre Dame and Catholic Memorial enter the championship game with 11-2 records.