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13th Annual Lourdes High School Sports Hall of Fame

Alumni, students, parents, and friends of the Rochester Catholic Schools community are invited to attend this exciting event, which brings together hundreds of guests annually in celebration of Lourdes High School athletics.

Each year, several distinguished, former LHS athletes and a coach or coaches are inducted into the LHS Sports Hall of Fame. In addition, the event honors a championship team or teams, and the Gene Eiden Award is presented to a volunteer who has made a difference to athletics at Lourdes High School.









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2019 Inductees

Tom Hennessey '51
Tim Marx '75
Jim Gathje '82
Keith Hartman '99
Alexa Palen '09
Sam Schmitz '02
Coach Orrie Jirele

Honored Teams

Boys Soccer Teams
1998-1999
1999-2000

Gene Eiden Award

Mike Muehlenbein '80

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inductees and honorees.


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2019 Inductee Bios


Alexa Palen '09

Alexa earned two individual state championships in tennis in 2007 and 2008, five team state titles and a doubles championship as an eighth grader in 2004. She was a six-year varsity letter winner and two-year academic honors recipient. Alexa was also on the varsity basketball team her senior year and was named Rochester Women’s Athlete of the Year in 2009.

Alexa attended the University of Minnesota on a full scholarship to play tennis. She was named U of M Scholar Athlete and in 2012 reached a top 100 ranking in the country in singles. That year, she also made the NCAA tournament and was named MVP. Alexa obtained her MBA in July 2019 from University of Redlands in California while serving as their Assistant Tennis Coach. She is engaged to be married in December 2019.




Jim Gathje '82

A five-year cross country and four-year track & field varsity letter winner, Jim participated in five state cross country meets finishing 2nd overall on two occasions. He was part of four team state championships and one team runner up. Jim earned all conference honors for four years and was named MVP one time. As a four-time conference champion track and field athlete, Jim participated in three state track meets earning championships in the 3,200m, and sprint medley relay. He also ran the 1,600m and 2-mile at state, placing 2nd and 9th respectively.

While attending St. John’s University, Jim participated in both cross country and track and field. He was an All American in cross country participating in three national meets, winning one individual Conference Championship and earning two All Conference honors and three letters. As a track and field athlete, Jim was recently inducted into the NCAA Division III Track & Field Hall of Fame. He competed in two USA National Track and Field Championships, two Division I National meets, and is a two-time 3,000m Steeplechase National Champion (still holding the national record for that event). He is a three-time All American, two-time MVP, school record holder in 3,000m indoor and 3,000m steeplechase outdoor, two-time Conference Champion, and five-time All Conference winner. Jim is the Director of Compensation at Optum and resides in Bloomington, MN, with his wife, Jeanne. They have five children.




Tom Hennessey '51

A two-year varsity football letter winner and track participant, Tom was a part of the 1949 State Championship Football Team and member of the 1950 All State Team. He is a lifetime member of the Rochester Catholic Schools community as a student-athlete, parent, volunteer and financial supporter.

Tom was a member of the 1952 RCTC football team and the St. Mary’s University team in 1953. He was an assistant football coach at LHS in 1956, and took film for the program under coach Joe Mayer in the 1960s and 1970s. In 1995 he was named LHS Alumnus of the Year. Tom retired from Mayo Clinic in 1994 where he was the Director of Buildings and Grounds. He is a past president of the Mayo Clinic Volunteer program and remains active with this group. Tom and his wife, Carol, have four sons and nine grandchildren, two of which are Lourdes graduates.




Tim Marx '75

A Lourdes Football record holder for most carries in a game (34 in 1974), Tim was a four-year varsity letter winner. In 1972, the LHS football team won the Central Catholic Conference Championship, and he was named to the All Central Catholic Conference Football Team. In 1975 he was named LHS Student of the Year. He held the record for most rushing yards in a game (247) for 18 years until it was broken by his nephew, Mike Osborn, in 1992. Tim also participated in wrestling, basketball, and track.

Tim graduated from St. John’s University and the University of Minnesota’s Law School and Humphrey School of Public Affairs. He received the Justitia et. Lex (law and justice) award from the University of St. Thomas Law School in 2012, St. John’s University Alumni Achievement award class of 1979 in 2014, and St. John’s University Fr. Colman Barry Religion and Society Award in 2019. Tim has served on numerous Board of Directors including Twin Cities Citizens League, St. Paul Area Chamber of Commerce, St. Paul Riverfront Corporation, New York City Times Square Alliance, National Alliance to End Homelessnes, Fairview Health System, and Minneapolis Downtown Council. He is currently President and CEO of Catholic Charities of St. Paul and Minneapolis. Tim and his wife Monica live in Minneapolis, MN. They have two sons and two grandsons.





Keith Hartman '99

A state champion in the 100m and 400m events his senior year, Keith holds track and field school records in the 100m, 200m and 400m events. He earned All-State honors in track and field three times and was also selected Academic All State in football. He was named the LHS John Mason Student Athlete of the Year following his senior year. During high school, Keith participated in football and track and field for four years and one year in wrestling. He earned four varsity letters during that time.

Keith attended Augustana College on a track and field scholarship and played football. He was three-time All Conference, NCAA Division II National Meet provisional qualifier in track and field for Augustana. He also received the Core Value Award for Excellence. After graduating Magna Cum Laude with a degree in Chemistry, minor in Physics and Mathematics, Keith went on to receive his Ph.D. in Chemistry from Rice University and a Postdoctoral Fellow from Stanford Medical Center. He works for DaVita and is Vice-President over their Home Dialysis business. Keith lives in Denver, CO, area with his wife, Cristina, and their three children.




Sam Schmitz '02

A four-year letter winner in football and track, as well as three-year letter winner in hockey, Sam was named 2nd Team All-State in football during 2001. He also earned HVL All-Conference honors in Football in 1999, 2000 and 2001.

Sam attended the University of North Dakota where he played football for the Fighting Sioux from 2002-2006. During his time at UND, he played in the National Championship game in 2003. In addition, his team also advanced to the semifinal round in 2004 and the quarterfinal round in 2005 and 2006. He was a member of three North Central Conference championships in 2003, 2005, and 2006. He is a member of the winningest class in UND football history. Sam received his Juris Doctorate with Distinction from UND School of Law. He works as Legal Counsel for Minnkota Power Cooperative, Inc., and resides in Grand Forks, ND, with his wife Danielle and son Cameron.




Orrie Jirele - Coach

Coach Jirele was the boys basketball coach from 1965-1968. His teams won State Catholic Championships in 1966, 1967 and 1968. Orrie played on the 1958 state championship team for Austin Pacelli High School. From 1958-1962 he played at St. Bonaventure, for which the team was ranked third in the nation in 1961. From 1968-1973 he coached boys basketball in Green Bay and from 1973-1987 in Albert Lea. Orrie taught school for 39 years and also coached boys tennis. He played in the Austin Symphony Orchestra, was an active member of St. Theodore Catholic church in Albert Lea, serving as a trustee and on church council. He enjoyed the outdoors, including hunting and fishing.





Mike Muehlenbein '80 - Gene Eiden Award

Mike graduated from Lourdes High School in 1980. He was a football and track and field athlete during school and a member of the 1979 football state championship team. Mike has been a prominent volunteer within the Rochester Catholic School (RCS) system, as well as the community. He has coached in many capacities, including St. Pius 5th and 6th grade school basketball (1978-1980), Lourdes freshman girls basketball (1987), assistant B-Squad football (1988), assistant varsity girls basketball (1988-1995), traveling boys and St. Francis grade school basketball (2003-2011), boys junior varsity basketball (2015-2017), traveling boys basketball coordinator (2004-2016), and Jr. High football (2015-2018).

In addition to coaching, Mike has volunteered with the RCS Council (1998-2003; Chair 1 year), RCS Board of Trustees (2012-2019; Co-Chair 3 years), and St. Vincent DePaul Society (2018-Present). Within the community, he was on the Rochester Youth Baseball Board for four years and Rochester Youth Football Board for eight years, serving as president for two years. Mike has three sons who all graduated from Lourdes High School and participated on state championship football teams. He and his wife Linda, who is also an active volunteer, live in Rochester.




2019 Honored Teams

Boys Soccer Teams
1998-1999 & 1999-2000

The 1998 and 1999 boys soccer teams were dominant during a historic run of back-to-back state titles, the only time this has happened in Class A history. Eight different players earned All-State honors during their career and nine advanced to the collegiate level.

Eric Anderson
Matt Beatty
Mike Boness
Dan Breshnahan
Emerson Clark
Coach Steve Convery
Mike Cook
John Doucette
Kyle Eichman
Joe Elder
Chris Glinski
Nate Good
Eric Hanson
Sean Kane
Coach Tom Kane
John Kertis|
James Kertis

Mark Kutzke
Paul LeTendre
Willy Lorenzo
Tim Macken
Pat McIntyre
Mike Ngo
Ben Passe
Coach Tasos Psomas
Charles Schmidt
Robert Schreiber
Coach Darryl Sibble
Stefan Streit
Nick Thompson
Scott Turner
John VanRooy
Jon Wagner