Congratulations to the 2019 Academy of Holy Angels Activities Hall of Fame Inductees!
The following Stars and Co-Stars alumni will be celebrated at the Hall of Fame Ceremony on Friday, October 4th at 5:00 p.m. For more information about the event, click here. They will also be honored at half-time of the Homecoming football game at 7:00 PM at the StarDome.
Joe Loftus, Class of 2008, was a two-time first-team All-Metro, two-time first-team All-State, and was named team MVP three times while playing baseball at AHA. Joe holds the AHA record with nine homers in a season and hit 25 career home runs, breaking Joe Mauer’s state record. Joe also excelled in football where he was team MVP and twice All-Metro and All-State. In the classroom, Joe was a four-year honor student.
After AHA, Joe was drafted by the Twins but decided to attend Vanderbilt University instead, where he helped them reach the College World Series and was named to the academic honor roll. Joe was then drafted and signed by the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Ryan Hurley, Class of 2006, was a high school All-American in lacrosse where he was two-time captain and three-time all-state. Ryan also was a member of the hockey team for two years and helped the Stars win the Class AA State Hockey Championship in 2005. After AHA, Ryan went on to Cornell University where he played D1 lacrosse for four seasons. He was a captain his senior season and played in four NCAA Tournaments, three Final Fours, and one National Championship. He was recognized as All-Ivy League twice.
Following college, Ryan played professional lacrosse for the Charlotte Hounds and Chesapeake Bayhawks. He is currently a Partner at Epoch Lacrosse.
Stephanie Krutsch, Class of 2004, graduated as AHA’s all-time leading soccer scorer with 55 goals and 33 assists. As two-time All-State and first-team All-Metro, Stephanie led the Stars to a 57-3-9 record and led the 2001 and 2002 Stars teams to runner-up finishes at State. She was captain of her senior team that won the only AHA girls soccer State Championship in 2003. She was a member of the National Honor Society and German National Honor Society and was named the Athena Award Winner for 2004.
Stephanie went on to play D1 soccer at Northwestern University. She completed her Masters in Counseling Psychology from the Wright Institute in Berkeley and is currently a licensed marriage and family therapist in the Bay Area.
Kris Paulson Wessinger, Class of 1998 , was a very successful three-sport athlete at AHA in soccer, hockey and golf. As a senior on the AHA golf team, Kris finished 11th in the state tournament and was named Athena Award winner. Kris went on to play golf at the University of St. Thomas where she was an MIAC champion, competed at the Division lll championships twice, earned three MIAC all-conference awards, was the UST player of the year three times and earned three Academic Achievement Awards.
After college, Kris coached golf at the University of Minnesota for eight years, serving as an assistant coach and associate head coach. Kris was then hired by St. Catherine University to start their golf program.
Mike Elsen, Class of 1979, earned captain and all-conference honors in football, basketball and track and field while at AHA. He is the AHA discus record holder and was the shot put record holder too.
Mike went on to the University of St. Thomas and participated in both football and track, where he served as captain. Mike was a member of the MIAC Conference champion football and qualified and competed in the NCAA Division III National Track Championships for discus and shot put.
Mike is married to Gerilyn and their daughter Emmalyn is a member of the AHA Class of 2017. His daughter Andrea is a future Star.