Lourdes grad Alex Kapraun inducted into St. Thomas Hall of Fame

Oct. 30—ROCHESTER — Rochester's Alex Kapraun was inducted into the University of St. Thomas athletic Hall of Fame this past weekend.

Kapraun, a 2015 St. Thomas grad, was an elite golfer for the Tommies. He earned PING Golf Coaches Association of America All-America honors during all four of his seasons at St. Thomas. He was a second-team All-American three times and he was once an honorable mention selection.

He was named the MIAC Golfer of the Year for the 2014-15 season when he tied for 13th at the NCAA Division III Championships and helped the Tommies finish 12th in the nation.

Kapraun, a Lourdes grad, was named All-MIAC all four years. He finished second at the conference meet during 2012-13 and was sixth in 2013-14 and 2014-15. He finished his career with a scoring average of 74.3 per 18 holes, which is the best in program history.

He also excelled in the classroom. He was a two-time Division III Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-American Scholar and a two-time CoSIDA Academic All-American as well as the 2014-15 NCAA Elite 89 Winner.

Kapraun was a three-sport standout at Lourdes and he had a great deal of postseason success. He was an individual state qualifier in golf. As a senior, he was a captain of the Lourdes' football team that won a 2010 state championship and a key member of the boys basketball team that was a state runner-up in 2011.

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Rochester's Cade Sheehan, a senior quarterback at Augsburg University, was named the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Football Offensive Athlete of the Week for his play a week ago. It is the third time in his career that Sheehan has won the MIAC award.

He was also named to the national Team of the Week for the second time in his career.

Sheehan, a Mayo grad, was honored for his stellar performance in a 56-36 victory over St. Olaf. He was part of seven of the eight Augsburg touchdowns in the game. Sheehan was 20-of-24 passing for 218 yards, with four touchdowns and no interceptions. He also rushed for 77 yards on 17 carries and scored on three 1-yard runs.

In his standout senior season, Sheehan has completed 141 of 203 passes for 1,600 yards and 23 touchdowns, with five interceptions. His 69.5 completion percentage is tops among MIAC quarterbacks. His 23 TD passes rank third in the conference and his 168.1 quarterback efficiency rating ranks second.

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Laneboro's Ellen (Waldow) Cullen was indcuted in the Augsburg University athletic Hall of Fame for the Class of 2023. She is a 2006 Augsburg grad who was a standout in cross country and track and field.

Cullen, the current head cross country coach at Lanesboro, was a two-time All-MIAC selection and one-time All-MIAC honorable mention selection in cross country, finishing 15th in 2003, 13th in 2004 and 17th in 2005 at MIAC Championships. She was All-Region with a 16th-place finish at 2004 NCAA regional.

In track and field, she won the MIAC outdoor championship in the 800-meter dash in 2004 and was on two MIAC relay winners. She was an NCAA D-III Indoor National Championships qualifier in 2004 in the distance medley relay, earning All-America honors with a seventh-place finish. She is part of three school records in relays.

Guy N. Limbeck is a sports writer for the Post Bulletin. His Local Notebook appears each Tuesday. He can be reached at