Katie Alsdurf (2001)
Katie finished her high school basketball career as Forest Lake’s all-time leading scorer with 1,803 points. Selected to the Suburban East all-conference team an amazing five times, the 6-foot guard was was named both All-State and Street & Smith Honorable Mention All-American in 2000 and 2001, and she was a Ms. Basketball Award finalist as a senior. In college, Katie played two seasons at Marquette before transferring to the University of Minnesota. Playing for the Gophers, she was twice named Academic All-Big Ten and helped her team secure two NCAA Division I Tournament appearances.
Rick Bayless (1983)
Rick is one of only three Forest Lake graduates to play professional football. In high school, he earned two varsity letters in football and three in track & field, and as a senior he set school records in the high-jump, 100-meter and 60-yard-dash. He went on to play college football for the University of Iowa, and in 1986 he became only the third Iowa running back ever to rush for 1,000 yards. He was second in the Big Ten in rushing that season, was named All-Big Ten and Honorable Mention All-American. In 1989, was was picked up as free agent by the Minnesota Vikings and played one year in the NFL.
Brian Brenberg (1998)
A 1998 Forest Lake graduate, Brian was a standout student-athlete during his high school years, starring in three sports while maintaining a 4.0 GPA. He won a total of nine varsity letters and served as team captain in football, basketball and track & field his senior year. A wide-receiver in football, Brian was named SEC All-Conference and All-State honorable mention in football his senior year and went on to play at the University of St. Thomas.
Jay Brisson (1952)
Jay participated in four sports during high school and excelled in each one, earning 10 varsity letters. He was a starter on the baseball team for four seasons, helping his team win the conference championship in 1950. He lettered three times in football and once in basketball, and he also lettered in track and field where he was also awarded the Willard Houle Trophy for being the outstanding track team member in his senior year. Following graduation from Forest Lake, he played amateur baseball with Forest Lake and Hugo during the 1950s and became the manager of the Hugo baseball team from 1960 to 1963.
Bert Evgen (1958)
Bert earned a total of 10 athletic letters in four different sports at Forest Lake during the late 1950s, twice earning All-Conference honors in basketball and once in baseball. But Bert was known mainly for his prowess in football as a standout running back and kicker. Known as “Bert the Toe”, he was the first place kicker in Rangers team history and successfully converted 19 extra-point kicks in a row. A member of East Central Conference football champs in 1956 and 1957, he was named to the Minnesota All-Star team as a senior and once ran back a kickoff 99 yards for a touchdown.
Adam Haayer (1996)
One of only three Forest Lake graduates to play pro football, Adam spent five seasons in the NFL, including two with the Minnesota Vikings and one year each with Tennessee, Arizona and St. Louis. At Forest Lake, Adam helped the Rangers basketball team win the state consolation championship in 1994. He was also a two-year starter for the football team and was named All-Conference, All-Metro and All-State Honorable Mention as a senior. After high school he had an outstanding college football career with the Minnesota Gophers before being chosen in the 6th Round of the 2001 NFL Draft.
Nicky Hebert (1998)
The broad spectrum of Nicky’s athletic abilities was apparent throughout her years at Forest Lake High School. In her senior year, she was named team MVP in volleyball, basketball and softball and won an Athena Award as one of the Twin Cities Metro Area’s outstanding female student-athletes. In softball, Nicky not only led the Suburban East Conference in batting average as a senior but was named All-Metro, All-Region and All-State. After high school, she attended Northwestern College in Roseville where she earned four varsity letters each in volleyball and softball.
Krista Hipkins-Brenberg (1998)
Krista was a stellar student and three-sport athlete who earned a total of eight varsity letters during her high school career. She earned four varsity letters in gymnastics, three in track and field and one in tennis. Krista was named All-Conference in gymnastics twice and was All-State three times. As a junior, she helped lead the Rangers team to a fifth-place finish at state and individually placed sixth in the all-around and fifth on the beam. As a senior, she was an All-Conference relay runner and set the Forest Lake record in the high hurdles.
Bill Jeans (1943)
Bill once turned down a chance to play professional baseball in order to finish his high school career at Forest Lake. At 15, Bill was offered a contract with the Grand Forks minor league team - an affilliate of the St. Paul Saints. But, rather than losing his high school eligibility, Bill returned to finish his high school career in his hometown. At Forest Lake, Bill played football and baseball, being named all-conference in both sports during his junior and senior years. After graduating from high school in 1943, he served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.
Bobbie Jo Saxe-Davis (1997)
The only state champion gymnast in Forest Lake history, Bobbie Jo actually won two state gymnastics championships in the floor exercise (in 1996 and 1997) and one in the all-around (1997). In 1997, she and fellow Hall of Fame inductee Krista Hipkins-Brenberg led Forest Lake to fifth-place at the state gymnastics meet. Bobbie Jo is one of only nine Minnesota gymnasts to ever win two state titles in the floor exercise, and she remains in the Minnesota State High School League record book tied for 10th on the list of highest scores in the floor exercise at the state gymnastics meet.
The Forest Lake girls’ athletic program would not be what it is today without Kathy Briguet. She was at the forefront of the development of the program, establishing its presence and bringing it into the mainstream. Kathy coached the girls’ track team for 27 years, 23 of those years as head coach, leading teams to several conference championships. She also coached volleyball and basketball, and she started the Forest Lake elementary track program. She was awarded the Region VII Coach of the Year, Break Barriers Award, and the Gold Select Circle Coaching Award.
Charlie’s work was integral in the development of many of Forest Lake’s sports programs, and he worked tirelessly with the girls’ basketball, softball and tennis. He was an assistant coach in basketball and held the head coaching duties in tennis for well over a decade. As a softball assistant coach, Charlie helped the Rangers become one of the elite programs in the state. He was a fast-pitch traveling coach with the summer softball program for many years and dedicated countless hours to building a first class summer program.
Bob retired in 2007 as one of the most successful high school wrestling coaches in Minnesota history. He took over as head Forest Lake wrestling coach in 1975 and went on to compile a record of 399-144-2, a win total that currently ranks as the 12th best in state history. In 1993, his team finished the season a perfect 17-0, won the state championship and was ranked among the Top 10 wrestling teams in the nation. During his career he coached 15 individual state champions and took his teams to state tournaments four times, placing in the top five three times.