HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES 1984-1999
Tim Almquist (1977)
During his high school career, Tim earned a total of five varsity letters in basketball and track while maintaining a solid 3.0 grade-point average. In 1977, the 6-7, 200 pound basketball forward averaged 19.4 points and 11.2 rebounds per game in a stellar senior year that also included a school record-breaking 169 blocked shots. He was named All-Conference and North Suburban Conference MVP that year and was also All-Conference in track. Tim attended University of Alabama-Birmingham and in 1981 became the first Ranger to play in the NCAA Div. I National Basketball Tournament.
Eric Carter (1988)
Eric excelled in football, basketball and track, earning a total of eight varsity letters during his career at Forest Lake, and he was also an excellent student. As a basketball player, the 6-foot-8 forward was named to both the All-Conference and All-State teams in his senior year and became the school’s all-time career leader in both points (945) and rebounds (590). He graduated with a 3.5 grade-point average, was a member of National Honor Society and also participated in student council and in the school’s fall musical. Eric attended Harvard University where he played basketball for the Crimson.
Mike Chalberg (1991)
A tremendous student and football player, Mike’s 3.7 grade-point average and outstanding ability as a place kicker earned him a full-ride Division I scholarship at the University of Minnesota. In high school, Mike not only broke most of the school’s kicking records but also set a new state high school record by converting on a 54-yard field goal in 1990. He also excelled in college, where the Gophers’ kicker was named to the All-Big Ten Second Team and in 1994 was a semi-finalist for the Lou Groza Award, which honors the nation’s best college kicker.
Megan Cooper (1995)
Megan earned a total of 10 varsity letters in four sports: cross country running, tennis, gymnastics and softball. She was a team captain and all-conference honoree in three sports, and she was selected to play softball in the Minnesota All-Star game and was named to the All-Tournament Team at state in 1995. In addition, she was a member of the National Honor Society and a recipient of a Division II athletics scholarship to play softball at North Dakota State University. She studied corporate and community fitness at NDSU.
Kristen Copham (1985)
Kristen’s high school career exemplified the term “student-athlete,” as she excelled both in the classroom and in athletics. The valedictorian of her 1985 graduating class, Kristen graduated with a 4.0 grade-point average and also was a standout slalom skier who was named team captain and All-Conference in both her junior and senior years. In 1984 she finished 2nd at the state meet and was named to the All-State team. She was also president of the Forest Lake Student Council and editor of the school newspaper.
Andy Cossette (1986)
An All-Conference hockey player for the Rangers, Andy finished his career No. 2 on the school’s all-time points list with 95 and was regarded as one of the best all-around players in school history. He was a stellar athlete and student, performing admirably in the classroom with an outstanding 3.8 grade-point average during his high school career while earning four varsity letters in hockey and three in cross country. In his senior year he was captain of both teams. After graduation, he attended Gustavus Adolphus College and played hockey for the Gusties.
Jason Davids (1993)
One of the most decorated wrestlers in Forest Lake’s history, Jason graduated in 1993 with a career record of 125-22-2 and turned in an undefeated season his senior year that was capped by a state championship at 133 pounds. During his high school career he was All-State twice and was Junior National Greco Champion. His wresting career continued to soar at the University of Minnesota. In 1998, Jason became the first three-time All American in Gophers history. He graduated from college with a record of 132-27-0, and his career win total was, at the time, the third highest in school history.
Jason DeVries (1993)
Academics, football and wrestling were three areas Jason made his mark at Forest Lake. A first-rate student, Jason’s 3.728 grade-point average placed him 18th in his graduating class. A three-year letter winner in football and team captain his senior year, he was named All-Conference both his junior and senior years. As a senior, he was chosen team MVP and named to both the All-Metro and All-State football teams. He also was a standout wrestler who finished third at the state tournament as a junior and took first place as a senior. His career record was 121-25-2, and he was 38-1-0 his senior year.
Rich Elliot (1988)
Rich’s well-rounded high school experience was highlighted by outstanding academic performance as well as success in both wrestling and soccer. In the classroom, his 3.68 grade-point average was only surpassed by his Quarter Finalist finish for the PSAT National Merit Scholarship. A two-time All-Conference wrestler, Rich twice earned his way to state - finishing fifth his senior year, along with being named team captain and team MVP. He was also selected to the state’s All-Academic team in 1988.
Lori Florhaug (1977)
One of Forest Lake’s first great girls’ sports stars, Lori helped pave the way for future female athletes. She was named All-Conference a total of four times in three different sports - once each in volleyball and basketball, and twice in track. She earned a total of eight varsity letters in those sports during her career. Additionally, she was an outstanding student who graduated with a 3.54 grade-point average. Lori attended Moorhead State University and then became a teacher and coach in the Centennial school district. In 2006, after battling cancer, Lori died at the age of 45.
Todd Fultz (1986)
A rare four-sport athlete, Todd earned eight varsity letters during his high school career in basketball, football, baseball and track. In basketball, he was named to both the All-Conference and All-Metro teams as a senior and was named the team’s MVP. But football was arguably his best sport, and Todd’s skills as a wide receiver earned him All-State recognition as a senior. After having rewritten the Forest Lake record books for receiving yards and touchdowns, he attended St. John’s University where he played both football and basketball. After college, Todd became a businessman and published author.
Tal Gravelle (1982)
A great all-around athlete, Tal earned eight varsity letters during his career at Forest Lake: two in football, and three each in hockey and baseball. In football he was a quarterback, and he was selected team captain, team MVP and named to the All-Conference team his senior year. He was also named team captain in hockey, finishing his senior year as the team’s leading scorer and was named All-Conference Honorable Mention. In baseball he was team captain, All-Conference and the team’s top pitcher. In 2011, Tal was hired as head coach of the Rangers baseball team.
Justin Hahn (1993)
Justin, along with teammates Jason Davids, Jason DeVries and Troy Marr, helped lead the 1993 Forest Lake wrestling team to its first state team championship. That year, all four wrestlers claimed state individual titles - Justin’s coming in the 160-pound weight class. A three-year letter winner, he won the section championship in his senior year and was named All-Conference and All-State. Following high school, Justin attended Augsburg College, and in 1997 he won the Division II National Championship in his weight class and was named to both the All-America and Academic All-America teams. Jill Hanson (1988)
Jill earned a total of six athletic letters in volleyball, gymnastics and softball. She was a team captain and state participant in gymnastics and was named to the All-Conference team her senior year. She was also an outstanding student who participated in other activities such as band, the French Club and National Honor Society.
Brent Houle (1990)
Brent was known for his dedication, academic success, athletic abilities and for his contributions to the community. A member of the National Honor Society with a 3.8 grade-point average, Brent was also a skilled athlete who excelled in both wrestling and soccer. He earned two varsity letters in soccer, was named team captain and earned the “work horse award.” He also earned two letters in wrestling, was captain his senior year and was twice selected to the Twin Cities Suburban All-Conference team.
Mike Humphreys (1992)
Mike is recognized as one of the best all-around athletes in Forest Lake High School history. He excelled in football, basketball and baseball, and in each sport he was team captain, All-Conference, All-Metro and All-State Honorable Mention. In 1992, Mike was named to the USA Today All-American basketball team, and during that year he led both the Rangers football and baseball teams to their first state appearances. Mike attended Brown University where he played football and was captain of the baseball team. His 20 career home runs ranked him among the top hitters in school history.
Dan Jacobs (1974)
One of the first two athletes inducted into the Forest Lake Area High School Athletics Hall of Fame, Dan was known as a hard worker in the classroom and a dedicated competitor in sports. His talent and work ethic earned him the 1974 Minnesota Student Athlete of the Year award. Dan graduated with a 3.5 grade-point average and was twice named as an All-Conference basketball player. During his career he earned a total of eight varsity letters in cross country, basketball and track. In his senior year, he was team captain in all three sports and president of the Letterman’s Club.
Jennifer Joesting (1991)
Known to her friends, family and teachers as a “perfect role model”, Jenny was a rare four-sport athlete who also succeeded admirably at her studies. She was a member of the National Honor Society, Student Council and was a Scholar Athlete, and at the same time she was a star athlete, participating in softball, track, basketball and volleyball. The latter two sports were her most successful. In basketball she earned three varsity letters, was twice All-Conference, and was selected to the Metro All Stars and All-State Honorable Mention her senior year. She was also All-Conference in volleyball.
Karl Johnson (1984)
A solid student and three-sport athlete for the Rangers, Karl earned a total of six varsity letters in football, basketball and baseball while maintaining a 3.32 grade-point average. He was named All-State in both basketball and baseball as a senior, and he was named to All-Conference teams in both sports in his junior and senior seasons. After high school, Karl attended the University of Minnesota on a Division I baseball scholarship and won the Paul Fortin Scholarship/Athlete Award in 1989. He later pitched one season of minor league baseball for the Elizabethton Twins - the Minnesota Twins’ rookie league team.
Jeff Julkowski (1987)
A football and wrestling star for the Rangers in the mid-1980s, this 235-pound nose-tackle dominated opposing offensive linemen - and wrestling adversaries - with energy and tenacity. A three-time letter winner in football, Jeff was named North Suburban Conference MVP and to the All-State team in his senior year, and he helped lead the Rangers to an impressive 9-1 record that season. In wrestling, he twice won the Region 4AA championship and finished 3rd and 5th in his two years at state. Following high school, Jeff attended West Point and graduated with an engineering degree.
Kim Kauls (1987)
There may never have been another Forest Lake athlete - male or female - who dominated their sport as Kim Kauls dominated hers. During her impressive run at Forest Lake, Kim made 10 appearances at state and won an amazing seven individual state championships - one in cross country and six in track and field. She won the cross country title in 1986 and the state championships in both the 1,600- and 3,200-meter track events in 1985, 1986 and 1987. Twelve years later, Kim qualified for the U.S. Olympic trials, where she finished in the top 20 of all female competitors.
Paul Kendrick (1979)
Paul is one of the few Forest Lake athletes to not only win an individual state championship in an event but to set a record in the process. A true three-sport star, Paul earned a total of seven varsity letters during his high school career, and he excelled at every sport he played. He was selected to All-Conference teams in football, hockey, and track and field. In 1979 he was the state champion in the discus throw, setting a state meet record of 181 feet, 7 inches. He attended Hamline University, where he was an NAIA Division III All-American an amazing 12 times from 1981 - 83.
Scott Kohls (1980)
Scott set no fewer than four school records in track and field during his illustrious athletic career at Forest Lake, and he was the basketball team’s leading scorer in both his junior and senior seasons. Overall, Scott earned a total of six varsity letters in the three sports he played: football, basketball and track. In his senior year he was a team captain of all three sports and was named to the All-Conference basketball team. He also was twice named to the All-Conference team in track and field. In 1980 he placed fourth at state in the high-hurdles.
Diedre LaRock (1989)
Tennis and softball were Dee’s favorite sports, and during her high school career she earned a total of seven varsity letters between the two sports. In tennis, she lettered four straight years and was team captain for three years. She was twice selected team MVP and All Conference, and she was named to the Minnesota All-Academic Girls’ Tennis Team as a senior. In softball, she earned three varsity letters and was named All-Conference in her senior year. In addition, Dee was in band, National Honor Society and was a recipient of the President’s Honors Scholarship. Becky Lindberg (1989)
One of the most intense and successful athletes ever to play at Forest Lake, Becky was named team MVP in her sports an amazing seven times and All-Conference six times - three times in volleyball, twice in basketball and once in softball. In volleyball, she re-wrote the Forest Lake record books and won every possible award offered in her sport, including All-Conference, All-Metro, All-State and Star Tribune Metro Player of the Year. She attended the University of Minnesota on a volleyball scholarship, and in 1991 she was named to the Academic All-Big Ten team and led the Gophers in digs with 258.
Mark Moraczewski (1978) One of the most accomplished distance runners in school history, Mark was a three-sport athlete who earned a total of nine varsity letters - three each in cross country, wrestling and track & field. As a senior, he was named All-Conference in both cross country and in the two-mile event in track. Mark placed 5th at the region cross country meet (15:14) that year, and 19th at state (15:46), and competed at state in the 3200-meter run. After graduation, Mark was named All-Conference in both the 5K-meter and 10K-meter events in ttrack and was Division III All-America, placing 9th at the national 10K meet. Anita Paulino (1991) Anita’s tremendous accomplishments in track and field at Forest Lake were only surpassed by her subsequent achievements in college. In high school, she was a five-time All-Conference runner who in 1991 placed 3rd at state in the 100-meter (13.01 seconds) and 5th in the 200-meter (26.48). After graduation, she attended St. Thomas University where she was a 10-time All-American. In four years running track at St. Thomas, she won both the indoor and outdoor MIAC Conference 400-meter championships every year and helped the Tommies win the conference team title every year.
Patty Paulino (1982)
During her high school career, Patty won six varsity letters - three in track and field, two in volleyball and one in cross country. In track, she placed among the top four at the region meet in the 400-meter event for three straight years, and she qualified for state in 1981 as a member of the 4 x 400 relay team. The following year, her relay team set a school record with a time of 4:00.61. Patty attended St. Thomas University and was All-MIAC three times and All-American twice. In 1983, Patty and twin sister Peggy placed 5th at the Division III nationals as members of the Tommies’ 4 x 400 relay team.
Peggy Paulino (1982)
From her sophomore year on, Peggy lettered in both cross country and track every year, and she earned All-Conference honors in the 800-meter event in both 1981 and 1982. She placed in the top five in the region meet all three years in both the 800-meter event and as a member of the Rangers’ 4 x 400 relay team, and in 1980 she placed third at state in the 800 with a time of 2:17.4. Peggy also competed at state in 1981 in the 800-meter and as a member of the 4 x 400 team. After high school, Peggy ran track for St. Thomas University where she placed 8th at the Division III National Meet in 1983.
Terry Paulino (1979)
A truly dedicated athlete and leader, Terry was known primarily as a track star for the Rangers but also played basketball. She was an All-Conference track runner three times in the 100-meter event, twice in the 200-meter and once in the 800 relay. She qualified for state twice: In 1977 in the 100-meter and 200-meter, in which she placed third. Terry’s school record in the 200-meter of 25.54 seconds stood for 29 years, and she held the school record in the 100-meter (12.74 seconds) for 22 years. Academically, Terry was a fantastic student and graduated with a 3.8 grade-point average. Paul Peters (1986)
Known as a great team leader, Paul was an excellent student and talented all-around athlete, earning a total of four varsity letters in football and basketball during his high school career at Forest Lake. As a senior, he was named team captain and made the All-Conference teams in both sports. He graduated with a 3.45 grade-point average.
Ryan Poepard (1995)
A fierce competitor who excelled despite battling injuries, Ryan helped lead the Rangers to state tournament appearances in basketball and baseball. He lettered in three sports: football, basketball and baseball, and he was twice selected All-Conference in basketball and baseball. He was also selected in baseball to both the All-Metro and All-State teams. Ryan and his twin brother, Todd, both accepted full-ride Division I baseball scholarships to Valparaiso University in Indiana, where Ryan played outfield. From 1997 - 1999, both twins were regularly named to the All-Mid-Continent Conference teams.
Scott Poepard (1993)
Scott was an elite baseball talent who established himself as one of the best ever to come from Forest Lake. He was a four-year letter winner who broke several school records on his way to three All-Conference selections, as well as All-Metro and All-State honors as a senior. He attended Kansas State University, and in four years the second baseman became the Wildcats’ all-time career leader in doubles, home runs and runs batted in. He was later signed as a free agent by the Minnesota Twins and played one year of minor league baseball for the Ft. Wayne Wizards.
Todd Poepard (1995)
One of the best basketball and baseball players to ever wear the Rangers’ maroon and gold, Todd earned a total of seven varsity letters in the two sports and was a team captain in both in his senior year. In 1995, he became the first Forest Lake basketball player to reach the 1,000-point career milestone, and he set a new school scoring record that stood for 15 years. He was a four-year starter in baseball and was named All-Conference three times and All Metro once. He attended Valparaiso University on a baseball scholarship, and in 1998 the first baseman received the national Easton Redline Defensive Award. Tom Ramboldt (1988)A fine all-around athlete, Tom was named to All-Conference teams in football, basketball and baseball and was chosen team captain in each sport his senior year. In football he was named to the All-Metro team and All-State Honorable Mention as a senior, and he set several team records during his career. He was twice named All-Conference in basketball and helped lead the Rangers’ 1988 team to its first-ever state tournament berth. In baseball, he was named to two All-Conference teams. He graduated with a 3.0 grade-point average.
Rick Schwab (1981)
Rick was among the premier football, wrestling and track athletes for the Rangers in the early 1980s, earning a total of six varsity letters in his three sports. In his senior year, he was a team captain and was named All-Conference in all three sports - as a running back in football, at the 189-pound weight class in wrestling and as a discus thrower in track and field. In wrestling, which was probably his best sport, he earned All-Conference status in both his junior and senior years and won an individual state championship as a senior.
Robin Swenson (1976)
The first female member of the Hall of Fame, Robin was both an outstanding student and stellar athlete. During her career at Forest Lake she earned a total of eight varsity letters in three sports: volleyball, basketball, and track. In track, Robin was All-Conference in the 100-, 200- and 400-yard events and in the discus. She was also a two-time All-Conference selection in volleyball, and in her senior year she was named team captain of all three sports. She graduated with a 3.9 grade-point average, establishing her as an extremely well-rounded student-athlete.
Carla Thurnbeck (1990)
During her high school career, Carla earned an amazing nine varsity letters in four sports: volleyball, softball, diving and gymnastics. One of the top gymnasts in Forest Lake history, Carla was All-Conference in the all-around category for three straight years, twice being named All-State. During her career she set school records on the floor, on the vault and in the all-around and was named Star Tribune Prep Athlete of the Year for gymnastics in 1990. She also earned three varsity letters in softball during her career, was an All-Conference diver in her senior year and was in National Honor Society.
Serese Thurnbeck (1986)
A fine student who graduated with a 3.45 grade-point average, Serese was also a great athlete, earning a total of eight varsity letters in gymnastics, track and cheerleading. As a senior, she served as team captain in all three sports and made the All-Conference team in track. She was also a member of the 1600-medley relay team that, in 1986, set a school record of 4.19.41. Serese qualified for the state gymnastics meet three straight years, and she was also active in band and the National Honor Society.
Joe Toth (1990)
Joe was a powerful competitor in football and track who received numerous accolades in both sports. A two-time varsity letter winner in football, Joe had an outstanding senior season and was named All-Conference, All-Metro, All-State and was chosen the Most Valuable Defensive Player at the high school all-star game. He lettered in track three straight years, and as a junior he was a member of the state-qualifying 4x100 relay team. As a senior he set a conference record in the shot put, qualified for state in three events and won state championships in both the shot put and discus.
Lezlie Weiss (1989)
One of the best softball players in Rangers history, Lezlie also excelled at volleyball and was a two-time All-Conference selection who earned All-State recognition her senior year. A consistent hitter and skilled infielder, Lezlie set school softball records in at-bats, hits and assists en route to All-Conference honors as a junior and senior. As a senior she was named to the All-Metro and All-State teams. Her success in softball continued at the University of Minnesota, where the third baseman was named a Division I All-American as a senior. She ended her college career as the Big Ten’s all-time hit leader with 252.
Debbie Westrum (1992)
A great all-around athlete, Debbie earned a combined total of seven varsity letters in volleyball, basketball and softball, and in her senior year she was chosen team captain and earned All-Conference recognition in all three sports. In her career, Debbie broke five school records in basketball on her way to being selected for All-Conference, All-Metro and All-State honors. In softball, she was named team MVP, All-Conference, All-Region and All-State and set several school records. Debbie went on to play softball at Mankato State University and set the school record for career doubles with 51.
Aaron Wilborn (1994)
With great skill and strong team leadership, Aaron helped lead the Rangers to state tournament bids in both basketball and baseball while earning a combined five varsity letters in the two sports. He finished his basketball career with 821 points in two varsity seasons, and he was twice named All-Conference and was also named to the State All-Tournament team. In baseball, he was twice named to State All-Tournament teams.
Joyce Wistrcill (1981)
As a student, volleyball and basketball player, and track athlete, Joyce seemed to do well at everything she set her mind to. She earned a total of seven varsity letters as a student-athlete and was named to All-Conference teams in all three sports - twice in volleyball, twice as a shot-putter in track and field, and once in basketball. She also made the All-State basketball team in 1981 and graduated with a 3.49 grade-point average.