Hall of Fame
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.