Rangers signing on
Three Rangers signed letter of intent papers during the NCAA early signing period in mid-November: seniors Dana Mogren (softball), Beau Fandel (baseball) and Skye Finley (soccer).
Mogren played shortstop for Forest Lake during the 2012 season, starting in all 27 games with a batting average of .409 as the team went 24-3. Mogren led the Rangers to a Suburban East Conference championship and Section 7AAA title with 31 RBIs, 13 doubles and a fielding percentage of .946 on the season.
The slugger signed with Minnesota State University-Mankato, a Division II school in the Northern Sun Conference. The Mavericks went 23-3 in conference play last year (49-10 overall) and ended with a No. 13 national ranking.
Forest Lake head coach Angie Ryan said Mogren will be a fine addition to a great softball school.
“Dana is a great athlete who is very versatile defensively,” Ryan said. “She has great range, soft hands and a cannon for an arm. More impressive than her defense, though is her offense. She can drive the ball with her tremendous bat speed and seems to always come through in clutch situations.”
Fandel joined Mogren in the spring sport category by signing with Nebraska baseball. Fandel will be entering his fourth season on varsity and has a career batting average of .350, according to Forest Lake head coach Tal Gravelle. Fandel was also second on the Ranger squad last year in on-base percentage at .457.
Gravelle said he and the rest of the Forest Lake baseball staff is proud of Fandel’s accomplishments.
“I am very excited for Beau’s opportunity to attend and play baseball for Nebraska,” Gravelle said. “He is very deserving. Beau had a goal of playing at a high level and to his credit, he has achieved that goal. Beau’s career is defined by his passion for baseball and work ethic. He has been a varsity player since ninth grade and is now a leader of our program.”
Forest Lake soccer standout Skye Finley signed with St. Cloud State University. The defender/midfielder helped lead Forest Lake to its first conference win in two years this season over East Ridge and another over Hastings.
“She had an exceptional ability to make players around her better,” Forest Lake head coach Hanz Lehrke said. “Her leadership and ability will be missed next year. I would expect Skye would contribute right away with her work ethic and personality at college. St Cloud would have to have an exceptional player at her position for her to not see the field her first season.”