The Forest Lake Area Schools halls of fame welcomed 15 members during Monday’s awards night ceremonies at the high school.
FOREST LAKE AREA SCHOOLS HALL OF FAME
Dr. Barbara Bowers
After graduating from Forest Lake in 1968, Barbara attended Augsburg College, and, later, the University of Minnesota-Duluth Medical School where she received her M.D. in 1977. She went on to become one of Minnesota’s leading oncologists, specializing in breast cancer. Dr. Bowers is currently medical director of Fairview Southdale Breast Center and Fairview Southdale Hospital Medical Oncology Clinic.
Lyle “Bob” Morehead
Bob, a 1957 graduate, has spent most of his life in Forest Lake, and has worked tirelessly throughout the community in many capacities. He has served the city as a member of the Economic Development Authority for 15 years. For five years he has served on the Business Retention & Expansion Task Force, an organization he was very instrumental in bringing to Forest Lake. He has been active with the Jaycees, Rotary Club, Chamber of Commerce, Relay for Life and put in countless hours helping to build Schumacher Field. In 2006 Bob was honored with the “Good Guy Award” given out by the Becker Foundation.
HIGH SCHOOL ARTS & ATHLETICS HALL OF FAME
The Forest Lake women’s athletic program would not be what it is today without Kathy Briguet. She was at the forefront of the development of the program. 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 started the Forest Lake elementary track program.
Katie Alsdurf is the all-time leading scorer for Forest Lake girls basketball. A 2001 graduate, Katie was twice named All-State, made the Suburban East all-conference team five times and was honorable mention All-American in her junior and senior seasons. She was also a finalist for the Ms. Basketball Award. After high school, she spent two seasons at Marquette, and then transferred to the University of Minnesota, where she played for two years. She was twice named to the Academic All-Big Ten Team, and helped the Gophers to NCAA Tournament appearances both seasons, including to the Final Four in 2004. She served for four years as manager of basketball operations for the Minnesota Lynx, and is currently assistant women’s basketball coach at Augsburg College.
Rick Bayless is one of three Forest Lake graduates to play in the NFL. During high school, he earned two varsity letters in football and three in track and field. He was football captain his senior year, and set school records in the high jump, 100-meter dash and 60-yard dash. After graduating in 1983, he played for the University of Iowa, and, in 1986, became only the third Iowa running back ever to rush for 1,000 yards. He was named All-Big Ten and Honorable Mention All-American. He signed as a free agent by the Minnesota Vikings and played one before retiring after the 1989 season.
John “Jay” Brisson
Jay participated in four sports during high school and excelled in each, earning 10 letters. He was a starter on the baseball team for four seasons, helping his team win the conference championship in 1950. He lettered three years in football and one in basketball. Jay also lettered in track and field. Jay helped the White Bear Lake town hockey team win the Minnesota State Amateur Hockey Tournament in 1953. He played amateur baseball with Forest Lake and Hugo during the 1950s and managed the Hugo team from 1960-1963.
Bert Evgen was a three-sport athlete for Forest Lake in the late 1950s, but he was known mostly for his football prowess as a standout running back and kicker. He was a member of East Central football champs in 1956 and 1957, and in his senior year was also named to the Minnesota All-Star team. Bert earned 10 athletic letters in four sports. He was twice named All Conference in basketball, and was All Conference in baseball in 1957. His skills also led him to a successful career at 3M, from which he recently retired.
Bill turned down a chance to play minor league baseball in order to finish his high school career. At the age of 15, Bill tried out for the local minor league team, an affiliate of the St. Paul Saints. He was offered a spot, but was told that if he played he would lose his high school eligibility. He played football and baseball, being named all-conference during his junior and senior years. After graduating in 1943, he served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He was a founding member of the Forest Lake Lakers baseball team. He played and managed the team until 1953. He is an active member of the community and a supporter of athletics.
Krista (Hipkins) Brenberg
Krista Hipkins was a successful three-sport athlete who earned eight varsity letters and graduated as one of the top 10 students of the 1998 class. Krista earned four varsity letters in her best sport, gymnastics, another three letters in track and field and one in tennis. As a gymnast, Krista was twice picked to the All-Conference team and was named All-State three times. She helped lead the 1997 team to fifth place at state, and individually placed sixth in the all-around and fifth on the balance beam. In track, she was an All-Conference relay runner, and also set the school record in the high hurdles. She is inducted along with her husband, Brian.
Brian Brenberg, a 1998 graduate, was a standout student-athlete, starring in three sports while maintaining a 4.0 GPA. Brian won nine varsity letters and served as team captain in football, basketball and track and field. He was All-Conference and Honorable Mention All-State in football his senior year. Brian finished in the top 10 of his class academically. He attended the University of St. Thomas and continued to excel in athletics. He went on to attain a Master’s in Business Administration with distinction and a Master’s in Public Administration from Harvard University. He is now Assistant Professor of Business and Economics at The King’s College in New York City.
Bobbie Jo (Saxe) Davis
The only state champion gymnast in Forest Lake history, Bobbie Jo won three titles: floor exercise in 1996 and 1997 and all-around in 1997. In 1997, she and fellow inductee Krista (Hipkins) Brenberg led Forest Lake to fifth place at the state meet. Bobbie Jo is one of only nine Minnesota gymnasts to ever win two state titles in the floor exercise.
Charlie G. Chalberg
Charlie began coaching in Forest Lake when many of the sports teams were going through growing pains. His work was integral in the development of many of the sports programs, and he worked tirelessly with the girls basketball, softball and tennis programs. 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 is a retired math teacher.
Bob Dettmer retired in 2007 as one of the most successful high school wrestling coaches in state history. Dettmer took over as head coach in 1975 and went on to compile a record of 399-144-2, a win total that ranks as the 12th best in state history. In 1993, his team finished 17-0, won the state championship, and was ranked among the top 10 teams in the nation. He coached 15 individual state champions and took his teams to state four times. Bob recently retired from the U.S. Army Reserves. For the past six years he has served in the Minnesota House of Representatives.
Nicky Hebert was named her team’s MVP on all three teams her senior year – volleyball, basketball and softball. She won an Athena Award in her senior year. Softball was her best sport, and she led the Suburban East Conference in batting average as a senior and was named All-State. She attended Northwestern College in Roseville and continued to play volleyball and softball. She was a four-year letter-winner in both sports and was MVP on the volleyball team in 1995 and MVP on the softball team in 1997 and 1998. After college, Nicky was an assistant volleyball coach for Northwestern in 2001 and 2002.
Following his career with the Minnesota Gophers, where he was a four-year letterman and three-year starter, Adam Haayer was selected in the 2001 NFL draft. He spent two years with the Minnesota Vikings and one year each with the Tennessee Titans, Arizona Cardinals and St. Louis Rams. In high school, he was named to the Honorable Mention All-State team as a senior. In basketball, he was a three-year starter, and helped the Rangers win the state consolation championship as a sophomore year.