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In-Depth Preview for Wisconsin vs. Minnesota Border Battle

01/18/2024, 1:30pm CST
By Mark Miller

2024 WISCONSIN VS. MINNESOTA BORDER BATTLE
Saturday, January 20, 2024
At Benilde-St. Margaret's High School
Tickets $15 adults/$10 students and seniors
(good for entire day, cash or card accepted at door)
Stream Link: https://www.nspn.tv/partners/Breakdown


Isaiah Kastern

10:00 A.M. Game
At Benilde-St. Margaret's High School (St. Louis Park, Minn.)

Solon Springs Eagles
Coach:
 Marcus Besonen, 6th year
Enrollment: 81
Top Players: Isaiah Kastern (6-5, Sr., 29.3 ppg, 9.4 rpg), Owen Smith (6-0, Sr., 12.4 ppg, 4.0 rpg), Kaden Corlett (6-1, Sr., 8.6 ppg, 5.4 rpg), Dylan Taggert (5-9, Sr., 8.9 ppg, 9.1 apg), Abe Ahlberg (5-9, Sr., 5.8 ppg, 2.0 rpg), Cade Lisson (6-3, Jr., 5.2 ppg, 4.0 rpg). 
2023-24 Record: 12-1 (Through Jan. 19)
Notes: Kastern has committed to NCAA Division II Bemidji State and is ranked No. 30 among seniors in Wisconsin by WisSports.net ... Solon Springs advanced to the WIAA Division 5 sectional finals last season and went 26-2 under coach Marcus Besonen ... Kastern, Taggert, Smith and Ahlberg are returning starters for the Eagles, who compete in the Northern Lights Conference ... Kastern and Taggert each have surpassed 1,000 career points ... Solon Springs is ranked No. 1 among WIAA Division 5 schools in Wisconsin in the WSN Coaches poll.

*****

Cherry Tigers
Coach: Jordan Christianson
Enrollment: 142
Top Players: Isaac Asuma (6-3, Sr.), Noah Sundquist (6-2, Jr.), Isaiah Asuma (6-0, Frosh.), Carson Brown (6-1, Jr.), Noah Asuma (6-1, Soph.). 
2023-24 Record: 12-2 (Through games of Jan. 19)
Notes: Cherry High School is located in Iron, Minnesota ... Isaac Asuma has committed to the University of Minnesota on a basketball scholarship ... The Tigers play an independent schedule ... Cherry is ranked No. 1 among Class 1A schools in Minnesota by The Breakdown.



Desmond Jones

11:30 A.M. Game
At Benilde-St. Margaret's High School (St. Louis Park, Minn.)

Heritage Christian Patriots
Coach:
 Demonte Bynum, 5th year 
Enrollment: 196
Top Players: Mike Bowen Jr. (6-2, Sr., 18.9 ppg, 7.8 rpg), Desmond Jones (6-4, Sr., 17.4 ppg, 7.4 rpg), Alex Trotter (5-11, Sr., 13.9 ppg, 2.7 rpg), Josiah Robinson (6-0, Sr., 12.7 ppg, 2.7 rpg), Adrian Moran (5-6, Sr., 7.9 ppg, 2.5 apg). 
2023-24 Record: 10-2 (Through Jan. 19)
Notes: The Patriots advanced to the WIAA Division 5 sectional finals a year ago before losing to Fall River in overtime ... Bowen, Jones and Trotter are 1,000 point career scorers for Heritage Christian, which competes in the Midwest Classic Conference and is located in New Berlin.  

*****

Breck Mustangs
Coach: Harry Sonie
Enrollment: 443
Top Players: Daniel Freitag (6-1, Sr.), Miles Newton (Jr.), Hanif Muhammad (Soph.), JP Musoke (Soph.), DeAngelo Dungey (Soph.). 
2023-24 Record: 13-0 (Through games of Jan. 18)
Notes: Freitag has committed to the University of Wisconsin on a basketball scholarship ... The Mustangs compete in the IMAC with other Twin Cities-area private schools ... Breck is ranked No. 1 among Class 2A schools by The Breakdown.



Joey Butz

1:00 P.M. Game
At Benilde-St. Margaret's High School (St. Louis Park, Minn.)

River Falls Wildcats
Coach:
 Zac Campbell, 11th year
Enrollment: 1114
Top Players: Joey Butz (6-1, Sr., 22.8 ppg, 2.7 rpg), Preston Johnson (6-2, Jr., 10.5 ppg, 4.6 apg), Eli Johnson (6-6, Jr., 7.8 ppg, 7.0 rpg), Hayden Bottolfson (6-4, Sr., 9.0 ppg, 4.1 rpg), Jonah Severson (6-3, Sr., 5.5 ppg, 5.1 rpg), Brody Graetz (5-11, Soph., 6.2 ppg, 2.1 rpg).
2023-24 Record: 11-2 (Through Jan. 19)
Notes: Butz is one of the better three-point shooters in Wisconsin and had connected on 51 of 111 tries beyond the arc for 46 percent through the first 13 games of the season ... Preston Johnson is one of the top class of 2025 point guards in the state while Eli Johnson is one of the better football prospects in Wisconsin ... River Falls is ranked No. 6 among Division 2 schools in Wisconsin in the WSN Coaches poll.

*****

Edina Hornets
Coach: Jon Bryant
Enrollment: 2506
Top Players: Josiah Coleman (6-3, Sr.), Daniel Molhoek (6-8, Jr.), Waylon Erlandson (6-3, Sr.), Billy DeMars (6-3, Jr.), Owen Kemper (6-1, Sr.).
2023-24 Record: 6-6 (Through games of Jan. 18)
Notes: Edina competes in the Lake Conference ... Molhoek is ranked among the top 15 prospects in Minnesota's 2026 class ... Coach Bryant is a former player for the University of Wisconsin.



Henry Meyer

2:30 P.M. Game
At Benilde-St. Margaret's High School (St. Louis Park, Minn.)

La Crosse Central Riverhawks
Coach:
 Todd Fergot, 20th year
Enrollment: 1029
Top Players: Henry Meyer (6-3, Sr., 18.7 ppg), Peyton Strittmater (6-1, Sr., 12.9 ppg), Noah Dingel (6-5, Sr., 10.4 ppg), Gabe Servais (5-11, Frosh.), Frankie Wilk (6-3, Jr., 4.5 ppg).
2023-24 Record: 5-6 (Through Jan. 18)
Notes: The Riverhawks compete in the Mississippi Valley Conference ... Meyer is a multi-year varsity performer and one of the better wing prospects in Wisconsin's class of 2024.

*****

Orono Spartans
Coach: Barry Wohler
Enrollment: 901
Top Players: Nolan Groves (6-4, Jr.), Brady Wooley (6-9, Jr.), Riley Nelson (6-2, Sr.), Mitchell Kauch (6-2, Jr.), Nathan Chavez (6-5, Jr.).
2023-24 Record: 7-4 (Through games of Jan. 18)
Notes: Orono competes in the Metro West Conference ... Wooley is the top-ranked junior in Minnesota and owns offers from Bryant, North Dakota and Yale ... Groves also is a top-ranked prospect in the class of 2025 in Minnesota ... Orono is ranked No. 4 among Class 3A schools by The Breakdown.



Michael McNabb Jr.

4:00 P.M. Game 
At Benilde-St. Margaret's High School (St. Louis Park, Minn.)

Grafton Black Hawks
Coach:
 Damon James, 8th year
Enrollment: 1001
Top Players: Michael McNabb Jr. (6-4, Sr., 28.8 ppg, 8.8 rpg), Juan Guerrero Hernandez (6-4, Jr., 18.3 ppg, 5.3 rpg), Tommy Lutz (6-2, Jr., 9.4 ppg, 3.9 rpg), DJ James (5-8, Soph., 4.8 ppg, 3.8 rpg), Caleb Battles (5-10, Frosh., 2.9 ppg, 2.7 rpg). 
2023-24 Record: 8-5 (Through Jan. 19)
Notes: McNabb went off for 48 points and drilled nine three-point baskets for Grafton in a victory over Onalaska in late December ... McNabb has committed to NCAA Division II Northern Michigan ... Guerrero Hernandez is one of the better junior prospects in the state ... Grafton is ranked No. 10 among WIAA Division 2 schools in the WSN Coaches poll.

*****

Minnetonka Skippers
Coach: Bryce Tesdahl
Enrollment: 3348
Top Players: Greyson Uelmen (6-0, Sr.), Duke Richardson (6-2, Jr.), Isa El-Amin (5-9, Jr.), Andy Stefonowicz (6-2, Sr.), Jordan Cain (6-3, Sr.).
2023-24 Record: 9-1 (Through games of Jan. 18)
Notes: Stefonowicz has committed to NCAA Division I North Dakota State ... Minnetonka competes in the Lake Conference ... Minnetonka is ranked No. 3 among Class 4A schools by The Breakdown.



Adam Skifton

5:30 P.M. Game
At Benilde-St. Margaret's High School (St. Louis Park, Minn.)

Onalaska Hilltoppers
Coach:
 Craig Kowal, 16th year
Enrollment: 923
Top Players: Evan Anderson (6-4, Sr., 20.2 ppg, 5.8 rpg), Isaac Skemp (6-7, Sr., 13.2 ppg, 5.8 rpg), Ian Kowal (6-3, Soph., 8.8 ppg, 4.4 rpg), Adam Skifton (6-2, Sr., 8.1 ppg, 4.1 rpg), Noah Chenault (6-1, Jr., 6.9 ppg, 4.0 rpg).
2023-24 Record: 9-4 (Through Jan. 18)
Notes: Anderson has committed to NCAA Division I South Dakota and is one of the top players in Wisconsin's 2024 class ... Skemp is a four-year varsity performer who can score inside and from outside the three-point arc ... Chenault has made a successful return to the court after missing the past two seasons with injuries. 

*****

Totino-Grace Eagles
Coach: Nick Carroll
Enrollment: 691
Top Players: Isaiah Johnson-Arigu (6-7, Sr.), Chace Watley (6-2, Jr.), Tian Chatman (6-4, Soph.), Tyler Wagner (6-6, Jr.), Dothan Ijadimbola (6-6, Soph.), Will Brands (6-4, Sr.).
2023-24 Record: 10-3 (Through games of Jan. 17)
Notes: The Eagles compete in the Northwest Suburban Conference ... Johnson-Arigu has committed to the University of Miami in Florida ... Wagner and Watley are among the higher-ranked juniors in Minnesota ... Ijadimbola is the top-ranked sophomore in Minnesota while Chatman ranks among the top 10 class of 2026 prospects in the Gopher state ... Totino-Grace is ranked No. 1 among 3A schools by The Breakdown.



Cooper Jesperson

7:00 P.M. Game
At Benilde-St. Margaret's High School (St. Louis Park, Minn.)

Eau Claire Memorial Old Abes
Coach:
 Chad Brieske, 7th year
Enrollment: 1589
Top Players: Cooper Jesperson (6-2, Jr., 21.8 ppg, 4.5 rpg), Wesley Mboga (6-4, Jr., 14.4 ppg, 5.7 rpg), Julius Clark (5-9, Jr., 10.7 ppg, 3.4 rpg), Bryce Hedtke (6-0, Jr., 7.3 ppg, 2.6 rpg), Ian Bauer (6-1, Soph., 6.4 ppg, 3.1 rpg).
2023-24 Record: 11-2 (Through Jan. 18)
Notes: The Old Abes compete in the Big Rivers Conference ... Jesperson is an outstanding long-distance shooter and ranks among the elite class of 2025 prospects in the state ... Mboga is a very good athlete and emerging basketball prospect for Eau Claire Memorial.

*****

Park Center Pirates
Coach:
James Ware
Enrollment: 1377
Top Players: Casmir Chavis (6-2, Sr.); Ari Gooch, Chiang Ring (6-8, Sr.); Temi Omotoyinbo (6-4, Jr.); Jackson Fowlkes (6-4, Sr.); Josiah Smith (6-5, Soph.).
2023-24 Record: 14-1 (Through games of Jan. 17)
Notes: Chavis has committed to the University of Washington ... Ring and Fowlkes remain uncommitted ... Park Center plays in the Northwest Suburban Conference ... Park Center is ranked No. 2 among Class 4A schools by The Breakdown.



Trevor Polite

8:30 P.M. Game 
At Benilde-St. Margaret's High School (St. Louis Park, Minn.)

Homestead
Coach:
 Sean Crider, 8th year
Enrollment: 1261
Top Players: Tim Franks (6-5, Sr., 27.6 ppg, 6.6 rpg), Trevor Polite (6-6, Jr., 10.7 ppg, 7.2 rpg), Andrew Hinterstocker (5-7, Sr., 10.3 ppg), Michael Rogers Jr. (5-9, Frosh., 7.5 ppg), Justin Bliesner (6-5, Jr., 6.8 ppg, 4.8 rpg).
2023-24 Record: 10-3 (Through Jan. 19)
Notes: The Highlanders compete in the North Shore Conference ... Franks has committed to NCAA Division I St. Thomas and is a four-year varsity performer ... Polite is ranked among the top juniors in Wisconsin and owns NCAA Division I offers from Illinois State and Milwaukee ... Ranked No. 7 among Division 1 schools in the WSN Coaches poll.  

*****

Benilde-St. Margaret's Red Knights
Coach: Damian Johnson
Enrollment: 929
Top Players: Jalen Wilson (6-8, Jr.), Jaleen Donley (6-1, Jr.), Ron Lee (6-2, Sr.), Abu Keita (6-5, Jr.), Jayden Daisy (6-4, Sr.).  
2023-24 Record: 5-6 (Through games of Jan. 18)
Notes: Wilson and Donley are both ranked among the premier juniors in Minnesota ... Benilde-St. Margaret's plays in the Metro West Conference. 

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