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In-depth previews for teams participating in the 2022 WI vs. MN Border Battle

01/16/2022, 11:30am CST
By Mark Miller

Tyler Orr

Saturday, January 22, 2022
Tickets $13 for entire day (Sold at the door only)
Streamed on BallerTV

10:30 A.M. Game (Updated 1/19/2022)
At Minneapolis North High School

Rice Lake Warriors
 Kevin Orr, 20th year
Enrollment: 726
Top Players: Tyler Orr (5-11, Jr., 24.3 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 2.5 apg), Matt Farm (5-11, Jr., 10.8 ppg, 2.6 apg), Kole Klemme, (6-3, Sr., 10.6 ppg, 5.5 rpg), Zach Orr (5-10, Frosh., 10.0 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 2.5 apg), Harrison Lipke (6-2, Jr., 6.3 ppg, 6.7 rpg).
2021-22 Record: 8-3 (Through Jan. 20)
Notes: The Warriors compete in the highly competitive Big Rivers Conference ... Tyler Orr and Zach Orr are the sons of Rice Lake coach Kevin Orr ... Tyler Orr leads the Big Rivers Conference in scoring at 24.3 ppg ... Tyler Orr has scored 30 or more points five times this season, including a season-best 35 in a loss to River Falls ... Kevin Orr is in his 20th season as the Warriors head coach and guided the program to a 10-13 record a year ago.

Maranatha Christian Academy Mustangs
Coach: Mike Landers
Enrollment: 279
Top Players: Jeremiah LaVelle (6-4, Sr., 18.8 ppg), Bailey McDonald (6-0, Jr., 16.3 ppg), Josiah Coleman (6-4, Soph., 9.8 ppg), JaRory Purnell (7.5 ppg), Matthew Bluford (5-10, Jr., 6.3 ppg), Drew Balentine (5-11, Soph., 6.3 ppg).
2021-22 Record: 9-3 (Through games of Jan. 20)
Notes: Located in Brookyln Park, Minnesota, Maranatha Christian Academy competes in the Skyline Conference ... The Mustangs boast a strong inside/outside game with Jeremiah LaVelle and Josiah Coleman doing most of their damage in the paint while Bailey McDonald, Matthew Bluford and Drew Balentine score most often from the perimeter ... The Mustangs started the season 1-3, but then went on an eight-game winning streak. 


Will Boser

12:15 P.M. Game 
At Minneapolis North High School

Eau Claire Memorial Old Abes
 Chad Brieske, 5th year
Enrollment: 1,620
Top Players: Will Boser (6-6, Sr., 17.5 ppg, 6.0 rpg), Mekhi Shaw (6-0, Sr., 12.5 ppg, 4.5 apg), Mason Stoik (6-3, Jr., 12.2 ppg, 3.2 rpg), Peter Albert (5-11, Jr., 6.2 ppg, 2.8 rpg), LJ Wells (6-8, Sr.), Tyler McBride (6-1, Sr., 6.2 ppg, 4.4 rpg), Connor Welsch (6-7, Jr., 5.8 ppg, 5.0 rpg).
2021-22 Record: 12-2 (Through Jan. 20)
Notes: Like Rice Lake, Eau Claire Memorial plays in the Big Rivers Conference ... Wing Will Boser, a very good perimeter shooter, leads th team in scoring and has signed with NCAA Division II Concordia-St. Paul ... Point guard Mekhi Shaw missed all of last season with an injury, but is back on the floor for the Old Abes and is playing well after seeing varsity playing time as a freshman and sophomore ... Forward LJ Wells owns Division II scholarship offers from Minot State and St. Cloud State.

Richfield High School Spartans
Coach: Omar McMillan
Enrollment: 891
Top Players: Mitchell January (6-0, Sr., 20.7 ppg), Jaden Wollmuth (6-7, Sr., 13.9 ppg), Jaedyn Patterson (6-4, Sr., 15.0 ppg), CJ Armstrong (5-11, Frosh., 6.7 ppg), Jaylen Hollins (5-10, Jr., 6.6 ppg).
2021-22 Record: 4-5 (Through games of Jan. 20)
Notes: The Spartans compete in the Tri-Metro Conference ... Mitchell January and Jaden Wollmuth are listed among the top 66 players in Minnesota in the class of 2022 ... The Spartans own victories over Bloomington Kennedy, Mound Westonka, St. Anthony and Brooklyn Center. 


2:00 P.M. Game 
At Minneapolis North High School

Pewaukee Pirates
 David Burkemper, 4th year
Enrollment: 866
Top Players: Nick Janowski (6-4, Soph., 21.7 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 3.0 apg), Milan Momcilovic (6-8, Jr., 17.5 ppg, 8.9 rpg), Ashton Janowski (6-2, S.r, 17.4 ppg, 3.4 apg), Josh Terrian (6-4, Sr., 11.3 ppg, 6.6 rpg), Emmett Loew (6-0, Sr., 5.6 ppg), Logan Dobberstein (6-6, Sr., 5.5 ppg).
2021-22 Record: 8-2 (Through Jan. 19)
Notes: Pewaukee is ranked No. 2 among WIAA Division 2 schools in Wisconsin in the Coaches Poll ... Sophomore Nick Janowski owns NCAA Division I scholarship offers from Georgia Tech, Iowa State, Marquette and USC ... Junior Milan Momcilovic owns NCAA Division I offers from Iowa State, Marquette, Minnesota and Oral Roberts ... Senior Ashton Janowski has signed with NCAA Division II Hillsdale College ... Senior Josh Terrian has signed with NCAA Division II Michigan Tech. 

Robbinsdale Armstrong Falcons
Coach: Robert Ware
Enrollment: 1,661
Top Players: Peyton Newbern (6-4, Sr., 17.0 ppg, 5.4 rpg), Owen Skram (6-4, Jr., 11.5 ppg, 4.1 rpg), Seth Newbern (6-3, Soph., 8.5 ppg, 3.9 rpg), Payton Mogire (6-10, Sr., 8.6 ppg, 5.0 rpg), Jamez Garner (5-10, Sr., 6.6 ppg, 3.1 rpg).
2021-22 Record: 5-6 (Through games of Jan. 20)
Notes: Located in Plymouth, Robbinsdale Armstrong competes in the Northwest Suburban Conference ... The Falcons have played a very difficult schedule to date and own wins over St. Louis Park, Champlin Park, Coon Rapids, Owatonna and Minneapolis Washburn ... The Falcons boast plenty of size with Peyton Newbern and Payton Moguire leading frontline play.


3:45 P.M. Game
At Minneapolis North High School

Menomonee Falls Phoenix
 Jason Hollenbeck, 3rd year
Enrollment: 1,311
Top Players: Seth Trimble (6-3, Sr., 25.0 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 3.7 rpg), Steven Clay (6-5, Sr., 16.3 ppg, 6.5 rpg), Grant Martin (6-0, Sr., 8.8 ppg, 3.1 rpg), Evan Redding (6-0, Sr., 6.9 ppg, 5.3 rpg), Greg Kemp Jr. (6-6, Sr., 6.2 ppg, 4.0 rpg).
2021-22 Record: 10-2 (Through Jan. 20)
Notes: Senior point guard Seth Trimble has signed with NCAA Division I North Carolina and is the No. 1-ranked class of 2022 prospect in the state per the Player Rankings ... Senior wing Steven Clay owns NCAA Division I scholarship offers from Eastern Michigan, Miami (Ohio), Milwaukee, Ohio and Western Illinois, among others ... Menomonee Falls competes in the Greater Metro Conference and is tied for first place in the league standings with Brookfield Central. 

Totino-Grace Eagles 
Coach: Nick Carroll
Enrollment: 682
Top Players: Damarion Watson (6-7, Sr., 14.2 ppg), Patrick Bath (6-9, Jr., 13.2 ppg), Tommy Humphries (6-5, Jr., 12.0 ppg), Taison Chatman (6-4, Jr., 11.6 ppg), Ahjany Lee (6-9, Sr., 10.0 ppg).
2021-22 Record: 9-2 (Through games of Jan. 20)
Notes: Located in Fridley, Minnesota, Totino-Grace competes in the Northwest Suburban Conference ... Damarion Watson has committed to NCAA Division I Iowa State ... Patrick Bath, Tommy Humphries and Taison Chatman are ranked among the top 10 juniors in Minnesota with each receiving plenty of recruiting attention from NCAA Division I programs ... Lee signed with NCAA Division I University of St. Thomas.  


Jamiir Allen

5:30 P.M. Game
At Minneapolis North High School

Wisconsin Lutheran Vikings
 Ryan Walz, 14th year
Enrollment: 883
Top Players: Kon Knueppel (6-5, Soph., 17.2 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 3.2 apg), Jordan Glenn (5-11, Sr., 17.0 ppg, 5.3 rpg), Jamiir Allen (6-0, Jr., 12.7 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 3.8 apg), Landon Key (6-3, Jr., 9.2 ppg, 2.9 rpg), Alex Hernandez (6-4, Sr., 7.5 ppg, 3.6 rpg), Joshua Knueppel  (6-0, Jr., 7.1 ppg), Prentice Young (6-4, Jr.). 
2021-22 Record: 11-1 (Through Jan. 16)
Notes: Wisconsin Lutheran competes in the Western Division of the Woodland Conference and owns a victory in overtime over league-rival Pewaukee ... Sophomore Kon Knueppel is the No. 1-ranked class of 2024 prospect in Wisconsin per Player Rankings and owns NCAA Division I scholarship offers from several high-major programs, including Illinois, Marquette, Minnesota and Wisconsin, among others ... Senior Jordan Glenn is having a superb season for the Vikings, but his playing status for the Border Battle is a question after he collapsed in a game earlier this month, the second time that has happened in the past two years ... Junior Prentice Young Jr. is ranked among the top class of 2023 prospects in Wisconsin, and returned to the lineup recently after missing close to eight months due to an injury ... Junior guard Jamiir Allen is key player for the Vikings who can score in different ways. 

Minnehaha Academy Redhawks 
Coach: Lance Johnson
Enrollment: 351
Top Players: Prince Aligbe (6-7, Sr., 26.0 ppg), Leroy Barnes (6-2, Jr., 9.2 ppg), Rolyns Aligbe (6-8, Jr., 7.0 ppg), Peyton Lange (6-9, Jr., 4.0 ppg). 
2021-22 Record: 2-4 (Through games of Jan. 20)
Notes: Located in Minneapolis, Minnehaha Academy competes in the IMAC Conference ... Senior forward Prince Aligbe has committed to NCAA Division I Boston College ... The Redhawks boast tremendous overall size, but suffered a big loss recently when Houston-commit and talented sophomore Mercy Miller opted to transfer to Oak Hill Academy. Miller had been averaging 26.3 ppg for Minnehaha Academy prior to his transfer.


Dan Gherezgher

7:15 P.M. Game
At Minneapolis North High School

Brookfield East Spartans
 Joe Rux, 6th year
Enrollment: 1,345
Top Players: Dan Gherezgher (6-3, Sr., 17.1 ppg, 4.8 rpg), Matt Schmainda (6-1, Jr., 16.5 ppg, 3.7 rpg), Andrew Graf (5-9, Soph., 14.8 ppg), Nolleen Tabaska (6-6, Jr., 8.4 ppg, 7.7 rpg), Joe Stewart (6-1, Jr., 6.2 ppg).   
2021-22 Record: 4-9 (Through Jan. 19)
Notes: The Spartans' won-loss record is a bit deceiving due to the fact top scorer Dan Gherezgher missed five games with an injury ... Gherezgher owns NCAA Division II scholarship offers from Michigan Tech and Wisconsin-Parkside ... Brookfield East plays in the Greater Metro Conference and, combined with its non-league schedule, plays one of the toughest slates in Wisconsin. 

Minneapolis North Polars 
Coach: Larry McKenzie
Enrollment: 294
Top Players: Willie Wilson (6-2, Sr., 17.8 ppg), De'MMeiko Anderson (6-0, Sr., 12.3 ppg), Jacob Butler (6-3, Sr., 10.7 ppg), Gani Stevens (6-6, Sr., 10.6 ppg), Zashon Rich (6-5, Soph., 9.9 ppg), Datrell McCrimmon (5-7, Soph., 7.1 ppg). 
2021-22 Record: 8-3 (Through games of Jan. 19)
Notes: Minneapolis North is a member of the Minneapolis City Conference ... The Polars love to play at an up-tempo pace and scored 100 points in a recent victory over Carmen Northwest of Milwaukee ... Senior Willie Wilson is ranked among the top 25 players in Minnesota in the 2022 class. 

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