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In-depth previews for teams participating in the 2023 WI vs. IL Border Battle

01/26/2023, 2:00pm CST
By Mark Miller

Saturday, February 4, 2023
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10:30 A.M. Game (Updated 2/1/2023)
At The Prairie School (Racine)

Saint Mary's Springs Ledgers
 Kyle Krueger, 24th year
Enrollment: 273
Top Players: Lucas Rameker (6-4, Sr., 16.5 ppg, 5.6 rpg), Sam Coon (6-1, Sr., 14.3 ppg, 3.9 rpg), Gavin Jahns (6-3, Sr., 13.1 ppg, 3.6 rpg), Josiah Moul (6-3, Sr., 11.9 ppg, 4.0 rpg), Noah Moul (6-1, Soph., 8.7 ppg, 4.5 rpg), John Coon (6-1, Jr., 6.9 ppg, 3.1 rpg).
2022-23 Record: 14-2 (Through Feb. 1)
Notes: The Ledgers compete in the highly competitive Wisconsin Flyway Conference ... Lucas Rameker is closing in on 1,000 career points ... Rameker, Sam Coon, Gavin Jahns and Josiah Moul are four-year varsity performers ... The Ledgers are in first place in the Flyway Conference standings and are ranked No. 2 among WIAA Division 4 schools. 


Northridge Prep Knights
Coach: Will Rey, 18th year
Enrollment: 380 (All boys)
Top Players: Jonah Fairbank (6-2, Sr.), Timmy O'Toole (5-7, Sr.), TJ Gorman (6-3, Jr.), Ben Hanretty (6-3, Jr.), Javi Christoffel (6-4, Jr.).  
2022-23 Record: 16-8 (Through games of Jan. 31)
Notes: Located in Lisle, Illinois, Northridge Prep competes in the Independent School Conference ... Head coach Will Rey previously served as the head coach at Loyola University in Chicago.

12:00 P.M. Game (Updated 2/1/2023)
At The Prairie School (Racine)

Racine St. Catherine's Angels
 Ryan Thompson, 2nd year
Enrollment: 464
Top Players: Even Moherek (6-0, Sr., 17.0 ppg), Davion Thomas-Kumpula (6-0, Sr., 14.4 ppg, 5.3 rpg), Dominic Pitts (6-4, Sr., 13.4 ppg, 5.7 rpg), LaMont Hamilton (5-11, Frosh., 13.8 ppg, 2.2 rpg), Terrion Glass-Barnes (5-8, Sr., 4.3 ppg), Isaiah Wray (6-3, Sr., 4.8 ppg, 6.5 rpg).  
2022-23 Record: 16-1 (Through Feb. 1)
Notes: The Angels compete in the Metro Classic Conference ... Hamilton is ranked among the elite class of 2026 prospects in Wisconsin ... Moherek and Thomas-Kumpula are terrific perimeter shooters while Pitts and Wray are physical in the paint ..Thomas-Kumpula has committed to play college football at the University of Wisconsin as a preferred walkon. 


Batavia Bulldogs
Coach: Jim Nazos
Enrollment: 1,939
Top Players: Jacob Aseltine (6-0, Jr.), Nate Nazos (6-0, Jr.), Jack Ambrose (6-6, Sr.), Jax Abalos (6-5, Soph.), C.J. Valente (6-3, Jr.).
2022-23 Record: 12-13 (Through games of Feb. 1)
Notes: Batavia competes in the DuKane Conference along with fellow Wisconsin vs. Illinois Border Battle participant Wheaton Warrensville South ... Jack Ambrose is a 6-foot-6 guard/forward who has made big shots for Batavia this winter ... Jax Abalos is listed among the Top 50 sophomores in Illinois by several recruiting websites.  

1:30 P.M. Game (Updated 2/1/2023)
At The Prairie School (Racine)

Madison Edgewood Crusaders
 Reggie Patterson, 1st year
Enrollment: 528
Top Players: Al Deang (6-3, Sr., 12.7 ppg, 9.3 rpg), Lucas Shulla Cose (6-4, Sr., 12.6 ppg, 5.9 rpg), Rex Lamb (6-1, Jr., 9.4 ppg), Hunter Dobrinsky (6-0, Sr., 7.4 ppg, 2.2 rpg), Mateo Jimenez (6-0, Sr., 5.7 ppg), Donovan Nedelcoff (5-10, Sr., 4.1 ppg, 2.2 rpg).  
2022-23 Record: 10-7 (Through Feb. 1)
Notes: The Crusaders compete in the Badger West Conference ... Al Deang is one of the better all-around players in the Madison area and also is an accomplished golfer ... Senior guards Donovan Nedelcoff, Hunter Dobrinsky and Mateo Jimenez are capable three-point shooters as is junior Rex Lamb ... Reggie Patterson is in his first year as the Crusaders head coach after serving as the head coach at Verona the previous two seasons. 


Deerfield Warriors
Coach: Dan McKendrick, 11th year
Enrollment: 1,611
Top Players: Quinn Schimanski (5-11, Soph.), Charlie Robin (6-2, Jr.), Tyler Kustusch (6-4, Jr.), Jacob Cohn (6-1, Sr.), Zach Friedman (5-10, Soph.), Joshua Barsky (5-10, Sr.).
2022-23 Record: 18-5 (Through games of Feb. 1)
Notes: Deerfield competes in the Central Suburban North Conference ... The Warriors are a relatively young team, although senior Jacob Cohn runs the point-guard spot for veteran coach Dan McKendrick. 

3:00 P.M. Game (Updated 2/1/2023)
At The Prairie School (Racine)

Franklin Sabers
 Tyler Podoll, 8th year
Enrollment: 1,569
Top Players: Will Gardner (6-2, Sr., 17.6 ppg, 7.3 rpg), Alex Mierow (6-5, Sr., 14.6 ppg, 7.1 rpg), Brandon Tilley (6-5, Jr., 11.4 ppg, 4.8 rpg), Eli Podoll (6-1, Jr., 5.5 rpg), Dylan Drajkowski (6-1, Jr., 5.3 ppg, 2.6 rpg). 
2022-23 Record: 10-7 (Through Feb. 1)
Notes: The Sabers compete in the Southeast Conference ... Will Gardner has committed to NCAA Division III Platteville to play college basketball ... Eli Podoll is the son of Franklin coach Tyler Podoll.


Chicago Mount Carmel Caravan
Coach: Phil Segroves, 5th year
Enrollment: 1,176 (All boys)
Top Players: Deandre Craig (6-1, Sr., 15.4 ppg), Angelo Ciaravino (6-6, Jr., 14.7 ppg), Anthony Ciaravino (6-1, Sr., 11.2 ppg), Lee Marks (6-5, Jr., 9.9 ppg), Grant Best (6-1, Soph., 5.0 ppg).
2022-23 Record: 21-3 (Through games of Feb. 1)
Notes: Chicago Mount Carmel competes in the Blue Division of the Chicago Catholic League ... Craig owns NCAA Division I scholarship offers from Akron and Radford.

4:30 P.M. Game (Updated 2/1/2023)
At The Prairie School (Racine)

The Prairie School
 Jason Atanasoff, 12th year
Enrollment: 232
Top Players: Kaleb Shannon (5-11, Sr., 16.4 ppg, 5.3 rpg), LaTrevion Fenderson (6-4, Soph., 16.6 ppg, 9.7 rpg), Carsen Eeg (5-11, Soph., 12.3 ppg), Carson Roehl-Landrum (5-10, Jr., 6.4 ppg, 2.6 rpg), Ben Fiegel (6-1, Jr., 6.6 ppg, 5.7 rpg). 
2022-23 Record: 10-7 (Through Feb. 1)
Notes: The Hawks compete in the Metro Classic Conference ... Kaleb Shannon, Ben Fiegel and Carsen Eeg are returning starters from a year ago ... Fenderson is one of the better sophomores in the state and has been very productive in his first year of varsity competition. 


Buffalo Grove Bison
Coach: Kevin Geldon, 1st year
Enrollment: 1,951
Top Players: Josh Grote (6-1, Sr.), Connor Woodin (6-0, Jr.), Lucas Anam-Ndu (6-2, Jr.), Cayden Krita (6-3, Sr.), Jack Bank (6-1, Sr.).
2022-23 Record: 10-15 (Through games of Feb. 1)
Notes: Buffalo Grove competes in the Eastern Division of the Mid-Suburban Conference ... Josh Grote was a key reserve for the Bison a year ago as was Connor Woodin ... Geldon is in his first year as the head coach at Buffalo Grove as he replaced Keith Peterson.

6:00 P.M. Game (Updated 2/1/2023)
At The Prairie School (Racine)

Saint Thomas More Cavaliers
 Tony Mane, 1st year
Enrollment: 530
Top Players: Amari McCottry (6-5, Jr., 24.4 ppg, 8.1 rpg), Sekou Konneh (6-8, Jr., 16.7 ppg, 15.8 rpg), Evan Oleson (5-11, Jr., 11.4 ppg, 3.7 rpg), Kyle Alivo (6-1, Jr., 7.7 ppg, 5.2 rpg), Kenari Parr (6-2, Soph., 5.8 ppg, 3.2 rpg).  
2022-23 Record: 15-2 (Through Feb. 1)
Notes: The Cavaliers compete in the Metro Classic Conference ... Amari McCottry owns NCAA Division I scholarship offers from Grambling State, Louisiana Tech and Milwaukee ... Konneh owns a DI offer from Milwaukee ... Oleson is a two-year starter for the Cavaliers ... Alivo has committed to play baseball at Louisville.


Prospect Knights
Coach: Brad Rathe
Enrollment: 2,107
Top Players: Alex Georgakas (6-3, Sr.), Charlie Gilmer (6-2, Sr.), Nolan Murray (6-1, Sr.), Jake Parisi (5-10, Sr.).
2022-23 Record: 15-9 (Through games of Feb. 1)
Notes: Prospect competes in the Eastern Division of the Mid-Suburban Conference ... Alex Georgakas scored 31 points in victory over The Prairie School in last year's Wisconsin vs. Illinois Border Battle. 

7:30 P.M. Game (Updated 2/1/2023)
At The Prairie School (Racine)

Lakeside Lutheran Warriors
 Todd Jahns, 4th year
Enrollment: 459
Top Players: Levi Birkholz (6-4, Sr., 20.8 ppg, 6.6 rpg), Trey Lauber (6-4, Sr., 10.6 ppg), Anders Liermann (6-8, Sr., 7.8 ppg), Will Miller (6-0, Sr., 7.0 ppg), Ethan Schuetz (6-5, Sr., 6.9 ppg).  
2022-23 Record: 14-1 (Through Jan. 31)
Notes: The Warriors compete in the Capitol North Conference ... Levi Birkholz has committed to NCAA Division I The Citadel ... Lakeside Lutheran finished 16-9 a year ago.


New Trier Trevians
Coach: Scott Fricke, 15th year
Enrollment: 4,009
Top Players: Jake Fiegen (6-4, Jr.), Ian Brown (6-5, Jr.), Tyler Van Gorp (6-10, Sr.), Evan Kanellos (5-10, Sr.), Colby Smith (6-3, Soph.). 
2022-23 Record: 22-4 (Through games of Jan. 31)
Notes: New Trier competes in the Central Division of the Central Suburban Conference ... Scott Fricke won his 300th career game this winter ... The Trevians are a young but very talented team that competes in an outstanding conference.

9:00 P.M. Game (Updated 2/1/2023)
At The Prairie School (Racine)

Sussex Hamilton Chargers
 Andy Cerroni, 22nd year
Enrollment: 1,508
Top Players: Luther Smith Jr. (6-1, Sr., 27.9 ppg, 4.7 rpg), Cameron Bratzke (6-2, Sr., 12.4 ppg, 4.5 rpg), Cooper Grams (5-10, Jr., 8.4 ppg, 2.5 rpg), Nate Kollath (6-3, Sr., 5.8 ppg, 6.1 rpg), Asher Haas (5-11, Soph., 4.5 ppg), Aidan Konop (6-1, Jr., 8.3 ppg).   
2022-23 Record: 13-5 (Through Feb. 1)
Notes: The Chargers compete in the Greater Metro Conference ... Luther Smith Jr. is one of Wisconsin's more prolific scorers and owns a NCAA Division II scholarship offer from St. Cloud State ... Smith scored a career-best 44 points in a loss to Brookfield Central this season. 


Wheaton Warrensville South Tigers
Coach: Mike Healy, 21st year
Enrollment: 1,913
Top Players: Braylen Meredith (6-6, Sr.), 
2022-23 Record: 21-3 (Through games of Feb. 1)
Notes: Wheaton Warrensville South competes in the DuKane Conference ... Meredith erupted for 27 points and six three-point baskets in a recent victory over Warrensville South.

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