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In-depth previews for teams participating in the 2017 Border Battle

01/04/2017, 3:15pm CST
By Mark Miller

Hunter Schultz

Saturday, January 28, 2017
At Apple Valley High School

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10:00 A.M. Game (Updated 1/27/2017)

Columbus Catholic Dons (Marshfield)
Joe Konieczny, 12th year
Enrollment: 137
Top Players: Hunter Schultz (6-0, Sr., 25.4 ppg), Tyler Fuerlinger (6-2, Sr., 22.5 ppg), Nick Malovhr (5-11, Jr., 13.7 ppg), Jared Mandel (6-0, Soph., 4.4 ppg), Ryan Dieringer (5-9, Sr., 4.0 ppg).
2016-17 Record: 14-0 (Through Jan. 27)
Notes: Columbus finished 21-4 and won the Eastern Division of the Cloverbelt Conference a year ago ... Schultz, and Fuerlinger are returning starters while Malovrh was a key reserve last winter ... Schultz ranks among the top scoring leaders in Wisconsin and can get on a roll from beyond the arc ... Fuerlinger does an excellent of using his physical strength and aggressiveness to put extreme pressure on opposing defenses with strong drives to the basket ... The Dons are ranked No. 3 among WIAA Division 5 schools in the Coaches poll.
Coach's Comments: "Quickness, ball handling and depth our are strengths while size and rebounding are concerns."

Springfield, Minn., Tigers
Coach: Lance Larson, 14th year
Enrollment: 174
Top Players: Isaac Fink (6-3, Soph., 20.3 ppg, 13.3 rpg), Tanner Vogel (6-2, Jr., 13.8 ppg, 5.5 rpg), Kale Meendering (6-0, Sr., 13.8 ppg, 5.0 rpg), Decker Scheffler (6-1, Frosh., 10.6 ppg, 6.0 rpg).
2016-17 Record: 15-1 (Through games of Jan. 27)
Notes: The Tigers compete in the Tomahawk Conference and finished 20-6 last season and 23-4 two years under Larson ... Springfield is ranked No. 9 among Class 1A schools in the state of Minnesota by Prep Hoops -- Minnesota ... Fink is ranked among the Top 15 players in the state in the class of 2019.


Owen Hamilton

11:30 A.M. Game

Prescott Cardinals
Nick Johnson, 6th year
Enrollment: 376
Top Players: Owen Hamilton (7-1, Sr., 26.1 ppg, 13.0 rpg, 3.4 bspg), Peter Brookshaw (6-0, Jr., 15.2 ppg, 4.7 rpg), Luke Murphy (5-10, Sr., 12.2 ppg, 3.3 rpg), Nick Simon (6-1, Sr., 7.2 ppg, 3.2 rpg), Joe Rossen (5-9, Jr., 6.5 ppg, 2.2 rpg).
2016-17 Record: 14-2 (Through Jan. 27)
Notes: The Cardinals have won 39 straight games in the Middle Border Conference ... In the past two seasons, Prescott has won two league titles, two regional crowns and one sectional championship under coach Nick Johnson ... Hamilton is a Northern Illinois recruit and four-year varsity performer for the Cardinals ... Prescott is ranked No. 9 among WIAA Division 3 schools in the Coaches poll.
Coach's Comments: "Experience, shooting and speed are strengths. Overall size and depth, and having players step up for us to become well-balanced offensively are questions."

Minnehaha Academy, Minn., Redhawks
Coach: Lance Johnson
Enrollment: 347
Top Players: Jalen Suggs (6-3, Frosh., 24.2 ppg), Lorenzo Smith (5-10, Jr., 13.1 ppg), JaVonni Bickham (6-6, Jr., 12.0 ppg), Terry Lockett (5-11, Frosh., 12.2 ppg), Jose Williamson (6-6, Sr., 7.0 ppg).
2016-17 Record: 11-5 (Through games of Jan. 26)
Notes: The Redhawks sustained three losses to much larger schools during the first month of the season with Bickham nursing an injury ... Ranked among the top class of 2018 prospects in Minnesota, Bickham is expected back in the Redhawks' lineup in time for the Border Battle ... Suggs is the top-ranked class of 2020 prospect in the state and one of the best in the entire country ... Minnehaha Academy is ranked No. 2 among Class 2A schools by Prep Hoops -- Minnesota.


Xavier Johnson

1:15 P.M. Game

Whitefish Bay Blue Dukes
Chris Millner, 2nd year
Enrollment: 922
Top Players: Xavier Johnson (6-3, Sr., 18.0 ppg), Demetrius Johnson (6-3, Soph., 14.2 ppg), Cade Garcia (6-1, Jr., 9.9 ppg), Harry Grams (6-2, Frosh., 7.9 ppg).
2016-17 Record: 7-6 (Through Jan. 25)
Notes: The Blue Dukes hope to have a full lineup when they line up against Tartan in the 12th annual Border Battle ... Coach Chris Millner has had to shuffle his starting rotation for much of the season due to injuries and eligibility concerns ... Xavier Johnson, who has signed with NAIA Division I Clarke University, is the top scorer for a balanced lineup that also include promising sophomore Demetrius Johnson.
Coach's Comments: "Shooting, scoring and team speed are strengths. Replacing the chemistry, defense and leadership of last year's seniors is a concern."

Tartan, Minn., Titans
Coach: Mark Klingsporn, 29th year
Enrollment: 1,382
Top Players: Jordan Horn (6-2, Sr., 17.9 ppg), Jordan Thompson (6-1, Sr., 12.2 ppg), Joevon Walker (6-5, Sr., 11.2 ppg), Damien Goergen (6-3, Sr., 6.2 ppg), Kingston Myles (6-2, Sr., 8.9 ppg).
2016-17 Record: 14-1 (Through games of Jan. 25)
Notes: Jordan Horn signed a letter of intent to play at NCAA Division I Siena and leads the Titans in scoring at 16.3 ppg ... Long-time coach Mark Klingsporn has a senior-dominated lineup that features plenty of scoring balance ... Tartan is ranked No. 6 among Class 4A schools by Prep Hoops -- Minnesota.


Joey Hauser

2:45 P.M. Game

Stevens Point Panthers
Scott Anderson, 8th year
Enrollment: 2,104
Top Players: Joey Hauser (6-8, Jr., 20.3 ppg), Drew Blair (6-3, Jr., 21.5 ppg), Beau Rosenthal (6-1, Sr., 13.9 ppg), Andrew Erdman (6-3, Jr., 6.6 ppg), Keon'te Williams (6-3, Sr., 7.8 ppg), Drew Cullen (6-0, Jr., 6.5 ppg).
2016-17 Record: 13-1 (Through Jan. 27)
Notes: The Panthers won the WIAA Division 1 state championship in both 2015 and 2016 ... Junior Joey Hauser is the top-ranked class of 2018 prospect in the state, but missed the first half of the season while nursing a high ankle sprain ... Junior sharpshooter Drew Blair is off to a fantastic start for the Panthers, averaging 22.0 ppg and shooting 52 percent from three-point range ... Stevens Point is ranked No. 3 among WIAA Division 1 schools in the Coaches poll.
Coach's Comments: "Tradition, scoring punch and defense are strengths. Experience, toughness, rebounding and developing depth are question marks."

Cretin-Derham Hall, Minn., Raiders
Coach: Jerry Kline Jr., 13th year
Enrollment: 1,235
Top Players: Daniel Oturu (6-10, Jr., 18.1 ppg, 18.2 rpg), Jake Prince (6-4, Jr., 13.4 ppg), Ryan Larson (6-0, Jr., 14.0 ppg), Jaeden King (6-2, Soph., 10.9 ppg), Sy Chatman (6-7, Jr., 6.7 ppg).
2016-17 Record: 10-4 (Through games of Jan. 26)
Notes: Oturu is one of the top-ranked class of 2018 prospects in Minnesota and recently committed to Minnesota ... Larson is also considered a top collegiate prospects for the Raiders ... Cretin-Derham Hall is ranked No. 9 among Class 4A schools by Prep Hoops -- Minnesota.


Jordan McCabe

4:15 P.M. Game

Kaukauna Ghosts
Mike Schalow, 22nd year
Enrollment: 1,181
Top Players: Jordan McCabe (6-0, Jr., 25.4 ppg), Eric Carl (6-4, Jr., 13.6 ppg), Bailey McDaniel (6-2, Sr., 9.3 ppg), Dylan Kurey (6-7, Jr., 8.2 ppg), Brad Vosters (6-1, Sr., 7.1 ppg), Keaton Ferris (5-8, Frosh., 8.2 ppg), Adam Smith (6-2, Sr., 7.0 ppg).
2016-17 Record: 8-5 (Through Jan. 27)
Notes: The Ghosts won the WIAA Division 2 state championship in 2016 ... Junior Jordan McCabe has given a verbal commitment to play college basketball at West Virginia ... Senior Adam Smith, who missed the first half of the season with a broken foot, has committed to NCAA Division II Minnesota-Duluth. Smith re-injured his foot in a loss at Fond du Lac in mid January and will sit out the rest of the season.
Coach's Comments: "Leadership, confidence and success from last season are strengths."

DeLaSalle, Minn., Islanders
Coach: Dave Thorson, 13th year
Enrollment: 696
Top Players: Goanar Mar (6-7, Sr., 23.8 ppg), Gabe Kalscheur (6-3, Jr., 17.7 ppg), Christian Dickson (6-2, Jr., 10.7 ppg), Tyrell Terry (5-11, Soph., 8.4 ppg).
2016-17 Record: 12-2 (Through games of Jan. 27)
Notes: The Islanders won Class 3A state championship in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 ... Mar signed a letter of intent to play at NCAA Division I George Mason last November ... Kalscheur owns a scholarship offer from the University of Minnesota ... DeLaSalle is ranked No. 1 among Class 3A schools by Prep Hoops -- Minnesota.


Kobe King

6:00 P.M. Game

La Crosse Central Red Raiders
Todd Fergot, 13th year
Enrollment: 1,064
Top Players: Kobe King (6-4, Sr., 26.6 ppg), Bailey Kale (6-0, Sr., 18.2 ppg), Jordan Davis (6-2, Frosh., 6.7 ppg), Jonathan Davis (6-1, Frosh., 6.5 ppg), Noah Parcher (6-0, Soph., 7.8 ppg), Isaiah Dahman (6-2, Sr., 5.8 ppg), Adam Haberman (6-4, Sr., 6.1 ppg).
2016-17 Record: 12-1 (Through Jan. 27)
Notes: The Red Raiders advanced to the WIAA Division 2 State Tournament last season and are led by University of Wisconsin recruit Kobe King and Minnesota-Duluth recruit Bailey Kale ... Freshmen twins Jordan and Jonathan Davis have played important roles off the bench for the Red Raiders ... La Crosse Central is ranked No. 1 among WIAA Division 2 schools in the Coaches poll.
Coach's Comments: "Experience is a strength with seven of our top eight players back. Ball handling and shooting are also strengths. Improvement on defense must continue to occur."

Lakeville North, Minn., Panthers
Coach: John Oxton, 31st year
Enrollment: 1,758
Top Players: Nathan Reuvers (6-10, Sr., 27.5 ppg), Ethan Igbanugo (6-2, Sr., 11.8 ppg), Tyler Wahl (6-6, Soph., 9.3 ppg), Trevor Schermann (6-4, Sr., 9.0 ppg).
2016-17 Record: 12-1 (Through games of Jan. 26)
Notes: Nathan Reuvers will join Kobe King as an incoming recruit for the men's basketball program at the University of Wisconsin in the fall and is a terrific perimeter shooter for the Panthers ... Lakeville North is ranked No. 5 among Class 4A schools by Prep Hoops -- Minnesota.


Terrence Lewis

7:30 P.M. Game

Milwaukee Riverside Tigers
Tyrone (Rock) Lewis, 9th year
Enrollment: 1,517
Top Players: Terrence Lewis (6-6, Sr., 29.1 ppg), Carlos Curtis (6-2, Jr., 18.7 ppg), Alondes Williams (6-5, Sr., 14.4 ppg), James Burks (6-0, Soph., 7.3 ppg).
2016-17 Record: 10-4 (Through Jan. 26)
Notes: Riverside is led by Iowa State recruit Terrence Lewis, a four-year varsity player who is averaging more than 30 ppg ... Riverside junior Carlos Curtis is receiving strong recruiting attention from many NCAA Division I schools ... Senior Alondes Williams will play at NJCAA D2 power Triton Junior College in the fall ... Riverside won the Milwaukee City Conference title last season and advanced to the WIAA Division 1 sectional final. 
Coach's Comments: "Defense will be our top asset. We need to keep all of our players together from the start of the season until the finish."

Apple Valley, Minn., Eagles
Coach: Zach Goring, 8th year
Enrollment: 1,494
Top Players: Tre Jones (6-2, Jr., 21.7 ppg), Luke Martens (6-4, Jr., 11.0 ppg), Mohamed Kone (6-2, Sr., 10.3 ppg), Nathan Macho (6-4, Jr., 7.1 ppg), Mason Morse (6-2, Sr., 7.1 ppg).
2016-17 Record: 13-2 (Through games of Jan. 27)
Notes: Tre Jones is one of the elite basketball players in the country in the class of 2018 and owns scholarship offers from Duke, Arizona, Baylor, Memphis and Minnesota, among others ... Jones' older brother, Tyus, played at Apple Valley and Duke and now is a member of the Minnesota Timberwolves ... Apple Valley is ranked No. 4 among Class 4A schools by Prep Hoops -- Minnesota.

Tag(s): Border Battle