Border Battle Preview
Nick Fuller leads Sun Prairie
Nick Fuller leads Sun Prairie

Posted Jan 30, 2012


The sixth annual Border Battle held at Sun Prairie High School this Saturday features some of the best teams from Wisconsin and Minnesota. CollegeBasketballNews.com will be at the event with recaps of the games and all the latest recruiting news. Check www.collegebasketballnews.com for recaps of the Border Battle or #collegebbnews on Twitter.

Schedule for Border Battle in Sun Prairie, WI
11:30 a.m. Wisconsin Dells vs. Maple River
12:45 Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau vs. Maranatha
2:30 Beaver Dam vs. Grand Rapids
4:15 Madison Edgewood vs. North St. Paul
6:00 Waunakee vs. Tartan
7:30 Sun Prairie vs. DeLaSalle


Wisconsin Dells is 13-1 and ranked No. 5 in Division 3. The Chiefs are led by 6-foot-4 junior Shane Wimann, who is averaging 17.3 points per game and 5-foot-10 junior M.J. Delmore, who adds 15.3 points.

Maple River is off to a 15-2 start. The Eagles, who lost to Waterville-Elysian-Morristown 58-49 in the Section 2AA championship game last season, won the Pepsi High School Holiday Basketball Tournament in late December. They are without top scorer Jaron Denn who tore a ligament in his knee and chipped a bone in his leg in late December. The Eagles are also without guard Michael Lewis and forward Logan O’Rourke, who are out with knee injuries. Lewis tore ligaments in his knee late in the football season and O’Rourke had surgery to repair damaged meniscus, but is expected to rejoin the team soon. Denn was averaging 18.9 points, 3.0 rebounds and 5.2 assists, shooting 47 percent from the field and 47 percent from 3-point range. Senior forward Josiah Breiter is the team’s top scorer and rebounder and fellow senior Garret FitzSimmons is an experienced point guard.

Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau is ranked second in Division III with a 14-0 record. The Red Hawks are led by 6-foot-4 senior guard Riley Bambenek, who signed with Division II Winona State. He is averaging a team-best 22.1 points per game. Six-foot-two junior Tim Wagner is averaging 15.8 points and 6-foot-5 senior Chris Johnson adds 12.8 points per game.

Maranatha Christian Academy is 10-5 after winning their last five games. The Mustangs have four double figure scorers, led by 5-foot-11 senior Jamey Hammond, who is averaging 14.7 points per game. Isaiah Hanson, a 6-foot-4 junior, adds 14.1 points and Jeremiah Hanson, a 6-foot-3 freshman, scores 13.1 points per game. Six-foot-2 junior Garrison Gillard contributes 11.9 points per game.

Beaver Dam is No. 3 in Division II. The Golden Beavers are paced by 6-foot-4 senior Jake Heuer, who is averaging 16.9 points per game. He is a three-year starter. Six-foot-6 junior Owen Satzwedel is a two-year starter who adds 15 points.

Grand Rapids is 14-3 and ranked No. 7 in Class 3A. The Thunderhawks are led by two-sport athlete 6-foot-1 senior Austin Pohlen, who is averaging 18.9 points and 6-foot-8 freshman Alex Illikainen, who adds 18.0 points. Illikainen is considered the top player in the state in 2015 and is hearing from schools like Minnesota, Creighton and Wisconsin.

Madison Edgewood is off to a 10-4 start. The Crusaders are led by UW-Milwaukee signee Austin Arians, who is averaging 16.2 points per game. Jack Zwettler, a 6-foot-4 senior, adds 11 points and 6-foot-2 junior Matt Ripple chips in with 10 points per game.

North St. Paul is off to an 8-7 start. The Polars are led by Hunter Books, a 6-foot-3 senior, who is averaging 17.9 points and 5-foot-9 senior Korey Dean, who adds 12.2 points per game.

Waunakee is ranked No. 12 in Division II. The Warriors are led by 6-foot-4 senior Joe Tagarelli, who is averaging 17.9 points per game. Will Decorah, a 6-foot-4 junior, adds 13.9 points and Tim Keenan, a 6-foot-3 senior scores 10.3 points per game.

Tartan is ranked tenth in Class 4A and is currently 13-3. The Titans have a balanced attack with seven players averaging six or more points. Junior guard Darrion Strong is averaging a team-best 15.5 points per game. Freshman Marshawn Wilson adds 9.7 points and Mike Hudspeth, a 5-foot-11 junior, contributes 8.5 points per contest.

Sun Prairie is off to a 10-5 mark. The Crusaders are led by 6-foot-6 junior Nick Fuller, who averages 22.7 points per game. Fuller has scholarship offers from Butler, Creighton, Drake, Marquette, Milwaukee, Northern Iowa and Toledo. Nick Noskowiak, a 6-foot-1 freshman, adds 11.2 points per game.

DeLaSalle is ranked No. 5 in Class 3A. The Islanders are led by sophomore Reid Travis, who is averaging 19.2 points per game. Travis has offers from Creighton and Northwestern. Outside shooter Luke Scott adds 13.9 points and Shawn Fitzgibbons averaged 11.6 points. Freshman point guard Jarvis Johnson contributes 6.6 points per contest.


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