Justin Hegna and his staff at www.breakdownsportsusa.com have done a fantastic job of putting together must-see basketball tournaments this winter. The latest, Saturday's Minnesota/Wisconsin Border Battle, is another gem. Seven of Minnesota's best boys' teams will play their Badger State counterparts at Prior Lake High School. Here is the slate of games:
MINNESOTA/WISCONSIN BORDER BATTLE
Saturday • At Prior Lake
• Eau Claire Regis vs. Mahtomedi, 11 a.m.
• Manitowoc Roncalli vs. Eden Prairie, 12:45 p.m.
• De Pere vs. Hopkins, 2:15 p.m.
• Appleton West vs. DeLaSalle, 3:45 p.m.
• Hudson vs. Osseo, 5:30 p.m.
• Rice Lake vs. Prior Lake, 7 p.m.
• Madison Memorial vs. Apple Valley, 8:30 p.m.
A look at some of the other notable prep action coming up this week:
Tuesday: Park Center (Class 4A, No. 1) at Armstrong, 7 p.m. Guard Quinton Hooker leads the Pirates against the upset-minded Falcons. Armstrong hung tough in the first meeting before falling 78-68.
Friday: Minnetonka (4A, No. 6) at Edina, 7 p.m.
Tuesday: Bloomington Kennedy (4A, No. 1) at Lakeville North (4A, No. 10), 7 p.m. The Panthers lost to the Eagles by 24 in the first meeting. A little payback?
Thursday: Park Center at Centennial, 7 p.m
Friday: Wayzata at Hopkins (4A, No. 2), 7 p.m.; Red Wing (3A, No. 4) at Chaska (3A, No. 5), 7:30 p.m.; Simley (3A, No. 10) at Richfield (3A, No. 3), 7 p.m.
Wednesday: Breck (1A, No. 6) at Minnetonka (2A, No. 3). The 2012 state champs face off. 7 p.m.
Thursday: Eden Prairie (2A, No. 4) vs. Benilde-St. Margaret's (2A, No. 1), at St. Louis Park, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday: Mounds View (2A, No. 2) at Roseville (2A, No. 12), 7:30 p.m.; Minnetonka (2A, No. 3) at Blake (1A, No. 2), 5 p.m.
Thursday: Edina (2A, No. 6) at Eden Prairie, 7 p.m.
Saturday: Edina (2A, No. 6) at Minnetonka (2A, No. 5), 7 p.m. Minnetonka, led by forward Max Coatta, the leading scorer in school history, was outshot 27-16 in the first meeting but won 4-3 on Jan. 17. Also: Hermantown (1A, No. 6) vs. Totino-Grace (1A, No. 3) at Parade, 3 p.m.
Saturday: Prior Lake at St. Michael-Albertville, 7:30 p.m. The 3A, No. 3 Lakers try to knock off the 3A, No. 1 Knights in a whopper of a late-season dual, 7:30 p.m.
NORDIC SKI RACING
Thursday: Lake Conference meet at Theodore Wirth Park. Despite having only five teams, the Lake is the deepest conference, top to bottom, in the state. Skate races begin at 1:30 p.m., classic at 4 p.m.