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MN-WI Border Battle schedule announced

By Tim Kolehmainen, Breakdown Sports Media, 05/17/20, 9:45AM CDT


Our 16th annual neighborly showdown will be Saturday, Jan. 23 at Mpls North

The 15th annual Minnesota/Wisconsin Border Battle pits some of the region's best boys' basketball teams head-to-head

The one-day, six-game showcase at Minneapolis North High School features several of the top teams and players in the neighboring states of Minnesota and Wisconsin

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (May 16, 2020) – Who has the best high school basketball, Minnesota or Wisconsin? High school basketball fans from the neighboring states looking for bragging rights need look no further than the BREAKDOWN SPORTS / WISCONSIN BASKETBALL YEARBOOK’s 15th annual Border Battle. The one-day showcase at Minneapolis North High School on Saturday, Jan. 23, 2021 features six games between top teams from both states going head-to-head.

The MINNESOTA VS. WISCONSIN BORDER BATTLE is an annual event conceived by the BREAKDOWN and the WISCONSIN BASKETBALL YEARBOOK in the winter of 2006 as a way to pit some of the top teams from Minnesota and Wisconsin against each other at a site rotating between the two states. 

Through 14 years, Minnesota holds a 52-33 advantage in the rivalry between the two states.  Wisconsin claimed a 3-2 edge in the first Border Battle held back in 2007 at Tartan High School, but Minnesota went 5-2 last year at La Crosse Central High School and UW-La Crosse to continue its recent dominance.

Ticket information will be announced at a later date.

BREAKDOWN SPORTS and its annual publications are Minnesota's No. 1 resource for players, coaches, fans and sports enthusiasts.  The BREAKDOWN is a full-service high school sports company, offering season preview publications, in-season premier events, off-season leagues, great photography and an extensive website with news and notes.  We’re in our 19th year of covering boys’ and girls’ basketball, 13th year in girls’ volleyball and boys’ hockey, 7th year in boys’ baseball, 4th year in softball, and 3rd in girls’ hockey.  The goal of the BREAKDOWN is simple: We want to offer players, coaches and fans a complete sports resource for high school sports.

Please visit our website at  The staff welcomes all suggestions and comments for upcoming editions by email at

The WISCONSIN BASKETBALL YEARBOOK started in the summer of 1985 shortly after editor Mark Miller earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. After previewing a book similar in nature from Minnesota, Miller opted to start a state-wide basketball magazine detailing the high school and college scene in the Badger state. 

Thirty-two years later, the WISCONSIN BASKETBALL YEARBOOK has become a staple for prep and college basketball fans from throughout the state.   Mark has also added several events over the years including the WBY Shootout, Border Battle, summer tournaments and the long running WBY Exposure Camp.

In March of 2006, the WISCONSIN BASKETBALL YEARBOOK joined forces with the Wisconsin Sports Network in a move designed to strengthen the future of both ventures. Please visit their website at