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Bracket Buster preview: Class 3A

By Ryan James, Breakdown Sports USA, 07/28/15, 3:30PM CDT


Eight top Class 3A programs do battle at our summer-ending event

2016 Border Battle schedule

Time MN Team WI Team
11 a.m. Spring Grove Columbus Catholic
12:45 p.m. Lake City Westby
2:30 p.m. Tartan Eau Claire Memorial
4:15 p.m. DeLaSalle La Crosse Central
6:00 p.m. Minneapolis North Onalaska
7:45 p.m. Minnetonka Stevens Point

2016 MLK Jr. Classic schedule

Time Away Team Home Team
10:00 a.m. Braham Providence Academy
11:30 a.m. St. Cloud Apollo Hibbing
1:15 p.m. Benilde-St. Margaret's Duluth East
2:45 p.m. Perham Esko
4:15 p.m. Becker (girls) Mt. Iron-Buhl (girls)
6:00 p.m. Hinckley-Finlayson Mt. Iron-Buhl
7:30 p.m. Cambridge-Isanti Hermantown

2016 Winter Lakes Classic schedule

Time Away Team Home Team
10:30 a.m. Mt. Iron-Buhl (girls) Browerville (girls)
12:00 p.m. Mt. Iron-Buhl Browerville
1:45 p.m. St. Croix Lutheran (girls) Sauk Centre (girls)
3:15 p.m. St. Croix Lutheran Sauk Centre
4:45 p.m. Monticello Perham
6:30 p.m. Edina (girls) Alexandria (girls)
8:00 p.m. Edina Alexandria

2016 March to Madness younger level schedule

Time Team Team Court
8:00 a.m. Rosemount 9th Anoka 9th 4
8:00 a.m. Rosemount Soph. Anoka Soph. 3
8:00 a.m. Rosemount JV Anoka JV 2
9:15 a.m. Champlin Park 9th New Prague 9th 4
9:15 a.m. Champlin Park Soph. New Prague Soph. 3
9:15 a.m. Champlin Park JV New Prague JV 2
10:30 a.m. Hutchinson JV Hopkins JV 4
10:30 a.m. Hutchinson 9th Hopkins 9th 3
10:30 a.m. Elk River 9th Moorhead 9th 2
11:45 a.m. Becker JV DGF JV 4
11:45 a.m. Elk River Soph. Moorhead Soph. 3
11:45 a.m. Elk River JV Moorhead JV 2

2016 March to Madness schedule

Court Time Away Team Home Team
Main 2:00 p.m. Rosemount Anoka
Main 3:30 p.m. Champlin Park New Prague
Main 5:15 p.m. Hutchinson Hopkins
East 2:00 p.m. Roseau Waseca
East 3:30 p.m. Becker Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton
East 5:15 p.m. Elk River Moorhead

2015 Granite City Classic schedule - Dec. 29 at SCSU

Time Away Team Home Team
11 a.m. Becker Rocori
12:30 p.m. Monticello Sartell-St. Stephen
2:15 p.m. Mpls North Rogers
3:45 p.m. St. Cloud Apollo Albany
5:30 p.m. Orono St. Cloud Tech
7 p.m. Wayzata Champlin Park
8:30 p.m. Apple Valley Maple Grove

2015 Granite City Classic schedule - Dec. 30 at Apollo

Time Away Team Home Team
11 a.m. Albany Monticello
12:30 p.m. Orono Becker
2:15 p.m. Rogers Sartell-St. Stephen
3:45 p.m. Champlin Park Mpls North
5:30 p.m. St. Cloud Tech Maple Grove
7 p.m. Rocori St. Cloud Apollo
8:30 p.m. Wayzata Apple Valley


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Our own Ryan James will preview each of the four super-powered brackets at our summer-closing Bracket Buster event at Maple Grove Jr. High School this Thursday, July 30. He started with the Class 4A field, and continued today with the Class 3A field, which includes eight terrific teams angling for summer supremacy.

Waconia vs. Kasson-Mantorville

Kasson-Mantorville's Braxton Raymond

In 2 Sentences: Waconia had one of the most difficult schedules in the state last year and that allowed them to make the state push in March.  The Wildcats bring back their backcourt but have pieces to replace up front while the Komets have three of their top five guys back led by leading scorer Braxton Raymond.

Top Match-Ups: Brendan Knoll vs Josh Rands, Braxton Raymond vs Joey Kortuem, Cole Kremer vs Jordan Notch

2014-15 Records: Waconia (18-14) vs Kasson-Mantorville (15-13)

Prediction:  Kasson-Mantorville has the game’s top player in Raymond, Waconia will be bigger and deeper, while Waconia has the backcourt experience edge.  Game should be close but games go as the guards go and Waconia’s have a ton experience, they win by four.

Mpls Patrick Henry vs. Hill-Murray

Hill-Murray's Simeon Davis

In 2 Sentences: People will look past the Pioneers but they aren’t going anywhere as they bring back two starters who are their second and third leading scorers. They are on their way up as are the Patriots who have been playing together all Grassroots season in top events so they have their chemistry.

Top Match-Ups: Sam Carlson vs Savion Scott, Simeon Davis vs Demetrius Edwards-Brown, Chris Moore vs Julian Jackson

2014-15 Records: Mpls Henry (14-14) vs Hill-Murray (21-8)

Prediction: You have to go with the Patriots for the simple fact that the they have been playing together basically since mid-November as Henry played together as a high school team and spring/summer team with a full roster.  The Pioneers are also playing their first games without Marshawn Wilson.  Patriots by six.

Mankato West vs. Fridley

Mankato West's Jake Dale

In 2 Sentences: Both teams bring back a top talent as well as solid role players.  West had more success last year and brings back more top guys but Fridley has a bit more potential for success.  Both should have excellent winters.

Top Match-Ups: Jake Dale vs Teathloach Pal, Jake Makela vs Nate Sheferaw, Hunter Freiricks vs Shyheem Murray

2014-15 Records: Mankato West (20-8) vs Fridley (18-8)

Prediction: West has more experience winning with the roster they will have and my thought is that will give them a one score win.  Fridley has more athletes and has the potential to be better but West should be better this weekend.

Delano vs. Mankato East

Delano's Matt Kreklow

In 2 Sentences: East lost a strong senior backcourt but the transfer of Krisean Coffee from Illinois to Mankato and the young talent of Ayers and Hayes, the East Cougars aren’t likely to have a drop off and may be better this year.  Delano will also be better now that their youth talent is ready to win games and all of their players are healthy.

Top Match-Ups: CJ Ayers vs Nick Cayler, D’mani Hayes vs Calvin Wishart, Krisean Coffee vs Matt Kreklow

2014-15 Records: Mankato East (21-11) vs Delano (14-14)

Prediction: This is a game that is very close to call.  Coffee hasn’t played with this team yet and we don’t even know if he’s fully moved here yet but if he is there, Delano will have a tough time with him.  Delano will have the better front line, East the better athletes.  Close game, we like Delano because there is more certainty there.

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Austin Slater, 2016
Dalante Peyton, 2016
Johnny Beeninga, 2016
Brady Rudrud, 2016
Gary Trent Jr, 2017
Theo John, 2017
McKinley Wright, 2017
Brad Davison, 2017
Jordan Horn, 2017
Tre Jones, 2018
Jarvis Thomas, 2018
Adam Trapp, 2018
Matthew Hurt, 2019
Jalen Suggs, 2020