Prep Baseball Report

Preseason Power 25 Countdown: No. 2 Arrowhead Union

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PBR Staff

The Wisconsin high school baseball season kicks off on March 29, opening day for regular season action under WIAA regulations. Over the next two weeks, leading up to opening day, we’ll be publishing our team previews ahead of the 2022 spring season, touching on programs spanning all state classifications, counting down through the official PBR Wisconsin Preseason Power 25 Rankings.

Perennially, we’ve submitted a Preseason Questionnaire to high school head coaches across the entire state. Their responses have been flooding in and we’re using the detailed insight they’ve provided in our team-by-team preseason analysis.

Our 2022 preseason coverage continues today.

Team: Arrowhead Union
Preseason Rank: 2
2021 Record: 20-9
Conference: Classic Eight
WIAA Division: D1
Head Coach: Nick Brengosz


Name State School Class Pos Commitment
Mason Buss 
WI Arrowhead 
2022 RHP Kansas State
James Duncan
WI Arrowhead 
2022 OF Illinois State
JJ Vargas 
WI Arrowhead 
2022 RHP/INF Upper Iowa
Michael Zordani 
WI Arrowhead 
2022 INF UW-Parkside
Ethan Hindle 
WI Arrowhead 
2023 SS Kentucky
Thomas Curry 
WI Arrowhead 
2023 C Mizzou
Michael Carpenter 
WI Arrowhead 
2023 LHP
Connor Olson
WI Arrowhead 
2023 RHP/INF
Arik Egerbrect 
WI Arrowhead 
2023 RHP/INF
Issei Takahashi 
WI Arrowhead 
2024 OF
Nolan Buss
WI Arrowhead 
2024 RHP

:  90% innings returned, 62% at bats returned. 


Nolan Buss

Nolan Buss
(2024, Uncommitted) The sophomore right hander is the top uncommitted arm in the 2024 class, and provides one of the more challenging set of pitch problems the state has to offer. His fastball has worked into the low 90’s with 20i of horizontal tilt. Buss delivers a funky windup that gets on top of hitters quickly, and everything moves in his three pitch mix. Expect Buss to perform throughout the years to come.


JJ Vargas (2022, Upper Iowa)is a strong and dense two-way player that'll pull a large role in a potent Arrowhead roster. On the mound, Vargas offers strike throwing presence up to 90 mph, and in the box he provides middle-of-the order slugging. In tournament appearances last year, Vargas even posted multi-home run days in addition to all the other things he contributes to on the diamond. Vargas is a name easily overlooked with such a powerful top end of the roster for the Warhawks. 


Arrowhead looks the part of a state title contending favorite heading into the 2022 season. Starting with their competitive excellence on the mound beginning with the bulldog Mason Buss (Kansas St, 2022). Buss has dominated the high school level for years, and produced time and again for innings pitched, and has produced hundreds of uncomfortable at bats. Following in the steps of his older brother, up and coming sophomore talent Nolan Buss (2024, Uncommitted) gives the appearance of a staff ace when Mason graduates. In addition to an excellent 1-2 punch at the front end, the Warhawks are full of pitching depth. JJ Vargas (2022, Upper Iowa) is very capable of being an ace for other programs, as well as left hander Michael Carpenter (2023, Uncommitted). Carpenter was in the upper 80’s on the PBR showcase circuit, and is capable of pulling plenty of innings at the high school level and beyond. 

The Warhawk lineup looks like a beast. From top to bottom, this group possesses all the talent needed to contend for the title, and will have days that they won’t be denied on the scoreboard. Ethan Hindle (2023, Kentucky) will be one of the position players to watch for this roster. After breaking out during the summer and fall, he looks to carry that momentum into the spring. Thomas Curry (2023, Mizzou) has looked the part of “the guy” this offseason. Turning himself into one of the premier backstops in the midwest, and packing a large punch at the plate. Curry’s ability to manage the Warhawks talented pitching staff will make for some fun-to-watch baseball this spring. James Duncan (2022, Illinois State) offers some senior leadership to the left side of the plate, and adds some pop and balance to the lineup.

Ethan Hindle

Some other meaningful contributors on both sides of the ball would include;
Connor Olson (2023, uncommitted), Arik Egerbrect (2023, Uncommitted), Issei Takahashi (2024, Uncommitted), and senior Michael Zordani (UW-Parkside).


Arrowhead carries the deepest roster in the state when all things are considered, and they’ll be vying for the top spot as the season progresses. With a dominant front end on the mound with plenty of depth, and an offense that’s very talented as well, the Warhawks look to take the Classic Eight championship, as well as compete for the state title to cap off the year. 

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