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Blackhawks’ soccer advances

Prairie’s Caleb Brainard goes high to kick the ball forward versus Dodgeland-Hustisford Tuesday afternoon. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Ramon Gonzalez (18) moves in for a great opportunity in front of the Dodgeland net.

Ben La Haie passes to Ramon Gonzalez in first-half action Tuesday afternoon.

Josh Dyer heads the ball upfield against Dodgeland.

Three Prairie du Chien players defend in front of the Blackhawks' net.

Joey Gourdin looks for an open teammate Tuesday.

Ben La Haie (15) races a Dodgeland player to the ball.


It was a cold and windy night on the Bluff View pitch Tuesday when the Blackhawks hosted the Cardinals of Dodgeland/Hustisford in the first round of regional play.

Prairie had a very strong first half on both sides of the ball. The defensive back line of Joey Gourdin, Jaret Semanko on the inside and Jack Peterson and Ben LaHaie on the wings and Jonah Hornseth and Creighton Groom in rotation held the Cardinals to just 13 shots and 4 corners in the first half.  


Prairie du Chien runners do well at conference meet

Prairie’s Meg Katzung and Karly Jaynes run in the conference meet at Platteville Thursday. (Photos by A. J. Gates, Grant County Herald Independent)

Prairie's Lee Steiger is by himself at the conference meet Thursday.

Max Anthony runs on a flat part of the course.


The Prairie du Chien cross country team competed in the SWC Conference Meet at Platteville on Thursday.


The girls were looking to make a little noise at the conference meet. They certainly came to compete as 10 girls hit new career PR’s and an 11th hit a season PR as they headed to a 3rd place finish.  


River Ridge tops Southwestern

River Ridge’s Logan Drone (1) runs against visiting Southwestern Friday night. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Will Esser finds plenty of running room for a big gain.


River Ridge bested visiting Southwestern 47-12 in a Six Rivers football game Friday night. With the victory, River Ridge earned a spot in the WIAA Division 7 playoffs. The third-seeded Timberwolves will host the sixth-seeded Pirates of De Soto on Oct. 25.

River Ridge, playing on their Senior Night, got on the board first with a 52-yard touchdown pass from Logan Drone to Connor Mumm with 10:41 to play in the first quarter. The PAT was good and the Timberwolves went up 7-0. 


Blue-Golds win Ridge and Valley

The Blue-Gold’s Carter Lomas heads toward the end zone after picking up a blocked field goal Friday night. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Hunter Aspenson breaks away from a pair of Kickapoo-La Farge defenders.


Seneca/Wauzeka-Steuben defeated visiting Kickapoo-La Farge 27-7 for a homecoming victory Friday night in Ridge and Valley action.

The Blue-Golds also secured the Ridge and Valley Conference title for the third straight season.


River Ridge volleyball sweeps to conference crown – Unbeaten Wolves poised to make deep playoff run

The undefeated River Ridge volleyball team is 18-0 and won the Six Rivers West Conference crown for the third straight year. For the second season in a row, the team did not lose a set in conference action and finished with a Six Rivers West record of 12-0. (Photo submitted)


By Ted Pennekamp


The River Ridge High School volleyball team has had another outstanding season and is poised to go deep into the Division 3 playoffs, beginning on Tuesday night, Oct. 22, when the third-seeded Lady Timberwolves host 14th-seeded Boscobel.


Seneca girls beat Kickapoo

Savanna Wallin of Seneca stuffs a spike attempt by Kickapoo in the first game. Seneca went on to win the match in four games. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Makenna Greene smashes the ball for a point versus visiting Kickapoo.

Seneca’s Ava Payne goes up for the block versus Kickapoo in Ridge and Valley action Tuesday night.

Anya Aspenson of Seneca wins this battle at the net against visiting Kickapoo Tuesday.

Delaney Boland (11) and Savanna Wallin (8) go for the block attempt.

Delaney Boland of Seneca taps the ball over the Kickapoo player Tuesday night.


Seneca hosted Kickapoo in a Ridge and Valley volleyball match Tuesday night. 

Seneca won three games to one by scores of 25-14, 25-23, 23-25, and 25-23.

Seneca improved to 18-12 on the season and 6-0 in conference action.


Prairie du Chien easily handles Dodgeville

Prairie’s Max Amundson makes an open-field tackle Friday night against Dodgeville. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Mason Kramer catches a pass and tries to break away from a Dodgeville defender.

Prairie du Chien’s Bradyn Saint plows forward for extra yardage.

The Blackhawks’ Traeton Saint (30) gets ready to smash into two Dodgeville defenders.


By Zach Mara


Friday night marked Prairie du Chien football’s annual Senior Night, as the Blackhawks (7-1, 5-1) hosted the Dodgeville Dodgers in the Hawks’ final regular-season home game of the 2019 season. The Dodgers (1-7, 1-5) were unable to move the ball consistently as the PdC defense continued its impressive play. After a monster 2nd quarter in which the Blackhawks scored 30 points, Prairie du Chien never looked back en route to a 58-8 rout of Dodgeville in Week 8.


Prairie du Chien comes back to win 5-set thriller

Prairie’s Clare Teynor (11) slams the ball to Lancaster Thursday night as Abby Feye (16) and other Lady Hawks get ready. (Photos by A.J. Gates, Grant County Herald Independent)

Maggie Dobbs bumps the ball to a Prairie du Chien teammate Thursday night.

The Prairie du Chien volleyball team celebrates their victory over host Lancaster Thursday night.

Hope Martin of the Lady Blackhawks winds up for a smash versus Lancaster.


The Prairie du Chien volleyball team traveled to Lancaster on Thursday night for an SWC match. It was a thriller! 

Lancaster took advantage of a slow start and a lot errors by the Hawks early on to win the first set 25-18. The second set was much closer as the two teams went back and forth, but the Hawks came up short in the second set, 25-23, to go down 2 sets to 0. 


Hillmen defeat Blackhawks' soccer

Landon Kohler (10) steals the ball from a Platteville-Lancaster player on the Bluff View pitch. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Joey Gourdin (20) pressures a Platteville-Lancaster player Tuesday afternoon.

Prairie’s Landon Kohler (10) heads the ball forward versus Platteville-Lancaster.

The Blackhawks’ Jayce Sexton (4) goes after the ball and heads upfield Tuesday.

Caleb Brainard (1) of Prairie du Chien gets the ball away from a Platteville-Lancaster opponent Tuesday afternoon at Bluff View.

The Blackhawks’ Brandon Hanger (3) battles against Platteville-Lancaster.


It was a beautiful evening for soccer Tuesday at the Bluff View field versus powerhouse Platteville-Lancaster.

The pregame ceremony honored the dedication and hard work of the Prairie United Youth Soccer Program. Players from each team were escorted to center field for introductions and the National Anthem in true World Cup fashion, hand in hand with the youth players.  


Kennedy in Prairie Sectional

Prairie du Chien’s Allison Kennedy hits a nice drive on hole one at the Prairie du Chien Sectional Tuesday morning. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Allison Kennedy watches her birdie attempt from about 25 feet on the first green.

Allison Kennedy watches her second putt on the first green Tuesday.


Allison Kennedy played good but not quite good enough in the WIAA Sectional tournament, played at the Prairie du Chien Country Club, to move on to the State Tournament at University Ridge in Madison. 

The Ladyhawk golfer stayed focused throughout her round but struggled on the front nine shooting a 59. Allison started out fast on the back nine but got into some trouble along the way. She still improved her score with a 56 for a 115 total.

Playing in her first sectional, Allison handled the pressure extremely well and kept her composure throughout the round. The sectional experience will only make her better as she continues to mature and her game gets stronger and more consistent.

Top-ranked Edgewood-Sacred Heart won the sectional championship with a team score of 351 and will move on to Madison to defend last year’s Division 2 state title. Osseo-Fairchild/Fall Creek came in second with a team score of 403.


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