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Seneca's Season Ends

Seneca’s Jared Payne dribbles behind his back as he looks for an opening Thursday night versus Southwestern. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Seneca’s Kolten Chambers (5) looks for a teammate cutting to the basket.

Jared Payne draws the foul while driving to the hoop.

Noah Allan takes a good shot in the lane for two of his 23 points.

Terrance Clark gets good position down low and eyes the hoop Thursday night.


Southwestern ends Seneca’s season in sectional semifinal

Another good season for Seneca came to an end Thursday night in Mineral Point at the hands of surprising Southwestern in a WIAA Division 5 Regional semifinal.

The seventh seeded Wildcats nipped the top seeded and fourth-ranked Indians 67-66 in a double overtime thriller to advance to the sectional final at La Crosse Logan on Saturday night. Southwestern began the playoffs with a 10-12 overall record and are now 14-12. Along the way on their Cinderella run, they have beaten the number 2, number 3 and number 1 seeds.


Seneca beats Wauzeka-Steuben

Seneca’s Terrance Clark (13) battles for a rebound against Wauzeka-Steuben’s Gavin Ralph. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Seneca’s Cody Ostrander fights for a loose ball against Wauzeka-Steuben’s Nick Benish.


Seneca defeats 

Wauzeka-Steuben for regional title

Seneca defeated visiting Wauzeka-Steuben 61-51 in a WIAA Division 5 Regional final Saturday night in boys basketball action.

Top seeded Seneca held a 23-21 lead at the half over fourth seeded Wauzeka-Steuben. The Indians came out hot at the start of the second half and increased the margin to 10 points early in the half.


Prairie Boys Basketball

Gavin Gillitzer looks to pass past the River Valley defender. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Prairie du Chien’s Mason Kramer shoots a fall-away jumper in the lane versus visiting River Valley.

Ryan Thein of Prairie du Chien pump fakes the River Valley defender up in the air and then scores an easy basket Friday night.


River Valley tops Prairie du Chien

Fourth seeded Prairie du Chien lost to visiting and fifth seeded River Valley 66-37 in a WIAA Division 3 Regional semifinal Friday night.

Prairie du Chien finished its season with an 11-11 overall record. They were 6-4 in the Southwest Wisconsin Conference.

River Valley improved to 12-12 on the season and advanced to the regional final at top seeded Platteville.


River Ridge Girls End Season

River Ridge’s Maria Breuer (left) draws a foul against Shullsburg in Prairie du Chien. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Allison Ploessl drives the left baseline Thursday night versus Shullsburg.

Skylar White shoots over the Shullsburg defender.


Miners edge 

Lady Timberwolves

River Ridge’s nice season came to an end Thursday night as Shullsburg edged the Lady Timberwolves 36-34 in a WIAA Division 5 Sectional girls basketball game in Prairie du Chien.

Skylar White netted 16 points and Rachael Herrick scored 7 for the third seeded Timberwolves who finished their season with a 21-5 overall record.


Hornets over Bulldogs

The Hornets’ Drew Zimmerman kicks the ball out for a three-point attempt versus visiting Ithaca Tuesday night in regional action. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Drew Zimmerman hangs in the air for a lay-up in first-half action against the Bulldogs.

The Hornets’ Gavin Ralph soars towards the hoop in the first half Tuesday night.

Wauzeka-Steuben’s Carter Lomas drives past his Ithaca defender Tuesday night.

Wauzeka-Steuben’s Carter Lomas hoists a rainbow jumper for three points Tuesday night in a Division 5 regional.

The Hornets got numerous reverse lay-ups throughout the regional contest like this one by Braden Folbrecht.



boys handle Ithaca

Fourth seeded Wauzeka-Steuben handled visiting and 13th seeded Ithaca 75-56 in a WIAA Division 5 Regional Tuesday night. 

The Hornets improved to 19-4 on the season. They were 11-3 in the Ridge and Valley Conference. 

The Bulldogs finished their season with a 7-16 overall record. They were 6-8 in conference action.


Wheeler Third at State

River Ridge-Cassville’s Ben Wheeler gains control over Seth Roberts of Johnson Creek Thursday night. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)


Wheeler 3rd at State Tournament

River Ridge-Cassville wrestler Ben Wheeler took third place in the 285-pound weight class at the Division 3 Individual State Wrestling Tournament at the Kohl Center this past weekend. 

Wheeler, a senior, defeated Seth Roberts of Johnson Creek by fall in 1:21 in his first match Thursday night. 

Wheeler then lost in the quarterfinal to Max Villnow of Amherst, 11-4 on Friday. 


PdC Wrestlers at State

Matt Rogge (top) attempts to gain an advantage over Carsten McHugh of Freedom Thursday night. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Prairie’s Traeton Saint reaches for the left wrist of Tim Coyne of Hayward-Northwood.

The Blackhawks’ Blake Garcia looks for an opening versus Matthew Maitland of Wrightstown in their 145-pound match.

Prairie du Chien’s Nick Rogge gets an arm bar on Reece Worachek of Luxemburg-Casco in their quarterfinal match at the State Individual Wrestling Tournament at the Kohl Center in Madison.

Stephen Ronnfeldt of Prairie du Chien applies pressure to Jake Rau of Medford.

The Blackhawks’ Colten Wall faces off against Nate Lloyd of Luxemburg-Casco Thursday night at the State Individual Wrestling Tournament.


Prairie wrestlers 

finish strong at state

3 Blackhawks are runners-up

As has been the case the entire year, the Prairie du Chien Blackhawk wrestlers decided to continue making noise and program history at the 75th annual WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament in Madison that was held Feb. 22 through Feb. 24. 


PdC man catches big black carp

Jeff Ritter (right) of Prairie du Chien landed this behemoth from the Mississippi River near Cape Girardeau, Missouri. (Photo submitted)


Prairie du Chien

fisherman hauls 

in huge black carp

By Ted Pennekamp


Jeff Ritter of Ritter’s Fish Market of Prairie du Chien recently caught two black carp, one tipping the scales at a whopping 115 pounds.


Conference Gymnastics Meet

The gymnasts from all schools line up before the start of the conference meet Friday night at Bluff View Intermediate School. The Prairie du Chien team is at the left. (Photo by Rose Ziel)

Prairie’s Mackenzie Pettit vaults Friday night. (Photo by Rose Ziel)

Mackenzie Pettit displays good concentration on the balance beam. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)

Prairie du Chien’s Jade Afroukh jumps while performing on the balance beam. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)

Desiree Puckett finishes her floor exercise. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)


Prairie du Chien 

hosts conference 

gymnastics meet

Prairie du Chien hosted the Southwest Wisconsin Conference Gymnastics Meet on Friday night in the Bluff View gymnasium.

Southwestern-Cuba City won the meet with 130.125 team points. Dodgeville-Mineral Point had 128.7, Platteville Co-op 125.675, River Valley 114.8 and Prairie du Chien-Fennimore 106.35.


Wheeler goes to State


Wheeler earns 

trip to State Wrestling Meet

Ben Wheeler of River Ridge-Cassville earned a trip to the WIAA Division 3 State Wrestling Tournament to be held at the Kohl Center in Madison on Feb. 22-24. It is the 75th annual State Wrestling Tournament.

Wheeler, a senior with a record of 30-9 this season, finished third in the 285-pound weight class by pinning sophomore Leif Bredeson (19-17) of Darlington-Black Hawk in 1:28 in the third-place match at the Mineral Point Sectional on Saturday.


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