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PdC Wrestling

Prairie du Chien’s Blake Garcia looks for near fall points against his Manitowoc opponent. Garcia would get the win. (Photos by Heather Koenig)

Prairie du Chien’s Stephen Ronnfeldt applies heavy pressure while winging his Baraboo opponent. Ronnfeldt would win by fall.

The Blackhawks’ Magnus Golterman looks to go for a collar tie against his Baraboo opponent Saturday.


Prairie du Chien matmen 

are third at Stevens Point

On Saturday, Jan. 14, the Prairie du Chien Blackhawks traveled to Stevens Point for the SPASH Duals. There were 10 teams in the tournament, split into five-team pools to wrestle each other. 


Eight-Man Football


Ridge and Valley Conference 

considering eight-man football

By Ted Pennekamp


The eight schools of the Ridge and Valley Conference will be considering whether or not to have 8-man football in the near future. The subject is expected to be on the agendas of upcoming school board meetings throughout the conference. 


Wauzeka-Steuben Boys Basketball

Wauzeka-Steuben’s Drew Zimmerman drives for a reverse layup Thursday night against visiting De Soto. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

The Hornets battle for a rebound in second-half action Thursday night.

Braden Folbrecht defends against De Soto’s Isaiah Zink in the second half.

The Hornets and Pirates fight for a loose ball Thursday night.



nip Pirates in 2OT

Wauzeka-Steuben nipped visiting De Soto 69-66 in double overtime Thursday night in a Ridge and Valley boys basketball game. 

The Hornets improved to 5-4 overall and 3-2 in conference action. 

De Soto fell to 6-4 on the season and 2-3 in the Ridge and Valley.


Prairie du Chien Wrestling

Nick Rogge looks to turn his Rhinelander opponent. Rogge would go on to get the pin. (Photos by Heather Koenig)

Reid Koenig applies heavy pressure to his St. Croix Central opponent in the championship match. Koenig got the pin.

Tyler Smock blasts through his Chippewa Falls opponent en route to a double leg for the win in sudden victory.


PdC grapplers second at 

Merrill Scramble

On Saturday, Jan. 7, the Prairie du Chien Blackhawk wrestling team traveled to Merrill High School for a 19-team scramble. The Blackhawks finished in second place as a team with 392 points behind Sun Prairie’s 498.5 points. 


Prairie du Chien Gymnastics

Madyson Boxrucker goes over the vault Monday night. (Photos by Rose Ziel)

Elizabeth Woltz competes on the uneven parallel bars Monday night.

Caitlin Nolan performs her floor exercise routine.

Mackenzie Pettit completes her floor exercise on Parents Night.


PdC gymnasts host Dodge-Point

Dodge-Point defeated host Prairie du Chien 123.1-94.175 in SWC gymnastics action Monday night on Parents Night. 

Elizabeth Woltz scored a 7.0 on the vault, 2.7 on the uneven parallel bars, 5.1 on the floor exercise, and 4.3 on the beam for an all around total of 19.1. 

Madyson Boxrucker got a 7.7 on the vault, 5.375 on the bars, 5.9 on the floor, and a 5.1 on the beam for a total of 24.075. 


PdC Boys Basketball

Prairie du Chien’s Chas Sagedahl goes up for a jump shot against visiting Dodgeville Friday night. (Photos by Rose Ziel)

The Blackhawks’ Nathan Banasik gets a good look at the basket.

Evan Teynor defends against Dodgeville in Prairie du Chien Friday night.



hold off Dodgers

Prairie du Chien got hot from the 3-point line late in the first half to surge to a 41-26 halftime lead, but Dodgeville came storming back to take the second half 39-26 as the Blackhawks held on for a 67-65 win in SWC boys basketball Friday night in Prairie du Chien. 

Prairie improved to 3-0 in conference action while Dodgeville fell to 2-2. 


River Ridge Girls Win

Maria Breuer goes up for a short jumper in the lane Thursday against North Crawford. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

River Ridge’s Nicole Sturmer drives the left baseline in first half action.

Rachael Herrick shoots between two defenders Thursday afternoon.

River Ridge’s Skylar White dribbles the right baseline before going up for the shot.

Taylor Langmeier of River Ridge looks to score down low against North Crawford in the first game of the River Ridge Tournament Thursday afternoon.


River Ridge girls win championship

The River Ridge girls basketball team won their own tournament Thursday afternoon at River Ridge High School. 

River Ridge beat North Crawford 53-34 in the opening contest. River Ridge led at the half 24-14 en route to the victory. 

Taylor Langmeier pumped in 17 points to pace the Lady Timberwolves. Maria Breuer netted 12 and Nicole Sturmer added 11. 


River Ridge is #joeystrong

The River Ridge School District is #joeystrong. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)


River Ridge School District continues to be #joeystrong

By Ted Pennekamp


The River Ridge boys basketball team has been playing with an added perspective this season as the students, staff and fans have rallied around Joseph Hamann and his family after Joey was diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma in early December.


PdC Girls Basketball

Prairie du Chien’s Kylee Weber catches a pass versus Viroqua Tuesday afternoon. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

The Lady Blackhawks’ Faith Dillman (34) fights for a loose ball versus Viroqua Tuesday in second-half action.

Prairie du Chien applies defensive pressure Tuesday afternoon against Viroqua.

Molly Mason gets good position and goes up for the shot under the basket.

Prairie du Chien’s Keya Welch drives to the hoop against the defense of Ally Stilwell of Viroqua Tuesday afternoon at Prairie du Chien High School.


Viroqua defeats 

Prairie du Chien

Viroqua defeated host Prairie du Chien 53-47 in a nonconference girls basketball game Tuesday afternoon.

Viroqua led 31-19 at the half. Prairie took the second half 28-22.

Gabby Ritchie pumped in 11 points to pace the Lady Blackhawks. Molly Mason added 10. Hope Meyer netted 9. 


River Ridge is joeystrong

Joseph Hamann with his parents Amy Jo and Kirk. (Photo courtesy of River Ridge High School)

A part of the River Ridge student section shows their support for basketball player Joseph Hamann who is fighting cancer. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

The Timberwolves’ Cole Crubel drives the lane for a lay-up.

Brett Moravits lays the ball over the outstretched hand of Jake Wedig of Belmont.

Ryan Redman (20) of River Ridge applies full court defense against Belmont.

River Ridge’s Gavin Steiber goes strong to the hoop Tuesday night.


River Ridge 

is ‘joeystrong’

River Ridge blasted visiting Belmont 73-29 Tuesday night in a Six Rivers West boys basketball game.

The Timberwolves used a full court press to great effect to get numerous turnovers and easy baskets to break away and turn the game into a rout.


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