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Prairie girls hoops

Prairie du Chien’s Kelsey Achenbach goes up for a shot along the right baseline. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Lindsey Welter eyes a three-pointer against Crestwood Tuesday night.

Kelly Check gains control and gets ready to go up for a shot down low.

Prairie du Chien and Crestwood players battle for a loose ball near the Prairie basket.



tops Prairie girls

Crestwood defeated host Prairie du Chien 52-41 in nonconference girls basketball action Tuesday night. 

Prairie du Chien sustained its first loss of the season and fell to 2-1.

The Lady Blackhawks will next host Southwest Wisconsin Conference rival Lancaster on Dec. 3.


Turkey Trot

Several participants begin the 3.1-mile run-walk.

Prairie du Chien’s Jack Mulrooney starts the annual Turkey Trot at Hoffman Hall Thanksgiving morning, Nov. 26.

River Ridge volleyball

River Ridge’s Sammy Steiger steers the ball away from Madison Kuhl of Southwestern Thursday night at North Crawford High School in the sectional semifinal. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Taylor Langmeier reaches back to hit the ball to the Southwestern side Thursday night.

Bridgette Myers gets ready to smash the ball down the line as teammates Sydney Bloom and Sierra Schier (32) prepare for a possible return.

Taylor Langmeier bumps the ball to the front line.



stops River Ridge

By Ted Pennekamp


In a battle of number one seeds, Southwestern defeated River Ridge three games to none in a Division 4 sectional semifinal volleyball match at North Crawford High School Thursday night. 


Packers Outreach Camp at River Ridge

Former Packer running back Tony Fisher encourages second grader Jessica B. as she catches the football Tuesday afternoon.

Second grader Tucker J. crashes into the pylon and dives over for the touchdown. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)


Former Packer comes to River Ridge for Fuel Up to Play 60

By Ted Pennekamp


The Green Bay Packers hosted a Youth Football Outreach Camp the afternoon of Tuesday, Oct. 27, for students at River Ridge Elementary in Patch Grove. The camp was from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. and had approximately 150 students in second through fourth grade participating.


River Ridge wins Regional

Seneca’s Liv Swanson (1) smashes the ball past Sierra Schier (32) of River Ridge.

Taylor Langmeier of River Ridge pounds a winner against visiting Seneca in the regional final.

River Ridge's Bridgette Myers slams one for the kill.

Seneca’s Haley Wall (5) and River Ridge’s Amber Patterson battle at the net Saturday night. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)


River Ridge wins regional title

Number one seeded River Ridge swept visiting and number two seeded Seneca three games to none in a Division 4 Regional final volleyball match Saturday night. 

River Ridge won the regional championship by scores of 25-11, 25-11 and 25-17.

River Ridge will next face another number one seed in Southwestern at 7 p.m. at North Crawford High School on Thursday, Oct. 29 in the sectional semifinal.


Prairie Football

Prairie du Chien’s Jacob Mallat catches a pass from Brogan Potter and crosses the goal line for a touchdown in the first half on a drizzly Friday night. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Prairie du Chien’s Eric Nolan (56) makes the tackle on the Waterloo ballcarrier.

Prairie’s Casey Hogenson looks for running room around the right side on a rainy night.

Blackhawk quarterback Brogan Potter runs for a good gain in the first half.

Jacob Mallat runs to the outside against visiting Waterloo.


Successful season ends for Prairie du Chien

By Zach Mara


The Prairie du Chien Blackhawks hosted the Waterloo Pirates in Round 1 of the WIAA Division 5 State Tournament Friday night. 

The Pirates (7-3, 1-0) ended the Hawks’ (6-4, 0-1) successful season, defeating them 25-19 in an exciting, closely contested game.


Prairie du Chien in Regional

Prairie du Chien’s Maria Skemp smashes one past the Fennimore player Tuesday night in a Division 3 Regional match. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Lauren Nicholson shows some finesse and placement to make the ball hard to return for Fennimore.

Caitlin Pattison blasts a winner past the Fennimore defender Tuesday night.

Jacqueline LaHaie slams the ball past two Fennimore defenders Tuesday night in the first game of the match.


Fennimore bests 

Prairie du Chien

Fifth seeded Fennimore defeated host and fourth seeded Prairie du Chien three games to none in a Division 3 Regional volleyball match Tuesday night. 

Fennimore won the three close and hard-fought games by scores of 25-23, 25-22 and 25-22 to advance in regional competition.


River Ridge ends season

River Ridge’s Ben Ertz looks for an open receiver Friday night. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

River Ridge makes the tackle on the sideline in first half action.

The River Ridge defense moves in to stop the Black Hawk ballcarrier Friday night.





River Ridge

Black Hawk defeated host River Ridge 42-0 in the Timberwolves’ final football game of the season Friday night. 


Prairie shares SWC title

Brogan Potter looks to throw. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Dylan Yeomans attempts to elude a River Valley defender Friday night in second half action.

Dominic Wright (22) finds good running room.

Adrian Johanningmeier forces a fumble by the River Valley quarterback in the second half Friday night in the SWC Championship game.

Cody Cauffman (23) follows his blocking to the outside for a big gain down the left sideline in second half action.


Prairie du Chien shares conference crown

By Zach Mara


The Prairie du Chien Blackhawks hosted the River Valley Black Hawks Friday night with sole possession of the SWC Championship on the line. 


River Ridge volleyball

River Ridge’s Amber Patterson (24) goes up for the block against visiting Belmont Tuesday night. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Bridgette Myers (14) stuffs the ball back to Belmont Tuesday night.

Sammy Steiger pops the ball over the Belmont defender.

Taylor Langmeier pounds the ball past the Belmont defender.

Bridgette Myers slams the ball to Belmont.

River Ridge digs out a Belmont spike.

Libero Franci Gates bumps the ball to the front line.


River Ridge 

sweeps Belmont