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River Ridge tops Wauzeka-Steuben

Bayli Mason of River Ridge drives the lane against defensive pressure from Peyton Mindham of Wauzeka-Steuben Thursday night. (Photos by A.J. Gates, Grant County Herald Independent)

River Ridge’s Ruby Breuer gets past McKenzie Olsen of Wauzeka-Steuben. Maddy Reichmann (24) gets ready to move in for a possible rebound.


Sixth ranked River Ridge defeated visiting Wauzeka-Steuben 55-31 Thursday night in girls basketball.

River Ridge improved to 1-0 on the season. Wauzeka-Steuben dropped to 0-2. 

River Ridge will travel to Fennimore on Nov. 26. 

Wauzeka-Steuben will travel to Southwestern on Nov. 26.


Prairie du Chien football ends fine season

Prairie’s Mason Kramer fights for extra yardage after catching a pass along the sideline in first-half action Friday night in McFarland. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

The Blackhawks’ Traeton Saint runs through an arm tackle Friday night.

Prairie quarterback Dylan Coleman eludes a Lake Country Lutheran pass rusher.

Dylan Coleman swings a pass to Mason Kramer.

A trio of Prairie du Chien defenders arrive to gang-tackle the Lake Country Lutheran ballcarrier Friday night.

Mason Kramer heads upfield after catching a sideline pass.

Traeton Saint follows the blocking of Tyler Hannah.

Ben Riter (88) goes high for a pass.


By Zach Mara



Big game on horizon

Dual threat Prairie du Chien quarterback Dylan Coleman is a dangerous runner as shown here against Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau in the Level 3 contest Friday night. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)

Lake Country Lutheran quarterback Luke Haertle (12) throws a pass against St. John’s Northwestern Military Academy on Sept. 30. (Photo by Curt Hogg/Now News Group)


By Ted Pennekamp


A big football game looms for Prairie du Chien Friday night as the Blackhawks, a number 2 seed, will square off against number 1-seeded Lake Country Lutheran in a neutral site game in McFarland.


Black Hawk ends River Ridge’s season

River Ridge's Connor Mumm (12) runs through an arm tackle attempt by Black Hawk-Warren Friday night. (Photos by A.J. Gates, Grant County Herald Independent)

The Timberwolves' Will Esser fights for extra yardage.


By Ted Pennekamp


River Ridge’s football season came to an end Friday night as host Black Hawk-Warren defeated the Timberwolves 49-7 in a WIAA Division 7 Level 3 playoff game Friday night. 

Black Hawk scored 8 points in the first quarter and 14 in the second to take a 22-0 lead at halftime.


Blackhawks blank Redhawks to advance in playoffs

Prairie du Chien’s Dylan Coleman breaks up a GET pass with 2 seconds to go before halftime and the Blackhawks leading 10-0 Friday night. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Traeton Saint follows the blocking of Bradyn Saint (31) and Isaac Avery (64).

Prairie’s Tyler Hannah (44) smashes for extra yardage versus GET Friday night.

Prairie du Chien’s Mason Kramer eludes a would-be tackler on a punt return Friday night against host GET in a Level 3 playoff game.

Braydyn Saint (31) gets a good block to allow Dylan Coleman (21) to get to the outside for a big gain against GET Friday night.


By Zach Mara



Excellent season ends for River Ridge girls

River Ridge's Rylee Zinkle goes high to slam one back to Waterloo in the sectional final Saturday night. (Photos submitted)

Faith Schier of the Lady Timberwolves gets ready versus Waterloo Saturday.


The River Ridge volleyball team made the trek up to Dodgeland High School in Juneau on Saturday night to take on the Waterloo Pirates. The Pirates were ranked second in the Wisconsin Volleyball Coaches Association poll and they were a number one seed. River Ridge was the number 3 seed but had taken out Wisconsin Heights, a number 2, and Brodhead, a number 1 seed. The Lady Timberwolves were ranked ninth in the WVCA poll. 


Katzung, Reichmann at State Cross Country Meet

Meg Katzung (15) races in her third consecutive State Cross Country Meet. (Photos submitted)

A boy watches as Meg Katzung runs on a flat portion of the course.

Meg Katzung goes up an incline at The Ridge's Golf Course.

Jacob Reichmann of Wauzeka-Steuben begins a downhill portion at the State Cross Country Meet in Wisconsin Rapids Saturday. (Photos by Kirsten Reichmann)

Jacob Reichmann was 32nd out of 149 runners in Division 3.


Two area cross country runners competed in the State Cross Country Meet held at The Ridge’s Golf Course in Wisconsin Rapids on Saturday. 

Meg Katzung, a junior from Prairie du Chien, ran in her third consecutive trip to the state meet and finished 53rd out of 151 runners in the Division 2 girls meet in a time of 20:34.2.


Iowa Grant defeats Seneca

Seneca’s Savanna Wallin stuffs a shot by host Iowa Grant for a point for Seneca in the second game of the sectional semifinal match Thursday night. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Seneca's Delaney Boland hits the ball over to Iowa Grant.

Anya Aspenson of Seneca pops the ball over the hands of an Iowa Grant defender.


Top-seeded Iowa Grant defeated visiting and second-seeded Seneca three games to one in a WIAA Division 4 sectional semifinal volleyball match Thursday night. 

Iowa Grant won by scores of 25-16, 19-25, 25-16 and 25-11 as Seneca’s season came to an end.

Seneca was the regional champion and also won the Ridge and Valley Conference championship with a 7-0 conference record.


Prairie du Chien gridders defeat Arcadia

Prairie du Chien’s Mason Kramer hauls in a pass on the far side of the field and breaks away for the Blackhawks’ first touchdown of the night. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Traeton Saint takes advantage of a good block and runs for nice yardage versus Arcadia.

A trio of Prairie du Chien defenders stop the Arcadia ballcarrier Friday night.

Mason Kramer makes a nice catch for a big gain.


By Zach Mara



River Ridge gets past Belleville — River Ridge topples Heights

River Ridge’s McKenzie Graf (1) and Skylar White (9) go up for the block versus Belleville. (Photo by A.J. Gates, Grant County Herald Independent)


Third-seeded River Ridge beat sixth-seeded and visiting Belleville in a five-set thriller in a Division 3 regional semifinal Thursday night. 

The Lady Timberwolves were victorious by scores of 25-23, 24-26, 25-14, 11-25, and 15-5 to improve to 20-0 on the season.