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Grasshoppers are champions of Viroqua Tournament


The Prairie du Chien Grasshoppers American Legion baseball team won the championship of the Viroqua Tournament held June 21 through June 24.

Pool Play

Game 1 - West Salem 5 - PdC 2


Grasshoppers top Holmen

Ryan McGrath started on the hill for the Grasshoppers. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Prairie's Gavin Gillitzer scores against visiting Holmen.

Drake Coleman lifts a long fly ball to center field to drive in a run for the Hoppers.

Jonathan Dyer scores from third on a sacrifice fly by Drake Coleman Monday evening.

Prairie du Chien grabbed an early lead on its way to a 9-4 victory over the Holmen 17s on Monday evening at the St. Feriole Island Ballpark. Prairie du Chien scored on a double by Jonathan Dyer and a sacrifice fly by Drake Coleman in the first inning to gain a 2-1 advantage.

The Grasshoppers scored five runs in the sixth inning. The Hoppers’ offense in the inning was led by Dyer, Grant Martin and Clayton DuCharme, all knocking in runs.


Sagedahl is First Team All American

Chas Sagedahl of Prairie du Chien is a First Team All American after an outstanding freshman season at Southeastern Community College in Burlington, Iowa.

Former Prairie du Chien High School athlete Chas Sagedahl has earned recognition as a NJCAA First Team All-American after a stellar baseball season in 2018 for Southeastern Community College in Burlington, Iowa.

The West Burlington, IA-ICCAC Division II Player of the Year garnered his recognition after a season that saw 76.1 innings of work along with a 1.41 ERA. That ERA mark is second nationally in the NJCAA Division II ranks. 


Pointers defeat Blackhawks in sectional final

The Blackhawks' Tyler Smock crosses the plate versus the Thunder of Osseo-Fairchild Tuesday at Copeland Park. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Prairie's Mark Welter scores against Osseo-Fairchild in the sectional semifinal.

Mark Welter dives back to second base ahead of the throw Tuesday at Copeland Park.

The Blackhawks' Grant Martin rounds third and heads for home Tuesday afternoon.

Gavin Gillitzer pitches while the Osseo-Fairchild runner takes a lead off of first base.

Prairie pitcher Gavin Gillitzer fields a grounder and tosses to Hunter Davis at first base for the out against Osseo-Fairchild in the sectional semifinal.

The top seeded Prairie du Chien baseball team came within one win of going to the state tournament, but came up short, 8-2, to second seeded Mineral Point in a WIAA Division 3 Sectional final at Copeland Park in La Crosse Tuesday evening.
The Blackhawks were down 8-0 when they came to bat in the top of the seventh. They were able to get 2 runs in the inning due to some timely hits and walks, but their fine season came to an end as they finished with an 18-2-1 record.
The Blackhawks were regional champions and conference champions with a 10-0 record in the SWC.
The Pointers improved to 17-4 on the season. They were 11-2 in the SWAL, finishing second to Fennimore. Mineral Point defeated top seeded Wisconsin Heights 4-3 in the sectional semifinal.
In the sectional final, the Pointers scored 3 runs in the first inning, 3 in the fourth and 2 in the bottom of the sixth.


Area athletes at State Track and Field competition

River Ridge's Taylor Langmeier hands to Riley Klein in the 3200 relay Friday at the State Track and Field Meet in La Crosse. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

River Ridge's Skylar White runs the first leg of the 3200 relay at the State Track and Field Meet Friday in La Crosse. White also took eighth in the Division 3 pole vault at 9-6 and was 14th in the 800-meter run in 2:29.83.

Wauzeka-Steuben's Drew Zimmerman competes in the 110-meter high hurdles at the State Track and Field Meet Friday afternoon.

Several area high school athletes competed in the State Track and Field Championships Friday and Saturday at Veterans Memorial Stadium in La Crosse.
Prairie du Chien junior Gabby Ritchie finished in 10th place in the Division 2 shot put with a toss of 36-3.5.
The River Ridge girls scored 1 point as a team in Division 3.
Sophomore Skylar White scored the point by finishing eighth in the pole vault at 9-6. White also finished 14th in the 800-meter run in 2:29.83.
The River Ridge 3200 relay team of White, Taylor Langmeier, Riley Klein and Faith Schier took 11th in a time of 10:30.71.
Wauzeka-Steuben’s Allison Oswald, unfortunately, was disqualified in the preliminaries of the 300 hurdles in Division 3.
Wauzeka-Steuben senior Drew Zimmerman finished 16th in the preliminaries of the 110-meter high hurdles in a time of 17.25.


Prairie du Chien Baseball

Gavin Gillitzer was on the hill for the Blackhawks and picked up the complete-game victory. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Prairie's Grant Martin tests the Fennimore pitcher with a good lead off of second base.


Prairie du Chien

beats Fennimore

Blackhawks advance to sectional

The host Prairie du Chien Blackhawks defeated Fennimore 9-1 for the WIAA Division 3 Regional Championship on Wednesday afternoon. 

Tyler Smock led the Blackhawks with 3 hits and 4 RBI.  Smock drove in runs on a single in the second, a walk in the fifth and a single in the sixth.  


Wauzeka-Steuben Baseball

Wauzeka-Steuben's Jaden Berger scoops up a ground ball and throws to first for the out versus visiting Cassville Thursday afternoon. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

A Cassville baserunner takes a lead off of second base as Wauzeka-Steuben shortstop Isaac Byrne defends Thursday afternoon.

The Hornets' Carter Lomas pitches while a Comets' runner leads off of first base.


Hornets top 

Cassville Comets

Wauzeka-Steuben defeated visiting Cassville 3-2 in a WIAA Division 4 Regional quarterfinal Thursday afternoon in high school baseball action.

The Comets took the lead 2-0 after the first inning.

The Hornets scored a run in the bottom of the fourth and another in the fifth to tie the game at 2-2. 


Prairie du Chien Baseball

Prairie first baseman Hunter Davis fields a grounder and tosses to pitcher Cory Check. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Prairie du Chien's Gavin Gillitzer slides in safely to second for a stolen base in the first inning.

Zach Mara of the Blackhawks gets a good jump off of first base Tuesday afternoon.


Prairie boys 

oust Lancaster

Prairie du Chien ousted visiting Lancaster 8-4 in a WIAA Division 3 Regional baseball game Tuesday afternoon. 

Prairie scored a run in the bottom of the first inning to take a 1-0 lead. 

Lancaster scored twice in the top of the second to lead 2-1. 


Local Archers at Nationals

Taia Dressler (left) holds her target. (Photos submitted)

Devan Jacobson and Allison Davis shot well at the National Competition.


Prairie archers 

do well at Nationals

On April 28, four Prairie du Chien Archery Club students participated in a “warm-up” shoot to the National Competition called the Midwest Bullseye Shootout.  


Seneca Girls Blank La Farge

Seneca's Michelle Clark scores as another Seneca runner slides into third base versus visiting La Farge Thursday afternoon. Seneca blanked La Farge 23-0 in five innings. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)


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