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Prairie du Chien comes back to win 5-set thriller

Prairie’s Clare Teynor (11) slams the ball to Lancaster Thursday night as Abby Feye (16) and other Lady Hawks get ready. (Photos by A.J. Gates, Grant County Herald Independent)

Maggie Dobbs bumps the ball to a Prairie du Chien teammate Thursday night.

The Prairie du Chien volleyball team celebrates their victory over host Lancaster Thursday night.

Hope Martin of the Lady Blackhawks winds up for a smash versus Lancaster.


The Prairie du Chien volleyball team traveled to Lancaster on Thursday night for an SWC match. It was a thriller! 

Lancaster took advantage of a slow start and a lot errors by the Hawks early on to win the first set 25-18. The second set was much closer as the two teams went back and forth, but the Hawks came up short in the second set, 25-23, to go down 2 sets to 0. 


Hillmen defeat Blackhawks' soccer

Landon Kohler (10) steals the ball from a Platteville-Lancaster player on the Bluff View pitch. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Joey Gourdin (20) pressures a Platteville-Lancaster player Tuesday afternoon.

Prairie’s Landon Kohler (10) heads the ball forward versus Platteville-Lancaster.

The Blackhawks’ Jayce Sexton (4) goes after the ball and heads upfield Tuesday.

Caleb Brainard (1) of Prairie du Chien gets the ball away from a Platteville-Lancaster opponent Tuesday afternoon at Bluff View.

The Blackhawks’ Brandon Hanger (3) battles against Platteville-Lancaster.


It was a beautiful evening for soccer Tuesday at the Bluff View field versus powerhouse Platteville-Lancaster.

The pregame ceremony honored the dedication and hard work of the Prairie United Youth Soccer Program. Players from each team were escorted to center field for introductions and the National Anthem in true World Cup fashion, hand in hand with the youth players.  


Kennedy in Prairie Sectional

Prairie du Chien’s Allison Kennedy hits a nice drive on hole one at the Prairie du Chien Sectional Tuesday morning. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Allison Kennedy watches her birdie attempt from about 25 feet on the first green.

Allison Kennedy watches her second putt on the first green Tuesday.


Allison Kennedy played good but not quite good enough in the WIAA Sectional tournament, played at the Prairie du Chien Country Club, to move on to the State Tournament at University Ridge in Madison. 

The Ladyhawk golfer stayed focused throughout her round but struggled on the front nine shooting a 59. Allison started out fast on the back nine but got into some trouble along the way. She still improved her score with a 56 for a 115 total.

Playing in her first sectional, Allison handled the pressure extremely well and kept her composure throughout the round. The sectional experience will only make her better as she continues to mature and her game gets stronger and more consistent.

Top-ranked Edgewood-Sacred Heart won the sectional championship with a team score of 351 and will move on to Madison to defend last year’s Division 2 state title. Osseo-Fairchild/Fall Creek came in second with a team score of 403.


Area runners at Kickapoo Invite — Prairie boys eighth

Jacob Reichmann of Wauzeka-Steuben took second at the Kickapoo Invitational Thursday. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Brad Hoffman of River Ridge finished fifth at Kickapoo.

Max Anthony of Prairie du Chien (181) runs alongside of Sam White of River Ridge (275). They are followed by Ryan Wall (187) and Spencer DeHart (182) of Prairie du Chien.

Kolton Chambers of Seneca nears the bottom of a hill.

Seneca’s Maxine Grover competes at Kickapoo Thursday.

Tova Lindberg follows River Ridge teammate Jessica Patterson at Kickapoo.

Maureen Cooley of Wauzeka-Steuben runs on a relatively flat part of the course.


Wauzeka-Steuben, River Ridge and Seneca competed in the Kickapoo Invitational cross country meet Thursday afternoon.

The Wauzeka-Steuben boys team took third out of 10 teams. Jacob Reichmann finished in second place overall with a time of 17:26.2 over the 5,000-meter course to lead the Hornets. Zach Martin was 12th in 18:29.7. Reed Stenner was 16th in 18:45.4. Isaac Reichmann was 19th in 18:52.8. Nate Martin was 25th in 19:22.9. Chris Reising was 30th in 19:44.2. Jonah Reichmann was 32nd in 19:45.8.


River Ridge sweeps Potosi

Skylar White of River Ridge slams one from the middle row as Britney Moravits gets ready. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Skylar White of the Lady Timberwolves goes up for the block against Lilly Post of Potosi.

Rylee Zinkle (22) of River Ridge pops the ball past a pair of Potosi defenders.

Britney Moravits (33) and McKenzie Graf of River Ridge go up for the block attempt versus Kylie Reuter of Potosi Monday night.

McKenzie Graf of River Ridge taps the ball to an open spot in Potosi’s defense.

Sadie Crubel (15) of River Ridge smashes one back to Potosi Monday on Parents Night.


River Ridge hosted Potosi on Monday night in Six Rivers volleyball action. 

The Lady Timberwolves started out the evening honoring their parents on Parents Night. River Ridge won in three sets, 25-13, 25-9, 25-20. 


Hunting, fishing and the outdoors have many health benefits

Wading up a stream and against a constant current, breathing fresh air and being in a beautiful and quiet spot help a person physically, mentally and emotionally. (Photo by Len Harris)


By Ted Pennekamp


The Driftless Region of Southwest Wisconsin offers excellent opportunities for hunting, fishing and other outdoor activities. Hunting and fishing are not often discussed when people talk about activities that are good for one’s health, but, they probably should be.


Hawks beat Hornets for homecoming victory

Tyler Hannah plows forward for good yardage near the goal line Friday night. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Ben Riter leaves a would be tackler in his wake as he scores a touchdown before the half.

Colten Wall upends the Richland Center ballcarrier in the second quarter Friday night.

Mason Kramer catches a pass and heads up the right sideline for a touchdown.

Mason Kramer and Traeton Saint zero in on the Richland Center runner.

Several Blackhawks team up to bring down the Hornet ballcarrier.


By Zach Mara


With Homecoming Week winding down, the Prairie du Chien Blackhawks hosted the Richland Center Hornets on Friday night. The Hawks (5-1, 3-1) were able to move the ball consistently throughout the game, and their strong defense held the Hornets (0-6, 0-4) to a single score. When the fog lifted and the clock hit zero, the Blackhawks were able to celebrate a 28-6 homecoming win over Richland Center.


Wauzeka-Steuben girls defeat Seneca

Savanna Wallin (8) of Seneca and Anya Aspenson (1) try to tip the ball back to Wauzeka-Steuben Tuesday night as Kayden Groom goes for the block. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Savanna Wallin goes up for a slam while Lindsey Sime (10) anticipates the action.

Wauzeka-Steuben’s Morgan Hurda (2) pops the ball to the Seneca side.

Wauzeka-Steuben's Ravyn Krachey spikes the ball as Ava Payne (9) and Nicky Trautsch (13) go up for the block attempt.


Wauzeka-Steuben defeated host Seneca three games to two in a volleyball clash Tuesday night. The match was considered a non-conference match.

The Lady Hornets improved to 2-5 on the season. They are 1-0 in the Ridge and Valley Conference.

Seneca is now 5-5 on the season. They are 2-1 in conference play.


Potosi-Cassville edges River Ridge

Brayan Barrita (28) returns a kickoff in second-quarter action while Archie Cooley (18) looks to block. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

River Ridge quarterback Cole Crubel rolls to his right while looking for a receiver.

Will Esser scores the first touchdown of the game in the first quarter for River Ridge during their homecoming game versus Potosi-Cassville Friday night.


Potosi-Cassville defeated host River Ridge 24-21 at the Timberwolves’ homecoming game Friday night in Bloomington.

River Ridge dropped to 4-1 overall and 2-1 in the Six Rivers Conference. Potosi-Cassville upped their overall record to 3-2 and their conference mark to 1-2.

The Timberwolves got on the board first with a 3-yard TD run by Will Esser. The PAT by Kaine Baus was good and River Ridge had a 7-0 lead.


PdC volleyball at Seneca Tournament

The Lady Hawks’ Emma Konichek sends the ball back in the Seneca Tournament. (Photos by Charley Preusser, Crawford County Independent and Kickapoo Scout)

Macey Banasik digs up a spike during the Seneca Tournament.


The Prairie du Chien volleyball team traveled to Seneca on Saturday, Sept. 14 to compete in an eight-team tournament. 

The girls started the day off against Shullsburg. Shullsburg took the first set, but the Hawks rallied back to take the second set. In the third and deciding set, Shullsburg jumped out to an early lead due to errors and the girls couldn’t fight their way back. Shullsburg won 2-1.