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Dow inducted into George Martin Wrestling Hall of Fame

Prairie du Chien High School graduate and coach Mel Dow has been announced as a 2022 inductee into the George Martin Wrestling Hall of Fame.


Prairie du Chien second at American Legion State Tournament

Aden McCluskey hits a single to right field in the bottom of the fourth inning Tuesday afternoon, Aug. 2 against Viroqua in the state championship game at the Class A American Legion State Tournament. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

The Hoppers' Brady Russell slides safely into second base in the championship game.

Caeleb Cipra gets ready to unleash a pitch versus Viroqua Tuesday, Aug. 2.

First baseman Aden McCluskey catches a pop-up in short right field against Viroqua.

Brady Russell pitches Monday, Aug. 1 with a Fond du Lac St. Mary’s runner on first base. Prairie du Chien won the game to reach the championship round of the Class A American Legion State Tournament in Viroqua.

Tommy Mara slides safely into third against Fond du Lac St. Mary’s Springs.

Brady Russell and the umpire call Jon Nicholson safe after he slides across home plate against Fond du Lac St. Mary’s Springs.

Ty Wagner rounds second base after belting a home run to center field versus St. Mary's Springs.

The Hoppers’ Colton Thompson dives back to first safely on a pick-off attempt by St. Mary’s Springs in Viroqua Monday afternoon, Aug. 1 at the state tournament.

Opening ceremonies for the 2022 Class A American Legion State Baseball Tournament were held on Swanson Field in Viroqua’s Park Bowl on Friday night.


Legion baseball’s local Hoppers make it to state competition

The state-qualifying Prairie du Chien Hoppers include (front row, from left) Tommy Mara, Ty Wagner, Owen Oldenburg, Noah Pedretti, Bryce Lenzendorf, Dawson Eastman, Ryan Waller; (back row) Coach Drew Bode, Head Coach Nate Cejka, Caeleb Cipra, Aden McCluskey, Maddox Cejka, Chase Fisher, Colton Thompson, Jon Nicholson, Brady Russell, Coach Bjorn Thompson and Coach Gavin Gillitzer. Not pictured is Nick Mara.

Pitcher Chase Fisher celebrates the Hoppers’ regional championship win over GET Sunday in Galesville. In the background, shortstop Jon Nicholson pumps his fist in excitement.

Colton Thompson is deemed safe after sliding into home in game 3 of 19U American Legion baseball regionals last weekend. (Photos by Deb McCluskey)

Tagging out a GET runner at third base, Maddox Cejka gets his glove down and beats the runner for the out.

The Prairie du Chien American Legion Post 68 19U baseball team is regional champions. Their on-fire efforts in three games at Galesville over the weekend earned them the regional title as well as a spot in the Class A state tournament in Viroqua, July 28-Aug. 2.


Fisher, McCluskey combine for no-hitter as Hoppers blank Stoddard

Chase Fisher gets ready to unleash a pitch versus Stoddard Thursday. Fisher and Aden McCluskey combined for a no-hitter. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Prairie third baseman Tommy Mara fields a grounder and fires to first for the out against visiting Stoddard on Thursday, July 7.

Brady Russell steals second against Stoddard.

Second baseman Ty Wagner scoops up the ball and gets ready to throw to first base for the out versus Stoddard.

The Prairie du Chien Grasshoppers’ two pitchers didn’t allow a single hit, as the Hoppers blanked Stoddard 10-0 on Thursday, July 7 at St. Feriole Island Ballpark. 

Aden McCluskey hurled a strike-out for the last out of the game.


16U team splits with Aquinas

Hunter Jones hits a single to center against visiting La Crosse Aquinas. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Tucker DuCharme leads off of first base.

Hunter Jones delivers a pitch in the first game of a doubleheader versus Aquinas Monday, June 27.

The Prairie du Chien American Legion Grasshoppers 16U Junior Baseball Team hosted La Crosse Aquinas Monday evening for a twinbill at St. Feriole Island Ballpark. 

Aquinas defeated the Hoppers 5-2 in the opener. 


Westby stops Prairie girls

Prairie du Chien’s Scout Hall runs between second and third against visiting Westby. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Emma Wall of Prairie du Chien scores against Westby in the sectional semi.

Fourth-seeded Westby defeated host and third-seeded Prairie du Chien 7-2 in a WIAA Division 3 Sectional semifinal softball game on May 31. 

Prairie ended their season with a 20-7 overall record. They finished at 7-3 in the Southwest Wisconsin Conference. 


Prairie’s Reilly displays good sportsmanship at WIAA Sectional

Prairie du Chien’s James Reilly tees off at the Sectional Tournament. (Photo submitted)

After winning medalist honors at the WIAA Regional Tournament in Prairie du Chien, James Reilly represented the Blackhwawk boys golf team as an individual at the WIAA Sectional Tournament. 


Riverdale ends Seneca’s baseball season

Kadin Wallin of Seneca pitches versus visiting Riverdale June 1 in a Division 4 Regional final baseball game. (Photo by Charley Preusser)

Visiting Riverdale defeated Seneca 4-2 in a WIAA Division 4 Regional final baseball game on Wednesday, June 1.

Top-seeded Seneca fired up the offense in the first inning, when Ashton Swanson singled on a 3-0 count, scoring one run.


Area high school athletes at State Track Meet

Shayna Graf of River Ridge unleashes a shot put. (Photos by AJ Gates)

Aidan Gage of River Ridge runs in the 100 meters.

Seth Bunders of Wauzeka-Steuben medaled by taking second in the 400.

By Ted Pennekamp



Hornets edge Timberwolves

Logan Drone whips in a pitch to the Wauzeka-Steuben batter on May 26 in WIAA regional action. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Caydon Lomas of Wauzeka-Steuben takes a lead off of second base as Jared Breuer of River Ridge defends.

Mitchell Colson came through with a 2-out, 2-run single in the bottom of the seventh inning to lift the Wauzeka-Steuben baseball team to a thrilling 3-2 victory over River Ridge in a regional semi-final on May 26. 

The Hornets improved to 17-5 on the season and advanced in the WIAA playoffs. River Ridge ended its season with a 7-13 overall record.