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Wauzeka-Steuben boys heading to State

The Hornets’ Garett Kapinus scores against visiting Port Edwards Thursday night in the sectional semifinal. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Wauzeka-Steuben’s Gavin Ralph drives the lane for a bucket versus Port Edwards on Feb. 25 in the sectional semifinal.

Caydon Lomas blows past the Port Edwards defender and drives hard to the hoop.

Nate Martin looks for a shot along the right baseline in second-half action against Port Edwards.

By Ted Pennekamp



Two Prairie du Chien-Fennimore gymnasts heading to State Meet

Two Prairie du Chien/Fennimore gymnasts qualified for the State Gymnastics Meet to be held in Onalaska on Feb. 27. Madilyn Fisher is on left and Alyssa Schoepp is on the right. Fisher will compete on the vault. She placed fifth at the sectional meet with a score of 9.15. Schoepp will compete on the floor exercise. She placed fourth at the sectional with a score of 9.025.

Madison Otts performs in the floor exercise at the sectional meet. Otts added a more difficult leap pass and a tumbling pass for the sectional.

On Thursday, Feb. 18, the Prairie du Chien/Fennimore gymnastics team traveled to Onalaska for the Sectional Meet. 

The team placed seventh with the second-highest score of the season, 123.95. River Falls placed first with a score of 140.90. Sparta finished in second place with a score of 136.225. 


Prairie du Chien wrestlers 2nd at State Team Tournament

The Prairie du Chien wrestling team displays their State Runnerup trophy. Team members are, front row: Bryce Priebe, Brogan Brewer, Drake Ingham, Maddox Cejka, Ryder Koenig, Rhett Koenig, Luke Kramer, Kurt Wall, Ty Wagner, Mason Baumgartner, Mason Idhe, and Aydan Ihde. Back row: Coach Cory Koenig, Coach Jon Quamme, Coach Jake Heuston, Head Coach Mike Rogge, Drew Hird, Christian Black, Matt Rogge, Bradyn Saint, Chase Fisher, Chad Achenbach, Kyle Quick, Jayden Johnson, Sheyenne Ronnfeldt, Manager Gabey Lenzendorf, Coach Nick Rogge, Coach Ryan Saint, and Coach Traeton Saint.

Senior Jayden Johnson works to take down his Amery opponent in the 285# match.

Senior Chase Fisher uses a wing with a far side wrist as he works to turn his Amery opponent at 170#. Fisher would record a 10-2 major decision.

Senior Matt Rogge applies tight pressure as he rides his Winneconne opponent. Rogge would win by fall.

On Saturday, Feb. 20, Adams/Friendship was the host of the WIAA D2 Team State Wrestling Championships. PDC was in the tournament for the second straight year, and were looking to make some noise following last year’s one point loss in the semifinals. The four teams at State were made up of some very good wrestlers, many of them State Champs, Placewinners, and Qualifiers. Here’s a quick reference as to just how good these teams are:


Prairie boys advance to Regional semifinal

Prairie du Chien's Max Amundson grabs a rebound versus Lancaster in Division 3 Regional action Tuesday night. (Photos by A.J. Gates, Grant County Herald Independent)

Colton Thompson (24) and Justice Olmstead defend Preston Noethe of Lancaster.

Prairie du Chien traveled to Lancaster for their first Regional playoff game on Tuesday night. The game proved to be quite a tough matchup when Lancaster took an early lead against the Hawks going on an 8-0 run to start. Prairie du Chien wasn’t ready to give up though and ended the half up by 6.


Banasik named to WBCA Hall of Fame

Prairie du Chien District Administrator and Athletic Director Andy Banasik has been named as a member of the 2020 Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Hall of Fame as a high school coach. The 2020 Hall of Fame Induction will be held at the Glacier Canyon Lodge of the Wilderness Resort in Wisconsin Dells on Aug. 1.

The following is a biography of Banasik’s coaching career.


Prairie du Chien/Fennimore gymnasts compete at conference

Alyssa Schoepp pushes off of the vault at the Conference Meet.

Avery Thompson shows good form on the uneven parallel bars at the Conference Meet.

Leilani Pfluger performs on the vault.

Prairie’s Madison Otts performs on the floor exercise at Dodgeville.

Reagan Hannah jumps high over the balance beam at the conference meet.

Madilyn Fisher was the conference champion for the vault with a score of 9.225, a season high score!

The PDC/Fennimore gymnasts traveled to Dodgeville Thursday night for the Conference Meet. 


Prairie du Chien girls win third straight regional title

Prairie du Chien’s Lily Krahn makes a nifty pass in the lane against Lancaster. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Prairie’s Makenzie Knapp grabs a loose ball versus Lancaster Friday night.

Macey Banasik maneuvers in the front court in first half action versus Lancaster.

On Friday, Feb. 12, the Prairie du Chien girls basketball team hosted the Lancaster Flying Arrows for the Regional Semifinal tournament game. 


Prairie wrestlers place four, Koenig repeats as State Champ

Sophomore Rhett Koenig stands atop the podium after winning the 113# State Title. This is Koenig’s second State Title, after winning the 106# Championship last year.

Sophomore Rhett Koenig breaks his NGL opponent down in the finals at 113#. Koenig would go on to win 5-2 for a State Championship.

Senior Bradyn Saint uses a collar tie while working for hand fighting in the finals against his Ashland opponent. Saint would finish in 2nd place, a State Runnerup at 170#.

Senior Matt Rogge uses a leg ride to break down his Freedom opponent. Rogge would go on to win 7-2 and finish in 5th place at 152#.

Sophomore Maddox Cejka scores a single leg takedown on his Kiel opponent. Cejka would go on to win by major decision 12-3 on his way to a 6th place finish at 132#.

Sophomore Luke Kramer works on his feet at the State Tournament against his Two Rivers opponent.

Freshman Mason Baumgartner works hard for a two on one for wrist control in a match earlier this year.

Sophomore Ryder Koenig uses a wing looking to turn his Campbellsport opponent at the State Tournament.

In a year that was unlike any other, the 78th annual WIAA Individual State Wrestling Tournament was held on Saturday, Feb. 13 at three different locations; one for each division. In a normal year, the Kohl Center and the Madison area would have been a popular place with wrestling enthusiasts converging from all corners of the state. However, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, things were modified for the safety of the student/athletes and spectators. Division 2 was hosted by Adams-Friendship High School. Prairie du Chien was represented by a contingent of seven wrestlers with quests to win a State Title.


Hawks qualify 7 wrestlers for state

Seven Prairie du Chien High School wrestlers qualified for the Division 2 Individual State Wrestling Tournament to be held in Adams-Friendship on Saturday, Feb. 13. Prairie du Chien also qualified for the State Team Wrestling Tournament in Adams-Friendship on Feb. 20. The seven individual qualifiers are, front row: Maddox Cejka, Rhett Koenig, Ryder Koenig and Bradyn Saint. Back row: Luke Kramer, Matt Rogge and Mason Baumgartner.

Sophomore Kurt Wall uses a leg cradle in his sectional match.

Senior Matt Rogge picks his opponents ankle while riding in his semifinal match. Rogge would win this match and also qualify for his fourth consecutive state appearance.

Senior Bradyn Saint looks to run through his opponent in the finals on his way to a two-point takedown. Saint would win, and qualify for his third consecutive state appearance.

The PDC Blackhawk wrestling team is advancing seven individuals to the state tournament. Richland Center was the host of a WIAA Division 2 Sectional on Saturday, Feb. 6. This sectional was represented by wrestlers from 25 teams from four regionals. 


River Ridge-Cassville at Lancaster Regional

River Ridge-Cassville’s Gavin Esser took fourth at 195. (Photo by Jason Nihles, Platteville Journal)

Several River Ridge-Cassville wrestlers competed in the Division 3 Lancaster Regional Saturday.

Mineral Point won the regional with a team score of 255. Fennimore had 228, Iowa Grant-Highland 224, Lancaster 157.5, Pecatonica-Argyle 103, and River Ridge Cassville 44.