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Error propels Prairie boys to win

Hunter Davis of Prairie du Chien takes a lead after hitting a single Monday afternoon.

The Blackhawks’ Jon Nicholson gets a good jump off of second base Monday.

The Prairie du Chien defense gets the force out at second and turns the double play Monday afternoon versus visiting West Salem.

Prairie’s Jacob Joy whips in a pitch to the West Salem batter Monday afternoon. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)


A walk-off error propelled the Prairie du Chien Blackhawk baseball team to a decisive and dramatic nonconference victory over West Salem, 3-2. 

The game was tied at 2 when Ryan McGrath hit a towering pop fly into the tricky wind that the West Salem left fielder managed to get a glove on, but couldn’t hang onto as Josh Dyer scored the winning run from second base. 


River Ridge splits with Argyle

River Ridge’s Blake Crubel gets ready to unleash a pitch in the first game of a doubleheader against visiting Argyle Friday afternoon. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Bryce Quick of the Timberwolves tags the Argyle runner out at third base Friday afternoon.

River Ridge shortstop Brett Moravits defends as the Argyle baserunner takes a lead.


River Ridge split a twinbill with visiting Argyle Friday afternoon in high school baseball action.

In the opener, Argyle scored 4 runs in the bottom of the first inning, 1 in the second, 1 in the third and 7 in the fourth en route to a 13-0 win in five innings.

Argyle had 12 hits in the contest. River Ridge had 2 hits and committed 4 errors.


Prairie soccer shuts out Christian

Gabby Toberman of Prairie du Chien maneuvers against the Coulee Christian defender. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Kylee Weber of Prairie du Chien battles for control Monday afternoon.

The Lady Blackhawks’ Caitlin Nolan booms a kick downfield Monday.


On Monday afternoon, the Lady Blackhawks kicked off the season with a great start against Coulee Christian. Prairie du Chien went on to win 1-0.


Prairie rallies past Fennimore

Prairie’s Gavin Gillitzer scores in the third inning Thursday. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

The Blackhawks’ Zach Mara takes a lead off of third base Thursday afternoon.

Starting pitcher Ryan McGrath whips one towards home plate versus Fennimore Thursday afternoon at Prairie du Chien High School.

Hunter Davis defends at first base as a Fennimore baserunner leads off.


Prairie du Chien had big rallies in the second and third innings to easily defeat visiting Fennimore 15-2 in five innings in the opening baseball game for both teams. 

The Golden Eagles took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning.

Prairie then rallied for 5 runs in the bottom of the second and 9 more in the third to go ahead 14-2. They scored the final run in the fourth inning. 


Area basketball players named to WBCA All Star Teams

Jared Payne (24) of Seneca has been selected to play for the D5 White Team in the WBCA All Star game.

Wauzeka-Steuben’s Erin Krachey scores against visiting Belmont on Feb. 20. Krachey will play for the D5 South Team in the WBCA All Star game. (Courier Press file photos)

Prairie du Chien’s Hunter Davis (52) will play for the D3 Red Team in Wisconsin Dells in the WBCA All Star game.

River Ridge’s Taylor Langmeier drives against visiting Prairie du Chien this past season. Langmeier will play for the D5 South Team in the WBCA All Star game.


Several area high school basketball players have been named to the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) All-Star Team. 

Hunter Davis of Prairie du Chien will play for the Division 3 Red Team on June 15 beginning at 12:30 p.m. in the JustAgame Fieldhouse in Wisconsin Dells.

Jared Payne of Seneca will play on June 15 for the Division 5 White Team beginning at 9 a.m.


Prairie du Chien hosts archery competition

Advisor Brent Seamans (left) looks on as several archers take aim and shoot during the first ever Prairie du Chien Archery Tournament in the new fieldhouse at the high school on Saturday. (Photo submitted)


By Ted Pennekamp


Prairie du Chien High School hosted the inaugural National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) Competition on Saturday in the new fieldhouse.


Lomas, Payne earn WBCA All State honors

Jared Payne (24) goes for a rebound against Wauzeka-Steuben during the 2018-2019 Ridge and Valley season.

Carter Lomas (1) of Wauzeka-Steuben, a junior, has been selected to the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association All State First Team for Division 5. Lomas has been a First Team All-Conference choice his first three years on varsity and is already over 1,200 career points. The Ridge and Valley Co-Player of the Year this season, he averaged 20.8 points and 6.8 rebounds per game. (Courier Press file photos)

Jared Payne (24) of Seneca, shown here in 2018, has been selected to the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association All State First Team for Division 5 for the 2018-2019 season. Payne is a three-time Co-Player of the Year in the Ridge and Valley Conference, doing a lot of everything for the Indians and head coach David Boland. As a senior, Payne averaged 17.4 points, 8.1 rebounds, and 7.0 assists per game to lead the team in every major statistics category.

Ritchie to play in WBCA All Star Game

Gabby Ritchie backs down the defender in the Regional Championship game this season. (Courier Press file photo)


Gabby Ritchie of Prairie du Chien High School has been named to the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) All-Star Team. She will be a member of the South Team for Division 3.


Prairie boys overcome Lodi

The Blackhawks’ Mark Welter scores versus Lodi in the regional semifinal Friday. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Josh Dyer of Prairie du Chien passes against defensive pressure Friday night.


Prairie du Chien came from behind to defeat visiting Lodi 53-43 in a WIAA Division 3 Regional semifinal boys basketball game Friday night. 

A big and physical Lodi team limited Prairie to just one shot on most trips down the floor in the first half to take a 22-15 halftime lead.


Black Hawk tops River Ridge

River Ridge’s Chloe Stagman looks for an open teammate Thursday night in Mineral Point. (Photos by River Ridge Yearbook staff)

Taylor Langmeier of River Ridge drives hard to the hoop versus Black Hawk.

The Lady Timberwolves’ Skylar White goes up for a score in the sectional semifinal.


Top seeded Black Hawk, an undefeated powerhouse this season, defeated second seeded River Ridge 58-27 in a WIAA Division 5 Sectional semifinal in Mineral Point in girls basketball Thursday night. 

River Ridge ended a very good season with a 21-3 overall record and a 10-0 mark in the Six Rivers West. The Lady Timberwolves were the regional champions and the undefeated outright conference champions.