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Iowa Grant defeats Seneca

Seneca’s Savanna Wallin stuffs a shot by host Iowa Grant for a point for Seneca in the second game of the sectional semifinal match Thursday night. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Seneca's Delaney Boland hits the ball over to Iowa Grant.

Anya Aspenson of Seneca pops the ball over the hands of an Iowa Grant defender.


Top-seeded Iowa Grant defeated visiting and second-seeded Seneca three games to one in a WIAA Division 4 sectional semifinal volleyball match Thursday night. 

Iowa Grant won by scores of 25-16, 19-25, 25-16 and 25-11 as Seneca’s season came to an end.

Seneca was the regional champion and also won the Ridge and Valley Conference championship with a 7-0 conference record.


Prairie du Chien gridders defeat Arcadia

Prairie du Chien’s Mason Kramer hauls in a pass on the far side of the field and breaks away for the Blackhawks’ first touchdown of the night. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Traeton Saint takes advantage of a good block and runs for nice yardage versus Arcadia.

A trio of Prairie du Chien defenders stop the Arcadia ballcarrier Friday night.

Mason Kramer makes a nice catch for a big gain.


By Zach Mara



River Ridge gets past Belleville — River Ridge topples Heights

River Ridge’s McKenzie Graf (1) and Skylar White (9) go up for the block versus Belleville. (Photo by A.J. Gates, Grant County Herald Independent)


Third-seeded River Ridge beat sixth-seeded and visiting Belleville in a five-set thriller in a Division 3 regional semifinal Thursday night. 

The Lady Timberwolves were victorious by scores of 25-23, 24-26, 25-14, 11-25, and 15-5 to improve to 20-0 on the season. 


Seneca is regional champ

Delaney Boland of Seneca taps the ball over Kayden Groom of Wauzeka-Steuben in regional action Thursday night. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Seneca’s Makenna Greene (2) skims one just over the net Thursday night.

Ravyn Krachey of Wauzeka-Steuben slams the ball back to Seneca Thursday night.

The Lady Hornets’ Alexis Wielepski (12) battles at the net versus Seneca.


Second-seeded Seneca beat visiting and third-seeded Highland three sets to one in a Division 4 regional final volleyball match Saturday night.

Seneca won by scores of 25-13, 25-20, 25-27, and 25-10.

Seneca will next travel to top-seeded Iowa Grant for a sectional semifinal Thursday night.


Prairie du Chien comes back to beat New Glarus

The Blackhawks’ Tyler Hannah leaves a hapless New Glarus defender flailing in his wake Friday night in playoff action. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Prairie du Chien’s Ben Riter makes a good catch versus New Glarus-Monticello Friday night.


By Zach Mara


The #2 Prairie du Chien Blackhawks kicked off Level 1 of the WIAA Division 5 playoffs at home versus the #7 New Glarus-Monticello Knights on Friday night. 

The defenses shined in the first 3 quarters, as the teams combined for only 3 total touchdowns in that span.


Two area runners advance to State Cross Country Meet

Meg Katzung is followed by Karly Jaynes at the River Valley Sectional Saturday. (Photo by Anne Fassbinder-Jenks)

Jacob Reichmann of Wauzeka-Steuben, shown here at the Boscobel Sectional, qualified for the State Cross Country Meet for the third straight year. (Photo by Jessie Udelhoven)


By Ted Pennekamp


Two area cross country runners have each earned a trip to the State Cross Country Meet in Wisconsin Rapids on Nov. 2.

Meg Katzung of Prairie du  Chien finished in fifth place at the Spring Green Golf Course Saturday morning in a Division 2 Sectional. Katzung had a time of 20:06.


Blackhawks’ soccer advances

Prairie’s Caleb Brainard goes high to kick the ball forward versus Dodgeland-Hustisford Tuesday afternoon. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Ramon Gonzalez (18) moves in for a great opportunity in front of the Dodgeland net.

Ben La Haie passes to Ramon Gonzalez in first-half action Tuesday afternoon.

Josh Dyer heads the ball upfield against Dodgeland.

Three Prairie du Chien players defend in front of the Blackhawks' net.

Joey Gourdin looks for an open teammate Tuesday.

Ben La Haie (15) races a Dodgeland player to the ball.


It was a cold and windy night on the Bluff View pitch Tuesday when the Blackhawks hosted the Cardinals of Dodgeland/Hustisford in the first round of regional play.

Prairie had a very strong first half on both sides of the ball. The defensive back line of Joey Gourdin, Jaret Semanko on the inside and Jack Peterson and Ben LaHaie on the wings and Jonah Hornseth and Creighton Groom in rotation held the Cardinals to just 13 shots and 4 corners in the first half.  


Prairie du Chien runners do well at conference meet

Prairie’s Meg Katzung and Karly Jaynes run in the conference meet at Platteville Thursday. (Photos by A. J. Gates, Grant County Herald Independent)

Prairie's Lee Steiger is by himself at the conference meet Thursday.

Max Anthony runs on a flat part of the course.


The Prairie du Chien cross country team competed in the SWC Conference Meet at Platteville on Thursday.


The girls were looking to make a little noise at the conference meet. They certainly came to compete as 10 girls hit new career PR’s and an 11th hit a season PR as they headed to a 3rd place finish.  


River Ridge tops Southwestern

River Ridge’s Logan Drone (1) runs against visiting Southwestern Friday night. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Will Esser finds plenty of running room for a big gain.


River Ridge bested visiting Southwestern 47-12 in a Six Rivers football game Friday night. With the victory, River Ridge earned a spot in the WIAA Division 7 playoffs. The third-seeded Timberwolves will host the sixth-seeded Pirates of De Soto on Oct. 25.

River Ridge, playing on their Senior Night, got on the board first with a 52-yard touchdown pass from Logan Drone to Connor Mumm with 10:41 to play in the first quarter. The PAT was good and the Timberwolves went up 7-0. 


Blue-Golds win Ridge and Valley

The Blue-Gold’s Carter Lomas heads toward the end zone after picking up a blocked field goal Friday night. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Hunter Aspenson breaks away from a pair of Kickapoo-La Farge defenders.


Seneca/Wauzeka-Steuben defeated visiting Kickapoo-La Farge 27-7 for a homecoming victory Friday night in Ridge and Valley action.

The Blue-Golds also secured the Ridge and Valley Conference title for the third straight season.