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Lady Hawks win thriller over Lady Hornets

Prairie du Chien's Kaitlyn Buenzli (4) deftly taps the ball over Caitlin Olson of Richland Center for a winner in SWC volleyball action in Prairie du Chien Tuesday night. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Emily Groom smashes the ball for a point past Ciara Rott of Richland Center.

Caitlin Pattison pounds one back to Richland Center.

Emily Groom blocks this spike back for a point Tuesday night.


Prairie du Chien volleyball hosted the Richland Center Hornets on Tuesday night.  

The team fed off of a loud and energetic atmosphere, thanks to a great home crowd,  to finish with a win 3 sets to 2. The scores were 25-16, 25-20, 22-25, 17-25, 15-12.  


A fun time at Prairie Invitational

Seneca’s Travis Zach competes in the Prairie du Chien Invitational Thursday.

Lee Steiger of Prairie du Chien runs up an incline at the Prairie du Chien Invitational Thursday afternoon. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Prairie’s Jayce Sexton breezes along Thursday afternoon.

Xander Zach of River Ridge shows his determination Thursday at the Prairie du Chien Invitational.

Riley Klein and Faith Webb of River Ridge run in the Prairie du Chien Invitational Thursday afternoon.

Kolton Chambers of Seneca runs up a slight grade.

Prairie du Chien’s Hailie Myers, Dominique Reilly and Jadyn Jenks run side by side just ahead of River Ridge’s Olivia Zach.


Several area schools converged upon LaRiviere Park for the Prairie du Chien Invitational cross country meet on a relatively hot Thursday afternoon.

The meet is a bit different in that runners from different schools compete together on five teams called the Pacemakers, Voyageurs, Prairie Dogs, Lead Miners and Joggernauts. 

Many runners wore various colors of paint and designs on their faces and arms and it was a fun meet for all involved. 


2nd annual PdC Cross Country Youth Race set


The second annual Prairie du Chien Cross Country Youth Race will take place on Monday, Sept. 17 at 5:15 p.m. at La Riviere Park in Prairie du Chien. The youth race is open to all elementary-aged students from any school district. Middle school cross country races start at 4:30, so come out early, support your Blackhawks, and join the fun.

If you have any questions, please contact Nathan Bartlett ( or Torey Bartels ( Or visit to view the full flyer.


River Ridge runners do well

The River Ridge girls cross country team won the Goat Hill Classic at North Crawford on Tuesday, Sept. 11. (Photos submitted)

The River Ridge girls cross country team won the 10-school Goat Hill Classic in North Crawford on Tuesday. The girls finished with 31 points. The girls won the first ever plaque for River Ridge in cross country. The River Ridge boys team took second behind Wauzeka-Steuben at the Goat Hill Classic. Above are the River Ridge runners who won medals by finishing in the top 10. They are Glenna Marshall, Riley Klein, Faith Webb, Bradley Hoffman and Brett Kerscher. Another River Ridge cross country photo is on the Courier Press website

Platteville defeats PdC soccer

Prairie defender Joey Gourdin (20) gets the ball away from the Platteville player Tuesday afternoon on the Bluff View pitch. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Ben Teynor (4) and the rest of the Prairie du Chien defense were tenacious versus a talented Platteville team Tuesday.

Prairie du Chien's Weston Hill battles for control against visiting Platteville Tuesday afternoon in SWC soccer action.

Prairie's Derek Grondin passes the ball up to a teammate versus Platteville Tuesday afternoon.


The Prairie du Chien boys soccer team hosted the Platteville Hillmen Tuesday night. It was Parents’ Night and at halftime parents of players and managers were introduced and thanked for their unending support and dedication to the players and the program.

Platteville took early control of the game, but the Blackhawks defense put up a tight wall and stopped the Hillmen attack including a penalty kick stop by goalie Ryan Thien. Late in the half, 44:05, Platteville found a crack in the Prairie’s defensive shield and slipped in the score to take a 1-0 lead at the half.


37th Annual Seneca Classic

Seneca's Liv Swanson smashes a winner between two Cassville players at the Seneca Classic Saturday morning. Seneca, Boscobel, Cassville, Shullsburg, Benton, Brookwood, De Soto and Ithaca participated. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Seneca's Erin Sime blocks the ball back to Cassville for a point Saturday in Seneca.

Savanna Wallin (8) goes up for the block attempt versus Cassville.

Prairie gridders pull out thrilling victory

Prairie's Dylan Coleman scampers for a first down on a short pass Saturday afternoon. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Tyler Smock gathers in a bomb from Gavin Gillitzer for a TD Saturday afternoon.

Ben Riter grabs a pass and gains a first down.


By Zach Mara



Golfers host Lancaster

Prairie du Chien's Allison Kennedy chips up onto the first green Thursday afternoon at Prairie du Chien Country Club. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Gabby Ritchie chips to the fourth green Thursday.

Macy Sander putts on the fourth green.

Molly Peterson putts on the first hole Thursday afternoon.

The Lady Hawk golfers hosted their first conference match of the season against Lancaster on Aug. 30 at Prairie du Chien Country Club. Lancaster only had three players available for scoring so the match was unofficial. The Lady Hawk varsity had Gabby Ritchie, Macy Sander and Molly Peterson each card a 56 to lead team scoring. Sophie Miller added a 59 and Allison Kennedy a 62 for a four-person team score of 227. The Lady Hawks' next home match will be Thursday, Sept. 6 with a 4 p.m. start time.


Prairie soccer opens season with two matches

Prairie du Chien's Josh Dyer battles for the ball versus Driftless United Thursday.

Prairie's Duke Scherf gains control and gets ready to pass the ball upfield Thursday against visiting Driftless United. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Prairie du Chien's Landon Kohler moves the ball deep into United Driftless territory.

Mark Welter of Prairie du Chien slides for the ball against visiting Driftless United during Prairie's opening soccer match of the season.


West Salem 8, PdC 1

The Prairie du Chien boys soccer team hosted West Salem Saturday for a nonconference match versus the D3 Panthers.

The Blackhawks played strong, but the speed and experience of the Panthers combined with excellent passing found creases in the PdC defense scoring three times in the first period of the match.  Salem scored a fourth quick goal one minute into the second period and took a 4-0 lead.  


PdC volleyball triumphs

Prairie du Chien's Brytta Sagedahl (12) battles at the net versus visiting Decorah Tuesday night. Prairie du Chien won their first match of the season, three sets to one. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Prairie's Kylee Weber (3) hits the ball over the Decorah defender Tuesday night in nonconference action.

Emily Groom (1) of the Blackhawks goes up for the block against visiting Decorah Tuesday night at Prairie du Chien High School.

Prairie du Chien volleyball started their season off strong with a non-conference 3 set to 1 win over visiting Decorah Tuesday night. Prairie won by scores of 25-12, 24-26, 25-8, 25-18.