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River Ridge is regional champ

Johanna Allen looks to pass back to the top of the key against Fennimore Friday night.

Roni Zinkle looks for an open teammate against Fennimore Friday night.

Amber Patterson of River Ridge drives to the hoop against visiting Fennimore Friday night. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Roni Zinkle gets ready to put up a 3-point shot.


River Ridge 

over Highland

The River Ridge girls came from behind in the second half again on Saturday to defeat visiting Highland in a Division 5 Regional final 46-27. 

River Ridge led 7-6 following the first quarter but trailed at the half 15-14. 

River Ridge took the third period 15-4 and the fourth 17-8 to earn the victory. 


Gymnasts at Conference Meet

Jesse Gutknecht gets ready to dismount from the balance beam as her teammates look on during the Conference Gymnastics Meet. (Photos by Laurie Pedretti)

Morgan Pedretti competes in the floor exercise at the Conference Meet.

Paige Severson pushes off for a nice vault at the Southwest Wisconsin Conference Meet.

Dayton Fleshner prepares to swing through on the uneven parallel bars.


PdC gymnasts at SWC Meet

The Prairie du Chien gymnastics team competed in the Southwest Wisconsin Conference Meet on Friday night. 

Southwestern-Cuba City won the meet with 133.575 points. Prairie du Chien was fifth with 84.55.

Prairie du Chien will next travel to the Sectional Meet on Feb. 28 in Reedsburg.


Seneca wins R&V Crown

The Seneca High School boys basketball team hoists the Ridge and Valley Conference Championship trophy after defeating visiting De Soto Monday night. (Photo by Sandy Connors)


Seneca clinches R&V title

Seneca walloped visiting De Soto 70-33 to clinch the Ridge and Valley boys basketball crown Monday night. 

Seneca built a 23-14 lead after the first period and a 36-23 halftime advantage. 

Seneca took the second half 34-10 to breeze to victory. 


PdC wrestlers at Sectional

Stephen Ronnfeldt of Prairie du Chien fends off a taken down attempt by Tristan McDonald of Lodi in their 160-pound match at the Richland Center Sectional.

Ethan Swiggum of Prairie du Chien/Wauzeka-Steuben gains the upper hand against Tyler Grant of Evansville-Albany in their 170-pound match.

Austin Stram of Mount Horeb (left) grapples with Brock Polhamus of Sparta in their 145-pound match Saturday.

Prairie du Chien’s Nicholas Rogge (left) tangles with Bryant Ziegler of Lodi in their 113-pound match at the Richland Center Sectional Saturday afternoon. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)


Prairie du Chien matmen 

at Richland Center Sectional

Three wrestlers from Prairie du Chien/Wauzeka-Steuben wrestled at the Division 2 Richland Center Sectional on Saturday. The following are the individual results. 

113 pounds-Quarterfinals - Trenton McManus (Adams-Friendship) over Nicholas Rogge (Prairie du Chien/Wauzeka-Steub) (MD 11-0)


Prairie du Chien cheerleaders earn first place

Prairie du Chien Cheerleaders are, front row: Lindsey Ohlert, Katlyn Grondin and Brittany Bunts. Middle row: Stephanie Elmquist, Angela Elmquist, Katie Zahara and Autumn Kohler. Back row: Allison Lynn, Mariah Slaght and Cali Collins. The team is coached by Kelli Saxe.

The Prairie du Chien Blackhawk Cheerleaders attended the Kettle Moraine Lutheran High School Cheer Competition on Saturday, Feb. 14. The girls competed in two cheer categories: non-stunt and cheer dance. The girls earned a first-place trophy and individual medals in both divisions.

Coach Kelli Saxe stated that the girls performed very well and did a great job entertaining the crowd. She said that she was especially proud that they did so well in the cheer dance category, a division they’ve not had as much success in in years past.


RRC wrestlers

Marty Fischer of River Ridge-Cassville looks to gain control of Hunter Wardell of Fennimore in their 132-pound match Saturday in Lancaster. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Bo Kluesner of River Ridge-Cassville gets an advantage on Trenton Arndt of Iowa Grant-Highland in their 138-pound match.

Desmond Crapp of River Ridge-Cassville gains control of Jeremy Wick of Darlington-Black Hawk in their 152-pound match.

Tristan White of River Ridge-Cassville (right) squares off with Kyle Juedes of Mineral Point in their 182-pound battle.

Tyler Kirschbaum of River Ridge-Cassville faces off against Deven O’Brien of Fennimore in their 285-pound clash.


RRC grapplers at Lancaster Regional

The River Ridge-Cassville wrestling team competed in the Division 3 Lancaster Regional Saturday. River Ridge-Cassville scored 36 points to finish seventh. Fennimore won the meet with 237.

The following are the individual results for River Ridge-Cassville.

132 - Marty Fischer (20-20) placed 6th and scored 3 team points.


River Ridge over Wauzeka-Steuben

Bridgette Myers goes up for a shot against Kelsey Kapinus.

River Ridge and Wauzeka-Steuben battle for a loose ball Tuesday night at River Ridge High School. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

River Ridge’s Amber Patterson is double teamed by Lexi Bird and Samantha Groom of Wauzeka-Steuben in the first quarter.

Amber Patterson of River Ridge fights for an offensive rebound in a crowded lane in first-quarter action against visiting Wauzeka-Steuben Tuesday night.


RR girls wallop Wauzeka-Steuben

River Ridge walloped visiting Wauzeka-Steuben 49-25 in a nonconference girls basketball Tuesday night clash. 

River Ridge built a 12-2 lead  after the opening stanza and a 28-9 halftime advantage. 

The Lady Timberwolves took the second half 21-16 from the Lady Hornets to gain the home win. 


Seneca over Wauzeka-Steuben

Seneca’s Eric Konichek goes up for a shot against Wauzeka-Steuben’s Jonah Huber.

It’s tough going along the baseline as the Hornets’ Jeramiah Huber draws three Seneca defenders Friday night in Ridge and Valley action.

The Hornets’ Jeramiah Huber and the Indians’ Brady Fernette battle for a rebound.

Wauzeka-Steuben’s Turner Krachey looks to pass back out against the Seneca defense Friday night in second-quarter action. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)


Seneca tops Wauzeka-Steuben

Seneca bested visiting Wauzeka-Steuben 66-43 in a Ridge and Valley boys basketball clash Friday night. 

Seneca led 15-11 in the opening stanza and increased the lead to 31-22 at the half. 

The Indians kept the momentum to take the second half 35-21 en route to the victory. 


Good sportsmanship


A special 

show of good 


at PdC-WS meet

By Ted Pennekamp



Prairie wrestling

Blake Garcia of PdC-WS (left) tangles with Zach Licht of River Valley in their 106-pound match Thursday night. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Prairie du Chien's Nick Rogge goes for the takedown against Caleb Radtke of River Valley in their 113-pound match.

Prairie's Matt Chase engages River Valley's Nate Jennings in their 120-pound match.

Tyler Cota of PdC-WS attempts to throw Gavin Wipperfurth of River Valley in their 132-pound match Thursday night on Senior Night.

Prairie's Logan Lomen gains control of Mason Wipperfurth of River Valley in their 138-pound match Thursday night.

Prairie du Chien senior Carter Titlbach (left) squares off against River Valley’s Elijah Alt in the 145-pound match Thursday night in the Prairie du Chien High School gym.



Valley thwarts 

PdC-WS grapplers

River Valley defeated host Prairie du Chien/Wauzeka-Steuben 50-21 in an SWC wrestling meet Thursday night on Senior Night.

The following are the individual match results.