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Prairie du Chien boys win

Prairie’s Connor George looks to pass from under the basket. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Drew Scott goes up for a shot against visiting Onalaska.

Chas Sagedahl (10) looks to score against visiting Onalaska Tuesday night.

Casey Hogenson drives the right baseline in the first half.

Nathan Banasik eyes the basket as he drives the left baseline in first-half action.



over Hilltoppers

Prairie du Chien got off to a bit of a slow start during the first part of the first half Tuesday night but then came alive to take the lead over visiting Onalaska and eventually won the nonconference match-up 59-53. 

The Blackhawks improved to 6-0 on the season with the win. 


Seneca over Wauzeka-Steuben

Seneca and Wauzeka-Steuben players battle for a rebound. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Samantha Groom of Wauzeka-Steuben drives against Alivia Salinas of Seneca.

Tatem Baures of Wauzeka-Steuben drives down the lane while defended by Seneca's Alivia Salinas (2) and Michelle Clark (14).

Samantha Groom of Wauzeka-Steuben gets ready to shoot against Haley Wall of Seneca.

A loose ball draws a crowd in first-half action in Wauzeka Friday night.

Molly Heisz of Wauzeka-Steuben fires up a shot from the middle of the lane Friday night.

Molly Heisz drives the left baseline and scores in the first half.


Seneca edges 


Seneca defeated host Wauzeka-Steuben 41-37 in a Ridge and Valley girls basketball game Friday night.

The score was 20-15 in favor of Seneca at the half. Wauzeka-Steuben outscored Seneca 22-21 in the second half but it wasn’t quite enough as Seneca prevailed.


Wrestlers win championship

Blake Garcia power halves his Plymouth opponent in a 120-pound match. (Photos submitted)

Clayton Beers of Prairie du Chien/Wauzeka-Steuben pins his Wisconsin Dells opponent with a double arm bar in the 126-pound match.


PdC-WS wins championship of Dells Duals Classic

On Saturday, Dec. 12, the Prairie du Chien/Wauzeka-Steuben wrestling team traveled to Wisconsin Dells and the Woodside Sports Complex for the 2015 Dells Duals Classic. There were 30 participating teams split into six evenly matched pools. PdC’s pool consisted of PdC, St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin Dells, Plymouth and Brookfield Central. 


PdC-WS versus MFL MarMac

At 106 pounds, Reid Koenig (top) of Prairie du Chien/Wauzeka-Steuben gains control over Zach Trudo of MFL MarMac Thursday night. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Clayton Beers of PdC-WS, top, tries to turn Dylan Corlett of MFL MarMac.

In the 182-pound match, Brendan Fleshner, PdC-WS, right, attempts to take down Corbin Gardner of MFL MarMac.

Nick Rogge, right, of PdC-WS, tangles with Michael Egan of MFL in the 132-pound match.


Prairie du Chien grapplers fall to MFL Mar/Mac 39-36

On Thursday, Dec. 10, the Prairie du Chien Blackhawk wrestling team traveled to McGregor for a nonconference meet with rival MFL Mar/Mac. MFL Mar/Mac is one of the favorites to win the Upper Iowa Conference this year. As expected, it was a very close meet.

The match started at 120 pounds and MFL recorded a fall. PdC responded by winning the next two matches. Clayton Beers, 126, used a series of tilts before pinning his opponent in the second period. Nick Rogge, 132, followed with a decisive win, 8-2. 


Cuba City over Prairie

Lindsey Welter applies tough defensive pressure in Cuba City’s back court. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Brooke Trautsch makes a nifty inside bounce pass against Cuba City Tuesday night.

Lindsey Welter fires up a three-pointer against visiting Cuba City in second half action.

Prairie du Chien’s Anna Zeeh hoists a shot along the right baseline against the defense of Elizabeth Misky of Cuba City Tuesday night in the second half.

Kelsey Achenbach wrestles for a loose ball against Jessi Marti of Cuba City Tuesday night.


Second half 

surge lifts Cuba 

City over Prairie

The Prairie du Chien Lady Blackhawks lost to the two-time defending Division 4 state champion Cuba City Cubans 48-35 in SWC girls basketball Tuesday night in Prairie du Chien. 

It was a case of two halves for Prairie as the halftime tie of 29-29 was countered by an offensive flurry by Cuba City’s Jessi Marti.  


PdC Boys Basketball

Prairie’s Casey Hogenson looks for an open teammate in first half action Friday night against visiting Westby. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Nathan Banasik goes up for a shot under the basket Friday night as defenders close in.

Jacob Lenzendorf shoots a three-pointer against visiting Westby in the first half.

Wesley Schwager looks to pass around a Westby defender down low Friday night.


Prairie du Chien 

boys beat Westby

Prairie du Chien got off to a tough start with several passes intercepted early in the game, but the Blackhawks came back to beat the visiting Westby Norsemen 54-44 in nonconference boys basketball Friday night. 

After Prairie calmed down, they were able to finish the first half tied with Westby 21-21. 


Prairie girls hoops

Prairie du Chien’s Kelsey Achenbach goes up for a shot along the right baseline. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Lindsey Welter eyes a three-pointer against Crestwood Tuesday night.

Kelly Check gains control and gets ready to go up for a shot down low.

Prairie du Chien and Crestwood players battle for a loose ball near the Prairie basket.



tops Prairie girls

Crestwood defeated host Prairie du Chien 52-41 in nonconference girls basketball action Tuesday night. 

Prairie du Chien sustained its first loss of the season and fell to 2-1.

The Lady Blackhawks will next host Southwest Wisconsin Conference rival Lancaster on Dec. 3.


Turkey Trot

Several participants begin the 3.1-mile run-walk.

Prairie du Chien’s Jack Mulrooney starts the annual Turkey Trot at Hoffman Hall Thanksgiving morning, Nov. 26.

River Ridge volleyball

River Ridge’s Sammy Steiger steers the ball away from Madison Kuhl of Southwestern Thursday night at North Crawford High School in the sectional semifinal. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Taylor Langmeier reaches back to hit the ball to the Southwestern side Thursday night.

Bridgette Myers gets ready to smash the ball down the line as teammates Sydney Bloom and Sierra Schier (32) prepare for a possible return.

Taylor Langmeier bumps the ball to the front line.



stops River Ridge

By Ted Pennekamp


In a battle of number one seeds, Southwestern defeated River Ridge three games to none in a Division 4 sectional semifinal volleyball match at North Crawford High School Thursday night. 


Packers Outreach Camp at River Ridge

Former Packer running back Tony Fisher encourages second grader Jessica B. as she catches the football Tuesday afternoon.

Second grader Tucker J. crashes into the pylon and dives over for the touchdown. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)


Former Packer comes to River Ridge for Fuel Up to Play 60

By Ted Pennekamp


The Green Bay Packers hosted a Youth Football Outreach Camp the afternoon of Tuesday, Oct. 27, for students at River Ridge Elementary in Patch Grove. The camp was from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. and had approximately 150 students in second through fourth grade participating.