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Prairie du Chien in Regional

Prairie du Chien’s Maria Skemp smashes one past the Fennimore player Tuesday night in a Division 3 Regional match. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Lauren Nicholson shows some finesse and placement to make the ball hard to return for Fennimore.

Caitlin Pattison blasts a winner past the Fennimore defender Tuesday night.

Jacqueline LaHaie slams the ball past two Fennimore defenders Tuesday night in the first game of the match.


Fennimore bests 

Prairie du Chien

Fifth seeded Fennimore defeated host and fourth seeded Prairie du Chien three games to none in a Division 3 Regional volleyball match Tuesday night. 

Fennimore won the three close and hard-fought games by scores of 25-23, 25-22 and 25-22 to advance in regional competition.


River Ridge ends season

River Ridge’s Ben Ertz looks for an open receiver Friday night. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

River Ridge makes the tackle on the sideline in first half action.

The River Ridge defense moves in to stop the Black Hawk ballcarrier Friday night.





River Ridge

Black Hawk defeated host River Ridge 42-0 in the Timberwolves’ final football game of the season Friday night. 


Prairie shares SWC title

Brogan Potter looks to throw. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Dylan Yeomans attempts to elude a River Valley defender Friday night in second half action.

Dominic Wright (22) finds good running room.

Adrian Johanningmeier forces a fumble by the River Valley quarterback in the second half Friday night in the SWC Championship game.

Cody Cauffman (23) follows his blocking to the outside for a big gain down the left sideline in second half action.


Prairie du Chien shares conference crown

By Zach Mara


The Prairie du Chien Blackhawks hosted the River Valley Black Hawks Friday night with sole possession of the SWC Championship on the line. 


River Ridge volleyball

River Ridge’s Amber Patterson (24) goes up for the block against visiting Belmont Tuesday night. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Bridgette Myers (14) stuffs the ball back to Belmont Tuesday night.

Sammy Steiger pops the ball over the Belmont defender.

Taylor Langmeier pounds the ball past the Belmont defender.

Bridgette Myers slams the ball to Belmont.

River Ridge digs out a Belmont spike.

Libero Franci Gates bumps the ball to the front line.


River Ridge 

sweeps Belmont



Prairie du Chien volleyball

Katie Check bumps a Lancaster serve to the front row Thursday night.

Prairie’s Lauren Nicholson (10) battles at the net against visiting Lancaster Thursday night. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Paige Rickleff (8) and Jacqueline LaHaie (3) challenge on the front line.

Lauren Nicholson slams a winner.

Maria Skemp gets ready to hit one over her Lancaster counterpart.

Anna Zeeh smashes the ball between two Lancaster defenders.

Paige Rickleff (8) bumps the ball forward to a teammate Thursday night.

Jacqueline LaHaie goes up for a kill against visiting Lancaster in SWC volleyball action Thursday night.


Prairie girls 

sweep Lancaster

Prairie du Chien swept visiting Lancaster three games to none in SWC volleyball action Thursday night.

Prairie won by scores of 25-17, 25-15 and 25-13. 

Prairie du Chien improved to 10-10 overall and 3-4 in conference action. Lancaster fell to 0-5 in the SWC.


WS and PdC Cross Country

Wauzeka-Steuben's Joel Martin and Zach Lomen run along a flat part of the course Tuesday afternoon at the Boscobel Invitational. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

The Hornets' Tyler Walters runs on an early portion of the course.

Prairie’s Josh Lenzendorf (back left) and Jacob Lenzendorf (right) run with a Southwest-Cuba City runner.

Prairie du Chien’s Kelsey Achenbach (left) and Madeline LaRocque run side by side in the Boscobel Invitational Tuesday afternoon.


WS, PdC harriers 

run in Ryan Zimpel Invitational

The Wauzeka-Steuben and Prairie du Chien cross country teams competed in the Ryan Zimpel Memorial Boscobel Invitational Tuesday afternoon, Oct. 6.

The Prairie du Chien boys finished third with 112 points. 


Seneca tops Wauzeka-Steuben

Liv Swanson (1) of Seneca hits the ball to the awaiting Wauzeka-Steuben team.

Wauzeka-Steuben’s Tatem Baures (7) gets ready to spike the ball back to Seneca Tuesday night. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Nicole Manders of Seneca (14) pounds the ball past Samantha Groom of Wauzeka-Steuben.

Seneca’s Jena Konichek hits the ball over the Wauzeka-Steuben player.



girls sweep 


Seneca swept visiting Wauzeka-Steuben three games to none in a Ridge and Valley volleyball match Tuesday night. 

Seneca improved to 4-0 in conference action and 6-4 for the season. 


SWS Homecoming

Tyler Zach (25) and TJ Sprosty (82) team up to bring down the Weston ballcarrier Friday night during the Seneca homecoming game. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Austin Duha (52) is one of several SWS defenders arriving to tackle the Weston runner in first-half action Friday night in Seneca.

The SWS ballcarrier goes for a good gain.



Weston defeats 

SWS on homecoming

Weston defeated host Seneca/Wauzeka-Steuben 38-8 on Seneca’s homecoming Friday night in Ridge and Valley football action. 

Weston scored on a 15-yard pass and a 2-point conversion to take an 8-0 first quarter lead. 


Prairie Homecoming

Prairie du Chien’s Peyton Hall (18) runs behind the blocking of Scott Sautter (65) Friday night against visiting Dodgeville during Prairie’s homecoming game. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Dominic Wright (22) gets past a Dodgeville defender for a big gain in second-half action Friday night at Prairie du Chien High School.


Blackhawks’ defense secures homecoming victory

By Zach Mara



Platteville prevails over Prairie du Chien

Jacqueline LaHaie smashes the ball between two Platteville defenders.

Brooke Trautsch finesses the ball over the net against the Platteville Hillwomen.

Prairie’s Kelly Check pops the ball just over the hands of the Platteville player Tuesday night at Prairie du Chien High School. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Prairie’s Brooke Trautsch goes up for the spike against two tall Platteville players.

Paige Rickleff (8) and Jacqueline LaHaie (3) successfully defend at the net Tuesday night against a tough Platteville team.

Maria Skemp gets her game face on as she gets ready to pound the ball over for a point against visiting Platteville.

Platteville defeated host Prairie du Chien three games to none in SWC volleyball action Tuesday night. 

Platteville won by scores of 25-14, 25-11 and 25-18.

Prairie du Chien fought hard against a very good Platteville team. There were some good volleys but Platteville’s attack was too much for Prairie to handle. 

Platteville was led by Morgan Stecklein with 9 kills. Jenna Phillips had 5 aces. Claire Tashner had 11 digs.