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River Ridge-Cassville at Conference Meet

River Ridge-Cassville was one of 13 teams that competed in the Scenic Ridge and Rivers Conference Meet Saturday in Cashton. Above, Jordan Kline of River Ridge-Cassville tries to break away from Cashton’s Jeffry Janzen during the 152-pound quarterfinal match. Official results were not available as of press time. (Photos by Nate Beier)

Tristan White works to keep De Soto’s Jakob Hensley from getting away during the first round of action at Saturday’s conference meet. White finished third overall.

River Ridge Girls Victorious

River Ridge’s Darion Brooks does some fancy dribbling against Lancaster Monday night. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Amber Patterson looks to score from under the basket Monday night.

Sierra Schier leverages past the Lancaster defender as she drives to the hoop.

Sierra Schier lines up a three-pointer from the left corner.

Bridgette Myers drives the left baseline Monday night against visiting Lancaster.


River Ridge 

edges Lancaster

River Ridge defeated visiting Lancaster 46-40 in a nonconference girls basketball game Monday night. 

The Lady Timberwolves led the Flying Arrows 19-17 at the half. 

Bridgette Myers led all scorers with 16 points. Amber Patterson netted 13. Sierra Schier scored 7.


River Ridge Dance Team Statebound

Members of the River Ridge Dance Team are, front row: Kaylynn Knight, Olivia Breuer, Madison Stagman and Franci Gates. Middle row: Karli Wachter, Jiah Bailey, Hope Schier, Alison Hein and Hunter Kisting. Back row: Coach Collins, Maya Harvey and Olivia Loper. (Photo submitted)


River Ridge Dance 

Team advances to state meet

At the beginning of the season, the River Ridge Dance Team made a poster with their goals for the season. Their number one goal was to make it to state. 


Hawkettes to State

The Hawkettes are, front: Autumn Kohler, Stephanie Elmquist, Lindsey Ohlert, Mariah Slaght and Katie Zahara. Back: Katie Licht, Caitlin Nolan, Morgan Kiesau, Paige Severson, Bree Holler, Ella Hein and Lauren Kennedy.


Hawkettes second at regional, 

earn trip to state competition

On Saturday, Jan. 30, the Prairie du Chien Hawkette Dance Team attended the WACPC Southern Dance Regional Competition held at Watertown High School. The team competed in two divisions in hopes of advancing to state. The girls placed second in the Division 4 Pom category and second in the Division 2 Kick category, allowing them to advance on to state in both divisions.


Blackhawks beat Hornets

Prairie du Chien’s Connor George gets the defender into the air before scoring down low Friday night against visiting Richland Center. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Casey Hogenson gets ready to go up for a shot in first-half action against Richland Center.

The Blackhawks’ Nick Weber drives the lane for a scoop shot Friday night.

Jacob Lenzendorf drives the left baseline in the first half against visiting Richland Center.

Cory Check makes a nifty bounce pass into the lane versus the Hornets Friday night.


Prairie boys cruise 

past Richland Center

Prairie du Chien handily defeated visiting Richland Center 72-55 in an SWC boys basketball game Friday night. 

The Blackhawks used an effective press and also went deep into their roster to earn their 14th victory of the season against only 2 losses.

Prairie built a 41-18 halftime lead and cruised to the victory. 


PdC-WS wrestlers do well

Reid Koenig scores near fall points with a tilt over his Whitewater opponent. (Photos by Susan Herreid Curtis)

Stephen Ronnfeldt secures a wing and starts to turn his opponent for near fall points.

Tyler Smock secures a wing and far side wrist and starts to turn his Poynette opponent for near fall points.



grapplers second 

at Monroe Invite

The PdC-WS grapplers traveled to Monroe on Saturday, Jan. 23 for the Monroe 11-Team Invitational. As a team, the Blackhawks finished second with 183.5 points, just behind the 193 points scored by host Monroe. 


Seneca boys win

Seneca’s Noah Allan drives in for a lay-up against visiting La Farge Friday night. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Seneca’s Nick Payne goes up for a two-handed power slam against visiting La Farge in second-half action.

Kilian Boland lines up a 3-pointer from the left side in the second half.

Seneca’s Jared Payne finds tough defensive pressure on this play against La Farge Friday night.


Seneca boys 

overpower La Farge

Seneca overwhelmed visiting La Farge with its 3-point shooting as well as its inside play to gain a Ridge and Valley boys basketball victory 75-42 Friday night. 

Seneca improved to 11-1 on the season and 7-0 in conference action. La Farge fell to 5-8 overall and 3-4 in the Ridge and Valley.


Hawkettes on a Roll

The Hawkettes are, row 1: Mariah Slaght, Autumn Kohler, Lindsey Ohlert, Stephanie Elmquist and Katie Licht. Row 2: Katie Zahara, Bree Holler, Paige Severson and Caitlin Nolan. Row 3: Coach Kelli Saxe, Ella Hein, Morgan Kiesau and Lauren Kennedy. (Photo submitted)


The Hawkettes are on a roll

On Saturday, Jan. 16, the Prairie du Chien Hawkette Dance Team attended the Sparta Dance Invitational held at Sparta High School.  

The team competed in three dance categories. The girls earned a third-place trophy in their jazz division, a second-place trophy in their pom division, and a first-place trophy in their kick division! 

The girls also earned a huge trophy for having the highest team score overall at the competition!


Gymnasts host River Valley

Prairie du Chien-Fennimore gymnast Madyson Boxrucker performs on the balance beam Monday on Senior Night in the Bluff View gym. (Photos by Rose Ziel)

Caitlin Nolan completes a difficult dismount from the balance beam.

Jesse Gutknecht balances on one foot during her floor exercise routine Monday night.

PdC-WS Wrestling

Blake Garcia stacks his Dodgeville opponent for the pin. (Photos by Susan Herreid Curtis)

Brendan Fleshner locks up with his opponent looking for a takedown.

Nick Rogge sits back before he looks to score a reversal.


PdC-WS grapplers win over Dodgeville on Senior Night

On Tuesday, Jan. 12, Prairie du Chien played host for a conference dual against a strong Dodgeville team. It was also Senior Night. 

Coach Jason Thiry took a few minutes before the meet to honor and recognize the seniors for all of their time and dedication to the great sport of wrestling. Senior wrestlers are Clayton Beers, Peyton Hall, Brendan Fleshner, and Tyler Cota. Senior managers are Kelsey Hebel and Vanessa Wright.