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Hornets pull away from Indians

Seneca’s Ashton Swanson defends against Wauzeka-Steuben’s Jake Reichmann who drew a foul on the play. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Wauzeka-Steuben's Carter Lomas grabs a rebound as Seneca's Terrance Clark (13) and Nate Klema (31) defend.

Seneca’s Jared Payne (24) and Terrance Clark (13) battle against Tyler Walters of Wauzeka-Steuben for a loose ball.


Wauzeka-Steuben steadily pulled away from host Seneca to win a Ridge and Valley boys basketball game, 68-50, Thursday night.

Wauzeka-Steuben scored on a lay-up just before the halftime buzzer to take a 33-21 lead. Wauzeka-Steuben outscored Seneca 35-29 in the second half.

Carter Lomas poured in a game-high 24 points to pace the Hornets. Jake Reichmann netted 20 and Gavin Ralph scored 13.


PdC wrestlers win SPASH Duals

Prairie du Chien freshman 106-pounder Nick Mara scores near fall points just before pinning his Sussex Hamilton opponent.


On Saturday, Jan. 12, the PDC grapplers traveled to Stevens Point for the SPASH Duals. These duals are made up of two, five-team pools. A team wrestles all teams in their pool to determine their placement match. A year ago, PDC was crowned champs, so they were looking for the repeat. 

PDC would win their pool by the following: PDC 53 - DC Everest 21, PDC 77 - SPASH JV 6, PDC 38 - Oconto Falls 36, PDC 78 - Sussex Hamilton 0. 


Prairie du Chien girls win easily to stay unbeaten

Prairie du Chien’s Lily Krahn drives to the hoop for 2 of her 20 points Friday night. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Makenzie Knapp looks for an open teammate.

Hope Martin scores under the basket.


Prairie du Chien overwhelmed visiting Richland Center 72-42 in a girls basketball game in the SWC Friday night. 

The Lady Blackhawks built a 45-22 lead by halftime en route to the victory, their 14th in a row.

Lily Krahn netted 20 points to help lead the Lady Hawks. Macey Banasik scored 15 and Ella Hager added 13. Krahn had four 3-point baskets and Banasik had three.


PdC-Fennimore gymnasts host meet in fieldhouse

Madison Puckett completes a maneuver on the beam. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Lily Kregel of Prairie du Chien-Fennimore performs on the beam.

Mackenzie Pettit of Prairie du Chien-Fennimore jumps while on the balance beam Monday night in the new Prairie du Chien High School Fieldhouse.

Kylee O’Kane stands at the end of the balance beam Monday evening.

Madison Puckett is cheered on by some of her teammates Monday as she begins a run during her floor exercise.

Hailey Ohlert concentrates on her floor exercise routine Monday night.

Hailey Ohlert finishes her floor exercise.


Prairie du Chien held its first varsity event in the new fieldhouse at the high school Monday night as the Prairie du Chien-Fennimore gymnastics team hosted Platteville-Belmont-Lancaster for the first home meet of the season.

The gymnasts will next host River Valley on Senior Night on Jan. 14.


Prairie du Chien gymnasts at Mount Horeb Invitational

The Prairie du Chien gymnastics team is, front row: Hailey Ohlert, Manager Caitlin Nolan, Mackenzie Pettit and Kylee O’Kane. Back row: Sarah-Kate Kenney, Desiree Puckett, Madison Puckett, Audrey Watson, Lily Kregel and Sadie Koresh. Not pictured: Hannah Garrity, Manager Zach Mara and Coaches Alexandria Udelhofen and Tasha Buchheit.


By Zach Mara


The Prairie du Chien-Fennimore gymnasts had their first competition of the 2019 season at the Mount Horeb Invitational on Saturday. 


Blackhawk wrestlers take down Hornets

Junior Isaac Avery has a tight lock en route to a first-period fall against his Richland Center opponent. The fifth-ranked Blackhawks cruised to a 60-12 victory.


Another SWC foe, another win. The beat continues for the fifth-ranked PdC grapplers as they dismantled Richland Center 60-12 on Thursday evening in front of a raucous bunch of PdC wrestling faithful. Prior to the meet, Traeton Saint and Reid Koenig were presented plaques detailing their 100 career wins. Following that, a great number of local wrestling sponsors were recognized and thanked for their generosity in helping the team achieve their goals and be able to travel throughout the state. Brian and Jeananne Dillman were also recognized and thanked, as they have very generously purchased a new competition mat for the wrestling team.


Mar-Mac tops River Ridge

River Ridge’s McKenzie Graf eyes a jumper Thursday night. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

Skylar White of River Ridge leans back to get off a shot versus MFL Mar-Mac.

River Ridge’s Taylor Langmeier drives against MFL Mar-Mac.


MFL/Mar-Mac came from behind to narrowly defeat host River Ridge 46-44 in nonconference girls basketball Thursday on Parents’ Night.

The Timberwolves missed a chance to tie the game in the waning moments and fell to 10-2 on the season. Their only losses are to undefeated Mar-Mac and undefeated Prairie du Chien. 

River Ridge led 22-16 at the half and looked to be in control for most of the game, leading by 8 points late, before succumbing to Mar-Mac.


PdC grapplers over River Valley

Sophomore 120-pounder Chase Fisher prepares to go to a two-on-one ride against his River Valley opponent en route to a 9-6 win.

Junior Ben Riter dominates his River Valley opponent as he heads for a fall to clinch the team win at 182 pounds.


On Friday, Dec. 21, the fifth ranked PDC Blackhawk wrestlers traveled to Spring Green for a conference showdown with always tough River Valley. Prior to varsity wrestling, there were a couple of JV matches. 

At JV 285#, Brice Martin picked up a first period fall. After a quick takedown, Martin put in a power half to deck his opponent. At JV 152#, Clayton DuCharme also decked his opponent in the first period. DuCharme also scored a quick takedown and went with a tight outside cradle for the fall. 


Prairie wrestlers at Bi-State Classic

Tyler Smock (top) placed 10th at the Bi-State Classic.


The 37th Annual Bi-State Classic, hosted by Holmen High School, was held on Dec. 28-29 at the La Crosse Center. This year, there were 68 teams competing, grouped together no matter the school size, in the ever tough tournament representing both Wisconsin and Minnesota high schools. 

A few quick tidbits about just how stacked this tournament is: 86 wrestlers were in their state tournaments last year, 38 wrestlers were state medalists, five wrestlers were state champions, 180 wrestlers are ranked in their respective states.


RRC grapplers host Belmont-Platteville

Matt Pierce of River Ridge-Cassville squares off against Payton Nielson of Belmont-Platteville in their 145-pound match Thursday night. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

River Ridge-Cassville’s Blake Laufenberg (top) tries for a takedown in his 195-pound match.

Fredi Santos of River Ridge-Cassville gets an escape against Michael Douglas of Belmont-Platteville in their 285-pound match Thursday night.

River Ridge-Cassville’s Ashley Williams (right) faces Dylan Taber of Belmont-Platteville in their 126-pound match Thursday night.

Myles Wehrle of River Ridge-Cassville fights for an advantage over Trevor Heim of Belmont-Platteville in their 152-pound match Thursday night at River Ridge High School.


Belmont-Platteville defeated host River Ridge-Cassville 54-12 in wrestling action Thursday night at River Ridge High School.

River Ridge-Cassville has a big meet coming up as they will travel to the Mid-States Classic held at UW-Whitewater on Dec. 28-29.