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Blackhawks’ good season comes to an end

Gavin Gillitzer throws over a defender Friday night. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

The Blackhawks swarm to the ballcarrier Friday night.

Mason Kramer makes a catch along the sideline.

The Prairie defense stops New Glarus for a short gain.


By Zach Mara



Prairie du Chien at sectional cross country meet

Prairie’s Ella Hager had a time of 23:15 at the Spring Green Golf Course Saturday. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Prairie du Chien’s Karly Jaynes races in the River Valley Sectional cross country meet at the Spring Green Golf Course Saturday morning.

The Prairie du Chien girls and Coach Mike Liddell warm up before the River Valley Sectional.


On a cool, brisk morning, the Prairie du Chien cross country team was setting up camp. The boys were up first on the day. Race time was at 11 a.m. and it was 41 degrees and very windy. 


Wauzeka-Steuben, River Ridge and Seneca at D3 Boscobel Sectional

Tyler Walters of Wauzeka-Steuben runs down a hill at the Boscobel Sectional Saturday. Walters took eighth in a time of 17:35.2 to miss going to the state meet by one place. (Photo by Mitchell Cernek)


Wauzeka-Steuben, River Ridge and Seneca competed in the Division 3 Boscobel Sectional cross country meet on Saturday.

Jacob Reichmann of Wauzeka-Steuben took seventh in 17:23.5 in the boys meet to qualify for the state meet on Oct. 27 in Wisconsin Rapids. The Wauzeka-Steuben boys took third with 94 points at the sectional. Tyler Walters took eighth in a time of 17:35.2 to just miss qualifying for the state meet. Gabe Martin was 21st in 18:27.3. Hunter Marfilius was 28th in 18:43.7. Reed Stenner was 30th in 18:49.9. Zach Martin was 35th in 19:05.7. Isaac Reichmann was 52nd in 19:39.3.


Three area runners headed to state cross country meet

Wauzeka-Steuben’s Jacob Reichmann cruises down a hill at the Boscobel Sectional. (Photo by Mitchell Cernek)

Amber Huser (left) and Meg Katzung keep pace with the leaders at the Spring Green Sectional on Saturday, Oct. 20. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)


By Ted Pennekamp


Three area cross country runners earned a trip to the state cross country meet to be held on Oct. 27 at the Ridges Golf Course in Wisconsin Rapids.


Prairie du Chien sweeps Mauston

Prairie’s Emily Groom (1) steers the ball away from the Mauston defender. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Caitlin Pattison bops the ball high over the Mauston defense Tuesday night.

Mackenzie Pettit (9) of Prairie du Chien spikes past Mauston Tuesday night.

Hope Martin (2) and Lily Krahn (19) go up for the block.


Prairie du Chien hosted Mauston for the regional quarterfinal match on Tuesday night. 

With a rowdy crowd of students, parents and fans, (not ready to see the season end) the Blackhawks were on the attack keeping the Golden Eagles on their heels. 

The Blackhawks took set one 25-15, and rode that momentum through the rest of the match, winning set two 25-19 and set three 25-15. 


Prairie soccer advances by beating Ozaukee

Prairie du Chien’s Ben Teynor (4) tries to maneuver past the Ozaukee player Tuesday afternoon. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Ramon Gonzalez of Prairie du Chien fends off Ivan Garcia of Ozaukee.

Derek Grondin passes to a teammate Tuesday afternoon versus Ozaukee on the Bluff View Pitch.

Weston Hill of the Blackhawks receives a pass Tuesday afternoon at Bluff View.


The Prairie du Chien boys soccer team began regional play hosting the Warriors of Ozaukee Tuesday afternoon on the Bluff View Pitch.  

The Hawks started out quick, and with just 3:56 into the contest, Mark Welter fired a powerful and perfect kick for Prairie’s first goal.  

Nineteen minutes later, (22:02) it was Ben Teynor’s turn, ripping through the Warrior defense then pounding it in for Prairie’s second goal.  


Hawks win first outright conference crown since 1988

Prairie’s Carter Pederson hauls in a 39-yard touchdown pass to make the score 49-0 at halftime. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Prairie’s Mason Kramer stops the Richland Center ballcarrier Friday night to help the Blackhawks win their first outright conference crown in 30 years.

The Blackhawks’ Colten Wall (9) goes after a Hornets’ fumble deep in Richland Center territory Friday night.

Prairie's Ben Riter grabs a touchdown pass.

Ben Riter (bottom) and Zach Swiggum (24) team up for a tackle.

Isaac Avery makes a good open field tackle Friday night.


By Zach Mara



Prairie girls beat Lancaster

Prairie’s Alexis Nolan (5) and Caitlin Pattison (6) defend at the net. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

The Blackhawks’ Kylee Weber (3) hits the ball past the Lancaster defenders.

Prairie’s Lindsey Nicholson bumps the ball forward to a teammate Tuesday night.

A pair of Lady Blackhawks bump the ball to the front row Tuesday night.

Emily Groom of Prairie du Chien goes up for the block attempt against visiting Lancaster.

Maggie Dobbs of Prairie du Chien hits the ball over the outstretched hands of two Lancaster players Tuesday night on Pink and Senior Night.

Alexis Nolan smashes one for a winner versus Lancaster Tuesday night.


Tuesday night, Prairie du Chien volleyball honored Breast Cancer Awareness Month as well as Robbie Mason in her fight against cancer. It was also Senior Night.  

With an awesome crowd, the Blackhawks took on the Lancaster Arrows. The Blackhawks started off their very emotional night winning set 1 (25-20) and set 2 (25-13), but the Arrows didn’t give up, winning set 3 (25-23). The Blackhawks didn’t let it go to a 5th set, winning set 4 (25-20).  


Pecatonica-Argyle defeats River Ridge

Cole Crubel nears the end zone on a 45-yard touchdown run in the first quarter versus Pecatonica-Argyle Friday night. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

A pair of River Ridge defenders stop the Pecatonica-Argyle ballcarrier Friday night.

Brett Moravits (2) of River Ridge gets ready to take down the PA runner.

Brayan Barrita (28) gains good yardage on a kickoff return Friday night.

Colton Clark (16) follows the block of Blake Crubel and makes a nifty cut to the inside for a good gain.


Pecatonica-Argyle defeated host River Ridge 20-6 on the Timberwolves’ homecoming Friday night. 

The game was played on a wet and slippery field and didn’t start until about 8:30 p.m. due to lightning. 

Cole Crubel got the Timberwolves on the board first as he got to the outside and broke free for a 45-yard touchdown dash down the left sideline in the first quarter. The extra point was blocked but River Ridge had a 6-0 lead.


Late TD lifts Prairie over Lancaster, Hawks gain share of SWC title

Prairie du Chien’s Tyler Smock rushed for a whopping 273 yards and five touchdowns to help defeat Lancaster Friday night. (Photos by A.J. Gates, Sports Editor, Grant County Herald Independent)

Prairie’s Gavin Gillitzer was 11 of 24 in the air for 181 yards and 1 TD pass.


By Zach Mara


The Prairie du Chien Blackhawks traveled to Lancaster on Friday night, looking to spoil the Arrows’ homecoming and improve to 4-0 in conference play. 

The game was a tale of two halves, as the Hawks (7-1, 4-0) jumped out to a big lead early to take a 20-point lead into halftime.