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Blackhawks host football scrimmage

The Blackhawks’ Traeton Saint looks to get to the outside Friday evening against Fennimore. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Prairie du Chien quarterback Dylan Coleman rolls to his left looking for an open receiver versus Fennimore Friday evening.

Traeton Saint breaks away for a huge gain against Fennimore.

Prairie du Chien’s offensive line gets a good initial push against Fennimore as the Blackhawks’ head coach, Cory Koenig, looks on.


The Prairie du Chien Blackhawks football team hosted a scrimmage with Westby and Fennimore Friday evening at Prairie du Chien High School.

Along with the round robin varsity action, junior varsity teams participated as well on the nice, sunny day.

A good crowd enjoyed seeing Prairie du Chien as they prepared for the upcoming season, which begins on Saturday, Aug. 24 with a noon game versus La Crosse Aquinas at UW-La Crosse.


Prairie du Chien, Lancaster conference rivalry is no more, the two football teams have met 75 times

Prairie du Chien gains good yardage on this play during a 2015 battle against Lancaster.


By A.J. Gates, Grant County Herald Independent


Over the past year, the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA)  has approved two separate conference realignment proposals affecting high school football in Wisconsin for the next three seasons.


Hoppers’ fine season comes to an end


The Prairie du Chien Grasshoppers’ stellar season came to an end with a 9-3 loss to Waupun in the Class A American Legion State Baseball Tournament Monday night in Westby.

The Hoppers finished the season with a 29-8 record. They were 2-2 in the state tournament.

The Hoppers were defeated by Waupaca 3-0 in their first game of the double elimination state tournament Friday afternoon.


Hoppers continue state tournament run

The Hoppers’ Cory Check races from second to third versus Waupaca Friday afternoon at the Class A State American Legion Tournament. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Cory Check reaches for home on a play at the plate.

Clayton DuCharme gets a good jump off of first base versus Waupaca Friday afternoon.

The Hoppers’ Blake Bremmer (00) tags out the Waupaca runner on a steal attempt.

Prairie du Chien’s Dylan Coleman throws to first base to complete a double play for the Hoppers against Waupaca.


By Ted Pennekamp


The Prairie du Chien Grasshoppers American Legion baseball team has advanced to the final four of the State Class A American Legion Tournament being held in Westby.


Hoppers advance to state tournament

Prairie du Chien got the bases loaded with no outs in the bottom of the fourth to put pressure on Fennimore in the first game Monday, before falling 3-2 in the double elimination regional at St. Feriole Island. Everything turned out well, however, as PdC won the nightcap 8-3 to advance to the Class A State American Legion Tournament in Westby July 26-30. They will take on Waupaca at 4:30 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Field. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Dylan Coleman dives safely back to the bag to beat a pick-off attempt at first base versus Fennimore in the opening game Monday.

A short time later, Coleman popped up safe at second for a stolen base Monday afternoon against Fennimore in regional action.

Gavin Gillitzer fanned nine Fennimore batsmen in the opening game Monday.

Third baseman Ryan McGrath fields a grounder and eyes first base versus Fennimore.


The host Prairie du Chien Grasshoppers American Legion baseball team defeated Fennimore in the championship game 8-3 Monday night in a Class A Regional to advance to the state tournament to be held in Westby on July 26-30.

Prairie du Chien was 3-0 prior to Monday’s games in the double elimination tournament held at St. Feriole Island Ballpark. Fennimore was 2-1, having lost to Prairie on Saturday. The Hoppers had to win one game to win the regional title and advance to state. Fennimore had to beat Prairie du Chien twice.


Hoppers eliminate Viroqua


Both teams were strong on the pitcher’s mound Sunday, but Prairie du Chien eliminated Viroqua 3-1. 

In the first inning, Prairie got their offense started when Dylan Coleman hit a solo homer.

Prairie du Chien pulled away for good with one run in the third inning. In the third, Drake Coleman singled on a 1-2 count, scoring one run.


Prairie du Chien defeats Fennimore


The Prairie du Chien Hoppers defeated Fennimore 5-2 on Saturday after taking the lead late in the game.

In the bottom of the fourth inning, the Hoppers tied things up at two.

The game was tied at two with Prairie du Chien batting in the bottom of the fifth when Grant Martin singled on the first pitch of the his at-bat to drive in a run to make the score 3-2 in favor of the Hoppers.


Hoppers edge Viroqua in 10 innings

Prairie’s Blake Bremmer rounds third and heads for home to score the Hoppers’ first run. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Grant Martin takes a good lead versus Viroqua in their regional opener on a sweltering Friday night.

Blake Bremmer dives back to first base ahead of the tag on a pick-off attempt.

The Hoppers’ Cory Check gets ready to unleash a pitch against Viroqua Friday night.


The Prairie du Chien Grasshoppers American Legion baseball team ran off with the lead late in the game in a 2-1 victory over Viroqua on a sweltering Friday night. The game was tied at one with Prairie du Chien batting in the top of the 10th when Drake Coleman doubled on a 3-2 count, scoring what turned out to be the winning run.

The pitching was strong on both sides. Prairie du Chien pitchers struck out six, while Viroqua pitchers sat down 16.


Prairie du Chien hosts Regional American Legion Tournament


The American Legion Varsity Regional Tournament is being held at the St. Feriole Island Ballpark. The tournament began on a hot and humid Friday afternoon and will continue through Monday, July 22.

The first game began at 3 p.m. on Friday. Stoddard defeated Gays Mills 9-0 in the double elimination tournament.

Fennimore won a wild affair against Westby-Coon Valley 14-13 in the second game.


Prairie du Chien American Legion baseball team to hold fish fry fundraiser Saturday

The Prairie du Chien Grasshoppers pose with their trophy after winning the Prairie du Chien Tournament earlier this season. Team members are, front row: Dylan Coleman, Zach Mara, John Nicholson, Tyler Smock, Clayton DuCharme, Gavin Gillitzer, Blake Bremmer and Grant Martin. Back row: Assistant Coach Bjorn Thompson, Assistant Coach Chas Sagedahl, Cory Check, Jacob Joy, Ryan McGrath, Conner Smith, Frank Cipra, Hunter Davis, Drake Coleman, Assistant Coach Tyler Wilkinson and Head Coach Nate Cejka.


By Ted Pennekamp


The Prairie du Chien American Legion Baseball program will be hosting a fish fry fundraiser the afternoon and evening of Saturday, July 6. 


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