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Prairie Grapplers are Conference Champions

The Prairie du Chien Blackhawks pose with the Southwest Wisconsin Conference Championship plaque after a 39-27 dual meet win over Lancaster. (Photo submitted)


Prairie takes down Lancaster to win SWC title

The Prairie du Chien grappling Blackhawks played host to visiting Lancaster in a winner take all dual meet that would determine the Southwest Wisconsin Conference Champion on Monday evening. 

Prior to the start of the meet, all youth wrestlers K-8 were introduced as were past PDC alumni to the wrestling program. The jam packed crowd would not be disappointed in this battle of two state-ranked teams. 


PdC Girls Down Mar Mac

Prairie’s Ella Hager drives hard to the basket Tuesday night. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Prairie's Makenzie Knapp gets past the Mar Mac defender along the right baseline.

Prairie du Chien’s Makenzie Knapp (22) battles for a loose ball against two MFL Mar Mac girls Tuesday night in nonconference action.


PdC beats Mar Mac

Host Prairie du Chien beat MFL Mar Mac 49-40 in a nonconference girls basketball game Tuesday night. 

The Lady Blackhawks improved to 8-9 on the season. They are 3-4 in the SWC and will return to conference play by hosting Platteville on Feb. 2.


Seneca over Wauzeka-Steuben Girls

Seneca’s Haley Wall shoots a fade-away jumper in the middle of the lane as several Wauzeka-Steuben players defend in first-half action Thursday night. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

The Lady Hornets’ Ravyn Krachey shoots from just inside the arc Thursday night.

Jordan Mormann of Wauzeka-Steuben flips a pass into a teammate as Seneca’s Alivia Salinas defends Thursday night.

Wauzeka-Steuben’s Erin Krachey has a tough shot against the defense of Michelle Clark (14) of Seneca. Emily Garfoot defends from behind.



ousts WS girls

Seneca ousted visiting Wauzeka-Steuben 69-50 in a Ridge and Valley girls basketball game Thursday night. 

Seneca improved to 10-3 on the season and 9-1 in league play to remain tied for first with Kickapoo.

Wauzeka-Steuben dropped to 10-8 overall and 7-3 in conference action. They are in third place in the Ridge and Valley. 


Prairie Girls Basketball


RC girls get past Lady Blackhawks

The Prairie du Chien girls basketball team lost a hard fought battle against host Richland Center on Friday, Jan. 26, with a final score of 50-46. 

The Hawks had seven girls contribute to scoring, with Brytta Sagedahl and Macey Banasik leading with 13 points each. Ella Hager had 7, MaKenzie Knapp had 5, Hope Meyer had 4, and Gabby Ritchie and Abby Feye each had 2. 


Prairie versus Onalaska

Gavin Gillitzer turns the corner and drives the left baseline in the first half versus visiting Onalaska Tuesday night. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Prairie’s Mason Kramer drives for a score Tuesday night.

Mark Welter scores on a layup.

Hunter Davis gets the ball down low and gets ready to go up for the basket.


Prairie boys 

lose to Onalaska

The Prairie du Chien High School boys basketball team hosted sixth-ranked Onalaska in a Tuesday night nonconference tilt.

The game started out close but Onalaska pulled away for a 47-34 win over feisty Prairie du Chien.

Onalaska increased their record to 12-1 overall. They are 6-0 in the Mississippi Valley Conference. 


RRC Wrestling

River Ridge-Cassville Middle School wrestler Owen Bedward (right) gets ready Thursday night. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

River Ridge-Cassville’s Gavin Esser goes for the single leg take down versus Cezar Garcia of De Soto High School in their 182-pound match.

Myles Wehrle (right) looks to gain an advantage over Alex Scoville of De Soto in their 138-pound match Thursday night.

RRC’s Brendan Jentz gets his game face on versus his De Soto counterpart Thursday night.


RRC matmen 

defeat De Soto

The River Ridge-Cassville wrestling team defeated visiting De Soto 36-12 in a Ridge and Valley meet Thursday night. 

There were numerous forfeits in the match and only two high school matches because De Soto has only two varsity wrestlers.

In addition to the varsity matches, the crowd enjoyed six middle school matches.


Wauzeka-Steuben girls win

A mad scramble ensues for a rebound in first-half action Tuesday night as Wauzeka-Steuben takes on visiting Weston. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Wauzeka-Steuben’s Erin Krachey goes up for a shot in the lane.

It was a tough battle during the beginning stages of the game but the Lady Hornets eventually began to pull away.

Wauzeka-Steuben’s Ravyn Krachey scores from down low versus Weston.

The Lady Hornets’ Jordan Mormann fights for a rebound versus Weston Tuesday night.

Erin Krachey scores from right of the lane Tuesday night against Weston.


W-S girls 

trounce Weston

The Wauzeka-Steuben girls basketball team trounced visiting Weston 72-35 in a Ridge and Valley Tuesday night tilt. 

The Lady Hornets improved to 8-7 on the season and 6-2 in league play.

The Silver Eagles fell to 2-10 overall and 1-7 in the Ridge and Valley.


Lady Timberwolves

On Jan. 12, River Ridge girls’ basketball took on Benton. Junior varsity earned themselves a win, while varsity came up short with a score of 54-39, Benton winning. Above, Bayli Mason works against Benton’s defense in the junior varsity contest. (Photos by Rachel Mergen)

Skylar White of the River Ridge varsity pushes the ball upcourt versus visiting Benton.

Ruby Breuer gets a good shot in the lane in junior varsity action.


Zephrys over 

Lady Timberwolves

Benton defeated host River Ridge 54-39 in a Six Rivers West girls basketball game Friday night. 

The Zephyrs led 26-13 at halftime.

Skylar White netted 14 points to pace the Lady Timberwolves. Taylor Langmeier scored 11. Rachael Herrick and McKenzie Graf each had 6. Maria Breuer added 2.


Prairie du Chien gymnasts host River Valley

Prairie du Chien-Fennimore gymnastics coaches Alex Kress and Tasha Buchheit assist Hannah Garrity on the uneven parallel bars Monday night. River Valley won the event 113.725-92.375. It was Parent’s Night for Prairie du Chien-Fennimore. (Photos by Rose Ziel)

Prairie du Chien-Fennimore’s Lexi Kregel performs on the balance beam versus visiting River Valley Monday night.

Mackenzie Pettit does a jump on the balance beam.

Antoine makes United States Olympic Team

By Karen Price


There’s still one world cup skeleton race remaining on the schedule, and Matt Antoine could practically do cartwheels down the track if he wanted and still qualify for the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018.


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