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Wed
27
Feb

Hornet basketball program has unrivaled twin power


Four sets of twins (including one that has a triplet sister) are on the high school boys basketball team at Wauzeka-Steuben Schools. Pictured (front row, from left) are sophomores Zach and Nate Martin, freshmen Jonah and Isaac Reichmann; (back row) seniors Nate and Nick Benish and sophomores Brad and Ethan Karnopp. (Submitted photo)

By Correne Martin

The Wauzeka-Steuben High School boys basketball program has written such an explicit narrative this season that you might wonder if there’s something in the water. 

It has little to do with the successful 21-1 record the Hornets have achieved. It’s not that the varsity conference champions secured its first regional win last night. It’s not even the personal achievements (Carter Lomas’ all-time scoring record) or the diverse talents of the team.

It’s something more of a phenomenon. 

It’s an unexplainable marvel really that there are currently four separate sets of twins on the boys basketball team. 

Wed
27
Feb

WS boys cruise past Riverdale for 21st straight win


The Hornets’ Carter Lomas scores on a hook in the lane Tuesday night. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Nate Benish (3) and Tyler Walters (10) apply full-court pressure in the first half Tuesday night.

Nick Benish scores over a Riverdale defender.

Gavin Ralph drives to the hoop versus Riverdale.

 

Top seeded Wauzeka-Steuben easily dismantled visiting and 16th seeded Riverdale 99-46 in a WIAA Division 5 Regional boys basketball game Tuesday night. 

The Hornets, ranked sixth in the state in Division 5,  won their 21st game in a row for a 21-1 overall record. Riverdale ended their season at 1-22.

Wauzeka-Steuben will next host eighth seeded Kickapoo in the regional semifinal on Friday, March 1.

Wed
27
Feb

Prairie girls are regional champs


Prairie’s Macey Banasik looks to score down low Monday night. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Gabby Ritchie maneuvers against the defense of Wisconsin Dells in second-half action.

Lily Krahn scores in the paint versus Wisconsin Dells.

 

On Feb. 25, the Prairie du Chien girls basketball team hosted Wisconsin Dells in Regional Final action. 

Once again, Prairie came out hot and jumped to a 8-2 lead. The Dells continued to fight back to tie the game halfway through the first half. However, PdC played solid defense and was able to go into the half up 25-13. 

Mon
25
Feb

PdC-Fennimore gymnasts perform at sectional


Kylee O’Kane dances during her floor exercise at the sectional Saturday at Platteville. (Photos submitted)

Madison Puckett performs a scale on the balance beam.

Mackenzie Pettit vaults at the Platteville Sectional Saturday.

Desiree Puckett performs on the uneven bars.

 

The Prairie du Chien-Fennimore gymnastics team finished their season at the sectional meet on Saturday, Feb. 23. 

Kylee O’Kane led the team with her season best all around score of 30.725. O’Kane missed her second trip to the State Tournament by one fall on the balance beam. O’Kane also led the team on the uneven bars with a score of 7.3, placing 12th, and the balance beam with a score of 7.7, placing 12th.  

Mon
25
Feb

Prairie du Chien girls on to regional final


Prairie du Chien’s Lily Krahn exploits an excellent passing lane versus Edgewood. (Photos by Rose Ziel)

Macey Banasik drives past an Edgewood defender.

Ella Hager looks for an opening in the Edgewood defense.

Makenzie Knapp draws a double team versus Edgewood in the regional semifinal Friday.

 

Prairie du Chien trounced visiting Madison Edgewood 60-43 in a WIAA Division 3 Regional semifinal Friday night. 

Top seeded Prairie du Chien led 32-23 at the half before taking the second half 28-20. The Crusaders ended their season at 7-17.

Lili Krahn pumped in a game-high 19 points to pace the Lady Blackhawks. Macey Banasik and Gabby Ritchie each netted 11.

Mon
25
Feb

Saint takes third, four Prairie du Chien grapplers at State Tournament


Prairie du Chien’s Traeton Saint gains a double leg takedown of Mitchel Harmon of Bloomer-Colfax in their quarterfinal match Friday morning. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Prairie’s Matt Rogge gains an advantage over Blaze Thurber in their round-one match.

The Blackhawks’ Reid Koenig applies pressure to Zach Pooler in round one Thursday night.

Prairie’s Bradyn Saint looks to gain control in his round-one match versus Gage Coppock.

 

The 76th annual WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament was held Thursday Feb. 21 through Saturday,  Feb. 23 in Madison at the Kohl Center. Prairie du Chien was represented by four wrestlers; Matt Rogge, Traeton Saint, Reid Koenig and Bradyn Saint. 

Wed
20
Feb

Wauzeka-Steuben girls survive in OT


Wauzeka-Steuben’s Jordan Mormann grabs an offensive rebound Tuesday night. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

The Hornets’ Haley Atkinson looks to pass inside in first-half action versus Belmont.

Ravyn Krachey drives past the Belmont defender Tuesday night in regional action.

Erin Krachey gets past three defenders for a hoop against visiting Belmont.

 

Third seeded Wauzeka-Steuben had a scare but survived visiting and 14th seeded Belmont 53-50 in overtime Tuesday night in a WIAA Division 5 Regional girls basketball game.

The Lady Hornets improved to 19-3 on the season. Belmont ended its season at 2-19.

Wauzeka-Steuben, ranked eighth in Division 5, will host sixth seeded Shullsburg on Feb. 22.

Mon
18
Feb

Blackhawks sending 4 to state


Qualifying for the WIAA State Tournament for Prairie du Chien are Bradyn Saint (152#), Matt Rogge (113#), Reid Koenig (145#) and Traeton Saint (138#).

Sophomore Bradyn Saint takes down his opening round Sugar River opponent with a blast double leg. Saint would win by fall in 2:57.

Senior Reid Koenig uses a tight waist to ride his Lodi opponent in the opening round. Koenig would win by major decision 9-0. (Photos submitted)

Sophomore Matt Rogge toes the line against his Lodi opponent in the match to advance to state. Rogge won 6-2.

Junior Traeton Saint applies heavy pressure as he works for a take down in the finals against his River Valley opponent. Saint would win 2-1 in ultimate tiebreaker.

 

The Prairie du Chien Blackhawk wrestling team is advancing four individuals to the state tournament. Adams-Friendship was the host of a WIAA Division 2 Sectional on Saturday, Feb. 16. PDC was represented by seven individuals, all of whom advanced from last Saturday’s Regional Tournament. 

Wed
13
Feb

Cardinals defeat Timberwolves


Connor Mumm drives the right baseline for a score in the first half against Highland.

Lance Nichols hauls down an offensive rebound versus visiting Highland Monday.

Colton Clark of River Ridge slices between two Highland defenders for a layup. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Lance Nichols (4) and Blake Crubel apply full-court defensive pressure Monday.

 

Highland defeated host River Ridge 57-51 in a Six Rivers West boys basketball game Monday afternoon. The game was moved up to 4:30 p.m. due to impending snow.

The Cardinals built a 25-19 lead by halftime. The second half was even, with each team scoring 32 points.

Highland improved to 5-11 overall and 3-6 in the conference. River Ridge is now 5-11 on the season and 3-6 in the Six Rivers West.

Mon
11
Feb

Prairie grapplers are regional champs


Senior Reid Koenig uses a near side cradle to pin his Belmont/Platteville opponent in the semifinals. Koenig would go on to win in the finals as well.

Junior Traeton Saint wears down his River Valley opponent in the finals. Saint would win the match for first place.

The PdC Blackhawks wrestling team shows off their Regional Championship plaque. This is their second consecutive championship and advances them to Team Sectionals on Tuesday at River Valley where they will wrestle Evansville/Albany in a 6 p.m. semifinal.

Eight Hawk wrestlers advanced to Sectionals. Front row: Bradyn Saint (1st 152#), Traeton Saint (1st 138#), Reid Koenig (1st 145#). Back row: Jerrod Osterkamp (1st 285#), Chase Watson (2nd 126#), Matt Rogge (2nd 113#), Isaac Avery (2nd 160#), Colten Wall (1st 220#).

 

On Saturday, Feb. 9, the WIAA wrestling tournament series started in the state of Wisconsin. Prairie du Chien was host for a WIAA D2 Regional, with seven teams competing for the crown. 

The PDC grapplers showed up to wrestle, and came away with a Regional Championship, marking the second consecutive year the Hawks have done so. PDC scored 234 points on their way to a very convincing win. River Valley finished second with 178 points. 

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