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Grasshoppers End Season

Chas Sagedahl pitched the Grasshoppers to victory over Waupun on Thursday. (Photos submitted)

Prairie du Chien celebrates its victory over Waupun Thursday at the state tournament.

Peyton Hall drove in one of Prairie’s runs in the fifth inning versus Clintonville.


Prairie du Chien ends a fine season 

during American Legion State Tournament

Prairie du Chien defeated Little Chute 11-0 in five innings in the first round of the State Class A American Legion Baseball Tournament in Clintonville Wednesday afternoon.


Prairie Legion is Statebound

Jon Dyer scores on a squeeze bunt by Drake Coleman in the fourth inning against visiting Viroqua in the regional championship game Sunday afternoon. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Peyton Hall scores in the fourth inning versus Viroqua in the regional title game.

Gavin Greene fires in a pitch in the championship game while Cory Check plays short.

Chas Sagedahl defends at first base against Viroqua.


Grasshoppers on a roll, 

excited about state tournament

By Ted Pennekamp



Local Children Enjoy Youth Sports

On July 6, boys and girls enjoyed practicing baseball at Lochner Park in Prairie du Chien. Ages 5 and 6 meet Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 to 10 a.m. to play T-ball. Children ages 7 to 9 participate in instructional league from 10:15 to 11:15 a.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays. The Prairie du Chien Parks and Recreation program is sponsored by Sports World. (Photos by Rachel Mergen)

On July 10, at the Barnyard 9 Golf Course, many boys participated in the Prairie du Chien Parks and Recreation Department’s Junior Golf program. Leading the lesson was Jeff Graewin. The program is open to girls and boys ages 8 to 17 years old, who are at a beginner or advanced level. It is every Monday until July 30, with 13 to 17-year-olds at 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 8 to 12-year-olds at 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Efforts are being put forward to have equipment available, but it is recommended that participants bring their own.

Grasshoppers Baseball

The Hoppers’ Andrew Waller delivers a pitch versus La Crosse Central Thursday evening. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Third baseman Brogan Potter defends as a La Crosse runner takes a lead.

Prairie’s Gavin Gillitzer throws the La Crosse runner out at first base Thursday.

Shortstop Cory Check fields a ground ball and gets ready to throw to first for the out against La Crosse Thursday in the opening game of a doubleheader.


PdC Hoppers 

split twinbill, 

host Veterans Fish Fry, 

play in Soldiers Grove

On Thursday, June 29, the Prairie du Chien American Legion Grasshoppers played a doubleheader against the La Crosse Central team. The Hoppers lost the first game and won the second. 


Wauzeka-Steuben softball builds 40 years of history under 2 head coaches

Wauzeka-Steuben Head Coach Don Bauer talks to his team in 1993. (Photo courtesy of Wauzeka-Steuben High School Yearbook)

Amy Ward catches the ball, tries to keep her foot on the bag, and make the tag, but the Elmwood player is safe at second during the Class C State Tournament on Thursday, June 12, 1986 at Saratoga Stadium in Waukesha. (Courier Press file photo)

Lisa Wallin rockets the softball toward home plate during action at Prairie du Chien Monday afternoon, May 15, 1989. Wallin struck out 10, walked one and gave up three hits in pitching a 2-0 shutout of Prairie du Chien. Wallin would later become Wauzeka-Steuben Head Coach Lisa Wallin-Kapinus. (Courier Press file photo)

The Wauzeka-Steuben High School softball program reached a milestone this past season as 2017 marked the 40th year for the Lady Hornets.

There have been only two head coaches in the history of the program which began in 1977, and there have been several highlights throughout the years. 


Sagedahl Honored

Chas Sagedahl follows through on a pitch.


Sagedahl continues 

to garner baseball awards

Over the past couple of weeks, Chas Sagedahl has been recognized for his baseball talents.

He was named Southwest Wisconsin Conference Player of the Year.


Grasshoppers Sweep

The Grasshoppers’ Zach Neisius pitches as a Fennimore runner leads off of second base in the first inning Monday evening. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Prairie du Chien’s Andrew Waller defends as the Fennimore runner takes a lead off of first.

Prairie du Chien’s Chas Sagedahl hits a single versus Fennimore in the first game of a twinbill Monday evening at the St. Feriole Island Ballpark.



sweep Fennimore

The Prairie du Chien varsity American Legion baseball team swept visiting Fennimore in a doubleheader Monday evening at the St. Feriole Island Ballpark. 

The Grasshoppers had to come from behind to win the opener 8-7. The Hoppers fell behind 4-0 after one complete inning, and later, were down 7-2 before rallying for 6 big runs in the bottom of the sixth inning en route to the victory. 


Mount Horeb defeats Prairie du Chien

Prairie du Chien’s Andrew Waller scores in the second inning. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

The Blackhawks’ Nolan Stram gets a good jump off of second base and heads to third versus Mount Horeb Tuesday afternoon.

The Blackhawks’ Chas Sagedahl gets ready to let one fly versus Mount Horeb.

Prairie first baseman Andrew Waller gets the Mount Horeb runner to stop between third and home. The base runner was driven back to third base.

Centerfielder Cory Check makes a catch against Mount Horeb at the Evansville Sectional.

Prairie du Chien’s baseball season came to an end in the Evansville Sectional Tuesday afternoon after the top seeded Vikings of Mount Horeb defeated the top seeded Blackhawks 6-4 in a WIAA Division 2 contest.

Mount Horeb scored 2 runs in the top of the first inning to grab a 2-0 lead. 

The lead wouldn’t last for long as Prairie du Chien scored 4 times in the bottom of the second to go up 4-2. 


State Track Meet

Allison Oswald gets over a hurdle in the 300-meter hurdles in Division 3 competition at the State Track and Field Meet Friday afternoon. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Prairie du Chien’s Eric Nolan lets fly in the Division 2 shot put Saturday afternoon.

Wauzeka-Steuben’s Tatem Baures competes in the 3200-meter run Friday morning at the State Track and Field Meet in La Crosse. Baures also ran in the 1600.

Prairie du Chien senior Evan Teynor clears a hurdle in the 300-meter high hurdle preliminaries Friday afternoon at the State Track and Field Meet.

River Ridge’s Taylor Langmeier passes the baton to Riley Klein during the 3200 relay Saturday morning at the University of La Crosse.


Area athletes at 

State Track Meet

By Ted Pennekamp


Several athletes from area schools competed in the Wisconsin State High School Track and Field Championships at the University of La Crosse Friday and Saturday. 


Prairie Baseball Wins

Prairie du Chien’s Andrew Waller hits a hooking double down the left field line in the bottom of the second inning against visiting Westby in regional baseball action Tuesday afternoon. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

The Blackhawks’ Drake Coleman hits an RBI single down the right field line to score Andrew Waller in the bottom of the second inning versus Westby.

Cory Check unleashes a pitch versus Westby Tuesday afternoon.

Josh Lenzendorf bobbles a high hopper momentarily before gunning the Westby runner out at first base Tuesday afternoon in regional play.


Prairie boys blank Westby

Top seeded Prairie du Chien blanked visiting and fourth seeded Westby 10-0 in five innings in regional baseball action Tuesday afternoon. 

The Blackhawks scored 1 run in the first inning, 1 in the second, 2 in the third, 3 in the fourth and 3 in the fifth to earn the victory. 

Prairie du Chien pounded out 17 hits and committed 1 error. Westby managed 2 hits and committed 2 errors. 


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