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Prairie boys advance to Regional semifinal

Prairie du Chien's Max Amundson grabs a rebound versus Lancaster in Division 3 Regional action Tuesday night. (Photos by A.J. Gates, Grant County Herald Independent)

Colton Thompson (24) and Justice Olmstead defend Preston Noethe of Lancaster.

Prairie du Chien traveled to Lancaster for their first Regional playoff game on Tuesday night. The game proved to be quite a tough matchup when Lancaster took an early lead against the Hawks going on an 8-0 run to start. Prairie du Chien wasn’t ready to give up though and ended the half up by 6.


Banasik named to WBCA Hall of Fame

Prairie du Chien District Administrator and Athletic Director Andy Banasik has been named as a member of the 2020 Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Hall of Fame as a high school coach. The 2020 Hall of Fame Induction will be held at the Glacier Canyon Lodge of the Wilderness Resort in Wisconsin Dells on Aug. 1.

The following is a biography of Banasik’s coaching career.


Prairie du Chien/Fennimore gymnasts compete at conference

Alyssa Schoepp pushes off of the vault at the Conference Meet.

Avery Thompson shows good form on the uneven parallel bars at the Conference Meet.

Leilani Pfluger performs on the vault.

Prairie’s Madison Otts performs on the floor exercise at Dodgeville.

Reagan Hannah jumps high over the balance beam at the conference meet.

Madilyn Fisher was the conference champion for the vault with a score of 9.225, a season high score!

The PDC/Fennimore gymnasts traveled to Dodgeville Thursday night for the Conference Meet. 


Prairie du Chien girls win third straight regional title

Prairie du Chien’s Lily Krahn makes a nifty pass in the lane against Lancaster. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Prairie’s Makenzie Knapp grabs a loose ball versus Lancaster Friday night.

Macey Banasik maneuvers in the front court in first half action versus Lancaster.

On Friday, Feb. 12, the Prairie du Chien girls basketball team hosted the Lancaster Flying Arrows for the Regional Semifinal tournament game. 


Prairie wrestlers place four, Koenig repeats as State Champ

Sophomore Rhett Koenig stands atop the podium after winning the 113# State Title. This is Koenig’s second State Title, after winning the 106# Championship last year.

Sophomore Rhett Koenig breaks his NGL opponent down in the finals at 113#. Koenig would go on to win 5-2 for a State Championship.

Senior Bradyn Saint uses a collar tie while working for hand fighting in the finals against his Ashland opponent. Saint would finish in 2nd place, a State Runnerup at 170#.

Senior Matt Rogge uses a leg ride to break down his Freedom opponent. Rogge would go on to win 7-2 and finish in 5th place at 152#.

Sophomore Maddox Cejka scores a single leg takedown on his Kiel opponent. Cejka would go on to win by major decision 12-3 on his way to a 6th place finish at 132#.

Sophomore Luke Kramer works on his feet at the State Tournament against his Two Rivers opponent.

Freshman Mason Baumgartner works hard for a two on one for wrist control in a match earlier this year.

Sophomore Ryder Koenig uses a wing looking to turn his Campbellsport opponent at the State Tournament.

In a year that was unlike any other, the 78th annual WIAA Individual State Wrestling Tournament was held on Saturday, Feb. 13 at three different locations; one for each division. In a normal year, the Kohl Center and the Madison area would have been a popular place with wrestling enthusiasts converging from all corners of the state. However, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, things were modified for the safety of the student/athletes and spectators. Division 2 was hosted by Adams-Friendship High School. Prairie du Chien was represented by a contingent of seven wrestlers with quests to win a State Title.


Hawks qualify 7 wrestlers for state

Seven Prairie du Chien High School wrestlers qualified for the Division 2 Individual State Wrestling Tournament to be held in Adams-Friendship on Saturday, Feb. 13. Prairie du Chien also qualified for the State Team Wrestling Tournament in Adams-Friendship on Feb. 20. The seven individual qualifiers are, front row: Maddox Cejka, Rhett Koenig, Ryder Koenig and Bradyn Saint. Back row: Luke Kramer, Matt Rogge and Mason Baumgartner.

Sophomore Kurt Wall uses a leg cradle in his sectional match.

Senior Matt Rogge picks his opponents ankle while riding in his semifinal match. Rogge would win this match and also qualify for his fourth consecutive state appearance.

Senior Bradyn Saint looks to run through his opponent in the finals on his way to a two-point takedown. Saint would win, and qualify for his third consecutive state appearance.

The PDC Blackhawk wrestling team is advancing seven individuals to the state tournament. Richland Center was the host of a WIAA Division 2 Sectional on Saturday, Feb. 6. This sectional was represented by wrestlers from 25 teams from four regionals. 


River Ridge-Cassville at Lancaster Regional

River Ridge-Cassville’s Gavin Esser took fourth at 195. (Photo by Jason Nihles, Platteville Journal)

Several River Ridge-Cassville wrestlers competed in the Division 3 Lancaster Regional Saturday.

Mineral Point won the regional with a team score of 255. Fennimore had 228, Iowa Grant-Highland 224, Lancaster 157.5, Pecatonica-Argyle 103, and River Ridge Cassville 44. 


River Ridge girls get victory

River Ridge's Faith Webb works against Benton’s Hannah Reints in a Six Rivers West basketball game Monday night at River Ridge. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Shayna Graf of River Ridge battles for a rebound against Jocelyn Cummins of Benton in first-half action.

The River Ridge girls basketball team notched another game in the win column by defeating visiting Benton 67-33 in a Six Rivers West contest Monday night. 

The Lady Timberwolves led 29-13 at the half en route to the victory.


Prairie matmen are regional champions

Prairie du Chien wrestlers who qualified for sectionals are, front row: Bradyn Saint, Rhett Koenig, Maddox Cejka, Luke Kramer, and Ryder Koenig. Back row: Mason Baumgartner, Chad Achenbach, Kurt Wall, Chase Fisher, and Matt Rogge.

Maddox Cejka toes the line in his semifinal match at regionals. Cejka would win by major decision and then go on to victory in the finals for a Regional Title at 132#.

Rhett Koenig applies heavy pressure from his feet in his Regional Championship match. Koenig would pin his opponent in the second period to win the Regional Title at 113#.

On Saturday, Jan. 30, the WIAA wrestling tournament series started in the state of Wisconsin. Prairie du Chien was the host for a WIAA D2 Regional, with six teams competing for a crown. 


Prairie matmen host exciting quad

Sophomore Ryder Koenig uses an arm bar to work a turn against his Stoughton opponent. Koenig would win by technical fall 23-8.

On Friday night, the #6 D2 ranked Blackhawk wrestling team hosted a quadrangular in the Fieldhouse. Not wanting to miss out on great competition in a shortened season, the Hawks invited the likes of Holmen, Sparta, and Stoughton to town. All are D1 schools with some great wrestlers. Holmen was ranked #3 in D1, and Stoughton, the defending D1 State Champs, were ranked #2 in D1.