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Prairie Wrestlers Win

Senior Blake Garcia pins his Belmont/Platteville opponent with a double arm bar.


Prairie du Chien 

wins conference opener

On Thursday, Dec. 14, the Prairie du Chien wrestling team hosted Belmont/Platteville in the conference opener for both squads. It was also Parents’ Night for the wrestlers and cheerleaders. 

Prior to the start of the varsity action, Clayton DuCharme picked up his first career victory in the JV 145# match. 


PdC Wrestlers at Dells Duals

Colten Wall focuses on setting up a shot against his Wisconsin Dells opponent. Wall would go on to beat his opponent. (Photos submitted)

Traeton Saint applies heavy pressure as he works to turn his St. Croix Falls opponent. Saint would win by fall.


PdC wrestlers second 

at the Dells Duals Classic

On Saturday, Dec. 9, the Prairie du Chien wrestlers traveled to Wisconsin Dells for the Dells Duals Classic. The Dells Duals Classic is a 25-team tournament, putting each team in a five-team pool based upon different criteria. 


Wauzeka-Steuben Over Seneca

Kaleb Marx of Wauzeka-Steuben drives the baseline.

The Hornets’ Nick Benish goes up for a shot against Seneca Thursday night. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Seneca and Wauzeka-Steuben battled in a close game Thursday night.

Seneca’s Jared Payne hoists a 3-pointer Thursday night.



defeat Indians

The Wauzeka-Steuben boys basketball team remained unbeaten after edging host Seneca 55-51 in a Ridge and Valley contest Thursday night. 

The Hornets improved to 5-0 on the season and 2-0 in conference action. They will host Kickapoo on Dec. 12.


Hawks 1-1 in two contests

Ben Teynor (20) and Gavin Gillitzer (4) trap a Dodgee guard at the top of their opponent's offense.

Prairie du Chien's Mason Kramer splits the defense and puts in a layup one-handed.

As the home crowd anticipates his move, Mark Welter releases a shot from 3-point range in the second all of Friday's contest with Dodgeville.

Ben Teynor eyes up a teammate in the lane.

Josh Dyer turns around on defense and eyes the rebound.

Mason Kramer (14) and Cory Check (50) box out a Dodgeville rebounder on a free throw.

Blackhawk Mark Welter pops the ball out of his opponent's grasp.

Hunter Davis leaps above the competition for an easy jumper in Prairie du Chien's loss to Dodgeville Friday night.

The winter sports season has ramped up quickly for the Prairie du Chien boys basketball team, which recorded a conference loss and a non-conference win last week.

Friday night, they hosted South West Conference foe Dodgeville. The intensity was high. The speed was fast. In terms of height, the teams were evenly matched. But the Dodgers got out to a strong lead and held double digits over Prairie du Chien from about halfway through the first half through the rest of the contest. The score at the half was 33-22, Dodgeville.

In the second half, the Blackhawks pressed their opponents and managed to pull within six points several times, but it just wasn’t enough to secure the win. Dodgeville triumphed, 64-57.

On Saturday afternoon, the boys headed to compete with their rivals across the river, MFL Mar-Mac. The Hawks brought home the victory, 57-41.


Lancaster outshoots Wolves

River Ridge’s Ryan Redman blows by a Flying Arrow defender. (Photos by A.J. Gates)

Gavin Steiber lifts a shot to the hoop. He contributed 12 points for River Ridge in its non-conference loss to Lancaster Monday.

The River Ridge boys basketball team had a rough time keeping up with Lancaster, especially for the long haul with a smaller pool of players, in non-conference action Monday, Nov. 27. The Flying Arrows were strong from the field and pretty accurate at the free throw line in their 84-49 victory.

Lancaster connected on 37 field goals, while making seven of 10 from the line. Three players were in double digits; Nate Timmerman led with 19 points.

River Ridge’s Cole Crubel had an outstanding night with 22 points himself, including three 3-pointers. Gavin Steiber also finished in double digits with 12. Ty Bloom ended up with seven, Blake Crubel three, Brett Moravits and Isaac White two apiece and Ryan Redman a free throw.

The Timberwolves’ team effort recorded 18 field goals and nine free throws on 20 attempts.

River Ridge will host Fennimore Thursday night, Nov. 30, in its second game this season.


Prairie du Chien efforts not enough to overcome Aquinas

Mark Welter attempts to avoid the big arms of his Aquinas opponent. La Crosse came to Prairie du Chien Tuesday night and dealt the Blackhawks its first loss of the season, 45-40. (Photo by Rose Ziel)

The Prairie du Chien boys’ basketball team lost Tuesday’s home non-conference opener against La Crosse Aquinas, 45-40.

The contest was tight all the way, with the visiting Aquinas up 20-17 at the half.

Blackhawk leaders for the night were Nathan Kramer with 14 points and Hunter Davis with 10. Gavin Gillitzer earned seven points, Ben Teynor added four, Cory Check had three and Mark Welter chipped in two.

Heading the Aquinas scorers, Randy Jacobson and Conley Malone posted 11 and 10 points, respectively.

Prairie du Chien’s first conference matchup is Friday night, as host against Dodgeville.


River Ridge girls’ defense holds Prairie to a 26-point night

Prairie du Chien’s Molly Mason runs through the motions of the Blackhawk offense, as River Ridge’s Fatih Meyer comes up to guard her. (Photos by Rose Ziel)

Prairie du Chien’s Brytta Sagedahl splits the River Ridge defense on a layup.

Prairie du Chien’s Gabby Ritchie and River Ridge’s Rachael Herrick go up for the opening tip Monday night in non-conference play.

By Correne Martin

River Ridge proved too tough an opponent for the Prairie du Chien girls’ basketball team Monday night. The Timberwolves came to town and snagged a convincing victory, 47-26, over the Blackhawks.

“We were getting some balanced scoring from our team,” River Ridge Coach Caron Townsend said. “We had a very good defensive effort. To hold a team like Prairie to 26 points is a good night for us.”

The first half of the contest was a low-scoring one. Ridge finished up 15-10. But in the second half, the Timberwolves’ four 3-pointers, two from Skylar White, blew the score open, leading to a 32-point second half for the visiting team.

White paced River Ridge’s offense with 17 points, while Maria Breuer also finished in double digits with 12. Taylor Langmeier and Rachael Herrick posted eight points apiece on the night and Faith Schier added two.


Prairie du Chien girls suffer one-point loss in opening contest

By Correne Martin

Prairie du Chien’s first girls’ basketball game of the season was a tight one for all four quarters against non-conference Fennimore, with the Golden Eagles sneaking by for the win, 37-36.

Playing on the road Friday, the Blackhawks took care of the ball well but showed weakness in their confidence and communication, according to Coach Paula Shedivy.

“It was one of those typical first games,” Shedivy said, noting that her team consists of two seniors aside from a number of younger players. She said the girls just need to settle in, understand the pace of the game and get those early jitters out of the way.

The back-and-forth competition was exactly that from the get-go for both teams. The score was 22-21, in Fennimore’s favor, at the half.

“We struggled at the free throw line,” Shedivy added. The Blackhawks finished the game three for 10 in charity throws. “We also need to work on being a little more aggressive.”


Seneca’s experience, hot night from the field garners first victory of season

By Correne Martin

The Seneca girls’ basketball team started its season in non-conference action with Highland visiting. The home team offense seemed on fire as the Indians recorded the victory, 64-17.

“We shot really well. We spread the ball out on them and were able to get a lot of good looks at the basket. Then we just knocked ‘em down,” veteran coach Kim Redman said.

She starts four seniors and overall thought her team’s experience and scoring abilities were credited for their initial win. The girls managed to outscore the Cardinals 32-11 by halftime and then just didn’t give their opponents many good looks at the hoop.

Leading the charge on Seneca’s offense, Alivia Salinas finished with an impressive 22 points. Fellow senior Emily Garfoot tallied 13 points. Also in double digits, junior Erin Sime had 11 points, while sophomore Makenna Greene rounded out the top scorers with eight points.


White’s 27 points leads River Ridge past visiting Hornets

River Ridge sophomore Skylar White is a force to be reckoned with on the basketball court. She is pictured here battling Wauzeka-Steuben’s Jordan Mormann for the rebound in non-conference action Thursday. (Photos by Correne Martin)

The ball popped up as the two teams scrambled for the ball as River Ridge hosted Wauzeka-Steuben Thursday night in Patch Grove. Pictured (from left) are Allison Oswald, Erin Krachey (25), Skylar White, Rachael Herrick, Jordan Mormann and McKenzie Graf.

River Ridge’s Maria Breuer passes from the inside back out of the lane.

Faith Schier brings the ball down the court.

Wauzeka-Steuben’s Nellie Groom (left) and Haley Atkinson fight with Timberwolf standout Skylar White for a rebound.

Ella Sander fights for the rebound.

McKenzie Graf shoots from outside the 3-point line.

Erin Krachey surveys under the hoop for Wauzeka-Steuben, as Skylar White comes up quick.

Hornet Ella Sander sweeps the ball to her side, looking for the pass, as River Ridge’s Rachael Herrick comes up on defense.

By Correne Martin

Sophomore Skylar White had a big first night for the River Ridge girls’ basketball team. With 27 points, she fronted the Timberwolves’ performance on their home court in a non-conference showing against Wauzeka-Steuben.

White’s efforts in addition to her teammates’ contributions added up to the win, 53-37.

“The first half, we got some good looks back and forth out of their zone,” River Ridge coach Caron Townsend commented. “But the second half, we got a little tired. Skylar had two or three steals right off the bat in the second half and that grabbed the momentum for us but we gave up 20 points in that half.”

Townsend said her girls need to get in shape so they don’t have such a second-half drop as the season continues.

Adding to White’s points on the board, River Ridge’s Maria Breuer posted 12 points for the night.