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Prairie Girls Statebound

The Prairie du Chien girls enthusiastically display their sectional championship plaque. The team is Coach Kathleen Hein, Faith Dillman, Meg Katzung, Jadyn Jenks, Greta Hein, Karly Jaynes, Amber Huser, Ella Hein and Assistant Coach Mike Liddell. More photos of the girls cross country team are on page ? of the Courier Press B Section. (Photos submitted)

Greta Hein finishes her run at the Platteville Sectional Saturday morning.

The Prairie du Chien girls begin their race at the sectional meet in Platteville on Saturday.

Amber Huser runs strong at the Platteville Sectional Cross Country Meet Saturday to help her team qualify for the State Cross Country Meet in Wisconsin Rapids on Saturday, Oct. 28. Huser finished in fourth place at the sectional.

The Prairie du Chien girls show off their "Prairie du Chien Cross Country at State" dessert.


PdC girls cross country team headed to State Meet

Prairie du Chien is sending a cross country team to the State Meet for the first time since 1978. The girls were Sectional Champions on Saturday in Platteville.  


Prairie Soccer Team Advances

The Blackhawks’ Josh Dyer heads the ball following a corner kick Tuesday afternoon. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Prairie du Chien’s Ben La Haie pounds the ball in for the Blackhawks’ third score in the 32nd minute.

Weston Hill (5) attempts to gain control of the ball.

Prairie’s Ramon Gonzalez collides with a Salam School player as they battle for the ball.

Prairie’s Ben Teynor attempts to get past a Salam School defender in first-half action Tuesday afternoon at Bluff View.

Blake Garcia (11) drives upfield Tuesday afternoon.

Hunter Domeier (9) and Blake Garcia celebrate Domeier’s goal on a corner kick from the left side at the 43:03 mark. It gave Prairie du Chien a 4-0 halftime lead.


Prairie du Chien soccer team

beats Salam School

The Prairie du Chien boys soccer team began Regional Tournament action Tuesday hosting the Salam School Stars from Milwaukee.

The Hawks scored early, 6:22 into the game. Clayton DuCharme arched a pass in front of the goal where Ben Teynor timed his jump perfectly and headed the ball in.  


Prairie du Chien Football

Prairie du Chien’s Drake Coleman (86) levels a would-be tackler and allows Tyler Smock to get to the outside for a good gain Friday night against visiting River Valley. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

The River Valley ball carrier is stopped by Prairie du Chien’s Chris Check (64) and Nick Rogge (25) in first-half action Friday night.

Cory Check (44) and Carter Pederson (4) tackle the River Valley runner.

Cory Check tries to elude a River Valley defender.

Drake Coleman hauls in a catch and gets ready to turn upfield against River Valley Friday night.

Prairie’s Reid Koenig gains good yardage on a kickoff return.


River Valley blanks Prairie du Chien gridders

By Zach Mara


The Prairie du Chien Blackhawks faced off against conference rival River Valley Blackhawks Friday night. The game was Prairie du Chien’s Senior Night, celebrating the high school careers of the senior football players and cheerleaders. 


Prairie du Chien Volleyball

Prairie du Chien’s Emily Groom (1) battles at the net against Richland Center’s Madison Rizner Thursday night. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Kylee Weber of Prairie du Chien skies for a slam versus Richland Center.

Alexis Nolan of Prairie du Chien pounds the ball for a winner against Richland Center.

Gabby Toberman of the Lady Blackhawks hits one back to the Hornets’ side.

Brytta Sagedahl of Prairie du Chien smashes the ball past Madison Rizner of Richland Center Thursday night.


Prairie spikers 

have Senior Night and Pink Night

Prairie du Chien volleyball had an exciting night on Thursday night. It was Senior Night and Pink Night. The team honored its seniors and did some fund-raising and acknowledgments for breast cancer awareness. There was great participation.  

The JV (Fr/So) team won their match two games to one and ended their season with a conference record of 9-1.  The varsity reserve fell to a strong Richland Center team three games to none.   


Seneca Wins Share

Haley Wall goes high to hit the ball to Wauzeka-Steuben. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Seneca’s Emily Garfoot slaps the ball to the Wauzeka-Steuben side Tuesday night in Ridge and Valley volleyball action.

Seneca’s Makenna Greene bumps the ball to the front row.

Liv Swanson of Seneca tries to hit over the block attempts of Wauzeka-Steuben’s Erin Krachey (2) and Ravyn Krachey (4).

Wauzeka-Steuben’s Jordan Mormann pounds the ball over to Seneca Tuesday night in a Ridge and Valley match-up.


Seneca over 


Seneca swept host Wauzeka-Steuben three games to none in a Ridge and Valley volleyball match Tuesday night. 

Seneca won by scores of 25-12, 25-10 and 25-8. 

The win gives Seneca at least a share of the conference crown as they improved to 5-0 in the Ridge and Valley. Wauzeka-Steuben is now 3-3 in conference action.


Seneca/Wauzeka-Steuben Wins Share of Conference

The Blue-Golds’ Jared Payne breaks up a pass near the end of the first quarter on a rainy Friday night. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

A pair of SWS players team up to stop the Ithaca ball carrier near the sideline in first half action Friday night in the Ridge and Valley contest.

Three SWS defenders zero in on the Ithaca running back in first half action.

Noah Allan (2) follows his blocking for a good gain versus Ithaca Friday night.

Nate Benish (12) takes the hand-off as TJ Sprosty (63) and Garrett Groom (65) lead the way.



beat Bulldogs

Get at least share of 

Ridge and Valley crown

Seneca/Wauzeka-Steuben beat Ithaca 21-6 in Seneca’s homecoming game on a rainy Friday night to grab first place in the Ridge and Valley Conference.


Area Teams at Ryan Zimpel Invitational

Haley Atkinson of Wauzeka-Steuben and Olivia Meyer of River Ridge run up a hill at the Ryan Zimpel Memorial Invitational in Boscobel Tuesday afternoon. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

River Ridge’s Faith Webb runs along a corn field Tuesday afternoon near Boscobel.

Seneca’s Kolton Chambers cruises along a relatively flat stretch.

The River Ridge Timberwolves run in a pack near the start of the boys’ race Tuesday.

Haley Atkinson (left) and Molly Asleson of Wauzeka-Steuben run side by side.

Seneca’s Travis Zach runs ahead of a long string of runners at Boscobel.



River Ridge, 


at Ryan Zimpel

River Ridge, Wauzeka-Steuben and Seneca competed in the Ryan Zimpel Memorial Invitational cross country meet hosted by Boscobel Tuesday afternoon.


Prairie du Chien Homecoming

Reid Koenig gains good yardage on a kickoff return versus Lancaster. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Gavin Gillitzer nears the end zone on a 49-yard touchdown run in the first quarter Friday night.

Stephen Ronnfeldt (76) hits Evan Gates of Lancaster hard and causes a fumble in second-quarter action Friday night.

Behind the blocking of Reid Koenig and the Prairie du Chien offensive line, Tyler Smock finds running room on the outside.


Flying Arrows 

spoil Blackhawks’ 

Homecoming game

By Zach Mara



Hawaiian Homecoming Parade

Blackhawk athletic supporter Cousin Cletus tells folks along the parade route Wednesday evening how the Blackhawks are gonna defeat the Flying Arrows of Lancaster. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

The Prairie du Chien football team greets the crowd during the Hawaiian Homecoming Parade Wednesday evening.

Members of the Prairie du Chien High School Marching Band march along the parade route Wednesday.

The Hawaiian Homecoming theme was evident on this float.

The Halls of Terror bus was a fan favorite.

Students from Brenda’s School of Dance joined in the fun.

Prairie Soccer Wins

Prairie’s Hunter Domeier defends against a Richland Center player Tuesday. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Anthony Irvin (19) and Hunter Domeier (9) battle for the ball with a Richland Center player.

The Blackhawks’ Ramon Gonzalez (18) chases down a Hornets’ player Tuesday afternoon.

Prairie’s Preston Hendrix attempts a shot on goal versus Richland Center Tuesday afternoon at the Bluff View pitch.


Prairie soccer team gains 3-2 conference victory

The Prairie du Chien boys soccer team kicked off Homecoming Week Tuesday night with a home win over the conference rival Richland Center Hornets.   

The teams sparred evenly the first 30 minutes of the game. At the 33-minute mark, a wet ball slipped through grasping goalie gloves to put Center on the board, 1-0.