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Wed
05
Feb

Youth wrestling

Cael Koenig
Cael Koenig shoots a nice double leg on his Riverdale opponent.
Ryder Koenig
Ryder Koenig escapes from his Wauzeka opponent.
Chase Fisher
Chase Fisher breaks down his Wauzeka opponent on top.
Matt Rogge
Matt Rogge works an arm bar while controlling his opponent on top.
Zach Swiggum
Zach Swiggum explodes off the bottom for a one point escape.

 

Youth and Middle School wrestlers have big week

This past Saturday, the wrestlers in grades PreK-8th grade wrestled in Prairie du Chien’s youth wrestling tournament. There were close 50 participants from Prairie du Chien competing and the tournament had more than 210 participants total. Prairie du Chien breaks the wrestlers into three different age groups, there is the PreK-1 group, the 2-4 group and the 5-8 group. All of the wrestlers from PdC wrestled extremely hard and displayed great competitiveness and sportsmanship. All of the wrestlers from all schools received gold medals for their efforts.  

Wed
05
Feb

Hawkettes take eight place at recent state competition

Hawkettes at State
The Prairie du Chien Hawkettes are (in no particular order) Becky Welsch, Kelly Mezera, Lindsey Frazier, Alora Babb, Cali Collins, Brianna Herreid, Katie Zahara, Lindsey Ohlert, Stephanie Elmquist, Mariah Slaght, Katlyn Grondin, and MacKenzy Slaght. (Photo by Kelssi Copus)

On Saturday, Feb. 1, the Prairie du Chien Hawkettes made their first ever Wisconsin Association of Cheer and Pom Coaches (WACPC) State Dance Competition appearance at the La Crosse Center.  

The girls performed in the Division 2 High Kick Category.  The team had earned their way to state by being one of the top three teams competing at the Southern Dance Regional competition. Three teams from each regional, western, eastern and southern, advanced to state.  

The team finished in eighth place overall at the state competition. 

Wed
05
Feb

The sport of skeleton

 

Let’s get to know Olympic skeleton

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Whooshing down an ice-covered track at more than 80 mph with your chin an inch above the ice while facing numerous treacherous twists and turns. This is just an inkling of what the winter sport of skeleton is all about. 

Mon
03
Feb

Tree of Life

dinosaur bone
This is a polished cross-section of femur bone from Diplodocus, a 90-foot long, 30-foot high, 28-ton herbivorous dinosaur from the Jurassic-age rocks of Utah’s desert. The museum-specimen bone has been replaced with gem-quality, blood-red agate and shows the spongy internal structure.

 

Where do you 

rank on the family tree of life?

By Phil Burgess

 

Mon
03
Feb

Wrestlers beat Dodgeville

 

PdC-WS matmen victorious

On Saturday night, the PdC-WS wrestling team took on visiting Dodgeville in front of a packed crowd in the Prairie du Chien gymnasium. The Blackhawks came away victorious 57-18 in the final dual of the season. The Blackhawks finished tied for third in the conference behind Lancaster and River Valley. The seniors were honored before the start of the dual. The team has seven senior wrestlers and one senior manager. 

The following was a thought that was read to the seniors as they competed in their final competition in front of their home crowd:

Mon
03
Feb

Dodgeville over PdC girls

Dodgeville at PdC
Prairie’s Hayley Hemmer looks to score under the basket. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)

 

Dodgeville 

bests Prairie girls

Dodgeville bested host Prairie du Chien 47-41 Friday night in an SWC girls basketball clash. 

Dodgeville took the first period 17-14 and the second 8-6 to lead at halftime 25-20. 

Dodgeville increased the lead to 34-27 after three quarters. 

Mon
03
Feb

Open enrollment

 

Open enrollment very important for all school districts

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Now that the open enrollment period has begun for the 2014-2015 school year (Feb. 3-April 30), let’s explore the history of open enrollment in Wisconsin and how open enrollment has affected area school districts over the last several years. 

Mon
03
Feb

Build your new or existing business with 10-week course in Gays Mills

“Building Your Business” classes that are perfect for new start-up businesses or small businesses already in operation who want to review current business practices will start on Wednesday, Feb. 5 at the Kickapoo Community Center in Gays Mills and run from 6 to 8:30 p.m.

At the end of the course, all participants will have a useful resource manual covering such topics as business plan, advertising, taxes, resources for a small business, insurance, financial recording keeping, social media, technology, and much more.

There is a cost per person to participate in the 10-week course. Class size will be limited to 20 people, enrolled on a first-come, first-served basis. Those interested in participating may reserve a seat for “Building Your Business” by calling the Gays Mills Village Office at (608) 735-4341.

Mon
03
Feb

Area old-timers’ stories about personal memories wanted

Hometown Memories Publishing Company, a North Carolina Company, has contacted the Courier Press to spread the word about its intentions to save a big slice of local history before it’s lost forever.

Karen Garvey, senior editor at Hometown Memories Publishing, is asking local old-timers to share their memories for a living history book. She invites anyone over age 60 with yarns about the “good old days” in southwest and south central Wisconsin to write them down and mail them to her for possible publication in the book. The hardcover coffee table book will contain tales of bygone years from people who actually lived them.

To encourage participation, Garvey is offering a $250 award for the most appealing story. There will also be three $100 runner-up awards and a cash award for best picture.

Mon
03
Feb

Buy a button in support of Antoine

As Prairie du Chien’s own Matt Antoine represents the United States at the 2014 Winter Olympics, you can show your support by purchasing a commemorative Matt Antoine button for just $2 at Prairie du Chien City Hall or other locations throughout the city. Proceeds from the sales will be used to help offset the cost of Matt’s training and expenses. Button sales began last week.

A limited number of buttons will be made. The Prairie du Chien Area Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring the buttons, and the proceeds will be donated to Matt to help offset the costs of his journey to Sochi, Russia.
Prairie du Chien locations where you can purchase your Matt Antoine Olympic button include: City Hall, Opportunity Center, Zinkle’s Piggly Wiggly, Anchor Bank, Peoples State Bank, First Merit Bank, Sawmill Saloon, Kozelka’s, Sports World, Chamber of Commerce Office, Bob’s Bar and Jim’s Bar.

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