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Conference Gymnastics Meet

The gymnasts from all schools line up before the start of the conference meet Friday night at Bluff View Intermediate School. The Prairie du Chien team is at the left. (Photo by Rose Ziel)

Prairie’s Mackenzie Pettit vaults Friday night. (Photo by Rose Ziel)

Mackenzie Pettit displays good concentration on the balance beam. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)

Prairie du Chien’s Jade Afroukh jumps while performing on the balance beam. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)

Desiree Puckett finishes her floor exercise. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)


Prairie du Chien 

hosts conference 

gymnastics meet

Prairie du Chien hosted the Southwest Wisconsin Conference Gymnastics Meet on Friday night in the Bluff View gymnasium.

Southwestern-Cuba City won the meet with 130.125 team points. Dodgeville-Mineral Point had 128.7, Platteville Co-op 125.675, River Valley 114.8 and Prairie du Chien-Fennimore 106.35.


Wheeler goes to State


Wheeler earns 

trip to State Wrestling Meet

Ben Wheeler of River Ridge-Cassville earned a trip to the WIAA Division 3 State Wrestling Tournament to be held at the Kohl Center in Madison on Feb. 22-24. It is the 75th annual State Wrestling Tournament.

Wheeler, a senior with a record of 30-9 this season, finished third in the 285-pound weight class by pinning sophomore Leif Bredeson (19-17) of Darlington-Black Hawk in 1:28 in the third-place match at the Mineral Point Sectional on Saturday.


Prairie Wrestlers Statebound

Prairie du Chien state qualifiers Colten Wall, Matt Rogge, Blake Garcia, Traeton Saint, Nick Rogge and Stephen Ronnfeldt will be representing PDC wrestling at the Kohl Center starting Thursday evening at 7 p.m.

Blake Garcia works hard in controlling his Monroe opponent. Garcia would win by major decision, 9-0.

Nick Rogge dominates his Wisconsin Dells opponent with a double arm bar in his quarterfinal match. Nick would win by major decision, 11-0. In the finals, Nick would beat Max Barreau of Lodi 6-1 for a sectional championship.

Stephen Ronnfeldt pins his Wisconsin Dells opponent in a quarterfinal match.​


Blackhawks qualify six for State Wrestling Tournament

The Prairie du Chien Blackhawk wrestling team once again continued to make history. This time, by advancing six individuals to the State Tournament to be held in the Kohl Center in Madison from Feb. 22-24.

Richland Center was the host of a WIAA Division 2 Sectional on Saturday, Feb. 17. Traeton Saint and Stephen Ronnfeldt will be making return trips to state, with a few teammates joining them. The top three finishers in each weight division earned trips to the state meet.


Antoine and family enjoying Olympics

A group of South Korean women pose for a photo with their new cheesehead wearing friends. The cheeseheads are Claire Martins, Kelleigh Martins, Elise Martins and Lonnie Martins. (Photo by Mary Antoine)


Matt Antoine’s family 

and friends enjoy Olympic Games

By Mary Antoine



Antoine appreciates his many fans

Prairie du Chien’s Matt Antoine slides around a curve during his first run at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games. (Photo by Getty Images)

Matt Antoine (far right), along with many other United States Olympic Team members from several sports, waves to those gathered for “The Today Show.” Matt was also interviewed on media night. (Photo by Mary Antoine)


Antoine finishes in 11th place in South Korea and

is enjoying the rest of the Olympics with family, friends

By Ted Pennekamp



Catherine R. Thode


Catherine R. Thode, 74, of Soldiers Grove, passed away on Saturday, Feb. 17.


Born Sept. 13, 1943, she is survived by two daughters, Michelle and Adrienne. 



Marcella M. Nussbaum


Marcella M. Nussbaum, 93, of Prairie du Chien, passed away Saturday, Feb. 17, at the Prairie Maison Care Center.



Pedretti in Hall of Fame

Prairie du Chien’s Mark Pedretti is just seven wins shy of 400 for his stellar coaching career. (Courier Press file photo)


Pedretti inducted 

into WBCA Hall of Fame

Prairie du Chien’s Mark Pedretti was one of four coaches who were inducted into the Wisconsin Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame on Feb. 10.

Pedretti enters the WBCA Hall of Fame after constructing and guiding one of the most dominating programs in the state.


Margaret M. Gilkes


Margaret M. Gilkes, 81, of Prairie du Chien, passed away Thursday, Feb. 15, at her home following an extended illness. 



Mary Lou (Ingham) Ackerman


Loving mother, Mary Lou (Ingham) Ackerman, 81, of Daytona Beach, Fla., soared onto her next journey in life lovingly surrounded by her family on Sunday, Feb. 11.



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