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Mon
29
Jul

Hoppers finish out season at home

Brad Jones
For the second day in a row, Brad Jones fires strikes at Westby continuing their make-up game on Friday afternoon.
Ryan Garrity
Ryan Garrity runs in after smacking the Prairie du Chien Hoppers only run of the game. (Photos by Caitlin Bittner)

This weekend in Regional American Legion baseball action the Prairie du Chien Hoppers faced off against Viroqua and Westby in what would come to be their final games.

On Wednesday, the Hoppers battled against Viroqua. Viroqua started the game off, scoring one run in the bottom of the second, which Prairie du Chien answered at the top of the fourth. The tie was short lived as the bottom of the fourth brought two more runs to Viroqua.

Increasing their lead, Viroqua scored three runs in the fifth. Prairie du Chien tried to battle back sixth and seventh, adding a run each inning, but fell short, leaving the final score at 3-6.

Casey Hogensen took the pitching loss for the Hoppers.

Thursday night the Hoppers were given another chance to fight to stay in tournament against Westby.

Mon
22
Jul

Hoppers battle La Crosse A’s

Tanner Heisel
Tanner Heisel reaches to catch the ball and tag the runner out at first base. (Photos by Caitlin Bittner)
Ryan Garrity
Short stop Ryan Garrity catches a rival stealing just in time to cover second base.
Dillon Mezera
Dillon Mezera stands ready to defend first base against rival La Crosse on St. Feriole Island.
Ryan Garrity at bat
Ryan Garrity hits a triple at the bottom of the second inning, helping two runners make their way across home plate.
Brad Jones
Brad Jones launches pitch after pitch to strike out members of the La Crosse A's team.
Mike Garrity
Mike Garrity gets a good leap off first before successfully stealing second.

 

On Sunday, July 21, the Prairie du Chien Grasshoppers faced off against the La Crosse A’s in their final regular season game.

La Crosse started out the game scoring two in the first inning, which the Hoppers answered at the bottom of the second with two runs of their own.

The bottom of the fourth and fifth also saw the Hoppers scoring two runs each inning, and leaving the final score of the game at 2-6.

Mon
22
Jul

43rd annual run/walk takes off

Ready, set, go
The 66 participants of Saturday’s 5-mile run/3-mile walk started off the day with a bang as they moved past start and onward towards the finish line. Landon Balk was the overall winner of the race with a time of 33.08.
Racing to the Finish
Runners at the 43rd annual Run/Walk, sponsored by the Prairie du Chien Parks and Recreation Department and the Prairie du Chien Memorial Hospital, saw people racing to beat the clock and each other.
Winners
Winners of the 5-mile run were awarded medals for their impressive times. The awards were given to both men and women in each different age group, ranging from high school to over 70. Pictured from left (front) Jill Lodahl—41.00, Mary Hanson—37.33, Deidre Dillman—33.13, Tara Redman—39.53, Beth Wold—50.47, (back) Greg Fisher—41.47, Mic Redman—38.44, Brendan Cody—34.56, Landon Balk—33.08, Matt Adams—38.29 and Nathan Nichols—36.21.

Photos by Caitlin Bittner

Wed
17
Jul

Legion team plays North Crawford tournament

Dillon Mezera
Dillon Mezera knocks one out of the park against Onalaska during the North Crawford tournament in Soldiers Grove.
Mike Garrity
Mike Garrity slides safely into third on Sunday’s game against Onalaska. (Photos by Caitlin Bittner)

 

After a rocky start to the North Crawford tournament held in Soldier’s Grove, Prairie du Chien’s American Legion team came back to win their final two games of the tournament on Sunday, July 14.

Under the direction of their new head coach Steve Jones, the team started out the day at noon in a game against Onalaska. Brendan Jones took the mound for the games, helping the Hoppers to a 14-2 win after five innings.

Wed
17
Jul

Junior Legion beats La Crosse

Ryan Garrity
Ryan Garrity rounds third after hitting a triple to center field in the third inning of Game 1 on Friday. July 12. (Photos by Caitlin Bittner)
Casey Hogenson
Casey Hogenson fires in strike after strike in Friday’s Junior Legion game.
Casey Hogenson 2
Pitcher Casey Hogenson runs in to tag a La Crosse player sliding into home.
Mike Steiner
Mike Steiner steals second base in Game 1 on Friday against La Crosse in Junior American Legion baseball action.
Mike Steiner 2
After an error by La Crosse, Mike Steiner finds that his steal was a success.

 

On Friday, July 12, the Junior American Legion team played La Crosse at St. Feriole Island.

Prairie du Chien held La Crosse at bay during the first inning and additionally scored four runs. With no scores during the second inning, the third inning saw La Crosse scoring three runs and Prairie du Chien scoring one.

Wed
17
Jul

Hoppers host North Crawford

Brendan Jones
Pitcher Brendan Jones fires strikes at North Crawford during the first game of the double header on Monday night at St. Feriole Island. (Photos by Caitlin Bittner)
Sam Neisius
Sam Neisius scores a run with the help of Luke Rickleff in the Hoppers’ second game against North Crawford.
Mike Garrity
Mike Garrity rounds first after hitting the ball deep into right field for a triple.
Casey Hogenson
New Varsity American Legion player Casey Hogenson rounds first base after hitting the first double of the game. Other players joining the varsity team for the Hoppers included Mike Steiner and Ryan Garrity.

 

On Monday, July 15, the Prairie du Chien American Legion baseball team played host to a double header against North Crawford. 

In the first game, Prairie du Chien was the first to score at the bottom of the second inning, taking five runs in total. The Hoppers would go on to add five more runs at the bottom of the fourth. At the top of the fifth, North Crawford tried to rally, but fell short, only gaining four runs, making the final scores 10-4.

Tue
16
Jul

Indy 500 crew wears shirts made locally

indycar

Dyesport, a Prairie du Chien custom clothing manufacturer, supplied the race shirts in this photo for this year’s Indy 500 winner, Tony Kanaan. The shirts are made from scratch in Dyesport’s local factory, where the fabric is custom-dyed and then cut and sewn. Dyesport supplies many of the top race drivers in IndyCar as well as NASCAR. The local company makes custom uniforms for virtually every team sport, from baseball and softball to basketball, volleyball, soccer, football, golf and track. Dyesport also does work for other major sporting goods companies under their labels, having supplied the fabric for The NFL Pro Bowl for two years for Reebok and supplying custom camouflage clothing for outdoor sporting companies. Dyesport produces clothing for businesses big and small, with only a 12-piece minimum. Pictured is the 2013 Indy 500 winner Tony Kanaan and his pit crew with their shirts. They sent Dyesport an autographed picture in recognition for a job well done.

Mon
01
Jul

Hoppers split twinbill against La Crescent

American Legion Baseball
Brad Jones is congratulated by teammates after belting a 2-run homer against La Crescent.
American Legion Baseball
Brett Trautsch hits a single.

 

The Prairie du Chien Grasshoppers split a doubleheader against visiting La Crescent Thursday evening at St. Feriole Island Ballpark. 

The Hoppers won the opener 14-13. 

Brendan Jones was the winning pitcher. Tyler Nack started the game. 

Brad Jones, Brendan Jones, Mike Garrity and Sam Neisius all took advantage of a favorable wind and belted homers for Prairie du Chien.

Mon
01
Jul

Steiger qualifies for world’s largest rodeo

pole bending
Sammy Steiger is the Wisconsin State Champion in pole bending.

 

Sammy Steiger, a ninth-grade student at River Ridge High School, has earned a position on the Wisconsin State National High School Rodeo Team and will be traveling with fellow teammates to Rock Springs, Wyo. on July 14-20 to compete in the 65th annual National High School Finals Rodeo (NHSFR) in pole bending. 

Sammy won in pole bending for the year and is the Wisconsin State Champion. She also won the Reserve Rookie Cowgirl of the Year Award.

Wed
26
Jun

Prairie du Chien's new disc golf course ready to open

disc golf
The baskets and tee boxes have been installed and the new disc golf course is ready for action.

 

Prairie du Chien’s new 18-hole disc golf course will be officially opened and dedicated on Wednesday, June 26 at 5 p.m. The course is located on St. Feriole Island. A rain date has been set for Thursday, June 27.

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