Highland over River Ridge

Afternoon game in Bloomington
Zach Ertz easily gets past an arm tackle attempt by the Highland defender.
Afternoon game in Bloomington
River Ridge’s Zach Ertz hauls in an over-the-shoulder catch and races to the end zone for an 80-yard touchdown against visiting Highland Friday. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)
Afternoon game in Bloomington
Kirk Martin passes into the flat against Highland.



over River Ridge

Highland defeated host River Ridge 49-18 in Six Rivers football action Friday afternoon in Bloomington. 

The game was held at 4 p.m. due to the referees having a scheduling conflict. 

Highland scored 24 points in the opening quarter on a 47-yard run, a 1-yard run and a 25-yard run, all followed by 2-point conversion runs. 


PdC, Seneca play in Aquinas volleyball tournament

Prairie volleyball
Prairie du Chien’s Courtney Pattison settles under a passed ball to set up her outside hitter during Saturday’s tournament at Aquinas. (Photo by Nate Beier)

This past Saturday, the Prairie du Chien volleyball team placed third overall in the La Crosse Aquinas Tournament with a 3-2 record. 

Prairie du Chien lost to Holmen by scores of 25-19, 17-25 and 10-15.

The Lady Blackhawks then defeated Greenwood 25-20 and 25-19. 

The team also defeated Seneca 25-19 and 25-20. 


Kids’ Casting Contest winners are announced

Kids' Casting Contest
Elizabeth Carlson, 11, was a study in concentration as she participated in the 10th Annual Kids’ Casting Contest Sunday, Aug. 11, at the Crawford County Fair, Gays Mills. Elizabeth, who is the daughter of Gene and Donnette Carlson, Prairie du Chien, was one of 88 registrants in the free contest sponsored by the Prairie Rod and Gun Club. (Photo by Cummings Photography)


Kids’ Casting Contest winners are announced Eight-eight children from 14 Wisconsin cities, towns and villages competed in the 10th annual Kids’ Casting Contest sponsored by the Prairie Rod and Gun Club and held Sunday, Aug. 11, at the Crawford County Fair at Gays Mills.  


Prairie du Chien Waterhawks fourth in SWC swim meet

Waterhawk team members are, front row: Riley Hubanks, Hailey Bedward, Ava Longstreth, Dominique Reilly, Willow Roesch, Ariana Mitic, Kellen Wright, Ella Adrian, Gabey Lenzendorf, Isabella Rose, Ashlyn Knapp, James Reilly, and Sophie Ames. Second row: Brianna Mack, Makenzie Knapp, Victoria Rose, Kylie Wright, Seth Sanders, Elizabeth Carlson, Hailey Ohlert, Kennedy Kirschbaum, Kylie Hebel, Ben LaHaie, Nicolas Stavroplus, Logan Czajkowski Higgins, Alaina Lenz, and Noah Blackburn. Third row: Jacqueline LaHaie, Breanna Teynor, Jack Peterson, Walter Stavroplus, Kelsey Hebel, Allison Krogan, Katy Welsch, Joyanna Steiner, Jessica Gutknecht, Madalyn Roche, Gabby Toberman, and MacKenzie Pettit. Back row: John Stavroplus, Ethan Kilbey, Carson Morrison, Jacob Mara, Faith Dillman and coaches Luke Brom and Caitlin Forsythe. Not pictured: Elizabeth Brom, Hannah Gjolberg, Maria Gjolberg, Mercy Gjolberg, Madeline Peterson and Lindsey Welter. (Photo by Brian Cipra Photography)


Prairie du Chien Waterhawks fourth in SWC swim meet


The Prairie du Chien Waterhawks took fourth place at the Southwest Wisconsin Conference Swim Meet on Saturday, July 27. Held in Lancaster, the meet included teams from Boscobel, Dodgeville, Lancaster, Mineral Point and Richland Center. 


Seneca varsity football program canceled for 2013

In the 2011 Division 7 State Tournament, the Seneca Indians proved that they could be formidable opponents when they made it to the championship game. (Courier Press file photo)

By Caitlin Bittner

While other area teams know the layout of their upcoming football seasons, Seneca High School’s plans are still up in the air. On Tuesday, Aug. 6, administration decided to cancel the 2013 varsity football season, and have only a junior varsity team this season.

“Since we made the decision, we’ve been trying to reschedule games as quickly as we can,” said David Boland, administrator and principal of Seneca High School.

The decision, while not an easy one to make, was settled upon, in hopes of rebuilding the team for the future. “There were only 18 kids who came to the sign-up meeting and none of them were seniors,” Boland said.

Boland added that since their numbers are small, it wasn’t a complete surprise. “We’ve seen it coming for three to four years now. With enrollment at Seneca High School standing around 70 students, 18 is a pretty typical number percentage wise,” Boland admitted.


Prairie du Chien sports schedule

PdC Sports schedule

Prairie du Chien has published their 2012-13 sports schedule. 


A good day for disc golf

A good day for disc golf
Brady Fernette of Seneca “putts” during a round of disc golf on St. Feriole Island Tuesday morning. Fernette said that he hopes that some tournaments can be scheduled in the future. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)




River Ridge Sports

River Ridge Sports schedule
River Ridge has a poster published of their 2013-14 sports schedule. See our Courier Press "Special Sections" page for a view that you can enlarge (see icon lower right) and even print or save to your computer.

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.


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.


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