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Prairie grapplers end an excellent season

Senior Traeton Saint looks to whip his opponent to his back en route to a 14-3 major decision.

Junior Bradyn Saint secures back points in his match. Saint would win by technical fall by a score of 18-3.

Freshman Maddox Cejka looks to turn his opponent for back points.

The Prairie du Chien wrestling team continued their superb season on Saturday, March 7 with a trip to the UW-Fieldhouse and a semifinal match-up with GET/Melrose-Mindoro. 


O’Kane competes at State Meet

Prairie du Chien’s Kylee O’Kane holds steady on the balance beam Saturday at the 50th Annual State Gymnastics Meet. (Photos by Jessica Hill)

Kylee O’Kane executes a nice leap on the balance beam Saturday in Wisconsin Rapids at the state meet.

Prairie du Chien-Fennimore gymnast Kylee O’Kane participated in the 50th annual State Gymnastics Meet Saturday in Wisconsin Rapids.

Kylee placed 19th out of 28 in the balance beam competition. She had a score of 8.417, which is a great score at the state meet because the judging is much tougher at the state level.


Platteville Hillwomen end season for Prairie du Chien girls

Prairie du Chien’s Makenzie Knapp gains good inside position and goes up for a shot against Platteville in Lodi Thursday night. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Allison Allbee shoots in the lane against Platteville.

Teagan Radloff scores down low against Platteville Thursday night in Lodi.

The Prairie du Chien girls basketball team ended their season during a hard-fought battle against undefeated Platteville in the sectional semifinal game in Lodi on Thursday, March 5. 

It was a game of runs as each time Prairie tied up the game or came within a point or two, Platteville would go on a run. 


PdC-F gymnasts at sectional, O’Kane advances to State Meet

Kylee O’Kane took fifth place in Platteville on Saturday on the beam to qualify for state.

Kylee O’Kane performs on the balance beam at a meet at Prairie du Chien High School earlier this season. (Courier Press file photo)

Kylee O'Kane flips on her dismount at a meet earlier this season.

The Prairie du Chien-Fennimore gymnastics team competed in the sectional meet in Platteville on Saturday. The team put up its third best score of the season with a 112.800, good for fifth place at the meet. 


Great at State!

Tyler Hannah (195#) and Rhett Koenig (106#) proudly display their State Championship brackets and medals. Hannah, a senior, finished third as a freshman, third as a sophomore, and second as a junior in becoming a four-time state place winner. Koenig, a freshman, becomes PDC's first male underclassman to win an individual state title.

Rhett Koenig sprawls on his opponent’s shot attempt just before scoring a takedown on a go-behind in his State finals match. The takedown sealed a state championship in sudden victory for Koenig, a freshman, by a score of 7-5 over Chase Beckett of Portage.

Tyler Hannah (left) looks to score on the edge of the mat in his semifinal match against Bryce Burns of GET Mel/Min. Hannah would get a takedown in sudden victory 3-1 to advance to the finals.

Matt Rogge locks up a double arm bar and prepares to run it to take his opponent to his back for near fall points. Rogge would go on to win by technical fall 16-0 against his opponent from Lake Country Lutheran. Rogge would go on to finish in third place in his third trip to the State Tournament.

Luke Kramer uses a front headlock against his Wittenberg-Birnamwood opponent in Thursday night action. As a freshman, this was Kramer’s first trip to the State Tournament.

Traeton Saint secures a leg on his way to a single leg takedown in Thursday action against his Barron opponent. Saint would win by technical fall 17-2 to advance and finish in fifth place. This marked Saint’s fourth trip to the State Tournament, and his third time placing.

Bradyn Saint locks up his opponent from Freedom for near fall points en route to an 11-0 major decision in Thursday night action to advance to the quarterfinals. Saint would go on to finish in fifth place in his second trip to State.

Colten Wall (right) fights for hand/wrist control in his quarterfinal match-up with his opponent from Omro. Wall would lose a hard fought match 7-2. Wall is a two time state qualifier.

Prairie produces 2 state champs, 3 place winners


Hawks qualify seven for state, a new school record

Individual state qualifiers for the Prairie du Chien Blackhawks were, front row: Rhett Koenig (106#), Luke Kramer (126#) and Matt Rogge (132#). Back row: Traeton Saint (160#), Bradyn Saint (170#), Tyler Hannah (195#) and Colten Wall (220#).

Freshman Rhett Koenig uses a chicken wing arm bar against his Lodi opponent.

Senior Traeton Saint uses a whip to take his Mauston opponent to his back and pin him.

Junior Bradyn Saint sprawls in his match versus a Lake Mills opponent.

Senior Tyler Hannah secures a single leg for a take down against his Richland Center opponent.

Senior Colten Wall uses a spiral ride against his Jefferson opponent.

Freshman Luke Kramer applies pressure after a takedown against his Beloit Turner opponent.

Junior Matt Rogge controls the wrist against his Edgerton opponent before working towards a fall.

The Prairie du Chien Blackhawk wrestling team is advancing seven individuals to the State Tournament.


WS girls defeat Seneca

Maxine Grover of Seneca dribbles away from the full-court pressure applied by Tabitha Check and Regan Kramer of Wauzeka-Steuben. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Wauzeka-Steuben’s Ravyn Krachey and Seneca’s Maxine Grover fight for a rebound.

Seneca’s Kendra Chambers grabs a rebound while battling with Alexis Wielepski of Wauzeka-Steuben Friday night.

Wauzeka-Steuben defeated visiting Seneca 48-36 in a Ridge and Valley girls basketball game Friday night. 

The Lady Hornets improved to 16-4 on the season and 12-1 in conference action.


Eleven Prairie matmen advance to sectional

Freshman Rhett Koenig wrestles his Darlington/Blackhawk opponent in the semifinal round of regionals. Koenig would get the fall to advance to the finals, where he’d win a championship at 106#.

Freshman Maddox Cejka applies pressure against his Dodgeville opponent in the semifinal round of regionals. In the finals, Cejka would avenge a loss from just a week ago at the Clash, with an overtime thriller to win the championship at 120#.

On Saturday, Feb. 15, the WIAA Wrestling Tournament series started in Wisconsin. 

Prairie du Chien was host for a WIAA D2 Regional, with seven teams competing for the crown. 


Prairie du Chien grapplers to state as a team for 1st time

The Prairie du Chien High School wrestling team hoists their hardware in Lodi Tuesday night, showing off their Sectional Championship plaque. By winning, the Hawks earned a berth in the Team State Duals, which will take place on Saturday, March 7 in Madison at the Fieldhouse. It is the first time in school history Prairie du Chien has qualified for the Team State Tournament. (Photo submitted)

The third time would prove to be a charm, as the Prairie du Chien Wrestling Blackhawks traveled to Lodi on Tuesday evening to Team Sectionals with a berth to the Team State Tournament on the line. In 2018, PDC was defeated by Lodi at Team Sectionals in the semifinal round and in 2019 PDC was defeated by GET/Mel-Min in the Team Sectional finals. This year would prove to be different. After advancing to Team Sectionals by virtue their regional victory on Saturday, PDC would have much to celebrate at Lodi!


Prairie du Chien matmen are SWC-SWAL Clash champions

Senior Tyler Hannah ties up with his Lancaster opponent in the finals of the Clash at 195#. Hannah would dominate and win by technical fall 17-2. In doing so, Hannah became a four-time conference champion.

Great effort sets numerous records

The Prairie du Chien wrestling Blackhawks made history on Saturday at Mineral Point by winning their first-ever SWC/SWAL Clash title.