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Big second half propels Seneca

Seneca’s Ashton Swanson shoots in the lane against visiting De Soto in first-half action. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Kadin Wallin grabs an offensive rebound and goes right back up for 2 points.


Seneca had a big second half to come back to beat visiting De Soto 60-33 in a Ridge and Valley boys basketball game Tuesday night.

The Pirates led 23-19 at halftime, but the Indians had a furious rally to outscore the Pirates 41-10 in the second half to gain the victory.

Ashton Swanson and Evan Payne each netted 17 points to pace Seneca. Kolton Chambers and Kadin Wallin both scored 9.


Prairie du Chien matmen 2nd at Fort Atkinson TKO

Luke Kramer, freshman 126#, uses a high pod en route to a takedown in his match. Kramer would go on to a strong third-place finish.

Bradyn Saint, junior 170#, puts a boot in as he digs an arm bar while posting with his head. Saint would go on the defeat his opponent by fall.

On Saturday, Jan. 25, Prairie du Chien 132-pound wrestler Matt Rogge won his 100th career match at the TKO in Fort Atkinson. Rogge, a junior, becomes just the 15th wrestler in the history of PDC wrestling to have 100 wins. The other PDC wrestlers with at least 100 wins are Traeton Saint 169, Taylor Elliott 150, Nick Rogge 142, Stephen Ronnfeldt 137, Mike Lenzendorf 134, Zach Elliott 132, Reid Koenig 124, Alex Stormoen 123, Clayton Beers 122, Blake Garcia 114, Bradyn Saint 112, Evan Sinram 109, Tyler Smock 102, Colten Wall 100. Congratulations Matt!


On Saturday, the Blackhawk grapplers traveled to Fort Atkinson for the 10th annual TKO (Terry Kramer Open). Seventeen teams were in attendance, comprised of nine D1 teams and eight D2 teams. 

PDC would finish second with 369.5 points, just 14 points behind D1 rated Slinger with 383.5. 


Hawks defeat Platteville Hillmen

Mason Kramer drives for Prairie’s final two points of the first half Friday night. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Brandon Hanger looks for an open teammate Friday night.

Ryan Thein looks to score down low.

Josh Dyer gets a Platteville defender off of his feet and then goes up for the bucket.


The Prairie du Chien Blackhawks beat the Platteville Hillmen 47-34 in a Friday night match-up of two familiar conference opponents to improve to 3-2 in the conference.

The Prairie du Chien boys hosted Platteville in the fifth conference match-up of the season. The Hawks got out to another slow start during the first half but relied on their defense to keep them in the game as they were down at half by a score of 13-12. 


Hawks have record-breaking win against Aquinas



Seneca over Weston, Boland gets 500th win

Seneca boys basketball coach David Boland holds a ball commemorating his 500th career victory following Tuesday night’s win over Weston.


Seneca overwhelmed visiting Weston 64-12 in a Ridge and Valley boys basketball game Tuesday night. 

Seneca upped their record to 8-5 on the season and 5-2 in the Ridge and Valley Conference. Weston fell to 0-7.

Seneca Coach David Boland gained his 500th career victory.


Prairie grapplers dominate Dodgeville

Freshman Kurt Wall scores near fall points in this 132# match. Wall would win be technical fall 16-0 in 3:39.

Junior Chase Fisher applies pressure from top to keep his opponent’s hips down. Fisher would win by decision 6-4.


On Thursday, Jan. 16, the Prairie du Chien grapplers welcomed SWC foe Dodgeville to town for some wrestling action. Prior to the meet, Parents Night took place, with all wrestlers and cheerleaders being introduced and recognized before a large group of wrestling supporters. In addition, Bradyn Saint and Colten Wall received plaques for their 100th wins and Tyler Hannah for his 150th win. It was also Alumni Night. Dozens of PdC wrestling alumni were recognized. Tom and Cathie Nelson were recognized as “Fans of the Year.” Tom and Cathie can be seen at most all PdC wrestling events. If they aren’t cheering the Hawks on together, it’s because Tom calls a number of the duals for WPRE radio. The Prairie du Chien Color Guard led the National Anthem and the grappling began. 


Lady Hawk gymnasts continue to improve, have fun

Haylee Sheckler executes a jump on the balance beam Monday night versus visiting Southwestern on Senior Night. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Kylee O’Kane flips during her dismount in the high school gym Monday.

Kylee O’Kane leaps on the balance beam Monday night in Prairie du Chien.

Sadie Koresh completes a kneeling move on the beam Monday night.

Prairie du Chien’s Madison Puckett prepares to land a jump.



The Prairie du Chien-Fennimore gymnastics team hosted Southwestern-Cuba City-Benton-Darlington on Monday in the team’s final home dual of the season. 

PdC-F also celebrated Senior Night and honored Kylee O’Kane, Hannah Garrity and manager Zach Mara after the meet. 


PdC-F gymnasts host two meets

Hailey Ohlert sticks her landing on the vault versus Dodgeville-Mineral Point. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Alyssa Schoepp swings through on the uneven parallel bars.

Prairie’s Kylee O’Kane goes from the low bar to the high on the uneven parallel bars Monday night.

Hannah Garrity performs her routine on the balance beam.

Hailey Ohlert concentrates while on the beam.


The Prairie du Chien-Fennimore gymnastics team hosted Viroqua on Friday night, Jan. 10 in PdC-F’s first dual of the season. 

The girls pieced together an impressive performance, surpassing their Mt. Horeb Invitational score with a 106.900 for the night. 


Prairie trounces Waukon

Clare Teynor of the Lady Blackhawks fights for a loose ball versus Waukon. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Prairie’s Macey Banasik gets good inside position as she gets ready to score against visiting Waukon Tuesday night.


The Prairie du Chien High School girls basketball team trounced visiting Waukon, Iowa, 62-39, in a Tuesday night nonconference tilt. 

The Lady Hawks improved to 9-2 on the season. They are 3-0 in the SWC.

Prairie has a big game coming up at Platteville on Jan. 9. Platteville is 12-0 on the season and 3-0 in conference play.


Prairie du Chien grapplers beat Lancaster

Kurt Wall of Prairie du Chien gains an advantage versus Dustin Tydrich in their 132-pound match Thursday night. (Photos by A.J. Gates, Grant County Herald Independent)

Ryder Koenig of Prairie du Chien takes down Joe Esser of Lancaster in their 106-pound match.

Prairie du Chien traveled to Lancaster for the SWC opener on Thursday, Dec. 19. The #3 ranked team in the state Blackhawks would be victorious over Lancaster by a score of 34-27. The dual started at 113#, where Rhett Koenig would battle Lancaster's returning State Runner up from a year ago. In a tight match, Lancaster would win 8-7. At 120#, Maddox Cejka would work his opponent over with four takedowns and a couple of near fall combinations for a 14-4 major decision. At 126#, Luke Kramer would record a quick first period fall in 1:40. At 132#, Kurt Wall and his Lancaster opponent would be tied 7-7 at the end of regulation before Wall would come up short in sudden victory 9-7. At 138#, Matt Rogge would square off against a returning State Qualifier and win a very workmanlike match 5-0. At 145# Chase Fisher was beat 10-4. At 152# Kurtis Evenson would lose by first period fall. At 160# Traeton Saint would right the ship with a :31 second fall.