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River Valley over Prairie du Chien

Prairie du Chien’s Mason Kramer drives to the hoop for 2 points versus River Valley in the new fieldhouse Thursday night. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Josh Dyer of Prairie du Chien eyes the hoop against River Valley in first-half action.

Prairie’s Connor Smith gets Will Bailey of River Valley off the floor with a good pump fake.

Justice Olmstead grabs a rebound against visiting River Valley Thursday night.


River Valley defeated host Prairie du Chien 63-55 in a Southwest Wisconsin Conference boys basketball game Thursday night in the new fieldhouse at Prairie du Chien High School.

River Valley improved to 2-1 overall and 1-0 in the SWC. Prairie fell to 2-2 on the season and 1-1 in conference action.


Hornets handle Vikings

The Hornets’ Gavin Ralph draws four defenders and dishes out to a wide open teammate to his right in the corner for an uncontested 3-pointer. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Carter Lomas scores for Wauzeka-Steuben versus Pecatonica Monday night.

Jake Reichmann drives for a layup against the visiting Vikings in first-half action.


Second-ranked Wauzeka-Steuben easily handled visiting Pecatonica 69-39 in a nonconference boys basketball game Monday night. 

The Hornets, who are ranked second in the state in Division 5 in two polls, used good play making, shooting and defense to improve to 4-0 overall. They are 2-0 in the Ridge and Valley Conference.

The Hornets built a 33-15 halftime lead en route to the victory.


Prairie du Chien matmen third at Devils Duals

Freshman Rhett Koenig puts the hurt on his GET/Melrose Mindoro opponent. Koenig would pin his opponent.

Senior Traeton Saint earns near fall points in his match versus GET/Melrose Mindoro. Saint would go on to win by decision.


The #8 ranked Blackhawk grapplers traveled to Wisconsin Dells to wrestle in the Dome on Saturday, Dec. 14 for the 2019 Devils Duals hosted by Adams-Friendship. 

PdC received the 6th seed in the 32-team field. The Blackhawks finished third.  

The field was very deep, with 10 of the 32 teams ranked in the state. In the opening round, PdC would dismantle Wautoma/Wild Rose by a score of 73-6. The Hawks had seven pins and one major decision in the match.  


Blackhawk matmen win Cramer/Brown Duals

Members of the Prairie du Chien wrestling team pose with their first-place trophy after winning the Cramer/Brown Duals hosted by Janesville Parker. In the championship match, the Blackhawks defeated the #5 ranked Random Lake team by a score of 41-29.

Matt Rogge works over his Random Lake opponent with an arm bar in the 138# weight class. Rogge would record a technical fall with a 16-0 win in the second period.

Tyler Hannah puts the hurt on his Janesville Parker opponent with a tight headlock in the 195# weight class. Hannah would pin his opponent in the second period.


On Saturday, Dec. 7, the PdC Blackhawks traveled to Janesville Parker for the Cramer/Brown Duals. The Duals are an eight-team event, with the first three rounds being pooled before separating into championship and consolation brackets. 

In the opening round, PdC would take down Monroe by a score of 58-15. The Hawks took advantage of six falls and one major decision. In round two, PdC would battle with host Janesville Parker, and come out on top 48-30. The Hawks had four falls, one technical fall, and a major decision. 


Lady Hornets stop Silver Eagles

McKenzie Olsen of Wauzeka-Steuben grabs a rebound against Weston Friday night. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Maddy Reichmann of the Lady Hornets drives the right baseline to the hoop.

Wauzeka-Steuben’s Kayden Groom eyes the basket versus Weston Friday night.


Wauzeka-Steuben stopped visiting Weston 65-34 in a Ridge and Valley girls basketball game Friday night. 

The Lady Hornets improved to 3-2 on the season and 2-0 in conference action. 

On Dec. 12, Wauzeka-Steuben will travel to De Soto.


Lady Hawks stop Lady Wolves

Prairie du Chien’s Ella Hager rips a loose ball away from Ruby Breuer of River Ridge Tuesday night in Prairie du Chien. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Skylar White scores in first half action versus host Prairie du Chien Tuesday night.

Abby Feye of the Lady Hawks drives against the defense of McKenzie Graf of River Ridge.

The Lady Hawks’ Allison Allbee battles for a rebound against the Lady Wolves’ Ruby Breuer.


Prairie du Chien defeated visiting River Ridge 58-45 in a nonconference girls basketball game Tuesday night. 

The Lady Blackhawks improved to 2-1 on the season. The Lady Timberwolves are now 2-1. 

Prairie du Chien will next travel to Lancaster on Dec. 6. 


Fennimore tops River Ridge boys

Cole Crubel of River Ridge heads up the court versus Fennimore. (Photos by A.J. Gates, Grant County Herald Independent)

David Nies of the Timberwolves drives to the hoop against visiting Fennimore.


Fennimore defeated host River Ridge 70-48 in a nonconference boys basketball game Tuesday night, Nov. 26.

Fennimore led 35-27 at the half. 

The Golden Eagles took the second half 35-21 to earn the victory in the opening game of the season for both teams.


River Ridge tops Wauzeka-Steuben

Bayli Mason of River Ridge drives the lane against defensive pressure from Peyton Mindham of Wauzeka-Steuben Thursday night. (Photos by A.J. Gates, Grant County Herald Independent)

River Ridge’s Ruby Breuer gets past McKenzie Olsen of Wauzeka-Steuben. Maddy Reichmann (24) gets ready to move in for a possible rebound.


Sixth ranked River Ridge defeated visiting Wauzeka-Steuben 55-31 Thursday night in girls basketball.

River Ridge improved to 1-0 on the season. Wauzeka-Steuben dropped to 0-2. 

River Ridge will travel to Fennimore on Nov. 26. 

Wauzeka-Steuben will travel to Southwestern on Nov. 26.


Prairie du Chien football ends fine season

Prairie’s Mason Kramer fights for extra yardage after catching a pass along the sideline in first-half action Friday night in McFarland. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

The Blackhawks’ Traeton Saint runs through an arm tackle Friday night.

Prairie quarterback Dylan Coleman eludes a Lake Country Lutheran pass rusher.

Dylan Coleman swings a pass to Mason Kramer.

A trio of Prairie du Chien defenders arrive to gang-tackle the Lake Country Lutheran ballcarrier Friday night.

Mason Kramer heads upfield after catching a sideline pass.

Traeton Saint follows the blocking of Tyler Hannah.

Ben Riter (88) goes high for a pass.


By Zach Mara



Big game on horizon

Dual threat Prairie du Chien quarterback Dylan Coleman is a dangerous runner as shown here against Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau in the Level 3 contest Friday night. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)

Lake Country Lutheran quarterback Luke Haertle (12) throws a pass against St. John’s Northwestern Military Academy on Sept. 30. (Photo by Curt Hogg/Now News Group)


By Ted Pennekamp


A big football game looms for Prairie du Chien Friday night as the Blackhawks, a number 2 seed, will square off against number 1-seeded Lake Country Lutheran in a neutral site game in McFarland.