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Blue-Golds wallop Trojans

Gavin Ralph of SWS makes a reception and heads upfield against host North Crawford Friday night. (Photo by Charley Preusser, Crawford County Independent and Kickapoo Scout)

Gavin Ralph of the Blue-Golds races to the end zone against the Trojans. (Photo by Charley Preusser, Crawford County Independent and Kickapoo Scout)

The Blue-Golds’ Hunter Aspenson breaks into the open for a big gain. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)

Ashton Swanson of SWS moves in to make the tackle on the North Crawford runner. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)


The Seneca/Wauzeka-Steuben football team had little problem dispatching host North Crawford in a Ridge and Valley contest Friday night. The Blue-Golds rolled to a 62-14 win over the Trojans.

Ethan Karnopp scored on a 13-yard run and the PAT was good as SWS gained a 7-0 advantage in the first quarter. Carter Lomas scored on a 5-yard run but the 2-point attempt was no good as SWS upped the lead to 13-0. Ashton Swanson hauled in an 18-yard TD pass from Lomas and the PAT was good as SWS had a 20-0 lead after the first period.


Pedretti leaves lasting legacy as baseball coach

Prairie du Chien’s Mark Pedretti gets fired up during a playoff game a few years ago. (Courier Press file photo)


By Ted Pennekamp


Mark Pedretti is stepping down as head baseball coach at Prairie du Chien High School after an 28 seasons at the helm in an accomplished coaching career.


PdC cross country hosts Dodge-Point

Prairie’s Max Anthony is on his way to a 10th-place finish. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Spencer DeHart maintains good form during the cross country meet against Dodge-Point Tuesday afternoon at La Riviere Park.

The Blackhawks’ Bryce Priebe cruises along on the first leg Tuesday at La Riviere Park.

Karly Jaynes, Meg Katzung and Ava Hager run together versus Dodge-Point Tuesday.

Kylee Rogers goes down a slight slope at La Riviere Park.


The Prairie du Chien High School cross country team hosted Dodgeville-Mineral Point at La Riviere Park Tuesday afternoon in SWC action.



One team, one athlete and Courier Press named to Prairie du Chien Athletic Hall of Fame

The 1982-83 girls basketball team, Shelly Howe, and the Courier Press, represented by Gary Howe, were inducted into the Prairie du Chien High School Athletic Hall of Fame at halftime of Friday's football game versus River Valley. In the front row are Jill Pitzer Tancil, Jane Greenwald Kluesner, Liz Bushnell Bremmer, Bridget Campbell Keepers, Shelly Howe and Gary Howe. Back row: Kim Hanson Burlage, Michele Kozelka Pattison, Linda Kozelka Heal and Lisa Kozelka Dyer. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)


The 1982-83 girls basketball team, Shelly Howe and the Courier Press were named to the Prairie du Chien Athletic Hall of Fame during an induction ceremony at halftime of Friday night’s Prairie du Chien football game versus River Valley.

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River Valley tops Prairie du Chien

Prairie's Tyler Hannah (44) plows forward for good yardage. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Dylan Coleman looks for running room around the left side Friday night versus River Valley.


By Zach Mara


The Prairie du Chien Blackhawks hosted the River Valley Blackhawks on Friday night in each team’s SWC opener. Valley (2-1, 1-0) was able to combine a steady run game with a couple of long passing plays to move the ball down field consistently en route to an 18-7 victory over Prairie du Chien (2-1, 0-1).


River Valley defeats Prairie volleyball

Lily Krahn battles at the net against two River Valley opponents. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Clare Teynor winds up to spike one over the River Valley player Thursday night at Prairie du Chien High School. An enthusiastic crowd and student section were on hand to cheer on the Lady Blackhawks in SWC action.

Emma Konichek pounds the ball back to River Valley.


The Prairie du Chien volleyball team lost a very exciting and hard-fought battle against River Valley on Thursday night. 

The Hawks came out with intensity and took the first set 25-22. Valley battled back and won the second set 25-12, but the Hawks didn't go away quietly. In the third and fourth sets, both teams showed toughness and grit with a lot of long volleys and exciting play. However, the Hawks lost both sets. 

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Prairie soccer team ties Mauston

Prairie’s Landon Kohler battles for control against Mauston. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Josh Dyer kicks the ball forward to a teammate.

Joey Gourdin gets the ball away from a Mauston opponent and moves upfield.

Roman Gonzalez (18) goes after a loose ball while Joey Gourdin gets into position.

Landon Kohler heads the ball.

Prairie's Jaret Semanko passes across the pitch versus Mauston.


The Prairie du Chien boys soccer team opened their home season Thursday night with two exciting and closely matched contests with the Golden Eagles of Mauston.  

The varsity took the field first in what would prove to be a battle of defenses. 


Prairie golfers play at Darlington then Prairie du Chien

The Blackhawks’ Molly Peterson chips onto the green at the Gary Ringen Memorial Invitational at Darlington Country Club on Aug. 23. (Photos by Tom Gunnell, Darlington Republican Register)

Macy Sander of Prairie du Chien hits a drive at Darlington Country Club.


The Prairie du Chien Lady Hawk golfers competed in the Ringen Invitational at Darlington Country Club on Aug. 23.  

The ladies improved different aspects of their game and scoring, which led to a seventh place finish with a team score of 476. Macy Sander carded a 110 to lead the Lady Hawks in scoring and medaled in the event with an eighth-place individual low score. Allison Kennedy added 115, Molly Peterson 118, Kendall Hill 133, and Lydia Seeley a 137.


Prairie wins 7-6

Prairie du Chien's Traeton Saint follows his block and gets to the outside versus La Crosse Aquinas Saturday afternoon. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Mason Kramer hauls in a pass and races down the sideline.

Tyler Hannah (44) and other defenders drag the Aquinas ballcarrier out of bounds.

Traeton Saint looks for running room.

Traeton Saint gets to the outside for a good gain.

Jon Titlbach (86) and several other Blackhawks stop the La Crosse runner.

Mason Kramer returns a punt for good yardage.

Quarterback Dylan Coleman attempts to elude an Aquinas defender.

Traeton Saint sacks the Aquinas quarterback following a bad snap.

Tyler Hannah looks for an opening.

By Zach Mara


Blackhawks host football scrimmage

The Blackhawks’ Traeton Saint looks to get to the outside Friday evening against Fennimore. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Prairie du Chien quarterback Dylan Coleman rolls to his left looking for an open receiver versus Fennimore Friday evening.

Traeton Saint breaks away for a huge gain against Fennimore.

Prairie du Chien’s offensive line gets a good initial push against Fennimore as the Blackhawks’ head coach, Cory Koenig, looks on.


The Prairie du Chien Blackhawks football team hosted a scrimmage with Westby and Fennimore Friday evening at Prairie du Chien High School.

Along with the round robin varsity action, junior varsity teams participated as well on the nice, sunny day.

A good crowd enjoyed seeing Prairie du Chien as they prepared for the upcoming season, which begins on Saturday, Aug. 24 with a noon game versus La Crosse Aquinas at UW-La Crosse.