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Prairie Soccer

Prairie’s Nathaniel Oehler (17) moves the ball upfield against visiting Richland Center Tuesday evening. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Jon Dyer (6) jostles with a pair of Hornets Tuesday evening on the Bluff View pitch.

Prairie’s Chas Sagedahl battles against two Richland Center players.

The Blackhawks’ Evan Teynor heads the ball forward against the Hornets Tuesday.

The Blackhawks’ Jack Stoeffler (10) fights for control of the ball.



kick Hornets’ nest

The Prairie du Chien boys soccer team opened their home season Tuesday evening hosting the Richland Center Hornets.  

The Blackhawks played a well balanced game of procession and control. Prairie started out quickly. Only 3:54 into the game, Chas Sagedahl delivered a through ball to Jon Dyer who put it in for the first goal.  


Prairie du Chien Golf

Prairie du Chien’s Macy Sanders hits her approach from the 18th fairway during the Prairie du Chien Invitational Friday morning. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Prairie’s Taylor Hendrickson watches her putt on the first green Friday.

Gabby Ritchie knocks in a short putt on the 18th green in the Prairie du Chien Invitational.


PdC golfers 

host Prairie 

du Chien Invite

The Prairie du Chien girls golf team hosted the Prairie du Chien Invitational Friday morning at Prairie du Chien Country Club. 

Darlington won the 18-hole tournament with a team total of 404 strokes. Southwestern-Cuba City was second with 407. 


PdC Football Wins

Prairie du Chien’s Dylan Yeomans gets into the open field on the opening kickoff which he returned 54 yards to the Aquinas 34-yard line. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Jacob Mallat follows the blocking of Dominic Wright (22) and Eric Nolan (56).

Dylan Yeomans races along the sideline after hauling in what would be a 52-yard pass.

Ethan Swiggum finds a big opening.

Dylan Yeomans looks for running room behind the blocking of Ethan Swiggum (5) and Dominic Wright (22).

A trio of Prairie du Chien defenders close in on the Aquinas ballcarrier.

Dominic Wright takes the hand-off from quarterback Jacob Mallat against visiting La Crosse Aquinas Friday night.


Blackhawks beat Blugolds 33-27 in overtime

By Zach Mara


The Prairie du Chien Blackhawks opened up the 2016 Football Season on Friday night at home against the La Crosse Aquinas Blugolds. The game, dominated by offense, went back and forth all game long and the Blackhawks (1-0) won the game 33-27 in overtime.


Football Practice Underway

Let’s get ready to rumble! It’s that time of year already and area high school football teams have been hard at practice in preparation for the upcoming season. Above, a group of Prairie du Chien football players participate in a tackling drill Friday morning. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

New this season at Prairie du Chien are tackling rings, which are popular among coaches and players.

A player lifts the blocking dummy high Friday.

The blocking sled was a popular place for Prairie du Chien players Friday morning.

Several Prairie du Chien athletes participate in receiving and defending drills.

Dow gains Gold

Mel Dow and his son Tyler hold the team trophy Tyler helped the United States Cadet Team win at the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru on July 3. Tyler is also sporting his gold medal. (Photo courtesy of Mel Dow)


Former Prairie du Chien Youth 

Program wrestler wins gold at Pan Am Games

By Ted Pennekamp


A former Prairie du Chien athlete has had a great summer of wrestling. Tyler Dow, 16, won the gold medal at the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru on July 3 in the 152-pound weight class. 


Junior American Legion

The Prairie du Chien Junior American Legion baseball team split a doubleheader versus visiting La Crescent Thursday. Prairie won the opener 6-5 but lost the nightcap 7-4. Above, Frank Cipra takes a good lead off of third in the first game.

Prairie shortstop Gavin Gillitzer fields a ground ball and fires to first base for the out.

Cory Check gets a jump off of first base in the opener of a twinbill Thursday afternoon.

Prairie Baseball

The Iowa Grant runner just gets back in time on a pick-off attempt Wednesday as Prairie’s Drew Scott reaches for the tag. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Jack Wasechek gets a good jump off of third versus Iowa Grant Wednesday afternoon.

Peyton Hall heads for home with a run against Iowa Grant Wednesday.

Dylan Yeomans edges closer to home against visiting Iowa Grant.

Jack Wasechek drives in a run with a single to center against visiting Cuba City in the Regional Final Thursday afternoon.

The ball pops loose on this attempted tag of a Cuba City runner caught between first and second. The Cuba City player was tagged out moments later during the run-down.

First baseman Drew Scott gets ready to tag the Cuba City runner out on a pick-off.



baseball team 

on to Sectional

Top seeded Prairie du Chien defeated visiting and fourth seeded Iowa Grant 12-3 in a Division 3 Regional Semifinal baseball game Wednesday afternoon. The game had been postponed from Tuesday due to rain. 

The Blackhawks erupted for 7 big runs in the bottom of the first inning. 


State Track

Prairie du Chien’s Wesley Schwager clears the bar at 6-0 at the State Track Meet Saturday morning. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Tatem Baures of Wauzeka-Steuben (7) runs near the front during the first lap of the 1600-meter run at the State Track Meet Saturday.

Franci Gates of River Ridge vaults 8-6 Saturday morning at the State Track Meet.


Three area 

track athletes 

at State Meet

Three area track athletes competed at the State Track Meet at UW-La Crosse on Friday and Saturday. 

Prairie du Chien junior Wesley Schwager finished ninth in the Division 2 boys high jump with a leap of 6-0 Saturday morning.


Prairie's Season Ends

Molly Mason tosses the ball to Kelly Check at first base to get the out on a ground ball. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Lauren Nicholson winds up versus Boscobel Tuesday.

Lauren Nicholson hits the ball into the ground in front of home plate to get a single.

Kelly Check lays down a beautiful bunt for a base hit that advances two runners Tuesday afternoon in Division 3 Regional softball action against Boscobel.

JaZmien Chestnut beats the throw to second base for a double against Boscobel.


Boscobel ends 

Prairie’s season

Boscobel defeated host Prairie du Chien 7-5 in a Division 3 Regional softball game Tuesday afternoon. 

Prairie scored first with a run in the second inning to go up 1-0. 

Boscobel scored 3 runs in the top of the fourth and Prairie scored 1 in the bottom half as Boscobel led 3-2. 


Seneca Girls Win

Seneca’s Haley Wall gets ready to rifle in a pitch with a Kickapoo runner on third base. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Seneca’s Alivia Salinas hits the ball to left-center against visiting Kickapoo Friday afternoon in Ridge and Valley softball action.


Seneca girls 

top Kickapoo

The Seneca High School softball team easily defeated visiting Kickapoo 14-9 in a Ridge and Valley contest Friday afternoon.

Seneca improved its record to 15-8 overall and 10-4 in conference action. 

Kickapoo fell to 3-14 on the season and 2-11 in the Ridge and Valley.