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River Ridge girls win

Amber Patterson of River Ridge goes up for a shot down low against visiting Shullsburg Thursday night. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Rachael Herrick (20) of River Ridge battles against McKailah Strang of Shullsburg for a loose ball Thursday night.

Bridgette Myers looks to score against Shullsburg in Western Six Rivers action.

Darion Brooks gets ready to hoist up a 3-pointer against visiting Shullsburg.


River Ridge beats Shullsburg

River Ridge beat visiting Shullsburg 46-36 in a Western Six Rivers girls basketball game Thursday night. 

River Ridge was behind early in the first half but came back to lead at halftime 24-20. River Ridge took the second half 22-16. 

Bridgette Myers paced the Lady Timberwolves with a game high 15 points. Sierra Schier and Amber Patterson each netted 8.


PdC-WS Wrestling

Brendan Fleshner (right) gets started in his 160-pound match. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Stephen Ronnfeldt scores a two-point takedown with a fireman’s carry.

Peyton Hall is in position to secure near fall points after digging out an arm bar.

Reid Koenig controls a wrist before securing a two-point takedown.

Blake Garcia looks to break his opponent down with tight waist arm bar.

Chase Watson (left) tries to gain an advantage in his 113-pound match Tuesday night.

Jeremy Lessard (left) won by fall in 49 seconds in the 285-pound match Tuesday night.


PdC-WS grapplers come from behind to beat Viroqua

On Tuesday evening, Jan. 5, the PdC/WS wrestlers welcomed Viroqua for a nonconference dual meet.  


Blackhawks at Concordia

Chas Sagedahl converts a layup for Prairie du Chien against McDonell Central at the Rick Majerus Wisconsin Basketball Yearbook Shootout, which was played at Concordia University in Mequon Dec. 30. (Photo by Thomas J. McKillen)


McDonell Central nips 

PdC boys

McDonell Central nipped Prairie du Chien 46-44 at Concordia University in Mequon in boys basketball action Dec. 30. 

Prairie led 28-25 at the half but McDonell took the second half 21-16 to edge the Blackhawks in the Rick Majerus Wisconsin Basketball Shootout.

Prairie du Chien is now 6-2 on the season.


PdC-WS at Bi-State

Prairie du Chien/Wauzeka-Steuben’s Peyton Hall tries to defend against a single leg takedown by Baraboo’s Nicholas Pierce in a 195-pound wrestleback. (Photo by Nate Beier)


PdC-WS wrestlers at Bi-State Classic

Beers places seventh, Garcia is twelfth

On Tuesday, Dec. 29 and Wednesday, Dec. 30, the Prairie du Chien grapplers traveled to La Crosse for the 34th Annual Bi-State Classic hosted by Holmen High School at the La Crosse Center. This event puts 58 teams from all divisions together with more than 600 wrestlers from throughout Wisconsin and Minnesota. The Bi-State Classic is one of the toughest holiday tournaments in the midwest. There were 79 wrestlers in the event who competed in the Wisconsin or Minnesota State Tournaments last year; 31 of them were medalists and 8 of them were state champions.


River Ridge Tournament

Caleb Irish goes up for 2 points against defensive pressure down low. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Preston Clark of River Ridge drives down the middle of the lane against Albany Wednesday.

Ben Ertz (0) battles for a loose ball against Albany in the first half Wednesday.

Gavin Steiber looks to pass under the basket.

Isaac White drives against Connor Trow of Albany.

Ty Bloom applies full court pressure against Albany.

River Ridge’s Brett Moravits makes a nifty inside pass against Albany.


River Ridge 

hosts tournament

The River Ridge boys basketball team hosted the River Ridge Tournament in Patch Grove (varsity) and Bloomington (junior varsity) Dec. 30. 

Albany defeated River Ridge 59-31 in the first game in Patch Grove Dec. 30. 

Albany led 33-16 at the half en route to the win.


Prairie du Chien boys win

Prairie’s Connor George looks to pass from under the basket. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Drew Scott goes up for a shot against visiting Onalaska.

Chas Sagedahl (10) looks to score against visiting Onalaska Tuesday night.

Casey Hogenson drives the right baseline in the first half.

Nathan Banasik eyes the basket as he drives the left baseline in first-half action.



over Hilltoppers

Prairie du Chien got off to a bit of a slow start during the first part of the first half Tuesday night but then came alive to take the lead over visiting Onalaska and eventually won the nonconference match-up 59-53. 

The Blackhawks improved to 6-0 on the season with the win. 


Seneca over Wauzeka-Steuben

Seneca and Wauzeka-Steuben players battle for a rebound. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Samantha Groom of Wauzeka-Steuben drives against Alivia Salinas of Seneca.

Tatem Baures of Wauzeka-Steuben drives down the lane while defended by Seneca's Alivia Salinas (2) and Michelle Clark (14).

Samantha Groom of Wauzeka-Steuben gets ready to shoot against Haley Wall of Seneca.

A loose ball draws a crowd in first-half action in Wauzeka Friday night.

Molly Heisz of Wauzeka-Steuben fires up a shot from the middle of the lane Friday night.

Molly Heisz drives the left baseline and scores in the first half.


Seneca edges 


Seneca defeated host Wauzeka-Steuben 41-37 in a Ridge and Valley girls basketball game Friday night.

The score was 20-15 in favor of Seneca at the half. Wauzeka-Steuben outscored Seneca 22-21 in the second half but it wasn’t quite enough as Seneca prevailed.


Wrestlers win championship

Blake Garcia power halves his Plymouth opponent in a 120-pound match. (Photos submitted)

Clayton Beers of Prairie du Chien/Wauzeka-Steuben pins his Wisconsin Dells opponent with a double arm bar in the 126-pound match.


PdC-WS wins championship of Dells Duals Classic

On Saturday, Dec. 12, the Prairie du Chien/Wauzeka-Steuben wrestling team traveled to Wisconsin Dells and the Woodside Sports Complex for the 2015 Dells Duals Classic. There were 30 participating teams split into six evenly matched pools. PdC’s pool consisted of PdC, St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin Dells, Plymouth and Brookfield Central. 


PdC-WS versus MFL MarMac

At 106 pounds, Reid Koenig (top) of Prairie du Chien/Wauzeka-Steuben gains control over Zach Trudo of MFL MarMac Thursday night. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Clayton Beers of PdC-WS, top, tries to turn Dylan Corlett of MFL MarMac.

In the 182-pound match, Brendan Fleshner, PdC-WS, right, attempts to take down Corbin Gardner of MFL MarMac.

Nick Rogge, right, of PdC-WS, tangles with Michael Egan of MFL in the 132-pound match.


Prairie du Chien grapplers fall to MFL Mar/Mac 39-36

On Thursday, Dec. 10, the Prairie du Chien Blackhawk wrestling team traveled to McGregor for a nonconference meet with rival MFL Mar/Mac. MFL Mar/Mac is one of the favorites to win the Upper Iowa Conference this year. As expected, it was a very close meet.

The match started at 120 pounds and MFL recorded a fall. PdC responded by winning the next two matches. Clayton Beers, 126, used a series of tilts before pinning his opponent in the second period. Nick Rogge, 132, followed with a decisive win, 8-2. 


Cuba City over Prairie

Lindsey Welter applies tough defensive pressure in Cuba City’s back court. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Brooke Trautsch makes a nifty inside bounce pass against Cuba City Tuesday night.

Lindsey Welter fires up a three-pointer against visiting Cuba City in second half action.

Prairie du Chien’s Anna Zeeh hoists a shot along the right baseline against the defense of Elizabeth Misky of Cuba City Tuesday night in the second half.

Kelsey Achenbach wrestles for a loose ball against Jessi Marti of Cuba City Tuesday night.


Second half 

surge lifts Cuba 

City over Prairie

The Prairie du Chien Lady Blackhawks lost to the two-time defending Division 4 state champion Cuba City Cubans 48-35 in SWC girls basketball Tuesday night in Prairie du Chien. 

It was a case of two halves for Prairie as the halftime tie of 29-29 was countered by an offensive flurry by Cuba City’s Jessi Marti.