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Wheeler Third at State

River Ridge-Cassville’s Ben Wheeler gains control over Seth Roberts of Johnson Creek Thursday night. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)


Wheeler 3rd at State Tournament

River Ridge-Cassville wrestler Ben Wheeler took third place in the 285-pound weight class at the Division 3 Individual State Wrestling Tournament at the Kohl Center this past weekend. 

Wheeler, a senior, defeated Seth Roberts of Johnson Creek by fall in 1:21 in his first match Thursday night. 

Wheeler then lost in the quarterfinal to Max Villnow of Amherst, 11-4 on Friday. 


PdC Wrestlers at State

Matt Rogge (top) attempts to gain an advantage over Carsten McHugh of Freedom Thursday night. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Prairie’s Traeton Saint reaches for the left wrist of Tim Coyne of Hayward-Northwood.

The Blackhawks’ Blake Garcia looks for an opening versus Matthew Maitland of Wrightstown in their 145-pound match.

Prairie du Chien’s Nick Rogge gets an arm bar on Reece Worachek of Luxemburg-Casco in their quarterfinal match at the State Individual Wrestling Tournament at the Kohl Center in Madison.

Stephen Ronnfeldt of Prairie du Chien applies pressure to Jake Rau of Medford.

The Blackhawks’ Colten Wall faces off against Nate Lloyd of Luxemburg-Casco Thursday night at the State Individual Wrestling Tournament.


Prairie wrestlers 

finish strong at state

3 Blackhawks are runners-up

As has been the case the entire year, the Prairie du Chien Blackhawk wrestlers decided to continue making noise and program history at the 75th annual WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament in Madison that was held Feb. 22 through Feb. 24. 


PdC man catches big black carp

Jeff Ritter (right) of Prairie du Chien landed this behemoth from the Mississippi River near Cape Girardeau, Missouri. (Photo submitted)


Prairie du Chien

fisherman hauls 

in huge black carp

By Ted Pennekamp


Jeff Ritter of Ritter’s Fish Market of Prairie du Chien recently caught two black carp, one tipping the scales at a whopping 115 pounds.


Conference Gymnastics Meet

The gymnasts from all schools line up before the start of the conference meet Friday night at Bluff View Intermediate School. The Prairie du Chien team is at the left. (Photo by Rose Ziel)

Prairie’s Mackenzie Pettit vaults Friday night. (Photo by Rose Ziel)

Mackenzie Pettit displays good concentration on the balance beam. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)

Prairie du Chien’s Jade Afroukh jumps while performing on the balance beam. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)

Desiree Puckett finishes her floor exercise. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)


Prairie du Chien 

hosts conference 

gymnastics meet

Prairie du Chien hosted the Southwest Wisconsin Conference Gymnastics Meet on Friday night in the Bluff View gymnasium.

Southwestern-Cuba City won the meet with 130.125 team points. Dodgeville-Mineral Point had 128.7, Platteville Co-op 125.675, River Valley 114.8 and Prairie du Chien-Fennimore 106.35.


Wheeler goes to State


Wheeler earns 

trip to State Wrestling Meet

Ben Wheeler of River Ridge-Cassville earned a trip to the WIAA Division 3 State Wrestling Tournament to be held at the Kohl Center in Madison on Feb. 22-24. It is the 75th annual State Wrestling Tournament.

Wheeler, a senior with a record of 30-9 this season, finished third in the 285-pound weight class by pinning sophomore Leif Bredeson (19-17) of Darlington-Black Hawk in 1:28 in the third-place match at the Mineral Point Sectional on Saturday.


Prairie Wrestlers Statebound

Prairie du Chien state qualifiers Colten Wall, Matt Rogge, Blake Garcia, Traeton Saint, Nick Rogge and Stephen Ronnfeldt will be representing PDC wrestling at the Kohl Center starting Thursday evening at 7 p.m.

Blake Garcia works hard in controlling his Monroe opponent. Garcia would win by major decision, 9-0.

Nick Rogge dominates his Wisconsin Dells opponent with a double arm bar in his quarterfinal match. Nick would win by major decision, 11-0. In the finals, Nick would beat Max Barreau of Lodi 6-1 for a sectional championship.

Stephen Ronnfeldt pins his Wisconsin Dells opponent in a quarterfinal match.​


Blackhawks qualify six for State Wrestling Tournament

The Prairie du Chien Blackhawk wrestling team once again continued to make history. This time, by advancing six individuals to the State Tournament to be held in the Kohl Center in Madison from Feb. 22-24.

Richland Center was the host of a WIAA Division 2 Sectional on Saturday, Feb. 17. Traeton Saint and Stephen Ronnfeldt will be making return trips to state, with a few teammates joining them. The top three finishers in each weight division earned trips to the state meet.


Antoine and family enjoying Olympics

A group of South Korean women pose for a photo with their new cheesehead wearing friends. The cheeseheads are Claire Martins, Kelleigh Martins, Elise Martins and Lonnie Martins. (Photo by Mary Antoine)


Matt Antoine’s family 

and friends enjoy Olympic Games

By Mary Antoine



Antoine appreciates his many fans

Prairie du Chien’s Matt Antoine slides around a curve during his first run at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games. (Photo by Getty Images)

Matt Antoine (far right), along with many other United States Olympic Team members from several sports, waves to those gathered for “The Today Show.” Matt was also interviewed on media night. (Photo by Mary Antoine)


Antoine finishes in 11th place in South Korea and

is enjoying the rest of the Olympics with family, friends

By Ted Pennekamp



Pedretti in Hall of Fame

Prairie du Chien’s Mark Pedretti is just seven wins shy of 400 for his stellar coaching career. (Courier Press file photo)


Pedretti inducted 

into WBCA Hall of Fame

Prairie du Chien’s Mark Pedretti was one of four coaches who were inducted into the Wisconsin Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame on Feb. 10.

Pedretti enters the WBCA Hall of Fame after constructing and guiding one of the most dominating programs in the state.


Antoine Family at Olympics

Matt Antoine (center) dropped by at the Proctor and Gamble House to visit with family members. Shown with Matt are his brother Nick and Nick’s wife Charlotte. (Photos by Mary Antoine)

Mary Antoine’s granddaughter did some serious pin trading.

Mary Antoine, with family members and friends, enjoyed a parade.


Antoine’s family and 

friends see some competition

Prairie du Chien’s Matt Antoine is in South Korea preparing for his second Winter Olympic games. Matt won the bronze medal in Sochi, Russia in men’s skeleton in 2014. Matt’s mother, Mary, along with nine other family members and friends, are in Gangneung, South Korea, to cheer Matt on.


By Mary Antoine