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River Ridge is #joeystrong

The River Ridge School District is #joeystrong. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)


River Ridge School District continues to be #joeystrong

By Ted Pennekamp


The River Ridge boys basketball team has been playing with an added perspective this season as the students, staff and fans have rallied around Joseph Hamann and his family after Joey was diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma in early December.


PdC Girls Basketball

Prairie du Chien’s Kylee Weber catches a pass versus Viroqua Tuesday afternoon. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

The Lady Blackhawks’ Faith Dillman (34) fights for a loose ball versus Viroqua Tuesday in second-half action.

Prairie du Chien applies defensive pressure Tuesday afternoon against Viroqua.

Molly Mason gets good position and goes up for the shot under the basket.

Prairie du Chien’s Keya Welch drives to the hoop against the defense of Ally Stilwell of Viroqua Tuesday afternoon at Prairie du Chien High School.


Viroqua defeats 

Prairie du Chien

Viroqua defeated host Prairie du Chien 53-47 in a nonconference girls basketball game Tuesday afternoon.

Viroqua led 31-19 at the half. Prairie took the second half 28-22.

Gabby Ritchie pumped in 11 points to pace the Lady Blackhawks. Molly Mason added 10. Hope Meyer netted 9. 


River Ridge is joeystrong

Joseph Hamann with his parents Amy Jo and Kirk. (Photo courtesy of River Ridge High School)

A part of the River Ridge student section shows their support for basketball player Joseph Hamann who is fighting cancer. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

The Timberwolves’ Cole Crubel drives the lane for a lay-up.

Brett Moravits lays the ball over the outstretched hand of Jake Wedig of Belmont.

Ryan Redman (20) of River Ridge applies full court defense against Belmont.

River Ridge’s Gavin Steiber goes strong to the hoop Tuesday night.


River Ridge 

is ‘joeystrong’

River Ridge blasted visiting Belmont 73-29 Tuesday night in a Six Rivers West boys basketball game.

The Timberwolves used a full court press to great effect to get numerous turnovers and easy baskets to break away and turn the game into a rout.


Prairie du Chien Wrestling

Chase Watson gets ready to turn his MFL Mar Mac opponent with a single wing by securing the far wrist. Chase would go on to major decision his opponent. (Photo by Heather Koenig)

Nick Rogge uses an arm bar as he works a turn before decisioning his MFL Mar Mac opponent. (Photo by Heather Koenig)

Jerrod Osterkamp gains control of MFL Mar Mac’s Nick Larson in the 285-pound match. Osterkamp went on to win by pin. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)


PdC grapplers beat MFL Mar Mac

On Thursday, Dec. 8, the Prairie du Chien Blackhawk wrestling team was host to MFL Mar Mac. Prairie du Chien won 38-33. 

The evening started off with many special events. Parents and local sponsors were recognized and the winners were announced for the annual gun raffle. 

Wrestling started off at 285#. After a scoreless first period, Jerrod Osterkamp was able to power in a half nelson to pin his opponent. 


Prairie du Chien Wrestling

Ethan Swiggum has his opponent seeing the lights with a headlock for the pin. (Photos by Heather Koenig)

Reid Koenig has his opponent grimacing as he gets the pin with a double arm bar.

Tyler Smock throws in a “chicken wing” as he dominates his opponent.

Traeton Saint uses a single leg to score a two-point takedown.


PdC wrestlers 

place third at 

Nicolet Scramble

Koenig, Rogge, 

Ronnfeldt are champs


RRC Wrestling

Ethan Esser of RRC attempts a take down in the 220-pound match. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

James Breuer of RRC (left) engages his opponent.

RRC’s Caleb Lenzendorf gains control.

Jordan Kline (right) of RRC tangles with his Pecatonica-Argyle opponent.

River Ridge-Cassville's Colten Whipkey attempts an escape Tuesday night versus Pecatonica-Argyle.



grapplers top 

River Ridge-Cassville

The River Ridge-Cassville wrestling team hosted the Pecatonica-Argyle Vikings Tuesday night in nonconference action. 

The Vikings defeated the Timberwolves 30-24.


PdC girls win

Prairie du Chien got good looks at the basket throughout the contest.

The Lady Blackhawks’ Hope Meyer drives the lane for a lay-up.

Faith Dillman (34) fights for a rebound against Fennimore Friday night.

Prairie du Chien’s Hope Meyer looks for a cutting teammate versus Fennimore.

Prairie’s Lindsey Nicholson drives the lane and dishes off against visiting Fennimore Friday night. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Prairie’s McKenna Keeney grabs a loose ball under Prairie’s basket in first half action.


Prairie girls 

beat Fennimore

Prairie du Chien defeated visiting Fennimore 42-31 in a nonconference girls basketball game Friday night. 

Prairie took the first half 22-16 and the second half 20-15 to earn the victory. 

Prairie du Chien is now 1-0 on the season, while Fennimore dropped to 0-2.


‘From the Maroons to the Hawks’

Derick Kelly’s new book showcases Prairie du Chien High School athletic history and records.

New book by local author a must read for Prairie du Chien sports fans

By Ted Pennekamp


A Prairie du Chien High School graduate, Derick Kelly, has written a book about the athletic history of his alma mater.


Seneca Volleyball

The Seneca girls rock the house after winning a point at the State Volleyball Tournament Friday at the Resch Center in Green Bay. (Photos by Sandy Connors)

Seneca’s Becky Trautsch sets the ball up for a teammate.

Emily Garfoot pounds the ball to Newman Catholic at the state tournament.

Liv Swanson goes high for the spike against Newman Catholic Friday morning.


Seneca girls 

show dignity, pride

By Ted Pennekamp


The Seneca girls volleyball team ended a fine season Friday at the State Volleyball Tournament at the Resch Center in Green Bay. 


Seneca Ready For State

Seneca’s Liv Swanson goes high to pound the ball in a match earlier this season. Haley Wall (5) gets ready. Seneca has been using Swanson's spikes in recent practices to prepare for the digging they will need to do at the state tournament. (Courier Press file photo)

Members of the Seneca High School volleyball team pose with the Sectional Trophy in Richland Center on Saturday. The team includes, front row: Emily Garfoot, Haley Wall, Alivia Salinas, Makenna Greene and Hannah Whiteaker. Middle row: Corrina Lenzendorf, Becky Trautsch, Kelsy Ostrander and Helen Clark. Back row: Assistant Coach Susie Garfoot, Assistant Coach Logan Lessard, Erin Sime, Liv Swanson, Michelle Clark, Olivia Payne, Savanna Wallin, Assistant Coach Angie Mabb and Head Coach Dawn Ray. (Photo by Sandy Connors)


Seneca girls excited and ready for state tournament

By Ted Pennekamp


Seneca’s enthusiastic fans will be sure to follow their favorite team at the 44th Annual Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association Girls Volleyball State Tournament this upcoming weekend.