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Ritchie, Teynor on to State Track

Gabby Ritchie, shown here at the Prairie du Chien Regional, earned a trip to the State Track Meet by getting second in the shot put at the East Troy Sectional. (Courier Press file photos)

Ben Teynor (middle), shown during a meet in Prairie du Chien earlier this season, qualified for the State Track Meet by taking second in the 300 hurdles at the East Troy Sectional Thursday.


The Blackhawk track and field athletes that made it to the East Troy Sectional and got themselves ready for the day with a nice quiet drive. 

Kori Jaynes got things rolling with a nice 100m dash and just missed her career PR by 1/10th of a second, finishing the season in 10th place. Faith Dillman was up next in the 100 High Hurdles and finished the day in 12th place with a 17.94. Ben Teynor was up next in the 110 High Hurdles. Ben hit a 15.80 and qualified for the finals. Ben then hit a career PR - 15.42 in the finals and just missed out on going to state by 1/100th of a second, finishing in 6th place. 


WS girls on to sectional

Tabitha Check of Wauzeka-Steuben gets ready to unwind and fire in a pitch to the De Soto batter. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Parker Mindham fields a bunt and throws to first base for the out.

Ravyn Krachey of the Lady Hornets dives to knock the ball down against De Soto.

Second baseman Jenna McCarthy grabs the knocked down ball and gets ready to fire it to home plate against visiting De Soto.


The Wauzeka-Steuben softball team won 6-5 over visiting and fourth-seeded De Soto Thursday, May 23 in regional softball action.

Top-seeded Wauzeka-Steuben improved their overall record to 21-0 and advanced to the sectional semifinal against second-seeded Highland at Wauzeka on May 28 beginning at 4:30 p.m.

The winning pitcher was Tabitha Check. She gave up 5 runs on 7 hits, while fanning 6 and walking 4.


Prairie gets over Wisconsin Heights

Prairie’s Gavin Gillitzer pitched five innings versus Wisconsin Heights Tuesday. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Mark Welter attempts a squeeze play bunt against visiting Wisconsin Heights.

Aaron Neisius easily gets back on a pick-off attempt.


Top seeded Prairie du Chien came from behind to get past visiting and fourth seeded Wisconsin Heights 4-3 in a regional semifinal baseball game Tuesday afternoon.

Heights took the early lead by scoring a run in the top of the second inning and another in the third to go up 2-0.

Prairie scored 2 runs in the bottom of the fourth to tie the game at 2-2.


River Ridge, Seneca, Wauzeka-Steuben at Lancaster Regional

Ashton Marshall (left) and Faith Schier (right) of River Ridge burst from the blocks in the 100-meter dash at the Lancaster Regional. (Photos by A.J. Gates, Grant County Herald Independent)

Brenden Rolling of Seneca sails towards the sand in the triple jump Monday afternoon.

Tyler Walters of Wauzeka-Steuben leads the pack. Walters won the 1600 and the 3200.


River Ridge, Seneca and Wauzeka-Steuben competed in the Division 3 Lancaster Regional Track Meet Monday afternoon.

River Ridge won the girls meet with 93 points. Wauzeka-Steuben was ninth with 35 and Seneca was 11th with 22.

River Ridge was fourth in the boys meet with 90 points. Wauzeka-Steuben was sixth with 60 and Seneca was eighth with 30.


Prairie du Chien hosts Division 2 track regional

Prairie du Chien’s Hope Martin attempts a high jump at the Division 2 Regional in Prairie du Chien Monday afternoon. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Gabby Ritchie competes in the shot put at the Prairie du Chien Regional.

Jayden Johnson puts the shot at the Prairie du Chien Regional Monday afternoon.

Logan Nettesheim hands off to Jonah Hornseth at Prairie du Chien High School.


Prairie du Chien hosted a Division 2 track regional Monday afternoon.


Prairie girls over Viroqua in a D3 regional

Makenzie Knapp races towards third base versus Viroqua Thursday afternoon. Knapp would score moments later. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Lauren Kennedy hits a bloop single into shallow right field against Viroqua.

Abby Feye lays down a nice sacrifice bunt to move the runners forward Thursday afternoon.

Abby Feye defends as the Viroqua runner leads off of first base.


The seventh-seeded Prairie du Chien High School softball team beat visiting and 10th-seeded Viroqua 5-1 in Division 3 Regional action Thursday afternoon at Bluff View.

Prairie du Chien advanced to face host and second-seeded La Crosse Aquinas on May 21 at Pammel Creek Park. Aquinas had received a bye for their first round regional contest.


Unbeaten Wauzeka-Steuben is the conference champion

Tabitha Check fires in a fastball versus visiting Weston Monday. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Jordan Mormann takes a big lead off of second base following a double.


Wauzeka-Steuben beat visiting Weston 11-3 to clinch the Ridge and Valley Conference crown Monday afternoon.

Tabitha Check picked up the victory for the Lady Hornets. Check fanned 6 and walked 2 while giving up 3 hits in 7 innings.

Jordan Mormann smashed a home run as 1 of her 2 hits for the game. Alexis Wielepski, Peyton Mindham and Gabby Groom each had 2 hits.


Wauzeka boys top Weston

Kaleb Marx belts a double against Weston.

The Hornets’ Jacob Reichmann gets a good jump off of second base against visiting Weston Monday afternoon. More photos are at (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Garrett Kapinus connects for a hit Monday afternoon.


Wauzeka-Steuben topped visiting Weston 8-5 in a Ridge and Valley baseball game Monday.

The Silver Eagles led the Hornets 2-1 after the first inning.

Wauzeka-Steuben scored 3 in the second inning to grab the lead at 4-2. 


Area teams at Sparky Reynolds Invitational meet

River Ridge’s Faith Webb competes in the 3200 relay at the Sparky Reynolds Invitational in Boscobel on Friday afternoon. (Photos by A.J. Gates, Grant County Herald Independent)

Seneca’s Hunter Aspenson took second in the 100-meter dash Friday.


Wauzeka-Steuben, River Ridge, Seneca and Prairie du Chien competed in the Sparky Reynolds Invitational Track Meet Friday afternoon in Boscobel.

For the girls, River Ridge and Prairie du Chien tied for 12th with 29 team points. Seneca finished 20th with 7 points.

In the boys meet, Wauzeka-Steuben took eighth with 35 team points. River Ridge was 11th with 31. Prairie du Chien was 14th with 21. Seneca took 17th with 9.


Prairie girls beat Lancaster Friday

Lily Krahn crosses the plate against visiting Lancaster Friday. Prairie du Chien was victorious 10-1. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Makenzie Knapp scores against Lancaster Friday afternoon at Bluff View.