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Black Hawk tops River Ridge

River Ridge’s Chloe Stagman looks for an open teammate Thursday night in Mineral Point. (Photos by River Ridge Yearbook staff)

Taylor Langmeier of River Ridge drives hard to the hoop versus Black Hawk.

The Lady Timberwolves’ Skylar White goes up for a score in the sectional semifinal.


Top seeded Black Hawk, an undefeated powerhouse this season, defeated second seeded River Ridge 58-27 in a WIAA Division 5 Sectional semifinal in Mineral Point in girls basketball Thursday night. 

River Ridge ended a very good season with a 21-3 overall record and a 10-0 mark in the Six Rivers West. The Lady Timberwolves were the regional champions and the undefeated outright conference champions.


Platteville defeats Prairie girls

Prairie du Chien’s Ella Hager goes up for a score against Platteville in the sectional semifinal Thursday night. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Prairie’s Makenzie Knapp looks to pass around a double team versus Platteville.

Prairie du Chien’s Gabby Ritchie works for a shot Thursday night at Madison Edgewood.


Second seeded Platteville defeated top seeded Prairie du Chien 48-39 in a WIAA Division 3 Sectional semifinal at Madison Edgewood Thursday night. 

The Lady Blackhawks’ season came to an end, but it was a very good season as Prairie du Chien won the outright conference championship with a 9-1 record over Platteville, who had an 8-2 mark. Prairie du Chien was also regional champions and they finished the season at 20-2.


Hornet basketball program has unrivaled twin power

Four sets of twins (including one that has a triplet sister) are on the high school boys basketball team at Wauzeka-Steuben Schools. Pictured (front row, from left) are sophomores Zach and Nate Martin, freshmen Jonah and Isaac Reichmann; (back row) seniors Nate and Nick Benish and sophomores Brad and Ethan Karnopp. (Submitted photo)

By Correne Martin

The Wauzeka-Steuben High School boys basketball program has written such an explicit narrative this season that you might wonder if there’s something in the water. 

It has little to do with the successful 21-1 record the Hornets have achieved. It’s not that the varsity conference champions secured its first regional win last night. It’s not even the personal achievements (Carter Lomas’ all-time scoring record) or the diverse talents of the team.

It’s something more of a phenomenon. 

It’s an unexplainable marvel really that there are currently four separate sets of twins on the boys basketball team. 


WS boys cruise past Riverdale for 21st straight win

The Hornets’ Carter Lomas scores on a hook in the lane Tuesday night. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Nate Benish (3) and Tyler Walters (10) apply full-court pressure in the first half Tuesday night.

Nick Benish scores over a Riverdale defender.

Gavin Ralph drives to the hoop versus Riverdale.


Top seeded Wauzeka-Steuben easily dismantled visiting and 16th seeded Riverdale 99-46 in a WIAA Division 5 Regional boys basketball game Tuesday night. 

The Hornets, ranked sixth in the state in Division 5,  won their 21st game in a row for a 21-1 overall record. Riverdale ended their season at 1-22.

Wauzeka-Steuben will next host eighth seeded Kickapoo in the regional semifinal on Friday, March 1.


Prairie girls are regional champs

Prairie’s Macey Banasik looks to score down low Monday night. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Gabby Ritchie maneuvers against the defense of Wisconsin Dells in second-half action.

Lily Krahn scores in the paint versus Wisconsin Dells.


On Feb. 25, the Prairie du Chien girls basketball team hosted Wisconsin Dells in Regional Final action. 

Once again, Prairie came out hot and jumped to a 8-2 lead. The Dells continued to fight back to tie the game halfway through the first half. However, PdC played solid defense and was able to go into the half up 25-13. 


PdC-Fennimore gymnasts perform at sectional

Kylee O’Kane dances during her floor exercise at the sectional Saturday at Platteville. (Photos submitted)

Madison Puckett performs a scale on the balance beam.

Mackenzie Pettit vaults at the Platteville Sectional Saturday.

Desiree Puckett performs on the uneven bars.


The Prairie du Chien-Fennimore gymnastics team finished their season at the sectional meet on Saturday, Feb. 23. 

Kylee O’Kane led the team with her season best all around score of 30.725. O’Kane missed her second trip to the State Tournament by one fall on the balance beam. O’Kane also led the team on the uneven bars with a score of 7.3, placing 12th, and the balance beam with a score of 7.7, placing 12th.  


Prairie du Chien girls on to regional final

Prairie du Chien’s Lily Krahn exploits an excellent passing lane versus Edgewood. (Photos by Rose Ziel)

Macey Banasik drives past an Edgewood defender.

Ella Hager looks for an opening in the Edgewood defense.

Makenzie Knapp draws a double team versus Edgewood in the regional semifinal Friday.


Prairie du Chien trounced visiting Madison Edgewood 60-43 in a WIAA Division 3 Regional semifinal Friday night. 

Top seeded Prairie du Chien led 32-23 at the half before taking the second half 28-20. The Crusaders ended their season at 7-17.

Lili Krahn pumped in a game-high 19 points to pace the Lady Blackhawks. Macey Banasik and Gabby Ritchie each netted 11.


Saint takes third, four Prairie du Chien grapplers at State Tournament

Prairie du Chien’s Traeton Saint gains a double leg takedown of Mitchel Harmon of Bloomer-Colfax in their quarterfinal match Friday morning. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Prairie’s Matt Rogge gains an advantage over Blaze Thurber in their round-one match.

The Blackhawks’ Reid Koenig applies pressure to Zach Pooler in round one Thursday night.

Prairie’s Bradyn Saint looks to gain control in his round-one match versus Gage Coppock.


The 76th annual WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament was held Thursday Feb. 21 through Saturday,  Feb. 23 in Madison at the Kohl Center. Prairie du Chien was represented by four wrestlers; Matt Rogge, Traeton Saint, Reid Koenig and Bradyn Saint. 


Wauzeka-Steuben girls survive in OT

Wauzeka-Steuben’s Jordan Mormann grabs an offensive rebound Tuesday night. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

The Hornets’ Haley Atkinson looks to pass inside in first-half action versus Belmont.

Ravyn Krachey drives past the Belmont defender Tuesday night in regional action.

Erin Krachey gets past three defenders for a hoop against visiting Belmont.


Third seeded Wauzeka-Steuben had a scare but survived visiting and 14th seeded Belmont 53-50 in overtime Tuesday night in a WIAA Division 5 Regional girls basketball game.

The Lady Hornets improved to 19-3 on the season. Belmont ended its season at 2-19.

Wauzeka-Steuben, ranked eighth in Division 5, will host sixth seeded Shullsburg on Feb. 22.


Blackhawks sending 4 to state

Qualifying for the WIAA State Tournament for Prairie du Chien are Bradyn Saint (152#), Matt Rogge (113#), Reid Koenig (145#) and Traeton Saint (138#).

Sophomore Bradyn Saint takes down his opening round Sugar River opponent with a blast double leg. Saint would win by fall in 2:57.

Senior Reid Koenig uses a tight waist to ride his Lodi opponent in the opening round. Koenig would win by major decision 9-0. (Photos submitted)

Sophomore Matt Rogge toes the line against his Lodi opponent in the match to advance to state. Rogge won 6-2.

Junior Traeton Saint applies heavy pressure as he works for a take down in the finals against his River Valley opponent. Saint would win 2-1 in ultimate tiebreaker.


The Prairie du Chien Blackhawk wrestling team is advancing four individuals to the state tournament. Adams-Friendship was the host of a WIAA Division 2 Sectional on Saturday, Feb. 16. PDC was represented by seven individuals, all of whom advanced from last Saturday’s Regional Tournament.