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Five receive all-conference honors for Prairie du Chien softball

Five Prairie du Chien softball players earned all-conference for the 2015 season. Pictured from left are Jacqueline LaHaie (1st team all-conference outfield along with the team most improved award), Kelsey Achenbach (1st team all-conference infield along with the team MVP award. Achenbach also received 1st team all-district, being the first softball player ever from Prairie to do so), Laura DuCharme (honorable mention all-conference infield), Lauren Nicholson (1st team all-conference pitcher) and Kelly Check (1st team all-conference infield along with the team most improved award).

Wauzeka-Steuben All-Conference announced

Several members of the Wauzeka-Steuben High School softball team earned Ridge and Valley All Conference Awards this spring. Whitni Marfilius was named both All-Conference and Conference Pitcher of the Year. Kelsey Kapinus was named All Conference, Coach Lisa Wallin-Kapinus was named Conference Coach of the Year, while Jadyn Sander and Jamee McCullick were named All Conference.

Ridge and Valley All Conference honors were earned by a number of Wauzeka-Steuben track athletes. Celina Giddings, Kylie Zimmerman, and Samantha Groom were awarded All Conference Honors. Tatem Baures earned All Conference and Running Events Athlete of the Year. Allison Oswald was also awarded All Conference Honors. Molly Asleson and Kelsey Stickley (not pictured) earned Honorable Mention, while Drew Zimmerman earned All Conference on the boys’ side. Logan Lomen (who is not pictured) earned Honorable Mention. Wauzeka-Steuben’s Dave Petrowitz was honored as Co- Coach of the Year.

Four Wauzeka-Steuben High School senior baseball players were named to Ridge and Valley All Conference teams. Turner Krachey was named to the Honorable Mention team, Jeramiah Huber was awarded All Conference, Brady Krachey was Honorable Mention, and Jonah Huber earned All Conference honors.

Summer Parks and Rec t-ball a real hit with area kids

Area children, ages 5 and 6, huddled at the end of their t-ball practice. Baseball coordinator and Coach Jeff Graewin and his Assistant Coach Drew Scott reminding the kids that the game is all about fun and learning. “We teach them how to hit, throw, catch and field the ball,” explained Graewin. (Photos by Caitlin Bittner)

Caleb Nonn, 5, steps up to bat ready to hit one out of the park. Although he’s still perfecting his technique, he managed to get the ball in just the right spot so he could make it to first base.

Nicolas Fiskaali, 6, fires the ball toward first base during a drill. He and his parents recently moved to the United States from Denmark and this is his first time playing the sport.

Jeff Graewin (left) helped each of the players set up for their big moments at home plate. From how to hold the bat to the importance of wearing a helmet, Graewin made sure that the kids could have lots of fun, but in a safe way. Be sure to check out our Facebook page for more t-ball photos!

Youth baseball in Bloomington

A Wauzeka runner heads toward home plate as River Ridge catcher Brett Moravits gets in position for the tag. River Ridge went on to win the contest. (Photos by Addison Mumm)

The two seventh and eighth grade teams competed over the weekend in Bloomington. Blake Crubel of River Ridge looks to his catcher for the sign.

Carter Lomas of Wauzeka winds up.




Prairie anglers at State Tournament


PdC boys sixth in 

State High School 

Fishing Championship

POYNETTE, Wis. — Prairie du Chien High School’s Hunter Sheckler and Dylan Yeomans caught two bass weighing a total of 4.1 pounds to take sixth in the 2015 Wisconsin State High School Fishing Championship on Lake Wisconsin. 

Complete results can be found at


Shooting team at State

The Prairie du Chien clay target shooting team poses at the State Tournament in Rome, Wis. (Photo submitted)


Prairie du Chien shooting team 

does well at State Tournament

The Prairie du Chien High School clay target shooting team finished in 10th place out of 20 teams at the State High School Clay Target Tournament on June 6 in Rome. 

“We shot awesome!” said Coach Kirby Kohler. “Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau placed fourth in our conference, doubling the points we scored during competition weeks. We finished sixth in the conference but we beat GET at the state competition.” 


Amateur baseball tournament

Third baseman Kevin Aspenson slides safely into home after hitting an inside-the-park home run during the third inning of Friday night’s game against Holy Cross on St. Feriole Island. (Photos by Caitlin Bittner)

Cooper Long slides into third base during St. Feriole Island’s amateur league wood-bat baseball tournament on Friday, June 5.


Prairie in championship game 

in amateur baseball tournament

Prairie du Chien hosted an amateur baseball tournament at the St. Feriole Island Ballpark on June 5-6. 

In game one on Friday evening, Prairie du Chien played Holy Cross. Prairie won 6-4. 

Brandon Heal got the complete game win. 


Prairie baseball

Prairie’s Brandon Check crosses the plate in the bottom of the fourth inning against Mount Horeb Wednesday.

Brian McNett of Prairie du Chien heads for home in the bottom of the fourth against Mount Horeb in the regional semifinal.

Prairie’s Casey Hogenson fires in a pitch as the Mound Horeb runner takes a lead off of second base Wednesday afternoon in regional action. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Prairie du Chien first baseman Chas Sagedahl gets ready for the throw on a pick-off attempt against Mount Horeb.



makes hay while the sun shines

Prairie du Chien bested visiting Mount Horeb 7-3 in a Division 2 regional semifinal baseball game Wednesday afternoon.

There were overcast skies and sprinkles early in the contest. The rain came down harder and the game was halted briefly in the third inning. The sun then appeared for much of the rest of the game. 


Area girls at State Track

Wauzeka-Steuben’s Tatem Baures steps ahead of Marathon’s Anna Buchberger during the 3200-meter run at the State Track Meet in La Crosse on Saturday. Baures finished second in the 3200. She took sixth in the 1600 on Friday after fending off Fall Creek’s Emily Jaeger in the final stretch to make the podium. (Photo by Nate Beier)


Two area 

girls compete at 

State Track Meet

Two area high school athletes, Tatem Baures of Wauzeka-Steuben and Sydney Bloom of River Ridge, competed in the State Track Meet in La Crosse June 5-6. 

Bloom, a junior, cleared the opening height of 8-0 to finish 16th in the Girls Division 3 pole vault.


Seneca edges River Ridge

Seneca pinch runner Andrew Wall leads off of first base following a single to left by pitcher Gavin Greene in the second inning. River Ridge first baseman Gavin Steiber defends.

The Timberwolves’ Seth Williams gets ready to unleash a pitch while Seneca's Cody Ostrander takes a lead off of second base in the bottom of the second inning in regional action.

Seneca’s Cody Ostrander crosses the plate ahead of Nate Withey following a triple by Tommy Johnson in the second inning.

Seneca’s Gavin Greene fires in a pitch as River Ridge’s Kirk Martin leads off second in the top of the third inning.

In the third inning, Kirk Martin slides in but is forced out at home on a fielder’s choice off the bat of Joe Hamann. River Ridge scored 2 runs moments later, however, on a throwing error by Seneca to put River Ridge up 3-2.

Seth Williams scores in the top of the third inning to give the Timberwolves a 3-2 lead.



edges River Ridge

Seneca defeated River Ridge 5-3 in regional baseball Tuesday afternoon to advance to the regional semifinal at Cassville Wednesday. 

The Timberwolves ended their season with a 4-22 record. 

River Ridge scored a run in the top of the first inning to take a 1-0 lead.