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Turkey Trot a big success

A large and enthusiastic group of runners take off from the starting line at Hoffman Hall for the annual Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning Thursday. (Photos by Gary Howe)

Numerous walkers also participated in a more relaxed fashion at the annual 5K Run-Walk of the Prairie du Chien Turkey Trot.


Back at it again! Prairie du Chien’s Annual Turkey Trot was another success! There were more than 150 enthusiastic participants, more than 100 pounds of food donated to the Crawford County Food Pantry and over $500 raised! 

The morning was a brisk beautiful fall day. Families and friends enjoyed stretching and reminiscing in the Hoffman Hall gym while signing up for raffle prizes donated by local businesses. 


Prairie girls beat Fennimore

Allison Allbee goes up for a shot under the basket Friday night in Prairie du Chien. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Prairie’s Macey Banasik tries a spin move near the basket.

Makenzie Knapp does a running one-hander along the left baseline in the first half.

The Lady Blackhawks’ Makenzie Knapp (24) battles for a loose ball Friday night versus visiting Fennimore.

The Lady Blackhawks’ Hope Martin looks to drive the left baseline Friday versus Fennimore.


Prairie du Chien beat visiting Fennimore 42-26 in a nonconference girls basketball game Friday night. 

Prairie du Chien improved to 1-0 on the season while Fennimore fell to 0-1. 

The Lady Blackhawks led 15-8 at the half.


River Ridge players named First Team All State

Skylar White pounds the ball past Iowa Grant at the sectional semifinal. White was named to the WVCA All State First Team in Division 4. She was also named Player of the Week for her play against Iowa Grant and Hillsboro in sectionals. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Taylor Langmeier (10) is shown here against Iowa Grant in the sectional semifinal. Langmeier has been named to the First Team All State in Division 4 and also to the All Tournament Team at the state tournament.


By Ted Pennekamp


Not only did the River Ridge volleyball team play in the state tournament for the first time in school history on Friday, Nov. 2, team members have been getting recognition statewide for their outstanding play.


River Ridge plays with big heart at state

River Ridge’s Verity Johnson sets the ball up for a spike Friday versus Clayton at the State Volleyball Tournament in Green Bay. (Photos by Crystal Kovacs of True Lives Studio)

Coach Dianne Langmeier and the River Ridge team get fired up versus Clayton.

Verity Johnson and Skylar White go up for a block attempt at the State Tournament.

The Lady Timberwolves celebrate a point against Clayton Friday morning.

Verity Johnson slams one back to Clayton Friday.


The River Ridge High School volleyball team finished an outstanding season on Friday morning as they took on Clayton in the State Volleyball Tournament at the Resch Center in Green Bay. 

Defending State Champion Clayton defeated River Ridge in three tight games 26-24, 26-24 and 25-20 in the Division 4 semifinal. Clayton (29-4) went on to lose to Catholic Central (39-7) in three games in the championship match on Saturday.


Huser, Katzung run like the wind at State Cross Country

Amber Huser and Meg Katzung are all smiles at the State Cross Country Championship in Wisconsin Rapids on Saturday. (Photos submitted)

The Prairie du Chien cross country team showed their support for Meg Katzung and Amber Huser Saturday in Wisconsin Rapids.

Meg Katzung hits her stride at the state cross country championship Saturday.

Amber Huser kept good running form throughout the state cross country meet.


At the Division 2 WIAA Cross Country State Championships in Wisconsin Rapids on Oct. 27, we hear the gentle sound of the runner’s feet coming around the bend. Beach Boys fans close their eyes and start to pick up “Good Vibrations.” 

Christopher Cross says we’ve got such a long way to go to make it to the finish line. So watch us as we run like the wind. As the race went on and the finish was getting near, our legs weak, no time to sleep, we ran like the wind to be free one more time. 


River Ridge fans, school, coaches and team excited for state tournament

Just as they have all season, River Ridge students, staff and fans are sure to be out in force at the state volleyball tournament in Green Bay. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)


By Ted Pennekamp


For the first time ever the River Ridge High School volleyball team will compete in the 46th Annual Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association State Tournament to be held at the Resch Center in Green Bay.


Olympic skeleton medalist Antoine announces retirement

Matt Antoine waves to the parade crowd on Blackhawk Avenue in Prairie du Chien while wearing his 2014 Winter Olympic Bronze Medal in skeleton. (Courier Press file photo)


Before leaving the mixed zone at the completion of his fourth and final run at the PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games in 2018, Matt Antoine of Prairie du Chien said he was going to “take it easy, decompress a little bit” before he figured out what he was going to do next.

Antoine won the national team selection trial held in Lake Placid, N.Y. on Saturday, Oct. 20, Thursday, Oct. 25 and Friday, Oct. 26, but he knew the fire wasn’t there anymore and reigniting the passion wasn’t going to happen on his sled. Antoine figured out what will: coaching.


Katzung, Huser run at State Cross Country Meet

Amber Huser (left) and Meg Katzung run at the sectional meet in Spring Green. Photos of Huser and Katzung at the State Meet will be in Wednesday’s Courier Press and at and the Courier Press Facebook page. (Courier Press file photo)


Prairie du Chien’s Megan Katzung, a sophomore, and Amber Huser, a senior, finished 35th and 44th, respectively at the Division 2 State Cross Country Meet at the Ridges Golf Course in Wisconsin Rapids on Saturday.

Katzung ran a 6:09 first mile and was at 12:58 at the 2-mile mark. She had an overall pace of 6:32 and finished in a time of 20:17.6.


Reichmann at State Cross Country

Jacob Reichmann (right) of Wauzeka-Steuben took 32nd at the Division 3 State Cross Country Meet. (Photo by Mitchell Cernek)


Jacob Reichmann, a junior from Wauzeka-Steuben, finished in 32nd place in the Division 3 State Boys Cross Country Meet at the Ridges Golf Course in Wisconsin Rapids on Saturday. 

Reichmann set a pace of 5:34 over the 5,000-meter course. He ran a 5:11 first mile and was at 10:59 at the 2-mile mark. Reichmann finished with a time of 17:17.1.

It was Reichmann’s second straight appearance at the state meet.


Lady Timberwolves advance to state tournament

Skylar White (9) goes high to win this battle at the net. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

River Ridge’s Rylee Zinkle (22) pops the ball over the attempted block of Iowa Grant Thursday night. The Lady Timberwolves are 24-0 and going to the state tournament for the first time.

River Ridge’s Taylor Langmeier just nudges the ball over the net for a point.

McKenzie Graf of River Ridge blocks a shot by Iowa Grant.

Jaci Williams slams one past the Panther defenders.

The Lady Timberwolves’ Skylar White smashes one past the Panthers.


By Ted Pennekamp


The top seeded Lady Timberwolves of River Ridge took down top seeded Hillsboro, three sets to one, to win their first trip to state for volleyball in its program history.

Bloomington had a volleyball team go to state back in the 1970s.