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PdC Cross Country

The Lady Blackhawks’ Amber Huser strides up a hill. Huser took first place in the meet.

Greta Hein, Ella Hein and Karly Jaynes get ahead of a DodgePoint opponent Tuesday afternoon at La Riviere Park. (Photos by Rose Ziel)

Prairie du Chien’s Faith Dillman nears the finish Tuesday at La Riviere Park.

Charlie Eastman (left) and Brady Bartels (right) run side by side at La Riviere Park Tuesday.

Prairie du Chien’s Jayce Sexton battles up an incline ahead of a DodgePoint runner.


Prairie du Chien 

cross country 

hosts DodgePoint

The Prairie du Chien girls cross country team ran incredibly well in their first meet of the year against conference champion DodgePoint.  

The PdC girls edged out DodgePoint to win the meet 26 to 29. 


Prairie du Chien Hall of Fame inducts new members

High School Principal Andy Banasik presents Belita Taylor with her plaque as a new member of the Prairie du Chien Athletic Hall of Fame during the halftime ceremony Friday night. (Photos by Rose Ziel)

Members of the 1975-76 Prairie du Chien basketball team present at the Hall of Fame ceremony Friday night were, front row: Kevin Kuchenbecker, Brian Slaght and Ted Sheckler. Back row: Jan Waller, Scott Reilly, Mark Bonney, Mark Oehler, Bob Dillman and Kent Hutchins.

John Howe holds up his plaque as a member of the Prairie du Chien Athletic Hall of Fame Friday night.

Stacey Petsche Johnson holds her plaque during the Hall of Fame ceremony Friday night.

Diana Temte holds the plaque depicting her late husband, Eric, who was inducted as a member of the Prairie du Chien Athletic Hall of Fame Friday night.

Several new members were inducted into the Prairie du Chien High School Athletic Hall of Fame during a halftime ceremony at Friday night’s home football game versus Darlington.

The following is the speech prepared by Brenda Lenzendorf and presented at the ceremony.

Good evening ladies and gentlemen! Welcome to Prairie du Chien High School’s 2017 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. Tonight we are delighted to recognize the following individuals for their contributions to the athletic programs in Prairie du Chien:


Soccer Home Opener

Sam Peterson deftly moves the ball upfield. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Ramon Gonzalez (18) battles for control Tuesday afternoon.

Josh Dyer (8) races a Driftless United player to the ball.

Prairie du Chien’s Weston Hill (5) tries to get the ball away from the Driftless United player Tuesday afternoon on the Bluff View pitch.


Prairie soccer opens season 

with tough loss to Driftless United

The Prairie du Chien boys soccer team hosted the Driftless United Club team from Viroqua Tuesday night for their season and home opener.  

The Blackhawks played hard against the quick United team and the defensive line of Issac Nichols, Sam Peterson, Blake Garcia and Ben Teynor held them scoreless until the 29th minute when Driftless slipped in the first score of the match.  


River Ridge Cross Country


River Ridge to have 

cross country again

By Ted Pennekamp


River Ridge High School will have boys and girls cross country this season after a 15-year absence.


Man paddles Wisconsin River

Ben Sasse begins his journey down the Wisconsin River near Lac Vieux Desert, a lake divided between Gogebic County in Upper Michigan and Vilas County in Wisconsin. Lac Vieux Desert is the source of the Wisconsin River. (Photos by Kayla Sasse)

Ben Sasse stands next to his kayak after getting out of the Wisconsin River near the Highway 18 Bridge in the town of Bridgeport.


Boaz man completes Wisconsin River paddling adventure

By Ted Pennekamp


A 26-year-old rural Boaz, Wis. man, Ben Sasse, attempted to set the record for paddling down the Wisconsin River beginning on July 21 from the source of the river at Lac Vieux Desert and hoping to end at Wyalusing State Park near Prairie du Chien. Ben was attempting to paddle the 436 miles of the river in six days, 0 hours and 0 minutes.


Grasshoppers End Season

Chas Sagedahl pitched the Grasshoppers to victory over Waupun on Thursday. (Photos submitted)

Prairie du Chien celebrates its victory over Waupun Thursday at the state tournament.

Peyton Hall drove in one of Prairie’s runs in the fifth inning versus Clintonville.


Prairie du Chien ends a fine season 

during American Legion State Tournament

Prairie du Chien defeated Little Chute 11-0 in five innings in the first round of the State Class A American Legion Baseball Tournament in Clintonville Wednesday afternoon.


Prairie Legion is Statebound

Jon Dyer scores on a squeeze bunt by Drake Coleman in the fourth inning against visiting Viroqua in the regional championship game Sunday afternoon. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Peyton Hall scores in the fourth inning versus Viroqua in the regional title game.

Gavin Greene fires in a pitch in the championship game while Cory Check plays short.

Chas Sagedahl defends at first base against Viroqua.


Grasshoppers on a roll, 

excited about state tournament

By Ted Pennekamp



Local Children Enjoy Youth Sports

On July 6, boys and girls enjoyed practicing baseball at Lochner Park in Prairie du Chien. Ages 5 and 6 meet Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 to 10 a.m. to play T-ball. Children ages 7 to 9 participate in instructional league from 10:15 to 11:15 a.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays. The Prairie du Chien Parks and Recreation program is sponsored by Sports World. (Photos by Rachel Mergen)

On July 10, at the Barnyard 9 Golf Course, many boys participated in the Prairie du Chien Parks and Recreation Department’s Junior Golf program. Leading the lesson was Jeff Graewin. The program is open to girls and boys ages 8 to 17 years old, who are at a beginner or advanced level. It is every Monday until July 30, with 13 to 17-year-olds at 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 8 to 12-year-olds at 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Efforts are being put forward to have equipment available, but it is recommended that participants bring their own.

Grasshoppers Baseball

The Hoppers’ Andrew Waller delivers a pitch versus La Crosse Central Thursday evening. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Third baseman Brogan Potter defends as a La Crosse runner takes a lead.

Prairie’s Gavin Gillitzer throws the La Crosse runner out at first base Thursday.

Shortstop Cory Check fields a ground ball and gets ready to throw to first for the out against La Crosse Thursday in the opening game of a doubleheader.


PdC Hoppers 

split twinbill, 

host Veterans Fish Fry, 

play in Soldiers Grove

On Thursday, June 29, the Prairie du Chien American Legion Grasshoppers played a doubleheader against the La Crosse Central team. The Hoppers lost the first game and won the second. 


Wauzeka-Steuben softball builds 40 years of history under 2 head coaches

Wauzeka-Steuben Head Coach Don Bauer talks to his team in 1993. (Photo courtesy of Wauzeka-Steuben High School Yearbook)

Amy Ward catches the ball, tries to keep her foot on the bag, and make the tag, but the Elmwood player is safe at second during the Class C State Tournament on Thursday, June 12, 1986 at Saratoga Stadium in Waukesha. (Courier Press file photo)

Lisa Wallin rockets the softball toward home plate during action at Prairie du Chien Monday afternoon, May 15, 1989. Wallin struck out 10, walked one and gave up three hits in pitching a 2-0 shutout of Prairie du Chien. Wallin would later become Wauzeka-Steuben Head Coach Lisa Wallin-Kapinus. (Courier Press file photo)

The Wauzeka-Steuben High School softball program reached a milestone this past season as 2017 marked the 40th year for the Lady Hornets.

There have been only two head coaches in the history of the program which began in 1977, and there have been several highlights throughout the years.