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RRC grapplers host Belmont-Platteville

Matt Pierce of River Ridge-Cassville squares off against Payton Nielson of Belmont-Platteville in their 145-pound match Thursday night. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

River Ridge-Cassville’s Blake Laufenberg (top) tries for a takedown in his 195-pound match.

Fredi Santos of River Ridge-Cassville gets an escape against Michael Douglas of Belmont-Platteville in their 285-pound match Thursday night.

River Ridge-Cassville’s Ashley Williams (right) faces Dylan Taber of Belmont-Platteville in their 126-pound match Thursday night.

Myles Wehrle of River Ridge-Cassville fights for an advantage over Trevor Heim of Belmont-Platteville in their 152-pound match Thursday night at River Ridge High School.


Belmont-Platteville defeated host River Ridge-Cassville 54-12 in wrestling action Thursday night at River Ridge High School.

River Ridge-Cassville has a big meet coming up as they will travel to the Mid-States Classic held at UW-Whitewater on Dec. 28-29.


Wauzeka-Steuben boys beat De Soto

Wauzeka-Steuben's Gavin Ralph soars for a dunk versus visiting De Soto Friday night. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

The Hornets' Carter Lomas scores on a jumper in the lane.

Jake Reichmann of Wauzeka-Steuben defends against Brock Venner of De Soto.

Nick Benish makes a move down the lane against the Pirates.


Wauzeka-Steuben beat visiting De Soto 71-50 in a Ridge and Valley boys basketball game Friday night. 

The Hornets improved to 5-1 overall and 4-0 atop the conference.

The Pirates dropped to 5-1 on the season and 3-1 in the Ridge and Valley.


Prairie du Chien grapplers over West Salem-Bangor

Sophomore Matt Rogge uses a tight chicken wing while preparing to get a turn. Rogge would win by major decision, 10-2.

Junior Bradyn Saint works a front headlock from his feet. Saint would win by major decision, 9-1.


The #6 ranked in the state Prairie du Chien Blackhawks traveled to Bangor on Thursday evening, Dec. 7, for a non-conference meet with West Salem-Bangor. The meet opened up at 285# where Luke Wright would score the opening takedown on a nice slide by. In the second period, Wright would score a reversal into a pinning combination for a fall. 

At 106#, Nick Mara received a forfeit. At 113#, highly-ranked Matt Rogge scored a couple of nice takedowns, one with a leg sweep single. He also had a couple of pinning combinations, one with an outside cradle, en route to a 10-2 major decision. 


PdC boys easily defeat Dodgeville

A determined Hunter Davis of Prairie du Chien scores 2 of his 17 points Friday night. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

The Blackhawks’ Josh Dyer eyes a shot in first-half action versus Dodgeville.

Prairie du Chien’s Mason Kramer drives hard along the left baseline Friday night.


On Friday night, the Prairie du Chien Blackhawks played in front of an inspired student section and home crowd as the Hawks opened up SWC play.  

The Hawks showed tremendous ball movement on the offensive end by making the extra pass which led them to shoot 56 percent from the floor for the game.  


WS girls cruise past Weston

Maddy Reichmann goes up for a layup Thursday night.

Haley Atkinson of Wauzeka-Steuben grabs a rebound. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Erin Krachey drives to the basket against visiting Weston Thursday night.

Peyton Mindham looks for an open teammate.

Maddy Reichmann scoops the ball up and in.


Wauzeka-Steuben easily beat visiting Weston 71-29 in a Ridge and Valley girls basketball game Thursday night. 

Wauzeka-Steuben built a 48-20 halftime lead and cruised to the win.

Erin Krachey had a game-high 23 points to lead the Lady Hornets. Jordan Mormann netted 11. Maddy Reichmann scored 10 and Ravyn Krachey tickled the twine for 8.


Prairie du Chien matmen take down Viroqua

Prairie du Chien senior Luke Wright pins his Viroqua opponent on the edge of the mat.

Senior Reid Koenig throws a leg in while working a power half.

Senior Tyler Smock decks his opponent with a tight headlock.


The defending SWC and Regional Champion PdC Blackhawks opened the 2018-2019 season on Thursday, Nov. 29, traveling to always tough Viroqua for a nonconference dual. 

The meet started at 195#. Grant Martin made his debut in a Blackhawk singlet. Martin wrestled a tough match against a senior before being pinned in period two. 

At 220#, Luke Wright would lock up a bear hug and take his opponent to his back for a quick first period fall. 


Lady Hawks beat Lady Timberwolves

Glenna Marshall drives to the hoop against Makenzie Knapp. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Skylar White of River Ridge is defended by Allison Riebe (44), Macey Banasik (32), Hope Martin (22) and Gabby Ritchie (42).

Prairie’s Makenzie Knapp (24) and Alex Baxter defend against a drive by River Ridge’s Taylor Langmeier Tuesday night.

It was a scrappy game between host River Ridge and Prairie du Chien Tuesday night.


Prairie du Chien defeated host River Ridge 55-41 in nonconference girls basketball action Tuesday night. 

The Lady Blackhawks built a 24-18 halftime lead over the Lady Timberwolves.

Macey Banasik netted 11 points to pace Prairie du Chien. Lily Krahn pumped in 10. Ella Hager scored 9. Gabby Ritchie and Makenzie Knapp each had 7. Abby Feye scored 5 and Allison Allbee had 4.


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.