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River Ridge improves to 18-0, wins share of title

River Ridge's Taylor Langmeier hits the ball past Kayla Klotz of Shullsburg Tuesday night. Langmeier has more than 1,000 kills in her career. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Rylee Zinkle (22) of River Ridge pops the ball to Shullsburg while Jordyn Vogt (35) anticipates the next play.

Skylar White (9) of River Ridge battles at the net while Verity Johnson (3), Jaci Williams (8) and Taylor Langmeier (10) get ready.

McKenzie Graf (1) of the Lady Timberwolves tips the ball over Kylie Ubersox Tuesday night.


The River Ridge volleyball team defeated visiting Shullsburg in three sets with scores of 25-10, 25-15 and 25-14 Tuesday night in Six Rivers West action.

This allowed River Ridge to at least have a share of the title for the Six Rivers West Conference because they only have one more match with Benton on Oct. 11 and River Ridge defeated Benton earlier in the season.


Seneca/Wauzeka-Steuben handles Kickapoo-La Farge

Linebacker Phoenix Stonum (52) leads the charge for the Blue-Gold defensive line as he and his fellow senior teammates, Wade Salmon, Preston Crowley-Lee and Orion Starkey, chase down Kickapoo-La Farge quarterback Owen Cauffman. (Photos by Correne Martin)

Running back Hunter Aspenson finds an open path as his offensive linemen hold off a Predator in Friday night’s win over Kickapoo-La Farge. It was homecoming night for Seneca/Wauzeka-Steuben.

Blue-Gold senior running back Kaleb Marx gained a first down on this first-quarter carry Friday night.

Senior Orion Starkey had plenty of speed and strength to bring down a Predator ball carrier in the first half of Seneca/Wauzeka-Steuben football action Friday night. Also pictured (from left) are Gavin Ralph, Nate Benish and Jared Payne.

Wade Salmon stifles progress for the opposing quarterback in Wauzeka Sept. 28.


Seneca/Wauzeka-Steuben easily defeated visiting Kickapoo-La Farge 47-22 on homecoming Friday night in Wauzeka.

Jared Payne scored on a 10-yard run and the PAT was good as SWS took a 7-0 lead in the first quarter. Gavin Ralph caught a 2-yard TD from Payne and the PAT was good as SWS took a 14-0 advantage. Payne ran it in from 8 yards out and the extra point was good as the Blue-Golds went up 21-0. Quinn Alexander scored on a 1-yard run and the 2-point conversion was good to pull Kickapoo within 21-8 after the first period.


Blackhawks beat Hillmen on homecoming, secure playoff berth

Prairie's Tyler Smock tries to break away from a Platteville defender Friday night. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Sam Fernberg (54) and Reid Koenig (23) stop the Hillmen ballcarrier short.

The Prairie du Chien defense was tough all night. Here, three Blackhawks send the Hillmen runner backwards to the ground.

Prairie's Mason Kramer catches a touchdown pass against visiting Platteville Friday night to help secure a playoff berth for the Blackhawks.


By Zach Mara


The Prairie du Chien Blackhawks rounded up their Homecoming Week festivities by hosting the Platteville Hillmen on Friday night. The cool, crisp night provided a great atmosphere for the Hawks’ student section to sport their camouflage attire and cheer on their Blackhawks (6-1, 3-0). 


Near miss for Lady Hawk golfers

Prairie's Sophie Miller gets ready to putt at the WIAA Regional at Prairie du Chien Country Club Wednesday. (Photos by Gary Howe)

Allison Kennedy hits her approach Wednesday.

Allison Kennedy rolls in a short putt.

Gabby Ritchie hits a putt Wednesday. Ritchie qualified for the sectional with a 98.


Ritchie advances to sectional

The Lady Hawk golf team played their hearts out at the regional golf match on Wednesday at Prairie du Chien Country Club but missed going on to sectionals as a team by three strokes, carding a team score of 462. 


Seneca tops WS girls

Seneca's Liv Swanson pushes the ball to the Wauzeka-Steuben side Tuesday night. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Liv Swanson skies for the spike Tuesday night versus host Wauzeka-Steuben.

Makenna Greene of Seneca gets ready to spike the ball to Wauzeka-Steuben.

Erin Sime (3) hits the ball to the Lady Hornets.

Seneca's Nicky Trautsch (13) and Savanna Wallin (8) go for the block as Wauzeka-Steuben's Maddy Reichmann tries to hit it past them.

Ravyn Krachey steers the ball past the Seneca defender in Ridge and Valley action.

The Lady Hornets' Jordan Mormann smashes one to Seneca Tuesday night.


Seneca defeated host Wauzeka-Steuben three games to none in a Ridge and Valley volleyball match Tuesday night. 

Seneca won by scores of 25-12, 25-20 and 25-14.

Seneca will next host North Crawford on Sept. 27.

Wauzeka-Steuben will next host La Farge on Sept. 27.


SWS routs WCW

Hunter Aspenson of SWS gets to the outside for a 45-yard touchdown run Friday night. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Nate Benish (3) of the Blue-Golds tackles the WCW ballcarrier for no gain Friday night.

Nick Benish (80) of SWS recovers this fumble deep in WCW territory.

The Blue-Golds' Jared Payne follows the blocking of Austin Hagensick for a good gain.


Seneca/Wauzeka-Steuben routed visiting Wonewoc-Center/Weston 48-6 to win their homecoming game Friday night in Seneca.

SWS got on the board early on a 45-yard TD run by Hunter Aspenson (PAT good) to take a 7-0 lead.

Austin Hagensick scored on a 5-yard run and the extra point was good as the Blue-Golds went up 14-0 in the first quarter. 


Lady Hawks win thriller over Lady Hornets

Prairie du Chien's Kaitlyn Buenzli (4) deftly taps the ball over Caitlin Olson of Richland Center for a winner in SWC volleyball action in Prairie du Chien Tuesday night. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Emily Groom smashes the ball for a point past Ciara Rott of Richland Center.

Caitlin Pattison pounds one back to Richland Center.

Emily Groom blocks this spike back for a point Tuesday night.


Prairie du Chien volleyball hosted the Richland Center Hornets on Tuesday night.  

The team fed off of a loud and energetic atmosphere, thanks to a great home crowd,  to finish with a win 3 sets to 2. The scores were 25-16, 25-20, 22-25, 17-25, 15-12.  


A fun time at Prairie Invitational

Seneca’s Travis Zach competes in the Prairie du Chien Invitational Thursday.

Lee Steiger of Prairie du Chien runs up an incline at the Prairie du Chien Invitational Thursday afternoon. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Prairie’s Jayce Sexton breezes along Thursday afternoon.

Xander Zach of River Ridge shows his determination Thursday at the Prairie du Chien Invitational.

Riley Klein and Faith Webb of River Ridge run in the Prairie du Chien Invitational Thursday afternoon.

Kolton Chambers of Seneca runs up a slight grade.

Prairie du Chien’s Hailie Myers, Dominique Reilly and Jadyn Jenks run side by side just ahead of River Ridge’s Olivia Zach.


Several area schools converged upon LaRiviere Park for the Prairie du Chien Invitational cross country meet on a relatively hot Thursday afternoon.

The meet is a bit different in that runners from different schools compete together on five teams called the Pacemakers, Voyageurs, Prairie Dogs, Lead Miners and Joggernauts. 

Many runners wore various colors of paint and designs on their faces and arms and it was a fun meet for all involved. 


2nd annual PdC Cross Country Youth Race set


The second annual Prairie du Chien Cross Country Youth Race will take place on Monday, Sept. 17 at 5:15 p.m. at La Riviere Park in Prairie du Chien. The youth race is open to all elementary-aged students from any school district. Middle school cross country races start at 4:30, so come out early, support your Blackhawks, and join the fun.

If you have any questions, please contact Nathan Bartlett ( or Torey Bartels ( Or visit to view the full flyer.


River Ridge runners do well

The River Ridge girls cross country team won the Goat Hill Classic at North Crawford on Tuesday, Sept. 11. (Photos submitted)

The River Ridge girls cross country team won the 10-school Goat Hill Classic in North Crawford on Tuesday. The girls finished with 31 points. The girls won the first ever plaque for River Ridge in cross country. The River Ridge boys team took second behind Wauzeka-Steuben at the Goat Hill Classic. Above are the River Ridge runners who won medals by finishing in the top 10. They are Glenna Marshall, Riley Klein, Faith Webb, Bradley Hoffman and Brett Kerscher. Another River Ridge cross country photo is on the Courier Press website