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Antoine Family, Friends in South Korea

The United States Winter Olympic Team enters the stadium for the opening ceremonies of the XXIII Olympic Winter Games. (Photos by Mary Antoine)

The Olympic flame is lit during the opening ceremonies of the XXIII Olympic Winter Games. The Olympic flame commemorates the theft of fire from the Greek god Zeus by Prometheus.


Antoine family and friends enjoy South Korea 

and the opening ceremonies of Winter Olympics

Prairie du Chien’s Matt Antoine is in South Korea preparing for his second Winter Olympic games. Matt won the bronze medal in Sochi, Russia in men’s skeleton in 2014. Matt’s mother, Mary, along with nine other family members and friends, are in Gangneung, South Korea, to cheer Matt on. The following are Mary’s impressions so far.



Prairie Grapplers Triumphant

Isaac Avery (left) of Prairie du Chien faces Brad Goffinet of Cuba City-Benton-Southwestern in their quarterfinal 182-pound match. Avery would go on to win 7-5. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

The Blackhawks’ Clayton DuCharme attempts an escape versus Evan Thomas of Richland Center in their 170-pound quarterfinal match.

Prairie du Chien’s Matt Rogge gets the pin in 1:17 over Drew Latterel of Dodgeville in their 106-pound semifinal match Saturday.

Prairie’s Chase Fisher (left) squares off against Max Schmidt of Richland Center in their semifinal match at 113 pounds Saturday. Fisher went on to get third place.

Jerrod Osterkamp of Prairie du Chien gets control over Kaidon Cowley of River Valley in their 285-pound quarterfinal. Osterkamp would go on to post a 2-1 victory.

Prairie’s Keenan Holley (top) tries to gain control over Caleb Radtke of River Valley in their 120-pound semifinal.

Reid Koenig pins Wylie Nies of Cuba City-Benton-Southwestern in 1:18 in their 132-pound quarterfinal match Saturday.

Traeton Saint of Prairie du Chien tries to turn Eli Reeson of Dodgeville. Saint won by technical fall 17-1 in 3:46 in their 138-pound semifinal.

Prairie du Chien’s Nick Rogge gets an escape from Shaedyn Lane of Cuba City-Benton-Southwestern in their 160-pound semifinal. Rogge won by technical fall, 16-0 in 3:55. (Photo by Correne Martin)

The Blackhawks’ Stephen Ronnfeldt tries to turn Riley Christenson of Belmont-Platteville in their 195-pound semifinal Saturday. Ronnfeldt went on to pin Christenson in 2:58. (Photo by Correne Martin)


Blackhawk wrestlers 

are Regional Champions

The 2017-2018 Prairie du Chien wrestling team continues to make history. On Saturday, Feb. 10, PDC hosted a WIAA Division 2 Regional for the first time in school history. They also won a WIAA Division 2 Regional for the first time in school history. 

On a day filled with plenty of excitement, the Blackhawk grapplers remained focused with their eyes on the prize. This was something the team had circled on the calendar at the beginning of the season. 


River Ridge Dance Team at State

The River Ridge Dance Team and their fans were very excited to perform at the State Championship on Saturday in La Crosse. (Photos submitted)

The River Ridge Dance Team poses backstage.


River Ridge Dance Team 

performs at State Championship

On Saturday, Feb. 3, the River Ridge Dance Team attended the WACPC State Championship held at the La Crosse Center. The team competed in the Division 5 Pom category and placed 11th in the state for their division.

Qualifying and dancing at state for the dance team is a great accomplishment for such a young group of girls. The team this year consists of two freshmen, five sophomores, and five juniors.  


Prairie Tops Platteville

Prairie’s Cory Check drives hard to the hoop versus Platteville. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Prairie du Chien’s Ben Teynor gets good position under the basket before pump faking and then going up for the score against visiting Platteville in first-half action Friday night.

Gavin Gillitzer of Prairie du Chien shoots in the lane Friday night against Platteville.



beat Hillmen again

Prairie du Chien defeated visiting Platteville 56-51 in a Southwest Wisconsin Conference boys basketball showdown Friday night. 

The win upped Prairie’s record to 4-4 in conference action and 9-9 overall. Platteville fell to 6-2 in the SWC, with both losses coming at the hands of Prairie du Chien. The Hillmen are 14-5 on the season.


Prairie Grapplers are Conference Champions

The Prairie du Chien Blackhawks pose with the Southwest Wisconsin Conference Championship plaque after a 39-27 dual meet win over Lancaster. (Photo submitted)


Prairie takes down Lancaster to win SWC title

The Prairie du Chien grappling Blackhawks played host to visiting Lancaster in a winner take all dual meet that would determine the Southwest Wisconsin Conference Champion on Monday evening. 

Prior to the start of the meet, all youth wrestlers K-8 were introduced as were past PDC alumni to the wrestling program. The jam packed crowd would not be disappointed in this battle of two state-ranked teams. 


PdC Girls Down Mar Mac

Prairie’s Ella Hager drives hard to the basket Tuesday night. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Prairie's Makenzie Knapp gets past the Mar Mac defender along the right baseline.

Prairie du Chien’s Makenzie Knapp (22) battles for a loose ball against two MFL Mar Mac girls Tuesday night in nonconference action.


PdC beats Mar Mac

Host Prairie du Chien beat MFL Mar Mac 49-40 in a nonconference girls basketball game Tuesday night. 

The Lady Blackhawks improved to 8-9 on the season. They are 3-4 in the SWC and will return to conference play by hosting Platteville on Feb. 2.


Seneca over Wauzeka-Steuben Girls

Seneca’s Haley Wall shoots a fade-away jumper in the middle of the lane as several Wauzeka-Steuben players defend in first-half action Thursday night. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

The Lady Hornets’ Ravyn Krachey shoots from just inside the arc Thursday night.

Jordan Mormann of Wauzeka-Steuben flips a pass into a teammate as Seneca’s Alivia Salinas defends Thursday night.

Wauzeka-Steuben’s Erin Krachey has a tough shot against the defense of Michelle Clark (14) of Seneca. Emily Garfoot defends from behind.



ousts WS girls

Seneca ousted visiting Wauzeka-Steuben 69-50 in a Ridge and Valley girls basketball game Thursday night. 

Seneca improved to 10-3 on the season and 9-1 in league play to remain tied for first with Kickapoo.

Wauzeka-Steuben dropped to 10-8 overall and 7-3 in conference action. They are in third place in the Ridge and Valley. 


Prairie Girls Basketball


RC girls get past Lady Blackhawks

The Prairie du Chien girls basketball team lost a hard fought battle against host Richland Center on Friday, Jan. 26, with a final score of 50-46. 

The Hawks had seven girls contribute to scoring, with Brytta Sagedahl and Macey Banasik leading with 13 points each. Ella Hager had 7, MaKenzie Knapp had 5, Hope Meyer had 4, and Gabby Ritchie and Abby Feye each had 2. 


Prairie versus Onalaska

Gavin Gillitzer turns the corner and drives the left baseline in the first half versus visiting Onalaska Tuesday night. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Prairie’s Mason Kramer drives for a score Tuesday night.

Mark Welter scores on a layup.

Hunter Davis gets the ball down low and gets ready to go up for the basket.


Prairie boys 

lose to Onalaska

The Prairie du Chien High School boys basketball team hosted sixth-ranked Onalaska in a Tuesday night nonconference tilt.

The game started out close but Onalaska pulled away for a 47-34 win over feisty Prairie du Chien.

Onalaska increased their record to 12-1 overall. They are 6-0 in the Mississippi Valley Conference. 


RRC Wrestling

River Ridge-Cassville Middle School wrestler Owen Bedward (right) gets ready Thursday night. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

River Ridge-Cassville’s Gavin Esser goes for the single leg take down versus Cezar Garcia of De Soto High School in their 182-pound match.

Myles Wehrle (right) looks to gain an advantage over Alex Scoville of De Soto in their 138-pound match Thursday night.

RRC’s Brendan Jentz gets his game face on versus his De Soto counterpart Thursday night.


RRC matmen 

defeat De Soto

The River Ridge-Cassville wrestling team defeated visiting De Soto 36-12 in a Ridge and Valley meet Thursday night. 

There were numerous forfeits in the match and only two high school matches because De Soto has only two varsity wrestlers.

In addition to the varsity matches, the crowd enjoyed six middle school matches.