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Prairie du Chien cheerleaders are best in Small Cheer Dance Division

The Prairie du Chien Competition Cheerleaders are, front row: Katie Licht, Katie Zahara and Mariah Slaght. Middle row: Paige Severson, Bree Holler, Kara Katzung and Archi Patel. Back row: Coach Kelli Saxe, Alana Wedge, Lauren Kennedy, Kina Myers and Morgan Kiesau.

The Prairie du Chien Blackhawk Competition Cheerleaders attended the 2017 WACPC State Cheer Competition on  Saturday, Feb. 25. The event was held at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison. 


The team competed in the Small Cheer Dance Division.  The cheerleaders earned first place, making them the state champions of that division!


State Wrestlers

Prairie du Chien's Traeton Saint works for the power-half to turn his opponent. (Photo by Stacie Roen of K&S Photography)

Prairie du Chien’s Stephen Ronnfeldt looks to go on the offensive while on top of Wrightstown’s Matt Van Eperen during the 195-pound quarterfinal match Friday morning. (Photo by Nate Beier)

River Ridge-Cassville’s Ben Wheeler ties up with Random Lake’s Ben Drenski during the 285-pound quarterfinal match Friday morning. Wheeler won by fall to move on to the semifinals, eventually finishing fifth overall. (Photo by Nate Beier)


Area wrestlers 

at Individual State Wrestling Tournament

Two Prairie du Chien wrestlers and one from River Ridge-Cassville competed in the State Individual Wrestling Tournament Thursday and Friday at the Kohl Center in Madison. 

Prairie freshman Traeton Saint, wrestling at 132 pounds in Division 2, lost 5-3 to junior Tanner Deist (41-11) of Wautoma-Wild Rose in his first round match. Saint ended his season with a 40-10 record. It is the most wins ever by a Prairie du Chien freshman.


Prairie Boys Win

Prairie’s Evan Teynor looks to score down low against visiting River Valley. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Chas Sagedahl drives the lane and draws a foul against River Valley Thursday night.

Wesley Schwager scores on a one-hander in the first half.


Prairie boys easily 

handle River Valley

Prairie du Chien bested visiting River Valley 64-35 in an SWC boys basketball game Thursday on Senior Night. 

Prairie built a 32-19 lead at halftime and then took the second half 32-16.

Wesley Schwager pumped in 15 points to pace Prairie. Nathan Banasik netted 9 and Jonathan Dyer scored 8. 


Seneca Girls Win

Seneca’s Jena Konichek looks for a shot against visiting La Farge Tuesday night. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Makenna Greene looks for a cutting teammate versus La Farge in second half action.

Seneca applies full court pressure in second half action Tuesday night.

Haley Wall goes up for a shot in the lane against La Farge Tuesday night.


Seneca girls 

down La Farge

The Seneca girls basketball team bested visiting La Farge 54-39 in a WIAA Division 5 Regional Tuesday night. 

Seneca improved its overall record to 20-2. La Farge ended its season at 6-18. 

Seneca was 14-0 in conference action this season to win the Ridge and Valley title.


State Wrestlers

Prairie du Chien’s Traeton Saint applies pressure in the quarterfinal match against Erthum of Lodi at the Richland Center Sectional Saturday. Saint would win by decision 14-9. Saint went on to take third to advance to the Division 2 State Wrestling Tournament at 132 pounds. (Photo by Susan Herreid Curtis)

Prairie du Chien’s Stephen Ronnfeldt toes the line against Arneson of Monroe in the 195-pound quarterfinal match at the Richland Center Sectional. Ronnfeldt finished third to earn a trip to the Division 2 State Wrestling Tournament. (Photo by Susan Herreid Curtis)

Ben Wheeler of River Ridge-Cassville pins his Lancaster opponent at regionals on Feb. 11. Wheeler won the championship at 285 pounds on Saturday, Feb. 18 at the Mineral Point Sectional to advance to the Division 3 State Tournament. (Courier Press file photo)


Three area wrestlers, from Prairie du Chien

and RR-C, advance to state wrestling meet

Three area wrestlers advanced to the state wrestling tournament following their sectionals Saturday. Traeton Saint and Stephen Ronnfeldt, of Prairie du Chien, advanced to the Division 2 state tournament. Ben Wheeler, of River Ridge-Cassville, advanced in Division 3.


Wauzeka-Steuben Girls

Tatem Baures of Wauzeka-Steuben shoots from the middle of the lane versus visiting Shullsburg Monday night. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Allison Oswald of the Lady Hornets works against the Shullsburg defense in nonconference action Monday night in Wauzeka.

Jordan Mormann of Wauzeka-Steuben goes up for a shot in the first half against Shullsburg Monday night.

Molly Heisz gets an open shot in front of the basket in first-half action.



over Lady Hornets

Shullsburg defeated host Wauzeka-Steuben 64-38 in a nonconference girls basketball game Monday night. 

The Miners built a 30-13 halftime advantage en route to the win. 

Tatem Baures led the Lady Hornets with 8 points. Molly Heisz added 7 points. Sienna Krachey chipped with 4 points and hauled down 7 rebounds.


PdC Win Steak Continues

Prairie du Chien’s Wesley Schwager puts down the first of two dunks against Viroqua in Saturday night’s nonconference contest. Prairie du Chien is on a 12-game winning streak and will host Platteville for the conference title on Tuesday night. (Photo by Nate Beier)


Prairie du Chien 

completes sweep

The Prairie du Chien basketball team completed the weekend sweep by defeating Dodgeville at Dodgeville 65-46 and Viroqua at home on Saturday night 71-51.  


RRC Grapplers at Regional

Caleb Lenzendorf of River Ridge-Cassville tangles with his Fennimore opponent Saturday in a 120-pound match. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

River Ridge-Cassville’s Ben Wheeler pins his Lancaster opponent in the 285-pound semifinal at the Riverdale Regional Saturday afternoon.



grapplers at 

Riverdale Regional

The River Ridge-Cassville wrestling team competed in the Division 3 Riverdale Regional on Saturday. 

Fennimore won the meet with 270.5 team points. Mineral Point had 200.5., Iowa Grant-Highland 184.5, Riverdale 156, Lancaster 130, Boscobel 64, and River Ridge-Cassville 40.


PdC Matmen at Regional

Nick Rogge throws in a single wing against his Dodgeville opponent in the finals. Rogge would win by decision 10-7. (Photos by Heather Koenig)

Ethan Swiggum works over his Mount Horeb opponent in the semifinals. Swiggum would win by decision 7-0.

Sectional qualifiers for Prairie du Chien are Stephen Ronnfeldt, Reid Koenig, Nick Rogge, Blake Garcia, Traeton Saint and Ethan Swiggum.


PdC wrestlers advance six to sectionals

On Saturday, Feb. 11, the Blackhawk wrestling team traveled to River Valley for the WIAA D2 Regional. This is the start of the tournament series on the road to state. The top two individuals at each weight advance to the Sectional Tournament. As a team, PdC finished second with 189 points behind Regional Champion River Valley. 


Seneca Remains Unbeaten

Seneca’s Nick Payne slams down a backboard swaying jam in first half action against visiting Weston Tuesday night. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Thomas Johnson of Seneca looks for a shot against Colin Scherbert of Weston in Ridge and Valley boys basketball Tuesday night.

Seneca’s Noah Allan goes in for a break-away layup against Weston.

Jared Payne dribbles between his legs while driving the left baseline and looking for an open teammate versus Weston.


Seneca boys 

improve to 18-0

Seneca easily handled visiting Weston 98-29 in a Ridge and Valley boys basketball game Tuesday night. 

The Indians led the Silver Eagles 60-10 at halftime.

Seneca, who is rated number one in the state in Division 5, improved to 18-0 on the season and 11-0 in conference action. 


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