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Saint takes third, four Prairie du Chien grapplers at State Tournament

Prairie du Chien’s Traeton Saint gains a double leg takedown of Mitchel Harmon of Bloomer-Colfax in their quarterfinal match Friday morning. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Prairie’s Matt Rogge gains an advantage over Blaze Thurber in their round-one match.

The Blackhawks’ Reid Koenig applies pressure to Zach Pooler in round one Thursday night.

Prairie’s Bradyn Saint looks to gain control in his round-one match versus Gage Coppock.


The 76th annual WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament was held Thursday Feb. 21 through Saturday,  Feb. 23 in Madison at the Kohl Center. Prairie du Chien was represented by four wrestlers; Matt Rogge, Traeton Saint, Reid Koenig and Bradyn Saint. 


Wauzeka-Steuben girls survive in OT

Wauzeka-Steuben’s Jordan Mormann grabs an offensive rebound Tuesday night. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

The Hornets’ Haley Atkinson looks to pass inside in first-half action versus Belmont.

Ravyn Krachey drives past the Belmont defender Tuesday night in regional action.

Erin Krachey gets past three defenders for a hoop against visiting Belmont.


Third seeded Wauzeka-Steuben had a scare but survived visiting and 14th seeded Belmont 53-50 in overtime Tuesday night in a WIAA Division 5 Regional girls basketball game.

The Lady Hornets improved to 19-3 on the season. Belmont ended its season at 2-19.

Wauzeka-Steuben, ranked eighth in Division 5, will host sixth seeded Shullsburg on Feb. 22.


Blackhawks sending 4 to state

Qualifying for the WIAA State Tournament for Prairie du Chien are Bradyn Saint (152#), Matt Rogge (113#), Reid Koenig (145#) and Traeton Saint (138#).

Sophomore Bradyn Saint takes down his opening round Sugar River opponent with a blast double leg. Saint would win by fall in 2:57.

Senior Reid Koenig uses a tight waist to ride his Lodi opponent in the opening round. Koenig would win by major decision 9-0. (Photos submitted)

Sophomore Matt Rogge toes the line against his Lodi opponent in the match to advance to state. Rogge won 6-2.

Junior Traeton Saint applies heavy pressure as he works for a take down in the finals against his River Valley opponent. Saint would win 2-1 in ultimate tiebreaker.


The Prairie du Chien Blackhawk wrestling team is advancing four individuals to the state tournament. Adams-Friendship was the host of a WIAA Division 2 Sectional on Saturday, Feb. 16. PDC was represented by seven individuals, all of whom advanced from last Saturday’s Regional Tournament. 


Cardinals defeat Timberwolves

Connor Mumm drives the right baseline for a score in the first half against Highland.

Lance Nichols hauls down an offensive rebound versus visiting Highland Monday.

Colton Clark of River Ridge slices between two Highland defenders for a layup. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Lance Nichols (4) and Blake Crubel apply full-court defensive pressure Monday.


Highland defeated host River Ridge 57-51 in a Six Rivers West boys basketball game Monday afternoon. The game was moved up to 4:30 p.m. due to impending snow.

The Cardinals built a 25-19 lead by halftime. The second half was even, with each team scoring 32 points.

Highland improved to 5-11 overall and 3-6 in the conference. River Ridge is now 5-11 on the season and 3-6 in the Six Rivers West.


Prairie grapplers are regional champs

Senior Reid Koenig uses a near side cradle to pin his Belmont/Platteville opponent in the semifinals. Koenig would go on to win in the finals as well.

Junior Traeton Saint wears down his River Valley opponent in the finals. Saint would win the match for first place.

The PdC Blackhawks wrestling team shows off their Regional Championship plaque. This is their second consecutive championship and advances them to Team Sectionals on Tuesday at River Valley where they will wrestle Evansville/Albany in a 6 p.m. semifinal.

Eight Hawk wrestlers advanced to Sectionals. Front row: Bradyn Saint (1st 152#), Traeton Saint (1st 138#), Reid Koenig (1st 145#). Back row: Jerrod Osterkamp (1st 285#), Chase Watson (2nd 126#), Matt Rogge (2nd 113#), Isaac Avery (2nd 160#), Colten Wall (1st 220#).


On Saturday, Feb. 9, the WIAA wrestling tournament series started in the state of Wisconsin. Prairie du Chien was host for a WIAA D2 Regional, with seven teams competing for the crown. 

The PDC grapplers showed up to wrestle, and came away with a Regional Championship, marking the second consecutive year the Hawks have done so. PDC scored 234 points on their way to a very convincing win. River Valley finished second with 178 points. 


Lots of winners at 69th Prairie du Chien Ice Fisheree

Tim Schlein of Monona, Iowa, was the lucky winner of $5,000 in the grand prize drawing. Schlein said he purchased one ticket at The Crooked Oar Bar and Marina on Saturday, the day that he also fished in the fisheree. Schlein said the nice windfall will go towards house projects. Schlein (left) holds the big check with Prairie du Chien Area Chamber of Commerce Director Robert Moses. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)

John Erb of Waukon, Iowa holds the tagged perch that he caught during the 69th Prairie du Chien Ice Fisheree.


There was a big turnout for the 69th Annual Prairie du Chien Ice Fisheree with about 500 anglers participating on Saturday and Sunday. Headquarters for the event was the Crooked Oar Bar and Marina north of Prairie du Chien on County K.

Those attending had a great time and numerous prizes were awarded. Prize winners were as follows:

Walleye-sauger: First, Eddie Ward, 4.348 pounds. Second, Jerry Ward, 3.612. Third, Ron Tammling, 3.318.


Undefeated Prairie girls poised for a deep run

Lily Krahn and her teammates on Prairie du Chien worked hard in the off-season, work well together and have been unselfish on their way to a stellar record so far this season as they are poised for a deep playoff run. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)


By Ted Pennekamp


The Prairie du Chien High School girls basketball team continues to roll and has had one of the best starts to a season ever. The Lady Blackhawks are 16-0 as of Feb. 5, which is the third best start in program history and the third longest winning streak as well. Only the 17-0 start in the 1977-1978 season and a 21-0 start in 1982-1983 season are longer.


Hawkettes second at state

The Prairie du Chien High School Hawkettes placed second in Division 3 Kick at the State Dance Competition in La Crosse on Saturday. Above are (back to front, left to right): Morgan Kiesau, Lauren Kennedy, Archi Patel, Rebekah Champion, Kara Katzung, Kina Myers and Caitlin Nolan. This is not the end of the season for the Hawkettes. Be sure to come out to a Prairie du Chien basketball game and catch the Hawkettes during a halftime show. The Hawkettes are also planning a youth camp and details will be sent out to parents and also posted on the Hawkettes’ Facebook page.

Seneca girls easily defeat Weston

Seneca’s Maxine Grover scores from the right side of the basket Friday night versus Weston. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Savanna Wallin of Seneca scores on a break-away layup.

Makenna Greene of Seneca puts up a shot in the lane.


Seneca crushed visiting Weston 64-30 in a Ridge and Valley girls basketball game Friday night. 

Seneca increased their record to 6-7 overall and 4-4 in the Ridge and Valley. Weston dropped to 2-14 and 2-7.

Seneca will next host Kickapoo on Feb. 5.


A half century of Prairie du Chien wrestling

The 1969-1970 Prairie du Chien High School wrestling team was, front row: R. Dyer, J. Brown, B. Stuart, J. Kramer, J. Howe, M. McWilliams, P. Stark, B. Lorenz and J. Weber. Second row: C. Miller, J. Key, B. Harris, G. Achenbach, D. Schilter, T. Fischer, D. Horkeimer, J. McKillip, B. Hazen, M. Dickey, K. Kuckenbecker, R. Lathrop, G. Benish, R. Seeley, Coach Paul Bebow and M. Erdenberger.

Coach Paul Bebow shares a moment with 145-pound state qualifier Bob Seymour. Seymour took fourth at the 1972 State Tournament.

Mike Lenzendorf’s arm is raised as the Division 2 State Champion at 275 pounds to cap a 44-0 2004-2005 season.


By Ted Pennekamp


Prairie du Chien High School wrestling is celebrating its 50th anniversary this season, having begun during the 1969-1970 school year after interest in the sport grew over the previous few years. The program has had several highlights over the years and is continuing to build a tradition of success.