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Blackhawks pull away in second half to defeat Blugolds

Mason Kramer breaks into the open field to gain good yardage on a kickoff return in the first half Friday night.

Prairie's Tyler Smock eludes a pair of would be tacklers and gets to the outside Friday night. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

This pass was tipped but ended up in the hands of Mason Kramer (33) for a big first-half gain.

Traeton Saint scores a 2-point conversion after a fake kick Friday night against Aquinas.

Prairie du Chien quarterback Gavin Gillitzer races to his left for a good gain versus La Crosse Aquinas Friday night on Parents' Night.

Reid Koenig (23) and Traeton Saint make a stop Friday night against the Blugolds.


By Zach Mara


The Prairie du Chien Blackhawks opened up their 2018 football season on Friday night against visiting LaCrosse Aquinas. Aquinas (0-1) traveled to Prairie du Chien looking for revenge after dropping the season opener two years in a row to the Hawks (1-0). 


Coleman on American Legion All Star Team, game at Miller Park

Drake Coleman has been selected to the American Legion All Star Team.


For only the third time since 1987, a member of Prairie du Chien's American Legion Baseball Team will be playing in the All Star Game. The Grasshoppers' catcher, Drake Coleman, was selected to join 94 other Legion players for those special games. As a catcher, Drake's consistent play and hitting earned him this honored spot with the All Stars.

Coleman will join the other All Star players who will then divide into teams and play after the Brewers versus the Rockies game on Sunday, Aug. 5 at Miller Park.


Prairie du Chien American Legion baseball to hold fish fry fundraiser

The Prairie du Chien Grasshoppers pose with the championship trophy they won at the Onalaska Tournament recently. The team is ranked first in the state in Class A with a 10-2 record. Team members are, front row: Grant Martin, Dylan Coleman, Zach Mara, Clayton DuCharme, Gavin Gillitzer, Tyler Smock, Mark Welter, Andrew Waller, and batboys Maddox Cejka and Kale Koenig. Back row: Coach Nate Cejka, Assistant Coach Bjorn Thompson, Drake Coleman, Frank Cipra, Hunter Davis, Aaron Neisius, Cory Check, Jon Dyer, Jacob Joy, Ryan McGrath, Josh Lenzendorf, and coaches Tyler Kozelka, Clay Koenig and Brett Hogan. Chris Check and American Legion President of Baseball Dan Schickert are not pictured.


By Ted Pennekamp


The Prairie du Chien American Legion Baseball program will be hosting a fish fry fundraiser the afternoon and evening of Saturday, July 7. 


Prairie du Chien Country Club to host open house, 60th Anniversary celebration July 4

Mayor Harry Lochner is shown on the first tee of the new Prairie du Chien Country Club as he had the honor of driving the first ball down the fairway in the grand opening ceremonies on Friday, July 4, 1958. Lined up behind the Honorable Mayor are some of the board of directors who were influential in making the new course become a reality. From left to right are Rodney Satter, Charles Elvert, Dr. T. F. Farrell, C. R. Stewart, Tom Multerer, Leary Peterson, Herman Derouin and partially hidden, Howard Elder. The opening of the course over the three-day Fourth of July weekend was quite a success as more than 200 golfers enjoyed the facilities. (Courier Press file photos)

The new clubhouse was open for business on Saturday, May 5.


By Ted Pennekamp


On July 4, the Prairie du Chien Country Club will be celebrating its 60th Anniversary and hosting an open house of its new clubhouse.


La Crescent tops Grasshoppers

Grasshopper second baseman Aaron Neisius starts a double play Monday evening. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Prairie's Dylan Coleman pitches with a La Crescent runner leading off of first base.

Shortstop Josh Lenzendorf scoops up the grounder and throws to first base for the out.

Third baseman Ryan McGrath throws to first base for the out Monday evening at the St. Feriole Island Ballpark.


Monday evening’s American Legion baseball game against visiting La Crescent was only the second defeat this season for the Prairie du Chien Grasshoppers as they lost 9-2.

La Crescent scored a run in the second and another in the third to take a 2-0 lead.

In the bottom of the fourth inning, Prairie du Chien tied things up at two. 


Eastman Fast Pitch Hall of Fame to induct new members

The Chester Kramer Family will be inducted as Friends of the Ball Park.


Five players and one family will be inducted into the Eastman Fast Pitch Hall of Fame on July 4 at 4 p.m. at the Eastman Ball Park. The following are write-ups by or about the players and the Chester Kramer Family.


Russ Gillitzer


Grasshoppers are champions of Viroqua Tournament


The Prairie du Chien Grasshoppers American Legion baseball team won the championship of the Viroqua Tournament held June 21 through June 24.

Pool Play

Game 1 - West Salem 5 - PdC 2


Grasshoppers top Holmen

Ryan McGrath started on the hill for the Grasshoppers. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Prairie's Gavin Gillitzer scores against visiting Holmen.

Drake Coleman lifts a long fly ball to center field to drive in a run for the Hoppers.

Jonathan Dyer scores from third on a sacrifice fly by Drake Coleman Monday evening.

Prairie du Chien grabbed an early lead on its way to a 9-4 victory over the Holmen 17s on Monday evening at the St. Feriole Island Ballpark. Prairie du Chien scored on a double by Jonathan Dyer and a sacrifice fly by Drake Coleman in the first inning to gain a 2-1 advantage.

The Grasshoppers scored five runs in the sixth inning. The Hoppers’ offense in the inning was led by Dyer, Grant Martin and Clayton DuCharme, all knocking in runs.


Sagedahl is First Team All American

Chas Sagedahl of Prairie du Chien is a First Team All American after an outstanding freshman season at Southeastern Community College in Burlington, Iowa.

Former Prairie du Chien High School athlete Chas Sagedahl has earned recognition as a NJCAA First Team All-American after a stellar baseball season in 2018 for Southeastern Community College in Burlington, Iowa.

The West Burlington, IA-ICCAC Division II Player of the Year garnered his recognition after a season that saw 76.1 innings of work along with a 1.41 ERA. That ERA mark is second nationally in the NJCAA Division II ranks. 


Pointers defeat Blackhawks in sectional final

The Blackhawks' Tyler Smock crosses the plate versus the Thunder of Osseo-Fairchild Tuesday at Copeland Park. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Prairie's Mark Welter scores against Osseo-Fairchild in the sectional semifinal.

Mark Welter dives back to second base ahead of the throw Tuesday at Copeland Park.

The Blackhawks' Grant Martin rounds third and heads for home Tuesday afternoon.

Gavin Gillitzer pitches while the Osseo-Fairchild runner takes a lead off of first base.

Prairie pitcher Gavin Gillitzer fields a grounder and tosses to Hunter Davis at first base for the out against Osseo-Fairchild in the sectional semifinal.

The top seeded Prairie du Chien baseball team came within one win of going to the state tournament, but came up short, 8-2, to second seeded Mineral Point in a WIAA Division 3 Sectional final at Copeland Park in La Crosse Tuesday evening.
The Blackhawks were down 8-0 when they came to bat in the top of the seventh. They were able to get 2 runs in the inning due to some timely hits and walks, but their fine season came to an end as they finished with an 18-2-1 record.
The Blackhawks were regional champions and conference champions with a 10-0 record in the SWC.
The Pointers improved to 17-4 on the season. They were 11-2 in the SWAL, finishing second to Fennimore. Mineral Point defeated top seeded Wisconsin Heights 4-3 in the sectional semifinal.
In the sectional final, the Pointers scored 3 runs in the first inning, 3 in the fourth and 2 in the bottom of the sixth.