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Hawks beat Hornets for homecoming victory

Tyler Hannah plows forward for good yardage near the goal line Friday night. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Ben Riter leaves a would be tackler in his wake as he scores a touchdown before the half.

Colten Wall upends the Richland Center ballcarrier in the second quarter Friday night.

Mason Kramer catches a pass and heads up the right sideline for a touchdown.

Mason Kramer and Traeton Saint zero in on the Richland Center runner.

Several Blackhawks team up to bring down the Hornet ballcarrier.


By Zach Mara


With Homecoming Week winding down, the Prairie du Chien Blackhawks hosted the Richland Center Hornets on Friday night. The Hawks (5-1, 3-1) were able to move the ball consistently throughout the game, and their strong defense held the Hornets (0-6, 0-4) to a single score. When the fog lifted and the clock hit zero, the Blackhawks were able to celebrate a 28-6 homecoming win over Richland Center.


Wauzeka-Steuben girls defeat Seneca

Savanna Wallin (8) of Seneca and Anya Aspenson (1) try to tip the ball back to Wauzeka-Steuben Tuesday night as Kayden Groom goes for the block. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Savanna Wallin goes up for a slam while Lindsey Sime (10) anticipates the action.

Wauzeka-Steuben’s Morgan Hurda (2) pops the ball to the Seneca side.

Wauzeka-Steuben's Ravyn Krachey spikes the ball as Ava Payne (9) and Nicky Trautsch (13) go up for the block attempt.


Wauzeka-Steuben defeated host Seneca three games to two in a volleyball clash Tuesday night. The match was considered a non-conference match.

The Lady Hornets improved to 2-5 on the season. They are 1-0 in the Ridge and Valley Conference.

Seneca is now 5-5 on the season. They are 2-1 in conference play.


Potosi-Cassville edges River Ridge

Brayan Barrita (28) returns a kickoff in second-quarter action while Archie Cooley (18) looks to block. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

River Ridge quarterback Cole Crubel rolls to his right while looking for a receiver.

Will Esser scores the first touchdown of the game in the first quarter for River Ridge during their homecoming game versus Potosi-Cassville Friday night.


Potosi-Cassville defeated host River Ridge 24-21 at the Timberwolves’ homecoming game Friday night in Bloomington.

River Ridge dropped to 4-1 overall and 2-1 in the Six Rivers Conference. Potosi-Cassville upped their overall record to 3-2 and their conference mark to 1-2.

The Timberwolves got on the board first with a 3-yard TD run by Will Esser. The PAT by Kaine Baus was good and River Ridge had a 7-0 lead.


PdC volleyball at Seneca Tournament

The Lady Hawks’ Emma Konichek sends the ball back in the Seneca Tournament. (Photos by Charley Preusser, Crawford County Independent and Kickapoo Scout)

Macey Banasik digs up a spike during the Seneca Tournament.


The Prairie du Chien volleyball team traveled to Seneca on Saturday, Sept. 14 to compete in an eight-team tournament. 

The girls started the day off against Shullsburg. Shullsburg took the first set, but the Hawks rallied back to take the second set. In the third and deciding set, Shullsburg jumped out to an early lead due to errors and the girls couldn’t fight their way back. Shullsburg won 2-1. 


Blue-Golds wallop Trojans

Gavin Ralph of SWS makes a reception and heads upfield against host North Crawford Friday night. (Photo by Charley Preusser, Crawford County Independent and Kickapoo Scout)

Gavin Ralph of the Blue-Golds races to the end zone against the Trojans. (Photo by Charley Preusser, Crawford County Independent and Kickapoo Scout)

The Blue-Golds’ Hunter Aspenson breaks into the open for a big gain. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)

Ashton Swanson of SWS moves in to make the tackle on the North Crawford runner. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)


The Seneca/Wauzeka-Steuben football team had little problem dispatching host North Crawford in a Ridge and Valley contest Friday night. The Blue-Golds rolled to a 62-14 win over the Trojans.

Ethan Karnopp scored on a 13-yard run and the PAT was good as SWS gained a 7-0 advantage in the first quarter. Carter Lomas scored on a 5-yard run but the 2-point attempt was no good as SWS upped the lead to 13-0. Ashton Swanson hauled in an 18-yard TD pass from Lomas and the PAT was good as SWS had a 20-0 lead after the first period.


Pedretti leaves lasting legacy as baseball coach

Prairie du Chien’s Mark Pedretti gets fired up during a playoff game a few years ago. (Courier Press file photo)


By Ted Pennekamp


Mark Pedretti is stepping down as head baseball coach at Prairie du Chien High School after an 28 seasons at the helm in an accomplished coaching career.


PdC cross country hosts Dodge-Point

Prairie’s Max Anthony is on his way to a 10th-place finish. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Spencer DeHart maintains good form during the cross country meet against Dodge-Point Tuesday afternoon at La Riviere Park.

The Blackhawks’ Bryce Priebe cruises along on the first leg Tuesday at La Riviere Park.

Karly Jaynes, Meg Katzung and Ava Hager run together versus Dodge-Point Tuesday.

Kylee Rogers goes down a slight slope at La Riviere Park.


The Prairie du Chien High School cross country team hosted Dodgeville-Mineral Point at La Riviere Park Tuesday afternoon in SWC action.



One team, one athlete and Courier Press named to Prairie du Chien Athletic Hall of Fame

The 1982-83 girls basketball team, Shelly Howe, and the Courier Press, represented by Gary Howe, were inducted into the Prairie du Chien High School Athletic Hall of Fame at halftime of Friday's football game versus River Valley. In the front row are Jill Pitzer Tancil, Jane Greenwald Kluesner, Liz Bushnell Bremmer, Bridget Campbell Keepers, Shelly Howe and Gary Howe. Back row: Kim Hanson Burlage, Michele Kozelka Pattison, Linda Kozelka Heal and Lisa Kozelka Dyer. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)


The 1982-83 girls basketball team, Shelly Howe and the Courier Press were named to the Prairie du Chien Athletic Hall of Fame during an induction ceremony at halftime of Friday night’s Prairie du Chien football game versus River Valley.

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River Valley tops Prairie du Chien

Prairie's Tyler Hannah (44) plows forward for good yardage. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Dylan Coleman looks for running room around the left side Friday night versus River Valley.


By Zach Mara


The Prairie du Chien Blackhawks hosted the River Valley Blackhawks on Friday night in each team’s SWC opener. Valley (2-1, 1-0) was able to combine a steady run game with a couple of long passing plays to move the ball down field consistently en route to an 18-7 victory over Prairie du Chien (2-1, 0-1).


River Valley defeats Prairie volleyball

Lily Krahn battles at the net against two River Valley opponents. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Clare Teynor winds up to spike one over the River Valley player Thursday night at Prairie du Chien High School. An enthusiastic crowd and student section were on hand to cheer on the Lady Blackhawks in SWC action.

Emma Konichek pounds the ball back to River Valley.


The Prairie du Chien volleyball team lost a very exciting and hard-fought battle against River Valley on Thursday night. 

The Hawks came out with intensity and took the first set 25-22. Valley battled back and won the second set 25-12, but the Hawks didn't go away quietly. In the third and fourth sets, both teams showed toughness and grit with a lot of long volleys and exciting play. However, the Hawks lost both sets. 

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