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PdC Football Wins

Prairie du Chien’s Dylan Yeomans gets into the open field on the opening kickoff which he returned 54 yards to the Aquinas 34-yard line. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Jacob Mallat follows the blocking of Dominic Wright (22) and Eric Nolan (56).

Dylan Yeomans races along the sideline after hauling in what would be a 52-yard pass.

Ethan Swiggum finds a big opening.

Dylan Yeomans looks for running room behind the blocking of Ethan Swiggum (5) and Dominic Wright (22).

A trio of Prairie du Chien defenders close in on the Aquinas ballcarrier.

Dominic Wright takes the hand-off from quarterback Jacob Mallat against visiting La Crosse Aquinas Friday night.


Blackhawks beat Blugolds 33-27 in overtime

By Zach Mara


The Prairie du Chien Blackhawks opened up the 2016 Football Season on Friday night at home against the La Crosse Aquinas Blugolds. The game, dominated by offense, went back and forth all game long and the Blackhawks (1-0) won the game 33-27 in overtime.


Football Practice Underway

Let’s get ready to rumble! It’s that time of year already and area high school football teams have been hard at practice in preparation for the upcoming season. Above, a group of Prairie du Chien football players participate in a tackling drill Friday morning. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

New this season at Prairie du Chien are tackling rings, which are popular among coaches and players.

A player lifts the blocking dummy high Friday.

The blocking sled was a popular place for Prairie du Chien players Friday morning.

Several Prairie du Chien athletes participate in receiving and defending drills.

Dow gains Gold

Mel Dow and his son Tyler hold the team trophy Tyler helped the United States Cadet Team win at the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru on July 3. Tyler is also sporting his gold medal. (Photo courtesy of Mel Dow)


Former Prairie du Chien Youth 

Program wrestler wins gold at Pan Am Games

By Ted Pennekamp


A former Prairie du Chien athlete has had a great summer of wrestling. Tyler Dow, 16, won the gold medal at the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru on July 3 in the 152-pound weight class. 


Junior American Legion

The Prairie du Chien Junior American Legion baseball team split a doubleheader versus visiting La Crescent Thursday. Prairie won the opener 6-5 but lost the nightcap 7-4. Above, Frank Cipra takes a good lead off of third in the first game.

Prairie shortstop Gavin Gillitzer fields a ground ball and fires to first base for the out.

Cory Check gets a jump off of first base in the opener of a twinbill Thursday afternoon.

Prairie Baseball

The Iowa Grant runner just gets back in time on a pick-off attempt Wednesday as Prairie’s Drew Scott reaches for the tag. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Jack Wasechek gets a good jump off of third versus Iowa Grant Wednesday afternoon.

Peyton Hall heads for home with a run against Iowa Grant Wednesday.

Dylan Yeomans edges closer to home against visiting Iowa Grant.

Jack Wasechek drives in a run with a single to center against visiting Cuba City in the Regional Final Thursday afternoon.

The ball pops loose on this attempted tag of a Cuba City runner caught between first and second. The Cuba City player was tagged out moments later during the run-down.

First baseman Drew Scott gets ready to tag the Cuba City runner out on a pick-off.



baseball team 

on to Sectional

Top seeded Prairie du Chien defeated visiting and fourth seeded Iowa Grant 12-3 in a Division 3 Regional Semifinal baseball game Wednesday afternoon. The game had been postponed from Tuesday due to rain. 

The Blackhawks erupted for 7 big runs in the bottom of the first inning. 


State Track

Prairie du Chien’s Wesley Schwager clears the bar at 6-0 at the State Track Meet Saturday morning. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Tatem Baures of Wauzeka-Steuben (7) runs near the front during the first lap of the 1600-meter run at the State Track Meet Saturday.

Franci Gates of River Ridge vaults 8-6 Saturday morning at the State Track Meet.


Three area 

track athletes 

at State Meet

Three area track athletes competed at the State Track Meet at UW-La Crosse on Friday and Saturday. 

Prairie du Chien junior Wesley Schwager finished ninth in the Division 2 boys high jump with a leap of 6-0 Saturday morning.


Prairie's Season Ends

Molly Mason tosses the ball to Kelly Check at first base to get the out on a ground ball. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Lauren Nicholson winds up versus Boscobel Tuesday.

Lauren Nicholson hits the ball into the ground in front of home plate to get a single.

Kelly Check lays down a beautiful bunt for a base hit that advances two runners Tuesday afternoon in Division 3 Regional softball action against Boscobel.

JaZmien Chestnut beats the throw to second base for a double against Boscobel.


Boscobel ends 

Prairie’s season

Boscobel defeated host Prairie du Chien 7-5 in a Division 3 Regional softball game Tuesday afternoon. 

Prairie scored first with a run in the second inning to go up 1-0. 

Boscobel scored 3 runs in the top of the fourth and Prairie scored 1 in the bottom half as Boscobel led 3-2. 


Seneca Girls Win

Seneca’s Haley Wall gets ready to rifle in a pitch with a Kickapoo runner on third base. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Seneca’s Alivia Salinas hits the ball to left-center against visiting Kickapoo Friday afternoon in Ridge and Valley softball action.


Seneca girls 

top Kickapoo

The Seneca High School softball team easily defeated visiting Kickapoo 14-9 in a Ridge and Valley contest Friday afternoon.

Seneca improved its record to 15-8 overall and 10-4 in conference action. 

Kickapoo fell to 3-14 on the season and 2-11 in the Ridge and Valley.


Seneca Boys Win

Seneca’s Noah Allan lets fly as the Kickapoo runner heads for third base. Allan struck out nine Kickapoo batters. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Jared Payne of Seneca plays defense as the Kickapoo runner dances off of first in Ridge and Valley action Friday in Seneca.

Gavin Greene gets a jump off of first base versus Kickapoo Friday afternoon.



boys cruise 

past Kickapoo

Seneca jumped out to an early lead on Kickapoo and captured a 9-2 victory on Friday at Seneca High School. 

The game was decided quickly as Seneca exerted its will early with five runs in the first three innings. 


Prairie du Chien Wins

Prairie’s Hunter Sheckler rounds third and heads for home. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Zach Neisius of Prairie du Chien gets a jump off of second base against Platteville.

The Blackhawks’ Jack Wasechek gets a good lead off of third base.

Brogan Potter heads home for 1 of 11 runs for Prairie du Chien Tuesday afternoon.

Chas Sagedahl eyes home plate as a Platteville runner leads off of second. Sagedahl went on to pitch a 2-hit shutout in 5 innings. He struck out 7 and walked none.


Prairie boys 

down Platteville

Prairie du Chien blanked visiting Platteville 11-0 in 5 innings in an SWC baseball game Tuesday afternoon.

The Blackhawks scored 3 runs in the bottom of the second inning and erupted for 8 big runs in the third as they cruised to the win. 

Chas Sagedahl hurled a 2-hitter in 5 innings. He fanned 7 and walked none.