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Mon
22
Jul

Hoppers edge Viroqua in 10 innings


Prairie’s Blake Bremmer rounds third and heads for home to score the Hoppers’ first run. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Grant Martin takes a good lead versus Viroqua in their regional opener on a sweltering Friday night.

Blake Bremmer dives back to first base ahead of the tag on a pick-off attempt.

The Hoppers’ Cory Check gets ready to unleash a pitch against Viroqua Friday night.

 

The Prairie du Chien Grasshoppers American Legion baseball team ran off with the lead late in the game in a 2-1 victory over Viroqua on a sweltering Friday night. The game was tied at one with Prairie du Chien batting in the top of the 10th when Drake Coleman doubled on a 3-2 count, scoring what turned out to be the winning run.

The pitching was strong on both sides. Prairie du Chien pitchers struck out six, while Viroqua pitchers sat down 16.

Mon
22
Jul

Prairie du Chien hosts Regional American Legion Tournament

 

The American Legion Varsity Regional Tournament is being held at the St. Feriole Island Ballpark. The tournament began on a hot and humid Friday afternoon and will continue through Monday, July 22.

The first game began at 3 p.m. on Friday. Stoddard defeated Gays Mills 9-0 in the double elimination tournament.

Fennimore won a wild affair against Westby-Coon Valley 14-13 in the second game.

Mon
01
Jul

Prairie du Chien American Legion baseball team to hold fish fry fundraiser Saturday


The Prairie du Chien Grasshoppers pose with their trophy after winning the Prairie du Chien Tournament earlier this season. Team members are, front row: Dylan Coleman, Zach Mara, John Nicholson, Tyler Smock, Clayton DuCharme, Gavin Gillitzer, Blake Bremmer and Grant Martin. Back row: Assistant Coach Bjorn Thompson, Assistant Coach Chas Sagedahl, Cory Check, Jacob Joy, Ryan McGrath, Conner Smith, Frank Cipra, Hunter Davis, Drake Coleman, Assistant Coach Tyler Wilkinson and Head Coach Nate Cejka.

 

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 6. 

Mon
01
Jul

Five players, one family to be inducted into Eastman Fast Pitch Hall of Fame


The Carl and Marlene Achenbach family is being inducted as Friends of the Game.

 

Five players and a Friends of the Game family will be inducted into the Eastman Fast Pitch Hall of Fame on July 4 at 4 p.m. at the Eastman Ballpark.

 

Friends of the Game

Achenbach Family

Wed
05
Jun

Prairie du Chien baseball ends a fine season


Prairie’s Gavin Gillitzer pitched an excellent game in defeating Viroqua 2-1 in eight innings in the sectional opener in Brodhead Tuesday. (Photos by Marissa Weiher, Monroe Times)

Jon Nicholson gets ready to make the catch on a close play at second base in the second inning versus Viroqua.

Jon Nicholson reacts after reaching first base on a bunt in the first inning against Viroqua in Brodhead in the sectional opener.

 

Blackhawks defeat Viroqua but lose to Markesan

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The Prairie du Chien Blackhawks defeated Viroqua 2-1 in eight innings in the first game of the WIAA Sectional played in Brodhead on Tuesday. 

Mon
03
Jun

Prairie baseball on to sectional play


Mark Welter of Prairie du Chien lashes a run-scoring single against visiting Fennimore in the regional final. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Josh Dyer scores Prairie’s first run Wednesday, having been driven in by Mark Welter.

Aaron Neisius of Prairie du Chien and the Fennimore first baseman intently watch the action.

 

The Prairie du Chien Blackhawks defeated third-seeded Fennimore 2-1 to claim the WIAA Regional championship on Wednesday in Prairie du Chien in high school baseball action. The victory advances the Blackhawks to the WIAA Sectional games to be played in Brodhead on Tuesday, June 4. 

Down 1-0 in the bottom of the second, the Blackhawks scored their first run to tie the game. Ryan McGrath started the inning with a single followed by a single by Dylan Coleman. Pinch runner Josh Dyer scored from third on a ground ball by Mark Welter. 

Mon
03
Jun

Four area athletes compete in State Track and Field Meet


Ben Teynor of Prairie du Chien clears a hurdle in the 300 hurdles Friday at the State Track Meet in La Crosse. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)

Prairie’s Gabby Ritchie finished in 10th in the Division 2 girls shot put at the state meet. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)

River Ridge’s Skylar White clears the bar in the pole vault Friday morning at the State Track and Field Meet. (Photo by A.J. Gates, Grant County Herald Independent)

Blake Laufenberg of River Ridge releases the shot in the shot put at the state track meet. (Photo by A.J. Gates, Grant County Herald Independent)

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Four area high school track and field athletes competed in the State Track and Field Championships at UW-La Crosse on Friday and Saturday.

Wed
29
May

Ritchie, Teynor on to State Track


Gabby Ritchie, shown here at the Prairie du Chien Regional, earned a trip to the State Track Meet by getting second in the shot put at the East Troy Sectional. (Courier Press file photos)

Ben Teynor (middle), shown during a meet in Prairie du Chien earlier this season, qualified for the State Track Meet by taking second in the 300 hurdles at the East Troy Sectional Thursday.

 

The Blackhawk track and field athletes that made it to the East Troy Sectional and got themselves ready for the day with a nice quiet drive. 

Kori Jaynes got things rolling with a nice 100m dash and just missed her career PR by 1/10th of a second, finishing the season in 10th place. Faith Dillman was up next in the 100 High Hurdles and finished the day in 12th place with a 17.94. Ben Teynor was up next in the 110 High Hurdles. Ben hit a 15.80 and qualified for the finals. Ben then hit a career PR - 15.42 in the finals and just missed out on going to state by 1/100th of a second, finishing in 6th place. 

Wed
29
May

WS girls on to sectional


Tabitha Check of Wauzeka-Steuben gets ready to unwind and fire in a pitch to the De Soto batter. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Parker Mindham fields a bunt and throws to first base for the out.

Ravyn Krachey of the Lady Hornets dives to knock the ball down against De Soto.

Second baseman Jenna McCarthy grabs the knocked down ball and gets ready to fire it to home plate against visiting De Soto.

 

The Wauzeka-Steuben softball team won 6-5 over visiting and fourth-seeded De Soto Thursday, May 23 in regional softball action.

Top-seeded Wauzeka-Steuben improved their overall record to 21-0 and advanced to the sectional semifinal against second-seeded Highland at Wauzeka on May 28 beginning at 4:30 p.m.

The winning pitcher was Tabitha Check. She gave up 5 runs on 7 hits, while fanning 6 and walking 4.

Wed
29
May

Prairie gets over Wisconsin Heights


Prairie’s Gavin Gillitzer pitched five innings versus Wisconsin Heights Tuesday. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Mark Welter attempts a squeeze play bunt against visiting Wisconsin Heights.

Aaron Neisius easily gets back on a pick-off attempt.

 

Top seeded Prairie du Chien came from behind to get past visiting and fourth seeded Wisconsin Heights 4-3 in a regional semifinal baseball game Tuesday afternoon.

Heights took the early lead by scoring a run in the top of the second inning and another in the third to go up 2-0.

Prairie scored 2 runs in the bottom of the fourth to tie the game at 2-2.

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