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Mon
19
Feb

Wheeler goes to State

 

Wheeler earns 

trip to State Wrestling Meet

Ben Wheeler of River Ridge-Cassville earned a trip to the WIAA Division 3 State Wrestling Tournament to be held at the Kohl Center in Madison on Feb. 22-24. It is the 75th annual State Wrestling Tournament.

Wheeler, a senior with a record of 30-9 this season, finished third in the 285-pound weight class by pinning sophomore Leif Bredeson (19-17) of Darlington-Black Hawk in 1:28 in the third-place match at the Mineral Point Sectional on Saturday.

Mon
19
Feb

Prairie Wrestlers Statebound


Prairie du Chien state qualifiers Colten Wall, Matt Rogge, Blake Garcia, Traeton Saint, Nick Rogge and Stephen Ronnfeldt will be representing PDC wrestling at the Kohl Center starting Thursday evening at 7 p.m.

Blake Garcia works hard in controlling his Monroe opponent. Garcia would win by major decision, 9-0.

Nick Rogge dominates his Wisconsin Dells opponent with a double arm bar in his quarterfinal match. Nick would win by major decision, 11-0. In the finals, Nick would beat Max Barreau of Lodi 6-1 for a sectional championship.

Stephen Ronnfeldt pins his Wisconsin Dells opponent in a quarterfinal match.​

 

Blackhawks qualify six for State Wrestling Tournament

The Prairie du Chien Blackhawk wrestling team once again continued to make history. This time, by advancing six individuals to the State Tournament to be held in the Kohl Center in Madison from Feb. 22-24.

Richland Center was the host of a WIAA Division 2 Sectional on Saturday, Feb. 17. Traeton Saint and Stephen Ronnfeldt will be making return trips to state, with a few teammates joining them. The top three finishers in each weight division earned trips to the state meet.

Mon
19
Feb

Antoine and family enjoying Olympics


A group of South Korean women pose for a photo with their new cheesehead wearing friends. The cheeseheads are Claire Martins, Kelleigh Martins, Elise Martins and Lonnie Martins. (Photo by Mary Antoine)

 

Matt Antoine’s family 

and friends enjoy Olympic Games

By Mary Antoine

 

Mon
19
Feb

Antoine appreciates his many fans


Prairie du Chien’s Matt Antoine slides around a curve during his first run at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games. (Photo by Getty Images)

Matt Antoine (far right), along with many other United States Olympic Team members from several sports, waves to those gathered for “The Today Show.” Matt was also interviewed on media night. (Photo by Mary Antoine)

 

Antoine finishes in 11th place in South Korea and

is enjoying the rest of the Olympics with family, friends

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Sun
18
Feb

Pedretti in Hall of Fame


Prairie du Chien’s Mark Pedretti is just seven wins shy of 400 for his stellar coaching career. (Courier Press file photo)

 

Pedretti inducted 

into WBCA Hall of Fame

Prairie du Chien’s Mark Pedretti was one of four coaches who were inducted into the Wisconsin Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame on Feb. 10.

Pedretti enters the WBCA Hall of Fame after constructing and guiding one of the most dominating programs in the state.

Wed
14
Feb

Antoine Family at Olympics


Matt Antoine (center) dropped by at the Proctor and Gamble House to visit with family members. Shown with Matt are his brother Nick and Nick’s wife Charlotte. (Photos by Mary Antoine)

Mary Antoine’s granddaughter did some serious pin trading.

Mary Antoine, with family members and friends, enjoyed a parade.

 

Antoine’s family and 

friends see some competition

Prairie du Chien’s Matt Antoine is in South Korea preparing for his second Winter Olympic games. Matt won the bronze medal in Sochi, Russia in men’s skeleton in 2014. Matt’s mother, Mary, along with nine other family members and friends, are in Gangneung, South Korea, to cheer Matt on.

 

By Mary Antoine

Wed
14
Feb

Prairie du Chien Wrestlers


Luke Wright of Prairie du Chien tries to turn Miguel Kearney of Lodi in their 220-pound match. Wright pinned Kearney in 5:36. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Prairie’s Colton Wall tries to gain an advantage over Gabe Mabin of Lodi in their 285-pound match. Wall would go on to win 7-2.

Bradyn Saint controls Jaedon Heintz of Lodi in the 126-pound match.

Reid Koenig (right) squares off against Colton Nicolay of Lodi.

Blake Garcia of Prairie du Chien gains the advantage.

Tyler Smock tries to gain leverage.

Nick Rogge applies pressure to Sawyer Helmbrecht of Lodi in the 170-pound match.

Isaac Avery attempts to roll Gabe Pickarts of Lodi in their 182-pound match.

Traeton Saint of Prairie du Chien pins Austin Soehle of Lodi in :50 to win the 138-pound match.

 

Prairie wrestlers storm back but Lodi wins at team sectional

The fourth-ranked Prairie du Chien wrestling team battled to the end last night in Viroqua at a WIAA Division 2 Team Sectional against fifth-ranked Lodi, but came up short in a 38-33 loss.  

The match started out fast with PdC taking a 12-11 lead after four matches. Lodi went on a run and took the lead 32-18 with four matches left. 

Tue
13
Feb

Antoine Family, Friends in South Korea


The United States Winter Olympic Team enters the stadium for the opening ceremonies of the XXIII Olympic Winter Games. (Photos by Mary Antoine)

The Olympic flame is lit during the opening ceremonies of the XXIII Olympic Winter Games. The Olympic flame commemorates the theft of fire from the Greek god Zeus by Prometheus.

 

Antoine family and friends enjoy South Korea 

and the opening ceremonies of Winter Olympics

Prairie du Chien’s Matt Antoine is in South Korea preparing for his second Winter Olympic games. Matt won the bronze medal in Sochi, Russia in men’s skeleton in 2014. Matt’s mother, Mary, along with nine other family members and friends, are in Gangneung, South Korea, to cheer Matt on. The following are Mary’s impressions so far.

 

Mon
12
Feb

Prairie Grapplers Triumphant


Isaac Avery (left) of Prairie du Chien faces Brad Goffinet of Cuba City-Benton-Southwestern in their quarterfinal 182-pound match. Avery would go on to win 7-5. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

The Blackhawks’ Clayton DuCharme attempts an escape versus Evan Thomas of Richland Center in their 170-pound quarterfinal match.

Prairie du Chien’s Matt Rogge gets the pin in 1:17 over Drew Latterel of Dodgeville in their 106-pound semifinal match Saturday.

Prairie’s Chase Fisher (left) squares off against Max Schmidt of Richland Center in their semifinal match at 113 pounds Saturday. Fisher went on to get third place.

Jerrod Osterkamp of Prairie du Chien gets control over Kaidon Cowley of River Valley in their 285-pound quarterfinal. Osterkamp would go on to post a 2-1 victory.

Prairie’s Keenan Holley (top) tries to gain control over Caleb Radtke of River Valley in their 120-pound semifinal.

Reid Koenig pins Wylie Nies of Cuba City-Benton-Southwestern in 1:18 in their 132-pound quarterfinal match Saturday.

Traeton Saint of Prairie du Chien tries to turn Eli Reeson of Dodgeville. Saint won by technical fall 17-1 in 3:46 in their 138-pound semifinal.

Prairie du Chien’s Nick Rogge gets an escape from Shaedyn Lane of Cuba City-Benton-Southwestern in their 160-pound semifinal. Rogge won by technical fall, 16-0 in 3:55. (Photo by Correne Martin)

The Blackhawks’ Stephen Ronnfeldt tries to turn Riley Christenson of Belmont-Platteville in their 195-pound semifinal Saturday. Ronnfeldt went on to pin Christenson in 2:58. (Photo by Correne Martin)

 

Blackhawk wrestlers 

are Regional Champions

The 2017-2018 Prairie du Chien wrestling team continues to make history. On Saturday, Feb. 10, PDC hosted a WIAA Division 2 Regional for the first time in school history. They also won a WIAA Division 2 Regional for the first time in school history. 

On a day filled with plenty of excitement, the Blackhawk grapplers remained focused with their eyes on the prize. This was something the team had circled on the calendar at the beginning of the season. 

Wed
07
Feb

River Ridge Dance Team at State


The River Ridge Dance Team and their fans were very excited to perform at the State Championship on Saturday in La Crosse. (Photos submitted)

The River Ridge Dance Team poses backstage.

 

River Ridge Dance Team 

performs at State Championship

On Saturday, Feb. 3, the River Ridge Dance Team attended the WACPC State Championship held at the La Crosse Center. The team competed in the Division 5 Pom category and placed 11th in the state for their division.

Qualifying and dancing at state for the dance team is a great accomplishment for such a young group of girls. The team this year consists of two freshmen, five sophomores, and five juniors.  

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