Panthers break free against Sauk

Photo by Jeremy Jones. Senior receiver Sam Mueller breaks away from the Sauk Prairie defense in the third quarter Friday evening. Mueller caught an 8-yard touchdown pass against the Eagles to help the Panthers roll 31-3 in a Badger Conference crossover game.

While the Oregon football team had a pretty solid backfield last season, head coach Dan Kissling expected senior running back Lucas Mathews to add a different dimension this season.

Mathews cut the ball upfield and finished several punishing runs Friday evening as he topped the century mark and accounted for three of the Panthers’ four touchdowns in a 31-3 shellacking of Sauk Prairie in a Badger Conference crossover game.

“We had guys like BJ (Buckner) last year that make guys miss,” Kissling said. “Lucas is a kid that can do both. He can punish and fitness the defense a little bit.”

Oregon, which scored on three of its first four drives of the game, was a Mathews fumble away from a shutout.


Panther golf team brings back familiar faces

Photo by Anthony Iozzo. The 2015 Oregon High School girls golf members (from left) are: assistant coach Emily LaVoy, Taylor McCorkle, Jenny Johnson, Olivia Davis, Sydney McKee, Andi McCorkle and head coach Frank LaVoy.

Frank LaVoy was the head coach of the Oregon High School girls golf program for 10 years, ending his tenure in 2008 to take a break from coaching.

Since then, the Panthers finished runner-up at state in 2009 and took fourth at state in 2011. Oregon didn’t reach sectionals in 2012 but did the past two seasons, and now look to be one of the stronger teams this year.

With LaVoy – who said he basically started the program – the veterans and newcomers look to mesh and make it one step further in 2015. LaVoy’s daughter Emily, who played for Oregon High School in the early 2000s, is also back as the new assistant coach. 

Seniors Jenny Johnson and Olivia Davis and junior Taylor McCorkle are all back from last season’s sectional lineup.


Football season starts Friday against Sauk Prairie

Oregon football kicks off its season Friday with a Badger Conference crossover game in Sauk Prairie.

The Panthers finished 6-3 overall and 4-2 (second) in the Badger South last season and returned to the playoffs for the first time in five years.

Sauk Prairie (2-7, 1-5) finished second to last in the Badger North. 

Oregon rushed for 1,836 yards and 27 touchdowns last year, while averaging 29.3 points per game. While Oregon will be without leading rushing BJ Buckner, who graduated following last season, Matt Yates returns as the workhorse. Yates racked up 601 yards and nine touchdowns last season.

Oregon is also hoping to have an even more effective passing game this year after first-year starter Trent Ricker threw for 828 yards and 11 touchdowns.


Jochmann hired as OHS boys hockey coach

File photo by Jeremy Jones. Mike Jochmann has spent the last 15 years coaching women’s hockey at one level or another, including the past five seasons as head coach of the Stoughton girls hockey co-op. Last week Jochmann was hired to coach the Oregon High School boys hockey team.

After five years as the head coach of the Stoughton girls hockey co-op Mike Jochmann stepped down early last week for what he called the “perfect opportunity.”

Relocating his family to Oregon last November, Jochmann was announced the as Panthers boys hockey coach last Tuesday.

“Having my son and youngest daughter already in the program, I have already been involved with coaching here at the youth level,” Jochmann said. “It’s a natural feeling, with kids in the program, to feel even more part of the community now.”

Jochmann follows Rick Fleming, who announced he was leaving in May. Fleming coached the rival Stoughton Vikings for 16 seasons, including a pair of WIAA state tournament appearances, but never got the same level of success in Oregon due in part to limit numbers coming into the program.


Saturday’s Kids Triathlon fundraiser looks to raise thousands for OCSC

Map courtesy of The Oregon Kids Triathlon bike race changed its course this year to avoid construction and increase safety of the participants. The bike portion is the second event in the triathlon, preceded by swimming and followed by running.

The Oregon Community Swim Club started the Kids Triathlon in 2005 as a way to allow children aged 5-17 to participate in a fundraiser event that also promotes confidence, health and community spirit in student athletes.

Kelly Scholz, who was race director for the first three years, began what is now the biggest fundraiser for the Oregon Community Swimming Pool and the Oregon Community Swim Club.

Now in its 10th year, the event – which is a race that includes swimming, running and biking – has grown from about 300 registrants to 515.

“We do this in order to raise money for our public pool and for competitive swimming in Oregon,” race director Deb Bossingham said. “We have been hitting our max the last five years, which is great to see.”


Orioles’ playoff hopes end after seventh straight loss

Photo by Evan Halpop. Oregon’s Eric Engler pitches against Monroe Sunday at Oregon High School in the Western Section Sunday League regular season finale.

The Oregon Home Talent team had hopes of possibly earning a home playoff game coming into the final two games of the season, but the Orioles still needed at least one victory to clinch a playoff berth.

However, a 4-3 loss in 11 innings at Ridgeway (4-9) Friday and a 15-4 loss in seven inning against Monroe (4-9) Sunday ended Oregon’s (4-9) Western Section Sunday League season earlier than expected.

Ridgeway, which defeated Oregon twice and Monroe once in head-to-head matchups, won the tiebreaker for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Section.

Ridgeway 4, Oregon 3 (11 inn.)

The Orioles did not fare well in one-run games this season, and Friday’s loss in extra innings  at Ridgeway dropped them to 2-5 in games decided by a run.


Former OHS coach/principal earns award named for his mentor

File photo. Former Oregon High School head coach Cal Callaway talks with a player during the 1970 football season. Callaway was inducted into the Wisconsin High School Football Coaches Hall of Fame and the National High School Coaches Hall of Fame, as well as the University of Wisconsin–Superior Hall of Fame.

When Cal Callaway first met Americo “Mertz” Mortorelli, he was working on his parents’ dairy farm in Hayward in December 1959.

He recalls trudging through the snow after doing his evening chores and seeing a strange car in the driveway. Much to his surprise, a large Italian man was at the dinner table with his mother.

Mortorelli had been invited over for dinner because Callaway’s mother hoped for her son to graduate from college. And when he left that night, he had persuaded them that Cal was going to get through college with his help. 

That is what started everything.


Oregon Orioles fall in 12 innings, still control playoff destiny

Photos by Anthony Iozzo. Abe Maurice hits a sharp ground ball and later reaches base on an error in the third inning Tuesday, July 14, against Verona at Stampfl Field. Oregon scored three times in the third to tie the game, but the offense ended there in a 7-3 loss.

The Oregon Home Talent team dropped a heartbreaking 4-3 game at Dodgeville in 12 innings Sunday, dropping to 4-7 overall in a fifth straight loss.

Despite the tough stretch, the hope of making the playoffs still lies with Oregon. Games against Ridgeway (3-9) and Monroe (3-9) close the regular season.

A win at Ridgeway at 7:30 p.m. Friday would clinch a spot in the playoffs. If Oregon loses, the Orioles can still clinch a playoff spot with a win at 1 p.m. Sunday against Monroe at Oregon High School.

“These are the teams that, if we belong in the playoffs, we have to beat,” co-manager Tom Curtis said.

But if Oregon wins both games, the Orioles can be as high as a No. 4 seed and earn a home playoff game.


Oregon Panthers go 3-4 in final two weeks of the season

The Oregon Senior Legion team went 3-4 in games since July 7, including wins over Mount Horeb, Stoughton and Verona.

Head coach Ben Riffle said that there have been spurts from the team that shows everyone is ready to compete for a job on varsity next season.

“There are 22 guys on the team and everyone of them can play on varsity and start,” Riffle said. “I think it will be an interesting year in the spring to see where guys are.”

Middleton 1, Oregon 0

The Panthers fell 1-0 at Middleton on July 7.

Cole Scott (2-for-3, double) and Ben Weiland (2-for-3, double) led the offense. Connor Zagrodnik, Sam Mueller and Jordan Helmkamp also picked up hits.


Oregon Orioles dig themselves into a hole

Mere inches separated the Oregon Home Talent team from moving back to .500 in the Western Section Sunday against Mount Horeb/Pine Bluff.

The Orioles trailed by one run in the bottom of the ninth but put runners on the corners with one out for designated hitter Abe Maurice. Maurice roped a high line drive to the second baseman, and it seemed destined to be a game-winning 2-run single. 

However, a leaping grab dashed Oregon’s hopes, and pinch runner Kyle Moore was doubled off of second base to end the game, as Mount Horeb/Pine Bluff (5-6) dropped the Orioles (4-6) 6-5.

“We are so close. I had a good feeling about today,” co-manager Tom Curtis said. “But give them credit. Their 3-4-5 hitters are veterans that are clutch. … They battle, and you knew they weren’t going to go away. We were just so close, so close.”


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