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Mon
22
Jun

Baseball: Weber named Conference Player of the Year


Senior Mitch Weber was named to the first-team All-Badger South Conference and was named conference Player of the Year. [File photo by Anthony Iozzo]

Senior Mitch Weber led the Oregon High School baseball team this season, earning a first-team All-Badger South Conference selection and Badger South Player of the Year honors.

Weber was 6-1 with a 0.93 ERA (seven earned runs in 53 innings). He struck out 57 and walked 19, allowing 32 hits. 

Weber also contributed at the plate. He was 25-for-67 (.373 batting average) with four doubles, a home run, 18 RBIs and eight runs scored. Weber had a .929 fielding percentage, as well.

Joining Weber on the first team was senior Andrew Pliner. Pliner was 25-for-59 (.424) with four doubles, two triples, 13 RBIs and 25 runs scored. Pliner had a .897 fielding percentage in the outfield.

Sat
20
Jun

Girls soccer UPDATE: Panthers win first title in OHS history


The Oregon High School girls soccer team won the 2015 WIAA Division 2 state title Saturday in a 3-0 win over Green Bay Southwest at Uihlein Soccer Park in Milwaukee. It is the first state championship in OHS history. [Photo by Anthony Iozzo] Look for more photos from state in next week's Oregon Observer and online at ungphotos.smugmug.com.

March seems so long ago now, when the Oregon High School girls soccer first made the goal of making state.

The trip to Gulf Shores, Ala. started it all, and on Saturday, the Panthers hoisted the golden ball at Uihlein Soccer Park after a 3-0 win over Green Bay Southwest in the WIAA Division 2 state final.

23 wins. One tie. No losses. The fourth straight Badger South championship, the third straight sectional final appearance and the first state berth in school history were stepping stones. Now Oregon can add the first state title in school history.

Fri
19
Jun

Girls soccer UPDATE: Panthers one win away from state title


Sophomore Abby Breitbach makes a diving save in the first half Friday in a WIAA Division 2 state semifinal against Whitefish Bay at Uihlein Soccer Park in Milwaukee. Breitbach finished with eight saves in a 4-0 win. The D2 state final is at 3 p.m. Saturday. [Photo by Anthony Iozzo]

There hasn’t been too many games this season that sophomore goalie Abby Breitbach was tested as much as Friday’s WIAA Division 2 state semifinal against Whitefish Bay at Uihlein Soccer Park in Milwaukee.

With a defense that helped the Panthers record 16 shutouts this season and an offense that scored over four goals a game, Breitbach has had only a few moments this season of facing more than a few shots in a game.

But when it mattered most, Breitbach kept her ground and made some big saves to keep a two-goal lead, eventually helping Oregon (22-0-1 overall) move on to the state final with a 4-0 win over the Blue Dukes (13-6-5).

“I thought today was great. I have a great defense, so some of these games get boring,” said Breitbach with a laugh. “I like getting tested like that. I think it is good for me. I loved it.”

Fri
19
Jun

Girls soccer: Panthers claim first state berth in OHS history


The Oregon High School girls soccer team celebrates its first sectional title in school history Saturday at Waunakee High School. The Panthers defeated Waterford 7-0 in the WIAA Division 2 sectional final. Oregon plays Whitefish Bay at noon Friday in the D2 state semifinal at Uihlein Soccer Park in Milwaukee. [Photo by Anthony Iozzo]

It has been a goal for the Oregon High School girls soccer team all season, and Saturday’s 7-0 win over Waterford in the WIAA Division 2 sectional final made the goal of advancing to state for the first time in school history a reality.

It seemed more inevitable as the year progressed as the Panthers (21-0-1) never lost a game heading into regionals, with a 0-0 tie to The Prairie School the only blemish on what has been a near-perfect season so far. 

Even after losing a two-goal lead to DeForest (22-2) in the sectional semifinal, the girls never panicked and willed their way to a goal in the final minutes to earn their third straight trip to a sectional final.

Fri
19
Jun

Girls basketball: Rosemeyer to play in All-Star game


Senior Riley Rosemeyer (24) is playing the Division 2 Wisconsin High School Basketball Coaches Association All-Star game at 4 p.m. Friday at the Just-A-Game Fieldhouse in the Wisconsin Dells. [File photo by Anthony Iozzo]

Senior Riley Rosemeyer is getting one more moment for her high school basketball career Friday as she earned a spot on the Division 2 South team in the Wisconsin High School Basketball Coaches Association All-Star game.

Rosemeyer will travel to Just-A-Game Fieldhouse in the Wisconsin Dells at 4 p.m. Friday, joining teammates Emma Meriggioli (Edgewood), Ashley Reed (Whitefish Bay), Tiernee Schrank (Reedsburg), Vashti Nwagbaraocha (Milwaukee Pius XI), Sammy Kozlowski (New Berlin Eisenhower), Jessica Kelliher (Waukesha North), Sara Hartl (Union Grove), Gabby Green (Milwaukee Pius XI) and Madison Blair (Waterford).

The coaches for the South are Therese Dejewski (Catholic Memorial), Jef Radtke (New Berlin West) and Collin Thompson (New Berlin West).

Mon
15
Jun

Boys tennis: Schneider wins match at state


Sophomore Calvin Schneider puts away a volley at the net Thursday at the WIAA Division 1 individual state tennis tournament. Schneider defeated Brett Belanger of Kettle Moraine 6-1, 6-2 before falling to eventual champion Jake Van Emburgh in the second round. [Photo by Jeremy Jones]

Sophomore Calvin Schneider could have probably made it further at the WIAA Division 1 individual state tournament last week if it weren’t for an unfortunate draw.

Making his second appearance inside Nielsen Tennis Stadium on Thursday, Schneider dominated No. 2 singles Waukesha South sectional champion Brett Belanger of Kettle Moraine 6-1, 6-2 in the first round before facing second-seeded Jake Van Emburgh later Thursday afternoon.

“The first set I played really solid and the second set I started solid, but midway through I hit a lull. Thankfully, I was able to finish off the match by playing some strong tennis,” Schneider said. “I’ve always wanted to win a match at state. That was the goal after losing my first match here last season.  “It felt great to accomplish that goal.”

Sun
14
Jun

Boys golf: Torhorst ties for 46th overall at state


Senior Carson Torhorst reads the green on the seventh hole Monday in the first round of the WIAA Division 1 state boys golf tournament at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s University Ridge Golf Course. Torhorst finished with a 4-over 76 and tied for 46th overall for the tournament with a 162 (76-86). [Photo by Anthony Iozzo]

Senior Carson Torhorst was in the mix for most of the WIAA Division 1 state tournament Monday and Tuesday at University Ridge Golf Course.

Torhorst came into the second round five strokes behind the leader, but a few swings here and there pushed his score up from what it could have been.

Torhorst ended with an 86 in round two to couple with his first round 76, putting him into a tie for 44th overall.

“He is still one of the top players in the state. There is no question about it,” head coach Bill Scheer said. “With a couple of swings or a couple of breaks, I think he played a lot better than his score says. He is certainly a better player  than his score indicated.”

Sat
13
Jun

Baseball: Panthers season ends in regional final


Senior Mitch Weber pitches in the second inning Thursday in a WIAA Division 1 regional final against Verona at Stampfl Field. The Panthers lost 5-1. [Photo by Anthony Iozzo]

The Oregon High School baseball team was a few breaks away from pushing the third-seeded Verona Wildcats in a WIAA Division 1 regional final Thursday at Stampfl Field.

But the Panthers stranded the bases loaded twice in a 5-1 loss to end its 2015 season.

“Looking at the game, it is hard because we had opportunities to win,” head coach Jake Soule said. “I wouldn’t have said – three months ago – that we could play with Verona. A break here or there, and this is a totally different game.”

Oregon loaded the bases with two outs in the second inning, and a pop out ended the threat. The sixth inning hurt a little more, however.

Junior Pat Sommers reached on an error, and senior Parker DeBroux followed with an infield single. Junior Jake Odegaard then walked to load the bases.

Fri
12
Jun

Girls soccer: Panthers claim regional title, two wins from first state appearance


The Oregon High School girls soccer team won the regional title Saturday with a 5-0 win over Monona Grove. The Panthers are two wins away from making their first state appearance in school history. [Photo by Dan Paltz}

The Oregon High School girls soccer team took care of business last week, claiming the WIAA Division 2 regional title in section three with wins over Poynette/Portage and Monona Grove.

“Right now, we are focused on our goal, which had been our goal the whole time, to get to state,” head coach Julie Grutzner said.

The top-seeded Panthers (19-0-1 overall) host third-seeded DeForest at 7 p.m. Thursday in the sectional semifinal. The winner will play the winner of Milton/Waterford for the sectional title at 4 p.m. Saturday at Waunakee High School.

Oregon 10, Poynette 0

Oregon only needed 60 minutes to get past eighth-seeded Poynette/Portage Thursday in a 10-0 win.

Thu
11
Jun

Girls track: Panthers’ 4x400 finishes season fourth overall at WIAA state meet


Senior Riley Rosemeyer (left) pushes past the middle of the pack before crossing the finish line in the 4x400 relay Saturday in the WIAA Division 1 state track and field meet at Veteran’s Memorial Stadium at the University of Wisconsin- La Crosse. The girls team – including juniors Samantha Girard and Maddie LeBrun and freshman Alexis Jackson – took fourth in 3 minutes, 57.06 seconds. [Photo by Anthony Iozzo]

Looking back on the past four years as an athlete senior Riley Rosemeyer said she has only one regret. Rosemeyer, a Winona State basketball recruit, joined the Oregon High School track and field team a week before the start of the season for the first time this spring simply to get in shape. Turns out she was pretty lights out on the track as well, leaving her name on the school record board in just one year of competition.

“I did soccer my freshman year and AAU basketball the other two years, so I was pretty busy. But I honestly think if I could go back, joining the track team is the one thing I would change about my high school career,” Rosemeyer said. “Who knows what I could have done?”  

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