Girls hockey: Solid in net, Icebergs will need to generate offense

Members of the 2014-15 MSO Icebergs girls hockey co-op (front, from left) are: Kaitryn Olson, McKenzie Nisius, Shannon King, Kenzie Torpy, Hannah Smith, Casey Marsh, Samantha Eyers; (back) assistant coach Andrea Missureli, Teagan Rupiper, Maddy Hess, Sara Wollin, Savannah Kopf, Tasha Martin, Samantha Kinsler, Sydney Urso and head coach Mike Jochmann. [Photo by Jeremy Jones]

Dressing just 12 players was an interesting experience for the MSO Icebergs girls hockey co-op last year, but they persevered, producing the club’s second-best record (14-10-2 overall, 6-3-1 Badger Conference) of all-time. 

At the midpoint of the season, the Icebergs returned to Rhinelander to three-peat as champions of the HodagLand Invitational tournament over the holiday break. 

The Icebergs graduated four seniors following last season, however, with the most impactful being Rachel Dvorak and Katie Glover. 

Dvorak led the team with 13 assists a year ago and was second with 15 goals. Glover added eight goals and eight assists.

This year’s team brings in six new faces (five of them freshmen) that hope to contribute immediately. 


Girls basketball: Shooting goes cold in season-opening loss at Whitewater

The Oregon High School girls basketball team opened the regular season at non-conference Whitewater on Tuesday and fell 50-43.

The Panthers led by six points with two minutes left in the third, but Whitewater ended the quarter on a 7-1 run and was able to pull ahead in the fourth.

Oregon cut the deficit to four in the fourth, but Whitewater finished the game at the free-throw line.

“We played well enough to win, but we just couldn’t get those shots to fall,” head coach Corey Sielaff said.

The Panthers shot under 40-percent in the second half, with much of the struggle caused by the Whippets’ mixing up the full-court press and a 2-3 zone defense, Sielaff said.


Boys soccer: Panthers’ repeat bid falls short in D2 state semifinal loss

Senior Mitch Morhoff thanks fans for their support following Friday’s 1-0 loss in a WIAA Division 2 state semifinal against Cedarburg at Uihlein Soccer Park. The Panthers finished the season 17-2-2. [Photo by Anthony Iozzo]

Making its third straight state appearance, the 2013 WIAA Division 2 state champion Oregon High School boys soccer team came into this season with an expectation to keep the trophy.

But Friday’s D2 state semifinal against Cedarburg at Uihlein Soccer Park in Milwaukee proved to be difficult as 45-mph wind gusts and 35-degree temperatures wreaked havoc on goal kicks and deep balls.

A late goal on a crowded play in the penalty box was all that was needed for Cedarburg to knock off Oregon, 1-0.

“They are solid team, and we knew it was going to be a tough one coming in,” head coach Kevin May said. “We game-planned well, I thought, and I thought we executed well. We just fell short.”


Girls golf: McCorkle, Johnson earn All-State nods

Junior Jenny Johnson (above) and sophomore teammate Taylor McCorkle (below) were named All-State honorable mentions this season. [Photos by Anthony Iozzo]

Juniors Jenny Johnson and Taylor McCorkle were both named honorable mentions to the 2014 girls golf All-State team this season.

Johnson finished eighth in the Middleton sectional this season with an 80, one stroke back from making a playoff for an individual state spot.

McCorkle finished 14th at sectionals with an 84.

Both girls led Oregon to fifth-place overall at sectionals.


Girls swimming: Kugel, Christofferson visit Badger South Conference medal podium four times

Faith Majors Culp of Oregon-Belleville takes second place in the junior varsity 200-yard IM with a time of 3 minutes, 4.76 seconds at the Badger South Conference Championship swim meet at Monona Grove High School on Saturday. [Photo by Evan Halpop]

Oregon junior Willow Kugel and freshman Carolyn Christofferson reached the medal podium of Saturday’s Badger South Conference girls swimming meet four times.

Kugel finished second and third in her individual events inside Monona Grove High School all while helping the Panthers’ 200-freestyle and 200-yard medley relay to top four finishes.

Kugel finished less than two tenths of a second behind junior Meg Wallace of Fort Atkinson in the 50 free with her time of 25.9 seconds.

Freshman Carolyn Christofferson also made the podium in the 50 free, adding a seventh-place finish. 

Kugel then finished third in the 100 free, posting a time of 57.69.


Girls cross country: Panthers bow out at sectionals

Junior Connie Hansen leads a pack of runners to the finish line of Saturday’s WIAA Division 1 Verona sectional meet. Hansen was Oregon’s top finisher, taking 32nd place in 22 minutes, 14 seconds. [Photo by Jeremy Jones]

Oregon girls cross country was unable to place anyone inside the top 30 at Saturday’s WIAA Division 1 sectional meet in Verona.

Instead, the Panthers settled for a 10th-place finish out of the 12 teams competing with 211 points.

Oregon’s top runner all season, Emma Hughes was shutdown for the meet due to injury.

“She finished conference last week and hasn’t run a step since then,” head coach Doug Debroux said. “Her hips have been really tight. She tried dry needle therapy and a pool workout last Wednesday and just couldn’t run normally. We decided to shut it down and get her healed up for track season.

“It’s more important that she can run for life than today.”


Boys cross country: Disappointing finish to season for Panthers

Junior Ben Janes (1151) finished 45th overall Saturday, Oct. 25, at the Verona sectional in 18 minutes, 32 seconds. [Photo by Jeremy Jones]

With a lot of illness going around, the Oregon boys cross country was unable to finish nearly as well as it had hoped Saturday at the WIAA Division 1 Verona sectional meet.

While the top two teams and top five individuals not on the state qualifying squads advanced on to the state meet in Wisconsin Rapids this weekend, no Panther was so lucky.

Junior Chris Cutter stepped up to lead the team, taking 40th place in 18 minutes, 14 seconds.

Cutter was the only one of five returning Panthers to run a faster time on the course than a year ago. He didn’t score last season, finishing as the team’s final runner.

Senior Josh Christensen, who was Oregon’s top finisher all season, ran 18 seconds slower than last season to finish 41st overall in 18:16.


Football: Oregon defense wears down in loss to Slinger

Big, physical teams able to run the ball were a problem for the Oregon football team all year.

Friday, the Panthers’ defense once struggled to get off the field as the host fourth-seeded Slinger Owls racked up 425 yards and four rushing touchdowns.  

Oregon, which hadn’t been in the playoff since 2009, lost the Division 2 Level 1 football game 35-23.

“We had some injuries that caused us to shuffle a couple of kids around to play new positions and they had two guys over 300 pounds on one side of the line,” Panthers head coach Dan Kissling said. “Our kids played hard, and we moved the ball against them pretty good. We tried to keep our offense on the field as much as possible, but in the end they just wore us down.”


Girls swimming: Panthers win third conference dual

Freshman Carolyn Christofferson finished second overall in the 50-meter freestyle last Thursday. Oregon defeated Stoughton 106-64. [Photo by Jeremy Jones]

Oregon girls swimming won seven off 11 events Thursday to close out the Badger South Conference dual meet season 106-64.

Freshman Carolyn Christofferson and juniors Logan Fahey, Hannah Rau and Willow Kugel opened the meet taking the 200 medley relay by more than five seconds in 2:13.59.

Christofferson led Oregon’s best finish of the night three events later, directing a 1-2-3 sweep by the Panthers in the 50 free with a time of 29.21. She then took the 100 backstroke in 1:12.74.

Kugel, who finished second in the 50 free, added the 100 free title in 1:06.94. Reisdorf led a 1-2 finish in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:24.64.

Sophomore Claire Candell, Rau, Kugel and Christofferson teamed up to win the 200 free relay in 2:01.12.


Boys soccer: Defending D2 champion Oregon makes state for third straight year

The Oregon High School boys soccer team hoists up the WIAA Division 2 sectional championship plaque after the defending champions punched their third straight trip to state with a 4-0 win over Elkhorn Saturday, Oct. 25, at Wilmot Union High School. The Panthers will play Cedarburg at 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31, in the state semifinal, which is a rematch of last year’s D2 final. The state championship game is at 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1. [Photo by Anthony Iozzo]

It didn’t take long to realize the Oregon High School boys soccer team was going to be the last team standing in its sectional for the third straight season Saturday.

The defending WIAA Division 2 champion and top-seeded Panthers jumped on Elkhorn – seeded No. 2 in the bottom regional – early and often in a 4-0 win at Wilmot Union High School in the sectional final.

Three of those goals came in the first half, including two by junior Zach Hanson.

“Everybody just wanted to go back to state and go to Milwaukee,” Hanson said. “That was our goal, and we obviously achieved that today.”

After playing one of its worst games Thursday in a 1-0 win over Waunakee in the sectional semifinal, Oregon came to practice on Friday with a purpose, head coach Kevin May said.