Girls hockey: Icebergs struggle to find back of the net

MSO Icebergs senior goaltender Kenzie Torpy stretches to make a save Tuesday evening in front of Metro Lynx forward Jenna Jurrens. Torpy finished with 25 saves inside Stoughton’s Mandt Community Center as the Icebergs fell 2-0. [Photo by Jeremy Jones]

With their starting goaltender battling back problems and struggles putting the puck in the net to start the season, the Stoughton girls hockey co-op knew they had an uphill battle Tuesday evening.

Hosting a Middleton girls hockey co-op that was hungry for its first win of the season, the MSO Icebergs simply couldn’t keep up with the visiting Metro Lynx, losing 2-0.

“We’re having a hard time putting the puck in the net,” head coach Mike Jochmann said. “We’ve been trying some different things in practice to generate more shots, but so far outside of Casey Marsh, we’re not getting a whole lot of chances.”

While Marsh spent most of Tuesday’s game hitting pipes and crossbars, the Metro Lynx were far more successful with their chances.


Boys hockey: Panthers take step heading into Badger South season

Oregon goaltender Henry Roskos deflects a shot by Appleton United forward Matthew Gruber (8) in the first period. The Panthers lost the game 4-0. [Photo by Jeremy Jones]

Although the Oregon boys hockey team faced two of the top 10 ranked teams in the state in its first three games, losing both by an identical 4-0 final, Panthers head coach Rick Fleming said the similarities stop there.

“I look at our team, and even though we lost to a good Appleton United team tonight, I thought we took a great step forward,” Fleming said. “Our guys did everything I asked, getting pucks deep and getting end zone time. They executed our system to perfection.”

While Fleming acknowledged that Oregon is not going to be team that lights it up offensively this season, the team had some really good chances in the second period, including an odd-man-rush with Joey Andriacchi and Bundy.

“To me, you slide the puck over and that’s a goal and we tie the game,” Fleming said. “We’ve got to start capitalizing on those chances.” 


Wrestling: Panthers look for new leaders

The Oregon High School varsity wrestling team members (front, from left) are: Tristan Williams, Mathew Garcia, Ciennna Pieper, Sam Pieper and Jeremy Bonno; (middle) Omar Sacramento, Eriq Christensen, Josh Tanner, Steven Norland, Connor Timberlake, Nate Krause, Devin Keast and Connor Brickley; (back) coach Kyle Flanagan, James Fruend, Ben Leake, coach Ned Lease, Noah Engelhart, Tristian Williams and coach Don Goldberg; (not pictured} coach Dustin Lee. [Photo by Visual Image Photography]

There are no returning sectional qualifiers this season for the Oregon High School wrestling team, so there will be a lot of new faces on the mat.

Despite the lack of experience, Oregon does return senior Omar Sacramento, senior Connor Timberlake, senior Ben Leake, junior Robert Corliss, junior James Freund, junior Tristan Williams, sophomore Christopher Haggerty, sophomore Parker Ehn-Howland and sophomore Matthew Garcia.

There is plenty to replace, however, with the losses of graduates Andrew Nyenhuis (sixth at state), Jawon Turner (sectional qualifier), Will Frauchiger (injured), Matt Sampson (sectional qualifier), Chad Walsh (sectional qualifier) and Jesse Rogers (sectional qualifier).


Boys swimming: Panthers take 7th at Sun Prairie invite

Freshman Ian Charles, junior Eli Rule and sophomore Jake Larsen posted Oregon/Belleville boys swimming’s lone first place finish Tuesday at the Badger Conference Relay meet inside the Monona Grove Natatorium.

The trio secured the 3x100 butterfly relay in 2 minutes 56.22 seconds.

Oregon added a second-place finish on two other relays as sophomore Jackson Marsden, Charles, Rule and Larsen finished two seconds off Monona Grove’s pace with a time of 3:55.83.

The quartet of Josh Greene, Charles, Larsen and Marsden also finished runner-up on the 200 free relay freshmen/sophomore relay with a time of 1:38.13.

Monona Grove won all but two events to dominate the meet with a score of 132. Milton (74) and Fort Atkinson (72) behind its 4x100 individual medley relay rounded out the top three.


Girls basketball: Third quarter struggles hurt in loss

Sophomore Abby Schofield looks to pass to the post Tuesday, Dec. 9, in a Badger South Conference game against Stoughton at Oregon High School. The Panthers fell 51-42. [Photos by Anthony Iozzo]

Oregon High School girls basketball head coach Corey Sielaff said she and her staff are trying to figure out why the Panthers have struggled in third quarters this season.

But Sielaff said she had a better idea following a 51-42 loss to Stoughton on Tuesday.

The host Panthers were held to just five points in the third as the VIkings turned a five-point advantage into a 13-point lead by the start of the fourth.

“We are trying to figure out who wants to score, and I think that is really our problem right now,” Sielaff said. “Everyone is looking for another person to score. Everyone on this team can score, and they all know it and do it in practice. So we just need to step up and be confident. 

“And if it is your night to score, then look to attack and score.”

It also didn’t help that the Panthers shot 14-for-29 from the free-point line and only hit 30 percent of their field goals.


Boys basketball: Slow start dooms Panthers in loss to Monona Grove

The Oregon High School boys basketball team played with Monona Grove for most of Friday’s Badger South Conference matchup, but a slow start in the first quarter was enough for the Silver Eagles, as the Panthers fell 52-45.

Monona Grove jumped out to a 14-5 lead in the first, but Oregon scored with the Silver Eagles for the rest of the game, including a 22-22 tie in the fourth quarter.

Senior Markus Tobias led three scorers in double digits with 18 points, while senior Mitch Morhoff collected 11. Junior Charlie Soule added 10 points.

Seniors Jackson Riley and Zach Stinson led Monona Grove with 14 and 13 points, respectively.

Oregon continues the season with a non-conference game against Randolph at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Oregon High School.


Girls basketball: Defense halts Edgewood

Senior forward Riley Rosemeyer (facing) celebrates with teammates Tuesday after the Panthers defeated Madison Edgewood 45-36 in a Badger South Conference game. Rosemeyer led Oregon with 13 points and added 10 rebounds, five steals and two blocks. [Photo by Anthony Iozzo]

Pressure is an understatement when talking about the Oregon High School girls basketball team’s performance Tuesday in a 46-35 win over Madison Edgewood.

The host Panthers (1-2 overall, 1-0 Badger South) bottled up the Crusaders for much of the night and collected 12 total steals, while also holding sophomore Estella Moschkau to just six points.

The defense also held Edgewood senior Emma Meriggioli to seven points in the first three quarters, though she ended up with 16 in the end.

“We don’t have a star. We play team defense and that is something we stress,” head coach Corey Sielaff said. “We talked about getting our hands up, using our feet,  talking and communicating.


Madison International Speedway: Grueneberg, Bierman purchase Mid American Stock Car series

Most people look forward to retirement and being able to spend time fishing, golfing, traveling or finishing projects around the house. 

But that scenario doesn’t describe Dave Grueneberg who recently retired from the University of Wisconsin-Madison after 37 years.

So when it was recently announced that he and Dawn Bierman had purchased the traveling Mid American Stock Car Series, it had some people scratching their heads.

“I saw this as a great opportunity,” said Grueneberg, who has been involved in local racing for most of his adult life including the past ten years as general manager at Madison International Speedway. “I’m not one to sit around, and I like staying busy.” 


Boys swimming: Panthers break four school records in loss to DeForest

Returning letterwinners for the Oregon High School boys swimming team (front, from left) are: Jacob Larsen and David Heim; (back) Jackson Marsden, Josh Greene and Eli Rule. [Photo by Jeremy Jones]

Juniors Eli Rule and David Heim return to captain this year’s Oregon/Belleville boys swimming team.

Rule was the team’s top individual medley swimmer last season, finishing an individual best ninth at the Middleton sectional meet in 2 minutes, 11.01 seconds. He also added a 13th-place finish in the 100 backstroke.

Sophomores Jake Larsen, Jackson Marsden and Josh Green added an infusion of young talent last year, and will be counted on even more this winter.

Larsen ended last season with a season-best 1:52.71 in the 200 freestyle and shattered his own personal best to finish 12th in the 500 free with a time of 5:03.1. He has swapped out the 500 for a run at state in the 100 butterfly this season.

Greene and junior David Heim also return to help out the team.


Boys basketball: Panthers take down Platteville to open season

The Oregon High School boys basketball team scored at will early on in a 60-37 win Nov. 28 against Platteville at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville.

The Panthers jumped out to a 37-18 lead at halftime and never lost the lead.

Senior forward Markus Tobias led all Oregon scorers with 16 points, while junior forward Alex Duff picked up 15. Junior forward Charlie Soule added 10, and senior guard Mitch Morhoff collected nine.

Senior forward Blake Wagner led Platteville with 16 points.

The Panthers host Monona Grove at 7:30 p.m. Friday to open the Badger South season.