Football: Panthers comeback bid falls short

Junior wide receiver Josh Sromovsky breaks up a pass that was nearly intercepted by DeForest defensive back Hunter Wilson (12) during the second half Friday. Sromovsky caught one pass, a 3-yard touchdown grab, in the 19-13 loss. [Photo by Jeremy Jones]

Oregon allowed 19 unanswered points through three-and-a-half quarters before mounting a fourth quarter comeback Friday in a Badger Conference crossover game.

In the end, the Panthers didn’t have enough offense to knock off the visiting DeForest Norskies, falling 19-13.

“We struggled to capitalize early, but I was pleased with how the guys battled back with a pair of touchdowns in the fourth quarter,” head coach Dan Kissling said. “Things aren’t going to get any easier in the playoffs, but I think we should have some confidence knowing we were one possession away from beating the Badger North champs.”

Norskies junior running back Jadon Sackman, who has carried the Norskies’ offense all season, rushed for 188 yards and a 5-yard, first-quarter touchdown on 37 carries.


Volleyball: Panthers just miss home game, earn No. 9 seed for regionals

The Oregon High School volleyball team earned a No. 9 seed for the WIAA Division 1 playoffs in the Burlington sectional.

The Panthers had a strong finish to the season, including an upset over Madison Edgewood in the Badger South Conference tournament, but just missed having a home game at regionals.

Oregon travels to No. 8 Kenosha Indian Trail at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23. The winner travels to No. 1 Burlington at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, for the regional final.

Waunakee 3, Oregon 0

The Panthers traveled to Waunakee Thursday and fell 3-0 (17-25, 16-25, 14-25).

Senior Lexi Doering picked up 20 digs in loss, while senior Riley Rosemeyer finished with nine kills. Junior Amanda Sagane added 19 assists.

Senior Kena Hinker led with two aces and three blocks.


Boys soccer: Top-seeded Panthers back in sectionals

The road to the WIAA Division 2 state tournament continued for the defending champion Oregon High School boys soccer team Thursday in a 5-0 win over fifth-seeded DeForest.

The top-seeded Panthers scored three times in the second half to put the game away. Senior Nick Steidemann started off the barrage with an unassisted goal in the 51st minute, and Senior Mitch Morhoff scores with an assist to senior Colin Hughes 12 minutes later to make it 4-0.

Junior AJ Breitbach capped the scoring in the 83rd minute.

Junior Dylan Ziomek struck first in the 25th minute with an assist to senior Zach Rampetstreiter, and Morhoff scored in the 35th minute with an assist to Steidemann to make it 2-0 at halftime.

Junior Matt Reisdorf finished with one save for Oregon.


Volleyball: Girls fight to semifinals at conference

The Oregon High School volleyball team might not have the best record, but Saturday’s Badger South Conference meet results showed the Panthers can play with anyone.

The Panthers knocked off fourth-seeded Monona Grove 2-1 (23-25, 25-21, 15-10) and first-seeded Madison Edgewood 2-2 (25-21, 18-25, 15-13) before falling in two close matches against Fort Atkinson – 2-1 (25-14, 23-25, 7-15) –  and Edgewood – 2-1 (25-21, 20-25, 5-15) in the semifinals at Milton High School.

“Seeing the girls apply what we have been working on in practice in high-pressure situations just really impressed me with how far they have come and how much they have learned,” head coach Jaime Vareka said.

Senior Riley Rosemeyer had seven kills against Monona Grove and 16 against Edgewood – nine in the first match. Freshman Alyssa Milski added seven kills against Edgewood and Fort Atkinson.


Girls swimming: Christofferson wins twice in dual loss

Freshman Carolyn Christofferson and junior Willow Kugel led the Oregon/Belleville girls swimming team to its best finish of the evening Tuesday in the 50-yard free.

Christofferson touched out her teammate by four-hundredths of a second to win the event in 26.40 seconds. She later supplied the varsity team’s only other victory of the evening, winning the 100 backstroke in 1:05.31.

While the Panthers saw several season bests, it wasn’t enough to overcome the host Monona Grove Silver Eagles as Oregon fell 98-72.

“Coming into tonight’s meet we all had the attitude that we could win, which is great because the girls need to believe they can compete with these teams,” Oregon head coach Karissa Kruszewski said. “What got us in the end were those fourth- and fifth-place finishes.”


Girls cross country: Oregon races to fourth overall at Baertschi invitational

Junior Emma Hughes finished 12th overall and seventh amongst large school athletes Saturday at the Baertschi Invitational in Albany.

The performance was good enough for Oregon to finish fourth overall (out of 12 schools) with 134 points. 

Hughes covered the Panthers’ final regular season 5k course in 20 minutes, 40 seconds.

Junior Connie Hansen finished the day as the Panthers’ second runner in 21:57 – good for 25th place in the large school division.

Underclassmen Madelyn St. Clair and Taylor Schmidt following by crossing the finish only a fraction of second apart.

St. Clair, a sophomore, finished 30th in 22:12.7, while Schmidt, a freshman, placed 31st in 21:12.8.


Boys cross country: Christensen takes ninth overall

Oregon boys cross country senior Josh Christensen finished ninth overall at Saturday’s Baertschi Invitational in 17 minutes, 27 seconds in Albany.

Junior Chris Cutter was the only other Panther to crack the 18 minute mark, finishing 19th overall in 17:52. Senior Ryan Barry placed 25th overall as the team third runner in 18:04.

Fellow senior Ben Vogt took 39th place in 18:21, while junior Ben Janes crossed the finish line in 18:25 – good for the Panthers’ final varsity spot in 41st place.

Senior Izaac Nelson and junior Joren Walthers also competed but did not score.

“The boys ran well at Albany after our most difficult week of practice,” Panthers head coach Erik Haakenson said. “We will begin to taper our mileage this week in preparation to have a great race next weekend. 


Football: Oregon drops Red Hawks in finale

Jake Odegard (51) sacks Milton quarterback Tyler Westrick Friday in a Badger South Conference game. The Panthers (6-2 overall, 4-2 conference) won 28-12 and clinched a playoff berth. [Photo by Daniel Platz]

Oregon jumped out to a three-touchdown lead through two quarters Friday as the Panthers defeated the host Milton Red Hawks 28-12 in the team’s Badger South Conference finale.

Senior Josh Sromovsky accounted for 47 yards rushing and a first-quarter touchdown in the win. 

Junior Matt Yates and senior B.J. Buckner added touchdown runs of 1 and 18 yards to give the Panthers a three-touchdown lead going into halftime.

“We had a couple of nice drives that really help set up our scores,” Oregon head coach Dan Kissling said. 

Oregon’s third score came after Marcus Tobias blocked a punt. The Panthers scored a couple of plays later.  


Boys soccer: Panthers cruise to regional final

Senior Nick Steidemann fights for possession Tuesday in a WIAA Division 2 regional semifinal against eighth-seeded Reedsburg. Steidemann scored a goal on a penalty kick and also added an assist in an 8-0 win. [Photo by Mark Ignatowski]

The road to a second straight WIAA Division 2 state title began on the right foot for the Oregon High School boy’s soccer team Tuesday in an 8-0 win over eighth-seeded Reedsburg.

Head coach Kevin May challenged the Panthers at halftime to do a little more on offense, as Oregon only led 1-0 at the break. They responded by scoring seven goals in the second half.

“We are focused and ready for the playoffs, and the experience that these guys have is a huge asset for us going into the postseason,” May said in a phone interview. “I challenged the guys a little bit at halftime, and they responded like a good team does.”


Girls swimming: Kugel scores two wins against Crusaders

Junior Hannah Rau recorded one of three victories for the Oregon/Belleville girls swimming team Tuesday, winning the 400-meter freestyle in 5 minutes, 10.31 seconds. [Photo by Jeremy Jones]

Every year before the season begins, members of the Oregon/Belleville girls swimming team write down their goals on a piece of paper and then share.

Second-year head coach Karissa Kruszewski said all those slips of paper contained one common theme this season. 

“Every girl said they wanted to win more than the one dual meet we won last year,” she said. 

With Oregon facing four of the top 10 Division 2 schools during the Badger Conference schedule, however, that goal is easier said than delivered. 

Though juniors Willow Kugel and Hannah Rau combined to lead the Panthers to three wins Tuesday evening, it was not enough as Oregon fell 110-60 against fifth-ranked Madison Edgewood.