Girls Hockey: Unknowns will factor into success this season

Photo by Jeremy Jones. Girls on this year’s Icebergs girls hockey co-op (front, from left) are: Samantha Eyers, Hannah Smith, Shannon King and Maddie Mennes; (middle) Kit Olson, Alexis Shanklin, Teagan Rupiper, Amber Shanklin and McKenzie Nisius; (back) Ariah Koratko, Maddy Hess, Savannah Kopf and Sydney Urso.

The Icebergs girls hockey co-op finished 13-9-2 overall and third in the Badger Conference at 5-5-0 last year. From goaltending to scoring and coaching, this year will present the Icebergs with even more questions than originally anticipated.

Gone from last season is three-time Jesse Vetter award winner – given annually to the state’s top goaltender – Kenzie Torpy, who was also named Ms. Hockey by the member coaches of the Girls Wisconsin Hockey Coaches Association.

Torpy played in all but one game in net for the Icebergs, posting .950 save percentage, 1.58 goals against average and eight shutouts in 25 games. She posted a 13-10-2 record on the season.

Taking over for Torpy will be a trio of inexperienced options in Hannah Smith, Sydney Urso and McKenzie Nisius.


Boys Hockey: Oregon looks to new threats

Photo by Jeremy Jones. Returning letterwinners for the Oregon boys hockey team (front, from left) are: Lucas Hefty, Dylan Ziomek, Calvin Schneider and Max Dosher; (back) Henry Roskos, Brandon Michek, Ian Schildgen, Alex Verhagen, Carson Timberlake, Brandon Michek and Sam Hakes.

Oregon boys hockey finished 12-11-1 overall and 7-2-1 in the Badger South last season to take second place behind Madison Edgewood (14-10-0, 10-0-0).

The Panthers, who scored 4.42 goals per game to 2.71 against last year, enter the season without three of its four leading scorers.

Gone this year are Collin Bundy, who had a team-high 21 goals and 10 assists and Joey Andriacchi (10 goals, 2 assists), as well as honorable mention forward Colin Hughes.

The Panthers return first-team forward Dylan Ziomek for one more year, however. Ziomek finished last season third on the team with 12 goals, including three power-play goals. Four of his 12 assists also came on the power play.

Oregon converted on 20 percent of its power plays and killed 85.2 percent.


Volleyball: Senior Sam Girard earns second-team all-conference honors

File photo by Anthony Iozzo. Senior Samantha Girard celebrates a point against Madison Edgewood this season. Girard was named to the second-team All-Badger South Conference squad.

Senior outside hitter Sam Girard earned second-team All-Big Eight Conference honors this year, while senior Amanda Sagen and sophomore Alyssa Milski were named as honorable mentions.

Girard finished with 186 kills, 251 digs, 26 aces and 24 blocks. Milski had 162 kills, 125 digs, 50 blocks and 35 aces, and Sagen finished with 577 assists, 219 digs, 43 aces and 35 kills. All three girls played in 96 sets.

Milton’s Rachel Butterfield and Kate Quade, Fort Atkinson’s Katie Frohmader and Julia Hanson, Edgewood’s Sarah McGinnis and Kendra Lee and Monona Grove’s Kylie Meinholz were all first-team selections.


Opening day for gun deer hunting season set for Saturday

The always-anticipated gun deer hunting season is fast approaching, with Opening Day for the nine-day season set for Saturday. In a season rich with tradition, though, there will be one significant change for many hunters. 

This year, all hunters will use electronic registration methods to register their harvests, according to a Wisconsin DNR press release. Hunters will register by phone or online, while some in-person registration stations will have e-registration services available. A list of participating in person stations is available at, keyword “registration stations.”

In an email to the Observer, DNR spokesperson Sawyer Briel said this is the first year of mandatory electronic deer and bear registration for hunters, a program piloted with 14,000 deer hunters last fall.

“(We) received some good feedback from hunters, and made sure it was ready to go this year,” Briel said. 


Boys soccer: Seven Panthers earn all-conference honors

File photo by Anthony Iozzo. Senior midfielder David Heim (7) pleads with the field judge that Oregon should get the throw-in during the WIAA Division 1 sectional semifinals. Heim was a unanimous selection for the first-team All-Badger South Conference squad.

Senior forward Erik Moller, senior midfielder David Heim and senior defenders Zach Stone and Zach Hanson all earned first-team All-Badger South Conference honors this year.

“I am definitely happy. We nominated seven and got all seven,” head coach Kevin May said. “I think they are all deserving and all played an integral part with our success in conference.”

Moller finished with 13 goals and three assists, while Heim had four goals and three assists. Stone collected two goals and an assist, and Hanson had one assist.

Senior midfielders AJ Breitbach (six goals, three assists) and Drew Christofferson (four goals) and junior forward Alex Verhagen (five goals, four assists) rounded out the list as second-team selections.


Girls golf: Oregon High School girls given state recognition

File photos by Anthony Iozzo. Senior Jenny Johnson (below) and junior Taylor McCorkle (above) were named as honorable mentions All-State and also joined sophomore Andi McCorkle on the Academic All-State team.

Senior Jenny Johnson (honorable mention) and junior Taylor McCorkle (second-team) have one more thing to be proud of this season, as both girls earned All-State selections.

McCorkle, who qualified for the state tournament for the first time, finished tied for 29th with a 170 (82-88). She became the fourth golfer in school history to crack the top 30 at state.

Johnson did not qualify for state, coming out of one of the tougher sectionals in the state. She finished 13th overall at the Division 1 Madison West sectional and was a consistent player for Oregon throughout the season, including a top-10 finish at the Badger South Conference meet.

McCorkle and Johnson were No. 2 and No. 7 all-conference, respectively.


Girls swimming: Relay teams just miss state cut

Photo by Jeremy Jones. Junior Mikayla Kapalczynski finished 16th at the WIAA Division 1 Middleton sectional in the 200-yard individual medley with a time of 2 minutes, 31.84 seconds.

The Oregon/Belleville girls swimming quartet of sophomore Carolyn Christofferson and seniors Logan Fahey, Hannah Rau and Willow Kugel posted a team-best seventh-place finish Saturday at the WIAA Division 1 Middleton sectional meet.

Just missing the podium by one spot, the 200-yard medley relay team posted a season-best time of 1 minute, 55.95 seconds, but fell 4.34 shy of the state qualifying standard (1:51.61).

Junior Claire Candell, Christofferson, Rau and Kugel later missed the podium by two spots as they swam to an eighth-place finish in the 200-yard freestyle relay with a time of 1:44.25.

Their time was little less than two-and-a-half seconds slower than the state qualifying time standard of 1:41.8 as the Panthers were unable to advance anyone on to this weekend’s state meet.


Football: Talented senior class earns several spots on all-conference team

Photo by Jeremy Jones. Senior defensive lineman Jake Odegard (51) reacts after sacking Sauk Prairie quarterback Josh Holler in the season opener Aug. 21. Odegard was a second-team all-conference lineman last year. He returns seeking to help the Panthers back to the playoffs again this season.

Senior defensive end Jake Odegard earned unanimous first team Badger South all-conference honors last week after leading the Oregon football team with 18 tackles for loss. Odegard, who finished third on the team with 72 total tackles, was the Panthers only unanimous all-conference selection.

“Every coach ranks each player and votes, every coach voted him their No. 1 choice at DE,” head coach Dan Kissling said. “I can not vote for my players.”

Oregon finished 7-2 overall and 4-2 in the Badger South during the regular season thanks in large part to an explosive offense that averaged 25.5 points per game. 


Football: Panthers unable to slow the tide at Badger

Photo by Jeremy Jones. Oregon junior defensive back Jacob Rosenmeier upends Badger tight end D’Andre Newell in the second quarter of Friday’s WIAA Division 2 Level 2 game. The Panthers lost the game 42-14.

After a solid effort by the Oregon football team’s defense two weeks ago at Milton, it seemed as though the Panthers best football was ahead of them.

However, poor tackling and solid execution up front by second-seeded Badger had sixth-seeded Oregon looking like a team that was regressing, instead of progressing on its way to a 42-14 loss in the WIAA Division 2 Level 2 game.

Despite scoring the game’s first touchdown on its first play from scrimmage, Oregon’s lead was short-lived, allowing 42 unanswered points to Badger.

Senior quarterback Trent Ricker found Sam Mueller behind the Badger defense, covering 75 yards in 12 seconds on the Panthers opening drive.


Boys Soccer: Panthers stunned in sectional final

Photo by Evan Halpop. Oregon junior Eric Moller (20) pursues Milton senior Mitch Roberts (4) while battling for position with senior Matt Sheehan Saturday in a WIAA Division 2 sectional final at Reddan Soccer Park in Verona. Oregon lost to Milton 2-1 with an own goal in the second half.

It was not the result the Oregon High School boys soccer team expected Saturday, as its season fell short of state for the first time since 2011 in a 2-1 loss to Milton in the WIAA Division 2 sectional final at Reddan Soccer Park in Verona.

The game-deciding goal was an own goal in the 55th minute.

Originally scheduled for an early afternoon start in Waunakee, a rain-soaked field forced the game to be moved to Reddan six hours after the game was originally planned for. That delay didn’t ultimately affect the game, but it did change the plan of preparation.

Still, it was Oregon that grabbed the early lead with a goal by senior AJ Breitbach in the 31st minute. And it looked like the 1-0 lead would hold until halftime as time was winding down. But junior Scotty Biancofiori had other plans.


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