Boys lacrosse: Panthers edged by Madison Memorial

Senior Christian Poe (18) celebrates with sophomore Trent Ricker (7) after Ricker found Poe for a goal that tied Madison Memorial last Thursday. Taggart Morley (8) also celebrates. The Panthers lost 9-8. [Photo submitted]

The Oregon High School  boys lacrosse team traveled to Memorial on Thursday, April 10, for their first conference game.

Despite a close game, the Panthers fell 9-8.

It was a competitive game with Memorial leading by one or two until the third quarter when senior Christian Poe tied the game at 7 with an assist from sophomore Trent Ricker. Memorial pulled ahead in the fourth quarter, and Oregon wan’t able to score again.

Poe had five goals in the game, Ricker had three.

New sophomore goalie Zack Jensen played in his first varsity conference game.

Oregon’s first home game of the season is Friday, April 18 at 5 p.m. against Baraboo.


Boys tennis: Panthers have yet to drop a set in ‘14

Oregon freshman Calvin Schneider hits a slice return against Portage’s Nathan Hazard on Tuesday. Schneider cruised to a 6-0, 6-0 victory as the Panthers rolled 7-0. [Photo by Jeremy Jones]

Oregon boys tennis has gotten out to one of its most dominant starts in program history. Along the way the Panthers have jumped out to five-straight shut outs to start the season.

Oregon 7, Portage 0

The visiting Portage Warriors were the Panthers latest victim on Tuesday as Oregon cruised to yet another 7-0 victory in the Badger Conference crossover dual.

Senior Jackson Schneider and younger brother Calvin rolled 6-0, 6-0 atop the lineup against AJ Sierra and Nathan Hazard, respectively.

Brady Behrend and freshman Charles Donovan capped the singles sweep at the No. 3 and 4 spots, winning 6-1, 6-0 and 6-0, 6-1 against Jeffrey Scamar and Sam Clemmons.

Oregon’s top doubles team of Jackson Wilhelm and Alec Onesti took care of business 6-1, 6-1 against Taylor Knochor and Layne Morrin.

Meanwhile, Dakota Tollakson and Drew Christofferson knocked off Douglas Anderson and Adrian Smovy 6-0, 6-1.


Boys tennis: Panthers roll McFarland

The host Oregon boys tennis team had little trouble against non-conference McFarland Tuesday evening, sweeping the Spartans 7-0.

Jackson Schneider cruised 6-1, 6-3 at 1 singles while his younger brother Calvin, rolled 6-3, 7-5 in his varsity debut.

 “Calvin stayed focused and pulled it off, same story at 1 doubles against a tough opponent,” Panthers head coach Ben Conklin said. “They took charge in the first set, but you knew their opponents weren’t going to roll over. They won a highly contested second set for the victory.”

Jackson Wilhelm and Alec Onesti won 6-0, 6-4 at 1 doubles, while Dakota Tollakson and Drew Christofferson added a 6-1, 6-1 win at 2 dubs.

Brady Behrend and Charles Donovan added a 6-1, 6-2 and 6-4, 6-3 win at No. 3 and 4 singles, respectively.

Matt Reisdorf and Spencer Krebsbach capped the night with a 6-3, 6-2 win at 3 doubles.


Girls soccer: Fanning, defense leads Panthers

Senior midfielder Hailie Schnabel (second from right) celebrates with sophomore forward Makena Fanning (11) after a PK goal in the 73rd minute Tuesday against Verona at Oregon High School. Fanning added another goal later in a 2-0 win. [Photo by Anthony Iozzo]

Possession and control was not yielding goals for the Oregon High School girls soccer team Tuesday against non-conference Verona, but that all changed in the final 10 minutes in a 2-0 win.

Sophomore forward Makena Fanning was tackled in the penalty box in the 73rd minute following a disallowed goal by the host Panthers due to a handball,

Fanning stepped up with the game on the line and was able to knock in the shot past Verona senior goalie Madison Westfall, who had five saves.

“I got the foul and I just went up there and wanted to make it for this team,” Fanning said. “We were working hard in the first half, and I thought we were winning the second half. I just wanted to make it for my team and get the win.”

Fanning added a second goal in the 79th minute with an assist to freshman midfielder Meagan Brakob.


Gits earns honorable mention AP All-State

Oregon High School girls basketball senior forward and Division I recruit Maddy Gits didn’t expect to be named to the Wisconsin AP All-State list, but the honorable mention said just the nomination was a nice highlight to end her Panther career.

“It means a lot just for the fact that the coaches around the area nominated me because I put in a lot of hard work,” Gits said. “It is awesome to be nominated, especially in my last year.”

Gits, who averaged 20.3 points and 8.1 rebounds per game this past season, sees this award as motivation as she heads to the next level.

But she also sees it as something some of the younger players can see to put in their own hard work for the program.

“I feel like little kids will look up and say, ‘She couldn’t get there from doing nothing,’” she said. “I think they will work harder ... I hope they take pride in that and give their best every single day.”


Softball: Panthers match ’13 win total

Third baseman MacKenzie Kressin attempts to tag out Monona Grove baserunner Brianna Ling (4) in the bottom of the fourth inning last Thursday at Taylor Elementary School in Cottage Grove. The Panthers rolled 16-6 in six innings. [Photo by Jeremy Jones]

The Oregon softball team looked anything but a team that struggled to score runs a year ago last Thursday in a 16-6 road win over Monona Grove on a frigid and windy night.

Senior Cee Cee Herale drove in four runs and earned the win in the circle in her varsity return as Oregon rolled to a 10-run victory over Monona Grove at Taylor Elementary School in Cottage Grove.

The win equaled Oregon’s win total for all of last season.

“I wasn’t quite expecting us to put up that many runs tonight,” Panthers head coach Mike Derrick said. “The thing that’s nice is that we’ve got some depth and the younger kids are pushing for playing time. The attitude has just been awesome this year. I don’t know why it’s so different, but everyone has been very positive.”


Track and field: Jones races to sixth at state indoor championships

Senior Valerie Jones finished sixth in the 800-meter run in 2 minutes, 24 seconds and matched the finish once again in the high jump, tying with a clearance of 5-foot, 2-inches.

The performance wasn’t lost on head coach Ned Lease, who said, “sixth place in both in an all-divisions state meet is pretty special.”

Oregon sophomore Maddie LeBrun finished ninth (out of more than 75 competitors) in the 400-meter dash with her time of 10:02.05.

The Panthers’ 4x400 relay team of LeBrun and seniors Jamie Wood, Ruby Carpenter and Jones finished around the upper half of the 39 squads competing, finishing 14th overall in 4:21.46.

Oregon tied for 35th place out of the 50 teams competing with five points. Competition continued for both the boys and girls teams Tuesday at the Belleville Invitational.



Girls soccer: Panthers open season with 3-0 win over La Follette

The host Oregon High School girls soccer team, which finished as sectional runner-ups in 2013, started the season strong Tuesday with a 3-0 win over Madison La Follette.

“We haven’t been outside much, so we have to work out the kinks. Our first touch wasn’t always nice but we had three great goals and that is always nice,” head coach Julie Grutzner said.

Sophomore forward Taylor Martin started the scoring in the 13th minute with an assist to junior midfielder Kelsey Jahn. Junior midfielder Paityn Fleming added a goal in the 28th minute with another assist to Jahn.

The Panthers put the game away in the 73rd minute with a goal by senior forward Dani Ironmonger, which was assisted by Fleming.

Grutzner said the win was big to gain some confidence for a team that lost nine seniors from last year.

“It is going to be a long process to get to know each other,” she said. “We have a lot of new faces and a lot of players fighting for playing time.”


Rugby: Oregon rugby club targets state playoffs

The goal of the 2014 Oregon Rugby Club is to make the D2 state playoffs, coach Richard Bergemann said.

To qualify for the state playoffs, Bergemann said the Oregon Rugby Club would need to finish with a 5-1 record – strong improvement from last year’s 2-4 mark.

With 14 returning players and a strong number of juniors and seniors, Bergemann said he feels the goal is realistic. Of the 28 members, seven are from Stoughton, with the hope of drawing even more players in 2015.

“Our toughest competition will be the Middleton Rugby Club, which finished second in the state last year,” Bergemann said.  “They happen to be our last game this year.”

“Go tough rugby” – a play on letters in Oregon and Stoughton rugby – is in its second season with the Badgerland Rugby Conference.

The Wisconsin Rugby Union is comprised of 33 high school rugby teams split into two conferences, N.E.W (Northeast Wisconsin) and Badgerland.


Boys lacrosse: Boys lacrosse returns for second season

The Oregon High School boys lacrosse team returns 10 players this season, including John Best (66), Taggart Morley (8), Zach Jensen (9) and Christian Poe (18). [Photo submitted]

Oregon High School boys lacrosse is in its second year, but head coach Dave Kean is excited for what the new season will bring.

The team returns 10 players, including seniors Christian Poe, Dan Gorman and John Best. Kean said the team will try and add to the three wins it had last season, which included a playoff win over Milwaukee Heritage Christian.

“I believe the first season for Oregon boys lacrosse was pretty successful for a first-year team with low numbers and half of a roster which had very little to no experience,” Kean said. “... I am very excited to build off of the success from last year as much of the team is still intact. I am hopeful that we can at least double the amount of wins.”

Little experience is something the entire Oregon Lacrosse Club has been dealing with since it began three years ago, but the numbers are steadily rising.