Girls tennis: Lewandowski plays her way to a team best third-place finish at conference

Photo by Jeremy Jones. Sophomore Julia Gerhards was seeded second at the Badger Conference tournament, but ended up finished fourth overall at the two-day tournament.

Fifth-seeded Oregon girls tennis player Renee Lewandowski finished a team-best third overall at last weekend’s Badger South Conference tennis tournament

The junior rolled 6-0, 6-1 over Fort Atkinson No. 2 singles player MacKenzie Chady and then survived an epic 2-6, 6-4, 7-5 three-setter against Sauk Prairie’s Emma Liverseed to advance to Saturday’s semifinals.

Lewandowski played a good match but top-seeded Laura Kamm of Waunakee was too much Saturday morning, winning the match 6-0, 6-3. The Oregon junior closed out the tournament with a 7-5, 6-3 victory over Milton’s Ashley Lester for third place. 

“Even though Renee receiving the No. 5 seed, she battled and ended up taking third after defeating Fort Atkinson, Sauk Prairie, and Milton,” head coach Grace Davenport said.


Girls cross country: Panthers tighten pack, take 11th at Midwest Invite

Taylor Schmidt overtook Emma Hughes as the top runner for the Oregon girls cross country team’s top runner Saturday at the 78th annual Midwest Invitational.

Schmidt covered the 5k Blackhawk Golf Course in 20 minutes, 45 seconds in 45th place.

Hughes, Maddie LeBrun, Madelynn St. Clair and Connie Hansen rounded out a tight pack of varsity scorers.

“Taylor keeps getting better and better and our next four were all within 18 seconds,” head coach Doug Debroux said. “This is a true team sport. All our girls care about is how the team does.”

The Panthers saw Hughes finish as the second runner in 58th place in 21:12. LeBrun (21:17) placed five second later in 65th place.


Girls swimming: Christofferson, Kugel lead the way at Plymouth invite

Photo by Jeremy Jones. Junior Hannah Rau finished second in the 100-meter butterfly Tuesday evening against Monroe with a time of 1 minute, 18.13 seconds. Cheesemaker senior Anna Wolf bested the field in 1:15.28 as Monroe won the Badger South Conference dual meet 99-70.

Sophomore Carolynn Christofferson and senior Willow Kugel each turned in a top three individual finish and helped a pair of relays to runner-up finishes Saturday as the Oregon/Belleville girls swimming team finished fourth out of eights schools at the Plymouth Invitational.

Christofferson touched out the 50-yard freestyle field in 26.45 seconds, while Sturgeon Bay/Sevastopol senior Marissa Ehlers (26.65) snuck in front of Kugel (26.75) for second place.

Christofferson, Kugel, Makayla Kapalczynski and Hannah Rau opened the meet earlier with a runner-up finish on the 200-yard medley relay in 2:03.28 – sixth-hundredths of a second off the pace of Sturgeon Bay/Sevastopol’s Ehlers, Molly Banks, Kaitlyn Schauske and Katie Kaminski (2:03.22).


Football: Pick-six seals victory

Photo by Jeremy Jones. Senior linebacker Brenen Womack returns a fourth quarter interception 55 yards for a touchdown. The touchdown gave the Panthers a three-touchdown cushion. Oregon clinched a second straight WIAA playoff berth with the 33-13.

Primarily a defensive player, Oregon linebacker Brennen Womack had dreamt about scoring a touchdown for as long as he could remember.

That opportunity finally came for Womack in the fourth-quarter Friday as the senior returned an interception 55 yards for a touchdown that effectively sealed the Fort Atkinson Blackhawks fate as Oregon rolled to a 33-13 Homecoming victory.

“We were just running our base man-to-man defense and when I saw my man come out I was just thinking, ‘please throw it.’ I made the interception and the rest of that, I really don’t remember,” he said. “It was also a big turning point in the game.” 


Girls Golf regionals: Panthers finish runner-up at regionals, earn sectional berth

Senior Olivia Davis (front, left) talks with freshman Sydney McKee (front right) on the 14th tee Wednesday, Sept. 30, in the WIAA Division 1 Oregon regional at Foxboro Golf Course. The Panthers took second with a 363 and advanced to sectionals as a team. [Photo by Anthony Iozzo]

Head coach Frank LaVoy knew that the WIAA Division 1 Oregon regional was going to be tough Wednesday, especially with windy conditions making Foxboro Golf Course tougher than it already was.

But he still looked at the matchup as favorable for the Oregon High School girls golf team, especially with the steady play from the top two golfers, senior Jenny Johnson and junior Taylor McCorkle.

And the Panthers did play well, finishing second and advancing to sectionals with a 363, but LaVoy did expect the girls to be a lot closer to regional champion Monona Grove (334).

“I felt that we gave away a lot of strokes, but we ended up with pretty good scores,” LaVoy said. “We have really been working hard to cut out those giveaway strokes, and they just didn’t manufacture them.

“It is there, and we will keep building and maybe it will work out for us next week at Odana.”


Girls tennis: Oregon finishes dual season with win

File photo by Jeremy Jones. Renee Lewandowski and the Oregon girls tennis team enter this weekend’s Badger Conference tennis tournament with two losses against Badger South Competition. The tournament begins Friday and carries over onto Saturday inside Nielsen Tennis Stadium.

Last weekend’s Big Eight/Badger Conference Challenge was decidedly lopsided for the Oregon girls tennis team. 

Oregon lost 5-2 against both Sun Prairie and Verona on Friday before going on to be shut out against Madison West and falling 4-3 against Madison Memorial on Saturday.

Jess Bartelt and Arianna Nasserjah won both of their matches on Friday, defeating Sun Prairie’s Sunrin Sandhu and Lauren Giese, 7-6 (3), 6-4 and Verona’s Meghan Anderson-Eve Parker 6-3, 6-4 at No. 2 doubles.

Sydney and Hayley Copus added the team’s only other doubles victory, defeating Sun Prairie’s Peyton Sichs and Linnea Zernov 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 at 3 doubles following a 6-2, 4-6, 10-5 loss against Verona’s Emma Furniss and Sigal Felber.


Golf: McCorkle, Johnson remain consistent and earn No. 2 and No. 6 all-Badger South honors

Photos by Anthony Iozzo. Senior Jenny Johnson hits out of the bunker on the sixth hole Tuesday in the Badger South Conference meet at Baraboo Country Club. Johnson finished with an 82.

aylor McCorkle have both been the anchors for the Oregon High School girls golf team all season, and Tuesday’s Badger South Conference tournament at Baraboo Country Club was no different.

Taylor McCorkle was tied for fourth overall with a 78, while Johnson came in with an 82. Those scores helped Oregon take third at the meet with a 362 and fourth in the final conference standings.

“They are consistent,” head coach Frank LaVoy said. “They go through and have a struggle here and there, and they know how to scramble out of it. They are just smart kids. They can walk up to a green and watch it and observe it and understand what they are going to do. 

“They make a plan, and they go for it. They are great examples for the other kids on the team because they go to practice with a mission and go right to work.”


Volleyball: Panthers drop conference match against MG

The Oregon High School volleyball team hosted Monona Grove on Thursday and had some trouble containing junior Kylie Meinholz in a 3-0 (25-18, 25-22, 25-16) loss.

Meinholz finished with 13 kills, five aces and two blocks for the Silver Eagles.

Senior Samantha Girard had six kills and two aces to lead Oregon, while senior Amanda Sagen finished with 16 assists. Junior Liz Andriacchi had 14 digs, and Emmie Wiedemann and sophomore Alyssa Milski both had three blocks.

Junior Stephanie Kachel added 10 digs for MG, and senior Sarah Schuster picked up two blocks.

Oregon hosts Fort Atkinson at 7 p.m. Thursday.

Cardinal invite


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Soccer: Panthers stymie Stoughton

Photos by Anthony Iozzo. Senior AJ Breitbach battles for possession with Stoughton senior Spencer Weeden Tuesday in a Badger South match against the Vikings. Breitbach picked up an assist in a 3-0 win.

Tuesday’s 3-0 win over Badger South rival Stoughton is the step in the direction head coach Kevin May wants the Oregon High School boys soccer team to continue to go in after a sluggish start against some of the state’s top teams.

The Panthers began to move the ball better offensively, and the defense was able to survive a few Vikings’ chances.

“I feel like we are progressing to get to the level we need to be at,” May said. “Our offensive movement is getting much better. Defensively, we are still trying to figure out some things to make sure we prevent opportunities. I feel like we let them have more opportunities than we want in a perfect game. 

“We will just keep working on those things, and hopefully, we will figure it out by the end of the season so we can make our run.”


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