Girls tennis: Oregon wins McFarland Quad

The Oregon girls tennis team traveled north to Baraboo on Tuesday for a Badger Conference crossover against the Thunderbirds and fell 4-3, despite winning three of four singles matches.

Baraboo proved to be anything but an easy match for the Panthers, which got wins from junior Leah Koopman and seniors Kenzie Torpy and Claire Massey in the nonconference loss.

Koopman took her No. 1 singles match 6-1, 6-4 against Mariah Alicia, while Torpy added a 6-0, 6-3 win at 3 singles.

Massey overcame a rough first set to take her No. 4 singles match 3-6, 6-0 (10-7) against Savannah Zemanovic.

Oregon 7, Beaver Dam 0

The Panthers opened the season Tuesday, Aug. 19 with a 7-0 sweep at non-conference Beaver Dam.


Girls golf: Panthers take third at Dells invite

Sophomore Taylor McCorkle and junior Jenny Johnson led the Panthers to third place with a 741 (368-373) Aug. 19-20 in the Division 1 Wisconsin Dells invite.

McCorkle finished fourth with a 165 (78-87), while Johnson was fifth with a 166 (84-82).

Senior Ashley Brechlin (102-97 199) and junior Olivia Davis (106-105 211) finished the scoring for the Panthers.

Verona took first with a 692 (344-248), led by Jessica Reinecke’s first place (73-75 148) and Emily Opsal’s seventh-place tie (86-85 171). Stoughton was second with a 707 (350-357), led by Kailey Taebel’s sixth place (83-84 167) and Tayler Wise’s seventh-place tie (88-83 171).

Green Bay’s Maddy Neumeier took second with a 154 (77-77), while Holmen’s Courtney Bergum took third overall with a 159 (80-79).


Boys soccer: Panthers look to repeat D2 state title

It was the first state title in 15 years for the Oregon High School boys soccer program, and even with 14 players gone – including five starters – the Panthers still look like a strong candidate for a repeat in 2014.

And the Wisconsin High School Soccer Coaches Association poll reflects that sentiment by giving the Panthers a No. 1 pre-season ranking.

But it won’t be easy, especially with the losses of three all-conference players and senior goalie Jere Bauer – who made the save of the year in the shootout of the state final last season.


Football: Inspired Panthers clip Eagles

Senior co-captain Peter Kissling (20) responded to the loss of his grandfather, Erwin “Boob” Kissling, last Monday by scoring a pair of touchdowns in a 19-14 Badger Conference crossover win against Sauk Prairie. Kissling caught a 7-yard pass and rushed for a 37-yard touchdown in the win. [Photo by Jeremy Jones]

Inspired by the loss of senior co-captain Peter Kissling’s grandfather and head coach Dan Kissling’s father, the Oregon High School football opened the 2014 season with a 19-14 victory over the visiting Sauk Prairie Eagles.

“I think it really motivated us,” Peter Kissling said of his grandfathers Erwin “Boob” Kissling’s passing on Aug. 18. “We got these Boob stickers to wear on our helmet for the rest of the season and I think it really meant a lot to us to win this one for him.” 

Turning the ball over on downs on its opening possession, Oregon’s defense came up with fumble and then watched the offense cap a five-play drive with a 7-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Tony Ricker (7-for-12, 75 yards) to Peter Kissling.


Girls swimming: Oregon looks to get someone to state

Returning letterwinners for the Oregon High School varsity swim team (front, from left) are: Abby Schmitt, Claire Candell, Makayla Kapalczynski, Logan Fahey and Amber Cody; (back) Kelsey Kipp, Grace Przybyl, Willow Kugel, Hannah Rau and Quincey Newton. [Photo by Jeremy Jones]

Second-year head coach Karissa Kruszewski is back this season hoping 2014 is the season the Oregon girls swimming team can advance someone back to the WIAA Division 1 state meet.

Leading the way for the Panthers this season once again will be juniors Willow Kugel, Hannah Rau and Quincey Newton and senior Abby Schmitt.

Kugel finished last season 15th in the 50-yard free (25.64) and 16th in the 100 free (57.09) besting her season best in both events at the WIAA Division 1 Middleton sectional meet.

The Panthers’ 200-yard medley relay team of Claire Candell, Logan Fahey, Hannah Rau and Kugel turned in a team-best 10th-place finish at sectionals.


Girls tennis: Experienced squad aims to accomplish more this year

Returning letterwinners for the Oregon High School girls tennis team (from left) are: Claire Massey, Leah Koopman, Kenzie Torpy, Katie Pliner, Renee Lewandowski, Madeline Bjerke and Cassandre Krier; (not pictured) Jess Bartelt. [Photo by Jeremy Jones]

Oregon’s girls tennis team finished third overall at the Badger South Conference meet last year led by the third place finishes of its No. 3 singles player and the No. 3 relay team.

With only one senior graduating following last season, the Panthers are hoping for even more this year as they welcome back seven letterwinners.

In her first season on the court, Kenzie Torpy (12-6) rolled through the first two rounds before falling to eventual champion Bailey Chorney of Waunakee and finishing fourth.

Number 2 singles player Michelle Peterson was the only Panther to graduate following last season. With Peterson’s departure, Torpy and Claire Massey (5-8) should move up from No. 3 and 4 singles.


HTL: Orioles fall short of Final Four

Third baseman Ross Galloway is out by inches at home plate as he tries to score on a passed ball in the first inning last Sunday in the Home Talent League Western Section final at Hollandale. The Orioles lost 5-3 to end the season 9-10. [Photo by Anthony Iozzo]

Not a lot of people expected the Oregon Home Talent team to win a game this season, much less making it to last Sunday’s Western Section final, co-managers Tom Curtis and Eric Engler said.

In their first Sunday League season in seven years, the Orioles not only did the unexpected by making the playoffs but also knocked off the undefeated Verona Cavaliers and the third-seeded Mount Horeb/Pine Bluff Bluffers en route to the final at seventh-seeded Hollandale.

But the Cinderella season came a little short of the Final Four in a 5-3 loss to the Rockies Sunday.


Girls golf: Panthers look to rise up in 2014

The 2014 varsity players for the Oregon High School girls golf team (from left) are: Tessa Reilly, Taylor McCorkle, Ashley Brechlin, Olivia Davis and Jenny Johnson. [Photo by Bill Scheer]

It has been three years since the Oregon High School girls golf team last made it to state, and there have also been two new coaches since then, including new head coach Bill Scheer.

Scheer, who also coached the boys last spring, inherits a team filled with experience, and Oregon is a team expected to compete for the top three spots in the Badger South Conference.

Junior Jenny Johnson and sophomore Taylor McCorkle both take over the top two spots this season. McCorkle shot an 86 at sectionals last season, while Johnson shot a 90.

Senior Ashley Brechlin and junior Olivia Davis also return with varsity experience, though they did not play in the playoffs.


HTL: Orioles a win from the Final Four

Ben Riffle hurls a strike in the first inning last Sunday in a Western Section semifinal playoff against Mount Horeb/Pine Bluff at Mount Horeb High School. Riffle tweaked his ankle before the game but pitched a complete game and struck out the side in the ninth to preserve a 7-2 win for the Orioles. [Photo by Anthony Iozzo]

Pitcher Ben Riffle was going to take the mound no matter what for the Oregon Home Talent team Sunday in a Western Section semifinal at Mount Horeb/Pine Bluff.

Riffle rolled his ankle playing catch in the outfield before the game at Mount Horeb High School, and he had to fight through swelling and discomfort for the entire game.

But even with a noticeable limp and trouble planting his foot, Riffle pitched a complete game, striking out the side in the bottom of the ninth to preserve a 7-2 win for the eight-seeded Orioles.

“It affected me a little in the beginning. I think the biggest it affected was my curveball,” Riffle said. “I just could not, for whatever reason, throw it for a strike. For the most part, it didn’t have anything on it, but I battled through it.


Oregon golfers continue summer success

Oregon High School graduate Morgan McCorkle took first place at Platteville Golf and Country Club on July 27, while her sophomore sister Taylor took third.

Morgan shot a 76, and Taylor finished with an 89.

Lake Wisconsin   Country Club

Taylor took fourth with an 82 on July 28 at Lake Wisconsin Country Club, while junior Jenny Johnson finished sixth with an 85.

Morgan took eighth with an 88.

Evansville Golf Club

Taylor took fifth with an 83 on July 31 at Evansville Golf Club. Johnson took seventh with an 86.

Junior Carmen Cruz was 29th.