Boys swimming: Panthers fifth at invite

Oregon/Belleville boys swimming team traveled to Appleton North High School to compete at the Lightning Invite. 

Jake Larsen and Jackson Marsden each reached the podium in both of their individual events, while also helping the 200-yard medley relay to yet another school record.

All-in-all, the Panthers reached the podium in seven of 11 events and posted 15 season- or personal best-times to finish fifth (out of eight teams) with 210 points – 100 ahead of last season’s.

The host Appleton North/East co-op, the sixth-ranked Division 1 school in the state, won the invite with 458 points. Oshkosh West (385), Ashwaubenon (352) and Bay Port (251) rounded out the top four.


Girls hockey: Torpy records third shut in four games

Senior forward Casey Marsh brings the puck up ice during the first period Friday evening against Viroqua’s Taylor Menzynski. Marsh scored three times against the Badger Conference rival Blackhawks as the Icebergs won 5-0. [Photo by Jeremy Jones]

Stoughton senior forward Casey Marsh scored a goal in all three periods Friday as the Icebergs defeated the Viroqua Blackhawks 5-0 inside the Mandt Community Center.

The Icebergs wasted little time in jumping out to an early lead as Monona Grove’s Samantha Kinsler scored just over two minutes into the first period. Marsh struck with the first of her three goals just under three minutes later for a 2-0 advantage entering the first intermission.

Marsh and Samantha Eyers tacked on a pair of goals seven minutes apart in the second period as Viroqua’s Kiley Buruker made 12 saves in each of the first two periods.

Buruker stopped 17 more shots in the third period, allowing only a goal to Marsh early in the period.

Senior Kenzie Torpy faced just 10 shots on goal for the Icebergs.


Boys hockey: Oregon capitalizes on bench minor to hold off rival Vikings

Photo by Jeremy Jones Junior defenseman Brandon Michek checks Stoughton freshman Jackson Breton in the second period last Thursday. Oregon won the Badger South Conference game 3-2.

Senior forward Collin Bundy scored twice Thursday evening, including the game-winner, in a 3-2 victory that kept Oregon in the hunt for the Badger South Conference title.

Despite leading twice by two goals, the victory was anything but easy for the Panthers, who watched a scrappy Vikings’ squad twice cut the lead in half.

Ultimately though, Stoughton was undone as a result of a second-period bench minor.

With the Viking fans and coaches riding the refs through much of the first 31 minutes, the officiating crew finally had enough 14 minutes into the second period assessing a bench minor to the Stoughton bench. 

The call came after what the Vikings coaching staff felt was an uncalled elbowing penalty.


Boys basketball: Oregon moves to 4-2 in conference

The Oregon High School boys basketball team is just a game back of first in the Badger South Conference after Tuesday’s 44-27 win at Monroe.

The Panthers (10-2 overall, 4-2 conference) only led by three at the half, but the defense held the Cheesemakers (2-4, 6-8) to nine points in the second half to run away with the victory.

Head coach Jon Nedelcoff said one of the key turning points in the game was not turning the ball over in the second half. Oregon had eight of nine turnovers in the first half.

Junior Charlie Soule led the Panthers with 12 points, while senior Markus Tobias picked up 10. Junior Ben Weiland added nine, and senior Peter Kissling chipped in eight.


Wrestling: Pieper, Ehn-Howland finish sixth at Badger Invitational

The Oregon High School wrestling team hit the mat for the first time since Jan. 3 and suited up six for the Lake Geneva Badger invite.

Sophomore Parker Ehn-Howland (152) and freshman Samuel Pieper (120) both placed sixth at the meet.

Pieper was 4-1 on the day. He defeated Justin Hodges (Sun Prairie) 6-1, pinned Antoine Bierny (Milwaukee Homestead) in 3 minutes, 28 seconds, pinned Ben Scheber (Racine Park) in 4:30 and defeated Trevaun Turner (Middleton) 9-4.

Pieper fell 7-4 to Walworth Big Foot’s James Welsh in the first round.

Pieper is now 12-2 overall this season after battling some early injuries.


Girls basketball: Panthers handle Monroe, remain tied for first

Head coach Corey Sielaff said she wanted the Oregon High School girls basketball team to be prepared for Friday’s game at Badger South foe Monroe.

After the win at Monona Grove on Jan. 13, she said the girls needed to come out with the same intensity and not fall into a trap game.

The first half was not exactly what anyone had in mind with fouls limiting the offense, but the Panthers pulled away in the second half for the 46-30 win.

The win allowed Oregon (7-5 overall, 5-1 conference) to remain tied for first place with Madison Edgewood (7-4, 5-1).

The Panthers play two more teams at the bottom of the conference standings next – Thursday against Fort Atkinson (5-8, 0-5) and Tuesday, Jan. 27, at Milton (7-6, 1-4). Both games tipoff at 7:30 p.m.


Girls hockey: Rupiper leads Icebergs to victory

The Stoughton girls hockey co-op defeated Marshfield on the road Saturday for the Icebergs first win of 2015.  

Two goals by Evansville’s freshman Teagan Rupiper and one from Stoughton junior Savannah Kopf sealed the deal at 3-0 for Stoughton.  

“Teagan came through twice for us by being a force in front of the offensive net today,” Icebergs head coach Mike Jochmann said. “It was nice to see Teagan bury a couple as she’s been working so hard in practices to improve.”

A team that has struggled to generate many chances for the majority of the season, Jochmann said some new line combinations sparked some needed space on the ice, and a slightly re-vamped defensive zone scheme helped keep scoring chances to a minimum for Marshfield. 


Boys swimming: Panthers end five-year Badger South Conference dual meet drought

Oregon/Belleville boys swimming coach Scott Krueger jumps into the Oregon Community Pool on Friday following an 86-80 victory over Madison Edgewood. The victory was the Panthers first conference win in five years and the team’s first dual-meet victory in two seasons. [Photo by David D. Wood]

The Oregon/Belleville boys swimming team went into Friday night’s dual meet winless over the past two years and the past five years in Badger South conference action.

That came to end Friday night, however, with boys winning 10 of the 11 events en route to an 86-80 victory against eighth-ranked Madison Edgewood.

“It felt great to finally get that win,” said head coach Scott Krueger, who didn’t know how high the Crusaders were ranked. “I guess it makes the victory that much better. The boys swam great and everyone coaches and managers took a swim.”


Boys hockey: Panthers win twice in conference

Oregon boys hockey traveled to Hartland last weekend to take part in the annual Howard G. Mullet tournament Friday against Waukesha and Arrowhead.

The Panthers kicked off the weekend losing 3-1 against the Waukesha Wings (9-3-1). No results were available.

Oregon suffered a 4-0 loss at the hands of the host Warhawks on Saturday.

Ben Dvoraks scored an even-strength and power-play goal for Arrowhead, which posted two goals in the first and second periods.

Roskos turned away 27 of 31 shots on goal, while Warhawks junior JJ Gerlach stopped all 21 shots he faced.

Oregon 27, Monroe 0

The Panthers defeated Monroe by a program-record 27-goal margin Tuesday, Dec. 6 inside S.L.I.C.E. Arena.


Boys basketball: Defense bounces back

The Oregon High School boys basketball team didn’t take long to bounce back from a loss at Stoughton, knocking off non-conference Portage 45-29 Friday.

The host Panthers (8-2 overall, 2-2 Badger South) held the Warriors to under 10 points in each quarter except the fourth. Oregon led 31-14 after three quarters, despite being outscored 6-5 in the third.

Junior Charlie Soule led Oregon with 13 points, while senior Markus Tobias added 10.

Senior Sam Harkins led Portage with 12 points.

The Panthers get back to conference action this week with games against Madison Edgewood and at Monroe. Oregon hosts the Crusaders (1-10, 1-4) at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and travels to the Cheesemakers (5-7, 2-3) at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 20.