In his second season at the helm of the Oregon boys swimming co-op, head coach Scott Krueger inherits a very young team, which looks to improve upon last season’s success after entering into a co-op with Belleville this year.
Seniors Brad Rehrauer and Sam Phelps captain this year’s team.
Rehrauer leads Oregon in the freestyle and backstroke, while Phelps should once again pace the team in the breaststroke.
Sophomore David Heim is the other key returner Krueger said, helping the Panthers out in the freestyle and butterfly.
Gone from last year’s team, which finished the season 1-5 in dual meets (0-5 in the Badger South), are Graham Otis, Brian Johnson, Evan Hale and Andrew Dow – all of whom were on last year’s postseason team.
Monona Grove and Madison Edgewood figure to be the top teams in the Badger South Conference.
The returning letterwinners for the Oregon boys basketball team (front, from left) are: Lance Peterson, Bryce Murphy, Isaac Jacobs and Pierce Peterson; (back) Andrew McCauley, Markus Tobias, Jon Conduah, Josh Sromovsky, Peter Kissling, Shaw Storey and Zach Curtis. [Photo by Anthony Iozzo]
Things looked great for the Oregon boys basketball Tuesday as it grabbed a two-point lead over Monona Grove with just over five minutes to play.
But then the shooting went cold.
Head coach Jon Nedelcoff said that the Panthers had seven straight possessions that ended in good looks, either from the outside or the post, but none of the shots fell, allowing the Silver Eagles to go on an 11-0 run and close out Oregon 53-44.
Monona Grove (2-0 overall, 1-0 conference) is picked to finish second in the conference after sharing the title last season, but that didn’t mean they would win easily.
After losing the battle on the boards in the first half and falling behind 26-19, the Panthers ( 2-1, 0-1) turned things around in the second half to spur the rally.
Oregon girls and boys head coach Ben Cowan (orange) sits with the girls golf team after the Badger South Conference tournament this past season. Cowan stepped down as coach for both the boys and the girls following the season. [File photo by Anthony Iozzo]
Oregon boys and girls varsity golf will have new coaches in their next respective seasons.
Ben Cowan, who was the boys and girls head coaches the past two years, decided to step down from the positions to focus on teaching year-round for club golfers.
Cowan said that one of the problems with coaching at the high school level was the WIAA rule of contact after a season.
For the girls, he would work with golfers for two months and then wouldn’t be able to have contact with them for eight months.
The boys had the spring season go into the summer, so that was a little different. But he still couldn’t have contact with the boys during the girls season or the winter.
“What this does is free me up to teach year round,” Cowan said. “Now this leaves me open to teach whoever I want and is a positive for me personally.”
Senior forward Nick Miller (6) is piled on by teammates following his goal that gave Oregon boys hockey a 1-0 overtime victory against Madison Edgewood at LaBahn Arena. It was the Panthers first win over the Crusaders. [Photo by Jeremy Jones]
Forward Nick Miller was choked at the bottom of the pile following more than 56 minutes of hockey Tuesday, and still he couldn’t have been happier.
“I had an arm across my throat, so I couldn’t breathe for a little while, but it was fun,” Miller said of being piled on by his teammates after his overtime goal gave the Panthers their first win over Madison Edgewood in program history.
Deadlocked through three periods inside UW-Madison’s LaBahn Arena, Miller charged the net with just under 2:30 remaining in overtime and his hard work was rewarded with the goal that gave Oregon a 1-0 victory over the Badger South rival Crusaders.
With time ticking away in overtime senior captain Nick Strycharske put a hard shot on goal, which handcuffed Edgewood keeper Tony Rehm.
The returning letterwinners for the Oregon varsity wrestling team (front, from left) are: Jawon Turner, Noah Engelhart, William Frauchiger and Omar Sacramento; (back) Connor Timberlake, Andrew Nyenhuis, Matt Sampson and Chad Walsh. [Photo by Anthony Iozzo]
Head coach Ned Lease has high expectations for returning seniors Andrew Nyenhuis, Chad Walsh, Matt Sampson, William Frauchiger and Jawon Turner.
Nyenhuis (16-11, sectional qualifier) and Walsh (20-7, sectional qualifier) are back with Matt Sampson (17-14), who was injured last season, Frauchiger (13-10) and Turner to help lead the Panthers this season.
“The practices have been intense, but very positive,” Lease wrote in a questionnaire. “The team also boasts several freshmen class athletes – as hard-working a freshman class as I have coached here at Oregon High School.”
Juniors Noah Engelhart (6-19), Omar Sacramento (7-32) and Connor Timberlake (3-15) also return.
Sectional qualifier Kurt Stetzer (24-18) graduated along with Jake Kluever (8-26) and Adrian Valdez (6-11).
Senior forward Maddy Gits (shown above getting a rebound last season) signed her National Letter of Intent Wednesday, Nov. 13, to play for Saint Louis University, a NCAA Division I school. [File photo by Anthony Iozzo]
Senior Maddy Gits signs her National Letter of Intent. Pictured behind her (from left) is retired Oregon High School coach Les Luehring, parents Lisa and John Gits and Wisconsin Hoops Select coach Dr. Dan Staples. [Photo submitted]
It isn’t too often that an athlete has a coach from the same town in college, but senior Maddy Gits gets to enjoy time with former Oregon resident and Saint Louis University head coach Lisa Stone next year.
Stone, a former head coach for the Wisconsin Badgers, gets to add Gits to her roster for the 2014-15 season after Gits signed her National Letter of Intent Nov. 13.
“I used to go to her games when she coached for Wisconsin all the time,” Gits said. “Growing up with her and her training me when she didn’t have a team was just awesome, and I loved playing for her. So when she offered me a scholarship, I knew I wanted to play for her.”
Stone still has ties to Oregon with several family members still living in the area, and Gits said that when she came to watch the Panthers, she also was able to see her family making the experience a good one on both sides.
Photo by Anthony Iozzo
Corey Sielaff takes over as the Oregon High School girls basketball head coach after three years with Les Luehring at the helm. Sielaff has been at Oregon the past two seasons as the freshman and junior varsity coach. She also coached basketball at Juan Diego Catholic High School for two years after college. Sielaff played basketball for Middleton High School during the Cardinals’ 2003 state runner-up and 2004 sectional runner-up seasons. [Photo by Anthony Iozzo]
Corey Sielaff has been the freshmen and junior varsity girls basketball head coach at Oregon High School for the past two seasons.
Now, following the retirement of Les Luehring, Sielaff gets to take her love of basketball a step further by being chosen as the new varsity head coach for this season.
“It is a gift to be able to do it,” Sielaff said. “When I applied, I was excited for the job. I talked to Angie Murphy and Jeff Kind who were my coaches at Middleton High School before I got the job and afterward, and they were really encouraging.
“It is fun. I love basketball. I have always loved basketball, and it is cool to do it at this level with really accomplished athletes.”
Sielaff played for the state runner-up Middleton Cardinals in 2003 and again as the Cardinals were sectional runner-up in 2004.
Murphy, who is now the coach of the Verona Area High School girls basketball team, said she believes Sielaff will succeed as a coach.
The returning letterwinners for the Oregon High School girls basketball team (front, from left) are: Megan Brugger, Kelsey Jahn and Dani Ironmonger; (back) Bailey Adkins, Katie Boehnen, Maddy Gits, Riley Rosemeyer and Hannah Kane. [Photo by Anthony Iozzo]
The Oregon girls basketball team is changing more than just a new head coach and new faces this season.
The Panthers, with Corey Sielaff taking over for the retired Les Luehring, will be going to a press-style defense and a triangle offense.
Defense was a big part of the program the past few seasons, with graduate Aimee Urben leading the way, but Sielaff wants the girls to get even tougher.
“Defensively, we are looking for all of these kids to contribute in the press, to get some minutes and get on the floor and get a little gritty. We want them to get tougher, both physically and mentally, not to be pushed around so much,” Sielaff said.
On offense, the Panthers will look to use the size and strength of the inside with three time first-team All-Badger South Conference senior forward Maddy Gits (315 points), senior forward Hannah Kane (82 points) and junior forward Riley Rosemeyer (170 points).
Returning letterwinners for the Oregon boys hockey team (front, from left) are: Brandon Michek, Collin Hughes, Dylan Ziomek, Zach Jordan, Joey Andriacci, Tom Hill and Nate Anderson; (back) Nate Beauchaine, Cole Hefty, Collin Bundy, Jackson Schneider, Nick Stycharske, Nick Miller, Luke Benson, Alex Robson. [Photo by Jeremy Jones]
Oregon boys hockey enters this season amidst a wealth of change, most notably in net where the Panthers will be without senior All-State honorable mention goaltender Kyle Carignan, who opted instead to play for the Madison Capitals this season as he pursues a shot at the United State Hockey League (USHL).
Carignan, playing in all but one game last season, posted a .932 save percentage to go along with a 2.50 goals against average and two shutouts.
The Panthers also lost back-up Grant O’Donnell, who presumably would have been the starter this season, when he open-enrolled to Evansville where he will focus strictly on golf. That leaves Oregon with only inexperienced senior Zach Jordan in net.
Jordan played just 51 minutes last season in a 13-3 win at upstart Monroe.