Boys soccer: Defending D2 champion Oregon makes state for third straight year

The Oregon High School boys soccer team hoists up the WIAA Division 2 sectional championship plaque after the defending champions punched their third straight trip to state with a 4-0 win over Elkhorn Saturday, Oct. 25, at Wilmot Union High School. The Panthers will play Cedarburg at 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31, in the state semifinal, which is a rematch of last year’s D2 final. The state championship game is at 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1. [Photo by Anthony Iozzo]

It didn’t take long to realize the Oregon High School boys soccer team was going to be the last team standing in its sectional for the third straight season Saturday.

The defending WIAA Division 2 champion and top-seeded Panthers jumped on Elkhorn – seeded No. 2 in the bottom regional – early and often in a 4-0 win at Wilmot Union High School in the sectional final.

Three of those goals came in the first half, including two by junior Zach Hanson.

“Everybody just wanted to go back to state and go to Milwaukee,” Hanson said. “That was our goal, and we obviously achieved that today.”

After playing one of its worst games Thursday in a 1-0 win over Waunakee in the sectional semifinal, Oregon came to practice on Friday with a purpose, head coach Kevin May said.


Volleyball: Oregon goes out swinging

Senior Riley Rosemeyer (left) and junior Sam Girard attempt a block Thursday, Oct. 23, in a WIAA Division 1 regional semifinal at Kenosha Indian Trail. The Panthers won 3-0 (25-22, 25-22, 25-21). [Photo by Ronald Sagen]

With only two seniors, the Oregon High School volleyball team has had its growing pains this season, but the conference tournament and regional performances were much different than earlier tournaments and matches.

The ninth-seeded Panthers had a tough draw in the WIAA Division 1 Burlington sectional with the top-seeded Demons knocking out Oregon Saturday in the regional final 3-0 (8-25, 16-25, 12-25).

But the Panthers made the final with an impressive 3-0 win (25-22, 25-22, 25-21) over Kenosha Indian Trail Thursday.

And despite the season being over, Oregon has some momentum going into 2015 with 11 returners – juniors Sam Girard, Emily Lynch, Lexi Doering, Amanda Sagen, Kate Spierings and Anika Sande,  sophomores Abbie Schofield, Cailyn Schmidt, Liz Andriacchi and Maggiue Simpson and freshman Alyssa Milski.


Girls swimming: Swimmers take eighth at Fort Atkinson invite

The Oregon/Bellevelle co-op girls swimming team posted its top finish of the Fort Atkinson Invitational in the very first event Saturday, taking fifth place in the 200-yard medley. 

Carolyn Christofferson, Katie Reisdorf, Hannah Rau and Willow Kugel posted a time of 2:01.05. All four went on to swim well throughout the rest of the meet. 

Kugel later finished sixth overall in the 50-yard free (:26.11), while the same quartet as on the medley relay took fifth on the 200 free relay, posting a time of 1:48.23.

Reisdorf added an eight-place finish on the 100 breaststroke in 1:16.35.

DeForest, ranked second in Division 2 according to the WISCA state poll, won the invite with 418 points. Badger finished second with 398.5, while Sauk Prairie took third with 259.

The Panthers finished eighth (out of the 10 schools competing with 145 points.


Boys cross country: Racing to a runner-up finish

Senior Ryan Barry earned second-team Badger South all-conference honors after finishing 15th Saturday at Lake Farm Park. Fellow senior Josh Christensen earned first-team honors, while senior Ben Vogt and junior Chris Cutter garnered second-team honors. Oregon finished 23 points behind Madison Edgewood in second place with a score of 72. [Photo by Jeremy Jones]

Senior Josh Christensen repeated as a Badger South All-Conference boys cross country runner Saturday at Lake Farm Park.

Christensen finished fifth overall in 16 minutes, 49 seconds and guided the Panthers to a runner-up finish in the process.

“It’s a pretty awesome feeling,” said Christensen, who finished three spots ahead of last season’s performance. “Moving up a few more spots would have been nice, but being able to keep up with some of these guys that are going to go on and do amazing things at state – was just incredible.” 

Christensen only found cross country following his freshman year of soccer. 

“He jumped right in as a very competitive athlete and each year worked to become better,” Panthers head coach Erik Haakenson said. “Josh has truly earned his first-team all conference award as one of my most dedicated runners over the past three years.


Girls cross country: Hughes races to all-conference team

Junior Emma Hughes was the only Oregon girl to earn all-conference honors Saturday at the Badger South Conference meet. Hughes finished 16th overall to earn the final second team spot in 20 minutes, 30 seconds. [Photo by Jeremy Jones]

Junior Emma Hughes earned the final Badger South second-team all-conference spot Saturday, finishing 16th overall at Lake Farm Park.

Hughes, who battled a hip injury throughout the race, covered the 5K course in 20 minutes, 30 seconds.

Sophomore Madelyn St. Clair continued to rise up the ranks for Oregon, finish two spots later in 20:38.

Junior Connie Hansen added a 21st-place finish 11 seconds later in 20:49.

Freshman Taylor Schmidt finished 31st in 21:23, while junior Bree Paddock, who didn’t run last year, finished 32nd overall as the team’s final runner in 21:24.

Juniors Caity Lucas and Maddie Lebrun and sophomore Carolyn Vogt all competed, but did not score.


Football: Panthers comeback bid falls short

Junior wide receiver Josh Sromovsky breaks up a pass that was nearly intercepted by DeForest defensive back Hunter Wilson (12) during the second half Friday. Sromovsky caught one pass, a 3-yard touchdown grab, in the 19-13 loss. [Photo by Jeremy Jones]

Oregon allowed 19 unanswered points through three-and-a-half quarters before mounting a fourth quarter comeback Friday in a Badger Conference crossover game.

In the end, the Panthers didn’t have enough offense to knock off the visiting DeForest Norskies, falling 19-13.

“We struggled to capitalize early, but I was pleased with how the guys battled back with a pair of touchdowns in the fourth quarter,” head coach Dan Kissling said. “Things aren’t going to get any easier in the playoffs, but I think we should have some confidence knowing we were one possession away from beating the Badger North champs.”

Norskies junior running back Jadon Sackman, who has carried the Norskies’ offense all season, rushed for 188 yards and a 5-yard, first-quarter touchdown on 37 carries.


Volleyball: Panthers just miss home game, earn No. 9 seed for regionals

The Oregon High School volleyball team earned a No. 9 seed for the WIAA Division 1 playoffs in the Burlington sectional.

The Panthers had a strong finish to the season, including an upset over Madison Edgewood in the Badger South Conference tournament, but just missed having a home game at regionals.

Oregon travels to No. 8 Kenosha Indian Trail at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23. The winner travels to No. 1 Burlington at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, for the regional final.

Waunakee 3, Oregon 0

The Panthers traveled to Waunakee Thursday and fell 3-0 (17-25, 16-25, 14-25).

Senior Lexi Doering picked up 20 digs in loss, while senior Riley Rosemeyer finished with nine kills. Junior Amanda Sagane added 19 assists.

Senior Kena Hinker led with two aces and three blocks.


Boys soccer: Top-seeded Panthers back in sectionals

The road to the WIAA Division 2 state tournament continued for the defending champion Oregon High School boys soccer team Thursday in a 5-0 win over fifth-seeded DeForest.

The top-seeded Panthers scored three times in the second half to put the game away. Senior Nick Steidemann started off the barrage with an unassisted goal in the 51st minute, and Senior Mitch Morhoff scores with an assist to senior Colin Hughes 12 minutes later to make it 4-0.

Junior AJ Breitbach capped the scoring in the 83rd minute.

Junior Dylan Ziomek struck first in the 25th minute with an assist to senior Zach Rampetstreiter, and Morhoff scored in the 35th minute with an assist to Steidemann to make it 2-0 at halftime.

Junior Matt Reisdorf finished with one save for Oregon.


Volleyball: Girls fight to semifinals at conference

The Oregon High School volleyball team might not have the best record, but Saturday’s Badger South Conference meet results showed the Panthers can play with anyone.

The Panthers knocked off fourth-seeded Monona Grove 2-1 (23-25, 25-21, 15-10) and first-seeded Madison Edgewood 2-2 (25-21, 18-25, 15-13) before falling in two close matches against Fort Atkinson – 2-1 (25-14, 23-25, 7-15) –  and Edgewood – 2-1 (25-21, 20-25, 5-15) in the semifinals at Milton High School.

“Seeing the girls apply what we have been working on in practice in high-pressure situations just really impressed me with how far they have come and how much they have learned,” head coach Jaime Vareka said.

Senior Riley Rosemeyer had seven kills against Monona Grove and 16 against Edgewood – nine in the first match. Freshman Alyssa Milski added seven kills against Edgewood and Fort Atkinson.


Girls swimming: Christofferson wins twice in dual loss

Freshman Carolyn Christofferson and junior Willow Kugel led the Oregon/Belleville girls swimming team to its best finish of the evening Tuesday in the 50-yard free.

Christofferson touched out her teammate by four-hundredths of a second to win the event in 26.40 seconds. She later supplied the varsity team’s only other victory of the evening, winning the 100 backstroke in 1:05.31.

While the Panthers saw several season bests, it wasn’t enough to overcome the host Monona Grove Silver Eagles as Oregon fell 98-72.

“Coming into tonight’s meet we all had the attitude that we could win, which is great because the girls need to believe they can compete with these teams,” Oregon head coach Karissa Kruszewski said. “What got us in the end were those fourth- and fifth-place finishes.”