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.”


Girls cross country: Oregon races to fourth overall at Baertschi invitational

Junior Emma Hughes finished 12th overall and seventh amongst large school athletes Saturday at the Baertschi Invitational in Albany.

The performance was good enough for Oregon to finish fourth overall (out of 12 schools) with 134 points. 

Hughes covered the Panthers’ final regular season 5k course in 20 minutes, 40 seconds.

Junior Connie Hansen finished the day as the Panthers’ second runner in 21:57 – good for 25th place in the large school division.

Underclassmen Madelyn St. Clair and Taylor Schmidt following by crossing the finish only a fraction of second apart.

St. Clair, a sophomore, finished 30th in 22:12.7, while Schmidt, a freshman, placed 31st in 21:12.8.


Boys cross country: Christensen takes ninth overall

Oregon boys cross country senior Josh Christensen finished ninth overall at Saturday’s Baertschi Invitational in 17 minutes, 27 seconds in Albany.

Junior Chris Cutter was the only other Panther to crack the 18 minute mark, finishing 19th overall in 17:52. Senior Ryan Barry placed 25th overall as the team third runner in 18:04.

Fellow senior Ben Vogt took 39th place in 18:21, while junior Ben Janes crossed the finish line in 18:25 – good for the Panthers’ final varsity spot in 41st place.

Senior Izaac Nelson and junior Joren Walthers also competed but did not score.

“The boys ran well at Albany after our most difficult week of practice,” Panthers head coach Erik Haakenson said. “We will begin to taper our mileage this week in preparation to have a great race next weekend. 


Football: Oregon drops Red Hawks in finale

Jake Odegard (51) sacks Milton quarterback Tyler Westrick Friday in a Badger South Conference game. The Panthers (6-2 overall, 4-2 conference) won 28-12 and clinched a playoff berth. [Photo by Daniel Platz]

Oregon jumped out to a three-touchdown lead through two quarters Friday as the Panthers defeated the host Milton Red Hawks 28-12 in the team’s Badger South Conference finale.

Senior Josh Sromovsky accounted for 47 yards rushing and a first-quarter touchdown in the win. 

Junior Matt Yates and senior B.J. Buckner added touchdown runs of 1 and 18 yards to give the Panthers a three-touchdown lead going into halftime.

“We had a couple of nice drives that really help set up our scores,” Oregon head coach Dan Kissling said. 

Oregon’s third score came after Marcus Tobias blocked a punt. The Panthers scored a couple of plays later.  


Boys soccer: Panthers cruise to regional final

Senior Nick Steidemann fights for possession Tuesday in a WIAA Division 2 regional semifinal against eighth-seeded Reedsburg. Steidemann scored a goal on a penalty kick and also added an assist in an 8-0 win. [Photo by Mark Ignatowski]

The road to a second straight WIAA Division 2 state title began on the right foot for the Oregon High School boy’s soccer team Tuesday in an 8-0 win over eighth-seeded Reedsburg.

Head coach Kevin May challenged the Panthers at halftime to do a little more on offense, as Oregon only led 1-0 at the break. They responded by scoring seven goals in the second half.

“We are focused and ready for the playoffs, and the experience that these guys have is a huge asset for us going into the postseason,” May said in a phone interview. “I challenged the guys a little bit at halftime, and they responded like a good team does.”


Girls swimming: Kugel scores two wins against Crusaders

Junior Hannah Rau recorded one of three victories for the Oregon/Belleville girls swimming team Tuesday, winning the 400-meter freestyle in 5 minutes, 10.31 seconds. [Photo by Jeremy Jones]

Every year before the season begins, members of the Oregon/Belleville girls swimming team write down their goals on a piece of paper and then share.

Second-year head coach Karissa Kruszewski said all those slips of paper contained one common theme this season. 

“Every girl said they wanted to win more than the one dual meet we won last year,” she said. 

With Oregon facing four of the top 10 Division 2 schools during the Badger Conference schedule, however, that goal is easier said than delivered. 

Though juniors Willow Kugel and Hannah Rau combined to lead the Panthers to three wins Tuesday evening, it was not enough as Oregon fell 110-60 against fifth-ranked Madison Edgewood.


Girls tennis: Panthers season comes to an end

Senior Claire Massey was the lone Oregon girls tennis player to earn a seed in the upper half of her bracket Monday at the Madison Memorial subsectional.

The Panthers’ No. 4 singles player, seeded fourth, held off fifth-seeded Jillian Hertz of Sun Prairie 7-5, 6-2. Massey then took Middleton senior Liddy Whritenour to a third set before falling 6-4, 6-7 (4), 6-0 inside UW-Madison’s Nielsen Tennis Stadium.

Massey’s win was the Panthers’ lone victory of the tournament.

Sophomores Katie Pliner and Renee Lewandowski were seeded fifth and played well in a 6-3, 6-4 losing against fourth-seeded Madison West’s Laura Nicholas and Hoi Ming Lee Mcvey.

Senior Cassandre Krier was seeded sixth at No. 2 singles where she lost 6-1, 6-2 against third-seeded Megan Johnson.


Girls golf: Johnson just misses state

Junior Jenny Johnson tees off on the 15th hole Tuesday, Oct. 7, in the WIAA Division 1 Middleton sectional at Pleasant View Golf Course. Johnson shot a career-low 36 on the front nine and finished with an 80, but she was one stroke short of qualifying for state. [Photo by Anthony Iozzo]

Junior Jenny Johnson looked poised to make state Tuesday in the WIAA Division 1 Middleton sectional at Pleasant View Golf Course.

Johnson shot a career-low 36 on the front nine and was in position to make a run at one of the three individual spots, but she couldn’t sustain that level for the back nine, finishing with an 80.

“When you shoot that good a score and aren’t used to shooting that good a score, it is really hard to hold it together,” head coach Bill Scheer said. “She made some crucial putts down the stretch, but she fell one short.”

Scheer said that although Johnson was disappointed, she has a strong upside for next season.


Girls cross country: Panthers place fifth in Burlington

The Oregon girls cross country team headed to the Burlington Chocolate City Invitational on Saturday.

A chance to see some different teams and a new course, the Panthers ran themselves to a fifth-place finish.

Junior Emma Hughes was once again the pace-setter for a young Oregon team, finishing eighth overall in 19 minutes, 52 seconds.

Fellow junior Connie Hansen crossed the 5k finish line in 21:18, taking 31st overall as the team’s second runner.

Sophomore Madelynn St. Clair turned in a 39th-place just off the pace in 21:42.

Freshman Taylor Schmidt (21:49) and junior Maddie LeBrun rounded out the pack, crossing the line seconds apart in 45th and 46th place, respectively.