Boys tennis: Conklin named WTCA Coach of the Year

Oregon High School boys tennis coach Ben Conklin (right) and varsity assistant Terry Geurkink lift the WIAA Division 1 Lake Geneva sectional championship plaque this spring. Conklin was named the 2014 Wisconsin High School Tennis Coaches Association Coach of the Year after the Panthers had their best season in school history, sharing the Badger South Conference title and advancing to the state team semifinals. [File photo by Jeremy Jones]

Oregon boys tennis coach Ben Conklin was named the 2014 Division 1 Wisconsin High School Tennis Coaches Association Coach of the Year earlier this month in a vote of his peers.

Conklin said he only found out of the decision about a week ago on the tennis courts, coaching 5- and 6-year olds, “My colleague had just checked his phone messages and said to everyone, ‘Guess what?’”

One of 11 finalists, Conklin knew he was in the running, but said he thought it was a long-shot.

“Of course I was a part of a total team effort – assistant coaches, players, and parents – everyone played a part,” he said


Home Talent League: Orioles still control playoff destiny

Right fielder Abe Maurice slides home safe in the top of the fourth inning Sunday, July 13, on an RBI single by first baseman Eric Engler against Verona at Stampfl Field. The run made it 1-0 at the time, but the Orioles ended up falling 11-1 in seven innings. [Photo by Anthony Iozzo]

Two big innings in a row led to Sunday’s 11-1 loss to Verona, but the Oregon Home Talent team (6-8) is still in the playoff hunt.

With the top two teams in the North and South Divisions automatically moving on, that leaves the next best four in the Western Section to make the playoffs.

Verona (14-0), Argyle (11-3), Mount Horeb-Pine Bluff (9-5), Wiota (9-5) and Dodgeville (8-6) have all clinched a playoff spots. That leaves Blanchardville (6-8), Hollandale (6-8) and Oregon as the other three teams if the season ended today.

Monroe (5-9) and Ridgeway (5-9) are on the outskirts with two games to go, but the Orioles hold their own destiny. If it defeats Monroe at 1 p.m. Sunday and then takes down Ridgeway at 1 p.m. Sunday, July 27, Oregon will be in the playoffs.


Senior Legion: Panthers go 3-2 with two doubleheader splits

The Oregon Senior Legion squad split a pair of doubleheaders and knocked off Jefferson to finish 3-2 last week and move to 8-8 overall.

Milton doubleheader

The Panthers traveled to Milton for a doubleheader on July 8 and won game two 4-3 to secure a split after falling 4-0 in game one.

Zach Klementz (2-for-3, double) and Logan Hurda (2-for-3, double) led the offense.

Steven Davis picked up the win on the mound. He allowed one earned run on two hits in four innings. Mitch Weber  recorded the save, allowing a hit in one inning. Weber also had one strikeout.

Oregon 12, Jefferson 3

Oregon hosted Jefferson on July 9 and won 12-3.


Home Talent League: Still in the playoff hunt

Second baseman Kyle Moore applies a tag on catcher Ryan Hoodjer’s throw to on a steal attempt in the first inning Sunday, July 6, in a Home Talent League game against Mount Horeb/Pine Bluff at Oregon High School. [Photo by Anthony Iozzo]

Player/manager Eric Engler said last weekend was going to be “make or break” for the Oregon Home Talent team, and it looked to be positive after a 2-1 win against Hollandale last Friday.

But defense and lack of hitting Sunday against Mount Horeb/Pine Bluff put a blemish on the attempt to stay in the playoff hunt.

Four errors in the top of the fifth led to four runs and an eventual 8-1 loss, dropping the Orioles to 6-7 on the season.

“We needed them both,” Engler said. “This puts a lot of pressure on us to beat Verona next week, which is obviously going to be tough.”


Senior Legion: Panthers win twice, fall to Fort Atkinson in extra innings

The Oregon Senior Legion squad picked up two wins and lost another in extra innings during a successful week.

The Panthers improved to 5-6 overall on the season.

Oregon 7, Cottage Grove 6

Oregon began the week with a 7-6 win against Cottage Grove on July 2.

Logan Hurda (2-for-3), Jake Odegard (2-for-4) and Patrick Sommers (double) led the offense.

Steven Davis picked up the win. He allowed two earned runs on three hits in five innings.

Oregon 8, Edgewood 5

The Panthers then played Edgewood last Thursday and picked up an 8-5 win.

Josh Gomoll (2-for-4), Odegard (2-for-3, double) and Davis (double) led the offense.


Boys lacrosse: Midfielders earn spots on all-conference list

Oregon High School boys lacrosse sophomore midfielder Trent Ricker was named first-team all-conference for the Madison Area Lacrosse Association White Division this season.

Ricker finished with 45 goals and six assists. He was also 68-for-105 on faceoffs.

Senior midfielder Christian Poe also made the list as a second teamer. He finished with 25 goals and six assists.

Senior midfielder Dan Gorman rounded out Oregon’s selections as an honorable mention. He had seven goals and four assists and was 8-for-19 on faceoffs.

Oregon finished 3-12 and made the sectional semifinal.


Senior Legion: Panthers split with Sun Prairie

The Oregon High School Senior Legion team moved to 3-5 overall after splitting a doubleheader with Sun Prairie on June 28.

The Panthers won the first game 11-10 but fell 6-0 in the second game.

In game one, Oregon trailed by three in the bottom of the seventh before a game-winning single by Mason Sergent gave the Panthers the win.

Sergent also pitched three innings and allowed three runs to pick up the victory on the mound and added a sacrifice fly RBI.

Jared Jones (3-for-4), Logan Hurda (2-for-3), Luke Mueller (1-for-3) and Zach Klementz (1-for-3, double) were the leading hitters in game one.

Adam Heath took the loss in the second game, and Hurda picked up the lone hit.


HTL: Weekend could ‘make-or-break’ Orioles’ season

An 11-1 loss at Dodgeville (8-3) in seven innings last Sunday was not what the Oregon Home Talent team was hoping for in the thick of the Western Section playoff race.

However, Hollandale lost to Mount Horeb/Pine Bluff, which keeps the Orioles (5-6) in sixth place, clinging on to the final playoff spot.

And that means that the next weekend of home games – vs. Hollandale (5-6) at 1 p.m. Friday and vs. Mount Horeb/Pine Bluff (6-5) at 1 p.m. Sunday – could “make-or-break” Oregon’s season, player/manager Eric Engler said.

“We lost three weeks ago to Argyle 10-0 and put it behind us and bounced back with three wins,” Engler said. “We are pretty resilient … I don’t think the Dodgeville game is going to affect us moving forward.”


Girls soccer: Jahn earns Best of the Rest honors on All-State list

Kelsey Jahn named Best of the Rest on the All-State list this season. [File photo by Anthony Iozzo]

Kelsey Jahn’s year, which included first-team all-conference honors and a trip to her second straight sectional final, got even better as she was named on the Wisconsin Soccer Coaches Association Best of the Rest All-State list.

Jahn, a midfielder, helped lead the Panthers as a captain after the team lost 12 seniors from 2013, and Oregon was able to not only share the Badger South Conference –its third straight title – but also get back to within a game from the state tournament.

Jahn finished with 10 goals and eight assists this season.


Girls lacrosse: Torpy is named All-American

Junior McKenzie Torpy (left) was named an honorable mention All-American this season. [Photo submitted]

Junior McKenzie Torpy added to her honors this season by being named an honorable mention All-American.

Torpy, who was also named first-team all-conference for the Madison Area Lacrosse Association and first-team All-State, was one of four Wisconsin players to make the list.

Torpy finished the season with 46 goals and 15 assists and had a .568 shooting percentage.

She was also 6-for-18 on draws.

Senior Hannah Kane, who was also named to the second-team all-conference for MALA, was named a 2014 U.S. Lacrosse Academic All-American. Junior Emily Schwartzstein and Torpy joined her on the list.

Kane finished the season with 24 goals and two asssits and was 6-for-14 on draws. Schwartzstein led the Panthers with 11 groundballs.