Girls soccer: Oregon shuts out West in opener

The Oregon High School girls soccer team started the 2015 season Tuesday with a 3-0 win over Madison West.

Senior midfielder Kelsey Jahn and junior forwards Makenna Fanning and Jen Brien each scored a goal for the Panthers.

Senior defender Brenna Peterson, junior defender Jess Jacobs and Fanning all added assists.

Sophomore goalie Abby Breitbach finished with three saves.

Oregon hosts Burlington at 7 p.m. Thursday, and it travels to Middleton High School at 10 a.m. Saturday for a quad with the Cardinals, Kimberly and Appleton North.


Softball: Season starts with top competition

Junior Mackenzie Kressin slides safely into third base ahead of the tag from Monona Grove’s Meredith Holt. Oregon lost the Badger South Conference tilt 11-0 in five innings. [Photo by Jeremy Jones]

In the midst of developing a young program, the Oregon softball faced the Division 2 state runner-up and the Badger South Conference champions before earning the team’s first win of the season last week. 

New London 7, Oregon 0 (5 inn.)

The Panthers opened the season against New London, which won the Division 2 state title two years ago and finished runner-up last season.

Part of a four-team tournament held in McFarland, five innings Saturday was all the team would see.

A young team comprised of mainly underclassmen, Oregon found itself in a big hole early, allowing seven runs on four errors in the first inning.


Oregon Stoughton Rugby Club doubles in third year

The Oregon High School Rugby Club (also known as the Oregon Stoughton Rugby Club) begins its third year this season with the first game slated for April 15 at Oregon Middle School. The club has grown from 18 players to 32 and include athletes from Oregon, Stoughton and Verona. Rugby is a community sport, not a club, in Stoughton. [Photo by Paul Peckham]

When the Oregon Stoughton Rugby Club began, it had 18 players, with only two of those having any prior experience.

But after qualifying for state last season, the club – sanctioned as a club sport at Oregon High School and recognized as a community sport in Stoughton with no affiliation with the high school – now has 37 players in its third season, with 16 returning juniors and seniors.

Still, even with retention levels remaining high, still half of the club’s team is completely new to the sport. That is something head coach Rich Bergemann hopes to change with the addition of a rugby camp and flag rugby for seventh and eighth graders in July.


Boys lacrosse: Panthers shut out in opener

Oregon freshman Sawyer Lachance battles for possession in the second quarter Tuesday in the boys lacrosse season opener against Verona at Connor Field. The Panthers fell 19-0. [Photo by Anthony Iozzo]

The Oregon High School boys lacrosse team opened the season Tuesday at Connor Field in Verona against the defending champion Wildcats.

Despite holding Verona scoreless for nearly six minutes, the Wildcats proved to be too much for the Panthers to handle in a 19-0 Madison Area Lacrosse Association loss.

Verona senior captain attacker Trey Kazda led the way with three goals and six assists, while freshman attacker Graham Sticha had three goals.

Junior midfielder Dom Sabbarese and  sophomore midfielder Jake Keyes added three goals and an assist each, and freshman midfielder Ian Edwards picked up two goals.

Oregon allowed nine goals in the second quarter after falling behind 5-0 in the first.


Baseball: Panthers go cold in 10-run loss to West, bounce back against MG

Senior Luke Mueller zips a fastball in the first inning Thursday in a non-conference game against Madison West at Oregon High School. The Panthers fell 11-1 in five innings. [Photo by Anthony Iozzo]

breaker to Beloit Memorial the game before, the Oregon High School baseball team struggled to put the bat on the ball Thursday against Madison West.

The Panthers fell 11-1 in five innings with the only run coming from an RBI double by senior Mitch Weber in the bottom of the fourth, scoring senior Luke Mueller.

That hit was Weber’s second of the game, the only hits Oregon was able to get in the loss.

Head coach Jake Soule said despite the tough opening to the season, the Panthers remain positive in a season that is expected to have some growing pains with only two starters back from 2014.

“I knew we weren’t going to come out of the gates steaming,” Soule said. “I didn’t anticipate this, but we are young. And we are just going to improve. They are a committed group of kids, but they understand that we didn’t even start conference yet. 


Boys hockey: Ziomek turns slow start into first-team all-conference honors, joined by three others

Oregon junior forward Dylan Ziomek was named first-team Badger South all-conference. Ziomek posted 12 goals and 15 assists in 24 games. [Photo by Jeremy Jones]

Junior forward Dylan Ziomek was selected as a first-team forward earlier this month, joining unanimous selections Grant Reichenbacher and Jimmy Curliss from Madison Edgewood.

Ziomek got off to a slow start offensively, scoring once in the Panthers’ first 16 games. He finished with 12 goals on the season though, including all four goals in a 4-3 win against Waunakee late in the season and a team-best three game-winners. Ziomek added 15 assists in 24 games.

The Crusaders accounted for four of the six first team spots as junior Tommy Mohs was a unanimous selection and defenseman Justin Dragoo was also tagged.

Oregon added honorable mentions senior captain Lucas Hefty, senior forward Colin Hughes and sophomore goaltender Henry Roskos.


Girls basketball: Rosemeyer, Jahn make first team

Senior Riley Rosemeyer grabs a rebound on Dec. 2 in a Badger South Conference game against Madison Edgewood at Oregon High School. Rosemeyer was named to the first-team All-Badger South Conference along with senior teammate Kelsey Jahn (below). [File photos by Anthony Iozzo]

The Oregon High School girls basketball team earned two spots on the 2015 All-Badger South squad this season. 

Seniors Riley Rosemeyer and Kelsey Jahn both made the top squad. Rosemeyer finished with 282 points and 113 rebounds.  She also added 44 steals and 12 blocks. Jahn picked up 145 points and 54 rebounds. She also had 23 assists and 40 steals.

Juniors Cassidy Nikolai and Leah Koopman made the team as honorable mentions.

Nikolai finished with 121 points and 38 rebounds. Koopman had 171 points, 46 rebounds and 27 steals.

Oregon finished 15-8 overall (10-2 Badger South) and shared its first conference title in more than 30 years with Madison Edgewood.


Boys basketball: Soule makes first team

Junior Charlie Soule was named to the first-team all-Badger South. [Photo by Anthony Iozzo]

The Oregon High School boys basketball team earned four spots on the 2015 All-Badger South team, led by a first-team selection for junior Charlie Soule.

Soule finished with 298 overall points and averaged 13 points and eight rebounds per conference game.

Senior Markus Tobias added a second-team selection. Tobias averaged 10 points and five rebounds per conference game and finished with 246 overall points.

Senior Mitch Morhoff and junior Alex Duff rounded out the list with honorable mentions. Morhoff averaged 10 points and three rebounds per conference game and finished with 189 total points.

Duff averaged 10 points and three rebounds per conference game, finishing with 244 total points.


Girls hockey: Torpy caps career as Miss Hockey, slew of other awards

Oregon senior Kenzie Torpy was named Miss Hockey player of the year last week. Torpy, a unanimous first-team Badger Conference goaltender, was won her third Jessie Vetter award. [Photo by Jeremy Jones]

Oregon senior goaltender Kenzie Torpy has been the backbone of the Icebergs girls hockey co-op for the past four years. Over that span, Torpy became the first girl in Wisconsin prep hockey history two win back-to-back Jessie Vetter awards, honoring the state’s top goaltender.

Last Saturday, Torpy added a third title to go along with the even bigger Miss Hockey honors she received earlier in the week for being the state’s top player.


Football: Sromovsky realizes dream, signs with Ill. State

Senior Josh Sromovsky signed a National Letter of Intent to play at Illinois State University. [Photo by Jeremy Jones]

Josh Sromovsky brought a ton of versatility to the Oregon football program the past three years. Originally, a linebacker as a freshman, Sromovsky quickly found his niche as wide receiver/running back and occasional defensive back for the Panthers as a sophomore on varsity. 

Officially signing his National Letter of Intent on Feb. 4 to play collegiately at Illinois State University, Sromovksy is hoping that versatility will translate to the collegiate level this fall.

Illinois State, which lost the FCS national championship game against North Dakota State last season, is bringing Sromovsky in as an athlete.