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Lady Bucs Headed To The Final Four

OSWEGO, NY – Devyn Hutcheson scored a hat trick to lead the Lady Bucs to the Final Four while the boys’ hockey team and bowlers were successful.

Devyn Hutcheson

Devyn Hutcheson

Once again the bowlers were solid on the lanes.

In other sports action, Dan Ellingwood was runner up in league wrestling while Austin DeMott was solid off the diving board.

While in basketball action the Bucs drew a tough opponent in Utica Proctor.

Hockey Teams on Roll

The Oswego girls’ hockey team earned a berth in the Final Four with a 4-1 victory over Lake Placid on Sunday in the North Country.

Oswego, fifth seed, will head back north to Massena on Friday evening to face off against top seeded Chazy in a 6:15 p.m. and a win would send the Bucs to a repeat appearance in the state title game which is scheduled for Massena on Saturday.

The final round of games are set for Saturday at the Massena Arena with the consolation at 12:30 p.m. followed by the championship at 2:30 p.m.

Senior Hutcheson had an outstanding game with a hat trick.

Her first goal was assisted by Karissa Favata and Caitlin Friel while the other two were outstanding individual efforts.

Friel scored the other goal for the Bucs.

Madisyn Whalen was in net for the Bucs with 30 saves to her credit.

Austin Tracz

Austin Tracz

Meanwhile the boys’ varsity hockey team is fighting for second place in the league standings.

With just three games remaining the Bucs are currently in third place just two points behind Clinton (but Oswego has played one less game).

The first two teams in the league standings receive a first round bye while the third and fourth place teams will host first round games.

The Bucs are in position to host a Section III game.

Oswego has games remaining at Auburn, Fulton (in Oswego Friday) and at Skaneateles.

On Saturday night the Bucs hosted New Hartford and in one of the most explosive offensive games of the year the Bucs scored a 9-4 victory.

Austin Tracz had a night to remember with a hat trick and an assist while Fred Donabella continued to roll up the points with two goals and three assists for a five-point night.

Josh Sova contributed four points with two goals and two assists. Also scoring for the Bucs was Chris Pike with a pair of goals. Cody Mariano added two assists while Dan Maniccia also had two assist.

Nick Mathes and Eric Dunsmoor each had an assist.

The game was close early with Bucs leading 3-0 after one as action was continually moving end to end.

In the second the Bucs were up 7-3.

In net Tyler Kraft of New Hartford stopped 44 shots while Oswego’s Chase Izyk finished with 32 saves.

Ellingwood Runner Up in Section III AA

The Oswego High School varsity wrestling team was in action this past weekend at the Class AA Section III Tournament at Cicero-North Syracuse.

Host CNS won the event over Baldwinsville, Central Square, Rome Free and Liverpool while Oswego finished ninth with 34 points.

Dan Ellingwood, at 171, started the day with a 9-3 decision over Ryan VanPatten of Jamesville-DeWitt and then scored a 2-1 win over Matt Nichols before entering the final against Dan Secor of Rome Free.

Ellingwood lost a major decision 12-1 to finish in second place.

Mike Ruggio, at 160, was on the mat for four matches. He started with a pin of Paul D’Antonio of Jamesville-DeWitt in 3:45, but then lost to the eventual champion Mende Cukaleviski of Liverpool in 3:31. Ruggio came back with a pin of Evan Stefano of West Genesee in 3:10 and finished third with a thrilling 14-13 win over Andrew Osborne of CNS.

Bowlers Paced by Clemons & Hoefer

Christie Hoefer

Christie Hoefer

Matt Clemons finished with a 638 series and Christie Hoefer a 634 as they paced the boys’ and girls’ bowling teams in the latest match with Cicero-North Syracuse.

In boys’ action Oswego started with a 1,075-910 win and won the second 905-886. However, CNS came back to win the finale 931-915.

The girls’ lost the first game 741-698, but won the second 770-758; the final game was tied at 761.

Behind Clemons Dan Cliff was the only other Buc rolling all three games and he had a 561.

Two game totals included Joey Clavelli 394, Kevin Goodale 391 and Dan Cliff 289.

Single games were rolled by Cameron Byrne 216, Zack DelBrocco 204 and Gavin Gilbert 202.

In girls’ action following Hoefer were Ashlee Lytle 477, Paige Blum 450, Allison Martin 266 (two games), Brittney Noyes 221 (two games) and Courtney Bartlett 181 (two games).

State Ranked UP Defeats Bucs

Utica Proctor rolled into Oswego on Friday night seeking its 12th straight win and walked out of Powers Gym with a 57-38 victory.

Proctor came to Oswego ranked 15th in the state with an 11-1 record and was led by Walkery Mills 14 points.

Matt Clemons

Matt Clemons

The Bucs kept it close early and trailed 20-15 after eighth minutes, but Proctor doubled up the home team in the second quarter outscoring the opposition 14-7 for a 37-22 halftime lead and never looked back.

Scoring for Oswego were Jake Metcalf with 12 and Ryan Patrick with 11. Michael Thompson netted seven, Josh Gillard six, and Justin Peterson two.

Oswego fell to 4-9 on the year in the non-league match.

Girls’ Basketball Upended

Oswego had the long road trip to Utica Proctor on Friday night to face a very stern test.

State ranked Proctor was led by University of Pittsburgh bound Brianna Kiesel with 16 points en route to a 50-19 win over the Bucs to move to 13-2 on the season.

The home team raced out to a commanding 14-2 lead after eight minutes and by halftime it was 28-9.

Courtney Louis scored six for Oswego while Marisa Dashner and Taylor Giglio had four each.

Emily Barlow and Kelsey Ross each had two points for the 6-9 Bucs.

Diver In CNYCL Championship

Austin DeMott of Oswego competed in the boys’ diving action in the CNYCL Championship Meet at Nottingham.

DeMott scored 256.957 to finish eighth in the highly competitive event.

Jayvee Girls Fall

The Oswego Buc jayvee girls’ basketball team struggled with shooting against Utica Proctor and lost a 55-28 decision.

Coach Jessica Tremblay said, “We missed easy layup and second chance shots and it really came back to hurt us.”

Proctor came out fast scoring 19 and giving up just nine in the first quarter.  The Bucs made a small run cutting the deficit to eight points in the second quarter, but it just was not enough.

After the half Oswego could not make a comeback and Proctor took the win.

Leading scorers from Proctor were: Ballard with 20 and Pett with 11.

Scoring leaders for the Bucs were Marguerite Dillon with eight and Katie Knopp with seven.

Bucs Tame Wildcats On The Hardwood

OSWEGO, NY – A stunning upset by the boys’ basketball team and a bowling sweep highlighted the Oswego sports schedule on Tuesday while the girls’ basketball team gave it a battle before falling.

Buc Five Scores Big Win

Oswego and West Genesee boys’ basketball teams were quite a distance apart in league standings. But, it didn’t matter to the Bucs on Tuesday night as they traveled to the Wildcat den.

The Bucs entered the game 3-8 overall while West Genny was coming off its first loss of the season and sported an 11-1 record.

However, this game turned out to provide one of the upsets of the year in Central New York scholastics basketball ranks as the Bucs surprised the home team with a 54-51 victory.

Oswego has been working diligently to get better in each and every outing. The team play has been a model for the Bucs and despite eight losses there have been many games that could have been turned around with some successful free throws or cashing in layups.

Coach Brian Haessig, in his first year as varsity coach, was very proud of the effort his team displayed in the hostile environment at West Genesee.

The Bucs started out very strong behind the fine play of senior captain Jake Metcalf who scored the first seven points for Oswego, as the Bucs led 17 – 9 after one quarter.

The Wildcats played a strong second quarter and cut the Oswego lead to two points at the half.

After an even third quarter, Oswego still held on to a one-point lead after three.

The teams traded runs and leads throughout the decisive fourth quarter, with the Bucs proving they were up to the challenge and coming back for the big win.

Strong free throw shooting down the stretch, (7 for 10 as a team in the fourth) proved to be the difference.

Throughout the game, Oswego’s strong team defense and tremendous hustle kept the Wildcats off balance, resulting in several West Genesee turnovers that the Bucs were able to convert into points. The strong inside play of Metcalf, Mike Thompson, Connor Riley and Josh McRae helped Oswego more than hold their own in the rebounding department.

Metcalf led the scoring with 21, followed by Josh Gillard with 12, Thompson 9, and Ryan Patrick and Riley with 6 each.

“This is a great win for the Oswego basketball program, as these young men have worked extremely hard all season.  It’s nice to see the positive results of their commitment and effort,” the coach said.

Oswego Bowlers Sweep

A pair of 700 series was achieved by Oswego High School bowlers in the 3-0 win over Central Square.

Matt Clemons had a series of 734 and Cameron Byrne a 716.

Oswego won the first game 1,041-921, the second 1,199-1,015 and the third 1,104-1,061.

Completing the scoring for the Bucs were Dan Cliff 667, Gavin Gilbert 617 and Zack DelBrocco 610.

In girls’ action the team had its best outing of the year with a three game sweep over the Redhawks.

Oswego won 787-739, 729-627 and 720-709.

Paige Blum bowled a 560, Ashlee Lytle 515, Christie Hoefer 429 and Allison Martin 362 while Brittney Noyes had two games for a 273 total and Courtney Bartlett had one game of 97 to complete the scoring for the Lady Bucs.

Lady Buc Five Falls

Oswego hosted West Genesee with the Wildcats breaking open the game after halftime for a 35-29 victory.

At the intermission the Bucs held a 12-7 lead, but the visitors scored 15 in the third and 13 in the final eighth minutes while the Bucs mustered just 17 second half points.

The lone double figure scorer for Oswego was Taylor Giglio with 14 while Becca Martin added eight. Emily Barlow had three points while Courtney Louis and Erica Atkins each had two points.

OHS Athletes Chalk Up More Victories

OSWEGO, NY – Exciting sports action has kept Oswego High School athletes in the spotlight this week with swimmers, hockey and bowling all victorious with the wrestlers also in action.

Swimmers Win Again

The Oswego High School boys’ varsity swimming team dominated Cicero-North Syracuse with a 102-75 victory on Wednesday night.

Reeve Callen

Reeve Callen

Already several Bucs have qualified for state and sectional post season competition and more names were added in this meet as divers Alex Carl and Austin DeMott earned sports in the Section III meet.

Oswego in winning its fourth meet of the year with only one loss and a tie captured a dozen victories.

The 200 yard medley relay team of Reeve Callen, Zach Gerber, Luke Familo and Drake Becksted won in 1:46.05.

Becksted, who already has state qualifying times, won the 200 free in 1:53.30 and the 100 breast (1:02.15).

The 100 time was solid enough to earn him his third state qualifying event of the year.

Callen won the 50 in 23.63 and the 100 back in 58.90.

Sean Stegemoller won the 200 IM in 2:13.84 while also winning the 100 free in 52.20. Gerber won the 100 fly in 59.30 and Josh Saternow the grueling 500 in 5:53.40.

Runner up finishes for the Bucs included Geoff Taylor in the 200 medley, Familo in the 50 free and 100 free, Carl in diving as well as Jim Dillon in the 500 and the 200 medley relay team of Jeremy Galvin, Taylor, Kyle Kunzwiler and Alex Kemper.

Bowling Sweeps Genny

Oswego boys’ won all three games against West Genesee in recent bowling action.

The Bucs won the first game 1,111-999, the second 1,021-843 and the third 1,043-796.

Gavin Gilbert

Gavin Gilbert

Gavin Gilbert had a 702 series and was followed by Dan Cliff 627, Matt Clemons 618, and Cameron Byrne 590.

Zack DelBrocco had a two game scored of 384 while Joey Clavelli had one game, but it was a sensational 254.

In girls’ action the lady Bucs lost 777-772, won 728-726 and lost 625-615.

Ashlee Lytle had a 549 series while Christie Hoefer was 478, Paige Blum 417, Courtney Bartlett 377 while Brittney Noyes had a 205 score for two games and Allison Martin an 89 for her lone game.

Big Win for Buc Hockey

The Oswego High School boys’ hockey team has put together a very solid season and on Thursday night at Crisafulli Rink the Bucs broke open a tie game for a 6-3 victory over state ranked Clinton.

After two periods the scored was knotted at 2-2, but Oswego came out of the locker room with a vengeance and scored three quick goals during a four-goal third period.

In the first period Fred Donabella scored the first goal of the game with a tough angle shot from along the boards which got past Clinton goalie Corey Harris.

Moments later Josh Sova had a highlight reel goal as he weaved and deked his way through Clinton players to put the Bucs up 2-0.

However in the second penalty fever hit the Bucs and Clinton took advantage as Will Blazer scored in the first minute of the middle session.

Fred Donabella and Josh Sova line up for a faceoff.

Fred Donabella and Josh Sova line up for a faceoff.

With less than two minutes remaining in the period Luke Lauchert backhanded a rebound home for a 2-2 score.

The third period was going to be critical for the post season hopes of both teams as they are battling for home ice.

After a melee at the end of the second period the penalty boxes were packed and Clinton had a 4 on 3 on ice advantage.

The Bucs penalty killing unit did its job and then ended up with a man advantage.

John Phillips threaded the needle from the left point and put the puck over the glove of the goalie for a 3-2 Buc lead.

Just a few minutes later Sova made a perfect pass to Donabella as he rifled home a shot from the slot for a 4-2 advantage.

Donabella completed the hat trick as he easily beat the goalie with just over eight minutes left.

Each team managed one late goal as Blazer scored to close the gap only to have Sova, receiving a perfect pass from Donabella, complete the scoring.

Chase Izyk was in the net for the Bucs as he stopped 27 shots.

At the other end, Harris had just 20 saves.

Assists were picked up by Sova (3), Jon Kaplewicz, Phillips, Donabella, Cody Mariano and Chris Pike.

The Bucs moved to 8-4 in league play and 11-5 overall while Clinton moved to 7-3 and 10-3 overall.

Wrestlers in Action

Oswego met Liverpool on the mat with the Warriors scoring a 69-9 win over the Bucs.

Once again Oswego was forced into forfeits at 103, 112, 140, 145 and 285.

In action, at 189 Dan Ellingwood decisioned Brendan Capria 2-1 while at 215 Jacob Rodriguez defeated Sean Munson of Liverpool.

At 152 a solid match was completed with Eric Susino-Acton of Oswego losing a 4-2 verdict to Dakota Inman.

The other matches saw pins as at 119 Jordan Attwood was pinned in 1:10 by Nate Hathaway.

At 125 Matt DiFabio was pinned in 57 seconds by Lucas Casetllanos.

Jordan Pluff, at 135, lost in 2:40 to Tyler Eason while at 160 Adam Doviak was pinned in 1:41 by Mende Cukalevski.

The final pin came at the 171 pound division as Mike Ruggio lost to Joe Pizzuto in 3:45.

Jayvee Mat Action

Liverpool won the lone jayvee match as Colt Simmons of Oswego lost in 2:24 to Bryan Merrill at 160.

OHS Sports Team Have Tough Time

OSWEGO, NY – The bowling team, boys’ hockey and girls’ basketball teams were all in action on Tuesday.

Bowlers Lose Tough One

Cameron Byrne was the leading bowler for the Bucs against Auburn.

Cameron Byrne was the leading bowler for the Bucs against Auburn.

In bowling action the Oswego High School boys’ lost 2-1 to Auburn while the girls lost three straight to the Auburn Maroons.

The boys’ started out losing 1,115-948 before rallying for a 1,024-916 verdict only to lost the last game by 50 pins (1,071-1,021).

Cameron Byrne had a 650 series and was followed by Gavin Gilbert (637), Matt Clemons (629) and Zack Delbrocco (624).  Kevin Goodale had a two game total of 322 and Jimmy Rose a one game score of 131.

In girls’ action the Lady Bucs lost 862-675, 876-687 and 843-691.

Rolling for Oswego were Ashlee Lytle, Paige Blum, Christie Hoefer, Courtney Bartlett, Allison Martin and Brittney Noyse.

The boys are now 8-4 in league action and 14-13 overall. The girls are 2-7 in league play and 4-23 overall.

Hockey Team Battles

Oswego squared off against the number one team in New York State in a Division II match up at the Morrisville Iceplex on Tuesday night.

The Bucs saw their winning streak come to an end after a tough battle.

Oswego lost eventually 7-3, but it was a one goal game with less than half the period remaining.

Cazenovia came out strong with a 3-0 lead after the first period.

Fred Donabella had two goals in the loss to Cazenovia on Tuesday night

Fred Donabella had two goals in the loss to Cazenovia on Tuesday night

However, Coach Andy Rozak said, “We came out and played a very good second period and scored three unanswered goals to tie it up at 3-3.

Rozak noted, “Cazenovia scored their goals in bunches in the third as they scored the first two in a span of 26 seconds with about six minutes left, the second being a shorthanded goal and the final two goals of the game came 25 seconds apart with about three minutes left. The shorthanded goal that made it 5-3 really hurt us.”

Oswego’s goals were scored by Fred Donabella with two and Chris Pike (also an assist). Austin Tracz had an assist.

In the net Chase Izyk stopped 35 Caz shots.

Lady Buc Varsity Five Wins

The Lady Bucs moved to 5-6 on the season with a convincing 45-29 non-league win over visiting Watertown on Tuesday night.

Becca Martin at the line for the Lady Bucs in recent action

Becca Martin at the line for the Lady Bucs in recent action

Oswego carried the play most of the game and jumped out to a 16-9 lead in the first quarter and a 26-15 advantage at halftime.

Lexi Gillard had an 18 point night while Courtney Louis had 13, Becca Martin six, Erica Atkins four, Taylor Giglio and Emily Barlow two each for the victorious Bucs.

Jayvees Dominate

The Oswego Lady Bucs jayvee basketball team dominated Watertown.

After building up a 33-5 halftime lead the Bucs eventually won 64-17.

Oswego came out quickly with a tenacious defense sparked by the leadership of Maddy Muckey, Courtney Kelly and Kerrigan Cummins.

It was a true team effort as every player played a role in the victory.

The scoring came off the bench as Nicole McCarthy had 17, Rachael Purtell scored a dozen.

OCO Is ‘On A Roll!’

FULTON, NY – In 2011 Oswego County Opportunities will celebrate its 45th anniversary.

As part of that celebration OCO has begun promoting its 2011 fund-raising campaign, “OCO On A Roll.”

The honorary head pin for OCO’s Annual Bowl-a-Fun, “The Pink Guardian Angel,” visited OCO’S Senior Dining & Activity site in the Fulton Municipal Building. From left are:  volunteer Meals On Wheels driver Kim Todd; Chris Sturgis, consumer; and Chris Parks, volunteer coordinator for OCO’s Senior Nutrition Services.

The honorary head pin for OCO’s Annual Bowl-a-Fun, “The Pink Guardian Angel,” visited OCO’S Senior Dining & Activity site in the Fulton Municipal Building. From left are: volunteer Meals On Wheels driver Kim Todd; Chris Sturgis, consumer; and Chris Parks, volunteer coordinator for OCO’s Senior Nutrition Services.

Several activities have been planned for the year, including the popular Bowl-A-Fun and Golden Opportunities raffle – both taking place on April 2.

The first stage of the campaign, “Change for Change,” ended in January when several creatively decorated bowling pin banks returned to OCO from holiday visits to businesses all over Oswego County.

One of those bowling pins was chosen by popular vote to serve as OCO’s “Head Pin” mascot for 2011: The Pink Guardian Angel Pin submitted by the Cancer Services Program Partnership.

Designed by program coordinator Carolyn Handville and her daughter, Cheyanne, it was a creative salute to a past OCO employee Nancy St. Onge who lost her own battle with breast cancer in October of last year.

After her diagnosis, Nancy became a strong advocate for the CSPP and the need for cancer screenings.

The “Head Pin” will be making weekly visits to OCO sites now through the end of March to spotlight the diversity of programs and services available throughout the county.

The first stop took place at the Fulton Senior Dining and Activity Center.

Located in the Fulton Municipal Building on South First Street, OCO’s Senior Dining and Activity Center offers social activities and a hot, nutritious lunch for adults age 60 and above in the greater Fulton area Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

“We are excited about our ‘OCO On A Roll’ campaign and having our ‘Head Pin’ make weekly visits to our many sites to help raise awareness of our annual Bowl-A-Fun, OCO On A Roll, Striking Back Against Poverty, which will be held April 2 at Lakeview Lanes in Fulton,” said OCO executive director Diane Cooper-Currier.

“Our ‘OCO On A Roll’ campaign is aptly named as OCO is on a roll helping people, supporting communities and changing lives in Oswego County. OCO provides a wide array of services ranging from prenatal care, to counseling for teens to delivering meals to home-bound seniors. We serve more than 28,000 consumers each year, and our more than 660 employees and 1,200 volunteers are devoted to helping lift people out of poverty. We truly appreciate the support we receive from community members and are happy to ensure them that their donations to OCO stay right here to help people in our community,” added Cooper-Currier.

OHS Sports Teams Stay Active

OSWEGO, NY – The bowling team rolled to victory while the varsity basketball teams battled Liverpool and the jayvee girls’ basketball squad chalked up its fifth win of the year. Meanwhile, the girls’ hockey team lost.

Bowlers Gain Victory

The Oswego boys’ bowling team swept Fayetteville-Manlius as the Bucs won the first game 1,000-998. In the second game the Bucs hit for 1,105 and FM 946 while in the third it was a 1,101-937 verdict.

For the girls’ team the Bucs won the middle game 675-656 while losing a tight 697-691 game and the final falling 737-713.

Gavin Gilbert had a 691, Matt Clemons 672, Jimmy Rose 667, Cameron Byrne 655 and Zack DelBrocco 521.

For the Lady Bucs Christie Hoefer finished with a 561 followed by Paige Blum (474), Ashlee Lytle (456) and Alison Martin (288).

Bucs Lose to Warriors

The Oswego-Liverpool boys’ varsity basketball game was a thriller until the visiting Warriors exploded for a 14 point final quarter for an eventually 59-47 win.

Oswego played well throughout the majority of the game, but the scoring drought in the final quarter saw just five points go up on the board.

The teams fought to a 12-12 tie in the first quarter, but in the second Liverpool gained some breathing room with a 17-8 advantage and a halftime score of 29-20.

Oswego came right back with a 22 point offensive push in the third quarter as the period ended with Liverpool leading 45-42.

Josh Gillard had a dozen points as did Jake Metcalf, Dustin Sands eight, Ryan Patrick five, and Michael Thompson four while Corey Galletta, Kevin Carpentier and Josh McRae scored two each.

Lady Buc Five Battles

Taylor Giglio drives to hoop

Taylor Giglio drives to hoop

Oswego varsity girls’ basketball players fell behind 17-6 in the first quarter against Liverpool and never recovered in losing a 58-41 verdict.

The Bucs played relatively even with the opposition through the second and third quarter as the team was outscored by a narrow 22-19 margin.

In the final stats Taylor Giglio had 10 points while Becca Martin scored seven, Courtney Louis six, Kelsey Ross five, Erica Atkins and Alexis Gillard four each, Samantha McCarrick three points and Emily Barlow two points.

Lady Buc Icers Fall

Ithaca scored a 4-1 win over the Lady Buc hockey team on Tuesday night at Crisafulli Rink.

Oswego managed just a dozen shots on goal and only Kaitlyn Friel was able to put the puck in the net while Devyn Hutcheson and Sage Dudley assisted.

Madison Whalen had 20 saves for the Bucs.

Jayvee Cage Win

The Oswego jayvee girls’ basketball team won its fifth game of the year with a 37-34 win over Liverpool on Tuesday night.

The game was evenly matched in the first quarter with the scored deadlocked at 10-10.  Reilly Patrick scored nine points in the second quarter to put Oswego ahead 24-15 going into the intermission.

With sloppy passes and turnovers Liverpool was able to mount a comeback. Liverpool tied the score, but the Bucs made some late free throws to eventually lead to the three-point win.

Patrick finished with 10 points and Lavery eight.

No ‘Holiday’ For OHS Athletes

OSWEGO, NY – It wasn’t exactly a holiday for Oswego High School athletes as the indoor track teams, girls’ basketball, boys’ ice hockey and bowlers were all in action recently.

Ford Powers Track Team

Holiday indoor track action was conducted at SUNY Cortland as the Bucs competed in the George Constantino Memorial Meet.

Junior Whitney Ford turned in a season best of 15′ in the long jump, to place fifth for the Oswego. Ford, one of the top sprinters and jumpers in the section, also lead off the Lady Bucs’s 4 x 200 meter relay of Jaime Bouffard, Deondra Smith, and Kaylin Ward, whose season best effort of 2:07.8 outdistanced all relay teams in their section.

Ford turned in a fast split of 28.4 in the race.

David Johnson, Cory Keefe, Sean Benjamin and Matt Bivens combined for a fine time of 5:52.1 in the sprint medley, to place third in their heat and ran a strong time of 1:53.8 in the 4 x 200 meter relay, to finish fourth in their race.

Ariel Bouffard, Kaylie Allen, McKenzie Demong and Leah Weis each earned bests in the sprint medley relay (6:58.0), to finish fourth in their heat.

Demong also turned in a personal best of 12.08 in the 55 meter hurdles, to place first in her heat.

Senior Ashley Deveney finished first in her flight of the shot put, with a fine toss of 24′ 3″.

Other bests for Oswego included Ariel Bouffard in the 55 meter hurdles, Jamie Bouffard in the high jump and Morgan Allen in the shot put.

Oswego will return to action next Saturday, traveling to Colgate University in Hamilton, for the CNYCL Track and Field Championships, scheduled to start at 11 a.m.

Byrne Leads Bowlers

Cameron Byrne

Cameron Byrne

The Festival of Lights Tournament in Western New York annually attracts a large and highly competitive field of bowlers.

Oswego sent its bowling teams to this year’s event where the boys’ finished eighth out of 33 teams and the girls were 25th.

Cameron Byrne led the Bucs with a six game total of 1,317 for a 219.5 average. Byrne bowled games of 246-221-224-233-223-170.

Following Byrne were Matt Clemons with a 1,301 for a 216.8 average as he put together games of 172-237-238-226-208-200.

The only other Buc bowling in all six games was Zach DelBrocco who had a 1,202 for a 200.3 average and games of 196-212-197-194-182-221.

The other Buc bowlers rolled three games each as Daniel Cliff had a 198 average with games of 183-163-249. Jimmy Rose averaged 185 with games of 198-164-193. Gavin Gilbert had a 549 with games of 163-197-189. Joe Clavelli finished up with a 158 average and games of 185-156-134.

Buc Hockey Returns to Winning Ways

Oswego hosted Liverpool in a boys’ ice hockey game at Crisafulli Rink on Wednesday and had an offensive explosion in the 7-2 victory.

Cody Mariano

Cody Mariano

The teams were knotted up at 1-1 after 15 minutes of play as Cody Mariano scored almost immediately after the initial drop of the puck only to have Liverpool counter just seconds later.

Oswego managed to post two more goals in the second period Austin Tracz had a power play goal and later in the period Fred Donabella tallied another man-up goal for a 3-1 lead.

It was a four-goal third period for the Bucs as Chris Pike, Josh Sova, Mariano and Tracz all put the puck behind Liverpool goalie Joe Ciciarelli.

Assists for the game were chalked up by Fred Donabella (4), John Phillips (2) along with Tracz and Sova with one each.

Between the pipes Chase Izyk had 22 saves for the 4-4 Bucs while Ciciarelli had 39 for the Warriors.

Lady Bucs Lose Tournament Game

The final game of the Linda Shoults-LaLa Ponzi Memorial Girls’ Basketball Tournament resulted in a 61-48 Westhill victory over the host Buccaneers.

The game was competitive in the early going with Oswego leading 10-8 after one quarter.  However, Westhill forced turnovers, grabbed rebounds and got a little sharper from the field to lead 27-20 at intermission.

Oswego fought back and at one time closed the game to 33-29 in the third quarter and with eight minutes to go in the game the home team trailed 40-32.

Sam McCarrick

Sam McCarrick

The Bucs attempted to trim the deficit, but in the end the guard oriented Westhill offense was too much to over come as the visitors outscored the Bucs 21-16 in the final quarter.

For the Bucs Becca Martin had 12 points while Courtney Louis and Lexi Gillard had 10 points. Taylor Giglio scored nine while Samantha McCarrick tallied five and Kelsey Ross had two points.

For Westhill Ashley Cianfriglia had a 20 point night while freshmen Sam Peebles and Anna Ross had 15 each.

Jayvee Girls’ Win Over Mexico

The Oswego jayvee girls’ came out fast and held a 23-12 halftime edge over Mexico.

The Buccaneers pressured the ball with tremendous defense. With a team effort and everyone playing Oswego took the win.

Nine out of the ten players scored for the Bucs as Oswego won 43-31.

Leading scores for the Bucs Julia Lavery with 14 points, Kerrigan Cummins with eight and Kelly Chetney contributed six.

Metcalf Paces OHS Hoops Squad

OSWEGO, NY – Jake Metcalf paced the varsity Buc basketball team to its first win of the year while the bowling and wresting teams were in action on Tuesday night.

First Basketball Win of Year

Jake Metcalf was the leading scorer in last night’s win over Central Square.

Jake Metcalf was the leading scorer in last night’s win over Central Square.

The Oswego varsity boy’s basketball team defeated home standing Central Square, 52 – 43 on Tuesday (Dec. 14).

The visiting Bucs started slowly, trailing by five after one quarter, 14 – 9.

Behind the strong inside play of Tim Edgar and Metcalf the Bucs were able to outscore the Red Hawks 13 – 11 in the second quarter and trailed at half by three.

The teams played evenly in the third quarter, ending with Central Square leading 36 – 32.

The game was decided in a pivotal fourth quarter, which Oswego dominated.

The Bucs made 11 of 12 free throws and outscored the Red Hawks 20-7 in the fourth.  Very strong team defense and rebounding limiting Central Square to one shot per possession were keys to the victory.

Leading the scoring was senior captain Metcalf with 21 points (10 of 12 from FT line); Josh Gillard added 9, Tim Edgar 8, Dustin Sands 6, Mike Thompson 4, and Ryan Patrick and Corey Galletta 2 each.

Connor Riley and Josh McRae added strong defense and rebounding to the effort.

With the win, the Bucs evened their record at 1 – 1, and host visiting Baldwinsville on Friday (Dec. 17), in Powers Gym.

Wrestlers Fall to Central Square

Oswego varsity wrestlers host Paul V. Moore High School from Central Square and lost a 71-8 verdict.

Mike Ruggio of the Bucs pinned Randy Martin in 5:50 while Dan Ellingwood gained a 7-3 decision over Garrett Claffey. Ruggio wrestled at 160 and Ellingwood 171.

In other action, at 119 Jordan Attwood lost via a pin in 4:17 to Jerrett Norton while at 125 Matt DiFabio was pinned in 44 seconds by Brandon Engebretsen. At 135 Jordan Pulff was pinned in 4:09  by Nicholas LaFlair while Joey Ruggio lost at 140 to Ronald Burghart by a 12-0 count. Eric Susino-Acton, at 152, was pinned in 2:33 by Spencer Norton. At 215 Jacob Rodriguez lost a tight 2-1 verdict to Tyler Winn.

Oswego forfeited at 102, 112, 130, 145 and 189.

Bowling Action

Both the Oswego boys’ and girls’ bowling team earned one win and two losses against Liverpool.

For the Bucs Cameron Byrne had a 690 series, Matt Clemons 676 and Zach Delbrocco 628 while Gavin Gilbert had a 593. Jimmy Rose had two games for a total of 340 while Dan Cliff had a 154 single game.

In girls’ action Christie Hoefer had a 413, Paige Blum 401, Ashlee Lytle 375, and Cortney Bartlett 240.

Jayvees Win Four Matches

The Oswego High School jayvee wrestling squad won all four matches against Central Square.

Colton Dryden decision Jake Fortune 6-0 at 152 while at 160 Adam Doviak had a 12-3 major decision over Avery Sigle. Colt Simmons, at 171, gained a 38 second pin of Shane Hirch and Tyler Henry, at 189, decisioned Brandon Burghart 16-13.

OCO Is On A Roll!

FULTON, NY – In 2011, Oswego County Opportunities will celebrate its 45 anniversary.

As part of that celebration OCO has begun a new fundraising campaign, OCO Is On A Roll.

The first stage of the campaign, “Change for Change” is under way.

Coordinator of Oswego County Opportunities’ Cancer Services Program Partnership, Carolyn Handville (right) presents Tonia Reed, owner / stylist of In Vogue, with the head pin for OCO’s Change for Change fundraiser. Designed by Handville and her daughter Cheyanne Huller (center), the pin, which is also a coin collector, will be on display at In Vogue for community members to donate their loose change throughout the holiday season.

Coordinator of Oswego County Opportunities’ Cancer Services Program Partnership, Carolyn Handville (right) presents Tonia Reed, owner / stylist of In Vogue, with the head pin for OCO’s Change for Change fundraiser. Designed by Handville and her daughter Cheyanne Huller (center), the pin, which is also a coin collector, will be on display at In Vogue for community members to donate their loose change throughout the holiday season.

In preparation for OCO’s annual bowl-a-thon, staff members decorated plastic bowling pins that uniquely represented their respective departments.

At a recent reception for last year’s sponsors, attendees voted for their favorite bowling pin.

The top vote-getter was the Pink Guardian Angel Pin submitted by the Cancer Services Program Partnership.

Designed by program coordinator Carolyn Handvile and her daughter, Cheyanne, the pin was a creative salute to a past OCO employee.

“When we were deciding how to design our bowling pin we immediately thought of breast cancer awareness, and we thought it would be a wonderful opportunity to honor the memory of Nancy St. Onge, a former OCO employee, who when diagnosed with breast cancer, became a strong advocate for the CSPP, and the need for cancer screenings. After meeting with her daughter-in-law and her granddaughter we came up with the Guardian Angel theme for our bowling pin. We also put the word ‘Hope’ on the pin. We are sure that Nancy would have been proud of it,” explained Handville.

All of the pins created, which are also coin banks, have been distributed to several of last year’s bowl-a-thon sponsors where community members are able to donate their loose change throughout the holiday season.

“We are excited about our OCO Is On A Roll campaign and are looking forward to a successful Change for Change campaign. Change for Change not only helps to raise funds for our programs, it will also raise awareness of our annual bowl-a-thon, OCO On A Roll, Strike Back Against Poverty, which will be held April 2, 2011, at Lakeview Lanes in Fulton,” said executive director of OCO, Diane Cooper-Currier.

“Our OCO Is On A Roll campaign is aptly named as OCO is on a roll helping people, supporting communities and changing lives in Oswego County! OCO provides a wide array of services ranging from prenatal care, to counseling for teens to delivering meals to home-bound seniors. We serve more than 24,000 consumers each year and our more than 650 employees and 1,200 volunteers are devoted to helping lift people out of poverty. We truly appreciate the support we receive from community members and are happy to ensure them that their donations to OCO stay right here to help people in our community, added Cooper Currier.

Family Bowling Tournament Set

OSWEGO, NY – Catholic Charities of Oswego County will hold a family bowling tournament at Lighthouse Lanes in Oswego on Nov. 13 from noon to 4 p.m.

From left are: Nancy Henderson, Ethan Simmons, Tommy Allen and Helen Hoefer.

From left are: Nancy Henderson, Ethan Simmons, Tommy Allen and Helen Hoefer.

Teams of two adults and two children 12 and under will enjoy Lighthouse Lanes’ popular Cosmic Bowling from noon to 2 p.m., while teams of two adults and two youth ages 13 and older will bowl from 2 to 4 p.m.

Proceeds from the event, including a chicken barbecue, from noon until sold out, will benefit Catholic Charities’ Let’s Give For A Kid program that provides toys for children in need in Oswego County.

Teams are asked to bring a new, unwrapped toy for the Let’s Give For A Kid program.

For more information or to register a team, call 598-3980.

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