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Oswego High Sports Results – Success On Many Fronts

OSWEGO, NY – The winter sports season has been quite exciting thus far with success in the pool, on the ice, the bowling lanes and on the courts and mats.

Swimmers Move to 3-0

The Buccaneer swimming and diving team was able to keep its three meet win streak going against Syracuse at Nottingham High School.  The boys were able to do this by turning in the top time in ten of the twelve events and win 97-79.

Seniors Drake Becksted and Reeve Callen, along with freshman Dylan Harrington, were double winners.  Becksted took first in the 200 I.M. with a time of 2:03.94, which is currently the top time in Section III. Callen placed first in the 50 free with a season best time of 23.07, placing him fourth in the section. He also won the 100 back with a best time of 57.58, the third fastest time in the section. Harrington put up the fastest time in both the 500 freestyle (5:56.85) and the 100 breaststroke (1:19.27). Senior Zach Gerber also had a good meet, winning the 100 fly in his best time (57.64) and placing second to Callen in the 50 free with a time of 23.67.

Josh Gillard finished with 22 points to equal his number against CNS as the Bucs won their sixth of the year.

Josh Gillard finished with 22 points to equal his number against CNS as the Bucs won their sixth of the year.

The depth of the Buccaneers allowed them to put up the top time in all three relays.  Junior Jeremy Galvin, sophomore Alex Kemper, and freshman Dylan Harrington and Ben McCrobie took the 200 medley relay in 2:03.25, out touching the competition by over nine seconds. Seniors Becksted, Callen, and Gerber, along with junior Jimmy Dylan, placed first in the 200 freestyle relay.  Their time of 1:33.13 is a team best this season, and the second fastest time recorded in the Section so far this season.  Completing their sweep of the relays were seniors Becksted, Callen, and Gerber, with junior Dillon, who put up the top time in the 400 freestyle relay (3:30.99).

Coach Josh Lerch said, “This is our first meet in nearly three weeks and it was good to see that the boys were able to maintain their fitness over the holiday break and come back with just as much intensity as we have all season. I’m very impressed with the team’s improvement across the board. My fastest swimmers are close to, if not faster than, their best times consistently and the others on the team continue to show even greater improvement.”

He also noted, “It’s pretty exciting to see boys like senior Alex Shannon, juniors Josh Costo, Jimmy Dillon, and Jeremy Galvin, sophomores Alex Kemper, Tyler Benjamin, and Brendon Reed, and freshman Zach Bush and Nick Lewis popping their best times nearly each subsequent meet.  We have many boys who have already qualified for Sectional’s and several that are very close after their continued improvement.”

The Buccaneers will try to continue their winning streak against a traditionally strong Auburn team next week on Wednesday at home.

Varsity Basketball Wins Again

The varsity basketball team never gave up in earning a hard fought 62-57 win over host Cicero-North Syracuse.

The Bucs trailed 27-20 after eight minutes, but outscored CNS 17-9 in the second quarter to go up 37-36 at halftime.  Oswego built up a nine point lead midway through the third quarter for a 53-44 advantage, but CNS didn’t go away.  The North Stars pulled to within four during the final quarter, but a strong defensive effort by Michael Thompson and clutch free throws by Ryan Lavner preserved the win.

Ryan Patrick (12 Points) Josh Gillard (22 Points) Michael Thompson (11 Points)

Josh Gillard finished with 22 points while Ryan Patrick had a dozen. Mike Thompson and Dylan Lavner had nine each while Kevin Carpentier and Ryan Lavner each scored five.

“The boys fought hard tonight and are starting to buy into the defensive mentality that it takes to beat an elite team,” said head coach Bob Misch.

Continuing he said, “We had our best practice of the year on Thursday and the boys carried that intensity over to the game.  “It will be nice to be home for three games this week, as we have been on the road for six out of our first seven games. We will find out just where we stand after this week, as far as contending with the elite teams, as there are no easy outs in this league.”

The Bucs will host Nottingham on Tuesday, FM on Thursday and Hilton on Saturday.

Hockey Team Sweeps Weekend

Tyler Grimshaw (20) had the winning goal against Auburn to provide win number eight on the year.

Tyler Grimshaw (20) had the winning goal against Auburn to provide win number eight on the year.

The Oswego High School boys’ hockey team moved into first place in Division II with a sweep of league foes.

Oswego dominated Whitesboro at Crisafulli Rink for a 7-0 victory.

Josh Cooley was forced to make just 14 saves while the Bucs were putting 33 shots on the Whitesboro net minder.

The Bucs won it early with four in the first period and with Coach Andy Rozak keeping everyone fresh and rotating the line up OHS won handily.

Cody Mariano had a four point night with three goals and an assist while  Trend Yule (1-1), Dan Maniccia (1-1),  along with Jeremy Purce (0-2), Tyler Grimshaw (0-2), John Phillips (1-0),  and Dave Mathes (1-0) all contributed.

The Auburn-Oswego match up was wide open with the Bucs winning 3-2 in overtime.

Phillips and Mathes scored in the first period for a 2-0 lead, but with five minutes to go in the game Auburn had scratched back to knot the count at 2-2.

Grimshaw scored a deflection 40 seconds into overtime on a shot by Yule to clinch the game and provide the eighth league win of the year against just one lose.

Coach Rozak said, “The boys played hard both games. They did a good job remaining calm after Auburn tied the game. They did a good job sticking to our game plan and almost won it in regulation.”

Chase Izyk was in net for the Bucs and finished with 22 saves. Meanwhile, Auburn goalie Jeff Gardner stopped 29 Oswego shots.

Bowlers Take Five Games

The Oswego boys’ bowling team won two of three in a hard fought, low scoring match against West Genesee while the girls’ captured three points against the Wildcats.

Oswego boys’ moved to 18-3 on the year with the girls improving to 12-9.

The Bucs lost the first game 998-916, but came back with wins of 874-856 and 874-868.

Joe Clavelli had a team high 591 (186-224-181) and was followed by Gavin Gilbert 551 (182-188-181), Matt Clemons 538 (178-189-171) and Zach Delbrocco 520 (178-161-181). Cameron Byrne bowled the first two games with a 192 and 153 while Jim Rose had a 160 in his lone game.

Non-scoring players included Rose with a 562 (198-204-160), Dan Cliff 533 (176-183-174), Kevin Goodale 469 (154-136-179), Ethan Simmons 416 (156-125-135) and David Woolworth 321 (110-101-110).

In girls’ bowling the Bucs won 691-555, 783-530 and 699-573.

Sierra Adams had a 480 (169-162-149) and was followed by Ashley Lytle 466 (154-179-133) along with Caitlin Clemons 421 (137-138-146), Christie Hoefer 414 (119-151-144) and Rachel Nye 392 (112-153-127).

Non-scoring bowlers included Abby Henderson 473 (130-154-189), Caroline Reynolds 369 (102-98-169), Meghan Flack 360 (105-129-126), Tori Gardner 330 (124-118-88) and Victoria Soper 288 (87-99-102).

Wrestlers Win On Mat, but Lose

Oswego wrestlers walked off the mat with six individual victories while losing none in competitive action. However, the Bucs lost to Auburn 42-30 behind seven forfeit losses which accounted for all 42 points.

At 99 Austin Coleman decisioned Jack Hogan 6-0 and at 126 Jordan Perchway pinned Pete Casper in 4:38. Oswego’s third win came at 132 as Matt DiFabio pinned Zach Proulx in 3:35.  Miguel Vazquez, at 152, won over Nicholas Campagnola 2-0 and Mike Ruggio, at 182, pinned Bob Reynolds in just 27 seconds.  Oswego’s 285 pounder Eric Doviak pinned Mike Carbonaro in 1:32.

Oswego gave up six points for forfeits at 106, 120, 138, 160, 170,195 and 220.

At the Ilion Tournament on Saturday the Bucs had some solid individual performances.

At 99 pounds Austin Coleman won three of four matches. He started with a 2:56 pin of Christina Peters from Berne-Knox and then pinned Cole Rifanburg of Norwich in 3:59 before losing to Dandre Norman of RFA 11-0. He came back to win over Conner Steria of Lowville 5-3.

Matt DiFabio, at 132, lost both of his matches. He was pinned in 22 seconds by Forest Boshart-Lowe of Whitesboro and then fell in 44 seconds to Travis Clarke of Copenhagen.

Miguel Vazquez, at 145, started out being pinned in the first match by Bryan Bennett of Ilion in 1:54, but came back to pin Alex Lisandrelli of Mohawk in 2:24 and then pinned Jacob Mahoney of RFA in 18 seconds. He lost to Derek Struck of Berne Knox in 2:21 and then won his final match of the day scored a 13-4 major decision over Jon Marvin of Norwich.

At 182 Mike Ruggio lost in the first match as he was pinned in 4:28 by Lymen Mecca of Lowville, but came back to pinned Zakk Zuranski of Mohawk in 1:33.

Eric Doviak, at 285 started off with a 1:54 pin of Alexander Martin, but then Martin came back to pin Doviak in 2:15.  He then lost to Jess Montasano of Berne Know in 27 seconds before closing out the day losing a 5-3 match up with Stephen Davis from Mohawk.

CNS Too Much Firepower for Bucs

Everyone talked about nationally regarded Breanna Stewart coming to Oswego, but it was quickly discovered that Cicero-North Syracuse is more than one player as the talent rich squad defeated the Lady Bucs on the court 65-21.

Lady Buc cagers scramble on defense against CNS

Lady Buc cagers scramble on defense against CNS

Stewart put on a clinic in the first quarter as CNS jumped to a 21-4 lead and by intermission it was 42-9.

For the Bucs Courtney Louis had seven, Emily Barlow five, Taylor Giglio four, McKenna Brooks and Erica Atkins two and Bella Winklestine one point.

Stewart finished with 22 points while Abby Timpano had a dozen and Brittany Paul 11.

Lady Buc Icers Fall

Girls Varsity Hockey Loses 4-0 to State Champ Little Red

On Jan. 5, the Bucs girls’ hockey team battled the defending state champ Little Red of Ithaca to a 4-0 loss at the Fort Ontario rink.  The loss dropped Oswego to 0-3 in their division and 1-7 overall.

Ithaca took a 1-0 lead at the 9:34 mark of the first period as Jackie Cornell scored on a partial breakaway, assisted by Krystalyn Yonkin.  The Little Red made it 2-0 at 3:55 when the same two connected again, as Yonkin scored on a Cornell assist.  Oswego’s Maddie Whalen recorded 20 saves in the period, as Ithaca’s Alex Stagliano was not forced to make any saves at her end.

Oswego battled their way through the second period, allowing two more Ithaca goals at 11:19 and 5:35 (both by Shaina Joffe), but managed six shots on goal to Ithaca’s 18.

The third period saw goalie changes by both teams, as Ithaca went with Devin Baylor and Oswego with Allie Yule.  Play was fairly even throughout the period, as the Bucs continued to threaten deep in Ithaca’s zone.  As the final period expired, however, neither team had scored; Baylor was credited with six saves while Yule recorded nine.

Despite the loss, the Bucs showed determination and improvement.  When the same two teams played in early December in Ithaca, the Little Red dominated all three periods in an 8-0 game, as Oswego played most of the game in its own end.  This time around, the Bucs played with better execution in all three zones.

Oswego’s next game is at division rival Alex Bay on Jan. 10.  The last time the two teams met, the Purple Ghosts snuck out of town with a tight 2-1 decision, so the Bucs will be looking to even the series and earn a crucial division win.

Indoor Track

Senior standout Whitney Ford, turned in bests in the 300 meter dash and the triple jump, to lead the Oswego indoor track team, at the George Constantino Memorial Meet, held Friday at the SRC Arena, on the campus of Onondaga Community College.

Ford leaped a personal best of 31′ 10 1/4″ in the triple jump, to finish fifth overall. Her fine season best of 45.36 in the 300 meter dash, earned her second place in her section of the race and six place overall, in a very competitive field.

Freshmen Mariel Schickling, earned a best of 8.8l in the 55 meter dash, to finish second in her section and ran a personal best in the 300 meter dash, with a strong time of 51.72.

Sparked by senior Dave Johnson’s personal best split in the 400 meter dash, Oswego’s 1600 meter relay of Alejandro Lara, Sean Benjamin, Roger Meirelles, and Johnson, ran a season of 4:05.5, to place finish fourth in their section.

Chloe Patterson and Rhona Dianang turned in bests in the 400 meter dash and 800 meter run for the Bucs. Other bests included Marsaili Knapp in the 55 meter and 400 meter dash, Lexi Hanna, Krysta Broeker, and Kaylee Baldwin in the 400 meter dash, Ariel Bouffard in the 800 meter run, and Paul Oleyourrk in the 3200 meter run.

The Bucs will return to action next Friday at the SRC Arena, for the Bob Grieve Memorial Meet, starting at 4:15 p.m.

Jayvee Girls’ Five Falls

Oswego Lady Bucs jayvee basketball lost a tough 47-29 game to CNS.

Oswego came out strong staying in the game the first quarter. Oswego pressured CNS and forced turnovers. Both teams ended with five points at the end of the first quarter.

CNS made some adjustments and pushed past Oswego taking over the second quarter scoring 19 points.

Oswego came out in the third quarter with a burst of energy, but it was not enough to catch up. CNS outscored the Bucs in every quarter but the first.

Leading scorers for Oswego (6-3) were Kerrigan Cummins with 6 points. Rachael Purtell with 6 points and 5 steals. Brenna Riley led the team with 5 rebounds.

Record Breaking Swim Action; Hockey, Basketball, and Wrestling All in Action

Oswego High School swimmers kicked off the new season in spectacular fashion on Wednesday night with a 98-82 win over Baldwinsville.

There were some very fast swims from both teams during the course of the close meet.  However, Oswego would end up pulling away following a 1-2-3 finish in the diving competition (1st – Sophomore Alex Carl, 2nd – Senior Austin Demott, 3rd – Freshman Nick Lewis) and seven first place finishes courtesy of seniors Drake Becksted, Reeve Callen, and Zach Gerber.

Becksted was a double winner, placing first in the 50 freestyle (21.46) and the 100 butterfly (51.56).  Both times qualify him for the NY State Championship meet and the 51.56 in the butterfly is a new school record.  Callen’s two wins, in the 200 freestyle (1:47.10) and the 100 freestyle (48.53), also qualify him for the State Championship meet.  Gerber’s 1:06.64 in the 100 breaststroke was right on his best time and enough to win the event by more than four seconds.

The three seniors were also a driving force in the 200 and 400 freestyle relays.  Oswego was the first to the wall in both relays by a considerable margin.  Freshman Dylan Harrington teamed up with the trio to help win the 200 freestyle relay and junior Jeremy Galvin joined them for the 400 freestyle relay to aid them in finish more than twenty seconds ahead of Baldwinsville.  Freshman Ben McCrobie proved to be the fastest distance swimmer to compete, placing first in the 500 freestyle with a best time of 5:58.53.

The diving squad of Alex Carl, Austin Demott, and Nick Lewis also enjoyed a lot of success at the meet, finishing 1st, 2nd, and 3rd respectively.  Carl (169.90) and Demott (168.95) both qualified for Sectionals with their impressive scores, and Lewis had a very impressive first meet, landing all his dives successfully.

Other notable swims included Dylan Harrington’s pair of Sectional qualifying swims in the 200 I.M. (2:24.59) and the 100 breaststroke (1:16.50).  Both times are personal bests for him.  Sophomore Alex Kemper had two impressive swims, in the 50 freestyle (25.46) and the 100 freestyle (57.53).  Those times were right on his bests and were fast enough to take second (leading to a 1-2 Buccaneer finish in both events) and also qualify him for Sectional Championships in both.  Junior Josh Costo also had a lifetime best at the meet, his coming in the 100 freestyle (1:00.12) to help the Bucs outscore Baldwinsville 12 to 4 in the event.  Jeremy Galvin swam an in-season best in the 100 backstroke (1:05.13) to place second in the event. Junior Jimmy Dillon also had a great swim in the 100 backstroke.  His time of 1:10.50 was fast enough to qualify him for Sectional’s.

Overall this was a great meet for us to start the season with.  Everyone swam and dove well.  All in all we had nine Bucs qualify for Sectional’s and two for State’s.  I was pleasantly surprised to see the athletes on this team to rise to the levels that they did at this meet.  The team has been very focused in practice and I’m glad that they are racing with such universal success.  We will continue to build on what we’ve already done and try to set the bar even higher for our next meet, which will be an invitational at Hilton in Section 5 this weekend.

Bowlers Open Strong

The boys’ varsity bowling team swept Auburn taking all three points with an impressive overall score of 3115.

Matt Clemons was a leader with an impressive 800 series including a very impressive 290 game. Dan Cliff also turned out a very impressive high game score of a 298. Cameron Byrne was also a key player in the success as he had an impressive 613 series including a high game of 259. Gavin Gilbert’s high game of 255 was also a key to success for the boy’s team as well as a personal success.

The girls’ team put forth a good fight taking one of three points against Auburn.

Leading the team were veteran members Christie Hoefer and Ashlee Lytle. Christie held her composure and produced an impressive 505 series with a high game of 188, while Ashlee did the same with a 515 series and an impressive high game of 200.

Also taking a lead role for the Lady Bucs’ bowling was rookie Sierra Adams who bowled an impressive 504 including a 182 game. Rookie Caitlin Clemons was also a big with a third game reaching 183 and helping them to win that final point.

Overall for their first match the girls bowled as a team and showed extreme potential for future competition.

Grapplers Fall to Square

The varsity wrestling team lost to Central Square 60-21.

At 152 Miguel Vazquez decisioned Jake Fortune 12-6 while Buc 170 pounder Mike Ruggion pinned Steven Guerin in 3:57. Oswego’s 220 pound division wrestler Jacob Rodriguez pinned D.J. Patchen in 3:03 for the Buc points.

At 106 Austin Coleman was pinned by Blake Engebretsen in 1:51 while at 120 Dashaun Grimes was pinned in 5:16 by Ben Mayer.  Jordan Perchway, at 126, lost via a pin to Nick Phillips in 4:16

Square received forfeit wins at 132 for Josh Brown, 138 for Nathan Rogers, 145 for Dillan Purdy and 160 with Randy Martin, as well as 182 pounder Spencer Norton and 195 pounder Nick Baker.

Varsity Lady Buc Five Loses Twice

Oswego was on the road this week with games at CBA and Auburn.

Against the Brothers the game was relatively tight through the first half as the Bucs trailed 29-23 at intermission. However a 19-8 outburst by CBA in the third allowed the eventual winner to pull away and come home with a 56-43 victory.

Taylor Giglio and Courtney Louis each scored a dozen points for the Bucs while Emily Barlow added five, Maddy Muckey four, McKenna Brooks three, and two each by Margo Dillon, Reilly Patrick and Erick Atkins.

Oswego then headed to Auburn and once again played solidly in the first half as the Bucs trailed 24-22 at the intermission. In the third quarter the Maroons outscored the Bucs by five points and ended up with a 57-45 victory.

Louis and Giglio had 13 and 11 points respectively while Dillon scored seven and Patrick a half dozen.  Scoring two points apiece were Bella Winklestine, Muckey, Brooks and Atkins.

Lady Buc Skaters Edged

It was an emotional game for the Oswego Lady Bucs hockey team as the squad played Alexandria Bay at Crisafulli Rink.

With 9:35 left in the final period Oswego’s Allie Rogers was checked from behind and eventually had to be carried off on a stretcher as emergency personnel rushed her to the local hospital.

After nearly a half hour of treating the injured Buc the game resumed. At that point it was a 1-1 contest.  Oswego resumed the action with a four minute power play, but was unable to put the puck in the net.  Finally with just over five minutes left Jessica Prance put home a rebound past Madisyn Whalen for the eventual winner.

Oswego and Alex Bay traded goals in the first period with the Bucs getting a goal from Sarah Mancuso while Sage Dudley and Rogers assists.
In the end Whalen ended up with 29 saves for Oswego and Kayla Rios of ABay stopped 21.

Rogers was released from the hospital that evening and is anticipated to return to the Buc line up in the near future.

Jayvee Lady Buc Five

The Oswego JV Lady Buccaneer’s played CBA on Tuesday night and lost 36-25.

Oswego started out pressing which led to Oswego fouling, but foul calls were also going against CBA.

Oswego made only 2 of 12 foul shots in the first half.  However, with tough defense the Bucs went into the half tied 13-13.

Starting out the second half, CBA came out strong hitting three quick baskets to change the flow of the game.  Oswego continued to foul and struggled at the foul line.  In the end they shot just 4 for 22 from the foul line which hurt them in the end and resulted in the loss of the game

Against Auburn the Bucs won 36-32

To start the game Auburn came out strong taking it hard to the basket and looked to score outside against Oswego’s 2-3 zone.  The Bucs trailed by five at the end of the first quarter.

With leadership from Kerrigan Cummins, Rachael Purtell, Katie Knopp, Brenna Riley and Nicole McCarthy the Bucs were able to work together and press full court. They kept the game close going into the half trailing 22-15. In the second half Oswego came out with a full court man to man and denied the guards with every opportunity.

Rachael Purtell played tenacious defense getting steals and deflections which frustrated Auburn. Nicole McCarthy stepped up and get three offensive rebound put backs to take the lead. Kelly Skinner and Brenna Riley were a big force down low blocking shots and not allowing second chance shots on defense. Staying calm and composed Oswego was able to seal the win with a freethrow from Katie Knopp putting the Bucs up 4 to end the game.

Seventh Grade Victory

The seventh grade boys’ basketball team avenged an earlier season buzzer beater loss by defeating Central Square 33-27 at OMS.

Nathan Schultzkie led the Bucs with 10 points.  Derek Cahill and Pat Dowdle scored 9 each. Nick Sullivan chipped in 5 points. The Bucs improved to 4-2 on the season.

The 8th grade team lost to a very talented Central Square squad 41-23.

Trey Clark led the Bucs with 8 points.  Trevor Bradshaw had 5, while Nick Chalifoux, Roman Madlangbayan and Jacob Gerber each chipped in 4 points.

Oswego is 3-3 on the season.

Boys’ Volleyball Earns Sectional Title Game Berth; Swimmers, JV Volley, Football Wind Down

OSWEGO, NY – The next stop for the Oswego boys’ varsity volleyball team is the Class A Section III Championship matchup.

On Wednesday night the top seeded OHS Bucs scored a three-game sweep of fourth seeded Fayetteville-Manlius.

Dylan Lavner was a force at the net and finished with 13 kills

Dylan Lavner was a force at the net and finished with 13 kills

Oswego will square off against number three seed Cicero-North Syracuse at the CNS gym on Nov. 9 at 8 p.m. for the right to advance to the state tournament.

The Bucs captured the semifinal round with wins of 25-19, 25-22 and 25-23.

Coach Mike Shea said, “Our team showed that we can still win an important game even when we’re not playing our best. Kevin Carpentier did a great job of giving our hitters something to work with even on poor passes. When we passed well early on, we were able to run a fast, effective offense that got a lot of guys involved.”

Continuing he said, “The guys are forgetting some of the fundamentals. We need improved passing. The teams we’ll play from this point on all serve tougher than the team we played tonight did. We’ll need to get better at that.”

In the first game the Bucs were pretty much in control and were up 22-13 at one point. However, FM came back to close to 23-19, but the Bucs were able to cement the victory.

The second game once again saw Oswego dominate early and held a 21-15 advantage. However, FM started the long uphill climb back and nearly overcame the deficit. The Hornets closed to 23-20, but once against couldn’t make a late sustained rally.

However, the third game was a classic as it was tied at 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20 and 22 before the Bucs won 25-23.

Kevin Carpentier had 40 assists, three kills, three blocks, an ace and four gigs while Dylan Lavner had 13 kills, a block, three assists and five digs. Ryan Patrick finished with six kills and 11 digs while Brennan Richardson had an ace and seven digs.  Mike Thompson finished with nine kills, a block, an assist, two aces and four digs.

Set for action are (left to right) Michael Thompson, Ryan Patrick, Justin Peterson and Dylan Lavner.

Set for action are (left to right) Michael Thompson, Ryan Patrick, Justin Peterson and Dylan Lavner.

Also contributing were Aaron Baxter with a kill, Josh Ewig with a kill and block, Jeremy Galvin with three digs, Justin Peterson with three kills and Connor Riley with a kill, three blocks and a dig.

The Bucs moved to 14-1.

Swimmers Fall in Last Dual

The Lady Bucs lost a close meet to Liverpool 99 – 84.  Their record is now 5-4.

Freshman Mayra Lopez and Brenna Riley were each winners in the meet.  Mayra swam a lifetime best in the 200 IM to win the event, while Brenna took first in the 500 free.

Other outstanding swims included Mayra’s second place finish in the 500 freestyle behind Brenna.

Senior Kaila McClelland’s second place finishes in the 200 freestyle (2:08.74) and the 100 butterfly (1:10.07) were also great swims.  Eighth grader Mariah Metcalf also had a great meet.

Mariah placed second in both the 50 free (26.95) and the 100 breaststroke (1:15.23).  Her time of 1:15.23 is a lifetime best by over a second.

JV Boys’ Volleyball Captures League/Tourney Crown

The 2011 JV Boys’ Volleyball team entered the end of the year league tourney as the #1 seed and undefeated in league play. The goal of the competition, simple, be the team to ruin the Bucs’ season.

Oswego was placed with FM and CNS for morning pool play.

The Bucs squeaked by the Hornets 25-23, 25-20, then proceeded to defeat CNS 25-16, 25-10. Advancing without a loss, allowed the Bucs a bye to the semifinal round.

In the semis, the Bucs were matched up with Central Square in one set to 30 points. The Bucs won easily 30-16 and solidified the opportunity to play for the title.

In the meantime, FM had crossed over to the other pool and was able to upend the #2 seed Baldwinsville Bees to set up a rematch from the morning, a chance to defend their JV title from last season, and one last shot at the Bucs.

The finals was set for 2 out of 3 to 25, winner take all.  Riding the high from upsetting B’ville, was FM primed for the upset.

Not today, the Bucs took control from the get go and never looked back claiming the title 25-16, 25-15. Mission Accomplished!

The Bucs ended the season 14-0 in league play, 19-1 overall.

Jayvee Football Team Falls in Final

The Oswego Buccaneers took Joseph Wilber Field for their final game of the 2011-2012 season and lost 30-14 to Fulton as the two teams were evenly matched and was a highly competitive game.

The Buccaneer offense came out with intensity and was able to drive the ball all day.  The Bucs were able to compile one 173 rushing yards during Saturday’s contest.

Leading the rushing attack was Lee Williams once again.  Williams found his running capability and potential nearing the end of the season with improvements on making cuts and picking up his speed.  Williams tore up Wilber Field with rushing for 85 yards.

Williams was also able to find the endzone twice on Saturday.

At the end of the first half Williams took a kickoff to the house in Hester fashion.

The other score was off of a solid run, which was aided by tremendous blocking from the offense line.  Other key offense weapons for the Oswego Buccaneers were Justin Canale and Malik Winford.  Both Canale and Malik rushed close to 40 yards against the Red Raiders of Fulton.

Canale also had the lone catch for the day.  Canale caught a pass from Ben Annal and picked up 20 yards.

Defensively the Buccaneers hounded the Fulton Red Raiders all game.

The Red Raiders offense backs were typically swarmed by a sea of blue when they touched the ball.

On top of his amazing offensive ability, Williams also came to hit Saturday.  Williams managed to assist on five tackles and come up with five solo tackles as well.  Another defensive stand out was Nick Boone. Big Boone took down two backs on his own and then assisted on six tackles.  Steve Hart had another tremendous game at defensive end.  Hart assisted on six tackles and came up with a solo tackle as well.

The solid defensive pass coverage can be accredited to Cory Moshier and Dalton Tracy.

Other defensive stands were Justin Canale, Jake Lofthouse, Kory McTague, Greg Mayer, Garrett Dunsmoor and Jake Rodriguez.

Despite the Buccaneers solid efforts on Saturday they were not able to capture the win.  Fulton pulled away late in the third quarter to end up winning the game.

Emotional Ceremony Marks Latest OHS Athletic Hall Of Fame Class

OSWEGO, NY – Humbled, appreciative and thankful are three words that perfectly describe the Oswego High School Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2011.

On Oct. 1, friends, families, former coaches and members of the Hall of Fame came together to celebrate this year’s class of inductees.  Once again the event is hosted by the Oswego City School District and the Oswego Buccaneer Boosters.

A celebration was held recently to induct the fourth class into the Oswego High School Athletic Hall of Fame. The  “Class of 2011” included (in front) Kim (Schneider) Frohbieter, Bobbi Jo Louis; Frances and Cecelia Enwright accepting for the 1941 Football Team and Wally Brown while in back are Dan Gould and other 1941 gridiron team representatives Francis, Danny and Jim Enwright along with Jim Rebbeor.

A celebration was held recently to induct the fourth class into the Oswego High School Athletic Hall of Fame. The “Class of 2011” included (in front) Kim (Schneider) Frohbieter, Bobbi Jo Louis; Frances and Cecelia Enwright accepting for the 1941 Football Team and Wally Brown while in back are Dan Gould and other 1941 gridiron team representatives Francis, Danny and Jim Enwright along with Jim Rebbeor.

The latest editions to the athletic honor roll included the 1941 Oswego High School football team, Denise Sawyer, Kim (Schneider) Frohbieter, Wally Brown, Bobbi Jo Louis and Dan Gould in an emotional ceremony at the Oswego High School Dining Hall.

Though this night was quite important in the lives of all of the inductees the theme of thanking teammates, coaches and the Oswego community for its support was a common thread.

The first inductee of the evening was the 1941 Oswego High School football team who gave up only one touchdown all season. The Enwright family was present to accept the award for the team which included the likes of Fred “Rocco” Maniccia, Art Kelly, Chuck Nettles, Jim Comerford, Bill Burke and Leo Enwright.

It was noted they were a “tough group” of guys who loyally stood behind each other. Upon leaving high school, many fought in the Second World War and eventually made major contributions to the community.

Denise Sawyer was the second inductee as the member of the “Class of 75” won the state title in the 880 to become what is believed to be the first Oswego High School state champion. She also took fourth that year in the state meet in the high jump.

Kim (Schneider) Frohbieter was not only an athlete, but a solid student.  In athletic competition she played soccer, gymnastics and competed in track and field. She was a dominant force in the shot put with league and sectional titles two consecutive years in ’76 and ’77 and in ’77 she also won the state title in the shot put.

On the college level, she was an outstanding track and field performer at Ithaca College.

She went on to be extremely successful in the field of physical therapy and established the Adult Fitness and Human Performance center at the University of Michigan Flint campus.

She was overwhelmed by the award and noted, “I just wanted to let everybody know how very important it is that we have such a wonderful and diverse athletic program here at Oswego High school. We were just young pieces of clay waiting to be molded. If it wasn’t for you (coaches) and what you instilled in us and the drive to improve ourselves, I don’t think any of us would ever have achieved what we did without our coaches.”

Wally Brown, a member of the “Class of 1959” was next. Participating in baseball, football, basketball, swimming and track and field he not only excelled in sports, but also in the classroom.

He spoke of the importance of working hard in the classroom and noted the importance of intelligence in the athletic realm.

After leaving OHS, he excelled in athletics and academics at St. Lawrence University and has been a practicing doctor for several years in Raleigh, NC.

He also noted the importance of coaches and teammates. Brown said, “The recognition goes to only a few, but credit goes to many. You can’t get a lot of recognition unless you’ve got a good team. I was very fortunate to play with a lot of good teammates.”

One of the top softball players of all time was Bobbi Jo Louis and she was one of the best pitchers coach Mike McCrobie has ever had play for him. She helped the Bucs to league and sectional championships and due to arm injuries she played first base her senior year. She had earned first team honors and had a two-year batting average of .372.

She was generous in her thanks as she recognized her parents as well as former coach.

Louis said, “He taught us on and off the field to show respect and give 110% in everything that we did. I wish everybody could experience what it felt like to put on the Blue and White. It was an amazing time and I would never give it back for anything.”

The final inductee for the evening was Dan Gould, a member of the “Class of 1969.” He is the director of the Institute for Study of Youth Sports and professor in the department of kinesiology at Michigan State University. He has published more than 200 articles in the field of sports psychology and has co-written three textbooks including the most widely used textbook in the world in his area of expertise.

Gould has also worked with Olympic and professional athletes during his career.

He noted that the induction into the Oswego Athletic Hall of Fame is special.

Gould noted, “This means a lot to be because it’s Oswego. All that success came from the coaches, the teachers, and the educators that really made a difference in my life and actually shaped what I do now. This means a tremendous amount to me. I’d like to dedicate this to the coaches and teachers, unsung heroes.”

It was a meaningful night that provided a reliving of outstanding Oswego High School sports memories and Athletic Director Scott Sugar hopes the tradition will continue.

Sugar asked those in attendance (and those watching the rebroadcasts on WBUC) to consider nominating outstanding individuals and teams. It was noted that the more information that is provided provides for continued high quality candidates to be nominated and eventually inducted.

It is hoped that the next class will be announced sometime this winter.

Anyone seeking information about the nomination process should contact Sugar or District Clerk Bill Foley. Sugar can be reached at ssugar@oswego.org and Foley at wfoley@oswego.org

Volleyball Teams Continue To Dominate

OSWEGO, NY – Volleyball teams are on a tear as varsity and jayvee squads have been successful.

In recent action, the Oswego High School girls’ varsity squad battled with West Genesee en route to wins of 25-17, 25-19 and 25-15.

Coach Ron Ahart has been enthusiastic over the balanced team play displayed by the Bucs against the Wildcats.

Pacing the Bucs was the outstanding play of Alexa Healy as she chalked up 36 assists and a kill.

Upperclassmen Cydney Ward, Kelsey Ross and Becca Martin made strong contributions. Ward had 14 kills, an ace and three blocks while Ross added eight kills and an ace. Martin also had a good outing with two kills and two assists.

Emily Barlow finished with an assist while Courtney Lavere had two aces and three kills. Erica Atkins had nine kills while Bella Winklestine added six kills. Cat Clancy carded an ace for the 6-1 Lady Bucs.

Building on their win over West Genesee on Tuesday, the Lady Bucs Volleyball team continued its winning ways with a 25-11, 25-10, and 25-14 win over Utica Proctor.

Oswego is now 7-1 on the season.

Oswego started strongly in all areas of their game especially hitting and serving and kept Utica Proctor off balance all night. With the team also playing strong defense blocking and passing, Utica could never generate a solid attack.

Oswego was lead in hitting by Kelsey Ross (14 kills), Cydney Ward (9 kills, 3 point blocks), Bella Winklestine (5 kills, 2 point blocks) and Courtney Lavere (5 kills, 1 ace). Also getting kills were Erica Atkins, Carlie Morley, Becca Martin, Cortnie Purce, and Alexa Healy.

Setting up the Lady Bucs with a balanced attack to all areas of the court was Alexa Healy with 38 assists. Serving the ball very well were Emily Barlow (5 aces), Cat Clancy and Sarah Stoebner. Mary Montagnola, the defensive specialist, had 8 digs and numerous other passes to lead the Oswego defense.

“We’ve had a good week with the semi-finals at Johnson City and both wins this week. The girls will get the weekend off as they take the SATs but we return to league play on Tuesday with a very tough match at NYS State Champion Baldwinsville,” Coach Ahart said.

Boys Remain Unbeaten

It is a 6-0 start for the boys’ varsity volleyball team after the latest win over Cicero-North Syracuse.

The Bucs won back to back 25-16 games before losing the third 25-23. However, OHS came right back for its third 25-16 win.

Kevin Carpentier had 27 assists, two kills, two blocks and six digs while Dylan Lavner added 11 digs, nine kills and a block. Ryan Patrick had seven kills, six aces and five digs. Mike Thompson had 11 kills, four blocks, three digs and an ace. Tom Dillon had a dig, Josh Ewig had two blocks and two digs.

Jeremy Galvin finished with three digs and an assist. Dan O’Brian carded a block. Connor Riley had two kills and a block.

Buc Soccer Edged by Knights

For the third straight game the Oswego varsity boys’ soccer team came up one goal shy as they dropped a 3-2 decision to visiting Henninger on Thursday evening.

The Bucs opened the scoring when Mike Hart finished off a pass from Aaron Marsallo just over six minutes into the contest. Just over three minutes later Maximillan Kricks brought the visitors even as he unleashed a shot that beat Buc keeper Matt Skinner (12 saves) to the top right hand corner of his goal.

Coach Don Fronk said, “There was nothing Matt could do about that shot. We gave Kricks too much space in the middle of the field and he made us pay for it.”

The game remained tied until Henninger scored again with 8:18 remaining in the opening half.  The Black Knights used short, quick passes to get by the Buc defense and found themselves one-on-one with Skinner. The keeper raced off his line but could not come up with save.

The half ended with Henninger up 2-1.

Fronk noted, “We have been talking about starting games with some energy and intensity, we did that tonight. We got on the board early and then just made two defensive errors and it cost us.”

The second half did not start well for the Bucs as just 2:49 into the half Nico Saralegui beat a Buc defender to a ball off a corner kick and headed it home to the give the visitors a 3-1 lead. At that point play seemed to be back and forth for much of the second half, until Wes Smith found Hart with a nice slotted ball to spring him free on Henninger keeper Ricky Kline (2 saves). Hart deftly chipped the ball over the racing Kline into the back of the net to bring the Bucs within one with 10:34 left to play.

Oswego pressed for the equalizer but was unable to find the back of the net and dropped its third straight one-goal game.

Fronk said, “While I am not happy with the final result of this game, I cannot be upset with the way we played today. The boys put together a solid 80 minutes. It is something we have been talking about all season. I have been telling them that if they put a full game together that the results would come. Tonight we saw a much improved Henninger team. We had our chances to pull this one out. Tonight things just didn’t go our way. I am happy with how we played and that is a positive we need to take with us into our next game.”

The Bucs return to action next Wednesday when they host Baldwinsville at 7 p.m. on Turrill Street Field.

Cross Country Faces Rome

The Oswego cross-country teams lost to Rome Free Academy.

The Bucs fell 15-48 while the Lady Bucs lost 19-35.

For Oswego the top finisher was Mackenzie Robinson who finished second overall. Meanwhile several OHS girls had their best times and finished seventh, eighth, ninth, tenth and eleventh.

Jayvee Volleyball Team 6-0

The boys’ jayvee volleyball team improved to 6-0 with a home victory over CNS.

The Bucs dominated play right from the start. Pat Dillon had his finest performance of the season recording several strong kills. Zach Gillard continued his middle dominance. Excellent efforts were turned in by Drazen Schrecengost, Josh Carney, Mike Edwards, Trevor Bradshaw, Logan Krass, Emmett O’Brien, and Ryan Martin.

Girls Modified Swimmers

The Oswego girls’ modified swim team fought hard to contain the “sting” of the Baldwinsville Bees on Tuesday.

Although the girls lost the meet 49-85, their times are continuing to get faster.

Strong performances were turned in by Alexa Hardesty in the 200 freestyle, Morgan Engle in the 100 IM, Libby Rookey posted a personal best in the 50 Fly, Kayla Becksted in the 100 Free and 50 Breast stroke and Clare Donovan in the 50 Back stroke.

The final relay event of the night was won by Morgan Engle, Madison Bell, Courtney Warren and Ayla Busch.

OHS Sports Team In Action

OSWEGO, NY – Swimming, volleyball, tennis, golf and soccer are just some of the team in action.

Swimmers Lose Tight One

The Lady Bucs lost a close one to the Baldwinsville Bees on Wednesday night 48-46.

B’Ville’s front line proved too much for Oswego to overcome despite second and third in seven of the nine events that B’ville won.

Senior Kaila McClelland was the only individual event winner for the Lady Bucs, placing first in the 200 individual medley with a time of 2:28.88. The other win for the Bucs came in the last event, the 400 freestyle relay. The team of senior Kaila McClelland, junior Chrissy Abare, and freshman Mayra Lopez and Brenna Riley placed first in the event with a time of 4:06.45. The Lady Bucs also placedsecond in the event, closing the point gap from 10-2. That team consisted of sophomores Elizabeth Baker, Carrie Gilbert, and Colleen Frasier, along with freshman Zoe Ferris. The team touched the wall at 4:22.13 to complete the 1 – 2 finish.

Nine Lady Bucs qualified for Sectional’s at the meet with their exceptional times. Qualifying for the first time were eighth graders Mariah Metcalf (50 free 27.50, 100 breast 1:17.40), Elaina Rando (100 breast 1:20.75), and Red Creek independent swimmer Brooke Morrisseau (50 free 27.32).  Also qualifying for Sectional’s at the meet was senior Kaila McClelland (200 IM 2:28.88, 500 free 5:46.85), junior Chrissy Abare (200 free 2:12.79, 100 free 1:01.20), sophomores Colleen Fraser (breast 1:19.62) and Pulaski independent swimmer Breann Burns (50 free 26.66, 100 free 58.94), and freshman Mayra Lopez (200 IM 2:31.94, 500 free 5:53.60) and Brenna Riley  (200 free 2:12.97, 100 fly 1:12.51).

Coach Josh Lerch said, “This was a great first meet for us. The girls stepped up, swam fast, and kept us in the meet the whole way. We almost had enough at the end to come back and take the meet, but unfortunately we fell just short. There were a lot of in season best times and it was nice to see that our training is sending us in the right direction.”

Top Volleyball Teams Square Off

In a battle of two of the top teams in the CNYCL the Cicero-North Syracuse Lady Northstars topped the Oswego Lady Bucs 21-25, 25-14, 21-25, 25-19, and 24-26. Oswego is now 3-1 on the season and 1-1 in league play. The team will play this weekend in the Central Square Tournament and Monday at Fulton in a non-league match.

The Oswego team had a strong night again hitting the ball with Kelsey Ross leading the team (16 kills, 3 aces), followed by Cortnie Purce (15 kills), Cydney Ward (13 kills, 2 aces, 5 pt.blocks), Bella Winklestine (9 kills, 1 ace, 2 pt.blocks, and Becca Martin (5 kills).

Alexa Healy set the balanced attack with 50 assists.

Defensively Mary Montagnola (12 digs) led Oswego, with Ross (11 digs), Cat Clancy (6 digs), Sarah Stoebner (6 digs), and Purce (5 digs).

“This was a tough loss as we lead by 5 points late in the 5th set and let them off the hook with mistakes made by us. We outhit them 58-20 kills but made too many passing errors. We’ll have to re-group quickly because we’ll see them again Saturday in the Central Square Tournament and have a tough non-league match Monday with Fulton,” said Coach Ron Ahart.

Lady Buc Soccer Win

The Lady Bucs met Syracuse on the road and captured a 4-2 win.

Four second half goals, after a scoreless first half, saw the Lady Bucs earn the win. For the bucs Kayla Sharkey had a goal and assist and also scoring were Jodi Kester, Kaitlyn Armstrong and Abbey Henderson.

Tracz Stands Tall for Oswego Golf Team

Oswego sophomore golfer Brandon Tracz’s best nine hole round of the season was not quite enough on Wednesday to overtake a strong Liverpool squad playing on their home turf. Tracz’s sizzling total of 38 on the front nine at Liverpool Country Club included birdies at holes 1 and 6, secured him medalist honors, and helped Oswego to their 205 total.

Liverpool’s total of 201 was only four strokes better on this day, a day when Oswego felt like they had a chance to take out the league-leading Warriors.

“On the bus I told the guys that anything under 200 would get the win,” said Coach Rose after the match. “With perfect weather and nice course conditions, I thought we had a chance to hit that number. We just came up a little short today.”

Joining Tracz with some solid individual effort on Wednesday were Oswego Golfers Alec Kunzwiler, whose 39 was second best in the match and Sam Lalonde, who continues to battle Alec for lowest overall team stroke average. Dylan Morgia (44) and John Phillips (44) rounded out the scoring for the Bucs, who are now 5-2 overall and 2-1 in the league.

Good Start for Varsity Boys Volleyball

The Oswego boys varsity volleyball team 25-18, 25-22 and 25-18.

Coach Mike Shea said, “Our guys played really well. As I look at the match I can’t find any glaring problems that we need to address. Passing was excellent which allowed us to do a lot of offense.”

For the Bucs Ryan Patrick had 11 kills, two aces and two digs while Kevin Carpentier had four kills, 26 assists, an ace and five digs. Dylan Lavner finished with eight kills, three digs and an ace while Justin Peterson had four kills, two blocks and a dig. Mike Thompson added six kills, four blocks, two assists and four digs. Also contributing were Aaron Baxter with a block and dig; Tom Dillon with a block, Jeremy Galvin with an assist, Brennan Richardson with an ace and two digs, and Connor Riley with a kill.

Varsity Tennis Faces Tough Foe

The undefeated Baldwinsville Bees came to Oswego and continued their win streak with a 7-0 decision.

At first singles and second singles Sarah Mancuso and Taylor Bowman had tough matchups against returning varsity singles players that have been state ranked in previous seasons.

Oswego’s closest match was that put on by first doubles Ali Yule and Aubree Schrader taking B’Ville to a three set match. After losing the first set, senior desire to win came out as Yule and Schrader took the second set and fell short in the third.

OHS Jayvee Tennis Match

In a contest halted due to rain the Oswego girls lost to Baldwinsville 5-2.

At first singles, Carrie Kelly was a winner in straight sets by scores of 6-5, 6-4.

Second singles player Sydney Knight rallied after dropping the first set 6-1, to win the second set 6-4. The deciding set was halted by rain with Knight leading 1-0.

In doubles play, Krysta Broeker and Abby Allen rallied from a 0-4 deficit before dropping their first set, 7-5.

Also competing for the Bucs were Shannon McIntosh at third singles and the doubles tandems of Samantha Davis/Kennedy Singletary, Katie Knopp/ Ana Alcasid, and Isabella Waterbury/Johnna Tombolillo.

Jayvee Boys Volleyball Win

The boys’ jayvee volleyball squad opened the 2011 season with a 25-21, 25-21 win over visiting Horseheads.

The Bucs utilized timely serving and played solid throughout. Josh Carney, a returning setter, ran the offense and demonstrated some leadership with an inexperienced squad. Zach Gillard and Tyree Varner are improving everyday and will be a force at the jayvee level by mid-season. Mike Edwards played solid defense and passed well at libero. Logan Krass and Nathan Wagner blocked well in the middle. Ryan Martin served four straight points at a crucial time in set two, while Drazen Schrecengost, Pat Dillon, and Emmett O’Brien played well in their first jayvee outings.

Buc Golfers Start Off Undefeated

OSWEGO, NY – Some golfers might consider playing in their first varsity match a bit of a nerve-racking experience. A competitive environment, an unfamiliar course, and the added pressure of knowing that the team is depending on your score is usually enough to break a first-timer, send their score soaring over par.

This was not the case when Oswego junior golfer Collin Daino stepped onto the first tee box last Thursday at Northern Pines for his first tee shot as a Buc varsity golfer.

After a practice swing or two, Daino stepped up and ripped a drive up the first fairway as if he’d played in 100 matches before and proceeded to shoot an eyebrow-raising round of 38, helping Oswego to a pair of victories over CNS and Auburn at Northern Pines Golf Club in North Syracuse.

Oswego’s total of 197 bested Auburn by 6 shots and CNS by 29.

Senior captain Sam Lalonde provided the team’s lowest score of the day (37) and continues to make the most of his final season as a Buc golfer.

Freshman Alec Kunzwiler followed his stellar score of 38 at Central Square (where he was overall medalist) with a fine round of 39 on the front side at Northern Pines, giving the team 3 sub-40 scores in the match, the first time this feat has been accomplished this year.

“In order to compete for a league title, we will need to have totals around 195 all year,” said Coach Rose when asked about the team talent in the CNYCL League this season. “To get to 195 we need a few scores in the 30s every time out. Today’s result proves that we are capable of doing just that.”

Also scoring in the match was junior Luke Boshart, who appears to be back on his game after a slow start to the season. Luke figures to be a major factor in every match down the stretch for the Bucs. Also playing and scoring in his first varsity match was junior Dylan Morgia whose nine-hole total of 42 was very respectable on this day. Sophomore Brandon Tracz also shot 42 but played better than his score indicated – having to take a quadruple bogey 8 on the sixth hole at Northern Pines.

“We’ve had a nice start,” commented Coach Rose about the team’s early success. “Now it’s going to be up to the players to work on their games, get enough rest, and stay focused as school gets under way.”

The Buc golfers probably wish summer would last forever, but school officially begins next Wednesday. New year, new grade, new teachers, new workload.

Hopefully, their swings stay the same.

The Oswego boys’ golf team secured its first league win of the 2011 season on Tuesday, defeating Central Square by a final stroke count of 201-219 on the front nine at Greenview Golf Course in West Monroe.

The Bucs are now 2-0 on the season.

Against Central Square on this day, Brandon Tracz and Sam Lalonde continued their steady play for the Bucs, firing rounds of 40 and 41 respectively. The round of the day, though, went to incoming freshman Alec Kunzwiler, whose nine-hole total of 38 strokes captured overall medalist honors. Alec’s relatively tidy score card containing seven pars and two bogeys included five greens in regulation.

“Compared to last season, Alec is getting more yardage off the tee and consequently he is hitting more greens in regulation,” commented Coach Rose on the bus ride back to Oswego. “I look for Alec to really provide us with some consistent scoring all year.”

Not far from Alec was teammate Luke Boshart, whose 3 bogey six-par day (39) left him second best in the match. “It was nice to see Luke back in the mix,” said Coach Rose about the reigning 2010 Sectional Champ. “He’s had a bit of a slow start this year, but today was a big step in recapturing his form.”

Also scoring for the Bucs was Jake Anderson, whose steady play early this season has been a pleasant surprise for Coach Rose.

On Aug. 29, the golf team competed in the ninth annual pre-season Henninger Invitational Tournament at Drumlins Country Club in Syracuse, finishing in the middle of a pack of schools including Baldwinsville, West Genesee, Liverpool and CNS.

“This is a great event to start the year,” commented Coach Rose when asked why he travels so far to compete every season. “We get to play one of the finest courses in Syracuse and the tournament serves as a great measuring stick to see how we stack up against the other teams in our league.”

Oswego’s overall total this year of 222 was not the team’s best, especially considering they won the event in 2010 with a 200 total. Coach Rose chalks some of this up to youth. “Except for one senior, we still have a fairly young squad. We are going to experience some growing pains at some point this season. Two of our players today had never seen the course and I think it showed.”

Capturing team medalist honors for the Bucs on this day was Brandon Tracz, a sophomore who was instrumental to the team’s success last season. Brandon shook off an opening double bogey at Drumlins and settled down the rest of the way, shooting 41 on the difficult, tree-lined course. Freshman Alec Kunzwiler and sSenior Sam Lalonde got it around in 44 strokes, helping Oswego to their 222 total.

The tournament winners this year were the sectional winners of last year, West Genesee, whose 203 total bested FM by only 2 strokes.

“It looks like the league title could be for grabs this season,” said Coach Rose after all the scores had been posted. “We have a plethora of teams in our league this year with potential. Oswego is one of them.”

The golf team opened its season with an impressive win against Central Square by a final count of 208-222.

The day started out breezy and cool but ended with sunshine and warm temperatures. As for the golf, the young Oswego team proved that this might be a year in which they compete for a league title.

Medaling for Oswego in this match were teammates Sam Lalonde and John Phillips whose nine-hole totals of 41 strokes helped the Bucs get off to a fine start in 2011. Also scoring in this match were Buccaneer golfers Brandon Tracz, Jake Anderson, and Alec Kunzwiler who all shot respectable rounds of 42. The real star of the day, however, became Oswego Country Club’s famed ninth green.

The renowned ninth green at Oswego Country Club has formed a love/hate relationship with Oswego golfers and area golfers through its 100 years in existence. The green is something you are thinking about as you walk off the first tee box and something you are usually still thinking about after you finish your round. It can be docile and submissive one day, and terrorizingly tormenting the next. The tantalizingly tilted, slippery shell of a putting surface does not always make rounds, but it most definitely  breaks them – sending browbeaten golfers off shaking their heads and wishing for a do-over. The sloping ninth green struck again on this day, a day when Oswego was poised to post one of its lowest home totals in five years.

After all the dust had settled, the Oswego golfers had accumulated a 12 over par total on the hole including 2 bogeys, 2 double bogeys, and 2 triple bogeys between the six golfers (17 total putts). “Depending on the pin placement, I may or may not watch the boys come in,” said Coach Rose after he had witnessed the carnage. “Today, I wished I had not watched.”

The team will take the win though as they moved to 1-0 on this young season, a season full of optimism and promise. “I expect these guys to continue to practice and get better,” continued Rose. “We have a lot of season left and I am fully confident that putts will fall.”

Jayvee Tennis Defeated

The Oswego High School girls’ junior varsity team dropped its first match of the season on Thursday 5-2 against the Auburn Maroons.

Winners for Oswego were Morgan Thomas at third singles and the third doubles tandem of Shannon McIntosh and Samantha Davis.

At first singles, Carrie Kelly dropped a hard-fought two-and-a-half hour marathon, 6-4, 5-7, 4-6.

Sydney Knight also battled in a three-set match, before falling 4-6, 6-2, 4-6.

Doubles teams of Abigail Allen/Kennedy Singletary, Rana Al-Salemeh-Krysta Broeker, and Katie Knopp-Victoria Fix were each defeated in straight sets.

“We took a lot of positives out of this first competition of the season. Everyone won at least one game in each set, and our nine first-time tennis players gained valuable experience,” stated coach Mike McCrobie.

Jayvee Volleyball Falls to Genny

The Oswego jayvee girls’ volleyball team started the new season losing to West Genesee. The Bucs won the first game 28-26, but lost the final two by identical scores of 25-23.

Coach Ted Beers said, “We played a tight match. Each set was decided by two points so it was back and forth. Tonight we were better getting up to block and we had a better net presences as the game progressed. Our small mistakes ended up costing us some needed points. This is a good learning lesson.”

For the jayvee team Mikayla Allen had a kill, two aces and point block while Emilee Anderson had a kill and ace. Brooke Broadwell was credited with a dig and Margo Dillon three aces and six assists. Kellie Gorman finished with a kill, ace and point block and Molly Malone had three kills and two aces. Jessica Pfeifer had a dig.

Photo Gallery: Chris Perley Tracks Down Ray Graham for ISMA ROC Win in Oswego

Oswego, NY – Chris Perley stealthfully stalked down a high-flying Ray Graham Jr. Friday night at Oswego to take his sixth career winged win at the “Steel Palace.”

Perley, starting 12th in the 26-car ISMA field, was working his way forward in the early going when Ray Graham, who started 14th, blew by the 11 on the outside on an early restart. Graham was flying by car after car and was a half-track ahead of everyone soon after taking the lead on lap 10. But that big lead dwindled lap after lap as Perley gave it all he had after moving into second on lap 19. As the race wore on, the lap traffic and car fatigue began to play a role. With ten to go, Perley was reeling in Graham and by lap 44, the 11 was in the lead, but Graham wasn’t giving up and Perley knew it. It was survival of the fittest to the checkered.

A hot but happy Perley waved the checkered high above his wing to the crowd’s cheers. Perley, who had notched his first career ISMA win at Oswego in 1995, admitted in victory lane that he had had to change some of his old Oswego ways.

“I learned a little bit tonight. When we used to come here I always used turn one to pass everybody. Ray schooled me tonight. He woke me right up. I passed somebody early in the race and I tucked it in to see what I had and there goes Ray by me. He was getting two cars at a whack. His car was on. I didn’t think I was going to get him. When I finally got into second I couldn’t even see him. I was praying that lap traffic might help me tonight. And, wow, I ran as hard as I could every lap after the one Ray passed me.

“My car wore out just after his did. I saw that he had started to use it up and he was having trouble with lap cars. I finally got under him and at the same time I was tight. Then my car went to both tight and loose and I was done. I was trying to get one car in between me and him and hoping that would be enough. I don’t know if he ever cleared that lap car but I just made myself wide at the end. I think if I had passed one more car I would have spun out.

“It was crazy tonight. It was a well-earned win. The crew does an awesome job with the car with the help of Ed Shea and R&R Motors. Vic Miller prepares a great car. I have a great crew and I love racing this car. And, I love racing at Oswego.”

Graham, driving a brand new Xtreme car, was happy with the car’s performance. “This was the first time out with the car. It just went where it wanted to go. It was really, really good on the restarts. I was actually hoping for a couple more cautions because we would get two or three cars on a restart. For a brand new car just out of the box and to get beat by the king here, what can I say, it was a good run! Toward the end there Chris was loose and I was looser. I could run behind him at the end, but couldn’t get by. Thanks to Paul Colloca who built this car, Mickey Marollo who does a killer engine and all crew and sponsors. Without those guys we wouldn’t be here.”

Early race leader Ohioan Bob Dawson ran a pretty tough race out front until the dynamic duo caught up and got by. Before he spoke about his race he had high praise for the new track owners. “First I want to thank Eric and Johnny Torrese. They are doing a heck of a job bringing this place back up to where it should be. It’s fun racing here again. Those guys deserve a big round of applause. I have to thank the Reed family for this car. It’s an awesome piece right now. Also Reed’s Salvage, Stewart’s Appliance, TJS Level Performance, and the Hoosier tires were fantastic. I like coming up here and racing. It’s fun. I didn’t have anything for those two up front. They were just checked out. I was just running my own race. We were good where we were at.”

Dave Duggan and Dawson led the car to green but only one lap was in before a back of the pack melee occurred affecting Rich Reid, Bob Magner, Johnny Benson, Bob Bond and Chris deRitis. Unfortunately, it was Benson who had high hopes of doing well his first winged race at Oswego, was the first car out of the race.

Dawson led the way for a couple more laps before yellow flew again for Magner with Jeff Abold calling it a night in the Rayvals 04.

This restart saw Graham grab off a couple cars as he moved furiously forward. On lap 5 he was third. On lap six he was second and by lap 10 he was leading as he flew by Dawson. Jamie Timmons held off Perley while Dave Duggan still ran top five.

There would be no more stops in the action, which allowed Graham to move in and out of traffic with ease, building up what appeared an insurmountable lead. Perley, however, was Perley. Undaunted, he gradually cut into that lead. Graham, just before midway, had gotten stuck behind Dave McKnight in the Morton 70 and the 11 was gaining.

By lap 30, Graham had Bobby Bond in between his car and the 11 as Dawson ran alone in third ahead of Jamie Timmons, Duggan, and Eddie Witkum Jr. Also coming on strong from behind was Mark Sammut who moved up to sixth around lap 35.

All eyes were up front as Graham was planted behind Ben Seitz and couldn’t quite get by. Perley just kept coming and he was right on Ray’s bumper by lap 42 as Seitz remained in front of both. Perley finally made his move in lap 43 and came across with the lead on lap 44. Graham was still within shooting distance however despite the fact that Perley had tucked Seitz in between them. On lap 48, Ray was back on Chris’ tail and now Chris had a slower car ahead of him, but Chris was able to hold on to take the win. Graham was second and several lap cars separated them from Dawson in third. Jamie Timmons in a fine run ended up fourth.

Timmons was a bit speechless after some bad luck of late. “The car was good but I started loosing the brakes in like the ten to seven laps to go. I kept reeling Bobby in but couldn’t get enough to get him. Fourth is great for us especially after the last few weeks we’ve had. Hopefully this can carry over to Airborne and maybe out to Ohio if things go good. I’d like to thank Woody’s Auto and Towing, the Moonies, Rod End Supply and everybody else that helps out all the time.”

Moving into fifth behind Timmons was Canadian Mark Sammut, who also was grateful for some good luck for a change. “This was a little better than the last few times out. Unfortunately we got boxed in at the start and lost a few spots, which I had to make up. The car was really good at the end. We were probably as quick as the leaders at the end but we were a half-track behind so it was too late. This is a big improvement over the last few races like I said, I just didn’t get going soon enough. We’re happy with the car and hopefully we’ll get it geared up for tomorrow and go from there.”

Timmy Jedrzejek, Ted Christopher, Dave Duggan, Eddie Witkum Jr. and Joey Scanlon completed the top ten.

SUMMARY ISMA EVENT #4 Oswego Speedway, July 22, 2011

Heat 1: Timmy Jedrzejek, Dave Duggan, Eddie Witkum, Rob Summers, Jeff Locke, Mike Lichty, Chris deRitis, Bob Bond, Bobby Haynes Jr.
Heat 2: Bob Dawson, Dan Bowes, Mark Sammut, Ted Christopher, Ray Graham. Paul White, Russ Wood, Johnny Benson, Jeff Abold
Heat 3: Chris Perley, Danny Lane, Jamie Timmons, Joey Scanlon, Ben Seitz, Dave McKnight, Rich Reid, Bob Magner

ISMA RoC 50: 1. Chris Perley (11), 2. Ray Graham (90), 3. Bobby Dawson (28), 4. Jamie Timmons (27), 5. Mark Sammut (78), 6. Timmy Jedrzejek (32), 7. Ted Christopher (61), 8. Dave Duggan (51), 9. Eddie Witkum (9), 10. Joey Scanlon (88), 11. Danny Bowes (18), 12. Russ Wood (29), 13. Ben Seitz (17), 14. Rich Reid (92), 15. Jeff Locke (37), 16. Paul White (16), 17. Bobby Bond (25), 18. Danny Lane (97), 19. Mike Lichty (84), 20. Dave McKnight (70), 21. Rob Summers (35), 22. Bobby Magner (40), 23. Bobby Haynes (44), 24. Jeff Abold (04), 25. Chris deRitis (66), 26. Johnny Benson (74).

Roy Bresnahan Pulls off Huge Win Running His GM CT 525 Spec Engine Taking Top Honors In The Big Block Modifieds At Fulton Speedway

By Dave Medler

FULTON, NY – Back at the start of 2011 Brewerton and Fulton Speedway owner John Wight introduced the GM CT 525 Spec engine as he believed there was a need for a lower cost race engine as a cheaper alternative to Big Block Modified racing. At a cost of $ 7,100 with all the add-ons to go dirt racing it was put together for around 11 grand race ready.

Saturday night at the Fulton Speedway Roy Bresnahan proved not only could this engine be competitive, but it could win against Big Block Modified engines costing two to three times as much being driven by some of the best drivers in the Northeast.

Bresnahan took the lead at the drop of the green in the 35 lap Tracey Road Equipment Big Block Modified feature and drove a flawless race out distancing Jimmy Phelps to the checkers. Not only was it Bresnahan’s first win in the division, but it was the first win for the GM CT 525 Spec engine against the Big Block Modifieds.

Other winners on SUNOCO Ethanol Facility, Burkes Do-It-Best Centers and Family Autograph Night were, Jordan Bennett SUNY Canton Sportsman, Tim Sears Jr. NAPA Late Models, Ron Davis III E&V Energy Novice Sportsman, Doug Williams Mod Lites and Skip DeGroff Four Cylinder Stocks.

Roy Bresnahan out ran Mike Ward and the rest of the Tracey Road Equipment Big Block Modified field to lead the opening lap of the 35 lap feature on the Fulton “High Banks”.

With 10 laps complete Bresnahan was setting a quick pace out front a straightaway ahead of Steve Hulsizer, as Ward, Chris Hile and Jimmy Phelps who started 10th showed in the top-five.

On lap 15 the yellow would fly for a slowing Chuck Bower erasing the lead Bresnahan Built up. Those in attendance wondered if this could the point in the race where the Big Block power would take over. On the restart Bresnahan once again went to the top of the speedway and started building-up another comfortable advantage over the field.

When the lap counter showed 10 laps to go, Bresnahan was back to a full straightaway lead as Hulsizer and Phelps battled for 2nd with Hile and Ryan Phelps showing in the top-five.

When the starter gave the field the five-to-go sign Phelps had moved into 2nd and was a tick quicker on the clock than the leader but did he have enough time to run down the leader and a shot at the win.

Over the remaining laps Bresnahan hit his marks on the top of the speedway as his lap times stayed consistent as he was the first under the checkers a full 3.206 seconds ahead of Jimmy Phelps for the dominating win. Ryan Phelps, Alan Johnson and Steve Hulsizer rounded out the top-five.

“I’ve been struggling a little bit trying to come from the back, but the car has been working good for me though,” Said Bresnahan after exiting his RJ’s Excavating, Gypsum Express,Micky Novak General Contracting, No.02 Bicknell.

“I have stuck with the 525 and we’re here and it proves to the guys that it can get it done. I have never had a race car that handled that good. It was pretty much one handed all the way around.”

Bresnahan related that the only real problems he had was on the restarts as the car started pushing on him, but it came back around once he got heat in the right rear again.

Matt Emmons led the first 8 laps of the 20 lap SUNY Canton Sportsman feature before Greg Mrzywka took over the lead and Jordan Bennett moved into 2nd place. Bennett hounded Mrzywka for two laps before he used an outside move to drive into the lead.

Over the second half of the race nobody really challenged Bennett as he went onto to his first win of the year and maintained his 2nd place in the point standings. Greg Mrzywka, Jeremy Pitcher, Katelyn Kane and Michael Teachout rounded out the top-five.

Tim Sears Jr. was the class of the field in the 20 lap NAPA Late Model feature. Sears grabbed the lead from Sean Beardsley on lap 6 and went on to his 5th win of the year. Larry Wight, Sean Beardsley, AJ Kingsley and Dale Caswell chased Sears across the line.

Ron Davis III passed early race leader Kyle DeMetro on lap 6 and never looked back winning the 15 lap E&V Energy Novice Sportsman main. Kyle DeMetro, Tony Finch II, Scott Ford and Dustin Hanlon rounded out the top-five.

Skip DeGroff picked up his first win of 2011 season in the Four Cylinder Stocks as he out distanced Colby Herzog, David Baker, Jeff Warner and Jerry Herbert for the popular win.

Doug Williams took the lead on lap 3 of the 12 lap Mod Lite feature. Once out front Williams dominated the rest of the way over, Joe Isabell, Jeff Isabell Jr., Rick Demo, Sam Usborne, Justin Williams and Josh Prentice.

Next Saturday night July 30th Stadium International Truck and Dig Safely New York promo night present Tracey Road Equipment Big Block Modifieds, SUNY Canton Sportsman, NAPA Late Models, E&V Energy Novice Sportsman, Mod Lites and Four Cylinder Stocks.

Gates will open at 5:00 with racing at 7:00. Adult grandstand admission will be $12 with everyone 18 years old and younger admitted free to the grandstands.

Don’t forget to follow Fulton Speedway on Facebook and on Twitter at twitter.com/Fultonspeedway. Brewerton Speedway is also active on both Facebook and Twitter at twitter.com/BrewertonSpdway). Please call Cory Reed at 315-668-6906 or cory@brewertonspeedway.com with any questions

(TRACEY ROAD EQUIPMENT BIG BLOCK MODIFIEDS 35 LAPS) – ROY BRESNAHAN, Jimmy Phelps, Ryan Phelps, Alan Johnson, Steve Hulsizer, Chris Hile Billy Decker, Jim Witko Jr., Tom Sears Jr., Larry Wight, Mike Bowman, Mike Mahaney, Matt Fink, Mike Ward, Matt Hulsizer, Chuck Bower, Johnny Hill, Shayne Donath, Tim Harris, Chad Phelps, Pat Ward.

(SUNY CANTON SPORTSMAN 20 LAPS) – JORDAN BENNETT, Greg Mrzywka, Jeremy Pitcher, Katelyn Kane, Michael Teachout, Billy Clark Jr., Matt Emmons, Sean McCarthy, Gregg Carner, Greg Kimball, Joe Kline, Doug Cook, Stewart Garrison, Ricky Donovan, Josh Blackwell, Tim Schneider, Andrew Ferguson, Christine Martin, Dave Emmons, Bob Henry Jr..

(NAPA LATE MODELS 20 LAPS) – TIM SEARS JR., Larry Wight, Sean Beardsley, AJ Kingsley, Dale Caswell, Tom Juhl, Gus Schmidt, Jim Southard, Mike Vaughn, Steven Coit, Alan Fink, Bodie Bellinger, Shayne Tenace, Gordy Button, Scott Fowler.

(E&V ENERGY NOVICE SPORTSMAN 15 LAPS) – RON DAVIS III, Kyle DeMetro, Tony Finch II, Scott Ford, Dustin Hanlon, Devan Boyce, Jim Graham, Bailey Groves, DNS CJ Castelletti.

(FOUR CYLINDER STOCKS 15 LAPS) – SKIP DEGROFF, Colby Herzog, David Baker, Jeff Warner, Jerry Herbert, Dan Dupra, Eric M Zirbel, Josh Zirbel, Mark Johnston, Keith Zirbel.

(MOD LITES 12 LAPS) – DOUG WILLIAMS, Joe Isabell, Jeff Isabell Jr., Rick Demo, Sam Usborne, Justin Williams, Josh Prentice.

Oswego School Fall Important Athletic Dates

OSWEGO, NY – The following is a list of important dates for student athletes to be aware of for the upcoming Oswego City School District fall sports season.

Along with these dates this is a reminder that all students who are interested in participating in sports during the 2011-12 school year must have an updated sports physical in order to play.

All students wishing to sign up for a fall sport should turn in their new sports physical and/or the physical interval form to the Athletic Office at the Oswego High School by Aug. 5 for varsity and jayvee athletes and Aug. 15 for modified athletes.

August 3:

JV/Varsity football equipment pickup (Leighton Gym) 5 – 6 p.m. Senior Class (only)

6 – 7 p.m. Junior Class (only)

August 4:

5 – 6 p.m. Sophomore Class (only)

6 – 7 p.m. Freshman Class (only)

7 – 8 p.m. All students 9-12 who could not make their scheduled time.

August 25:

Modified football equipment pickup (Leighton School)

4 – 6 p.m.

August 15: JV and Varsity football begins.

August 22: JV/Varsity soccer, golf, tennis, volleyball, cross country begin.

August 29: Varsity girls’ swimming and diving begins.

September 1: All modified fall sports begin.

For further information, please stop by the athletic webpage link at www.oswego.org or call the athletic office at 341-2019.

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