Action Heats Up For OHS Sports Teams

OSWEGO, NY – Oswego High School athletes have been quite successful recently across the sports spectrum.

Track and field along with hockey, basketball, swimming and bowling have chalked up numerous achievements in the past week.

Keefe & Ford Pace Track

Whitney Ford
Whitney Ford

Led by the outstanding school record breaking performances of junior Cory Keefe and senior Whitney Ford, the Oswego indoor track team, turned in its finest performance of the season at the Fred Kirschenheiter Memorial Invitational, held at the SRC Arena track.

Keefe, currently the Section Three leader in the 55 meter dash and 55 meter hurdles, shattered his previous bests in both events, winning the 55 meter dash in a blazing time of 6.48 and outdistanced the field in the 55 meter hurdles, with an outstanding time of 7.66. Both of Keefe’s performances better the previous school records in these events.

Whitney Ford also turned in a school record breaking performance for the Bucs, lowering her previous best in the 55 meter dash, with a fine time of 7.73, to finish first in her heat and sixth place overall, among the section’s elite. She also placed third in the triple jump, with a strong jump of 32′ 3/4″. Ford is currently ranked among the top ten in the section in the 55 meter dash, 300 meter dash, and triple jump.

Senior Alejandro Lara, jumped a season best of 9″ 6″ in the pole vault, to finish seventh for Oswego.

The Lady Bucs talented 4 x 200 meter relay of Deondra Smith, Mariel Schickling, Marsaili Knapp and Chloe Patterson, turned in a season best of 2:12.1, to finish first in their section. Oswego’s 4 x 800 meter relay of Mallory Gordon, Patterson, Schickling and Rhona Dianang, also lowered their season best by 30 seconds.

Freshmen Robbie Swan dropped his previous best in the 3200 meter run by 20 seconds, with a fine time of 12:03.0.

Other personal best efforts for the rapidly improving Bucs were earned by Schickling, Knapp, Patterson, Ben Harrington and Roger Meirelles in the 200 meter dash, Lexi Hanna, Erin Meehan, Krysta Broeker and Kali Esden in the 400 meter dash, Smith, David Johnson and Kyle Kemper in the 600 meter run, Gordon, Schickling, Dianang and Sean Benjamin in the 800 meter run, Harrington and Paul Oleyourryk in the 1000 meter run and Oleyourryk in the 3200 meter run, lowering his previous best by 52 seconds.

Paced by the strong efforts of junior Cory Keefe, senior Whitney Ford and many personal best finishes, the Oswego indoor track team, turned in an outstanding performance at the Bob Grieve Memorial Invitational, held at the SRC Arena track, on the campus of Onondaga Community College.

Keefe won his specialty with a fine clocking of 7.76. He also ran a fast personal best time of 6.61 in the 55 meter dash, to outdistance the field in this event. This time also ranks as the best time turned in this season, in this event.

Ford, a senior captain for the Buc squad, shattered her previous best in the 300 meter dash by close to two seconds, with an outstanding time of 43.88, to finish first in her section and third overall, in a very competitive field. She also leaped a best 32′ 1 3/4″ in the triple jump, earning sixth place. Her performances move her up to sixth place among the section leaders in the triple jump and seventh among the section’s elite in the 300 meter dash.

Oswego’s sprint medley relay of Dave Johnson, Xander Lara, Sean Benjamin and Ben Harrington, behind four personal best efforts, clocked a season best time of 4:02.7, to place sixth. The Lady Bucs also excelled in the sprint medley relay, earning three bests, led by the talented foursome of Deondra Smith, Marsaili Knapp, Mariel Schickling and Chloe Patterson. Schickling also placed first in her heat of the 55 meter dash, with a best of 8.75, with teammate Knapp finishing just behind, in a personal best clocking of 8.77.

Senior captain David Johnson, streaked to a second place finish in his section of the 600 meter run (1:39.3), lowering his previous best by close to five seconds.

Other personal bests for the rapidly improving Bucs, were earned by Krysta Broeker, Lexi Hanna, Brittany McLaughlin and Erin Meehan in the 200 meter dash, Roger Frenchy Meirelles, Sean Benjamin and Rhona Dianang in the 300 meter dash, Ben Harrington in the 400 meter dash, Kyle Kemper in the 800 meter run, Robbie Swan in the 1200 meter run and Paul Oleyourryk in the 1600 meter run.

This team has come a long way since the beginning of the season, noted veteran coaches Jim McCaul and Erwin Dewey. Their hard work and commitment has led to much success and improvement, according to the coaches who added they are hoping to continue the success in the upcoming championship season.

Swimmers Win Again

The Buccaneer swimming and diving team improved its record to 4-1 with a 97-88 win against the Fayetteville-Manlius Hornets.

Seniors Drake Becksted and Zach Gerber led the way with two wins a piece, while senior Reeve Callen also contributed with a win in the 100 freestyle.

The 200 medley relay team of seniors Zach Gerber and Drake Becksted, along with junior Jeremy Galvin and freshman Dylan Harrington started the Bucs out with a win in the event, clocking in at 1:50.44.  Not long after, Zach Gerber won his first individual event, the 200 I.M., in his best time this season (2:10.07).  Drake Becksted followed that victory with one of his own in the 50 freestyle (21.74).

Senior Austin DeMott, sophomore Alex Carl, and freshman Nick Lewis, placed 2nd, 3rd, and 4th in the diving competition to build Oswego’s lead to 10 after the diving event. Following that, Becksted won his second individual event, the 100 butterfly, in a close race with another Section III senior standout, Kevin Koh.

Becksted came in at 51.95, out touching Koh by less than a second.  Reeve Callen also placed first in the next event, the 100 freestyle. His winning time of 49.59 was enough to win the event by more than four seconds.

The Bucs would go on to win their second relay of the night, the 200 freestyle relay, in 1:36.64.  Teaming up for the victory were seniors Zach Gerber and Reeve Callen, along with junior Jimmy Dillon and sophomore Alex Kemper. Gerber would go on to win his second event shortly after. He came in at 1:05.80 to win the 100 breaststroke in his best time ever, holding off the strong breaststroke contingent of F-M swimmers.

Also contributing to the win with best times were senior Alex Shannon swimming an impressive fly split on the 200 medley relay and juniors Jimmy Dillon (2:01.46 in the 200 free and 5:33.30 in the 500 free), Jeremy Galvin (qualifying for sectional’s in the 200 I.M. in 2:28.43), Josh Costo (2:14.08 in the 200 free and 59.18 in the 100 free) and Joe Corradino (32.29 in the 50 free and 1:11.67 in the 100 free).

Sophomores Alex Kemper (25.38 in the 50 free and 56.89 in the 100 free) and Brendon Reed (1:06.53 in the 100 free) along with freshman Dylan Harrington (26.55 in the 50 free), Ben McCrobie (2:27.78 in the 200 I.M., 5:52.06 in the 500 free, and 59.72 in the 100 free) and Nick Lewis (1:10.40 in the 100 free).

Coach Josh Lerch said, “Oswego’s depth and the strength of their front line proved to be enough to best the Hornets, though F-M’s swimmers put up some very impressive times as well. I’m very pleased with how well the boys are swimming. We are training hard and still getting up for meets and competing.”

Bowlers Extremely Competitive

Gavin Gilbert
<p>Gavin Gilbert</p>

Oswego and Cicero-North Syracuse met on the lanes once again with the Bucs coming away with two of the three points. Oswego won the first game 1,180-1,002 and the second 1,134-1,022, but lost 1,160-1,005 in the finale for the boys.

Cameron Byrne rolled a 760 series with games of 279-248-233 while Matt Clemons finished up with a 690 (235-226-229), Gavin Gilbert 638 (161-276-201) and Zach Delbrocco 606 (263-214-129).

Joe Clavelli bowled the first two games with a 242-170 while Kevin Goodale had a 213 in rolling in the third game as the Bucs moved to 24-6 for the season.

Other series included Goodale with a 660 (178-269-213), Dan Cliff 647 (227-196-224), Jim Rose 531 (178-143-210), Ethan Simmons 485 (157-143-159) and David Woolworth 411 (109-143-159).

In girls’ action the Bucs picked up one point to go to 15-15 on the year. Oswego lost the first game 928-730, but rallied for a 758-718 win before losing an 820-806 battle in the third game.

Christie Hoefer had a team high 558 (155-205-198) while Ashlee Lytle had a 492 (169-149-174) and was followed Rachel Nye 429 (122-147-160), Caitlin Clemons 417 (153-145-119) and Sierra Adams 398 (131-112-155).

Other Lady Bucs bowling two games included Tori Gardner 260 (123-137), Caroline Reynolds 240 (123-117), Victoria Soper 226 (112-114), Abbey Henderson 226 (117-109), and Meghan Flack 184 (82-102).

Oswego also met Auburn with the Buc boys capturing two points and the girls’ unable to chalk up a win.

In boys’ action Oswego lost the first game 1,213-1,133 and won the second 1,122-1,061 before winning the third 1,117-1,090.

Gilbert led the way with a 746 (288-221-237) and was followed by Delbrocco with a 684 (203-255-226), Clavelli 669 (235-208-226) and Clemons 652 (213-214-225). Byrne rolled the second and third games for a 427 (224-203) and Rose competed in the first with a 194.

Girls’ Bowling Team
Girls’ Bowling Team

Other scoring included Byrne 630 (203-224-203), Goodale 561 (175-218-168), Simmons 551 (192-170-189), Cliff 520 (162-189-169), Rose 514 (194-152-168) and Woolworth 401 (112-139-150).

For the Lady Bucs it was a three game sweep for the Maroons with scores of 931-702, 962-752 and 927-584.

Leading the Bucs was Lytle with a 444 (1510164-129) and following her was Clemons with a 440 (150-156-134) as well as Nye with a 390 (117-153-120), Adams 365 (123-150-92) and also scoring were Gardner 290 (161-129) and Reynolds 109.

Gardner finished with a 411 (161-129-121) and Reynolds had a 341 (104-128-109) followed by Flack 254 (79-94-81).

Boys Ice Hockey Wins

Cody Mariano
Cody Mariano

Oswego remained in first place in Division II of Section III ice hockey with a pair of recent league wins.

The Bucs moved to 11-3 overall and 11-1 in league with a 5-3 win at the Clinton Arena.

The Bucs jumped out to a 3-1 lead after one and in the second the home team battled back to make it 4-3 in favor of Oswego after two periods. However in the third the Bucs iced it with a single tally for the win.

For the Bucs had a stellar performance by Cody Mariano with a four- goal explosion and he assisted on the other tally. Trent Yule scored the remaining goal. Assists were chalked up by Josh Sova, Tyler Grimshaw and Yule with two apiece while Dan Maniccia also picked up an assist. Chase Izyk had 27 saves for the Bucs in this wide open game.

Cory Harris, the Clinton goalie stopped 31 shots for the 6-9-0 squad.

Earlier in the week the Bucs avenged an early season loss to Cazenovia with a 4-1 victory at Crisafulli Rink.

A tight game was broken open by OHS in the waning seconds of the middle stanza.  Maniccia took a pass from John Phillips and the Bucs were up 3-1.

The teams battled through a scoreless first period, but the Bucs then held a two goal advantage after two. Yule added the fourth goal to clinch the win.

Zach Zerrahn and Sova also scored. Meanwhile Sova had two assists as did Phillips while Mariano and Maniccia also earned assists.

In net Chase Izyk had 22 saves for the Bucs while Caz goalie Joey Vechiarelli stopped 26 Bucs shots.

Basketball Team Rolls On

The Oswego boys’ varsity basketball team is in the midst of one of its best seasons in years.

The Bucs scored a decisive 72-56 win over Central Square for the ninth win of the year.

Earlier this year in the Fulton Tournament the Bucs pulled away early and once again in this rematch Square kept it close early.

The Bucs held a 23-15 first quarter lead and then the team evenly split 30 points in the second quarter.

At intermission OHS held a 38-30 lead. However, the tide turned in the third with a 17 point outburst while Square managed just nine points.

Josh Gillard
Josh Gillard

In the end Dylan Lavner scored a team high 17 points followed by 14 for Ryan Patrick and 10 by Ryan Lavner. Zach Gillard and Josh Gillard each had eight while Dustin Sands added seven, Mike Thompson six and Kevin Carpentier two.

Earlier in the week the Bucs got locked up in an exciting game with West Genesee with Oswego winning 64-58.

The game was tight throughout with the Bucs holding a 20-14 first quarter lead and at the intermission the Wildcats fought back to trail 31-28.

In the third the Bucs outscored the opposition 14-13 and held a two-point, 19-17, edged in the final quarter.

Josh Gillard scored 23, including five three pointers,  while Ryan Lavner had 15, Dylan Lavner 11, Thompson seven, Zach Gillard and Sands four each.

In a non-league game with Hilton the Bucs lost 52-45 with Thompson scoring 13, Ryan Lavner nine, Josh Gillard and Carpentier with six, Dylan Lavner five, Conner Riley four and Sands two points.

Lady Bucs Upend Square

The Oswego girls’ varsity basketball team won its third game of the year with a 46-26 win over Central Square.

It was all Bucs in the first eight minutes as the Bucs pulled out to an insurmountable 16-2 advantage. The Red Hawks came back slightly in the second to close the game to 18-11 at half. However, an 11-2 spread in the third put the game on ice for the Bucs.

Bella Winklestine had a game high 17 points while Taylor Giglio had nine, Courtney Louis eight and two points each were scored by McKenna Brooks, Reilly Patrick, Melissa Dashner, Emily Barlow, Maddy Muckey and Erica Atkins.

Oswego split games during the week losing a hard fought 52-47 decision to West Genesee.

At the half the Bucs were up 26-24. However, a third period offensive lapse resulted in West Genny scoring 15 and the Bucs could muster just four points. OHS attempted to rally in the fourth, but fell short.

Louis and Giglio had 17 and 10 points respectively while Winklestine added seven, Barlow six, Margo Dillon four, Atkins two and Brooks one.

Lady Buc Icers Battle

The undefeated Potsdam Sandstoners girls’ hockey team visited Oswego and came out with a 3-0 victory.  Despite the loss, the Bucs continued to show gradual improvement in their play, especially in their defensive third.

Senior Allie Yule got the start for the Bucs, and played very well in keeping the Sandstoners off the scoreboard.  She recorded 16 saves in the first period, compared to Abby Tardelli’s 2 saves, and both teams were held scoreless.
Yule and her teammates, especially freshman defenders Lainey Celeste and Saige Dudley and sophomore Caroline Dougherty, played well deep into the second period, too. They killed a penalty early in the period, but with 4:13 remaining, Potsdam’s Kirsten Barkley buried a rebound to put her team ahead. Unfortunately, failure to get the puck out of their zone led to another Potsdam before the period ended, as Jordan Emerson buried a shot past Yule for a 2-0 lead at the end of two periods. Yule finished with 15 more saves, and Tardelli had just 1.

Sophomore Maddie Whalen replaced Yule for the third period and played well, allowing only a last-minute goal on a smart two-on-one play finished off by Katie Grant. The Bucs were successful killing another penalty, but they went 0-3 on the power play themselves. Whalen finished with 16 saves, while Potsdam’s Allie Compeau, who played the third period for Potsdam, had 3 saves.

The Bucs finish their regular season schedule with a home-and-home match-up with Skaneateles, as they travel to the Lakers’ home rink Friday, Jan. 27, and then host them next Monday, Jan. 30, for the Bucs’ Senior Night. The Bucs need to win both games to avoid being the #4 seed in the four-team divisional playoff the first weekend in February.

The other teams in Oswego’s division include Alex Bay (3-0-2, 7-1-2 overall), Ithaca (2-0-2, 6-1-2), and Skaneateles (0-1-2, 1-5-3).

The winner of that playoff tournament goes the State Final Four hosted by Beekmantown at SUNY Plattsburgh Feb. 10-11.

The Oswego girls’ varsity ice hockey team traveled to Alexandria Bay recently and came out on the short end of a 5-1 final score in a physical game.

The Lady Ghosts got on the board first when Ashley Dobmeier scored from out front on a pass from Jessica Prance at the 10:14 mark. A Bay extended its lead with 5:18 left in the period as Hayley Aubertine scored on a four-vs-three power play, scoring on a rebound after Mikayla Kolb’s shot from the point was blocked.  Oswego’s Maddie Whalen made 16 saves compared to A Bay’s Kayla Rios, who was needed to make just three saves.

The second period saw play even out a bit, as the Bucs were able to spend more time in their offensive zone. Unfortunately, A Bay’s Amanda Lingenfelter scored a pair of second period goals, the first unassisted in the first minute of the period on an individual rush, sandwiching Oswego’s lone goal, an unassisted goal scored at the 9:41 mark on a similar rush by seventh-grader Alison Rodgers. Lingenfelter’s second goal came on a shot from the far blueline, assisted by Prance. Whalen was credited with 12 more saves compared to Rios’s 7, which included a penalty shot save on Rodgers when the Lady Ghosts were called for illegally handling the puck in their crease.

The third period saw play level out even more, but the Bucs couldn’t get the puck by Rios. A Bay scored the only goal of the period at the 7:22 mark, when Prance scored on an Aubertine assist as she walked in after a face-off in Oswego’s defensive end. Whalen went the distance, recording 8 more saves, while Rios also made 8 saves in the period.
The Oswego girls’ varsity hockey team battled through two tough losses over the three-day weekend, losing 5-1 to St. Lawrence Central and then 9-2 to host Albany Academy.

Bounces started going the other team’s way from the start on Sunday, as St. Lawrence scored two quick goals in the first 2:09 to jump out on top.  The Bucs settled down and cut the deficit to one as junior Ashley Pitters scored a power play goal set up by freshmen Whitney Daino and Caroline Dougherty and the Bucs trailed 2-1 with 9:46 remaining in the first period.  Unfortunately, St. Lawrence responded with two more goals in the first frame and headed into the locker room with a 4-1 lead. Oswego sophomore Madisyn Whalen finished the period with 11 saves, compared to St. Lawrence’s Steph Peets, who made just 5 saves.

Oswego played better in the second period, keeping St. Lawrence off the scoresheet. With about five minutes remaining in the period, senior Allie Yule replaced Whalen, and after two periods the score remained 4-1, with Whalen recording 7 more saves while Yule registered 5. Peets made 7 saves as the puck saw more time in both ends.

The Bucs battled throughout the third period to get back into the game, but they couldn’t get anything past Peets, who finished the period with one save for a total of 20 saves. St. Lawrence did get one shot past Yule in the third period with 4:54 remaining, and they skated off with a 5-1 victory.  Yule finished the period with 13 saves for a total of 18.

On Sunday, the Bucs went with Yule as their starter, but Albany Academy hit early and often, scoring their first goal at the 30-second mark.  The goal seemed to wake the Bucs up a bit, and they traded scoring chances for a while. However, two quick AA goals at the 5:26 and 4:35 marks put the Bucs into a defensive hole they would not be able to climb out of.  After one period of play, Yule had 10 saves to AA’s Alexandra Shannon’s 3.

Things got interesting in the second period.  After Albany scored at the 9:13 mark, the Bucs scored twice on goals by Daino and junior Sarah Mancuso. Daino’s goal at 7:05 was on a rebound after Rodgers’ breakaway attempt was thwarted by Shannon, and Mancuso’s goal at 6:25 was set up by Dougherty. However, Albany got right back on the scoreboard just 46 seconds later, making the score 5-2, and then scored a power play goal less than two minutes later to make the score 6-2 at the end of two. Yule was put to the test, making 21 saves, and Shannon recorded just 4 saves.

The third period saw AA score three more goals as the Bucs’ legs got tired. Goals at the 12:54, 5:44, and 2:22 mark put the result out of reach. Yule finished the game with 41 saves, while Shannon finished her day with 10.

Grapplers Win Two

A pair of OHS Bucs walked off the mat with wrestling victories in the 78-9 loss to Liverpool.

Austin Coleman, at 106, decisioned Peter Nash 2-1 and 182 pounder Mike Ruggio pinned James Godzwon in 1:34 for the lone Buc points.

Matt DiFabio, at 132, lost to Luay Ashkar via a fall in 2:38 and Eric Doviak, at 285, lost to Alex Gilson at 285 in 42 seconds.

The remaining 66 points were all forfeit points that went to Liverpool.

Jayvee Girls Cage Action

The Oswego Bucs came out ready to play against Central Square and won 44-27.

Oswego took control of the game from the first two minutes and never let Central Square come back. OHS won every quarter and each player contributed in the game.

All 13 players were able to put in valuable minutes on defense and did not allow Central Square to score easy baskets. Leading rebounders for the Bucs were Kelly Skinner with six, Claire Richardson with five, Mariah Metcalf and Kerrigan Cummins both with four boards. Rachael Purtell had six steals and 10 points. Olivia Dowdle had four steals and eight points. Katie Knopp and Nicole McCarthy both contributed six points to help the team seal the eighth win of the year.

Oswego was unable to pull off a second win against West Genesee as the Cats won 34-27. The Bucs led the first quarter 10-8, but, that did not last long because of foul trouble. The Bucs went into the half down 16-19.

Oswego never gave up. They continued to try to cut the lead, but they were unable to finish their lay-ups and did not get crucial rebounds. Fouls continued to be an issue for Oswego in the second half, allowing for the other team to score off of their free throws and win the game.

Leading scores for Oswego were Rachael Purtell with 10 and Kelly Skinner with six.