OSWEGO, NY – Championship bowlers and solid basketball outings highlighted recent action.
It was a championship trip to Western New York for the Oswego boys’ bowling team as the Bucs outdistanced a field of 31 by 147 points for the victory.
For the third consecutive year the Bucs headed to the Festival of Lights Tournament in Buffalo to compete at the Thruway Lanes. The two and a half hours on the road did nothing to diminish the enthusiasm.
Coach Bob Hoefer said, “The boys were ready to bowl. Being their third year in the tournament they hoped that they would succeed in taking the championship and they did just that.”
Hoefer continued, “The boys bowled consistently as a team, providing support and encouragement for each other. As they started the six-game tournament, they knew that consistency was important and they were able to do just that. After the first three games, Oswego found itself in second place. However, they were able to come back strong during the fourth game and held onto their lead from that point on. The highlight of this win was how well they were able to bowl as a team.”
Matt Clemons finished with a 1,318 as the first three games were 202-192-224 for a 618 triple. However, he rolled a 700 series with a 247-234-219. Right behind him was Cameron Byrne with a 1,316. His first series was a 686 with a 183-256-247 and the second set proved a 630 with a 204-206-220.
Gavin Gilbert finished with a 1,263. His first three games meant a 609 series with games of 192-258-159 while the second set was a 654 with 199-199-256.
Zach Delbrocco had a 1,194 six-game total with the first series of 631 (186-244-201) and the second 563 (188-177-198). Joe Clavelli finished with a 1,166 with a 568 series to start and games of 159-178-231 while the final three games totaled 563 with 188-177-198.
Oswego finished with a 6,257 total and was followed by Niagara Falls 6,110, Niagara Wheatfield 6,019, Tonawanda 5,971 and North Tonawanda 5,810.
Hoefer said, “This was a huge win as they proved themselves against 31 other teams, mostly Buffalo squads. This win shows their strength as a team and proves that they are ready to strike through the rest of the season. The boys hope to carry on this success through the rest of the season. The key to their success seems to be their love for the sport. They show up daily, to practice and perfect their game even when it isn’t expected of them. Their commitment to this sport is outstanding. This win is definitely one for the books and one that this group of young men will remember forever.”
Buc Cagers 3-1
Oswego varsity basketball players are off to a quick start for the boy’s team with three wins in their first four games. The most recent victory came at Liverpool with a 77-58 victory.
The Bucs outscored the home team in every period. It was 15-11 after one quarter, but at halftime the lead went to 37-28. Oswego continued to maintain the advantage and after three it was 59-42.
Balanced scoring provided a positive for the Bucs as Josh Gillard finished with six three pointers en route to a 22-point performance. Ryan Lavner tallied 13 and Ryan Patrick added 10. Dylan Lavner scored either while Mike Thompson and Kevin Carpentier each had six. Zach Gillard, Dustin Sands and Conner Riley have four each.
Lady Bucs Don’t Give Up
Double digit deficits faced the Lady Bucs several times against Liverpool, but Oswego refused to give up. However, in the end Liverpool escaped Powers Gym with a 45-42 victory.
The visitors were up 10-7 after one and 29-21 at the intermission. In the third the Bucs continued to look at a deficit as the Warriors held a 38-28 lead entering the final quarter.
Oswego scrambled, pulled down rebounds, hit foul shots, tightened up the defense and clawed its way back. The Bucs had the ball on the final possession, but could not get off a three pointer that would have tied the game.
Taylor Giglio and Courtney Louis had 12 points each, Emily Barlow six, Margo Dillon four, Bella Winklestine and Reilly Patrick three ach and Maddy Mucky two for the 2-6 Bucs.