Buc Cagers and Swim Team Keep Winning

The Oswego High School boys’ varsity basketball team and swimming squad continued to win while the hockey team saw a three goal lead disappear and had to settle for a tie. Meanwhile, the wrestlers are battling in post season tournament competition.

Cagers Upend Fulton

The Oswego varsity boys’ basketball team faced archrival Fulton in a rare Saturday afternoon game as the season begins to near Section III playoffs.

The Bucs simply overpowered the Raiders behind a 25-5 outburst in the first quarter and an 11-0 run in the second for a 36-5 halftime lead.

Everyone saw action as the Bucs settled for a 61-40 victory.

Dylan Lavner was the lone double-figure scorer for the Bucs with 18 points. Josh Gillard added nine, Dustin Sands eight, Kevin Carpentier six, Zach Gillard and Jonah Restuccio five each, Nate Miller and Mike Thompson with three and Ryan Lavner with two points.

Oswego will be among the top four teams when the seeding committee meets to establish the post season schedule.  The Bucs have two games remaining in the regular season with senior night tonight (February 7), against Corcoran and the road finale against a solid and highly competitive Auburn team.

Hockey Tied Up

OHS Hockey Seniors prepare for last regular season home game
OHS Hockey Seniors prepare for last regular season home game

Oswego and Skaneteles will be the top two seeds entering post season play, but the race for first could be over on Tuesday (February 7) or might not be decided until the end of the week.  The Bucs have a three point edge on Skaneateles with one game remaining for OHS and two for the Lakers. If the Bucs defeat Fulton on Feburary 7 they will clinch first place in Division II.

On senior night Josh Cooley, Jon Kaplewicz, Daniel Maniccia, Josh Sova, John Phillips, Jake Sperino, David Mathes, Jeremy Purce, Tyler Grimshaw, Trent Yule, Cody Mariano and Chris Bonner were recognized for their contributions in pre game ceremonies.

Though the Bucs didn’t finish out with home season with a win the squad settled for a 4-4 tie with Auburn.

It appeared the Bucs were on their way to victory, but Auburn rallied for a three-goal third period to send this one into overtime.

The Bucs had a tie game late in the third when Josh Sova scored on a shorthanded goal with a shot from the top of the faceoff circle to put the tam back on top 4-3 with 4:40 remaining. However, less than a minute later Auburn knotted it up on a power play.

Overtime saw numerous scoring opportunjties for the Bucs, but they could not cash in against Maroon goalie Jeffrey Gardner who finished with 33 saves.

Oswego dominated the first period of play and held a 2-1 lead with goals by Mathes and Maniccia. In the second Mariano scored for a 3-1 lead.

In the end Auburn scratched back, took advantage of penalties and a few defensive miscues to tie it up.

In goal Chris Bonner got the start and had six saves while Josh Cooley came in for the second half and finished with 17 saves.

Swimmers Win Sixth

The Buccaneer swimming and diving team won its final meet of their dual meet season at Lemoyne College against Cicero-North Syracuse on Friday night 102-78. 

Oswego won eight of the twelve events, including all three relays. 

The relay team of seniors Reeve Callen, Drake Becksted, and Zach Gerber, teamed up with sophomore Alex Kemper to win the 200 medley relay (1:44.52) and the 200 freestyle relay (1:31.33).  The trio then teamed up with junior Jimmy Dillon to win the 400 freestyle relay (3:29.41).  Shortly after that Dillon would win the 200 freestyle (2:00.38), and then the 500 freestyle later in the meet in his lifetime best (5:29.57). 

Freshman Dylan Harrington would miss first place by less than half a second in the 200 I.M., placing second in a close race while nearly surpassing his best time.  Becksted won the 50 free in 21.77.  Also swimming impressive 50 freestyles were sophomore Tyler Benjamin in his lifetime best of 29.03 and Nick Lewis in his best of 29.49.  Following the 50 free, the Buccaneer divers, senior Austin DeMott, sophomore Alex Carl, and freshman Nick Lewis, would place second, third and fourth respectively.

In the butterfly event, Callen (55.51) would team up with freshman Ben McCrobie (1:10.99) to take first and second.  In the next event, the 100 freestyle, Gerber would take first by more than two seconds clocking in at 51.96.  Dillon would go on to win the 500 as earlier mentioned, touching the wall nearly forty-four seconds ahead of second place.  Sophomore Brendon Reed would take third place for the Bucs in his lifetime best of 6:40.99.

After the 500 the Bucs would put up some impressive splits in the 200 freestyle relay.  Contributing swimmers were: seniors Reeve Callen 22.64, Zach Gerber 22.90, sophomore Alex Kemper 24.08, and freshman Dylan Harrington 26.21 and Ben McCrobie 28.01.  In the next event, the 100 backstroke, junior Jeremy Galvin took first for the Bucs (1:04.66).  The last individual event, the 100 breaststroke, was a good one for CNS as they placed first and second.  Harrington would take third for the Bucs nearly equaling his best time in the event (1:16.91).  Also swimming well in the event was freshman Zack Bush, coming in at his lifetime best (1:40.60).

The seniors, along with Dillon, finished the meet in style, placing first in the 400 freestyle relay (3:29.41).  Junior Joe Corradino (1:11.53) and sophomore Tyler Benjamin (1:06.25) both had impressive splits in the event as well.

Coach Josh Lerch said, “This meet was bittersweet for us.  We swam very well and we were excited to finish out the regular dual meet season 6-3. However, that finished our regular season.  That means that it was the final meet for some great members of our team, because they all swam best times at this final meet of their season.  Thirteen Buccaneers will now begin preparing for the Sectional Championship meet at Nottingham High School in two weeks.”


The Oswego wrestling team competed in the Class A Tournament as the season winds down.

At 99 pounds Austin Coleman lost in 5:16 to Mitchell Woodworth of Fulton and then was pinned by Jonathan Fannetti of ESM in 4:30.

Jordan Perchway competed at 126 and lost to Fulton’s Johan Ambach 12-0 and to another foe 12-6.

At 182 Mike Ruggio wrestled four times as he defeated Jimmy Laurenzo of New Hartford 8-1 and Alex Moss of ESM 3-0, but also was defeated by Derek Owen of Fulton 3-2 and Garrick Cook of Indian River via a pin in 1:45.

At 285 Eric Doviak also went to the mat four times. He decisioned Tyler Collette of Watertown 6-3 and scored a 10-0 major decision over Joe Madonia. He lost to Taylor Scranton of AP 2-0 and 2-1.

Ruggio and Doviak are headed to Section III post season competition.