OSWEGO, NY – The varsity golf team finished fourth place in post season action and sent some of its members to the state event while the girls volleyball team bounced back over Fayetteville-Manlius, the swimming team remained unbeaten and the tennis team completed the regular season.
Golfers Fourth in Sectionals
On Wednesday, the Oswego golf team traveled to Marcellus to play in the Section III Tournament for the final event of the 2013 season. At stake was the overall sectional team championship, and 30 coveted invitations to individual state qualifier, held at Seven Oaks Golf Course in Hamilton, in May.
The course chosen for this year’s sectional tournament was The Links at Sunset Ridge, a tight, 18-hole layout divided neatly into six par five, six par fours, and six par threes.
Coach Dan Rose commented on the course before his players took to the first tee.
“This golf course rewards the straight hitter who can putt well. Most of the greens have some fairly severe slope to them and a player must be able to negotiate the undulations and speed. The uphill putts will be relatively slow, while the down-hillers are lightning-quick. But putting will be the least of their worries if they can’t get the ball in play off the tee,” he said.
Eight Buc Golfers qualified for this year’s sectional tournament including: sophomores Sean Dain, Sam Oleyourryk and Noah Lee, juniors Alec Kunzwiler and Eric Demidowicz, and seniors Brandon Tracz, Alex Kemper and Josh Dumas.
All 129 players teed off together, in a shotgun start, and all finished at about the same time. After all cards were accounted for and after all the scores were tallied, Oswego sat in fourth overall, tied with Auburn at 411 strokes.
“A very good year for Oswego golf,” said Coach Rose after the round. “We were atop our division after the regular season, and now a fourth place finish at sectionals not to mention our four players who will be moving on to the state qualifier.”
Those state qualifiers included Oswego standouts Kunzwiler and Dain who both survived the cut of 83 (Kunzwiler 82, Dain 79). Also joining Kunzwiler and Dain in May at Seven Oaks will be junior Eric Demidowicz (81) and senior starter Dumas, who fired a score of 82.
“It’s an individual goal for all of the boys at the start of the season,” said Coach Rose, “to first make it to sectionals, and then to advance to Seven Oaks. It’s especially sweet for the seniors, who can extend their golf careers a little longer.”
Unfortunately, two of Oswego’s seniors will be bidding fair-well to high school golf, as their scores of 84 were one stroke too high on this day.
Kemper finished off his best year as a varsity golfer, shooting a fine score of 84 on a windy day, on a difficult course. For Alex, it was a memorable ending to a memorable senior year, a year in which he played in a substantial amount of varsity matches.
Tracz will also remember his senior sectional experience, though not for the same reasons as Kemper. Tracz, a fifth year starter on the varsity team, was assessed a two-stroke penalty on one of his final holes for hitting a wrong ball. The two stoke penalty left Tracz one shot over the cut line and one shot away from extending his senior season.
“It’s a tough situation for any player, to have to take a penalty while playing. That being said, it is a situation with which those who play the game competitively will have to deal. Golf, above all else, is a game of honesty and integrity, a game in which players are, for the most part, left to their own devices. Brandon called the two-stroke penalty on himself, and I give him a great deal of credit for what he did. Many players, faced with a similar situation, might not have followed through with the penalty strokes. Brandon did, and he should be commended for that. He’s a special kid who is obviously going to be missed next year,” the coach said.
Fayetteville-Manlius won the sectional event, posting a final score of 389. With their fourth place sectional finish and their 2013 CNYCL American Conference Title to their credit, the 2013 Oswego Varsity Golfers head into the off-season confident, but forever brimming with a willingness to improve.
Tennis Team Finishes
The Oswego varsity tennis team closed out its season on Tuesday at Cicero North Syracuse. They were defeated 6-1.
Highlights of the match included fourth doubles tandem Hannah Broadwell and Brenna Sherman who defeated the NorthStars in a close 7-6 first set and 10-6 tiebreaker second set as they battled into the darkness.
All three singles players (first singles Sydney Knight, second singles Molly Malone and third singles Katie Knopp) won individual matches before falling in straight sets to CNS.
First doubles Meredith Chesare and Kelly Skinner played an exciting competitive match before falling to the Northstars in consecutive sets 6-4, 6-4.
Third doubles Samantha Davis and Allison Moshier played an exciting second set before dropping straight sets 6-2, 7-5.
Oswego ended its season with a 4-8 record, showing signs of improvement from last year.
Volleyball Wins Again
The Oswego Lady Bucs got back on the winning track with a three set win over FM 25-22, 25-20, and 25-17. The team leads its American league with a 4-2 record and are 5-5 overall.
Oswego won the first set 25-22 in a see saw battle back and forth with the Lady Hornets behind the hitting of Marguerite Dillon (4 kills), Erica Atkins (3 kills), Bella Winklestine (2 kills), and the setting of Madison Collins (8 assists). Playing good defense was Jessica Pfeifer.
Oswego played stronger in the second set winning 25-20. Atkins, Winklestine and Dillon lead the way in attacks and Clara Culeton, Kellie Gorman and Reilly Patrick all added kills. Gorman also chipped in with several aces as did Shanell Meyers.
Oswego jumped to an early third set lead 8-0 and never looked back. The same core of hitters killed the ball effectively and an added addition was the blocking of Clara Culeton and Kellie Gorman. Atkins added 4 aces also. Carlie Stoebner (2 digs) played well defensively.
Coach Ahart said that, “The team got stronger as the match moved on. That is really important in this stretch of league matches. We are still in the hunt for a league title so the girls will need to keep pushing hard.”
Swimmers Go to 5-0
Highlights: The Oswego Lady Bucs extended their undefeated swimming season to 5 – 0 with a 91-87 win over Fayetteville-Manlius on Thursday night.
Senior Carrie Gilbert, juniors Mayra Lopez and Brenna Riley, along with freshman Caitlin Gorton, got the Bucs off to a great start with a win in the 200 medley relay (2:02.92). Teammates senior Catie Geroux, and sophomores Clare Donovan, Mariah Metcalf, and Brooke Morrisseau weren’t far behind, touching the wall in 2:03.30 to place second.
Morrisseau would shine in the next event as well. She posted a season best time of 2:06.58 to win the 200 freestyle.
Lopez placed second with an inseason best time of 2:13.64 with senior Colleen Fraser taking third in 2:20.73. Another senior, Elizabeth Baker, followed that up with a win in the 200 I.M. in a lifetime best of 2:37.21. Junior Angie Rookey was close behind, touching the wall in 2:42.41 to place third. Next, Ihlow (28.09) would team up with fellow senior Katrina Tafler (28.45) to wrap up the first part of the meet with a 1-2 finish in the 50 free.
Ihlow wouldn’t sit long though. She really put on a show in the diving event to take first in a lifetime best score of 212.40. Her score was just a few tenths of a point shy of the school record.
Following the diving event, Metcalf would win her first of two individual victories. Her winning time of 1:05.62 in the 100 fly is a lifetime best. In the next event, the 100 freestyle, Riley put up her lifetime best (57.30) to place first. Another senior, Cassidy Taylor, also put up a lifetime best in the event (1:06.57).
One of the most exciting events of the evening had to be the 500 free.
Gorton, Rando, and sophomore Ayla Busch all swam personal best times. Gorton won in a Section leading time of 5:24.36 which is also her lifetime best. Rando put up the second fastest time (6:03.09), also a lifetime best. Busch had her best race as well. Her time of 6:13.14 wasn’t just her best time ever, but it is also her first Sectional Championship cut ever.
Oswego finished the meet on a high note.
Following a victory in the 100 backstroke by Donovan (1:11.89) and a solid third place finish by Geroux (1:15.04), Metcalf took the 100 breast by storm, placing first by almost six seconds. Her time of 1:10.54 is a lifetime best, a new pool record, and the fastest time posted in the section this season. Morrisseau posted the second fastest time, a 1:16.33, which is also her lifetime best.