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September 19, 2018

Buc Golfers Take League Title, Swimmers Win Again


The Oswego golf team captured the league title while the Lady Bucs swimmers continued to cruise in the pool.

Meanwhile, the varsity tennis team celebrated on senior night with a victory and the volleyball along with cross country teams were in action.

Oswego golfers win share of league title

The Oswego golf team finished the regular season on Monday with a win against Liverpool at home.

The win earned the Bucs a share of the 2013 league title with Fayetteville-Manlius.

Sean Dain capped off a spectacular season with a medalist score of 37 on Oswego’s front side. Alec Kunzwiler’s 39 was the second lowest score of the day. Also scoring in the match were golfers Josh Dumas (40), Noah Lee (41), and Alex Kemper (42).

Coach Dan Rose said, “It was a bittersweet day for the Bucs, as they said goodbye to three seniors. One of those seniors, Brandon Tracz, has been on the golf team since 8th grade. Also leaving for college next summer are seniors Josh Dumas and Alex Kemper. Each of these players has made significant contributions to the Oswego Golf both on and off the course. We wish them well in all of their future endeavors.”

With the win on Monday, Oswego ran its overall record to 12-5 (11-5 in league play).

Sectionals will take place on Wednesday at The Links at Sunset Ridge. Eight Buc Golfers have qualified for the sectional tournament.

Solid Tennis Senior Night

The Oswego Lady Bucs defeated Syracuse East 6-1 as they celebrated their seven departing seniors at Senior Night.

Senior Sydney Knight played first single and defeated Syracuse 6-2, 6-2.

Second singles Rana Al-Salameh played a nail biter as she lost the first set 7-6, but then came back to win the next two sets 6-4, 7-6.

Senior Sam Davis played third singles and defeated Syracuse 6-2, 7-6.

First doubles Meredith Chesare and Kelly Skinner defeated Syracuse 6-4, 6-4.

Second doubles Katie Knopp and senior Molly Malone won 6-1, 6-3.

Taking home the final win for Oswego was fourth doubles senior pair Emilee Anderson and Kennedy Singletary, defeating Syracuse 6-0, 6-1.

Third doubles seniors Allison Moshier and Abigail Allen were defeated by Syracuse after an intense three sets.  The final score for Allen and Moshier was 7-6, 6-2, and 6-3.

Remaining Unbeaten in Pool

The Oswego Lady Bucs fought off the Liverpool Warriors to remain unbeaten with a record of 4 – 0 as they swam to a 97-87 victory.

Coach Josh Lerch said, “Oswego and Liverpool have gone back and forth over the past few years with wins and losses and this was another close one.  With the meet tied after diving, the Buccaneers stepped up and won every race they needed to and even came close to winning one that would have been unexpected.”

Oswego took an early lead with a strong showing in the first two events.

Sophomores Mariah Metcalf, Brooke Morrisseau, and Elaina Rando, with freshman Caitlin Gorton took first place in the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:55.64.  Additionally, important third place points in the event were secured by senior Nina Alcasid, juniors Angie Rookey and Erin Delaney, and sophomore Clare Donovan.  Following that, Gorton and junior Brenna Riley put up the top two times in the 200 freestyle.  Gorton placed first in 2:04.02 and Riley second in 2:06.50, her best time this season.  Sophomore Ayla Busch (2:22.30) and senior Maggie Maas (2:27.20) also went best times in the event.

Liverpool started to come back in the 200 I.M. with a first place finish from Sydnie Sovinsky and then Section III’s top sprinter, Madeline Murphy, took the 50 free by almost a full second for the Warriors.  Notably, Oswego’s sprinters did swim well in the event.  Metcalf took second in 25.59, a very good swim for her, though not as close to Murphy as she would have liked, and Rando’s 26.98 was an outstanding lifetime best.  Freshman Olivia DeLorenzo also put up a personal best with a time of 33.00.

Liverpool continued their winning streak into the diving event as Kelsey Austin took first and the Warriors also placed third and fourth to tie up the meet. Oswego senior Hailey Ihlow dove well to take second place with 185.10 points.

Lerch noted, “Coming off the diving event, the Buccaneers knew that the meet was tied and that they needed to come out aggressively to try and take back some control against a tough Liverpool team that had just won the past three events.”

Caitlin Gorton did just that against Liverpool’s Sovinsky, denying her a second individual win at the meet in her best event, the 100 fly.  Sovinsky, coming off a lifetime best 1:01 performance a few days prior, put up another lifetime best (1:00.68) to break the pool record which was set in 1979.  Gorton touched the last wall less than half a stroke ahead of Sovinsky and surged to the finish, taking first in her Section-Leading lifetime best of 59.33, shattering the existing pool record by nearly a second and a half in the process.  Oswego senior Elizabeth Baker and junior Erin Delaney took much needed third and fifth place points in the event to put the Bucs up four points.

The next event, the 100 freestyle, would provide to be one of the most exciting races of the meet, with Liverpool’s Madeline Murphy touching out Metcalf and Morrisseau to win her second individual event of the meet.  Murphy’s win, in 55.17, was earned by holding off an exhilarating race to the finish by Metcalf and Morrisseau on either side of her.  Metcalf nearly got her, touching in her lifetime best of 55.29, and Morrisseau wasn’t far behind at 55.79, her best time this season.   Angie Rookey (1:06.93) and freshman Madi Bell (1:11.77) also posted best times this season in the event.  The points were split evenly in the 100 free so Oswego kept its four-point lead going into the 500 freestyle.

All three Buccaneer distance swimmers posted their best times this season in the 500 to take first, third and sixth.

Riley won her first event of the meet in a season best time of 5:35.57.  Junior Mayra Lopez won a hard-fought third place (5:56.34), dropping over 10 seconds since the last time she swam the event this season, and holding off a comeback by Liverpool’s Claire Donovan who finished at 5:56.44.  Sophomore Ayla Busch dropped four seconds and took sixth in her lifetime best of 6:16.60, just missing the Sectional cut time of 6:16.00.  The distance crew put Oswego up two more points to bring their lead to six.

Following the 500, Oswego won an important victory in the 200 freestyle relay.

The Lady Bucs were the Section leaders in the event by about a second over the Warriors prior to the meet, but  with another outstanding performance turned in by Morrisseau, Rando, Gorton, and Metcalf, they are now the Section leaders by more than two seconds with a time of 1:42.87.  Oswego’s relay team of seniors Carrie Gilbert and Hailey Ihlow, along with juniors Brenna Riley and Mayra Lopez (who had just hopped out of the water following their strong performances in the 500 free), took some very important third place points to put the Bucs up eight points headed into the 100 back.

Liverpool’s Olivia Corlett cruised to a solid victory in the event with a winning time of 1:05.50.  Not far behind were Oswego’s Donovan (1:10.79) and junior Zoe Ferris (1:11.10), both posting their best times this season to place third and fourth respectively.  Senior Catie Geroux also scored important points in the event, taking fifth with a time of 1:15.64.

Oswego retained an eight point lead going into the next event, the 100 breaststroke. This event would seal the victory for Oswego as Rando, Lopez, and senior Colleen Fraser took first, second and third place respectively to outscore Liverpool 13-3.  Rando’s time (1:16.00) was a season best by over a second and very close to her lifetime best.

Liverpool would go on to win the final relay, but it wouldn’t be enough to make up for the 22-point lead Oswego took after the breaststroke.  Baker shined on the relay, leading off Oswego’s A relay with a Sectional qualifying time of 1:02.25.  Lopez also posted a best time this season on the relay (1:02.51) which was made even more impressive by the fact that she had swam three out of the past four events of the meet!  Additionally, Eighth-grader Caitlyn Daniels raced from behind on Oswego’s B relay to out touch Liverpool’s relay with an outstanding split time of 1:03.88.

Lerch said, “This was just a great meet for us. We came out a little complacent and Liverpool really capitalized on it so we really had to fight back during the second half of the meet. We were able to do just that and I attribute that to the tenacity with which this team attacks every practice set and, even more importantly, finishes every set. We’re very excited to be undefeated at this point in our season and will be looking forward to trying to keep our win streak alive at our home meet with F-M on Thursday.”

Lady Buc Volleyball Loses

The Baldwinsville Bees came to Oswego and in an efficient manner captured games of 25-12, 25-8 and 25-10 to win 3-0.

For the Bucs Marguerite Dillon had four aces, six kills, two blocks and a dig while Erica Atkins had an ace, three kills and four digs. Also contributing for the Bucs were Carlie Stoebner (dig), Madison Collins (a kill and 11 assists), Kellie Gorman (ace and kill), Jessica Pfeifer (a dig) and Clara Culeton (an ace and kill)

CNS Soccer Strong

Cicero-North Syracuse blanked the Oswego varsity boys soccer team 9-0 on Monday.

The NorthStars were up 4-0 at the half as the high powered offense took 51 shots toward the Oswego net.

For the Bucs netminders Adam Scharf and Liam Peterson saw plenty of action and came up with several outstanding saves.

FM Edges Buc Volleyball

It was a five game match, but the Fayetteville-Manlius Hornets stung the first defeat on the Oswego boys varsity volleyball team.

Oswego won the first game 25-23, but then lost 25-18 before rallying for a 15-20 win. However, the Bucs lost the next two games 25-23 and 25-21.

For the Bucs Josh Carney had 38 assists, six blocks, five kills and three aces while Zach Gillard contributed with 33 kills, nine blocks, five digs and two aces.

Also supporting the Buc effort were Trevor Bradshaw (seven digs, six kills and an ace), Trey Clark (an ace, kill and assist), Pat Dillon (four kills, four digs and an ace), Mike Edwards (an ace and dig), Logan Krass (eight kills, three blocks), Emmett O’Brien (five digs) and Brazen Schrencengost (three kills and a block).

Runners at McQuaid

In one of the largest cross country meets in the Northeast, the Oswego High School Bucs traveled to Rochester last Saturday to be part of the McQuaid Invitational.

The event brought over 7,500 runners from 240 schools from seven states and Canada to Rochester.

Oswego placed 28th in a 31-team field and leading the Bucs was Even James with an 18:40 effort over the three mile course. Following him were Christian Davis (18:46), Alex Flack (19:13), Paul Oleyourryk (19:24) and Pat Baer (19:59).

Oswego girls finished 23rd among 29 teams with Lainey Celeste leading the way with 20:45.

Also running for Oswego were Kyra O’Gorman (2:08), Meg LiVoti (22:57), Vanessa Wiltsie (23:22), Mallory Gordon (23:43) and Chloe Patterson (24:13).

The boys jayvee team went against the largest field of the day with 352 runners vying.  Dalton Babcock paced the Bucs with an 18:43. Other runners included Brad Patterson (19:55), Nate Greene (20:47), Camden proud (21:16), Austin Attwood (21:21), Avery Croucher (22:26) and Steve Waite (24:39) as the Bucs finished 24th out of 28 teams.

Modified Soccer Win

The Oswego Middle School White squad scored a 9-1 win over Cocoran.

Oswego White dominated play against Corcoran, possessing the ball most of the game.

Scoring for Oswego were Grace Bruns, Taylor Barlow, Regan Thompson, and Lara Kanbur. Michaela Bradshaw, Joan Carroll, Grace Bruns, and Sammy Gardner had the assists.

Jayvee Volleyball Falls

Baldwinsville brought a strong team to Powers Gym on Monday as the jayvee teams squared off. The Bees left with wins of 25-13, 25-13 and 25-9.

Coach Ted Beers said, “We had some good blocking going on this evening, a part of our game I am very happy to see.  We recorded three point blocks, but we go our hands on several kill attempts from the B’ville side.  I am very happy with how our girls have been more aggressive at the net.  The girls did a good job of playing defense against an aggressive B’ville attack.”

For the Bucs Addy Benjamin had two point blocks and an ace while Rachel Godden had a point block. Tasha Mezza carded and ace, Brianna Pfeifer a kill, and Sara Delbrocco a dig while Brianna Stenz had a kill and dig and Sarah Fitzgibbons had an assist and ace for the 3-6 Bucs.

Jayvee Soccer Loss

The Oswego jayvee boys soccer team suffered a 6-0 defeat at the hands of the NorthStars from CNS.

The Bucs found themselves in a deficit early and never recovered.  After trailing at halftime 5-0 the Bucs fought hard in the second half and only allowed a single marker.  Oswego goalie Carson Smith made 18 saves in goal.

Coach Don Fronk said, “I thought we played much better in the second half than the first.  We have had a number of injuries lately and I think the lack of numbers is taking a toll on the players. We looked tired today, especially in the first half.  We should be getting a couple players back off injuries before our next game on Saturday which should help.”

Oswego saw its record even up at 5-5

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