Success came on the golf course, in the pool and on the volleyball court for Oswego High School athletes during the past week.
Two more wins for Buc golfers
The Oswego High School golf team won two more matches this week, running their record to 7-5 on the season. With five matches left in 2013 (four of them home), the Bucs appear to be in great form heading into sectional play in two weeks.
On Tuesday, Oswego shot a season low score of 192 on Oswego Country Club’s front side, beating last year’s sectional champs Cicero-North Syracuse Blue for the second time this year, this time by 10 shots. Alec Kunzwiler broke out of his mid-season slump with a tidy nine of even-par 35.
Alec Kunzwiler, a first team all-league selection last year, is tuning his game at just the right time, it seems, with sectionals right around the corner.
Sophomore Sean Dain continued his stellar season, posting another round in the 30s, this time a one-over nine of 36, which was capped off by a beautiful birdie three on the final hole. After a laser-like approach to less than two feet from the deep rough, Dain stepped up and calmly sank the putt from just behind the hole.
Brandon Tracz also had a nice nine holes on Tuesday, scoring 37 on that same side.
“They (Kunzwiler, Tracz, Dain) are our big three,” said Coach Dan Rose about his stand-out golfers. “We need them to perform well for us in each and every match if we are going to make a run here late. The team expects these three guys to play well every time out, and right now, they are responding.”
Rounding out the scoring on Tuesday were Oswego starters Josh Dumas (41) and Noah Lee (43).
On Wednesday, Oswego stepped off of the bus to beautiful weather at Greenview Golf Course—home to Central Square. The Bucs again performed well, coasting to a 13 stroke victory over the home team – 196-209. Rising to the top of the scoring column were the familiar Oswego faces of Alec Kunzwiler and Sean Dain, who each posted one-over nines of 37.
“I can’ t say enough about the play of these two guys,” said Coach Rose after the match. “They are ready to play every single day, and they lift the games of the players around them.”
Alex Kemper, perhaps inspired by Wednesday’s perfect playing conditions, posted a score of 40 at Greenview, his second qualifying score of the year, earning him a spot in the 125 man sectional field competing October 2nd at The Links at Sunset Ridge. Also scoring in this match were senior players Josh Dumas (40) and Brandon Tracz (40).
The Bucs next match is Monday against Auburn at home. This starts a stretch of 5 matches in 8 days for the team, ending with Liverpool at home on September 30.
Record Setting Pool Performance
The Oswego Lady Bucs took to the pool to face CBA for the first time in several years on Thursday night. In the past when these two clashed, the outcome was that CBA would walk away with a 101-82 win.
That was not the case as the strong and talented Buccaneers took over the meet starting right from the first relay to extend their undefeated season to two wins. The Post Standard Athletes of the Week Brenna Riley, Mariah Metcalf, Caitlin Gorton, and Brooke Morrisseau joined up for their league-leading record-setting medley relay and did not disappoint, breaking the existing pool record by three seconds (1:54.73). The foursome would get back together for another record-setting performance later in the meet, and Caitlin Gorton would walk away individually with the pool record in the 100 fly as well.
Junior Brenna Riley won an individual event in addition to her two first place finishes on the relays. She swam her best time this season in the 200 freestyle (2:06.55), winning the event by about eight seconds. Another junior, Mayra Lopez, took third in the event in her best time this season as well (2:15.59). Sophomore Ayla Busch also swam an outstanding 200, touching in her best (2:24.75).
The following event, the 200 I.M. was an exciting one. Oswego freshman Caitlin Gorton took off in the fly to lead the field only to have sophomore Brooke Morrisseau track her down in the breaststroke to take the lead. However, a very strong last 50 by Gorton would earn her the win by a mere two tenths of a second. Gorton’s (2:18.24) and Morrisseau’s (2:18.46) times put them at second and third in the section respectively.
Senior Captain Elizabeth Baker also had a great swim in the event, touching in 2:39.20 and qualifying for Sectional’s in the event.
Next, the 50 freestyle would prove to be one of the strongest for the Buccaneers. Sophomore Mariah Metcalf would add to her first place finishes with her second of four, coming in at 25.61. Another sophomore, Elaina Rando, took second in 27.40, while senior Captain Hailey Ihlow qualified for Sectional’s in the event with a time of 28.49. Ihlow would go on to light up the diving event with her best performance ever. Her score of 203.65 would seal the victory for her and elevate her current Sectional standing to third. Freshman Libby Rookey also dove well, scoring 1:36.80, her best the season.
Gorton would kick off the second half of the meet with a pool record-setting performance in the 100 fly. Her time of 1:00.04 was close to her best this season and she remains the fastest 100 flyer in the Section. Junior Erin Delaney also had a great 100 fly, touching in 1:24.58, her best time ever.
Following the fly, Metcalf would step back up the blocks for the 100 freestyle. She would walk away with the win, swimming a lifetime best time of 55.53. That time is the second fastest that has been turned in this season in the Section. Junior Zoe Ferris turned in her top time this season (1:00.48) which was the second fastest time swam in the event. Senior Katrina Tafler qualified for Sectional’s in the event with her best time of 1:02.78.
In the next event, the 500 freestyle, Morrisseau would take second in 5:44.02. Additionally, senior Magie Maas (6:30.72) and Ayla Busch (5:25.60) both dropped about 10 seconds in the event. Next, Oswego’s 200 freestyle relay team of Rando, Ihlow, Ferris, and Baker raced to the wall to take first in 1:50.30. Riley would take second (1:07.57) in the backstroke following the relay, and sophomore Clare Bear Donovan placed third in her best time this season (1:12.22). Sophomore Kennedy Thompson touched in 1:16.68, her best time this season. Maas also swim her best time this season in the event (1:18.77).
Next the Oswego breaststrokers put on a show, turning in the top three times in the event. Rando placed first in 1:17.22, junior Mayra Lopez came in at 1:19.58, her best time this season, and finally junior Angie Rookey took third in 1:21.82, qualifying her for Sectionals.
The Lady Bucs finished the meet in the same fashion that they started it. The relay foursome of Morrisseau, Gorton, Riley, and Metcalf rebroke their pool record with a time of 3:48.03. The time is over two seconds faster than their previous pool record-setting performance from last week and moves them up to 2nd in the Section in the event. While all four girls swam well, Metcalf’s anchoring split of 54.84 was exceptional and is the fastest split turned in by an Oswego swimmer in last 5 or 6 years.
The Oswego girls varsity volleyball team swept Syracuse opponents this week.
The Bucs won three straight over Henninger by scores of 25-4, 25-12 and 25-19.
Madison Collins had 16 assists, and four kills in the two games she played. Sarah Fitzgibbons had seven assists and a kill in one game. Meanwhile, Bella Winklestine had seven aces, three kills and two digs.
Also contributing were Erica Atkins (two aces, two kills and five digs), Carlie Stoebner (kill and two digs), Kellie Gorman (two aces, four kills, an assist and two digs), Jessica Pfeifer (two digs), Shanell Meyers (five aces and a kill), Clara Culeton (four kills), Alexis Sheridan (two aces, a kill and dig), Allie Henderson (a kill and dig), Reilly Patrick (seven kills and five digs), and Marguerite Dillon (three aces, four kills, an assist, a block and two digs).
Earlier in the week the Bucs defeated Nottingham 25-9, 25-10 and 25-21.
Atkins had an ace, three kills and three digs; Stoebner a dig and Collins three assists.
Also contributing were Gorman (six aces, two kills and a dig), Pfeifer (a kill and two digs), Meyers (a dig), Culeton (an ace, two kills and a dig), Sheridan (a dig), Henderson (three aces, one kill and two digs), Patrick (four aces, two kills and two digs), Fitzgibbons (a kill, nine assists and dig), Dillon (four kills and three digs) and Winklestine (six aces, three kills and a dig).
Jayvee Volleyball Win
The jayvee girls volleyball team swept Henninger 25-13, 25-20 and 25-12.
Coach Ted Beers said, “We came out fast and we kept it up throughout the whole match. Before the first whistle we talked as a group about coming out fast against teams and keeping a steady fast pace. Tonight we did that, we did a good job of covering our hitters and the other teams tip and dump attempts. Our serving continues to be a good point for us. We need to keep this speed and momentum as we head to the Central Square Tournament this weekend.”
Contributing for the Bucs were Tori Armet (assist), Olivia Flint (two aces and two kills), Rachel Godden (eight aces, kill and assist), Hailey Jermyn (assist), Brianna Pfeifer (ace, kill and three digs), Tasha Mezza (two aces, four kills and three digs), Mackenzie Rice (two kills), Camryn Shortslef (ace), Brianna Stenz (two aces, two digs and two kills), Miranda Clary (six assists, an ace and two digs) and Kelsey Cullinan (four assists, an ace and dig).