Buc Sports Central – Softball and Lacrosse Advance

OSWEGO, NY – Two come from behind victories provided the Lady Bucs softball and lacrosse teams to advance in Section III post season play.

It was a tough week for the Bucs as the boys’ varsity lacrosse team lost to ESM in the Section III quarterfinals by a 7-6 count and the varsity baseball team was eliminated by Syracuse.

Ben Harrington captured the Class AA pentathlon.

Meanwhile, golfers along with track and field competitors kept performing well in their specialties.

Lacrosse to Class B Final

After trailing the entire first half the Bucs came out of intermission and turned an 8-6 deficit into a 10-8 advantage.

However, they weren’t able to pull away as East Syracuse-Minoa was staying within striking distance.

On the neutral Liverpool turf the two teams battled away. Even though the Bucs held a two-goal lead the Spartans fought back to tie it at 10-10.

Kaitlyn Armstrong then put the Bucs ahead again, but there were still well over five minutes remaining in the game. Becca Martin then scored what proved to be the winner with 77 seconds remaining in regulation.

ESM did get one back and had a genuine opportunity to send it to overtime. With just 20 seconds left  the Spartans were awarded a free position shot. Goalie Tayler Bowman made the stop of the day as she clinched the Bucs victory.

The win sent the Bucs to the Class B Section III final on May 29 at 8 p.m. on the West Genesee field.

For the Bucs, Taylor Giglio had three goals and two assists while Martin scored three.  Alexa Healy (2-0), Kaitlyn Armstrong (2-1),  Mackenzie Robinson (1-0), Mikalya Place (1-2),  and Kelly Chetney (0-1) contributed to the scoring.

Bowman finished with 15 saves for the 12-7 Bucs.

Softball Spectacular

Pitcher Emily Kolenda and catcher Caitlyn McRae talk strategy
Pitcher Emily Kolenda and catcher Caitlyn McRae talk strategy

The Lady Bucs continue to surprise coach Mike McCrobie as they just don’t want the season to end.

In the Section III Class AA quarterfinal the Bucs were on the brink of elimination trailing Baldwinsville 5-4 with two outs in the last of the seventh.

The rally started with Caitlyn McRae as she poked a one out single to center. Then with two outs and two strikes Vicky Race hit a ball to left which began to trail away from the outfielder. The Bee couldn’t get the ball and it rolled to the fence. McRae scored and Race stood at third with two outs.

The thought seemed to be that this game could be headed for extra innings, but the Bucs made sure it ended in seven.

Frosh Marguerite Dillon was at the plate and the Baldwinsville pitcher set, fired toward home, but the ball began rising. It went over the head of the catcher and rolled to the back stop.

The pitcher scrambled home to cover but Race got to the plate with the winning run before the ball could be recovered.

Sarah Mancuso brings a run across the plate for the Bucs
Sarah Mancuso brings a run across the plate for the Bucs

It was a 6-5 victory for the Lady Bucs.

The Lady Bucs went wild and Coach Mike McCrobie simply shook his head. There have been many times over his career that the coach had seen his team do this, but for this team it was special. They continue to work hard and are determined to overcome obstacles.

The season could have ended on Thursday evening, but the Lady Bucs will play one more game as they will face the CNS squad in what seems to have become an annual post season matchup in the Class AA semifinals on May 30 at Hopkins Road Field in Liverpool (time to be announced).

Buc Varsity Lax Falls

In a surprising outcome the East Syracuse-Minoa Spartans boys’ varsity lacrosse team abruptly ended the Bucs year with a 7-6 win at Joe Wilber Field in the Section III Class B quarterfinal round.

Oswego had a tough night handling the ball and turnovers while visitors took advantage of turnovers to score key goals.

It was a defensive tussle in the first half as it was 1-1 at halftime.

The offenses woke up a bit in the third as it was 4-4 with one quarter remaining.  ESM built up a two goal lead and withstood man up situations while their goalie was making point-blank stops.

In the waning moments Oswego was in good position to score, but the keeper kept the Bucs at bay. John Kaplewicz tallied the final goal of the game with 8.1 seconds remaining to cut the deficit to one. However, the face off got tied up in a scrum and the Bucs never had another chance.

Brandon Tracz, Dom Cianfarano and Kaplewicz each had two goals while Kyle Clark and Kaplewicz each had assists.

In goal Trent Yule had seven stops while the goaltending combo of Alec Miller (3) and D.J. MacCombie (7) combined for 10 ESM saves.

Harrington Wins Pentathlon

Led by the outstanding performance of junior Ben Harrington, the Oswego track team, turned in a strong performance Wednesday at the Section III   Class AA Track and Field Championships, held on the Rick Nastasi Track at Cicero-North Syracuse High School.

Harrington placed first for the Bucs in the pentathlon, scoring a best of 2609 points, to better his previous school record by 70 points. Ben earned personal bests in the 110 meter hurdles, the high jump, and the shot put, in the five event competition, to better the second place finisher by 159 points.

” Ben did a terrific job” said Coach Jim McCaul ” He is a very versatile, talented, and competitive young man. who is rapidly developing into a fine track and field athlete.”

Senior Mike Ruggio, had a fine afternoon for the Bucs, to close out a fine career, by turning in two fourth  place finishes among the section’s elite, with a personal best toss of 122′ 7″ in the discus and a season best of 45′ 1 3/4″ in the shot put.

Oswego’s 4 x 400 meter relay of Peter Khamis, Dave Johnson, Xander Lara, and Matt Winn, ran a season best time of 3:49.3, to finish first in their section and 7th overall.

The Bucs 4 x 800 meter relay of Johnson, Lara, Khamis, and Pat Dillon, lowered their previous season best by eleven seconds, to place 8th in a time of 9:03.7.

The 4 x 100 meter relay of Devlin Babcock, Lara, Ruggio, and Cory Keefe, ran a fine time of 46.9, to place 3rd in their section.

Other bests for the much improved Bucs were turned in by Winn and Lara in the 400 meter dash and Lara, Khamis, and Pat Dillon in the 800 meter run.  Overall, the Bucs placed 12th in the competition with 18 points.

“I am very proud of the efforts the boy’s turned in” said McCaul ” When the points were tabulated at the end, we were not the best but our athletes gave it their best and had a lot of success throughout the competition. This is a credit to their hard work and dedication.”

Oswego will close out its regular season on Thursday, with Cory Keefe, Ben Harrington, and Whitney Ford, returning to the Cicero-North Syracuse Athletic Complex, for the State Meet Qualifier, in hopes of earning a berth in the upcoming New York State Track and Field Championships, to be held on June 8th and 9th at Cicero-North Syracuse.

Golfers at Sectionals

Three Oswego golfers teed off on Tuesday at Foxfire Golf Course in Baldwinsville, competing alongside 80 other players from section three. The end of the year sectional tournament is the culmination of a highly competitive three month regular season full of 9-hole matches and daily practice sessions.

The tournament also gives competitors the opportunity to earn a coveted spot on the Section III State Team competing during the first week in June.

The weather was perfect on Tuesday as Buc golfers Sarah Gosek, Courtney Kelly and Emily Anderson launched their first shots into the air. Coming off a solid end-of-the-season-win versus Liverpool, the Oswego trio was full of high hopes and admittedly, a few nerves.

This was not Gosek and Kelly’s first go-around at sectionals. Last year they both competed at Foxfire, though the course played a bit different this time. “Like night and day,” Coach Rose said about the par 72, 5,800 yard Foxfire Golf Course. “Last season you could have lost a ball in the middle of the fairway it was so wet. Today, the ball was rolling and the greens were firm. Good scoring conditions.”

Gosek took advantage of those conditions, carding nine pars in her round and finishing with a score of 95, placing her in a tie for 13th place in the event. It was a bittersweet day for the Oswego senior captain. On one hand, this was Gosek’s best competitive 18-hole round to date, on the other, it left her just outside the cut line for the Section III Team competing in two weeks for the state title. Still, Sarah has a lot to look forward to as she heads to Nazareth College next year where she will continue her golfing career.

Courtney Kelly bettered last year’s score of 108 by 3 strokes and has steadily improved her stroke average this season. Kelly was second in overall stroke average in 2012, and plans on competing in many tournaments this summer in order to sharpen her game for her upcoming senior season.

Emilee Anderson had a very respectable debut at sectionals, shooting a fine score of 104, placing her in a tie for 21st spot. Emilee has steadily improved her game each season and like Kelly and Gosek, will be competing in several competitive events this summer to hone her game.

Oswego’s lone male sectional competitor Brandon Tracz will travel to Seven Oaks Golf Club on Thursday to do battle on the famed Robert Trent Jones designed gem on the campus of Colgate University. Tracz earned a trip to the state qualifier by shooting a round of 79 during the boys’ sectional competition in the fall.

Ford Fast for Lady Bucs

Oswego senior Whitney Ford, ran a fine time of 26.9 in the 200 meter dash Tuesday, to place eighth  for the Lady Bucs, in a very competitive field, at the Section III Girl’s Track and Field Championships, held on the Rick Nastasi Track at Cicero-North Syracuse High School. She also turned in a strong leap of 32′ 1/4″ in the triple jump, to finish 9th. Ford will be advancing to the Section III State Meet Qualifier next Thursday at Cicero-North Syracuse.

Oswego’s 4 x 400 meter relay of Ariel Bouffard, Chyloe Patterson, Cheyenne Sanchez, and Tara Stacey, shattered their previous season best by over twelve seconds, running a fine time of 4:47.3, to place 11th. Bouffard and Patterson also earned personal bests in the 400 meter dash for the Lady Bucs, with Stacy turning in a strong effort in the 800 meter run.

Softball Loss to Phoenix

The OHS Lady Buccaneer softball team dropped an 8-3 decision to Phoenix here on Tuesday in a tune-up for both teams for the upcoming Section III tournament.

The Bucs jumped out to a two-run lead in the first. Allie Yule singled sharply to right and Margo Dillon reached when her bunt was mishandled, bringing Yule around to third. Dillon stole second ahead of Emily Kolenda’s single that plated two runs.

The Firebirds answered back in the bottom half with a booming line drive homerun to centerfield off the bat of pitcher Brittany Sears. They tied the game at 2-2 in the second inning on a single, stolen base, and infield error.

Phoenix continued to pressure the Bucs as they had runners on base in every inning. Jenna Zaia put the game out of reach with a three-run homerun in the 4th inning, giving the Firebirds a 5-2 lead. They added three more insurance runs in the sixth.

The Lady Bucs only other run came on an Allie Yule homerun – her first of the season.

The only other Buccaneer to solve Sears was Caitlyn McRae, who had a pair of singles against the Niagara University-bound hurler.

Phoenix, the number two seed in the upcoming Section III Class A tournament upped its record to 14-5 on the season. The Bucs dropped to 11-7 overall.