OSWEGO, NY – The Oswego High boys’ hockey team squares off in Section III semifinal action at 7 tonight (Feb. 18) at Fort Ontario in a game with Skaneateles.
Swimming and wrestling had some outstanding performances in Section III post season competition while the basketball teams played well only to fall short of advancing.
The Oswego Buccaneers had an outstanding showing at the Class A Swimming Championships on Saturday at West Genesee High School and then continued to shine at the State Qualifier meet the next day at Hamilton College.
The Bucs finished fourth in the Class A meet against a field of 12 and at the state qualifier the team finished fourth out of 27.
A week prior, the Oswego divers attended the Class A Diving Championships and had a great showing.
Seniors Alex Carl, Branagan Glennen, and Mike Prevo, with sophomore Tyler Youngman qualified for, and attended, the challenging meet. Glennen and Prevo placed 17th and 18th respectively.
Glennen, with his best score of 247.85, and Prevo with his best of 232.90, finished their high school diving careers on a high note.
Youngman, in his first Sectional diving meet, put up an impressive best score of 274.60 to place 14th.
Coach Josh Lerch said, “Carl was the strongest with a final score of 292.40, which put him in 11th place in Class A and was good enough to qualify him for the State Qualifier Diving Championship meet this past weekend.”
Carl was even more impressive on Saturday at State Qualifier, posting a score more than 75 points higher than the previous meet.
His 353.65 points was a personal best and good enough to move him from 12th place up to 10th.
Lerch noted, “If I had to sum up our team performance at the Class A meet on Saturday with a single statement, it would be that, ‘We swam better overall as a team than any other team there.’ We were outscored by three other teams there, but not out-swam. Every Buccaneer left that pool with a smile on their face because every one of them went best times. That is hard to accomplish as a team, but this team did it as a result of all their hard work all season long.”
The Oswego medley relay team of seniors Leo Gorton and Alex Kemper, with juniors Dylan Harrington and Ben McCrobie, started off the meet with a 4th place finish (1:43.61) after dropping three seconds from their inseason best time.
Junior Kyle Kemper, sophomore Christian Davis, and freshman Sammy Davis all went best times as part of Oswego’s other 200 medley relay team.
In the 200 freestyle, sophomore Evan James and freshman Austin “Butters” Richardson both dropped an impressive amount of time to place 6th and 14th respectively in the event. Richardson dropped five seconds, touching in 2:02.65 and James dropped three, finishing in 1:57.10.
Harrington and McCrobie also excelled in the 200 I.M. McCrobie dropped three seconds to place 10th in 2:18.49. Harrington dropped two seconds to place 5th in 2:07.72.
The next event, the 50 freestyle, had four Buccaneers in it. Sophomore Zach DeSacia finished 23rd out of the 38 participants with his best time of 25.75. Junior Kyle Kemper placed 20th with his best time of 25.66. Finally, Gorton (22.85) and Alex Kemper (22.75) both swam their best times to place 6th and 4th in the event.
Gorton would shine again in the 100 fly.
He swam his best time in the event, 55.81, to place 7th. Another senior, Evan Davis, took 18th place in his first Sectionals ever with a best time of 1:06.32. Next, in the 100 freestyle, Alex Kemper would be the lone Buccaneer in the event, but would still make a big impact on it. Kemper touched the wall 3rd in his best time ever, 50.15.
The longest event, the 500 freestyle, was one of the most dominant ones for Oswego.
McCrobie, Richardson, James, and freshman Eli Restuccio, would all score for the Buccaneers in the most challenging event of the meet. Restuccio dropped an impressive six seconds to finish 13th in 5:43.12. Richardson finished in 5:32.50, placing 7th after an impressive 17 second drop. McCrobie dropped 10 seconds to finish 5th and James took 4th in 5:14.67 after an impressive six second drop of his own.
Lerch said, “To have four Oswego athletes score in one event is quite an accomplishment, and not one the boy’s team has been able to do in recent memory.”
Leo Gorton, Alex Kemper, Dylan Harrington and Ben McCrobie got back together for the 200 freestyle relay.
The foursome was able to touch 5th in 1:31.67, a 2 second drop from their best time this season. Additionally, Evan Davis (25.96) and Zach DeSacia (25.60) posted best times as part of Oswego’s other 200 freestyle relay. Next, Oswego’s backstrokers, freshman Sammy Mays and sophomore Chris Van Gorder, both dropped over a second in their races. Mays touched 15th in 1:06.15 and Van Gorder finished 19th in 1:07.69.
The 100 breaststroke was next and was another big point-scorer for the Bucs. Sophomore Christian Davis dropped three seconds to earn himself 7th place with a best time of 1:06.35. Harrington took 4th place in 1:03.63.
In the final event of the meet, the 400 freestyle relay, Oswego’s James, Richardson, DeSacia, and Evan Davis earned a 7th place finish for the Bucs, moving up from their 11th place seeding. Richardson (57.85) and DeSacia (56.90) both put up best times on the relay.
Oswego’s other 400 freestyle relay team of freshman Ben Dafoe (1:02.30), Corey Stevens (1:02.90), and Eli Restuccio (1:00.93), with sophomore Kyle Topley (1:00.26), all posted best times to lead their relay to a successful time of 4:06.39.
Oswego’s team effort was enough to earn them 4th place overall at the Class A meet, a marked improvement from their 6th place finish the previous year. Then, the next morning, the Buccaneers had to hop back on a bus to Hamilton College for State Qualifier’s. Though not used to competing two days in a row, the boys responded immediately to the challenge by moving up a spot in the 200 medley relay. Leo Gorton, Alex Kemper, Dylan Harrington and Ben McCrobie touched 3rd in 1:43.99. Harrington (27.77 breast), Gorton (24.51 fly), and Kemper (21.86 free) outsplit most of the other teams in finals.
Evan James (1:57.42) took 10th in the 200 freestyle, the next event. Austin Richardson (2:03.33) earned his team a 19th place finish, having earned the privilege to racing again at this meet on the merits of his Class A performance. Next, Harrington placed an impressive 6th place overall in the 200 I.M. with a time of 2:08.02. McCrobie also swam the I.M. and his time of 2:17.07 was a drop of over a second and good enough to earn him 18th place overall.
Oswego was able to outscore most of the other teams in the next event, the 50 freestyle.
Alex Kemper (22.54) and Leo Gorton (22.64) placed 4th and 5th respectively. Both swimmers dropped nearly a quarter of a second, which, in a 50 freestyle, is very impressive. Gorton hopped up in the next event, the 100 fly, and swam another best time. His time of 55.29 was fast enough to earn him 7th overall. Kemper took off in the very next event, the 100 freestyle. He dropped another second to place 5th in 49.76.
All four Oswego distance swimmers made it back to swim the 500 freestyle at State Qualifier’s. Eli Restuccio placed 23rd with a time of 5:46.47. Richardson dropped another second to place 13th in 5:31.50. James finished 8th in 5:15.09, and McCrobie touched 6th in his best time of 5:12.40, a 3 second drop from the day before. Oswego, along with Auburn’s 500 swimmers, outscored all other teams in the event.
The next event, the 200 freestyle relay, was one of the most exciting of the meet for the Bucs. Ben McCrobie, coming off a lifetime best performance in the 500 freestyle, rejoined Leo Gorton, Alex Kemper, and Dylan Harrington to swim with the Section’s best in the event. Oswego’s relay dropped two seconds the day before to come into this meet seeded 5th in the event. They dropped another 2 seconds to move up to 4th place. All four boys improved their swims in a team effort that earned them a time of 1:29.80 and a trip to the NY State Championship Swim Meet in two weeks! McCrobie split a 24.02, Harrington a 21.63, Kemper a 21.53, and Gorton led off with his best time of 22.62.
Harrington dove back in a short time later to take 5th place in the 100 breaststroke in a best time of 1:03.11. He was joined by Christian Davis in the event. Davis impressively dropped another second to place 7th in his best time of 1:05.27.
Finally, Oswego’s 400 freestyle relay team of James, Richardson, DeSacia, and Evan Davis dropped another 2 seconds to touch 16th in 3:47.47. Davis led off with his best time of 57.37, Richardson split his best time of 57.55, and James also split his fastest, an impressive 54.45.
Lerch said, “I am very proud of the success that this team has experienced over the past two days. They have worked harder than any boy’s team I have had the pleasure of coaching and have been rewarded aptly for those efforts with this weekend’s victories. While we will be celebrating these swims and dives over the next week, we will also be looking towards State Championships and waiting expectantly for a little more.”
Utica 49, Oswego 44
With Oswego leading 43-33 after three quarters it looked like the Lady Bucs basketball team was going to be playing another game in sectionals.
Coach Mike Palmitesso said the Lady Bucs just played their best third quarter of the year and we were fired up. He noted, “ We scored 20 points in that quarter with McKenna Brooks scoring three baskets, Erica Atkins hit a ‘three’ and had a basket, Marguerite Dillon had two baskets, Reilly Patrick hit a three from the wing, and Brenna Riley got an offensive rebound and converted it to a basket.”
Oswego outscored the Raiders 20-12 as the girls moved the ball around and got good looks against the Utica-Proctor zone defense.
“I’m not sure what happened in the fourth quarter.” Coach Palmitesso said. “It looked like we were just settling for shots and not working the ball around.We took seven treys and missed all of them. We had three fast-break layups and missed all of them. We got the ball inside to Brooks and she got fouled but she was unable to convert the free throws. We turned the ball over six times in the fourth quarter.”
The team had their worst quarter of the year at the wrong time. The Raiders outscored the Bucs 16-1 in the fourth quarter.
Palmitesso said, “We used four full timeouts to try and slow them down. We talked about moving the ball around and making good shots. We had several chances at the end of the game and just could not convert a basket. Down by one with about 30 seconds to go, we called our last timeout. We needed a steal or had to foul. We fouled Graham and missed the one-on-one free throw. We got the ball back with 24 seconds left, but we missed a wide open shot from the three point line. We had to go for the steal again and got beat for a layup at the other end giving Proctor a three-point lead. Utica Proctor scored another basket to secure the 49-44 win.”
In the final stats it was Brooks with 14 points, 17 rebounds and five steals while Dillon had 13 points and six rebounds. Atkins finished with eight points and two steals while Reilly Patrick had three point, Brenna Riley scored two and had four rebounds while Isabella Winklestine had 11 rebounds.
Liverpool 61, Oswego 48
Post season play commenced and finished at the Powers Gymnasium on Friday night as the Oswego varsity boys’ basketball team lost to Liverpool 61-48.
At halftime the Bucs held a 31-25 lead, but the second half Liverpool started the march back and held a 41-40 lead with eight minutes to go.
In the final quarter the visitors scored 20 and Oswego could must just eight points to end the season.
Liverpool played a wide open offensive game that took advantage of the Bucs, but the second half they were simply on fire.
In the end Ryan Lavner finished with 18 while Zach Gillard scored 10. Steve Kunelius finished with six, Matt Giudilli and Josh Lazzaro five each and Tyree Varner four points.
Oswego 285 pounder Eric Doviak finished second in the Section III wrestling competition while three of his team mates placed in the top five.
Five Bucs competed in the competition with Doviak starting the competition with a 6-2 win over Malachi Manford of Fulton and then he edged Jared West of Cicero-North Syracuse 3-2. In the finals Doviak was pinned by Trevor Gibbons of Carthage in 4:16.
Austin Coleman, at 132, placed fourth as he started with a 3:19 pin of Jonathon Earl of Fulton, but then lost to Pat Quinlin of Fayetteville-Manlius in 1:59. He then scored a 10-4 win over Mike Molls before losing to Odae Badwan of West Genesee 7-6.
Two Bucs finished in fifth place as Jordan Attwood and Austin Piazza each went 2-2.
Attwood lost his first match to Matt Emond of Central Square 3-2, but came back to pin Aaron Yablonski of Fulton in 2:10. He then lost to Steve Peterelli of Baldwinsville 4-3 before closing out with a 5-4 win over Sam Ruiz of Cicero-North Syracuse. Attwood was in each of his matches and all four could have gone either way for the 152 pounder.
Piazza, at 195, started with a 10-6 win over Travis Kemp of Fulton and then was pinned in 5:03 by Christ Bortel of F-M. He also lost to Kade Andrews of Carthage 6-0 before closing out with a pin of Caleb Bause of Whitesboro in 4:16.
Jordan Perchway, at 138, also competed but lost to Joe Copani of CNS in 5:46 and 9-4 to Luke Rufo of FM.