Bucs Ports Central: Golfers Bounce Back To Hand Auburn Its First loss

The Lady Bucs golf team pulled off a nearly unbelievable comeback to defeat previously unbeaten Auburn while the lacrosse teams chalked up wins as did the varsity softball squad.

Meanwhile, once again there were several outstanding track and field performances turned in by Oswego Buccaneer athletes.

Spectacular Buc Golf Victory

Auburn came to Oswego Country Club with an unblemished record on Friday with nine wins and zero losses. All year they had handily beaten the best teams in the league including last year’s sectional champions Fayetteville-Manlius.

All year they had pummeled the competition, including a drubbing of Oswego on Wednesday at Auburn’s home course Owasco Country Club by a whopping 65 strokes.

Auburn had clearly established themselves as the perennial powerhouse in the league in 2012, and were barreling their way to an undefeated season.

But on Friday, senior night at the country club, the Bucs got in the way.

After all the scorecards had been signed and attested, all the numbers added and totaled, Oswego had done the impossible, beating the Tigers by a single stroke, and handing Auburn its first loss of the season.

“It’s funny how things work out,” Coach Rose said after the match. “We go up to their place and lose by 65 strokes. 65! To play them again and pull out a win is just a tremendous accomplishment for these girls. It’s a great win for the team and a wonderful way to head into the final match of the year. It really does show what an advantage a home course can be.”

Playing in the final home match of her career, senior captain Sarah Gosek left it all on the course, closing her country club career with a medalist score of 46, which included pars on holes three and four.

“It was great to see Sarah come through tonight. Hopefully this will be a memory she will carry with her for a long time,” Coach Rose said.

Also starring in this match for Oswego was sophomore player Emilee Anderson, whose total of 49 was a career-best. Emilee carded pars on holes 2 and 4 and made a twisting, side hill putt on the final hole from four feet away.

Little did she know how important that putt would become.

Also scoring for the Bucs on Friday were Tess Gordon (53) and Courtney Kelly (55). The team’s total stroke count of 203 was their second best total of the year, and secured their fifth win of the 2012 season. With one more match to play, Oswego’s confidence is at an all-time high.

The team will travel to Liverpool Country Club on Thursday for the regular season finale. Sectionals will be played on May 22 at Foxfire Golf Club in Baldwinsville. The Lady Bucs are now 5-6 overall on the season, 2-4 in league play.

Bucs Varsity Lax Splits

Chase Izyk with his eye on the ball
Chase Izyk with his eye on the ball

The game nearly got away from the Bucs in the waning moments, but OHS varsity boys’ lacrosse held on for a 10-9 win over General Brown on Saturday.

This one was competitive throughout and at the half OHS was up 6-5. The Bucs gained some breathing room in the second half, but GB trimmed down the deficit to move to within one goal.

For the Bucs it was win number nine of the year with Dom Cianfarano scoring five and adding three assists. Trent Yule also had two goals while single counters were put in by Dan Maniccia, David Mathes and Brandon Tracz.  Cianfarano had three assists, Yule two, Kyle Clark, Josh Sova and Maniccia one each.

Trey Love had a dozen saves for the winning team in this non-league contest.

Oswego lost on Friday to host Rome Free Academy 9-3.

Dom Cianfarano continued to show why he is one of the elite scorers in Section III as he prepares to move to the goal
Dom Cianfarano continued to show why he is one of the elite scorers in Section III as he prepares to move to the goal

The Bucs managed just six shots on goal as John Kaplewicz ended with two goals and Cianfarano one. Chase Izyk had the lone assist.

Trent Yule had 17 saves in his 49 minutes and surrendered nine goals while Love came on with two minutes left and chalked up two saves.

Keefe Outstanding in Hurdles

In a race that featured four of the top hurdlers in the section, Oswego junior Cory Keefe turned in the fastest race of his career Saturday, at the 20th Annual South Jefferson Boys Track and Field Invitational.

Keefe turned in an outstanding personal best time of 14.5 in the 110 meter hurdles, to edge the previous sectional leader Rayshan Clark of Indian River, who finished in 14.6. This time currently ranks Keefe third in the state behind Jahmahl Pardner of Aquinas Institute (14.43) and Tyriek Johnson of Huntington (14.48). ” What a race…” said Oswego coach Jim McCaul ” All four hurdlers battled each other to the end, with personal best efforts. Cory really responded well to this challenge.”

Keefe also anchored Oswego’s 4th place 4 x 100 meter relay of Devlin Babcock, Zander Lara, and Mike Ruggio, which sped to a time of 45.8.

Ruggio placed 4th in the discus for the Bucs, with a fine toss of 116′ 4″ and finished 4th in the shot put (41′ 3 1/2″).

Oswego’s 4 x 800 meter relay of Dave Johnson, Garrett Skinner, Morgan Rabalais, and Jimmy Dillon, ran a strong time of 9:36.4 to place 4th.

Senior Mitch Rabalais, lowered his previous best in the 3200 meter run by seven seconds, to finish 11th, with a fine time of 11:26.2. Freshmen Pat Dillon also shattered his previous best, running a strong time of 5:11.7 in the 1600 meter run, to place 5th in his section.

Other personal best efforts for the rapidly improving Bucs were earned by Rob Ziegler in the 100 and 200 meter dashes, Xander Lara, David Johnson, and Matt DiFabio in the 400 meter dash, and Morgan Rabalais and Jim Dillon in the 800 meter run.

“This team has come a long way since the beginning of the season” said Coach McCaul “Their hard work has led to much success and improvement. I am looking forward to their continued success in the upcoming championship season.”

Oswego will return to action on Wednesday, hosting the visiting Bees of Baldwinsville at 4:30 p.m. on the Oswego Middle School track, in their last dual meet of the season.

Girls’ Track in Action

The Oswego girl’s track team, turned in a fine performance at the 2nd Annual Fulton Athletic Booster Club Invitational, held Friday afternoon at the Fulton Athletic Complex.

Senior Whitney Ford ran a season best of 12.9 in the 100 meter dash, to finish second at the meet. She also earned second place in the 200 meter dash, with a fast time of 27.1. Sophomore Tara Stacy, leading throughout most of her race, ran a strong time of 2:40.7 in the 800 meter run, to also place 2nd.

Oswego’s  4 x 400 meter relay of Kaylee Baldwin, Cheyenne Sanchez, Adele Castelain, and Rhona Dianang, ran a time of 5:10.4 to place 4th. Dianang also finished fifth in the 200 meter dash, with a best of 32.3. Freshmen Chyloe Patterson earned a best of 10:04 in the 2000 meter steeplechase to place 5th.

Kaylee Baldwin earned  6th place in the 400 meter hurdles as well as the 100 meter hurdles, with a best of 18.5. Other 6th place finishes for the Lady Bucs were turned in by Cassie Hondro in the shot put,  Bethany Mason in the discus, bettering her previous best by over five feet (70′ 11′), and Mason, Kaela Shafter, Megan Shafer, and Angela Rookey in the 4 x 100 meter relay.

Seventh place finishes were turned in by Sanchez in the 400 meter dash, with a best, Hondro in the high jump, Baldwin in the pole vault, Marsaili Knapp in the pole vault, with Sanchez earning 8th place in the pole vault, with a best.

Other personal best efforts included  Rana Al-Salameh and Grace Gilbert in the 100 meter dash, Adrienn MacDougall in the 400 meter dash and long jump, Dianang in the 400 meter dash, Chelsea MacDougall in the shot put, and rapidly improving Alexis Hanna in the 200 meter dash and triple jump.

Oswego  will close out it’s regular season Wednesday, hosting the strong Lady Bees of Baldwinsville, in a CNYCL non-league matchup, starting at 4:30 p.m., on the Oswego Middle School track.

Softball Victory over RFA

Freshman Marguerite Dillon singled home Sarah Mancuso with the go-ahead run in the fourth inning and Lady Bucs held on the rest of the way for a 3-2 win in CNYCL high school softball action on Friday.

Emily Kolenda picked up another win in softball action
Emily Kolenda picked up another win in softball action

Emily Kolenda pitched out of jams in each of the final three innings to notch her ninth win of the season. She scattered five hits and struck out three in the complete game effort.

Oswego got on the scoreboard in the home half of the first. Allie Yule led off with a single and was sacrificed to second by Mary Montagnola. She advanced to third on a groundout, then scored on a passed ball making it 1-0 Bucs.

Oswego’s second run came from an RBI single by Caitlyn McRae, who drove home Ashlee Wapen who had reached on an outfield miscue.

The Lady Bucs are performing well under pressure according to Coach Mike McCrobie. “This is the third one-run win of the season—all 3-2 scores,” he said. “Each time, our pitcher had to make a decisive pitch and our defense had to make a play with runners in scoring position to close out the win, and they did.”

The win moves the Lady Bucs to 5-2 in the CNYCL American Division and 10-5 overall. They host three league opponents on consecutive days beginning Tuesday when B’ville visits for a 4:30 game. Nick Spataro brings his Liverpool Warriors to town on Wednesday, and West Genesee will be the Senior Day opponent on Thursday.

Lady Lax Victory

After a defense oriented first half the Oswego Lady Bucs lacrosse team and General Brown started to score heavily in the final portion of the game which resulted in a 10-8 win for the visiting OHS squad.

It was a 2-2 game at halftime and it remained a tight game throughout the second half.

Coach Laura Burger said, “Tayler Bowman had a huge save with 30 seconds left in the first half to keep the score tied at 2-2. She had five total saves for the game. Kaitlyn Armstrong led the draw controls with six while Andrea Folgherait, Brittany Kearns and Allie McPherson each did a great job on defense.”

For the Bucs Taylor Giglio had a four goal game while Mikayla Place had three goals and three assists. Kaitlyn Armstrong had two goals and an assist while Becca Martin went one and one and assists were credited to Alexa Healy and Mackenzie Robinson.

Oswego improved to 9-6 on the year and General Brown dropped to 5-8.