OSWEGO, NY – Oswego High School athletic teams are in midseason form as the Bucs continue to do quite well in just about every sport.
Buc Five Hustles
The Oswego High School boys’ basketball team has started the season at 7-2 and this week faced two tough division opponents.
The Bucs, behind a sensational first quarter, defeated once beaten and league leading Fayetteville-Manlius 62-49. In one of the most dominating displays in years the Bucs rolled out to a 21-2 first quarter lead behind tenacious, high speed defense along with strong rebounding and effective scoring both inside and outside.
FM started to connect on three-pointers in the second quarter, but at halftime the Bucs were still leading 41-20.
The Hornets clawed back and appeared to be gaining momentum to cut the deficit to nine at one point in the second half, but the Bucs eventually hit crucial free throws and grabbed a couple of key rebounds down the stretch to win.
Josh Gillard connected on five three pointers for the Bucs and finished with 18 points. Dylan Lavner added 13 with a strong inside game while Justin Sands scored 11, including nine from the free throw line while Ryan Lavner scored 10. Zach Gillard had five points, Mike Thompson three and Kevin Carpentier two.
Earlier in the week the Bucs squared off against division contender Nottingham and proved they would not quit.
The Bulldogs had a 12-11 lead after one and at intermission it was 26-24 in favor of the Syracuse based team. However, in the second half guard Ryan Patrick went down with a head injury as he went hard to the floor, and fouls began to haunt the Bucs.
Oswego went down by nine in midway through the second half, but in the end had a shot to at least send it to overtime. The Bucs rallied and with under five seconds to go had two three-point shot opportunities that hit the rim, but failed to tie the game.
Oswego lost 60-57.
Josh Gillard had 16 points while Mike Thompson connected for 15, Dylan Lavner eight, Sands and Patrick six each, Ryan Lavner four and Zach Gillard two.
Hockey Team in First
Oswego continued to lead Division II hockey standings by virtue of the 4-2 win over Christian Brothers Academy.
The Bucs moved to 9-1 in league play to lead second place Skaneateles by a half game.
Coach Andy Rozak said, “We came out strong out-shooting CBA 12-4 in the first and gained a 2-0 lead. In the second it was much of the same as we scored two more. “
However, Rozak noted, “The third saw CBA score two goals in a three minute span. We made some mental mistakes and there were a few breakdowns on the goals. However, we got right back into our game plan and shut the door the rest of the way.”
Goals were scored by Josh Sova, John Phillips, Zach Zerrahn and Cody Mariano while Trent Yule had two assists and others assists were chalked up by Dave Walpole, Sean Mooney, Tyler Grimshaw, Dan Maniccia and Sova.
Chase Izyk was in goal and finished with 14 saves. At the other end of the ice Tim Decker stopped 26 Oswego shots.
Bowlers Ground Hawks
Both the Oswego boys’ and girls’ bowling team defeated the Central Square Red Hawks.
Oswego won the first game 969-955, lost the second 956-954 and gained a victory 1,106-1,040 in the finale for the boys’. Meanwhile the girls won 725-522, 747-679 and 693-672.
Rolling three games for the Bucs were Gavin Gilbert 643 (184-193-266), Zach Delbrocco 628 (196-194-238), Matt Clemons 613 (248-168-197) and Cameron Byrne 569 (191-194-184). Jim Rose rolled two scoring games with a 205 and 221 for 426 while Joe Clavelli had a 150 in his lone game.
Non scoring players included Rose 640 (214-205-221), Kevin Goodale 556 (163-204-189), Dan Cliff 512 (158-219-135), Ethan Simmons 485 (193-131-161), Joe Clavelli 455 (150-148-157) and David Woolworth 402 (171-129-102).
Ashlee Lytle paced the Lady Bucs with a 523 (204-151-168) while Christie Hoefer had a 487 (121-210-156) and Caitlin Clemons a 438 (153-159-126). Meghan Flack had a 118 and 106 for a 224 scoring total while also scoring for the Bucs were Abbey Henderson 137, Rachel Nye 126, Sierra Adams 121 and Tori Gardner 109.
Non-scoring series included Adams 441 (121-134-186), Nyle 410 (126-168-116), Henderson 372 (105-130-137), Gardner 361 (132-109-120), Flack 352 (128-118-106) and Victoria Soper 300 (72-96-132).
The boys’ overall record moved to 20-4 and the girls won three points for the third straight match to move to 14-10 on the year.
Swimmers Solid, but Lose
The Buccaneer swimming and diving team hosted a strong Auburn team and lost 101-82. Auburn proved to be a very strong team and was able to put an end to Oswego’s three-meet winning streak, despite a strong showing by the Bucs.
Winning events for the Bucs were seniors Reeve Callen in the 200 freestyle, Zach Gerber in the 100 breaststroke, Drake Becksted in the 50 freestyle and the 100 butterfly, and Austin DeMott in the diving competition.
Callen touched first in the 200 freestyle in a winning time of 1:50.67. Coming in third in the event was junior Jimmy Dillon in a Sectional qualifying time of 2:01.64. Dillon dropped nearly seven seconds in the event, a feat that he bested later in the meet in the 500 freestyle, dropping eight seconds to come in at his lifetime best (5:35.29).
Austin Demott, along with the other Buccaneer divers, sophomore Alex Carl and freshman Nick Lewis, placed one-two-three in the diving competition.
Other notable swims included junior Jeremy Galvin placing second in the 100 backstroke in an outstanding time of 1:04.45. Sophomore Tyler Benjamin and junior Joe Corradino both dropped four seconds in the same event locking in at 1:24.28 and 1:24.24 respectively. In addition to winning the 100 breaststroke in a best time of 1:06.53, Gerber also placed second in the 200 I.M. in an in-season best time of 2:11.01.
This was a close meet that ended up coming down to some very close finishes.
Lady Buc Five Battles
A rough third quarter proved the difference for the Oswego High Lady Bucs in their basketball game against Nottingham. Oswego led 23-19 after two, but a 16-4 run by the home team provided the momentum for the Bulldog 52-44 victory.
For the Bucs Margo Dillon and Taylor Giglio each had 10 points, Erica Atkins nine, Courtney Louis seven, Bella Winklestine four, Emily Barlow three and Reilly Patrick one point for the 2-8 Bucs.
Forfeits Dominate Mat
Oswego lost 57-24 to Fayetteville-Manlius in wrestling action.
At 182 Mike Ruggio pinned Nathan Olson in 2:25 while the only other matches saw 132 pounder Jordan Perchway lost a tough 11-9 decision to Luke Ruffo and 138 pound Matt DiFabio was pinned in 36 seconds by Jared Okum.
The remainder of the points came off forfeits.
Jayvee Five Wins
The Oswego jayvee girls’ basketball team defeated Nottingham 47-34.
Oswego came out strong with full court pressure causing Nottingham to make turnovers and allowing Oswego to create steal after steal.
Oswego started the game up 16-5 at the end of the first quarter. Nottingham did not give up. They hit some key free throws and Oswego could not finish from the foul line. Oswego was still able to hold a lead going into the half 26-14.
The Bucs came out strong the first two minutes of the second half with three quick steals which resulted in lay-ups. A high pressure defense by the home team resulted in Oswego struggling to bring the ball up.
Leading scorers for Oswego were Nicole McCarthy with 10, Kelly Skinner and Breanna Riley with eight each, and Rachael Purtell with seven for the 7-3 Bucs.