OSWEGO, NY – Football, volleyball, golf and soccer were all on the schedule recently for the Oswego High School Buccaneers.
Football Battles Cyclones
A tremendous effort was turned in by the Oswego High School varsity football team on Friday night at Joe Wilber Stadium.
Oswego was off to a 0-2 start and faced off against the fifth ranked big school in Section III. Watertown came to the Port City with a reputation as a highly offensive football team as the Cyclones were averaging nearly 60 points a game in their 2-0 start.
Watertown left Oswego with a 3-0 record, but it took a solid effort to gain the 19-6 win.
The homestanding Bucs and visiting Cyclones had to wait a little longer than usual to kick this one off as a downpour and powerful storm moved through the area shortly before the scheduled start.
Oswego scored in the first quarter on a 12-yard run by Alex Makin for a 6-0 lead.
In the second Watertown’s leading rusher Diamond Williams went in from 18 yards out and the kick was good for a 7-6 lead.
That proved to be the lone scoring in the first half.
Oswego’s defense was playing solidly while the ground game was also clicking.
After a scoreless third quarter the game came down to the final period.
A couple of late Buc turnovers resulted in success for Watertown. Anton Gadson found an opening with just over five minutes left and raced 75 yards for pay dirt. The visitors wrapped up the scoring as Diamond went in from the one on the last play of the game.
Oswego will head to Indian River High School this Friday for a 7 p.m. kick off.
Oswego Dominates in Win
The Lady Bucs volleyball team traveled to Auburn in a non-league match and dominated play from beginning to end in a three set victory. Oswego won 25-11, 25-12, and 25-10 to move to 5-0 on the season.
Oswego jumped to early leads in each of the three sets and used a steady and consistent offense and defense to control play.
Offensively, Bella Winklestine (6 kills),Erica Atkins (7 kills), and Marguerite Dillon (8 kills) lead in kills, while Alexa Healy (20 assists) set the attack with equal distribution throughout the team. Sarah Stoebner (10 digs) lead the defense in digs.
Coach Ron Ahart said,”We did what we needed to, to prepare for this very competitive tournament.”
The “competitive tournament” he was talking about took place on Saturday as the Bucs participated in the Lady Warrior-U.S. Air Force Tournament before falling in the fold medal finals to state runner up Baldwinsville 25-20 and 25-16.
Along the way the Bucs defeated Cazenovia (25-17, 25-23), Marcellus (25-19, 25-15), Skaneateles (25-15), and Liverpool (27-25) while gaining a split with Cicero-North Syracuse (25-22, 23-25).
For the Bucs Stoebner had 54 digs while Atkins added 32 digs. At the net Winklestine had 24 kills and Atkins and Dillon had 21 and 20 kills respectively while Healy chalked up 89 assists. Reilly Patrick added 22 digs and 13 kills. Cortnie Purce and Dillon paced the way with nine aces and Patrick had a half dozen.
Healy and Winklestine were named to the all-tournament team.
Coach Ahart said, “I was very pleased with our overall team effort in this very tough tournament. Throughout the day the girls played a steady and consistent game. We played well against the top ranked Bees, but they have a little more big game experience under pressure. We never gave up and fought hard until the end. We had two girls selected to the all tournament team, but I feel many of the girls played well.”
Boys’ Volleyball Wins
Oswego boys’ volleyball hit the road on Friday night and defeated Jamesville-DeWitt 3-1.
Oswego went extra time to win the first game 27-25 and then fell 25-16 as it was knotted up 1-1. The home team continued to scrap, but lost 25-20 and 25-15 to wind it up.
Josh Carney paced the assists with 32 and added an ace and block. Tom Dillon had five kills and five digs while Zach Gillard had eight kills, two aces and an assist to go along with three blocks and two digs. Logan Krass had a kill, two blocks and a dig while Josh Costo had two kills and an ace.
Dylan Lavner had a dozen kills, three aces, a block and two digs while Connor Riley had nine kills, a block and two digs. Nate Miller also added an assist.
Golfers Face Bees
The Oswego Buc varsity golf team lost a 198-213 match to Baldwinsville on the Oswego Country Club course.
Jake Anderson and Josh Dumas carded 38’s for the Bucs and Luke Boshart had a 41. Oswego moved to 6-3 overall and 2-2 in league play.
Medalist was Matt Monaco with a 37 for Baldwinsville.
Boys’ Soccer Edged in Tight One
The Oswego varsity boys’ soccer team lost their fourth close game of the season 3-1 to Red Creek.
Early in the game both teams found the back of the net to make for an exciting one for the fans.
Red Creek was the first to notch a goal as they opened the scoring just 2:30 into the contest. The Bucs got an equalizing goal from Kaleb Allen as Kyle Collins sent him in on goal only to have the Red Creek keeper attempt to kick the ball away. The ball then rebounded off of Allen and into the 18 yard box; Allen tracked it down and passed into the back of the net to even the match.
Red Creek again found the back of the Oswego goal with some help from the strong wind blowing down the field. A lofted ball got held up in the wind making it difficult for Oswego goalie Nat Harrington (9 saves) to judge and the ball dropped just under the crossbar to give the hosts a 2-1 lead.
As the game progressed on the Bucs began to take control of the flow, but were unable to finish their opportunities. Then with just 4:13 left to play a Red Creek player was fouled inside the Oswego 18 yard box giving them a penalty kick. The Red Creek player beat Harrington on the kick giving them the final 3-1 cushion.
Coach Don Fronk said, “Despite the close losses we are playing very well. Each game we have gotten better, our defense has been solid over the last three games, and we just need to finish our opportunities in the offensive third of the field.”
Jayvee Volleyball in Action
The Oswego jayvee volleyball team scored a 2-1 win over Auburn.
Oswego lost 25-20 to start the match up and then gained a 25-13 win and a 25-23 nail biter in the finale.
Coach Ted Beers said, “”We came out a little flat footed, we picked up the pace pretty quickly though. We had the most kills in a match than we have had yet this season. There was big improvement for us. We played much better as the match progressed and played a good defensive game which led to better kill attempts for us.”
In the final stats Meg Anderson had an ace, Tori Armet a kill, Jenna Ballard three assists, Clary Miranda two aces and five assists and Sara DelBrocco two digs. Olivia Flint had an ace while Kelly Gorman added three kills and a point block. Allie Henderson finished with a kill, two aces and two digs while Jordan McCauley had an assist.
Shanell Meyers had two kills and two aces while Tasha Mezza finished with three kills, two aces and a dig. Jessica Pfiefer added a dig and Alexis Sheridan a kill and point block for the 4-1 Bucs.