The Oswego High School Fall sports season is in full swing and numerous teams have been in action the past few days.
Volleyball Continues to Win
The Oswego High School varsity boys volleyball team defeated Cicero-North Syracuse in one of the most exciting matches of the year.
A mid-season volleyball showdown drew a large and enthusiastic crowd to the Powers Gymnasium at Frederick Leighton Elementary School on Wednesday night.
Oswego and Cicero-North Syracuse have had some tremendous battles and once again action was heated and competitive as even though the Bucs swept the NorthStars 3-0 any of the games could have gone either way.
Oswego won all three games by the identical score of 25-23 and it could not have been much closer.
For the Bucs it continued a season long winning streak in capturing its seventh straight win.
Zach Gillard was a force to be reckoned with at the net with 24 kills to go along with an ace, four blocks and six digs. Meanwhile, Josh Carney spread out the action with 25 assists, three aces, a dig and two kills. Logan Krass had four kills, two blocks and a dig.
Also contributing were Trevor Bradshaw with an ace, Trey Clark a kill, Pat Dillon a kill, two blocks and a dig and Mike Edwards with an ace, two assists and two digs. Drazen Schrecengost had two kills and two digs.
Golfers Continue to Roll
In perhaps their biggest match of the 2013 season to date, the Oswego golf team beat Fayetteville-Manlius on Thursday evening by a final stroke count of 191-204. The match was played on Oswego Country Club’s par 35 front nine. The win was the Bucs tenth of the season, and their seventh straight.
“We knew we had a chance to make a run down the stretch,” said Coach Dan Rose about his team’s late success. “With so many home matches scheduled for the last half of our season, we realized that we had an advantage. That being said, the boys have really stepped up their games.”
And what a stretch it has been.
In their last six varsity matches the Bucs averaged a total score of 193. They also made 33 team birdies and accumulated five scores of par or better. The average margin of victory for the Bucs during the stretch is a whopping 11 strokes.
“We have two more matches left,” continued Coach Rose. “We are going to try to keep the pedal down and finish with a flurry.”
Alec Kunzwiler is one of the Bucs who is stepping up his game lately. A one- birdie- no- bogey nine of 34 (his second consecutive under par round) earned Kunzwiler medalist honors on Thursday. Sean Dain also continued his consistent scoring for the Bucs, posting 38. Team Captain Brandon Tracz’s score of 39 matched his teammate Josh Dumas, and first year starter Eric Demidowicz shot 41.
With the win, the Bucs are now 10-5 overall on the season. Their next match is at Syracuse on Friday. They finish the season at home Monday against Liverpool.
The sectional tournament (of which eight Oswego golfers will be a part) is scheduled for next Wednesday at The Links at Sunset Ridge. It will be an all-day, 18 hole event. The top 25 percent of the field will be invited to play in the state qualifying tournament at Seven Oaks in the spring.
Oswego won for the ninth time this season, downing CNS Green at home on Wednesday by a final stroke count of 214-224. Medalist for Oswego in the win over the NorthStars was senior starter Alex Kemper, who has quietly had a fine 2013 season.
“We needed a player to step up this season and contribute on a consistent basis,” Coach Rose said about Kemper. “Alex has been a key factor in many matches this last half of the season. He’s definitely making the most of his final year of eligibility.”
Coach Rose went on to compliment Kemper’s golfing IQ, saying that of all the members on the team, Alex might be the most knowledgeable about managing his way around a golf course.
“Alex’s swings don’t always look perfect,” said the coach. “But, he knows how to score. He moves the ball around the course systematically, and with purpose. And he knows how to play a safe shot. A lot of golfers don’t learn those things until they are in the later stages of their golfing careers.”
Kemper’s score of 40 on Wednesday was tied for match low. Also scoring in the match were fellow Bucs Eric (Devo) Demidowicz (42), Sam Oleyourryk (43), Donovan Roy (44), and Corey Stevens (45).
The Bucs have now won their sixth straight match.
Tennis Team In Action
The Oswego varsity tennis team traveled to Auburn Wednesday to take on the Maroons. Auburn defeated Oswego 6-1.
Oswego’s singles players were easily defeated by Auburn’s star players.
The Lady Bucs doubles teams battled Auburn in some very close matches. Second doubles Katie Knopp and Molly Malone took home the lone win for Oswego as they split sets and also battled with darkness. Due to impending darkness, the third set was played as a tie-breaker. The girls rallied through the three sets, defeating Auburn 3-6, 7-5 and 10-5 (tie breaker).
Third doubles Samantha Davis and Allison Moshier also had an exciting match as they rallied through three sets, winning the first 6-4, losing the second 6-3 and falling to Auburn in a third set tie breaker with a score of 10-3.
The Lady Bucs traveled to Corcoran on Tuesday to take on Syracuse West. In a head to head match, the Bucs defeated Syracuse 4-3 in a nailbiter.
Syracuse was victorious with all of their singles matches while the four Oswego doubles teams swept the courts.
Taking home wins for the Bucs were first doubles Kelly Skinner and Meredith Chesare who defeated Syracuse 6-2, 7-5. Second doubles Rana Al-salameh and Krysta Broeker used their power hitting to defeat Syracuse 6-3, 6-2. Third doubles Molly Malone and Katie Knopp defeated Syracuse 6-1, 6-2.
The overall match was tied 3-3 as darkness loomed.
Fourth doubles team Emilee Anderson and Kennedy Singletary lost their first set 7-5.
Due to impending darkness, a 10-point tie breaker was played.
Oswego came back to win the tie breaker 10-4, which also led to them splitting sets.
The teams continued to battle through another tie breaker and Oswego eventually defeated Syracuse 10-6, sealing the win for Oswego.
Lady Bucs Capture Win
Nora Culeton scored the lone goal of the game to give the Lady Buc varsity soccer team a 1-0 win over Central Square.
Culeton put the ball in the net in the first half and it stood the test of time as Oswego won its second game of the season.
In net Rachael Purtell had a dozen saves to pick up the shutout while at the other end of the field Charlie Martin was credited with three saves.
Just last weekend the Lady Bucs won their first game of the year with a 2-1 victory over the same Central Square squad as the teams battled through double overtime.
Hannah Fitzgerald scored both goals for the Bucs. Claire Richardson and Maggie Archer recorded assists while in net Purtell had five saves.
Modified Cross Country
The modified cross country team hosted Syracuse East and Buc Kyle Decker edged teammate Max Mays by one second to win the boys event. Oswego finishers included Christian Clary (4th), Logan Shepardson (5th), Sam Waldron (6th), Andrew Bornheimer (7th), Derek Kohut (9th), Bond Photos (12th), Damien Douglas (14th), Josh Thomas (19th), Nolan Bush (21st), Nolan Callahan (23rd), Dakota Countryman (24th), Cash Kennedy (25th), James May (26th), and Rich Boni (28th).
Sydney Terpening, led all Oswego girls for the second consecutive meet, placing third.
Oswego finishers included Sarah Cassaletta (5th), Rose Huang (8th), Jessica Godden (10th), Janelle Flack (12th), Willow Knapp (13th), Sofia Proanno (14th), Lauren DeVinny (16th), and Alyssa Lee (25th).
Oswego jayvee girls volleyball coach Ted Beers said, “We did not play the serving game we have the last few matches and it cost us some big points. We ended the game with 12 service errors, and this stat cost us big time against a team who took advantage of our errors. We kept things tight in both the first and third set and the second set we could not find our level of intensity. Our girls kept the ball in play with some good rallies and some real good angle plays. We need to learn from this match as we have come to our half way point and reflect on what we still need to work on as individuals and as a team. We continue to move in the right direction.”
Beers was talking about the loss to West Genesee as the Bucs lost the first game 25-21 and the second 25-13 before winning the final 25-20.
Contributing for the Bucs were Tori Armet (assist and point block), Addy Benjamin (two aces), Olivia Flint (kill), Rachel Godden (ace and kill), Hailey Jermyn (kill), Tasha Mezza (two aces and three kills), Mackenzie Rice (kill), Camryn Shortslef (ace and dig),Brianna Stnz (three kills and two digs), Jenna Ballard (three assists and an ace), Miranda Clary (two assists and dig), Kelsey Cullinan (two assists and two aces), Sarah Fitzgibbons (assist and two aces), Sarah DelBrocco (three digs) and Riley Jaquin (dig).