Meanwhile, the hockey team captured the Division II regular season crown while the varsity boys’ basketball squad captured its 13th win of the year. The Lady Buc hockey team played well, but fell in the Section III title game.
Hockey Awaits Section Semifinal
The Oswego boys’ varsity hockey team clinched the Division II title with a 5-2 win over Fulton to close out the regular season.
Oswego returns to action on Feb. 21 when it will play host to the Division II semifinal at Crisafulli Rink (time to be announced).
Against Fulton it was a 1-1 tie after one, but in the second period the Bucs scored three and skated to the locker room with a 4-2 lead.
For the Bucs Cody Mariano had a five point night with a hat trick and two assists while Dan Maniccia scored two. Josh Sova and Trent Yule each had two assists while Tyler Grimshaw had one assist in the winning effort.
Goalie Chase Izyk stopped 17 Fulton shots while Fulton goalie Anthony Semeraro stopped 27 Buc scoring attempts.
Oswego finished the league season 13-2-1 and was 14-4-1 overall.
Senior Night Success
Kevin Carpentier, Ryan Patrick and Michael Thompson closed out their home regular season as the seniors were part of the exciting 66-59 win over visiting Corcoran.
The Bucs boosted the season record to 13-4 with just one game remaining in the regular season.
It was a tremendous, high speed, up-and-down the court contest as the Bucs trailed 14-4 early, but took a 21-16 first quarter lead. By halftime the leage was 35-30 still in favor of the Bucs. However, in the second half Corcoran remained right with the home team and held a 49-48 advantage with one quarter to go.
Spectacular plays, by both teams, had the fans excited.
The fourth quarter was a Powers Gymnasium classic as Oswego outscored the Cougars 18-10. Corcoran appeared ready to take command with a 53-48 advantage with just under seven minutes to go. However, the Bucs scored the next 12 points for a seven-point lead. Patrick, fighting early foul trouble, started the key late-game run with a field goal and then swiped the ball for two more. Trapping defense and high-speed play saw the Bucs gain the key late season victory.
Patrick finished with 18 while Josh Gillard and Mike Thompson had 11. Dustin Sands scored nine while Dylan Lavner scored eight. Also contributing were Carpentier with three, Ryan Lavner four and Zach Gillard two points.
Lady Buc Bowlers Sectional Bound
For the first time the Oswego High School girls’ bowling team will vie in the Section III Tournament at Strike n’ Spare Lanes in Syracuse on February 18.
Oswego put together a solid string of points in the final five matches of the season to earn the berth. They captured two of three points against Syracuse City Schools as the won the first game 763-664, the second 712-629, but lost the final 713-653.
The Bucs are now 24-21 and in the post season qualifying match with Syracuse the line up in the first two games was quite different than the final game. Rachel Nye had a 334 (162-172), Christie Hoefer 309 (154-155), Sierra Adams 279 (124-155), Caitlin Clemons 270 (153-117) while Abbey Henderson had a 223 (113-110) and single games in scoring for Ashlee Lytle 170, Victoria Soper 146, Caroline Reynolds 144,Meghan Flack 127 and Tori Gardner 126.
Earlier in the week, against West Genesee, the girls swept the Cats 3-0. The Bucs won 738-509, 838-627 and 677-617.
Adams had a 501 (177-153-171), Hoefer 478 (179-161-138), Lytle 474 (147-180-147), Nye 462 (122-205-135) while Clemons had a 252 (147-180) and Henderson an 86.
Boys Rolling Along
Oswego boys’ moved to 15-0 in bowling competition with wins over Syracuse City Schools and West Genesee.
Against Syracuse the Bucs won 1,046-1,006, 1,129-1,012 and 1,073-1,048.
Matt Clemons had a 708 (210-254-244) followed by Cameron Byrne 671 (225-213-233), Dan Cliff 642 (209-254-179), and Gavin Gilbert 617 (202-215-200) while Zach Delbrocco rolled two games for a 393 (200-193) and Kevin Goodale one game with a 217.
Against West Genesee the Bucs won 1,137-869, 1,079-869 and 997-986.
Clemons finished with a 719 (236-226-257) and was followed by Gilbert with a 660 (236-200-224), and Cliff 612 (201-244-167). Scoring in two games was Byrne 437 (233-204), while scoring in one were Joey Clavelli 231, Goodale 212, Jim Rose 205 and Ethan Simmons 137.
The Oswego indoor track team, turned in many strong efforts Tuesday, at the Section 3 Select Meet, held on the campus of Onondaga Community College.
Competing in his specialty the 600 meter run, junior standout Ben Harrington ran an outstanding time of 1:30.57, to place sixth for the Bucs. He also ran a leg on Oswego’s talented 4 x 200 meter of Xander Lara, Dave Johnson, and Sean Benjamin, which clocked a fine time of 1:45.05.
Senior Whitney Ford, finished among the section’s elite in the 55 and 300 meter dashes, with fast times of 7.78 and 44.49.
The Lady Bucs turned in a season best in the 4 x 800 meter relay, behind the foursome of Ariel Bouffard, Mallory Gordon, Chyloe Patterson, and Marsaili Knapp.
Freshmen Kyle Kemper lowered his previous best in the 1000 meter run by three seconds, with a strong time of 3:16.92. Other personal bests, for the rapidly improving Bucs, were earned by Knapp in the 400 meter dash and 800 meter run, Bouffard and Gordon in the 800 meter run, Benjamin and Johnson in the 200 and 400 meter dash, Roger Meirelles in the 400 meter dash and 800 meter run, David Swan in the 800 and 1600 meter run, and Paul Oleyourryk in the 800 meter run.
Oswego will continue sectional action on Feb. 17, returning to the fast SRC Arena, for the Section 3 Class Track and Field Championships, scheduled to get under way at 4:30 p.m.
Lady Bucs Fall in Section III Championship Game
After shocking top-seed and defending state champions Ithaca High School last week in the Section III semi-finals, the Oswego Lady Bucs made a strong charge for the Section II championship and a state Final Four bid, but came up short against #2-seed Alexander Bay on Monday night by a 2-0 score.
Like last week’s game, the Lady Bucs were successful in keeping their opponent off the score sheet with a strong defensive effort from the opening face-off. The Bucs also managed to create their share of offensive opportunities, as seventh-grader Ali Rodgers was denied on a breakaway and a threatening rush made by Ashley Pitters was also thwarted. Sophomore goalie Maddie Whalen played very well, recording 15 first-period saves, including several made while the Bucs were killing an early penalty. A Bay’s Kayla Rios made just 5 saves.
The second period saw the Bucs earn two separate power plays, but they were unable to convert their opportunities. Good scoring chances were created by both freshman Whitney Daino and junior co-captain Sarah Mancuso, but Rios made impressive saves on both. The Lady Ghosts didn’t break through for their first goal until there was just 2:03 remaining in the period – a stretch of almost 75 minutes of scoreless hockey going back through last week’s upset over Ithaca. A Bay’s Kiah Huden took a wrist shot from the blue line and teammate Ashley Dobmeier deflected the high shot past Whalen, who nonetheless finished the period with another 15 saves, this time to Rios’ 7.
The third period was played with caution on Oswego’s part, as they wanted to make sure that the Lady Ghosts didn’t extend their lead. Each team was called for one penalty in the period, but neither team capitalized on their power play. As time ran down, however, the Lady Bucs started to take more chances and in trying to get the puck to Rios’ net. With just under a minute remaining, timeout was called and Whalen was pulled in favor of an extra skater. The Bucs managed to keep the puck in A Bay’s zone, but couldn’t score the goal they so desperately needed. With about 20 seconds left in the game, the Lady Ghosts finally managed to clear the puck out of their zone, as Hayley Aubertine pushed the puck ahead to Jessica Prance, who scored A Bay’s empty-net goal with just 16 seconds on the clock.
Rios made five saves in the final period for a total of 17 in securing the shutout, while Madden was credited with 9 saves for a total of 39 in another outstanding performance. As Section III champs, A Bay advances to this weekend’s state Final Four at SUNY Plattsburgh, accompanied by Section X’s Potsdam, Section VII’s Beekmantown, and Section III’s Ithaca, who received the lone at-large bid.
“I’m very proud of our girls and the way they played this season. Our three defenders, sophomore Caroline Dougherty and freshmen Sage Dudley and Lainey Celeste, played their hearts out tonight and all season. The whole team bought into what we were trying to do, they worked hard, and they got better as the year progressed,” said head coach Dan Bartlett. “I’m already looking forward to next year.”
Tough Foe for Lady Bucs
Oswego Lady Buc cagers lost to Corcoran 69-31.
Oswego started the game aggressive trying to get the ball inside. The Bucs struggled, making unforced turnovers and bad passes. They stayed close in the first quarter and trailed 11-6.
Corcoran took over after that. Corcoran hit some early three point shots and was able to grab key rebounds as the Bucs simply weren’t able to stay with the opposition.
Senior Courtney Lewis for the Bucs had 12 rebounds and eight points. Taylor Giglio chipped in seven points for the 3-13 Bucs.
Jayvee Lady Bucs Edged
The OHS jayvee girls’ basketball team lost 39-32.
The Bucs started out strong pressuring the Cougars and getting quick steals.
Oswego went inside early scoring 11 points in the first quarter to Corcoran’s 10. Oswego continued to pressure which led them to get in foul trouble in the second quarter. The Bucs still played hard and kept the score close. Oswego came into the half down 19-17.
A Buc rally came saw an opportunity, but, foul trouble hurt giving the Cougars chances to score free throws. The Cougars hit some big shots late in the game and Oswego struggled at the other end.
Oswego was also not able to keep the Cougars off the glass and had some second chance shots. In the end Oswego ran out of time and was not able to battle back.
Leading scorers for the Bucs were Freshman Nicole McCarthy with seven and 8th grader Olivia Dowdle with five as the Bucs went to 11-5.