OSWEGO, NY – Despite a long layoff the Oswego varsity boys’ basketball team returned to action with a 56-52 road win at West Genesee.
At intermission the Bucs held a narrow 26-24 advantage, but the home team went on a tear in the third period and ended up with a 39-33 advantage with eight minutes remaining. The Bucs chipped back and grabbed the lead in the late going for the four-point victory.
Oswego was relatively effective from long range as the Bucs connected on seven three-point shots including three by Josh Gillard and two by Ryan Patrick.
For the 2-0 Bucs leading the way was Gillard with 17 while Patrick added 12. Mitchell Thompson and Dustin Sands had seven each while Dylan Lavner scored six and Ryan Lavner five. Zach Gillard also had two points.
Varsity Hockey Wins
Oswego rebounded from a weekend one-goal loss to Cazenovia to defeat visiting Clinton 6-4 on Tuesday night at Crisafulli Rink.
The first period saw Clinton jump out to a two-goal lead on power play goals.
The Bucs did not panic and finished the period very strong tying the game the score up at 2-2. Trent Yule notched the first goal while Cody Mariano scored shortly after to tie the game.
The second period saw the Bucs pick up the play creating a lot of scoring chances. Tyler Grimshaw scored midway through the period from a nice pass from Josh Sova. Yule added his second of the game on the power play to give the Bucs a goal advantage.
In the third Clinton came out strong and scored to make 4-3. The Bucs responded once again with Mariano restoring the two goal lead. Clinton scored with about five minutes left, but Oswego added an empty net goal by John Phillips.
Mariano ended up with two goals as did Yule while Phillips and Grimshaw had the other two. In the assist department Sova had three while Dan Maniccia, Phillips and Grimshaw added one each.
Chase Izyk had 30 saves in picking up the win for the Bucs.
Bowlers Strong Against CNS
After losing the first game the OHS bowling team showed its determination and ability in capturing the final two games against Cicero-North Syracuse.
Oswego lost the first game 1,048-921, but rebounded for a narrow 1,048-1,035 win before closing out with a 1,120-925 win. Meanwhile, in girls’ action the Bucs won 758-740 before losing 815-778 and 754-737.
Matt Clemons continued to be on top of his game with a fine 709 series while Gavin Gilbert had a 680, Joey Clavelli 622, Cameron Byrne 603 for three games while Zack Delbrocco had a 318 for two games and Kevin Goodale a 157 for one game.
Christie Hoefer paced the Lady Bucs with a 520 followed by Sierra Adams with a 478 and Caitlin Clemons with a 461. Ashlee Lytle had a 336 and Rachel Nye 230 for two games while rolling one game each were, Tori Gardner 109 and Abbey Anderson 109
Ruggio Strong on Mat
Mike Ruggio did quite well in recent tournament action as he swept this way past ever foe at 180.
In the dual meet competition Oswego lost to Jordan Elbridge 30-24. Ruggio pinned Ryan Hubbs in 65 seconds while also winning for the Bucs were Austin Coleman with a forfeit at 106, Jordan Perchway with a forfeit at 132, and Eric Doviak pinning Andy Chambers in 30 seconds.
Oswego lost to Geneva 60-12 with Ruggio pinning Sean Johnson in 3:50 and Coleman getting a forfeit win. Dashaun Grimes of Oswego lost in 3:24 to Lamar Eldrige at 120.
Oswego lost to West Genesee 66-18 with Coleman pinning Chris Chigaridas in 1:25, Ruggio pinning Dalton Elias in 1:51 and Doviak getting a forfeit win. Perchway lost at 126 in 1:50 to Tyler Heggelke.
Newark finished with a 68-9 win over the Bucs as Ruggio decisioned Joseph Gorsuch 4-3 and Doviak pinned Cody Cornelius in 3:44. Coleman lost in 4:40 to Blake Jackson while Grimes lost at 120 in 1:53 and Perchway lost to Kris Main at 126 4-3. At 220 Jacob Rodriguez was pinned by Matthew Blair in 45 seconds.
Against Cato-Meridian the Bucs fell 53-21. Ruggio scored a 3-2 win over Pat Falter while Rodriquez pinned Phil Gratton at 220 in 1:02 and Doviak score d a 285 pound win over Jacob Mapley in 2:26. Coleman also won via a fall in 2:55 over Kyle Spratt. Perchway, at 126, lost via a fall in 5:40
Varsity Lady Buc Cagers
West Genesee came to Oswego unbeaten and left Powers Gymnasium with an unblemished record with a 62-30 win over the Lady Bucs varsity basketball team.
The game was close through the first quarter with the visitors holding a narrow 16-14 advantage after eight minutes. However, an offensive explosion by the Wildcats put the game out of reach by halftime. West Genny tallied 24 second quarter points while surrendering just five. In the second half the teams were relatively even, but the second quarter outburst was too much for the Bucs.
Courtney Louis was the lone double figure scorer for the Bucs with 10 while Emily Barlow had six, Taylor Giglio, Erica Atkins, Mckenna Brooks, and Bella Winklestine had three points each and Maddy Muckey had two points.
Girls’ Jayvee Five Wins
Oswego jayvee basketball players combined for a 38-33 win over West Genesee.
Both teams came out strong with full court pressure trying to make each other turn the ball over.
As a team the Bucs were able to break the pressure and score on fast breaks. Olivia Dowdle returned from an injury which was a key component of keeping the game under control. Nicole McCarthy stepped up and went strong to the basket taking over the offense. Oswego took controlled much of the game, but could not pull away.
Oswego held a 21-15 lead at halftime.
In the second half Oswego came out again with lots of pressure causing the Cats to make turnovers. Oswego was able to play good interior defense and not allow easy baskets with the help of Brenna Riley, Katie Knopp, Kerrigan Cummins and Kelly Skinner. Going into the fourth quarter Oswego led 36-21, but the Wildcats did not give up. Oswego had some turnovers at critical moments and let the large lead slip away. West Genesee made a comeback with connecting on free throws making 8 of 13 from the charity stripe. They closed the gap to only two making the score 35-33. With West Genny down, they were forced to foul. Skinner and Riley stepped up grabbing some crucial rebounds in the last three minutes of the game. Rachael Purtell made three big free throws putting the Bucs up five and sealed the win. Purtell finished with 14 points and McCarthy finished with 16.
Jayvee Boys’ Win Opener
The Oswego jayvee basketball team opened the season in Watertown and came away with a 66-36 win.
“The boys were a little nervous, but once we settled down and just played basketball, we were fine,” said Coach Jim LaMacchia.
Oswego opened up a 13-5 first quarter lead, which extended to a 32-19 half-time lead. Tyree Varner scorched the nets with nine points in the second quarter. Oswego extended their lead to 51-28 after the third quarter and never looked back. Tyree Varner and Matt Guidilli led the Bucs with 16 points apiece, with Josh Lazzaro chipping in nine points.
Modified Blue Volleyball Dominates
It was a lopsided win for the modified blue volleyball team in a sweep of Central Square.
The Bucs won 25-20, 25-19, 25-12, 26-17 and 25-12.
Coach Ted Beers said, “The girls came out a little slower than we wanted to. Again our strong point was serving and the girls did a good job of spreading the floor out with their serving locations. Everyone contributed to this win. We have 2 finals games left on our season as we pushed to 7-1 with this win tonight. We finish with Nottingham and CNS to close out our season. I hope that the girls continue to serve as well as we have been but we need to fix some of our miscommunication errors on our defensive end of things.”
For Oswego Mari Atkinson had six aces; Katherine Breeze an ace; Miranda Clary four aces, three assists and a point block; Clara Culeton four aces; Morgan Demong two kills and four aces while Meg Maniccia had two dis. Natasha Mezza had two kills and two aces; Amber Nettles two kills, two aces, four assists and a dig; Elaina Rando two kills, an ace and point block; Mackenzie Rice four aces; Claire Richardson a kill, two aces and dig and Kennedy Thompson a kill and seven aces.
Modified Boys’ Basketball
The seventh grade basketball team avenged its loss from earlier in the season defeating Fulton on the road 45-43. Alex Davies converted two free-throws with six seconds on the clock to secure the win. Pat Dowdle scored nine first quarter points and led the team with 13 points. Excellent efforts were turned in by Derek Cahill, Alex McRae, Carson Smith, and Nathan Schultzkie.
Oswego is now 6-2 overall and will travel to Phoenix on Thursday.
The team scored a 43-15 win over visiting Pulaski.
The Bucs trailed at the end of one quarter, but cruised to victory. Alex Davies and Matt See led a balanced scoring attack with seven each. Kolin Rock and Zach Eastman contributed six. Tanner Wegzyn, Pat Dowdle, Alex McRae, Derek Cahill, and Nathan Schultzkie all scored for the Bucs.
The eighth grade team improved to 4-3 with a win over Pulaski.
Playing without two starters, the Bucs used a solid team effort to pull away in the second half for a 49-30 win.
Jacob Dumas and Jason Jones led the scoring for the Bucs. All 10 players scored for the team. Excellent efforts were turned in by Alex Flack, Trey Clark, Jacob Gerber, Roman Madlangbayan, Alex Haessig, Jacob Johnson, Isaac Annal, and Matt Bornheimer.