OSWEGO, NY – In one of the most successful nights of the winter sports season every varsity team in action picked up victories on Tuesday as basketball, swimming, bowling and hockey all walked off with victories.
Crucial Hockey Game
Second place and a first round bye could be at stake for the Oswego High School hockey team on Thursday in a 7 p.m. face off with Cazenovia.
On Tuesday night the Bucs outscored and outgunned an outmanned Fulton squad en route to a 7-0 victory.
The game started out in tight fashion with Oswego jumping to a 1-0 lead. However, a four-goal second period provided separation with the Raiders.
Oswego picked up its tenth league win of the year to move to 22 points in league play while New Hartford has 22 points, CBA 20 and Auburn 20.
A variety of Bucs got into the point department as Jake Anderson had three goals and one assist and Sean Mooney had a four point night with all assists. Justin Clark had two goals. Zach Zerrahn and Josh Wallace had goals while picking up assists were Mitch Schrader, Travis Kearns, Noah Lee, Alex Cooley and Nate Schultzkie.
In goal Chase Izyk had a dozen saves while Donovan Roy had two saves. For Fulton Brandon Ladd stopped 43 Oswego shots.
Lady Bucs Gain Ground
The Lady Bucs captured their ninth win of the season with a 53-36 win over visiting Baldwinsville on Tuesday night.
On senior night when Marissa Dashner and Emily Heagerty played their final regular season home game Oswego jumped out to an early lead and was never headed.
After one the Bucs held a 6-2 lead, but by halftime the teams went to the locker room with Oswego ahead 21-9.
The points kept coming in the second as the game opened up a bit.
However, the halftime lead was too much for the Bees to overcome.
For the Bucs Marguerite Dillon had 14 points, Erica Atkins 10, McKenna Brooks nine, Rachael Purtell and Dashner seven each, Brenna Riley four and Katherine Knopp two.
Eighth Win for Buc Varsity
Oswego moved to 8-7 on the year with two games to go in the regular season with a hard fought 67-66 win over host Baldwinsville.
Recently the Bucs have gained a solid first half advantage and fought against second half rallies.
In this one offense was moving for the Bucs in the first quarter with a 19-9 lead, but B’ville scored 22 second quarter points and at intermission Oswego held a 38-31 advantage.
A 24-point third quarter saw the home team gain the upper hand with a 55-52 lead with eight minutes remaining.
In the final quarter, Zach Gillard hit the game-winning jumper with 24 seconds remaining and the Bucs held on for the victory.
Josh Gillard had a game high 18 points followed by a balanced offensive attack which included 14 each by Dustin Sands and Dylan Lavner, and 10 apiece for Ryan Lavner and Zach Gillard. Trevor Martin also had a free throw to account for the other point.
The Bucs host Cicero-North Syracuse on Friday night for senior night at Powers Gymnasium to close out the home portion of the regular season before heading to Utica Proctor on Tuesday night in the regular season finale.
Swimmers Win Close One
The Oswego Buccaneers swimming team put the final touches on an exceptional regular season with a close 96-90 win over the Mexico Tigers on Tuesday night. In a meet that came down to the last relay, both teams showcased their talented swimmers. The Buccaneers were able to win 10 of the 12 events, but Mexico’s depth kept them in the meet to the point that the meet was tied going into the final two events.
Oswego’s 200 medley relay team of seniors Jeremy Galvin and Jimmy Dillon, with junior Leo Gorton and sophomore Dylan Harrington, was able to take first in the event with an impressive time of 1:53.39. Dillon would add two individual wins of his own. He placed first in the 200 freestyle in a best time of 1:54.87 and also in the 500 freestyle, touching the wall at 5:18.21, another best time. Gorton would place first in the 100 fly (58.28) in his best time, as well as taking second in the 50 free with another best time (23.42). Harrington was an individual winner in both the 200 I.M. (2:19.04) and the 100 breaststroke (1:08.79).
Two first-year swimmers with the Buccaneers also had best times in the first two individual events.
Junior Evan Davis scored for the Bucs in the 200 freestyle, going his best time of 2:17.25. Freshman Chris VanGorder also had an outstanding swim, his being in the 200 I.M. His time of 2:47.15 was a lifetime best.
The next event, the 50 freestyle was a very fruitful one for the Bucs. Five Oswego swimmers posted best times in the event. Junior Alex Kemper took first in 23.25 with Gorton hot on his heels to take second in 23.42. Senior Josh Costo swam a season best 26.01. Another senior, Marcus Brill Ney touched the wall in his best time as well (26.80). Junior Tyler Benjamin rounded out the group, swimming his best time too (27.76).
The diving event was quite a spectacle.
Mexico’s divers took first and second, but Oswego juniors Alex Carl, Mike Prevo, and Branagan Glennen took third, fourth and fifth.
Prevo put up his best six dive score to date (179.15), as did Glennen, whose score of 166.45 qualifies him for Sectional’s. Freshman John Parkhurst (145.10) and Tyler Youngman (134.50) posted their highest scores in the event as well.
Soon after, Kemper took first in the 100 free in 52.26, with Galvin close behind touching in his best time this season, 55.86. Dillon would put up his lifetime best in the 500 next (5:18.21) with freshman Evan James not for behind securing a crucial 3rd place finish for the Bucs. Next Kemper would team up with Dillon, Harrington, and sophomore Snowflake McCrobie, to win the 200 freestyle relay in 1:38.87. Senior Josh Costo would lead off Oswego’s B relay in an outstanding Sectional Qualifying time of 25.94. Evan Davis also had a great lead off swim of 26.91, his personal best.
In the 100 backstroke, Jeremy Galvin swam a hard-fought race against Mexico’s best and took a close second in his lifetime best, 1:02.44. VanGorder also had a great 100 back, putting up his lifetime best of 1:16.75.
Going into the final event, the 400 freestyle relay, both teams knew that with the current tie score, the winner of the event would earn the win in the meet overall. Both teams attacked the swim and the Oswego Buccaneers ended up victorious thanks to the team of Leo Gorton, Snowflake McCrobie, Jimmy Dillon, and Alex Kemper touching the wall first in their best time of the season by 2 and a half seconds (3:34.12). Oswego’s other relays were very successful as well, especially thanks to the best times turned in by Josh Costo (58.38), Zach DeSacia (1:04.01), and Evan James (1:02.71).
This victory caps off an impressive 7-3 dual meet record for the Buccaneers. Next the team will look ahead to a successful Sectional Championships. The divers will compete at Liverpool on Saturday and the swimmers at Rome next Thursday.
Bowlers Win Three More
The Oswego High School boys’ bowling team gained three points while the girls’ captured two on the lanes against Fayetteville-Manlius.
The Buc boys won 927-851, 1,111-857 and 1,156-911 while the girls won 767-708, lost 769-730 and then eked out a 681-675 victory.
Coach Bob Hoefer said, “The boys are now 36-6 on the year and the girls were able to take two points against a tough opponent. Leading the team was Joe Clavelli with a 728 followed closely by Matt Clemons with a 726. Leading the girls was seventh grader Kaitlyn Grant with her high series of 514.”
Clavelli started with a 244 and followed with 215 and 269 to have the high series for the day with 728. Clemmons showed tremendous consistency with a 239-249-238.
Following the two Bucs were Zach Delbrocco with a 619 (147-236-236) while Gavin Gilbert rolled two scoring games of 216 and 226 for 442 and Mike Woodworth had a 195 and 187 for a 382.
Rolling singles games were Kevin Goodale 184 and Jim Rose 133.
Meanwhile, for the Lady Bucs, Grant had the 514 (183-182-149) and was followed by Meghan Flack 463 (165-147-151), Tori Gardner 390 (140-118-132), and Caitlyn McRae a 386 (149-131-106).