OSWEGO, NY – Sectionals are rapidly approaching as the Oswego High School sports squads are in the midst of their season.
McCaul Wins 200th
The Oswego girl’s track team, turned in a fine performance Wednesday, outpointing the visiting Lady Bulldogs of Nottingham 74-67, to hand veteran Coach Jim McCaul, his 200th win as the Lady Buc head mentor.
McCaul, in his 37th year as the Oswego coach, owns an overall career record of 200-116.
The Lady Bucs earned eight first place finishes in the CNYCL American Division matchup, led by sophomore distance standout Tara Stacy and versatile senior Whitney Ford.
Stacy placed first in the 800 meter run (2:51.5), the 1500 meter run (5:56.7), and earned a personal best in the 3000 meter run. She also ran a leg on Oswego’s winning 4 x 800 meter relay, with teammates Ariel Bouffard, Chyloe Patterson, and Kaela Shafer (13:02). Ford, coming back from illness, placed first in the 200 meter dash for the Bucs, running a season best time of 27.2. She also won the triple jump (30′ 4″) and earned second place in the 100 meter dash and long jump.
Junior Bethany Mason, finished first in the discus for Oswego, throwing a personal best of 65′ 4″, with freshmen Kaylee Baldwin and Cheyenne Sanchez, tying for first place in the pole vault (5′). Baldwin also placed 2nd in the 400 meter hurdles, with a best of 1:17.7, an improvement of six seconds. Other seconds for the rapidly improving Lady Bucs, were earned by Bouffard, with a best in the 1500 meter run, Patterson in the 3000 meter run, Cassie Hondro with bests in the shot put and high jump, Kaela Shafer in the discus, the Lady Bucs 4 x 100 meter relay of Grace Gilbert, Alexis Hanna, Angela Rookey, and Megan Shafer, and Oswego’s 4 x 400 meter relay of Baldwin, Hanna, Sanchez, and Marsaili Knapp.
Placing third for Oswego were Patterson, earning bests in the 800 and 1500 meter runs, Baldwin in the 100 meter hurdles, Katrina Tafler in the triple jump, Ashley Sgro with a best in the high jump, and Sanchez in the 400 meter hurdles, lowering her previous best by three seconds. Other bests included Mason in the shot put, Rookey in the discus, and Sanchez in the 100 meter hurdles.
The Lady Bucs will travel to P.V. Moore High School in Central Square on Saturday, to compete in the Oswego County Girl’s Track and Field Invitational, scheduled to get under way at 2 p.m.
The Oswego boy’s team, battled the Bulldogs to the last relay, before losing a 74-66 decision to Nottingham.
“We had a very exciting finish, to an exciting competition” said McCaul “The meet came down to who won the 1600 meter relay. Although we were outrun in the relay, the boys gave it their best and I am very proud of their efforts.”
Oswego was paced by junior Cory Keefe and senior Mike Ruggio, who were double winners for the Bucs. Keefe earned first place in the 100 meter dash (11.4), the 110 meter hurdles, and anchored the Bucs winning 4 x 100 meter relay of Devlin Babcock, Xander Lara, and Ruggio, with the relay shattering their previous best, with a fine clocking of 45.7, an improvement of close to four seconds. Ruggio also won the shot put (45′ 1″) and the discus (116′ 8″), turning in season best efforts. Lara earned first place in the pole vault (8′) for Oswego.
The Bucs turned in an outstanding season best in the 4 x 800 meter relay (9:14.5), behind the strong efforts of Dave Johnson, Peter Khamis, Garrett Skinner, and Lara, to finish second. Versatile Ben Harrington, placed second in the 400 meter hurdles, the high jump, and the 400 meter dash ,with a personal best time of 55.6. Other seconds were recorded by Johnson in the 1600 meter run, Pat Dillon in the 3200 meter run, Babcock in the discus and triple jump, Rob Ziegler in the pole vault, Oswego’s 4 x 400 meter relay of Johnson, Khamis, Lara, and Matt Winn, and Keefe in the 200 meter dash, with a season best time of 23.1.
Sophomore Tyler Benjamin earned a best of 88′ 9″ in the discus, to place third. Other key thirds included Jake Annal in the 400 meter hurdles, Mitch Rabalais in the 1600 meter run, Tom Godfrey in the 110 meter hurdles, Pat Dillon in the 800 meter run, Harrington in the long jump, Skinner in the triple jump, and Khamis in the high jump.
Other bests included Winn in the 200 meter dash and 400 meter dash, Cody Cheeley in the 200 meter dash, and Mike Sheffield in the discus.
Lady Lax Victory
Win number eight on the year came for the Oswego Lady Bucs varsity lacrosse team as the squad scored a 17-10 win over Central Square.
Oswego rolled up a 10-6 first half lead and in the second half maintained the advantage to move to 8-3 on the season.
Mikayla Place had a nine point night with five goals and four assists. Taylor Giglio have a seven point night with five goals and two assists. Becca Martin had three goals and three assists while Libby Sherman had two goals and an assist. Also contributing were Sarah Stobener with a goal, Alexa Healy with a goal and assist, Kaitlyn Armstrong with an assist.
Oswego golf tough in defeat
The Oswego golf team lost to West Genesee on Wednesday after a hard-fought battle at Westvale Golf Club in Camillus. Only six strokes separated the Bucs from their fourth victory of the season. The final score was West Genesee 202 Oswego 207.
After the match, Coach Rose talked about the mental stress placed on an athlete after a tough loss. “In any sport, if you compete long enough, you will have to endure a close loss. The first thing golfers do when they lose a close match is think about the one or two shots that they could have had out there, the missed short putt, the chip shot that didn’t end up close to the hole, the drive that went out of play. Just like any other sport, though, golfers are expected to learn from their errors and adjust the way they play based on experience. All a golfer needs to do is limit mental errors and execute the shot in front of them. If you can do those two things well, you’ll be in good shape coming off the final green. It’s easier said than done, of course.”
On the positive side, this was one of the Bucs most consistent scoring matches from top to bottom of the 2012 season. Caroline Reynolds and Courtney Kelly led Oswego with 51s, followed by Michaela Kearns score of 52. For Reynolds, this was her first scoring match of the season. The Buc scoring was rounded out by Sarah Gosek’s score of 53.
All anyone could talk about after the match, though, was Buc golfer Lauren Daniels and her near hole-in-one. Playing the backside at Westvale, Daniels made it to the tricky par-3 16th hole which measures some 110 yards. Lauren struck her shot to the back of the sloping green where the ball began its downward descent toward the flagstick. Rolling toward the center of the cup, the ball made a slight left hand turn about a foot from the hole and power-lipped around the cup so hard that the ball drifted down to the front of the green some 15 feet away. Daniels later said it was the most exciting thing that has ever happened to her in her life.
The Bucs are looking for more excitement next week as their season continues with two matches against league-leading Auburn (one home, one away).
The Lady Bucs are now 3-5 overall on the season.
On Tuesday, the Oswego Lady Buc Golf Team trudged their way around Beaumont’s (home course of CNS) swampy back nine en route to their fourth loss of the season, being handily beaten by the Northstars by a final count of 203-231. The lopsided loss left Oswego Golfers with wet socks and mud-spattered pant legs, a stinging reminder of last season’s difficult playing conditions.
Coach Rose reminisced after the match. “Last year, we played every course at its longest. There was casual water everywhere and many lost balls in the middle of the fairway. We have been fortunate to have dry conditions for most of the 2012 season and the roll has really helped with our scores. There was no roll out there today.”
The Bucs’ scores reflected this lack of roll.
All seven of Oswego’s starters scored above 50, and only one par was had in the 63 holes played by Oswego. Sarah Gosek led the way with a team low score of 52. Michaela Kearns was second low with a final stroke count of 55.
With only five matches remaining in the 2012 season, Coach Rose is looking for the more experienced players to step it up. “We still have a chance at qualifying a team for sectionals. We need some good scores away from home, but I think we can get it done. We have players with a lot of experience and it is their time to play their best golf of the year.”
Oswego will get a chance to play their best on Wednesday, when they travel to Westvale to battle West Genesee. Overall, the Bucs are now 3-4 on the season.
Tennis Action Close
The Oswego varsity boys’ tennis team lost to Cicero-North Syracuse 4-3.
In first singles Austin Demott scored 6-2, 6-0 wins over Jason Wisely, but that was the lone singles point. In second singles Ryan Patrick was defeated by David Scorzelli 6-4, 5-7, 7-5 and in the third Sean Starkweather defeated Kyle Kempert 6-4, 7-6.
In doubles action In first doubles Bucs lost as Matt Flume and Ian Koscuik scored a 4-6. 6-1, 6-1 victory over Nick Bonacorsi and Stefan Mazuroski. Oswego duo of Dylan Lavner and Justin Peterson won the second doubles over Scott Frye and Tom Keny9n 6-4, 6-2 while the third doubles of Jacob Getman and Alex Kemper scored a 6-3, 6-3 win over Nicholas Doran and Ryan Patrick for Oswego’s third point. However, in the fourth doubles Zack Maio and Dylan Werts of CNS scored a 6-3, 2-6, 6-1 win over Ali Al-Salamah and Jeremy Galvin.
The second ranked team in New York State invaded Oswego to face the Lady Bucs softball team.
Oswego represented itself quite well, but the visitors walked off with a 5-0 win for the twelfth win in 13 games.
CNS bunched up the runs with two in the second, one in the third and two in the fourth.
The Bucs fell to 6-5 overall and 3-2 in league play.
Bucs Lax Falls
The Oswego varsity boys’ lacrosse team lost to Liverpool 15-6 in its most recent outing.
The Bucs trailed 6-0 at halftime and simply could not muster an offense against the Warriors.
Coach Doc Nelson said, “Liverpool is a good team and played very well. We had a tough first half.”
Dom Cianfarano had three goals while John Kaplewicz added two and Dan Maniccia one. Cianfarano had two assists while Chase Izyk and Trent Yule had one each.
In goal Trey Love had seven stops.
Buc Nine Blanked
Alliance Field in Syracuse was the site for the Bucs varsity nine as they squared off against CNS.
The NorthStars scored a 6-0 win over the Bucs behind the five-hit pitching of Joe Pokrentowski.
CNS scored three in the first and three in the fourth for the win.
Oswego fell to 3-6 overall and 2-5 in league play.