OHS Athletes Continue Winning Ways

OSWEGO, NY – Swimmers, basketball, hockey and volleyball were just some of the winning teams in recent sports action. However, the winter season is in full swing and every athletic squad is having some sort of success.

Swimmers Start Strong

The Oswego Buccaneers swimmers kicked off their 2012-2013 season with a 100-77 win Monday night against Weedsport.

The Bucs were able to take first in 11 of the 12 events to secure their victory.

Juniors Alex Kemper and Leo Gorton were part of two winning relay teams, while senior Jeremy Galvin helped the Medley Relay place first, and another senior, Jimmy Dillon, was an integral part of Oswego’s first place 200 freestyle relay team.

Dillon was a double winner, placing first by nearly ten seconds in the 200 freestyle (2:02.12) and by more than twenty seconds in the 500 freestyle (5:34.04). Kemper was also a double winner, getting to the wall first in both the sprint freestyle events.  His times of 22.94 in the 50 freestyle and 53.51 in the 100 freestyle place him in the second and fourth, respectively, in the Section so far this season. Oswego’s third double winner on the night was sophomore Dylan Harrington. Harrington ran away with the 200 I.M., placing first in 2:22.86, and won a hard-fought battle in the 100 breaststroke (1:12.26).

The Buccaneer upperclassmen continued to impress Monday night. Senior Jeremy Galvin took first in the 100 backstroke with a time of 1:05.14. Juniors Leo Gorton and Alex Carl also added another win each. Gorton swam an impressive 1:00.18 in the 100 butterfly while Carl wowed the crowd in the diving event, putting up his best score ever (197.78).

The Buccaneers are off to a strong start this season and will now look ahead to December 21 when they will host a strong Liverpool team in their second meet of the season.

Lady Buc Cagers Win Again

A furious second-half charge carried the Oswego varsity girls’ basketball team to a 49-45 victory over host Henninger on Tuesday.

Oswego (3-2) trailed 26-13 at halftime, but adjustments and better execution paved the way to the comeback win.

“I am so proud of the girls for not giving up at the Henninger gym,” Oswego coach Michael Palmitesso said. “The entire team played a great second half, with everyone making a difference in the game. Our pressure defense led by Emily Heagerty and Rachael Purtell on their point guard was the difference in the game. McKenna Brooks had her best game in a Buccaneer uniform, scoring 16 points and dominating the boards at both ends of the court.”

Erica Atkins tallied 13 points, including three 3-pointers. Marguerite Dillon scored 12 points, and Heagerty and Nicole McCarthy had four points each.

Henninger dominated the first half with its inside scoring, getting 20 of its 26 points in the paint.

“We just could not stop them around the basket in our zone defense,” Palmitesso said. “At halftime I decided to try to play them man-to-man full court. We had nothing to lose.”

Atkins hit a trey and Dillon scored a bucket to cut the Black Knights’ lead to eight.

The Bucs kept the full-court pressure on with Heagerty all over their point guard, not allowing the Knights to get into their offense. Brooks scored on an offensive rebound, and Atkins sank another 3-pointer to put the Bucs back into the game.

“We outscored them 20-7 in the third quarter to tie the game at 33-33,” Palmitesso said.

The teams traded baskets in the fourth quarter for the first four minutes, and Henninger scored inside and got fouled to convert a three-point play. After the Bucs failed to score, Palmitesso called a timeout with three minutes to go.

“I told the girls there was a lot of time left and not to hurry their shots, and it worked as Erica hit another three, and Nicole McCarthy scored a bucket,” Palmitesso said.

With the score tied, Brooks made two free throws and Oswego set up its press again, forcing a turnover with 42 seconds left.

The Bucs missed a shot with a couple of seconds to go on the shot clock, but Dillon got great position under the basket and tipped the shot in with 14 seconds left.

Henninger could not get a good shot at the end of the game, and the Bucs sealed their victory.

Oswego will host Utica Proctor on Friday in Powers Gymnasium at Leighton Elementary School. The varsity game is scheduled to start at 7 p.m.

Ice Hockey Romps Clinton

A four-goal outburst by Justin Clark led the Oswego Buc boys’ hockey team to a 7-0 blanking of Clinton at the Clinton Arena.

Coach Andy Rozak said, “We played hard for all 45 minutes and had contributions from the offense as well as the defense.”

In net Chase Izyk played well in making some quality saves when tested.

Rozak stressed, “The boys played well and moved the puck well tonight. It was a good two points for us in league play.”

For the Bucs, who scored two in the first, three in the second and two more in the third the other goals came from Dan Ryan, Brandon Tracz and Dave Culeton.

Oswego will be home at 8 p.m. on Friday at Crisafulli Rink to take on Skaneateles.

Bowlers Capture Two

The bowling teams went back into action to face off against Cicero-North Syracuse where the boys won two of three games and the girls won all three points.

In boys’ action Oswego lost the first game 1,147-959, but came back for 1,058-1,033 and 1,034-999 wins.

Meanwhile, the girls’ won 637-517, 663-537 and 658-636.

Coach Bob Hoefer said, “The boys were able to win the match by taking two of three points.  The teamwork is what paid off and led them to victory.  The girls are improving greatly.”

The boys were paced by Matt Clemons with a 670 (193-224-253), Joe Clavelli 652 (238-219-195), Jim Rose 589 (213-193-183) and Gavin Gilberts 534 (160-193-181) while Zack Delbrocco had a 451 (229-222) and Kevin Goodale scored a 155.

For the girls Meghan Flack paced the way with a 482 (186-156-140) and following were Kaitlyn Grant 450 (119-135-196), Allie Hare 374 (124-124-126), Caitlyn McRae 361 (104-156-101) and Aubrey Sanderson 292 (104-92-95).

Indoor Track Commences

The Oswego boys’ indoor track team opened its 2012-13 season with a strong performance at the Jack Morse Holiday Relays.

Leading the Bucs were senior Cory Keefe and freshmen Tom Donohue, who combined for a fine time of 14.20 in the 2 x 55 meter relay, to place fifth. Keefe’s time of 6.69 in the relay, earned him second place overall in the field.

Oswego turned in a fine performance in the sprint medley relay, behind the efforts of Sean Benjamin, Nate Greene, Jim Darling, and Ben Harrington, to place second in their section (4:15.9) and also combined to earn second place in their section of the 4 x 200 meter relay (1:47.1).

The middle distance foursome of Kyle Kemper, Benedikt Kraemer, Adam Flack, and Paul Oleyourryk, ran a strong early season time of 10:39.7 in the 4 x 800 meter relay, to finish seventh in their section, and also combined for a fine time of 13:37.4 in the distance medley relay.

Earning personal bests for the Bucs were Kyle Kemper in the 800 and 1200 meter runs, Paul Oleyourryk in the 800 and 1600 meter run, Sean Benjamin in the 200 meter dash, and Ben Harrington in the 200 meter dash.

Freshmen Sean Clary turned in a strong effort in the shot put for Oswego.

Coach Jim McCaul said, “I am very pleased with our team’s performance. Our returning athletes are starting off where they finished last year and our new young runners, eighth grader Nate Greene, and freshmen Jim Darling and Tom Donohue, did a terrific job in their first meet.”

Oswego will return to action on December 19, returning to the SRC Arena on the campus of Onondaga Community College, for the John Arcaro Memorial Invitational, scheduled to start at 4:30 p.m.

Wrestling Sports Individual Efforts

The Oswego varsity wrestling team lost to Auburn 42-21 at Oswego Middle School.

The meet started with a double forfeit, but at 106 Auburn picked up a forfeit.

Austin Coleman, at 113 for Oswego, decisioned Jack Hogan 8-2 for a victory, but Auburn picked up the next two classes with forfeit wins. At 145 Jordan Attwood lost to Maroon Jeff Thurston 4-3 while at 152 Buc Avery Sanders lost 16-7 to Noah Christiantelli.

At 160 Auburn’s Nicholas Campagnola had a technical fall of Michael Shepard in 3:49 as the Buc trailed 15-0.  Meanwhile at 170 Brandon Malone of Auburn decisioned Colin Dryden 8-4 while at 182 Auburn grappler Julian Bernard decisioned Zachary Caruso 10-9.

At 195 Oswego matman Nicholas Barnum pinned Jack Hensel in 4:51 while at 220 Buc Jacob Rodriguez decisioned Corey Swan 6-0.

The Bucs closed out with six points with a forfeit win to 285 pound class Eric Doviak.

Jayvee Girls Go to 5-0

The Oswego jayvee girls’ basketball team Oswego continued their winning streak by beating their latest opponent Henninger 56-18.

The Bucs started the game out strong taking over the first quarter with a score of 14-0. The tenacious defense was no match for Henninger.

Going into the half, Oswego was up 27-10.

Oswego continued its pressure throughout the game never giving the Black Knights a chance to make a comeback.

Leading the team in steals was Olivia Dowdle with 11 and added six points. Leading the team in scoring was Claire Richardson 19 points and had eight rebounds and Siara Wilson with 11 points.

Cassidy King had seven steals and 10 points. Kelly Skinner chipped in four points. Brianna Stenz had two points. Julia Lavery scored three points and had four assists. Maddie Rahn scored a point.

Oswego Blue Wins

Two more victories came for the Oswego modified blue volleyball team with wins over Baldwinsville and Central Square.

The Bucs won 25-10, 25-15 and 15-18 before closing the five-game set with scores of 25-16 and 25-6.

Coach Ted Beers said, “We came out serving and playing fast, we have had some discussions going into this week we needed to speed our game up as soon as the first whistle was blown. The girls responded very well to that call. Everyone made contributions during the match and we know we needed some momentum tonight to bring us into the Central Square gym the next day.”

Mari Atkinson had a kill and 11 aces while Emily Purce had 10 aces.

Clara Culeton had two kills, five aces and two digs while Meg Durval had four aces and a dig. Jessica Godden finished with three aces while Eleanor Lisec had an ace and two assists. Claire Ratzlaff had a kill, ace and assist while MacKenzie Rice and Abby Roy and four and three aces respectively.

Oswego won the first game against Central Square 28-26 and then gained a 25-23 win in the second. CS captured the third 25-16 while Oswego came back 25-12 to win the fourth. In the fifth game the Redhawks won 25-14.

Beers said, “Before the match began we discussed how important it would be to keep our serves in play as well as how important it would be for us to keep our feet moving and at the same time make the other team move more. We did what we needed to throughout the match. There were some tight sets we had and a lot of back and forth volleyball with some really well played rallies by both teams, and in the end we prevailed because our girls worked really hard and stuck to the game plan. We go on the road next week for our final two matches of the season and we look to finish out strong for the season.”

Modified Basketball Wraps Up

The boys modified “White” team played its final home game of the year, beating Baldwinsville 56-45.

After trailing 23-19 at the half the Bucs jumped on B’ville in the third quarter outscoring them 20-6.

The attack was led by Carson Smith who scored 10 of his 21 in the quarter. After Smith, it was a well balanced effort from the Bucs; Derrick Cahill pitched in 10, Sam Broadwell seven, Kolin Rock six, Dalton Babcock six, Alex Davies four and Tanner Wegzyn two.

The scoring doesn’t tell the whole story as the Bucs played great team defense and took the Bees, who had previously beat the Bucs, out of their offensive sets.

The rest of the roster consists of Kyle Kon, Christian Gioia, Matt See, Tyler Shoults, Jake Hibbert, Derek Fitzsimmons, and Liam Benjamin.