The varsity boys basketball team captured its fourth win of the year. The Lady Buc indoor track and field team had some solid performances and the girls’ hockey team lost a tough game.
Cagers Rally for Victory
The fans at Powers Gymnasium on Thursday night witnessed a wide open high school basketball game.
Oswego rallied for a 76-67 victory over the visiting Auburn Maroons, but the win didn’t come easily.
In the first quarter Auburn burned the Buc defense with seven for seven from the three point range for a 26-18 lead.
However, the Bucs didn’t panic and became their march back with a solid inside game that saw Dustin Sands and Dylan Lavner scored 24 and 22 points respectively with numerous converted rebounds.
At halftime the Bucs were up 40-38 and then began to pull away in the final half for the eventual nine point victory.
The win boosted the Bucs to 4-2 on the season and dropped Auburn to 5-2.
Josh Gillard finished with 14 points while Ryan Lavner had nine, Zach Gillard three and Steve Kunelius and Trevor Martin had two each.
Trent Ward finished with a game high 31 points for Auburn which included six three pointers. Mike Charles finished with 14 and Kareef Rufus 12.
Auburn finished with 10 three-point buckets on the night while the Bucs didn’t connect for any long-range three-pointers.
Runners in Action
Led by the outstanding performance of sophomore Chloe Patterson, the Oswego girls’ indoor track team turned in a fine performance Thursday at the John Arcaro Memorial Meet.
Patterson, competing in a very strong field in the 600 meter run, clocked an outstanding personal best time of 2:05.8, shattering her previous best by nine seconds, to finish sixth in her race. She also anchored Oswego’s 4 x 200 meter relay of Vanessa Wiltsie, Maria Monte, and Marsaili Knapp, running a personal best split of 32.9, with the foursome placing second in their section in a season best time of 2:13.4.
In the 55 meter hurdles, Kaylee Baldwin ran a best of 10.90 to place third in her race and turned in a best of 8.82 in the 55 meter dash.
Sophomore Vanessa Wiltsie posted a best of 54.69 in the 300 meter dash to finish third, with Marsaili Knapp leaping to a third place finish in her long jump flight, with a personal best jump of 13′ 1 1/4″. Alexis Hanna turned in bests in the long jump and 55 meter dash for Oswego. Other bests for the much improved Lady Bucs were earned by Mallory Gordon in the 1500 meter run, Grace Gilbert in the 600 meter run, and Maria Monte in the 200 meter dash.
The meet was held on the fast SRC Arena oval at Onondaga Community College, in memory of the longtime legendary Baldwinsville track and field coach John Arcaro.
Oswego will return to action on January 8, with the boys indoor team traveling to Colgate University, for the George Constantino Memorial Meet, scheduled to start at 4:30 p.m.
Lady Bucs Hockey
Oswego and Alexandria Bay met on the ice at Crisafulli Rink with the visitors from the North riding home with a 3-1 victory.
The Bucs jumped to a 1-0 lead with Ashley Pitters scoring in the first period and Taite Phillips and Sarah Mancuso assisting.
However, in the final minutes of the opening period two goals within 13 seconds resulted in Alex Bay taking a 2-1 lead and never surrendering the advantage.
In net Madisyn Whalen stopped 29 shots for the Bucs.