OHS Girls’ Track Races To Victory

OSWEGO, NY – Oswego athletes are in full swing as there have been numerous successful teams and individuals during the early portion of the spring sports season.

Buc Lady On Track

The Oswego girls’ track team, picked up its first win of the season Tuesday, beating the host Lady Cougars of Corcoran by the score of 79-61.

“The weather was terrible, but the efforts were terrific ” ,said Coach Jim McCaul, ” The girls really picked it up in this meet and turned in outstanding efforts and performances in all areas.”

Leading the Lady Bucs, was senior standout Whitney Ford, who won four events to remain unbeaten.

Ford placed first in the 100 meter dash (13.4), the 200 meter dash (28.3), the long jump (14′ 6 1/2″), and won the triple jump, with a leap of 31′ 4″. Rapidly improving Ariel Bouffard, was a double winner for Oswego, placing first in the 1500 meter run (6:12.8), the 3000 meter run (13:56), and anchored the Lady Bucs winning 3200 meter relay of Chloe Patterson, Tara Stacy, and Rhona Dianang, with the foursome  shattering their previous season best, in a fast time of 11:53.7. Freshmen Kaylee Baldwin, swept the hurdles for Oswego, placing first in the 100 meter hurdles (20.2) and the 400 meter hurdles (1:23.6).

Other first place finishes were earned by Kaela Shafer in the discus (70′ 3 1/2″), Cassie Hondro in the shot put (21′ 10 1/2″), Marsaili Knapp in the pole vault (5′ 6″), and Stacy in the 800 meter run (3:01.6).

Turning in second place finishes for the victorious Lady Bucs were Bethany Mason in the shot put and discus, Patterson in the 3000 meter run, and Baldwin in the pole vault.

Important third place performances included Cheyenne Sanchez in the 400 meter hurdles, Katrina Tafler in the triple jump, Patterson in the 1500 meter run, Dianang in the 400 meter dash, Stacy in the 3000 meter run, and Hondro in the high jump.

Mike Ruggio has been  a standout in track and field for the Bucs
Mike Ruggio has been a standout in track and field for the Bucs

The Oswego boy’s team, battled the host Cougars throughout the contest, by were outpointed by the score of 101-39.

Senior Mike Ruggio, turned in a double winning performance for the Bucs, winning the shot put (38′ 7″) the discus (112′ 7″), and ran a leg on Oswego’s winning 400 meter relay of Devlin Babcock, Rob Zigler, and Cody Cheely (50.2). Senior leader Xander Lara, jumped 8′ 6″, to win the pole vault.

Freshmen Pat Dillon, finished second in the 800 meter run and 3200 meter run for the Bucs. Other seconds included Ruggio in the 100 meter dash, Ben Harrington in the 400 meter dash (58.4), and Babcock in the triple jump.

Harrington finished third in the 400 meter hurdles and high jump for Oswego. Other thirds included Jimmy Dillon in the 1600 meter run, Tom Godfrey in the 110 meter hurdles, Morgan Rablais in the 800 meter run, Mitch Rablais in the 3200 meter run, and Zigler in the pole vault.

Oswego will return to action on Saturday, traveling to Chittenango High School, for the very competitive Chittenango Invitational, featuring some of the top teams in the section.

Solid Buc Lax Victory

“It was certainly our best game of the season to date,” said Oswego boys’ varsity lacrosse coach Doc Nelson after an 11-9 win over Cicero-North Syracuse.

Trey Love had his best game of the year in the 11-9 win over CNS for the Buc varsity lacrosse team.
Trey Love had his best game of the year in the 11-9 win over CNS for the Buc varsity lacrosse team.

A true team effort resulted in win number seven on the year. Nelson said,”We played a game pretty much on our terms, and we played a full four quarters. We couldn’t have won with anything less.”

The Bucs had balanced scoring with Dom Ciafarano, John Kaplewicz and Trent Yule with three goals each while Dan Maniccia added one and Brandon Tracz also scored.

Nelson noted,”I thought one of the keys was when CNS started doubling Dom Cianfarano, he found guys open on the crease.” Other keys according to the coach were “Chase Izyke was an iron man taking every face off and winning 14 of 21. Our defensive unit played well again, though I thought Josh Sova played especially well.”

In net Trey Love had 10 stops. Nelson noted, “It was his best game to date and may of the saves were keys saves in the fourth quarter.”

In continuing his praise of the Bucs efforts Nelson said, “Several guys made some big plays, but few were bigger than Danny Maniccia’s ground ball and goal with less than a minute to go.”

The game was tight throughout with  ties at 2-2 after one and 4-4 at intermission. Oswego gained the upper hand in the third to move to an 8-6 lead.

Cianfarano added three assists to go along with his three goals while Kyle Clark, Jeremy Purce, Maniccia and Yule each had assists. For the 7-3 Bucs.

Lady Bucs Fall to Two Foes

The Lady Buc varsity lacrosse team headed to Baldwinsville to meet the Bees.

However, the ride home was a bit long as the Bucs fell 21-8.

It was an offensive explosion for the home team as it jumped out to a 12-5 halftime lead.

Senior Becca Martin had four goals for the Bucs while Taylor Giglio, Libby Sherman, Kelly Chetney and Kaitlyn Armstrong had one each. Mikayla Place added four assists for the 7-2 Bucs.

In net Tayler Bowman made just two saves while Kerrigan Cummins in relief did not get a save to her credit.

The highly regarded West Genesee Wildcat girls’ varsity lacrosse team came to Oswego and left with a 17-9 victory.

The game was tied in the very early going as Mikayla Place scored her first of four goals to knot it at 1-1, but by halftime the Bucs trailed 11-4.

In the second half the Bucs were outscored  6-5.

For Oswego Place had four goals and an assist while Kaitlyn Armstrong had three goals and an assist and Taylor Giglio scored twice and assed one assist.

In net Tayler Bowman had 10 saves for the 7-1 Bucs.

Timber Banks the star in Bucs loss to Bville

The tightly mown approach areas, tree-lined fairways, and Nicklaus design have all made the new Timber Banks Golf Course in Baldwinsville a must play destination for any golfer visiting the central New York area. Incredibly challenging from the back tees, but relatively fair and playable from the forward tees, the course offers golfers all sorts of variety and demand.

And then there are the greens.

Many people describe the greens at Timber Banks like they would a roller coaster ride. Up and down and up and down and up . . .

“I wasn’t quite sure how to illustrate the undulation of the greens to my golf team, especially considering none of them had ever played the course before,” commented Coach  Dan Rose, “I used my hands a lot to help with the visual characteristics.”

Though rather short from the red tees, Timber proved its worth again on Thursday, surrendering not a single score in the 40s to the Buc golfers, many who came off the course shaking their heads.

“That’s a tough course,” said senior captain Sarah Gosek, whose 9-hole score of 50 on the front side was tops for Oswego.

The tone of Sarah’s day was set early after she carded a 9 on her opening hole – the long, meandering par-5 second. After a perfect drive, Sarah decided to hit her three wood, hoping to clear the swampy hazard that separates fairway from green.

“I hit the shot well,” Gosek recalled, “It just never made it over.”

“When you haven’t seen a course, haven’t grown accustomed to landing areas, haven’t experienced how receptive the greens and fairways are—it becomes much more difficult to play well,” said Coach Rose. “The lesson that many of the players took away today was that the more you know about a course, the less likely you are to make a mental error out there.”

Also scoring for the Bucs in this 193-217 loss to Baldwinsville were Courtney Kelly (57) and Tess Gordon (58). The Bucs are also seeing some production from senior player Michaela Kearns, whose front side total of 52 brought her one step closer to qualifying for sectional play in May.

The Lady Bucs are now 3-2 overall on the season, 1-1 in league competition. The season really picks up next week with three straight matches against F-M, CNS and West Genesee.

Boys’ Jayvee Lax Win

Goalie Hunter Izyk played his best game of the season stopping 17 shots helping the Oswego jayvee boys lacrosse team  6-2 win a close game over Liverpool.

The Bucs dominated face-offs and groundballs on top of the stellar goalkeeping to win the game 9-7.  Mitch Schrader and Garrett Dunsmoor combined to win 15 of 21 face-offs and grab 14 groundballs.

Schrader led Bucs scoring four goals.  Brian Williams and Matt Wise scored two goals each and Shane Bowman chipped in with a goal.  Bowman led the team with four assists.  Thomas Montgomery and Dunsmoor also assisted goals.

Defenseman Sean Benjamin had a special game grabbing key groundballs, clearing the ball and forcing opponents into bad decisions and turnovers.  Eric Doviak, Nick Reiner, Austin Batchelor and Derrick Johnson also stepped up defensively to help the Bucs win a tightly contested game.

The Oswego jayvee girls’ lacrosse team picked up their fourth win of the season with a convincing 18-1 win over host Rome.

The Bucs scored early and often as they built an 11-0 lead heading into halftime.  In the first half we used our athleticism to distance ourselves from Rome, we were able to get a number of goals in transition.  In the second half we made a conscious effort to slow the pace of the game down allowing us to work on our settled offense.

The Bucs found the back of the net seven times in the second half, while Romes’  only goal came on a free position shot with about five  minutes remaining in the game.

Our defense played pretty well today as we were able to double the ball and create a number of turnovers

Scoring for the Bucs were: Catie Geroux with four goals, Kara Collins with three goals and one assist,  Taylor Montgomery and Brooke Broadwell with two goals and one assist,  Mallory Gordon had a goal and three assists, Carlie Stoebner, Rachael Purtell,  Hannah Broadwell along with Brenna Sherman  had a goal and assist.  Josefine Lenzner had and Alexis Dingman had one goal. Johanna Scruton had an assist.

Playing well defensively for the Bucs were Sage Dudley, Meghan Anderson, Caroline Dougherty, Shanell Meyers and Lainey Celeste.  Goalies Carrie Yurkon and Maddi Whalen combined for six saves in the win.

The Oswego jayvee girls’ lacrosse team lost its third game of the season to West Genesee team.

Coach Don Fronk said, “We knew coming into this game that they were going to be very good.  However, our girls came out with a great deal of intensity and played hard.  We have been working in practice on moving the ball against a lot of pressure.  At times we were able to do that today, we just ran into a better lacrosse team.”

Kara Collins scored the lone goal for the Bucs and goalies Maddi Whalen and Carrie Yurkon combined for nine saves for the 4-3 Bucs.

Modified  Lax Wins

The Oswego modified lacrosse team scored a 15-1 win over Henninger.

Trey Clark scored three goals and dished out two assists for the Bucs.

Mark Schuffenecker scored  three goals,  Jameson Simmonds and  Brandon Meyers each had two goals, Matt Bates, Isaiah Love, Cameron Casaletta, Kyle Osmun, John Delapp each had one goal and Jarrett Dudley one assist.

Strong defense was turned in by Noah Lee, Issac Annal and Matt Bornheimer.

Austin Nearbin six saves and Corey Stevens two saves.