The Oswego High School girls’ varsity volleyball team made the finals of tournament action while the swimmers were successful in invitational action, the golfers gained another victory and the football season commenced the new year.
Bucs Runner Up
The Oswego Lady Bucs traveled to the Southern Tier for the Fall Volleyball Classic and reached the finals before falling to Section 4 Champion Owego 25-17. The team returns to non-league action Monday versus CNS at 6 p.m. and Wednesday versus West Genesee at 6:30 p.m. at Leighton.
In pool play match one, Oswego defeated Bainbridge-Guilford 25-16 and 26-13. Leading Oswego in kills were Marguerite Dillon (5 kills) and Erica Atkins (5 kills). Allie Henderson (3 kills) and Reilly Patrick (3 kills) also added to the Oswego attack. Leading the team in serving with aces were Kellie Gorman (5 aces) and Shanell Meyers (4 aces). Madison Collins (18 assists) ran the Oswego attack.
The second match saw, Oswego defeat Johnson City 25-11 and 25-13.Bella Winklestine ((6 kills), Dillon (4 kills), and Atkins (3 kills) attack well. Atkins (3 aces), Collins (2 aces), and Meyers (2 aces) served well. Collins (15 assists) again ran the Oswego attack.
In pool play match three, Oswego defeated a tough Windsor team 25-19 and 27-26. Windsor is coached by former Oswego Coach Scott Symons. Leading the team is kills were Winklestine (8 kills), Gorman (4 kills), and Atkins (3 kills). Atkins, Collins, Meyers, and Dillon all had 2 aces to keep the Windsor attack from starting.
Reilly Patrick and Clara Culeton added two point blocks each. Collins again set the attack with 17 assists.
In the playoffs, Oswego again defeated Windsor 25-23. Winklestine (3 kills), Atkins (3 kills), and Dillon (3 kills) all paced Oswego. Meyers (2 aces), Patrick (pt. block), and Collins (9 assists) also helped guide Oswego to victory.
In the final match Oswego fell behind early, but their comeback fell short 25-17.
“On the day we did fine in some areas but will still need to work on improvements before the league portion of our season begins,” said Coach Ron Ahart.
Swimmers Fourth at Invite
The Lady Bucs kicked off their 2013-14 season with their best finish ever at the Hilton Invitational. Led by some outstanding performances by Oswego’s finest, the Bucs were able to take fourth place in the field of 10 teams.
Junior Brenna Riley, sophomores Mariah Metcalf and Brooke Morrisseau, along with freshman Caitlyn Gorton, started off the meet with a first place finish in the 200 Medley Relay. Their time of 1:54.41 set a new pool and meet record, and is also a new school record by nearly a second. Riley would shine in the next event as well, the 200 freestyle. She was able to take seventh in 2:06.92.
Soon after that, three Oswego swimmers placed in the top ten of the 50 free. Gorton took sixth in 26.33, Morrisseau placed fourth in 25.91, and Metcalf placed third in an impressive 25.75.
The next event, the 100 butterfly, proved to be one of the most exciting for the Lady Bucs. Gorton blew away the field to place first by a large margin in 59.69. Her swim was a lifetime best by two full seconds and a New York State Championship Meet qualifying time. Morrisseau would take third in the 100 freestyle right after in an impressive 56.76, and then Riley would come through with another seventh place finish, this time in the 500 freestyle.
Oswego’s 200 freestyle relay team of Morrisseau, Gorton, Metcalf, and sophomore Elaina Rando followed up with an impressive time of 1:44.21, which netted them third in a tough field. Rando went on to swim well in the 100 breaststroke as well. She and three other Lady Bucs scored in the event. Senior Colleen Fraser took 13th in an impressive time of 1:20.20. Junior Mayra Lopez was just ahead of her in 11th place with a time of 1:20.08. Rando placed seventh with a great time of 1:17.55, and Metcalf finished with a time of 1:12.19. Metcalf’s swim earned her the highest placing she had at the meet, 2nd.
The Buccaneers’ front line was very strong at the invitational, but many others girls stepped up as well and qualified for sectionals. In addition senior Elizabeth Baker qualified in the 50 free (27.97) and the 100 fly (1:12.08). Junior Zoe Ferris qualified in the 50 free (28.34) and the 100 back (1:13.16). Sophomore Clare Donovan made the cut in the 100 back (1:13.18). Finally, 8th grader Caitlyn Daniels qualified for the first time, at her first Varsity meet, in the 100 back with an impressive lifetime best of 1:13.38. This brings Oswego’s sectional roster up to 12 girls, with several more knocking on the door after just one meet.
Coach Josh Lerch said, “This Oswego team is faster and deeper than they’ve ever been, and the outlook for this season remains a very positive one after this exceptional outing.”
Oswego golfers glad to be home
The Oswego High School golf team returned home on Thursday and added another win to the 2013 season, beating Syracuse by a final stroke count of 193-248. The team is now 3-3 on the year.
CNY PGA player of the year, Oswego’s own Sean Dain, captured medalist honors (along with fellow Buc Josh Dumas), firing a solid two-over-par score of 37 in windy, cool conditions. Dain, who has played in every match this year for the Bucs, only needed eleven putts in his two hour tour of Oswego Country Club’s front nine.
Joining Sean at the top on Thursday was senior golfer Josh Dumas, whose play of late has been exceptional. Dumas, who has also played in every match this year, has had nine hole scores of 39, 38 and 37 recently, giving the Bucs another reliable scoring source.
Second year starter, sophomore Sam Oleyourryk, continued his steady play as well, firing an impressive round of 38.
Overall, Oswego’s score of 193 on Thursday is one of their best home totals in seven years.
On Friday, the Oswego suffered defeat at the hands of a tough Baldwinsville team by a final count of 192-199. The match was played on Oswego Country Club’s front nine.
Sean Dain did his best to carry the Buc Golfers, posting a solid round of 36, which included 8 pars against only one bogey. Also posting nice nine hole scores were Oswego Golfers Josh Dumas and Alec Kunzwiler, whose 39s were tied for second low on the team.
“Bville was tough today,” said Oswego Coach Dan Rose after the match. “When their first three players posted scores of 35, 35, and 36, we knew it would be a tough match to win. Our score of 199 was not bad, they were just a little better today.”
It seems to be the story of the season so far for the Bucs, good play and not much to show for it. The team’s record is now 3-4 on the year. With three of the next four matches home, the Bucs look to get things rolling this week.
Tennis Team In Action
The Oswego Varsity Tennis Team traveled to Central Square on Friday, 9/6/13 and was defeated 5-2.
First singles Sydney Knight lost 6-1, 6-0. Second singles Rana Al-Salameh was defeated 6-1, 6-1. First doubles team Meredith Chesare and Kelly Skinner lost to Central Square 6-3, 6-3. Third doubles Krysta Broeker and Allison Moshier played a lengthy three set match, but were eventually outplayed by Central Square and lost 5-7, 6-2, 6-4. Fourth doubles team’s winning streak came to an end as Hannah Gorman and Brenna Sherman lost 6-2, 7-5.
Taking home wins for Oswego was third singles Samantha Davis. Davis battled three sets before winning against Central Square 6-4, 2-6, 6-2.
Second doubles team played by Molly Malone and Katie Knopp also won 6-3, 6-3.
The team has an exciting week ahead as they travel to Henninger on Monday, host Liverpool on Wednesday and travel to Corcoran on Thursday.
Football Opens Season
Oswego Football Coach Mike Conners noted his team had to keep turnovers at a minimum and keep the game close in the first half as the Bucs opened the season at Joe Wilber Field on Friday night.
However, just 11 seconds into the game Indian River had taken advantage of an Oswego turnover off the kickoff and went up 7-0. Momentum continued on the side of the visitors as they rolled to a 27-0 halftime lead.
Oswego regrouped at halftime, but Indian River scored one more in the very early going before the Bucs finally got on the scoreboard.
After a roughing the kicker penalty the Bucs got moving as Garrett Dunsmoor connected on a 16-yard pass to Alex Makin. Makin was a workhorse for the Bucs as he finished with 13 carries for nearly 120 yards. The running back kept the drive going for OHS as he ran for 23 yards and two plays later he handed off to Ryan Lavner on an inside reverse. Lavner went to the outside and scampered 23 yards for the touchdown.
The Bucs return to action on the road Friday at New Hartford for a 7 p.m. kickoff.
Jayvee Volleyball Action
In jayvee volleyball competition the Oswego High girls’ lost to West Genesee 25-17 and 25-15 before winning 25-15.
Coach Ted Beers said, “We lost a tough match. The past few days we have focused on making our third contact count and we did that much better tonight. Service errors certainly hurt us and not playing a defensive game also had an impact. We need to focus on our defense before we can get into our offense.”
Sarah Fitzgibbons had four assists, an ace and dig; Addy Benjamin three aces and four kills; Halley Jermyn a kill and two assists, Tasha Mezza two aces, five kills and a dig and Brianna Pfeifer two kills and two digs.
Also contributing were Tori Armet with a dig, Rachel Godden an ace, Mcckenzie Rice with a kill and assist as well as Jenna Ballard with an assist and two aces. Kelsey Cullinan added an assist, ace and dig while Sara DelBrocco had two digs for the 0-3 Bucs.