Hockey, basketball and bowling shared the spotlight in recent Oswego High School sports action.
Hockey In Shutout
The Oswego boys’ varsity hockey team captured a crucial game on Tuesday with a 5-0 blanking of host Clinton.
Oswego has been battling for a playoff berth and in the past two weeks has put itself in position to capture its divisional crown pending the outcome of the Thursday evening match up at Crisafulli Rink against first place New Hartford.
Coach Andy Rozak said, “It was a very big win for us. We played hard for 45 minutes. The boys were focused right from the drop of the puck and it showed.”
Continuing he noted, “ We did a great job in all parts of the game. We were strong defensively and created chances throughout the whole game. It was great team effort.”
After a scoreless first period the Bucs exploded for four in the middle stanza and then added the final one in the last 15 minutes.
Noah Lee scored twice for the Bucs while Zach Zerrahn, Sean Mooney and Mitch Schrader each added one.
Nate Schultzkie, Nick Chalifoux, Zerrahn and Mooney each had two assists while also picking up points were Jake Oleyourryk and Ben Brosch.
Oswego goalie Donovan Roy had 11 saves while the Clinton goalie Joe Bonanza had 31 stops.
The Bucs moved to 6-3 in league play while Clinton fell to 6-4. Meanwhile, New Hartford sports an 8-4 record as the sectionals rapidly approach.
Lady Buc Cagers Victorious
Oswego faced off against Cazenovia at Powers Gym on Tuesday night and used a late-game 13-0 run to guarantee win number six on the year.
The Lady Bucs walked out with a 46-24 victory.
The Bucs got off to a quick 19-6 start and it appeared that this was going to be a convincing win, but Caz began to fight back and at halftime trailed by just seven points, 23-16.
Caz cut it to 27-21 and it appeared the visitors might be on a run. However, Erica Atkins connected on a foul shot, Marguerite Dillon stole the ball and hit Atkins who launched a three as the third ended 31-21.
Oswego maintained the momentum in the fourth as McKenna Brooks put home a rebound, Dillon hit a shot and Madelyn Muckey forced a turnover and converted. Bella Winklestine and Atkins scored and it was 40-21.
It was a balanced offensive effort as Atkins scored 11, Brooks 10, Dillon nine, Reilly Patrick and Winklestine five each, Muckey four and Rachael Purtell two for the 6-8 Bucs.
Sensational Lane Performance
The Oswego boys swept Baldwinsville on the lanes with a 3-0 sweep, but the story wasn’t that they chalked up three points it was how they achieved the win.
Coach Bob Hoefer said, “They bowled some very impressive scores. As a team they bowled 3,607 which is very impressive for any team of bowlers especially a team of high school bowlers.”
Continuing he said, “Also the third game saw three of our five bowlers with a 279 game meaning that each one only had one frame that wasn’t a strike.”
Matt Clemons topped the team with a 772 (245-248-279), Zach DelBrocco a 760 (246-235-279), Mike Woolworth 751 (226-246-279), Joey Clavelli 713 (211-257-245) and Kevin Goodale 611 (228-201-182).
Oswego moved to 10-2 on the season.
The first game was a 1,156-932 win followed by 1,187-928 and the third was dominant with a 1,264-891 win.
Coach Kristen Hoefer saw the Lady Bucs pick up two of three points and narrowly lost the other point. Baldwinsville started with a 735-730 win, but the Bucs rallied for a 706-672 and 752-647 victory.
Hoefer said, “We knew going in that this would be a tough match, but I am very proud of what the girls were able to pull off. They are consistently bowling better as a team and reached 700 in all three game today.”
Leading the Bucs was senior Allison Hare with a fantastic 509 (199-183-127). Right behind was eighth grader Kaitlyn Grant with a 490 (154-163-173).
The coach noted, at 5-7, “The girls have some work ahead of them to make the sectionals needing to win three of our last four matches. However, if they can carry their momentum we are hoping that it is in the cards for us.”
Caitlyn McRae had a 422 (119-142-161) and Alexa hardest 408 (146-117-145). Brianna Batchelor bowled a 112 in the first game while Victoria Gardner scored with 101 and 146 for a 247 in the second and third games.
It was win number 13 on the year as the Lady Buc jayvee basketball team scored a 39-25 win over Cazenovia.
Clara Culeton scored a dozen points to lead Oswego while Brianna Stenz scored seven and Adeline Benjamin added five.
Previouly, the Lady Bucs scored a 53-46 win over Cicero-North Syracuse.
Coach Jessica Burridge said, “For the first time in 5 years the Oswego beat CNS”
Oswego came out ready to play in a full court pressure, winning the first quarter 17-9.
Coach Burridge said, “Oswego played as a team which contributed to the win. There was lots of unselfish play. They worked hard and focused on doing the little things.”
The Bucs went into the half up 28-17.
Burridge noted, “Oswego had leadership from guards Olivia Dowdle with 14 points, Cassidy King with 10. Other players that contributed to the win were Clara Culeton with seven, Michele Lavery with six, and Kelly Skinner with four points.”
Jayvee Boys in Action
Oswego lost to Cicero-North Syracuse 68-53 in jayvee action.
The Bucs trailed 14-8 after one and at intermission it was 28-19. CNS went on a second quarter run and the Bucs trailed by 17 at one point, but cut the lead to six before a late surge by the NorthStars.
Scoring for Oswego were Trey Clark with 13, Jake Dumas 11, Carson Smith 10, Trevor Bradshaw seven and Rory Henrie two.
Oswego scoring, Trey Clark 13, Jake Dumas 11, Carson Smith 10, Jake Gerber 10, Trevor Bradshaw 7, Rory Henrie 2.