OHS Spikers, Swimmers and Runners Win; Many Teams in Action

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Oswego girls’ swimming, volleyball and cross country earned victories on Wednesday.

In swimming Oswego scored a 99-87 win over West Genesee in a hard fought meet.

West Genny took an early lead with a win in the 200 yard medley relay, though the Bucs answered it immediately with a first (junior Mara Parker 2:08.55), third (junior Meredith Moshier 2:19.69), and fourth (sophomore Michaela Kearns 2:23.68) finish in the 200 yard freestyle. West Genny tied it up with a first and second place finish in the 200 yard individual medley, and then took the lead by taking second, third, and fourth in the 50 yard freestyle. However, Oswego junior Michaela Auer took the first of her two wins in the 50 yard freestyle with a personal best time of 25.71.

West Genny carried a small lead into diving and emerged with the same lead after splitting the points in the diving event with the Bucs. Senior Laura O’Brien had her best meet this season with a second place finish and a score of 168 points. Eighth graders Carrie Gilbert and Hailey Ihlow also had strong showings in the event finishing third and fifth respectively.

Following the diving, Oswego butterflyers junior Haley Annal, senior captain Lindsay Johnson, and eighth grader Catie Geroux took back a lead that they would not give up for the remainder of the meet. Annal finished first with an impressive time of 1:08.66.

In the next event, the 100 yard freestyle, junior Mara Parker won her second event in a time of 58.18, but West Genny still closed to within two points. The Lady Bucs added another two points to their lead after a strong second, third, fourth performance in the 500 yard freestyle by sophomore Kaila McClelland (6:04.73), junior Meredith Mosier (6:18.46), and sophomore Michaela Kearns (6:27.59).

Oswego pushed their lead to ten points with a first and third place finish in the 200 yard freestyle relay. Taking first in a time of 1:50.79 were senior captains Iveliz Lopez and Sarah Miller, along with juniors Meredith Moshier and Michaela Auer.

Pulaski backstroke standout and independent swimmer with the Lady Bucs, touched out the competition to put up the fastest time in the 100 yard backstroke (1:06.1). Senior captain Iveliz Lopez secured second for the Bucs with a time of 1:12. 77.

Stretching Oswego’s four point lead to a six point lead after the 100 yard breaststroke were junior winner Michaela Auer (1:12.77) and senior captain Sarah Miller (1:21.51).

Going into the last event, the 400 yard freestyle relay, the Lady Bucs needed to take first to seal their victory and that is exactly what the relay team of senior captain Iveliz Lopez, juniors Michaela Auer and Mara Parker, and sophomore Kaila McClelland did. Coming back to win the event by a mere sevent- hundredths of a second, the Oswego relay team looked strong in the water.

Coach Josh Lerch said, “I knew that if West Genny placed first and second that they would win the meet, and if they placed first and third that we would tie, so I told the girls that we needed a victory in the event to assure our win. The girls that won really stepped up their game and swam as fast as I can expect them to swim, not to mention how impressed I was with our “B” relay for securing third in the event. Iveliz and Mara both broke a minute on their legs of the relay. Michaela had just hopped out of the water after winning the breaststroke and still found the energy to again beat out their breaststroker and anchor of their “A” relay by seven hundredths of a second. The swimmer that I was the most proud of would have to be the youngest, Kaila McClelland. The other girls swam the outstanding times that I expect from them, but Kaila kept us in the relay by swimming her lifetime best (1:03.65) on her leg of the relay. If she’d just equaled her lifetime best then West Genny’s relay probably would have pulled out of reach for Iveliz and Michaela to catch them.”

Lerch continued, “All in all we had a really good meet. I think that this is the closest meet that we’ve had with West Genesee in years and both teams stepped up to duke it out. They have some young talent on their team that will make them even more formidable in years to come. Wednesday night, however, the Oswego Lady Bucs proved too much for West Genny and have now improved to 1-1 on the season, hoping to make it 2-1 at Mexico on Friday.”

Volleyball Coach Earns 150th Victory

The Oswego girls varsity volleyball team rolled over Corcoran 25-21, 25-16, and 25-19. With the win Oswego now stands at 3-0 in league play and 5-1 overall. The win was also Coach Ahart’s 150th career volleyball win.

In set one, Oswego started slowly but slowly retook the lead and cruised to the 25-21 win. Vanessa Sheffield (7 kills) lead Oswego followed by Katelyn Stevens (3 kills), Morgan Lavner (3 kills), Jasmine Davis (1 kill, 2 aces), and Krisi Stemple (12 assists). Mary Montagnola added 4 digs.

In set two, Oswego never trailed winning 25-16 behind the outstanding serving of Cydney Ward and Krisi Stemple. Supporting them were Sheffield (8 kills), Kelsey Ross (4 kills), Maggie Mooney (7 assists), Stemple (6 assists), and Montagnola (4 digs).

In the final set Oswego sealed the win with a 25-19 score. Stevens (2 kills, 2 pt. blks.) lead Oswego with Sheffield (4 kills, 1 pt. blk.), Stemple (6 assists), Montagnola (3 digs)and Mooney (3 assists) lending support. Also playing well on the night were Laura Naron and Lauren Corradino.

Coach Ron Ahart said, “The girls took care of business tonight as Corcoran has been playing some good volleyball early in the season and were hoping for the upset tonight. It was also exciting to win my 150th career match because it is a credit to all the hard work these girls and all the girls in the past have put in to make the volleyball program successful.”

The team returns to action next Wednesday at home versus a strong Utica Proctor team.

Cross Country Girls Run to Victory

The Oswego girs cross country team, upped its CNYCL American Division record to 2-0 Wednesday, edging the host Lady Maroon of Auburn 27-28.

Sophomore Mackenzie Robinson, currently ranked among the leaders in the section, placed first overall for the Lady Bucs, touring the challenging East Middle School course in 21:24, 26 seconds faster than her previous best on the course. Robinson’s time was over a minute faster than Auburn’s second place finisher.

Sophomore Taylor Giglio, hampered by a leg injury, placed third for Oswego, with a fine time of 22:32. A much improved Brittany Ross, placed sixth for the Lady Bucs (23:10), followed by Eliza Parker (23:12), and Mikayla Place (24:08), who lowered here previous best by 46 seconds.

Other strong efforts for the rapidly improving Lady Bucs, were turned in by Lexi Gillard, Bridgette Auyer, Katie Abramski, Michelle Champagne, Kaela Shafer (an improvement of 1:28), Rachel Demling, and Danielle Posillipo.

“The girls did a terrific job” said Coach Jim McCaul “Auburn beat us by twelve points Saturday at the Chittenango Invitational but the the team responded very well to the challenge, with many outstanding efforts and performances.”

Oswego will return to action on Wednesday, hosting the powerful Lady Hornets of Fayetteville Manlius, in a 4:30 p.m. league matchup, at the Oswego Middle School. Fayetteville Manlius has won the national girl’s cross country championships the past three seasons and is currently ranked number one in the country, with hopes of defending
their national title this fall.

Oswego Jayvee Girls Score Win

The Oswego jayvee girls soccer team won a tough battle 2-1 against Henninger.

The Bucs scored first, as Alyssa Ferreira won a 50/50 ball near the 18 yard box and tucked the ball away to the near post.

The second half Henninger got back in the game with goal to tie the game. The Lady Bucs were able to get the goal back as Liz Michaud was able to send the corner kick into the box were Liz Babcock was able to get the goal.

With the lead, the defense of Emily Kolenda, Bri Favata , Kristina Sharkey, Leah Weiss and Lauren Peel were able to hold them back.

Playing well on Offense were Kayla Sharkey, Tori Frazier and Abbey Henderson.

Boys Cross Country Meets Auburn

Auburn defeated Oswego 15-42 in the “Prison City” on Wednesday.

Auburn swept the top five spots then OHS came in sixth through ninth.

Coach Dan Greene said, “Our top five runners were within one minute of each other.”

Cody Sivils was sixth, followed by Colin Morgan, Zach McQuaid, Austin DeMott, and Mitch Rabalais.
Rounding out the varsity finishers for OHS were Jake Annal and Jimmy Dillon.

Leading the way for the Oswego JV team was Andy DiVita with a strong finish. Steve LiVoti and Bill Crist ran well for the junior Bucs.

Next meet is the Baldwinsville Invitational September 26.

Gymnastics Falls in Opener

Oswego’s Katie Scanlon was first on the beam with an 8.0 and third all-around, but the Bucs gymnastics team lost to ESM 79.75, Liverpool 69.85 and Oswego 31.7 as the Bucs were outdepthed.

Modified Girls Soccer Lost 4-0

Baldwinsville scored a 4-0 win over the Osweg modified white girls soccer team.

Coach Missy Verdoliva said, “The team never gave up. I was proud of their effort and heart.”

Goalie Rachael Purtell made several great saves while Madelyn Muckey, Hannah Fitzgerald and Andrea Ferreira played solidly.