OSWEGO, NY – Eliza Parker excelled on the track while the girls hockey and basketball teams had critical wins.
Meanwhile the boysÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ bowlers neared a divisional title as Oswego sports teams were in action over the weekend.
Parker Doubles Up
The Oswego girl’s indoor track team closed out a very successful regular season Saturday with a strong performance at the Cortland Invitational.
Senior standout Eliza Parker was a double winner for the Lady Bucs, placing first in the 55 meter hurdles, with a season best time of 9.03 and outdistanced all competitors in the 300 meter dash, with a personal best time of 44.82.
Oswego placed first in its section and finished sixth overall in the 4 x 200 meter relay (2:07.8), behind the outstanding efforts of Whitney Ford, Alexis Files, Rachel Healy, and Courtney Gazda. Three relay members earned personal best splits in the relay.
In a very competitive race, the Lady Bucs 4 x 400 meter relay of Whitney Ford, Pia Sterner, Rachel Healy, and Courtney Gazda, finished eighth overall, running a season best time of 5:10.9. Three Oswego runners turned in personal best splits, with sophomore Whitney Ford earning a fast time of 1:09.7.
Senior Alexis Files, hampered by illness, turned in a strong time of 46.90 in the 300 meter dash, to finish 8th overall.
Other strong efforts for the rapidly improving Lady Bucs were turned in by Ashley Deveney and Karly Babcock in the shot put and Bridgette Auyer in the 1500 meter run.
Oswego will begin its championship season on Feb. 3, returning to Syracuse University’s fast Manley Field House oval, for the Section III Class Championships. The first event is scheduled to get under way at 6:30 p.m.
Lady Bucs End CantonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Perfect Season
On senior night, the Oswego Lady Bucs scored an exciting overtime victory against previously unbeaten Canton in a 4-3 league contest.
OswegoÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Taylar Cianfarano scored on a penalty shot 3:18 into overtime to clinch the victory.
The Lady Bucs held a 3-1 lead with three minutes to play before CantonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s MacKenzie Lennox scored twice to knot up the game.
Overtime saw up and down, end to end action until Cianfarano raced away on a breakaway. In an effort to stop her, a Canton player threw her stick, thus the Bucs had a penalty shot and Taylor scored her 48th goal of the year to clinch the victory.
Cianfarano had four goals while Devyn Hutcheson had the lone assist of the rare Sunday night game.
Madisyn Whalen had 18 saves and Allison Yule had one for the Bucs.
On Saturday the Bucs lost a hard fought 4-3 game to Potsdam as Abbie Adams scored on a great individual rush with just 30 seconds left in regulation.
Cianfarano scored a hat trick for Oswego while Kaitlin Friel and Erika Lazzaro each had an assist.
In net, Whalen had 16 saves.
Bowling Set For Title Match
Oswego met Nottingham on the lanes recently and the Bucs boysÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ went 3-0. The Bucs won the first game 1,045-891, the second 1,053-764 and the third 924-781.
Leading the way was Cameron Byrne with a 671 (229) while also scoring for the Bucs were Jamie Cliff 611 (215), Matt Salvador 600 (222), Matt Clemons 574 (215), Zack Sizemore (392 (two games) and Dan Cliff 174 (one game).
On Tuesday the Bucs will host Auburn in a match that could decide the divisional title. Currently Oswego leads Auburn by just one game.
The girls won the first two games before losing the third. Oswego won 742-590 and 667-546 before losing 698-642.
Sophomore Ashlee Lytle led the way with a 531 (199) and was followed by Christie Hoefer 483 and Paige Blum 437.
The boys are now 20-4 in division and 34-8 overall while the girls at 10-14 in division and 10-32 overall.
Varsity GirlsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ Cagers Victorious
Oswego captured its fifth league win of the year and moved to 8-5 overall with a 45-39 win over host West Genesee on Friday night.
The Bucs raced out to a 12-6 first quarter lead, but by halftime were locked up 17-17.
Defense remained tight in the third and the home team moved to the final quarter with a one-point advantage. In the final eight minutes, Oswego outscored the Cats 15-9 to clinch the victory.
Scoring for the Bucs were Michelle Canale with 15, Brooke Reifinger with 13, Katie Abramski six, Michaela Auer five, Lindsay Johnson four, and Amber Earl with two.
Buc Varsity Five Falls
Oswego fell behind 23-12 by halftime and could not overcome visiting West Genesee as the Cats walked out of Powers Gym with a 46-27 victory.
Ryan Patrick paced Oswego with 10 followed by six from Corey Galletta and Jake Metcalf. Troy Norton scored three while Elliott Singleton had two.
Hockey Varsity Falls
In the second period Fred Donabella and Trent Yule each scored as Oswego erased a 2-0 deficit to Auburn.
However, two Auburn third period goals resulted in a 4-2 win for the Maroons as Oswego fell to 4-4-2 in league and 7-6-2 overall.
Gaining assists on the Oswego goals were Matt Lloyd, Rick Uribe and Yule with one apiece.Ã‚Â In the net Matt Howard had 17 saves. Oswego attempted to score and peppered Jeff Gardner as the Auburn keeper had 33 saves as the Maroons moved to 5-5 in league play and 9-7 overall.
Jayvee GirlsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ Five Wins
The girlsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ jayvee basketball team won its third game in a row.
The Lady Bucs came out with a slow start only scoring two points in the first quarter.Ã‚Â Kelsey Ross got the team going by scoring 10 points in the second.Ã‚Â The Bucs went into half time down four points.
Oswego came out in the third quarter ready to play. Ally McPherson hit two big threes to help start the rally.Ã‚Â Rebecca Martin and Emily Kolenda had huge defensive rebounds inside to hold off West Genesee. Leading scores for the game were Kelsey Ross with 15 points, Taylor Giglio and Rebecca Martin both with 11. Ally McPherson contributed with eight points.
The Bucs are now 7-6 and will host Utica on Friday.
JV Bucs Fall To Visiting West Genesee
The Oswego jayvee boysÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ basketball team dropped a home game to the West Genny Wildcats by a score of 59 Ã¢â‚¬â€œ 37.
The Bucs were playing shorthanded; missing captain and point guard Mike Thompson, as well as backup point guard Brennon Richardson. Their absence forced several players to assume new roles and try to make up for their missing teammates.
The trio of Eric Henderson, Erik May and Kameron Williams filled in admirably at the point.
West Genny used a dominate third quarter to pull away form Oswego, outscoring the Bucs 21-8, stretching their four-point halftime lead to 17. Oswego was unable to overcome this deficit in the fourth quarter.
Scoring for Oswego were Eric Henderson with nine, Nate Miller eighth, Eric Wallace six, Connor Riley four, Kevin Carpentier and Autie Ascenzi three each, and Josh Gillard and Kameron Williams two each.
Oswego is now 7-5, with its next game at Utica Proctor this Friday.