Oswego athletes have been busy on all fronts throughout the past week beginning with the big homecoming football win and continuining through an 11-2 golf season and big wins by the swimmers and volleyball players.
Oswego Varsity Dunks UP
The Oswego Lady Bucs were able to defeat Utica-Proctor 97-69 in a strong showing Thursday night.
The Lady Bucs were largely led by their senior captains, as the captains were a part of 7 of OswegoÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s 10 winning swims. Senior Laura OÃ¢â‚¬â„¢Brien won the diving event with a score of 156.60. Iveliz Lopez was a double winner, going personal best times in the 100 yard butterfly (1:10.30) and the 100 yard backstroke (1:09.64). This also completed her bid to become the first Lady Buc in the last ten years to qualify for Class A Sectional Championships in every event. Sarah Miller put up the fastest times in both the 100 yard freestyle (1:03.03) and the 100 yard breaststroke (1:23.86), as well as contributing to the fastest 200 yard freestyle relay and 400 yard freestyle relay. Lindsay Johnson helped the Bucs go 1-2-3 in the 50 yard freestyle and the 400 yard freestyle relay.
Coach Josh Lerch said, Ã¢â‚¬Å“Many other girls on the team also had some great swims that enabled us to put this meet away early.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Juniors Mara Parker, Haley Annal, Michaela Auer, and Meredith Moshier helped contribute to an early lead. Parker won the 200 I.M. and the 50 free back to back, and Annal swam a strong 200 and 500 free. Moshier helped the Bucs go 1-2-3 in the 200 I.M. and Auer had a swam a fast leg of the 400 freestyle relay. Sophomores Kaylie Allen, Kaila McClelland, and Michaela Kearns had great swims, Allen in the 200 and 500 free, and McClelland in the 50, 100, and 200 free. Kearns stood out in the backstroke with a lifetime best by three seconds (1:23.67).
Freshman Chrissy Abare and Shanley Branch both turned in some impressive swims. Abare went a best time (2:38.42) to help the Bucs go 1-2-3 in the 200 I.M. and swam a great fly as well. Branch also had a great fly.
OswegoÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s eighth graders made their marks as well. Carrie Glibert had another good diving meet. Hailey Ihlow did as well, scoring her top score by almost ten points. Catie Geroux also did well, contributing to a 1-2-3 finish in the 50 and 500 freestyle events (6:47.59 her personal best).
Eighth grade independent swimmer from Pulaski Breann Burns swam the top time in the 500 yard freestyle with a personal best time of 6:09.30 and also contributed some fast relay swims.
Oswego is back even at 4-4, and looking to add more to their win column in the coming week again tough rivals Liverpool and Baldwinsville.
Varsity Volleyball Rally Lifts Lady Bucs
Oswego senior captain Vanessa Sheffield tallied 25 kills and two point blocks to lead the Buc varsity girls volleyball team to a comeback win over Cicero-North Syracuse at Oswego High School.
The Bucs defeated the Northstars 17-25, 25-23, 25-20, 25-17.
Oswego leads the Central New York Counties League American with a 6-2 league mark, and is 8-2 overall.
The Northstars of the CNYCL National are 7-3 in league play and 9-4 overall.
Junior Krisi Stemple set the table for Sheffield and the Buc hitters. Stemple collected 40 assists and chipped in two kills
Other statistical leaders for Oswego were Morgan Lavner (10 kills, 1 ace), Cydney Ward (2 kills, 2 aces, 2 point blocks), Kelsey Ross (1 ace), Katelyn Stevens (1 kills), and Jasmine Davis (3 kills, 5 aces).
Cross Country Loss for Bucs
Placing four runners in the top ten wasnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t enough to defeat Central Square as the Bucs boys varsity cross country team lost 15-44.
Oswego was led by seniors Shane Demo and Zach McQuaid as they placed sixth and seventh with one second separating them. The next two Oswego runners Colin Morgan finished ninth and Cody Sivils finished tenth .
Coach Dan Greene said, Ã¢â‚¬Å“The pack is back!! The first four runners were 13 seconds apart. Finishing as a group is very advantageousÃ¢â‚¬Â. Austin DeMott (15th), Ben Harrington (16th) and Mitch Rabalais (20th) completed the varsity squad.
The jayvee boys were led by Rafael Silva (21st). Then Oswego had another pack of runners as Jimmy Dillon (29th), Andy DiVita (30th), Jake Annal (31st), and Steve LiVoti (32nd) crossed the finish line. Billy Crist ran to a 34th place finish.
Jayvee Volleyball in Action
In tournament action the Oswego jayvee volleyball team competed at Baldwinsville Tournament.
Coach Ted Beers said, Ã¢â‚¬Å“We played a lot of good volleyball. We finished first in our first round of pool play by defeating both FM and Oneonta. In the drvonf round of pool play we finishedsecond by beating CNS twice and losing to host BÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ville twice. This put is fourth overall and into the Gold bracket for the playoffs where we faced off with first place team Burnt Hills in the semifinal game. We played a good game against. Burnt Hills, we fought all the way to a 27-25 loss to them and our girls played well all day.Ã¢â‚¬Â
The next match was against Cicero-North Syracuse this past Wednesday.
Beers explained, Ã¢â‚¬Å“We played a good match tonight, we knew going in this game we needed to play a good pass, set, kill game in order to win and the girls did just that. For the whole team we had 27 kills, 16 aces, and 26 assists. The girls got the job done and got the stats we need to win against the CNS group. We will need to carry this momentum over to play Central Square on Friday as we lost to them the first week of the season. We need to keep our pass, set, kill game going to be able to win going to Central Square this week.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Against CNS Oswego won 25-16, 25-22 and 25-21. Emily Barlow had five kills, three aces and an assist; Catherine Clancy two aces and 13 assists and Danielle Faivus one dig. Alexa Healy had an ace and 10 assists while Emily Henderson had a kill and an assist. Courtney Lavere had a kill and point block. Rebecca Martin had four kill and two aces. Ali McPherson finished with three kills and two aces, Carlie Morley two kills, Mackenzie Oatman six kills and an ace, Cortnie Purce a kill and two aces and Sarah Stoebner four kills, two aces and an assist for the 8-4 Bucs.
Jayvee Tennis Falls to Auburn
Auburn scored a 4-3 win over the Oswego jayvee tennis team.
In first singles action Casey Caroccio lost 6-0 and 6-3 while second singles Emily Rumrill fell 6-1, 6-1. Hayley Adams went three sets before losing 4-6, 7-6, 2-6 for a 3-0 Auburn lead.
OswegoÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s doubles did quite well, but couldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t sweep. The first doubles of Joanna LeFevre and Alyssa Davis won 6-3, 6-1 while third doubles Sierra Adams and Alison Yule won 6-2, 6-0 and Hannah Allen along with Caty Darling won the fourth doubles. Second doubles of Katelyn Gurney and Christina Dehm lost 6-1, 6-4.
Modified Swimmers Fall to West Genny
The girls modified swim team lost to an very strong West Genny squad 81-58.
Placing high in individual events were Cassidy Taylor in the 50 Free. Colleen Fraser in the 200 Free, Brenna Riley in the 50 Fly, and Katrina Tafler in the 50 Back. Anne Reynolds and Liz Baker swam a personal bests in the 50 Free. Fraser, Riley, Tafler, and Taylor combined for OswegoÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s fastest time of the season in the 200 Free Relay.
Oswego athletic teams have been very busy with every team seeing action recently
Buc Varsity Golfers Finish 11-2
The Oswego boys varsity golf team finished its 2009 season with 11 wins including a 9-2 league record. The team was made up of 12 players ranging in age from seventh grade to twelfth.
The 2009 Oswego Buc roster included: Senior Captains Scott Quenville and Corey Schuffenecker, Seniors Alex Bush, John Gorman and John Chatterton; Juniors Austin Tracz, Colin Joyce and Matt Lloyd; Sophomore Sam LalondeÃ¢â‚¬â€Freshman Dylan Morgia as well as eighth grader Branden Tracz and seventh grader Alec Kunzwiler.
The team placed third out of nine teams in this yearÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s sectional tournament held at Green Lakes last Wednesday. Advancing to play in next springÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s state qualifier at Seven Oaks on the Colgate Campus in Hamilton, New York are Buc golfers Scott Quenville (76), Corey Schuffenecker (76), and Sam Lalonde (80).
Special thanks go out to John Fowler, Scott Peters, Will Weimer and Dave Lloyd at the Oswego Country Club for all their help and flexibility this season.
Swimmers Fall to Auburn
The Oswego Lady Bucs were unable to top a strong Auburn team Thursday night at home and lost 103-82.
Auburn was able to put up the winning time in 8 of the 12 events, and place with enough depth, to assure their victory. Oswego put up a fight, especially the Oswego divers, placing first, second and fourth. Eighth grader Carrie Gilbert posted her highest score ever (163.80) to win the competition, as well as to qualify for the Section III meet. Senior Laura OÃ¢â‚¬â„¢Brien was close behind and eighth grader Hailey Ihlow secured fourth place points for the Bucs.
Senior captain Iveliz Lopez had a good meet, putting up her second fastest time ever in the 200 yard freestyle and her best time in the 100 yard breaststroke. Sophomore Kaila McClelland also had a great meet, placing second in both the 200 I.M. (2:33.01) and the 500 freestyle (6:00.16). Juniors Haley Annal and Mara Parker both scored first and second place finishes during the meet. Haley won the 100 yard butterfly in a time of 1:06.88 and placed second in the 100 yard backstroke (1:11.66). Mara won the 100 yard freestyle (58.86) and was just touched out of first place in the 50 yard freestyle (26.87).
Finishing the meet on a high note, the 400 yard freestyle team of senior Iveliz Lopez, junior Haley Annal, sophomore Kaila McClelland, and freshman Chrissy Abare, won the event in a time of 4:16.92.
Coach Josh Lerch said, Ã¢â‚¬Å“I think that the Auburn girls really prepared well for this meet, and it showed in their swims. They were fighting hard to get to the wall before us every time. We have been a little sidetracked lately dealing with injury, illness, and pool issues, which I think hampered us a bit today. The girls really fought as hard as they could, and though we came up short tonight, I will really look forward to the Sectional competition in another month so we can have another go at them.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Boys Varsity Soccer Plays Well
The Oswego varsity boys soccer team traveled to the Rochester area on Saturday afternoon to face #11 state ranked Penfield and played well, but lost 3-2.
The hosts were the first to find the back of the net as Denis Ahmetovic took a feed from Angelo DiFrancesco and beat Oswego goalie Matt Skinner to give the Raiders a 1-0 at the 14:34 mark of the first half. Penfield again got on the scoreboard roughly 20 minutes later as Dino Salkic beat Skinner with a blast from about 18 yards out.
The Bucs pulled within a goal just 2:30 before halftime as Jeff Schmidt headed the ball past Penfield goalie Eric DeHond off a direct kick taken by Nate Pacheco. The score remained 2-1 at the half.
Coach Don Fronk said, Ã¢â‚¬Å“We came out flat after our long bus ride. However, once we got our legs underneath us we began to become more dangerous. We made the most of a set piece right before halftime and that put us right back into this game.Ã¢â‚¬Â
The second half saw much better play from the Bucs as they were able to control more of the play and create more opportunities. Just over 15 minutes into the second half, the Bucs were again able to make the most of a direct kick as Nate Pacheco again sent a ball into the Penfield 18 yard box. This time Pat Holland was able to get on the other end of it to tie the score at 2-2. For much of the rest of the second half the game was back and forth as both teams saw opportunities to take the lead and the victory.
Then with just three minutes remaining Denis Ahmetovic found himself on the end of a thru ball from Alex Swanger. Ahmetovic went in one on one with Skinner and beat him to the far post to provide the hosts with the one goal advantage and the win.
Fronk said, Ã¢â‚¬Å“I cannot say enough about how hard the boys played today, we came out flat and found ourselves in a 2-0 hole in the first half. We fought back from that to tie the game in the second half. We had our share of opportunities to pull this game out but it just did not go our way today.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Varsity Soccer Edges Red Hawks
The Oswego varsity boys soccer team traveled to Central Square on Monday evening for a league match-up with the Red Hawks and won an exciting 1-0 game.
The first half of the game was played very evenly as both teams had good opportunities to get on the scoreboard. Goalies were even on saves in the first half as OswegoÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Matt Skinner made two first half stops while Central SquareÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Mike Walczyk also made two first half stops.
The second half saw the Bucs slowly gain control of the game as they began to play their controlled style of soccer. With just over 15 minutes elapsed in the second half Pat Holland found himself on the end line just inside the Central Square 18 yard box. He then sent a ball through the box that Nate Pacheco found and one-timed into the back of the Red Hawk net to provide the Bucs with all the scoring they would need to pick up the win.
Coach Fronk noted, Ã¢â‚¬Å“We did a nice job of adjusting to the field and the playing conditions in the second half of this game. Our team defending has come a long way in the last few games and today we did a nice job of getting numbers behind the ball to make it very difficult for them to create good opportunities. Matt Skinner (5 saves) was solid in goal for us again today.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Lady Buc Runners Split in Home Finale
The Oswego girl’s cross country team, closed out its home dual meet season by outrunning the visiting Lady Bulldogs of Nottingham 20-41, while losing to the state ranked Lady Wildcats of West Genesee 17-46.
Sophomore Mackenzie Robinson was the top finisher for the Lady Bucs, placing fourth in a fast time of 16:03, under cold, windy, and wet conditions at the Oswego Middle School.
Sophomore Taylor Giglio earned second place for Oswego (17:21), followed by Mikayla Place (17:37), Eliza Parker (17:37), and Brittany Ross (18:11). Other strong efforts for the Lady Bucs were turned in by Lexi Gillard, Bridgette Auyer, Michelle Champagne, Kaela Shafer, Mary Catherine Rice, and Danielle Posillipo.
Jayvee Tennis Blanks Corcoran
The Oswego girls jayvee tennis team scored a decisive win over Corcoran.
In singles action the winners were Casey Caroccio (6-2, 6-0), Alyssa Davis (6-1, 6-3), and Hayley Adams (6-0, 6-0).
Meanwhile, in doubles action Joanna LeFevre and Emily Rumrill won 6-2, 6-0 while Christina Dehm and Katelyn Gurney won 6-2, 6-2, Alison Yule and Sierra Adams won 6-0, 6-0 and Caty Darling and Hannah Allen won via forfeit.
Modified Swimmers Gain Victory
The Oswego girls modified swimming team scored a 43-33 win over Pulaski.
Taking first place was the 200 Medley Relay team of Cassidy Taylor, Myra Lopez, Zoe Ferris, and Ann Reynolds. Brenna Riley posted wins in the 200 Free and 50 Backstroke. Esther Rubinow won the 100 Freestyle. Angela Rookey won the 50 Butterfly. Strong efforts were turned in by Allison Smith, Taylor Bonney, and Magie Maas.
Jayvee Boys Volleyball Action
Oswego scored wins of 25-19 and 25-21 against Fayetteville-Manlius.
The Bucs have improved tremendously since the first meeting with FM and easily dismantled them with consistent serving and passing, and great play from subs including Austin Zappala and Josh Ewig.
Oswego also won over North Rose in a non-league contest winning 25-16 before losing 25-21 and then winning 25-22.
A pesky North Rose team caught the Bucs off guard the second game after an easy win. The last game was hard fought, but aces from Brennon Richardson gave the Bucs their fourth win of the year.
Modified Girls Soccer
The Oswego girls modified soccer team scored a 1-0 win over Baldwinsville White.
Oswego and BÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ville battled to a scoreless tie at the end of regulation time.
Coach Missy Verdoliva said, Ã¢â‚¬Å“WeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re doing a great job moving the ball up the field and getting into scoring position, but weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re struggling to finish. We had many chances to score, and capitalized in the first overtime period. Our goal came after a corner kick that BÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ville couldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t clear. OswegoÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s pressure paid off as Carrie Kelly found the back of the net off a pass from Hannah Fitzgerald.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Oswego scored a 1-0 win over CNS.
Coach Verdoliva said, Ã¢â‚¬Å“We showed up ready to play. We played with intensity and heart all game. We were able to possess the ball most of the game and applied constant pressure on CNS. We had many scoring opportunities, and outshoot CNS. We scored our first goal of the season in the last minutes of the fourth quarter due to our tenacity. The goal came from a Carrie Kelly centering pass to Andrea Ferreira, who then played a nice through ball to Kayla Volkomer whose shot went sailing over the goalies head. Oswego played their best soccer of the season.Ã¢â‚¬Â