OHS Sports Roundup

OSWEGO, NY – Oswego sports teams have been active during the past week.

Oswego swimmers and runners had solid individual performances in recent outings.

Despite winning six of eleven events, the Oswego High School Lady Bucs swim team lost to Auburn 91-79.

Behind after the first event, Mara Parker, Mayra Lopez, and Chrissy Abare brought the Bucs back into the meet with a first, second and fourth place finish in the 200 freestyle.  Kaila McClelland helped maintain Oswego’s lead with a first place finish in the 200 I.M.  Auburn would take the lead after that event and not give it back for the remainder of the meet.

Senior Mara Parker swam an outstanding 500 freestyle, winning the event in a season best time of 5:44.91.  The senior/junior combo of Haley Annal and Kaila McClelland placed first and second respectively in the 100 backstroke to pull Oswego closer to Auburn.

Following that senior, Michaela Auer, won the 100 breaststroke by over five seconds to pull even closer.  Finally, the 400 freestyle relay team of Kaila McClelland, Meredith Moshier, Mayra Lopez, and Chrissy Abare won the final relay in a final effort to overcome Auburn, but unfortunately it was not quite enough.

Coach Josh Lerch said, “Overall I think the team was a little bit flat this meet. With a meet last Wednesday, two shortened practices Thursday and Friday for modified meets, SAT’s Saturday and then our pool being closed yesterday, we’ve just not had a lot of practice time lately.  That will change as we’ll look to make the final push until Sectionals in three weeks.”

Robinson Paces Lady Buc Runners

The Oswego girl’s cross country team, closed out it’s CNYCL dual meet season Wednesday, losing to host Central Square by the score of 20-43. With the win, the strong Lady Red Hawks, closed out their season undefeated at 5-0, to wrap up the CNYCL American Division title.

Despite the loss, the Lady Bucs turned in their finest team performance of the season.

Junior standout Mackenzie Robinson, turned in an outstanding time of 21:48 over the very challenging P.V. Moore Athletic complex course, to finish first for Oswego.

“Mackenzie turned in a terrific race” said Coach Jim McCaul “She went out strong early in the race and maintained her strength throughout the race, staying in the lead the entire time.  She placed first by 14 seconds against a very talented group of Central Square runners. Mackenzie’s hard work and mental toughness is really paying off and has given her the confidence to run with the leaders.”

With an outstanding finishing kick, junior Mikayla Place turned in her finest race of the season, to finish second for Oswego, followed by senior Michelle Champagne, who is coming back strong following illness.

Freshman Meghan LiVoti and sophomore Kaela Shafer, turned in strong efforts to complete the scoring for the rapidly improving Lady Bucs.

Modified Swimming Victorious

The girls’ modified swim team won its third consecutive meet with an excellent team effort at Mexico.

Madolyn Engle won the 200 Free (2:37.12). Clare Donovan won the 100 IM (1:30.59). Mariah Metcalf won the 50 Free (28.25) and 50 Breast (40:40). Elaina Rando won the 50 Fly(37:13). Kennedy Thompson won the 100 Free (1:16.49).  Zoe Ferris won the 50 Back (36.81). Engle, Ferris, Ayla Busch, and Metcalf won the 200 Free Relay (2:10.86).

Excellent efforts were turned in by Allison Smith, Sydnie LeRoy, Victoria Armet, Alecia Ascenzi, Kayla Becksted, Caitlyn Cole, Alexis Elmer, Ashley Sgro, Erin Delaney, and Sara St. John.

The girls modified swim team won their fourth meet on a row with a win at West Genesee 81-69.

The team trailed 44-29 after diving, but put together a solid second half for the win.  Elaina Rando and Madolyn Engle set the tone placing first and second in the 50Fly. Zoe Ferris won the 50 Back and Mariah Metcalf took the 50 Breast.  The 200 Free Relay team of Ayla Busch, Sydnie LeRoy, Engle, and Ferris secured the win for the Bucs.  Engle and Rando also took first place in the 200 Free and 100 IM.  Excellent efforts were turned in by Erin Delaney in the 200 Free, and Allison Smith in the 100 Free.  Victoria Armet and Ashley Sgro turned in strong performances.

Modified Boys Soccer Wins

Coming off of the loss to CNS, Oswego came out and moved the ball down the field against Central Square scoring in the first quarter.

Oswego’s offense started to pass the ball more and move to the open spots on the field. Matt Spaulding scored with an assist coming from Jake Gardner. Jake Gardner scored in the third quarter by penalty kick from a hand ball. James Darling also scored in the third quarter on a fast break down the field and shot over the goalie. Central Square scored late in the fourth quarter finishing the game by a score of 3-1.

Oswego golfers third in sectionals-Boshart overall medalist

The Oswego boys’ golf team finished its season on Wednesday with a tough loss to league leading Fayetteville-Manlius at Woodcrest Golf Club in Dewitt.

The final stroke count was 193-205. Luke Boshart was low for all Oswego players, touring the tricky front side at Woodcrest in a very respectable 4-over-par 39.

It was a disappointing end to an overall successful regular season for the Bucs, a season which started with an improbable victory at the Drumlins Invitational and also included 11 wins against only 6 losses. The team had no time to reflect on their 2010 accomplishments, however, as they immediately boarded a bus on Thursday to Green Lakes State Park to compete in the sectional tournament, an 18 hole event.

It was a rain free 18 holes of golf at Green Lakes on Thursday, as a team of six Oswego golfers tried their best to capture a sectional title for the school. Their efforts came up just a little short on this day, but the team did place third in the section with a final stroke count of 404. West Genesee took the overall title, with F-M finishing second.

But the real story of the day was the play of Luke Boshart, whose round of 3-over-par 74 was good enough to capture overall medalist honors. Out of the 97 top golfers in the section, Luke Boshart had the lowest score of the day. It was Boshart’s first time competing in the sectional tournament, and he obviously made the most of it accumulating only four bogeys on a course full of narrow, tree-lined fairways and fast, undulating greens. When asked about his round, Luke said simply, “I hit my driver straight and when I missed a green in regulation I was able to get up and down.”
It seems easy when stated like that, but truth be told, medaling at sectionals is an accomplishment that eludes many great golfers in the section. It’s an achievement that Luke will not soon forget. Along with medalist honors, Boshart has also earned a trip to the state qualifier in the spring at Seven Oaks Golf Club in Hamilton, NY.

Teammates Matt Lloyd (80), and Austin Tracz (81) will join Luke in the state qualifier in May.

Congratulations on a great season to the rest of the 2010 Oswego Boys’ Varsity Golf Team: Sam Lalonde, Brandon Tracz, Alec Kunzwiler, Colin Joyce, John Phillips, Jake Anderson, Matt Krocke, Brien Gorman and Dylan Morgia.

Lady Bucs Beat Utica

The Oswego Bucs volleyball team made the long trip to Utica to take on the Lady Raiders on there homecoming night and came away with a 26-24, 25-16, and 27-25 win. The team is now 9-3 overall and 7-2 in league play as they move towards a 2nd league title.

In set one, Oswego fell behind early but rallied behind strong hitting to win 26-24.  Jasmine Davis (6 kills) and Cydney Ward (4 kills), and Kelsey Ross (2 kills) lead the Oswego attack keeping the Utica defense off balance. Krisi Stemple had 13 assists to put Oswego hitters in good hitting position.

In set two, Oswego took an early lead and used the strong serving of Maggie Mooney (4 aces) to win 25-16. Ward supported Mooney’s serving with 6 kills, followed by Ross (5 kills), Davis (3 kills), and Rebecca Martin (3 kills).  Stemple added 16 assists.

In the third set, Oswego got caught looking past the Lady Raiders and fell behind by 14 points early. Sensing a need to put Utica under more pressure Oswego got more aggressive serving and senior leaders Davis and Stemple took control of the set. Davis had 11 kills in the set moving the ball through all her hitting spots and Stemple was very consistent and added another 15 assists. Ward chipped in with 3 kills and Ross 2 kills. Carlie Morley made 3 key blocks at the end of the set to secure the victory.

Defensively Mary Montagnola added 15 digs.

Coach Ron Ahart said, “Overall we did some very good things tonight despite falling behind in some sets. Davis and Stemple did what seniors should do when their team needs leadership and took control.  Ward had one her best nights hitting, Mooney changed the second set with serving, and Morley stepped up to win the third set with key blocks. We are still trying to overcome some injuries as we prepare for the final 2 weeks of the season.”

Davis had her best season hitting total and finished with 20 kills on the night, with Ward having 13 kills and Ross 9 kills.  Stemple finished with 44 assists for her highest total of the season.

Boys Cross Country Competitive

Oswego competed in the East Syracuse-Minoa Invitational and finished third out of five Division I teams and fourth overall.

Led once again by Colin Morgan, the Bucs placed third in their division and fourth overall out of 12 teams. Oswego was nipped by Fulton for a better place as the Red Raiders scored 110 points to Oswego’s 113 points.

Morgan ran to a fourth place finish with a very good time of 17:57 over a muddy 5K course at Pine Grove Junior High in East Syracuse. Also running well were: Mitch Rabalais 19th (19:21), Austin DeMott 32nd (20:25), Jon Mahan 35th (20:47), Jim Dillon 37th (20:59) and Jake Annal 51st (21:58).

“Austin, Jon and Jimmy packed it in nicely. We have to finish like that from now on,” the coach said.

In the jayvee race Oswego was represented by Matt DiFabio 21st and Alex Shannon 24th.

“Both of these runners wanted to finish in the top 25 and they did. This is a huge confidence builder for these athletes,” the coach added. “Overall, this was a good meet for the Running Bucs as their training is beginning to pay off. A few more weeks of quality training and the boys should end the season with their best performance of the season”

Lady Bucs Led by Robinson

Oswego girls’ competed in the 19th East Syracuse-Minoa Cross Country Invitations where Junior Mackenzie Robinson, turned in a strong performance and ran a fine time of 21:00.7 over the very muddy and slow Pine Grove/Woodland campus course, to earn first place overall in the Division 1 race among large schools.

Senior Michelle Champagne finished second for Oswego and 19th in the race followed by sophomore Kaela Shafer, whose strong finish earned her 25th place in the Division 1 field.

Freshmen Meghan LiVoti, led Oswego in the Varsity 2 race, with a fine 15th place performance, in a very competitive Division 1 and Division 2 combined field.

Jayvee Football Scores, But Loses

The jayvee football team dropped to 2-2 on the year with a 38-24 loss to East Syracuse-Minoa.

The game was tied 6-6 after one, but ESM scored in the second to go up 13-6 at halftime.

ESM then put 13 points on the board in the third for a 26-12 lead.

Dave Culeton had a 60 yard passing day and one touchdown while scoring one touchdown.

Brent Denny caught a touchdown pass and accounted for 24 yards on the receiving end of the game. Meanwhile, on the ground, Fred Ferguson had one touchdown and 135 yards while Ryan Lavner scored on and ran for 93 yards. Denny also had a touchdown run en route to an 85 yard game.

On defense Trey Love had seven tackles while Garrett Skinner had a half dozen. Jake Merrill, Joe Ruggio, Liam Mahaney and Bill DiBiase each had five tackles. Logan Krass had four tackles and a sack.

Jayvee Tennis Loses

The Oswego jayvee tennis team lost 4-3 in a tight match with Liverpool.

Sierra Adams won for the Bucs 8-5 while second singles Hayley Adams won 8-6. The first doubles of Hannah Allen and Jessica Krauss won 8-5.  Meanwhile, the fourth doubles of Allison Moshier and Abigail Allen each played their best game of the season despite losing an 8-5 decision.

Oswego also lost a 4-3 decision to Cicero-North Syracuse.

Hayley Adams defeated her foe 6-2, 6-4 while Hannah Allen and Jessica Krauss won the first doubles 7-5, 0-6 and 7-5. The third doubles of Kelly Skinner and Meredith Chesare also won 7-5, 6-2.

Jayvee Volleyball Action

The jayvee girls’ volleyball team continued to win with a 25-16 and 25-22 win over Utica Proctor to boost the record to 12-0.

Coach Ted Beers said, “We struggled on our offensive side, we did not get our game of pass, set, kill down tonight. We had some serve errors as well. Our highlight of the night was that our defense was a little more intact and we brought the ball up several times when UP was on their offensive end. We are 12-0 going into our home game with Baldwinsville on the 13th and we know we need to keep our serve game on and play good defense to play a tough match with them.”

Involved for the Bucs were Mikayla Allen with an ace and dig, Emilee Anderson had a kill and point block. Erica Atkins had an ace.

Cat Clancy had three kills. Madi Collins had three assists. Alexa Healy had five assists. Mackenzie King had a dig while Courtney Lavere had an ace. Molly Malone finished with a kill, ace and dig. Ally McPherson had a kill while Cortnie Purce had a kill and five aces. Sarah Stoebner had a kill and dig and Bella Winkelstine had a kill.

The Bucs headed into tournament action last weekend and won the bronze division by beating West Genny in three sets of play.

Coach Beers said, “We struggled all day with one simple part of our game, serving. We struggled all day with keeping our serves in the court and forcing teams to have to play good defense and it cost us big time today. If anything we realized today how important our serve game really is and we will need to remember that for the remainder of our two weeks left and the four matches we have remaining.”