OHS Sports Roundup

OSWEGO, NY – Oswego teams have been in action throughout the week.

Calling the game against West Genesee “undoubtedly our best effort of the season” Oswego High School boys’ varsity lacrosse coach wasn’t upset with the 14-7 loss to the traditional lax power.

Coach Doc Nelson said, “Defensively we played well for the most part. We cleared the ball well and West Genny never really went on one of their patented runs. Every quarter was close.”

He felt that Jared Cooper had a great game at close defense and Trent Yule had an outstanding save late in the game.

Nelson said, “Matt Howard had 11 faceoffs which is unheard of against the Wildcats and we also took care of the ball most of the time.”

He felt that the loss of some ground balls and fatigue late in the game played a critical role in the final outcome.

He also noted, “I think a major difference was our lack of depth.”

West Genesee jumped to a 5-2 lead after one and at the intermission it was 8-6.

Oswego could only muster one goal in the second half.

Matt Donovan paced the team with four goals while Dom Cianfarano had two goals and Matt Howard one. Howard added two assists while Alex Bush, Pat Holland and Donovan had one each.

Earlier this week, the Bucs lost 12-8 to Central Square as turnovers hampered their efforts.

Coach Nelson said, “Dom Cianfarano had a nice game with five goals and an assist and Matt Donovan added five assists while Brandon Galloway won 60% of his faceoffs.”

It was a 4-4 game after one period, but the Red Hawks went up 8-4 by halftime.

Also scoring for Oswego were Rick Uribe, Wes Ihlow and Bush with a goal apiece and Holland, and Bush added assists while in the net Yule had 18 saves.

Gosek Paces Golfers to Win

Junior golfer Sarah Gosek has been searching for a spark this season, something to bring her golf game to the next level.

It seems that Sarah found that spark on Monday during a match with visiting Central Square.

On the front nine at Oswego Country Club, using a new driver given to her by her grandfather only nights before, Gosek shattered her career best score by 10 strokes while capturing medalist honors in the home match with a final 9-hole score of 44.

The total included 2 pars.

“I want to go home and give my grandpa a big kiss on the forehead,” Sarah remarked after the match.

Although the driver did help Sarah during the round, it is her short game that has shown a marked improvement in this, her second year as a varsity golfer.

“She continues to work hard on her game around the green, as do all the girls on the team,” said Coach Rose. “When a player feels confident on and around the greens, there is no telling how low their score will go.”

Gosek was not the only member of the Oswego team carding records on this sunny Monday afternoon.

Rachel Baxter (53), Tess Gordon (56) and Courtney Kelly (57) also contributed their lowest nine-hole scores of the season.

The team home total of 210 was also a season low.

Oswego won the match by 22 strokes over Central Square.

The team battled cold, windy conditions in a hard-fought loss at home to an undefeated Fayetteville Manlius team.

Oswego’s total stroke count of 228 was not low enough to challenge league leading F-M, but was a respectable score considering the environment in which the match was played.

A cold wind howled on many of Oswego Country Club’s front nine holes, making already difficult shots even more challenging for the golfers.

Even putting was tricky at times as the wind coaxed many balls off path and off line.

Oswego golfer Rachel Baxter weathered the weather quite well.

Half-way through her senior season, Rachel has set the personal goal of making it to sectional qualifying (being held at Rogue’s Roost on May 27).

To do that, a player must attain a “target score” that meets sectional standards twice during the season.

In difficult conditions, Baxter met that target score, shooting a respectable 50 on the front nine at Oswego Country Club.

Baxter’s round included a beautiful par on hole number 2, a difficult par 3 into the wind.

“After a round, when I look at a player’s scorecard, I mean, sure, I want to see pars and birdies,” said Coach Rose after the match as he analyzed the players’ cards at a round table in the clubhouse, safely out of the wind and cold.

“But there is more to golf than pars and birdies,” he continued, “I really like to check out what a player does after they have had a bad hole. How do they handle themselves when they are not playing well? Will they fight till the end of the round or give up and quit? I want golfers who will fight it out till the end of the round. Judging from what I’m seeing on these scorecards, I think I have a group of girls willing to fight this year.”

Oswego may not have won the match on Thursday, but it seems the players are earning a lot of respect from their coach.

The team’s schedule does not get any easier as they again play F-M, this time on the road next Wednesday.

The team’s record is now 2-6 overall.

Softball Blanks FM Hornets

The Oswego High School Lady Buccaneer softball team defeated Fayetteville-Manlius 4-0 here on Tuesday in a CNYCL contest.

Oswego got on the only run it would need in the visitors’ fourth inning.

Devynn Wilder doubled to the left field fence with two outs, advanced to third on a passed ball and scored on a sharp RBI single off the second baseman’s glove by Marissa Canale.

The Lady Bucs tacked on two key insurance runs in the sixth. Michele Canale led off with a double. She stole third and scored on Devynn Wilder’s single. Wilder came around with the third run on a pair of passed balls and a fielder’s choice.

Oswego manufactured its final run with fundamental, small ball offense according to Coach Mike McCrobie.

A single by Allie Yule, a stolen base, followed by Taylor Maas’ sacrifice bunt and a fielder’s choice, made it 4-0 Bucs.

“For the second game in a row, we faced one of the best pitchers in Section III (FM’s Amy Bright). She limited us to just 5 hits and had double-digit strikeouts. But, the kids’ battle at the plate and made the most out the opportunities we had. This is a real quality win,” McCrobie stated.

Laura Miceli out-dueled the FM ace by throwing a four-hit shutout and being supported by outstanding defense.

“FM only had one runner reach third base, but they did have several other scoring opportunities. Laura made some key pitches and the defense made the plays to preserve the shutout,” stated McCrobie.

The win moves the Lady Bucs to a record of 8-3 overall and 4-1 in the CNYCL.

Wild Lady Buc Lacrosse Game

In a classic lacrosse game the state ranked Fayetteville-Manlius Hornets eked out a 23-20 win over the Lady Bucs.

Coach Laura Burger said, “We played a tough team from FM ranked 10th in the state and second in our league. The game was a lot of back and forth between us and host FM. The Hornets were able to control more draws than we were able to, and that was the big difference in the game for us.  We needed to get more possession off of the draws today and we did not.”

Amanda D’Amico had four goals and two assists while Leah Folgherait had three goals and an assist, Samantha McCarrick three goals and Mikayla Place three goals and an assist.

Taylor Cianfarano added two goals as did Tayler Giglio (also two assists) while also scoring were Kaitlin Armstrong and Maia Czarnecki. Nikki Paulhardt had two assists.

In goal Hayley Lukazyck had 10 saves and Taylor Bowman three.

Oswego was out-shot 43-33.

Track Team Dominates Distance Events

The Oswego varsity boys track team was beaten 93-48 on Monday by a strong West Genesee team.

The Wildcats dominated the distance races, outscoring Oswego 32-0 in those events.

The Bucs outscored West Genesee in the field events 31-23, but could not make up the deficit.

Mike Ruggio posted two wins for Oswego. The sophomore won the shot put with a personal-best distance of 42’ 9” and the discus with a distance of 106’ 8”.

“Mike’s hard work is certainly paying off,” Oswego coach Erwin Dewey said.

Eli Tyler won the 400-meter hurdles, and Cory Keefe placed first in the 100-meter hurdles (16.4).

Dylan Lavner continued to be consistent in the high jump, winning by clearing 5’ 6”. Ryan Jock continued his good season as he won the long jump with a leap of 18’ 6.5”.

Keefe took second place in the 100-meter dash (11.3) and the 200-meter dash (23.2). Tyler placed second in the triple jump with a leap of 37’ 9”.

Mitch Maniccia took second in the shot put (40’ 6”) and discus (102’).

Miguel Vazquez earned a third-place finish in the 400-meter dash (54.9).

“The hard-working sophomore is improving with each meet,” Dewey said.

Brandon Faul placed third in the shot put (39’) as he has scored in the last couple of meets, Dewey said.

Steve LiVoti also had a third-place finish with a throw of 100’ in the discus.

“We have to pick up the focus, as we seemed to lack it today,” Dewey said. “The team needs to work hard as the schedule starts to get tougher for the rest of the year.”

On Wednesday, the Oswego varsity boys track team fell to Fayetteville-Manlius, 86-50.

Winning individual events for the Buccaneers were Eli Tyler in the 400-meter hurdles (59.5 seconds), Mike Ruggio in the shot put (42’ 11.5”), Brent Denny in the long jump (17’ 11.5”), and Alejandro Lara in the pole vault (8’ 6”).

Oswego’s 4×100-meter relay troupe of Dustin Searor, Denny, Dan Cirino, and Ryan Jock sprinted to victory in 46.2 seconds.

Jock also notched second-place finishes in the 100 (11.2) and 200 (23.6), posting season-best times in both events. Mitch Maniccia earned second place in the shot put (41’ 1”) and discus (99’ 1”), while Tyler was runner-up in the triple jump (37’ 7”).

Cirino and Dylan Lavner tied for second place in the high jump as they both cleared the bar at 5’ 4”.

Cirino finished third in the 400 hurdles, with a personal best time of 61.3 seconds, and other third place finishers for Oswego included Don DelPriore in shot put, Ruggio in discus, Jock in the long jump, and Tyler in the 400.

Personal best performances were also turned in by Denny in the 100 (11.7) and 200 (24.6), Devlin Babcock in the 100 (11.9), and Miguel Vazquez in the 200 (23.8).

Dewey said that, despite the defeat at the hands of the Hornets, his boys ran well and continue to show improvement.

Jayvee Lacrosse Wins

Oswego High School JV boys’ lacrosse team had no trouble with Central Square scoring the first four goals on route to an 8-3 victory.

David Mathes and Dan Maniccia led the way scoring two goals each.

Kyle Clark, Jeremy Purce, Jon Kaplewicz and Josh Cooley all finished with one goal.

Bryan Carey chipped in with an assist.

Anchored by sophomore captain Mike Thompson the Oswego defense played as strong as they have all season.

Trevor Martin, Josh Saternow, Matt Feeney and Chase Izyk helped out with great individual defense and goalie Matt Skinner finished with eight saves.

Jayvee Softball Loss

The jayvee girls’ softball team lost at FM 3-1.

The Lady Bucs stranded runners in scoring position in both the first and third innings, while FM took advantage of their few scoring opportunities.

Vicki Race and Chrissy Abare doubled and singled.

Ashlee Wapen singled and Isabella Winklestine drove in the only Buc run with a single in the fourth.

Wapen suffered the loss in the circle.

Jayvee Lady Lax Win

Oswego dominated this game against Clinton from the start, playing strong, hustling defense and demonstrating very balanced scoring in a 16-1 win.

Leading the Buc scoring parade were Alexa Healy and Libby Sherman with three goals each, adding two goals each were Kelsey Ross, Hanna Fitzgerald and Kelly Chetney, while Andrea Folgherait, Christie Hoefer, Danielle Faivus and Courtney Hallock had one goal each.

Catie Geroux led with 2 assists, Alexa Healy, Libby Sherman and Mary Cate Rice added 1 assist each.

Goalie Kerrigan Cummins had 10 saves, while the rest of the defense played an outstanding game.

The Oswego team won the second consecutive game with a 12-6 win over visiting Central Square.

The Bucs led 7-3 at half, then came out and scored the first three goals of the second half to take a commanding 10-3 lead.

Leading the balanced Buc attack were Alexa Healy and Abby Haessig with three goals and one assist each, Kelly Chetney with three goals, Allison McPherson with two goals, Libby Sherman a goal and assist.

Adding assists were Christie Hoefer with two and Brianna Favata with one.

Goalie Kerrigan Cummins had 10 saves.

The team lost at F-M by a 16-5 score.

The Bucs fell behind early and were never really in the game, although Oswego did play much better in the second half of this game.

Kelsey Ross paced Oswego with two goals, Hanna Fitzgerald, Libby Sherman and Allison McPherson added one goal each.

Goalie Kerrigan Cummins had 9 saves in the defeat.

Modified Softball

Oswego lost 20-2 to Cicero-North Syracuse.

In the second Sage Dudley made a fine catch in center, Monica Randall made a great catch and struck out one.

Allison Batchelor made the first two outs in the third with fielding and throwing to first, followed by Nora fielding the ball at second and throwing to first.

Molly played a solid game at first.

In the fourth Molly caught a ball on third and Allison Batchelor struck out two.

Oswego held C-NS to a scoreless fifth with great plays by Allison Batchelor on the mound and Sam Cutro in center.

Molly Malone and Jordan McCauley reached on a walk in the third.

In the fourth, Carrie Kelly reached on a dropped third strike and stole second on a passed ball.

Molly Malone reached on a walk.

Carrie stole third and Molly second on a passed ball.

Rachael Purtell was hit by a wild pitch sending her to first and Carrie stole home.

Rachael stole second.

Taite Phillips, Allison Batchelor and Carrie Kelly walked.

Modified Lacrosse Win

Oswego dominated Nottingham.

Matt Wise had three goals and an assist while Ryan Martin had a goal and two assists.

Zach Zerrahn scored a goal and assist while Brandon Tracz and Brian Williams each had two goals.

Shane Bowman, Justin Canale, Greg Mayer and Zach Crisafulli each had one goal while Mitch Schrader had an assist.

Eric Doviak, Jake Cary and Jacob Rodriguez played strong defense while in next Hunter Izyk and Trey Love each had four saves.