OSWEGO, NY – The record setting swim team continues to make waves while the hockey team is near first place in its division and the basketball squad continues to be among the best in Section III. Two track competitors earned league titles as Oswego student-athletes have been busy recently with action on the mat, on the lanes, on the track and outstanding efforts are widespread.
Swimmers Win Events Solidly
The Buccaneer swimming and diving team lost a close meet to West Genny 103-83 on senior night despite winning eight of the twelve events. The West Genny depth allowed them to place second and third in nearly all of Oswego’s winning events, which kept them out front after winning the first relay.
Although the Bucs didn’t win the first relay, senior Alex Shannon and freshman Dylan Harrington swam their lifetime bests on their legs of the relay. Shannon clocked in at 30.3 in the fly with Harrington right on his heels coming in at 30.1.
Following the medley relay Oswego would win the next three events thanks to the efforts of seniors Reeve Callen, Drake Becksted, and Zach Gerber. Callen would touch first in the 200 freestyle (1:48.91) adding another win in the event to his collection, which is quite large this season. Becksted would run away with the 200 I.M. clocking in at his best this season, 2:02.46, which keeps him at second place in the Section on the leader board. Gerber would touch out one of West Genny’s best in the 50 free, coming in at 23.31. Alex Shannon (26.72) along with sophomore Tyler Benjamin (29.69) and freshman Zach Bush (32.37) would also shine in the 50 freestyle, all swimming lifetime bests in the event.
West Genny divers helped the Wildcats open up a comfortable lead after the diving competition, despite a strong performance by senior Austin DeMott, who placed third. Callen and Gerber would try to help the Bucs bounce back with back to back victories in the 100 fly (Callen 54.47 – a lifetime best) and the 100 freestyle (Gerber 51.53 – best this season).
The Wildcats would win the 500, but Oswego’s Jimmy Dillon (junior) would secure second for the Bucs, and freshman Dylan Harrington would swim his lifetime best in the event, coming in at 5:51.22 and qualifying for Sectionals in the event for the first time.
Following the 500, the relay team of Zach Gerber, Alex Kemper (sophomore), Reeve Callen, and Drake Becksted would race to victory and put up their best time of the season in the 200 freestyle (1:31.75). This is also the fastest 200 freestyle relay time turned in by a team in the entire Section this season.
Next, in the 100 backstroke, junior Jeremy Galvin came back from behind in the 100 backstroke to nearly touch out West Genny top back stroker. His time of 1:03.81 is his lifetime best. Freshman Ben McCrobie also had a great backstroke. His time of 1:10.43 is his lifetime best and also a s ectional qualifying time.
Following the backstroke, Becksted would win his second individual event of the meet, the 100 breaststroke. His winning time of 1:02.05 ties his for fastest in the Section in the event .
Senior Geoff Taylor was able to swim the breaststroke for the first time since an ankle injury a few months ago sidelined him for the majority of the season. His time of 1:15.62 qualifies him for sectionals in the event, so he will finish his high school career at sectional’s despite the adversity that he’s fought through this season with that serious injury.
The Buccaneers went into the last event, the 400 freestyle relay, knowing that West Genny still had a lead. The lead would prove too great to overcome in the event, but had it been a little closer the Bucs surely would have caught up with their fantastic performances in the event.
The three seniors (Becksted, Callen, and Gerber) would team up with junior Jimmy Dillon to race to their fastest time this season in the event. Their time of 3:24.85 was a best this season by nearly four seconds. It is also the fastest time in the Section so far this season, as well as the fastest time ever swam in the Oswego High School Pool.
Ending the meet with that pool record was an amazing way for the Bucs to close out their dual meet season at home. Having three of the five Oswego seniors on the relay just made it that much more meaningful. The Bucs will swim their final dual meet against CNS this Friday at LeMoyne College.
First Place Within Reach
The Oswego High School boys’ varsity hockey team has two games remaining in the regular season and control its own destiny.
With a 6-1 win over New Hartford this week, combined with a Skaneateles loss, the Bucs moved uncontested into first place. Senior night will be Friday at Crisafulli Rink at 7 p.m. against Auburn and OHS closes the regular season at Fulton on Feb. 7.
The Bucs swept the season series from New Hartford with a five goal win. It was a 3-0 game after one and the Bucs assured victory with one in the second and put breathing room between the teams with a two goal third.
Josh Sova proved to be a playmaker as he distributed five assists to pace the Bucs. Cody Mariano and Tyler Grimshaw each had two goals while Jake Oleyourryk and John Phillips also scored.
In net Chase Izyk stopped 27 shots while at the other end of the ice Tyler Hansen had 29 saves for the home team.
Oswego moved to 12-2-0 in league and 13-4 overall while New Hartford fell to 4-9 and 4-12-2.
Lady Bucs Senior Night
Allison Yule and Sarah Gosek played their final home game for the Oswego High School girls’ varsity hockey team and unfortunately the night didn’t have a happy ending as the Bucs lost to Skaneateles 3-0.
Oswego now heads to post season play to face host Ithaca on Thursday (February 2) at Cass Park at 7 p.m.
In the final home game of the year the Bucs put tremendous pressure on Laker goalie Amanda Lupo, but could not cash in with a goal. Lupo finished with 28 saves in earning the win. Meanwhile, OHS goalie Yule had a solid game and stopped 20 shots.
Each Buc senior had a very solid game for their final time on the Crisafulli Rink ice.
The Bucs did come out of the gate quickly and Allie Rogers nearly scored in the very early going. However, Madison Singler eventually found the scoring pattern and finished with a hat trick.
Bowling Success for Bucs
Both the boys’ and girls’ bowling team proved highly competitive against Liverpool.
The boys’ won all three games while the girls captured two of three in the match up against the Warriors.
Oswego won 1,169-957, 1,222-1,051 and 1,109-992 with Cameron Byrne and Matt Clemons rolling 700 plus series. Clemons had an outstanding 770 with 258-245-267 while Byrne came home with a solid 737 (245-266-226). Zach Delbrocco was just 19 pins shy of a 700 with a 681 (208-275-198) while Gavin Gilbert rolled a 661 (226-233-202) and Joey Clavelli 651 (232-203-216).
Other series for the non-scoring Bucs included 695 by Kevin Goodale with games of 205-247-243, Ethan Simmons 515 (139-214-162), Jim Rose 489 (171-164-154), David Woolworth 456 (154-116-186) and Dan Cliff a two game total of 316 (168-148).
The girls’ lost the first game 772-718, but rallied for two wins 758-637 and 780-622.
Ashlee Lytle paced the Bucs with a 553 (210-181-162) and was followed by Christie Hoefer 469 (135-169-165), Rachel Nye 445 (129-180-136), Caitlin Clemons 442 (144-119-179) while rolling single games inc opetition were Tori Gardner 138, Meghan Flack 109 and Sierra Adams 100.
Other series included Gardner with a 430 (144-148-138), Flack 371 (168-109-94), Victoria Soper 352 (143-105-104), and Abbey Henderson 318 (103-130-85).
Coach Bob Hoefer said, “The boys’ team continues to be very hot winning all three and bringing the overall record to 29-7 against a very strong Liverpool team. The 3500 was an impressive three game total. Meanwhile the girls continue to improve and are now 17-19. The girls need seven of the last 12 points to qualify for sectionals.”
Outstanding Effort by Buc Cagers
Oswego played one of its most exciting games of the year as the Bucs traveled to Utica Proctor to take on the top team in Section III.
The home team had its way in the first quarter with an 18-8 lead, but by the end of the game the home team had narrowly escaped with a 59-58 verdict.
In the second quarter the Bucs were flying and outscored the opposition 22-14 to make it a two points 32-30 halftime count. In the third quarter each scored 13 points for a 45-43 score. In the final eight minutes the Bucs outscored UP 15-14, but fell just short.
The Bucs had two late chances to win or tie the game, but could not convert in the waning seconds as UP went to 14-2 on the year and the Bucs fell to a respectable 11-4.
Ryan Lavner finished with 16 points while Ryan Patrick had 15, Dylan Lavner 12, Josh Gillard nine and Kevin Carpenter six.
Keefe & Lara League Champs
The Oswego indoor track team, turned in an outstanding performance Wednesday, at the CNYCL Track and Field Championships, held in the SRC Arena at Onondaga Community College.
Leading the Bucs charge were junior Cory Keefe and senior Xander Lara, who each earned league titles. Keefe, the current Section III leader in the 55 meter dash, remained undefeated in his specialty, by placing first among the league’s elite with a fast time of 6.62.
Lara, continued his fine improvement in the pole vault, by finishing first with a personal best jump of 10′.
Rapidly improving Ben Harrington, shattered his previous best in the 600 meter dash by five seconds to place third in an outstanding time of 1:29.6. This qualifies Harrington for the upcoming Section Three Championships.
Oswego also finished third in the 4 x 400 meter relay (4:09.6), behind the strong efforts of Sean Benjamin, Paul Oleyourryk, Dave Johnson, and Roger Frenchy Meirelles.
Earning fifth place for the Bucs was the talented foursome of Harrington, Benjamin, Johnson, and Lara (1:45.5). Oleyouurk also finished sixth in the 1600 meter run (5:34.4), lowering his previous best by over thirty seconds.
Oswego finished a strong fourth in the CNYCL American Division Championships, with the powerful Hornets of Fayetteville-Manlius winning the title.
The Bucs will continue their championship season on Tuesday, returning to the fast SRC Arena Track, for the Section 3 Select Meet, scheduled to get under way at 4:30 p.m.
Ford Jumping Strong
Oswego senior Whitney Ford, turned in a fine leap of 31′ 2 1/4″ in the triple jump Monday, to place second for the Lady Bucs, at the CNYCL American Division Track and Field Championships. She also turned in an outstanding personal best time of 43.20 in the 300 meter dash, to finish third in a very competitive race.
Junior Deondra Smith, lowered her previous best in the 600 meter dash by over ten seconds, to earn fifth place for Oswego, with a fine time of 2:13.9.
“We only had two competitors in the competition due to the snow day, but the two we had responded well to the competition” noted Oswego co-coaches Jim McCaul and Erwin Dewey. Oswego will return to action this afternoon, returning to the SRC Arena at Onondaga Community College, for the Boy’s CNYCL American Division Championships, scheduled to get under way at 4:30 p.m.
Lady Buc Five Upended
Utica Proctor scored a 49-37 decision over the Lady Bucs varsity basketball team.
Neither team could get the offense rolling in the first quarter as the Bucs trailed 6-3, but by intermission each had commenced to find the range with Oswego trailing 20-16. It was an extremely well played second quarter. However, in the third UP outscored the Bucs by five (14-9) and then held a three point (15-12) edge in the fourth.
Taylor Giglio scored a team high nine points while Erica Atkins and Bella Winklestine tallied six each. Margo Dillon had five while McKenna Brooks scored four, Reilly Patrick had a three point field goal while Maddy Muckey and Courtney Louis each had two points.
Jayvee Girls’ Win Two
Oswego grabbed another win with all players contributing in a 32-25 win over Utica Proctor.
Both teams started out slow on the offensive end. With such a slow start the teams went into the half with Proctor leading 8-6. At the half Oswego was told that they needed to pick up their intensity level and to play with energy and passion. Oswego did just that.
The Bucs came out of the gate with some quick steals in the first two minutes of the third quarter scoring 17 points more than doubling their first half points. After that Oswego was able to maintain its lead and all players were able to get in the game to seal the win.
Leading scorers for Oswego were Rachael Purtell with 14 points and three steals, Brenna Riley with six points and seven steals, and Nicole McCarthy with five points and two blocks.
Oswego was able to get out of their slow start to end in a victory over Baldwinsville by a score of 32-27.
Oswego struggled against Baldwinsville pressure in the front court. It was a messy game with many turnovers on both ends.
The Bucs were able to have a big fourth quarter when it counted, outscoring the Bees 11-4.
Leading scored for the Bucs were Rachael Purtell with nine, Claire Richardson with six and Kerrigan Cummins with six. Kelly Skinner added four points.