OHS Sports Teams Still Going Strong

Oswego High School athletes continue to perform well as track and field along with softball recently had strong outings while the golfers, girls’ lacrosse and baseball teams had solid efforts.

Bucs Stay on Track

Led by the outstanding performance of junior Cory Keefe, the Oswego varsity track team, turned in a strong performance Saturday, at the 35 team Chittenango Invitational.

Keefe earned two wins for the Bucs, outdistancing the field in the 110 meter hurdles, with a fast time of 11.75, to set a new school record in this event. He also placed first in the 100 meter dash, in a fine time of 11.18, under cold and windy conditions.

Junior Ben Harrington also set a school record for Oswego, earning 2539 points in the five event pentathlon, to finish fourth.

“Ben did a terrific job in this event” said Coach Jim McCaul “He was in 6th place going into the last event, but his outstanding winning time of 4:29.81 in the 1500 meter run, moved him up to fourth place. Ben is really developing into a fine track and field athlete.”

Xander Lara placed ninth in the pole vault for the Bucs, in a very competitive field, with a leap of 9’6″. Mike Ruggio also finished ninth, with a toss of 106′ 8″ in the discus.

Tara Stacy ran a season best of 2:47.6 in her section of the 800 meter run, to finish 2nd, with Ariel Bouffard finishing 4th in the race, with a personal best of 2:48.6.

Rapidly improving Chyloe Patterson, ran a best of 6:44.9 in the mile run, to finish 6th in her section. Other strong personal best efforts included Angela Rookey in the discus, captain Dave Johnson in the 3000 meter steeplechase, and Matt Winn in the 200 and 400 meter dashes.

Oswego will return to action on Wednesday, hosting the visiting Bulldogs of Nottingham, in a CNYCL League matchup, starting at 4:30 p.m., at the Oswego Middle School track.

Lady Buc Softball Win

The Oswego Lady Buccaneer varsity softball team edged Fayetteville-Manlius 3-2  on Monday in a CNYCL American Division matchup.

The Lady Bucs trailed 1-0 when Ashlee Wapen walked and stole second base in the top of the second inning. Vicki Race singled and advanced Wapen to third. She scored on a groundout by Sarah Mancuso to knot the game at 1-1.

Oswego took the lead in the next frame when Allie Yule singled to center and came all the way home on an RBI  double by Emily Kolenda.

In the sixth, the Lady Bucs tacked on what would eventually be the game-winning insurance run. Marguerite Dillon reached on a walk. Kolenda hit into a fielder’s choice, replacing Dillon at first. Kolenda then stole second and scored on an RBI single by Wapen.

The Hornets rallied in the home half of the seventh. After three hits plated one run and placed the potential tying and winning runs on third and second base, respectively, Kolenda induced a comebacker for out number two. A groundout to shortstop Allie Yule ended the game.

In the circle, Kolenda scattered five hits to pick up the win, striking out four.

Race and Wapen had two hits apiece to pace the Bucs.

Oswego (6-4 overall, 3-1 in the league) begins a homestand with a difficult non-league game on Tuesday against Jamesville-Dewitt, then hosts #2 state-ranked CNS on Thursday at 5 p.m.

Lady Buc Golfers Lose

The Oswego Golf Team lost at home yesterday to league-leading FM by a final stroke count of 180-210. FM’s total was again the best team score posted this season on Oswego Country Club’s front nine and included four scores of 45 or lower.

“They are tough no matter where you play them,” Coach Rose said of the league leaders. “They are a deep team, and they are talented.”

Last season, Fayetteville-Manlius accumulating a 178 total at Oswego, still the lowest home total since Rose took over the team 5 years ago.

Even with the loss, the Oswego girls are having a solid 2012, amassing 3 wins so far. With 5 matches remaining, the team has a good chance to pass last year’s 4-win season. Of more importance though, is the team’s league record. With a league record of 1-2 this season, the girls have a chance to bring a full team to sectionals and compete for a sectional title at Foxfire Golf Club on May 22. In order to do this, they would have to finish with a .500 record or better in league play.

“I have not had the chance to take an entire team to sectionals since I’ve been coaching girls’ golf,” commented Rose. “It would be pretty special to get it done this year. It would be especially significant for the seniors.”

Speaking of seniors, Sarah Gosek continued her solid play in 2012, shooting 50 on the front side at Oswego Country Club. Also scoring against FM were Oswego Golfers Tess Gordon (53), Courtney Kelly (52), and Michaela Kearns (55).

With two more matches this week, Oswego looks to add to its win total and creep closer to their goal of taking a team to sectionals. The girls will play Tuesday at CNS.

Lady Bucs Successful in Loss

The success for the Lady Bucs lacrosse team was the ability to raise $635 to “stick it to cancer”. However, on the field the Lady Bucs lost their third game of the year as Watertown IHC scored a 12-10 verdict.

IHC jumped out to a 6-0 lead, but Oswego came back to take the lead with seven unanswered goals to end the half at 7-6 in favor of the Bucs.

In the second half it was a see-saw battle until Christine Wright scored three consecutive goals en route to a six-goal and two-assist day to clinch it for IHC.

For the Bucs Taylor Giglio had three goals and an assist while Mikayla Place score twice, but added four assists. One of those assists proved to be her 100th career assist.

Alexa Healy had a goal and two assists while Kelly Chetney had a goal an assist. For the Bucs Becca Martin, Libby Sherman and Kaitlyn Armstrong had goals.

Tayler Bowman had two saves for the  7-3 Bucs while IHC went to 10-1.

Two Big Innings Hurt Buc Nine

Entering the fourth inning the Bucs and visiting Fayetteville-Manlius were tied up at 1-1, but the Hornets stung for four in the top of the fourth for a 5-1 lead.

However, the Bucs battled back with three in the bottom of the fifth to trai l5-4.

However, in the top of the seventh FM came up with four more and iced the Bucs.

At the plate Autie Ascenzi was 3×3 with two RBIs including a double while Ryan Lavner, Kevin Carpentier and Tom Dillon each had one hit.

On the mound Tom Dillon went five, giving up nine hits, fanning one, walking one and surrendering four earned runs to pick up the loss while Lavner and Carpentier came on in relief for the sixth and seventh. Lavner gave up a hit while Carpentier surrendered four hits and three earned runs.

The Bucs fell to 2-4 in league and 3-4 overall.