The Oswego High School student-athletes have been active this week.
In varsity volleyball action the girls won in five games over Utica Proctor.
In a battle of one loss teams Oswego prevailed over Utica Proctor 3-2 in sets. Oswego won sets one and two 25-20, then lost 25-18 and 25-23 before rallying to win the match 25-16. Oswego currently leads the American Division at 4-0 and 6-1 overall.
Coach Ron Ahart said, Ã¢â‚¬Å“We knew we were going to face a tough scrappy team in Utica and they were exactly what we expected. We played very well early then lost our composure to almost lose the match. Fortunately, our desire to win prevailed and we came back in set five and rallied for the tough win.Ã¢â‚¬Â
In set one, behind a strong team defense Oswego won 25-20. Vanessa Sheffield (9 kills) lead Oswego with Katelyn Stevens (2 kills), Jasmine Davis (3 kills), Mary Montagnola (4 digs), and Krisi Stemple (13 assists) supporting her.
In set two, again behind the defense, Sheffield (7 kills) lead the offense. Stemple set the attack well (11 assists), with Montagnola (5 digs) passing up the ball.
In set three, the Oswego defense faulted and Utica pulled out a match saving win 25-18. Stemple (4 assists) lead the way with Lauren Corradino (2 kills) adding to the attack as did Kelsey Ross (1 kill).
In set four, it looked like Oswego would finish off the Raiders early but a faulting defense at the end of the set lead to a 25-23 defeat. Sheffield (6 kills, 2 aces, 2 pt. blks.) lead Oswego with Stemple (12 assists), Montagnola (6 digs), Stevens (2 kills), Davis (2 kills), and Cydney Ward (2 kills).
Ahart said, Ã¢â‚¬Å“We had them on the ropes and lost our focus. As a team, we need to learn to finish teams off earlier.Ã¢â‚¬Â
In the final fifth set , Oswego showed a renewed fight and pushed an early lead to the end, winning 25-16. Sheffield (5 kills, 2 pt. blks.) lead Oswego to victory with Stemple (10 assists), Stevens (3 kills, 2 aces), Lavner (3 kills), Davis (2 kills, 1 ace, 1 pt. blk.), Ward ( 2 kills), and Montagnola ( 6 digs). Also playing well despite a bad hand was Laura Naron defensively.
Ahart noted, Ã¢â‚¬Å“Despite the off sets, we played some good defense at times tonight. Sheffield (27 kills, 3 aces, 5 pt. blks.) and Stemple (49 assists, 3 aces) continue to lead the way but the rest of the team is pushing to a higher level which is important.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Lady Bucs Lose in Pool to FM .
Oswego took on league leaders Fayetteville-Manlius Wednesday night and the hornets proved to be too much for the Lady Bucs as the Hornets gained a 107-73 victory. The races were very close as many of the events were decided by less than a second.
Juniors Mara Parker and Michaela Auer placed first and second in the 50 free for the Bucs, while another junior, Haley Annal, won the 100 yard butterfly in her season best time of 1:06.92. As the meet progressed, FM started to pull away, but the 400 freestyle relay team of senior Sarah Miller, junior Haley Annal, sophomore Kaila McClelland, and freshman Chrissy Abare managed to touch out F-MÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s relay team in the very last event to finish the meet on a high note for the Bucs.
Other Bucs had some notable swims, particularly the distance trio of seniors Iveliz Lopez and Sarah Miller, along with sophomore Michaela Kearns. All three girls had outstanding swims in the 500 yard freestyle and Kearns broke out in the 50 free and went her best time as well. Sophomore Kaila McClelland had an amazing meet, swimming her best time in the 200 yard I.M., 100 yard backstroke, and the 50 yard freestyle. Junior Mara Parker swam a very fast 100 yard freestyle. Sophomore Kaylie Allen had a great 50 yard freestyle and 100 yard breaststroke. Junior Michaela Auer swam her fastest time this season in the 100 yard breaststroke. Freshman Shanley Branch swam some very fast butterfly at the meet as well.
The Oswego Divers put on quite a performance as well, with both eighth-graders (Carrie Gilbert and Hailey Ihlow) putting up lifetime best scores. GilbertÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s score of 157.4 will count as the first of two Sectional qualifying outings. Senior Laura OÃ¢â‚¬â„¢Brien also had a great meet, putting up her best score this season, 170.9)
Coach Josh Lerch said, Ã¢â‚¬Å“The Lady Bucs continue to have an outstanding season, bouncing back from each and every difficult work-out that I can throw at them and them swimming best times at meets. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m very proud of them for that and what the give me every practice as well.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Cross Country Meets National Contender
The Oswego girlsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ cross country team lost to the visiting three time national champion Lady Hornets of Fayetteville Manlius Wednesday, by the score of 15-50.
Sophomore standout Mackenzie Robinson, hampered by illness, ran an outstanding course best time of 16:11, to place ninth overall in the race. Senior Brittany Ross finished second for the Lady Bucs, with a fine time of 17:25, under very cold and rainy conditions, followed by Lexi Gillard, Mikayla Place, Bridgette Auyer, and Katie Abramski. Other strong efforts for Oswego were turned in by Michelle Champagne, Kaela Shafer, and Danielle Posillipo.
Saturday, the Lady Bucs will travel to Genesee Valley Park in Rochester, for the 45th running of the McQuaid Cross Country Invitational, one of the largest
scholastic cross country meets in the country.
Jayvee Tennis Gains Victory
Oswego jayvee tennis scored a 6-1 win over Baldwinsville in an excellent effort.
Coach Stacy Dawson said, Ã¢â‚¬Å“The past couple of years Baldwinsville has crushed us usually 7-0. This was a great win for us. It was windy and cold, but it was a great day. We started late so the third and fourth doubles played only an eight game pro set.Ã¢â‚¬Â
In singles Casey Caroccio won 4-6, 6-3, 7-5 while Hayley Adams won 7-5, 6-4 while OswegoÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Anne Marie Dehm lost 6-21, 6-0.
Oswego swept the doubles with Joanna LeFevre and Alyssa Davis won 6-3, 6-2 while Christina Dehm and Katelyn Gurney won 6-2, 6-7, 7-6. Alison Yule and Sierra Adams won 8-0 and Hannah Allen and Caty Darling won 8-4.
Jayvee Boys Volleyball
Oswego battled Central Square and lost 2-1. The Bucs lost 25-19 in the first game and then rallied for a 25-20 win before losing a 26-24 nailbiter.
Coach Jacob Ottman said, Ã¢â‚¬Å“The boys were surprised by a hard hitting Central Square team in the first game, but climbed back in the second with scrappy defense by Brennon Richardson in the back row and the big blocks. The Bucs caught CS by surprise in the last game by pulling out a stunning 23-13 lead, but CS came back with consistent hard hitting to win the game.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Oswego moved to 3-4 overall on the season.
Oswego also fell to CNS as the Bucs came in pumped up and surprised the Northstars by winning the first game. They continued to fight hard in the second, but lost 25-20 and had a 24-21 lead in the last game, but were unable to finish and lost 26-24.
Modified Swimmers Lose Close One
Oswego modified swimmers lost 77-73 to Liverpool.
Coleen Fraser won the 50 breast while the 200 free relay team of Esther Rubinow, Fraser, Brenna Riley and Cassidy Taylor took first.
Other strong efforts were turned in by Liz Baker, Danielle Boyzuick, Katrina Tafler, Alexis Dingman and Allison Smith.
Oswego Mod White Soccer Falls to Liverpool
Oswego lost 6-0 to Liverpool
Coach Missy Verdoliva said, Ã¢â‚¬Å“We face an experienced team that was able to keep us on the defensive for the majority of the game. With their pressure we struggled to clear the ball from our 18 and lost our marks. Liverpool capitalized on our mistakes. We played hard and didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t give up.Ã¢â‚¬Â
The best scoring opportunities came late in the game including a Kayla Volkomer breakaway.