OSWEGO, NY – Lady Buc swimmers excelled in the pool while the boys’ volleyball team fell in Section III competition.
It was also the week that the Buc Boosters recognized fall sports athletes.
Swimmers Solid in Class A Meet
The Oswego Lady Bucs did an outstanding job at the Section 3 Class A Championship swimming and diving meet.
Oswego placed fifth overall in the Class A meet of 13 teams, though we were third out of the teams in our league at the meet (beating out Auburn and Baldwinsville, who defeated us in season) and senior Michaela Auer qualified for the New York State Championship Meet in the 100 breast.
Oswego’s two freshman divers started the Lady Bucs off on the right foot on Wednesday.
Hailey Ihlow landed some excellent dives at her first Sectional competition.
Carrie Gilbert did as well, at her second Sectional meet, and ended up placing eleventh overall in the Section and seventh in her class.
Carrie added another ribbon to her collection on Thursday as she anchored out 200 medley relay team.
Carrie’s relay dropped over a second and every girl on the relay, including Carrie, swam their best split.
Senior Haley Annal, junior Kaila McClelland, and freshman Colleen Fraser completed the successful team.
Seniors Meredith Moshier, Haley Annal, Mara Parker, and Michaela Auer did a wonderful job leading their young team at their first Sectional meet. All four placed in the top 16 in at least one of their events…adding to a point total that would put Oswego in its highest placing in years.
Moshier swam right on her best times in both the 200 I.M. and the 500 Free. Annal placed in the top 12 in both of her events going lifetime bests in both of them (1:05.15 in the 100 fly and 1:08.92 in the 100 back). Parker swam nothing but lifetime bests placing 5th (25.61) in the 50 free and 7th (56.09) in the 100 free. Auer placed 6th (25.71) in the 50 free and 3rd (1:08.77) in the 100 breaststroke, setting a new school record and qualifying for the New York State Championship meet.
Junior Kaila McClelland also had two lifetime bests. She placed 9th (2:28.25) in the 200 I.M. and 8th (5:42.66) in the 500 free. Oswego’s other junior, Michaela Kearns, also had a great meet. She swam the best 500 (6:12.01) of her career and she still has another year.
Sophomore Chrissy Abare was spectacular as usual at the meet. Chrissy placed 9th (2:06.72) in the 200 free and 12th (58.37) in the 100 free, both lifetime bests.
The three Oswego freshmen also did their part. Colleen Fraser swam an exceptional lifetime best in 100 breaststroke (1:16.45) to secure 13th place in the event. As mentioned earlier Carrie Glibert played an integral part in the success of the 200 medley relay swimming her fastest 50 freestyle split ever (27.36).
Finally, Katrina Tafler dropped another second and a half in her event, the 100 back (1:10.30) to place 15th in the event.
Oswego’s three eighth grade swimmers also enjoyed success at their first Sectional meet. Angie Rookie moved up from her seeded position in her best event, the 100 breaststroke (1:21.58). Brenna Riley moved up four spots from her original seeded position with her lifetime best time of 2:13.64 in the 200 freestyle. Mayra Lopez did her part as well placing 12th in the 200 free (2:10.36) and 10th in the 500 free (5:45.70).
Oswego’s relays also played a big part in the success the Lady Bucs. As mentioned, the 200 medley relay dropped more than a second to secure 8th place. The 200 and 400 freestyle relay teams consisting of Mara Parker, Michaela Auer, Chrissy Abare, and Mayra Lopez were the biggest point-scorers for the Bucs. Those two relays alone made up more than a quarter of Oswego’s total points. The four Bucs placed 5th in the 200 free relay and 3rd in the 400 free relay.
Coach Josh Lerch said, “These two days were a great start for the Lady Buc swimmers and divers. On Friday Class C will duke it out to see who will make it back to Saturday’s State Qualifier meet as the top 24 in the Section are decided. Of the 13 Lady Bucs that competed at Sectionals, 8 are looking forward to being invited back to swim at the selective meet. We swam and dove very well. It has been a great experience these past few weeks watching my team from the sidelines as they grew stronger and more competitive. They each began to realize their true strength and ability and how formidable a group they made as we prepared for this meet. These girls earned everything they got from the pool today and more, and I can’t wait to see where we are on Saturday, because we aren’t done yet.”
Varsity Volleyball Falls
Oswego entered post season play as a fourth seed in the volleyball sectionals.
However, the Bucs were unable to muster a formidable challenge against top seeded Cicero-North Syracuse in losing 25-21, 25-21 and 25-15.
The teams battled in the first game, but CNS built up an advantage and never surrendered it. The NorthStars proved dominant along the front line as the team went to 18-2. In the second game the Bucs held the early lead and appeared to be building upon it, but suddenly CNS stormed back and built another large lead. Oswego was able to get a run late in the game, but it was too little too late.
In the end Ryan Patrick had seven kills, three digs and an ace while Mike Thompson had five hits and three digs. Jake Metcalf finished with three kills, an assist and two digs.
Kevin Carpentier had 18 assists and a dig while Dylan Lavner had three blocks, a kill and two digs. Cooper Harse also contributed with a block and kill. Others on the team included Tom Drumm with a kill, Ryan Patrick with an ace and three digs, Sean O’Connor with an ace and Brennan Richardson with two digs.
Oswego finished the season 10-6.
Coach Mike Shea indicated the Bucs had an off night and the solid, consistent passing wasn’t evident.
Buc Booster Athletic Awards Presented
The Oswego High School student-athletes from all fall sports teams gathered for the Buc Booster Award Ceremony at the Ralph M. Faust Theatre for the Performing Arts.
During the fall season there were numerous success stories, both as teams and individuals, as well as the desire of student-athletes to do their best.
Several teams are still in competition and others will present their awards at their team banquets.
In cross country awards were presented to Michelle Champagne (coaches’ award), Meghan LiVoti (Most Improved) and Mackenzie Robinson (Outstanding Runner).
In the boys’ the “Rookie of the Year” was Matt DeFabio while Mitch Rabalais earned the “Coaches’ Award” and “Appreciation and Dedication” plaques were given to Andrew DiVita, Steve LiVoti and Colin Morgan while Morgan was selected as the “Most Vaulable Player.”
In golf, awards were given to Matt Lloyd (Overall Stroke Leader), Austin Tracz (Birdie Leader and Best off the Tee), Alex Kunzwiler (Best Overall Putter), Brandon Tracz (Best Iron Player), Luke Boshart (Sectional Medalist. Sectional qualifiers were Matt Lloyd, Austin Tracz and Luke Bosart while first team all league picks were Matt Lloyd and Austin Tracz while second team all league reps were Sam LaLonde and Luke Boshart. Brandon Tracz and Alex Kunzwiler were honorable mention all league.
On the tennis court Aubree Schrader received a team player award while Sarah Mancuso was the most improved and Dominique Canale the most outstanding player.
Swimmers awards went to MVPs Michaela Auer and Mara Parker, Hailey Ihlow (Most Improved) and Mayra Lopez (Rookie of the Year).
In girls’ soccer the “Defensive MVP” was Jamie Bouffard and the “Offensive MVP” Kaitlyn Armstrong. The “Most Improved Player” was Jodi Kester and the “Coaches’ Award” was presented to MacKenzie Dunsmoor.
Meanwhile, in boys’ soccer Bill Clary received the “Coaches’ Award” and Stephen Auyer was recognized for first team all league and also for his record setting goal scoring achievement as he tallied 43 goals in his high school career.
Cooper Harse received the boys’ volleyball “Coaches’ Award.”
Other teams were going to present their awards at the conclusion of their regular season or at their team banquets.