OSWEGO, NY – The Lady Bucs swimming and diving team finished up the season in spectacular fashion while the winter sports teams are under way.
Lady Bucs at States
The Oswego Lady Bucs swimmers finished 22nd among 150 teams at the New York State Championships and second place out of all the Section III team represented at the state level.
The 200 free relay team of Caitlin Gorton, Elaina Rando, Brooke Morrisseau and Mariah Metcalf finished 12th in the state competition with a time of 1:39.43. The swim broke a 17-year-old Oswego High School record for the event.
Coach Josh Lerch said, “Oswego had not sent a swimmer to state’s since 2010 and not had one make finals since 2007. Not only did the Buccaneers send five swimmers this year, but that included two relays and three individual events! Even more impressive was the fact that all five Lady Bucs made it back to finals the second day.”
Oswego’s 200 medley relay team of junior Brenna Riley, sophomore Mariah Metcalf, freshman Caitlin Gorton, and sophomore Brooke Morrisseau qualified for States’ at Sectional’s with a school record of 1:50.93 and then made it back in 18th place to finals. They managed to race to a 17th place finish in the state.
Next up would be Oswego’s lone freshman Caitlin Gorton in the 100 fly. She broke the Oswego school record (57.59) and advanced to states as the Section III Champion. She came into the State meet ranked tenth and powered to a ninth place finish. This is Oswego’s highest female individual placing at State’s since 2007.
Immediately following Gorton’s individual success, Mariah Metcalf had some of her own. She impressively made it back to consolation finals in 15th place on the strength of her 100 freestyle swim on Friday. She was then able to hold onto 15th in a race to the finish, out touching four other girls who finished within two-tenths of a second of her. Mariah and Caitlin are the first pair of Lady Bucs to make it back individually to a state final since the late 1990s.
Junior Brenna Riley advanced to states as the Section III Champion in the 500 freestyle. She swam an outstanding race on Friday against the best in New York State to place 44th, and will be that much more experienced as she begins her journey towards another states appearance in 2014.
The final event that Oswego qualified in was the 200 freestyle relay.
The team of Gorton, Rando, Morrisseau, and Metcalf would earn Oswego’s highest relay placing at the meet and accomplish something that they couldn’t do at sectionals, a school record in the event. The foursome raced to a 12th place finish in fastest time in their school’s history, 1:39.43. The previous record was set in 1996.
Coach Lerch said, “I was very happy with how well the girls were able to perform at, what was for most of them, their first New York State Championship meet. The five of them have very little high level meet experience between them and they swam like veterans at this meet, doing what was required to make it back to finals on Saturday, which is very challenging to accomplish. Even more exciting than their 22nd place finish out of the more than 150 teams represented there, and that they were able to outscore Section III Champions Jamesville-Dewitt, is that all five girls will be returning to the pool next season for the Lady Bucs. I can’t even begin to predict what next season will bring for Oswego’s team, but I am very excited that I will be along for that ride.”
Boys Open Season
The Oswego Buccaneer swimmers kicked off their 2013-14 season with a 53-37 win over Pulaski-Sandy Creek.
Oswego put up the top time in eight of the 11 events at the meet. Junior Dylan Harrington along with seniors Alex Kemper, Leo Gorton, and sophomore Christian Davis took the lead for the Bucs by winning the first event, the 200 medley relay (1:50.92).
Gorton would follow that up with a win in the next event, the 200 freestyle. His time of 2:05.89 put him just ahead of teammate Evan James, who is a sophomore. Evan took second with his time of 2:06.81. Pulaski took first in the 200 I.M., but junior Ben McCrobie was a close second with an outstanding time of 2:21.08.
Oswego built on their lead by placing first and second in the 50 freestyle. Harrington touched first in 23.47 with Alex Kemper hot on his heels (24.06). Gorton got his second win of the evening next in the 100 fly (59.72). Kemper stepped up immediately following the fly and ran away with the 100 freestyle. His time of 54.80 was nearly six seconds faster than second place.
Notably, the second place finisher was senior Evan Davis, who put the Bucs up even more completing their one-two finish in the 100 free.
McCrobie and James had strong showings in the 500 freestyle. McCrobie touched second in 5:35.23 and James third in 5:40.56. Soon after, Oswego’s winning medley relay team got back together for the 200 free relay, all returning for the event except for Christian Davis who let his brother Evan take his spot. The foursome touched first in 1:38.84, finishing six seconds ahead of Pulaski’s A-relay.
Sophomores Chris VanGorder (1:16.84) and Zach DeSacia (1:17.00) swam impressive 100 backstrokes for the Buccaneers. The next event, the 100 breaststroke, was one of the best for Oswego. Harrington won it in an impressive 1:06.56. Christian Davis wasn’t far behind at 1:10.91. Then freshman Ben Dafoe swam the event in 1:25.80.
Evan Davis, Ben McCrobie, Chris VanGorder, and Evan James put the finishing touches on the win for the Bucs by turning in the top time in the 400 freestyle relay.
Coach Lerch said, “All in all, this was a great first meet for us. We have a good mix of many talented veterans to lead our dozen new swimmers and divers. If we can continue to improve then I think that this will end up being a very strong team this season.”
Bowling Teams Begin
Coach Bob Hoefer said, “The boys’ bowled a great match today. After losing the first game by a single pin they were able to rally and take the overall match. Although the scores were close in the third game as well they were able to clinch the win by winning the final game by just three pins. All of the boys carried their own today.”
Auburn won the first game 1019-1018, but the Bucs won 1130-1021 and 1076-1073.
The Bucs were paced by Kevin Goodale with a 708 series and also rolling an impressive three games was Matt Clemons with a 690.
Goodale was consistent with games of 239-232-237, while Clemons started with a 215 and then rolled 242 and 233.
Completing the scoring for the Bus were Mike Woolworth 642 (220-231-191), Joey Clavelli 609 (183-223-204) and Zach Delbrocco 575 (161-202-212).
The girls’ lost 3-0 to Auburn as the Maroons is usually one of the top teams in Section III.
Coach Kristen Hoefer said, “It was a tough first match, but the girls started strong and carried themselves well. With four of five returning girls we look forward to a competitive season. Eighth grader Kaitlyn Grant managed to roll a strong second game of 188 while senior Allison Hare had a strong 162 game and seniors Victoria Gardner and Caitlyn McRae had 152 and 134 respectively.”
Auburn won all three games by scores of 766-688, 854-672 and 810-577.
For the Bucs Grant had a 448 (156-188-104) and was followed by Gardner 411 (131-128-152), Hare 399 (162-136-101), McRae 358 (134-106-118) and Paige Hammond 321 (105-114-102).
Hockey Team Wins
The hockey season has commenced for the Oswego High School boys’ hockey team.
It was a league opener at Skaneateles as the Bucs and Lakers had another highly competitive game with the Bucs walking off the ice with a 4-2 victory.
Coach Andy Rozak said, “We came out strong in the first period and went up 2-0 on goals by Sean Mooney and Josh Wallace.”
The second period was up and down for both teams and with 47 seconds remaining Skaneateles cut the Oswego lead in half with a goal.
Rozak continued, “The third period saw Skaneateles come out pressing and tied the game. However, we came right back and started our own push. With about five minutes to go Nate Schultzkie put us up for good and a Hunter Izyk empty netter sealed the game.”
In net, Donovan Roy had 20 saves for the Bucs while picking up assists were Zach Zerrahn, Anthony Donabella and Jake Oleyourryk.
Lady Bucs Begin
Whitesboro scored a 54-43 victory over the Lady Bucs varsity basketball team in the first game of the season.
Oswego trailed 24-10 after one quarter, but played relatively equal throughout the remainder of the game.
Marguerite Dillon paced the Bucs with 11 points while McKenna Brooks and Riley Patrick had 10 each. Erica Atkins added seven, Madelyn Muckey three and Isabella Winklestine two.
Jayvee Girls Victorious
Oswego scored a 45-15 win over Whitesboro in jayvee action.
Coach Jessica Burridge said, “We started our season strong with a great team effort. It was intense in the early going with our full court press. We took control late in the first quarter.”
Despite have three players in foul trouble the Bucs were up 30-10 at halftime.
Clara Culeton had 10 points and seven rebounds while Kelly Skinner added nine points, Jenna McManus eight and Olivia Dowdle seven points and four assists.
Jayvee Boys Open
Corcoran ran to a 90-34 win over the Oswego jayvee basketball team.
Trey Clark had eight points for the Bucs while Jake Johnson scored five, Jake Dumas four, Trevor Bradshaw three while Jake Gerber, Carson Smith, Sam Oleyourryk and Tim Barker had two each.
Isaac Annal and Jason Jones each had a point from the foul line.
Oswego modified volleyballers met Nottingham.
Coach Ted Beers said, “We played an aggressive team who played very good defense on their side of the court and we had to work for some of our points. We took the first two sets quickly, but made the mistake of not capitalizing on their mistakes in set three. There were good back and forth sets on both sides of the net.”
Oswego came away with the win as the season record moved to 4-2.
Maddie Armet had three aces while Meg Durval had two kills and an ace.
Eleanor Lisec had three aces and two assists while Katherine Shene had two aces as did Willow-Su Knapp. Sheyenne Lacey had a kill and ace while also chalking up aces were Monica Cahill, Joan Carroll and Maddie Dashnau.
The boys’ modified basketball team fell to Henninger-Lincoln 58-36.
Oswego led 12-6 after one quarter, but trailed by eight at halftime.
Zach Crossman had 12 points to lead the Bucs while solid efforts were turned in by Kyle Kon, Dawson Izyk and Huck Fitzgerald.