OSWEGO, NY – Victories abounded for the Oswego High School athletes on Tuesday night and even the lone team that lost was only edged out at the very end of the competition.
Bowlers Rolling Along
Oswego and West Genesee met on the lanes with the Bucs coming away successful.
Coach Bob Hoefer said, “Oswego boys took all three games and the girls also were able to take all three points today.”
The Buc boys won 1,039-901, 1,075-903 and 991-886 while the girls won 647-565, 587-580 and 594-530.
Hoefer said, “The boys worked well as a team with impressive finishes by Kevin Goodale and Matt Clemons. Clemons reached a 730 series with an impressive high game of 278.”
Clemons paced the way for the day with a 730 and games of 244, 278 and 208. Kevin Goodale finished with a 677 (244-199-234) and was followed by Joe Clavelli 607 (214-211-182), while Zach Delbrocco had a 568 (165-227-176). Jim Rose rolled two games for a 332 and Gavin Gilbert on with a 191.
For the girls Meghan Flack paced the way with a 419 and games of 184-116 and 116. Tori Gardner had a 378 (125-129-124) while Allie hare had a 332 (89-113-130).
Kaitlyn Grant had a two game total of 256 with games of 141 and 115 while Caitlyn McRae had a 222 (108-114). Rolling one game each in competition were Miranda Burnswick with a 114 and Alain Gaultz 110.
The Buc boys moved to 17-4 on the year while the girls advanced close to .500 at 9-12.
Lady Buc Five Wins
The Oswego varsity girls basketball team raced out to a 16-4 lead and earned a 48-44 triumph over visiting Auburn on Tuesday in Powers Gymnasium at Leighton Elementary School.
The Bucs’ first-quarter surge was led by seven points from McKenna Brooks. Reilly Patrick hit a 3-pointer, and Marguerite Dillon, Erica Atkins, and Marisa Dashner also scored to lift Oswego to its best start in a game this season.
“We have been having a hard time scoring in the first quarter all year,” Oswego coach Michael Palmitesso said.
The Bucs did not stop there. They were up 20-8 with about two minutes remaining in the first half. Auburn took advantage of a couple of Oswego turnovers to cut the lead to 21-16 at intermission.
The Maroons continued to hit shots from everywhere. Anna Giannone scored seven of her 21 points in the third quarter and Auburn tied the score with a couple of minutes remaining in the period.
Dillon hit a trey and another bucket, Brooks scored a couple of baskets inside, and Brenna Riley hit two baskets to help the Bucs stay ahead 34-30 through three quarters of play.
Auburn tied the game a couple of times in the fourth quarter, but Oswego hit 10-of-14 free throws in the quarter to keep the game from getting away.
With the score tied, the Bucs got the ball inside to Riley, whose shot missed, but Brooks got the rebound and scored.
After an Auburn miss, the Maroons fouled Dillon. She missed her free throws, and the Maroons had one more chance to tie with about 20 seconds left. Auburn missed its shot, and Oswego got the rebound and Dillon got fouled again with seven seconds left. She made both free throws to make it 48-44 and secure the victory.
Brooks finished with a career-high 19 points for the Bucs (2-0 league, 5-5 overall). Dillon was next with 14 points.
Also contributing points were Dashner (4), Riley (4), Patrick (3), Rachael Purtell (2), and Atkins (2).
Buc Boys Move On
A week ago the Buc boys’ varsity basketball team defeated Auburn 76-67 and on Tuesday night the teams met again. The final score was quite similar as the Bucs swept the Maroons with a 77-68 win.
Oswego took the lead after one quarter after a wide open first eight minutes. The Bucs held a six point, 18-12 lead after one and at intermission it was a 10 point, 37-27, advantage.
The lead ballooned to 60-45 with one quarter remaining.
In the end Josh Gillard paced a balanced Buc scoring effort with 21 points while Dylan Lavner and Dustin Sands each had 16 points.
Close Swim Loss
Tuesday was Auburn versus Oswego as the schools met on the court and in the pool.
In swimming action the Bucs lost a close 92-89 decision.
Oswego’s 200 medley relay team of senior Jeremy Galvin, juniors Leo Gorton and Alex Kemper, and sophomore Dylan Harrington took first in 1:54.25. This win gave Oswego a lead that they would hold until very deep into the meet.
Senior Jimmy Dillon followed the swim with an outstanding one of his own. Jimmy battled back and forth with Auburn’s Luke Wilczek in the 200 freestyle. Wilczek (1:58.25) would end up pulling ahead at the end to touch out Dillon, but the great race yielded Jimmy’s best time this season (1:58.82). Dylan Harrington would go on to drop three seconds off his best time (2:19.72) this season in the 200 I.M. following Jimmy’s performance.
Auburn managed to cut Oswego’s lead to two points going into the diving event. Junior Alex Carl stole the show in the diving competition, throwing his best score of 199.25 to win the event. Another junior, Mike Prevo, took second in the event and sophomore Nick Lewis placed third to help the Buc’s go 1-2-3 in the event.
Following the diving event, Auburn’s butterfliers took one-two in the 100 butterfly. Oswego junior Leo Gorton was right with them and placed third in his best time this season (59.26). Not too long after that close heat, Jimmy Dillon found himself in another close distance freestyle race with Auburn’s Wilczek. This time the event was the 500 freestyle and this time Dillon would not allow Wilczek to touch before him. Jimmy dropped six seconds from his best time this season and his time of 5:22.53 nearly equals his lifetime best.
Jeremy Galvin would take the spotlight in the backstroke event, placing first in his best time this season (1:03.94), nearly nine seconds ahead of his competitors. Dylan Harrington followed with another great performance in the 100 breaststroke. His time of 1:10.44 was not far from his lifetime best, and it was enough to win the event for the Bucs.
The Harrington and Galvin wins in the prior two events put Oswego in a good position going into the final relay. Unfortunately Auburn’s depth proved too much for the Bucs and Oswego finished a mere three points behind the Maroons, a big improvement upon last year’s 20 point deficit.
Coach Josh Lerch said, “I thought that this was a fantastic meet for the Bucs. We did everything we could to beat this tough Auburn team every single race and we just fell slightly short. However, any meet in which we either win our close races or go best times while trying to get to the wall first, is a great meet in my book.”
Jayvee Basketball on Roll
Once again the Oswego jayvee girls’ basketball team took control and was never challenged enroute to its ninth win in 10 games.
The Lady Bucs gained a 42-24 victory over Auburn.
Coach Jessica Burridge said, “They came out strong in the first quarter going on a 12-1 scoring streak. Claire Richardson had three steals during this time which made it hard for Auburn to set up their offense. Both teams went into the half with a score of 24-10.”
Auburn made a run in the second half cutting Oswego’s lead to only nine.
Oswego put the pressure back on the Maroons and the game was over.
Oswego ended up winning 42-24.
Leading scorers for the Bucs were Claire Richardson with 12, Olivia Dowdle with nine, and Brianna Stenz with seven.
Maddy Rahn had an impressive seven rebounds and Kelly Skinner had five. The Bucs were able to have 10 players healthy enough to play last night.
Coach Burridge said, “It is nice to have everyone back and we will now be able to take our practice up to another level. We only have one more player to get healthy, Michele Lavery and then we will be all back.”
Michele has been out for the whole season with a hip injury but it always at every practice cheering on her teammates and is always helping the team out in any way she can.