OHS Track Teams Making Great Strides This Spring

OSWEGO, NY – The Oswego girls’ varsity lacrosse team is undefeated thus far while the girls’ golf team continues to excel.

Whitney Ford outran the 100 field
Whitney Ford outran the 100 field

Meanwhile, the softball team has proven extremely competitive while in track and field there are several athletes chalking up solid individual efforts. The varsity boys’ lacrosse team, despite losing two games, is playing outstanding as they have taken state ranked foes to the final quarter.

Lady Buc Far from Lax

The Oswego girls’ varsity lacrosse team moved to 7-0 this week with a pair of wins.

The Bucs headed to Rome Free on Thursday and came home with a 7-0 record and a 20-4 win as RFA fell to 0-5. Earlier in the week the Bucs had a hard fought come-from-behind 10-8 win over Auburn.

Against Auburn the Bucs trailed 6-4 at halftime, but rallied for a six goal second half effort. The OHS defense clamped down on the Maroons to surrender just two goals in the second half.

In net Tayler Bowman had nine saves in the winning effort.

For the Bucs Taylor Giglio and Becca Martin had three goals each while Libby Sherman, Alexa Healy, Mikayla Place and Kaitlyn Armstrong all scored single goals. Kelly Chetney had two assists as did Armstrong while Martin and Place also had assists.

Against Rome Free everyone saw plenty of action as several players showed up in the final stats.

Giglio was a four goal scorer and added two assists while Erica Atkins had three goals. Scoring two each were Healy, Place and Chetney along with Sydney Knight and Sarah Stobener while single goals were scored by Mackenzie Robinson, Hannah Fitzgerald, Martin, and Armstrong.

Libby Sherman, and Robinson each had assists, but Place topped all in the assist department with five.

In goal Bowman allowed one goal and stopped one shot while Kerrigan Cummins allowed three goals and had two saves.

Softball Plays Well

The Oswego High School varsity softball team played its best game of the spring defeating Central Square, 3-2 on Tuesday.

Emily Kolenda pitched a four-hitter, striking out five, while walking none.

The Lady Bucs never trailed in the game. Allie Yule opened the game with a gap double, was sacrificed to third on by Marguerite Dillon and scored on an RBI single by Emily Kolenda.

Oswego added a pair of insurance runs in the fifth inning. With two outs and nobody on, Dillon reached on an infield hit. Kolenda then hit a 1-1 pitch deep over the right fielder’s head for an RBI triple. Kolenda came around to score on the play when the relay to the plate was mishandled, making it 3-1.

The Red Hawks answered with a rally of their own in the bottom of the fifth. A one-out single by Emma Reakes was followed by a long triple by Casey Chase. Chase came in to score on a mishandled squeeze bunt on which Amanda Miller reached base. With the tying and go-ahead runners on base, Kolenda struck out the next hitter to preserve the lead.

Leading the offense for the Bucs were Kolenda with three hits and Ashlee Wapen with two. Yule, Dillon, and Cortnie Purce added one hit apiece.

According to Coach Mike McCrobie, the win was a good test for a young team that has battled injuries of late.

“We have two starters out of the line-up indefinitely, so we’ve asked freshmen to fill the voids. Those kids were in situations today that they didn’t execute before our Florida trip. I was pleased that they held their own and didn’t collapse in a pressure-packed game,” McCrobie said.

Undefeated Auburn rallied for three runs on five hits in the sixth inning to defeat Oswego 3-2 in a key early-season CNYCL contest here on Wednesday.

The game was a showdown between two of the CNYCL American Division’s top hurlers – Ali Vangiesen of the Maroons and Emily Kolenda of the Bucs.

Scoreless through five innings, Oswego drew first blood. Marguerite Dillon worked out a walk on a 10-pitch at-bat leading off the sixth. Kolenda then drilled a deep homerun to left field for a 2-0 lead.

Auburn answered right back with a three-run home half of the sixth on consecutive RBIs from the bats of Taylor Hutchings, Danielle Feocco and Erin Chalupinicki.

The Bucs managed six hits off Vangiesen. In addition to Kolenda’s homerun, she also added a single. Sarah Mancuso tripled and Caitlyn McRae, Whitney Daino, and Cortnie Purce each added a hit.

Though the one-run loss was disappointing, McCrobie said the team took some positives out of the game. “We played an undefeated, first-place team on the road in front of a lot of loud, Auburn fans and hung tough. This could help us in future road games,” he said.

Oswego (5-2 overall, 2-1 in the league) continues its string of road games with a difficult non league doubleheader Saturday against Section IV powers Vestal and Union-Endicott, then travel Tuesday to take on Coach Casey Jones and powerful Firebirds of Phoenix.

Gosek Leads Oswego Golfers

Another cool but sun-filled day greeted the Oswego Golf Team as they exited the bus with clubs and sunglasses in tow on Wednesday, for their third match in as many days.

“The first league match of the season always gets a player’s attention,” said coach Rose. “It’s a team’s first step in competing for a league championship. League wins are really all that matter from this point forward.”

With a solid 2-1 start under their belts, the Bucs’ confidence was brimming as they stepped out onto Greenview Golf Club’s par 36 front nine, ready to compete.

Once again, team captain Sarah Gosek did not disappoint.

In fact, it was another career day for the senior starter, as she toured the nine holes in 42 strokes, the lowest total of her four-year career as a varsity player.

With four pars on the card, Gosek was flirting with a score in the 30s – something she very well might accomplish by season’s end.

“It’s nice to see a player improve through hard work. Sarah decided as a freshman that she was going to get better at the game of golf. She’s done that by putting herself in tournament situations during the off season, and by using practice time efficiently,”  the coach said.

Courtney Kelly followed her career-best score of 46 on Tuesday with a solid 52 on Wednesday. Kelly has already played well enough to earn a spot at the year-end sectional tournament in May.

Oswego’s 202 total also included 54s from Buc golfers Michaela Kearns, Caroline Reynolds, and Emilee Anderson.

The Bucs are now 3-1 overall, 1-0 in league play.

Their next match is a league match at home versus perennial powerhouse FM.

Kelly Tough on Links

At the beginning of the 2012 golf season, junior starter Courtney Kelly commented that her driving was the strongest part of her game. When matches began, however, Courtney’s best club seemed to leave her. After the Bucs first match, a win against Central Square, Kelly decided to put away the driver and started using a utility club off the tee. With this new approach, Courtney did keep the ball in play, but often found herself a long way from the hole after her first shot.

All that changed before Oswego’s match on Wednesday.

While waiting for the Bees to show up, Kelly took advantage of the newly renovated driving range at Oswego Country Club.

“I made her get out the driver and grip all the way to the end of the club,” said coach Rose of his player. “We adjusted her stance slightly, and then I basically told her to tee it high and let it fly.”

It worked.

In no time, Kelly was ripping drives long and straight out into the middle of the grassy range.

“Sometimes, all it takes is one good swing to start a chain reaction,” said coach Rose. “It’s amazing what happens to a golf swing when the mind is consumed by confidence.”

Suffice to say, Kelly brought that confidence out onto the Oswego Country Club front nine on Wednesday, utilizing her new-found swing to cruise to a career-best score of 46 which included an amazing par on the uphill ninth hole.

Kelly’s 46 helped the Bucs beat a strong B-Ville squad by a final stroke count of 207-213. Also scoring in this match were Courtney’s teammates Sarah Gosek (52), Tess Gordon (53), and Emilee Anderson (56).

The Bucs are now 2-1 overall this season with their first league match of the year being contested on Thursday vs. Central Square at Greenview Golf Club.

Varsity Boys Lax Plays Well

Oswego lost two tough games against highly regarded opponents with an 8-5 defeat by Fayetteville-Manlius and a 7-3 loss to West Genesee.

Against West Genny the Bucs and Cats battled to a 2-2 tie at the end of the first quarter and by halftime the home team held a 3-2 advantage. After three it was 5-3 before WG added two in the final quarter.

Coach Doc Nelson said, “It was another great effort against the sixth ranked team in New York State. There were lots of great plays from several guys. Holding West Genesee under 10 goals, going 50-50 on face offs, holding them to only one man up goal were all good accomplishments. We played a very, very good game, but we needed a perfect game to beat them tonight.”

Dom Cianfarano had two goals and John Kaplewicz the other while Dan Maniccia and David Mathes assisted.  Trent Yule had 15 saves while his counterpart at the other end of the field had 13 for the 5-3 Bucs.

Earlier in the week the Bucs hosted FM in what turned out to be a nailbiter.

At intermission the Bucs trailed 4-3, but went down 5-3 early in the third. Oswego rallied to tie the game at 5-5 to set the stage for a wild fourth quarter. The tie remained until the very late going, but FM scored three in the waning minutes to walk off with a hard fought 8-5 victory.

Leading the Bucs was Kyle Clark with a pair of goals while Chase Izyk, Jeremy Purce and Cianfarano each had a goal. Assists were credited to John Phillips, Mathes, Cianfarano and Maniccia.

In net Yule finished with 10 saves while FM goalie Matt Wells had a dozen stops.

Solid Individual Track & Field Performances

Cory Keefe captured three events for the Bucs
Cory Keefe captured three events for the Bucs

The Oswego boy’s and girl’s track teams, opened the home portion of their  CNYCL American Division season Thursday, with the boys’ losing to visiting Central Square 95-46 and the girls’ dropping a 103-37 decision to the strong Lady Red Hawks.

Junior standout Cory Keefe had an outstanding afternoon for the Bucs, shattering the existing track record in the 110 meter hurdles, with a first place time of 14.8. He also tied the track record in the 100 meter dash, in a winning time of 10.8, in addition to placing first in the high jump (5′ 8″).

Senior Whitney Ford remained unbeaten in her specialties, winning the 100 meter dash (13.1) and 200 meter dash (27.3) and placed first in the long jump (14’10”) and triple jump (31′ 3 1/2″).

Junior Ben Harrington was a double winner, lowering his previous best in the 400 meter hurdles by six seconds (l:01.4), and finished first in the 400 meter dash (56.0). Senior Mike Ruggio also placed first for the Bucs, winning the shot put with a toss of 43′ 7″.

Oswego lowered its previous season best in the 3200 meter relay by over 39 seconds (9:27.3) behind the foursome of Mike Johnson, Xander Lara, Mitch Rabalais, and Garrett Skinner, to place second. Other seconds were earned by Ruggio in the discus, Devlin Babcock in the triple jump, Harrington in the high jump, Marsaili Knapp in the pole vault, Maddie Muckey in the 400 meter dash, Kaylee Baldwin in the 100 meter hurdles, and Ariel Bouffard in the 800 meter run, with a much improved time of 2:57.

Muckey also lowered her previous best by over six seconds in the 400 meter hurdles, to finish third. Other thirds for Oswego included Matt Winn in the 200 meter dash, Rob Ziegler in the pole vault, Katrina Tafler in the 100 meter dash, Bouffard in the 1500 meter run, and rapidly improving Rhona Dianang in the 400 meter dash.

The Bucs will return to action on Tuesday, traveling to Syracuse, for a division matchup against the host Cougars of Corcoran High School.

Tennis Action

The Oswego varsity tennis team lost 5-2 to Auburn.

First singles Austin Demott defeated Richard Granato 6-0, 2-6, 6-2 for one Oswego point while second doubles of Dylan Lavner and Justin Peterson defeated Luke Colella and Jerry Sylvester 4-6, 6-4, 6-4.

In the second singles Ryan Patrick lost 6-2, 6-0 to Thomas Alexander while at the third singles Luke Petrosino defeated Buc Michael Hart 6-3, 6-2.

The first doubles duo of Nick Bonacorsi and Stefan Mazuroski lost a tremendous battle to Matthew Carberry and Kevin Francescelli 7-5, 6-7 (1-7), 7-6 (7-2). The third doubles of Jacob Getman and Alex Kemper fell  6-1, 6-4 to  Mark Bachman and Tyler Glimpse and the fourth doubles of Ali Al-Salamah and Kyle McCauley lost 6-3, 7-6 (9-7) to Daniel Bilkanoski and Richard Nelson.