OHS Turn In Competitive Performances

OSWEGO, NY – The Oswego High School swimmers and basketball teams are doing well while individually the wrestlers, runners and leapers are competitive and other teams continue to do battle on a regular basis.

Strong Swimming Effort Again

The Buccaneer swimming and diving team hosted the Mexico Tigers. It was a tight meet that was tied up after the diving competition, but the Buccaneers would prove too much for the Tigers, and would emerge victorious 99-85.

The meet had a very exciting start with the 200 Medley Relay team of seniors Reeve Callen, Zach Gerber, and Drake Becksted, along with sophomore Alex Kemper placing first in an impressive time of 1:44.48. Their time was so fast that it set a new pool record by more than a second!  In the next event, junior Jeremy Galvin won the 200 freestyle in his best time, 2:07.24.

Following the diving competition, at which time the team scores were tied, the Buccaneer seniors would take over. Reeve Callen (54.52) and Zach Gerber (57.58) would begin by placing first and second in the 100 butterfly. Drake Becksted would win the next event, the 100 freestyle (47.87). Then Drake and Zach would team up with junior Jimmy Dillon and sophomore Alex Kemper to win the 200 freestyle relay (1:36.38). Following that, Reeve (56.73) and Jeremy (1:05.82) would place first and second in the 100 backstroke and Drake (1:03.63) would win the 100 breaststroke with Zach (1:06.19) coming in close behind to place third.

The strong Oswego team would being to pull away from the Tigers towards the end of the meet and the Buccaneers would solidify their victory by putting up the top two times in the 400 freestyle relay. Finishing in the fastest time (3:45.43) was the team of Reeve Callen, Jeremy Galvin, Alex Kemper, and junior Josh Costo.  Putting up the second fastest time (3:55.46) was senior Alex Shannon, junior Jimmy Dillon, and freshman Ben McCrobie and Dylan Harrington. Jimmy’s split (53.82) on that relay was an impressive two seconds faster than his lifetime best.

One of the highlights of the meet saw Reeve Callen, Zach Gerber, Drake Becksted, and Alex Kemper break Auburn’s 200 Medley Relay OHS pool record with a winning time of 1:44.48.

Buc Cagers Win Again

Tenacious Buc defense has a Bee is caught in a trap
Tenacious Buc defense has a Bee is caught in a trap

Race horse style offense, tenacious defense and an exciting style of play brought the Oswego varsity boys’ basketball team its 11th win of the year with a nail-biting 62-59 win over a stubborn Baldwinsville five.

The never-say-die attitude was prevalent throughout the game as the Bucs could not put away the Bees.

In the first quarter the Bucs held a 15-13 edge while at intermission it was 34-25 with some breathing room. However, in the third B’ville remained close and entered the final eight minutes trailing 47-39.

Baldwinsville made a late run and kept it interesting as the Bucs were hampered by foul troubles to outscore Oswego 20-15.

Once again a balanced score sheet assisted the Bucs with Josh Gillard hitting 14, Ryan Patrick 12, Mike Thompson and Dylan Lavner 11 each while Ryan Lavner added seven, Dustin Sands four and Kevin Carpentier three points.  The Bucs connected for seven three-point shots with Patrick hitting four, Gillard two and Thompson.

Wrestlers Win on Mat

Oswego wrestlers won three of the five individual matches against Cicero-North Syracuse on Senior Night, but the remaining weight classed proved to be forfeits to provide the NorthStars with a 69-18 victory.

Senior Mike Ruggio en route to a pin
Senior Mike Ruggio en route to a pin

Senior Mike Ruggio, at 182, dominated his final home match as he pinned David Griglock in 1:50.

Jordan Perchway, at 136, pinned Tobi Leahey in 3:13 while 285 pounder Eric Doviak pinned Andres Anoceto in 3:15.

For the Bucs there were two other matches as each wrestler battled to the best of his ability before succumbing.  At 99 pounds Austin Coleman lost 13-5 to Drew Dyer and at 132 Matt DiFabio was pinned by Jacob Murdock in 2:21.

Ford & Keefe Cruise Again on Track

Versatile senior Whitney Ford lowered her previous best in the 55 meter dash, running an outstanding time of 7.68, to place first for Oswego, at the recent Colgate Invitational.

Ford’s fine performance lowers her school record in this event. Ford also ran a best of 43.61 in the 300 meter dash, to finish second for the Bucs, just missing first place by two-tenths of a second. Her leap of 32’1″ in the triple jump, also earned her second place.

The Lady Bucs finished a strong fifth overall in the invitational.

Junior sprint standout Cory Keefe was a double winner for Oswego. Keefe ran a fast time of 6.57 in the 55 meter dash and sped to a 7.73 finish in the 55 meter hurdles, to outdistance the competition. He also led off the Bucs third place 4 x 200 meter relay of Ben Harrington, Alejandro Lara, and David Johnson, with an outstanding split of 23.0. Oswego’s fine clocking of 1:39.7 in the relay shattered their previous season best.

Oswego also placed third in the girl’s 4 x 200 meter dash, behind the strong efforts of Mariel Schickling, Deondra Smith, Chloe Patterson, and Marsaili Knapp.

Lara finished fifth in the pole vault for Oswego, with a fine leap of 9′, just missing 10′.

Junior Deondra Smith earned a best in the 300 meter dash, to place first in her section.  Junior Ben Harrington also won his section, with a best of 1:34.8 in the 600 meter dash.

Other strong personal best efforts, over the fast Sanford Field House surface, were turned in by Schickling in the 55 meter dash, Knapp, Harrington, and Lara in the 200 meter dash, Patterson in the 600 meter run, and rapidly improving Mallory Gordon in the 1000 meter run.

Lady Bucs fall 3-0 to Skaneateles

The Oswego girls’ varsity hockey team lost a hard-fought 3-0 battle at Skaneateles on Friday evening, despite a great game turned in by sophomore goalie Maddie Whalen, who finished the game with 42 saves.  The loss drops Oswego’s record to 1-12 and 0-5 in their division.

The Bucs got off to a slow start, but Whalen kept them in the game, making 17 first-period saves.  Oswego’s best chances came late in the period, when the Lakers were called for a penalty, but the Bucs took an ill-timed penalty to negate their man advantage.  Just seconds after returning to full strength, Skaneateles scored on their power play as Madison Singler beat Whalen from in front of the Oswego goal with 2:21 remaining in the period.  The Lakers’ Amanda Lupo recorded just one save in the period.

The second period saw improved play from the Bucs, as they concentrated on keeping the Lakers off the board.  Oswego spent more time in the Lakers’ defensive zone, and again drew a penalty, but they were unsuccessful in cashing in on the power play. Nonetheless, good hustle, smarter decisions, and discipline allowed the Bucs to skate off the ice with the score remaining 1-0.  Whalen made 12 saves, while Lupo was credited with 5.

Any chance of a comeback was decreased when Skaneateles scored just a minute into the third period.  Laker Alison Weiss finished off a turnover in the Bucs’ zone and roofed a shot past Whalen at the 14:01 mark.

Still, the Bucs had some chances of their own, as Alison Rodgers was snuffed twice on breakaways and several goalmouth chances were wasted.  The Lakers put the game out of reach as Claire Michel scored with 3:21 remaining.  Whalen finished the period with 13 saves for a total of 42, while Lupo registered 4 saves, for a total of 10.

Lady Buc Cagers Fall

After a competitive first half the host Baldwinsville Bees jumped out for a commanding second half lead en route to a 60-37 win over Oswego.

The Bucs trailed 24-21 at intermission, but were outscored 22-7 in the third and 14-9 in the final eight minutes for the wide spread.

Taylor Giglio and Courtney Louis had 11 and 10 points respectively while Emily Barlow scored seven, Margo Dillon five, Erica Atkins two and Reilly Patrick and Bella Winklestine each had a foul shot.