OSWEGO, NY – Volleyball continues to show success while the golfers, soccer as well as football players and swimmers provide exciting action in recent outings.
Volleyball Goes to 5-0
The Oswego High School varsity boys’ volleyball team is off to a fast 5-0 start with the latest win coming over visiting Fayetteville-Manlius by scores of 25-18, 25-19 and 25-17.
Coach Mike Shea said, “This was another outstanding defensive performance. Brennan Richardson had his highest digs total with 14 while Dylan Lavner was on and consistently put the ball away. When we play good defense we get great opportunities on offense. We’re doing a good job of staying focused.”
Kevin Carpentier had 27 assists while adding three kills and three blocks along with two digs. Lavner had 15 kills, three aces and six digs while Ryan Patrick added a dozen digs, four kills, three aces and an assist. Mike Thompson contributed with eight kills, four blocks and seven digs.
Also contributing to the victory were Josh Costo with two digs; Josh Ewig with two kills, a block and two digs; Justin Peterson with a kill and two blocks; and Connor Riley with a kill and two blocks.
Lady Buc Volleyball Plays Well
The Oswego Lady Bucs traveled to the Southern Tier for the annual Johnson City Tournament and reached the semi-finals of the Gold bracket before bowing out. Oswego plays home this week versus West Genesee Tuesday and Utica Proctor Thursday during Homecoming Week.
In pool play Oswego went 7-1 splitting with Vestal (25-17, 26-28), defeating Susquehanna Valley (25-13, 25-10), defeating Greene (25-13, 25-9), and defeating Trumansburg (25-15, 25-13) to win their pool and were seeded second in the Gold bracket.
In the quarterfinals Oswego defeated Maine-Endwell 25-12, but fell to a strong Union Endicott team 23-25 in the semi-finals. “We had a chance to win the set but poor hitting at the wrong time hurt us.” said Coach Ahart.
Oswego was lead on the day in kills by Kelsey Ross, Cydney Ward, Cortnie Purce, and Bella Winklestine. Alexa Healy lead the team in assists and aces while Cydney Ward lead the team in point blocks. Mary Montagnola lead the team in digs.
“This was a good tournament for us to play in as Iroquois (Pennsylvania), Vestal, UE, and ourselves had all played well all day and anybody could have won the tournament in one set play-offs. We now need to focus now on our league play. ” said Coach Ron Ahart.
Lady Buc Swimmers Split Meets
The Lady Bucs pulled out a great 99-86 win on the road in the CNS pool Thursday night.
There were several lead changes over the course of the meet, but Oswego was able to seal the victory with a first place finish in the 400 yard freestyle relay (freshman Brenna Riley and Zoe Ferris, sophomore Cassidy Taylor, and senior Kaila McClelland).
Kaila McClelland also won the 200 I.M. (2:29.40) individually, along with placing first in the 200 Medley Relay with fellow captain Chrissy Abare (junior), and eighth graders Elaina Rando and Mariah Metcalf.
Sophomore Hailey Ihlow put on a fabulous display in the diving competition. She was the only Oswego diver at the meet and was able to best three divers from CNS. Her score of 193.05 puts her in the top 6 in the section.
Eighth grader Mariah Metcalf, in addition to helping the Lady Bucs win the 200 Medley Relay, was also an individual winner in 100 Breaststroke, which was a big turning point in the meet. Sophomore Colleen Fraser’s 1:19.69 earned her a second place finish in the event, and freshman Angie Rookey’s 1:23.56 would put her fourth. These strong swims allowed the Lady Bucs to outscore CNS 12-4 in the event which would put them in the lead with just the 400 yard Freestyle Relay remaining.
Also notably, freshman Brenna Riley and sophomore Katrina Tafler both qualified for Sectional’s in the 100 yard backstroke. The girls were able to place second and third in the event with times only .49 apart! Brenna qualified in 1:10.40 and Katrina in 1:10.89.
Coach Josh Lerch said, “Overall it was a great meet for Oswego. The Lady Bucs have been training hard and it is really starting to show in the meets. We’re finishing races faster and popping best times all over the place!”
Oswego hosted a strong West Genesee team Monday night and lost 102-74.
The Lady Bucs were able to post some very impressive times during the meet, but it would not be enough to overcome the deep lineup of West Genny.
Senior captain Kaila McClelland turned in two very impressive 2nd place finishes, 2:09.92 in the 200 freestyle and 1:09.38 in the 100 butterfly. Eighth grader Mariah Metcalf finished just behind Kaila in the 100 butterfly in her best time of 1:13.05, which also qualifies her for Sectional’s in the event. Freshman Brenna Riley added two more events to her Sectional repertoire. She placed 3rd in the 200 I.M. (2:35.32) and 1st in the 500 freestyle (5:49.72). Sophomore Colleen Fraser touched just behind Brenna in the 200 I.M. in an impressive 2:38.84.
Sophomore divers Hailey Ihlow and Carrie Gilbert threw their best scores this season in the diving event. Hailey finished 1.8 points behind 1st place (199.05) in her best score ever, and Carrie placed a commanding third with a score of 180.65.
Independent swimmers Breann Burns (Pulaski sophomore) and Brooke Morrisseau (Red Creek eighth grader) also had a great meet. Breann put up the second fastest time in the 100 freestyle (57.31) and the fastest time in the 100 backstroke (1:02.86). Both times will crack the section top ten. Brooke swam the second fastest time in the 50 freestyle (27.50) and the 3rd fastest in the 500 freestyle (5:57.64).
Summing up the meet Lerch said, “Things are looking up for Oswego, as many Oswego Lady Bucs have been under the weather lately, but those that competed here today looked great, and those who did not looked much healthier as well! I am looking forward to putting the whole team back into the lineup again in our home meet against Mexico on Friday and putting up some even faster times!”
Boshart, Bucs, Brilliant in rain at Brooklawn
Some golfers refuse to play in the rain. It dampens their spirits, makes their grips wet, and hinders their overall performance. A slight drizzle can grate on a young golfer’s nerves, strip away their confidence, and leave them with a perfect excuse to be used at the end of the round when a score ends up slightly elevated.
The end-of-the-round-excuse was there for the taking on Friday when the 7-3 Oswego High School golf team visited Syracuse City Schools for a match which started in light precipitation, and ended in a steady shower.
The Bucs, however, are no fair-weather team, it seems.
After all the sagging scorecards were signed and secured, and all the rain-splotched numbers were identified and calculated, Oswego had accumulated their lowest score of the season – 190 strokes – including four scores under 40.
The Bucs had no excuses after the round.
Junior Luke Boshart led all golfers in this match, shooting a very clean one- bogey- one- birdie round of even par 36 at Brooklawn Country Club in Mattydale. With the sectional tournament set to take place on October 5th, Boshart seems to be settling in to the season, playing some of his best golf of the year. Last year’s sectional medalist, Boshart would love to bring his A-game to Green Lakes, as he obviously thinks his game is well suited for the course.
With only one week left in the regular season, Boshart and the rest of the CNYCL Golfers won’t have much more time to prepare themselves.
Senior Captain Sam Lalonde, who was second low in Friday’s match (37), is also licking his chops with Green Lakes in sight, as his past performances at sectionals has left him just outside the required score to advance to the state qualifier in the spring (golfers who shoot 81 or lower advance to Seven Oaks to compete in the state qualifier). In his final season as an Oswego Golfer, Lalonde will try one final time to secure one of the coveted slots at the famed Seven Oaks Golf Club in Hamilton.
Alec Kunzwiler continued his steady freshman golf season shooting 38 on Friday, followed by first year player Caleb Roy, whose total of 39 was a career best for the lefty and also gave the team 4 scores in the 30s for the first time this season.
Tremendous Soccer Battle
The Oswego varsity boys’ soccer team gave a valiant second half comeback effort on Tuesday afternoon at Auburn but came up one goal short in a 3-2 loss.
The Bucs came out slowly in the first half with Auburn taking an early 1-0 lead just 5 minutes into the contest. The Maroons struck twice more in the half as the Bucs failed to play with much intensity in the opening 40 minutes.
Coach Don Fronk said, “We were incredibly slow in the first half. We were waiting to see what was going to happen and then trying to react to it, rather than shutting things down defensively before they happened. The discussion at halftime was that we needed to up the intensity level. I told the boys that Auburn was prone to let downs in the second half of games and that we needed to take advantage of that. We came out with a renewed sense of pride and intensity and basically dominated possession in the final 40 minutes”.
The Bucs got on the board midway through the second half when Dillon McCauley found Kaleb Allen with a pass that split two defenders. Allen then lofted the ball over the outstretched arms of Auburn goalie Trevor Fletcher to make the score 3-1. Then just 2 minutes later Leighton Smith got on the end of a loose ball inside the Auburn 18 yard box and was able to put it away to bring the Bucs within a goal. Unfortunately, it was as close as the Bucs could get as they had numerous other opportunities but could not find the back of the net. This was the Bucs third one goal loss of the season. If we can put together a solid 80 minutes we can play with just about anyone on our schedule, we just need to play a full game. We can’t keep digging ourselves holes and trying to climb out.”
Two Touchdowns Not Enough for Buc 11
The offensive explosion of the Henninger Black Knights varsity football team sent Oswego to a 53-14 defeat on Friday night.
The Knights marched to a 47-0 halftime lead. Oswego did score a touchdown and extra point in the third and fourth quarters. Quarterback Alex Makin ran it over from the one for six points and Ernesto Cedillo scored the other touchdown. Devlyn Babcock kicked both PATs.
Jayvee Volleyball at Tournament
The Oswego girls’ jayvee volleyball team competed in the annual Marcellus Tournament and came home with a second place finish.
Coach Ted Beers said, “We did well in pool play and finished first overall by finishing 4-2 against Liverpool and host Marcellus. As we finished in first we received a first round bye and went into semifinals against host Marcellus. We quickly took care of Marcellus 25-10 to advance to the championship game versus Baldwinsville.”
Beers continued, “We had two good sets with Baldwinsville and we were able to stay in it with them for both sets. We served the ball well all day long, but struggled on putting the ball to the floor later in the day. The girls had some fun and we really showed some intensity against Baldwinsville and we look forward to seeing them in a few weeks when we go there for our league match. Margo Dillon was named Oswego’s all tournament team member this year.”
Jayvee Football Battles Knights
The Oswego Buccaneers battled the Black Knights of Henninger Saturday morning on Wilber Field, but lost 32-0 after holding the visitors to just six points in the first half.
. The first half proved to be an exciting gridiron battle. Offensively both teams struggled moving the ball down field and establishing long successful drives. The first half ended with the Buccaneers trailing only by a touchdown. However, Henninger would return the opening kickoff of the second half for a touchdown. The Buccaneers would have trouble responding to Henninger’s quick score. The Buccaneers continued to battle on both sides of the ball. Unfortunately, Henninger’s offense and special teams proved to be too explosive for the Bucs. The final score of the contest was the Black Knights of Henninger 32 and the Oswego Buccaneers 0.
Key offensive performers for Oswego were Justin Canale, Malik Winford and Garret Dunsmoor. Malik again lead the Buccaneers in rushing yards this week. Malik powered through the Henninger defense for a total of four-one rushing yards. Malik’s success can be accredited to the efforts of the offensive line. The Oswego O-Line made a number of key blocks, which provided big holes for the Buccaneer running backs. Dunsmoor and Canale each picked up a total of fifteen rushing yards following behind the Buccaneer O-Line.
The Oswego Buccaneers had one of their best defensive performances of the year. The Bucs defense shined throughout the first half. The Buccaneers caused chaos in the Henninger backfield by applying heavy pressure from both the defensive line and linebackers. Greg Mayer has shown great strides as he continues to develop into a solid linebacker. Mayer was able to pick up three solo tackles and assisted on three more throughout Saturday’s game.Safeties, Canale and Williams, continue to shine as an explosive hard hitting duo. Together they combined for a total of seven solo tackles. The true defensive stand out of Saturday’s game was corner, Dalton Tracy. Tracy caused havoc for the Henninger offense by batting down perfectly precise passes and engaging running backs and making solid solo tackles.
Jayvee Volleyball Boys Unbeaten
Oswego and Fayetteville-Manlius squared off and the Bucs kept the season perfect with wins of 25-16, 25-20 and 25-21.
The Bucs led throughout all three sets and were able to mix things up.
Mike Edwards continued to serve well. Zach Gillard is proving to be one of the top hitters in the league at the jayvee level. Excellent efforts were turned in by Josh Carney, Trevor Bradshaw, and Logan Krass. The Bucs will host CNS on Wednesday.
Jayvee Tennis Loses to FM
The Oswego High School girls’ junior varsity team was defeated on Tuesday against perennial power Fayetteville-Manlius, 7-0.
At first singles, Sydney Knight dropped 0-6, 1-6 match.
Carrie Kelly played very well, with a consistent serve in the 2nd singles spot, before dropping a see-saw three set match, by scores of 6-2, 3-6, 4-6.
Shannon McIntosh lost straight sets 1-6, 0-6.
Doubles teams of Samantha Davis/Kennedy Singletary, Rana Al-Salemeh/Krysta Broeker, Katie Knopp/Abby Allen, and Victoria Fix/Johnna Tombolillo each competed well against the more experienced Hornetss, before falling in straight sets.
Morgan Thomas, Isabella Waterbury, and eighth grader Ana Alcasid competed in exhibition matches.
Lady Buc Jayvee Volleyball Defeats WG
The Oswego High School girls’ jayvee volleyball team scored a 2-1 win over West Genesee as the Bucs won the first game 25-23, lost the second 25-20 and then fell 25-21.
Coach Ted Beers said, “We played a good match. We had a lot of back and forth and we did not finish our touches the way we needed to in order to keep ourselves ahead. We served well tonight as we have the last few weeks and we played solid defense with several girls in the dig category. This win avenges the lose we had to them back in week 1, but we needed a tight game like this to learn from, we see where we have some fixes to make on both the offensive and defensive side and will bring it to practice. “
Mikayla Allen had a kill, ace and dig for Oswego and also contributing were Emilee Anderson with four kills, an ace and point block; Brooke Broadwell four digs; Margo Dillon with a kill, three aces, nine assists and point block; Kellie Gorman two kills, an ace, dig and two point blocks; Molly Malone with three kills, two aces and three digs while Riley Patrick had an ace and dig.
Modified Boys Soccer Action
It was a 2-0 win for Oswego over Central Square.
Oswego came out from the start taking shots. However, they just could not get the ball to land in the goal. The score of the game remained tied at 0-0 until the third quarter when James Darling returned a goal kick to the back of the goal with one touch.
Not until the fourth quarter did the score change when James Darling took a penalty kick to make the score 2-0 to finish out the game.
Oswego’s defense played hard in all four quarter along with both goalies Mark Schuffenecker and Ben Muckey.
Oswego lost a tough game against Liverpool by the score of 7-2.
Oswego had two late goals in the fourth quarter coming from Mike Chesare and James Darling, but had other scoring opportunities throughout the game. Mike Chesare stepped up and played two quarters in goal saving 14 shots for Oswego.