Oswego High School winter sports are starting to pick up the action with numerous teams taking to the court, mat and ice.
Hockey Moves to 2-0
The boys’ hockey team won its second league contest of the year on the road with a 5-3 win over CBA.
Zach Zerrahn had a stick in four of the five goals as he finished with a hat trick and one assist.
The Bucs raced out to a 2-0 first period lead and held a 3-2 edge after two before outscoring the home team 2-1 in the final 15 minutes.
Brandon Tracz and Justin Clark also scored for Oswego while Sean Mooney was given credit for an assist.
In the net, Chase Izyk stopped 31 shots while at the other end of the ice Tim Decker had 42 saves for CBA.
Wrestlers Ninth in Tournament
Oswego grapplers finished ninth in the 16 team Larry Goodrich Memorial Newark Valley Tournament.
The Bucs scored 100 points and finished behind Mexico (227), Newark Valley (226), Maine-Endwell (205), Union-Endicott (201.5), Owego (136.5), Deposit (134), Watkins Glen (124) and Dryden (104), but were ahead of Candor (71), Spencer-VanEtten (55.5), Binghamton (38), Lansing (35.5), South Cayuga (35), Thomas A. Edison (28.5) and Trumansburg (25).
Jacob Rodriguez came home with the title in the 220 pound division as he decisioned Dan Babcock of Deposit 2-1 in the championship match up. In tourney action he pinned Larry Relyea of Maine-Endwell in 1:48, pinned Logan Camp of Newark Valley in 60 seconds and pinned Dan Lukas of South Cayuga in 5:45.
Jordan Perchway, at 132, lost in the title match to Brock Post of Maine-Endwell 6-3. To reach the finals He pinned Dylan Hartman of Candor in 3:33, decisioned Jason Lobdell of Deposit 4-2 and defeated Matt Bishop of U-E in a sudden death victory.
Austin Coleman, at 113, finished in third place as he won the consolation finals over Noah Gehring of Owego by an 8-1 count. Coleman won his first match with a 1:05 pin of Austin Sullivan of Maine-Endwell, but then lost to Stephen McKee of Deposit 7-4. He came back to pin Troy Gonzalez of Thomas Edison in 2:04 and then went to the consolation finals.
Eric Doviak, at 285, finished in fourth place as he started with a pin of Dalton Bell from Watkins Glen in 1:40 and followed it with a loss to U-E’s Andrew Brinser as the Buc was pinned in 1:02. Doviak came back to pinned Isaiah Martin of Owego in 2:07 before losing to Isaac Eddings of UE in the consolation finals in a pin at the 4:49 mark.
Destin Clark, at 126, finished in fifth place. He lost the first match of the day to Ian Burke of S-VE 2-0 and then he came back with a pin of Travis Beaumont of Watkins Glen in 42 seconds, pinned Zach Donahue of Thomas Edison in 1:23, pinned Ian Burk in 2:18 and pinned John Boedicker of U-E in 2:19.
At 145 Jordan Attwood lost via a technical fall in 4:40 after trailing 15-0, defeated Jesse Lovejoy of Newark Valley 7-1 and was pinned by Nci Coccola of Watkins Glen in 18 seconds.
The Oswego High School varsity girls’ basketball team will play at Rome on Tuesday.
The Lady Bucs opened their season over the weekend by going 1-1 at the Waterloo Tip-Off Tournament.
Oswego lost to Pittsford Sutherland 47-24 in the semifinals, but bounced back to beat South Seneca 52-28 in the consolation game.
Pittsford Sutherland 47, Oswego 27: Pressure man-to-man defense by Pittsford Sutherland forced Oswego into 35 turnovers.
“We could not get into running our offense against Pittsford,” Oswego coach Michael Palmitesso said.
Pittsford Sutherland charged out to a 10-0 lead before the Lady Bucs fought back to within 12-6 by the end of the first quarter.
Palmitesso said the Bucs played solid defense and rebounded well in the first half. Oswego trailed 18-10 at intermission.
Pittsford opened the second half on another 10-0 run, and the Bucs trailed by 18 points four minutes into the third quarter. Liz Greendyke scored 16 of her 24 points in the third quarter for Pittsford, which led 35-16 going into the fourth quarter.
Nicole McCarthy came off the bench and scored 12 points to lead the Bucs in her first varsity game.
Marguerite Dillon and McKenna Brooks scored four points each, and Rachael Purtell and Erica Atkins had two points each.
Oswego 52, South Seneca 28: The Bucs took control early with their full-court pressure defense.
Dillon netted five points and Purtell hit a 3-pointer to help Oswego get out to a 15-2 first-quarter lead.
Brooks and McCarthy each scored four points, and Emily Heagerty hit a trey in the second quarter. The Bucs led 26-11 at halftime.
McCarthy canned six points in the third quarter and Atkins hit a bucket to help keep the Bucs in front. Oswego’s margin was 35-19 after three quarters.
South Seneca applied full-court pressure and forced a couple of Oswego turnovers in the fourth quarter, but the Bucs repelled the threat as Purtell scored a 3-pointer and another basket. Brooks added four points, and then Dillon knocked down a 3-pointer to give Oswego a 24-point cushion.
Marisa Dashner scored a bucket and Katie Knopp scored on a nice feed from McCarthy to finish the Oswego scoring.
McCarthy tallied 13 points in the game, and was selected to the all-tournament team.
Also contributing points against South Seneca were Brooks (11), Dillon (8), Purtell (8), Heagerty (4), Knopp (4), Atkins (2), and Dashner (2).
“We have a very young team with seven sophomores on varsity,” Palmitesso said. “We lost two of our key players to offseason knee injuries. Maddie Muckey and Bella Winklestine both had knee surgery this past week, and will miss the entire season.”
Palmitesso said the girls have been working hard in practice, and the team is trying to “fit all the pieces together.”
“We do have a tall and athletic team that wants to push the ball up the court,” Palmitesso said. “Our key this year is to rebound and run if we want to be successful.”
Jayvees Win Tournament
The Oswego jayvee girls’ basketball team captured the tournament title in the Waterloo Tournament.
The girls beat Pittsford-Southerland 42-34 on Friday night and followed that performance with a 59-24 over Waterloo in the championship.
Coach Jessica Burridge said, “The team overcame many early season injuries and only suited up 7 players for the weekend tournament.”
On Friday night the Lady Bucs were trailing after the first quarter 10-13, but managed to take a half-time lead 25-19. The Lady Bucs never looked back as they held a 10-point lead for majority of the game.
The Lady Bucs were led by Julia Lavery with 11 points, Kelly Skinner 9 points and 6 rebounds, and Claire Richardson with 6 points and 8 rebounds. Siara Wilson chipped in 7 points while Brianna Stenz had 7 points and 7 rebounds. To wind up the box score Olivia Dowell 5 assists with 3 steals and Cassidy King had 5 rebounds.
On Saturday, the Lady Bucs picked up right where they left off and dominated a strong Waterloo team.
The Lady Bucs raced out to a huge first half lead of 35-10.
Claire Richardson and Kelly Skinner owned the paint. Richardson had 19 points and 7 rebounds while Skinner had 10 points with 7 rebounds. Julia Lavery and Siara Wilson added 7 points along with Cassidy King who tallied 5 points and 7 rebounds. Finishing the championship performance was Olivia Dowdle (3 points and 4 steals) and Brianna Stenz (6 points).