OSWEGO, NY – The boys’ varsity basketball team and swimmers came away with victories as did the bowling teams while the wrestling team had several solid individual efforts and the hockey teams along with girls’ basketball were also in action.
Solid Cage Win
Liverpool boys’ basketball was ranked among the top five in Section III large schools and headed to Oswego on Friday night.
However, when the Warriors left town they also left with one more loss with the Bucs scoring a 57-51 victory for win number four on the year.
Behind the solid shooting of Zach Gillard and Ryan Lavner as the duo combined for 39 points, the Bucs locked in a solid zone and possessed three point shooting that provided the opportunity to even up the year record at 4-4.
The Bucs were up 16-13 after one and 28-21 by halftime.
However, in the third quarter the Bucs hit four consecutive three-point shots to extend the lead and provide the impetus for the win.
Gillard finished with 21 points while Lavner had 18. Matt Giudilli scored six, Tyree Varner five, Garrett Skinner four and Emmett O’Brien three.
The Oswego Buccaneers swam a great meet with Syracuse on Friday night and came home with a 103-73 victory.
Oswego put up the top time in every event to improve their record to 4-1.
Senior co-captains Alex Kemper and Leo Gorton won two events apiece while Chris VanGorder, Ben McCrobie, Alex Carl, Evan James and Dylan Harrington also added a win each.
Juniors Ben McCrobie, with senior Leo Gorton, and sophomores Christian Davis and Zach DeSacia started the Bucs off with a win in the 200 medley relay (1:53.61).
Alex Kemper stepped up next and won the 200 freestyle in his best time this season (1:58.28). Freshman Austin Richardson posted his lifetime best (2:12.98) to take third in the event.
Next, in the 200 I.M., sophomore Chris VanGorden won his first varsity event ever in a lifetime best of 2:35.21. Christian Davis, another sophomore standout, was right on his heels to touch second in 2:37.78, also his best time ever. Junior McCrobie hopped up next and won the 50 free in his lifetime best, 24.87.
Coach Josh Lerch said, “One of the biggest highlights of the meet was the diving event. The divers really put on a show with all five Oswego divers posting their highest scores ever. Senior co-captain Alex Carl won the event with an outstanding score of 257.93. Senior Branagan Glennen took third in 173.41 and sophomore Tyler Youngman took fourth in 172.88. Seniors Mike Prevo (168.04) and Sam Janey (126.68) also posted their best scores.”
Leo Gorton took first place in the 100 fly (57.56) just after diving. Freshman Corey Stevens also had a great 100 fly, swimming his best time in the event (1:22.33). Alex Kemper and junior Dylan Harrington went one-two in the 100 free following the fly. Kemper won it in 51.36, his best time this season. Harrington also swam his best time, a 52.95.
The Bucs were also able to place first and second in the 500 freestyle.
Sophomore Evan James placed first in his lifetime best, 5:23.79. McCrobie took second in 5:25.48, also his lifetime best. Gorton, McCrobie, Harrington, and Kemper joined up to take first in the 200 freestyle relay in 1:35.43. Following the relay, Gorton would take his second first place finish of the meet, in the 100 backstroke (1:05.82). VanGorder took second in the backstroke, swimming his lifetime best (1:09.70) and qualifying for Sectional’s for the first time ever!
Harrington took first in the 100 breaststroke next and freshman Ben Dafoe put up his lifetime best in the event to touch third in 1:19.34, putting the finishing touches on a great meet for the Buccaneers.
There was further success for the Oswego High bowling teams as they went up against Central Square.
The boys swept the three games from the Red Hawks while the girls edged out the opposition 2-1.
Matt Clemons paced the squad with a 693 series behind games of 239-238-216 while Dylan Kimball competed in one game, but had a solid 226.
Oswego won the first game 1,076-826 and followed up with 1.045-883 and 1,125-949.
The balanced attack was achieved with Zack DelBrocco 669 (246-212-211), Joey Clavelli 668 (205-195-268) and Mike Woolworth 657 (214-239-204). Kevin Goodale competed in the first game and had a 172 while Brandon Grant was in the second for a 161.
The victory moved the Bucs to 5-1 with 13-5 in points earned.
Meanwhile, the girls’ team moved to 3-3 on the year. The Bucs lost the first game 677-600, but rallied for wins of 726-616 and 675-594.
The second game total of 726 was outstanding while Kaitlyn Grant rolled a 193 to assist in that total.
Grant finished with a 468 (131-193-144) and was followed by Allison Hare 436 (125-164-147), Victoria Gardner 396 (131-126-139) and Caitlyn McRae 360 (105-117-138). Alexa hardest competed in two games with a 233 total and games of 126 and 107 while Brianna Batchelor rolled the first game with a 108.
Rodriguez Champ at Caz
Jake Rodriguez captured the title in the 220 pound division at the Cazenovia Wrestling Tournament on Saturday.
He started out the event with a 50 second pin of Victory Palmer-Ortiz of Syracuse IT and followed with a pin of Steve Napolitano from Herkimer in 1:59. He then scored a 3-0 semifinal win over Andres Aneceto of Cicero-North Syracuse before blanking Mike Murray of Port Byron 7-0.
Buc 152 pounder Jordan Attwood finished second. He began with a 15-0 technical fall in 4:44 over Jake Wilmer of Chittenango and then scored a 4-2 win over Zach Brown of Sandy Creek before losing the title match to Chad McArdell of Baldwinsville via a pin in 5:40.
Oswego 132 division wrestler Austin Coleman was fourth. Coleman won via a decision over Paul McLaughlin of Cazenovia 5-3 and followed up with a 16-14 victory over James Lamson of Watertown. He then lost to Odae Badwan of West Genesee with a 5:50 pin. He came back to pin Matt Bixby of Chittenango in 1:20 before losing to Lamson of Watertown 9-8 in the battle for third place.
Eric Doviak, at 285, finished sixth as he started with a 5-0 win over Zach Valerino of West Genny and then was pinned by Kordell Huntley of Oxfored in 3:04. He then lost via a medical forfeit to Brad Lucas of Cazenovia and a medical forfeit to Zach Valerino of West Genny.
Austin Piazza, at 195, also finished in sixth place as he had a busy tournament. He started out with a pin over Tylor Woodard of Watertown in 1:03 and then lost to Joe Nasoni of Baldwinsville via a pin in 38 seconds. He then scored a 2-0 win over Justin Cox of Chittenango before losing to Dan Appley of Herkimer in 4:05. In his fifth match he was disqualified against Nick Buehler of Port Byron.
Jordan Perchway, at 138, went 1-2 as he lost to Jared Williams of Sandy Creek 5-4, defeated Yvan Kouakou of West Genesee 3-2 and lost to Colin Treen of Herkimer 8-7.
Tom All, Oswego 145 pounders, lost to Joe Reister of Port Byron in 3:13 and fell 6-4 to James Petucci of Herkimer as they fought through sudden victory.
Zachary Caruso, at 182, lost to Victory Halverson of Sandy Creek in 1:35, defeated Nahjir Dean of Syracuse IT in 2:53 and Halverson pinned Caruso in 1:36 to finish the day.
Lady Buc Cagers
In a tight game the Oswego Lady Bucs varsity basketball team lost 32-29 to Liverpool on Friday
Liverpool girls came out firing against the Bucs hitting two treys and a couple of fast-break layups for a quick 10-2 lead four minutes into the game.
Marguerite Dillon rallied the Bucs back with a couple of baskets and a freethrow to cut the lead to 10-7.
Liverpool then made a couple of steals and scored the next eight points to take a 18-8 lead after the first quarter.
Bella Winklestine made a couple strong moves to the basket and scored four points for the Bucs to cut the lead to 18-12.
Liverpool hit a couple more baskets forcing Oswego to call time out and regroup.
McKenna Brooks hit two freethrows and Rachael Purtell stole the ball and got fouled and hit both freethrows to cut their lead to 22-16 with 15 seconds left in the second quarter.
Oswego turned the ball over and Liverpool scored. Oswego then inbounded the ball against full-court pressure and turned it over with two seconds on the clock.
Coach Mike Palmitesso said, “We fouled them and they hit both free throws and were down 26-16 at the half. Those two turnovers really hurt us.”
Palmitesso said, “At halftime we talked about taking care of the basketball and attacking the basket, as we were settling for jump shots from outside the arc in the first half. We put more pressure on defense forcing Liverpool into several turnovers in the third quarter.”
Dillon scored the next six points for Oswego with and a basket and four free throws. Liverpool scored to increase their lead to 30-23 and Reilly Patrick got fouled and hit both free throws 30-25 at the end of the 3rd quarter.
The coach said, “Our defense got us back in the game by holding the host team to four points in the quarter.”
Both teams could not find the range as neither team scored the first couple of minutes of the final period. Dillon scored again to cut the lead 30-27 with four minutes remaining. Liverpool finally scored inside with about two minutes left. Brooks scored for the Bucs 32-29 with one minute left.
Palmitesso called timeout to pick up full-court man-to-man defense.
He said, “We stole the ball and bumped hard under the basket, but no foul was called and Liverpool got the ball back. Brooks then fouled out of the game on a great hustle play. Liverpool missed both free throws and we had another chance to tie the score and missed an open trey. We fouled again and Liverpool missed both free throws.”
Oswego got another good look at the basket but could not hit the shot.
The coach noted, “We had several chance at the end of the game and just could not find the hoop. We held Liverpool to just six points the entire second half and we played our best defense of the year. We had our worst shooting night as we were zero for 16 from the three point range. We have been hitting five or six treys every game this year as we work on them every day in practice. I am so proud of the girls for not giving up.”
Liverpool improves to 7-1. Oswego falls to 4-5 on the year.
Lady Bucs Ice String Over
The Oswego girls’ varsity hockey team had its five-game winning streak come to an abrupt end as they struggled against the visiting Potsdam Sandstoners by a 5-1 score on Saturday. The non-league loss brings the Lady Bucs’ overall record to 6-3-1.
Ironically, Oswego looked great for the first minute, as Hannah Croteau scored just 22 seconds in to the game, assisted by linemates Whitney Daino and Allie Rodgers. The home team sent the puck into Potsdam’s defensive zone and outworked their opponent for the scoring opportunity. The goal stood for the period, as Potsdam outshot Oswego 11-6.
The second period was all Sandstoners, as they evened the score with a short-handed goal with 12:11 remaining, followed by a power play goal to take the lead at the 4:49 mark. They finished the period with a back-breaking goal just as time expired, and skated off the ice with a commanding 3-1 lead.
Oswego’s Maddie Whalen registered 11 saves, while Potsdam’s goalie stopped 10.
The third period also belonged to the visitors, as they scored two more goals at the10:42 and 9:47 mark. Oswego managed just one shot on goal in the final 15 minutes while going deeper into its bench.
Whalen finished the game with 32 saves, and the Sandstoners goalies combined to make 16 saves.
Boys Hockey Loses
Oswego and CBA met on the ice on Friday with the Bucs falling 5-1.
Bentley Brosch had the lone Oswego goal while Mitch Schrader assisted with the second period tally cutting the CBA lead to 3-1.
The Brothers got on top 3-0 in the first 15 minutes of the game and never looked back. CBA also added two in the final period.
For the Bucs Donovan Roy had 10 saves in the first period before giving way to Jarrett Dudley who finished with 18 saves through the final two periods.
Oswego was able to get 25 shots on net, but Tim Decker stopped 24 shots for the Brothers.
Jayvees Lose First
Oswego lost a 45-44 heartbreaker to Liverpool for the first loss of the year in a battle of two previously unbeaten teams.
Oswego started off slow in the first quarter getting down 12-6. The Bucs also got into foul trouble putting key players on the bench.
With some well anticipated steals from Michele Lavery, Oswego was able to cut the Liverpool lead going into the half to 22-18.
Coming out in the third Oswego looked more confident and focused. They continued to work hard getting steals and cut the lead to one point at the end of the third 29-28. Oswego had many opportunities from the foul line to take over the lead they were just unable to connect.
This led to the game’s final outcome being decided in the last final minutes.
With a minute left in the game Oswego was down three.
Brianna Stenz hit a layup and got fouled.
She made the freethrow to tie the game.
Oswego played hard defense and got the ball back with 10 seconds to go in the game.
Kelly Skinner made a layup putting the Bucs up two.
Liverpool quickly inbounded the ball and Liverpool hit a 3 on the run with .02 on the clock putting them up one.
Oswego inbounded it and threw up a half-court shot, but it was no good, losing the game to undefeated Liverpool.
Coach Jessica Burridge said, “I couldn’t be prouder of how hard the girls worked. They never gave up. They worked until the very end and just got beat by a buzzer-beater! We need to keep our heads up and get back to work for our next game.”
Leading scores for the Bucs, Michele Lavery nine points and eight steals, Cassidy King eight points and five rebounds, Brianna Stenz seven points and 13 rebounds, and Kelly Skinner scored and grabbed eight rebounds as the Bucs fell to 8-1.
Boys Jayvee Loss
Oswego Bucs jayvee cagers lost 77-39 to Liverpool.
The Bucs trailed 22-10 after one, but the disadvantage grew as the game progressed.
Trey Clark had eight points followed by Carson Smith and Jake Dumas with seven each, Trevor Bradshaw five, Jake Gerber four, Jason Jones three, Jake Johnson two and Sam Oleyourryk one.