OSWEGO, NY – A busy couple of days saw the basketball, bowling and hockey victories for Oswego High School athletic squads.
Buc Boys Win Again
The Oswego boys’ varsity basketball coaching staff and fans won’t have any finger nails left by the end of the season if games continue in the fashion of those in recent days.
Coming off a narrow win over Liverpool last week, the Bucs squared off against Nottingham on Tuesday night at Powers Gym.
Scoring the final nine points in the final minutes provided the drive for the Bucs to score a 51-46 win over the visiting Bulldogs.
This one was close throughout with ties and see-saw leads. After one the Bucs held a 13-9 lead, but by intermission it was 25-23 in favor of Nottingham.
In the third Oswego scratched back for a 34-33 lead to set the stage for a wild fourth quarter.
Ryan Lavner and Matt Giudilli stepped up in the final minute to ice the visitors.
In the end Lavner topped all scorers with 15 points while Zach Gillard and Giudilli had 10 each. Steve Kunelius had five while Tyree Varner added four, Garrett Skinner three while Josh Lazzaro and Emmett O’Brien had two each.
The Bucs moved to 6-4 on the year while the visitors felt o 3-6.
Buc Hockey Rebounds Well
The Oswego varsity boys’ hockey team snapped out of a slump in spectacular fashion on Tuesday night with a 6-1 victory over visiting Auburn.
Earlier this season the Maroons scored a 6-1 win over the Bucs at Casey Park, but the Bucs returned the favor as the Bucs moved to 4-3 in league play.
Zach Zerrahn exploded for a four goal night while Jake Oleyourryk and Nate Schultzkie had one each.
The Bucs gained a 1-0 lead in the first period as Oleyourryk scored on a power play as Mitch Schrader and Joshua Wallace assisted.
Zerrahn clinched it with the gamer just one minute into the second period and minutes later scored a short handed goal for a 3-0 lead.
Auburn did manage to score a second period goal by Danny Entenmann, but it was the lone tally of the night.
Adding assists for the Bucs was Sean Mooney with two.
In net goalie Dononvan Roy stopped 19 of the 20 shots he faced.
With the win the Bucs moved to 5-6 overall, but more importantly the 4-3 league mark kept them in contention for second place within their division.
Auburn fell to 8-6 and remained in second place in their division with a 5-3 record.
Bowlers Roll On
The Oswego varsity boys’ bowling team picked up another sweep as the Bucs defeated West Genesee.
Coach Bob Hoefer said, “After a strong first two games we decided to let the non-starting five players bowl the third game. With the support of the starting five, the boys were able to take the third game as well. It was a very exciting and great opportunity for the boys to have under their belts.”
Continuing he noted, “Brandon Grant was able to bowl an impressive 222 in the third game to lead the team.”
In the first two games, Mike Woolworth rolled a 460 (237-223), Joey Clavelli 412 (186-226), Zach DelBrocco 410 (221-189), Kevin Goodale 406 (193-213) and Matt Clemons 376 (204-172) represented the Bucs.
In the third game Grant led the way with his 222 and was followed by Dylan Kimball 192, Anthony Losurdo 190, David Woolworth 136 and Kyle Freberg 135.
Oswego won the first game 1,041-724, the second 1,023-580 and the third 875-651.
The Bucs are 6-1 on the season in matches and 16-5 in points.
The girls’ lost all three games to the Wildcats.
Coach Kristen Hoefer said, “Allie Hare is suffering from an injury so the girls had to carry on without a key player. However, highlights included a very impressive 479 series by freshman Brianna Batchelor. She has improved so quickly and we are excited to see where she goes from here.”
Oswego lost 751-677, 732-657 and 686-649.
Batchelor had the 479 accomplished with games of 170-172-137. Kaitlyn Grant rolled a 473 (172-134-167), Victoria Gardner a 358 (108-132-118) while Alexa Hardesty rolled three scoring games for a 308 (117-92-99).
Caitlyn McRae rolled the second and third games for a 255 (127-128) and Paige Hammond competed in the first scoring game with a 110.
The Lady Bucs fell to 3-4 in match competition and are 9-12 in points.
Lady Bucs Lose
Oswego headed to Syracuse on Tuesday night to meet Nottingham in a girls’ varsity basketball game.
The Bucs lost 63-32 as the host squad jumped to a 19-9 first quarter lead and by halftime it was 28-18.
However, in the second half Nottingham had its offense flying high and the squad moved to 7-3 on the year.
For the Bucs McKenna Brooks and Marguerite Dillon each scored 11 while Erica Atkins added five, Brenna Riley and Rachael Purtell two each and Julia Lavery connected on a foul shot for the 4-6 Bucs.
Back on Winning Road
After a heartbreaking one point loss to Liverpool for the first blemish of the year, the Oswego jayvee girls’ basketball team rebounded for win number nine against visiting Nottingham.
Oswego scored a decisive 56-13 victory.
With solid leadership and a cohesive effort the Bucs were able to dominate Nottingham.
An active zone defense kept Nottingham from mounting an offensive push.
Scoring for the Bucs were Jenna McManus with 13, Michele Lavery with 10, Kelly Skinner nine, Clara Culeton six, Cassidy King six, and Olivia Dowdle and Mariah Galletta both with four while Adeline Benjamin and Brianna Stenz both chipped in two points.
The Oswego boys’ jayvee basketball team was in action on Tuesday, but lost 55-45 to Nottingham.
Oswego held an 8-5 lead after one quarter, but trailed 22-17 at the half.
However, the visitors put 20 points on the board in the third and built up a 42-28 lead.
Scoring for Oswego were Jake Dumas 14, Trey Clark 13, Carson Smith nine, Trevor Bradshaw seven and Jason Jones two.