OSWEGO, NY – The Oswego High School girls’ hockey team closed out the season with a 3-0 loss in the Section III championship game against Skaneateles.
In other action, numerous teams were battling for post season berths as the regular campaign is just about over.
Oswego 5, Cazenovia 2
Oswego moved closer to clinching a divisional title with a three goal win over Cazenovia at Morrisville.
The Bucs jumped to a 2-1 first period lead and clinched it with a three goal second.
Jake Oleyourryk had two goals while Zach Zerrahn, Mitch Schrader and Anthony Donabella each had one. Sean Mooney finished with four assists while Mark Schuffenecker had one assist and Zerrahn two.
In net, Donovan Roy stopped 31 shots in gaining the victory.
Oswego finishes up the regular season on Friday at Cortland-Homer and at home Saturday night at eight against Whitesboro. One victory will clinch the division crown.
Oswego will host a sectional game on February 16.
Henninger 67, Oswego 63
After a 39-point loss at Fayetteville Manlius last Friday night, the Buccaneers traveled to Henninger to take on the number 3 ranked team in the latest CNY media poll Tuesday night, and didn’t come away with the win, but came away with maybe something just as important.
“I told the boys before the game, if there is one thing I wanted us to accomplish and come away with tonight it was mental toughness And the boys went out and showed that!” said head coach James LaMacchia.
After the first quarter it did not look like the Buccaneers were going to hang around as the Black Knights raced out to a 27-19 lead after one, as Marquis Silvers led them with two tough inside baskets and Romero Collier controlled the tempo while contributing seven quick points.
Ryan Lavner and Zach Gillard kept Oswego hanging around as they scored 14 out of the Bucs 19 first quarter total.
“I thought we were in decent shape even though we trailed by 8 as Zach was attacking the basket and Ryan knocked down three 3-pointers and that is always a good sign for us” said Lamacchia.
Oswego then went out and won the second quarter as Lavner and Gillard combined for 12 of the Bucs 14 points, and the Bucs applied a passive 2-2-1 press into a stingy 2-3 Zone which seemed to bother the Black Knights.
The Bucs controlled the tempo in the third quarter and pulled within two at 46-44 entering the fourth quarter.
The game continued to go back and forth until Henninger opened up a six-point lead after the Bucs missed three consecutive point blank layups with the Black Knights capitalizing on fast break layups after run outs in transition.
Henninger hit their free throws and maintained a seven point lead until a final three-pointer by Ryan Lavner pulled the Bucs within four.
The coach said, “We accomplished something tonight, this group of seniors and Zach have not had one competitive game against Henninger in their basketball career, and tonight we proved to ourselves that we can play with anybody, when we have mental toughness and stay focused.”
Continuing he noted, “I thought Ryan Kearns did a great job tonight filling in for Matt who is out sick as he battled hard in there and grabbed us some big boards. We will build off of this and regroup tomorrow to focus on two very important league games on Friday and next Tuesday.”
Ryan Lavner led the Bucs with 26 points and Gillard with 17 points.
The Buccaneers close out their regular season home finale on Friday with the JV game tipping off at 5 p.m. and senior night festivities and the varsity game to follow against the Baldwinsville Bees.
Oswego 3, FM 0
Oswego had little difficulty against F-M with a 3-0 win.
The Bucs dominated with wins of 1,097-764, 1,045-766 and 1,018-840.
Matt Clemons had a 708 (222-238-248) followed by Joey Clavelli 651 (247-184-220), Zach DelBrocco 644 (214-247-183) and Kevin Goodale 563 (200-294-169).
Also scoring were Dylan Kimball 214, Anthony Losurdo 198 and Brandon Grant 182.
Oswego 2, FM 1
The girls were able to win two of three to capture the match.
Coach Kristen Hoefer said, “They bowled well as a team and were able to win the second game by only seven pins. In order for them to land in the sectionals they need to defeat West Genesee.”
Leading the Bucs was senior Tori Gardner with a 445 (182-121-142 while Kaitlyn Grant had a 405 (142-137-126), Caitlyn McRae 385 (121-147-117), Allison Hare 343 (113-127-103) while Brianna Batchelor had a 113 and 128 and Alexa Hardesty a 140 to complete the scoring.
The Oswego indoor track team, turned in many personal best performances at the recent Section III Track and Field Championships.
The Bucs were led by the talented 4 x 400 meter relay of A.J. Vooris (55.8), Eric Clyne, Luke May, and Santiago Orta, each turning in a personal best effort, shattering their previous season best (3:59.8), to finish first in their section and 7th overall among the section’s elite.
Oswego’s 4 x 200 meter relay of Vooris, Clyne, Nate Greene, and Orta, also earned a season best, behind three personal best efforts, to place fifth in their race.
The Buc distance foursome of Paul Oleyourrk (2:21.0) Luke May, Austin Attwood, and Alex Flack, placed 7th in the 4 x 800 meter relay (10:10.9), with three members earning lifetime bests. Flack lowered his previous best by 6 seconds in the race.
Grace Gilbert, Chyloe Patterson, Mallory Gordon, and Alyssa Flanagan, turned in a strong effort in the 4 x 400 meter relay, to finish 4th in their race, with three members turning in bests. Gordon lowered her previous best by 12 seconds in the relay.
Junior sprint standout Vanessa Wiltsie, ran a fast time of 28.9 in the 200 meter dash for the Lady Bucs.
Other bests were earned by Patterson and Marsaili Knapp in the 200 meter dash, with Lexi Hanna turning in a strong effort in the 200 meter dash.
The rapidly improving Bucs will return to action next week for the CNYCL League Championships, with the boys competing on Wednesday and the girls on Thursday
Oswego 69 Henninger 63
It was a team effort with a balanced attack that provided the Lady Bucs with a six-point win over Henninger.
Siara Wilson making her first varsity start led the Lady Bucs with 12 points, Marguerite Dillon 9 points, Rachael Purtell nine points, Maddie Muckey eight points, Katie Knopp seven, McKenna Brooks six, Erica Atkins six, Reilly Patrick five, Bella Winklestine four, and Claire Richardson three points.
The Oswego girls hit 9 of 21 shots from behind the arc to blow open the game early. With the score tied 4-4 after four minutes in the first quarter, Siara hit a trey, Rachael hit a trey, and Katie hit a trey from the corner to give the Bucs a 16- 7 lead at the end of the first quarter.
Henninger hit a couple of baskets and a couple of treys to keep the game close in the second quarter, with about one minute left Oswego leading 29-17, the girls stole the ball three times and converted layups at the other end for a 35-17 lead at the half.
Erica Atkins hit a couple of treys, Katie Knopp, and Maddie Muckey also hit threes in the third quarter to help give the Bucs a 53-23 lead at the end of the period. The girls remained hot from outside as Wilson and Muckey hit threes in the fourth quarter, and Dillon, Brooks, and Reilly Patrick hit baskets to increase the Oswego lead.
Coach Mike Palmitesso said all the girls played a great game and “we got the ball to people who were open and hit all the shots.”
The team travels to Baldwinsville on Friday for a very important league contest.
Oswego (7-9) needs a win to qualify for sectional against the Bees (11-4).
Oswego 65, Henninger 13
Oswego captured its 15th team win of the season in a win over Henninger.
The Bucs jumped to the lead from the start and never looked back.
Oswego’s offense was too strong for the Golden Knights. They scored 26 points in the first quarter.
Leading scores, Kelly Skinner and Adeline Benjamin were leading scorers with 11 points.
Mariah Galletta had eight. Olivia Dowdle, Clara Culeton and Jenna McManus chipped in six. Michele Lavery and Cassidy King had five each. Hayley Baker added four.
Henninger 77, Oswego 35
Oswego fell behind 26-6 in the first quarter and was unable to rally.
Jake Dumas had a dozen points while Trey Clark had 11. Alex Haessig and Rory Henrie had four each while Tim Barker and Trevor Bradshaw had two apiece.