Oswego High School Sports Teams Win

OSWEGO, NY – Sports action has been in full swing in the Oswego City School District as the basketball teams are coming off victories while the bowling team continues to roll along.

Meanwhile the swimming team continues to be solid in the pool and the hockey teams have been competitive.

The Oswego Buccaneers traveled to Central Square for the league matchup where both teams were seeking to get into the win column after some disappointing losses last week and Oswego walked off with a 49-48 victory.

The Red Hawks and the Bucs both came out slow from the tip with the home team opening up the scoring with the first basket of the game 2-0.

Oswego came back to tie the score on a driving basket by senior guard Mac Porter who on the next possession buried a 3-point shot propelling Oswego into a lead that the never relinquished.

After a close first quarter score of 10-7, the Bucs opened up with full court pressure to force the action.

With Central Square facing multiple defensive sets that produced some costly turnovers, Oswego went on to a 16-point quarter holding the Red Hawks to only 6 points and taking a strong lead into half time up 26-13.

The third quarter saw the Bucs cool down and the home team heat up some as they outscored the visitors 18-11 and were down only by 6, 37-31 entering into the final quarter.

Both team battled hard down the stretch in what turned out to be a nail-biter game. The Red Hawks led by senior Chuck Westcott surged several times to cut the lead to one, but Oswego ball control and efficient foul shooting never gave up the lead garnering their third win of the season.

Junior Jake Metcalf sparked the Bucs with his very fine play in the second half finishing the game with 12 points and an impressive nine rebounds, many of which were key possessions to the victory.

Senior guard Danny Montagnola played inspirational defensive on several possessions and successfully finished from the free throw line in crunch time. He finished with four points.

Porter led the Bucs in scoring with 18 points, converting two 3-point shots, grabbing seven rebounds while fighting off an in game injury that stopped play in the fourth quarter.

Senior forward Joe Brown rounded out three Bucs players in double figure scoring with 10 points.

Also scoring for the Bucs were Sophomore Ryan Patrick and Senior Troy Norton with two each. Norton also pulled down seven rebounds in this hard-earned Buccaneer victory.

The Bucs are home at Fredrick Leighton School this Friday Jan. 22 against West Genny at 7 p.m. in another AA tilt.

Girls Win Two Straight

Brooke Reifinger
Brooke Reifinger

Coming off a win against Nottingham on Friday, the Bucs returned to action against Central Square at Powers Gymnasium on Tuesday night where Oswego gained its seventh win of the season by a 50-38 count.

Oswego moved to a 26-18 halftime lead and ran off with the victory.

Brooke Reifinger had a 14-point outing while Katie Abramski added eight, Alexis Gillard six, Michelle Canale six, Amber Earl five, and Emily Barlow five.

The Oswego girls’ varsity basketball team captured its sixth win of the year with a 45-28 over Nottingham.

Oswego trailed 8-7 after eight minutes, but by halftime the Bucs had turned it around for a 19-14 lead. In the third period Oswego scored 15 while the defense clamped down to allow just four points for what proved to be an insurmountable lead.

Lindsay Johnson had 14 for the Bucs while Brooke Reifinger scored nine, Michaela Auer and Katie Abramski seven each, Courtney Louis four, Sarah Hill and Michelle Canale with two each.

Swimmers Strong at Rome Free

The Oswego boys’ swimming and diving team splashed to a 105-71 victory over the Rome Knights.

This win improves the record to 5-2.

Luke Familo, Reeve Callen and Drake Becksted each had a pair of victories for the Bucs.  Throughout the meet the Bucs won 11 out of 12 events, as well as taking nine second places.

The Medley relay team of Callen, Zach Gerber, Zak Handley and Becksted started the team off with a win. Jeremy Galvin, Geoff Taylor, Billy McSweeney and Jim Dillon took a second place in the relay, and from that point the Bucs never trailed.

Familo and Josh Saternow took a first and second in the 200 Freestyle.  In the 200 Individual Medley Becksted and Taylor also placed first and second and the Bucs were off to a 34-11 lead. Callen and Handley continued the Bucs dominance and took a first and second in the 50 Freestyle.

In Diving, Brian Semione and Mason Rabalais took second and third and pushed the lead to 52-22.  Handley and Gerber increased the Bucs lead by placing second and third in the 100 Butterfly. The trio of Becksted, Saternow and Taylor swept the 100 Freestyle by taking first, second and third respectively.

In the 500 freestyle Callen and Dillon each had very good swims and placed first and second for the Bucs. The Bucs trio of Familo, Galvin and Dillon swept the Backstroke event and increased the Bucs lead to 105-46.

Coach Rick Klein and Coach Kevin Morgan agreed that the team did a fantastic job.

Klein said, “The team put their best foot forward and performed very well.  We are very excited to see how well the team does in the remainder of the regular season and into the sectional and state meet.”

Bowlers Host Tournament Action

The Oswego Bucs hosted a tournament on Monday and finished second as Liverpool “A” gained the win with 3,156 followed by Oswego 3,058, Central Square 2,925, Fulton 2,895, Liverpool “B” 2,762 and Sherburne-Earlville 2,673.

Ashlee Lytle
Ashlee Lytle

Coach Bob Hoefer said, “In the boys’ division, Liverpool “A” jumped out to a 47-pin lead over Oswego after five games averaging 219 per game. Oswego then averaged 210 in games six through 10 to Liverpool “A’s” 182 to give Oswego a 90-pin lead after 10 games. Liverpool “A” then averaged 229 over the last five games to Oswego’s 192 to win the overall match by 98 pins.”

Meanwhile in the girls’ division Cicero-North Syracuse finished with 2,526 followed by Baldwinsville 2,398, Fulton 2,246, Oswego 2,140 and Central Square 1,998.

This was the Inaugural Baker Format Tournament at the Lighthouse Lanes in Oswego with five bowlers per team each bowling two frames per game.

Oswego took all three games from second place Fayetteville-Manlius as the Bucs moved to 17-4 in division. The Bucs won 1,042-907, 1,132-1,055 and 983-957.

Jamie Cliff had a 718 (247), Cameron Byrne 669 (255), Matt Clemons 623 (222), Zach Sizemore 577, Matt Salvador 431 (two games) and Zack DelBrocco 139 (one game).

In girls’ action Oswego won the first game 761-711, but fell 728-646 before falling 746-658 in the final.

Ashlee Lytle paced the Bucs with a 576 and high game of 256 while Paige Blum had a 450 and Christie Hoefer 439.

The boys are now 31-8 overall while the girls are 8-13 in division and 8-31 overall.

Boys’ Hockey Tied Up

Oswego boy’s hockey tied Fayetteville-Manlius 3-3 in league action on Tuesday night.

The Bucs took a 1-0 lead after one, but in the second FM rallied for a 2-1 advantage.

Oswego came back with two in the final period while the Hornets also scored and the game went into overtime where neither team could muster the winning goal.

For the Bucs John Carson, Fred Donabella and Trent Yule all scored while Sam Czarnecki and Rick Uribe assisted.

Oswego moved to 4-3-2 in league play and 7-5-2 overall while FM earned its first point in league play as the Hornets are 0-7-2 and 1-10-3 overall.

The Oswego High School varsity hockey team headed to Rochester during the weekend and lost 6-2 to McQuaid in non-league action.

Tournament Time For Buc Matmen

Oswego participated in the Hannibal Duals on Saturday.

The Bucs lost to Rush-Henrietta 61-13 as Shane Bartrum, at 189, decisioned Chris Tasber 4-2, Brian Pulver, at 112, gained a major decision over Chandler Heisinger 18-5 and 130 pounder Kyle Rossi pinned Shawn Ward in 3:15.

Matt DiFabio, at 103, lost via a technical fall to Brennon Root 16-0 while Anthony Todaro lost via a technical fall to Jordan Messimer 16-0 and 125 pounder Austin Gilbert was pinned by Jermel Kiner in 1:02.  Adam Doviak, at 140, was pinned in 58 seconds by Matt Abbott while Mike Ruggio, at 160, lost to Justin Strassner in 18 seconds and Tommy Ruggio, at 171, was pinned in 33 seconds. At 285 Nate Kulp was pinned by Pat Byrne in 22 seconds.

Oswego lost to Central Square 39-26. Buc wins included DiFabio (forfeit), Pulver (6-1), Doviak (8-3), Dan Ellingwood (forfeit), Mike Ruggio (Technical Fall) and Bartrum (decision).

The Bucs fell to Jordan-Elbridge 43-30. Victories for Oswego included Rossi (pin in 2:20), 135 pounder Colton Dryden (pin 56 seconds), Mike and Tom Ruggio (forfeits), and Bartrum (forfeit).

Oswego lost a 38-36 verdict to Beaver River.  Point getters for the Bucs were Pulver (pin in 1:07), Rossi (decision), Doviak (pin in 2:51), Mike Ruggio (pin in 1:45), Tom Ruggio (forfeit), Bartrum (decision 6-4) and Kulp (forfeit).

In the other match up of the day the Bucs lost to Hannibal 74-6 as Bartrum decisioned Josh Lewis 5-1 and Rossi pinned Nick Bortle in 3:01.

Jayvee Girls Cagers Win Two

The Lady Bucs jayvee basketball team captured its second consecutive victory with a 37-23 win over Central Square.

With a combined team effort Oswego was able to keep the lead the entire game.

All players came in off the bench and helped contribute to the win.  Sophomore Taylor Giglio led scoring with 16 points.  Sophomore Kelsey Ross contributed eight points and Becca Martin added six points and eight rebounds to move to 6-6 on the year.

The Oswego jayvee girls’ basketball team scored a 38-30 win over host Nottingham.

The Bucs came out with pressure to start the game and held the lead throughout.

Taylor Giglio led scoring with 17 points.  Kelsey Ross and Rebecca Martin both contributed with seven points.  Martin also had nine rebounds to help on the defensive end.

The Bucs are now 5-6 for the season.

Jayvee Boys In Action

The Oswego jayvee boys’ team defeated Central Square by the score of 51-41 on Tuesday night.

The Bucs jumped out to an early 25-3 lead after playing a near flawless first quarter.

The team played with energy and confidence as they dominated the home standing Red Hawks.

Oswego made five of seven three-point attempts in the period, and forced numerous turnovers with their aggressive full court press.

Leading the Bucs once again was Captain Mike Thompson with 16 points, several assists and outstanding defense.  Josh Gillard hit three threes and finished with 12 points.

Also scoring for Oswego were Nate Miller with seven, Connor Riley six points along with several blocks and very good defense, Justin Peterson and Autie Ascenzi five each, and Kevin Carpentier two.

The team now has a record of 7-4.  Next game is Friday versus West Genesee at home in Powers Gym.

Falling behind 18 -7 after the first quarter, the Oswego  jayvee boys’ basketball team was never able to recover and was defeated by visiting Nottingham by a final score of 53- 31.

Oswego played the Bulldogs even in the second half, but the 22-point halftime deficit was too much to overcome.

Coach Brian Haessig said, “A combination of a very tough man to man defense from Nottingham, and the Bucs inability to convert several inside shot attempts, as well as 25 missed free throws were major contributors to the loss. The Bucs’ all out hustle allowed them to play defense well enough to win, but their offense let them down.”

Pacing Oswego in the scoring column once again was Captain Mike Thompson with 10 points; Autie Ascenzi added five, Connor Riley and Justin Peterson four each, Brennon Richardson three, Kameron Williams and Eric Wallace two each, and Josh Gillard with one.

The jayvee Bucs now have a record of 6-4.