OSWEGO, NY – The Oswego High School golfers tore up the front nine of the Oswego Country Club while the varsity volleyball teams continued to display their prowess on the court. While the golfers and volleyball teams were successful the swimming team was remaining unbeaten in the pool as the Oswego fall sports season continues.
Golfers Win Fifth Straight
After a slow start to the 2013 season, it’s safe to say that Oswego Junior Alec Kunzwiler has found his golf game.
With nine-hole scores of 35 and 37 in his previous two matches (wins over CNS and Central Square last week), Alec came into Monday’s home match against league-leading Auburn with a swagger of confidence that may have been missing earlier in the season.
Oswego’s front nine didn’t stand a chance on this day.
After his final putt was holed on Monday, Kunzwiler’s two-birdie-one-bogey nine of 34 captured medalist honors and continued Alec’s hot play of late.
The Bucs also accomplished something that has not been done in quite some time. They shot a 189 team score.
“I am very happy when our total is somewhere in the 190s,” said Coach Dan Rose after the match. “Anything in the 180s is just great team golf. I’ll have to look back at the record books, but I’m fairly certain there have only been a handful of totals in the 180s at Oswego Country Club in the last 15 or 20 years.”
In addition to Kunzwiler’s 34, Oswego tallied three scores of 38 on Monday. One of the 38s went to Sean Dain, Oswego’s current stroke average leader. Dain has now accumulated 8 straight sub-40 rounds, including a two-under 33 last week on Oswego’s front nine. Sophomore standout Noah Lee seems to have his game back under control, also shooting 38 on Monday.
Senior starter Alex Kemper, who is making the most of his playing opportunities this season, joined the 38 club, a career round for him.
“We have a lot of guys playing their best golf of the season right now,” said Coach Rose.
Rounding out the scoring on Monday was Senior captain Brandon Tracz, who held it together for a 41.
The Bucs have three more matches this season. They are now 8-5.
They will play host to Fayetteville-Manlius on Thursday, travel to Brooklawn to play Syracuse on Friday and finish at home against Liverpool on September 30.
Volleyball Remains Unbeaten
The Oswego boys’ varsity volleyball team remained unbeaten with a three-game sweep of Central Square.
Oswego started with a 25-13 win and followed up with victories of 25-17 and 25-15.
Everyone saw action as Josh Carney has four kills, three aces, 15 assists, and a block and Zach Gillard added 11 kills, an assist, two blocks and two digs while Mike Edwards had a kill, ace, five assist, two blocks and a dig.
Trevor Bradshaw finished with two kills, an ace and dig while Trey Clark had a kill, ace, block and dig. Pat Dillon finished up with three kills and Logan Krass had a kill, ace and two blocks, Emmet O’Brien finished with two digs and Matt Samson was credited with three digs while Drazen Schrecengost had two kills and two digs for the 6-0 Bucs.
The Bucs moved to 6-0 overall and 4-0 in league play.
The Oswego Lady Bucs increased their swimming record to 3-0 with their third win of the season against Cicero-North Syracuse on Tuesday night with a 95-80 victory.
Posting the top time in 11 of the 12 events, Oswego overwhelmed the Northstars with their strong front line and consistent depth.
The Oswego medley relay team of freshman Caitlin Gorton, sophomores Elaina Rando and Clare Donovan, and junior Mayra Lopez started the Bucs off with a win, touching the wall first in 2:02.81.
Another sophomore, Mariah Metcalf, followed in the 200 freestyle, placing first in her lifetime best of 2:03.24. Yet another sophomore, Ayla Busch also had a great 200, finishing in 2:22.24.
The next event, the 200 I.M. was also a good one for the Bucs, with Rando (2:29.95) and senior Colleen Fraser (2:36.24) taking first and second. Junior Angie Rookey also swam well in the event, finishing in her best time this season (2:43.83). Gorton (25.53), Morrisseau (25.65), and junior Brenna Riley (27.18) continued the streak by sweeping the 50 free.
Senior Hailey Ihlow won the diving competition following the 50. She scored 182.95 while freshman Libby Rookey placed second with a score of 124.05.
Senior Elizabeth Baker touched out the CNS competition in the 100 fly coming in at an impressive 1:10.99. Following that, junior Zoe Ferris (59.93), along with Rando (1:01.29) and Lopez (1:01.65) took second, fourth and fifth in the 100 freestyle in their best times this season. Lopez and Rando qualified for Sectionals in the event.
The Buccaneer distance swimmers all swam outstanding five hundreds.
Riley led with a time of 5:36.84, which was fast enough to earn her first place. Busch dropped 5 seconds from her best time to come in at 6:20.83. Finally, senior Magie Maas swam her lifetime best of 6:26.69. In the next event, the 200 free relay, Oswego’s League-Leading foursome of Morrisseau, Gorton, Rando, and Metcalf didn’t disappoint as they took first in 1:43.78, an improvement of about half second.
Morrisseau and Gorton hopped back in the water to race in the 100 back right after their relay win. Gorton swam a lifetime best of 1:03.22 to win the event and Morrisseau posted her fastest time this season (1:05.34) to take second. Metcalf posted the final win for the Bucs in the next event, the 100 breaststroke. Her time of 1:10.83 is only two tenths of a second of her lifetime best, which she set last year at Class A Championships.
Coach Josh Lerch said, “I am thrilled that the girls are training so hard and still stepping up and racing well at our meets so far this season. We’ve set some goals and broke some records, and we’ve not even halfway through this season!”
Lady Bucs Win Again
Oswego and Corcoran girls volleyball teams were locked up at a game apiece after the Bucs won the first 25-12, but were upended 25-22 in the second.
The Bucs regrouped and captured game three 25-17 before dominating the fourth with a 25-10 final.
Erica Atkins had five aces, 10 kills and five digs for the Bucs. Madison Collins had 29 assists on the night while Sarah Fitzgibbons had nine assists to go along with an ace and dig. Marguerite Dillon had 13 kills on the night and added two aces, three blocks and three digs. Clara Culeton added four aces, six kills, an assist, two blocks and a dig. Reilly Patrick (two aces, five kills, one block and seven digs).
Also contributing were Kellie Gorman (two aces, five kills, an assist and two digs), Jessica Pfeifer (a kill and five digs), Shanell Meyers (three digs), Alexis Sheridan (two digs) and Allie Henderson (three kills and a dig).
Jayvee Volleyball Successful
Jayvee girls’ volleyball coach Ted Beers said, “We had a good weekend and a good night against Corcoran and the Central Square Tournament was also an outstanding experience for our team.”
Last weekend, the Bucs traveled to Central Square where they finished first in their pool going 5-1. In the crossover game the Bucs defeated Central square 2-0 to advance to the title game. In the finals Oswego defeated Cicero-North Syracuse 2-0 to capture the championship.
Tuesday night it was back to regular season action as the Bucs defeated Corcoran 25-12, 25-19 and 25-11.
Beers said, “We came out a little slow against visiting Corcoran, but we quickly pulled ourselves together and did not look back after that. Our serving was again a bright spot for us as we kept the ball in play and we played a good defensive game. We still need to work on keeping our speed level up and turning other teams free balls into kills for us.”
Contributing for the Bucs were Tori Armet (kill), Addy Benjamin (ace), Rachel Godden (ace), Olivia Flint (two kills, two point blocks and a dig), Hailey Jermyn (dig), Tasha Mezza (six aces, three kills and a dig), Brianna Pefifer (three aces, two kills and three digs), Mackenzie Rice (three kills, two digs), Brianna Stenz (dig), Jenna Ballard (six assists), Miranda Clary (five assists), Kelsey Cullinan (three assists and ace), Sara Delbrocco (dig) and Riley Jaquin (dig and kill) as the team improved to 3-4.
Jayvee Soccer Bounces Back
After three consecutive losses, the Oswego boys jayvee soccer team got their season back on track with an impressive 7-0 win over host Corcoran on Tuesday afternoon.
The Bucs dominated possession as well as on the scoreboard in the lopsided win. Eighth grader Dawson Izyk struck early and often for the Bucs as he posted his first three goals of the game in the first 10 minutes of play.
For his first goal Izyk was sent in on goal with a nice pass from Liam Benjamin. Martin Orta found Izyk free inside the host’s 18 yard box for the second goal of the game and Payton Reese assisted Izyk for his third goal.
The game settled down with the Bucs controlling much of the possession but unable to find the back of the net for the remainder of the half.
In the second half the Bucs again dominated possession and again found the back of the net early on. Izyk struck for his fourth marker of the game off a nice pass from Phillip Cummings.
Then after a collision between the Corcoran keeper and Izyk the ball popped loose to Liam Benjamin who passed the ball into an open net for the Bucs’ fifth goal.
The next goal for the Bucs came off a corner kick when Derek Caramella finished off a Martin Orta corner kick. Hunter Mazuroski rounded out the scoring for the Bucs when he placed a shot to the lower left corner of the goal off a pass from Thomas Donohue.
Oswego goalie Carson Smith finished with just two saves as he saw little action at his end of the field.
“I thought this was a well rounded effort for us today. It was nice to start the game with the intensity that we did today, I think that was the key for us. We put Corcoran on their heels from the start and never let them back into the game,” said Coach Don Fronk.