Oswego Volleyball, Golf In Action

OSWEGO, NY – The Oswego volleyball teams upended their opponents recently as both the boys and girls won 3-0 over Fayetteville-Manlius.

In boys action Coach Mike Shea said, “We’ve made a concerted effort to try to start our games out strong so we aren’t playing from behind all the time. This is an issue we’ve struggled with in the past and this match indicates we are on our way to improving here.”

Continuing he said, “Our serving was very consistent with only four missed serves the entire match while on the other hand, we need to serve tougher against better opponents as the season continues. When we got good passing we were able to run a fast and effective offense. We need to improve the passing so we can get more of this.”

Oswego won 25-17, 25-20 and 25-16.

Ryan Patrick had eight kills and three digs while Kevin Carpenter had 32 assists and three kills. Dylan Lavner also chalked up eight kills and added a block and two digs. Justin Peterson finished with five kills, a block and ace. Brennan Richardson had four digs, Cooper Harse managed two kills and a block, Mike Thompson finished with two kills and three blocks and Jake Metcalf had two kills.

Girls Sweep In Volleyball

The Oswego Lady Bucs took on league rival FM and came away with a hard fought 25-23, 25-21, and 25-18 victory.

Oswego is 2-0 overall and 2-0 in league play.

Coach Ron Ahart said, “This was an important victory to help us move toward defending our league title. We made our mistakes in this early season challenge, but showed good character to hold off the Lady Hornets.”

In set one, Oswego won 25-23.  Oswego jumped to an early lead but allowed FM to get back into the set at 21-21 but rallied for the set win.

Cydney Ward (4 kills, 2 point blocks), Cortnie Purce (3 kills), and Kelsey Ross (3 kills) lead the early Oswego attacks.  Krisi Stemple added 11 assists to power the Lady Bucs.

In set two, Oswego again jumped to an early lead and again let FM gain some momentum but again rallied for the 25-21 win.

Purce (5 kills) and Ross (3 kills) lead the team in attack and Stemple (8 assists) again set a balance attack.

In the third set, Oswego jumped to an early 7-0 and never looked back on the way to a 25-18 match winning set.

Jasmine Davis (6 kills, 2 point blocks) powered the attack with Ward (3 kills, 3 point blocks), and Ross (3 kills) also contributing. Stemple (11 assists) finished off her 30 assists night with a strong third set.  Montagnola (7 digs), Ross (6 digs), Purce (4 digs), and Davis (5 digs) lead a strong defensive effort.

Ahart continued, “I was very pleased with our balanced attack. Davis, Ross, and Purce all had 8 kills followed by Ward with 7 kills. Stemple has done an outstanding job so far of keeping our attack balanced and not allowing other teams to focus on one hitter.”

Oswego next travels to Skaneateles to take on the Class B Sectional Champions in a non-league match Thursday followed by the Union-Endicott Tournament on Saturday

Golfers Defeated On The Road

The Oswego Golf Team has had a long road stretch to open its 2010-2011 season.

With only one home match our of six matches played so far, the Bucs are holding their own—going 4-2 over the difficult stretch.

Their latest match, played at Highland Country Club against league leading Auburn, came on Tuesday.

The Bucs total stroke count of 214 was not low enough to defeat the home team who took advantage of course knowledge and hard, fast playing conditions. Auburn’s final score of 202 was good enough for a 12-stroke victory.

“There really is a distinct advantage in golf for the home team,” remarked Coach Rose after the match. “Even more I think than in other sports. If a team plays on the road in basketball or football, they are still awarded ample time to warm up and stretch – get loose. In golf, with limited daylight and long trips, the away teams often walk straight from the bus to the first tee.”

“The further the trip,” Coach Rose concluded, “the more difficult it is to win.”

The loss was Oswego’s first loss in the league—a league stacked with talented teams.

Scoring in the match were Oswego hopefuls: Matt Lloyd (38), Luke Boshart (43), Sam Lalonde (44), Alec Kunzwiler (44), and Austin Tracz (45).

“We can’t wait to get back home and do battle on our own turf,” Coach Rose said with a smile.

And that’s just what the team will get a chance to do next week when Oswego hosts Henninger at Oswego Country Club.