Post Season Action Heats Up For Bucs

OSWEGO, NY – Swimming and volleyball proved highly competitive in post season action as the Oswego High School Fall sports season is winding down.

Swimmers Solid in Pool

It was an outstanding weekend for the Oswego High School Lady Bucs swimming and diving team as it competed in the Section III State Qualifier meet at Hamilton College.

Oswego finished third out of 35 teams.

Coach Josh Lerch said, “There were numerous highlights for us. The 200 medley relay team set a school record 1:50.93 with Brenna Riley, Mariah Metcalf, Caitlin Gorton and Brooke Morrisseau  while Gordon became the Section III champ in the 100 fly with a 57.59 and established a new school record. Metcalf was also third in the 100 free with a 53.38 to qualify for the New York State Championships.”

Continuing he said, “Brenna Riley earned the Class A Section III championships in the 300 free with a 5:220.98 and the 200 freestyle team of Morrisseau, Gorton, Rando and Metcalf finished in 1:39.74 to be Section III champs and earn a spot in the New York State championship meet.”

The Oswego Lady Bucs had an impressive performance at the Section III State Qualifier Meet at Hamilton College on Sunday. Last year, Oswego squeaked out a sixth place finish at the meet, just barely edging out seventh place Baldwinsville.

This year, the Lady Bucs took third placing 35 points above Liverpool.

Along the way they crowned two individual Sectional Champions, one Sectional Championship relay team, and qualified two relays and three individuals for the New York State Championship Swim Meet in two weeks at Ithaca College.

Junior Brenna Riley, sophomores Mariah Metcalf and Brooke Morrisseau, with freshman Caitlin Gorton went into the meet Class A Champions with a 1:52.39 seed time in the 200 medley relay. They were able to drop a second and a half, but Jamesville-DeWitt was just a little faster. Oswego’s time of 1:50.93 was the fastest of all the class A schools and fast enough to qualify them for NY State Championships in the event.

The next event, the 200 freestyle, was a good one as well for the Bucs. Gorton and Riley placed second and fourth respectively.  Gorton’s time of 1:58.46 is a lifetime best for her by almost half a second and Riley’s 2:00.68 is her best by a full second. Junior Mayra Lopez also swam the event exceedingly well, coming in at 2:09.12, a near one second drop from her 12th place performance at the Class A meet.

Another three Buccaneers would shine in the 200 I.M.  Morrisseau swam a lifetime best, 2:17.63, to take fourth place.  Senior Colleen Fraser placed 16th with her time of 2:29.65.  Another senior, Elizabeth Baker, dropped four seconds to take 18th place in an impressive time of 2:29.38.  This coming off her 2:33.99 performance at the Class A meet, which was also a four second improvement for her.

Following the I.M., sophomore Elaina Rando took ninth place in the 50 freestyle. Rando was Oswego’s lone individual sprinter at the State Qualifier Meet, earning the spot after a drop of over half a second to place sixth at Class A Championships on Friday with an impressive time of 25.89.

Normally diving follows the 50 freestyle, but the State Qualifier diving competition was held on Saturday at Mexico High School.

Senior, Hailey Ihlow had a strong showing at the Class A Championship diving meet the weekend before, placing fifth out of all the Class A divers.  However, she was even better on Saturday at Mexico, raising her score more than 20 points, and placing fifth out of all the divers in the Section.

Next, Gorton and Baker would stand out in the 100 fly. Baker placed 18th with an impressive best time of 1:06.89.  That time brings her time dropped to a grand total of four seconds over the course of the two meets this weekend.

Gorton dropped another second to touch the wall first in 57.59 seconds. In addition to being crowned Sectional Champion, she now holds her school record, and will be headed to state’s with a legitimate shot at making top eight at the meet.

Metcalf would also set herself up well for state’s.

Her event being the 100 freestyle she placed third, and her time of 53.38 is a lifetime best. Morrisseau also swam the 100 free.  She was able to drop almost half a second from her swim at the Class A meet, which earned her seventh place.  Junior Zoë Ferris was the third Buccaneer in the 100 freestyle.

She had an amazing meet and this swim was no different. Ferris took 14th place, repeating her time of 57 seconds that she swam for the first time two days prior at Class A Championships.

Lopez and Riley were at it again the in the 500 freestyle. Lopez had a tough race with an Auburn swimmer, which she was able to win and move up in the rankings. Lopez placed 15th overall swimming right on her best time of 5:45.97. Riley was the top seed coming into the event and did not disappoint. She took over the race immediately, building a four-second cushion over the nearest girl, and then building upon it over the rest of the race to finish first nearly six seconds ahead of the rest of the field.

Riley’s first place finish in the event earns her the privilege of representing the Section at State Championships with her other four teammates who are going.

Oswego’s second relay to qualify for State’s was the 200 freestyle relay. The relay team of Morrisseau, Gorton, Rando, and Metcalf had to come from behind to take first place in the event at State Qualifiers catching a tough Liverpool squad and holding off J-D’s advancing relay team. Their time of 1:39.74 will put them in a position to have a shot and placing top eight in the State at State’s in two weeks.

Sophomore Clare Donovan, along with Ferris would be Oswego’s representatives in the 100 backstroke. Donovan’s time of 1:09.42 was good enough to earn her 18th place, while Ferris’ 1:07.01 put her in 12th place, her highest placing at the meet. Her time also represented a nearly four second drop from her best time during the regular season.

The Lady Bucs were very successful in the breaststroke event.  Fraser started them off by dropping a very impressive two and a half seconds to place 18th in 1:15.06. Rando knocked off another seven-tenths of a second to place seventh in 1:13.08.  Finally, Metcalf placed fourth in 1:11.07.

Oswego finished the meet on a high note in the 400 freestyle relay. The team of Rando, Ferris, Baker, and Riley managed to drop over three seconds from their time at Class A Championships to days prior. While all four girls contributed outstanding times, much of the drop was due to Riley holding off a quickly advancing Liverpool team.

Liverpool’s Sectional Champion, Maddie Murphy, anchored the relay and Riley was able to get to the wall just a mere 16 hundredths of a second ahead of her, sealing the fourth place finish for the Bucs.

Coach Lerch said, “This meet put the finishing touches on an outstanding season for six of the Lady Bucs, while five will continue to train for the very competitive State Championships in two weeks.  I couldn’t have asked for more from these girls this weekend and they did not let me down.  In fact, they really surprised me with how fast they were able to swim just two days after swimming so well at Class A Championships.  They are a very competitive group.  They compete every day in practice, which is how they are able to get up and race with the best in the Section at Championships.”

Earning first team all league honors were Caitlin Gordon, Brenna Riley, Brooke Morrisseau, Hailey Ihlow and Mariah Metcalf while second team honors went to Elaina Rando and honorable mentions included Zoe Ferris and Mayra Lopez.

Volleyball Ends at States

The Oswego boys’ and girls’ varsity volleyball teams captured Section III titles this season to earn berths in the New York State Public High School Athletic Association championships.

Oswego boys battled well against Bethlehem on Friday night at Burnt Hills High School, but lost 3-0.

The following afternoon at Cicero-North Syracuse High School the Lady Bucs lost 3-0 to defending state champ Burnt Hills.

All season long the unbeaten Bethlehem squad had lost just five games, but the Bucs played right with them throughout the night.

However, in the end, Oswego lost 25-22,  25-21 and 25-18.

The Bucs were extremely competitive, but simply could not overcome the opposition.

Zach Gillard had 13 kills and Logan Krass 10 while other kills came from Pate Dillon and Emmett O’Brien with three each, Josh Carney with two while Mike Edwards and Drazen Schrecengost had one each. Krass added four blocks while O’Brien added three blocks. Trevor Bradshaw had a solid defensive game with 11 digs while Gillard had six digs and Carney 24 assists.

Oswego finished the year 17-3 and earned the league as well as sectional titles.

The Lady Bucs lost 25-13, 25-15 and 25-17.

Early on Oswego was nip and tuck with its opponent, but once Burnt Hills got on a run they would appear to score three points to one for the Bucs. Once OHS got behind by a few points it just appeared to be too much of an obstacle to overcome.

Coach Ron Ahart noted that the defending state champ was a very experienced team which pretty much focused on volleyball for the entire year.

He was quoted as saying, “They’re pretty much just basically volleyball players. They play all spring long. They travel all over the United States. They play extremely fast. They play in a lot of high-level tournaments. They’ve just got a lot of experience.”

Not only was Burnt Hills tough along the front line, but the back line dove to the floor for several near impossible looking digs which they eventually converted to points.

For the Bucs it was a championship season with the league title to go along with the sectional crown.

In the final game of the year, Madison Collins had 19 assists while Marguerite Dillon had two aces, six kills and seven digs and Bella Winklestine managed five kills, a block and dig.

Erica Atkins had an ace, seven kills and nine digs while Reilly Patrick had a kill and two digs for the 10-8 Bucs.

Meanwhile, Burnt Hills moved its record to 25-4.