Record Setter Becksted Leads Pool Win

OSWEGO, NY – Swimmers and hockey players brought home team victories in varsity competition while the modified volleyball team and Lady Buc jayvee cagers continue to win.  Meanwhile, wrestlers have displayed some solid individual efforts while the Lady Buc hockey and basketball teams battle back.

Becksted Burns Up Waterways

Friday night’s meet with Weedsport was a great one for the Buccaneers as Oswego won 101-77 while Drake Becksted continues to shatter the record board with his tenth pool record in his career.

The Bucs turned in the fastest time in every event, with senior Becksted turning in the fastest time ever swam in the Oswego High School pool in the 100 freestyle. He beat the previous record, held by Pat O’Donovan from Auburn, by nearly seven tenths of a second. Becksted was clocked at a pool record 47.23 in the 100 free  which is record number ten for Becksted on the pool record board.

The 200 medley relay team of junior Jeremy Galvin, and seniors Reeve Callen, Becksted, and Zach Gerber, started the Bucs out on the right foot placing first in 1:47.83, which is currently the top time in Section III.  Callen kept it going by placing first in the 200 freestyle immediately after.  Then the freshman duo, Dylan Harrington (2:26.93) and Ben McCrobie (2:28.84), placed first and second in the 200 I.M.  McCrobie’s time is his best ever and fast enough to qualify him for sectionals.

Gerber swam his best time in the 50 freestyle (23.14) to win the event.  He would also swim another lifetime best later in the meet, in the 100 fly (57.77) to win that event as well.  Both times put Gerber in the top four in the section currently. Divers sophomore Alex Carl (194) and senior Austin DeMott (181) placed first and second, putting up their best scores of the season.  Junior Jimmy Dillon swam his best time ever (5:43.32) in the 500 freestyle to win the event by 13 seconds.

Oswego scored another big win in the 200 freestyle relay.  Senior Becksted, junior Galvin, sophomore Alex Kemper, and freshman Harrington won the event by nearly six seconds, coming in at 1:40.80.  Galvin hopped into the water immediately after and won the 100 backstroke in 1:05.56, which was impressively within a few tenths of his best time this season.

Becksted would just miss his lifetime best in the 100 breaststroke on his way to winning the event in 1:02.88.  His time is the fastest in the section so far this season and that is his fifth top time on the Section III list.

Coach Josh Lerch said, “This Oswego Buccaneer swimming and diving team has already, two meets into the season, made so much progress.  We don’t have another meet until 2012 and I can’t wait to see what the new year brings”

Hockey Ices Lakers

Oswego High School varsity hockey won its fourth game of the season with a 4-2 victory over Skaneateles.

In the first period the Bucs took a 1-0 lead on a very nice passing play between Josh Sova, Cody Mariano and Tyler Grimshaw who scored the goal.  The first period went back and forth and Skaneateles tied the game with 8 seconds left in the period.

The second period saw the Bucs come out with a lot more energy and were rewarded for their hard work again with another goal by Tyler Grimshaw, set up by Cody Mariano and Josh Sova.  Trent Yule would add another goal to extend the lead to 3-1.  Brendan Major scored on the power play with 48 seconds left in the period to bring the Lakers to within one at 3-2.

Oswego played a very solid third period scoring the only goal of the period by Sean Mooney assisted by Zach Zerrahn.  The Bucs also limited the Lakers to only two shots on net in the period.

In net Chase Izyk had 17 saves and gave up two goals

Offensively Grimshaw ended up with two goals while Trent Yule and Sean Mooney had one each. Josh Sova and Cody Mariano had three assists apiece while Zach Zerrahn also had an assist.

Lady Bucs Lose Three

On Dec. 12, the Oswego girls’ varsity hockey team lost an 8-7 decision to visiting Canton.

Emily Barlow at the foul line
Emily Barlow at the foul line

The Canton Bears started the scoring just 30 seconds into the game, but captain Sarah Mancuso evened the score at one with an unassisted goal at the 11:40 mark.  Canton wasted little time re-establishing the lead, scoring less than a minute and a half later, but the Bucs’ Sage Dudley tied it up again with another unassisted goal at the 8:40 mark.  Canton scored two more goals against Oswego goalie Madisyn Whalen (4 saves), giving the Bears a 4-2 edge at the end of the first period.

Allie Yule started the second period in goal for the Bucs, and the move may have helped spark the team.  Oswego scored three straight goals, two unassisted markers by Mancuso, and a third from Taite Phillips (her first varsity goal) on an Ashley Pitters assist.  The 5-4 lead was short-lived, however, as Canton scored twice to re-take the lead.  However, with less than a minute remaining in the second period, Dudley scored her second goal of the game, assisted by Pitters and Ali Rodgers.

With the score tied at 6-6 after two periods, play in the third period was frantic, but ultimately Canton re-established another two-goal lead.  The Bucs pulled Yule (4 saves) for an extra skater, and the move paid off as Whitney Daino scored on another Rodgers assist with 56 seconds remaining.  Unfortunately, Oswego was unsuccessful in getting the tying goal in that final minute.

The Oswego girls’ varsity hockey team traveled to Ithaca on Wednesday, Dec 14 to face off against last year’s state champs, the Ithaca Little Red.  The Bucs fought hard throughout the game, but Ithaca’s talent was too strong and too deep for Oswego to match.

Oswego battled through the first period, holding off the Little Red onslaught.  Sophomore Maddie Whalen played especially well, making 12 first period saves, allowing just two goals in the final three minutes for a 2-0 Ithaca edge after one period.

When Ithaca scored twice in the first two minutes of the second period, it became clear that the Bucs were in for a rough night.  Ithaca scored two more times later in the period, while the Bucs managed only a few scoring chances of their own.  Whalen registered nine saves for a two-period total of 21.

With senior Allie Yule in goal for the third period, the Bucs continued to fight for puck control and offensive chances.  Ithaca tallied two more goals despite Yule’s 13 saves, and the Little Red skated off the ice with a convincing 8-0 victory.

This past Saturday the Oswego girls’ varsity hockey team hosted the Salmon River Shamrocks in a non-league contest.  Oswego looked especially sharp in the first 10 minutes of play, and looked to take the lead only to have an apparent goal called back by the referees.  A few Oswego penalties allowed Salmon River to regroup, and the Shamrocks were successful in winning two first-period goalmouth battles to give them a 2-0 lead at the intermission.

Oswego was successful in keeping Salmon River at bay for the second period, but couldn’t get on the scoreboard themselves.  The 2-0 Shamrock lead stood up into the third period.  The Bucs battled with determination, but were forced to pull sophomore Maddie Whalen in the final minutes for the extra skater.  The Shamrocks scored on the open net, and skated off with a hard-fought 3-0 win.

Whalen played well in goal, making 33 saves in the loss.  Senior Allie Yule played a few minutes late in the game as the Bucs looked for an extra chance for a breather, and she made a big save on a Salmon River breakaway to keep Oswego in the game.

The loss brings the Bucs’ record to 1-5 overall, 0-2 in their division.

Varsity Lady Bucs Buzzed

Oswego and Baldwinsville got locked up in a tight first half in basketball action, but the Bees broke open an 18-18 halftime tie to win 48-36.

The Bees remained unbeaten and pulled away from a 20-20 third quarter score to build a 27-20 advantage. The Bucs kept in contention and cut the deficit to three at one point, but in the end the Bees had too much for the 1-5 Bucs.

Taylor Giglio had 14 points to lead the Bucs followed by Erica Atkins and Bella Winklestine with eight each, Reilly Patrick four and Emily Barlow two points.

Wrestling Action Continues

Oswego lost three dual matches on Saturday.

The Bucs fell 48-21 to Auburn. Gaining wins for the Bucs were Austin Coleman (at 106) with a technical fall of Austin Duger in 5:39.  Jordan Perchway (at 126) pinned Zac Proulx in 3:36 while Matt DiFabio, at 132, gained a 14-13 win over Dustin Swan. Miguel Vazquez, at 152, pinned Nicholas Campognola in 3:30 while 182 pounder Mike Ruggio pinned Bob Reynolds in 24 seconds.

At 285 Mike Carbonaro of Auburn pinned Eric Doviak in 5:59.

Oswego forfeited at 120, 138, 145, 160, 170, 195 and 220 for 42 of the 48 Auburn points.

Tully gained a 45-18 win over the Bucs as Coleman pinned Anthony Negrete in 25 seconds, Vazquez pinned Drew Krewson in 32 seconds, Ruggio won in 58 seconds over Josiah Long and 285 pounder Eric Doviak pinned Leo Doody in 3:16.

Perchway lost 5-2 to John Decarlo while DiFabio fell via a pin in 47 seconds to Zack Johnson.

Tully gained six point forfeit wins at 120, 138, 145, 160, 195 and 220 for 36 points.

The Bucs also lost to Fabius-Pompey 54-9. On the mat Perchway decisioned Alex Jones 5-4 and Doviak gained a forfeit win.

Colman was pinned by Billy Heselden in 56 seconds while DiFabio was pinned in 1:45 by Daniel Prince. Vazquez lost via a pin in 3:40 to Christopher Mueler and Ruggio was pinned by Ben Young in 3:26.

Skaneateles scored a 60-23 victory as Coleman pinned Andrew Newton in 5:25, Perchway gained a 7-0 win, Vazquez pinned Francis Lombardi in 30 seconds, Ruggio pinned Matt Sheppard in 36 seconds and Doviak scored a 2-1 win over Garrett Navarolli.  For the Bucs Di Fabio lost via a pin in 1:27 to Tyler Saunders for the lone on mat loss for the Bucs.

The Bucs lost to Deposit 51-10 with Ruggio gaining a pin of David McKee in 3:45 and Perchway scoring a 14-3 win over Devin Decker. Coleman lost 13-4 to Colby Hall while DiFabio lost in 2:55 to John Wigerter, Vazquez was pinned in 5:46 by Tim Penso and Doviak was pinning in 3:14 by Dan Babcock.

Lady Buc Jayvee Five Wins

The Lady Buc jayvee basketball team captured its third consecutive victory with a 36-29 win over Baldwinsville.

The game started out close as both teams came out pressing and looking to trap in the half court.  After the first quarter the score was tied 10-10.

The Bucs got into foul trouble early, but everyone off the bench made contributions to keep the game under control.

Mariah Metcalf and Rachael Purtell made some big steals allowing for Oswego to make a push and take the lead by three going into the half.

Oswego came out strong taking over the third quarter making the score 33-22.  In the fourth quarter the Bucs only scored four points, but were able to play strong defense only allowing the Bees to score on free throws.

It was a shared scoring night for Oswego with everyone contributing.  Brenna Riley stepped up on both defense and offense scoring nine points.  Kelly Skinner had three points and 10 rebounds making sure for no second chance shots.  Nicole McCarthy and Rachael Purtell finished with six points.   Olivia Dowdle and Kerrigan Cummins finished with four points.  Katie Knopp and Mariah Metcalf both had two points.

Jayvee Boys Fall

The Oswego jayvee basketball team suffered its first loss of the season, losing to the West Genesee Wildcats 59-32.

The Wildcats raced out to an early 25-6 lead after one period and extended that lead to 40-16 at the half.

“We just came out very Timid and were throwing the ball all over the place”, said Head Coach Jim LaMacchia,  “We were not prepared for this game and that is my responsibility, we played a little better in the second half as we only lost by four points, but we need to improve at taking care of the ball.

The Bucs were also hurt by shooting 10 from 27 from the free throw line.

Freshmen Josh Lazzaro and Mylek Hoyt led the Bucs with 7 Points apiece.

Blue Volleyball at 8-1

Coach Ted Beers was proud of the effort of the blue modified team as he said, “We played an aggressive Nottingham team, their girls were constantly moving and played aggressive defense. We struggled with finding our serving in set 1 and 2, but came alive in set 3 and never looked back. I am very proud of our girls rebounding after our struggles in the first two sets, we came out more aggressive against them in third and we started to limit our service errors.”

The Bucs won four of the five games as the first was a 25-11 win, but then Nottingham came back with a 25-18 victory in the second. Oswego won the final three 25-22, 25-20 and 25-9.

Brianna Bachelor had three aces; Katherine Breeze two aces and a point block; Miranda Clary four aces and an assist; Morgan Demong three aces and a dig; Rachel Godden two aces; Meghan Maniccia three digs; Natasha Mezza five aces; Amber Nettles three assists; Emily Purce and Elaina Rando each an ace; Claire Ratzlaff and Mackenzie Rice three aces; Claire Richardson four kills and 11 aces and Kennedy Thompson four aces.