Softball, Lacrosse, Track and Golf Victories; Several Standout Efforts

OSWEGO, NY – Oswego varsity softball went two-for-two  Wednesday and Thursday with a pair of victories.

The Bucs chalked up a 15-0 win over Mexico in non-league action.

Emily Kolenda was on the mound as the Tigers had just two hits for the day. Kolenda gave up one hit and reliever Ashlee Wapen surrendered the other hit in the final inning.  Meanwhile, the Buc bats were alive and well with 11 hits including a homer by Kolenda and doubles by Allie Yule, Mary Montagnola and Caitlyn McRae.

The game was actually over in the one run first inning for the Bucs  Oswego continued to chip away at the Tigers with two more runs in the third, a pair in both the fourth and fifth before exploding for an eight run sixth.

Also hitting for the Bucs were Cortnie Purce, Sarah Mancuso, Marguerite Dillon and Wapen while senior righthander Kolenda threw a four-hitter while striking out twelve as the Oswego High School softball team defeated Syracuse East 5-1  in its home opener on Wednesday afternoon.

Offensively, Kolenda provided all of the support she would need as she launched an 0-1 pitch deep over the centerfield fence in the bottom of the first for a 2-0 Oswego lead.

The Lady Bucs added a pair of insurance runs in the third. Allie Yule started the rally with a single to center. She was sacrificed to second and advanced to third on a passed ball. Kolenda then walked and stole second. With two outs, senior first baseman Ashlee Wapen drilled a double to right center, plating both runners, making it 4-0.

Kolenda and Yule led the Buccaneer offense  with two hits and two runs scored apiece. Also hitting safely were Sarah Mancuso and Wapen.

Mary  Montagnola had three key sacrifice bunts in each of the innings in which the Lady Bucs scored runs.

The Lady Buccaneers move to 2-1 on the season (1-0 in CNYCL League play).

They take on Indian River on Friday in a pair of non-league games.

Keefe Four Event Winner in Buc Win

With many athletes making key contributions, the Oswego High School varsity boys track team defeated host Auburn 89-42 on Wednesday.

Junior Cory Keefe won the 100-meter dash (10.8), the 110-meter high hurdles (15.6), the 200-meter dash (23.8), and the high jump (5’ 2”).

Senior Mike Ruggio started the season where he left off last year, winning the shot put with a distance of 45’. He also placed first in the discus (100’ 9”).

Junior Ben Harrington won the 400-meter dash (58.5) and the 400-meter hurdles (65.8).

Senior Alejandro Lara won the pole vault by clearing 9’. “He continues to show much improvement,” Oswego coach Erwin Dewey said.

Devlin Babcock, a junior, placed first in the triple jump (33’ 11”). Dewey said Babcock needs to keep improving.

Two Oswego relay teams finished in first place. The Bucs’ 4 x 800-meter relay of Dave Johnson, Garrett Skinner, Mitch Rabalais, and Morgan Rabalais finished in first place as they all ran well, Dewey said.

Oswego’s 4 x 100-meter relay team of Johnson, Babcock, Lara, and Ruggio also triumphed.

Babcock added second-place finishes in the shot put and discus, and Jake Annal placed second in the 110-meter high hurdles and the 400-meter hurdles.

Other second-place finishers were Skinner in the triple jump, Lara in the 800 meters, Harrington in the long jump, and Pat Dillon in the 3,200 meters.

Third-place finishers for the Bucs included Mitch Rabalais in the 800 meters, Rob Zeigler in the 200-meter dash, Cody Cheeley in the triple jump, Tyler Benjamin in the discus, Skinner in the 400 meters, and Matt DiFabio in the 3,200 meters.

“It was a good day for Oswego athletes, but we will need to improve the rest of the way,” Dewey said.

Oswego’s young newcomers also ran well in their first meet. Matt Winn, Armond Voories, and Cheeley performed well in the sprints. In the shot put and discus, Alex Johnson, Jon Stevens, and Mike Sheffield all did well.

Bucs Lacrosse Wins

The Oswego boys’ varsity lacrosse team captured its fifth win in six games with a 16-12 win over Syracuse East.

John Kaplewicz had a natural hat trick.
John Kaplewicz had a natural hat trick.

Coach Doc Nelson said, “It was a different script tonight as the offense came out on fire and the defense didn’t get off the bus until halftime.”

Widespread scoring including a natural hat trick by Jon Kaplewicz in the second quarter  and multiple goals from Dom Cianfarano, Kyle Clark and Brandon Tracz  along with some good zone defense in the second half and a great fourth quarter by goalie Trey Love made the difference in moving Oswego to 5-1.

The Bucs held a 14-8 lead at intermission, but in the second half were outscored 4-2.

Cianfarano had four goals while Kaplewicz, Tracz and Clark had three each. David Mathes, Jeremy Purce and Trent Yule each had one score. Yule had three assists while Kaleb Astoria and Yule had one each.

Love finished with 11 saves for the Bucs.

Nailbiting Win for Lady Bucs

Buc Defense standing tall as goalie Tayler Bowman and defender Brianna Favata try to keep Syracuse at bay.
Buc Defense standing tall as goalie Tayler Bowman and defender Brianna Favata try to keep Syracuse at bay.

It took a sudden death overtime goal from Mikayla Place for the Lady Bucs varsity lacrosse team to walk off Joe Wilber field with a  15-14 win.

Syracuse came out to an early 2-0 lead.  Syracuse scored the first two goals at 23:00 and 21:43.

Oswego’s Becca Martin opened the scoring for Oswego at 19:31 with an assist from Libby Sherman, following was another quick goal at 19:25 scored by Libby Sherman with an assist from Alexa Healy.  From there the defense came up with some great plays lead by Brittany Kearns, Mackenzie Robinson, Andrea Folgherait, Kelsey Ross, and goalie Tayler Bowman.  Oswego led at the end of the first half 9-4.

The second half wasn’t as smooth for the Bucs.  Syracuse dominated the second half draw controls.

With two minutes seven seconds left in play Goalie Tayler Bowman was yellow carded.  Replaced by Kerrigan Cummins in net, the Bucs now had to finish the game with a score of 13-11 Bucs with a man down penalty.  Syracuse scored back to back goals at 1:49 and 1:29 both by Cunningham.  Syracuse possessed the next draw control and the Buc defense held strong bringing the game into overtime.

Syracuse was the first to score with another goal from Cunningham at 1:37.   Oswego tied up the game at 1:03 with a goal by Taylor Giglio assisted by Erica Atkins.  With a tie remaining at the end of OT the game continued into double OT, sudden victory.

Mikayla Place took the center circle, her draw control landed in the stick of Kaitlyn Armstrong.  As the Bucs challenged the net Syracuse was called for fouling Mikayla Place at 1:34.  Mikayla scored the winning goal on a free position shot to end the game 15-14 Oswego.

Coach Laura Burger said, “Our girls stuck together through the landslide during the second half of the game.  Our defense looked very impressive in the final minute of the game (and playing man down) which allowed our team the opportunity to get into overtime play.”

Gosek Leads Bucs to First Win

Varsity golfer Sarah Gosek had a few “ambitious” goals written down before the start of the 2012 season.

She desired to “To have a stroke average in the 40s . . . and to qualify for sectional” and it was neatly written out on her start of the year golf survey in blue pen.

After shooting 44 on Thursday against Central Square at Oswego Country Club in Oswego’s opening match of the year, it is clear that the Bucs senior captain is well on her way to attaining both goals this season. Sarah’s career best round included 3 pars on the par 35 front side at Oswego Country Club.

The very first varsity match Gosek ever played in, back in 2008, was against CNS and contested on the very same 9 holes. Sarah shot 64. Four years and 20 strokes later, Sarah is primed to finish her varsity golf career in strong fashion.

It also helps having a golf professional on your side.

After Tuesday’s practice, Gosek came off the course defeated, after 3 and 4 putting a number of greens. Country Club Pro, John Fowler, saw her frustration and offered to help Sarah with her putting. Fifteen minutes later John’s job was done.

Sarah had only one three putt on Thursday. Looks like Fowler’s lesson paid off.

“She’s our leader,” said Coach Rose of his four year player. “There is a little bit of pressure on Sarah this season because we need her to produce a good number every time out. But she has proven she can handle the pressure that comes along with being a team leader.”

Second low for Oswego in Thursday’s match was sophomore starter Emilee Anderson, whose score of 51 was just good enough to qualify for the end of the year sectional tournament. And she hit the number in dramatic fashion. On her final hole, Emilee blasted out of a green side bunker to within a foot of the hole, for an easy tap in.

“With so many bunkers on our home course, the girls usually get a lot of practice every time out,” commented Coach Rose with a smile. “Emilee is one of our best players out of the sand.”

Rounding out the scoring in Thursday’s win were Buc golfers Courtney Kelly (52) and Tess Gordon (53). The Bucs will really be tested next week with three matches in a row, two of them away, verses Fayetteville Manlius, Baldwinsville, and Central Square. “We got a lot of early practices in this year due to the weather,” said Coach Rose. “Hopefully, it pays off next week.”

Ford Powers Up Lady Buc Track

The Oswego girls’ track team, opened the 2012 dual meet season Wednesday, losing to the host Auburn by the score of 81-46.

Senior standout Whitney Ford had an outstanding afternoon for the Lady Bucs by placing first in all four of her events. Ford won the 100 meter dash (13.1), the 200 meter dash (27.8), the long jump (14′ 2″), as well as the triple jump (30′ 6 1/2″), under very cold and blustery conditions.

Freshmen Ashley Sgro also placed first for Oswego, with a fine toss of 69′ 11″ in the discus.

Sophomore Maddie Muckey ran a strong time of 1:24.2 in the 400 meter hurdles to finish second for the Lady Bucs. Other second place finishes were earned by Cassie Hondro in the high jump, Katrina Tafler in the triple jump, Tara Stacy in the 800 meter run, and Stacy, Chloe Patterson, Sgro, and Rhona Dianang in the 3200 meter relay.

Freshmen Cheyenne Sanchez, turned in a fine time of 22.6 in the 100 meter hurdles, to get edged out of second place. Other thirds for Oswego included Tafler in the long jump, and Hondro in the discus.