Sports Season Winding Down For OHS Athletes

OSWEGO, NY – The boys’ hockey team skated to the semifinals while the bowlers finished second in their class at the sectionals and the swimmers had numerous outstanding efforts in post season action.

Meanwhile, the basketball teams finished the year with losses in sectional action.

Hockey on To Semifinals

The Oswego High School boys’ hockey team has earned a berth in the Section III Division II semifinals as the Bucs skated past Cazenovia 6-1 at Crisafulli Rink on Friday night.

Twice this season the Bucs and Lakers battled to ties and Oswego simply wanted to get out of the gate quickly.

Sean Mooney got Oswego off on the right foot as just 2:22 into the game he scored after Hunter Izyk hit him with a perfect pass while Mooney had gotten past the defense. Oswego picked up what proved to be the winner as Zach Zerrahn had his first of three goals with under a minute to go in the period as he capitalized on a power play.

In the second Oswego continued to pressure the Laker goalie and defense.  Zerrahn got Oswego to a 3-0 lead early in the third and it was followed by Dave Walpole and Jake Oleyourryk goals.

The Chase Izyk shutout hope ended with Brendan Whalen scoring on a wrist shot, but Zerrahn negated that counter late in the period as he completed his hat trick.

In the end, Izyk had 28 saves while the Laker goalie duo stopped 24 shots.

The Bucs travel to New Hartford on Wednesday for a 7:30 p.m. faceoff against the Spartans with the winner to advance to Saturday afternoon’s game against the winner of the Skaneateles-CBA game for the Section III Division II championship.

Bowlers Second in Class A

The Oswego High School boys’ varsity bowling team had captured the league title and went in search of the Section III Class A title at Strike ‘n Spare Lanes in Mattydale last Friday, but ended up shy of the title.

The Bucs finished with 6,052 to be just 26 pins behind champion Utica Proctor (6,078).

The Fulton boys’ were third at 5,987 followed by Cicero-North Syracuse, Auburn, Whitesboro, Syracuse, West Genesee, Baldwinsville and East Syracuse-Minoa.

Overall,  Class B Camden captured the crown with 6,278 to win by 200 pins over Utica Proctor and the Bucs finished in third  followed by Vernon-Verona-Sherrill and Fulton.

In overall high games Matt Clemons was eleventh with 246 while Gavin Gilbert had a 232 (25th).

The final top series saw Clemons eighth with a 664 (246-202-216), Joe Clavelli eighteenth with a 628 (224-212-192) and Kevin Goodale twenty-second with a 615 (191-212-192).

Gavin Gilbert had a two game total of 445 (232-213), Zach DelBrocco had games of 193 and 150 for a 343, James Rose a 188 and a 148 for 336.

Swimmers Finish Strong

The Oswego High School swimming sectional team continued to succeed over the weekend at the State Qualifier Meet at Hamilton College as it finished seventh among twenty-seven teams.

Oswego’s medley relay team of senior Jeremy Galvin, juniors Leo Gorton and Alex Kemper, and sophomore Dylan Harrington, got the Bucs off on the right foot by teaming up to place 6th in the event in a time of 1:47.69.  Just after the medley, senior Jimmy Dillon would excel in the 200 freestyle.  Dillon placed eleventh in a lifetime best of 1:54.02.

In the next event, the 200 I.M., Harrington would drop almost a second to touch the wall in 2:14.52, which was good enough to earn him eleventh place.  Following the I.M., Leo Gorton and Alex Kemper finished neck and neck in the 50 free again.  Kemper took twelfth in 23.07 and Gorton thirteenth in 23.16.  Gorton followed soon after with an eighth place finish in the 100 fly.  His time of 56.69 was a personal best by more than half a second.  Next Kemper took a twelfth place finish in the 100 freestyle in 51.75.

Senior Jimmy Dillon swam another outstanding 500 freestyle. Dillon dropped even more time, touching the wall in 5:12.53 and placing tenth. Sophomore Ben McCrobie and freshman Evan James also had great swims in the event. McCrobie’s dropped 11 seconds to place seventeenth and James placed twenty-third  in 5:40.27.

Next, Oswego’s 200 freestyle relay team of Gorton, Harrington, Dillon, and Kemper placed seventh in 1:34.42. Following that, Jeremy Galvin took eighteenth  in the 100 backstroke in a time of 1:02.88. Then Harrington took eleventh  in the 100 breaststroke in 1:08.30.

Finally, Oswego finished the meet well with the 400 freestyle relay team of McCrobie, Costo, Galvin, and Dillon.  Their time of 3:44.85 was enough to earn them thirteenth place in the event.  This meet was a great ending to a successful season for the Oswego Buccaneers.

The Oswego Buccaneers Sectional Team enjoyed success at the Class A Championships this week to finish sixth.

The Oswego divers kicked off the meet with a great showing that put Oswego into fourth place going into the swimming portion of the competition on Thursday.

Junior Alex Carl topped his best score by more than 25 points to take seventh place with a score of 328.75.  Another junior, Branagan Glennen, who qualified for the meet in his very last opportunity to do so about a week prior, finished his first 11-dive meet with an impressive score of 224 points, which earned him thirteenth place.

Oswego’s third diver, junior Mike Prevo, came into the meet following a career high performance against Mexico four days prior, but unfortunately he was injured and could not finish the competition.

Mike is now back on his feet and looking forward to next year’s competition.

Oswego’s medley relay team of senior Jeremy Galvin, juniors Leo Gorton and Alex Kemper, and sophomore Dylan Harrington, got the Bucs off on the right foot by teaming up to drop over a second and place fifth  in the event. Their time of 1:47.51 is almost 6 seconds faster than their time last year in the event.  Just after the medley senior Jimmy Dillon and sophomore Ben McCrobie excelled in the 200 freestyle.

Dillon would place ninth in 1:55.23, a two second improvement over last year’s time, and McCrobie would drop five seconds from his best time to earn seventeenth place with a 2:02.05.

In the next event, the 200 I.M., Harrington would shine again.  His time of 2:15.47, which was good enough to earn him 8th place, was more than a four  second drop since last year.  Following the I.M., four Buccaneer sprinters took off in the 50 free.  Senior Josh Costo’s time of 26.30 was an improvement of .30 seconds over his time last year.

Another senior, Jeremy Galvin swam a speedy 25.69.  Oswego’s two junior sprinters, Leo Gorton and Alex Kemper, were neck and neck coming into the wall touching a mere .02 seconds apart.  Gorton took ninth  in 23.22 and Kemper tenth  in 23.24.  Gorton improved upon that ninth place finish with a sixth   place finish in the 100 fly not long after.

His time of 57.34 was a personal best by more than a second.

Kemper followed suit in the 100 freestyle.  His time of 51.59 was a personal best and fast enough to earn him a ninth place finish.

Senior Jimmy Dillon swam his most successful event of the meet next, the 500 freestyle.  Dillon dropped nine seconds off of his time from last year, touching the wall at 5:13.88 and placing fifth.  Sophomore Ben McCrobie and freshman Evan James dropped a combined 17 seconds off their best times in the event.  James’ 12 second drop, a time of
5:35.04, was fast enough to earn him 11th place.

McCrobie’s five second drop, a time of 5:38.69, put him in fourteenth place.

Next, Oswego had its greatest relay success in the 200 freestyle relay.  The team of Gorton, Harrington, Dillon, and Kemper placed  fourth in a season best time of 1:33.77.  There time puts them within one second of second place, which they will be gunning for at
Saturday’s State Qualifier Meet.  In the next event, the 100 backstroke, Jeremy Galvin swam his lifetime best time (1:02.02) to place fifteenth.  The 100 breaststroke would showcase two Oswego swimmers.  First freshman Christian Davis powered to the finish to win his heat in his best time (by over 2 seconds) of 1:14.29. Then Harrington took seventh  in a respectable 1:07.94.

Finally, Oswego finished the meet well with the 400 freestyle relay team of McCrobie, Costo, Galvin, and Dillon.  There time of 3:44.76 was enough to earn them eighth place in the event.

Coach Josh Lerch said, “This was a very successful outing for the Bucs and I am very excited that eight of our nine qualifying swimmers will be coming back to compete at State Qualifiers on Saturday where the Bucs will be looking for a little bit more!”

Buc Boys’ Finish Up

It a tightly matched, fairly even game the Brothers of CBA battled host Oswego in an exciting Section III Class AA first round game.

Oswego finished the season 9-9 after coming up on the short end of a 55-49 decision.

It appeared the Bucs gained momentum as Zach Gillard drilled a three with just three seconds to go in the third quarter to give Oswego a 37-36 advantage. However, CBA inbounded the ball and Charlie Russo started his quest to lead the Brotehrs to win as he launched a half court desperation shot at the buzzer. The ball went through the hoop
and CBA took a 38-37 lead into the fourth quarter.

Russo, who finished with 25 points, connected for 13 in the fourth quarter and a total of 16 in eight minutes and three seconds to send the Brothers into the quarterfinal round.

Ryan Lavner gave the Bucs a 47-46 lead with just about three minutes to go, bur Russo hit another three for the lead which CBA never again surrendered.

Final stats showed Ryan Lavner with 11, Dustin Sands with 10, Dylan Lavner with eight, Zach Gillard seven, Trevor Martin six.

Lady Bucs Complete Season

The Oswego High School Lady Bucs basketball team has gained plenty of valuable experience this season and it should pay off in the future.

Oswego with the majority of its roster sophomores  headed into Section III post season play to face off against host Utica Proctor. The Bucs completed the season with a 9-10 record after losing 46-25.

The Bucs trailed early, but were in contention as UP led 10-4 after one quarter. By halftime Oswego remained in the game trailing by just a 15-12 count.

However, UP got the offense going in the second half and gained some breathing room in the third  to build up a 31-21 advantage.

For the Bucs Nicole McCarthy finished with eight points while Marguerite Dillon had five, McKenna Brooks and Brenna Riley four each and Rachael Purtell and Marisa Dashner with two apiece.