OSWEGO, NY – Volleyball teams are on a tear as varsity and jayvee squads have been successful.
In recent action, the Oswego High School girls’ varsity squad battled with West Genesee en route to wins of 25-17, 25-19 and 25-15.
Coach Ron Ahart has been enthusiastic over the balanced team play displayed by the Bucs against the Wildcats.
Pacing the Bucs was the outstanding play of Alexa Healy as she chalked up 36 assists and a kill.
Upperclassmen Cydney Ward, Kelsey Ross and Becca Martin made strong contributions. Ward had 14 kills, an ace and three blocks while Ross added eight kills and an ace. Martin also had a good outing with two kills and two assists.
Emily Barlow finished with an assist while Courtney Lavere had two aces and three kills. Erica Atkins had nine kills while Bella Winklestine added six kills. Cat Clancy carded an ace for the 6-1 Lady Bucs.
Building on their win over West Genesee on Tuesday, the Lady Bucs Volleyball team continued its winning ways with a 25-11, 25-10, and 25-14 win over Utica Proctor.
Oswego is now 7-1 on the season.
Oswego started strongly in all areas of their game especially hitting and serving and kept Utica Proctor off balance all night. With the team also playing strong defense blocking and passing, Utica could never generate a solid attack.
Oswego was lead in hitting by Kelsey Ross (14 kills), Cydney Ward (9 kills, 3 point blocks), Bella Winklestine (5 kills, 2 point blocks) and Courtney Lavere (5 kills, 1 ace). Also getting kills were Erica Atkins, Carlie Morley, Becca Martin, Cortnie Purce, and Alexa Healy.
Setting up the Lady Bucs with a balanced attack to all areas of the court was Alexa Healy with 38 assists. Serving the ball very well were Emily Barlow (5 aces), Cat Clancy and Sarah Stoebner. Mary Montagnola, the defensive specialist, had 8 digs and numerous other passes to lead the Oswego defense.
“We’ve had a good week with the semi-finals at Johnson City and both wins this week. The girls will get the weekend off as they take the SATs but we return to league play on Tuesday with a very tough match at NYS State Champion Baldwinsville,” Coach Ahart said.
Boys Remain Unbeaten
It is a 6-0 start for the boys’ varsity volleyball team after the latest win over Cicero-North Syracuse.
The Bucs won back to back 25-16 games before losing the third 25-23. However, OHS came right back for its third 25-16 win.
Kevin Carpentier had 27 assists, two kills, two blocks and six digs while Dylan Lavner added 11 digs, nine kills and a block. Ryan Patrick had seven kills, six aces and five digs. Mike Thompson had 11 kills, four blocks, three digs and an ace. Tom Dillon had a dig, Josh Ewig had two blocks and two digs.
Jeremy Galvin finished with three digs and an assist. Dan O’Brian carded a block. Connor Riley had two kills and a block.
Buc Soccer Edged by Knights
For the third straight game the Oswego varsity boys’ soccer team came up one goal shy as they dropped a 3-2 decision to visiting Henninger on Thursday evening.
The Bucs opened the scoring when Mike Hart finished off a pass from Aaron Marsallo just over six minutes into the contest. Just over three minutes later Maximillan Kricks brought the visitors even as he unleashed a shot that beat Buc keeper Matt Skinner (12 saves) to the top right hand corner of his goal.
Coach Don Fronk said, “There was nothing Matt could do about that shot. We gave Kricks too much space in the middle of the field and he made us pay for it.”
The game remained tied until Henninger scored again with 8:18 remaining in the opening half. The Black Knights used short, quick passes to get by the Buc defense and found themselves one-on-one with Skinner. The keeper raced off his line but could not come up with save.
The half ended with Henninger up 2-1.
Fronk noted, “We have been talking about starting games with some energy and intensity, we did that tonight. We got on the board early and then just made two defensive errors and it cost us.”
The second half did not start well for the Bucs as just 2:49 into the half Nico Saralegui beat a Buc defender to a ball off a corner kick and headed it home to the give the visitors a 3-1 lead. At that point play seemed to be back and forth for much of the second half, until Wes Smith found Hart with a nice slotted ball to spring him free on Henninger keeper Ricky Kline (2 saves). Hart deftly chipped the ball over the racing Kline into the back of the net to bring the Bucs within one with 10:34 left to play.
Oswego pressed for the equalizer but was unable to find the back of the net and dropped its third straight one-goal game.
Fronk said, “While I am not happy with the final result of this game, I cannot be upset with the way we played today. The boys put together a solid 80 minutes. It is something we have been talking about all season. I have been telling them that if they put a full game together that the results would come. Tonight we saw a much improved Henninger team. We had our chances to pull this one out. Tonight things just didn’t go our way. I am happy with how we played and that is a positive we need to take with us into our next game.”
The Bucs return to action next Wednesday when they host Baldwinsville at 7 p.m. on Turrill Street Field.
Cross Country Faces Rome
The Oswego cross-country teams lost to Rome Free Academy.
The Bucs fell 15-48 while the Lady Bucs lost 19-35.
For Oswego the top finisher was Mackenzie Robinson who finished second overall. Meanwhile several OHS girls had their best times and finished seventh, eighth, ninth, tenth and eleventh.
Jayvee Volleyball Team 6-0
The boys’ jayvee volleyball team improved to 6-0 with a home victory over CNS.
The Bucs dominated play right from the start. Pat Dillon had his finest performance of the season recording several strong kills. Zach Gillard continued his middle dominance. Excellent efforts were turned in by Drazen Schrecengost, Josh Carney, Mike Edwards, Trevor Bradshaw, Logan Krass, Emmett O’Brien, and Ryan Martin.
Girls Modified Swimmers
The Oswego girls’ modified swim team fought hard to contain the “sting” of the Baldwinsville Bees on Tuesday.
Although the girls lost the meet 49-85, their times are continuing to get faster.
Strong performances were turned in by Alexa Hardesty in the 200 freestyle, Morgan Engle in the 100 IM, Libby Rookey posted a personal best in the 50 Fly, Kayla Becksted in the 100 Free and 50 Breast stroke and Clare Donovan in the 50 Back stroke.
The final relay event of the night was won by Morgan Engle, Madison Bell, Courtney Warren and Ayla Busch.