Winter Action Heats Up For OHS Sports Teams

OSWEGO, NY – Indoor track, wrestling, bowling, basketball and hockey athletes were all in action recently for the Oswego High School athletic program.

Keefe Continues to be Fast

Paced by the double winning performance of senior Cory Keefe and many personal best efforts, the Oswego indoor track team, turned in its finest performance of the season, at the recent Bob Grieve Memorial Invitational.

The meet was held in honor and memory of Bob Grieve, a longtime Syracuse University track coach, a pioneer in the indoor track movement.

Keefe, currently the top ranked hurdler in the section and the defending state champion in this event, outdistanced the field in the 55 meter hurdles, with a season best time of 7.78, over the fast SRC Arena surface.

He also ran a best of 6.66 in the 55 meter dash, to place first in this event. Keefe ranks second among the section’s elite in the 55 meter dash.

The Lady Bucs talented distance medley relay of Chloe Patterson, Grace Gilbert, Tara Stacy, and Mallory Gordon, clocked a season best time of 15:45.7, behind three personal best efforts, to finish fifth in their race.

Oswego’s sprint medley relay of Matt Bivens, James Darling, Sean Benjamin, and Benedikt Kraemer, all ran individual bests, to finish with a strong time of 4:41.5.

The Lady Bucs also excelled in the sprint medley relay, behind the strong personal best performances of Vanessa Wiltsie, Marsaili Knapp, Grace Gilbert, and Maria Monte. Senior Ben Harrington ran a fine time of 40.04 in the 300 meter dash, to place first in his section. Chloe Patterson ran to a third place finish in her 600 meter race. Mallory Gordon lowered her previous best in the 1000 meter run by five seconds (3:54.6), to place fifth in her race.

Eighth grader Nate Greene dropped his previous best by over eight seconds in the 800 meter run for Oswego. Other bests for the rapidly improving Bucs were turned in by James Darling in the shot put, an improvement of over three feet, Alex Flack in the 1200 meter run, and Sean Clary in the shot put.

“This team has really come a long way since the beginning of the season,” said veteran coach Jim McCaul. “Their hard work and dedication has led to much success and improvement. I am looking forward to continued success as we approach the championship season.”

Oswego will return to action on Wednesday, with the boys returning to Onondaga Community College for the Fred Kirschenheiter Memorial Invitational, starting at 4:30 p.m.


Oswego moved to 24-6 on the season as the boys’ bowling team was in action twice this week.

Against Auburn the Bucs won the first game 1,119-1,001, lost the second 990-962 and won the third 1,010-983 as Oswego finished with a 3,091 team total.

Coach Bob Hoefer said, “They worked well as a team to pull ahead against a tough opponent.”

Matt Clemons led the boys with a 729 including an impressive third game of 288 after rolling a 246 and 195.  Joe Clavelli had a 676 (236-217-223), Zach Delbrocco 627 (256-191-180), Kevin Goodale 593 (199-204-190) and Jim Rose 466 (182-155-129).

Meanwhile, even though the girls did not earn a point they still had a strong 732 game.  The Lady Bucs lost 957-683, 960-630 and 908-732.

Tor Gardner had a 463 with games of 174-149-140 while Kaitlyn Grant had a 450 (135-154-161) and Meghan Flack 398 (135-108-155) as they were the lone bowlers to roll three scoring games.  Allie Hare bowled two games for a 216 (101-115) as did Caitlyn McRae 242 (135-108-155), Aubrey Sanderson had a 138 as did Alaina Gaultz in scoring.

Against Central Square the Buc boys took two points while the girls were very competitive despite failing to gain a point.

The Buc varsity lost the first game 1,036-952, but came back for wins of 1,058-1,048 and 1,043-983. Meanwhile, the Lady Bucs lost 690-659, 678-644 and 702-686.

Matt Clemons had a 695 to pace the Bucs with games of 225-245-225.  Clavelli had a 625 (235-202-188), and was followed by Delbrocco 579 (181-198-200) and Goodale 579 (153-231-195) and Rose 575 (158-182-235).

Coach Hoefer noted, “For the Lady Bucs we were missing one of our starters, but they put up a tough fight losing by less than 35 points in each game.”

Grant had a 459 (178-139-142 and was followed by Gardner 448 (173-140-135), Flack 407 (123-144-140) and Hare 404 (99-130-175). Gaultz had a 185 (91-94) and Sanderson a lone scoring game of 86.

Lady Buc Cage Victory

Oswego Lady Bucs picked up win number six on the year with a 48-46 win over the hosting Central Square Red Hawks.

McKenna Brooks connected on 10 free throws and added six field goals for a game high 22 points for the Lady Bucs.

The teams got locked down in a tight first quarter with Square holding a narrow 16-15 advantage after one quarter. In the second Oswego’s defense tightened a bit and the Bucs went into the half with a 22-20 advantage.

In the third Oswego outscored the home team 17-11 and in the final quarter the tables were reversed with Square hold a 15-9 edge.

Behind McKenna were Rachael Purtell with nine, Brenna Riley seven, Marguerite Dillon with four while Marisa Dashner, Nichole McCarthy and Erica Atkins each had two points for the 6-7 Bucs.

Hockey Ties

Oswego was surprised in boys’ hockey action on Wednesday night as the Bucs faced off against Cazenovia in Morrisville.

The Bucs went in at 10-2, but came away with their first tie of the season in a 2-2 battle.

Oswego got on the board first in the opening period, but Cazenovia came back with the equalizer in the second. In the third each team scored once.

Goalie Chase Izyk kept the Bucs in the game as he finished with 34 saves.

The Cazenovia goalie Mario Benedetti stopped 17 Oswego shots.

Offensively, Danny Ryan and Hunter Izyk scored for Oswego while Justin Clark and Dave Walpole assisted.

CNS Outscores Oswego Wrestlers

Forfeits gave Cicero-North Syracuse an 18-0 lead before 120 pounder Austin Coleman gained six points for the Bucs with a forfeit win.  Buc, 126 pounder Destin Clark then picked up six points via a forfeit and the Bucs trailed 18-12.

The first actual match, at 132, saw CNS wrestler Joe Copani pinned Jordan Perchway in 5:21. And then 12 more forfeit points went to the NorthStars.

When action return at 152 it was Nate Lanstaff of CNS gaining a six point win via a pin of Jordan Attwood in 1:38.  At 160 and 172 there were more forfeit points for CNS

At 182 Jake Claflin pinned Zachary Caruso in 38 seconds and at 195 it was back to back pins for CNS as David Griglock pinned Nicholas Barnum in 3:57.

Buc Jacob Rodriguez scored a major decision at 220 as he rolled up a 16-2 advantage. Finally closing out the action 285 pounder Eric Doviak lost 7-6 to Andres Anoceto.

Jayvee Girls Win Again

It was another strong start for the Oswego jayvee Lady Bucs basketball team enroute to a 48-22 win over Central Square.

Coach Jessica Burridge said, “This was the best win so far this season. Everyone is playing together and they are playing unselfish basketball. It is nice to watch them, take over the game the way they do. When they all work together they can be unstoppable.”

Oswego’s tenacious defense in full court press was too much for Central Square to handle.

Siara Wilson led the Bucs with scoring totaling 12 points. Kelly Skinner added nine. Olivia Dowdle, Claire Richardson and Brianna Stenz all had six points.

The Bucs continue to play team basketball which is making them hard to stop.

Their next five games will be tough matchups and they hope to continue their success, but they hope to improve upon their 12-1 record.

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