OSWEGO, NY – The winter sports season is now in full swing as Oswego Buccaneer athletes were in action this past weekend. Hockey and basketball provided victories while individual wrestlers did well in tournament action.
Varsity Cagers Romp
The Oswego High School boys’ varsity basketball kicked off the season in fine fashion with a convincing 77-41 win over host Watertown on Friday night.
The Bucs, paced by Ryan Patrick who had 22 points and a game high five three-pointers, dominated the home team. After one quarter the Bucs held a 25-11 advantage and by halftime it was 49-21.
Oswego kept pace offensively in the third with a 23 point effort to cement the win.
Dylan Lavner finished with 14 while Josh Gillard scored a dozen points. Also adding to the offensive total were Dustin Sands with eight, Ryan Lavner with eight, Mike Thompson with seven, and Zach Gillard with three points.
The OHS jayvee team also started the season off with a solid 67-36 victory.
Lady Bucs Runner Up
The Oswego Lady Bucs came away with a second place finish in the Linda Shoults-LaLa Ponzi Memorial Basketball Tournament this past weekend at Powers Gymnasium.
Oswego reached the finals with a nail-biting 58-54 win over the Fulton Red Raiders and withstood a late visitor rally.
Emily Barlow hit a jumper with less than 20 seconds remaining in regular to give the Bucs a two-point lead and she finished the job with 1.8 seconds left as she calmly connected on two foul shots.
Oswego appeared in control as the Bucs led 16-9 after one and 26-23 at the intermission. The Fulton second quarter comeback disappeared in the third as the Bucs stretched the advantage to 10 points at 44-34. Once again Fulton clawed back in the fourth, but Barlow made the difference in the waning seconds.
Courtney Louis and Barlow were named to the all tournament team and against Fulton had 23 and 12 points respectively. Erica Atkins scored 11, Bella Winklestine 10 and Margo Dillon two.
In the title game Corcoran proved a little taller and stronger inside while connecting from the outside, but the Bucs stayed with the opposition until midway through the third quarter. Eventually Oswego lost a 47-30 game.
Oswego got behind 12-4 in the early going and trailed 21-13 at intermission. However, in the third the deficit was trimmed to less than five at one point and it appeared the Bucs might have a run. However, by the end of the third Corcoran held a 32-23 lead and in the fourth quarter pulled away for the championship.
Taylor Giglio had 13 points while Reilly Patrick, Barlow and Louis had four each and Winklestine three.
Selected to the all tournament team were Jasmine Davis and Mary Morgan of Corcoran, Courtney Louis and Emily Barlow from Oswego as well as Ashlynn Palmitesso of Flton and Alexis Rios of FM.
In the battle for third place FM scored a 62-41 win over the Fulton Raiders.
Bucs Skate Past CBA
The home opener was a good way for the Oswego High School varsity hockey team to kick off the local portion of the schedule. The Bucs met up with CBA-Syracuse in a Division II game with Oswego coming off the ice with a 4-2 victory.
Oswego moved to 2-0 on the season with the victory on the Crisafulli ice sheet.
The Bucs raced out to a 2-0 first period lead as John Kaplewicz tallied first. Minutes later the Bucs were attempting to kill off a penalty and John Phillips pounced on the puck and moved it to Josh Sova for a 2-0 lead.
CBA rebounded in the second period to cut the deficit to one goal, but the Bucs came right back with a great passing play that was finished off by Cody Mariano. Mitch Schrader added one more before the period was over as Oswego dominated the majority of play in the middle period.
CBA got a Scott Firman goal in the waning seconds of the game to cut the margin in half, but in the end Josh Cooley had stopped 15 CBA shots for the Bucs win.
Road Trip Split for Lady Bucs
The Oswego Girls Varsity hockey team opened its 2011-2012 season by splitting its first two games on an overnight trip into the heart of the Adirondacks. The Lady Bucs lost 3-1 to host Lake Placid on Friday night but then shut out Saranac Lake 1-0 on Saturday morning.
The Lake Placid Blue Bombers got on the board first with a rebound goal in the first period, and then added two more goals in the second. All three goals were scored by junior Brooke Reid. Oswego had some chances, but was unsuccessful at getting anything by eighth-grade goalie Tanner Stanton.
The Bucs finally got on the scoreboard with about eight minutes remaining in the game as Lainey Celeste rushed the puck from end to end and tucked the puck between Stanton’s legs for an unassisted goal. Unfortunately, the Bucs couldn’t produce any more offense as the clock ran out. Sophomore Madisyn Whalen recorded 26 saves for the Bucs.
On Saturday morning, The Bucs faced off versus the Red Storm of Saranac Lake, determined to come home with a win. After two scoreless periods, freshman forward Whitney Daino was able to tuck in a shot amid a goalmouth scramble with 8:37 remaining to give the Bucs the only goal they would need. Earning assists on the play were junior Ashley Pitters and seventh-grader Alison Rodgers. The Bucs fought off a spirited Saranac Lake attack, and skated off with the hard-fought victory behind Whalen, who again registered 26 saves. The Red Storm’s Sierra Nye finished with 13 saves.
The Lady Bucs open their home schedule on Tuesday night versus Alexandria Bay. Game time is set for 6 p.m. at the Crisafulli Rink at Fort Ontario. Admission is free.
Wrestling Team In Action
The Bucs headed for the Cicero-North Syracuse Tournament on Saturday and came home with a third place finisher as well as a fifth and eighth place finish for individual grapplers.
Mike Ruggio finished in third place for the Bucs at 170 as he started with Tyler Hudson of Whiteseboro and earned a pin in just 90 seconds. He then blanked Thomas Lumbard of Canton 9-0 for a major decision before losing to Shayne Brady of Carthage 10-4. He wrestled back to defeat Phil Hardy of Chenango Forks with a 13-0 romp and finished out the day with a 5-2 third place finishing win over Bill Koelmel of HIS in Watertown.
Jacob Rodriguez, at 220, finished a respectable fifth place as he started with a pin in 1:40 of Corey Brown of Canton. He then lost to Jarrett Muniente of Holland Patent 7-3, but bounced right back with a 6-1 win over Antonia Diaz of South Jefferson. Will Batey of Carthage then defeated the Bucs 9-5 before Rodriguez closed out the day with a 3:46 pin of Zodian Comstock of Whitesboro.
Eric Doviak, at 285, placed eighth for the Bucs. He started out being pinned in 5:19 against Keith Hall of Chenango Forks and followed up with a pin of Jesse Vaccaro from Canandaigua in 2:15. The third match of the day saw him pin Jacob Trout of Rush-Henrietta in 4:44 before losing to Jake Florack of Baldwinsville in 44 seconds.
Austin Coleman was at 106 for Oswego and lost the first match to Kevin Palmeri of Rush-Henrietta via a pin in 1:01 and then fell to Drew Dyer of CNS in 54 seconds.
At 126, Jordan Perchway lost to Chad McArdell of B’ville to start things off as he was pinned in 4:39 and then he fell to Cody Jones of South Jefferson in 1:48
Miguel Vazquez, at 152, lost both of his matches as he fell to Nick Gervera of HIS in a tough 4-3 verdict and then lost via a fall to Brandon Anderson of West Genesee in 1:54.
Oswego had two previous matches to kick off the season as the Bucs lost to Syracuse Institute of Technology 52-24.
Oswego won the first three lower weights by forfeit as victories were scored by Austin Coleman, Dashaun Grimes and Jordan Perchway.
At 132, Nigel Shellman of SIT scored a 17-6 major decision of Jordan Atwood and at the 138 level Oswego’s Matt DiFabio lost in 3:45 to Ndabaruta Seruhung. The Bucs then forfeited at 145 to Ryan Cook.
At 152 Miguel Vazquez was pinned by Tial Thang in 48 seconds and at 160 the Bucs forfeited to Bernard McMillian. SIT also picked up a forfeit at 170, but at 182 Mike Ruggio gained a pin of Kadire Flowers in 3:14 for the lone on mat win for the Bucs.
Oswego forfeited at 195 to Dalton Nymah and Jacob Rogriguez lost 7-4 to Maurice Russell at 220. Buc Eric Doviak lost at 285 to Nelson Villaneuva 8-5.
In the season opener the Bucs lost to West Genesee 57-15.
On mat wins for the Bucs included Coleman, at 106, with a 56 pin of Chris Chigaridas; 170 pounder Ruggio with an 8-2 win over Evan Stefano and Doviak, at 285, with a 49 second pin of Mike Wojtalewski.
At 120 Grimes lost in 1:43 while at 126 Perchway fell 7-2. DiFabio, at 132, lost via a pin in 5:42 while Vazquez was pinned at 152 in 3:18.
Jayvee Basketball Splits
The Oswego jayvee girls’ basketball team defeated Fulton 51-19 and lost to title game to Fayetteville-Manlikus 37-26.
On Friday night the Bucs played Fulton. With a lot of pressure and fast breaks Oswego came out strong taking a 15 point leading going into the half. Oswego’s tenacious defense created its offense.
Oswego received leadership from freshman Rachael Purtell with 14 points and Nicole McCarthy with 9 and Katie Knopp with 6. All players from Oswego played valuable minutes to make it truly a team win.
On Saturday night the Bucs battled against F-M. Both teams came out ready to play with intensity.
FM came out in the first quarter up 6-0 in the first three minutes, but the Bucs did not give up. Olivia Dowdle hit a three-point basket and made two lay-ups to get the team back in it. Oswego ended the first quarter up 12-10.
However, FM came out strong and took the lead again in the second quarter by going on a 19-0 run. Oswego went into half time down 39-12. Once again though, Oswego did not give up. They came out pressing and playing man to man defense to get back in the game. They cut the lead down to eight points in the fourth quarter.
But, with some missed shots from the freethrow line Oswego was unable to pull out the win.
Leading scorer for the game was eighth grader Olivia Dowdle with 7.
Dowdle and Rachael Purtell (four points) paced Oswego and were named to the all tournament team along with MVP Kennedy Phelan of FM, Hornet D’jhai Patterson-Ricks, Brandi Fowler of Corcoran and Michaela Whiteman of Fulton.
Mod Blue Volleyball Loses First
Oswego modified blue girls met Liverpool in volleyball action and lost its first match of the year.
The Bucs lost 25-6, 25-17, 25-18, 25-23 and then won 25-14 in the final.
Coach Ted Beers said, “We learned a valuable lesson in communication on the floor tonight. We started out very slow, which is not something we have done yet this season. Again our serving was the key to our points tonight as it has been for the season, but tonight we did not communicate on the floor and as a result it costs us a great deal of points. The first two sets were very slow for us, and by the third set we picked up the pace. The fourth and fifth sets were more us though. We need to take the loss and learn from it. We faced a pretty good Liverpool group who gave us a good game. If you look past the first set the last four sets were very competitive on both sides of the net tonight.”
For the Bucs Mari Atkinson had five aces; Miranda Clary three aces, Clary Culeton an ace; Morgan Demong three aces; Meg Maniccia a dig; Natasha Mezza three aces; Emily Purce and ace; Elaina Rando an ace; Clair Ratzlaff a kill; Mackenzie Rice and ace; Kennedy Thompson an ace and Claire Richardson an ace and three point blocks.
Seventh Grader Cagers Win
Oswego seventh graders scored a 53-23 basketball victory over Mexico as the team improved to 3-2.
Alex Davies and Nick Sullivan led a balanced Oswego scoring attack with eighth points each. Kolin Rock and Dalton Babcock tallied six, while Zach Eastman and Aaron LaTulip scored four. Entering the scoring column were Alex McRae, Nathan Schultzkie, Carson Smith, Brandon Cheeley, Ben Muckey, Matt See, Derek Cahill and Tanner Wegzyn.