They will hear cheers again on April 14, 2018 at the hall of fame’s induction ceremony at Oswego Country Club. Hors d’oeuvres will be served at 6 p.m., with the ceremony set to start at 7 p.m.
The Class of 2018 includes football standouts Doug Leavens (1979 graduate) and John Edwards (1979); Ashley Wallace (2003), who surpassed 1,000 career points in her basketball career; swimming star Nancy Nitardy (1976); and the 1990-91 and 1991-92 boys hockey teams.
The Buccaneer Boosters sponsor the hall of fame and the induction ceremony.
All nominations are held by the hall of fame committee for future consideration.
Nomination forms are available at www.Oswego.org. Completed forms may be dropped off at the athletic director’s office at OHS or mailed to Rhonda Bullard, Director of Athletics, Oswego City School District, 2 Buccaneer Blvd., Oswego, NY 13126.
Nominees must have attended the Oswego City School District and participated in Oswego athletics for a minimum of two years, or must have coached in the district for a minimum of 10 years, or must have made significant contributions through interscholastic athletics, or must have attended school in the district and made significant contributions in the world of sports.
Also considered are Oswego varsity teams that had major accomplishments.
For athletes, a 10-year waiting period is required for induction from the time leaving OHS.
Those interested in attending the hall of fame induction ceremony April 14 need to make reservations by contacting Bullard by phone at 315-341-2019 or by email at [email protected]
Here are profiles of the inductees for the Class of 2018:
A member of the Buccaneer basketball and baseball teams, Leavens achieved his greatest success as quarterback of the football team.
When he was a sophomore, Leavens was called up from the JV football team and engineered an upset 20-13 win over rival Fulton.
As a junior, he passed for 914 yards, ranking second in the league and earning all-league honorable mention.
In his senior season, Leavens had a memorable game in leading Oswego to a comeback 28-20 triumph over Jamesville-DeWitt, the first time the Bucs ever beat J-D. Trailing 20-15 in the fourth quarter, Leavens threw touchdown passes to John Edwards and Brad Bauer to give the Bucs the win. He finished that game 14-for-23 for 229 yards and three TDs to earn Post-Standard Player of the Week recognition.
He earned all-league first-team honors as a senior as he led the Bucs to a 7-2 record, placing second to Liverpool. He passed for 1,447 yards, completing 49.1 percent of his passes. He had 17 touchdown passes, including a school-record five in a 38-14 triumph over Fulton. The 6-foot-2 quarterback led Oswego to an 18-13 win over league champ Liverpool.
For his career, Leavens passed for 2,643 yards and 25 touchdowns. He was also the league’s top punter.
The 1978 season was Oswego’s first winning campaign since 1958.
He was named to the All-Upstate first team, and the all-state fourth team.
Leavens was also part of the Oswego baseball team that won the OHSL North championship in 1979. He was named Oswego’s Outstanding Senior Athlete in 1979.
Edwards was on the receiving end of many of the passes thrown by Leavens. In his senior season, the speedy wide receiver was named to the all-league first team.
Edwards led the league with 597 receiving yards on 26 catches, an average of 22.9 yards per catch.
He caught three passes covering 116 yards in a season-closing victory over Cortland. The Bucs finished 7-2, their first winning season since 1958.
He was an honorable mention selection to All-Upstate Team.
Edwards was just as impressive on the baseball diamond, tracking down everything in center field and igniting the Buccaneer offense. During his senior year, Edwards laced three hits in a win over West Genesee, had two hits including his second home run of the season in a 9-2 triumph over Fayetteville-Manlius, and belted three hits in a 10-2 win over rival Fulton. He was named to the all-league first team, and helped Oswego win the OHSL North title.
Wallace was the first girl in OHS basketball history to reach 1,000 career points. She finished with a career total of 1,076.
A dominating scorer, rebounder, and defender, she led the Bucs to a league championship. In her senior year, she earned first-team All-CNY honors and was a fifth-team all-state selection.
Wallace also excelled on the track and field team in the shot put and discus events. In her senior year, she set the school record in the shot put (39’ 3”) to win the Cicero-North Syracuse Invitational. She placed second at the state qualifier meet in the shot put and went on to the state meet, where she placed ninth in the event. An all-league first-team selection, Wallace was named the track and field team’s Outstanding Field Performer.
She continued her studies and her basketball career at NCAA Division II Pace University. As a senior, she was second in the Northeast-10 and 10th in the nation in field-goal percentage (56.5 percent). She was a second-team all-conference selection and a first-team choice to the All-Academic Team. Averaging 14 points and six rebounds a game as a senior, Wallace led the Setters to a 24-9 record and a spot in the NCAA Tournament.
She graduated from Pace in 2007 with a degree in education. She closed out her college career with 1,188 points and more than 500 rebounds.
Wallace went on to play professional basketball in the Baltic League for a team in Estonia. She was named Import Player of the Year and an all-league honorable mention selection for the 2011-12 season by Eurobasket.com.
Nitardy excelled in the pool ... for the OHS boys swim team.
Since varsity girls swimming and varsity girls’ soccer were both offered in the fall, Nitardy decided to play soccer in the fall and swim for the varsity boys’ team in the winter season. This allowed her to continue to play soccer and afforded her a higher level of competition in the pool.
Nitardy set records individually and as part of relay teams, qualified for the sectionals, and helped the boys’ team compete at a higher level.
She was also a member of the Bucs’ 1975 girls’ soccer team that won the Section III title and was inducted into the OHS Hall of Fame in 2017.
Nitardy was a national YMCA swimming champion in three events in 1973. In 1975, she was ranked in the top 30 in the world in the 200-meter backstroke. She was an Olympic trials qualifier in 1976 and 1980.
She went on to become a Big 10 record-holder at Indiana University (1977), and was an 18-time All-American at the University of South Carolina.
She went on to serve as a head swimming coach at Dartmouth College and Indiana University.
1990-91 and 1991-92 boys’ hockey teams
Oswego’s tradition of hockey excellence enjoyed peak seasons in the 1990-91 and 1991-92 campaigns.
In the 1990-91 season, the Bucs won the league crown with a 9-2-1 mark and posted a 19-5-1 overall record. They went on to finish as the state runner-up, falling to Albany Academy in the title game.
Oswego went 10-2-0 in league play in 1991-92, again claiming the league title and adding the Section III championship for the first time ever. The Bucs finished the season with an overall record of 19-4-0.
These teams were part of a great stretch that saw Oswego win several league and Section III titles.
OHS Athletic Hall of Fame
Class of 2008 (inaugural class): David Garrow, Brian Akley, Erik Cole, Robert Sheldon, Elmer Akley, Helen Jermyn, Sally (Dowd) McCrobie, Pete Sears, Dave Powers, 1932 boys basketball team.
Class of 2009: Helen Kessler, Jim Jermyn, Wendy Seaton, Robert L. Farrell, Joseph Wilber, William Symons, 1983 softball team.
Class of 2010: Charles Hutcheson, David Maniccia, Theodore Kerley, 1991 boys bowling team.
Class of 2011: Denise Sawyer, Kim Schneider, Dr. Wallace Brown, Bobbi Jo Louis, Dr. Dan Gould, 1941 football team.
Class of 2012: Francis Carl, Sherry (Brown) McCann, Howard McCann, Debbie (Miller) Lyons, Erwin “Jeep” Dewey, 1995-96 and 1996-97 boys’ hockey teams.
Class of 2013: Howard J. Mulcahey, Debbie Mann, Maggie Lester, Alice Reardon, 1991 boys’ tennis team.
Class of 2015: William Drumm, Katie Frawley, Donna (Clark) Gayne, Stephen Jermyn, Anthony Richmond.
Class of 2016: Mike Skinner, Michele Kunzwiler, Barb (Verdoliva) Carroll, Robert E. Farrell, Emily (Kaier) Cromwell.
Class of 2017: Mike Boyzuick, John Glinski, Dave Perlman, Abby (Delia) Molinari, Josh Molinari, 1975 girls’ soccer team.
Class of 2018: Doug Leavens, John Edwards, Ashley Wallace, Nancy Nitardy, 1990-91 and 1991-92 boys’ hockey teams.