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Second half lifts Gowanda to win

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GOWANDA — The No. 8 Gowanda Panthers used a strong second half to take down No. 9 JFK, 61-52, Wednesday in the first round of the Section VI Class B-2 boys high school basketball playoffs. The Panthers held a slim 27-26 lead at halftime, but outscored the visitors, 34-26, in the second half ...

Blue Devils hockey season ends with loss to Buffalo State

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BUFFALO — Fredonia's return to the SUNYAC men's hockey tournament ended with a 2-1 loss Wednesday at Buffalo State. Bengal freshman defenseman Colin O'Connor ripped a slapshot for the game-winner early in the third period and senior goaltender Mike DeLaVergne made 18 saves to send the Blue ...

OBSERVER Photo by Gene Pauszek
Pictured are members of the Con Club Chicken BBQ crew. They are, from left, Gene Wlodarek, Milt Quandt, Sue Buck, Ron Szwejbka, Bob Gloff, Jim Jaffray and David Swift.

Ice fishing days are numbered

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Ice cover on local inland lakes and ponds could disappear by this weekend if the warmer temperatures prevail. As of Wednesday, Chautauqua Lake was still coated with a thin crust of ice and slush. A few channels at the southern end were starting to open up, but no crappie were encountered ...

Local wrestlers ready for state finals

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Beginning Friday at the Times Union Center in Albany, the top wrestlers from all across the Empire State will battle it out at the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Division I and II Championships. Falconer headlines the list of local teams and student-athletes making the ...

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Westfield’s Nathan Culbreth sets up the offense during Wednesday’s Section VI Class C-2 boys high school basketball playoff game against Buffalo Science.

Westfield able to hold off Buffalo Science

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WESTFIELD — The No. 8 Westfield Wolverines were able to overcome poor free-throw shooting down the stretch to hold off No. 9 Buffalo Science, 62-59, Wednesday in the opening round of the Section VI Class C-2 boys high school basketball playoffs. With 11 seconds left, Westfield’s Julio ...

Free throws help No. 10 Billies upset No. 7 I-Prep

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BUFFALO — Playing their second game in as many days, the No. 10 Fredonia Hillbillies showed no signs of fatigue in taking down No. 7 I-Prep, 61-49, Wednesday in the prequarterfinal round of the Section VI Class B-1 boys high school basketball playoffs. Fredonia, which had been just a 59 ...

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Dunkirk’s Devaun Farnham-DeJesus runs the offense during Wednesday’s Section VI Class B-1 boys high school basketball playoff game against Albion.

On to the next round

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By GIB SNYDER III OBSERVER Sports Reporter “The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde,” a story published by Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson in 1886 is a fitting analogy for the 2016-17 Dunkirk boys basketball team. When the Marauders (12-9) are good, they are hard to beat, ...

For the Record

For the record

Today’s Local Sports Schedule Thursday, Feb. 23 Girls High School Basketball playoffs Class B-1 No. 6 Fredonia at No. 3 Tonawanda Class C-1 No. 8 Cassadaga Valley at No. 1 Al. Limestone No. 7 Falconer at No. 2 Chautauqua Lake Class C-2 No. 8 Westfield at No. 1 ...

Devils’ season ends at Cortland

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CORTLAND — The Fredonia women’s basketball was within one point of Cortland in the final 30 seconds of the game, but could not break through, falling 55-51 to Cortland in its SUNYAC quarterfinal contest Tuesday. The first quarter was low scoring for both teams, with the teams tied 6-6 ...

Hannah Gullo makes a pass during Tuesday's action.

Fredonia girls takes care of business with 71-30 win

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The No. 6 Fredonia Lady Hillbillies (15-6) made quick work of the No. 11 City Honors Lady Centaurs (4-10) Tuesday night capping off a rare boys-girls playoff double-header with a convincing 71-30 win in Section VI Class B-1 girls basketball prequarterfinal action. “I was hoping that our ...

Hot start leads boys past Tonawanda

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The No. 10 Fredonia Hillbillies (7-14) opened the game on an 11-0 run Tuesday afternoon and never looked back as they got past No. 15 Tonawanda (4-17), 57-39, in Section VI Class B-1 first-round boys basketball action. “It was very good, because it got a little nerve-racking down there at ...

Falkner helps Lady Cougars advance in C-1 playoffs

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FALCONER — Mikayla Falkner scored 14 points as the No. 8 Cassadaga Valley Lady Cougars topped the No. 9 Salamanca Lady Warriors, 33-20, Tuesday in Section VI Class C-1 pre-quarterfinal girls high school basketball action. It was a slow start for both teams as Salamanca held a 6-5 lead after ...

Chautauqua Hall inductees highlight support, memories

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LAKEWOOD — Long before Charlie LaDuca was coaching baseball, he grew up spending many afternoons with his father at the old Offerman Stadium in Buffalo. It was there that they rooted on the Bisons and it was also there that the son’s love for the game was born. “(My dad’s) older ...

For The Record

For the record

Today’s High School Sports Schedule Wednesday, Feb. 22 Boys High School Basketball Playoffs Class B-1 No. 10 Fredonia at No. 7 I-Prep No. 13 City Honors/No. 12 Albion at No. 5 Dunkirk, 7 p.m. Class B-2 No. 9 JFK at No. 8 Gowanda Class C-2 No. 9 Buffalo Academy ...

CSHOF honors county’s outstanding athletes at banquet

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JAMESTOWN — The Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame honored 41 of Chautauqua County’s top teams and athletes for achieving New York State championships, First Team All-State status, National championships or All-American status in their respective sports during the past year at its 36th annual ...

OBSERVER Photo by Ron Szot Dunkirk-Fredonia’s Dawson Rafan lets go the shot that resulted in the eventual game-winning goal against Olean, during their WNYHSCHL playoff game at the Steele Hall Ice Arena, on Sunday.

Super Sunday bound!

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For the first time since 2009, the Dunkirk-Fredonia Steelers are heading to the Key Bank Center to compete in Super Sunday. The Olean Eagles sure did not make it easy, but Dawson Rafan’s game-winning goal with 2:13 left in the third period and Mike Meredith’s empty-net goal in the ...