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‘Mongy’ Memorial wiffleball tourney provided fun for all

On Saturday, June 16, the 9th annual “Mongy” Memorial Wiffleball Tournament was played in Dunkirk. For the past nine years, this tournament has been a heavily anticipated event every year when it comes around. Alphonse “Mongy” and Irene Tarnowski shared a field with their neighbor ...

11 Day Power Play to be held at HarborCenter July 5

Special to the OBSERVER The 11 Day Power Play, the wildly successful marathon hockey game founded by State University of New York at Fredonia alumnus Mike Lesakowski and his wife, Amy, that raised over a million dollars for Roswell Park Cancer Institute a year ago, will return to Buffalo’s ...

Golfer’s Diary: Spreading the bug

Golf is addicting. That sentence probably isn’t breaking news to anyone who is reading this. Whether it’s the competition, exercise, companionship or even endless frustration, there’s something about the golf ‘bug’ that gets to us. Every year, I include something along the lines ...

A season for the ages

Chautauqua Lake put together a magical season in 2018, resulting in the program’s first softball state championship in school history. Before the season began, Coach Sue Teets said that her young, but experienced team was a contender for the division title. Not only was that in reach, but so ...

Fishing Derby held at Cassadaga Lake

Rain couldn’t dampen the enthusiasm of the young contestants entered in the 25th Lew Meade Memorial Kids fishing derby held on Cassadaga Lake, and sponsored by the Cassadaga Lakes Association. Over 5o anglers aged 16 years and younger participated in this years event. Just like any fishing ...

Mourers represent

Two members of Norman Yonkers’ Karate Connection MMA & Team Hayastan in Fredonia competed on May 26 at the Buffalo Classic Grappling Tournament at the Riverworks at Canal Side in Buffalo. Riley Mourer won 1st in the 9 and 10 year old middleweight gi division. Shane Mourer placed 3rd in ...

Annual Dragon Boat race now full

Special to the OBSERVER LAKEWOOD — The Chautauqua Lake Dragon Boat Race scheduled for August 11 is officially full with 32 teams slated to compete for this year’s championship. The event has been running since 2016 and has grown in popularity each year. The dragon race committee would ...

Forestville athletes honored

Submitted Photo The Forestville Sports Boosters hosted the 12th Annual Sports Awards event in June to honor all student-athletes and their accomplishments throughout the 2017-18 school year. Many outstanding team and individual performances highlighted the year ending ceremony. Pictured from ...

ROM Property Mgmt. has best Wright record

Submitted Photo Pictured is the Fredonia Wright League’s ROM Property Management, with the best team record for the 2018 Little League baseball season at 9 wins and 3 losses. Pictured, in front from left, are Brady Helmer, Ashton Putney, Charlie Domenico, Riley Mourer, and Graham Putney. In ...

Bemus Point golf facility renovated

BEMUS POINT — The Bemus Point Golf Club & Tap House recently had a ribbon cutting to celebrate its grand opening under new ownership. The Bemus Point Golf Club & Tap House, located at 72 Main St., is situated on 67 acres in the heart of Bemus Point. New owners Bryce and Rachel ...

Reinhoudt to be honored at county Legislature meeting

MAYVILLE — Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello invites the public to join him in recognizing the achievements of Donald Reinhoudt. Borrello will be presenting Reinhoudt with a letter of commendation at the Chautauqua County Legislature meeting, which will be held on June 27, 2018 at ...

Four Panthers on CCAA East 1 All-Star teams

Two Gowanda Panthers made the First Team of the CCAA Division 1 East high school baseball All-Star squad, while two more are on the Second Team. Outfielder Justin Kohn and catcher Andrew Kruszka are the Panthers’ First Teamers. Pitcher Trevor Mercado and infielder Tanner Olson made the ...

10U Marauders win three in a row

The Dunkirk Marauders 10U Baseball Team is on a roll, winning the last three games, including two on the road. Dunkirk defeated Evans Elite 15-10 on the road on June 9 with Gabe Valentine and Jayden Neallard having multiple hits. Henry Leone, Greg Orcutt (Triple), Valentine, Paul Trippy, and ...

Lots of small walleye reported

Fishing activity offshore on Lake Erie has slowed down since the Southtown Walleye Tournament concluded on Sunday at 4 p.m. On Monday afternoon, members of the tournament committee selected, by random draw, the “Sponsor Days.” This clever idea should cut back on those who may try to bend ...

SUNY Fredonia’s Alumni Golf Tourney July 13 at Shorewood

The Fredonia Alumni Golf Tournament will mark its 10th anniversary when golfers assemble at Shorewood Country Club, 4958 W. Lake Road, Dunkirk, on Friday, July 13, to raise money to fund scholarships for students at the State University of New York at Fredonia. The tournament is a four-player ...

Teets Coach of Year for all-state softball

Chautauqua Lake celebrated one of the greatest days in the school’s athletic history when the Thunderbirds won the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Class C softball championship less than two weeks ago. Now the individual parts that made up that title team are ...

Marauders 11U on a roll

The Dunkirk Marauders 11U Travel Baseball is on a roll, winning their last three games of the regular season to end the schedule with a 6-5 record. They will head to the Niagara Falls area this weekend for the “Battle of the Falls” Tournament, and await the beginning of the Southtowns ...

Dunkirk shaped Karnes

A 1977 Dunkirk High School graduate, and member of two of the Marauders baseball teams that won sectional titles in the 1970s, was named recently to the Hall of Fame of the school district he taught at for 32 years. Cairo-Durham, located south of Albany, inducted Tom Karnes in an April ...

The stars align

Head coach Jay Grann has put together the team he believes will proudly represent the area in the upcoming Babe Ruth 16-18 Year-Old World Series to be hosted by Jamestown at Diethrick Park later this summer. The team will be named Southern Tier and include athletes from Chautauqua County, ...

Golfer’s Diary: The putter, she is not my friend

There’s a saying in sports such as basketball or golf that the hoop/cup looks huge for a certain red-hot player. If you’re lucky, you’ve had those days where you feel like you just can’t miss. There are few better feelings in all of sports. On this specific day of golf, however, I ...