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Hillbillies hang on!

You never would’ve thought that Wednesday’s basketball game in mid-December for Frewsburg and Fredonia was just another game, based on the intensity and atmosphere in the Roger K. Moore Gymnasium in Fredonia. However, when it was all said and done, the Frewsburg Bears got a not-so-nice ...

Fredonia’s Brown, Silver Creek’s Decker earn All-State recognition

Fredonia cross country star Emily Brown (left) and Silver Creek standout Ellie Decker (right) were both honored by the New York State Sports Writers Association for their efforts this season. Brown was selected Third Team All-State for Class C, while Decker was listed as Honorable Mention.

Hillbillies beat Randolph on the mats

OBSERVER Staff Report RANDOLPH — The Fredonia Hillbillies wrestling team continued their impressive season on Wednesday, downing Randolph 53-21 in non-league action. Fredonia was led by Jamison Horch, who returned from injury after missing two years to pin his man at 285 in the second ...

Lady Wolverines get revenge over Clymer

OBSERVER Staff Report WESTFIELD — After falling to Clymer in the Westfield Winter Classic, the Westfield/Brocton Lady Wolverines were jumping at the chance to right their wrong and take care of business the second time around. They did just that on Wednesday. Led by a 24 point effort by ...

Krystofiak, Brocton sweep Clymer, 4-0

The Brocton bowling team took home their first 4-0 sweep of the season on Wednesday, beating Clymer by a final line of 689-706-605-2,000 to 540-524-503-1,567. Brocton’s top bowler was once again Jordan Krystofiak, who finished with a 221-218-655 scoring line. Savannah Krystofiak was next ...

Dunkirk bowlers defeat Falconer

JAMESTOWN — The Dunkirk Marauders bowling teams completed a full sweep of Falconer on Wednesday at Jamestown Bowling Company, as both the boys and girls teams won 4-0. For the Dunkirk boys, Jaxson Pencek (235-217-191-643), Trevor Skelly (Trevor Skelly 201-235-190-626) and Tristan Skelly ...

Dunkirk tops Lockport, Silver Creek defeats JFK

OBSERVER Staff Reports Dunkirk coach Ken Ricker believed Nadara O’Dell felt slighted by not receiving recognition at the Westfield Winter Classic last weekend. On Wednesday, she played a game that would get anyone’s attention. O’Dell had 26 points and 20 rebounds to lead the Dunkirk ...

Better fishing days coming in 2019

As of Monday afternoon, area streams were at moderate levels with decent clarity for success. Rick Miller in Irving reported that the Cattaraugus Creek was in great condition for steelheaders. Not a lot of fishing effort lately though, as anglers are still recovering from a long deer season, ...

Westfield erases double digit deficit to beat Brocton, 61-48

WESTFIELD — It appeared as if the Westfield Wolverines would trail by double digits headed into halftime of Tuesday’s rivalry matchup with the Brocton Bulldogs. Evan Hauser had other plans. After Hauser’s buzzer-beater from half-court, the Wolverines trimmed the Brocton lead to only ...

Frewsburg beats Lady Wolverines

FREWSBURG — Gabby Iuculano and Mikayla Gabalski-Jones each had 17 points as Frewsburg took advantage of 20 offensive rebounds on its way to a 56-24 win Chautauqua-Cattaraugus Athletic Association Division 2 West win over Westfield/Brocton on Monday evening in a girls basketball ...

Cassadaga Valley falls to Salamanca

SINCLAIRVILLE — Salamanca defeated Cassadaga Valley by a score of 59-48 in a non-league boys basketball contest on Monday night at Cassadaga Valley High School. For Salamanca (4-1) Aaron George scored 18 points and Issac Brown scored 15. Tyler Hedlund had five rebounds and seven ...

Steelers hockey sweeps weekend

Special to the OBSERVER The Dunkirk/Fredonia Steelers varsity hockey team swept two games this past weekend in Western New York High School Club Hockey League action. On Saturday night at the Northtowns Center in Amherst, the Steelers won their first game of the season, 6-0, over St. ...

Lake Shore girls top Iroquois in OT

OBSERVER Staff Report ANGOLA — The Lake Shore Eagles girls basketball team won their home opener on Tuesday for their first win of the season, beating Iroquois in overtime by a score of 66-64. The Lady Eagles were led by Sophie Snyder who scored a game high 25 points to go along with ...

Hillbillies’ boys, girls bowling get big wins

OBSERVER Staff Reports JAMESTOWN — The Fredonia boys and girls bowling teams each had stellar nights on the lanes on Tuesday, defeating Southwestern 4-0, 4-0 at Jamestown Bowling Co. For the Fredonia boys, they won by a final score of 794-887-970-2,651 to 716-626-699-2,041. Top bowlers for ...

Silver Creek uses Woleben’s 32 to defeat rival Forestville, 62-42

OBSERVER Staff Reports SILVER CREEK — The Silver Creek Black Knights boys basketball team came out and won their second game of the season on Tuesday, beating their rival Forestville 62-42 in a non-league contest. For Silver Creek, Braeden Woleben, coming off a 33 point performance last ...

Hillbillies down St. Mary’s in home opener, 65-53

The electricity was in the air during the Hillbillies boys basketball team’s home opener on Monday night. Hosting St. Mary’s in a non-league game with little on the line, the Fredonia faithful still showed up big to bring their support, as the ‘Billies, fueled by the crowd powered past ...

Kempo Karate tourney held in Angola

ANGOLA — The following are participants from The Family Martial Arts Center who competed in the Kempo Karate tournament on Dec. 1. The event was held in Angola under Master Dan Genovese. All of the students challenged their ability and knowledge amongst others. Back row, from left: Master ...

Dunkirk’s Palcic takes career to top of College, Pro football

With the annual Dunkirk, Fredonia and Cardinal Mindszenty High School Golf Tournament complete, Bob Palcic finds a seat in the foyer at Shorewood Country Club and begins to tell stories. But they’re not about how well he chased a little white ball around the course on the shores of Lake ...

North Collins beats down Gowanda, 65-51

GOWANDA — The North Collins Eagles boys basketball team jumped out to an early lead and continued to score often en route to a 66-51 non-league victory over the Gowanda Panthers on Monday night in Gowanda. North Collins was successful in their full court press, forcing multiple turnovers ...

Dunkirk bowling sweeps Chaut. Lake, win 8-0

The Dunkirk boys bowling team continued their winning ways on Monday, beating Chautauqua Lake 4-0 at Lucky Lanes by a final score of 844-889-829-2,562 to 423-484-449-1,356. Bowling well for Dunkirk were Tristen Skelly (234-215-196-645), Jared Glowniak (199-180-541), Jaxson Pencek (187) and ...