Local Sports

15 local teams named Scholar-Athlete teams, including 5 from FHS

OBSERVER Staff Report The New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) announced the 2019 winter Scholar-Athlete teams and number of Scholar-Athlete individuals per school. This is the 27th year the NYSPHSAA has conducted the Scholar-Athlete program, which is sponsored by ...

Trout stocking takes place all around Western NY

The temperature is trying to warm up outside and the trout bite is also getting better. Last weekend on the City of Dunkirk Pier, several anglers had numerous hook-ups with both steelhead trout and brown trout. The majority of the fish were 15 to 17 inches long, but there have been some notable ...

Sophia DeMarco passes the torch

Westfield/Brocton Lady Wolverines senior star forward Sophia DeMarco visited an open gym practice at Westfield Academy earlier this week to speak to the young Lady Wolverines hoping to join the varsity program next year. DeMarco, who led the Lady Wolverines in every statistical category for the ...

Fredonia’s Putney, Dunkirk’s Stewart make CCAA Div. 1 West First Team

OBSERVER Staff Report Playing in Section VI’s CCAA Division 1 West boys basketball league is as challenging as it gets in Western New York. To be recognized in that division is even harder. Division 1 West released its All-Star selections earlier this week, and with it, a number of ...

Ice fishing beginning transition phase once again

Ice fishing is in a transition phase once again. On Wednesday, Skip Bianco at Hogan’s Hut/Stow reported that the ice condition on Chautauqua Lake was “fair.” Depending on your location, the ice thickness was anywhere from three to six inches thick. Shore line ice is starting to ...

Fredonia baseball enjoys the sun

Submitted Photo The Fredonia Hillbillies baseball team held its first outdoor practice of the year on the first day of spring on Wednesday.

Fredonia’s Luke Piede named NJ swim Coach of the Year

The fortunes for the Summit boys swimming program turned two years ago at the North Jersey Section 2, Group B final, when it lost to Scotch Plains-Fanwood. On that night, this year’s senior class, then sophomores, decided it wouldn’t happen again. “During their sophomore year, we lost ...

Honoring the champs

The Dunkirk Lady Marauders girls bowling team was recognized by Dunkirk Mayor Wilfred Rosas and the Dunkirk Common Council at Tuesday’s meeting for winning the NYSPHSAA Division II state title. The team was presented with plaques to commemorate the achievement.

Hurricane suffer first loss of season, 115-85

DUBOIS, Pa. — The Chautauqua Hurricane(1-1) traveled to Dubois, Pa, on Saturday for a basketball game against the Dubois Dream. Despite a back and forth battle early on the Hurricane ultimately ended up getting their first loss of the season, 115-85. Ralph Williams and Craig Dixon had ...

For the Record

Announcements Utility League is reorganizing to Tuesday nights The former Monday Night Utility League at Hillview, of two years ago, is reorganizing. This year it will be at Hillview on Tuesday nights. Currently there are 18 former league members that have committed to this year. The league ...

Fredonia to move to Class C South, Dunkirk to Class B2 for 2019 season

Now that the winter sports season is finally over and spring is in the air, football season is just around the corner. On Monday, Section VI took the time to release the 2019 football schedules for all of the Western New York area teams as well as the proposed division alignment. With less ...

March Madness is here, UB will get a win, UVA will cut down the nets

March Madness is upon us at last, and it’s time to preview the bracket! Let’s get right to it! The East Region has Duke, the top overall seed. I like VCU and their tough defense to beat Central Florida before they fall to the Blue Devils. Mississippi State should beat Liberty and then ...

Bowlers compete for a spot on television

On Sunday, the place for competition was at Lucky Lanes in Fredonia. Exactly 114 people from around the area came down to Lucky Lanes and bowled for nine spots in next week’s ‘Beat The Champ’ tournament that will be televised right here in Fredonia, at Lucky Lanes next week. The day ...

For the Record

Adult Hockey CCHA A League Semifinals (1-seed) P*Dubs 10, (4-seed) Lakeview Shock 4 Goals for PDubs: Cory Dziduch (2), Jeff Jamieson (2), Tom Howlett, Mike Rozewicz, Dan Nickle, Kevin Salemi, Justin Giles, Matt Sheridan. Assists for PDubs: Cory Dziduch (3), Matt Sheridan (2), Jeff ...

Lakers sled hockey team hosts Sheriff’s Dept.

JAMESTOWN — The Jamestown Lakers sled hockey team got on the ice yesterday in their biggest game of the year on Saturday, the annual fundraiser game against Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Department. The Lakers took the Sheriff’s Department to school and wiped the floor with them, getting a ...

Recent warm spell offered fishing opportunities

The recent warm spell was short lived but it did open up a lot of fishing opportunity for anglers. The City of Dunkirk Pier became active with anglers finding open water on the east side of the pier closer to the shore end. Wind strength and direction will play a role in where the open water ...

Gowanda names gym class heroes

The physical education teachers at Gowanda Elementary School have announced the Physical Education Students of the Month for February 2019. They are selected based on their attitude in class, teamwork with classmates and respect to others, including teachers. Kudos to kindergartner Ella Emmick, ...

Registration for Summer Concord Academy is open

Special to The OBSERVER If we had to pick one word that has allowed the Northern Chautauqua Soccer Association to provide a great soccer experience since 1988, it would be relationships. As we head into the summer of 2019, we have a very exciting announcement to share with all of you. One ...

Olean basketball coach Jeff Anastasia resigns

OBSERVER Staff Report After a state semifinal loss to Glens Falls and NY State leading scorer Joe Girard III, Olean was dealt yet another tough loss on Friday. Hall of Famer and former state champion head coach Jeff Anastasia announced Friday’s game would be his last as Olean’s head ...