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Winning team members of the 2017 Con Club Rabbit hunting contest were, in the front row, from left to right: Rob Gloff, Jamie Ruiz, Ryan Ruiz and Nick Sheffield. In the back are: Don Merckel, Steve Galardo, Dan Korzenski, Jack Forbes, Hunter Halberg and Ryan Halberg.

NCCC annual rabbit hunt winners announced

Recently there has been a lot of chatter in regard to the New York State Pistol Permit holder re-certification. Pistol permit holders who acquired their permit(s) prior to 2013 are now required by law to re-certify by Jan. 31, 2018. The re-certification requirement is part of the body of gun ...

Fredonia cruises past Franklinville, 69-38, in regular season finale

OBSERVER Staff Report FRANKLINVILLE — Fredonia (14-6) eased past non-league foe Franklinville (17-3), 69-38, Saturday afternoon in the regular season girls basketball finale for both schools. The Lady Hillbillies jumped out to a slim 13-12 lead after the first quarter, before pulling ...

Blue Devil women prep for playoffs with win over Bengals

Special to the OBSERVER BUFFALO —The Fredonia women’s basketball team opened up a 19-6 lead after one quarter of play and never looked back in taking down Buffalo State, 66-43, on Saturday to close out the regular season. Alexis Cheatham led the way with 21 points, including five ...

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Members of the Dunkirk-Fredonia Steelers look on during their team’s Western New York High School Club Hockey League playoff game on Saturday against the Olean Eagles, in Olean. The Steelers won, 4-1, to take a 1-0 lead in their best-of-three series, which continues today at 4:45 p.m., at the Steele Hall Ice Arena.

Steelers a win away from Super Sunday

OBSERVER Staff Report OLEAN — With one more victory, the Dunkirk-Fredonia Steelers hockey team will be guaranteed a Super Sunday appearance next week. In the first game of the playoffs on Saturday, the Steelers knocked off the Olean Eagles, 4-1, to take a 1-0 series lead. Game two is ...

Sectional playoff matchups announced

Local boys and girls varsity basketball teams learned where they will begin their runs to Section VI titles on Saturday with the release of the 2017 playoff brackets. In boys Class B-1 action, No. 10 Fredonia hosts No. 15 Tonawanda on Tuesday at 5 p.m. while arch-rival Dunkirk, Class B-1’s ...

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The NYSPHSAA recently adopted a pitch count for the 2017 baseball season, but not all of the coaches think it will have a positive impact on the game, or their players.

Negative impact

Editor’s Note: The following is part two of an ongoing series looking into the new pitch-count rule for the upcoming high school baseball season. Last week’s piece looked at the rule itself and many of the benefits it presents. This week, the other side presented, taking a look at the ...

Blue Devils fall to SUNYAC’s best Oswego

OSWEGO — An upset bid by Fredonia fell short Friday with a 2-1 loss to nationally ranked and SUNYAC-leading Oswego. Goals by Chris Waterstreet and Andrew Barton and 19 saves by goaltender David Jacobson keyed the Lakers, who improved to 19-4-1 overall and 12-2-1 in the conference. Oswego, ...

A lot to play for

The last time the Dunkirk-Fredonia Steelers played at the Key Bank Center on Super Sunday was 2009. Eight years later, the Steelers are two wins away from playing on the home ice of the Buffalo Sabres. All that stands in their way is the Olean Eagles. Game 1 is today at Olean at 3 p.m. with ...

Westfield weathers late storm to hold off Forestville, 51-46

FORESTVILLE — The Westfield Wolverines (9-11, 6-6) used a 16-point second quarter to overtake the Forestville Hornets (9-11, 6-4) en route to a 51-46 victory Saturday in non-league boys basketball. The two teams entered the second period deadlocked at 9-all. The Wolverines poured in 16 ...

Gowanda comes from behind to top Southwestern, 56-49

OBSERVER Staff Reports GOWANDA — After falling behind by 11 points after one quarter of play, the Gowanda Panthers (12-7) were able to rally and come from behind to pull out a 56-49 victory over the Southwestern Trojans on Thursday in non-league boys high school basketball. ...

Third quarter dooms Hurricane in loss to Rochester

ROCHESTER — The Chautauqua Hurricane’s shooting went cold in the third quarter Thursday and it resulted in a 103-72 loss to the first-place Rochester RazorSharks in Premier Basketball League action. The Hurricane trailed Rochester, 42-41 at intermission, but was outscored 61-31 in the ...

Bartlett claims SUNYAC 3-meter title for Blue Devils

BUFFALO — For the third straight year, Fredonia senior Meghan Bartlett was crowned winner of women’s 3-meter driving at the State University of New York Athletic Conference Swimming & Diving championship meet Thursday. Barlett had a finals score of 516.05 points after posting a ...

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Westfield’s Katie Bodenmiller (23) escapes the defensive pressure of Silver Creek’s Jaleigh Cruz (5) during Thursday’s non-league girls high school basketball game.

Playoffs on the horizon

Following a first quarter which saw the two teams combine to score a total of nine points, the Westfield Lady Wolverines exploded for 19 second-quarter points en route to a 36-25 victory over the Silver Creek Black Knights (7-13) on Thursday in non-league girls high school basketball. ...

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The Fredonia Hillbillies captured their first ever Section VI Class C championship Thursday at Airport Lanes. Pictured are members of the team. They are, in front from left, Jacob Patterson, Travis Langworthy, Andrew Conti, Trace Mackenzie, Michael Dispense, Jacob Marsh, Michael Mackowiak and Coach Tom Battaglia. In the middle row are Coach Roger Pacos, Bryson Pacos, Josh Ellman, Jarrett Maslak and Chandler Orr. In back are Cody Decker and Ricky Burgstrom.

Sectional championship

CHEEKTOWAGA — For the first time in school history, the Fredonia Hillbillies captured the Section 6 Class C high school bowling championship on Thursday at Airport Lanes. The Hillbillies finished with a 5,190 total, 105 pins ahead of nemesis Tonawanda, which had captured the Sectional title ...

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Recently, Mike Dougherty of Shults Resale donated $500 for the sponsorship of the Vintage Pedal Car, to be auctioned off at Ducks Unlimited’s March 11, banquet and live auction. Ducks Unlimited is North America’s leader of Waterfowl Habitat and Wetland Conservation. This year marks DU’s 80th anniversary. The Northern Chautauqua Chapter event will take place at the Fredonia Beaver Club, with Catering by Devon Jones of Fred’s Restaurant. Pictured are, from left, Dougherty, Shults Resale; Stacey Kucharski, DU committee; Ronald Romance, DU committee; and Mason Paul Nichols,  pedal car driver. Missing from the photo were Northern Chautauqua Ducks Unlimited Chapter Committee members Will Mead and Chris McKelvey.  For more information, go to ducks.org and view local events or call Ron at 969-5166.

Current ice fishing conditions are not safe

The fluctuating temperatures continue to make ice fishing conditions unstable on local inland lakes. My weekly survey Wednesday indicated current ice conditions on Chautauqua Lake are not safe. There were reports of a few anglers heading out on Chautauqua Lake over the weekend. ...

Two more marathons

Back on Sept. 25, 2016, Dunkirk native Jennifer Giebner was able to notch another accomplishment under her belt as she ran in, and completed, the Berlin Marathon. And this coming year, she will do something that less than 1,000 others have done, as she will complete the fifth and sixth legs of ...

Jones, Valone earn state wild cards for wrestling

At last Saturday’s Section VI state wrestling qualifiers, nine wrestlers from Chautauuqa County punched their ticket into the New York State Public High School Athletic Association championships with a first-place victory. On Wednesday, the wild cards were announced with three more local ...

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Fredonia baseball team receives banner for 2016 season

The 2016 Fredonia High School NYS Finalist Baseball team was recently honored with a banner that will hang in the Fredonia High School gymnasium. The 2016 team finished the season ranked No. 1 in Western New York and No. 2 in New York State. Pictured are, in front from left, Alex Rush ...

Lady Panthers fend off Lady Timberwolves, 54-45

CATTARAUGUS — The Pine Valley Lady Panthers (15-5, 6-4) used a big first quarter and a much-needed big fourth quarter to top Cattaraugus-Little Valley (9-10, 4-6), 54-45, Tuesday in CCAA East 2 girls high school basketball. After Pine Valley built a 17-10 lead after eight minutes, the Lady ...

Making Coach Lewis proud

SILVER CREEK — The Silver Creek Black Knights (7-13, 3-7) hosted a “blue out the gym” game Tuesday in honor of Wayne Lewis, an assistant coach who passed away last summer after a battle with stomach cancer. The performance Silver Creek put together in a 48-23 CCAA East 1 girls high ...