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OBSERVER Staff Report The Dunkirk Lady Marauders finished the regular season with a perfect 40-0 record thanks to a 4-0 victory over the Fredonia Lady Hillbillies (18-18) on Senior Night at Lucky Lanes. Dunkirk’s linescore read 856-781-765-2,402 compared to Fredonia’s ...

Pine Valley picks up non-league victory

SOUTH DAYTON — The Pine Valley Lady Panthers (11-2, 3-2) continued their winning ways Monday with a 44-29 victory over the Gowanda Lady Panthers in non-league girls basketball action. Pine Valley jumped out to a 9-6 lead after the first and never looked back in a game where it ...

Pink the Rink raises more than $9,000 this year

Saturday's annual version of Fredonia Men's Hockey's Pink The Rink was a rousing success. In addition to the Blue Devils' 15-1 win over Post University, the event raised more than $9,000 for the American Cancer Society of Western New York. That brings the total amount raised to over $75,000 ...

No moral victories for Dunkirk in 54-52 loss at Olean

OLEAN — Poor free-throw shooting proved to be costly Monday as the Dunkirk Marauders (8-6, 5-2) let one slip away in a 54-52 loss at the hands of the Olean Huskies (12-2, 6-1) in CCAA West 1 boys high school basketball. Dunkirk missed six free throws in the final quarter alone, along with a ...

For the Record

Today’s Local Sports Calendar Monday, Jan. 23 Bowling Clymer at Silver Creek Brocton at Forestville Fredonia at Dunkirk Boys Basketball Sherman at Silver Creek Maryvale at Lake Shore Panama at Chaut. Lake Girls Basketball Silver Creek at Global Concepts Gowanda at Pine ...

Caparro, Couperus excel at Spire Invite

GENEVA, Ohio — Fredonia junior Rocky Caparro was the men’s triple jump winner Saturday at The Spire Institute Team Challenge. Caparro stretched the tape out to 13.71 meters — 44.98 feet — to top the field of 20 men and earn 10 team points. The Blue Devils had a total of 24 points ...

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Pictured, from left to right, are: Shana Graham, Painted Pony Rodeo’s co-owner; Allie Hall, rodeo advertising chair; Shawn Graham, Painted Pony co-owner; and Dave Hall, assistant rodeo chairman, displaying the award given to the Gerry rodeo committee as the “Cowboys Favorite Rodeo” in the First Frontier Rodeo Circuit.

Gerry Rodeo chosen as favorite by cowboy’s

The Gerry Volunteer Fire Department’s annual pro rodeo has been named as the “Cowboys’ Favorite Rodeo” for the 2016 rodeo season during the recent First Frontier Circuit Championships in Harrisburg, Pa. The award was voted on by the contestants as they registered for the three-day ...

Paul Cooley

Gerry’s own Paul Cooley to enter CSHOF

If a picture is indeed worth a thousand words, then the photograph that appeared in the Dunkirk Observer on June 5, 1991 told quite a story. Surrounded by members of his team, Cassadaga Valley Central School softball coach Paul Cooley was captured extending his right arm toward the heavens, ...

Dunkirk athletes do well at Border War Invitational

HOUGHTON — Dunkirk’s indoor track and field team competed at the Second annual Border War Invitational Saturday afternoon at Houghton College, and received several Top-10 finishes from its athletes. In the boys’ events, Anthony Ruiz placed ninth in the 3,200-meter race in 10:26.24 while ...

OBSERVER Photo by Gene Pauszek
DEC Regional  Wildlife Manager Ken Baginski gave a report at Hoak’s Restaurant during the WNYEF meeting last weekend.

WNYEF delivers, receives reports

The Western New York Environmental Federation met last Sunday at Hoak’s Restaurant, where members from Region 9 gathered and gave, and received, various reports. The report on wild turkey monitoring was upbeat, with regional wildlife staff monitoring the hens equipped with transmitters ...

Brawdy reaches 1,000 points in Gowanda’s 68-47 thumping of Portville

GOWANDA — Junior Nate Brawdy scored 32 points — going over 1,000 for his career in the process — and hauled in a game-high 16 boards as Gowanda (7-4, 2-2) rebounded from a pair of tough CCAA East 1 losses to Randolph and Salamanca by taking down divisional foe Portville (4-10, 1-4), ...

Colom, Jones, Ball and Poff all earn top spots at Catt-LV tournament

CATTARAUGUS — Fredonia had six wrestlers earn top-four finishes Saturday at the Cattaraugus-Little Valley Tournament, led by Hector Colom, who took the top spot at 138 pounds. “I thought Hector stepped up his game and was more active,” Fredonia head coach Joe Santilli said of Colom, who ...

OBSERVER Photo by Mary Ann Wiberg
Chautauqua’s Tyquan Stroman brings the ball upcourt during Saturday’s Premier Basketball League game against the Washington Warhawks, at Brocton Central School.

Stroman’s 30 points help surging Hurricane past Warhawks, 121-114

BROCTON — Good ball movement opened up the offense Saturday night for the Chautauqua Hurricane (4-2), as they toppled the Washington Warhawks, 121-114, in Premier Basketball League action at Brocton Central School. “We jumped on them early and were able to hold on for the remainder of the ...

Oneonta drops Fredonia in SUNYAC men’s action

The Fredonia State men’s basketball team (8-10, 5-6) had the Oneonta Red Dragons (10-7, 6-4) on the ropes in the second half, but in the end couldn’t close the deal in a 70-62 loss Saturday afternoon at Steele Hall. “I thought the effort was good overall and they really stuck ...

Tradition continues

As has been the tradition with the annual Pink the Rink college hockey game at Steele Hall, the pink jerseys the Fredonia Blue Devils wore Saturday night were purchased in advance and the buyers dedicated the jersey to someone impacted by cancer by putting the name on the back. For many ...

Warriors top Knights on buzzer beater

SILVER CREEK — Prior to the season, Salamanca head coach Adam Bennett asked Mike Collins to switch from forward to point guard. Bennett’s 6-foot-2-inch senior struggled with the change. Up until Friday night at Silver Creek that is. Down 51-50 after a pair of Bryant Jones free throws ...

Competitive atmosphere

FORESTVILLE — Ellicottville’s big three of Elliot Bowen, Austin Grinols and Griffin Chudy were too much for the Forestville Hornets (4-5, 2-2) in a 63-46 verdict Friday in CCAA East 2 boys high school basketball. “The first guy you want to stop is Elliot Bowen,” Forestville ...

Photo by Brandon Soto
Chautauqua’s Larry Rivers (2) runs the offense against Providence during Friday’s Premier Basketball League game at Brocton Central School.

Short-handed Hurricane edge Providence, 103-102

OBSERVER Staff Report BROCTON — Already shorthanded with two players leaving the team to play in Mexico, the Chautauqua Hurricane were dealt another blow as leading scorer Edwin Ubiles was unavailable for Friday’s Premier Basketball League game against the Providence Skychiefs due to ...

Helps leads Devils to win, hits milestone

Ian Helps recorded his third double-double of the season and passed the 1,000-point mark as the Fredonia men's basketball team defeated the visiting New Paltz Hawks, 82-68, on Friday evening. Helps finished with 20 points and 13 rebounds. The Devils evened their SUNYAC mark at 5-5, and ...

Gullo shines in second half as Lady Billies rally for win

BEMUS POINT — Hannah Gullo’s hot second half lifted Fredonia to a 47-38 win over Maple Grove in CCAA West 1 girls basketball. Gullo hit a 3-pointer to end the third quarter that put the Lady Hillbillies ahead, 35-32, then scored eight points with two treys in the final period. Caitlyn ...