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The Roswell Park Alliance Foundation received a $1,500 donation today from Jim Pasierb (in blue) and Fred Tripp (in white) for the Gary Tripp Memorial Golf Tournament to fund colon cancer research at Roswell Park Cancer Institute. I’ve attached a few photos from the check presentation that was held today.

Golf tournament’s generous donation

Submitted Photo The Roswell Park Alliance Foundation received a $1,500 donation today from Jim Pasierb (in blue) and Fred Tripp (in white) for the Gary Tripp Memorial Golf Tournament to fund colon cancer research at Roswell Park Cancer Institute. I’ve attached a few photos from the check ...

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Fredonia’s Nate Shuart launches a discus during Monday’s track and field event at Fredonia Central School.

Fredonia boys, girls fall to Falconer/Cassadaga Valley

OBSERVER Staff Report The Fredonia Lady Hillbillies had three runners win multiple events, but ultimately fell to Falconer/Cassadaga Valley, 78-63. Lydia Lanski won the 100 hurdles in 15.6 seconds and the 400 hurdles at 1:13. Emily Brown was the 1,500 winner in 5:41 and also won the 3,000 ...

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Silver Creek’s Dylan Slaght tags out a Maritime runner attempting to steal during Section VI Class C1 baseball action on Monday.

Silver Creek advances to title game following Rybak’s pitching gem

SILVER CREEK — Behind a quality pitching performance by Zach Rybak, the Silver Creek Black Knights (13-6, 8-4) advance to the class C-1 final with a 2-0 win over Maritime Charter on Monday. Rybak pitched a complete game shutout giving up only three hits and three walks with five ...

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Trey Swartz shows off the result of diving catch, robbing Tonawanda’s Austin Schroeder of a hit during Monday’s Section VI Class B2 baseball game.

Onto the finals

TONAWANDA — The No. 3 Fredonia Hillbillies grinded out a 4-0 Section VI Class B2 playoff victory on the road against the No. 2 Tonawanda Warriors thanks to strong pitching by Derrick Walters and great support on defense. Walters threw a complete game, racking up eight strikeouts and only ...

Brocton advances to semifinals with 7-1 victory

OBSERVER Staff Report BROCTON — The No. 3 Brocton Bulldogs picked up a 7-1 victory over the No. 6 Ellicottville Eagles Monday in the Section VI Class D baseball quarterfinals. Brocton's motto all season has been "win the inning," and that's exactly what they did for seven ...

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Pine Valley teacher Jen Giebner shows off the medals she recently earned in London, England after completing the final leg of the World Marathons.

Rarified air

Jen Giebner joined a pretty exclusive club in late April in London, England, as she successfully completed the last of the six World Marathons to become one of the less than 1,000 athletes in the world who have also finished all six of the races. “It was a great relief,” Giebner, who also ...

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Pictured from left, CCSFAB members include Chip Speisman, Joann Ehrhardt, Zen Olow (center)  Mike Sperry, Monte Kennedy and Lance Ehrhardt .

Annual fishing essays are a good time for all involved

The Chautauqua County Sports Fishery Advisory Board has been around for a long time. Zen Olow, the current chairman of the program, believes that the CCSFAB has been in operation for 25 years. One of the most noticeable programs undertaken by the group is the annual essay contest. Notice is ...

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On June 10, the City of Dunkirk Jam Fest basketball tournament will be held in front of city hall on Central Avenue in Dunkirk.

Jam Fest set to hit the streets of Dunkirk

The first — of hopefully many — 3-on-3 City of Dunkirk Jam Fest basketball tournament is coming to the city of Dunkirk on June 10, right in front of City Hall on Central Avenue. Ryan Hall, of the Youth and Recreation Department with the city, announced at the recent Dunkirk Personnel ...

OBSERVER Photo by Ron Szot: Fredonia’s Tyler Winchell sprints down the first-base line after bunting during Friday’s Section VI Class B-2 high school baseball quarterfinal game against Wilson.

Survival of the fittest

The Fredonia Hillbillies baseball team advanced to the Section VI Class B-2 semifinals thanks to a 2-1 nail-biter against Wilson on Friday. With Wilson throwing its superstar pitcher, John Bender, Fredonia pitchers managed to equal his effort and took advantage of a few key situational hits ...

Dunkirk Lakeshore Bowling Association Tournament

SILVER CREEK — The Dunkirk Lakeshore Bowling Association recently concluded its annual tournament at Hanover Lanes in Silver Creek. Hanover Lanes, from Hanover Lanes won the Handicap Team event with a score of 3,614. Azzarella 4 Plus 1, also from Hanover Lanes finished 2nd with a team ...

Photo by Alex Shippard: Pictured are the Section VI Championship qualifiers at Lakewood YMCA. They are, in front from left, Neil Gens (Fredonia), Matt Burr (Fredonia), Filip Murawski (Olean) and Jameson Sposato (Frewsburg). In back are Quinn Payne and Carson Heimburg (Panama); Elliot Jackson and Nathan Radka (Panama); Logan Cross and Ryan Brown (Olean); and Eston Shedd and Josh Pike (Southwestern).

Gens wins CCAA singles crown at Lakewood YMCA

LAKEWOOD — Fredonia and Olean can lay claim to top tennis seeds from the Chautauqua-Cattaraugus Athletic Association entering next week's Section VI Championships. Neil Gens of Fredonia captured the CCAA singles crown Friday by virtue of a 6-4, 6-2 victory over teammate Matt ...

Alden puts an end to Dunkirk’s season

ALDEN — Behind the high powered arm of Tom Bednarski, the Alden Bulldogs defeated the Dunkirk Marauders, 6-0, in Section VI Class B-2 playoffs. Bednarski had some speed behind his pitches, according to Dunkirk coach Frank Jagoda, and limited the Marauders to one hit in the game — a sixth ...

Several runners take first at Super 8

SALAMANCA — The Fredonia Hillbillies had a strong performance Friday at the Super 8 meet, with several top four finishes. For the girls, Claire Stokes placed second in the high jump with a leap of 5-feet-4-inches. Meanwhile, Emily Brown finished second in the 1,500-meters, crossing the ...

Blue Devil duo bound for NCAA meet

Fredonia will have two representatives at the NCAA Division 3 Outdoor Track & Field championship meet next weekend in Geneva, Ohio. Sophomore sprinter Brittany Feldman and fifth-year senior distance runner Kyle Collins have qualified for the national meet starting next Thursday through ...

Hockey names 2017-18 captain, assistants

The captain and assistant captains for the 2017-18 Fredonia Blue Devil men's hockey team have been named. Senior defenseman Jamie Young has been chosen captain. He will be assisted by senior forwards Oskar Gerhardson and Samuel Wilbur. Young, an assistant captain during the 2016-17 season, ...

OBSERVER Photo by Roger Coda: Westfield pitcher Eric Fermier (27) covers first base ahead of a Portville baserunner during Friday’s Section VI Class C-2 high school quarterfinal playoff game.

Westfield fails to make Sectional finals for first time in seven years

WESTFIELD — The No. 2 Westfield Wolverines, as their history shows, were as close to a lock in the Section VI Class C-2 finals as there can be. However, for the first time in seven years, Westfield will not be in contention as it lost to the No. 7 Portville Panthers, 6-4, on ...

Local athletes compete at doubles tournament

LAKEWOOD — The four Chautauqua-Cattaraugus Athletic Association tennis doubles teams which will advance to Section VI Championships were decided Thursday at the Lakewood YMCA. Nathan Radka and Elliott Jackson, and Quinn Payne and Carson Heimberg of Panama; Eston Shedd and Josh Pike of ...

Silver Creek wins tune-up game, 5-1

The Silver Creek/Forestville Black Knights finished their season with one final win, a 5-1 victory over Brocton in non-league baseball play, to warm up going into playoffs next week. “Both teams were there because they don’t have a game tomorrow,” Silver Creek coach Mike Janisch said. ...