Local Sports

The future stars of local golf

Last month, the OBSERVER Open was held at Shorewood Country Club in Dunkirk. The annual event highlights youth golfing at the club.

Black Knights take the field

The Silver Creek/Forestville Black Knights high school football team began practice this week in anticipation of the team’s first game of the season, Aug. 31 at Wilson. Pictured is head coach Sean Helmer and the special teams unit at Wednesday’s practice.

Not much fishing going on lately

There hasn’t been a lot of fishing going on lately, up and down the local ports. The Department of Environmental Conservation Creel census confirms that not that many anglers have been out lately. Many blame it on the weather, with predictions of rainfall and possible thunder storms almost ...

This one’s for the girls

Special to The OBSERVER The Shorewood Women’s Golf Association held its annual Women’s Memorial Tournament on Sunday. The tournament honors all deceased Shorewood golfers, and they were remembered with a moment of silence observed during the Sunday dinner. This year a special tribute was ...

On to the next one

Sensei Tim Smith advanced to the Nidan, 2nd degree black belt on Saturday at The Family Martial Arts Center. Sensei Smith has been an active member and instructor in the Dojo since age 6. Sensei Smith will be venturing off into the world of college. He is a member of the National Honor Society ...

Fredonia’s Drummond to swim Division I

There’s no telling what’s in store for the future. Some people control their own destiny, while others wait for opportunities to arise. For Dunkirk native swim star Riley Drummond, she seizes every opportunity she gets. “She’s a fierce competitor and she doesn’t stop until she’s ...

Local Babe Ruth team renews 18U membership

Riding the momentum of this past week’s Babe Ruth 16-18 World Series, manager Jay Grann announced Sunday that Southern Tier will continue its 18U membership in Babe Ruth Baseball. “We will strive to keep the local talent in Chautauqua and Cattaraugus (counties) and northeastern ...

Irving woman charged in teen’s death at concert

DARIEN — An Irving woman has been charged in a fatal hit-and-run accident involving a teenager that occurred early Saturday morning after the Jason Aldean concert at Darien Lake. Genesee County sheriff’s deputies report Jennifer L. Serrano, 48, was charged with vehicular manslaughter, ...

Tri-County Champs

The 2018 Club Championships were recently held at Tri-County Country Club in Forestville. Pictured is Austin White receiving his award for the overall men’s winner, with a score of 160, senior winner Rick Taaffe, with a score of 170, and women’s winner Nancy Taaffe, with a score of 184. In ...

A destination golf outing

Playing a new course is always a mixed bag. On one hand, it’s tough not knowing what’s coming. There might be blind tee shots, elevated greens, hidden streams, etc. On the other hand, it really makes you focus on your game. There’s no going on autopilot because you’ve played the ...

Last Sunday was make or break

Last Sunday was a make or break day for many of the competitors in the Northern Chautauqua Conservation Club 14th annual Walleye Derby. Herb Schultz Sr. and his team held the lead during the entire three day event with the only ten pound walleye caught during the derby. Up until Sunday, there ...

Dunkirk Exempts donates to Dunkirk Sports Boosters

The Dunkirk Exempts has donated $1,000 to the Dunkirk Sports Boosters. This donation will help with the purchase of new State Participation Banners. These banners show Dunkirk athletes who have participated in State events over the years. These banners will be hung in the gym at Dunkirk High ...

Dragon boats rule the lake

CELORON — Dragons and rubber ducks invaded Chautauqua Lake on Saturday. The third annual Dragon Boat and Rubber Ducky races were held at Lucille Ball Memorial Park. The event — which drew hundreds of participants and observers to the park — benefited the Chautauqua Lake ...

G & E Tents wins fastpitch title

Submitted Photo G & E Tents won its first Dunkirk Fastpitch League Championship. The team defeated Chadwick Bay in the semifinal Monday, rallying from down 3-2 in the sixth to put up 11 runs and advance to the finals. In the finals, versus defending champion Lakeside Club, G & E ...

Local fans meet Kelly

Submitted Photo At Thursday night’s preseason opener for the Buffalo Bills, two local fans were fortunate enough to share a moment with a Bills legend. Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly took a picture with Kelly Lucas (left) and Jordan Lucas of Fredonia at Thursday’s game against the ...

Hall of Fame coach

SOUTH DAYTON — Tim Nobles touched countless lives during his nearly four decades as the Pine Valley Lady Panthers varsity basketball coach. He credits those people with getting him into the Section VI Hall of Fame. “It’s a great honor. I’m really pleased about it,” he said. ...

Dunkirk’s Ahlstrom pitches in WWBA Championships

Dunkirk resident and Dunkirk High School junior pitcher Peyton Ahlstrom recently returned from Lakepoint, Georgia where he competed in the 2018 Perfect Game 2020 WWBA National Baseball Championships for the Tri-State Arsenal 2020 national team out of Mt. Laurel, New Jersey. The week-long ...