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A young rodeo camp participant takes a lesson from a professional cowboy on the mechanical bull at last year’s free rodeo camp in Gerry.

Gerry to host free rodeo camp in April

By PAUL COOLEY Special to the OBSERVER The Gerry Rodeo Committee was recently notified they have again been selected by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association as one of only 10 rodeo sites nationwide to host a free PRCA Championship Rodeo camp on Saturday, April 29, from 9 a.m. to 2 ...

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Pictured is Chautauqua Lake’s Devin Pope, who was recently named the Chautauqua Cattaraugus Athletic Association West I’s Most Valuable Player. Pope averaged 32.1 points, 6.6 rebounds, 5.1 steals and 3.3 assists per game this past season.

The West’s best

OBSERVER Staff Report Following the Chautauqua Lake Thunderbirds’ run to the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Far West Regional, the team’s two leaders earned post-season awards. Junior Devin Pope, Chautauqua Lake’s do-it-all star, averaged 32.1 points, 6.6 ...

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Kick Cabin Fever Triathlon another hit

Submitted Photo The 9th annual Kick Cabin Fever Indoor Triathlon was held last month at the Chautauqua Institution Turner Fitness Center. The event proves to be a great way for people to beat the winter blues. The indoor Tri consists of a 15-minute swim, 15 minutes on a spin bike and 15 ...

Beat the Champ concludes filming at Lucky Lanes

WBBZ’s bowling competition, “Beat the Champs” concluded its filming at Lucky Lanes on Sunday afternoon, as the championship matches were held in the adult, high school and high school team divisions. Results from the event will be aired at a later date on WBBZ. Pictured at left is Ben ...

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Dunkirk’s Malique Carter will take part in the Castricone Bouts, which will be held in Buffalo on Saturday, April 22. Carter trains out of Elevation Combat Sports Academy and will be one of four local fighters competing in the event.

Getting ready to rumble

With approximately a dozen fights under his 16-year-old belt, Dunkirk’s Malique Carter is no stranger to the combat sports arena. The Elevation Combat Sports Academy (ECSA) student hopes that experience comes in handy on Saturday, April 22 at the Castricone Bouts, when he once again enters ...

Brooks hosts events for athletes

OBSERVER Staff Report In recognition of the month March as National Athletic Training Month, representatives of Brooks Memorial Hospital’s Sports Medicine program and Lakeshore Orthopedic Group, P.C., hosted an informational event at Walmart Supercenter in Fredonia, Saturday to raise ...

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Andy Roddick is pictured playing Pickleball, which is considered one of the “fastest growing sports” in the world. Pickleball, which is played on a court one-third the size of a tennis court, is played with paddles instead of racquets and a ball that looks like a wiffle ball.

‘Fastest growing sport’

OBSERVER Staff Report BROCTON — The sport with the funny name has been in Chautauqua County for a couple of years and is growing enormously across the country and the world. Pickleball, which is played on a court one-third the size of a tennis court, is played with paddles instead of ...

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Audrey Yokopovich looks to move the ball during Fredonia’s Saturday matchup against Montclair State.

Devils can’t hold off Montclair State

BROCKPORT — Montclair State rallied for a 12-10 women’s lacrosse win Saturday over the Fredonia Blue Devils. The Blue Devils (1-6) led by four goals twice in the first half before the Montclair began their comeback. The Red Hawks (6-1) took their first lead, 10-9, with 10:24 left on a ...

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Fredonia’s Chatley is an ‘Unsung Hero’

Fredonia junior swimmer Ben Chatley will be recognized next month by The One Love Foundation as the recipient of its Campus Unsung Hero Award. Chatley will receive the award April 19 in New York City for his role in 10 Million Yards for Yeardley, a week-long initiative to raise awareness of ...

OBSERVER Photo by Gene Pauszek
Pictured in front, from left, are Ann and Ray Pauszek, and Julie Root. In back are Ray and Gene Pauszek, Gail Foster, John (Utah) Pauszek and MaryAnn Panfil.

Fishing stories between family and friends

Today is pretty special. My father, Ray Pauszek turns 91 today and his wife Ann continues to claim she is 39, just like Jack Benny. With a growing family to raise, there were scant opportunities to go fishing together, when I was young, so I took advantage of the time frame when my dad ...

Blue Devils drop pair to Cortland at Houghton

HOUGHTON — Cortland used a pair of busy first innings to key a SUNYAC sweep of Fredonia on Friday. Cortland took the opener 14-0 and claimed the nightcap, 11-3. The doubleheader was played at Houghton College. In Game 1, the Blue Devils were only able to muster three hits against the ...

Late rally not enough

BROCTON — On March 19, the Kentucky Mavericks downed the Chautauqua Hurricane, 129-88. The 41-point loss was a clear indicator of who the better team was that Sunday night. However, the Hurricane were given only five days to turn it around as their rematch, and final home game of the year, ...

Submitted Photo: Men’s hockey coach Jeff Meredith, center, flanked by former assistants Rich Saletta (left) and Brian Dickinson.

Fredonia hockey founder Saletta passes away

Fredonia’s first men’s hockey coach Rich Saletta passed away unexpectedly March 18. Saletta, who returned to campus during Blue Devil Founders Weekend last October, and Gary Giambrone served as co-head coaches of Fredonia’s club men’s hockey program and stayed on to become the first ...

Submitted Photo: Pictured is one of the many teams who competed in the Fourth Annual March Madness event held at Pine Valley High School. The 3-on-3 basketball tournament raised $4,900 to help young community members in need.

Pine Valley Community In Action raises $4,900

The Fourth Annual March Madness event held on Sunday, March 12 at Pine Valley High School was a resounding success! The annual event was sponsored by Community in Action. This year’s event included the first March Madness 3-on-3 tournament for students from grades 7-12. Thirty-five students ...

Slow start dooms Fredonia versus No. 2 Cortland, 5-2

Fredonia senior right-hander Jake Harford (Silver Creek) needed an inning or two to find his pitching groove. It proved to be a costly slow start as the Blue Devils fell to nationally ranked Cortland, 5-2, in SUNYAC baseball Thursday at Ludwig Field. Harford walked the first two batters he ...

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Cormorants are seen a lot throughout the Great Lakes. This one was caught sunning itself.

Ice fishing is all but over with

Maybe the third time will be the charm. Wednesday’s ice status on Chautauqua Lake revealed there is a lot of open water. With Wednesday’s temperatures hanging around the freezing mark, it will probably take a couple of warm days, along with some rainfall, to open the inland lakes up ...

Beat the Champ HS field set

Beat the Champ High School Bowling Challenge field set The Beat the Champ High School Bowling Challenge competition has set its Final 4 for the TV taping of the show this Sunday at Lucky Lanes. Out of a field of more than 70 participants, the top four bowlers — based on scores with a ...

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Dunkirk native, Dr. Amanda Benson, middle, receives the Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award from the Southeast Athletic Trainers Association (SEATA).

Dunkirk native earns prestigious honor

Dunkirk native Dr. Amanda Benson received the Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award from the Southeast Athletic Trainers Association (SEATA). This award is designed to recognize and honor those who have served and demonstrated outstanding and unusual service to SEATA and the profession ...

Seniors get final night on hardwood

For one more night, senior boys and girls basketball players in Chautauqua County had the chance to show off their skills, as the Chautauqua County Basketball Officials Association held the Exceptional Senior All-Star games at Fredonia High School Wednesday night. In front of a nearly packed ...

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Seybold honored Lucky Lanes Junior Bowlers

Lucky Lanes Junior Bowlers held a special event on March 18, as “Priscilla Seybold Day” was celebrated. Seybold has been very involved with the youth bowling program at Lucky Lanes for more than 40 years. She also helped run the Grape Belt USBC Youth Association as secretary for close to 30 ...