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Lanski commits to UB

OBSERVER Photo by M.J. Stafford Fredonia High School senior Lydia Lanski signed a letter of intent Wednesday in the FHS library to attend the University at Buffalo. Lydia runs the 100 meter hurdles for the FHS track team, and is slated to do so for Division I UB. She was accepted into the UB ...

Fredonia High golf squads victorious

BEMUS POINT — The Fredonia, Cassadaga Valley and Maple Grove high school golf teams competed in cold, damp conditions at Bemus Point Golf Club Wednesday afternoon. The Fredonia boys squad won over Maple Grove, 28.5 to 26.5, and Cassadaga Valley, 35-20. Maple Grove won its boys’ matchup ...

PV game suspended after big F’ville rally

WEST VALLEY — Pine Valley and Franklinville played a crazy high school baseball game Wednesday. So crazy, in fact, it’s not over. The umpires called the CCAA East 2 contest due to darkness sometime after 8 p.m. with the teams tied at 13 after eight innings. Mark Blecha, Franklinville’s ...

Infinity gymnasts set for state finals

Submitted Photo Infinity Gymnastics in Fredonia is sending all their level 2 and 3 competitors to the New York State Championship in Rochester, May 18-20. Each of the 12 girls had to qualify at a USAG sanctioned meet in order to be able to compete at the state level. The gymnasts are coached ...

North Collins softball defeats Ellicottville

OBSERVER Staff Report NORTH COLLINS — After getting only one hit in its last game, North Collins came out ready to hit on Wednesday. The North Collins Lady Eagles softball team defeated Ellicottville, 15-7, in a CCAA Div. 2 East regular season high school softball matchup Wednesday on the ...

Shorewood names new golf pro for ’18

The Shorewood Country Club Golf Committee’s search team has named Rich Conwell, a Class “A” PGA Professional, the golf professional for the 2018 summer season. Conwell visited Shorewood on Tuesday this week to tour facilities and meet with staff and with the Board of Directors. ...

Fishing warms up with the weather

The weather has finally started to warm up and so has the fishing. Offshore anglers reported locating yellow perch off Evangola State Park on Sunday, with many anglers reporting near-limit catches. Monday the fishing was okay, and by Wednesday, the catches declined. The target area was ...

SC girls, C. Lake boys win at track meet

SILVER CREEK — The Silver Creek girls track and field team defeated Chautauqua Lake, 72-69, while the Silver Creek/Forestville boys were defeated by Chautauqua Lake, 106-35, in a CCAA Division 2 high school track and field meet at Silver Creek High School on Tuesday. Silver Creek freshman ...

Baseball: Knights edge Chautauqua Lake

SILVER CREEK — The Silver Creek Black Knights won their second CCAA West 1 league game in as many days as they were able to defeat the Chautauqua Lake Thunderbirds 7-3 on Tuesday night. Silver Creek was able to pay attention to the little details, being strong on the bases, as they scored ...

Softball: Lady Thunderbirds leave town with win

SILVER CREEK — The Silver Creek Black Knights high school softball team (3-4, 2-3) lost to Chautauqua Lake, 12-7, Tuesday in a CCAA West 1 league game. The Knights’ Tessa Douglas went 2 for 4 pounding out a double, three RBIs and a single. Stevie Cook, Bailey Watroba, Jade Bouvier, Julia ...

FHS baseball wins again

FALCONER — The Fredonia Hillbillies stayed undefeated in CCAA West 1 high school baseball this season with a 7-2 defeat of Falconer on Tuesday, in a game shortened by bad weather to five innings Fredonia (4-1, 4-0) got a complete-game pitching effort from Trey Swartz. He gave up just one ...

Lady Billies beat Falconer

FALCONER — The Fredonia Lady Hillbillies bounced back Tuesday from a home defeat by Dunkirk the previous afternoon, hammering Falconer, 17-3, in a CCAA West 2 high school softball contest. Grace Mroczka pitched four innings to get the win for Fredonia (4-1, 3-1). She gave up four walks, ...

Fredonia track teams top Gowanda

Fredonia High School’s boys and girls track and field teams defeated Gowanda’s squads in the teams’ first league meet of the season Tuesday. BOYS Tyler Field won four events for host Fredonia. He took the 100 (11.7 seconds), 200 (24.3) and high jump (5 feet, 6 inches), and was on the ...

Fredonia tennis team upends Maple Grove

BEMUS POINT— The Fredonia High School boys’ tennis team played, and won, its first match of the season at Maple Grove (1-2) on Monday. According to Fredonia coach Lisa Johnston, it was only the second time the FHS team has done an activity outside this season due to the poor weather. Neil ...

Gowanda lax team wins

GOWANDA — The Gowanda Panthers high school boys’ lacrosse team beat Medina, 12-8, Tuesday. Ryan John scored seven goals and made three assists for Gowanda (3-3, 3-1). Uriah John netted three goals and added two assists for the Panthers. Goalie Lyle Warrior made 18 saves for the ...

DHS track teams defeated by Falconer/CV

FALCONER — Dunkirk High School’s girls and boys track teams lost to Falconer/Cassadaga Valley’s squads on Tuesday. GIRLS Samantha Gilbert won three events to lead Falconer/Cassadaga Valley past Dunkirk, 97-37, in Division 1 girls action. Gilbert won the 100-meter hurdles (18.9), 100 ...

Fredonia High golf team opens season

Fredonia High’s boys golf team (1-1, 2-1) sent the Falconer Golden Falcons to defeat in their first match of the season, 33-22, Tuesday at Shorewood Country Club. David Allen had the top score of the match, with a 43. Seventh-grader Lucas Hoffman was Fredonia’s best golfer with a 48. Owen ...

Softball: DHS makes a statement in 9-4 win

The Fredonia Lady Hillbillies dominated the CCAA West 1 high school softball division last season. On Monday, the Dunkirk Lady Marauders showed that won’t be the case this season. Dunkirk (7-2, 4-0) scored six times in the first two innings and got more strong pitching from Monica Pokoj in ...

Baseball: FHS rolls after big 1st inning

The Dunkirk Marauders showed up in Fredonia on Monday afternoon looking to change the narrative of the Dunkirk-Fredonia rivalry on the baseball diamond. Early on, it looked promising for the Marauders, with two early runs and the bases loaded. Then it all came apart. Fredonia got its ...

Lady Cougars survive tough test from Brocton

SINCLAIRVILLE — After the Cassadaga Valley Lady Cougars softball team was up 8-1 in the third inning, the Brocton Lady Bulldogs were able to bring the tying run up to the plate in the seventh inning. But Brittyn LeBaron was able to end the threat with a strikeout while a runner was on second ...