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Walt Koba notches a Hole in One

Walt Koba, 82 (pictured at left) recorded his fifth career Hole in One on Tuesday morning at the Vineyards Golf Course while playing in the Gene Andolina League. Koba aced Hole No. 5 with a 8-iron from 114 yards out. Witnesses were Greg Catalono, Al Muck, and Smokey Gloss (pictured at right).

Blue Devils start hockey season vs. Morrisville

Special to The OBSERVER Fredonia men's hockey will open its 2019-20 season with a SUNYAC series against Morrisville State on Fri., Nov. 1 and Sat., Nov. 2. The Blue Devils will face off at home 10 other times as part of their 25-game regular-season schedule. It includes the two traditional ...

Former World No. 5 to conduct clinics, play exhibition match in Lakewood

LAKEWOOD — Jimmy Arias, the former No. 5-ranked tennis player in the world, will be returning to the Lakewood YMCA later this month. The Grand Island native, who made an appearance at the Fairmount Avenue facility last summer, will conduct a pair of clinics, and a question-and-answer period ...

Narrow Wild Card margins may lead to a hectic MLB trade deadline

In a world obsessed with the transaction just as much as the action, the next two weeks will be quite the whirlwind for fans of Major League Baseball. The All-Star break has passed and now, the impending trade deadline on July 31 has taken center stage. While in recent years the addition of ...

First Ward Falcons softball tourney begins Friday

For the 44th consecutive year, fast pitch softball teams from all around the North East region will take the field at a handful of different softball stadiums in Dunkirk, including Promenschenkel Stadium, as the First Ward Falcons softball tournament opens this Friday night, July 19, and runs ...

Golfer’s Diary: And now for something completely different

Golf is golf. The course can change. The weather can change. Your group can change. But it’s rare that I get a completely new experience on the golf course. Yet that’s exactly what happened this past week after a text from my friend CJ. His league needed a sub. I’ve been asked several ...

Following a team of heroes

This summer, the US Women’s National Team once again captivated the nation and took the world stage by storm to win yet another FIFA Women’s World Cup soccer title. A team that prides itself on excellence on the pitch and taking a stand for social causes off the field spent the past few ...

Wins and losses with outdoor laws

I am saddened to report that there is no movement on the Crossbow bill that once again got stalled in legislation. There were a lot of bowmen in Western New York that were hoping for improvements in the crossbow regulation. Anyone who suffers the infirmities of old age or physical handicaps ...

Alex Ahlstrom earns All-Tournament Team honors at Perfect Game event

Dunkirk High School’s Alex Ahlstrom was recently named to the All-Tournament Team at the 2019 Perfect Game Super25 15U Mid-Atlantic Tournament held in Atlantic City, NJ, June 7-9. Ahlstrom competed with the Tri-State Arsenal 2022 National Team out of Mt Laurel, NJ who completed the 37-team ...

Dunkirk All-Stars play in Sectionals today in Penfield

The Dunkirk Little League 10-12 All-Stars hit the road to compete in the Sanctioned Sectional Tournament, today at noon, in Penfield. The winner of the Sectional Tournament will play the following week, also in Penfield, for the State Championship. The 10-12 team is coached by Darrell Bankoski, ...

Fredonia All-Stars advance with win over Cuba/Bolivar

OBSERVER Staff Report CUBA, N.Y. — The Fredonia 8-10 All-Stars baseball team came away with an exciting 15-12 victory over Cuba/Bolivar on Friday evening in the Sectional Little League baseball tournament in Cuba. Fredonia found itself in the loser’s bracket after a loss to Batavia ...

Brocton-Portland tops Hanover, 6-1

At left, Brocton-Portland All-Star’s Michael Garcia delivers home in their game against the Hanover All-Stars Thursday, July 12 at the Eagin Sports Complex in Fredonia. At right, Hanover’s Alex Galfo winds up against Brocton-Portland. Brocton-Portland beat Hanover 6-1, and will complete ...

Local girls win Southern Tier Travel Soccer Championship

Northwest Wave U19 Girls recently completed participation in the 2019 campaign of Southern Tier Travel Soccer League. The girls posted a regular season record of 8 wins and 1 loss, placing first, and were seeded first for the playoff tournament, during which they defeated Bradford 3-1 and ...

For the record

Little League baseball District 38 10-12 Year Old Baseball Tournament (Games at Fredonia Little League, 42 Clinton Avenue, Fredonia) AREA “A” POOL PLAY Thursday, July 11: Brocton-Portland vs. Hanover, 6 p.m. Saturday, July 12: Brocton-Portland vs. Fredonia, 10 a.m.; Mayville vs. ...

Toth, Toth take first in second race of Tri Series

CASSADAGA — When the opening salvo was fired on the second race of the Souther Tier Triathalon Club Summer Tri Series, 52 participants of all different ages dove into the water at Cassadaga Beach. When this Series started three years ago, it had nine participants. This Triathalon Series, ...

Fredonia Little League heads to Sectionals

The Fredonia Little League (8-10 year olds) are representing District 38 in this week's Sectional tournament held in Cuba, New York from July 9-15. Fredonia's first opponent is Batavia (District 3). Pictured are: Front row: Paul Tabone, Luka Paoletta, Ryan Johnson, Joe DiCarlantonio, Jordan ...

Fredonia takes down Mayville, 16-0

The Fredonia All-Stars mercy ruled the Mayville All-Stars, 16-0, after the fourth inning of a Little League baseball game in the District 38 10-12 year old tournament. Fredonia will continue their tournament play this Saturday, against the Brocton-Portland All-Stars at 10 a.m. The Mayville ...

Weekend storms make the hunt for walleye difficult

The weekend stormy weather turned the waters of Lake Erie upside down, and turned a previous “hot walleye bite” into a search mode. There were a lot of limit catches leading up to the weekend, and even the columnist and crew put together a stringer of a dozen eater sized walleye last ...