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Omayra Mendoza, left, and Allison Bevenue, right, represeted CrossFit Dunkirk at the Queen City Throwdown this past Saturday.

Bevenue, Mendoza represent CrossFit Dunkirk at Queen City Throwdown

AMHERST — CrossFit Dunkirk was well represented Saturday at the Queen City Throwdown. Testing their level of fitness against other CrossFit gyms around Western New York, Omayra Mendoza and Allison Bevenue of CrossFit Dunkirk, competed in workouts such as weightlifting total, cardio, ...

Funding the fight

Submitted Photos Fredonia’s midget football team held a “Tackle Cancer” fundraiser at its Saturday game, and released balloons as part of the event.

Fredonia women’s tennis team closes season with victory

BINGHAMTON — Fredonia closed out the 2017 season Sunday with a 5-3 win over Oswego State in the consolation round of the SUNYAC Women’s Tennis Tournament. Singles winners were sophomore junior Olivia Miller at No. 2, junior Adriana Speach at No. 5, and junior Avril King at No. 6. ...

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FHS grad Branch joins Denison U. Hall of Fame

Fredonia High School Class of 2000 graduate Jacqueline Berner Branch was named to the Denison University Hall of Fame in an Oct. 6 ceremony. Branch, a 2010 inductee into the FHS Athletic Hall of Fame, was a four-year letter winner in track & field at Denison, and a five-time North Coast ...

Officials set boys soccer playoffs schedule

The Section VI high school boys soccer playoff schedule was released Saturday. Dunkirk is seeded 12th out of 14 teams in Class B-1 and is set to play at No. 5 Olean today in a pre-quarterfinal. Fredonia is seeded eight out of 12 teams in Class B-2. This gets them a Tuesday home ...

Dunkirk to start playoffs at home

The Dunkirk Marauders will begin their quest for a Section VI Class B title at 7:30 p.m. Friday night at home against Albion, Coach Mike Sarratori confirmed Sunday night. Section VI football coaches held their seeding meeting Sunday morning, and Dunkirk (6-1) garnered the third seed in the ...

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Dunkirk native Wilfredo “El Bravo” Vega Flores, in a professional boxing match against Alden Wattley, Oct. 7 in Erie, Pa.

“El Bravo” Vega Flores advances to 6-0, No. 48 ranked in U.S.

ERIE, Pa. — Wilfredo “El Bravo” Vega Flores has won his first five fights since his debuting as a professional boxer back in June of 2015. Last Saturday, “El Bravo’ — translation “the brave” — took on Alden Wattley fighting with a record of 3-0 with three knockouts. The two ...

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Ivan “The Hurricane” Hernandez close up, training at Elevation Combat Sports Academy.

“Hurricane” Hernandez rocks Yaeger with 2nd-round KO

ERIE, Pa. — Ivan Hernandez bounced back in a big way against Jeremiah Yaeger in professional boxing last Saturday at the Bayfront Convention Center in Erie, Pennsylvania. Determined after losing his last bout in Pittsburgh — nearly reaching a state of diabetic shock in the process — ...

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Fredonia’s Emily Brown running in Saturday’s Pembroke Invitational.

Brown finishes first for Fredonia XC at Pembroke Invitational

OBSERVER Staff Report PEMBROKE — The Fredonia girls cross country team finished with a strong second-place finish at the Pembroke Invitational with Emily Brown leading the way and winning the race with a time of 20:02. Other top finishers for Fredonia were Hannah Gullo (20:43), Savannah ...

Silver Creek girls finish third overall at Alden Invite

OBSERVER Staff Report ALDEN — The Silver Creek Black Knights girls cross country team came in third place at the Alden Bulldog Invitational Saturday afternoon. Jaylah Cossin led the way in 17th place finished the race at a time of 20:21. Following behind Cossin were Ellie Decker (24th, ...

Section VI playoffs seeding announced for girls soccer

OBSERVER Staff Report Section VI girls soccer playoff brackets released The Section VI girls soccer playoff brackets were released Saturday morning after the seeding meeting. North Collins took the top seed in Class D, while Dunkirk (No. 10 in B-1) and Fredonia (No. 8 in B-2) have difficult ...

Another shutout for Fredonia soccer

Special to the OBSERVER PLATTSBURGH — For the third straight game, Fredonia men’s soccer has shut out a conference opponent. Its latest whitewash came Saturday afternoon at Plattsburgh, yet this time it resulted in a tie. Unable to muster scoring, the Blue Devils (8-5-2 overall, 2-3-2 ...

Francis 3rd at Rochester Invitational meet

Special to the OBSERVER ROCHESTER — Fredonia junior Ethan Francis (Dunkirk) finished a strong third Saturday at the University of Rochester Yellowjacket Invitational cross country meet. Francis covered the 8,000 meters at Genesee Valley Park in 26:11.3. It was his closest finish to the ...

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Fredonia angler Ron Lyndin was ready to try his luck on Canadaway Creek on Wednesday. Lately there has been lots of fishing pressure and clear water conditions making it tough.

Youth waterfowl programs take place across NYS

This event will require a Road Trip, but die hard Duck Hunters might be interested in giving their “Greenwings”(youth) a unique opportunity to learn about Duck Hunting. The NYSDEC will be holding their 20th annual Youth Waterfowl Program for young hunters on Long Island. The youth ...

Cortland takes down Blue Devils, 5-2, in quarterfinal

BINGHAMTON — Fredonia dropped a 5-2 quarterfinal match to Cortland at the SUNYAC Women’s Tennis championships at the Binghamton Tennis Center. Avril King, a junior, was a double winner for the Blue Devils (9-3). She defeated Jenna Bellair 7-5, 6-2 in their No. 6 singles match. King teamed ...

Baumann has best finishes at Ithaca

Special to the OBSERVER ITHACA — Fredonia sophomore Alyson Baumann had a pair of third-place finishes Saturday during the Blue Devils’ season-opening meet at Ithaca College. Baumann finished third in both the 100-yard and 200-yard freestyle races in addition to sixth in the 100-yard ...

FSU volleyball loses twice

Special to the OBSERVER The Fredonia women’s volleyball team dropped a pair of matches on Saturday in a tri-match with Bethany and St. John Fisher. The Blue Devils fell to Bethany in five sets in the opener (25-17, 24-26, 20-25, 25-14, 10-15). Up 7-2 midway through the fifth set, the Blue ...

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Fredonia-Westfield-Brocton’s Brendan Plaister runs the ball during Friday’s game against Dunkirk at Karl Hoeppner Field. Plaister scored the winning touchdown in the fourth quarter of the Badgers’ 15-8 victory.

UPSET SPECIAL: FWB grounds out win over Marauders

Fredonia-Westfield-Brocton (3-4, 2-3) used a ball-control offense led by running back Brendan Plaister and a stout defensive effort to topple arch rival Dunkirk (6-1, 4-1), 15-8, during Section VI Class B2 football action Friday night at Karl Hoeppner Field, putting an end to the Marauders’ ...

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Adam Goot of Cassadaga Valley-Falconer is tackled by a Southwestern player during Friday night football action in Lakewood.

Southwestern escapes with win over F-CV

LAKEWOOD — If you told the Falconer-Cassadaga Valley Golden Cougars that they would leave Charles A. Lawson Field Friday night having held Southwestern’s potent offense scoreless, victory would have been the assumption. Defensive dominance aside, that was not the case as the Trojans picked ...

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At right are the tennis players from the Chautauqua-Cattaraugus Athletic Association who have qualified for the Section VI Championships next week at the Miller Tennis Center in Williamsville. Kneeling are the singles qualifiers. From the left are Mikayla Johnson, Southwestern; Jenna Hayes, Maple Grove; Bernadette Gens, Fredonia; and Kelsey Vianese, Fredonia. Standing are the doubles qualifiers. From the left are Hiba Munir and Olivia Persia, Southwestern; Elise Swanson and Maddie Collins, Maple Grove; Nicole Youngberg and Macy Youngberg, Falconer; and Zayba Chauhdry and Kara Howard, Olean.

Vianese, Gens to play in sectional tournament

Special to the OBSERVER LAKEWOOD — Although Fredonia’s Kelsey Vianese and Bernadette Gens lost at the final day of the Chautauqua-Cattaraugus Athletic Association tennis championships at the Lakewood YMCA on Friday, they qualified for the Section VI tournament. Southwestern’s Mikayla ...