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Dunkirk’s Issiah Velez (23) goes up for a shot against Burgard’s Dajuan Williams (4) during a high school boys basketball playoff game in Dunkirk Wednesday night.

Marauders move on

Dunkirk’s season is still alive. The Dunkirk Marauders advanced to the quarterfinals of the Section 6 Class B1 boys basketball playoffs with a 59-46 win over the visiting Burgard Bulldogs on Wednesday night at Dunkirk High School. Dunkirk (15-6, 6-seed) fell behind early, as Burgard ...

Playoff basketball: Fredonia, Westfield boys move on

BUFFALO — The No. 13-seeded Fredonia Hillbillies pulled off another upset in the Section 6 Class B1 boys basketball playoffs Wednesday, edging fifth-seeded Math Science Tech Prep, 57-54, in a second round game. One night after winning at Alden, the Billies (7-14) took another road playoff ...

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Gowanda’s Nate Brawdy (10) dribbles during a boys basketball playoff game against Roy-Hart on Wednesday.

Gowanda boys win playoff game

GOWANDA — The Gowanda Panthers handled Roy-Hart, 62-43, Wednesday in a Section 6 Class B2 boys basketball second round playoff game. Exchange student Ture Hassler led eighth-seeded Gowanda (15-6) with 29 points and eight rebounds, while teammate Nate Brawdy contributed 22 points, 14 ...

Blue Devils rally for playoff win at Plattsburgh

PLATTSBURGH — Fredonia freshman Ryan Dunner scored with 6:40 left as Fredonia rallied for a 4-3 road win over Plattsburgh in the first round of the SUNYAC Men’s Hockey Tournament. Down 3-1 early in the second period, the Blue Devils (12-10-4) scored three unanswered goals and got a ...

Krasnek gets second at SUNYAC meet

BUFFALO — Fredonia sophomore Christian Krasnek finished second in men’s 3-meter springboard diving on the opening day of the 2018 SUNYAC Swimming & Diving championship meet. Krasnek scored 523.20 points for 11 dives (he had a score of 544.25 in the preliminary round) to finish behind ...

Weather puts ice fishing on hold

The recent warm weather has put ice fishing on hold at most areas, but this will open up a lot of new opportunity for anglers. After making the usual Wednesday morning telephone survey, all points indicated that ice fishing was on hold. Skip Bianco at Hogan’s Hut/Stow reported that no one ...

Chautauqua Lake wrestler Brendan Ramsey (of Panama) attempts to bring his opponent to the ground during a regular season match.

Five local athletes headed to Albany for state wrestling tourney

The pantheon of wrestling is right around the corner and five local athletes — Hector Colom and Giovanni Russo of Fredonia, Brendan Ramsey of Panama, and Bryce Rowe and Ben Szymanowski of Chautauqua Lake — have been chosen and will now push their physical limits to try and become New York ...

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Kazlin Beers (2) of Fredonia closes out and plays intense defense during a pre-quarterfinal girls basketball game against the Springville Griffins. After shutting the Griffins down in the first quarter to go up, 26-0, the Lady Billies coasted to the finish line to move on to the next round.

Lady Hillbillies win big

The Fredonia Lady Hillbillies rode a spectacular first quarter to a 57-38 defeat of the Springville-Griffith Griffins Tuesday night in a Section 6 Class B1 girls basketball prequarterfinal. No. 5-seeded Fredonia (9-12) totally dominated the Griffins in a 26-0 opening period. No. 12 seed ...

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Silver Creek’s Abby Rice drives to the basket during last night’s playoff win against Cattaraugus-Little Valley

Black Knights beat out Lady T’Wolves, 47-24

SILVER CREEK — The Silver Creek Black Knights girls basketball team is moving on to the quarterfinals of the Class C Sectionals after defeating Cattaraugus/Little Valley, 47-24, on Tuesday night in the first round of the playoffs. Silver Creek (12-9) was forced to play without starting ...

Fredonia boys win, advance in playoffs

OBSERVER Staff Report ALDEN — The Fredonia Hillbillies pulled off a 67-45 victory over Alden in the pre-quarterfinal game in boys playoff basketball. “I thought the guys did a great job preparing for the game,” said Fredonia coach Greg Lauer. “We watched a lot of film on Alden and ...

Steelers out of playoffs after Monday loss

OBSERVER Staff Report CHEEKTOWAGA — There will be a new state champion in the mixed league division of hockey. The Dunkirk-Fredonia Steelers’ two-year reign has come to an end with a 7-4 loss to Iroquois in the state play-in game on Monday. Tied 3-3 after two periods, Iroquois erupted ...

Photo by Scott Kindberg
Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame inductees, pictured in front, from left, are Sheilah Lingenfelter Gulas, Lori Franchina, Phil Young and Jim Riggs, representing his late father. In back, from left, are Clem Worosz, Dick Cole, Fran Sirianni and Curt Fischer.

Honored

LAKEWOOD — For decades, the late Jim Riggs was a board member of the Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame and, in tandem with his job as the sports editor of The Post-Journal, the annual induction banquet meant that he would chronicle it all for posterity through his words and his photos. He ...

Fredonia athletes grab weekly SUNYAC honors

Special to the OBSERVER CORTLAND — Fredonia senior Mikayla Capestrani (Jamestown) has again been selected State University of New York Athletic Conference Women’s Indoor Track and Field Athlete of the Week. Also the winner of last week’s honor, Capestrani broke the school pole vault ...

30-point quarter a nightmare for Dream, Hurricane win

OBSERVER Staff Report DUBOIS — The Chautauqua Hurricane (3-2, 1-1) defeated the Dubois Dream, 105-94, in local semi-pro basketball, Sunday. “I thought that we came out pretty strong on the first quater, but they withstood out first run and overtook the lead in the second quarter,” ...

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Dunkirk’s Tyrese Kristan-Johnson (12) attempts to block a shot during a regular season boys basketball game.

The playoffs have finally arrived

This is the week we’ve all been waiting for. It’s playoff week, and many local teams have a chance to make a deep playoff run. With opening round games to class quarterfinals all taking place this week, every team is in win-or-go-home mode. BOYS: (6) Dunkirk vs 11/14 seed winner, ...

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In this photo, Gabriel Persch makes the save at point-blank range during a boys playoff hockey game against Roy-Hart. The Steelers lost, 4-3, in overtime.

Roy-Hart rebounds from OT loss, wins mini-game over Steelers

By GIB SNYDER III It took nearly 64 minutes of hockey Sunday night at the Steele Hall Ice Arena to decide who would advance to the finals of the Western New York High School Club Hockey League’s finals, which will be held at the Key Bank Arena on Friday, Feb. 23. Unfortunately for the No. 2 ...

School records in pole vault, 300 meters

Special to the OBSERVER ITHACA — Two Fredonia seniors from the same hometown broke women’s indoor track and field school records Saturday, records which they already held. Jamestown natives Mikayla Capestrani and Brittany Feldman set new marks in the pole vault and the 300 meters, ...

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1998 Three longtime employees of the City of Dunkirk were honored during a recent meeting of the Dunkirk Common Council. Honored were Officer Richard Makuch, who served with the Dunkirk Police Department for 35 years; Officer Frank Vega, who is a 24-year employee of the ...

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These are some of the contestants from the Northern Chautauqua Conservation Club’s annual rabbit contest. There were 17 hunters entered and 10 rabbits weighed. Nick Sheffield had the top-weighing rabbit at 2.44 lbs.

Trying out ice fishing today? Here’s some safety tips

Today is part of the state Department of Environmental Conservation’s free fishing days, which are offered several times during the year. With Presidents Day right around the corner, and a lot of ice cover on our surrounding bodies of water, chances are good that if you want to try your luck, ...

Hurricane defeat Dubois at home

BROCTON — The Chautauqua Hurricane moved their season record to 2-2 with a 132-117 home-court victory over Dubois on Saturday night at Brocton High School. Ralph Williams led Hurricane scorers with 30 points. Nathaniel Hill netted 22 points for the team, while Johnny Marsh had 21, Marcus ...