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Pictured is a scene from Elon DeJesus’s most recent fight at Gloves Up Gloves Down in Buffalo. DeJesus was the winner, defeating Marcus Floyd in three rounds.

The next challenge

Elon DeJesus and his Impact Boxing team traveled over 900 miles from Dunkirk to Independence, Missouri to compete in the 17th Annual Ringside World Championship held at Silverstein Eye Center Arena, arriving at approximately 8 a.m. Tuesday morning. The tournament will prove to be a big step ...

Entries still being accepted for Olean Gus Macker Tournament

OLEAN — Entries are still being accepted for the Olean Gus Macker Basketball Tournament. The Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce is calling for visitors, students and community members to sign up for the August 18-20 Gus Macker three-on-three basketball tournament. Entry deadline for ...

Darren Manzella-Lapeira Memorial 5K Run and 3K Fun Walk planned for July 29

BROCTON — On Saturday the 4th Annual Darren Manzella-Lapeira Memorial 5K Run and 3K Fun Walk will be held at the Brocton American Legion Post 434 on Main Street in Brocton. The Run and Walk will start at Brocton Central School on School Street and finish at the American Legion. ...

For the Record — July 26

Adult golf Gowanda Country Club Ladies League (July 12) — First low gross: Lynn Gotsch 46. Second low gross: Tina Weber 47. First low net: Lois Piscitelli 33. Second low net: Diane Meli, Dawn Cordaro 35. Ladies League (July 19) — First low gross: Kim Gier 43. Second low gross: ...

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Hanover Little League Coordinator Keith VanVlack speaks after the Silver Creek Girl Scouts donated two automated external defibrillators, one for Silver Creek and other for Forestville, as the girl scouts are behind him.

Closing ceremonies

SILVER CREEK – Hanover Little League’s season has come and gone, but there was much that was done in between the first pitch and the final out. At the closing ceremonies on Sunday, Hanover Little League Coordinator Keith VanVlack announced the awards, donations and results of the summer’s ...

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Pictured is the Graham family and they will again be the stock contractors for the 73rd annual Gerry Rodeo. From left are Shana, Shawn, Gabby, Lexi, and Trevor.

The Graham family legacy and the Gerry Rodeo

GERRY — For Shawn and Shana Graham, owners of Painted Pony Championship Rodeo and contractors for the Gerry Fire Department’s 73rd annual rodeo, rodeo has been a passion for their entire lives. Shana was raised on a thoroughbred horse farm near Warrensburg, NY, where she was active in 4H. ...

For the Record

Announcements NCSA/Concord FC 2017 Fall Travel Soccer The Fall travel soccer season begins at the end of August and runs through October. Teams of 10-15 players each will be in the following levels: Third/fourth graders and fourth, fifth and sixth graders — both co-ed. Practices will be ...

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Pictured are scenes from Saturday’s 8-10 year old New York state softball championship game held at Joe Karnes Field at Wright Park in Dunkirk.

A champion’s been crowned

OBSERVER Staff Report Ozone Howard was crowned the New York state 8-10 year old softball champions Sunday afternoon. In the championship round, held at Joe Karnes Field at Wright Park, Ozone Howard exploded for 10 runs in the first inning and ultimately defeated Pawling Little League to win ...

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Pictured above, in front, from left are Tate Catanese and Keara Brady, essay contest grand prize winners In the back, from left, Mike Sperry, Sports Fishery Advisory Board Member; Pat Catanese, Tate’s father; Vince Horrigan, Chautauqua County Executive and Keara’s father, Matt Brady.

Country Executive, Horrigan, goes fishing with essay contest winners

MAYVILLE — Chautauqua County Executive Vince Horrigan recently traveled to Chautauqua Marina to go fishing with the two grand prize winners of the Chautauqua County Sports Fishery Advisory Board’s 25th Annual Fishing Essay Contest. Keara Brady, a fourth grader from Brocton Central ...

OBSERVER Photo by Gene Pauszek: In front from left: Fisher, Amy and Annie Sleeman, and Morgan and Courtney Outhouse. In back from left: Matt Reber, Ethan and Craig Sleeman, Khristina Cahoon and Mark Outhouse. Their team, Midnight Express, won the Sunset Bay Shoot Out, by fishing west of Barcelona with worm harnesses for a total  winning weight of 42.90 pounds.

Midnight Express wins Sunset Bay Shoot Out

The seventh annual Sunset Bay Shoot Out Walleye tournament is in the books. The anglers had good weather on both Big Fish Friday and on Saturday for the main event. There were 95 teams entered in the SBSO, but only 53 fish coolers reported to the weigh station. Not every team catches a ...

OBSERVER Photo by Jared Hill: Pictured is professional boxer Ivan “Hurricane” Hernandez at ECSA in Dunkirk. Hernandez will be fighting at WFC 76, Aug. 5, in Pittsburgh.

Hurricane Hernandez

Ivan “Hurricane” Hernandez, Dunkirk’s premiere professional boxer, will be making his way down to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to take on Eric Palmer on Aug. 5. Hernandez (2-1-1, 1 KO) will be donning the Elevation Combat Sports Academy (ECSA) colors in his second professional bout after ...

OBSERVER Photo by Ron Szot: Pawling’s Lyndsey Cole is ruled safe by the umpire at home plate.

Pawling advances to championship game

Pawling advanced out of the losers' bracket into the championship round of the double-elimination New York State Minor League Softball Tournament hosted by Dunkirk Little League with a 2-0 win Saturday afternoon over the East Meadow Fillies. Mckaela Mammola tossed a three-hitter with 10 ...

Fredonia pitcher Emerson Bird winds up a pitch against Massapequa on Friday.

Massapequa wins 12-2 in Little League state tourney

The Massapequa Chiefs Little League team were facing elimination Friday. The team that traveled eight hours from Long Island were in danger of taking the same trip back as it faced Fredonia Little League on Friday at Joe Karnes Field in Wright Park. With their backs to the wall, the ...

OBSERVER Photo by Gene Pauszek: First Place finish for Big Fish Friday was the Sleeman team Midnight Express with a 10.04 pound walleye. From left, in front: Annie, Ethan, Fisher and Craig Sleeman. Back row: Mark Outhouse and Matt Reber. Sleeman took first place in 2016 as well.

Sunset Bay Shoot out walleye tourney begins today

Get ready for the Sunset Bay Shoot Out walleye tournament, which is now the highest paying professional tournament with The Walleye Federation. Tournament Chairman, Don Ruppert, announced that with the SBSO registration fee of $500 per team, and optional calcuttas, the SBSO winner has a ...

Fredonia pitcher Emerson Bird winds up a pitch against Massapequa on Friday.

Fredonia Little League 8-10-year-old season ends to Massapequa

Fredonia Little League lost to the Massapequa Chiefs, 12-2, after five innings. The loss ends the postseason run, but Fredonia still smiled after the game knowing it won both the division and the section. Here's the view of the game through the OBSERVER's lens:

For the Record — July 21

Adult Golf Vineyards Golf Course Wednesday Night League — Top scores: A Division: Bob Golubski 35, John Lakas 36, Joey Tramuta 38, Charlie Reinhardt 38, Joe Pencek 38, Scott Hazelton 40, Tony Antolini 40. Skins A Division: Joey Tramuta (No. 1, +8), Bob Golubski (No. 2), John Lakas (No. ...

Submitted Photo: Joseph Lynch, a former Kennedy resident, is biking from his new home in Iowa to his hometown in a five-day timeframe. Lynch’s ride will benefit the Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism

Lynch bikes from Iowa to Kennedy to benefit Foundation for Autism

For most people, a bike ride lasts a few miles and they head home — but Joseph Lynch isn’t “most people.” Lynch, a Kennedy native, is currently taking a sojourn from his current home in Iowa City, Iowa, to his hometown on his trusty bicycle. However, the ride isn’t just a leisurely ...

OBSERVER Photo by Andrew David Kuczkowski: Pawlings Little League’s Nikki Vinciguerra slides safely into home behind Fredonia catcher Sophia Gullo during Thursday’s opening-round game of the 8-10-year-old New York State Minor Softball double-elimination tournament at Joe Karnes Field.

Pawlings LL impressive in win over Fredonia

The Pawlings Little League softball team travelled six and a half hours to play ball, and the players didn’t let down their families and friends who came to Joe Karnes Field at Wright Park in an 8-10-year-old New York State Minor Softball double-elimination tournament game against Fredonia ...