Local Sports

Ice fishing is just about here

Frigid temperatures are freezing up area waterways, so expect ice fishing soon. Rick Miller in Irving reports that the area creeks are well on their way to freezing up, which will remove that option. The Dunkirk Harbor, as of Wednesday afternoon, was covered with ice, except for a small patch ...

Dunkirk cuts 23-point deficit to four, but can’t finish comeback

Dunkirk cut a 23-point deficit to four, but couldn’t complete the comeback as Lake Shore escaped with a 74-60 victory in a Wednesday afternoon non-league high school boys basketball matchup. When the Eagles’ Josh Buchanan hit a three right after halftime to give Lake Shore a 48-25 lead, ...

FHS alumni return for game

Submitted Photo Former members of Fredonia High School’s varsity girls basketball team played a game in the FHS gym on Saturday. Participants were: Front row, from left, Caitlyn Cybart, Morgan Genovese, Coach Carol Zirkle, Rachael Smith, Hannah Cybart. Back row, from left: Julie Arnold, ...

Brawdy’s huge night grabs attention

GOWANDA — Panthers basketball star Nate Brawdy had a night to remember on Friday. Brawdy tallied 43 points, 31 rebounds and six assists in the Panthers’ 73-53 road win over Royalton-Hartland. “I’ve never seen it before,” said Gowanda coach Andy Bobseine. “40 points and 30 rebounds ...

‘No Joke’ Roque wins again

WESTMINSTER, Colo. — Tommy “No Joke” Roque has done it again. After an impressive outing in his professional boxing debut — knocking out 147-pound Seville Hasan in three rounds — the Dunkirk native was eager and ready to fight again in his quest to become a champion. This past ...

DHS tops Starpoint in tourney consolation game

ATHOL SPRINGS — After a tough loss to St. Francis in the first round of the St. Francis Holiday tournament, the Dunkirk Marauders boys basketball team bounced back with a dominating performance over Starpoint, defeating them 69-40 in the consolation game. “(Friday) night we were really ...

Falconer beats CV girls basketball team

BEMUS POINT — Falconer’s girls basketball team defeated Cassadaga Valley, 48-36, Saturday afternoon in the consolation game of the Maple Grove Tip Off Tournament. Brooke Repine led the Lady Cougars with a double-double: 13 points and 10 rebounds. Her teammate, Heidi Williams, had nine ...

Cold, snow bring back memories

With the cold and the snow, and Christmas right around the corner, the old memories start creeping back in. I can remember hunting waterfowl off the Outer Breakwall, in the Dunkirk Harbor right after Christmas. There were only a handful of hunters who did this, and the sport is not for ...

Chasing the dream

The love of sports is a common theme among kids all around the world. Some love the competition, others love the companionship of their teammates, and many love the pride that comes with winning. Then there are athletes playing for something a little more than that. That is the description that ...

Chautauqua Lake wrestlers win

MAYVILLE — The Chautauqua Lake-Westfield-Panama high school wrestling team defeated Maple Grove, 40-31, Friday. Five Chautauqua Lake wrestlers won by pinning opponents. At 99 pounds, it took 2:36 for Trent Burchanowski to win by fall over Brendan Russo. In the 113-pound event, Wyatt Meeder ...

Cox advances to purple belt

Submitted Photo On Wednesday, Sebastian Cox advanced to the purple belt level through The Family Martial Arts Center and the Kempo Karate Organization. While building confidence and character skills in their journey, each student has met several individual challenges which include weapons ...

Lady T’Birds top MG

Behind Katelyn Fardink, Chautauqua Lake ran its Chautauqua-Cattaraugus Athletic Association Division 1 West record to 3-0 with a 46-38 win over host Maple Grove on Friday night. Fardink netted 16 points with 11 coming in the second half as Chautauqua Lake (4-2) rallied for the ...

Brawdy has 41 points, 31 boards in Gowanda win at Roy-Hart

MIDDLEPORT — It was Nate Brawdy’s night Friday. All Gowanda’s senior captain did was drop 41 points, grab 31 rebounds and dish out six assists in a 73-53 non-league boys high school basketball win at Royalton-Hartland. “Nate played a complete game tonight. He actually played most of ...

A night of celebration

It was a momentous scene at Fredonia High School Friday night, as the Lady Billies not only played a thrilling game against their crosstown rivals in the Dunkirk Lady Marauders, but there was also a celebration as alumni and community members alike came to honor Fredonia’s 2016-17 girls ...

Cross-town rivals collide

They say basketball is a game of runs. Dunkirk proved that on Thursday night on the biggest stage of the season so far. The Marauders rode a 22-3 run at the end of the third quarter to a 77-61 victory over Fredonia in the Class B1 boys basketball league matchup. The cross-town rivalry ...

Pine Valley pulls up on Westfield with four Crisanti 3’s

OBSERVER Staff Reports PINE VALLEY — The Pine Valley Lady Panthers defeated Westfield-Brocton, 46-27, thanks to a 24-point performance by Kayla Hohl, and an additional four 3-pointers by Kaylee Crisanti. Pine Valley (4-1) caught fire in the third quarter outscoring Westfield 20-2 by ...

Wolverines win first league game of the season

OBSERVER Staff Reports WESTFIELD — The Westfield Wolverines defeated Cassadaga Valley 53-28 for their first CCAA Division II West win of the season in boys varsity basketball. “I thought we were really solid on defense,” Westfield coach Bob North said. At the half, the Wolverines ...

Pope drops 31 in T’Birds win

OBSERVER Staff Report MAYVILLE — Chautauqua Lake bounced back from a tough loss to defeat Maple Grove, 83-77, on Thursday night in Mayville. Maple Grove struggled early on, only scoring ten points in the opening quarter, while Chautauqua Lake closed the first quarter with a 14-point ...

Fearless Freddie’s Football Forecast

CRUEL LESSON. The Buffalo Bills have been a revelation this season, somehow winning eight games. Unfortunately, win number nine will not be forthcoming Sunday on the road against New England. The overrated Patriots still have enough to beat the Bills and lay waste to their playoff ...

No safe ice yet on Chautauqua Lake

Did you know that in six short months it will be the first day of summer? Yeah! Ice fishermen may have to wait at least one week for safe ice to show up on Chautauqua Lake according to Skip Bianco at Hogan’s Hut/Stow. According to Skip, there was some ice formation on the south end of ...