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Chautauqua Lake boys advance, girls fall

JAMESTOWN — The Chautauqua Lake boys basketball team topped Randolph, 58-48, in the Section VI Class C crossover game. With the win, the Thunderbirds will represent Section VI in the Far West Regionals. Meanwhile, the Chautauqua Lake Lady Thunderbirds lost a 53-50 decision to Frewsburg in ...

Dennis, Seegar land SUNYAC softball weekly awards

CORTLAND — Junior first baseman Katelyn Dennis and freshman pitcher Sam Seegar were recognized by SUNYAC for their softball exploits last weekend. Dennis was named SUNYAC Softball Athlete of the Week after batting .462 in four games while Seegar was chosen SUNYAC Softball Pitcher of the ...

Blue Devils’ baseball team goes 3-1 in Myrtle Beach

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — Ben Atkinson tossed six scoreless innings as the Devils downed Lehman 8-4 in the final game for Fredonia in Myrtle Beach. It was the third consecutive game a Fredonia starting pitcher did not allow a run. For the weekend, Devil starters gave up one run in 22-1/3 innings ...

Back-to-back

SYOSSET, L.I. — For the second year in a row, the Dunkirk-Fredonia Steelers are state champions. In what was a total team effort, the Steelers knocked off their nemesis this year the Iroquois Chiefs by a 2-1 score. It was not easy. “It’s just unbelievable. I’m still pinching myself ...

Experience wins out

BUFFALO — Down 10-0 in the early moments of the first quarter of the Section VI, Class B-1 girls basketball final, Fredonia head coach Carol Zirkle called a time out. And her message to her players was pretty simple. “I told them that we were OK and that we have done this before,” ...

Friends of the NRA hold annual banquet last Saturday

The Friends of the National Rifle Association banquet was held last Saturday at the Samuel Derby American Legion Post in Frewsburg. This event has been held in Chautauqua County for over two decades and every year they seem to break records for attendance and fundraising. And this year was ...

Steelers cruise past Syosett, 6-0, at states

OBSERVER Staff Report SYOSETT, L.I. — Dunkirk-Fredonia has just about clinched its ticket into the state hockey tournament Final Four today after a relentless 6-0 victory over the host team Syosett on Saturday afternoon. A four-goal second period and solid defense propelled the Steelers ...

Bootleggers take down Hurricane

BROCTON — The Chautauqua Hurricane dropped their fifth-straight game Saturday night in a 96-82 loss to the Ohio Bootleggers in Premier Basketball League action at Brocton High School. Entering the fourth quarter, despite not playing their best basketball through three quarters, the ...

Lady T-Birds back on top

JAMESTOWN — Chautauqua Lake certainly picked an opportune time to play arguably one of its finest all-around games of the season. Sophomore Katelyn Fardink poured in a game-high 19 points, senior Samantha Bauer added 14 points, including four 3-pointers, and fellow seniors Taylor Phelps and ...

Steelers repeat as state champs

The Dunkirk-Fredonia Steelers defeated Iroquois, 2-1, Sunday to claim their second straight high school hockey state title. For more information, see Monday's edition of the OBSERVER.

Blue Devils split softball opener Friday in Virginia Beach

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — Here’s a recap of Fredonia’s two games Friday during the Virginia Wesleyan College Beach Blast at the Prince Anne Athletic Complex: Game 1 Fredonia 4, Keuka 3 The Blue Devils rallied for two runs in the last of the seventh with two outs. Sam Seegar started ...

Hurricane set to face Bootleggers tonight

For the first time in what seems like a long time, the Chautauqua Hurricane will face a team other than the Jamestown Jackals in Premier Basketball League action. After playing the Jackals in three of their last four games, the Hurricane are back in action tonight at Brocton Central School ...

Steelers drop Friends Academy, 4-1, at states

SYOSETT — It was a statement game for senior winger Ryan Thompson on Friday afternoon. Thompson tallied a goal and added three assists in the Dunkirk-Fredonia Steelers 4-1 victory over Friends Academy from Long Island at Iceworks rink. Also stepping up was goaltender Nicolas Novelli who had ...

A long time coming

JAMESTOWN —One would be hard-pressed to find a better Class C duo in New York state than Devin Pope and Aaron Swan. Cleveland Hill found out first-hand Friday night. Pope scored 33 points and Swan added 27 points as the Chautauqua Lake pair combined for 60 of their team’s points in a ...

Steelers begin defense of state title today in Long Island

SYOSETT, L.I. — Defense of the state championship title begins today for the Dunkirk-Fredonia Steelers here in Long Island. Following a 13-6-2 campaign that ended with a second-place finish and a trip to Super Sunday at KeyBank Center in Buffalo, the Steelers open the state tournament today ...

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Right where they wanted to be

AMHERST — There may not have been much scoring, but there was no lack of action in the Fredonia Lady Hillbillies’ Section VI Class B1 girls basketball semifinal game Thursday at Sweet Home High School. After letting an early 10-point lead evaporate, the Lady Hillbillies came up big when it ...

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Lady T’birds advance to C1 finals

JAMESTOWN — Taylor Phelps (15 points), Jesse Zenns (11 points) and Katelyn Fardink (10 points) all scored in double figures and Chautauqua Lake turned in an exceptional performance on the defensive end of the floor in a 48-36 victory over Cleveland Hill on Thursday in a Section VI Class C1 ...

Devils baseball looks to take next step, softball gets early start

The Fredonia baseball team begins its quest of a fourth SUNYAC Tournament appearance in five years when the first pitch of the season is thrown today against Johnson & Wales in Myrtle Beach. Fredonia is coming off a 2016 season where it finished 20-21. The Blue Devils were eliminated by ...