Local Sports

Mierzwa homers, Forestville tops Sherman, 4-2

OBSERVER Staff Reports FORESTVILLE — Alison Mierzwa hit a two-run home run in the third inning to help Forestville beat Sherman, 4-2, in Division 2 West softball. Caroline Kaicher walked in front of Mierzwa’s home run, which gave the Hornets a 3-0 lead. Makenzie Press then reached on an ...

Maple Grove wins tight, 3-2, match over Westfield

OBSERVER Staff Report BEMUS POINT — Reid Wight’s 10-5 win at third singles clinched a 3-2 win for Maple Grove over Westfield on Wednesday. Wyatt Chriest and Ben Cresanti won at first doubles while Kampbell Howard and Lawton Tranum won at second doubles for the Red Dragons (5-6). In ...

Panama outlasts Forestville, 10-9, in eight innings

PANAMA — The great Yogi Berra was once quoted as saying, "It ain't over until it's over." That famous saying rang true Tuesday afternoon for the Panama Lady Panthers in a tightly contested Division 2 West battle against Forestville at Deb Palmer Field. Down 9-7 heading into the bottom of ...

Fredonia drops Trojans for second time on season, 3-2

The Fredonia Lady Hillbillies grabbed their second straight victory over Southwestern, Tuesday, in a tough, 3-2 win in CCAA West 1 softball. Hannah Cybart led Fredonia at the mound pitching a complete game; she allowed just five hits and let up only two runs (one earned) along with six ...

Yokopovich, Spiess selected All SUNYAC

CORTLAND — Two Fredonia Blue Devils were named today to the SUNYAC Women’s Lacrosse All-Conference Team. Junior midfielder Audrey Yokopovich and sophomore midfielder Samantha Spiess were Second Team selections following a vote of conference coaches. Yokopovich led SUNYAC with 45 caused ...

Local teams hit the links prior to Sectional qualifiers

On Tuesday, Cassadaga Valley, Forestville and Silver Creek all played matches at Cassadaga Country Club with a par 35. Team scores are as follows: Cassadaga Valley 31, Silver Creek 24; Cassadaga Valley 30, Forestville 25; Forestville 31, Silver Creek 24. Medalist on the day was Titus Miller ...

Dunkirk, Fredonia split track and field victories

Dunkirk and Fredonia split the rivalry on the track with the Fredonia girls and Dunkirk boys taking home victories. Fredonia girls won with a score of 92-41 and were led by many multiple top 3 finishers. The team of Emily Brown, Ana Buchanan, Sydney Swan, and Clair Stokes took home the ...

Westfield picks up pair of wins in doubleheader

WESTFIELD — The Westfield Wolverines (3-6) tennis team won both ends of its Division 2 double header Tuesday against the Cassadaga Valley Cougars. In match one, Westfield won, 5-0. In first singles, Josh Kitchen defeated Nate Maze, 8-4. In second singles, Marilynn Amborski defeated Blake ...

Key victory

MAYVILLE — Fredonia kicked off a busy week that will go a long way toward deciding the Chautauqua-Cattaraugus Athletic Association Division 1 West softball champion with a key 7-1 win over Chautauqua Lake. Hannah Cybart threw a complete-game four-hitter with 10 strikeouts as the Hillbillies ...

Dunkirk walks off with 11-10 victory over Maple Grove

The Dunkirk Marauders and the Maple Grove Red Dragons played down to the wire in CCAA West 1 baseball action on Monday, but in the end, it was Dunkirk who pulled off the 11-10 walk-off victory. In the bottom of the seventh, all tied up at 10 apiece. Devaun Farnham-DeJesus clocked a single to ...

Hillbillies impress with 11-3 win over Chautauqua Lake

By JON FENIELLO Special to the OBSERVER MAYVILLE — The Fredonia Hillbillies beat the Chautauqua Lake Thunderbirds 11-3 on Monday in CCAA 1 West baseball. Lucas Voss struck out 12 in five innings, giving up eight hits without a walk. “Chautauqua Lake came out on fire,” said Fredonia ...

Pokoj powers Dunkirk to 5-1 win

OBSERVER Staff Reports A two-run home run by Monica Pokoj sparked a three-run fourth inning for the Dunkirk Lady Marauders (5-5, 4-4) and propelled them to a 5-1 victory Monday over the Maple Grove Lady Red Dragons in a CCAA West 1 softball matchup in Dunkirk. The score was tied at 1-apiece ...

Fredonia tennis improves to 8-0 with double header sweep

The Fredonia Hillbillies (8-0, 7-0) tennis team played a double header against the Cassadaga Valley Cougars in Fredonia Monday. In the first match, Fredonia defeated Cassadaga, 5-0. In first singles, Neil Gens defeated Nate Maze, 8-0. In second singles, Jimmy Rush defeated Blake Dahl, 8-1. ...

For the Record

Local sports schedule Tuesday, May 9 High School Softball Brocton at Panama Cassadaga Valley at Clymer Dunkirk at Fredonia Lake Shore at West Seneca North Collins at Pine Valley High School Baseball Brocton at Panama Cassadaga Valley at Clymer Dunkirk at Fredonia Lake ...

Chautauqua Lake coach Bongiovanni remembers his mentor and his town

Bryan Bongiovanni bleeds Fredonia Hillbillies’ baseball. Bongiovanni played at Fredonia High School, then after college, he coached alongside his mentor, Fredonia coach Vince Gullo. Nearly every year with Bongiovanni in the Fredonia dugout the team won. However, after the 2015 season, ...

Bartlett, Carlson repeat as Student-Athletes of Year

All-America divers Meghan Bartlett (Johnstown, N.Y.) and Arron Carlson (LeRoy, N.Y.) are repeat Fredonia Student-Athlete of the Year winners. Each won the awards in 2016 and again this year when season-ending awards were announced Sunday afternoon at the 2017 Awards Gala inside Rosch Recital ...

Chi Alpha Sigma welcomes 24 Blue Devils

Two dozen Fredonia Blue Devil student-athletes were inducted Sunday into the New York chapter of Chi Alpha Sigma, an honor society of academic high achievers. At a ceremony inside the Williams Center, Faculty Athletics Representative Dr. Eileen Lyon oversaw the induction of the 24 Blue Devils ...

Al Stuhlmiller Field gets a facelift via bevy of renovations

The Dunkirk athletic fields have been the recipients of many upgrades in recent years, with Al Stuhlmiller Field being one of the most recent. Long gone are the days of right fielders running up the hill in right field to chase down balls. Foul balls are no longer a hazard, darting between ...

Chautauqua County Federation of Sportsmen banquet held

On April 24, the Chautauqua County Federation of Sportsmen held their annual Harry Probst Memorial Federation banquet at the beautiful Lakewood Rod & Gun Club. This event keeps growing in popularity and this year’s attendance had over 200 guests at the event. Guest include Chautauqua ...