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Devils hit century mark in win over Behrend

The Fredonia women’s basketball team defeated Penn-State Behrend in its home opener Tuesday night, 100-83. Sophomore Jenna Einink (Westfield/Chautauqua Lake) led the way for the Blue Devils with a strong performance in the paint, accounting for 25 points and eight rebounds. Einink shot 53 ...

Hurricane ready to meet the community

Under new ownership, the Chautauqua Hurricane are preparing for the Premier Basketball League season. But first, they will take part in an exhibition game this Friday at Brocton Central School against Brocton Bulldogs Alumni. The game is set for 7 p.m. with $1 admission. The game is a way ...

Women look to build on last year’s historic playoff run

Last season the women’s basketball team had its most successful season ever, which included the team playing host to it’s first-ever SUNAYC Tournament game, a thrilling 89-81 overtime victory over Brockport. The team finished 19-8 overall and returns most of its roster intact. However, it ...

Experience should help Devils make noise in SUNYAC

The Fredonia Blue Devils men’s basketball team looks to leave its mark on the SUNYAC conference this year after finishing just out of the postseason last year. The Blue Devils’ roster is filled with experience, which had been lacking the previous few seasons as they return a number of ...

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Dunkirk-Fredonia’s Nick Novelli makes a save during his team’s WNYCHL game against the Buffalo Explorers, on Sunday at the Steele Hall Ice Arena. The Steelers won the game, 3-2.

Novelli helps Steelers to 3-2 win Sunday

When the Dunkirk-Fredonia Steelers needed a goal, they got it from one of the players they will rely on most this season as Mike Meredith scored with 5:30 left in the third period to hold off the Buffalo Explorers, 3-2, Sunday in the Western New York Club Hockey League season opener at Steele ...

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Dunkirk players and coaches celebrate the Marauders’ 50-48 overtime win over Batavia in the NYSPHSAA Class B Farwest Regional football game Saturday night at New Era Field, in Orchard Park. With the win, Dunkirk advanced to the NYSPHSAA semifinals, where it will play Section IV’s Chenango Forks at Cicero-North Syracuse High School on Saturday, Nov. 19 at 3 p.m.

A game for the ages

ORCHARD PARK — Midway through the third quarter, during a timeout, Dunkirk (9-2) head coach Mike Sarratori sought out Marauder running back Alton Ingram. His message to his senior standout was simple, he was putting the game in his hands. “He just said, ‘Alton, just keep being ...

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Dunkirk’s Emily Berakah makes a save during the Chautauqua County Senior Soccer Game, on Sunday the Martin Road Athletic Complex in Jamestown.

Seniors take to the pitch one last time

JAMESTOWN — With his team comfortably in the lead late in the second half of the 17th annual Chautauqua County Senior Soccer Game, Antonio Robles watched his teammates on the defensive end of the field and offered a five-word command: “Lock it in here, boys.” No one was about to ...

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Dunkirk-Fredonia forward Chris Buchanan and the Steelers begin the high school hockey season tonight at 5 p.m. at Steele Hall.

Steelers begin defense of state title today

The Dunkirk-Fredonia Steelers enter the Western New York Club Hockey season as defending state champions. But that 4-1 victory over Iroquois at the Jamestown Savings Bank Ice Arena last March feels like many moons ago for head coach Jay Bishop, as he is squarely focused on the 2016-17 ...

Bobik brothers tag nearly identical bucks

It’s a small world. Two local brothers tagged out bow hunting on two different days in two different locations, but their bucks were almost identical. On Saturday, Oct. 22, it was another windy day. Dwayne Bobik was aloft in his tree stand in Sheridan, and used his grunt call to ...

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Fredonia State’s Oskar Gerhardson (9) looks for a shot on goal against Plattsburgh during Saturday’s SUNYAC hockey matchup.

Devils fall to Plattsburgh, 4-2

Noah Batis had a pair of goals and Joshua Davies made 34 saves in his first collegiate start in goal to carry Plattsburgh over Fredonia, 4-2, in SUNYAC men’s hockey Saturday at Steele Hall. Marcus Ortiz scored both goals for the Blue Devils, who fell to 2-1-1 in the SUNYAC and 2-2-1 ...

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The Dunkirk Marauders football team is pictured with coaches and staff, celebrating after the program’s 50-48 victory over Batavia on Saturday. Dunkirk’s opponent next week in the semifinals, Chenango Forks, the top-ranked team in the New York State Sportswriters’ Association Class B poll, was the three-time defending NYSPHSAA Class C champion before moving up to Class B this season.

The West’s best

Editor’s note: Due to an early deadline, a full account of Dunkirk’s Section VI Class B championship game against Batavia will appear in Monday’s edition of the OBSERVER. ORCHARD PARK — The dream is still alive. Dunkirk’s quest for its first New York State Public High School ...

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Kruszka, Meredith, Seiders leave for NYSPHSAA championships

Pictured from left to right are Gowanda’s Matt Kruszka, Fredonia’s Mike Meredith and Silver Creek’s Emma Seiders, who will compete in the NYSPHSAA Cross Country Championships today at Chenango Valley State Park in Chenango Valley. The trio met at Wal-Mart Friday to be sent off by family ...

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Dunkirk’s Chauval Black (63) sacks Cheektowaga quarterback Eric Bartnik during last Saturday’s Section VI Class B football title game at New Era Field. Black, along with Nick Jones (68) will look to lead the Marauders pass rush tonight when they take on Section V’s Batavia in the NYSPHSAA Class B Farwest Regional at 6:30 p.m., at New Era Field.

The next challenge

The Dunkirk Marauders (8-2) continue their amazing 2016 season tonight at New Era Field when they will take on Section V champion Batavia (10-0) in the New York State Public High School Athletic Association’s Class B Farwest Regional football game at 6:30. “To tell you the truth, ...

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Fredonia’s Bobby Polachek brings the puck up ice during his team’s SUNYAC men’s hockey game against the Potsdam Bears Friday night at the Steele Hall Ice Arena.

Blue Devils top Bears in men’s hockey matchup

Fredonia earned an important early season SUNYAC men’s hockey win Friday with a late onslaught over the Potsdam Bears. Bobby Polachek scored his first two goals of the season, the first to break a 1-1 tie at 7:35 of the third period. It came moments after the Blue Devils had an apparent ...

Kruszka, Meredith, Seiders ready for states

Gowanda’s Matt Kruszka, Fredonia’s Mike Meredith and Silver Creek’s Emma Seiders will all board a bus this morning and head to Chenango Valley State Park for the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Cross Country championships, which will take place Saturday. For ...

Mulcahy seeks NCAA re-do, others look to join in

GLASSBORO, N.J. — Fredonia fifth-year senior Collin Mulcahy is looking to make a return trip to NCAA Men’s Cross Country championship meet. He’d like to take a teammate or two along with him. Mulcahy and seven teammates will compete Saturday at the 2016 Atlantic Regional on the West ...

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Sarah Cruver, 19, displays her 9-point buck taken Nov. 6 with her bow while hunting with her father, Ron Cruver.

Cruver tags 9-pointer while home from college

Ron  Cruver, of Cassadaga, had a surprize call from his daughter, Sarah. A college student at Rochester, Sarah announced she would like to go bow hunting with her dad. They set out for Sherman on Saturday, where they had permission from a friend to hunt, but the breezy day was ...

Bartlett, Carlson sweep SUNYAC diving awards

CORTLAND — Fredonia senior divers Meghan Bartlett and Arron Carlson have won the weekly diving awards presented Tuesday by the State University of New York Athletic Conference. Bartlett was cited as SUNYAC Female Diver of the Week. She was a double-winner Nov. 5 when as Fredonia traveled to ...

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The Dunkirk Marauders have climbed up the New York State Sportswriters Association Class B football poll. After eight straight wins, the Marauders are now the No. 7 ranked team in the state.

Dunkirk gaining recognition

When you win eight straight games, good things and recognition tend to come your way. That’s exactly the case for the Dunkirk Marauders (8-2), as they are ranked No. 7 in the latest New York State Sportswriters Association Class B football poll that was released Wednesday. The ...

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The Fredonia Blue Devils hockey team will host Potsdam on Friday in a SUNYAC contest at Steele Hall. The team will wear red camouflage jerseys for Stroke Awareness Night.

Devils hockey to host Stroke Awareness Night Friday

Fredonia men’s hockey player Luke Rivera was 15-years-old when his mom, Dana, had a massive stroke which left half her body paralyzed from head to toe. Luke and his three siblings had to grow up fast. “My mom is the glue of our family at home,” he said. “She does everything she ...