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Steelers drop 1st game of series

LOCKPORT — A return trip to KeyBank Center for the Dunkirk-Fredonia Steelers will require some more goals this afternoon. Roy-Hart goalie Evan Birkemier made 29 saves and the big guns of team, which included Dylan Krzykowski who had three goals, gave Roy-Hart a 1-0 series lead at ...

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Fredonia’s Sam Wilbur conrols the puck against Morrisville during Saturday night’s game at Steele Hall.

Blue Devils hockey team clinches playoff spot with win

The Blue Devils knew coming into the final weekend that they controlled their own destiny in the playoff race. Fredonia took care of business. The Fredonia Blue Devils hockey team completed a weekend sweep of Morrisville on Saturday night, with a 6-2 victory on Senior Night, to clinch a ...

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Dunkirk-Fredonia Steelers goalie Gabe Persch (99) looks on as teammate Austin Venn (15) finishes a check during a game earlier this season. Persch will be the Steelers’ starting goalie today as they open the playoffs in Lockport against Royalton-Hartland.

Steelers to open playoffs

The Dunkirk-Fredonia Steelers open the playoffs, and the defense of their state title, today against familiar foe Royalton-Hartland. The teams will play a two-game Western New York Club Hockey League Mixed Division series that starts 5 p.m. today at Cornerstone Arena in Lockport, then ...

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Fredonia’s Oskar Gerhardson (9) tries to check Morrisville’s Dane Moore into the boards Friday during a SUNYAC hockey game at Steele Hall.

Devils burn Morrisville to stay in playoff hunt

Fredonia’s 5-1 men’s hockey win Friday over Morrisville State moved the Blue Devils one step closer to clinching a berth in the SUNYAC playoffs when the conference tournament starts next week. The Blue Devils (10-10-4, 6-8-1) scored on its first two shots on goal and never looked back ...

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Sheila Gulas going into Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame

Sheila (Lingenfelter) Gulas capped a remarkable athletic career last December when she was inducted into the National Fastpitch Coaches Association Hall of Fame, culminating a 31-year coaching career that took her from Allegheny College, to Wittenberg and, finally, to Ashland ...

Osula makes states in 50 yard freestyle

BUFFALO — Fredonia High School swimmer Bill Osula missed the state finals in one event, but made it in another. Osula finished third in the 100 yard backstroke finals at the Section 6 boys swimming championships Friday at Alumni Arena. His time of 55.86 was not quite enough to make the ...

Free fishing events set for this weekend

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced Friday the first of several free fishing events in New York will take place this weekend, today and Sunday. During these designated days, residents and visitors are permitted to fish for free without a fishing license on any of the state’s 7,500 lakes and ...

Forestville’s Forbes to bowl in state finals

CHEEKTOWAGA — Forestville’s Ashley Forbes will be bowling in the state finals March 10 in Syracuse after making the six-member sectional all-star team at the Section 6 Girls’ Bowling Championships at Airport Lanes Thursday. Forbes bowled a 187-184-198-569 in the morning session and a ...

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Westfield’s Evan Hauser (10) takes a shot against Forestville’s Orlando Soto (10 in black) during Thursday night high school basketball action in Westfield.

Westfield bashes Forestville to end regular season

WESTFIELD — The Westfield Wolverines ended the regular season in dominant fashion. Westfield defeated the Forestville Hornets, 57-30, in a non-league boys basketball game on Senior Night, at Westfield Academy on Thursday. Westfield (12-8, 7-5) began the game on a 9-0 run in the first 3:25 ...

Osula makes states in 100 backstroke

BUFFALO — Fredonia High School swimmer Bill Osula made the state finals in the 100 backstroke Thursday during the Section 6 championships at the University of Buffalo’s Alumni Arena. FHS coach Bob Ball said Osula punched his ticket to the March 1-3 event on Long Island with a time of ...

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Pine Valley defeats Cougars

OBSERVER Photo by Lisa Monacelli Cassadaga Valley’s Ty Pattyson (34) tries to block a shot attempt by Zach Mansfield (10) of Pine Valley during a 65-49 Pine Valley non-league win in Sinclairville, Thursday night. Mansfield led all scorers with 24 points while teammates Stephen Crisanti had ...

Lady Billies defeated at Lake Shore

ANGOLA — The Fredonia Lady Hillbillies girls basketball team closed its regular season Thursday with a 64-49 non-league loss to the Lake Shore Lady Eagles. Shawni Cornfield led Lake Shore (15-5) with 22 points, 16 rebounds and seven steals. Lani Cornfield had 16 points, six assists and five ...

Brawdy’s 23 leads Gowanda in win

Special to the OBSERVER JAMESTOWN — Nate Brawdy scored 16 points in the middle two quarters as Gowanda pulled away from Frewsburg for a 70-56 non-league boys basketball win at Jamestown Community College’s Physical Education Complex on Thursday night. Brawdy finished with 23 points, 13 ...

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 Fran Sirianni

Sirianni set to join CSHOF

JAMESTOWN — Fran Sirianni grew up in Kane, Pa. and was inducted into the Clarion University Sports Hall of Fame, but there’s no doubt where he considers home. A middle-school teacher at Southwestern for 36 years and a coach of football, basketball and track there for an astonishing 45, the ...

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Jim Riggs

Riggs going into Hall of Fame

JAMESTOWN — When the Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame holds its 37th annual induction banquet on Feb. 19 at the Lakewood Rod & Gun Club, it will increase its membership in that exclusive fraternity to 191. One of the inductees in this year’s class is the late Jim Riggs. That is only ...

Rowe, Szymanowski make state tourney

Add two more names to the list of local standout wrestlers heading to the state tournament in Albany. Bryce Rowe and Ben Szymanowski of Chautauqua Lake were selected on Wednesday as wild card entrants to the state championship tournament. Rowe (160 pounds) and Szymanowski (220 pounds) join ...

Fredonia boys finish seventh at sectionals

The Fredonia boys bowling team finished seventh in Division II at the sectional meet at Airport Lanes in Cheektowaga on Wednesday, while Dunkirk finished 11th and Gowanda placed 12th. Fredonia tallied 4,951 total pins, which was 556 shy of first-place Maryvale. The Hillbillies had a morning ...

Curt Fischer

Fischer in Chautauqua Sports HOF

BEMUS POINT — Curt Fischer became synonymous for coaching excellence at Maple Grove Junior-Senior High School for more than a quarter century, guiding three different sports programs to New York State Public High School Athletic Association championships. That certainly earns him a rightful ...

Lori Franchina

Lori Franchina named to CSHOF

FALCONER — How accomplished an athlete is Lori Franchina? Well, the resume chronicling her achievements is three full pages, providing proof that she is more than worthy of being one of eight members of the Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2018. Joining Franchina as an inductee are ...

Dick Cole

Dick Cole going into CSHOF Monday

JAMESTOWN — Dick Cole’s athletic accomplishments dating back nearly 60 years, and the newspaper clippings that chronicle them, fill an album that is 4-5 inches thick. It truly is a trip down memory lane for anyone who has followed the career of the Jamestown native. From his basketball ...