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Fredonia’s Matt Burr, left, and Neil Gens earned trips to the Section VI tennis singles tournament to be held Monday via their wins during the County tournament Wednesday.

Burr, Gens to compete at Sectionals tournament

Special to the OBSERVER LAKEWOOD — Four newcomers will make the trip to Lancaster High School for the Section VI boys tennis championships when they get underway Monday. Fredonia’s Neil Gens and Matt Burr, Olean’s Filip Murawski and Frewsburg’s Jameson Sposato each took the next ...

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Above, Dunkirk’s Emma Newton lays down a bunt during the No. 10 Lady Marauders’ playoff game against No. 7 CSAT on Tuesday in Dunkirk.

Dunkirk uses long ball to down CSAT, 24-1

DUNKIRK — The Dunkirk Marauders softball team dominated its prequarterfinal game against a winless CSAT team winning 24-1 to advance in the playoffs. The Marauders made solid contact with the bats through the entire order, hitting three home runs and sending multiple balls to the outfield. ...

Silver Creek’s Chris Williams will look to lead the Black Knights through the Class C1 playoffs and beyond as the No. 1 seed.

Silver Creek and Fredonia look to make deep runs in baseball playoffs

The Fredonia Hillbillies enter the Section VI playoffs looking to defend their Class B crown while the Silver Creek Black Knights will attempt to make a name for themselves in the Class C tournament. Fredonia enters the Class B2 tournament as the No. 3 seed and will look to win a ...

Chautauqua Lake shuts out Maple Grove, 4-0

BEMUS POINT — Chautauqua Lake picked up a 4-0 shutout victory in an away game against Maple Grove in CCAA West 1 baseball. Devin Pope recorded the win on the mound for the Thunderbirds. Pope had a no-hitter in six innings of work. He struckout six while letting up four walks. The only ...

Maple Grove tops Forestville, Silver Creek

FORESTVILLE — The Maple Grove Red Dragons (12-0) took home the Division 2 West league title in a match at Tri-County Country Club against Silver Creek (5-5) and Forestville (7-3). Maple Grove defeated Forestville, 31.5-23.5, and Silver Creek, 32-22, on the front nine set at ...

Fredonia boys, girls pick up track victories

GOWANDA — The Fredonia Lady Hillbillies picked up a 102-37 win over Gowanda in a track and field meet on Monday. Lydia Lanski was a triple-winner for Fredonia taking the 100 hurdles (16.8 seconds), 400 meter dash (1:09.2) and the high jump (4-feet-6 inches). Fredonia also had two ...

Fredonia caps off undefeated season with 10-2 win over Nardin Academy

BUFFALO — The Fredonia Lady Hillbillies (14-0, 12-0) finished their undefeated season Tuesday with a 10-2 win over Nardin Academy. Hannah Cybart picked up a complete game victory, striking out five, while allowing no walks and no earned runs on three hits. Caitlyn Cybart led the way ...

Fredonia’s Hannah Cybart (pictured) will look to lead the No. 2 Fredonia Lady Hillbillies through the Section 6 Class B tournament and beyond.

Lady Hillbillies earn No. 2 seed in Section 6 Class B playoffs

The Fredonia Lady Hillbillies (13-0) have earned the No. 2 seed entering the Section VI Class B2 softball playoffs, which is the highest seed among northern Chautauqua County schools. The Lady Hillbillies will face the winner of No. 10 Wilson (3-10) at No. 7 Olmsted (10-5) on May 18 at ...

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Fredonia’s Neil Gens shoots a backhanded shot Monday during Fredonia’s matchup against Panama.

Hillbillies complete perfect season on the courts

On Monday, the Fredonia Hillbillies (12-0, 10-0) completed their under undefeated season and won the league championship with a 5-0 home-win versus Panama in Division 1 tennis. Fredonia’s Neil Gens defeated Carson Heimburg, 6-1, 6-1, in the first singles. Matt Burr defeated Quinn Payne in a ...


Dunkirk tennis honors seniors

Submitted Photo Pictured are the Dunkirk Marauders tennis team’s seniors, who were recently honored on Senior Night. They are, from left, Michael Burt, Lucas Gens, Chet Baron, Teagan Raynor, Andrew Vetter, Max Condoyannis, Joshua Saye, Brandon Katta and Israel Navarro.

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Monica Pokoj (30) is congratulated by teammates after her home run during Sunday’s CCAA West 1  high school softball game.

Lady Marauders end regular season on high note

The Dunkirk Lady Marauders (7-7, 6-6) took it to Falconer, winning, 16-0, in their regular season finale in CCAA West 1 softball. Monica Pokoj finished the season off strong from the mound for Dunkirk. She threw four out of the five innings and gave up zero hits, with no walks and five ...

One of the nation’s best

Former Silver Creek Black Knight lacrosse standout, and current Virginia men’s lacrosse senior Zeddie Williams was recently named to the 2017 Tewaaraton Trophy Watch List, announced the Tewaaraton Foundation. The Tewaaraton Award is given annually to the most outstanding American college ...

Marauders pick up 5-4 win on Senior Night

On Sunday, the Dunkirk Marauders (8-10, 5-7) picked up a tight 5-4 win on Senior Night against the Falconer Golden Falcons in CCAA West 1 baseball. Sophmore Jared Glowniak picked up his first win on the mound in 3 1/3 innings of work for Dunkirk. He totaled three strikeouts, two walks and ...

Lady Pirates top Lady Bulldogs

CLYMER — Erica Gustafson scattered eight hits to lead Clymer (5-7) past Brocton, 7-1, in Division 2 West.Gustafson, who issued no walks and struck out five, had her shutout broken in the seventh inning with an earned run. Kate Honey was 3 for 4 and drove in two runs, Samantha Brumagin added ...

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Pictured in front is "Pitbull" Jose Hernandez. In middle from left, are professional boxer Ivan Hernandez, Coucilman Marty Bamonta, Mayor Willie Rosas, Elon DeJesus, Councilman Andy Gonzalez and Elon’s father, Nicky DeJesus. In the back is Impact Boxing trainer Nate Jimerson.

A heroes’ welcome for Dunkirk boxer Elon DeJesus

Family and friends, along with a few other notable names gathered at the NY Stylez Barber, Boutique & Salon on 404 Central Avenue, Monday, May 8 to welcome back Dunkirk amatuer boxer Elon DeJesus on his return from the National Golden Gloves Tournament of Champions in Lafayette, ...

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Fredonia’s Caitlyn Cybart drives a ball during Fredonia’s CCAA West 1 softball matchup against the Chautauqua Lake Lady Thunderbirds Thursday in Fredonia.

Lady Billies complete unblemished league season

The Fredonia Lady Hillbillies(13-0, 12-0) defeated Chautaqua Lake to go undefeated in league play in the CCAA West 1 softball division. Hannah Cybart grabbed the win for the Lady Hillbillies; throwing for a complete game while giving up just four hits and 11 strikeouts in the shutout ...

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Pictured from left are Alexio Medina and Steve Zaprowski.

Medina, Zaprowski tabbed All SUNYAC following 2017 season

CORTLAND — Following the 2017 season, senior Alexio Medina was named an All SUNYAC outfielder, and junior Steve Zaprowski was named as a utility player. Medina paced the Blue Devil offense with nine doubles, four homeruns, 18 RBI, and eight stolen bases. He finished the season without an ...

Brocton turns back Clymer, 6-3

CLYMER — Behind the pitching of Devin Rizzo, Brocton was able to turn back Clymer, 6-3, in Division 2 West baseball on Saturday. Rizzo held Clymer to five hits while fanning five and walking one in outdueling Steve Wiggers. Wiggers went six innings, allowed three earned runs, struck out ...

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Pictured Karate Connection competitors and their wins are as follows: In front, from left, Riley Mourer (first and fourth), Pauly Tabone (first and third), Josiah Ortiz (fourth) and Jaryel Vazquez (first and second). In back are promoter Norman Yonkers, Adam Sellari (third) and Milo Kinkela (first, first and Absolute Championship).

Karate Connection MMA hosts, dominates Grappling Championship

The Annual NYS-HGC Grappling Championship, promoted by Norman Yonkers’ Karate Connection MMA, was held on April 22 at Fredonia Central School. This event has been running since 2004 in Fredonia and attracts competitors from all over the US and Canada. The Karate Connection is located at 168 ...