Local Sports

Four coaches, one goal: Upset

As the sectional playoffs are about to begin, all four coaches at the helm of the Dunkirk and Fredonia varsity basketball programs head into the postseason in a familiar position. Each of the four teams are seeded as underdogs in the Class B1 sectional brackets, meaning each will begin their ...

Course spotlight: Cassadaga Country Club

Cassadaga Country Club is a truly remarkable place — the very epitome of a family business. The establishment is owned by the Wintersteen family and it’s impossible to visit the golf course, bar or restaurant without running into at least one member of this fantastic clan. Pete and Janice ...

A look the Committee’s process

In three weeks, the 10-member Selection Committee will gather in Indianapolis to assemble the 68-team tournament bracket. The process will take days, because the ongoing conference tournaments will produce upsets and surprise winners. Teams will play their ways into — and out of — the ...

Sectional playoff brackets set

The Section VI boys and girls basketball playoff brackets were released on Saturday, officially awarding home quarterfinal playoff games to four local teams. The Silver Creek Black Knights earned home games in both boys and girls Class C1 brackets, while the Westfield Wolverines boys will host ...

Chautauqua Hurricane prepare for season to begin this Friday

BROCTON — Although most of Western New York is fixated upon sports such as football, hockey and baseball with professional teams located so close in Buffalo, one local semipro team is looking to bring rise to a different sport in the area — basketball. The Chautauqua Hurricane semipro ...

Gowanda names gym class heroes

The physical education teachers at Gowanda Elementary School have announced the P.E. Students of the Month for January 2019. They are selected based on their attitude in class, teamwork with classmates and respect to others, including teachers. Kudos to kindergartner Alexis Hojnacki, ...

First goals by pair carry Devils over Morrisville, 3-2

Special to The OBSERVER MORRISVILLE — It was a day of first for two playoff-bound Fredonia Blue Devils in their 3-2 win over the Morrisville State Mustangs, the final regular-season of the men's hockey season. Sophomore defenseman Tommy Martyn and freshman winger Tanner Kahlau each scored ...

OT loss gives Blue Devils No. 6 seed

Special to The OBSERVER BUFFALO — Facing a win-and-in scenario for the SUNYAC playoffs, the Fredonia women’s basketball team was taken to overtime by Buffalo State and fell 76-71. Despite the loss, the Devils claimed the sixth seed in the SUNYAC Tournament. Fredonia had a chance to win ...

Mignoli wins at Girls Invitational

OBSERVER Staff Report LOCKPORT — The Fredonia Hillbillies have been one of the most successful high school wrestling teams in Western New York this season, highlighted by the fact that three wrestlers are heading to the state championships in Albany. On Saturday, however, it was another ...

Hillbillies have solid showing at Houghton

OBSERVER Staff Report HOUGHTON — The Fredonia Hillbillies traveled to Houghton College on Saturday for the Team Championship Meet. The ‘Billies saw some strong performances including first place finishes and qualifications for sectionals. In the track events, Diego Rey placed first ...

Big prizes to be had in walleye derbies this year

In just a few more months it will be June, and many of us will be mowing our lawn twice a week. The season opener for walleye will be May 4 this year and the 35th annual Walleye Derby for Southtowns Walleye will take place from Saturday, June 8 until Sunday, June 16. If you fish walleyes, ...

Grindhouse wrestling sends seven to Ohio

Seven members of Silver Creek’s Grindhouse youth wrestling club qualified for the Eastern National Ohio Tournament of Champions, in Ohio, in April. Pictured above, Tanner Stern, Gill Capitano, Liberty Jones, Max Pitillo, Max Hoelzle, Cameron Ingram and Mayson Simmons were the wrestlers who ...

Blue Devils top Morrisville, 3-2

Special to The OBSERVER MORRISVILLE — Fredonia won its next-to-last game of the regular season Friday, 3-2, over SUNYAC men’s hockey opponent Morrisville State. Successive goals by Luke Rivera, Colin Valentine, and Victor Tracy erased a 1-0 Fredonia deficit. Rivera’s and Tracy’s ...

Lady Cougars beat Salamanca, 53-41

OBSERVER Staff Report SALAMANCA — The Cassadaga Valley Lady Cougars pulled away in the fourth quarter on Friday to end the season with a win on the road, 53-41, over Salamanca in non-league girls basketball action. Cassadaga Valley (13-7, 6-6) outscored Salamanca by eight points in the ...

The Relief Zone held third annual 3-on-3 basketball tourney

FREWSBURG — The Relief Zone (TRZ) held its third annual 3 on 3 basketball tournament Sunday, Feb. 10 at the Frewsburg High School and elementary school gymnasiums. The fundraiser helped raise over $4,000 for the local not for profit. There were 176 students that participated for a total of 44 ...

For the record

Local sports schedule Boys Basketball Playoff Seeding Meeting, 9 a.m. Girls Basketball Playoff Seeding Meeting, 9 a.m. Mens Basketball Fredonia State at Buffalo State, 4 p.m. Womens Basketball Fredonia State at Buffalo State, 2 p.m. Mens Hockey Fredonia State at Morrisville, ...

Hillbillies battle with state-ranked Olean, fall in second half, 59-49

On Thursday night, the Section VI CCAA Div. 1 West boys basketball matchup between Fredonia and Olean had a lot more on the line than usual. Both teams had the chance to play spoiler with it being the Hillbillies final home game and the Huskies last game in a bid for a perfect regular season. ...

NCSA, Concord FC come out with soccer spring travel season details

NCSA/Concord FC is excited for another TRAVEL soccer year. Concord FC has been very busy building partnerships with SUNY Fredonia and the Dunkirk City School District. We are happy to announce home games will include these two wonderful locations depending on the team. We are still in the ...