Local Sports

Frewsburg High swimmers defeat Dunkirk

OBSERVER Staff Report Frewsburg’s boys swim team won in Dunkirk, 109-70, Thursday. Bill Osula was a double winner for the home team. He was victorious in the 200-yard individual medley with a time of 2:14.97. He also won the 100-yard backstroke in :56.97. Matthew Brockelbank and Chris ...

Clymer-Sherman-Panama bowlers top Thunderbirds

OBSERVER Staff Report CLYMER — Clymer-Sherman-Panama’s boys and girls bowling teams defeated their Chautauqua lake counterparts Wednesday. The C-S-P boys’ team won, 4-0, with a score of 676-666-595-1,937 to the Thunderbirds’ 514-498-490-1,502. The Lady Pirates took a 3-1 victory, ...

Weather forces cancellation of 2 high school games

OBSERVER Staff Report Two local high school games got wiped out by the snowy weather Thursday. The Olean hockey team was unable to make it to Fredonia to play the Dunkirk-Fredonia Steelers at Fredonia State. The game will be rescheduled for sometime in February. The girls’ basketball ...

Sabres prospect put on Team USA World Junior team

Buffalo Sabres prospect Casey Mittelstadt has been named to Team USA’s preliminary World Junior roster. Don’t miss the chance to see future NHL stars as the Northwest Arena hosts the World Juniors Exhibition Games presented by DoubleTree by Hilton Jamestown. Spectators can expect to see ...

Adams, Matteson champs in Runner of the Year series

Brooke Adams repeated and Steve Matteson claimed his first UPMC Chautauqua WCA Runners of the Year Series Championship. For Adams, this was the fourth straight year she has won the top female runner title. Steve Matteson captured his first men’s title after a five year run by Adam Rowe. ...

Fearless Freddie’s Football Forecast

LOCK HIM UP. So Rob Gronkowski got a one-game suspension from the NFL for his brutal penalty against the Bills. Not enough. He should have been ejected, fined and had at least double the suspension. Had a Buffalo Bill concussed Tom Brady in New England there would have been calls for a ...

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Salvada Miranda caught and released this large male brown trout off the City of Dunkirk Pier last week.

Trout really biting right now

Seasonably cold weather, along with some predicted snowfall, has arrived locally. Deer hunters are hoping that the cold and snowfall will make the deer active for the remainder of the season. Fishing prospects for trout remain great until the streams freeze over. Rick Miller in Irving ...

DHS bowlers continue great start, sweep Southwestern

nkirk’s boys and girls bowling teams both beat Southwestern in a high school varsity match Wednesday at Lucky Lanes. The Lady Marauders (8-0) wrote down a score of 860-775-738-2,373. Southwestern (0-8) recorded a 625-626-535-1,786 score. Hannah Ellman rolled a 193-183-164-540 for Dunkirk. ...

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Gowanda’s Ture Hassler drives as Fredonia’s Nico Pucci (23) and Andrew Field (33) pursue during Wednesday night’s high school basketball game. Gowanda won, 61-55.

Panthers hiss in Fredonia

The Fredonia crowd was rocking after a 94-18 win for the JV squad Wednesday night. Gowanda captain Nate Brawdy finally silenced the gym with just over a minute to go in the varsity matchup, sending the home crowd out into the cold, stunned and disappointed. Tied 52-52, Brawdy drilled a ...

Dunkirk swim falls to Panama

OBSERVER Staff Report PANAMA — Dunkirk’s boys swim team lost to Panama, 101-73, Tuesday. Bill Osula won twice for Dunkirk. he swam the 200-yard indiviudal medley in 2:18.55 and the 100 yard backstroke in 56.77 seconds. Matthew Brockelbank was Dunkirk’s other individual event winner, ...

High School Basketball Line Scores

Girls Varsity Basketball Sacred Heart 58, Lake Shore 43 SACRED HEART (58) Hill 0 2 2, S.Ryan 7 4 18, Grimm 1 0 2, M.Ryan 10 2 27, Collery 3 1 9, Total 21 9 58 LAKE SHORE (43) Jones 1 0 2, L.Cornfield 4 4 12, Snyder 2 9 13, S.Cornfield 4 0 8, Jimerson 1 0 2, Parks 3 0 6, Total 15 13 ...

Narraway sets Forestville bowling record

OBSERVER Staff Report Phil Narraway rolled a school-record 747 series Monday as Forestville’s bowling team blanked Clymer-Sherman-Panama in both the boys’ and the girls’ matches. Narraway had games of 244, 279 and 224 to set the Hornets record. His team had a score of ...

Einink has 15, Szumigala 11 in Blue Devils’ win

Special to the OBSERVER ALFRED — The Fredonia women’s basketball team improved to 3-5 with a 74-49 road win at Alfred State on Tuesday. Jenna Einink (Westfield/Chautauqua Lake), Alisha Szumigala (Forestville) and Jacque Law all scored in double digits. Einink scored 15, had five ...

Lady Cougars win on the road, 47-38

OBSERVER Staff Reports CATTARAUGUS — The Cassadaga Valley Lady Cougars girls basketball team picked up a solid road win Tuesday, defeating the Cattaraugus-Little Valley Lady Timberwolves, 47-38. Cassadaga Valley played a strong second half, outscoring the Lady Timberwolves 29-18 to pick ...

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Chautauqua Lake’s Devin Pope (23) drives the lane against Westfield Monday night. Pope poured in 41 points in his team’s 74-66 win.

Chautauqua Lake beats Westfield as Pope scores 41

OBSERVER Staff Report WESTFIELD — Chautauqua Lake senior phenom Devin Pope was at it again Monday, scoring 41 points and missing a triple double by three steals as the Thunderbirds (2-0) used a fourth-quarter surge to beat Westfield, 74-66, in non-league high school boys basketball. The ...

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Jeff Meredith (left) poses with his son, Mike, in March. Jeff Meredith won his 400th game as Fredonia Blue Devils hockey coach Saturday. As seen in this picture, he is also an assistant coach for the Dunkirk Fredonia Steelers high school varsity hockey team; Mike starred on last season’s state champion team.

400 wins, countless friendships

Jeff Meredith now has 400 wins as Fredonia State hockey coach after Saturday’s win over Plattsburgh. But it’s the connections and friendships he and his players and assistants have made over his 30 years as coach that stand out to him the most. “Whether it’s someone in business, or an ...

FSU’s Joseph named Track Athlete of Week

CORTLAND — The State University of New York Athletic Conference has selected its first 2017 Men’s Indoor Track and Field Athletes of the Week for the week ending Dec. 3. Fredonia’s junior Merlin Joseph was honored with the Track Athlete of the Week award. Joseph ran a personal-best ...

Lady Eagles leave 0-19 season behind with win

SALAMANCA — The past is the past for North Collins girls basketball (1-0). After a winless 2016-17 season in 19 games, the Lady Eagles soared Monday to defeat the Salamanca Lady Warriors (0-1) on the road, 38-33, behind Myah Gabel’s 19 points. The first quarter was tied up at 10-all, but ...

Pine Valley boys top Cassadaga Valley

SOUTH DAYTON — The Pine Valley Panthers got by the Cassadaga Valley Cougars, 51-42, in a non-league boys’ high school basketball game Monday night. The host team (1-1) rolled to a 28-15 halftime lead but the Cougars (1-1) made them sweat with a 17-8 third quarter. The Panthers outscored ...

Gawronski is Goalie of the Week again

Buffalo State rookie netminder and Dunkirk native Bri Gawronski was named the Northeastern Women’s Hockey League Goalie of the Week for the second time in three weeks after helping the Bengals to two more victories this past weekend. The freshman biology major stopped 54 of 56 shots on goal ...