Local Sports

Hurricane looks forward to next NABL season

The Chautauqua Hurricane’s season came to an end on June 29, after falling to the Lancaster Thunder, 116-110. The Hurricane, who finished the season with a 5-5 record, got off to a slow start to the season, but were able to pull it together at the end to make a run toward the championship ...

An ace at The Vineyards

Dominick Lamatina had his first ever Hole-in-One at The Vineyards Golf Course this past Saturday, July 6, on Hole No. 9 (173 yards). The feat was witnessed by Walt Koba, Bob Welch and Dan Alesi.

Ryan Brehm wins LECOM Health Challenge in playoff

FINDLEY LAKE — With a birdie on the first playoff hole, Ryan Brehm topped Tim Wilkinson to win the LECOM Health Challenge at 20-under 268 on Sunday. Brehm double-bogeyed the final hole in regulation but rebounded with a birdie on the same hole (par-5 No. 18) in the playoff to take the title ...

Bogey golf at its finest

Have you ever woken up the morning before a round of golf and just had a feeling you were going to play great? That’s what happened to me on Sunday morning. My friend and co-worker Steve and I went out to Pinehurst Golf Club in Westfield. It’s unquestionably one of my favorite courses. I ...

Sabres are finally starting to get with the times

When I was a kid growing up first getting into hockey around 2008, the Buffalo Sabres had just lost their two franchise players — Danny Briere and Chris Drury — in free agency. To make matters worse, the Sabres had to bend over backwards just to hold on to Thomas Vanek, who received an ...

Brehm, Wilkinson share lead at LECOM Health Challenge

Special to The OBSERVER FINDLEY LAKE — Ryan Brehm and Tim Wilkinson sit tied for the lead at 16-under as third-round play was suspended at the LECOM Suncoast Classic. After a two-hour inclement weather delay earlier in the day, the third round was suspended due to darkness at 8:57 p.m. ...

Southtowns Walleye Association Derby concludes

The 35th annual Southtowns Walleye Association Derby is in the books and it was a memorable one, especially if you were in the winners circle. The volunteers who stepped forward to improve the derby accomplished their goal. The membership numbers increased, the amount of sponsors increased and ...

Westfield 10-12 All-Stars are Sectional champions

Special to The OBSERVER ELLICOTTVILLE — The Westfield 10-12 All-Stars softball team won the Sectional title on Wednesday against Pittsford, in Ellicottville. Pittsford needed to beat Westfield twice to win the Sectional title in the double-elimination format, while Westfield only needed one ...

Youth Fishing Derby held by Westfield Fish & Game Club

On Saturday, June 15 the Westfield Fish & Game Club hosted its Youth Fishing Derby with the help of the Westfield Recreation Department and the sponsors listed. We had 57 kids from the ages of 4-12, along with parents, grandparents or other family or friends accompanying them. The rain ...

Fredonia All-Stars win title

Submitted Photo The Fredonia 8-10 Girls All-Star team won the Sanctioned District 38 title on Tuesday with a 13-8 win over Westfield. Fredonia was lead by Naomi Muck, who was stellar on the mound. She struck out 12 batters and allowed two hits. She also led the offense with a triple, while ...

Top rodeo performer, Keith Isley, to perform at Gerry Rodeo

GERRY — Keith Isley, one of professional rodeo’s most versatile and award-winning performers, is making his first trip to Gerry to entertain rodeo fans with his skills as clown and barrel man in addition to specialty acts featuring his trained horses for four performances, July 31 – ...

Scanlan picks Orange

Former Silver Creek Black Knights lacrosse star Chase Scanlan has found his way back to New York, as he has committed to play at Syracuse University for his sophomore season. Scanlan announced his transfer from the Loyola Greyhounds a couple weeks ago and made his decision to transfer to ...

Saying good-bye after 17 years with Ogden Newspapers

On Oct. 21, 2007, I walked into the OBSERVER doors for the first time as the new sports editor. I sat down in my chair, rearranged my desk the way I wanted it and noticed I had my very first voicemail. Curious to see what the message was, I began listening. My excitement for having my dream ...

Lake Erie is still a hot spot for offshore walleye

The waterways are going to be busy this Fourth of July weekend. Expect the unexpected, especially when driving around Memorial Park in Dunkirk, with lots of pedestrian and vehicle traffic for the fireworks. There has been a lot of boat traffic on Chautauqua Lake, according to several reports. ...

Fredonia Bandits win 12U Gold Division title

Special to The OBSERVER The Fredonia Bandits 12U travel baseball team hosted the Western New York Premier League’s Gold Division playoffs on Saturday at Russell Joy Park in Fredonia. In the end, the Bandits came away as champions. The afternoon began with a rematch of regular season ...

Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame launches brand-new website

Special to The OBSERVER The Board of Directors of the Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame is very excited to announce that a brand-new website has been created for the CSHOF. Since its launch in December 2007, the original CSHOF website has seen an amazing growth in the content available to ...

Course Record Tied At Shorewood In Korn Ferry Tour LECOM Challenge Qualifier

Out of a field of more than 100 golfers, just 12 shot rounds good enough to advance past Monday’s Korn Ferry Tour LECOM Challenge Qualifier at Shorewood Country Club. In a repeat of last year’s finish, David Denlinger fired a 12-under-par 60 to tie a course record set last year by Willie ...