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Dunkirk bowling team wins opening match

The Dunkirk Marauders bowling team swept Silver Creek in its first match of the season, held at Lucky Lanes on Monday. Dunkirk won both the boys’ and girls’ matches by 4-0 scores. The Dunkirk girls put up 872-897-852-2,621 as compared to the Black Knights’ 606-709-679-1,994. The score ...

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Fredonia’s Hannah Gullo dribbles while guarded by Lake Shore’s Lani Cornfield (2) during Monday’s non-league girls high school basketball game at Fredonia High School.

Fredonia drops opener

The Lake Shore Lady Eagles basketball team defeated the Fredonia Lady Hillbillies in each team’s season opener, 54-39, on Monday night. Lake Shore jumped out to a fast start, beginning the game on an 8-2 run. The defense of Lake Shore, in full-court press, forced turnover after turnover ...

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Steelers forward Carter D’Agostino takes off toward the net in Sunday’s 6-3 victory over Wilson-Newfane.

Mages powers Steelers to victory at Steele Hall

OBSERVER Staff Report Team captain Nolan Mages had himself a day on Sunday. Mages, senior and three-year member of the varsity Dunkirk-Fredonia Steelers hockey team, had a pair of goals and assists as the defending state champions picked up their first win of the year, 6-3, at Steele Hall ...

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Fredonia State’s Sierra Parsons finished 15th in the 200-yard breast stroke in Sunday’s Blue Devil Invite.

Fredonia State Round-up

Special to The OBSERVER YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Fredonia senior distance runner Merlin Joseph Jr. finished second in the 3,000 meters at Friday’s season-opening indoor track & field meet, the Youngstown State University Icebreaker. Joseph’s time of 8:50.72 was a personal-record by 14 ...

Devils indoor track and field previews

Special to the OBSERVER The women’s indoor track and field team will focus on a “common goal” this year. “That goal,” said coach Tom Wilson “is to double last year’s indoor team points, then to hold that point standing for the outdoor championships.” The women scored 45 ...

An impressive 12-point buck with two drop tines taken by Rob Gloff on Nov. 30.

Cash Bash tourney in Ohio, local hunters bag big bucks

The extreme cold temperatures and snow have not settled in yet, but the reports claim it’s on the way. There have been some reports that a near record walleye is in the lead to win a grand prize of a $70,000-plus walleye rigged boat in Ohio, and a couple local anglers had a great day on the ...

Marauders strong in first indoor meet this season

Special to the OBSERVER The Dunkirk/Silver Creek indoor track team was off to a good start Saturday morning at their first meet held at The State University New York at Fredonia. There were quite a few highlights for both the boys and the girls. Issiah Velez had the highlight of the field ...

Fredonia’s Gardner crowned Matthew Marino champ

OBSERVER Staff Report ROCHESTER — Fredonia’s Dalton Gardner took first place in the 126-pound division at the Matthew Marino Invitational at Webster-Schroeder High School in Rochester. Gardner, a sophomore, is now the third in his family to win the Matthew Marino Invitational, taking ...

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Shawn Horr (24) of Westfield battles with Tanner Ramsey (12) and Chance Meeder (13) of Sherman during Saturday’s Westfield Winter Classic championship game.

Westfield unwavered

WESTFIELD — The Westfield Wolverines boys basketball team defeated Sherman, 64-49, to win the Westfield Winter Classic tournament on Saturday night. “We played hard,” said Sherman coach Cory Emory. “We just got beat by the better team tonight.” Down its co-captain, Jared Gleason, ...

James G. Corell

James G. Corell

PORTLAND — James G. Corell, “Jim”, “Graper 1”, 79, of Portland, NY, died November 30, 2017 at his home with his loving wife by his side. He was born March 6, 1938 in Brocton, NY, the son of the late Roger and Mildred Genske-Corell. Jim was a veteran of the United States Air Force ...

Comeback falls short, Einink and Law score 19S

pecial to the OBSERVER PLATTSBURGH — The Fredonia women’s basketball team fell short to Plattsburgh, 65-58, in its SUNYAC opener on Friday. Senior Jacque Law and junior Jenna Einink (Westfield/Chautauqua Lake) led the way, each putting up 19 points and 3 assists. For the Cardinals ...

Wildcats circle the wagons, beat Hornets by 20

OBSERVER Staff Report WESTFIELD — Sherman defeated Forestville in the first round of the season opening Westfield Tournament Friday night, 61-41. The Wildcats (1-0) opened a 15-4 lead over the Hornets (1-1) after one quarter and expanded their lead to 36-20 at halftime and 48-29 after ...

Panama escapes Pine Valley with 63-57 win

OBSERVER Staff Report PINE VALLEY — The Panama Panthers picked up their first win on the season, defeating Pine Valley on their own floor 63-57 in non-league boys’ basketball. Both teams were competitive throughout all four quarters, but it was Panama that was able to overcome a ...

Dunkirk battles, but falls to Health Sciences, 65-57

OBSERVER Staff Reports LANCASTER — The Dunkirk Marauders varsity boys basketball squad went down to defeat Friday in the championship game of the Lancaster Tournament, losing 65-57 to Health Sciences. The Marauders were down 38-20 at the half, but mounted a comeback, according to Dunkirk ...

Wolverines drop 78 in win over Falconer

OBSERVER Staff Report WESTFIELD — The Westfield boys basketball team defeated Falconer 78-40 during a tournament game Friday night. “I thought offensively, we played really well today,” Westfield coach Bob North stated. Shawn Horr led the balanced attack for the Wolverines, ...

Gowanda impressive in win over Hornell

OBSERVER Staff Report OLEAN — The Gowanda Panthers had a strong showing on Day 1 at basketball tournament held at Olean High School. Gowanda got off to a hot start against Hornell en route to a 62-43 victory in the non-league contest. “We came right out of the gate and outscored them ...

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Fredonia’s Tyler Ritter (24) works up ice against Potsdam’s Dom Horvath (15) during mens’ ice hockey action Friday night, in Fredonia.

Fredonia falls short against Potsdam, 4-2

Special to the OBSERVER FREDONIA — Potsdam scored twice in less than a minute during the first period and led thereafter en route to a 4-2 SUNYAC men's hockey win over Fredonia on Stroke Survivor Night at Steele Hall. Tyler Young scored his fourth of the year on a power play at 15:10 and ...

Narwhals upend Olean

OBSERVER Staff Report OLEAN (Thursday) — The Dunkirk’s boys swimming team, which this year also features swimmers from Brocton, Cassadaga Valley, Fredonia and Westfield, defeated Olean for the first time in over a decade Thursday. Highlights of the 87-73 win included wins by ...

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Pine Valley’s Kayla Hohl (4) goes for the layup against Cassadaga Valley at the Hae Jude tournament.

Lady Black Knights, Cougars to battle it out for Hae Jude title

SILVER CREEK — The host Black Knights and the Pine Valley Lady Panthers won the opening round games of this season’s Hae Jude Tournament Friday night. Silver Creek defeated Forestville, 50-25, and Pine Valley outlasted Cassadaga Valley, 46-35, as the high school girls’ basketball ...

Box Score: Chautauqua Lake 93, Panama 56

Non-League boys high school basketball Chautauqua Lake 93, Panama 56 CHAUTAUQUA LAKE (93) MAnderson 2 0 5, BAnderson 1 0 2, Majka 7 4 20, Pope 13 7 35, Thomas 0 1 1, NAdams 6 2 17, Sauerland 1 0 2, Wood 1 1 3, Gleason 3 0 8, Totals 34 15 93 PANAMA (56) Sperry 5 0 14, Barmore 5 2 12, ...