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Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy members at the April 29 event were, seated from left, David Anderson and Jonathan Townsend. Standing are Mike Jabot, Alberto Rey and John Jablonski III.

Chautauqua County Federation of Sportsmen banquet held

Happy Mothers Day to all mom’s who deservedly earned this national recognition. None of us could have gotten here without the assistance of our mom’s. Traditionally, mom’s tend to get gifts on this special day and cut flowers, candy, dinner and possibly some form of entertainment, are ...

Submitted Photo: Dunkirk’s Emilee Hanlon is seen at the high jump pit, where she took first place at the annual Joe Paterniti Memorial Invitational at Strider Field on Friday night.

Hanlon wins high jump at Jamestown invite

JAMESTOWN — The Dunkirk track and field team attended the annual Joe Paterniti Memorial Invitational at Strider Field on Friday night. For the girls, some great individual results came in on the day. Emilee Hanlon ran a :12.98 in the 100-meter dash to take fourth. Jericha Petrella took ...

Forestville/Pine Valley sweeps four-team meet

OBSERVER Staff Report FORESTVILLE — The Forestville/Pine Valley golf team picked up three wins Friday thanks to the stellar golfing of Lewis Markham and company. Markham shot a 2-over-par-36 at Tri-County Country Club as Forestville/Pine Valley (12-1, 7-1) topped Clymer/Sherman/Panama ...

Fredonia offense finds its groove in win over Falconer

OBSERVER Staff Reports FALCONER — The Fredonia Hillbillies (11-4, 9-2) defeated Falconer on the road, 11-1, with role players stepping up in CCAA West 1 high school baseball. Fredonia’s offense didn’t hesitate. To kick off the top of the first, Seth Schrader and Reid Tarnowski ...

OBSERVER Photo by Ron Szot: Brocton’s Derrick Burns (16) is congratulated by teammate Hunter Rizzo (2) after scoring a run during Friday’s CCAA West 2 high school baseball game against Westfield.

Bulldogs reign supreme

BROCTON — The Westfield Wolverines (10-5, 9-1) came into Friday’s CCAA West 2 high school baseball game against rival-Brocton (11-4, 7-2) with the ‘on paper’ advantage. The Wolverines boasted a 55-game league win streak and have dominated local baseball for a half decade. But the ...

OBSERVER Photo by Ron Szot: Brocton’s Elyse Markham fields a groundball during Friday’s CCAA West 2 high school softball game against Westfield.

Lady Bulldogs pick up second win in row

The Brocton Lady Bulldogs won two games in as many days, scoring 24 runs in that span. On Thursday, the Lady Bulldogs erupted for 15 hits in a 17-8 victory over Sherman in CCAA West 2 softball action. Jenn Potter led the offensive explosion with three hits to drive in two runs while Jypsi ...

Franklinville rallies past North Collins for walk-off victory

FRANKLINVILLE— Zak McMurray hit a walk-off single in the bottom of the seventh inning to cap off the victory for the Franklinville Panthers as they beat the North Collins Eagles, 4-3, in CCAA East 2 baseball Friday. To start the seventh inning, Franklinville’s Malukai Holiday led off ...

Perfect pitching keeps Fredonia perfect

Perfect performances from Hannah Cybart and Sid Bigelow helped the Fredonia Lady Hillbillies (12-0, 11-0) remain perfect thanks to a 19-0 victory over Falconer on Friday in CCAA West 1 high school softball. Cybart pitched two perfect innings and Bigelow pitched three innings of perfect ball ...

Salamanca spoils Marauders’ Senior Day with 3-2 win

The Salamanca Warriors defeated the Dunkirk Marauders, 3-2, Thursday in high school tennis. In first singles, Salamanca’s Mike Collins defeated Brandon Katta, 6-0, 6-0. In second singles, Dunkirk’s Andrew Vetter defeated Peemapol Watcharapalakron 6-0, 7-6 (7-2). Salamanca’s Neland ...

Submitted Photo: Pictured from left are JT Magro, Derek Douthit, TJ Magro, Zac Levenstein and Christian Michalski. Missing from the photo are Anthony Gullo and Seth MacTavish.

Local golfers compete at Division 1 golf qualifier

FORESTVILLE — Dunkirk’s Christian Michalski carded a 108 after 22 holes at Tri County Country Club to earn a spot as an alternate for the Sectional qualifier golf tournament to be played Monday at Gowanda Country Club. The top-20 Division 1 golfers competed on the day and the top-10 of ...

Submitted Photo: Fredonia student members and campus organizers included SAAC President Ben Chatley (standing, far left), Director of Athletics Greg Prechtl (standing, third from left), Jaklyn Van Manen of the One Love Foundation (standing, fourth from left), Associate Director of Athletics Megan Valentine (far right), SAAC moderator and women’s soccer coach Chris Case (kneeling, left), and SUNYAC Commissioner Tom Di Camillo (kneeling, right).

Fredonia exceeded its goal first 10 Million Yards for Yeardley walk and run

Fredonia and SUNYAC Student-Athlete Advision Council President Ben Chatley, a Blue Devil junior on the men’s swimming and diving team, announced that Fredonians totalled 1.45 million yards as part of SAAC’s 25.75 million total — over twice the goal of 10,000,000 yards, one million for ...

Photo by Matt Spielman: Silver Creek/Forestville center fielder Austin Myers makes a lunging catch just in front of the fence during the third inning of Thursday's CCAA West 1 baseball game against Maple Grove in Bemus Point.

Dragons overpower Black Knights, 10-9, in nail-biting victory

BEMUS POINT — At the end of a stretch of four games in four days, with their third pitcher of the day on the mound and the tying run on base in the seventh inning, the Maple Grove Red Dragons could have easily cracked under the pressure Thursday evening. But catcher Brandon Reagle was in ...

OBSERVER Photo by Mary Ann Wiberg: Dunkirk’s Olivia Yerico-Piazza loads up on a swing during Dunkirk’s 8-4 victory over Southwestern in CCAA West 1 softball Thursday.

Bombs away

It was a battle in the circle for Dunkirk and Southwestern softball. The Lady Trojans, led by pitcher Sydney Burk, and the Lady Marauders’ Monica Pokoj, went off. In an 8-4 victory in Dunkirk’s favor, Burk struck out 14 out of 18 batters she faced while Pokoj succeeded at the plate ...

OBSERVER Photo by Mary Ann Wiberg: Dunkirk’s Jared Glowniak takes a cut during the Marauders’ game against Southwestern Thursday.

Dunkirk rallies to pick up a 5-3 win over Trojans

The Dunkirk Marauders (4-7) had a rough week at the diamond. They were down early against Southwestern (7-5), but didn’t let the game slip as the Marauders fought back to defeat the Trojans, 5-3, Thursday in CCAA East 2 baseball. Southwestern struck first with a run in the first and a run ...

Photo by Lisa Monacelli: Cassadaga Valley’s Savannah Nickerson fields a groundball against Westfield during Thursday’s CCAA West 2 softball matchup.

Hahn loses no-hitter in 7th; Cassadaga wins 13-1

SINCLAIRVILLE — Cassadaga Valley pitcher Alyssa Hahn wanted the no hitter, but it simply couldn’t come to fruition. In the 13-1 victory Thursday, Hahn’s no-no was broken in the top of the seventh as the Lady Cougars (10-1) defeated the Westfield Lady Wolverines (0-11) in CCAA West 2 ...

Kazlin Beers steps on second base for a force out before throwing the ball to first in the Lady Hillbillies’ Wednesday contest against Dunkirk. Both Fredonia baseball and softball came away with CCAA West 1 victories on the day.

Lady Billies overcome wind, Dunkirk, 6-2

It was a chilly, breezy day at Fredonia High School, but the cool weather couldn’t tame the hot bats of the Fredonia Lady Hillbillies (9-0, 8-0), who used a three-run fifth inning to overtake the Dunkirk Lady Marauders (5-7, 4-6) en route to a 6-2 CCAA West 1 softball victory. “We’ve ...

Dunkirk infielder AJ Morales fields a ground ball and throws to first game in the Marauders’ game against the Fredonia Hillbillies Wednesday in Fredonia.

Fredonia scores early, often in win over Dunkirk

FREDONIA — The Fredonia Hillbillies erupted for 15 runs in the first inning and never looked backed in a 30-7 victory in six innings over rival Dunkirk Wednesday in CCAA West 1 baseball. Vince Gullo gave the hosts a quick three-run lead with a bases-clearing triple. Later in the inning, ...

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Pictured from left are co-medalists Lewis Markham and Kole Maytum, who competed in Wednesday’s CCAA Division 2 West Sectional qualifier.

Local golfers compete in Sectional qualifier

OBSERVER Staff Report CHAUTAUQUA — On Wednesday, the CCAA Division 2 West Sectional qualifier was held at Chautauqua Lake Golf Club. Forestville/Pine Valley, Chautauqua Lake/Westfield, Maple Grove, Silver Creek, Cassadaga Valley and Frewsburg each competed to have their top shooters move ...

Photo by Cody Crandall
Pictured at right is Rick Lamb, the 2016 LECOM Health Challenge winner.

PGA tour descends on Peek’n Peak week of July 3

FINDLEY LAKE — Beginning the week of July 3, an abundance of the most skilled and talented professional golfers competing for their PGA Tour cards will once again converge on the Upper Course at Peek'n Peak resort, when the Web.com Tour returns for the second annual LECOM Health ...

North Collins blows out Pine Valley, 12-0

OBSERVER Staff Report PINE VALLEY — The Pine Valley Panthers (4-7, 3-5) suffered a 12-0 blowout loss against North Collins (9-4, 8-1) in CCAA East 2 baseball Wednesday afternoon. Dylon Mercado pitched a doozy for North Collins; he threw for the complete game shutout while also tallying 13 ...