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DeMarco, Knapp make second team in CCAA West 2

The Chautauqua-Cattaraugus Athletic Association West 2 Division All Star votes are in for the 2016-17 basketball season. Kaitlyn Blanchard, senior of Frewsburg, won the top price for Most Valuable Player in the league. Her coach, Jeff Collver, won the Coach of the Year. For the first team, ...

Frosh righties, Pixley’s bat key Devil sweep

MINNEOLA, Fla. — Fredonia earned its first sweep of its Florida trip Monday with wins over Bethany (West Virginia) and Gallaudet. Freshmen were in the circle for both wins. Sam Seegar scattered nine hits — not more than two an inning — and struck out five as the Blue Devils downed ...

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The NCCYHA Steelers Pee Wee Travel team recently won the Garfield Heights Hockey Tournament.

Pee Wee Travel cruises to tourney title

The NCCYHA Steelers Pee Wee Travel team recently won the Garfield Heights Hockey Tournament. In their first game, the Steelers overpowered Strongsville, 7-1. Ryan Waterman had a hat trick for the Steelers, with Alex Paluch netting two goals and Trevor Persch and Chris Waterman each getting ...

Devil diving dominance dates back to ‘06 meet

Fredonia added to its list of SUNYAC diving champions with four more titles last month. The springboard sweeps by seniors Meghan Bartlett and Arron Carlson marked the third time in the last six years Blue Devil divers have won all four SUNYAC titles. It also set the stage for NCAA Regional ...

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Pictured from left to right are Dunkirk-Silver Creek indoor track and field teammates Emilee Hanlon, Jericha Petrella, Jaylah Cossin and Emma Seiders. The quartet competed at the New Balance Indoor National Meet in New York at the New Balance Track and Field Center at The Armory.

Dunkirk-Silver Creek runners compete in NYC

NEW YORK — A quartet of Dunkirk-Silver Creek girls indoor track and field athletes that included Emilee Hanlon, Emma Seiders, Jericha Petrella and Jaylah Cossin, competed this weekend at the New Balance Indoor National Meet in New York at the New Balance Track and Field Center at The ...

NCPHL to hold playoff games at Steele Hall Ice Arena this week

Junior Hockey will be making its way into the area this coming week when the National College Prospects Hockey League will hold a trio of playoff games at the Steele Hall Ice Arena. “It’s right in our footprint,” NCPHL president Bob Black said of using SUNY Fredonia’s facilities for ...

As tough as steel

The Northern Chautauqua County Youth Hockey Association held its Tough as Steel Tournament on Sunday at the Steele Hall Ice Arena. Pictured above, and below, are action shots from the day’s games.

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New York State hunters like Gary Nichols of Sinclairville have seen increased black bear hunting opportunities in the Southern Zone in recent years.

DEC releases bear harvest numbers for NYS

The Department of Environmental Conservation recently released that Bear hunters in New York State harvested 1,539 black bear during the 2016 hunting season. Hunters took 1,025 black bear in the Southern Zone, which was about a 10 percent decline from 2015. That figure, however, is slightly ...

For the Record

Adult bowling Lucky Lanes Fumble League — High team game Busti Auto 1,084. High team series Busti Auto 2,942. Brenda Kestetter 200-225-569, Anne Haase 178-162-204-544, Devon Fijal 165-178-180, Kathy Price 185-181, Vicki Rylowicz 174-171-169-514, April Jagoda 169, Fran Davis 174, ...

Fredonia advances to Class B state semifinals

BUFFALO — The Fredonia Lady Hillbillies defeated Mynderse, 55-46, Saturday in the girls high school basketball Class B Far West Regionals at Buffalo State. With the win, the Lady Hillbillies travel to Troy next weekend for the New York State Public High School Athletic Association semifinals ...

Short-handed Hurricane look to take down Razorsharks tonight

If the Chautauqua Hurricane (6-9) are going to beat the Rochester Razorsharks (11-2) this Saturday, they will have to do it without two of their top players, each of whom recently left the team for opportunities to further their careers. Leading scorer and former Washington Wizard Edwin ...

Softball team splits; Feldman finishes 11th in 400 prelims

CLERMONT, Fla. — Fredonia scored in every inning Friday against Penn State New Kensington to earn a split of their two games at The Spring Games. Maddie Cooley smashed a three-run homer to cap a four-run fourth inning as part of a 10-2 win over New Kensington. It was Cooley’s second homer ...

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Pictured are members of the Fredonia Lady Hillbillies varsity basketball team after they won the overall Section VI, Class B title on Wednesday over Wilson. The Lady Hillbillies square off against Section V, Class B champion Mynderse tonight at 7 p.m. at Buffalo State in the NYSPHSAA Far West Regional.

An experienced bunch

The No. 6 Fredonia Lady Hillbillies are making a run that roots back to previous seasons. In the 2014-15 season, Fredonia went to the Section VI, Class B-2 finals, but lost to Cleveland Hill, 54-35. And last season, the Lady Hillbillies made another run at a Sectional title, only to be ...

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T’birds have shot at states with win in Far West Regional

Chautauqua Lake’s boys basketball team will be entering uncharted waters when it travels to Rush-Henrietta High School on Saturday to square off against the Northstar Christian Academy from Section V in the Class C Far West Regional at 1:45 p.m. After all, it’s the Thunderbirds’ first ...

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Mission accomplished

Ten years ago, Dunkirk-Fredonia coach Jay Bishop set out to make high school hockey in Northern Chautauqua County something athletes wanted to be a part of. Following this past weekend’s remarkable run to their second consecutive state title — and only two state titles in the program’s ...

Beat The Champ bowling will return to Lucky Lanes

Beat The Champ is back and will be returning to Fredonia’s Lucky Lanes, 10387 Bennett Road. All bowlers can join the competition to be the top bowler on Saturday, March 11 and Sunday, March 12. There will be a high school qualifier that will continue on March 19. Beat The Champ was a ...

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Local youth compete in Karate tourney

Pictured are members of Family Martial Arts Center who competed in karate tournament on March 4 hosted at the Kempo Karate Center in Springville. There were approximately 100 Karate students in total who participated. The event was judged on Kata (a performance of forms, stances and intense ...

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Look for steelhead to show up in area streams as long as the water level is high and cold enough.

Windy weather keeps anglers off open waters

The month of March is certainly coming in like a Lion. With the weather report for Wednesday predicting wind gusts approaching 60 miles per hour, offshore fishing attempts were put on hold. In fact, the way the water is getting worked up, your best bet might be fishing for bullheads once the ...

Big second half carries Wesleyan over Blue Devils

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. — Wesleyan (Conn.) broke open a see-saw game early in the second half and rolled to a 15-9 women’s lacrosse win Wednesday over Fredonia. Senior attack Katie Miller had three goals and sophomore midfielder Samantha Spiess two goals and two assists to lead Fredonia. ...