Local Sports

Cougars win over Hillbillies in three

OBSERVER Staff Report SINCLAIRVILLE — The Cassadaga Valley volleyball team picked up a win on Wednesday, defeating the Fredonia Hillbillies in three sets, 25-11, 25-20, 25-19. Cassadaga Valley was led by Kaitlin Dahl who had 21 assists and four aces. Heidi Williams added nine kills and ...

Dunkirk seniors go out on top

Dunkirk played host to Brocton/Westfield in Section VI volleyball action, at Dunkirk high school on Tuesday. In what was an important night for the Marauders, which honored their seniors for Senior Night and had a fundraiser for breast cancer awareness, the Marauders cruised to a convincing ...

Dunkirk beats CL, 3-2

The Dunkirk Marauders girls tennis team won a big match on Tuesday, defeating Chautauqua Lake 3-2. The Marauders, after losing the first singles match, came back and got two big wins from Hannah Saye and Gabi Loeb in second and third singles. Dunkirk was then able to seal the match when ...

Fredonia swim team falls to Frewsburg

FREWSBURG — The Fredonia girls swim team lost on Tuesday, losing to Frewsburg by a final score of 111-74. Isabella Pucci-Schaefer took first in the girls diving with a score of 205.66 while freshman Tori Spacciapolli won the 400 meter freestyle with a time of 5:02.96. Spacciapolli ...

Decker gets third at Long Point meet

BEMUS POINT — The Silver Creek cross country teams ran at Long Point State Park on Tuesday with the girls team finishing second out of four teams. Ellie Decker finished third for the Black Knights, running a time of 20:42. Juliana Flick also had a good run, finishing sixth with a time of ...

Fredonia’s Brown wins at Frewsburg

FREWSBURG — Emily Brown did it again for the Fredonia Hillbillies cross country team, winning Tuesday’s race at Frewsburg. Overall, the girls took first at the meet over Frewsburg and Randolph. Brown’s time of 21:26 took out the competition in a race where head coach Carol Zirkle said, ...

Dunkirk’s Ruiz wins at Southwestern

LAKEWOOD — While the Dunkirk cross country teams both didn’t fair well in Southwestern on Tuesday, lead runner Anthony Ruiz did, winning the boys race over Southwestern’s Eddie Scroxton. Just last week, Scroxton had beaten Ruiz at the McQuaid Invitational in Rochester, but Ruiz came ...

Gowanda tops Cassadaga Valley

GOWANDA — The Gowanda Panthers volleyball team defeated Cassadaga Valley in three tight sets, 25-23, 25-22, 25-22, in a league contest at Gowanda on Tuesday night. Miya Scanlan led the way for Gowanda with 16 digs, 14 kills, six blocks and six aces, while Marleah Stevens had 14 digs, nine ...

Bump, set, spike!

Pine Valley’s Lyric Westlund (2) tips the ball over the net during a volleyball game Tuesday at Chautauqua Lake while teammate Emily Pfleuger looks on.

Hillbillies fall to Frontier, 5-1

HAMBURG — Caleb Reynolds had Fredonia's lone goal in the Hillbillies 5-1 non-league defeat at the hands of the Frontier Falcons on Tuesday night. Reynolds’ goal, which came in the first minute of regulation, came off a corner kick from Jimmy Rush. Tyler Rosen was in goal for the ...

Black Knights beat Dunkirk

Silver Creek/Forestville senior Emma Rice heads the ball during Tuesday’s varsity soccer match against the Dunkirk Lady Marauders at Dunkirk High School. Silver Creek/Forestville defeated Dunkirk, 4-1, behind a pair of goals by Rice.

Trojans defeat Wolverines, 5-0

LAKEWOOD — During its penultimate game of the regular season on Tuesday afternoon, the Southwestern boys soccer team took a moment at halftime to honor what has been a truly exceptional class of senior players. The celebration ended up serving a perfect motivator, as the Trojans would come ...

Gowanda Trap Team’s Connor Wight named as top 50 shooter in NY State

Special to The OBSERVER GOWANDA — His talent was there, just waiting to be tapped. But it wasn’t until a school Trap Team formed that Gowanda senior Connor Wight, 17, realized his prowess and potential. Wight, who is also an auto body student at the LoGuidice Educational Center in ...

Gerry Rodeo given high marks

GERRY — The judges for the Gerry Volunteer Fire Department’s 74th professional rodeo in Gerry have submitted their report to the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association headquarters in Colorado Springs and have given high marks to the rodeo. Head judge Wayde Ellsworth’s report said, ...

Devils’ Francis is SUNYAC Runner of the Week

Special to The OBSERVER CORTLAND — The State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) selects Fredonia Ethan Francis as its Men’s Cross Country Runner of the Week. Francis, a senior from Dunkirk, finished second Saturday at the Houghton Highlander Invitational men’s cross ...

Silver Creek, Fredonia to play volleyball benefit match

Special to The OBSERVER SILVER CREEK — Two local high school volleyball teams are teaming up to fight cancer at the “Spiking Out Leukemia” game planned Wednesday, Oct. 17. The Silver Creek Central School District and the Fredonia Central School District volleyball teams will play at 6 ...

Defense carries Bills to victory

ORCHARD PARK — Sunday at New Era Field was about as ugly as a win can be, but in the standings, it might as well have been a portrait of Mona Lisa. The Bills found a way to win on Sunday, and that’s all that matters in the National Football League. This one was one that Rex Ryan ...

Golfer’s Diary: Swinging in the rain

Is it ever going to stop raining? This holiday weekend is traditionally a good golfing weekend here in Western New York. The weather is still warm enough to enjoy a round or two. The courses are still in nice condition. And some people are even fortunate enough to have off from work on ...

Panthers down Black Knights

SILVER CREEK — For the first time in over a decade, the Gowanda Panthers defeated the Silver Creek Black Knights in Class C North football 28-0 on Friday night. “I am excited how we came out strong and continued with that type of performance in the second half,” said Gowanda coach Sean ...

Shared Victory: Fredonia helps Dunkirk modified player score

At a recent home game against Fredonia, Dunkirk’s Modified Boys soccer team was struggling to score against their rival. According to Dunkirk coach Zachery Meadows, “The score was getting pretty high,” much to the disappointment of his team. One of his players, Eliseo Vega, was ...