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Fearless Freddie’s Football Forecast

By FEARLESS FREDDIE Living Legend MIDSEASON MESS. At a dreadful 2-6, the Buffalo Bills are near the bottom of the NFL again this season. At some point, ownership may have to pull the plug on the current brain trust directing things. Cleveland finally said enough last week. How much longer ...

The last cast: A spooky outdoors story

I don’t know if you believe in ghosts or not, but the following is a true story, that happened in broad daylight over 40 years ago. My father Ray Pauszek was recently retired from the steel plant and faced with a lot of free time. I had a nice 14-foot Mirrocraft aluminum boat with a mariner ...

Black Knights seniors honored

Special to The OBSERVER SILVER CREEK — Silver Creek Central School seniors Lily League, Riley Wilson and Sebastian Dole were recognized during the Cross Country Senior Recognition Home Meet held Oct. 22 that saw them compete against five schools. “They have grown so much over the past ...

Fredonia’s Charlie LaDuca inducted in MSBL World Series Hall of Fame

Charlie LaDuca is adding to his trophy case again. The Fredonia resident received his latest hardware last weekend in Phoenix where he was inducted into the Men’s Senior Baseball League World Series Hall of Fame. The 66-year-old LaDuca, who is already a member of the Chautauqua Sports and ...

Blue Devils win in 5 sets

Special to The OBSERVER Fredonia rallied for a 3-2 SUNYAC Tournament first-round win over Potsdam before a loud Dods Hall crowd Tuesday. Down 2-1 in sets and 19-16 in the scoreboard, the Blue Devils (22-9) closed out the fourth set with a 26-24 win. Senior Kailey Falk served the final ...

Chautauqua Lake defeats Cattaraugus-Little Valley

MAYVILLE — After plodding through the first half of the opening set Monday evening, Chautauqua Lake needed a spark. Sophie Woodis provided one. The Thunderbirds junior outside hitter carried the hosts to an early three-point lead as No. 1 Chautauqua Lake took control of a 25-19, 25-18, ...

Westfield Goldenhawks win 2018 LSNFL Championship

On Saturday the Westfield Goldenhawks took on Falconer in the Lakeshore Midget Football League Championship game held at the Southwestern High School. Westfield went in as the undefeated No. 1 seed with a record of 9-0 aginst the No. 2 seeded Falconer with a record of 8-1. After four quarters ...

North Collins gets past Ellicottville

NORTH COLLINS — The North Collins Eagles volleyball team was able to get the job done on Monday, defeating Ellicottville in three sets, 25-10, 25-17, 25-22 to move on to the Class D2 finals. After starting the playoffs receiving a double-bye, the Eagles came out in the contest hot, ...

Playoff memories

The fall sports playoff season is winding down, and with it, there have already been memories that will surely last for a lifetime in the minds of the young athletes involved. While the North Collins boys and girls soccer teams move on to the Far West Regionals as Class D champions in each ...

The great golf ball experiment

They say it takes a big man to admit that he was wrong. If that’s the case, just call me Andre because I feel like a giant. For years, I’ve been of the mindset that the type of golf ball simply doesn’t really matter. If you’re good, you’re good. If you’re terrible, you’re ...

Patience is key: Hunter grabs buck at last minute

It sure is getting dark out early. As a matter of fact, local bow hunter Pete Fote, was in his tree stand last Sunday evening, and figured he better check his watch to see what time it was. Legal sunset was reportedly at 6:22 p.m. and the time piece declared, it was 6:10 p.m. The magic hour! ...

Local officials help out Gerry Rodeo

GERRY — Plans for next summer’s celebration of the Gerry Fire Department’s 75th consecutive annual rodeo got a valuable assist from several local officials who met with the Rodeo Planning Committee to discuss how they could help in promoting this historic event. Those officials included ...

North Collins earns Class D sectional title

EDEN — The North Collins Eagles have proven themselves to being one of the best girl’s soccer teams in the area, as the Eagles won their third consecutive sectional title with a convincing 3-0 victory over the Franklinville Panthers on Saturday night. “It is definitely an exciting ...

Fredonia falls to Lady Gators in Class B2 final

WILLIAMSVILLE — The Fredonia Lady ‘Billies saw their season end on Saturday night, with a 6-0 loss to the Allegany-Limestone Lady Gators in the Class B2 girls soccer sectional final. The final score, however, did not tell the whole story. “Standing on this field on this night, playing ...

Playoff ride comes to an end

The Fredonia/Brocton Hillbillies defense has showed out all season long when faced with a tough task. While the defense still played well, the Pioneer offense was just too much for the Hillbillies to handle on Friday night. Fredonia/Brocton lost its Class B semifinal matchup on Friday ...

Lady ‘Billies play for Class B2 title today against Allegany-Limestone

The Fredonia Lady ‘Billies have come a long way from the 1-4 start to the season. Tonight, we will all find out just how far they have truly come. The 4-seed Fredonia Lady ‘Billies face the 2-seed Allegany-Limestone in the Section VI, Class B2 championship game tonight at Williamsville ...

Decker, Brown highlight CCAA meet

OBSERVER Staff Report BEMUS POINT — The CCAA Cross Country Championships took place Friday at Bemus Point Golf Course, with many local runners finishing with solid times. The Silver Creek girls placed fourth, while Fredonia took sixth place as a team in both the boys and girls races. The ...

North Collins claims Class D boys soccer title

TONAWANDA — The North Collins Eagles put together a full 80 minutes en route to a 2-0 convincing victory over the Ellicottville Eagles to claim the Class D crown on Friday night. “Last week, we played hard for a half,” said North Collins coach Jay Walters. “We talked this week about ...

Blue Devils open hockey season with 7-3 victory

Special to The OBSERVER Jacob Haynes scored three goals and Luke Rivera scored twice as Fredonia opened its 2018-19 season with a 7-3 men’s hockey win over Chatham. Haynes scored an even-strength goal in the first period, a power-play goal in the second, and an empty netter late in the ...