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Forestville falls in Class D final to Panama, 57-48

JAMESTOWN — Mitch Hovey was so sick Friday that he couldn’t keep food down. That said, he wasn’t about to miss Panama’s Section VI Class D championship game. The Panthers senior point guard scored 10 points and handed out seven assists while providing invaluable leadership at both ...

‘Billies Osula finishes career at state meet

LONG ISLAND — Fredonia’s Bill Osula was the lone swimmer for the Hillbillies at the New York State High School Championship meet today at Nassau County Aquatic Center on Long Island on Friday. Osula qualified for the event in the 50 yard freestyle. He was seeded 41st with a time of 22.10 ...

Fredonia State baseball looks for big season

The Fredonia Blue Devils baseball team is coming off a 17-13 season where they finished one game away from a SUNYAC playoff spot. Eight seniors will need to be replaced, including a pair of all-region players — Steve Zaprowski and J.T. Angora — and all-conference catcher Patrick ...

Fredonia students intern at Super Bowl in Atlanta

In Super Bowl jargon, it’s “one for the thumb” for Fredonia. That’s the number of times State University of New York at Fredonia students have scored real-world experience in the national sports industry through internships at the Super Bowl, undoubtedly the premier sporting event in ...

Lady ‘Billies sent home after loss to East Aurora in Class B1 semis

BUFFALO — For the second time in three nights, a Fredonia High School basketball team fell one win shy of a sectional final. Thursday night, it was the Fredonia Lady ‘Billies who fell in the Class B1 sectional semifinal, with a 45-33 loss to East Aurora in a girls basketball game at ...

Fredonia State softball to open season today in Virginia

Special to the OBSERVER The Fredonia Blue Devil softball season begins this weekend at Mountain Mash, scheduled for Friday and Saturday, March 1 and 2, at the Moyer Sports Complex in Salem, Va. After Friday games vs. Emory and Henry (noon) and Kean (2 p.m.), the Blue Devils face Virginia ...

Locals head to state track meet

Pictured are Indoor Track athletes Emily Brown (left), Diego Rey (middle), and coach Laurie Brifu, of Fredonia, as they get set to take off to the state meet in Staten Island on Saturday. Brown won the 1500 meter race while Rey finished second in the 1000 during last week’s qualifier. Also ...

Frewsburg tops Cassadaga Valley to move on, 49-41

JAMESTOWN — Not only is a turnover a lost possession for one team, it usually turns into a positive possession for the opposition. No. 6 Cassadaga Valley found that out the hard way Thursday evening. The Cougars turned the ball over 36 times and No. 2 Frewsburg converted those giveaways ...

Black Knights knock off Falconer, advance to Class C1 final, 58-50

JAMESTOWN — Black Knight pride. It’s a phrase commonly used by those close to the Silver Creek athletic programs. On Wednesday during their Section VI, Class C1 semifinal game, the Silver Creek girls basketball team showed a lot of pride, defeating the Falconer Golden Falcons, 58-50 at ...

Forestville falls big to top-ranked Panama

Sitting in the bleachers opposite the Forestville bench Wednesday night, several members of the Jamestown Community College men’s basketball team began pulling for the Lady Hornets in their Section VI Class D semifinal at the Physical Education Complex. “Defense ... Defense ... ...

Local athletes named to All-Region team at JCC

Three Jamestown Community College wrestlers have been named to the 2019 National Junior College Athletic Association’s Region 3 All-Region team. Dan Torres, a freshman from Cassadaga, competes in the 174 lb. weight class. A student in the criminal justice program, Torres hopes to join the ...

Chautauqua Lake upsets top seed Portville, 57-52

Bill Persons stressed to his players that both teams had 0-0 records heading into the Section VI Class C-1 semifinals. The Chautauqua Lake girls definitely bought into their coach’s message. Despite going just 10-10 during the regular season, the fifth-seeded Thunderbirds took down No. 1 ...

Gawronski earns Co-Goalie of the Year honors at Buff. State

BUFFALO — The Northeast Women’s Hockey League (NEWHL) announced its All-Conference teams Wednesday and Buffalo State goalie Bri Gawronski (Dunkirk, NY/Mt. Mercy) was named first team while claiming Co-Goalie of the Year honors, and teammate Emma Ruggiero received second team ...

Winter rears its ugly head

Winter weather has finally settled back in, following the wild weather day last Sunday. The OBSERVER did a nice job covering some of the effects of the storm. Around 4 p.m. the Lake Erie water level was creeping up to the door at Barts Cove, and was only 12 inches from the top of the retaining ...

Fredonia falls short of Class final

BUFFALO — Standing in a hallway outside of the locker rooms at Buffalo State College, Fredonia Hillbillies first year varsity head coach Nick Bertrando spoke about his team after Tuesday’s loss. As he spoke, one by one, his players exited the locker room and patted him on the back as they ...

Thunderbirds struggle, suffer tough loss to Middle Early College, 69-51

After their emotional win in the Section VI, Class C1 quarterfinals last week over Silver Creek, the Chautauqua Lake boys basketball team was looking to make even more magic during Tuesday’s semifinal game against Middle Early College in Dodd’s Arena at Fredonia State University. A slow ...

Blue Devils’ Einink earns All-SUNYAC

CORTLAND — Senior Jenna Einink, of Westfield, was named to the Third Team All-SUNYAC at the conclusion of this season. Einink was tabbed SUNYAC Freshman of the Year in 2015-16 and was honored as a member of the All-SUNYAC Team in all four of her seasons as a Blue Devil. This year, Einink ...

5-seed Forestville shocks Class D’s top seed Franklinville, 46-41, at JCC

JAMESTOWN — The Forestville Hornets looked to keep their season alive when they took on Franklinville in a Section VI, Class D semifinal playoff game at Jamestown Community College, on Tuesday. After losing to Franklinville (10-11, 1-seed) twice in the regular season, the Hornets got revenge ...