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Lady ‘Billies fall short against Maple Grove, 54-39

At the end of a foul-riddled second half of play, it was host Maple Grove that was able to come away with a 54-39 Chautauqua-Cattaraugus Athletic Association Division 1 West girls basketball win over Fredonia on Monday evening. The Red Dragons stretched their perfect record to 8-0 while ...

A look at ‘The Week Ahead’

While all eyes are focused on a girls basketball showdown between Dunkirk and Fredonia on Thursday night in Fredonia, there is still plenty to watch for in the nights leading up to Thursday’s game. From tonight’s contest between the Dunkirk Lady Marauders and Chautauqua Lake, to Tuesday’s ...

Jamestown native Lopriore to be inducted into CSHOF

Special to The OBSERVER To suggest that Mike Lopriore’s athletic training resume is impressive, would be a huge understatement. In fact, the Jamestown native’s list of accomplishments during a career that spanned nearly four decades puts him in the company of some of the biggest names ...

Golfer’s Diary: Don’t be THAT guy (Part 5)

Alright, folks. This is it — the final installment in the “Don’t be THAT guy” series that we’ve all had so much fun with over the past month. It’s almost embarrassing how many awful people that readers have helped me come up with for this list. If you’ve just joined us, this has ...

Cougars beat rival Falconer

SINCLAIRVILLE — Connor Crabtree scored 17 points and added four rebounds as the Cassadaga Valley Cougars boys basketball team handled the Falconer Golden Falcons by a final score of 68-29 in CCAA Div. 2 West action on Friday night. The Cougars jumped on the Golden Falcons early, leading ...

Fredonia edges by Randolph, 67-63

The Fredonia Lady Hillbillies traveled to Randolph for a Section VI, non-league girls basketball game, at Randolph High School. The Lady ‘Billies held off a rallying Lady Cardinals, powered by Sydney Hvizdak, for a 67-63 win. Despite leading for the majority of the game, Fredonia was never ...

Dunkirk-Silver Creek, Fredonia indoor track teams have success at Houghton

HOUGHTON — The Dunkirk-Silver Creek and Fredonia indoor varsity track teams competed at Houghton College on Saturday and with it, there were new sectional qualifiers along with a couple new school records. Jericha Petrella of Dunkirk-Silver Creek finished first in the 600 meter race with a ...

Schauss’ goal lifts Blue Devils to win

Picking up right where they left off, the Fredonia State Blue Devils capped off their weekend series against Stevenson University with a hard fought 1-0 victory. In what was a non-conference matchup, it was the perfect tuneup before the Blue Devils return to their SUNYAC play in two ...

Four Hillbillies, three Thunderbirds win at annual Ripley Duals tourney

RIPLEY — The Fredonia Hillbillies wrestling team had four winners and swept the competition as a team with 236 points to dominate the annual Ripley Duals on Saturday at Ripley High School. Dalton Gardner (138), Giovanni Russo (145), Cole Golembieski (152) and Ceric Kristan (170) all earned ...

Chautauqua Lake raises a dozen banners

Submitted Photo Chautauqua Lake Central School recently raised a dozen banners celebrating athletics achievements during the 2017-18 school year. From left to right are (front row) superintendent Ben Spitzer; Devin Pope, basketball First Team All-State; coach Ken Rowe with wrestler Bryce ...

Fredonia wins on home ice

The Fredonia State Blue Devils mens hockey team returned to action after a long layoff due to the winter break on Friday — and while there was plenty of rust that needed to be knocked off, the Blue Devils didn’t miss a beat. Fredonia State got 39 saves from junior netminder Anton Rosen ...

Black Knights fall at the buzzer

RANDOLPH — Ty Hind has been putting up shots in the Randolph Central School gymnasium since he was 2 years old. It would be hard to argue any of them were bigger than his final one Friday night. The Cardinals junior hit a pullup jumper from the foul line with 2.2 seconds remaining to give ...

Thunderbirds beat Maple Grove

OBSERVER Staff Reports MAYVILLE — For the better part of three quarters, Friday night’s CCAA Division 1 West meeting between Maple Grove and Chautauqua Lake was every bit the hotly-contested, back-and-forth battle that fans had expected. But with the Red Dragons’ Peter Auer on the ...

Jamestown Native to interview for Cleveland head coaching job

The red-hot Indianapolis Colts have been preparing all week for their AFC wild-card playoff game today in Houston. At the appropriate time, Jamestown native and Colts’ offensive coordinator Nick Sirianni will reportedly be prepping for something entirely different. How does an interview ...

Marauders swim falls to Panama

OBSERVER Staff Report The Dunkirk boys swim team dropped a tough match on Thursday, losing 95-54 to Panama. Dunkirk was led by Peyton Ahlstrom, who won the 50 yard freestyle (26.24) along with the 100 backstroke (1:08.61) while keeping the Marauders in the meet. Ahlstrom was also a part of ...

Hillbillies sweep Chautauqua Lake

OBSERVER Staff Report CLYMER — The Fredonia Hillbillies took care of Chautauqua Lake on the road on Friday at Cutting Lanes, with a clean sweep of the Thunderbirds, 4-0, in both the boys and girls contests. The Fredonia boys won with a series of 908-941-976-2,825. Chautauqua Lake managed ...

Lady Marauders top Jamestown, boys swept, 4-0

OBSERVER Staff Report JAMESTOWN — The Dunkirk Lady Marauders continued their stellar girls bowling season with a 4-0 sweep of Jamestown, while the Dunkirk boys were swept by Jamestown, 4-0, on Friday night at Jamestown Bowling Company. Dunkirk (23-1) managed a line of 888-961-840-2,689, ...

Westfield takes care of young Dunkirk, 56-36

The Dunkirk Marauders hosted the Westfield Wolverines in a Section VI, non-league boys basketball matchup on Thursday at Dunkirk High School and the Wolverines offense was too much for the young Dunkirk squad, resulting in a 56-36 victory for Westfield. The game started out with the ...

Silver Creek boys, girls bowling win

SILVER CREEK — The Silver Creek boys and girls bowling teams picked up wins on Thursday, topping Clymer 4-0 and 3-1 respectively. For the Silver Creek boys, they won with a linescore of 763-675-574-2,012 over Clymer’s score of 481-519-519-1,519. The Black Knights were led by Dan Paterson ...

Fredonia wrestling beats up Trojans

The Fredonia Hillbillies continued their impressive season on Thursday, picking up another win, this time over visiting Southwestern, 63-21. Fredonia (13-4, 3-0) took benefit in large part to a depleted Southwestern roster, winning nine matches via forfeit. Brandon Wallace (132) won his match ...