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NYSPHSAA Scholar-Athlete School Excellence Award goes to Lake Shore

ANGOLA — Lake Shore Athletics is proud to announce they have been named a New York State Public High School Athletic Association, Inc. (NYSPHSAA) 2017-18 Scholar-Athlete School Excellence Award winner. Schools earn this accolade by having 100 percent of varsity teams qualify for and receive ...

Westfield loses opener

Westfield’s team in the state Little League finals for 8-10 softball lost its opening game Wednesday, 8-3, to Oneida. Mackenzie Schumaker struck out nine for Westfield in defeat, while Lucy Gates had the team’s only hit. Leading Oneida was Olivia Miller who had two hits, including a ...

Chautauqua County Fair hosts wrestling

OBSERVER Photos by Braden Carmen Mikey Everynite (top) is caught mid-air and thrown by Marek (standing) in the first match of the night at Wednesday’s Southern Tier Wrestling grandstand event at the Chautauqua County Fair. Marek won the match. Vinnie Moon (left) reacts after nearly pinning ...

Lake Erie fishing great for all lately

Summertime and the living is easy, and so is the fishing on Lake Erie. Most everyone lately is an expert on catching walleye and yellow perch fishing has been good too, as predicted by the warm water species biologists from the DEC. Let’s start with walleye. The fishing for walleye on ...

The pride of North Collins

The North Collins high school baseball and softball teams each had a year full of highlights in the 2018 season. While the baseball team began the season with a no-hitter, the softball team made a return trip to states after winning the Far West Regional game in back-to-back years. Here’s a ...

Westfield softball Little League team plays in Dunkirk today at 5 p.m.

The Westfield 8-10 softball All-Star team is making history. For the first time in Westfield’s Little League history (boys/girls) an All-Star team is competing in the state tournament. Westfield will open state play against Oneida Little League out of Oneida, NY. The game will be played today ...

Messina leads Bombers 14U to victory

Special to The OBSERVER Dunkirk’s Phil Messina wasted no opportunities at the plate on Friday, driving in six on three hits to lead AnJo Bombers 14U past Cincinnati Baseball Club — Red 14U, 13-1, on Friday. Messina drove in runs on a single in the first, a single in the fifth and a double ...

Lucky day for WMH Foundation 26th annual golf tourney

Special to The OBSERVER WESTFIELD — Friday the 13th turned out to be a lucky day for Westfield’s community hospital when the Westfield Memorial Hospital Foundation (WMHF) was incorporated under its original name of Chautauqua Health Care Foundation, exactly 40 years ago on the same date. ...

State LL softball tourney returning

The state Little League softball tournament for 8, 9 and 10-year-olds is returning to Dunkirk on Wednesday. Marv Cummings, administrator of the local Little League District 38, said seven teams are coming to town. The Westfield Little League All-Stars won’t have far to go, but the two teams ...

Off to the races

OBSERVER Photos by Joe Conti The Chautauqua County Fair’s grandstand hosted harness racing Monday afternoon. Here, Lawrence La Page (red silks) handles DW’s Queen Bee while Douglas Ackley rides Sparklin Lane.

Erie Bud takes the title

Michal Holobradek is a long way from home, but you never would’ve guessed it with the way he performed in the circle on Sunday afternoon. The 20 year old Czech Republic native pitched five innings of shutout ball in the championship of the 43rd annual First Ward Falcon Club Men’s ...

A day of firsts

As the apropos title of this article implies, Saturday was a day of firsts on the golf course. During a particularly easy day of delivering mail, I came to the startling realization that it had been two full weeks since my last round of golf. That’s not okay. So I sent out a few texts to ...

Angler Outreach provided valuable info

On Wednesday, June 20, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation held their Angler Outreach Event at Woodlawn Beach State Park. Various specialists in their field gave presentations on: Walleye, Lake Trout, Muskellunge and Sturgeon, Acoustic Telemetry, Yellow Perch Management, ...

Gerry Rodeo: 74 years and counting

Many thought that the idea of a rodeo wouldn’t succeed for even one year, but they were certainly wrong. When August 1 rolls around this summer, the tiny hamlet of Gerry — just north of Jamestown, New York — will celebrate the opening night of its 74th consecutive annual rodeo, the ...

Championship on the line

The 43rd annual First Ward Falcon Club Men’s Fastpitch Tournament continued on Saturday featuring fifteen games played by local teams and teams from out of state at Promenshenkel Stadium and School No. 7. The tournament started Friday featuring Dunkirk Fastpitch I defeating Westfield’s G ...

Fredonia LL All-Stars win

OBSERVER Photo by M.J. Stafford The Fredonia 8-9-10 All-Star team, the District 38 representative in the Section 1 West Little League Baseball tournament being held in Fredonia, beat Wellsville of Division 2, 9-2, Friday after losing a 14-13 nail-biter to Division 4’s Penfield on Thursday. ...

First Ward Falcon Club tournament opens

OBSERVER Photo by Ron Szot The 43rd annual First Ward Falcon Club Men’s Fastpitch Tournament opened Friday with two games at Promenschenkel Stadium, including one featuring the Dunkirk Fastpitch club, seen in this photo. The tournament continues today and Sunday.

Falcons’ fun

The 43rd annual First Ward Falcon Club Men’s Fastpitch Tournament begins today with a couple of games at Promenschenkel Stadium at Wright Park beginning at 6 p.m. The tournament has been well known for getting teams from all over the area to participate, including Canadian teams. However, ...

Little League sectionals continue

OBSERVER Photo by M.J. Stafford The Section 1 West Little League baseball tournament for 8- to 10-year-old players continued in Fredonia on Thursday. Here, Fredonia pitcher Matt Cowan takes a ball while batting against Penfield.

Borrello fishes with essay contest winners

MAYVILLE — Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello recently traveled to Chautauqua Marina to go fishing with the two grand prize winners of the Chautauqua County Sports Fishery Advisory Board’s 26th Annual Fishing Essay Contest. Conner Degnan, a sixth grader from Washington Middle ...