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Austin Bourgeois signs to wrestle in college for RIT Tigers

Austin Bourgeois, of Westfield, recently signed his letter of intent to wrestle collegiately for the Rochester Institute of Technology. Bourgeois, a member of the Chautauqua Lake-Westfield-Panama Thunderbirds wrestling team, represented Westfield Academy at the NY State wrestling championship ...

Golfer’s Diary course spotlight: The Vineyards Golf Course

Let’s take a little stroll through time, shall we? Seven years ago, the first golf course I ever played was what is now the north side of The Vineyards Golf Course (more on that later). I still remember my first shot ever. It was, of course, a slice off the tee that ended up over by a ...

Fredonia’s Swartz, Dunkirk’s Gotowka shine in first league outings

Though this past week was bookended with rainouts throughout the high school baseball and softball schedule, many teams were still able to take the field for crucial league games early this spring sports season. Here is a look at the early standouts of the season in the spring’s first edition ...

Fredonia’s Jake Skinner meets with Alabama

Fredonia tight end/linebacker Jake Skinner visited the campus of the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa over the weekend, touring the facilities and even taking in a Crimson Tide baseball game on Friday night. Skinner, a junior who anticipates to return to Fredonia for his senior season, has ...

Hillbillies fall to Williamsville East

OBSERVER Staff Report WILLIAMSVILLE — The Fredonia Hillbillies played a non-league contest with Williamsville East on Saturday afternoon and for the first four innings, it was a close contest. In the end, however, Williamsville East opened the floodgates and poured it on to come away with ...

Devils rally past Brockport to earn split

Special to The OBSERVER Sydney Merkley doubled in two runs and Megan Maull doubled in one as Fredonia rallied for a 8-5 win over Brockport in the second game of their SUNYAC softball doubleheader Saturday at Blue Devil Field. It was the third hit and third RBI of the game for Merkley, and ...

Registration for 1891 Run 5K & Walk now underway

Special to The OBSERVER Registration is now underway from runners and walkers for the 1891 Run for the Fredonia Opera House. This 5K Run and Walk will be held on Sunday, April 28, starting and ending at Barker Common in downtown Fredonia. The 5K run begins at 9 a.m., followed almost ...

Kirk’s honors state champs

Kirk's Jewelers recently honored the Dunkirk High School Lady Marauders Bowling Team after earning the honor of being 2019 NYSPHSAA girls bowling champions. Kirk Frey presented Coach Donna Kubera and each member of the team with a Rembrandt Charms engraved Bowling Charm to commemorate their ...

Chautauqua Lake sweeps round robin softball contests at North Collins HS

OBSERVER Staff Report NORTH COLLINS — The North Collins Lady Eagles hosted a three-team round robin softball tripleheader on Saturday that saw the reigning Class C state champion Chautauqua Lake Lady Thunderbirds come out victorious in both games, while Lake Shore grabbed a win over North ...

Lake Erie Outdoor & Fishing Show another success

The Second Annual Lake Erie Outdoor & Fishing Show held on Saturday was another success. The first event was held last year, also at the Clarion Hotel, located on Lake Shore Drive in Dunkirk, and it would appear that Mr. John D’Agostino, the Publisher of the OBSERVER, has found a recipe ...

Braymiller signs with Mercyhurst

Chautauqua Lake senior Cianna Braymiller signed a letter of intent to continue her academic and softball career at Mercyhurst Northeast. Cianna is a four-year starter for the Chautauqua Lake Thunderbirds Varsity Softball Team. She helped her team earn a Class C New York State title in 2018. She ...

Golden Cougars win big in three-team track meet

Pictured, Cassadaga Valley/Falconer's Bryce Baglia crosses the finish line in the 4x800m relay on Thursday night at Cassadaga Valley Central School. Baglia’s Cassadaga Valley/Falconer Golden Cougars boys track and field team won the three-team meet with 92 points, while Clymer-Sherman-Panama ...

Lady T’birds hold banquet

The Chautauqua Lake Lady Thunderbirds girls basketball team held their end of the year banquet on Wednesday. The following players received individual awards: Offensive Player of the Year: Katelyn Fardink, Defensive Player of the Year: Alexis Jacobson, Coach's Award: Emily Phelps, Most Improved ...

Gowanda boys track team opens with a pair of wins

OBSERVER Staff Report RANDOLPH — The Gowanda High School varsity boys track and field team traveled to Randolph to open their 2019 season and defeated the host Cardinals and Cattaraugus-Little Valley in a triangular meet. Senior Austin Jankowski led the way for the Panthers by winning the ...

Bulldogs devour Wolverines

BROCTON — Through two batters in the top of the first inning on Thursday, the Westfield Wolverines held a 1-0 lead over the Brocton Bulldogs. The reigning Section VI, Class D champions, led by their All-State pitcher Ronald “Bubba” Brown wouldn’t be held down for long, ...

Lady Bulldogs roll to 18-5 win

The Brocton Lady Bulldogs came away with an 18-5 victory over Westfield in five innings on Thursday. For Brocton, Jenelle Grigelevich hit a home run, Cheyanna Rivera was 4-5 with a pair of doubles, Megan Gloss and Christine Wdowiasz each had two hits, while Brocton scored at least one run from ...

North Collins falls to St. Mary’s, 16-1

OBSERVER Staff Report NORTH COLLINS — The North Collins Lady Eagles fell to St. Mary’s of Lancaster, 16-1, on Thursday evening in Section VI softball action at North Collins High School. St. Mary’s scored six runs in the first inning and led the entire way. They hit three home runs in ...

Phillips, Gowanda earn walk-off win

OBSERVER Staff Report GOWANDA — The Gowanda Panthers trailed 8-0 after three innings of play against JFK in a non-league baseball contest, but that didn’t seem to bother Gowanda one bit. When it was all said and done, it was the Panthers who celebrated, after a thrilling 9-8 comeback ...

Gowanda keeps perfect record, tops Springville

OBSERVER Staff Report GOWANDA — The Gowanda Lady Panthers sure know how to hit. Thursday was yet another example of that, as Gowanda beat Springville 13-10 in a non-league softball contest at Gowanda High School. Zoey Kota went 4-for-4 with three runs and two RBI. She was a home run shy ...