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Chautauqua Lake third baseman Cianna Braymiller, fields a ball in the Lady Thunderbirds’ 2-1 loss against Portville, Tuesday.

Lady Thunderbirds season comes to an end

The Chautauqua Lake Lady Thunderbirds lost a hard fought game to the Portville Lady Panthers in the Section VI Class C crossover game on Tuesday night, 2-1, at Promenschenkel Stadium. The game was a pitcher’s duel where hits came at a premium. Portville pitcher Sydney Colligan received ...

Silver Creek’s 4×400 team takes first place at Counties

OBSERVER Staff Report Dunkirk High School’s athletic facility was this year’s venue for the CCAA Championship Track and Field Event which was spread out over Friday evening and Saturday afternoon. Silver Creek’s girls team had several standout performances to help them take home the ...

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This Little League field will hopefully soon see a new addition — a new concessions building that will be able to withstand rain, wind and nature’s other whims.

New, improved

CASSADAGA — The Cassadaga Reds Little League baseball team will have an exciting new addition to its baseball field — a concession stand. The current food situation at the team’s games is a little poker table that falls victim to the sun, wind, rain and bugs, said Lori Grisanti at the ...

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Members of the Chautauqua Lake/Panama/Westfield varsity wrestling team are presented with legislative recognition from Sen. Catharine Young for earning the 2015-16 Joe Annarella Team Sportsmanship Award.

Varsity wrestling team honored with legislative resolution

CHAUTUAQUA LAKE — Sportsmanship is a sometimes forgotten aspect of athletic competition. However, state Sen. Catharine Young proposed and adopted a legislative resolution to a local wrestling team, permanently honoring it for its dedication to the craft. In 2016, the Chautauqua ...

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At right, Gerry rodeo  head chef Bruce Gustafson (left) and rodeo chairman Tom Atwell and his wife Sharon finish stacking the wood which will be used to cook the barbecue beef for the dinners this Saturday at the Gerry Rodeo Grounds.

Gerry Rodeo BBQ holding early-taste event Saturday

GERRY – Fans of the traditional beef barbecue dinners that have been a part of the Gerry Fire Department’s annual PRCA rodeos for the past 73 years will be able to experience an early taste of the rodeo cuisine. Chef Bruce Gustafson and his crew will be serving the dinners this coming ...

For the Record

Adult Golf Shorewood Country Club The following are the results from the Jack Shubert Invitational (Member-Guest) held Saturday at Shorewood Country Club. The format was a best-one-of-two net stableford points. First Place Overall: Moonie Rys and Lyndon Smith (30 Points). Second Place ...

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Rys, Smith win Jack Shubert Invitational

Submitted Photo Above is a picture from the Jack Shubert Invitational (Member-Guest) held Saturday at Shorewood Country Club. Pictured from left are Moonie Rys, Jack Shubert, Lyndon Smith and Sorewood golf pro Brad Smith. Rys and Smith won the event with 30 points.

Feldman earns 2nd All-America certificate

Special to the OBSERVER GENEVA, Ohio — Fredonia junior sprinter Brittany Feldman (Jamestown) finished seventh Saturday in the women’s 400-meter final at the NCAA Division III Track & Field championship meet. The seventh-place finish earned Feldman her second All-America award. ...

Silver Creek’s Williams, Brown teammates once again in Rochester

OBSERVER Staff Report Former Silver Creek lacrosse players Zed Williams and Frank Brown are set to be teammates once again. Following Sunday’s Major League Lacrosse draft, both Williams and Brown will be suiting up for the Rochester Rattlers next season. Virginia attackman Zed Williams ...

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ECSA fighter, Cody Farrington, lands a right cross on his opponent in the ring during his win by unanimous decision at Lace-Up Promotions: The Challenge, in Lockport.

ECSA fighters continue to impress across WNY

The results are in and the Elevation Combat Sports Academy(ECSA) boys did not disappoint. Competing in the Castricone Bouts in Buffalo, ECSA went 2-1. Gerald Carr cruised to victory won and his match by TKO in the second round. “In the fight, Gerald (Carr) came out guns blazing,” ...

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A nice box of yellow perch caught locally.

Please let nature be while in its midst

The NYS Department of Environmental Conservation urges the public to leave young deer (fawns) and other baby wildlife undisturbed. The motto is “If You Care! Leave it There!” The DEC cautioned visitors to nature areas to not interact with new born fawns and other wildlife. If you see a ...

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Brocton pitcher Ronald Brown delivers to the plate during the Section VI Class D final at Diethrick Park in Jamestown.

North Collins holds on to claim Class D title, 7-4

JAMESTOWN — For the past four years, No. 1 North Collins Eagles and the No. 3 Brocton Bulldogs have played close, exciting playoff games. Today, the game lived up to the expectations of both teams as the North Collins Eagles prevailed, 7-4, to win the Section VI Class D title. North ...

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Above, the Fredonia Hillbillies celebrate yet another overall Class B championship in Gowanda on Saturday. Below, Reid Tarnowski lays down a bunt in the Hillbillies’ 4-0 win over Alden.

Fredonia tops Alden, 4-0, for Class B title

GOWANDA — The No. 3 Fredonia Hillbillies scored three runs in the top of the second and that was more than enough for Derrick Walters, as the junior hurler tossed a complete-game two-hitter while striking out 15 and walking one in the Hillbillies’ 4-0 win over the No. 2 Alden Bulldogs in ...

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Cassadaga Valley third baseman Brittyn LeBaron tags Chautauqua Lake baserunner Cameryn Hawkins after Hawkins was caught in a run down.

Chautauqua Lake advances with 2-0 win over Lady Cougars

A pitchers’ duel commenced at Promenschenkel Stadium in Dunkirk between Chautauqua Lake’s Olivia Anderson and Cassadaga Valley’s Alyssa Hahn to decide who would be Section VI Class C1 softball champion. The game came down to the final moments, but the Lady Thunderbirds prevailed over the ...

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Fredonia’s Mike Meredith (right) clears the final hurdle in the 100 hurldes during Saturday’s Chautauqua-Cattaraugus Athletic Association County Meet.

Dunkirk track puts up impressive results as Counties host

The hosts of the 2017 Chautauqua-Cattaraugus Athletic Association County Meet did more than just host the meet as they put up some good times and results with many athletes in the top eight on both the boys and girls side. For the boys, the 4x100 meter relay team of Jonah Rosas, Devin Eddy, ...

OBSERVER Photo by Roger Coda: Chautauqua Lake’s J.C. McCroskey hands the baton to teammate Evan Blakeslee in the 4x100-meter relay at Friday’s County meet at Karl Hoeppner Field.

Local runners advance to today’s finals, Hanlon takes first for Dunkirk

The Fredonia Lady Hillbillies had a strong showing on Day 1 of the high school track and field County meet at Karl Hoeppner Field. Sydney Swan ran the 800-meter run in 2:26 to take fifth place while Lauren Kluck placed sixth in the discus at 89-feet-4-inches. The 4x100 relay team advanced to ...

OBSERVER File Photo: Tyler Winchell and the Fredonia Hillbillies take on Alden today at noon at Gowanda Central School in the Section VI Class B crossover championship game.

Alden looks for long awaited revenge on Hillbillies today

Another year, another Sectional title. The Fredonia Hillbillies baseball program has been the model of consistency over the last 13 years, which includes a record-setting seven consecutive Sectional titles dating back to 2011. Since 2005, the Hillbillies have won a Sectional title in all ...

OBSERVER File Photo: Brocton’s Jordan Krystofiak and the Bulldogs battle the North Collins Eagles at noon today at Diethrick Park in the Section VI Class D championship game.

Bulldogs, Eagles set to add another chapter to playoff rivalry

The top-seeded North Collins Eagles and the No. 3 Brocton Bulldogs will clash at Diethrick Park in Jamestown today at noon for the Section VI Class D Championship game. The two teams have played in years past; however, they have not faced off this season. En route to the championship game, ...

Feldman fourth in prelims

GENEVA, Ohio — Junior Brittany Feldman finished in fourth place in the preliminaries of the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships on Friday. Her time of :55.29 seconds in the 400-meter run is a new school record, and was just .02 seconds out of third place. The top eight ...

Fredonia wins Section 6 Class B title

GOWANDA — Chalk up another win for the Fredonia baseball team. The Hillbillies defeated Alden in the Section 6 Class B title game for baseball, 4-0, in Gowanda. Seth Schrader had a two-run double in the second inning and Reid Tarnowski added an RBI base hit. Complete coverage in the Sunday ...