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Maurice Greene (33) and the Chautauqua Hurricane will be back in action at Brocton High School tonight at 7 p.m. against the Ohio Bootleggers in Premier Basketball League action.

Hurricane set to face Bootleggers tonight

For the first time in what seems like a long time, the Chautauqua Hurricane will face a team other than the Jamestown Jackals in Premier Basketball League action. After playing the Jackals in three of their last four games, the Hurricane are back in action tonight at Brocton Central School ...

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Pictured are members of the Dunkirk-Fredonia Steelers after they defeated Friends Acadamy of Long Island during the High School Club Hockey state championships, in Syosett, on Friday.

Steelers drop Friends Academy, 4-1, at states

SYOSETT — It was a statement game for senior winger Ryan Thompson on Friday afternoon. Thompson tallied a goal and added three assists in the Dunkirk-Fredonia Steelers 4-1 victory over Friends Academy from Long Island at Iceworks rink. Also stepping up was goaltender Nicolas Novelli who had ...

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Chautauqua Lake’s Devin Pope (23) goes up fo a shot against Cleveland Hill, during the Section VI Class C-1 boys basketball championship game, on Friday at Jamestown Community College.

A long time coming

JAMESTOWN —One would be hard-pressed to find a better Class C duo in New York state than Devin Pope and Aaron Swan. Cleveland Hill found out first-hand Friday night. Pope scored 33 points and Swan added 27 points as the Chautauqua Lake pair combined for 60 of their team’s points in a ...

Steelers begin defense of state title today in Long Island

SYOSETT, L.I. — Defense of the state championship title begins today for the Dunkirk-Fredonia Steelers here in Long Island. Following a 13-6-2 campaign that ended with a second-place finish and a trip to Super Sunday at KeyBank Center in Buffalo, the Steelers open the state tournament today ...

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Right where they wanted to be

AMHERST — There may not have been much scoring, but there was no lack of action in the Fredonia Lady Hillbillies’ Section VI Class B1 girls basketball semifinal game Thursday at Sweet Home High School. After letting an early 10-point lead evaporate, the Lady Hillbillies came up big when it ...

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Lady T’birds advance to C1 finals

JAMESTOWN — Taylor Phelps (15 points), Jesse Zenns (11 points) and Katelyn Fardink (10 points) all scored in double figures and Chautauqua Lake turned in an exceptional performance on the defensive end of the floor in a 48-36 victory over Cleveland Hill on Thursday in a Section VI Class C1 ...

Devils baseball looks to take next step, softball gets early start

The Fredonia baseball team begins its quest of a fourth SUNYAC Tournament appearance in five years when the first pitch of the season is thrown today against Johnson & Wales in Myrtle Beach. Fredonia is coming off a 2016 season where it finished 20-21. The Blue Devils were eliminated by ...

Quartet entered in Tufts Final Qualifier

MEDFORD, Mass. — Four Fredonians are entered in the Tufts Final Qualifier track & field meet this Saturday with the intent of securing a place at the NCAA Division III indoor meet later this month. Brittany Feldman and Sarah Couperus of the Blue Devil men’s team and Justyn Haines and ...

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Fredonia’s Jenna Einink goes up for a shot during her team’s SUNYAC women’s basketball game against Oswego, on Feb. 10. Einink was named to the All-SUNYAC Second Team recently by the conference’s coaches.

Cheatham, Einink earn SUNYAC honors

CORTLAND — Fredonia senior guard Alexis Cheatham and sophomore forward Jenna Einink (Westfield/Chautauqua Lake) have been chosen to the 2016-17 SUNYAC Women’s Basketball All-Conference team. Cheatham was named to the First Team and Einink to the Second Team in a vote of conference ...

For the Record

Today’s Local Sports Schedule Thursday, March 2 Section VI Girls Basketball Playoffs Class B-1 No. 6 Fredonia vs. No. 2 East Aurora, 5:30 p.m., at Sweet Home Class C-1 No. 3 Cleveland Hill vs. No. 2 Chautauqua Lake, 5 p.m., at JCC Local Athletes Dunkirk Area Swimmer ...

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Dominic Begier displays some of his hand-tied creations made at the Northern Chautauqua Conservation Club on Monday nights from 6-8 p.m. There are numerous free courses for fly tying in the county.

Weather once again hampering local fishing outings

Mother Nature seems to be bringing March in like a lion. Strong winds, and temperatures dropping below freezing, will put a halt to a lot of recent fishing prospects, at least for awhile. My contacts on Chautauqua Lake revealed that fishing was hot on the big inland lake, once the ice cover ...

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Westfield’s Kiara Booker, left, drives past Randolph’s MacKenzie Marsh, right, during their Section VI, Class C-2 girls basketball semifinal game on Wednesday at Jamestown Community College.

End of the road

JAMESTOWN — A team can’t win a game in the first half alone, but it can certainly make a statement. Randolph did just that Wednesday in a Section VI, Class C-2 semifinal against Westfield at Jamestown Community College’s Physical Education Complex. The Lady Cardinals opened the game ...

Fredonia advances to Section VI Class B1 title game

The Fredonia Lady Hillbillies held off East Aurora, 34-28, Thursday in the Section VI Class B1 semifinals at Sweet Home High School. With the win, Fredonia advances to Sunday's championship game. For complete coverage, see Friday's edition of the OBSERVER.

His time has finally come

Editor’s Note: The following article ran in the Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012 edition of the OBSERVER. Desmond Green will make his UFC debut April 8 at the KeyBank Center in Buffalo at UFC 210. Since this article ran, Green has gone on to compile a 14-5 professional record, and has fought for ...

Helps an all-conference choice again

CORTLAND — Fredonia junior forward Ian Helps has earned post-season recognition from SUNYAC Men's Basketball coaches for the third straight year An All-Conference Second Team choice as a sophomore, Helps was named to the Third Team Tuesday. He was also named SUNYAC Rookie of the Year after ...

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Dunkirk’s Evon Hernandez (5) goes up for a shot between East Aurora’s Joe Montgomery and Nick Montgomery during Monday’s Section VI Class B1 semifinal game at Buffalo State.

East Aurora uses big fourth quarter to stun Dunkirk, 59-55

BUFFALO — If anyone needed more proof of how up and down the Dunkirk boys basketball season has been during the 2016-17 campaign, all they needed to do was watch the No. 5 Marauders’ Section VI, Class B1 semifinal against No. 1 East Aurora (18-3) at Buffalo State. Through the first ...

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Chautauqua Lake’s Tyler Meredith (14) goes up for a basket in front of an Allegany-Limestone defender during Monday’s Section VI Class C1 boys high school basketball semifinal game at Jamestown Community College.

Pope, Thunderbirds top Gators, set to return to finals for redemption

JAMESTOWN — Once again Devin Pope was the key, but Chautauqua Lake received contributions throughout its lineup to beat Allegany-Limestone, 72-57, in Section VI Class C1 semifinal action Monday evening at Jamestown Community College's Physical Education Complex. Pope, already his school's ...

Blue Devils fall to Mt. Union, 9-7

ALLIANCE, Ohio — Fredonia took an early lead yet was unable to make it stand Sunday in a 9-7 women’s lacrosse loss to Mount Union. Up 3-1 and later 4-3, the Blue Devils lost their lead and were unable to recover from a 5-0 run by the Purple Raiders. Samantha Spiess, Katie Miller and ...

Chiefs prove too much

BUFFALO — Experience proved to be the difference at the 33rd Annual Super Sunday High School Club Hockey Mixed Championships at the KeyBank Center. The Iroquois Chiefs were making their third consecutive trip to the downtown arena while the Dunkirk-Fredonia Steelers were making their first ...