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OBSERVER Photo by Gene Pauszek
Captain Frank Lauricella, presents Officer Liza Bobseine with a Public Servant Award standing next to CCSF President Zen Olow.

Chautauqua County Federation of Sportsmen banquet held

On April 24, the Chautauqua County Federation of Sportsmen held their annual Harry Probst Memorial Federation banquet at the beautiful Lakewood Rod & Gun Club. This event keeps growing in popularity and this year’s attendance had over 200 guests at the event. Guest include Chautauqua ...

Fredonia golf splits with Southwestern

OBSERVER Staff Report LAKEWOOD — The Fredonia Hillbillies girls golf team found difficulty in the rainy conditions. The girls team split between having personal bests and lows in a 35.5 to 19.5 win over Southwestern on Friday at Maplehurst Country Club. The expectation of the speed of the ...

North Collins picks up 16-1 win over Ellicottville

OBSERVER Staff Report NORTH COLLINS — The North Collins Eagles (7-3, 6-0) had their way on Friday as they defeated the Ellicottville Eagles (3-4, 0-4), 16-1, in CCAA East II high school baseball play. Even though North Collins was physically home, it was considered the away team. The ...

Dunkirk track competes at Roderick Relays

HAMBURG — The Dunkirk boys and girls track and field teams competed at the annual Roderick Relays at Hamburg Friday night. The teams had good showings and took home some hardware with the highlight being both the girls and boys sprint medley relays taking home the first place. The boys ...

Lady Eagles top Ellicottville, 26-9, in the rain

NORTH COLLINS — The precipitation did not stop the North Collins Lady Eagles, nor their bats, on Friday. In a one-way affair, the North Collins Lady Eagles (10-3, 4-1) defeated the Ellicottville Lady Eagles (1-8, 0-4), 26-9, in CCAA East II high school softball play. Ellicottville started ...

OBSERVER File Photo: Fredonia alumnus Cam Voss is headed to Division I Mississippi State following a standout season at Niagara County Community College.

Cam Voss headed to Mississippi State following stellar ‘15 season

Cameron Voss’ post-Fredonia Hillbilly baseball career has been nothing but incredible. Look no further than his remarkable stat line on May 20, 2015 as he, and the Niagara County Community College Thunderwolves, faced Jefferson Community College: Nine innings pitched, 14 strikeouts, two ...

Browns lead Day 1 for the Blue Devils

Browns lead Day 1 for the Blue Devils

CORTLAND — On Day 1 of the SUNYAC Outdoor Track and Field Championships, Kyle Brown turned in the top finish for a Blue Devil, finishing third in the hammer throw with a toss of 50.78 (166’7’’). Damone Brown added to the team score, placing sixth with a throw of 46.43m ...

Photo by Tim Frank: Silver Creek’s Emma Seiders competes in the 100-meter dash during Friday’s Falconer Invite. The event was ended early due to thunder and lightning.

Thunder struck

FALCONER — The event started with rain, followed by a burst of sunshine then abruptly ended when lightning put an early end to the Falconer Track and Field Invitational Friday. Despite being called due to weather, the Fredonia boys and girls managed to beat the weather with a few impressive ...

Devils track ready for SUNYACs

CORTLAND — The Fredonia women’s outdoor track and field team will compete in the SUNYAC Championship Meet today and Saturday at Cortland. The team is projected to be led by Brittany Feldman and Sarah Couperus. Feldman is the No. 1 seed in the 400-meter run and sixth seed in the 200 ...

A new sport

JAMESTOWN — The Northwest Arena will play host to the area’s first Bubbleball Hockey Tournament on Saturday, June 10 at 1 p.m. Proceeds from the event will benefit Chautauqua Hospice and Palliative Care. Bubbleball sports are a new and entertaining phenomenon that is gaining popularity ...

Maple Grove picks up trio of golf wins over local foes

OBSERVER Staff Report The Maple Grove golf team defeated Cassadaga 35-20, Forestville/Pine Valley 28-27 and Silver Creek 36-19. Maple Grove has an undefeated record of 7-0. Cassadaga (0-8, 0-6), Forestville/Pine Valley (6-1, 3-1) and Silver Creek (3-4, 2-2). The medalist was Lewis ...

Panthers overcome Marauders, 5-0, on the court

The Panama Panthers defeated the Dunkirk Marauders, 5-0, in high school tennis Wednesday at Dunkirk. In first singles, Carson Heimburg defeated Teagan Raynor 6-0, 6-0. Quinn Payne defeated Andrew Vetter 6-0, 6-0 in second singles. In third singles, Elliot Johnson defeated Israel Navarro 6-3, ...

Dunkirk boys, girls pick up track and field wins

GOWANDA — Lexi Latona won three events for the Gowanda Panthers (0-5, 0-2), but in the end it was the Dunkirk Marauders (1-1) who earned an 87-51 victory Wednesday in girls high school track and field. Latona won the 800 meter in a time of 2:45, the shotput with a distance of 24-feet-8 ...

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Pictured is Art Purol with a nice turkey taken Monday  while hunting with his son, Steve Purol.

Fish bite slows while Art Purol bags his bird

The way the weather pattern keeps going, we might have ice fishing over the weekend. That’s a comical reply that was given when I called for a fishing forecast on Chautauqua Lake. Mike Sperry at the Lakewood Rod & Reel Outdoors store commented that until Tuesday, the crappie fishing ...

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Cassadaga Valley catcher Jacob Peterson tags out Brocton baserunner Derrick Burns on a throw from Brandon Chamberlain Wednesday in Brocton.

Brocton picks up 4-2 league victory over Cassadaga Valley

OBSERVER Staff Reports BROCTON — Wednesday, Cassadaga Valley came out on top over the Brocton Bulldogs 4-2 in CCAA West 2 baseball. Winning pitcher Adam Goot threw 6 2/3 innings and allowed only two runs on 11 hits. He also had four strikeouts and two walks for the day. Jonathan Spicer ...

Photo by Mark L. Anderson
Fredonia’s Derrick Walters delivers a pitch during his team’s 24-1 rout of Southwestern Wednesday.

Hillbillies roll to 24-1 win over Trojans

LAKEWOOD — Fredonia head coach Vince Gullo likes to stress the importance of his team playing its best baseball toward the end of the season when it matters most. If Wednesday’s performance against Division 1 West foe Southwestern was any indication, the Hillbillies may certainly be ...

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Silver Creek’s Ivee Pagles winds up for a pitch during Wednesday’s CCAA West 1 loss to Dunkirk.

Dunkirk picks up 7-4 in first game since April 27

OBSERVER Staff Reports SILVER CREEK — The Lady Marauders of Dunkirk were finally able to get a game in on Wednesday in a 7-4 victory over Silver Creek in CCAA West 1 softball. Emily Hanlon led the way offensively for the Lady Marauders with two triples and an RBI. She was complemented by ...

OBSERVER Photo by Jeremy Izzio
Pictured is the Fredonia Hillbillies’ baseball field under water along Route 60. Multiple weeks filled with rainouts has backed up the season to unprecedented levels with the Sectional playoff seeding meeting looming on the horizon.

Washed out

Frustrations are growing with each game that is rained out. It has been a difficult season for local baseball teams. An unusually wet spring has led to league schedules being backed up at rates never seen before. The local high school baseball season began in late March and some teams have ...

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Silver Creek’s Dylan Snow is surrounded by a swarm of Gowanda defenders Tuesday, in the rain, at Silver Creek Central School.

Silver Creek dominates Gowanda, 12-3

SILVER CREEK — The Silver Creek Black Knights (3-3, 3-2) won handily against the Gowanda Panthers, 12-3, in boys lacrosse on Tuesday. Silver Creek maintained their dominance throughout the contest, leading 7-3 at the half before finishing strong with five unaswered goals. The scoring ...

Fredonia, Olean split while Gators top Silver Creek

The Fredonia Lady Hillbillies girls track and field team defeated the Olean Lady Huskies, 87-4, in their meet Tuesday in Fredonia. As they braved the high winds and rain, Fredonia was able to come a way with a handful of multiple winners. Lydia Lanski won the 100-meter hurdles (17.3), the ...