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Fredonia’s Dante Williams (11) attempts a heavily contested jumper over two Maverick defenders in Saturday’s 78-65 loss to Medaille.

Mavericks down Devils, 78-65

The Fredonia State Blue Devils men’s basketball team lost its home-opener to Medaille College, 78-65 on Saturday. The Blue Devils (1-4) fell behind early, thanks to a 15-5 run for Medaille (2-2) making the score, 25-15. Fredonia went on its own run, scoring the next seven points which ...

High school bowl contests held

Ellicottville Central School defeated Cassadaga Valley Central School 59-51 in a recent Media One High School Bowl match at Jamestown Community College. In another match, Randolph Central School defeated Clymer Central School 46-23. Louisa Benatovich of Ellicottville and Caroline Meleen of ...

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Maple Grove’s Easton Tanner (73) rushes the quarterback to force an interception that was returned for a touchdown in the fourth quarter of Friday’s NYSPHSAA Class D state championship game.

Cambridge wins back-to-back titles, Maple Grove falls, 26-14

SYRACUSE — Facing a shift in momentum that threatened to block the road to a second straight New York State Public High School Athletic Association Class D championship Saturday afternoon at the Carrier Dome, Cambridge coach Doug Luke decided to play to his team's strength and run the ...

15 year old wins Cold Turkey Run

OBSERVER Staff Report Drew Braden, Cattaraugus, took first place in this year’s Cold Turkey Run held in Fredonia. The 15-year-old Braden ran the 4.5 mile race at a clip of 6:22 per mile, and finished in the top spot wit a time of 28.41. Following Braden in the top 10 were: Eric ...

Blue Devils win one in clutch time

Special to the OBSERVER WAYNESBURG, Pa — The Fredonia men’s basketball team rallied late against Waynesburg to come away with an 89-81 road victory on Wednesday. A 12-0 run late in the game allowed the Devils to take control. Kay Jackson led the team with 21 points, six assists and ...

Fearless Freddie’s Football Forecast

By FEARLESS FREDDIE Thankful Giver BRUTAL. Nathan Peterson’s half of terror ruined any chance Buffalo had of competing with the LA Chargers last weekend. Tyrod Taylor gets the start this week in Kansas City, but Buffalo will be exposed as a defensive train wreck once again. Freddie sees ...

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Fredonia’s Jason Genovese (7) plays the ball as Dunkirk’s Meracle Berakah (6) pursues during an Oct. 2 regular season match. Genovese is part of the First Team of the CCAA West Division boys soccer All-Stars, while Berakah is on the Second Team.

Best of the West

Three Fredonia High school seniors — Jason Genovese, Nolan Mages and Seth Schrader — recently made the First Team of the Chautauqua Cattaraugus Athletic Conference West Division boys soccer All-Stars. Felix Garcia of Dunkirk, along with Gavin Pavlock and Trenton Colburn of ...

Fishing reports encouraging, deer hunting not as good

Happy Thanksgiving! What comes to mind when these two words are said, are probably a good hot meal usually turkey and all the trimmings, and football. For the deer hunter it usually means at least a half a day of deer hunting,and for the chief cook and bottle washer, it means a busy kitchen. ...

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Brocton’s Caleb Chelton (33) and Forestville’s Orlando Soto (10) fight for a rebound during Tuesday’s high school basketball game in Brocton.

A holiday appetizer

BROCTON — The Forestville Hornets varsity boys basketball team defeated the Brocton Bulldogs, 66-46, in the season-opening game for each team Tuesday night. The game was even early on, as Forestville had a 14-11 lead after the first quarter. Brocton tied the score near the end of the second ...

Steelers tie, lose on opening weekend

The defending state champion Dunkirk-Fredonia hockey Steelers came away with one of four possible points this weekend in visits to Cheektowaga and the Harborcenter in Buffalo. On Saturday, the Steelers came back from a 2-0 first-period deficit to earn a 2-2 overtime tie against Cheektowaga. ...

Gawronski grabs Goalie of the Week honors

SYRACUSE — Dunkirk native Bri Gawronski has been selected the Northeast Women’s Hockey League’s Goalie of the Week after backstopping the Buffalo State Bengals to a pair of wins over Cortland this past weekend. Gawronski continued her strong play since being called to action to replace ...

Donors help scoreboard renovation effort

The scoreboard at the Fredonia Orange Bowl got a much needed renovation this summer. The work was completed by Eagle Scout candidate Zachary Dawley, a Life Scout from Troop 267 in Fredonia. Zach would like to say “Thank You” to all the local companies who offered their support to make ...

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Charlie LaDuca poses with the championship trophy after his Men’s Senior Baseball League team, the Los Angeles Athletics, won the league’s World Series in October.

Charlie’s passion

Charlie LaDuca grew up on Buffalo’s East Side in the 1950s. Across the street from his family’s apartment building was a small field where his love for baseball took root. It wasn’t a carefully manicured piece of real estate. Heck, it wasn’t even a diamond, but Charlie still has warm ...

Gawronski has 1st collegiate shutout, 2-0

CORTLAND — Rachel Lenard scored twice and Dunkirk native Bri Gawronski registered her first collegiate shutout for Buffalo State (4-4) in a 2-0 NEWHL victory Saturday at Cortland (1-6), completing the two-game weekend sweep. Lenard opened the scoring just 3:03 into the game with assists ...

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Panama’s Madalyn Bowen spikes the ball in Sunday’s four-set loss in the state championship. Panama was looking to repeat as state champs.

Panama falls just short of second straight title

GLENS FALLS — With tears already flowing, seniors Quinn Payne and Gillian Figueroa embraced moments after the final Bainbridge-Guilford spike glanced off a Panama teammate and landed out of bounds. State champions in 2016, the Panthers’ hopes of repeating were dashed early Sunday ...

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Michael Gilbert displays his 8-point, 180-pound buck. He tagged the trophy Saturday morning in Steuben County.

Sportsman’s Journal

Opening day of firearms season in 2017 was a bit slow but the weather was not optimum for sighting and harvesting deer. I seem to recall having snow on the ground on most opening days of deer season when I was a teenager, but that weather pattern seems to have changed dramatically in the last ...

Blue Devils fall to NO. 6 Oswego

OSWEGO — Oswego scored three goals in just over two minutes of the third period to avert an upset loss to Fredonia, 5-3, in SUNYAC men's hockey. The Blue Devils (3-3-1 overall, 2-2 SUNYAC) led 3-1 before the outburst by the Lakers, ranked No. 9 this week by USCHO.com. Tanner Spink scored ...

Fredonia women finish strong at Tip-Off Classic

MEADVILLE, PA. — Tied at 54, the Fredonia women’s basketball team finished on an 11-3 run to defeat Penn State Behrend, 65-57, at the Allegheny College Tip-Off Classic on Saturday. Senior Jacque Law converted 7 of 8 free throws over the final 2:12 and finished with 21 points. Jenna Einink ...

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Fredonia swimmer Riley Drummond poses on the podium after taking second place in the state swim in the 100 backstroke.

Riley Drummond earns 2nd place at state

ITHACA — Riley Drummond (Fredonia) made a splash at the New York state swimming and diving final held at Ithaca College, on Saturday. Competing for the state title in the 100 meter backstroke, the Fredonian came away with a time of 55:48, breaking her own personal record and the Section 6 ...