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Ex-WACS coach Young put in CSHOF

How good of an athlete was Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame inductee Phil Young growing up? Well, when he was just 15 years old, Phil was asked by the Westfield Moose Club-sponsored baseball team to join it as a backup catcher at the semi-pro championships. So Phil’s brother, Bob, took pen ...

Lady Marauders hoops team wins in Buffalo

BUFFALO — The Dunkirk Lady Marauders beat the Charter School for Applied Technologies, 58-37, Friday in a non-league high school girls basketball matchup. Four players scored in double figures for Dunkirk (8-10, 4-6). Kymi Nance had 14 points, Jessica Beehler 13, Olivia Smith 11 and Nadara ...

Changes made to high school class sizes

Some schools will be changing classes in some sports for the 2018-19 school year after the New York State Public High School Athletic Association’s executive committee tweaked the classification system during its quarterly meeting Feb. 2 in Troy. High schools in New York outside of New York ...

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Fredonia’s Matt Tinstman shoots over the Falconer defense during Friday night high school basketball action at Fredonia High School.

Fredonia beats Falconer on Senior Night

A night of celebration for Fredonia had a fitting final result. The Fredonia Hillbillies defeated the Falconer Golden Falcons, 74-30, in a CCAA Division 1 West boys basketball matchup on Senior Night in Fredonia. After the Senior Night celebration prior to the game, Fredonia (4-12, 2-9) ...

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Pictured is former Ellington resident and 2001 Falconer Central School graduate Matt Oakes, who is the head strength athletic trainer for USA Luge at the Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea.

Falconer grad at Olympics as trainer for US luge team

When it was announced Wednesday night that luger Erin Hamlin had been selected as Team USA’s flag bearer for the opening ceremony of the Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea, Matt Oakes could hardly contain his glee. In fact, he immediately posted congratulatory messages to his ...

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Devin Pope of Chautauqua Lake (23), here going strong to the hoop during a game earlier this season, will play his college basketball at SUNY Geneseo.

Chautauqua Lake’s Pope will play for Geneseo

Devin Pope’s high school basketball career will end later this month or in early March. The Ripley native will graduate from Chautauqua Lake Central School in June. Now he knows where both will continue next year. The starting guard announced Thursday evening on Twitter that he will ...

Wrestling seedings made for qualifiers

The New York State Public High School Athletic Association Section VI wrestling qualifiers will take place Saturday. Division I grapplers will head to North Tonawanda while Division II qualifying will take place at Lake Shore, with both tournaments scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. The individual ...

Every FHS team member scores in win over Falconer

FALCONER — Every member of the Fredonia Lady Hillbillies scored in a 67-32 high school girls basketball victory over Falconer Thursday. Maddie Goss led Fredonia with 12 points as the team upped its record to 6-4 in CCAA West 1 divisional play and 6-11 overall. The rest of the team’s ...

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Gowanda’s Miya Scanlan dribbles against Silver Creek’s Emma Rice (right) Thursday night during a high school basketball game in Silver Creek.

Knights beat buzzer

SILVER CREEK — Sometimes it’s not about how you start. What matters is how you finish. After Thursday night, it’s safe to say Silver Creek sure knows how to finish. The Silver Creek Black Knights girls basketball team came out with a thrilling 51-49 victory over the Gowanda Lady ...

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There were numerous bald eagle sightings in the Dunkirk Harbor recently off the Northern Chautauqua Conservation Club boat launch.

Area ice fishers all reporting good action

The continuing cold weather has been a plus for ice anglers and those who enjoy winter sports activities. Skip Bianco at Hogan’s Hut/Stow reports that ice anglers had a good weekend last week, with at least 10 inches of good ice and a decent walleye bite for numerous anglers. Hot spots ...

Lake Shore girls pummel Pioneer

OBSERVER Staff Report ANGOLA — The Lake Shore Lady Eagles won, 64-21, over Pioneer in an ECIC Division 3 girls basketball game Wednesday. Shawni Cornfield led Lake Shore (13-4, 9-2) with 22 points, 14 rebounds, six steals and five assists. Her sister, Lani Cornfield, scored 15 points and ...

Young stars highlight Gowanda vs. Silver Creek

SILVER CREEK — There’s an interesting matchup set for tonight in the Silver Creek High School gym, as Gowanda (6-10, 3-5) takes on the Black Knights (8-7, 2-5) in a Division 1 East girls basketball showdown. The game features two of the most exciting young basketball standouts in the ...

DHS girls hoops team can’t get games in

Circumstances beyond their control have made it hard for Dunkirk High’s girls varsity basketball team to get a game in lately. The Lady Marauders’ Wednesday night game at DHS against Olean was called off due to snowy conditions. The game will now be played on Wednesday, Feb. 14 at 7:30 ...

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Niagara University’s Clem Worosz, a Dunkirk native, blocks the shot of Syracuse University athletics legend and future NFL Hall of Famer Jim Brown during a 1956 game in Syracuse.

Clem Worosz named to Chautauqua Sports Hall

When Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame inductee Clem Worosz was a kid growing up in Dunkirk in the 1940s, he found his way to South Roberts Road — the west side of the avenue to be exact — where there was a large tree. Nailed to it was a bushel basket, sans backboard. The width of the road ...

For the Record — Feb. 7

Today’s local sports schedule Girls basketball Olean at Dunkirk Pioneer at Lake Shore Announcements Forestville Club Softball Forestville Sports Club will be hosting 10u, 12u and 16u sign ups on Sunday at the Forestville Tavern from 1-3 p.m. Children participating must have turned ...

SUNY Fredonia soccer captains announced

Special to the OBSERVER Noah Gittleman and Ty Bentham have been named captains of 2018 Fredonia Blue Devil men’s soccer team. The only returning senior next fall, Gittleman has appeared in 31 games over his first three seasons — including 17 as a junior, 13 of them as a starter on ...

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At right, Silver Creek’s Braeden Woleben puts up the baby hook shot during the Black Knights’ 94-49 win over Salamanca.

Black Knights obliterate Warriors

OBSERVER Staff Reports SILVER CREEK — The Silver Creek Black Knights dominated against Salamanca, defeating the Warriors, 94-49 in CCAA Division 1 East boys basketball. “Coming off the Randolph loss, things kinds of fell apart after a tough loss,” Silver Creek coach Rob Genco said. “ ...

Westfield’s Michael Johnson (13) goes up for the layup in Tuesday night’s game against Brocton.

Wild Wolverines

OBSERVER Staff Report WESTFIELD — Ryan Jafarjian and Evan Hauser took turns in the scoring department in leading Westfield to an 61-43 edge over Brocton in Division 2 West boys basketball Tuesday night. Jafarjian scored 11 of his 15 points in the first half and Hauser 11 of 14 points ...

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Dunkirk’s DeVaun Farnham attempts to float one in over the Southwestern defense during Tuesday night’s game.

Dunkirk escapes Southwestern with close win

Upset-minded Southwestern had Dunkirk right where it wanted the Marauders late in the fourth quarter of Tuesday's CCAA Division 1 West matchup in West Ellicott. But the Marauders made plays in the final two minutes and the Trojans didn't as Dunkirk escaped with a 63-55 ...