Local Sports

Thunderbirds’ rally falls short, lose to Fredonia

MAYVILLE — The Fredonia boys basketball team got off to a good start and held on long enough down the stretch to top the Chautauqua Lake Thunderbirds, 61-56 in CCAA Div. 1 West league action on Monday. Tyler Putney and Nat Shuart each scored 13 points for the Hillbillies who took an 18-9 ...

Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame to induct Harper

When Jack Harper is inducted posthumously into the Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame next month, it will mark the 27th baseball player to be so honored by the organization, which enshrined its first class 37 years ago. To suggest Harper’s tenure on the diamond was quite an odyssey would be an ...

Steelers drop Senior Game, 3-2

Trailing by just one goal throughout the whole third period, the Dunkirk-Fredonia Steelers needed something to give. The Steelers caught their break halfway through the period when Cooper Harris found himself alone in front of the Depew net. Harris was robbed by the visiting goalie as his ...

Miller named top 25 golf instructor in the country

Chautauqua County native and local golf legend Cindy Miller recently received an honor bestowed upon only the most elite in her field. Miller, a 2014 inductee into the Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame, was recognized as one of the top 25 golf instructors in the United States by Golf Tips ...

Devils share the ball in home win over Potsdam

Special to The OBSERVER A balanced scoring attack carried Fredonia over Potsdam, 54-39, in SUNYAC womens basketball Sunday afternoon at Dods Hall. Freshman forward Katie Pitcher had 11 points and senior forward Jenna Einink (Westfield/Chautauqua Lake) and sophomore guard Sydney Turley 10 ...

High School Bowling Challenge held Sunday

The ninth annual High School Bowling Challenge was held on Sunday at Lucky Lanes in Fredonia, featuring many of the top high school bowlers from around the Southern Tier. The event is contested with separate boys and girls divisions, using bowlers’ highest averages for handicap purposes. Each ...

NCAA Bracket: It’s time to end play-in games

Recently we took a look at Buffalo’s tournament prospects (which I’m placing as a 7-seed for now after their loss to Bowling Green). This week I wanted to revisit the other Western New York teams, because their outlook, while not great, isn’t quite as bleak as I portrayed it to be. ...

Kristan wins Section VI Class B title, Fredonia finishes third as a team

CHEEKTOWAGA — The Fredonia Hillbillies wrestling program has been having postseason success almost every year for the better part of the last few decades. On Saturday at the Section VI Class B tournament at Cheektowaga High School, the Hillbillies continued their heralded success. Fredonia ...

Cortland doubles up on the Blue Devils

Special to The OBSERVER CORTLAND — Cortland scored four unanswered goals Saturday to overtake Fredonia, 6-3, in SUNYAC men’s hockey. Todd Schauss scored two goals for the Blue Devils (11-6-4 overall, 5-5-2 SUNYAC). His second of the game, and seventh of the season, put Fredonia on top ...

White leads Devils to win over Plattsburgh

Special to The OBSERVER Fredonia sophomore guard Rae White (North Collins/Lake Shore) had a career-high 30 points, including six three-pointers, to carry the Blue Devils to a 67-55 SUNYAC women’s basketball win Saturday over Plattsburgh. White, whose previous single-game high was 16 ...

Dunkirk girls finish third at Section VI Invitational

OBSERVER Staff Report CHEEKTOWAGA — The Dunkirk girls bowling team finished third overall at the Section VI Invitational tournament at Airport Lanes on Saturday in Cheektowaga. Dunkirk was 66 pins back of tournament winner Niagara Falls, with second place Lancaster 52 pins ahead of Dunkirk. ...

Dunkirk’s Winterfest draws near

Winterfest is coming to Dunkirk on Saturday, Feb. 9. This event will host a day full of activities that will include: Adult Snow Volleyball/Co-Ed Tournament, three versus three Youth Street Hockey Tourney for ages 8-17, Co-Ed Winter Wiffleball Tourney for ages 14 and up, along with various ...

Lady ‘Billies fall to Olean

OBSERVER Staff Report OLEAN — The Fredonia Lady ‘Billies finished off a tough weekend with a 97-32 loss to the Olean Lady Huskies, Saturday, at Olean High School. Olean (14-2, 6-2) star Sara Pfieffer finished with 41 points on Saturday. She also reached her 2,000th career point in the ...

Northwest wins Midlakes Tournament

The Northwest Wave varsity girls indoor soccer team, featuring Westfield/Brocton goalkeeper Angel Busch, participated in the inaugural Midlakes Tournament and emerged as the undefeated champions. The Wave defeated the Stormers 4-0, Penn Yan 6-0, and Addison One 4-0 to earn the first seed going ...

Marauders, Hillbillies run strong at Houghton

OBSERVER Staff Report HOUGHTON — On Saturday, both the Dunkirk-Silver Creek and Fredonia indoor track teams traveled to Houghton College for the Highland Invitational. Both teams saw great individual and team performances at the event. For the girls, individually, both Juliana Flick and ...

Lady Marauders beat Fredonia again, 43-41 to sweep season series

After three blowouts so far on the Dunkirk-Fredonia basketball stage this season, Friday night’s game gave its best shot at making up for the drama all at once. In the end, the Dunkirk Lady Marauders were one shot better. Dunkirk defeated the Fredonia Lady ‘Billies, 43-41, after a ...

Fredonia heads to Class B wrestling meets today

CHEEKTOWAGA — The snow will not keep away these wrestlers any longer. After having the Section VI dual meets canceled last weekend due to the winter weather, Section VI executive director Timm Slade confirmed that the Section VI Class B tournament will be on today as planned at Cheektowaga ...

Blue Devils fall to No. 3 Oswego, 4-1

Special to The OBSERVER OSWEGO — Max Novick had two goals and an assist to lead nationally ranked Oswego to a 4-1 SUNYAC men’s hockey win over Fredonia. Ryan Dunn had the Fredonia goal while Eric Bogart made 28 saves for the Blue Devils (11-5-4 overall, 5-4-2 SUNYAC). David Richer ...

Lady Cougars down Falconer

OBSERVER Staff Report SINCLAIRVILLE — The Lady Cougars sure seem to like playing in close games. They’ve gotten pretty comfortable with it, too. The Cassadaga Valley Lady Cougars picked up another narrow victory, 35-34, over Falconer in a CCAA Division 2 West girls basketball game at ...