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Fredonia’s finest enters the Hall

Hillbillies baseball coach Vince Gullo is set to be inducted into the Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame in February. Here are some of Gullo’s most memorable career highlights: Hillbillies win 2013 NY State title Editor’s Note: This article was published in the OBSERVER in June of 2013. By ...

New year, new team

Of all of the major professional sports, the National Football League clearly has the most turnover from year to year. Missing the playoffs like they have for most of the last two decades, the Bills are sure to have a lot of roster turnover once again this offseason, especially with a few key ...

North Collins’ Wilson, Chaut. Lake’s Anderson earn All-WNY honors

OBSERVER Staff Report Olivia Anderson of Chautauqua Lake and Deanne Wilson of North Collins were each selected by coaches to the All-WNY Second Team. Wilson, a sophomore, led North Collins to an undefeated league season in the Chautauqua Cattaraugus Athletic Association North division in ...

Bills show fight in season finale

The Buffalo Bills sure ended the 2018 season with a bang on Sunday, as the Bills throttled the Miami Dolphins by a score of 42-17 in Orchard Park. It was a fitting end for Kyle Williams’ career with the Buffalo Bills. Williams even caught a pass on the team’s final drive — similar to ...

Golfer’s Diary: Don’t be THAT guy (Pt. 4)

It’s the gift that keeps on giving. The emails just keep pouring in, so I’m going to keep on sharing. It seems like everyone has their own take on annoying golfers. This is Part 4 in the series and is an extra special one because my friend Nolan Swanson, owner of Pinehurst Golf Club in ...

Hillbillies’ trio all finish 5-0 at Grand Island

OBSERVER Staff Report GRAND ISLAND — The Fredonia Hillbillies wrestling team saw a trio of athletes finish with perfect 5-0 records at the Grand Island duals tournament over the weekend, while the team as a whole went 3-2. “The two we lost could’ve gone either way,” said Fredonia ...

High School Sports Top 10

The 2018 high school sports season was a year full of notable achievements. From a state championship team and an individual state champion, to an undefeated season culminated in a classic setting, to a Division 1 commitment and a 2,000 point scorer, the 2018 local high school sports season ...

Ice or not, good fishing still to be had

Like the old saying states, “There is no place like home!” My family and I visited Connecticut over the Christmas Holiday and had a great time. Lots of rocks, boulders, trees and waterways. The highways were smooth for the most part, the buildings and houses were picture perfect, and a ...

Silver Creek’s Genco defeats brother’s team

OBSERVER Staff Report LACKAWANNA — Silver Creek Black Knights head coach Rob Genco got a big win over his brother Don’s Eden Raiders on Saturday, with a 64-39 win over Eden at the Global Concepts boys basketball tournament. After a 23-11 first quarter for Silver Creek that featured five ...

Lake Shore wins at Orchard Park

OBSERVER Staff Report ORCHARD PARK — The Lake Shore press defense was working at peak performance on Saturday, as the Lady Eagles rode a 15-2 first quarter to a 46-41 win over Orchard Park. The non-league girls basketball contest was for the championship of the Orchard Park ...

Marauders, Hillbillies compete at WNY Relays indoor track meet

OBSERVER Staff Report HOUGHTON — The Dunkirk/Silver Creek and Fredonia indoor track teams participated in the WNY Relays meet at Houghton College on Saturday. Both teams saw great team and individual successes, including personal bests and school records. In the boys relays, Fredonia saw ...

Wolverines fall to Maple Grove, 76-65

In a rematch of a Westfield victory earlier this month, the Maple Grove Red Dragons came out on top this time around, with a 76-65 win, on Saturday, in Erie.

Bulldogs ravage Panthers

BROCTON — With a former college runner in Collin Mulcahy as their head coach, it’s not a surprise that the Brocton Bulldogs were out and running during the first half of Friday’s game against the Gowanda Panthers. In the second half, they even ran away with the game. The Brocton ...

Lady Marauders win big

OBSERVER Staff Report FREWSBURG — The Dunkirk Marauders girls basketball team stayed undefeated on Friday, beating Gowanda in the opening round of the Frewsburg tournament by a final score of 75-29. Dunkirk had all ten girls see action, but they were led by junior Kymi Nance, who topped ...

Lake Shore girls win over Nichols

ORCHARD PARK — The Lake Shore girls basketball team won its opening game of the Orchard Park tournament on Friday over Nichols, cruising to a 63-36 final. The Lady Eagles were led by Shawni Cornfield’s triple-double, which consisted of 23 points, 10 rebounds and 10 steals. “The ...

Fredonia beats Lafayette handily, 79-19

CLARENCE — The Fredonia Hillbillies boys basketball team bounced back from a tough defeat on Thursday night with a dominant win, 79-19, over Lafayette in the third place game of the Clarence tournament on Friday night. Fredonia (6-3) forced early turnovers to convert into easy points ...

Dunkirk girls bowling wins Festival of Lights tourney

TONAWANDA — It’s safe to say the Dunkirk Marauders girls bowling team is feeling themselves. After a dominant start to the season, that dominance continued on Thursday, as the Lady Marauders placed first out of 18 teams at the Festival of Lights Bowling tournament at Tonawanda Bowling ...

Chautauqua Lake boys fall, 84-75

MAYVILLE — Seth Myers scored 24 points to lead three players in double figures as General McLane of Pennsylvania outlasted Chautauqua Lake, 84-75, in a non-league boys basketball game Thursday night. Nate Jones added 20 points and Logan Donohue chipped in 16 for the winners, who led 43-33 ...