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Fredonia takes three, Gowanda takes one to Albany

ALBANY — Every year wrestlers start their new season with one goal in mind — make it to Albany. This Friday, four of the areas wrestlers are going to live that dream, as later this week they are all going to make the trip down to the Times Union Center for the NYSPHSAA Division II ...

Strike Out Heart Disease raises awareness

When I first heard the name Cody Crandall, it was from my husband, Coach Barone. He told me about a story of a young man that he used to coach at JCC for baseball. He was devastated with the news of Cody needing a new heart, being that he had remembered him as a vibrant young man, full of life ...

Erratic weather is making ice fishing tough

The winter of 2018-19 continues it’s erratic temperature pattern with warm weather in the forecast for this weekend. There were freezing temperatures earlier in the week that allowed for ice fishing in a number of areas. Wednesday morning saw two anglers, Tim Schrantz and John Lugen, out ...

Jelinski scores in OT, lifts Blue Devils past Bengals, 3-2

BUFFALO — Kyle Jelinski made a triumphant return from a near season-ending injury to score the game-winning overtime goal Wednesday as Fredonia defeated Buffalo State, 3-2, in the first round of the SUNYAC men's hockey tournament. Jelinski's first goal of the season came at 8:04 in overtime ...

Red Dragons best Cougars, 69-59

SINCLAIRVILLE — After establishing an early lead on the road in a heavily anticipated Section VI Class C2 playoff game between the Maple Grove Red Dragons and the Cassadaga Valley Cougars, the Red Dragons were poised to take home their first playoff win in four years. Despite a strong rally ...

Fredonia earns opening round win over Depew

DEPEW — Another CCAA Div. 1 West school strikes again. The Fredonia Hillbillies (13-8, 9-seed) used a 14-4 first quarter run to open their playoff run with an upset win over Depew (12-9, 8-seed) in a Class B1 prequarterfinal game on Wednesday, 51-43. Fredonia grinded out themselves an 11 ...

Beehler comes back, 12-seed Dunkirk upsets 5-seed Buffalo Arts on road, 54-41

BUFFALO — After weeks spent apart, the same five girls were finally back on the floor together in the starting lineup for the Dunkirk Lady Marauders on Tuesday. They were ready to go for the playoff run, and when it was all said and done, they shocked the Class B1 girls basketball sectional ...

Dunkirk’s year ends with loss to Buffalo Arts, 72-57

BUFFALO — The Dunkirk Marauders boys basketball team saw its season come to an end on Tuesday night, with a 72-57 loss to Buffalo Arts in the first round of the Section VI, Class B1 boys basketball playoffs at Hutchinson Central Tech School. Dunkirk (1-20, 15-seed) had a performance Tuesday ...

No. 14 Fredonia upsets Springville

SPRINGVILLE — The Fredonia girls basketball team came into postseason play as the lowest seeded team in the entire Class B1 bracket. On Tuesday, they decided to play spoiler. The Hillbillies bested Springville-Griffith on the road, 55-39 to move onto the next round of the playoffs. That ...

WACS’ Bourgeois heading to states

WESTFIELD — Westfield Academy and Central School senior Austin Bourgeois certainly epitomizes the definition of a scholar/athlete. Bourgeois is headed for Albany this week to compete in the state championship for wrestling. He is the first Westfield wrestler to qualify for the state ...

Blue Devils win playoff game on road

ONEONTA — The Fredonia women’s basketball team finished its opening-round playoff game on a 9-0 run en route to a 59-51 upset victory over Oneonta on Tuesday. The Devils entered the tournament as the No. 6 seed while the Red Dragons were the No. 3 seed. Fredonia went 7-of-10 from the ...

Gullo, Palcic, Johnston highlight area greats honored on Monday

LAKEWOOD — Vince Gullo is one of six children born to Joseph and Barbara, and athletics have been a common bond connecting the family for decades. “My father worked hard to support us and still managed to find time to coach us in baseball and soccer,” said Gullo, one of nine people who ...

NCCYHA Steelers win Rock ‘n’ Roll Cup

Special to the OBSERVER CLEVELAND, OH — The 12U NCCYHA Steelers Pee Wee team traveled to Cleveland, Ohio this past weekend to participate in the Rock ‘n’ Roll Cup. The Steelers went 4-0 on the weekend, bringing home their second tournament championship of the season. Owen Rush was ...

Four coaches, one goal: Upset

As the sectional playoffs are about to begin, all four coaches at the helm of the Dunkirk and Fredonia varsity basketball programs head into the postseason in a familiar position. Each of the four teams are seeded as underdogs in the Class B1 sectional brackets, meaning each will begin their ...

Course spotlight: Cassadaga Country Club

Cassadaga Country Club is a truly remarkable place — the very epitome of a family business. The establishment is owned by the Wintersteen family and it’s impossible to visit the golf course, bar or restaurant without running into at least one member of this fantastic clan. Pete and Janice ...

A look the Committee’s process

In three weeks, the 10-member Selection Committee will gather in Indianapolis to assemble the 68-team tournament bracket. The process will take days, because the ongoing conference tournaments will produce upsets and surprise winners. Teams will play their ways into — and out of — the ...

Sectional playoff brackets set

The Section VI boys and girls basketball playoff brackets were released on Saturday, officially awarding home quarterfinal playoff games to four local teams. The Silver Creek Black Knights earned home games in both boys and girls Class C1 brackets, while the Westfield Wolverines boys will host ...

Chautauqua Hurricane prepare for season to begin this Friday

BROCTON — Although most of Western New York is fixated upon sports such as football, hockey and baseball with professional teams located so close in Buffalo, one local semipro team is looking to bring rise to a different sport in the area — basketball. The Chautauqua Hurricane semipro ...

Gowanda names gym class heroes

The physical education teachers at Gowanda Elementary School have announced the P.E. Students of the Month for January 2019. They are selected based on their attitude in class, teamwork with classmates and respect to others, including teachers. Kudos to kindergartner Alexis Hojnacki, ...