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Gowanda boys lose to Catt-Little Valley, 72-65

CATTARAUGUS — Michael Perkins had a monster game, scoring 26 points, grabbing 17 rebounds and collecting three steals to lead Cattaraugus-Little Valley to a 72-65 non-league victory over Gowanda. Nick Burroughs added 15 points and four steals, Nick Savidge had 12 points, 10 boards and three ...

Calling all goal scorers!

As Christmas break has come and gone for the Buffalo Sabres, many fans may still be hoping for one last gift this year from their boys on ice — another goal scorer. The Sabres have been a lot better than many would have expected this season. A big part of that is the acquisition of forward ...

Fearless Freddie’s Football Forecast

SEASON FINALE. The Buffalo Bills will finish their 2018 campaign Sunday when the Miami Dolphins pay a visit to New Era Field. The Dolphins followed up on their 21-17 victory over the Bills with an exciting final-play upset victory over the New England Patriots, but then lost to both Minnesota ...

Dunkirk Pier planning results revealed at meeting

Hope you had a nice Christmas! I was busy visiting family out of state, so I’ll try to have an accurate fishing report in the Sunday Sportsman’s Journal. A Dunkirk Harbor Commission meeting took place that coincided with the Dunkirk planning meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 19. Those in ...

IIHF World Junior Hockey tourney underway today

Last year Buffalo was lucky enough to host their second IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship. For anyone who does not know, this is the top tournament in the world for hockey players under 20 years of age. This year the tournament returns to Canada this year and will be played from today ...

Gerry Fire Department receives antique cowboy doll

GERRY – A cowboy doll purchased at the Gerry Fire Department’s first rodeo 75 years ago in 1945 is returning to the fire department to be part of the 75th rodeo celebration this coming summer as a gift from Mrs. Violet Engstrom. Mrs. Engstrom, who will turn 100 years old in January and is ...

Hot starts: Dunkirk girls, Silver Creek basketball highlight teams to watch

There’s no question that the 2018-19 winter sports season has gotten off to a fantastic start, but it has only just begun. As winter break sets in, it’s a good time for teams to relax for the gruesome league schedules that will pick up once January hits. A few teams are looking to make some ...

Bills didn’t even stand a chance

Sunday was as predictable as a result as we’ve seen all year in the NFL. The New England Patriots handled the Buffalo Bills on Sunday, 24-12, to clinch the AFC East for the 10th straight year. The frustrating part for Bills fans on Sunday is that Buffalo never even felt like they had a ...

Golfer’s Diary: Don’t be THAT guy (Pt. 3)

Hopefully you’ve been keeping up with the column, but if not, here’s a quick recap: We’ve been exploring the most obnoxious, unforgiveable, despicable golfers out there and imploring people to avoid being these kind of people out on the course. Over the past two weeks, we’ve looked ...

Silver Creek rolls past Sherman, 68-41, at United Way Showcase in Jamestown

JAMESTOWN — Brady Woleben and Dominic Jamison are one of the better duos around. The Silver Creek tandem’s talents were on full display Saturday afternoon at McElrath Gymnasium. Woleben, a 6-foot-2 senior, had 31 points to go along with 14 rebounds while Jamison, a 5-foot-9 junior, had ...

Chautauqua Lake falls to Frewsburg, 68-59

JAMESTOWN — Senior Quinn Conlan was his usual dominant self inside for the Frewsburg Bears on Saturday afternoon at McElrath Gymnasium. But head coach Tom Nelson needed contributions from other players to rally past Chautauqua Lake. Dan Reinagel, Nolan Brink and Peyton Hayes were more ...

Fredonia falters at JHS

JAMESTOWN — A full day of basketball action at Jamestown’s United Way Showcase came to a close with a win for the host Red Raiders on Saturday evening, who prevailed via a 55-42 final over Fredonia at McElrath Gymnasium. As it has done thus far this year on the way to a 6-2 record, ...

Marauders boast strong finishes at Fredonia State

OBSERVER Staff Report The Dunkirk/Silver Creek Marauders indoor track team was back in action Saturday morning at Fredonia State and again saw some decent results. In the 55m Dash, Jonah Rosas took second place, running a season best time of 7.05. He now is only .01 away from qualifying ...

Rey leads Hillbillies at Fredonia State

OBSERVER Staff Report Fredonia’s Diego Rey just couldn’t let the year of 2018 end without another win under his belt. Rey finished first in the 1,000m with a time of 2:43.39 during Fredonia’s indoor track meet at Fredonia State on Saturday. In addition to Rey, Fredonia’s Emily ...

Fish and game holiday meal ideas

If you intend to have friends and family over for the holidays, here are a few recipes to try, using your fish and game. Simple steelhead broiled: Take steelhead (rainbow) trout and fillet. If over four pounds, slice filets into thinner strips. If fresh caught, rinse, and pat dry. Place in a ...

Dunkirk boys lose twice at St. Francis

OBSERVER Staff Report HAMBURG — The Dunkirk Marauders dropped a pair of non-league boys basketball contests in a tournament at St. Francis High School over the weekend. On Friday, the Marauders fell to Health Sciences by a score of 100-16. Ja’Vaughn Jones had 30 points for Health ...

Wolverines split JCC games

JAMESTOWN — The Westfield Wolverines boys basketball team picked up a big win on Friday night, topping Maple Grove, 69-66, in a non-league game at Jamestown Community College. Evan Hauser came up big for the Wolverines, with 22 points and six rebounds to help contribute to Westfield’s ...

Former Gerry Rodeo winner claims world title

GERRY — Bareback bronc rider Tim O’Connell of Zwingle, Iowa, a winner at the Gerry Fire Department’s annual PRCA rodeo three years ago, has just captured his third consecutive world championship at the 10-day National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas. In spite of his being number one in the ...

Welcome home, Lady ‘Billies

The Fredonia Lady ‘Billies went 12 days without playing a game in December. They certainly didn’t look rusty. In the home opener under new head coach Mark Putney, Fredonia rolled over Falconer, 63-45, in a non-league girls basketball game at Fredonia High School on Thursday ...