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Bears defeat Dunkirk-Fredonia at swim meet

OBSERVER Staff Report FREWSBURG — Bill Osula’s double-winning performance was not enough for to pick up a victory for Dunkirk-Fredonia, as they fell to the Frewsburg Bears, 116-67, during a boys swim meet Tuesday. Osula took first place in the 100 meter backstroke (1:08.49) and 200 IM ...

Gowanda boys win at Salamanca

OBSERVER Staff Report SALAMANCA — The Gowanda Panthers (8-1, 2-0) beat the Salamanca Warriors, 59-46, Monday in a CCAA East 1 boys high school basketball game Monday. Panthers coach Rob Catalino said the team was short-handed due to illnesses and injuries, and also had to overcome ...

Westfield boys hoops team defeats Brocton

OBSERVER Staff Report BROCTON — The Westfield Wolverines defeated the Brocton Bulldogs, 58-50, Monday night in a CCAA West 2 boys high school basketball game. The teams were tied at 12 after a quarter, but Westfield outscored its hosts, 17-7, in the second quarter to take ...

Black Knights win in Allegany

OBSERVER Staff Report ALLEGANY — Silver Creek defeated Allegany-Limestone, 71-56, Monday night in the CCAA East 1 opener for both boys high school basketball teams. The Black Knights (6-3, 0-1) were led by Jarmani Benton’s 17 points and 10 assists. Braeden Woleben contributed 16 points ...

Lake Shore girls top Springville

OBSERVER Staff Report SPRINGVILLE — Lake Shore’s girls basketball team defeated Springville, 65-26, in an ECIC Division 3 high school matchup Monday. Shawni Cornfield led the Lady Eagles (4-2, 2-0) with 21 points, 10 rebounds, six steals and six assists. Lani Cornfield recorded 13 ...

MacKenzie has 300 game in FHS win

OBSERVER Staff Reports Fredonia High School bowler Trace MacKenzie rolled the first 300 game in school history, one of three new records FHS set during the Billies’ sweep of Southwestern Monday at Lucky Lanes. MacKenzie also turned in 245 and 247 games for a 792 series, which set a ...

Dunkirk dominates

OBSERVER Staff Report Devaun Farnham and Tyrese Kristan-Johnson combined for 40 points and 21 rebounds in the Marauders’ Monday night CCAA Division I West 61-38 win over the Southwestern Trojans After a tight first quarter, the Marauders exploded for two consecutive 22-point quarters to ...

Every T’bird scores in defeat of Falconer

OBSERVER Staff Report MAYVILLE — The Thunderbirds got the party going Monday night, as all 12 players on their active roster put points up on the scoreboard, defeating Falconer 76-25 in CCAA Division I West basketball. “I was really impressed with the team play. I thought we moved the ...

Hornets comeback grounds Eagles

OBSERVER Staff Report NORTH COLLINS — Forestville freshman Javier West made up for his turnover on the previous possession by scoring the game-winning 3-pointer in overtime, as the Hornets (4-5, 1-1) came back to shock North Collins, 75-74, in a thrilling CCAA East 2 boys high school ...

Rojas, Grant combine for 43 in win over Hillbillies

JAMESTOWN — When Zack Panebianco ruled the court at McElrath Gymnasium from 2011-15, he did so primarily from the perimeter; a guard who finished his career with 1,332 points and a school-record 178 3-pointers. But Panebianco, who had his No. 11 jersey retired in a pregame ceremony, had to ...

Steelers take two over weekend, top Cheektowaga, Iroquois

OBSERVER Staff Report Things are starting to heat up for the Dunkirk-Fredonia Steelers. After a 12-day layoff, the Steelers won a pair of games over the weekend including a 4-2 victory over Cheektowaga on Sunday at Steele Hall. Nick Pchelka scored the game-winner with 14:40 left in the game ...

Benton stars as SC tops Sherman

Last season, Jarmani Benton was an exceptional complement to high-scoring junior Nate Brawdy at Gowanda. This year, after transferring to Silver Creek, Benton is making a name for himself as the No. 1 option on what was already a very talented Black Knights team. Benton had 27 points, four ...

Chautauqua Lake wins at United Way Showcase

JAMESTOWN — An explosive 10-0 run by Maple Grove (5-3, 0-2) looked like just the start that the Red Dragons would need to take home the second of three United Way Showcase boys high school basketball games at McElrath Gymnasium on Saturday evening, but the quick spurt out of the gates did not ...

Some interesting facts about ducks

With the extreme cold temperatures lately, many outdoors minded people are wondering about the wildlife and the effects the weather will have on them. It wasn’t that long ago when the the Dunkirk Harbor froze up after the NRG plant stopped its warm water discharge. Waterfowl that were used ...

T’birds win Ripley wrestling meet

RIPLEY — The Chautauqua Lake high school wrestling team took first place in the Ripley Invitational wrestling meet on Saturday, with a score of 198.50. Fredonia finished second, with a score of 167.50, while Dunkirk finished sixth with 111.50. Bryce Rowe of Chautauqua Lake was named the ...

Einink leads FSU over Plattsburgh

After a first half that was back and forth, Fredonia’s 12-0 third-quarter run keyed the women’s basketball team in a 66-57 win over Plattsburgh on Saturday. Jenna Einink (Westfield/ Chautauqua Lake) led all scorers with 18 points and Sydney Turley had 10. Emily Lasher added nine off the ...

Chautauqua Hurricane set to open 3rd season

Although the temperatures are frigid and the snow is deep, it’s Hurricane season. The Chautauqua Hurricane semipro basketball team, that is. Now a member of the North American Basketball League’s Northeast Division, the Hurricane begin training camp for their third season Monday at the ...

Four things to OBSERVE against the Jaguars

The NFL gods have blessed Western New York with the elusive postseason play. Today, Buffalo (9-7) will face off against the Jacksonville Jaguars (10-6) with kickoff slated at 1:05 p.m. on CBS. 1. Dareus, JAX run D versus Bills run All eyes were on LeSean McCoy as he limped on the field last ...