Local Sports

Rowe, Szymanowski make state tourney

Add two more names to the list of local standout wrestlers heading to the state tournament in Albany. Bryce Rowe and Ben Szymanowski of Chautauqua Lake were selected on Wednesday as wild card entrants to the state championship tournament. Rowe (160 pounds) and Szymanowski (220 pounds) join ...

Fredonia boys finish seventh at sectionals

The Fredonia boys bowling team finished seventh in Division II at the sectional meet at Airport Lanes in Cheektowaga on Wednesday, while Dunkirk finished 11th and Gowanda placed 12th. Fredonia tallied 4,951 total pins, which was 556 shy of first-place Maryvale. The Hillbillies had a morning ...

Fischer in Chautauqua Sports HOF

BEMUS POINT — Curt Fischer became synonymous for coaching excellence at Maple Grove Junior-Senior High School for more than a quarter century, guiding three different sports programs to New York State Public High School Athletic Association championships. That certainly earns him a rightful ...

Lori Franchina named to CSHOF

FALCONER — How accomplished an athlete is Lori Franchina? Well, the resume chronicling her achievements is three full pages, providing proof that she is more than worthy of being one of eight members of the Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2018. Joining Franchina as an inductee are ...

Dick Cole going into CSHOF Monday

JAMESTOWN — Dick Cole’s athletic accomplishments dating back nearly 60 years, and the newspaper clippings that chronicle them, fill an album that is 4-5 inches thick. It truly is a trip down memory lane for anyone who has followed the career of the Jamestown native. From his basketball ...

Hohl’s 36 leads PV to victory

SOUTH DAYTON — The Pine Valley Lady Panthers didn’t mess around on Senior Night. Led by Kayla Hohl’s triple-double, the Lady Panthers defeated Salamanca, 60-16, on Wednesday night in a non-league girls basketball game to close out the regular season for both teams. Pine Valley (13-7, ...

Ice fishing conditions may sour

Ice fishing conditions continue to stay good for now, but once the warm spell sets in, things could change quickly. As of Wednesday afternoon, there were reports of safe ice and good fishing from a variety of local areas. Rick Miller in Irving reports that fishermen have been catching walleye ...

Black Knights beat Randolph, 67-57

SILVER CREEK — The Silver Creek Black Knights ended the regular season with a statement win over Randolph, 67-57, in a Division 1 East boys basketball matchup. Silver Creek (15-5, 6-4) trailed by one point at halftime, but outscored Randolph (11-9, 8-2) 17-13 in the third quarter and 22-15 ...

Devils hockey, women’s basketball have playoff hope

Two Fredonia teams will play at home this weekend with SUNYAC playoff spots on the line. Men’s hockey plays host to Morrisville State both Friday and Saturday nights. Women’s basketball takes on Buffalo State on Saturday afternoon. Here is a quick guide to both playoff ...

Senior Night nail-biter

What a fight on Senior Night. The Dunkirk Lady Marauders (8-12, 4-8) won a pulsating, back-and-forth CCAA West 1 contest over Olean, 61-59, Wednesday night at Dunkirk High School. The Lady Huskies’ Elyse Graham had an open three-point shot at the buzzer to win — and she had already hit ...

Huskies handle Billies in 63-36 victory

OBSERVER Staff Report OLEAN — The Fredonia Hillbillies (5-14, 3-9) closed the regular season with a 63-36 loss to the Olean Huskies in CCAA Division 1 West boys basketball Tuesday night. “Tonight we started off okay. ... Olean just plays such great defense to catch up. They had a big ...

Lady Wolverines fall to Panama

PANAMA — Panama sealed up its CCAA Division 2 West title at home on Senior Night Tuesday with a 68-32 win over Westfield. "It was great because our first two buckets were from Elle Angeletti and then Lauren Barmore also scored four points in the first quarter," said head coach Jeff ...

Silver Creek wins Senior Night with a cause

OBSERVER Staff Report SILVER CREEK — The Silver Creek Black Knights girls basketball team celebrated a 41-25 victory over JFK on Tuesday in a non-league game at Silver Creek High School. Silver Creek (11-8, 4-6) led by 10 at halftime and close to 20 in the third quarter of the win. Abby ...

SWCS alumnus hired as Colts OC

Multiple sources indicate that Nick Sirianni will be named the offensive coordinator of the Indianapolis Colts. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport and ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Field Yates reported Monday night that the 36-year-old Jamestown native will work under Frank Reich, the Colts’ new ...

Cougars beat Bears

OBSERVER Staff Report SINCLAIRVILLE — Quinn Conlan scored 16 of his game-high 22 points in the second half as Frewsburg pulled away from Cassadaga Valley for a 60-40 CCAA Division 2 West victory. The Bears led by four at halftime, and the Cougars actually cut the deficit to two early in the ...

Baribeau’s block party spurs Wolverines win

OBSERVER Staff Report WESTFIELD — Andrew Baribeau had himself a day not only producing in the paint, but also holding down the fort on defense with eight blocks in Westfield’s 51-50 victory over Clymer (8-12, 3-9) in CCAA Division 2 West boys basketball. The game came down right to the ...

Marauders get it done on Senior Night

Dunkirk’s seniors went out in style. The Dunkirk Marauders defeated Maple Grove, 69-66, in a thrilling conclusion to the regular season of Division 1 West boys basketball. Dunkirk (13-6, 10-2) began the night with Senior Night celebrations on the court for the nine seniors and ...

Fredonia has seniority

After a slow start in the first quarter, the Fredonia backcourt of Kazlin Beers, Madison Goss and Hannah Gullo were able to spur their offense into high gear to pull off a 58-34 victory against Olean on Senior Night. Despite the 24-point margin of victory, the Lady Billies actually ended ...

CSHOF to honor locals with Legacy Awards

Special to the OBSERVER JAMESTOWN — The Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame will honor outstanding contributors to Chautauqua County sports by presenting endowed Legacy Society Awards at its 37th annual Induction Dinner on Monday, Feb. 19 at the Lakewood Rod and Gun Club: The Bill Rollinger ...

Silver Creek boys smash Eden by 33

OBSERVER Staff Report SILVER CREEK — The Silver Creek Black Knights boys basketball team hammered Eden, 80-47, Monday in a non-league high school game. Braeden Woleben came up with a double-double for Silver Creek (14-5, 5-4), scoring 27 points and grabbing 12 rebounds. Jarmani Benton ...