Local Sports

Fredonia’s LaDuca named to Cardinal O’Hara H.S. Hall of Fame

Special to the OBSERVER Charles LaDuca, a well known sports figure in the Chautauqua and Fredonia area, will be inducted into the Cardinal O’Hara High School Athletic Hall of Fame. Cardinal O’Hara High School in the Town of Tonawanda will honor LaDuca at a banquet and ceremony April 14 ...

CL hands Trojans 1st loss of season

MAYVILLE — Cruising to a 17-0 record this season, Southwestern had only really been tested twice. Both times by Chautauqua Lake. The Thunderbirds got a little closer to the Trojans each time they played and on Monday night they broke through — in a big way. Chautauqua Lake ...

SUNY Fredonia’s Jones, Capestrani Athletes of Week

Special to the OBSERVER CORTLAND — Two Fredonia student-athletes were cited Monday for their efforts in weekend meets. Senior pole vaulter Mikayla Capestrani (Jamestown) was named SUNYAC Women’s Indoor Field Athlete of the Week. Men’s freestyle specialist Graham Jones was named ...

Westfield girls beat Forestville

OBSERVER Staff Reports FORESTVILLE — The Westfield Lady Wolverines topped the Forestville Lady Hornets, 82-15, Monday night in a CCAA West 2 girls basketball game. Westfield (8-11, 3-6) was led by Sophia DeMarco, with 23 points, 10 rebounds, eight assists and four steals. Laura Johnston ...

Capestrani breaks Devil indoor PV record

Special to the OBSERVER TIFFIN, Ohio — Fredonia senior Mikayla Capestrani (Jamestown) established a new school record in the women’s indoor pole vault during Saturday’s Tiffin Dragon Grand Prix. She finished third in the event. By clearing 11 feet, 7 3/4 inches, Capestrani went two ...

This week in sports

FINAL WEEK The final week of the regular season in high school basketball is upon us. This week is both a time of celebration, along with a time of tension and nerves, as Senior Night celebrations are paired with the uncertainty of the postseason seeding results. This week, everyone has ...

Lady Billies hammer Falconer, 61-34

OBSERVER Staff Report The Lady Hillbillies took care of home court Saturday defeating Falconer, 61-34, in CCAA Division 1 West girls basketball. After falling behind to Falconer 11-8 in the first quarter, Fredonia went on a 21-4 run in the second to springboard themselves to their seventh ...

Be creative when telling your hunting stories

Do you know how to tell a good hunting story? All too often, during hunting season this column receives a note or call from someone, who reports that “I shot a deer last Friday that weighed over 100 pounds and was an 8-point.” With a little coaxing, the story can get a lot more ...

Loss to Plattsburgh deals blow to Devils’ playoff hopes

Special to the OBSERVER PLATTSBURGH — Plattsburgh scored twice in a span of 19 seconds Saturday in its 4-2 SUNYAC men’s hockey win over Fredonia. The loss dealt the Blue Devils a heavy blow to their playoff chances. Jesse Neher put the Cardinals on top and Rich McCartney added to the ...

Billies make last home game count against Global Concepts

OBSERVER Staff Report Fredonia sure sent its seniors out with a bang. The Fredonia Hillbillies boys basketball team won its second game in as many days with a 60-34 win over Global Concepts on Saturday in a non-league game at Fredonia High School. After last night’s 74-30 Senior Night ...

Week in Review

The Week in Review for local sports performances, Feb. 4 to Feb. 10: TOP MALE PERFORMANCE Two local athletes — Hector Colom (Fredonia) and Brendon Ramsey (Chautauqua Lake) — each qualified for the NYSPHAA state wrestling tournament, with their performance at the state qualifying ...

Fredonia’s Colom, CLCS’s Ramsey both qualify for states

OBSERVER Staff Report ANGOLA — Hector Colom of Fredonia and Brendon Ramsey of Chautauqua Lake secured their spots in the state championship wrestling meet with wins in Saturday’s Division II state qualifying meet at Lake Shore High School. Colom finished off Matt Evans of Randolph in ...

Hohl steals game from Gowanda

OBSERVER Staff Report SOUTH DAYTON — The Pine Valley Lady Panthers came out with a 64-55 home victory over Gowanda in a non-league girls basketball game, Saturday. Kayla Hohl dominated the floor posting 29 points as well as swiping away 10 steals for a double-double. Katelyn Miller had ...

Lanksi breaks Fredonia school record in 55 hurdles

OBSERVER Staff Report En route to qualifying for Sectionals, Fredonia’s Lydia Lanksi set a new school record in the 55 hurdles with a time 8.76 seconds to take first place for Class C in the Section 6 Team Championship indoor track and field meet, Saturday. Lanksi was joined with solid ...

Bulldogs drop close one against Cougars

OBSERVER Staff Reports BROCTON — The Brocton Bulldogs fell in a close matchup with Cassadaga Valley in CCAA Division 2 West boys basketball, 46-43, on Friday night. On Brocton’s Senior Night, the Bulldogs played one of the most exciting games under first year coach Aaron Riforgiato. ...

Devils’ forward Einink scores 25 in win over Oswego

Special to the OBSERVER OSWEGO — Fredonia stayed in the running for a SUNYAC women’s basketball playoff spot with a 60-55 win Saturday over Oswego State. Jenna Einink (Westfield / Chautauqua Lake) led the Blue Devils with 25 points while Jacque Law added 16 points, five assists and ...

Knights topple Lady Warriors

OBSERVER Staff Report SALAMANCA — Abby Rice’s 21 points led the Silver Creek Lady Black Knights (10-7 overall, 4-5 league) to a victory over Salamanca (3-16, 0-9), 63-38, Saturday morning in a CCAA Division I East high school girls basketball game. The Lady Black Knights gave a rude ...

Trojan horses

OBSERVER Staff Report The Southwestern Lady Trojans handled their business on the road in a 61-33 win over the Dunkirk Lady Marauders in CCAA Division 1 West Basketball. Nadara O’Dell led the Lady Marauders in scoring with 10 points and also grabbed six rebounds. Amari Carter scored ...

SUNY Fredonia recognizes Seniors, Bradley double winner in butterflies

Special to the OBSERVER Fredonia Swimming & Diving celebrated Senior Day 2018 with a dual meet Saturday vs. the Cortland Red Dragons. Five of the three seniors honors prior to the meet earned individual wins. Cortland won both team events. On the men’s side, senior Graham Jones ...