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Local Bills fans ecstatic about making postseason after long drought

Bills fans have been waiting for this moment for quite a long time. The longest playoff drought in the four major professional sports has ended, and the Bills community could not be any more excited. “It’s great, it’s incredible,” said Rich Jesse, the president of the Southern Tier ...

Last second Devils goal forces 3-3 tie with Stevenson

Sub zero temperatures stopped just about all local sports in the Southern Tier, but college hockey wasn’t one of them as the red hot Stevenson Mustangs came up from Baltimore to play a 3-3 tie with the streaking Fredonia Blue Devils Friday night at Steele Hall Ice Arena. After a 2-1 Blue ...

Dunkirk native Jagoda gets MLB job

Frank Jagoda’s baseball resume is full to overflowing. Most recently, the Dunkirk native compiled a 79-38 record as the head coach at Patrick Henry Community College in Martinsville, Virginia, while also winning the 2016 Region X regular-season championship and earning the 2016 Region X ...

Huskies fight off Marauders in division matchup

OBSERVER Staff Report OLEAN — The Dunkirk Marauders (6-5, 3-1) fell to their first division opponent of the season, falling 64-45 against Olean in CCAA Division I West boys basketball. “They are a very physical team, and defensively, they’re the best team we’ve played,” Dunkirk ...

Clymer bests Brocton, 62-49

CLYMER — Host Clymer improved to 4-5 on the year and 1-3 in CCAA Division 2 West boys basketball play as Dustin Neckers picked up a double-double with 23 points and 12 rebounds to lead the way in a 62-49 win over Brocton (1-9, 0-3) on Thursday. Lucas Beckerink added eight points and dished ...

Cornfield sisters steal the spotlight

OBSERVER Staff Report ANGOLA — The Lake Shore girls basketball team pulled off a 59-50 win over St. Mary’s in a non-league game Thursday night. Shawni Cornfield literally stole the show for Lake Shore, posting a double-double of 27 points and 13 steals. Her sister, Lani Cornfield, also ...

Cornfield sisters steal the spotlight

OBSERVER Staff Report ANGOLA — The Lake Shore girls basketball team pulled off a 59-50 win over St. Mary’s in a non-league game Thursday night. Shawni Cornfield literally stole the show for Lake Shore, posting a double-double of 27 points and 13 steals. Her sister, Lani Cornfield, also ...

Black Knights roll past Trojans

OBSERVER Staff Report SILVER CREEK — The Silver Creek boys (5-19) and girls (13-11) bowling teams both picked up 3-1 victories against Southwestern in a Division I matchup, Thursday evening. Silver Creek’s boys rolled past the Trojans shooting 773-790-725-2,288 for the win. Daniel ...

Ellicottville remains undefeated at 8-0

OBSERVER Staff Report FORESTVILLE — The Ellicottville boys basketball team continued its hot start to the 2017-18 season, defeating Forestville 54-33 in a CCAA Division II East matchup. Ellicottville took command early by posting a 22-0 quarter to shut down the Hornets in the first. ...

Panama sneaks past Westfield in final seconds

OBSERVER Staff Report WESTFIELD — The Panama Panthers (5-5, 3-1) snuck past the Westfield Wolverines (4-4, 1-2) in a CCAA Division II West boys basketball game. The game was tight for all four quarters and came down Westfield’s final shot coming from deep 3-points range, that clanged ...

Eagles soar in win over Catt-Little Valley, 67-40

OBSERVER Staff Report NORTH COLLINS — North Collins (4-5, 1-0) won their first CCAA Division II East matchup of the year against Cattaraugus-Little Valley, besting them 67-40. Brandon Zielinski led the Eagles with 21 points as well as seven rebounds. Tyler Robinson put up a double-double ...

Franklinville downs Pine Valley

OBSERVER Staff Report SOUTH DAYTON — The Franklinville Panthers jumped out to a 19-0 lead after the first quarter and never looked back on their way to a 77-52 victory over Pine Valley (3-4, 0-1) in CCAA 2 East boys high school basketball Thursday. The visitors increased the lead, 42-9 at ...

Franklinville downs Pine Valley

OBSERVER Staff Report SOUTH DAYTON — The Franklinville Panthers jumped out to a 19-0 lead after the first quarter and never looked back on their way to a 77-52 victory over Pine Valley (3-4, 0-1) in CCAA 2 East boys high school basketball Thursday. The visitors increased the lead, 42-9 at ...

Pope goes for 34 in win over Fredonia Hillbillies

OBSERVER Staff Report MAYVILLE — The Fredonia Hillbillies gave the Chautauqua Lake Thunderbirds (5-3, 2-1) all they could handle Thursday night in a CCAA 1 East boys high school basketball contest. In the end, it was not enough as the Thunderbirds prevailed, 72-59. After trailing 18-14 ...

Brawdy breaks Gowanda all-time scoring record in win over Portville

GOWANDA – “Braw-dy, Braw-dy, Braw-dy, Braw-dy.” The Gowanda Panther’s sixth man student section chanted its senior’s name, Nate Brawdy, as he accomplished something no other Gowanda basketball athlete has done. With a free throw in the second quarter of Thursday’s 60-44 win over ...

Nancy Ann Eberz

Nancy Ann Eberz, 74, of Crooked Brook Drive Dunkirk, joined her Lord on Wednesday, December 13, 2017, surrounded by loved ones, in Brooks Memorial Hospital, when she lost her valiant battle with ovarian cancer. Nancy was the daughter of the late Peter J and Ruth (Lockwood) Eberz, born in New ...

Lady Marauders top Falconer, 63-51

Special to The OBSERVER FALCONER — Olivia Smith poured in 25 points, including eight 3-pointers, to lead Dunkirk to a 63-51 Division 1 West win over Falconer. Smith scored 15 points and Jessica Beehler added 11 as the Marauders jumped out to a 34-28 lead at halftime. Falconer never got ...