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Fearless Freddie’s Football Forecast

FINAL FOUR. A berth in the Super Bowl is at stake Sunday in the NFL Conference Championship games. In the AFC title tilt, the host New England Patriots will halt the surprising run of the Jacksonville Jaguars. Even an injured Tom Brady will be enough to bring the defending champions back to ...

Steelers Squirts win tourney

Submitted Photo The NCCYHA Steelers Squirt Select team won the Niagara Falls Blizzard Tournament last weekend. The Steelers outscored their opponents in their four games 24-3. They were led by a strong defense in Joella Bauza, Brody Himelein, Nathan Keefe, and Connor Nowicki. Goalie Willie ...

Fredonia boys, SC girls win at bowling

HANOVER — Fredonia High’s boys bowling team swept Silver Creek, and the Black Knights’ girls team did the same to the Lady Hillbillies, Thursday at Hanover Lanes. In the boys’ matchup, FHS (30-6) scored 886-986-940-2,812 to the 822-778-741-2,281 of Silver Creek (5-31). Fredonia’s ...

Gowanda tops Silver Creek in boys basketball

SILVER CREEK — Gowanda ended the Black Knights’ 11-game winning streak with a 55-43 win in a CCAA East 1 high school boys basketball matchup Thursday night. Nate Brawdy’s 29 points, including 14 in the fourth quarter, were a key to the victory for the Panthers (9-3, 3-2). Brawdy also ...

Steelers shut out

The Dunkirk-Fredonia Steelers have certainly had better games. The defending state champs were shut out at Steele Hall, 5-0, by St. Joe’s on Thursday night in a varsity hockey matchup. After an early goal by Michael Merrell, St. Joe’s was in control early. Despite the early 1-0 hole, ...

T’birds handle Dunkirk

The Chautauqua Lake Lady Thunderbirds hammered the Dunkirk Lady Marauders Thursday, winning the CCAA West 1 high school girls basketball matchup by a 85-37 score. “We just came out flat,” Dunkirk coach Darnell Baldwin said. “If we don’t play basketball the right way, we’ll lose ...

Sherman beats Brocton, 62-40

BROCTON — The Sherman Wildcats topped the Brocton Bulldogs, 62-40, Wednesday in a CCAA West 2 boys high school basketball matchup. The Wildcats blew open a close game by scoring 28 in the final quarter. Brocton led at halftime, 25-19. Jared Gleason had a big game for Sherman, with 20 ...

Knights win in Salamanca

OBSERVER Staff Report SALAMANCA — The Silver Creek Black Knights routed Salamanca, 81-42, Tuesday in a CCAA East 1 high school boys basketball contest. Silver Creek took a 15-4 lead into the second quarter and was up by 23 (38-15) at halftime. Jarmani Benton had a big game for the ...

Ice fishing action heating up

Ice fishing comes alive as the sun sets on Chautauqua Lake. Skip Bianco at Hogan’s Hut commented that there is a lot of safe ice cover in the 5 to 10 inch range over most of Chautauqua Lake, but there was some ice near Mayville, that was reportedly questionable. You can spot ice shanties ...

Dunkirk dominates

OBSERVER Staff Reports BEMUS POINT  — Devaun Farnham led Dunkirk to an 82-53 victory over Maple Grove on the road in a CCAA Div. 1 West high school boys basketball game on Wednesday. Farnham had 29 points for the Marauders, while “consistently getting to the rim,” according to ...

SC stifles Salamanca

OBSERVER Staff Reports SILVER CREEK — The Black Knights girls basketball squad handled Salamanca, 59-30, in a CCAA East 1 high school game Wednesday night. Abby Rice starred for Silver Creek (7-3, 1-2) with 21 points, eight rebounds and five assists. Tessa Douglas contributed 10 points ...

Fredonia wrestlers defeat Marauders

OBSERVER Staff Reports The Fredonia Hillbillies wrestling team defeated Dunkirk, 47-25, at Dunkirk High School on Wednesday. Jake Skinner, Ceric Kristan, Hector Colom and Lucas Hoffman all scored wins by pinfall for the Hillbillies, while Giovani Russo won by a technical fall. Alex ...

Dunkirk girls, Fredonia boys win as rival schools bowl off

OBSERVER Staff Reports Dunkirk’s girls team and Fredonia’s boys team won their bowling matches by 4-0 scores as the rival high schools faced off Wednesday at Lucky Lanes. The Lady Marauders pushed their record to a stellar 34-2 with a 908-805-780-2,493 day. Fredonia’s girls (6-26) ...

Lake Shore girls win

CHEEKTOWAGA — The Lake Shore Lady Eagles got out to a huge lead in the first quarter and never looked back, taking care of Cheektowaga, 68-61, on Tuesday. Lake Shore (6-3, 3-1) had a 28-10 advantage after the first quarter, and although the Lady Eagles were outscored the rest of the way, ...

Dunkirk High swimmers lose to Panama, 99-76

PANAMA — Panama/Chautauqua Lake/Maple Grove earned a 99-76 Chautauqua-Cattaraugus Athletic Association boys swimming win over visiting Dunkirk/Fredonia/Silver Creek/Forestville/Cassadaga Valley/Brocton on Tuesday night thanks to a double-win performance from Austin Strong in the 200-yard ...

PV boys lose to E’ville

SOUTH DAYTON — The Pine Valley Panthers fell to Ellicottville, 67-45, in a CCAA East 2 boys basketball matchup on Tuesday at Pine Valley. Ellicottville (10-1, 3-1) held a 21-13 advantage after the first quarter, and outscored Pine Valley in every quarter. The veteran Eagles squad had good ...

Hurricane sponsor kids’ tourney

Submitted Photos The Chautauqua Hurricane sponsored a basketball tournament for local boys and girls on Friday and Saturday. The games were played at the Salvation Army in Dunkirk. Some of the tournament’s participants are pictured here.

Dunkirk High bowlers sweep Southwestern

JAMESTOWN — Dunkirk High School’s bowling teams keep rolling. The boys and girls squads both beat Southwestern by 4-0 scores during a Tuesday match at Jamestown Bowling Company. The Lady Marauders now have a 30-2 record this season, while the male bowlers have 20.5 wins and 11.5 ...

Fredonia girls victorious in Olean

OLEAN — The Fredonia Lady Hillbillies girls basketball team (3-6, 3-1) grabbed a rare win in Olean, defeating the Lady Huskies in CCAA West 1 action Tuesday night. The visitors stifled Olean in the first quarter, holding the home team to just four points. “I thought we played really ...

Narrow defeat

Chautauqua Lake clawed its way back from a 17-point second-half deficit to tie Southwestern with 32 seconds to play in their Chautauqua-Cattaraugus Athletic Association Division 1 West girls basketball matchup Tuesday. It took the undefeated Trojans just nine seconds to make things right ...