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BILL-IEVE IT!

After 18 years, the Buffalo Bills are back in the NFL playoffs. Their win, coupled with a Baltimore loss, means Buffalo will play Jacksonville at 1 p.m. Sunday. Thousands greeted the team's return to Buffalo at the airport early this morning.

New year, new coach

Dunkirk’s varsity boys basketball team has a new face at the helm of the program, Andrew Krenzer. Krenzer, a Pine Valley alum and son of the current defensive coordinator of Dunkirk’s football team, took over the Marauders basketball team on short notice right before the season began. ...

2017 Year in Review

The local sports scene in 2017 was topped by high school athletes who represented our area on the statewide level in championship competitions. The top two, the Dunkirk Fredonia-Steelers hockey team and Dunkirk high jumper Emilee Hanlon, completed their playoff sagas with titles. Here is the ...

Four things to OBSERVE: Buffalo at Miami

1. 17 years of suffering Buffalo owns the title … the one it never wanted. Out of the four major sports, the Bills have the longest active drought, 17 years, of not making the playoffs. For 2017 to be the year that snaps the streak, Buffalo needs to defeat Miami on the road and get some ...

Rowe boys combine to go 10-0 at Grand Island Duels

OBSERVER Staff Report GRAND ISLAND — The Chautauqua Lake-Westfield-Panama (CLCS) wrestling team had a strong showing at the Grand Island duels Saturday. As a team, CLCS went 4-1 with wins over Orchard Park, East Aurora, Lake Shore and Frontier, before falling to Grand Island, 42-26, in the ...

Lady Billies fall to Whitesboro in consolation game

OBSERVER Staff Report SYRACUSE — The Fredonia girls basketball team fell to Whitesboro, 55-40, in the consolation game at the Bishop Ludden Tournament Saturday night. “Overall we played better than we did (Friday),” Fredonia coach Carol Zirkle said. “Defensively, we picked it up in ...

Walleye fishing spectacular in 2017

Here are some of the highs and lows of 2017. On a high note the walleye fishing was excellent on Lake Erie. Granted walleye anglers had to cull through numerous walleye in the 14- to 17-inch range to get “tournament” size fish, but even veteran anglers were commenting that this had to be ...

Belt advancements

Submitted photo Sempei Sebastian Dole, left, advanced to his purple belt. He has been involved with the Kempo Karate Martial Arts Organization for over 10 years. He is a junior at Silver Creek High School. Dole assists in instruction during many of Kempo Karate’s scheduled classes. Sempei ...

Bobseine apologizes for Benton comments

GOWANDA — Gowanda Panthers boys basketball head coach Andy Bobseine sent an apology to the OBSERVER Friday for what he called “inappropriate” comments about former player Jarmani Benton, in a story that ran Wednesday about the Panthers’ Nate Brawdy. Benton, who played for Bobseine at ...

Lady Hillbillies lose to No.5-ranked team

SYRACUSE — The Fredonia Lady Hillbillies girls basketball team fell to the Bishop Ludden Lady Gaelic Knights, 90-41, in the first round of the Bishop Ludden tournament in Syracuse. Bishop Ludden is ranked No. 5 in the state in Class B. “We were here last year, and last year when we played ...

FHS boys win first basketball game of season

CLARENCE — Fredonia High School’s boys basketball team won its first game of the season Friday at the consolation game of Clarence High School’s holiday tournament. The Hillbillies’ 83-46 win over Lafayette had little drama. Fredonia (1-5) led, 24-9, after one quarter and had a 47-18 ...

Dunkirk bowlers compete at tournament in Tonawanda

The Dunkirk High School boys and girls varsity bowling teams competed in the Festival of Lights Tournament at Tonawanda Bowling Center on Thursday. The boys team finished 13th out of 22 teams and the girls finished 11th out of 18 teams. The tournament format is a two-game set in the morning ...

Bulldogs lose in boys’ final

FREWSBURG — The Frewsburg boys basketball team is entering the New Year on a roll. After starting the season with four straight losses, the Bears claimed their third straight victory on Friday night, downing Brocton, 56-28, in the championship game of the Frewsburg Holiday Tournament. A ...

Lady Marauders win Bears’ holiday tourney

FREWSBURG — Gabby Iuculano was on fire Friday night and worthy of claiming Most Valuable Player honors in the Frewsburg Holiday Tournament, but Dunkirk returned home with the most important prize — the championship—- following a 72-70 victory. The Lady Marauders (3-6) were able to take ...

Lady Trojans triumph at Holiday Basketball Shootout

JAMESTOWN — The last shot taken Thursday night, Samika Mathews grabbed the rebound and passed the ball to Erin Radack, who dribbled out the clock in the championship game of the Holiday Basketball Shootout at Jamestown Community College. That was only fitting. Radack was in control of ...

Panthers down Bulldogs

OBSERVER Staff Report FREWSBURG — Pine Valley defeated Brocton in a boys basketball tournament matchup in Frewsburg by a score of 50-34. Brocton (1-6, 0-1), a team that usually struggles with turning the ball over, “controlled our turnovers better tonight than we have been,” said ...

Lady Panthers fall in first round

Special to the OBSERVER FREWSBURG - Gabby Iuculano had one of her best performances of her career as Frewsburg (2-4) got past Gowanda (0-4), 49-46, in the first round of the Frewsburg Holiday Girls Tournament on Thursday. Iuculano, who poured in 29 points to send the Bears into the title ...

Fearless Freddie’s Football Forecast

By FEARLESS FREDDIE Saint Pick NO CHANCE. Condolences to Buffalo Bills fans. Your team won't make the playoffs once again. The Bills will squander their chances of snapping their 18-year post-season drought by losing Sunday to the hated Miami Dolphins. The Bills may be motivated, but the ...

Steelers fall to E. Aurora in OT

EAST AURORA — With temperatures in the single-digits at the outdoor rink, Dunkirk-Fredonia gave first-place East Aurora-Holland all it could handle before losing in overtime, 4-3. Down 2-0 in the second period, Nolan Mages cut the deficit in half on the power play. Then, two goals in 12 ...

Ellicottville defeats CL

The Ellicottville Eagles (5-0) came away with a win over Devin Pope and Chautauqua Lake (4-3) in Wednesday’s high school boys basketball matchup in Ellicottville. With all of the attention on Pope coming in, it was Elliot Bowen who stole the show for Ellicottville, leading the Eagles with ...