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The next level

Editor’s Note: The following is the final part of an ongoing series looking into the new pitch-count rule for the upcoming high school baseball season. In this final piece, two local natives working at some of baseball’s highest levels share their opinions on the rule and how it affects ...

Post-season accolades

OBSERVER Staff Report Senior guard Kaitlyn Blanchard of Frewsburg Central School and her coach, Jeff Collver, headline the 2016-2017 Division 2 West All-Star basketball team. Blanchard surpassed the 1,000-point career mark this season and was named the Most Valuable Player, while Collver ...

Beat The Champ to roll from Lucky Lanes in Fredonia

Chris Musial, President and General Manager of WBBZ-TV, is proud to announce that “Beat The Champ,” will roll from Lucky Lanes in Fredonia Saturday at 4 p.m. (with an encore Sunday at 11 p.m.). This is the second of four shows taped at the bowling house. Watch when Ben Montague of ...

Fredonia approves football merger’s continuation

The Fredonia Central School District Board of Education has signed off on a second year of a merged football program. Board members approved a shared services agreement for the 2017-18 school year during a recent meeting, with Board President Michael Bobseine casting the sole “nay” vote. ...

CCAA East 2 announces boys basketball All-Stars

The postseason was cut short for the Pine Valley Panthers as they lost to Franklinville in the first round of the playoffs. However, losing to the team that travelled to the state semifinals doesn’t sound so bad in the end. Pine Valley senior Dylan Chase was the leading factor in the ...

Fredonia opens season with 5-0 sweep of DHS

The Fredonia Hillbillies (1-0) defeated the Dunkirk Marauders (1-2) 5-0 in high school tennis Wednesday. In first singles, Neil Gens defeated Brandon Katta 6-0, 6-0. Matt Burr defeated Teagan Raynor 6-1, 6-2 in second singles. At third singles, Josh Thompson defeated Max Condoyannis 6-3, ...

Annual State of Lake Erie set for tonight in Hamburg

Tonight, starting at 7 p.m. at the Southtowns Walleye Association, located at 5895 Southwestern Blvd., in Hamburg, the annual State of Lake Erie presentation given by a number of biologists from Fish & Wildlife and the Department of Environmental Conservation Fisheries Department will take ...

Rexford, Rizzo lead Brocton over Sherman, 4-0

BROCTON — Behind strong pitching from Charlie Rexford and Hunter Rizzo, the Brocton Bulldogs (2-1, 1-0) shut out the Sherman Wildcats, 4-0, Monday in CCAA West 2 baseball. Rexford got the start and earned the win, throwing four string innings, striking out three while walking one. Rexford ...

Fredonia hangs on for 4-2 non-league win over Lake Shore

Four runs in the first two innings was enough to propel the Fredonia Lady Hillbillies (2-0, 1-0) to victory Wednesday, as they earned a 4-2 non-league victory over the Lake Shore Lady Eagles. Hannah Cybart earned the win in the circle, pitching a complete game, allowing two earned runs and ...

Out in the cold

BROCTON — A five-run fifth inning propelled the Brocton Lady Bulldogs (1-2, 1-0) to a 5-3 victory over the Sherman Bulldogs Wednesday in CCAA West 2 softball. Megan Gloss earned the complete-game win, allowed five hits, walked four and struck out six. Danielle Aldrich took the loss, ...

Blue Devils’ Ortiz signs with ECHL’s Rapid City

Marcus Ortiz, a Sports Management senior, has landed a job as a professional ice hockey player even before graduating this May. Ortiz has joined the Rapid City Rush minor-league hockey team in Rapid City, S.D. The Rapid City Rush play in the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL), and is currently ...

Youth movement

People have different perceptions about the Salvation Army. Some think of the store or giving to it, while others may think of the community efforts that Sixto Rosario epitomizes. Rosario, director at the Dunkirk Salvation Army at 704 Central Avenue, in Dunkirk, is a local driving force ...

Cummings picks up win for CLCS on Monday

Chautauqua Lake’s Allie Cummings, not Cianna Braymiller, was the winning pitcher for the Lady Thunderbirds in their 18-6 non-league win over Brocton on Monday. Cummings struck out three, walked two and allowed three hits over four innings of work. Anderson struck out eight and allowed one ...

Tennis season gets underway

Submitted Photo Pictured is Dunkirk’s Max Condoyannis in second singles action of Monday’s high school tennis match against Westfield. Full stats were not available. The Marauders prevailed, 3-2. Their wins came from Condoyannis, along with the first doubles team of Andrew Vetter ...

Devils squander five-run lead

Special to the OBSERVER AURORA — Leading 5-0 heading into the ninth, the Blue Devils surrendered five runs and eventually fell in 13 innings, 6-5, to Oneonta on Monday. Starting pitcher Mike Wilcox went seven innings allowing two hits. In the third inning, he worked out of a ...

West taking soccer talents to Elmira

Submitted Photo Pine Valley's Tyler West achieved many awards for the 2016 boys soccer team. West, seated front and center, was named All-WNY Small School Boys Soccer First Team and CCAA Central Division Boys Soccer Player of the Year. He helped lead Pine Valley to their first league and ...

Maple Grove takes down Fredonia, 4-3

BEMUS POINT — Dalton Dubois scored the go-ahead run on a throwing error in the bottom of the fifth inning and Maple Grove held on to edge Fredonia, 4-3, Monday evening in the CCAA West 1 baseball opener for both teams. “That was a serious ballgame for an opener,” Red Dragons coach ...

Great day for softball

OBSERVER Staff Reports The Dunkirk Lady Marauders opened their season with a well-played, 2-0 win over the Silver Creek Black Knights Monday in Dunkirk. Monica Pokoj earned the win in the circle with a complete-game shutout, striking out nine while allowing just two hits and walking ...

Blue Devils’ softball team drops pair to Cortland Sunday

CORTLAND — Fredonia opened the SUNYAC portion of its season by dropping a doubleheader, 4-0 and 9-1, to pre-season favorite Cortland. The Blue Devils (10-8 overall) sent out freshmen into the pitching circle in both games. Fredonia (10-8) scored its only run in the third inning of Game 2. ...

Ready to do battle

When you think of a talented young fighter, someone with the unassuming look of Cassadaga Valley’s Gerald Carr may not come to mind, but don’t let his looks fool you. Fresh off a brutal TKO finish in his last fight, Carr is looking to make a name for himself in the local fight scene. Carr ...