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Ellicottville holds on for win against Pine Valley

OBSERVER Staff Reports SOUTH DAYTON — The Pine Valley Lady Panthers came all the way back from an early 14-point deficit, but it wasn’t enough to overcome Ellicottville as the Lady Eagles held on for a 50-41 victory in CCAA Division 2 East girls basketball. “(Ellicottville) came out ...

T’birds win Class D wrestling title

OBSERVER Staff Report PORTVILLE — Chautauqua Lake won the Class D Section VI wrestling title Saturday, beating out 10 other teams at the season-ending championship meet. The Thunderbirds scored 227 points to the 196 of second-place Portville. Another local team that competed, Gowanda, was ...

SUNY Fredonia’s Rivera makes HHA’s Final Five

Special to the OBSERVER Fredonia junior hockey player Luke Rivera is a finalist for the prestigious Hockey Humanitarian Award, a spokesman for the foundation making the award announced today. Rivera and four collegiate hockey players were selected as the final five from a group of 11 ...

Fredonia HOF’er Carpenter retires from Buffalo Bills

Special to the OBSERVER Fredonia Athletics Hall of Fame member Bud Carpenter is retiring as director of training operations for the Buffalo Bills. The team announced last Friday at Carpenter was stepping down after 33 seasons with the team — a position he auditioned for while the Bills ...

Steelers rally for Senior Night win

Sophomore Jared Hayden stole the show on the Dunkirk-Fredonia Steelers’ Senior Night, scoring a hat trick in the team’s 4-2 comeback win against Royalton-Hartland on Sunday afternoon. The visitors broke up the good vibes quickly after the pre-game ceremonies honoring the Steelers’ 11 ...

Class C wrestling titles for 3 Hillbillies

FALCONER — Brandon Wallace, Hector Colom and Giovani Russo of Fredonia won their classes at the 2018 Section VI Class C Wrestling Championships held Saturday in Falconer. Wallace won the 120-pound class with a 4-2 decision over Newfane’s Ryan Nugent in the final. Colom won by a 4-3 ...

High school hoops could see statement games this week

As the regular season nears its end in high school basketball, teams need to be playing at the highest level of the season in order to make a postseason run. This week, many local teams have a shot at statement games in their leagues to head into the final week. Boys: Dunkirk at ...

HS Bowling Challenge held

Submitted Photo The 8th Annual High School Bowling Challenge was held on Sunday at Lucky Lanes in Fredonia, featuring many of the top high school bowlers from around the Southern Tier. The event is contested with separate boys and girls divisions using bowlers’ highest averages for ...

SUNY Fredonia seniors win track and field events

ROCHESTER — Three Fredonia seniors were women’s track & field event winners Friday at the Rochester Institute of Technology’s Tiger Invitational. The Blue Devils finished fifth of 10 teams. Brittany Feldman won the 400 meters, Sarah Couperus the high jump, and Rachel Williams the ...

CSHOF banquet to honor county’s top athletes

JAMESTOWN — The Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame will honor 20 of Chautauqua County’s top high school, collegiate and community athletes for achieving New York State championships, First Team All-State status, national championships or All-American status in their respective sports during the ...

Mercado signs with ECC

Submitted Photo Gowanda senior Trevor Mercado signed with Erie Community College Kats for junior college baseball on Saturday. Mercado, who was with North Collins up until his senior year, had a successful high school baseball career. This past spring, he and the North Collins Eagles had a ...

Dunkirk’s Bradley wins 4 swim events in FSU victory

The Fredonia men’s swimming and diving teams had one of its strongest showings this season in a meet Saturday at Brockport. Bill Bradley (Dunkirk) won four events, and Graham Jones and Cameron Criss were triple winners. Christian Krasnek won both the 3-meter and 1-meter boards. Bradley ...

Hurricane grab home opener over Buffalo, 126-91

BROCTON — The Chautauqua Hurricane evened their season record at 1-1 with a 126-91 win over the Buffalo Blue Hawks Saturday in their home opener at Brocton High School. Johnny Marsh led the Hurricane with 32 points, while Reuel Moore had 17 and Marcus Feagan and Larry Rivers had 12 ...

DHS bowling teams compete at invitational tourney

CHEEKTOWAGA — The boys and girls bowling teams from Dunkirk competed in the 1st Annual Section VI Invitational Bowling Tournament. The tournament was held at Airport Lanes in Cheektowaga, which is where the Sectional bowling tournament will be held on Feb. 14 (boys) and Feb. 15 (girls). The ...

Osula wins 2 events at CCAA swimming championships

OLEAN — Dunkirk-Fredonia’s Bill Osula won two events at the Chautauqua Cattaraugus Athletic Association’s annual regular season-ending boys swimming championships, held Friday in the Olean Middle School pool. Osula, a junior, grabbed the 50-yard freestyle in 22.37 and the 100-yard ...

Steelers top Wilson-Newfane, 4-2

LOCKPORT — Make it two in a row for the Dunkirk-Fredonia Steelers — and for forward Carter D’Agostino. For the second straight game, D’Agostino recorded a hat trick — three goals — in leading the Steelers to a 4-2 victory over Wilson-Newfane. Goaltender Gabriel Persch also stood ...

Franklinville defeats Lady Billies

OBSERVER Staff Report The Franklinville Lady Panthers moved to 16-0 on the season with a 77-56 non-league girls high school basketball win in Fredonia on Saturday. Dani Haskell, who leads all Section VI girls in scoring average with 25 points a game, scored 34 and added five steals for ...

PV boys hoops team wins

NORTH COLLINS — The Pine Valley Panthers edged the North Collins Eagles in a CCAA East 2 boys high school basketball game Friday. The Panthers (7-9, 4-4) were led by Zach Mansfield’s 14 points, while Dakota Loop scored nine points. Tanner Loretto had 14 points for North Collins (6-12, ...

Sherman locks up title with win over Cougars

SHERMAN — Senior Jared Gleason matched a season high with 23 points as Sherman locked up the CCAA West 2 title outright with a 67-47 win over Cassadaga Valley on Friday. Gleason added nine rebounds, five assists, five steals and three blocked shots as the Wildcats captured their first ...

Blue Devils lose to New Paltz, 70-66

After the Fredonia Blue Devils led by as many as 13 in the first half, the New Paltz Hawks slowly worked their way back into the game and escaped Dods Hall with a 70-66 men’s basketball victory. Fredonia pulled within two points with 21 seconds remaining, but could not get over the ...