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Beat the Champ HS field set

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Beat the Champ High School Bowling Challenge field set The Beat the Champ High School Bowling Challenge competition has set its Final 4 for the TV taping of the show this Sunday at Lucky Lanes. Out of a field of more than 70 participants, the top four bowlers — based on scores with a ...

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Dunkirk native, Dr. Amanda Benson, middle, receives the Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award from the Southeast Athletic Trainers Association (SEATA).

Dunkirk native earns prestigious honor

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Dunkirk native Dr. Amanda Benson received the Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award from the Southeast Athletic Trainers Association (SEATA). This award is designed to recognize and honor those who have served and demonstrated outstanding and unusual service to SEATA and the profession ...

Seniors get final night on hardwood

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For one more night, senior boys and girls basketball players in Chautauqua County had the chance to show off their skills, as the Chautauqua County Basketball Officials Association held the Exceptional Senior All-Star games at Fredonia High School Wednesday night. In front of a nearly packed ...

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Seybold honored Lucky Lanes Junior Bowlers

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Lucky Lanes Junior Bowlers held a special event on March 18, as “Priscilla Seybold Day” was celebrated. Seybold has been very involved with the youth bowling program at Lucky Lanes for more than 40 years. She also helped run the Grape Belt USBC Youth Association as secretary for close to 30 ...

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Fredonia senior guard Alexis  Cheatham was named to the D3hoops.com All-Region team recently.

Cheatham garners post-season honors

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Fredonia women's basketball guard Alexis Cheatham, a senior, was named to the D3hoops.com All-Region Team. She was Third Team East Region, her second post-season award this year. She was previously named First Team All SUNYAC. Cheatham averaged 16.9 points per game — tops in the SUNYAC. ...

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Pictured is an artist’s rendering of Austin Hill’s No. 2 truck, which he drives in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. The truck is sponsored by Portland native Matt Jacques’ company Victory Wear.

Matt Jacques, Portland native, sponsoring NASCAR truck

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MOORESVILLE, N.C. — Officials with Austin Hill and Young’s Motorsports announced on Friday, March 17, that Victory Wear, a division of Victory First, has partnered with the No. 02 Ford F-150 team for the remainder of the 2017 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) season. Victory Wear ...

One more game

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The annual Chautauqua County Exceptional Senior All-Star games will be played this Wednesday at Fredonia Central School. The girls will play at 6 p.m. and the boys will play at 8 p.m. Pictured above are members of the girls Blue Team. They are, in front from left to right: Sydney Burke ...

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For the record

Local Athletics Ninth Annual Kick Cabin Fever Indoor Triathlon Held Recently The Ninth annual Kick Cabin Fever Indoor Triathlon was held on Saturday, Feb. 25, at the Chautauqua Institution Turner Fitness Center. The event, which consisted of a 15 minute swim, ride on a spin bike and run ...

Seniors ready to shine

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Photos by Scott Reagle The annual Chautauqua County Exceptional Senior All-Star games will be played this Wednesday at Fredonia Central School. The girls will play at 6 p.m. and the boys will play at 8 p.m. Pictured are participants of the boys game. Above is the Red (North) Team. They ...

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For the record

Announcements Cattaraugus County Hall of Fame to induct 12 Twelve new members will be inducted into the Cattaraugus County Sports Hall of Fame banquet. The 15th Annual event is set for Saturday, April 8 at the Little Valley Legion beginning at 6 p.m. This year’s class of inductees ...

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Pine Valley’s Zoe Nelson (24) guards Cassadaga Valley’s Kelly Butcher during a non-league girls basketball game earlier this season. Nelson was named to the CCAA East 2 First Team recently by coaches in the divisions.

Pine Valley’s Zoe Nelson earns First-Team honors

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The Chautauqua-Cattaraugus Athletic Association East 2 girls basketball all-star teams were announced recently by coaches within the division. Franklinville freshman sharpshooter Danielle Haskell was named the Player of the Year while her coach, Allan Dunlap, earned Coach of the Year ...

Beat the champ

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Jenna Lipka, left, and Elliott Pohlman, right, compete during “Beat the Champs” “High School Challenge” on Sunday at Lucky Lanes, in Fredonia

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For the record

Announcements FHS Baseball Clinic The Fredonia High School Baseball program will be hosting two clinics highlighting fundamental skills on Saturday, March 25 at Fredonia High School. This is a great way to kick off the baseball season. The first session will run from 8 until 11 a.m. and ...

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Fredonia diver Arron Carlson, right, receives his award for earning All-American status during the NCAA Division III 1-meter diving event in Shenandoha, Texas, on Thursday. Carlson competed in the 3-meter event on Saturday and finished third.

All-American honors

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Special to the OBSERVER SHENANDOAH, Texas — The end of Fredonia’s winter sports season turned out to be a successful one. Blue Devil senior diver Arron Carlson finished third in men’s 3-meter springboard diving Saturday night at the NCAA Division III. The top-eight finish resulted in ...

The Department of Environmental Conservation recently announced that 2016 is the safest year on record for New York Hunters. That statistic is pretty amazing considering that close to 500,000 licensed hunters spent an estimated 10 to 15 million days afield. There were, however, four fatalities. 
Across the entire state, New York had only 13 hunting-related shooting incidents, which is the lowest number on record since the DEC began compiling hunting/shooting statistics in 1958. DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos attributes the safety record due to the Sportsmans Education Program and the efforts of over 3,000 volunteer instructors that teach the hunters’ safety courses every year. 
Of the 13 hunting/shooting incidents that occurred in 2016, seven incidents were self-inflicted and six incidents involved more than one person. In 2015, there were 23 incidents. Back in 1966 there were 166 incidents and 13 were fatal.  Despite the low numbers in 2016, there were two, two-party incidents and two self-inflicted incidents that resulted in fatalities. The 2016 report indicated that eight of the people involved in multi-party incidents were NOT wearing hunter orange. 
Note that the DEC’s Sportsman Education Program is mandatory for all hunters. The program began in 1949 and has significantly reduced the number of accidents. In 2016 the DEC instituted new course home work requirements for ALL hunter and trapper education courses. Students are now required to review course materials and complete homework prior to attending classroom and field sessions. Note that these courses provided by DEC volunteers are all free of charge. One final comment. Only incidents involving firearms, bows, and cross bows are included in the annual report. Incidents that involve falls from tree stands or hunter health related issues are not included. All related shooting incidents are investigated by the DEC’s Environmental Conservation Officers (ECOs). 
Cassadaga resident Rich Lazarczyk was recently awarded at the Erie County Sportsmen Federation banquet. His recognition award was presented by the Erie County Trappers Association  as the “Trapper of the Year!” This award goes to members who have shown dedication to the heritage of the sport of trapping and have been active participants in all the associations activities. Lazarczyk was also given a Life membership to the Erie County Trappers Association. Note that both Rich Lazarczyk and Gary Dudek have won this award and have been recognized for their achievements in  both Erie and Chautauqua Counties. Congratulations!  
Calendar: 
The WNY Heroes. Inc. presents Monster Whitetail event, Guns & XBows. There will be a main event on Saturday, April 22 held at the Knights of Columbus in Cheektowaga. The event will feature 60 outdoors-themed prizes. There will also be two pre-events including one held on April 1 at the American Legion in Cassadaga, with the doors opening at 4:30 p.m. Your admission ticket will include food drinks and automatic entry into the April 22 event. You do not have to be present to win. Sponsoring the Cassadaga event are Jay Hattaway and Troy Forbes. The pre-purchase of one ticket for $40 allows you to attend all three events. Go to kenwhite13@gmail.com, or call Ken at 818-8075 or log on to www.harvestmoonoutdoors.com for more information. The other pre-event is on April 8 at Hidden Valley Animal Adventures, Royce Road, Varysburg N.Y.
A  preview of coming activities at the Bear Lake Rod & Gun Club include: April 8, Rimfire spinner target shoot; May 3, 3-D archery; May 7, 3-D archery shoot; and May 20, Rimfire spinner target shoot. Registration for archery events are from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. and gun events are from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. All events are open to the public. For more information, contact Rod Becker at 485-2773. The Bear lake Rod & Gun Club is located at 4391 Cassadaga-Stockton Road, Stockton.   
There will be a pistol permit course offered at the Northern Chautauqua Conservation Club on Wednesday, March 22, from 5:30 to 10:30 p.m. There is a mandatory $75 fee for this course. Call Gary at 366-3397 for information.
The Eastern Lake Erie Charter Boat Association will conduct a meeting on Friday, April 7 at the Northern Chautauqua Conservation Club located at Mullet Street in Dunkirk. Agenda will include the Dunkirk Air Show on July 1 & 2, Boats for the 2017 VIP day on August 09, Canadian Border water Issues, and more. The meeting starts at 7 p.m.
Gene Pauszek is an OBSERVER outdoors columnist. Send comments to sports@observertoday.com 
 There will be a hunter safety training course at the Con Club on April 19-20 from 5-10 p.m. Two-day attendance is mandatory. Register with the DEC online starting on March 10. There will also be a hunter safety course at the Bear Lake Rod & Gun Club on April 4-5 from 6-10 p.m. Two-day attendance is mandatory. The hunter safety courses are free. 
There will be gun shows coming up at the following areas: 
Harborcreek, Pennsylvania, at the Harbor Creek Fire Department Social Hall, located at 7275 Buffalo Road, US Route 20 (located between North East Pa., and Harborcreek). Dates are March 18-19  from 9 a.m. until 4p.m. and 9 a.m. until 3 p.m., respectively. 
 Ashtabula County Sportsmen’s Gun Show at Saybrook Banquet Centre, located at 3116 North Bend Road (off Route 20) Ashtabula, Ohio, 44004. Dates are Saturday, April 22, and Sunday, April 23, from 9 a.m. until 4.m. and 9 a.m. until 3 p.m., respectively. For more information on any of the shows, contact Larry Spicer at 792-9972, visit LRgunshows@gmail.com, or write to Larry Spicer at P.O. Box 294, North East, Pa. 16428.
If your club or organization is holding a hunter safety training/trapping course or a turkey shoot or other outdoors event and would like to see it posted in the calendar, send information to the OBSERVER, 10 East Second St., Dunkirk, N.Y. 14048 or call the Sports Dept. at 366-3000 ext. 5 after 6 p.m.   
Note: If you have a big-game fishing or trapping success story you would like to share, call 366-1772, or 467-2079 and leave a name, phone number and a time you can be reached. You can also call 366-3000 after 5 p.m. at ext. 5.

Last year was safest on record according to DEC

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The Department of Environmental Conservation recently announced that 2016 is the safest year on record for New York Hunters. That statistic is pretty amazing considering that close to 500,000 licensed hunters spent an estimated 10 to 15 million days afield. There were, however, four fatalities. ...

Blue Devils’ baseball drops pair to SUNY Oswego

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CHAIN OF LAKES, Fla. — The Fredonia baseball team opened its SUNYAC season with 4-1 and 4-2 losses to No. 16 Oswego on Friday. In Game 1, Steve Zaprowski had a pair of hits and the Blue Devils’ lone RBI. Starting pitcher Jake Harford scattered seven hits over six innings, allowing all ...

Magical run comes to end

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TROY — Fredonia traveled to Troy with big dreams after winning the first Far West Regional banner in school history. But a poor first half proved too much to overcome as the Lady Hillbillies fell to Irvington, 69-57, in the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Class B ...

Price’s best game yet not enough in the end

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TROY — Katie Price had the game of her life Friday afternoon. Unfortunately it wasn’t enough to get Fredonia past Irvington in the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Class B semifinals. Price scored a career-high 29 points, including 20 in the third quarter alone, to ...

For the Record

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Announcements FHS Baseball Clinic The Fredonia High School Baseball program will be hosting two clinics highlighting fundamental skills on Saturday, March 25 at Fredonia High School. This is a great way to kick off the baseball season. The first session will run from 8 until 11 a.m. and ...