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Free fishing events set for this weekend

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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced Friday the first of several free fishing events in New York will take place this weekend, today and Sunday. During these designated days, residents and visitors are permitted to fish for free without a fishing license on any of the state’s 7,500 lakes and ...

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Today’s local sports schedule Men's basketball Buffalo State at Fredonia State Dubois at Chautauqua Hurricane Women's basketball Buffalo State at Fredonia State Boys hockey Steelers at Roy-Hart Men's hockey Morrisville at Fredonia State Bowling Lucky Lanes Tuesday ...

Forestville’s Forbes to bowl in state finals

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CHEEKTOWAGA — Forestville’s Ashley Forbes will be bowling in the state finals March 10 in Syracuse after making the six-member sectional all-star team at the Section 6 Girls’ Bowling Championships at Airport Lanes Thursday. Forbes bowled a 187-184-198-569 in the morning session and a ...

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Westfield’s Evan Hauser (10) takes a shot against Forestville’s Orlando Soto (10 in black) during Thursday night high school basketball action in Westfield.

Westfield bashes Forestville to end regular season

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WESTFIELD — The Westfield Wolverines ended the regular season in dominant fashion. Westfield defeated the Forestville Hornets, 57-30, in a non-league boys basketball game on Senior Night, at Westfield Academy on Thursday. Westfield (12-8, 7-5) began the game on a 9-0 run in the first 3:25 ...

Osula makes states in 100 backstroke

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BUFFALO — Fredonia High School swimmer Bill Osula made the state finals in the 100 backstroke Thursday during the Section 6 championships at the University of Buffalo’s Alumni Arena. FHS coach Bob Ball said Osula punched his ticket to the March 1-3 event on Long Island with a time of ...

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Pine Valley defeats Cougars

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OBSERVER Photo by Lisa Monacelli Cassadaga Valley’s Ty Pattyson (34) tries to block a shot attempt by Zach Mansfield (10) of Pine Valley during a 65-49 Pine Valley non-league win in Sinclairville, Thursday night. Mansfield led all scorers with 24 points while teammates Stephen Crisanti had ...

Lady Billies defeated at Lake Shore

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ANGOLA — The Fredonia Lady Hillbillies girls basketball team closed its regular season Thursday with a 64-49 non-league loss to the Lake Shore Lady Eagles. Shawni Cornfield led Lake Shore (15-5) with 22 points, 16 rebounds and seven steals. Lani Cornfield had 16 points, six assists and five ...

Brawdy’s 23 leads Gowanda in win

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Special to the OBSERVER JAMESTOWN — Nate Brawdy scored 16 points in the middle two quarters as Gowanda pulled away from Frewsburg for a 70-56 non-league boys basketball win at Jamestown Community College’s Physical Education Complex on Thursday night. Brawdy finished with 23 points, 13 ...

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Sirianni set to join CSHOF

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JAMESTOWN — Fran Sirianni grew up in Kane, Pa. and was inducted into the Clarion University Sports Hall of Fame, but there’s no doubt where he considers home. A middle-school teacher at Southwestern for 36 years and a coach of football, basketball and track there for an astonishing 45, the ...

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Riggs going into Hall of Fame

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JAMESTOWN — When the Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame holds its 37th annual induction banquet on Feb. 19 at the Lakewood Rod & Gun Club, it will increase its membership in that exclusive fraternity to 191. One of the inductees in this year’s class is the late Jim Riggs. That is only ...

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Today’s local sports schedule Men's hockey Morrisville at Fredonia State Boys swimming Section 6 diving, swimming finals Adult bowling Lucky Lanes Fumble League (Feb. 7) — Devon Fijal 176-201-535, Vicki Rylowicz 164-184-166-514, April Jagoda 191-167-504, Grit Baumgartner 188, ...

Rowe, Szymanowski make state tourney

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Add two more names to the list of local standout wrestlers heading to the state tournament in Albany. Bryce Rowe and Ben Szymanowski of Chautauqua Lake were selected on Wednesday as wild card entrants to the state championship tournament. Rowe (160 pounds) and Szymanowski (220 pounds) join ...

Fredonia boys finish seventh at sectionals

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The Fredonia boys bowling team finished seventh in Division II at the sectional meet at Airport Lanes in Cheektowaga on Wednesday, while Dunkirk finished 11th and Gowanda placed 12th. Fredonia tallied 4,951 total pins, which was 556 shy of first-place Maryvale. The Hillbillies had a morning ...

Curt Fischer

Fischer in Chautauqua Sports HOF

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BEMUS POINT — Curt Fischer became synonymous for coaching excellence at Maple Grove Junior-Senior High School for more than a quarter century, guiding three different sports programs to New York State Public High School Athletic Association championships. That certainly earns him a rightful ...

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Lori Franchina named to CSHOF

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FALCONER — How accomplished an athlete is Lori Franchina? Well, the resume chronicling her achievements is three full pages, providing proof that she is more than worthy of being one of eight members of the Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2018. Joining Franchina as an inductee are ...

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Dick Cole going into CSHOF Monday

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JAMESTOWN — Dick Cole’s athletic accomplishments dating back nearly 60 years, and the newspaper clippings that chronicle them, fill an album that is 4-5 inches thick. It truly is a trip down memory lane for anyone who has followed the career of the Jamestown native. From his basketball ...

Hohl’s 36 leads PV to victory

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SOUTH DAYTON — The Pine Valley Lady Panthers didn’t mess around on Senior Night. Led by Kayla Hohl’s triple-double, the Lady Panthers defeated Salamanca, 60-16, on Wednesday night in a non-league girls basketball game to close out the regular season for both teams. Pine Valley (13-7, ...

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Ken Tarnowski, Mike Porpiglia and Ed Nalepa try their luck ice fishing out of Dunkirk on Sunday.

Ice fishing conditions may sour

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Ice fishing conditions continue to stay good for now, but once the warm spell sets in, things could change quickly. As of Wednesday afternoon, there were reports of safe ice and good fishing from a variety of local areas. Rick Miller in Irving reports that fishermen have been catching walleye ...

Black Knights beat Randolph, 67-57

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SILVER CREEK — The Silver Creek Black Knights ended the regular season with a statement win over Randolph, 67-57, in a Division 1 East boys basketball matchup. Silver Creek (15-5, 6-4) trailed by one point at halftime, but outscored Randolph (11-9, 8-2) 17-13 in the third quarter and 22-15 ...

Devils hockey, women’s basketball have playoff hope

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Two Fredonia teams will play at home this weekend with SUNYAC playoff spots on the line. Men’s hockey plays host to Morrisville State both Friday and Saturday nights. Women’s basketball takes on Buffalo State on Saturday afternoon. Here is a quick guide to both playoff ...