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Cassadaga Valley shortstop CJ Kubera makes a throw to first base during his team’s CCAA West 2 baseball game against Panama, on Tuesday, at Cassadaga Valley.

On the prowl

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SINCLAIRVILLE — It was a dominant performance by the Cassadaga Valley Cougars (1-1) on Tuesday as they dropped the Panama Panthers (0-2), 14-1 in six innings of a CCAA West 2 high school baseball contest. With a new league rule implemented this year, the game was called after the sixth ...

Dunkirk, Gowanda pick up late-game victories

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FREWSBURG — A three-run sixth inning paved the way as the Dunkirk Marauders (4-3, 1-0) held on to defeat non-league opponent the Frewsburg Bears, 6-5, Monday afternoon. Jason Marin led off the sixth inning with an infield single. Koty Leeper hit a fielder’s choice, which was thrown away ...

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Fredonia’s James Krolikowski (32) beats a throw in front of Alfred State shortstop Andy Pichardo (9) during Monday’s game.

Devils extend win streak to four

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Fredonia defeated Alfred State, 7-3, in non-conference baseball Monday, to extend its winning streak to four games. Clinging to a one-run lead in the eighth, Liam Kelly lined an opposite-field bases-clearing triple inside the line in right to score three runs. It was Kelly’s second hit on ...

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Dunkirk native Elon Hernandez, left, is pictured with his first place trophy from the 123-pound Open division at the New York State Golden Gloves boxing championship on Saturday at the RiverWorks in Buffalo. Pictured at right is Hernandez’s coach, Nate Jimerson.

On to nationals

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Dunkirk’s Elon Hernandez used a split-decision victory to win the 123-pound Open division at the the New York State Golden Gloves boxing championship on Saturday at the RiverWorks in Buffalo. DeJesus, who has been training at Impact Boxing for the last six years faced Joe Reed, who he had ...


Injury prevention

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Brooks Memorial Hospital Sports Medicine invites high school and middle school student athletes, school district personnel, coaches, and parent volunteers to attend a free Athletic Injury Prevention workshop on Saturday, April 29, from 9:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Dunkirk High School. Join Dr. ...

Dunkirk picks up southern split; Brocton tops Gowanda, 12-8

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MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — The Dunkirk Marauders baseball team finished off their annual Myrtle Beach trip with a 2-1 victory Friday over fellow Chautauqua County opponent the Jamestown Red Raiders. Tyreek Buchanan-Ruiz picked up the complete game victory, striking out eight, walking two and ...

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Pictured is Frank Grupa Senior, shown at a family picnic held at Ray Pauszek II’s back yard, taken several years ago.

Easter memories of a time gone by

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Happy Easter! Many of you readers probably have some fond memories of Easter seasons from the past, including family traditions, like fresh sausage, baked goods, the blessing of the Easter baskets and candy of the chocolate variety. My favorite memories of Easter center around a new addition ...

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Pictured are Fredonia soccer standouts Laural Erick, left, and Audrey Taylor. The duo was recently accepted to the exclusive, 22-player team of United States Girls’ Development Academy and will forego their high school soccer careers.

Shooting stars

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No matter what sport, every athlete wants to make it one step higher. In high school, athletes aspire to go from the junior varsity team to the varsity team. Then to become a star on the varsity team. From there, it’s usually the path of college to pros. For soccer, that route isn’t as ...

Gowanda drops North Collins, 4-0, in non-leaguer

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NORTH COLLINS — It was a pitchers’ duel in the game between the North Collins Eagles (1-2) and the Gowanda Panthers (2-2). However, a four-run top of the sixth helped Gowanda to a 4-0 victory Friday in non-league high school baseball. In the top of the sixth inning, Brian Gernatt and ...

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Fredonia’s Katie Yudin delivers a pitch against Buffalo State during their SUNYAC softball double-header on Friday at Fredonia.

Clean sweep

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It’s the little things that make the big changes. Fredonia softball (11-15, 1-9 SUNYAC) emulated that in losing fashion on Friday. The Blue Devils lost the second game of a SUNYAC double-header to Buffalo State (9-17, 5-3 SUNYAC), 2-0, at home after they stumbled in the first inning. The ...

Springville tops Fredonia, 5-2

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OBSERVER Staff Report The Fredonia Hillbillies (3-2) took the lead early, but could not hold it as the Springville Griffins were victorious in their non-league high school baseball game, 5-2, Thursday. The win was Springville head coach Rick DeKay’s 400th victory. Seth Schrader got ...

Blue Devils have middle-inning magic at D’Youville

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BUFFALO — Fredonia scored all its run in three innings Thursday while downing D'Youville, 12-1, in non-conference college baseball. The Blue Devils hung three crooked numbers on the scoreboard: four in the fourth inning, five in the fifth and three in the seventh. They also hit three ...

‘Yards for Yeardley’ gains traction at Fredonia

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Student-athletes from across the SUNYAC seek to raise awareness of domestic violence and relationship abuse by taking part in the One Love Foundation's “Yards for Yeardley” campaign. Each campus’ Student-Athlete Advisory Committee has set a goal to have students, faculty and staff ...

OBSERVER Photos by Ron Szot: Dunkirk’s Alexis Ruiz swings at a pitch during Thursday’s non-league high school softball game against Albion.

Lady Marauders hold off Albion, 5-2

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The Dunkirk Lady Marauders edged Albion, 4-3, Thursday in non-league high school softball. Monica Pokoj was the winning pitcher and also provided what proved to be the game-winning hit. In the circle, Pokoj fanned nine, walked two and scattered three hits. At the plate, Pokoj had an RBI ...

OBSERVER File Photo: Chautauqua Lake junior Devin Pope, center, was named to the New York State Sportswriters Association First Team.

Pope makes All-State First Team

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As a junior, Chautauqua Lake’s Devin Pope averaged 28.2 points per game. He led the Thunderbirds in points, rebounds (194), steals (118) and blocks (26) in his 2016 campaign. The dominant season guided Chautauqua Lake past Cleveland Hill, 68-62, in the Section VI, Class C-1 championship and ...

For the Record

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Announcements Senior Golf Tour registration Registration for the Art Asquith Senior Golf Tour will be held at the Lakewood Rod & Gun Club on Tuesday, April 18 at 10 a.m. Registration for golfers 60 years old and older will be $20 with coffee and donuts available. The Art Asquith ...

Blue Devils fall in extras, then due to darkness

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Special to the OBSERVER OSWEGO — Fredonia lost both ends of a SUNYAC softball doubleheader Wednesday with the Oswego State Lakers. The Lakers took the opener, 5-4, in eight innings, and claimed a 5-1 win in the nightcap — which ended prematurely due to darkness in the middle of the ...

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Jeremy Sobilo and Kody Shamrock caught some nice bullheads fishing with shrimp as bait in the Dunkirk harbor on a cold, windy Wednesday afternoon.

Warm weather brings out the anglers on local waters

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Springtime in Western New York can see a lot of drastic temperature changes, and this year is no exception! Sunday’s warm weather brought on a nice calico bite on parts of Chautauqua Lake, but it shut down by Monday afternoon. Skip Bianco, at Hogan’s Hut, in Stow, commented that ...

Lady Cougars fall to 0-3 at Grandstrand after 13-3 loss to Bamberg

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MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — The Cassadaga Valley Lady Cougars dropped their third-straight contest at the Grandstrand Softball Classic in Myrtle Beach, S.C., this one a 13-3 decision to Bamberg, South Carolina. Tied at 3-all entering the fourth, Bamberg put up 10 runs on losing pitcher Alyssa Hahn ...