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Beat The Champ finalists set for TV 

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Lucky Lanes hosted the qualifier for the “Beat The Champ” television show on WBBZ-TV this past weekend. Out of the 161 entries, the field was narrowed down to the top 24 scores. From there, the top nine moved onto the finals, which will be held Sunday, March 26 and be televised on ...

Frontale strikes again for Fredonia baseball

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AUBURNDALE, Fla. — Ciro Frontale’s game-winning RBI single in the eighth inning on Wednesday evening lifted Fredonia over RIT, 3-2. It was the senior second baseman’s third game-winning RBI in two days. Frontale also made a fine defensive play in the final inning. He smothered a bad ...

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Announcements Senior All-Star basketball The 2017 Chautauqua County Senior All-Star Game will be hosted by the Chautauqua County Basketball Officials Association on Wednesday, March 22 at Fredonia High School. The girls will play at 6 p.m. with the boys set to play at 8 p.m. There will ...

Blue Devils push ranked Valiants in 2-1 loss

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LEESBURG, Fla. — Fredonia came one out away of upsetting nationally ranked Manhattanville during The Spring Games on Tuesday morning at Sleepy Hollow Athletic Complex. With Fredonia leading 1-0 and two outs in the last of the seventh inning, Manhattanville’s Brittany Deieso dropped a bunt ...

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Fredonia’s Zoya Katta (14), who is nursing a twisted ankle, benefitted from the unexpected day off Fredonia had Tuesday when Governor Andrew Cuomo put New York in a state of emergency ahead of a winter storm.

Havoc wreaked

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Practice make perfect. Coaches have been spouting that old coaching axiom for as long sports have been played. On Tuesday, however, very few, if any of the remaining teams or athletes still competing in a winter sport were able to do much of anything due to the fact that March has decided ...

DeMarco, Knapp make second team in CCAA West 2

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The Chautauqua-Cattaraugus Athletic Association West 2 Division All Star votes are in for the 2016-17 basketball season. Kaitlyn Blanchard, senior of Frewsburg, won the top price for Most Valuable Player in the league. Her coach, Jeff Collver, won the Coach of the Year. For the first team, ...

Frosh righties, Pixley’s bat key Devil sweep

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MINNEOLA, Fla. — Fredonia earned its first sweep of its Florida trip Monday with wins over Bethany (West Virginia) and Gallaudet. Freshmen were in the circle for both wins. Sam Seegar scattered nine hits — not more than two an inning — and struck out five as the Blue Devils downed ...

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The NCCYHA Steelers Pee Wee Travel team recently won the Garfield Heights Hockey Tournament.

Pee Wee Travel cruises to tourney title

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The NCCYHA Steelers Pee Wee Travel team recently won the Garfield Heights Hockey Tournament. In their first game, the Steelers overpowered Strongsville, 7-1. Ryan Waterman had a hat trick for the Steelers, with Alex Paluch netting two goals and Trevor Persch and Chris Waterman each getting ...

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Adult Hockey CCHA Playoff Games Open A Quarterfinals BJ’s 10, Merritt Winery 6 BJ’s Tyler Gustafson and Mark Zaffalon each scored a hat trick while Ryan Pogorzelski and Matt Ambrose each had two goals. Tom O’Connor Sr (2), Brian Wojcinski (2), Don Schiedel, Tyler ...

Devil diving dominance dates back to ‘06 meet

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Fredonia added to its list of SUNYAC diving champions with four more titles last month. The springboard sweeps by seniors Meghan Bartlett and Arron Carlson marked the third time in the last six years Blue Devil divers have won all four SUNYAC titles. It also set the stage for NCAA Regional ...

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Pictured from left to right are Dunkirk-Silver Creek indoor track and field teammates Emilee Hanlon, Jericha Petrella, Jaylah Cossin and Emma Seiders. The quartet competed at the New Balance Indoor National Meet in New York at the New Balance Track and Field Center at The Armory.

Dunkirk-Silver Creek runners compete in NYC

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NEW YORK — A quartet of Dunkirk-Silver Creek girls indoor track and field athletes that included Emilee Hanlon, Emma Seiders, Jericha Petrella and Jaylah Cossin, competed this weekend at the New Balance Indoor National Meet in New York at the New Balance Track and Field Center at The ...

NCPHL to hold playoff games at Steele Hall Ice Arena this week

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Junior Hockey will be making its way into the area this coming week when the National College Prospects Hockey League will hold a trio of playoff games at the Steele Hall Ice Arena. “It’s right in our footprint,” NCPHL president Bob Black said of using SUNY Fredonia’s facilities for ...

As tough as steel

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The Northern Chautauqua County Youth Hockey Association held its Tough as Steel Tournament on Sunday at the Steele Hall Ice Arena. Pictured above, and below, are action shots from the day’s games.

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New York State hunters like Gary Nichols of Sinclairville have seen increased black bear hunting opportunities in the Southern Zone in recent years.

DEC releases bear harvest numbers for NYS

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The Department of Environmental Conservation recently released that Bear hunters in New York State harvested 1,539 black bear during the 2016 hunting season. Hunters took 1,025 black bear in the Southern Zone, which was about a 10 percent decline from 2015. That figure, however, is slightly ...

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Adult bowling Lucky Lanes Fumble League — High team game Busti Auto 1,084. High team series Busti Auto 2,942. Brenda Kestetter 200-225-569, Anne Haase 178-162-204-544, Devon Fijal 165-178-180, Kathy Price 185-181, Vicki Rylowicz 174-171-169-514, April Jagoda 169, Fran Davis 174, ...

Fredonia advances to Class B state semifinals

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BUFFALO — The Fredonia Lady Hillbillies defeated Mynderse, 55-46, Saturday in the girls high school basketball Class B Far West Regionals at Buffalo State. With the win, the Lady Hillbillies travel to Troy next weekend for the New York State Public High School Athletic Association semifinals ...

Short-handed Hurricane look to take down Razorsharks tonight

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If the Chautauqua Hurricane (6-9) are going to beat the Rochester Razorsharks (11-2) this Saturday, they will have to do it without two of their top players, each of whom recently left the team for opportunities to further their careers. Leading scorer and former Washington Wizard Edwin ...

Softball team splits; Feldman finishes 11th in 400 prelims

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CLERMONT, Fla. — Fredonia scored in every inning Friday against Penn State New Kensington to earn a split of their two games at The Spring Games. Maddie Cooley smashed a three-run homer to cap a four-run fourth inning as part of a 10-2 win over New Kensington. It was Cooley’s second homer ...

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Pictured are members of the Fredonia Lady Hillbillies varsity basketball team after they won the overall Section VI, Class B title on Wednesday over Wilson. The Lady Hillbillies square off against Section V, Class B champion Mynderse tonight at 7 p.m. at Buffalo State in the NYSPHSAA Far West Regional.

An experienced bunch

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The No. 6 Fredonia Lady Hillbillies are making a run that roots back to previous seasons. In the 2014-15 season, Fredonia went to the Section VI, Class B-2 finals, but lost to Cleveland Hill, 54-35. And last season, the Lady Hillbillies made another run at a Sectional title, only to be ...