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Chautauqua Lake’s Devin Pope (23) drives the lane against Westfield Monday night. Pope poured in 41 points in his team’s 74-66 win.

Chautauqua Lake beats Westfield as Pope scores 41

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OBSERVER Staff Report WESTFIELD — Chautauqua Lake senior phenom Devin Pope was at it again Monday, scoring 41 points and missing a triple double by three steals as the Thunderbirds (2-0) used a fourth-quarter surge to beat Westfield, 74-66, in non-league high school boys basketball. The ...

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Jeff Meredith (left) poses with his son, Mike, in March. Jeff Meredith won his 400th game as Fredonia Blue Devils hockey coach Saturday. As seen in this picture, he is also an assistant coach for the Dunkirk Fredonia Steelers high school varsity hockey team; Mike starred on last season’s state champion team.

400 wins, countless friendships

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Jeff Meredith now has 400 wins as Fredonia State hockey coach after Saturday’s win over Plattsburgh. But it’s the connections and friendships he and his players and assistants have made over his 30 years as coach that stand out to him the most. “Whether it’s someone in business, or an ...

For the Record

For the record

Today’s local sports schedule Boys basketball Silver Creek at Forestville Gowanda at Fredonia Bowling Fredonia at Falconer Frewsburg at Forestville Silver Creek at Jamestown Southwestern at Dunkirk Wrestling Dunkirk at Olean Fredonia at Gowanda Southwestern at ...

FSU’s Joseph named Track Athlete of Week

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CORTLAND — The State University of New York Athletic Conference has selected its first 2017 Men’s Indoor Track and Field Athletes of the Week for the week ending Dec. 3. Fredonia’s junior Merlin Joseph was honored with the Track Athlete of the Week award. Joseph ran a personal-best ...

Lady Eagles leave 0-19 season behind with win

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SALAMANCA — The past is the past for North Collins girls basketball (1-0). After a winless 2016-17 season in 19 games, the Lady Eagles soared Monday to defeat the Salamanca Lady Warriors (0-1) on the road, 38-33, behind Myah Gabel’s 19 points. The first quarter was tied up at 10-all, but ...

Pine Valley boys top Cassadaga Valley

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SOUTH DAYTON — The Pine Valley Panthers got by the Cassadaga Valley Cougars, 51-42, in a non-league boys’ high school basketball game Monday night. The host team (1-1) rolled to a 28-15 halftime lead but the Cougars (1-1) made them sweat with a 17-8 third quarter. The Panthers outscored ...

Gawronski is Goalie of the Week again

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Buffalo State rookie netminder and Dunkirk native Bri Gawronski was named the Northeastern Women’s Hockey League Goalie of the Week for the second time in three weeks after helping the Bengals to two more victories this past weekend. The freshman biology major stopped 54 of 56 shots on goal ...

Dunkirk bowling team wins opening match

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The Dunkirk Marauders bowling team swept Silver Creek in its first match of the season, held at Lucky Lanes on Monday. Dunkirk won both the boys’ and girls’ matches by 4-0 scores. The Dunkirk girls put up 872-897-852-2,621 as compared to the Black Knights’ 606-709-679-1,994. The score ...

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Fredonia’s Hannah Gullo dribbles while guarded by Lake Shore’s Lani Cornfield (2) during Monday’s non-league girls high school basketball game at Fredonia High School.

Fredonia drops opener

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The Lake Shore Lady Eagles basketball team defeated the Fredonia Lady Hillbillies in each team’s season opener, 54-39, on Monday night. Lake Shore jumped out to a fast start, beginning the game on an 8-2 run. The defense of Lake Shore, in full-court press, forced turnover after turnover ...

For the Record

For the record

Today’s local sports schedule Boys basketball Cassadaga Valley at Allegany-Limestone Chautauqua Lake at Westfield Girls basketball Cassadaga Valley at Catt-LV Gowanda at Sherman Sacred Heart at Lake Shore Clymer at Silver Creek Westfield-Brocton at Falconer Men’s ...

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Steelers forward Carter D’Agostino takes off toward the net in Sunday’s 6-3 victory over Wilson-Newfane.

Mages powers Steelers to victory at Steele Hall

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OBSERVER Staff Report Team captain Nolan Mages had himself a day on Sunday. Mages, senior and three-year member of the varsity Dunkirk-Fredonia Steelers hockey team, had a pair of goals and assists as the defending state champions picked up their first win of the year, 6-3, at Steele Hall ...

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Fredonia State’s Sierra Parsons finished 15th in the 200-yard breast stroke in Sunday’s Blue Devil Invite.

Fredonia State Round-up

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Special to The OBSERVER YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Fredonia senior distance runner Merlin Joseph Jr. finished second in the 3,000 meters at Friday’s season-opening indoor track & field meet, the Youngstown State University Icebreaker. Joseph’s time of 8:50.72 was a personal-record by 14 ...

Devils indoor track and field previews

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Special to the OBSERVER The women’s indoor track and field team will focus on a “common goal” this year. “That goal,” said coach Tom Wilson “is to double last year’s indoor team points, then to hold that point standing for the outdoor championships.” The women scored 45 ...

An impressive 12-point buck with two drop tines taken by Rob Gloff on Nov. 30.

Cash Bash tourney in Ohio, local hunters bag big bucks

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The extreme cold temperatures and snow have not settled in yet, but the reports claim it’s on the way. There have been some reports that a near record walleye is in the lead to win a grand prize of a $70,000-plus walleye rigged boat in Ohio, and a couple local anglers had a great day on the ...

Marauders strong in first indoor meet this season

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Special to the OBSERVER The Dunkirk/Silver Creek indoor track team was off to a good start Saturday morning at their first meet held at The State University New York at Fredonia. There were quite a few highlights for both the boys and the girls. Issiah Velez had the highlight of the field ...

Fredonia’s Gardner crowned Matthew Marino champ

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OBSERVER Staff Report ROCHESTER — Fredonia’s Dalton Gardner took first place in the 126-pound division at the Matthew Marino Invitational at Webster-Schroeder High School in Rochester. Gardner, a sophomore, is now the third in his family to win the Matthew Marino Invitational, taking ...

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Shawn Horr (24) of Westfield battles with Tanner Ramsey (12) and Chance Meeder (13) of Sherman during Saturday’s Westfield Winter Classic championship game.

Westfield unwavered

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WESTFIELD — The Westfield Wolverines boys basketball team defeated Sherman, 64-49, to win the Westfield Winter Classic tournament on Saturday night. “We played hard,” said Sherman coach Cory Emory. “We just got beat by the better team tonight.” Down its co-captain, Jared Gleason, ...

James G. Corell

James G. Corell

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PORTLAND — James G. Corell, “Jim”, “Graper 1”, 79, of Portland, NY, died November 30, 2017 at his home with his loving wife by his side. He was born March 6, 1938 in Brocton, NY, the son of the late Roger and Mildred Genske-Corell. Jim was a veteran of the United States Air Force ...

Comeback falls short, Einink and Law score 19S

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pecial to the OBSERVER PLATTSBURGH — The Fredonia women’s basketball team fell short to Plattsburgh, 65-58, in its SUNYAC opener on Friday. Senior Jacque Law and junior Jenna Einink (Westfield/Chautauqua Lake) led the way, each putting up 19 points and 3 assists. For the Cardinals ...

Wildcats circle the wagons, beat Hornets by 20

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OBSERVER Staff Report WESTFIELD — Sherman defeated Forestville in the first round of the season opening Westfield Tournament Friday night, 61-41. The Wildcats (1-0) opened a 15-4 lead over the Hornets (1-1) after one quarter and expanded their lead to 36-20 at halftime and 48-29 after ...