Local Sports

Ken Balling takes over as JCC softball head coach

JAMESTOWN — Ken Balling retired last spring after teaching for 25 years at Cassadaga Valley Central School. After one school year away that included a couple of months in Florida, the 17-year varsity softball coach is back in a familiar position. Balling was named the head coach of the ...

Westfield boy wins long drive competition

Carson Swanson is 12 years old, but his prowess off the tee belies his age. Competing in the 12-13 year old age-group at the World Long Drive Association competition at Home Team Sports Park on Saturday in Rochester, Swanson — pictured at left — led the way in the 12-13 division with a ...

Cotton, Pacos given Bob Frame Memorial Educational Grants

The Dunkirk Lakeshore USBC Bowling Association awarded two bowlers with the Bob Frame Memorial Educational Grants. The grant is awarded to one graduating high school senior boy and one girl. Participants must be members of the association. All high school senior bowlers are invited to ...

The Owen Sound Junior Selects take the First Ward Falcon championship home

On Sunday afternoon, the First Ward Falcons softball championship game saw a Canadian invasion. Both the Owen Sound Junior Selects and the Toronto Batmen travelled south of the border for a week long battle to win the 44th edition of the First Ward Falcons fast pitch softball tournament. The ...

Penfield claims NYS little league title

Penfield claimed the Little League Softball New York State 8-10 Year Old championship with a 9-3 victory Sunday over South Orangetown. Lexi Cimino was 3-for-3 with three RBI and the pitching combination of Cadence Brecker and Zara Vattimo combined for nine strikeouts in the victory, which ...

Golfer’s Diary: That’s more like it at CCC!

Last week, I wrote about my first experience with league golf. I didn’t really understand the scoring or handicap. I was extremely nervous coming in. I played like trash and was pretty embarrassed. That said, I had an awesome time and the guys I played with were fantastic company. So when ...

Annual Falcon Club softball tournament may be on its last legs

The annual First Ward Falcon Club Men’s Fastpitch Softball Tournament is in the midst of its 44th edition, but unless something drastic changes, it may not see a 45th year. “The main struggle is the unfortunate lack of committment from some of the players on these teams,” Tournament ...

Familiar face set to miss Gerry Rodeo

GERRY — The familiar figure of dare-devil bull fighter Phil Hussmann will be missing from the arena when the 75th annual Gerry Rodeo opens later this month, the result of a badly broken arm suffered last week when he was attacked by a bull while trying to protect a fallen cowboy. According ...

Westfield Memorial Hospital holds golf tourney

Special to The OBSERVER WESTFIELD — The Westfield Memorial Hospital Foundation’s 27th annual golf tournament was held under sunny skies while a cool breeze off the lake reassured golfers they were at the right place at the right time on Friday, Ju1y 12 in support of the community’s ...

GLOW Your Mind 5K set for Aug. 24

Special to The OBSERVER JAMESTOWN — On Saturday, Aug. 24, the fourth annual GLOW Your Mind 5K Run/Walk will take place at 8:30 p.m. at the Northwest Arena, 319 W. Third St. in Jamestown. All of the proceeds raised by the event stay local for suicide prevention efforts in Chautauqua County. ...

Registration open for Agents of Hope golf tourney

Special to The OBSERVER MAYVILLE — ERA Team VP Real Estate & Vacation Rentals will host the 10th Annual Agents of Hope scramble golf tournament on Thursday, Aug. 22 at the Chautauqua Golf Club. All proceeds raised during this four-person scramble tournament will benefit the ALS ...

Team ‘Reel Mania’ wins Sunset Bay ShootOut

It happened again. On Big Fish Friday, Mark Lewandowski and his crew missed the cut-off for a paycheck by ounces. They got angry and determined, and came back to take first place in the Big Dawg Tournament the next day that Saturday. Well guess what? Lewandowski and crew missed the final spot ...

South Orangetown wins twice Saturday to earn spot in State title game

South Orangetown won twice Saturday to advance to the championship round of the Little League Softball New York State 8-10 tournament at Dunkirk Little League’s Joe Karnes Field on the Ed Wisniewski Complex. Wins over Longwood, 6-1, and Maine Endwell, 6-5, set up a meeting vs. unbeaten ...

Olivia Anderson selected to All-WNY team

Chautauqua Lake’s Olivia Anderson was selected to the All-WNY Softball Team, selected by coaches across Western New York. Anderson was a six-year varsity standout for Chautauqua Lake and was selected as the All-State Co-Player of the Year for Class C in 2018. Anderson was the full-time ...

Everyone is chasing Penfield at state softball tournament

The 8-10 year old Little League Softball State Tournament continued Friday in Dunkirk. Here is a report of the action on Friday. South Orangetown 14, Ozone Howard 13 South Orangetown turned aside a furious Ozone Howard rally to remain alive in the elimination round of the Little League ...

Sunset Bay ShootOut Big Fish Friday is in the books, main event is today

The Sunset Bay ShootOut 2019 Big Fish Friday is history. For those of you who are not familiar with either event, continue to read on. The Sunset Bay ShootOut, over the last few years, has become one of the richest walleye tournaments in the Western basin. Teams pay at least $500 to enter ...

Brooks annual golf tournament offers Hole-in-One prizes

It’s not too late to register! Brooks-TLC Hospital System, Inc. and its Auxiliary invite you for a day of day of fun, food and bidding at the rescheduled Summer Solstice a golf tournament fundraiser on Monday, July 29 at Shorewood CC. in Dunkirk. Event proceeds will help purchase state-of-the ...

Fredonia wins 8-10 Little League crown

OBSERVER Staff Report Fredonia defeated Falconer 10-0 in four innings to win the District 38 8-10 Little League Championship. Rocco Muscarella pitched all four innings and recorded nine strikeouts on the afternoon. Graham Putney led Fredonia in hitting, going 3-for-3 with three RBI. Max ...