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Emily Brown signs NCAA D-I at Pitt

Fredonia runner Emily Brown signed her National Letter of Intent on Thursday night to officially commit to the University of Pittsburgh on an NCAA Division I athletic scholarship. Brown, a 9-time state qualifier in cross country, indoor track and outdoor track, is seated in the front row with ...

Gators feast on Hillbillies

Thursday night in Fredonia, the CCAA West 1 boys basketball division lead was hanging in the balance between the second-place Fredonia Hillbillies and the visiting first-place Allegany-Limestone Gators. By the end of the contest, it was clear that Fredonia had a lot more work left to ...

Dunkirk Elks Lodge sends five to Hoop Shoot contest

Dunkirk Elks Lodge No. 922 has sent five local qualifiers from the November Hoop Shoot contest to the District competition. The District Hoop Shoot contestants were the Dunkirk qualifiers, and individuals from other areas of Western New York. When the day was finished, two individuals from ...

Forestville Hornets sting the Bulldogs on the lanes

OBSERVER Staff Report FREDONIA — The Forestville bowling team defeated the Brocton bowling team, 3-1, at Lucky Lanes on Thursday. The Hornets posted a scoreline of 656-597-685-1,938 to top Brocton who rolled 574-606-625-1,805. Forestville was led by Braden Grub with a score of 182 and ...

Fredonia tops Dunkirk in the pool, 95-63

OBSERVER Staff Report The Fredonia Hillbillies swim team splashed rival Dunkirk in the pool on Thursday night, 95-63, at Dunkirk High School. Fredonia’s victory over the Marauders was highlighted by the 200 yard Medley Relay team of Finn Frerichs, Matt Brockelbank, Ronan Murphy, and Nick ...

Westfield runs past Cassadaga Valley

SINCLAIRVILLE — Despite a low scoring, tight first quarter, and a half time lead lower than they’re used to, the Westfield Wolverines used an explosive third quarter to blow by the Cassadaga Valley Cougars 75-26 on Thursday night. The Wolverines, despite just a 27-15 lead at the half, ...

Randolph hits buzzer beater against Silver Creek

RANDOLPH - On her 18th birthday, Allison Ames drilled a 3-pointer with 2.4 seconds remaining to lift Randolph to a 56-53 victory over Silver Creek in a Division 1 East game. "She started the game strong in the first quarter - she got us going - and she hit the important shot at the end," ...

T’Birds top Marauders

MAYVILLE - Luke Waters scored 18 points, and Nate Adams played a fine all-around game to lead Chautauqua Lake to a 66-47 victory over Dunkirk in a Division 1 West contest. The win, which improved the Thunderbirds' record to 2-11 overall and 1-6 in the division, featured a balanced attack, led ...

Forestville tops Brocton 54-33 in non-league game to benefit Luca Calanni

FORESTVILLE — Wednesday night in Forestville was not just a regular boys high school basketball game between the Forestville Hornets and the Brocton Bulldogs. It was the “Love For Luca” benefit game that featured basket raffles and a 50/50 drawing that sent the proceeds to the ...

Hillbillies host Gators in crucial CCAA West 1 clash

Coming into the season, Fredonia coach Nick Bertrando and his team set goals for the upcoming year. After a bracket-busting upset a year ago over No. 1 Medina to send the Hillbillies to the Section VI semifinals at Buffalo State College, Fredonia has high hopes this season. While the biggest ...

Fredonia falls in league title match against Falconer 45-24

FALCONER — The program all others measure themselves against in local wrestling for years has been Falconer. For another year, the Golden Cougars are the gold standard. Falconer/Cassadaga Valley turned three pins and a technical fall into a 45-24 victory over Fredonia/Silver Creek/Pine ...

Dunkirk wins again

Dunkirk’s Kymi Nance shoots over a Niagara Wheatfield defender during Wednesday’s non-league game at Dunkirk High School. The Dunkirk Lady Marauders beat the visiting Niagara Wheatfield Lady Falcons 83-53 to improve to 12-1 on the season. Nadara O’Dell had 27 points, Kymi Nance had 18 ...

Successful Outdoor Expo held in Niagara Falls

Chautauqua Lake has froze over again, with at least two inches of ice, but as of Wednesday morning there were no reports of anyone trying their luck. Skip Bianco at Hogan’s Hut/Stow reported that another inch of ice cover was in process, but no one was fishing out there just yet. The nights ...

Rachel Glowniak sets Dunkirk girls bowling records in 4-0 sweep

OBSERVER Staff Reports The Dunkirk Lady Marauders completed their league season Wednesday with a perfect 32-0 record, beating Fredonia (15-17) four games to none. “My ladies came out on fire tonight,” said Dunkirk coach Donna Kubera. “Several girls were trying to move up in the ...

Blue Devils earn the victory

Heading into a big weekend where they will face two SUNYAC opponents, the Fredonia State Blue Devils first had to get by a non-league opponent, the Penn St.-Shenango Nittany Lions. The Blue Devils fought through some early sluggishness and were able to take care of the Nittany Lions, 62-53, in ...

Fredonia swim team beats Panama 88-84

OBSERVER Staff Report PANAMA — The Fredonia Hillbillies boys swimming team defeated Panama in a nail-biter, 88-84, at Panama High School on Tuesday. The Fredonia 200-yard medley relay team of Finn Frerichs, Matt Brockelbank, Ronan Murphy and Andrew Allenson took first with a time of ...

Dunkirk, Chautauqua Lake earn wins

BUFFALO — Jessica Beehler continued to put up monster numbers Tuesday night, leading Dunkirk to a 98-61 nonleague basketball victory over Nichols. Beehler scored 14 points, grabbed 10 rebounds, dished out 11 assists and had seven steals as the Marauders raised their record to 11-1 heading ...

Gowanda falls to Frewsburg, 39-25

GOWANDA — The Gowanda Panthers lost a Section VI, CCAA Division 2 wrestling match against the Frewsburg Bears on Tuesday at Gowanda High School by a score of 39-25. The match began at 120, when Frewsburg’s Braiden Waddington defeated Emma Schindler by a pinfall at 1:06. At 126, ...

Silver Creek sweeps Maple Grove

HANOVER — The Silver Creek Black Knights boys and girls bowling teams made quick work of the Maple Grove Red Dragons at Hanover Lanes on Tuesday, each with a 4-0 sweep. The Silver Creek boys (9-1) posted a linescore of 878-819-874-2,571, compared to Maple Grove’s 664-617-572-1,853. The ...