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Local Sports

Fishing on Lake Erie continues to improve

Fishing on Lake Erie continues to improve, whenever the weather allows off shore access. Saturday the Southtowns Walleye Association held their annual yellow perch tournament. Teams of one or more anglers were allowed to enter five perch for a total weight entry. This year there were 154 ...

Wolves’ bats shine in tune up for playoffs

MAYVILLE — Over the last nine games, the Westfield Wolverines scored a total of 21 runs, struggling to get more than two runs in a game. In the last game before the playoffs, Westfield compiled a total of 17 runs in five innings to defeat the Chautauqua Lake Thunderbirds 17-4 on Wednesday ...

Local girls make USSSA All American softball teams

On May 5, 2019, Mackenzie Schumaker of Westfield, N.Y. and Jordan Lucas of Fredonia, N.Y. traveled to Pittsburgh, P.A. to try out for the USSSA All American team. They were chosen to represent the Northeastern states in the USSSA All American Games in Viera, Florida in July. They tried out ...

Lady Marauders move on

The seventh-seeded Dunkirk Lady Marauders took full advantage of hosting a pre-quarterfinal game on Tuesday night, as the Lady Marauders survived a late East Aurora rally to defeat the Blue Devils, 14-8, at Dunkirk High School in the Section VI, Class B1 softball playoffs. After spotting East ...

‘Fredonia 5’ fall at Sectionals

OBSERVER Staff Report ORCHARD PARK — Fredonia’s five boys tennis players left standing after the County Championships last week traveled to Orchard Park on Tuesday for the Section VI boys tennis playoffs. By the end of the day, all five — including four Fredonia seniors — saw their ...

ONLINE ONLY: Westfield softball falls to Randolph, 13-4

OBSERVER Staff Report WESTFIELD — The Randolph Lady Cardinals will face off with the Westfield Lady Wolverines in the first round of the Section VI, Class C2 softball playoffs on Thursday. On Tuesday, however, both teams got an early look at each other in a non-league contest at Westfield ...

ONLINE ONLY: Randolph beats Westfield baseball, 9-3

OBSERVER Staff Report WESTFIELD — The Westfield Wolverines baseball team fell to Randolph in a non-league baseball contest at Westfield Academy on Tuesday evening by a score of 9-3. Westfield led the contest 2-0 after the fourth inning, but Randolph came out with four runs in the top of ...

Fredonia golf team tops Dunkirk, 32-23

OBSERVER Staff Report The Fredonia Hillbillies beat the Dunkirk Marauders, 32-23, in a league golf match at Shorewood Country Club in Dunkirk on Tuesday. Fredonia (8-6, 4-6) had the three lowest scores of the contest. The medalist was Nick Novelli with a 44, while Lucas Hoffman was right ...

No. 3 North Collins advances with win over Sherman, 19-3

OBSERVER Staff Report SHERMAN — The North Collins Lady Eagles moved their first round sectional softball game, originally scheduled as a home game on Thursday night against Sherman, up two days because the North Collins High School prom was set for Thursday night. As it turned out, North ...

Hillbillies track team throttles Olean

OBSERVER Staff Report In many sports throughout the years, Fredonia and Olean have battled in closely contested showdowns. Tuesday was anything but that, as the Fredonia Hillbillies boys track and field team throttled Olean, 110-31, in a regular season track and field meet at Fredonia High ...

Chautauqua Lake spoils Dunkirk’s Senior Night with big win, 7-2

The Chautauqua Lake Thunderbirds (3-9, 5-11) got off to a quick start and that was all that was needed with Kyler Majka on the mound. Majka recorded his 100th strikeout of the season, leading Chautauqua Lake to a 7-2 victory over the Dunkirk Marauders (7-7, 10-8) on Dunkirk’s senior ...

North Collins earns shot at home playoff game

NORTH COLLINS — North Collins (4-12) took down Ellicottville, 4-3, in Section VI CCAA Division 2 East baseball action at North Collins High School, on Monday. The Eagles capitalized on an error in the bottom of the seventh inning that scored Christian Loretto, giving North Collins a 4-3 ...

Falconer/Cassadaga Valley boys, girls track takes down Gowanda

GOWANDA — The Falconer/Cassadaga Valley girls track team was a 108-23 winner over host Gowanda (4-4, 2-3) in CCAA Division 1 action Monday. In the boys meet, Falconer/Cassadaga Valley (5-2, 3-2) was a 90-42 winner over Gowanda. Samantha Gilbert was a quadruple winner for the visitors, ...

Softball seedings give Dunkirk, Fredonia home games

The 2019 Section VI softball playoff brackets were announced late on Monday. Several local teams play today, and a few earned home games. All games will begin at 4:45 p.m. In Class B1, Dunkirk earned the No. 7 seed with a 9-5 record and opens up play today with a home game against No. 10 seed ...

ONLINE ONLY: Forestville earns tough luck loss Monday

OBSERVER Staff Report FORESTVILLE — MaKena Adams threw her second no-hitter of the year Monday, leading Frewsburg to a 2-0 win over host Forestville (8-6) in non-league softball action. The junior fanned 14 batters and issued no walks while hitting a double as well to finish off a 16-2 ...

Hillbillies get even

Friday night at Chestnut Street Field in Fredonia, the Dunkirk Marauders beat the Fredonia Hillbillies in an epic game that will be remembered for years as the game that ended a 13-game Fredonia win streak in the century-long rivalry. Sunday afternoon, Fredonia made sure to keep Dunkirk from ...

Golfer’s Diary: Remember the good shots

Holy smokes! I finally played golf! We had some family in town over the weekend and during one of the visits my father-in-law mentioned that it was supposed to be 80 degrees and sunny on Sunday. I quickly pulled out my phone and texted a few friends about the possibility of playing some ...

Hillbillies leave no doubt

FALCONER — The athletic complex behind Falconer Central School has been under construction this spring, a project that, when completed, will be a welcome new home for the football, soccer and track & field teams. On Saturday morning — on the adjacent baseball field named after former ...

Lady Bulldogs fall to Panama, 13-2

OBSERVER Staff Report PANAMA — Ashlyn Harvey threw a complete-game two-hitter, striking out nine as Panama finished its Division 2 West season with a 13-2 win over Brocton. Harvey and Abi Lisciandro each had three singles to lead the Lady Panthers (10-2, 10-2) offense while Marra Hovey ...

Fredonia’s Brown, Carlson, Madariaga shine at Super 8’s

OBSERVER Staff Report SALAMANCA — The Fredonia Hillbillies track team competed in the Super 8 meet in Salamanca on Friday, and saw some strong performances. For the girls, Emily Brown shined, winning the 400m hurdles with a season best time of 1:05.63. Anna Buchanan took part in the triple ...