Local Sports

Sophomore Nelson, Ramsey share co-MVPs in Division 2 West

OBSERVER Staff Report The Chautauqua-Cattaraugus Athletic Association Division 2 West basketball all-stars were announced recently, with Brad Nelson of Frewsburg and Tanner Ramsey of Sherman sharing Most Valuable Player award honors. Sherman coach Cory Emory has been selected as Coach of ...

Not quite enough

HENRIETTA — The Fredonia Lady Hillbillies storybook run through the postseason has finally come to an end. Saturday night at Rush-Henrietta High School, the Fredonia Lady Billies fell to Midlakes, 70-60, in the Far West Regional state quarterfinal game in Henrietta. Fredonia (12-13) started ...

NCCYHA’s annual Steele Hall tourney debuts girls’ division

The Northern Chautauqua County Youth Hockey Association’s 33rd annual Tough as Steele tournament at Steele Hall features a new thing this weekend: An all-girls 12-and-under division with four teams. The division includes a Lady Steelers team in its second season, along with the Hamburg ...

Fredonia stages rally to top William Paterson

LAKELAND, Fla. — The SUNY Fredonia baseball team won in what is becoming a familiar fashion, coming from four runs down to defeat William Paterson, 7-6, on Saturday. Fredonia used a seven-run eighth to take command of the game, and five pitchers worked through the nine-inning contest. The ...

Hanlon competes at New Balance Nationals in NYC

NEW YORK — Dunkirk High School star athlete Emilee Hanlon competed Friday in the high jump at the New Balance Indoor Nationals Invitational event Friday in New York City. Hanlon, a senior, finished tied for 23rd in the event, which featured 33 competitors from across the country. She had a ...

Free lifetime license winners named

Monday night fly tying at the Northern Chautauqua Conservation Club had a few extra visitors last week. Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello was the invited guest of Zen Olow, who is the president of The Chautauqua County Federation of Sportsmens Clubs. Olow is heavily involved in ...

Hurricane edge Jackals, 102-99, to grab 1st place

BROCTON — In a game as important as any all season long, the Chautauqua Hurricane came through with its best performance of the season. The Chautauqua Hurricane defeated the Jamestown Jackals, 102-99, in an NABL Northeast basketball game at Brocton Central School. The Hurricane (6-3, 5-0 ...

Lady Billies face big challenge in Midlakes

If the Fredonia Lady Hillbillies want to return to the state final four in Troy, they will need to topple a giant. The Midlakes Screaming Eagles, their opponent today in the Far West Regionals at Rush-Henrietta High School near Rochester, are 24-0 this season. Fredonia, meanwhile, just got ...

Fla. shooting prompts Fredonia cheerleader to help with letters

Special to the OBSERVER Ally Zwerka-Gentle had just finished her last class of the day when she heard the news. “I had a normal day of classes,” the Fredonia sophomore cheerleader from Spencerport, recalled as she looked back on the events of Feb. 14, which were anything but ...

FSU baseball sweeps doubleheader

AUBURNDALE, Fla. — The Fredonia bullpen kept Gordon College off the boards, and the hitters came around to score six runs late as the Fredonia baseball team rallied for a 6-3 win to complete the sweep of the Scots. The Devils took Game 1 by a score of 5-2 to improve to 5-1 on the ...

Blue Devils softball wins two in dramatic fashion

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — Senior centerfielder Lauren Pixley grabbed a long fly to deep left-center, fell over the retractable fence, and hung on to preserve Fredonia’s 5-4 win over Rhode Island College on the second game of the Blue Devils’ opening day doubleheader Friday. The Blue Devils ...

Wrestlers going to state tourney

Submitted Photo Grindhouse Wrestling Club of Silver Creek is sending eight wrestlers to the NYWAY State Tournament this weekend. The tournament will be held at SUNY Brockport. Top row: Coach Alan Hoelzle. Middle row: Mayson Simmons, Alan Hoelzle III, Gillian Capitano, Derek Bauer, and ...

Hurricane seeking division lead tonight

Many basketball fans in Chautauqua County may be feeling down after the regular season of both college and high school basketball concluded last month. With only the Fredonia Lady Billies high school team remaining in the playoffs, local basketball is scarce this time of year. But fear not ...

Open fishing spots are difficult to find

Safe fishing opportunities are currently sparse with fluctuating temperatures. The Dunkirk Pier was a hot spot last week, but a strong north east wind has jammed that port with ice, with only an occasional small open area at times. If you take a ride around the dock, you might notice that the ...

Third time’s the charm

BUFFALO — When the Fredonia Lady Hillbillies need some buckets, they often count on Katie Price. Wednesday night, she came through. And Fredonia is the Section 6 Class B champion again. Fredonia’s top scorer hit three consecutive three-pointers in the third quarter to give her team a ...

TWICE AS NICE: Lady Billies return to Far West

For the second straight year, the Fredonia Lady Hillbillies won the Section VI Class B crossover game for the right to represent Section VI in the Far West Regionals. Pictured is the team celebrating after its win.

Blue Devils’ Meredith named SUNYAC Coach of the Year

Special to The OBSERVER Jeff Meredith today was named 2017-18 SUNYAC Men’s Hockey Coach of the Year. In a season which saw him surpass the 400-win plateau, Meredith guided the Blue Devils to a 13-11-4 final record, including road wins in the SUNYAC Tournament over Plattsburgh and Oswego ...

Win or go home

Just days after beating Dunkirk for the Section 6 Class B1 title, the Fredonia Lady Hillbillies will face another familiar foe today at Buffalo State for the overall Class B championship: Southwestern. Like Dunkirk, Southwestern is in CCAA Division 1 West with Fredonia. The Lady Trojans beat ...