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Dunkirk shaped Karnes

A 1977 Dunkirk High School graduate, and member of two of the Marauders baseball teams that won sectional titles in the 1970s, was named recently to the Hall of Fame of the school district he taught at for 32 years. Cairo-Durham, located south of Albany, inducted Tom Karnes in an April ...

The stars align

Head coach Jay Grann has put together the team he believes will proudly represent the area in the upcoming Babe Ruth 16-18 Year-Old World Series to be hosted by Jamestown at Diethrick Park later this summer. The team will be named Southern Tier and include athletes from Chautauqua County, ...

Golfer’s Diary: The putter, she is not my friend

There’s a saying in sports such as basketball or golf that the hoop/cup looks huge for a certain red-hot player. If you’re lucky, you’ve had those days where you feel like you just can’t miss. There are few better feelings in all of sports. On this specific day of golf, however, I ...

One last time on the diamond

One last time. The area’s baseball and softball seniors from CCAA Divisions I and II gathered at SUNY Fredonia to play one last game on Saturday. However, instead of competing against each other as they had all season, they were playing together. When asked about what it meant to play in ...

Grandparents always know best

Happy Fathers Day to whom it applies. I like to think that it is no coincidence that Fathers Day and the Bass season opening weekend happen at the same time. In the most recent issue of BASSMASTERS magazine, they report that B.A.S.S. is celebrating their 50th anniversary! Happy Birthday! An ...

Wishes come true at college softball World Series

We came. We saw. We loved it! That about sums up the “Oklahoma City Experience” my daughter Roxie Herrington Polichetti and I thoroughly enjoyed during the first week of June. When I would mention to friends and relatives that we were going to Oklahoma City, the response was always ...

Mullen on All-WNY baseball squad

Silver Creek catcher Sam Mullen was an integral part of the Black Knights baseball team in his senior season, helping guide the team to a Section VI class title for only the fifth time in school history. Now, the Niagara County Community College commit, who Silver Creek coach Mike Janisch ...

CCAA West 2 All-Stars named

The Brocton Bulldogs had a magical run to the state championships in 2018. As a result, it should come as no shock that many Bulldogs filled the league honors when the CCAA Division 2 West All Stars were announced. Brocton junior starting pitcher Ronald “Bubba” Brown was named the ...

Chaut. Lake honors Scholar Athletes

Submitted Photo Section VI All-Western New York Scholar Athletes for winter and spring sports were recently honored at Chautauqua Lake Central School, when the students received plaques courtesy of the Thunderbird Athletic Club. Seated (from left) are Cameryn Hawkins, softball; Anna Sena and ...

Erie Poker Run to stop in Dunkirk

ERIE, Pa. — The Erie Sports Commission is pleased to announce that the fourth annual Erie Poker Run is set for Friday, June 22 through Sunday, June 24, based at Wolverine Park Marina on Erie’s Presque Isle Bay. The popular go-fast powerboat event will make stops in Barcelona, Dunkirk and ...

Baldwin out as DHS girls hoops coach

Darnell Baldwin is no longer the girls basketball coach at Dunkirk High School. “It hurt,” said Baldwin in an interview Friday. “It was shocking ... sickening ... just hurtful.” Baldwin said he was notified of his exit by Dunkirk Athletic Director Mike Sarratori on a phone call on ...

Prospects take Darien Lake

WNY Prospects Showcase 18U recently won the Darien Lake Classic baseball tournament. The team is coached by Jeff Helmbrecht. Pictured on the far right is Chautauqua Lake junior starting pitcher/shortstop Kyler Majka, who is a member of the team.

Jean Sharp honored by Gerry Rodeo

GERRY — One of the area’s busiest women, Jean Sharp, has been honored by the Gerry Rodeo Committee as their “Member of the Year” at the recent Gerry Fire Department’s annual banquet. She received a pair of Justin boots as her award. One Department member remarked that it would be ...

Looking back on a classic

It was one of the greatest pitching duels in Section VI playoff history. Forty years ago today on June 15, 1978, now head coach Frank Jagoda led the Dunkirk Marauders baseball team to a 16 inning 4-1 win over Williamsville North to win their third straight Class BB Section VI championship. ...

Signed, sealed, delivered: Claire Stokes

Fredonia High School track and field star Claire Stokes signs to continue her athletic and academic career at Roberts Wesleyan College in Rochester. Following in the footsteps of another Fredonia star athlete, Jenn Suhr, who also competed in track and field at Roberts Wesleyan, Stokes said, ...

Signed, sealed, delivered: Katie Price

Fredonia Lady ‘Billies basketball star Katie Price signs to continue her basketball career at the college level as a student athlete at Daemen College in Amherst. Price, Fredonia’s leading scorer in her senior season, had multiple offers to play at the next level, but felt that Daemen ...

Softball’s finest

The celebration from Chautauqua Lake’s state championship has not even settled down, yet the Lady T’Birds now have even more of a reason to celebrate. Chautauqua Lake was featured heavily in the CCAA Division 1 West softball All-Star team and awards selections, with many other local ...

Jamestown hockey on the upswing

JAMESTOWN — Area fans can expect to see an an uptick in the level of hockey being played inside Northwest Arena this season after city and rink officials announced a new eight-year deal to bring the Philadelphia Rebels franchise to Jamestown on Tuesday afternoon. In addition to the already ...

Bigger walleye proving elusive

There has been no shortage of “walleye chop” on Lake Erie during the last week of the Southtowns Walleye Association’s 34th annual tournament. It has been pretty slow at the weigh stations too. The latest update reveals that an 11 pounder is in the lead of this nine-day event, so there ...

Baseball All-Stars named

Fredonia, Dunkirk, Chautauqua Lake and Silver Creek all had a bunch of players named to the CCAA West Division I All-Star baseball team this week. Fredonia had its season cut the shortest it’s been in seven years, but they had a lot of athletes take home accolades following the season. ...