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Dunkirk-Fredonia rivalry game set for Week 4 of 2020 season

Since I began working at The OBSERVER in the fall of 2017, every high school football season has been capped off by a Dunkirk/Fredonia rivalry game. While the circumstances surrounding the game changed every year, the thing that remained the same was when it was held — the final week of the ...

OBSERVER Senior Send-offs: A.J. St. George

A.J. has played four years of baseball for the Fredonia Hillbillies as a first baseman and pitcher. His last appearance on the mound for Fredonia was as the closer in an emotional win against rival Dunkirk. A.J. was also a part of the football team, playing four years as an offensive lineman ...

NYSPHSAA announces Hall of Fame inductees

LATHAM — The New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) announced the inductees for its Class of 2020 Hall of Fame on Thursday. The Hall of Fame, launched in 2002, is sponsored by Pupil Benefits Plan, Inc. and Crown Awards. This year’s inductees are Diane Chapman ...

Monday Night Vineyards Golf League begins Monday

The league will be starting league play this Monday at the Vineyards Golf Course. It will be starting early this Monday, as it is Memorial Day so that any plans for late afternoon will not be interrupted. All previous golfers should be at the golf course by 12:30 p.m., with tee-times from 12:45 ...

Fredonia Little League cancels regular season

Special to the OBSERVER Fredonia Little League has cancelled its 2020 regular season. The decision was revealed Thursday in a statement below: “It is with great disappointment, but a greater sense of responsibility that the Fredonia Little League Board of Directors has made the decision to ...

Fredonia State’s Katie Yudin selected Academic All-District

Special to the OBSERVER Fredonia State senior Katie Yudin has been chosen Academic All-District by the College Sports Information Directors of America. Yudin, a four-year starter of the Blue Devil softball team, was recognized as the top NCAA Division III designated player in District 3, ...

OBSERVER Senior Send-offs: Alec Schrader

Alec Schrader was a three-year varsity starter as a catcher and outfielder for the Fredonia Hillbillies baseball team. He is a team captain and a First Team All-Star. He also played football and basketball, where he was named a team captain and an All-WNY Scholar Athlete. He plans to attend ...

OBSERVER Senior Send-offs: Luke Zbytek

Luke Zbytek was a three-year varsity starting first baseman for the Black Knights, coached by Mike Janisch. Luke's athletic career in Silver Creek also includes three years as a varsity football player for coach Sean Helmer and was a captain his senior year. Luke plans to attend SUNY Fredonia, ...

OBSERVER Senior Send-offs: Alex Maytum

Alex Maytum was a two-sport athlete at Fredonia High School. He is a two-time captain and a three-year starter on the varsity soccer team. He was a recipient of regional recognition for his outstanding defensive play. Alex also received the WDOE leadership award in 2019. As a member of the ...

OBSERVER Senior Send-offs: Paige Supkoski

Paige Supkoski competed in sports all four years at Fredonia in both soccer and track. She played three years on varsity girls soccer, including her senior year as co-captain. In track, Paige did both the 100- and 400-meter runs and the triple jump. She qualified for counties all four years. ...

Dunkirk Little League season canceled

Dunkirk Little League is the latest in a long list of cancellations due to the coronavirus pandemic. On Tuesday, the decision to cancel the 2020 season was finalized and made official. “It is with great sadness that we have to report that the Dunkirk Little League board of directors has ...

Scriven, Holmes win NYSAAA Student Scholarship Essay Awards

OBSERVER Photo by Braden Carmen Westfield’s Dylan Scriven and North Collins’ Rebecca Holmes were named the 2020 NYSAAA Student Scholarship Essay Award Winners, revealed Tuesday in May’s Section VI Monthly Report. The awards were given to one male and one female from Section VI. ...

OBSERVER Senior Send-offs: Caelin Holt

Whether it was on the soccer field in the fall or in center field during softball season in the spring, Caelin Holt always managed to cover a ton of ground. She was a starter for multiple seasons on the softball field, just like she was on the girls soccer team. She earned co-captaincy in ...

Calanni named Maytum Memorial Tourney’s Honorary Chair

The committee for the 22nd Annual Robert Maytum Memorial Golf Tournament, rescheduled for Monday, Sept. 14, on the Upper Course at Peek’n Peak Resort in Findlay Lake, has announced a very special Honorary Chair. The committee is pleased, proud and honored to announce that Luca S. Calanni and ...

Bills DE “Gentle Ben” Williams dies at 65

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Robert Jerry “Ben” Williams Jr., former Buffalo Bills defensive end and the first African- American player to appear in a game at Mississippi, has died. He was 65. Ole Miss announced in a release that Williams died Monday from natural causes at a Jackson, ...

Silver Creek Kiwanis golf tournament rescheduled

OBSERVER Staff Report SILVER CREEK — The Silver Creek Kiwanis 25th Annual Charity Golf Tournament has been rescheduled. Due to the current circumstances, this year’s tournament has been changed to Friday, Aug. 28, 2020 and will be held at Tri-County Country Club. For additional ...

Babe Ruth World Series canceled

JAMESTOWN — The Babe Ruth 13-year-old World Series scheduled for Jamestown this summer has been canceled. Babe Ruth League Inc. made the announcement on its website and on Facebook on Thursday about three months before the tournament was to celebrate its 40th anniversary in ...

OBSERVER Senior Send-offs: Jeremey Wilcox

Last year's Black Knights Baseball First Team All-Star, Jeremey Wilcox was a three-year varsity infielder, outfielder and pitcher. Jeremey's athletic career at Silver Creek also included three years as varsity soccer player, also making the First Team All-Stars this year. He also had two years ...

Robert Maytum Memorial Golf Tournament rescheduled

Special to the OBSERVER The committee for the 22nd Annual Robert Maytum Memorial Golf Tournament is pleased to announce that this year’s event has been rescheduled for Monday, Sept. 14, on the Upper Course at Peek’n Peak Resort in Findlay Lake. After careful consideration of the current ...

PLL provides hope for Williams’ lacrosse season

Amidst the coronavirus pandemic, there is no telling exactly when things will return to normal. With the health and safety of individuals of paramount concern, many professional sports leagues were forced to pause their seasons and are scrambling for options on how to return. Though a return ...