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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 ...

Tight races in the CCAA boys basketball divisions

After the graduation of key contributing seniors Brady Woleben and Tucker Gates, along with a coaching change, the Silver Creek Black Knights had all the signs of a team where rough times were ahead. But under the coaching of Ralph Jackson, the Black Knights have found themselves in a tie for ...

Lessons from College Hoops for MLB

A baseball issue drew my attention away from brackets (temporarily, of course) this week. No doubt you’ve heard about the Houston Astros sign-stealing scandal. Major League Baseball finally laid down punishments in the form of a one-year suspension for both General Manager Jeff Lunhow and ...

CCAA girls basketball division races to heat up in the second half

This past week, Chautauqua County Athletic Association girls basketball divisions finished up their first round of league games. To no surprise, the most competitive division is the CCAA Division 1 West. Currently, Maple Grove sits atop the division with a 5-1 league record, with its only loss ...

Winter weather doesn’t slow down weekend events

Old Man Winter picked a busy weekend to reappear in Western New York. The Outdoor Show in Niagara Falls, the Turkey Federation banquet sponsored by the Lake Shore Longbeards and the Bowling Tournament in Tonawanda, along with many other activities all had to deal with the effects of wind, rain, ...

Lady Marauders take third at Roy Sommers Invitational

TONAWANDA — The Dunkirk girls and boys bowling teams competed in the Roy Sommers Invitational Bowling Tournament Saturday at Tonawanda Bowling Center. The Dunkirk ladies finished in 3rd place, just 34 pins behind first place finisher Niagara Falls and 27 pins behind second place team ...

Fredonia’s Hessen Bahgat shatters Pole Vault record

HOUGHTON — Fredonia Central School senior Hessen Bahgat shattered his own school record in the pole vault event at the Border War Invitational held at Houghton College on Saturday, Jan. 18. His final successful vault at 13’ 3” was one foot higher than his previous record. Bahgat also ...

Fredonia competes at the New Balance Games in NYC

NEW YORK CITY — The Fredonia Indoor Track Team competed this past weekend at the New Balance Games at the NYC Armory Track. Several Lady ‘Billies had notable performances at the competition. Savannah Lashbrook finished 30th in the 2 mile varsity race in her personal best time of ...

Golfer’s Diary: How much does the right ball matter?

I’m still moderately new to golf, having been playing for less than a decade. Sure, I immediately fell in love with the sport and have played an awful lot of rounds in the past seven years, but I’d be naive to think that I know everything about golf. One of those many (and I mean MANY) ...

Blue Devils baseball picked for fourth; softball picked for seventh

The Fredonia State baseball team was one of three teams picked for fourth place in a tightly-packed SUNYAC preseason poll. The Devils, along with Oneonta and New Paltlz, received 16 points in a vote of head coaches. The top four teams make the conference tournament. The Devils finished in ...

Silver Creek tops Salamanca; Forestville wins at home

OBSERVER Staff Reports SALAMANCA — The Silver Creek Black Knights (7-4, 4-0) had five players score double digits on the road to secure a 67-62 win, on the road against the Salamanca Warriors (8-4, 2-2) in a Section VI CCAA Division 1 East boys basketball game, Friday night. The Black ...