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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 ...

Dunkirk rolls to win vs. Cassadaga Valley

OBSERVER Staff Report The Dunkirk Marauders followed up their dramatic win over Fredonia by running away with Saturday’s contest against Cassadaga Valley by a score of 14-3 in CCAA Division 1 West baseball. Needing an efficient outing on the mound with another game against Fredonia ...

Fredonia’s Brown wins Steeple Chase

OBSERVER Staff Report RANDOLPH — The area’s best of the best took to the track in Randolph for the CCAA Pentathlon/Steeple Chase held at Randolph Central School. Emily Brown of Fredonia yet again shined on the track, winning the 2,000m Steeple Chase. Brown ran a 7:19.20, which was a ...

Gowanda’s Musacchio sets school shot put record at Super 8 meet

OBSERVER Staff Report SALAMANCA — Gowanda High School senior Andrew Musacchio broke the school record in the shot put for the second consecutive meet and defended his title in the Super 8 meet Friday night in Salamanca. After breaking Dick Utley’s 66 year old school record last Tuesday ...

Pine Valley beats Ellicottville, 12-3

OBSERVER Staff Report SOUTH DAYTON — Pine Valley powered past Ellicottville, 12-3, in a Section VI CCAA Division 2 East baseball game at Pine Valley High School, on Saturday. After battling back and forth with Ellicottville in the first five innings, Pine Valley blew the game wide open with ...

Dunkirk’s Petrella wins 400m dash at Super 8 meet

OBSERVER Staff Report SALAMANCA — The Dunkirk Marauders track team sent a handful of athletes to the Super 8 meet Friday night in Salamanca. Among the competitors, Dunkirk saw some good placements — a great preparation for the county championships next weekend. For the girls, Jericha ...

Local hunter nabs Wild Turkey Grand Slam

Local veteran turkey hunter Ray Budniewski recently fulfilled his quest to complete the Wild Turkey Grand Slam. Ray and his wife, Chris, had been planning a trip to Tucson, Arizona to hunt a Gould’s turkey since the fall of last year. They contacted Ted Jaycox of Tail Tine Outfitters who ...

Dunkirk wins an instant classic

In the historic Dunkirk-Fredonia rivalry, there likely haven’t been many games better than Friday’s contest. As far as a regular season game can go, the latest showdown between the two rivals will be remembered as one of the best in recent memory. After 13 straight losses dating back to ...

Chautauqua Lake repeats as Div. 1 West champions

OBSERVER Staff Report MAYVILLE — The Chautauqua Lake Lady Thunderbirds finished their league schedule with a win over Southwestern, 3-0, on Friday at Chautauqua Lake High School. The win clinched back-to-back outright league titles for the Lady Thunderbirds. The Lady Thunderbirds ...

Lady ‘Billies golf team loses narrowly

OBSERVER Staff Report ELLICOTTVILLE — The Fredonia (2-7) girls golf team lost a non-league crossover against the team of Maple Grove/Cassadaga Valley/Westfield/Forestville, 29.5 to 25.5, at Holiday Valley, on Friday. Maddy Lancaster of Maple Grove/Cassadaga Valley/Westfield/Forestville was ...

Maple Grove clinches league title in extras against Brocton, 5-2

OBSERVER Staff Reports BROCTON — The Maple Grove Red Dragons (8-0, 9-3) clinched the CCAA Division 2 West Championship in an 11 inning, 5-2 win over the Brocton Bulldogs (6-2, 6-5) at Brocton High School, on Friday. After a couple costly errors by Brocton in the 11th inning, Maple Grove ...

Lady ‘Billies finish league play with big win over Falconer, 7-0

OBSERVER Staff Reports Fredonia (10-2, 10-2) took care of business in their final Section VI CCAA Division 1 West softball game by shutting out Falconer 7-0, at Fredonia High School on Friday. Maddy Marsh was excellent in the circle as she pitched the Lady ‘Billies to a big 7-0 win, against ...

‘Fredonia 5’ make sectionals

In singles competition on Thursday, Gens defeated Eston Shedd of Southwestern 6-0, 6-1 in the semifinals. Gens lost in the final to Frewsburg’s Jameson Sposato 6-4, 6-2. In doubles competition on Thursday, Fredonia’s Max Kinkela, Caleb Reynolds defeated their Fredonia teammates, Jimmy Rush ...

Lady Marauders win, 16-1, on Senior Night against Tapestry

OBSERVER Staff Report The Dunkirk Lady Marauders celebrated Senior Night with a 16-1 victory over Tapestry in a non-league softball game at Dunkirk High School on Thursday evening. The Lady Marauders scored seven runs over the first two innings to run away with the game early on. Dunkirk ...

Silver Creek wins, 13-1, on Senior Night vs. North Collins

SILVER CREEK — The Silver Creek Black Knights had a lot to play for on Thursday evening when they hosted the North Collins Eagles in a non-league baseball game at Silver Creek High School, as it was Senior Night for the Black Knights. The game was very tightly contested until the bottom of ...

Pine Valley stuns Randolph on Senior Night

SOUTH DAYTON — The Pine Valley Lady Panthers students created a scoreboard for their softball team to use, and it was put to good use on Thursday night. People in the community were reminded of the how well the Lady Panthers played on Thursday night by looking up to the scoreboard, to see the ...