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Wilcox ends college career with Perfect Game

Clermont, Fla. – The Alfred University softball team may have had its season cut dramatically short, but the ending was nothing short of perfection. Senior Jessica Wilcox, who played her high school ball at Pine Valley, pitched the first perfect game in Alfred University softball history, ...

Southern Zone has record numbers in bear season

Bear season was pretty good this past year, depending where you were hunting. Once the official numbers were released, the study showed that the Southern Zone had an all time record kill of 1,179 bears, while the Northern Zone recorded only 326 bruins, the lowest total since 2011. Add up the ...

The Bracket that wasn’t: COVID-19 puts an end to NCAA tournaments

For the first time since 1938, we’re going to have a March without the madness. Well, actually it’ll be a different kind of madness, trading buzzer-beaters for the life changes that come with a global pandemic. A threat like this further trivializes an event like a basketball tournament ...

Southern Tier Scholastic Trap League mourns loss of founder

With this week’s scores report, it is with sadness the Southern Tier Scholastic Youth Trap League mourns the loss of its founder Tom Kelly. Tom passed on March 7, leaving behind a tremendous legacy of giving and public service. His accolades and accomplishments too numerous to list in this ...

High school spring sports are expected to proceed normally for now

With athletics on indefinite hold at seemingly every level of competition from professional to recreational leagues due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the consensus around Chautauqua County for the upcoming high school spring sports season boils down to three words: Business as usual. Athletic ...

COVID-19 forces NYSPHSAA to put Winter Championships on hold

It all started Wednesday afternoon with the NCAA stating that their March Madness Men’s Basketball tournament would not have spectators, then the NBA one-upped the NCAA by suspending its season until further notice and now the NHL, MLB and MLS have followed suit. All it took was that one ...

Fredonia State cancels all spring sports programs

Fredonia State athletics, in conjunction with the State University of New York Athletic Conference, has canceled its spring seasons, effective immediately, due to the COVID-19 virus situation. The cancellation affects the Blue Devil baseball, softball, women’s lacrosse, and outdoor track ...

A comeback for the ages!

BUFFALO — After a bucket by Southwestern Lady Trojans forward Gianna Hoose, the Dunkirk Lady Marauders trailed 60-40 with less than two minutes remaining in the third quarter of Wednesday’s Class B1/B2 crossover game at Buffalo State College. It appeared as if the magical run by the Dunkirk ...

Dunkirk’s Adrien Washington signs with D-II Mercyhurst

Dunkirk’s Adrien Washington has been a defensive standout on the Marauders football team for all four years of his varsity career. And thanks to his stellar play, he’ll get a chance to stand out at the next level as well. On Wednesday afternoon at 3 p.m. at Dunkirk High School, surrounded ...

Walleye season is coming to a close on Sunday

Anglers note that walleye season in New York will be closed from March 15 (Sunday) until the first Saturday in May which is May 2. According to Skip Bianco, anglers have been having success in walleye fishing at the mouth of Prendergast Creek recently. The diminishing ice cover has been ...

High school winter championships postponed

On Thursday afternoon, the New York State Public High School Athletic Association announced that it had postponed all of the winter championships indefinitely. The sports being affected are ice hockey, bowling, girls and boys basketball. NYSPHSAA Executive Director Dr. Robert Zayas said, "It ...

MARAUDERS STORM BACK TO STUN SOUTHWESTERN

BUFFALO — Even if you witnessed it with your own eyes, it was still tough to believe. Trailing the Southwestern Trojans by 20 points in the third quarter, Dunkirk went on an amazing 35-2 run to close the game and win the Section 6 Class B title, 75-62, at Buffalo State College. Kymi Nance ...

Dunkirk’s Petrella signs with Central Michigan

Surrounded by plenty of family and friends Dunkirk Track & Field star Jericha Petrella signed her National Letter of Intent to attend Central Michigan University to compete in Division I Track & Field and Cross Country. Classmates and family gathered as Petrella signed her letter of ...

Holland ousts Chautauqua Lake 65-46

JAMESTOWN — Holland’s Claire Pikett was just 3 of 9 from the field and had seven points at halftime Tuesday evening. The sophomore forward turned it around in the third quarter. And the Lady Dutchmen followed her lead. Pikett had 11 of her game-high 20 points in the third quarter as ...

Steelers’ Mike Norton nominated for award by Hasek’s Heroes

OBSERVER Staff Report The Dunkirk/Fredonia Steelers’ Mike Norton is one of three Western New York players nominated for the 2019-20 Boy’s Club Offensive Player of the Year Award, presented by the Hasek’s Heroes WNY High School Hockey Awards Committee. The winner of the award will be ...

Wolverines celebrate league title at banquet

On Tuesday in the Westfield Academy cafeteria, the Westfield Wolverines boys basketball team was honored at its end of the season banquet. Westfield finished the year with a record of 17-4. The team is pictured holding its second CCAA Division 2 West boys basketball league title banner. ...

Annual Tofil Memorial Bowling Tournament held at Lucky Lanes

OBSERVER Staff Report The 48th annual John S. Tofil Memorial Inter Club Bowling Tournamnet was held Saturday at Lucky Lanes. Nine local clubs sent 16 bowlers into this year’s action. The Columbus Club was this year’s dinner host. The First Ward Flacon Club defended their title and won ...

Hurricane adds two more wins

OBSERVER Staff Report The Chautauqua Hurricane picked up two more big wins this past weekend, both against the DuBois Dream. The two victories puts the Hurricane atop of the Premier Basketball League at 11-3. On March 7, the Hurricane blew the Dream out 131-81, on the strength of 34 points ...

Coming Full Circle

JAMESTOWN — Things are coming full circle for Chautauqua Lake. The last time the Chautauqua Lake Lady Thunderbirds advanced to the Far West Regionals in 2015, several of the 2019-20 team’s players were team managers for former head coach Eric Schuster, and now, under head coach Bill ...