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Smith, Odell lead Dunkirk to 101-35 blowout of Tapestry in season opener

Most teams schedule an early non-league basketball game to try and find their rhythm for the regular season. On Thursday night, the Dunkirk Lady Marauders (1-0) looked like they were in midseason form in their game against Tapestry. Dunkirk came out fast and ready to play as they powered their ...

Dunkirk boys fall to Tapestry, 95-61

The Dunkirk Marauders opened their season with a 95-61 loss at the hands of the Tapestry Charter Thunderhawks in Dunkirk on Thursday night. The Marauders were without their senior leader, Earl Stewart, who is still recovering from an injury he sustained early in the Marauders football season. ...

Wolverines seniors celebrate CCAA II league title one last time at banquet

The Westfield/Brocton Wolverines boys soccer seniors were together as a team one last time on Thursday for the team banquet dinner at Westfield Academy. Pictured from left are Jason Almeter, Mike Johnson, Coach Jared Winder, Nate Culbreth and Dylan Scriven. The team announced team award winners ...

Pucci-Schaefer, Spacc off to States

Fredonia Lady ‘Billies girls swim and dive team members Elizabeth Pucci-Schaefer (left) and Tori Spacc (right) were sent off Thursday morning from Fredonia Central School to the State Championship swim and dive meet at Ithaca College. Pucci-Schaefer, a seventh grader, qualified for the diving ...

Fredonia native Megan Kyte signs D-I softball scholarship at Drexel

Special to the OBSERVER Megan Kyte of Fredonia signed her National Letter of Intent this week to play Division I softball at Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA. Kyte attends the Nichols School in Buffalo, where she signed her NLI with several other recruited athletes. She was recruited ...

Local hunter sees wildlife in action

Most deer hunters can hunt their entire lifetime without seeing what young Kim Deering witnessed on Nov. 4 while bow hunting in Sinclairville. And in fact, she captured the spectacle on video. Deering is 26 years old and figures she has been hunting since she was at least 12 years of age. ...

Fearless Freddie’s Football Forecast

EASY SCHEDULE. The Buffalo Bills sit at 7-3 this season because they have beaten inferior teams. I'm talking Miami twice, the Jets and Giants, Washington and Cincinnati. Only the 5-5 Tennessee Titans have a chance at the playoffs. Sunday's opponent, the Denver Broncos are 3-7. They're ...

A celebration for champions

The Westfield/Brocton Lady Wolverines girls soccer team celebrated their Section VI, Class C co-championship season with the annual team banquet Tuesday night in the Westfield Academy cafeteria.

The young Steelers look to build off of last season

The Dunkirk-Fredonia Steelers start their 2019-20 campaign with a slightly different script than they’ve seen over the last few years: A youth movement. Only eight players, forwards Shaun McGinty, Cooper Harris, Zach Korzeniewski, Ethan Brunner, Dawson Bird, and Mike Norton, and defenders ...

CCAA North names its All-Star teams

The North Collins Lady Eagles volleyball team rolled through the Section VI CCAA North division with a perfect 16-0 record, so it comes to no surprise that several of the Lady Eagles received high honors on the All-Star lists that were recently announced. Deanne Wilson was named the League MVP ...

Allen’s best game in his young career gives Bills easy win

Finally, a win that felt like a win. The Buffalo Bills faced a Miami Dolphins team that they should beat easily and they actually took care of business. The biggest reason why was a stellar day from quarterback Josh Allen. Sunday was the best performance of Allen’s career. The second year ...

Fredonia’s Emily Brown finishes 12th at States

OBSERVER Staff Report PLATTSBURG — Emily Brown took her decorated Fredonia Cross Country career to new heights on Saturday, making the most of her fourth trip to the State Championships with a career-best finish. Despite snowy, frigid conditions, Brown finished 12th in NY State with a time ...

A successful opening day for hunters

Opening Day of the regular or firearms big game hunting season was Saturday, and as far as the weather conditions go, it was near perfect. Several trophy-sized bucks were entered at the Northern Chautauqua Conservation Club, located in Dunkirk. I was busy watching my grand-daughter, Rachel ...

PK and Rosen solid again in Devils’ 1-0 loss to Potsdam

Special to the OBSERVER POTSDAM — Potsdam’s Joey Sollazzo scored late in the first period and freshman goaltender Connor Green made 20 saves to blank Fredonia State, 1-0, in SUNYAC men’s hockey Saturday night. Outshot 16-3 in the first period, the Blue Devils (1-3-1 overall, 0-3-1 ...

Blue Devils women falter in fourth quarter

Special to the OBSERVER CLEVELAND, OH — The Fredonia State women’s basketball team hung tight with Capital before falling apart in the fourth quarter in a 77-50 loss at the John Carroll Classic on Saturday. The Devils trailed 46-42 after three quarters of play before the Crusaders ...

Blue Devils men suffer first loss

Special to the OBSERVER ROCHESTER — After winning its first two games, the Fredonia State men’s basketball team suffered its first loss of the season, falling 71-54 to Nazareth College in the championship game of the Nazareth Tournament. Dydy Bryan led the Devils with 16 points and ...

Thunderbirds’ Erik Peterson named Defensive Player of the Year in Div. 1 West

After winning the CCAA Division 1 West boys soccer title with a perfect league record of 10-0, it was to no surprise that the Southwestern Trojans were all over the All-Star teams. Trojan Michael Carnes earned Player of the Year and McKay Young won Offensive Player of the Year. Jason Deering ...

Golfer’s Diary: Swanson, Bonnies head to Ireland

The St. Bonaventure golf program has had some great success since Ryan Swanson, co-owner of Pinehurst Golf Club in Westfield, took over as head coach in January 2016. The Bonnies have had numerous tournament victories, plenty of individual accolades and jaunts all over the United ...

Rosen rises up to secure 1-1 tie at Plattsburgh

PLATTSBURGH — Goaltending and penalty killing were the keys to Fredonia State’s 1-1 SUNYAC men’s hockey tie Friday at Plattsburgh. Senior goaltender Anton Rosen made 45 saves while he and his teammates successfully killed six Plattsburgh power-plays to earn an important point on the ...