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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 ...

Falconer foursome finishes fourth in State, sets Section VI record

OBSERVER Staff Report Ronan McDonald, Rayven Sample, Josh Walters and Riley Auer finished in 3:24.90 to not only take fourth place overall, but break a 22-year-old Section VI record in the process at the New York State Indoor Track & Field Championships at the Ocean Breeze Athletic ...

Southerntier Youth Trap League begins

Special to the OBSERVER March 3 began another season for the Southern Tier Scholastic Youth Trap League. Beginning with only two teams and the vision of its founder, Tom Kelly, it has steadily grown to thirty three plus teams in three New York counties and one Pennsylvania county. With the ...

Wille receives yellow belt promotion

Submitted photo In the photo, from left to right: Sensei Josiah Cox, Sensei Jordan Gill, Kohai Milo Wille, Sensei Matt Benware and Master Sensei Bill Matteson. Kohai Milo Wille achieved his yellow belt status recently. This seven year old has been with the program since age four. He started ...

Spring is here

Submitted Photo High school spring sports season officially began on Monday, as teams were permitted to practice for the first time. Pictured above is the Gowanda Panthers baseball team holding their first practice of 2020 on the field thanks to nice weather.

Finally Champions

BUFFALO — Dunkirk's five senior starters had been waiting two calendar years for another chance at a Sectional Championship. As point guard Jessica Beehler stepped to the free-throw line to shoot a pair, up by one in the final seconds of Sunday's game against Iroquois, the pressure of the ...

Southwestern tops Eden for third straight Section VI Championship

BUFFALO - At the start of the season, not many people would have expected the Southwestern Lady Trojans to successfully defend their back-to-back Sectional crowns. After star scorer Erin Radack graduated, Southwestern struggled to find its rhythm early on in 2020. Even by the end of the ...

Woodis excels, leads T-Birds past Falconer

As time wound down in the second quarter, Lily Woodis figured why not? Her fifth 3-pointer of the first half rattled through the hoop at the buzzer as Chautauqua Lake took a 37-19 lead into the locker room. With the way the Thunderbirds sophomore shot the ball Saturday afternoon, Falconer ...

Blue Devils drop opener to Albright

UTICA — The 2020 Fredonia State women's lacrosse season opened Saturday with a 15-5 loss to Albright College. Allison Coon had three goals and an assist, and Alyssa Kissel had two goals for the Blue Devils, who'll take on host SUNY Poly at 2 o'clock Sunday. Freshman goalkeeper Emily Carr ...

Championship Week Preview

For most of college basketball, this week is for the conference tournaments. Every conference tournament results in an automatic bid for the winner, and some have already been earned. Teams can come from nowhere to claim bids. Highly ranked teams can dominate, or get ambushed by their ...

Local sportsman to be inducted into the Outdoorsmen Hall of Fame

The OBSERVER  has proudly printed the accomplishments of individuals and establishments of our area. Small businesses in Fredonia, Athletes, scholars of all age groups, musicians... you get my drift. It is with pride that I can herald the addition of one more, a new member to the New York ...

MARAUDERS WIN CLASS B-1 TITLE

BUFFALO -- It was far from easy. The Dunkirk Marauders held off the Iroquois Chiefs in a wild finish to win the Section 6 Class B-1 title at Buffalo State this morning, 79-76. With more than 2 1/2 minutes to play in the fourth quarter it appeared the Marauders were well on their way, holding a ...

Woodis excels in leading Thunderbirds past Falconer

JAMESTOWN -- As time wound down in the second quarter, Lily Woodis figured why not? Her fifth 3-pointer of the first half rattled through the hoop at the buzzer as Chautauqua Lake took a 37-19 lead into the locker room. With the way the Thunderbirds sophomore shot the ball Saturday afternoon, ...

Dunkirk seeks first Sectional Title since 1991 on Sunday at Buff. State

The Dunkirk Lady Marauders have a chance to do something on Sunday that the program has not seen in nearly 30 years — claiming a Sectional Championship. On Sunday at 11 a.m., the Lady Marauders take on Iroquois at Buffalo State College for the Class B1 title. While it has been done just ...

Fredonia’s Cam Voss shines at next level

Fredonia High School alum Cam Voss, pictured during a high school baseball game as a member of the Fredonia Hillbillies, has found success during the early going in his senior year of his college baseball career at East Stroudsburg University. In four starts this season, Voss is 3-0 and has ...

North Collins falls to Sherman in Section VI title game, 54-40

JAMESTOWN — Cory Emory’s Sherman boys basketball team uses a unique defensive approach against its opponents. They look at the ball handler’s shoulders. “’Reading the shoulders’ as we call it,” the Wildcats head coach said. “It’s a way I let my guys read the ...