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Brocton plays for title today

OBSERVER Staff Report JAMESTOWN — The Brocton Bulldogs attempt to claim a second straight Section VI, Class D baseball championship title today, as the Bulldogs take on CCAA Division 2 West foe Clymer/Sherman today at Russell E. Diethrick Jr. Park, in Jamestown. First pitch is scheduled for ...

Gowanda’s Musacchio takes second in shot put

OBSERVER Staff Report WILLIAMSVILLE — Gowanda High School senior Andrew Musacchio placed second in the Division II shot put event in the Section VI track and field championship meet at Williamsville South High School. His best toss of 50-feet-1.25-inches broke his own school record by five ...

Brocton advances to Class D Championship with win over the Eagles, 7-0

BROCTON — The Brocton Bulldogs baseball team took a long time to get going after receiving a first round bye in the Class D playoffs. After a shaky start, the Bulldogs potent offense was on full display on Thursday night as the Bulldogs took down the North Collins Eagles 7-0 in the Section VI ...

Lady ‘Billies suffer tough loss in Class B2 final against top seed Eden, 7-4

WILLIAMSVILLE — Two portable fences in the outfield turf at Williamsville North High School and less than 500 feet stood between where Fredonia's season ended a year ago and this year's unfortunate end for the Lady 'Billies. Same venue, same stage in the playoffs, and sadly for Fredonia, the ...

Lady Marauders come up short in Class B1 finals, lose to Olean, 2-0

WILLIAMSVILLE — The Dunkirk Lady Marauders played the defending Sectional Champion Olean Lady Huskies evenly over the final five and a half innings of play in this season’s Sectional Final at Williamsville North High School. Sadly for the Lady Marauders, two Olean runs in the first inning ...

Lady Cougars fall in finals

OBSERVER Photo by Lisa Monacelli. Above, Lady Cougar Holly Crandall makes a play in the field. Cassadaga Valley’s Cinderella run came to an end with a loss to Maple Grove, 11-5, in the Class C2 softball championship game.

Portville avenges previous loss against Chautauqua Lake, 8-2

ST. BONAVENTURE — No. 1 Chautauqua Lake and No. 2 Portville have gotten to know each other well, meeting in each of the last four Section VI Class C1 softball finals. While the Thunderbirds claimed the matchup in 2018 on their way to a state title, Friday’s grudge match favored the ...

Falconer defeats Chautauqua Lake, 1-0 for Class C title game appearance

FALCONER — In a game filled with can-you-top-this defensive efforts by players from both dugouts, Falconer saved the best for last Thursday. The Golden Falcons, the No. 4 seed, cut down the tying run at the plate with one out in the top of the seventh inning and they held on for a 1-0 ...

North Collins tallies 15 hits, Holmes throws shutout in win over Forestville

FORESTVILLE — After making back-to-back trips to the New York State Final Four over the last two seasons, the North Collins Lady Eagles are just two wins away from making it three in a row. After four highly competitive innings on Wednesday, the Lady Eagles delivered a knockout blow with 10 ...

Lady Bulldogs fall to Panama, 4-0

PANAMA — When Ashlyn Harvey is striking out double-digit batters, Panama is a very good team. On Wednesday, the Panthers defense was called upon to back Harvey. The combination still proved to be a recipe for success. Harvey threw a four-hitter with seven strikeouts and faced just two ...

For the Record

High School Sports Schedule Baseball Class B2 Final at Depew HS Gowanda vs. Royalton-Hartland, 4 p.m. Class C Semifinal Chautauqua Lake at Falconer, 5 p.m. Class D Semifinal North Collins at Brocton, 5 p.m. Softball Class C1, C2 Finals at St. Bonaventure Chautauqua Lake vs. ...

Advice for anglers: Just fish deeper

The party’s over! All good things come to an end, and the night time walleye bite on the area hot spots has seen a decrease in the anglers limit. It was a great spring, with anglers reporting being able to limit out in several hours on some days, but as the temperature slowly rises, the fish ...

Champs thunder back

MAYVILLE — Earlier this season, after a 1-0 win over Dunkirk in Mayville, Chautauqua Lake pitcher Olivia Anderson said that she loved pitching under pressure in a 1-0 game. Tuesday, Anderson felt the pressure as much as ever, on the other side of the scoreboard, down by a run through four ...

Thunderbirds shock No. 1 Holland, 2-0

OLEAN — With mother nature having an impact on the game, Chautauqua Lake took advantage of being able to play a neutral game at St. Bonaventure University on Tuesday night for its Class C quarterfinal game. With a great pitchers’ duel on both sides, the Chautauqua Lake Thunderbirds beat ...

Dunkirk, Fredonia earn spots in Section VI finals

OBSERVER Staff Reports NORTH COLLINS — The Dunkirk Lady Marauders stayed hot and beat Springville-Griffith, 6-2, in a Section VI Class B1 semifinal playoff game at North Collins High School, on Tuesday. Monica Pokoj was on fire in the circle during Tuesday’s semifinal matchup. Pokoj ...

Silver Creek falls in extra innings, 3-2 at Frewsburg

FREWSBURG — Never has Nick Marsh been hit by a projectile flying at upwards of 80 mph and had it feel so good. The Frewsburg senior was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth inning to force in the winning run of the third-seeded Bears’ come-from-behind 3-2 ...

No. 8 Lady Cougars claim another upset with 6-2 victory

OBSERVER Staff Report ELLICOTTVILLE — The Cassadaga Valley Lady Cougars knock off No. 5 seed Ellicottville, 6-2, in a Section VI Class C2 semifinal softball game, on Tuesday. Brittyn LeBaron earned the win in the circle for Cassadaga Valley, after pitching seven innings, allowing just ...

Olson pitches Gowanda to B2 final

OBSERVER Staff Reports GOWANDA — Tanner Olson shined in a complete game on the mound, to lead Gowanda over division rival Allegany-Limestone, 5-0, in a Section VI Class B2 semifinal baseball game at Gowanda High School, on Tuesday. After allowing a leadoff double to the Gators, Olson ...

Falconer tops Cassadaga Valley, 8-1

FALCONER — Bobby Samuelson, the Falconer shortstop, barehanded the slow roller and fired. First baseman Ben Schrader stretched for the throw and picked it clean. And when the umpire called Cassadaga Valley’s Adam Goot out by a whisker for the first out in the top of the seventh inning, ...

Promenschenkel Stadium installs new LED lights

Submitted Photos Dunkirk Mayor Wilfred Rosas announced that the LED Lighting Project at Promenschenkel Stadium has been completed just in time for the 2019 season tournaments to begin. “The Promenschenkel Stadium will now be brighter than ever,” he said.