Local Sports

Record breaking year for Walleye, Perch fishing

This year is gearing up to be one of the best years ever for walleye and yellow perch fishing on Lake Erie. The Department of Environmental Conservation scientific community for Lake Erie’s fishery have been monitoring the progress of the natural reproduction of these two warm water species. ...

For the Record

Adult golf Cassadaga Country Club Monday Night Men’s Golf League (May 20) — Low scores: Tim Bulger 36, Brad Blizzard 39, Fred Chamberlin 39, Steve Wintersteen 40, Dave Kobel 41, Nick Stern 41, Matt Wallace 41, Adam Meyers 42, Rob Lancaster 43. Low net: Nick Stern net 3. Closest to the ...

Shocking upsets highlight the first week of sectional playoff action

The first week of the sectional playoffs for baseball and softball has concluded, and with it, many exciting moments happened on the diamond. From shocking upsets to blowout victories and everything in between, here’s a look back at the first week of the baseball and softball ...

Scholarship winners bring back fond memories

As the 2019 Memorial Day weekend descends upon us, it is sure to rekindle moments from our past. This column usually features someone displaying a prize fish or turkey or deer, but instead, there are a group of smiling people. Included in the photo are the winners of the Northern Chautauqua ...

Dunkirk’s Petrella continues County dominance in 400

OBSERVER Staff Report OLEAN — The Dunkirk Marauders competed at the second day of counties on Saturday and had some pretty good results, highlighted by an individual champion, Jericha Petrella. For the Dunkirk girls on the track, Petrella continued her county dominance in the 400m, ...

Emily Brown wins 1,500 for Fredonia in County meet

OBSERVER Staff Report OLEAN — Emily Brown is no stranger to the biggest stages in the running community. This weekend was no different, as Brown took first place in the 1,500m in a time of 4:50.03 — more than 14 seconds ahead of the second place finisher — at the CCAA league track and ...

Fredonia sees season end in quarterfinal loss to Depew, 6-0

Last year in the sectional semifinals, Depew pitcher Josh Goss and then-senior Fredonia pitcher Derrick Walters dueled in a thrilling 9-inning affair. Fredonia came away with the win, 3-1, last season to earn a spot in an eighth straight sectional final appearance. This year, it was Goss that ...

Thunderbirds win playoff game, 12-1

MAYVILLE — Kyler Majka’s next loss will be the last game of his high school career. He made sure it didn’t come Friday. Chautauqua Lake’s ace right-hander threw a two-hitter with 16 strikeouts as the eighth-seeded Thunderbirds beat No. 9 Ellicottville, 12-1, in Section VI Class C ...

Silver Creek wins on walk-off hit in pre-quarterfinal scare vs. Westfield

SILVER CREEK — Spencer Harford’s single with the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh inning propelled the Silver Creek Black Knights to a 4-3 walk-off victory over the Westfield Wolverines on Friday night in a Section VI, Class C pre-quarterfinal baseball game at Silver Creek High ...

Marauders move on at Counties

OBSERVER Staff Report OLEAN — The Dunkirk Marauders track team traveled to Olean High School on Friday for the first day of the CCAA League Championship Meet. Friday consisted of qualifying rounds for the sprints, finals for the 800m and two mile races, and several field events were held. ...

Gowanda starts Class B2 playoffs with 9-1 victory

OBSERVER Staff Report GOWANDA — The Gowanda Panthers defeated Cleveland Hill, 9-1, in a Section VI Class B2 quarterfinal baseball game at Gowanda High School, on Friday. The Panthers opened up their Class B2 sectional playoff action with a bang — scoring seven runs in the first two ...

No. 12 Cassadaga Valley upsets No. 5 Randolph in pre-quarters

RANDOLPH — After a difficult journey through the Chautauqua-Cattaraugus Athletic Association Division 1 West baseball season, Cassadaga Valley is beginning to see the rewards of playing difficult competition. The No. 12 Cougars, led by starting pitcher Adam Goot, earned just their second ...

Gerry Rodeo to host Junior Rodeo Camp

GERRY — The Gerry Rodeo committee has just learned that theirs is the only rodeo site east of the Mississippi chosen to host a free Junior Rodeo Camp to be held on Sunday, June 2, from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. for children and youth over age six with no age limit. The camp will be held in the newly ...

Hillbillies shine at League Championship track meet

OBSERVER Staff Report OLEAN — The Fredonia track team traveled to Olean High School for the first day of the CCAA League Championship Meet. The Hillbillies saw two boys compete in the finals of an event on Friday. Jack Carlson placed sixth in the 800m with a time of 2:05.32, his season ...

Marsh throws shutout to lead Lady ‘Billies to 4-0 playoff win

The last time Fredonia starting pitcher Maddy Marsh stepped into the pitcher’s circle at SUNY Fredonia, the then-freshman picked up a win over the Dunkirk Lady Marauders to earn a spot in the sectional finals a year ago. This time around, the sophomore starter for the Lady ‘Billies looked ...

Hillbillies score 21 runs in opening playoff victory

The Fredonia Hillbillies once again find themselves walking into the second round of the Section VI Class B1 baseball playoffs after beating the Alden Bulldogs, 21-7, at SUNY Fredonia on Thursday. The Hillbillies reached base 14 times from bases on balls and twice more from being hit-by-pitch ...

Cassadaga Valley shocks Frewsburg, Dunkirk upsets Alden

OBSERVER Staff Reports FREWSBURG — The Cassadaga Valley Lady Cougars came into the playoffs last season without a loss, but this year came in without a win. The Lady Cougars sure picked a great time to get their first win of the year, with a 4-3 win on Thursday night at No. 1 Frewsburg in ...

Silver Creek falls to Falconer, 14-2

FALCONER — To call Falconer’s 15-hit offensive output Thursday an attack would be an understatement. It was an all-out ambush. Five different players had multiple hits and the fourth-seeded Golden Falcons scored multiple runs in each of the first five innings en route to a 14-2 Section ...

Forestville pounds 17 hits, beats Franklinville 18-9

FORESTVILLE — The Forestville Lady Hornets softball team scored early and continued its success with multiple runs in every inning as the Lady Hornets defeated the Franklinville Lady Panthers, 18-9, on Thursday night in a Section VI, Class D softball quarterfinal game at Forestville High ...