Local Sports

Fifth annual Prospects Challenge is set for Sept. 6-9

BUFFALO — The Buffalo Sabres announced on Wednesday the team will again host the Prospects Challenge from Sept. 6-9 at Harborcenter. The Sabres will be joined by the Boston Bruins, New Jersey Devils and Pittsburgh Penguins to compete in a round-robin challenge featuring prospects from each ...

Gowanda’s Gateway Park to host three weekend events

Gateway Park in the Village of Gowanda will host three sporting events this weekend. On Friday, the 18th annual Tri-County youth football clinic for athletes ages 7-13 will kick off the festivities. The 2nd Annual Gowanda girls 16 and under fast pitch softball tournament will take place on ...

Walleye fishing is aided by great local weather

Great walleye fishing has returned to area waters with the return of fishable weather. Last weekend, during the Sunset Bay ShootOut, anglers had to contend with rough water for two days. Anglers reported 6-foot waves in the center of Lake Erie as they headed towards the Canadian shore line. ...

Instant Classic Rewinds, Part I

Editor’s Note: This is the first among a series of memorable games from the high school spring sports season revisited throughout the summer. When it comes to high school baseball or softball, early season games are often just a time for teams to figure out who they are — a time for trying ...

Southern Tier baseball team holding tryouts beginning on Aug. 5

Special to The OBSERVER The Southern Tier Regulators will be holding tryouts for their 18U and newly formed 14U baseball teams Monday, Aug. 5 and Wednesday, Aug. 7 at the Robert H. Jackson Athletic Complex in Frewsburg. The teams will include players from Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties ...

Ken Balling takes over as JCC softball head coach

JAMESTOWN — Ken Balling retired last spring after teaching for 25 years at Cassadaga Valley Central School. After one school year away that included a couple of months in Florida, the 17-year varsity softball coach is back in a familiar position. Balling was named the head coach of the ...

Westfield boy wins long drive competition

Carson Swanson is 12 years old, but his prowess off the tee belies his age. Competing in the 12-13 year old age-group at the World Long Drive Association competition at Home Team Sports Park on Saturday in Rochester, Swanson — pictured at left — led the way in the 12-13 division with a ...

Cotton, Pacos given Bob Frame Memorial Educational Grants

The Dunkirk Lakeshore USBC Bowling Association awarded two bowlers with the Bob Frame Memorial Educational Grants. The grant is awarded to one graduating high school senior boy and one girl. Participants must be members of the association. All high school senior bowlers are invited to ...

The Owen Sound Junior Selects take the First Ward Falcon championship home

On Sunday afternoon, the First Ward Falcons softball championship game saw a Canadian invasion. Both the Owen Sound Junior Selects and the Toronto Batmen travelled south of the border for a week long battle to win the 44th edition of the First Ward Falcons fast pitch softball tournament. The ...

Penfield claims NYS little league title

Penfield claimed the Little League Softball New York State 8-10 Year Old championship with a 9-3 victory Sunday over South Orangetown. Lexi Cimino was 3-for-3 with three RBI and the pitching combination of Cadence Brecker and Zara Vattimo combined for nine strikeouts in the victory, which ...

Golfer’s Diary: That’s more like it at CCC!

Last week, I wrote about my first experience with league golf. I didn’t really understand the scoring or handicap. I was extremely nervous coming in. I played like trash and was pretty embarrassed. That said, I had an awesome time and the guys I played with were fantastic company. So when ...

Annual Falcon Club softball tournament may be on its last legs

The annual First Ward Falcon Club Men’s Fastpitch Softball Tournament is in the midst of its 44th edition, but unless something drastic changes, it may not see a 45th year. “The main struggle is the unfortunate lack of committment from some of the players on these teams,” Tournament ...

Familiar face set to miss Gerry Rodeo

GERRY — The familiar figure of dare-devil bull fighter Phil Hussmann will be missing from the arena when the 75th annual Gerry Rodeo opens later this month, the result of a badly broken arm suffered last week when he was attacked by a bull while trying to protect a fallen cowboy. According ...

Westfield Memorial Hospital holds golf tourney

Special to The OBSERVER WESTFIELD — The Westfield Memorial Hospital Foundation’s 27th annual golf tournament was held under sunny skies while a cool breeze off the lake reassured golfers they were at the right place at the right time on Friday, Ju1y 12 in support of the community’s ...

GLOW Your Mind 5K set for Aug. 24

Special to The OBSERVER JAMESTOWN — On Saturday, Aug. 24, the fourth annual GLOW Your Mind 5K Run/Walk will take place at 8:30 p.m. at the Northwest Arena, 319 W. Third St. in Jamestown. All of the proceeds raised by the event stay local for suicide prevention efforts in Chautauqua County. ...

Registration open for Agents of Hope golf tourney

Special to The OBSERVER MAYVILLE — ERA Team VP Real Estate & Vacation Rentals will host the 10th Annual Agents of Hope scramble golf tournament on Thursday, Aug. 22 at the Chautauqua Golf Club. All proceeds raised during this four-person scramble tournament will benefit the ALS ...

Team ‘Reel Mania’ wins Sunset Bay ShootOut

It happened again. On Big Fish Friday, Mark Lewandowski and his crew missed the cut-off for a paycheck by ounces. They got angry and determined, and came back to take first place in the Big Dawg Tournament the next day that Saturday. Well guess what? Lewandowski and crew missed the final spot ...

South Orangetown wins twice Saturday to earn spot in State title game

South Orangetown won twice Saturday to advance to the championship round of the Little League Softball New York State 8-10 tournament at Dunkirk Little League’s Joe Karnes Field on the Ed Wisniewski Complex. Wins over Longwood, 6-1, and Maine Endwell, 6-5, set up a meeting vs. unbeaten ...