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Indoor track & field stars compete at State Championships this weekend

The NYSPHSAA Indoor Track and Field Championships at the Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex on Staten Island began on Thursday and conclude this weekend. Fredonia's Oliver Madariaga is competing in the 300 meter run; Emily Brown is running in the 1,500 meter race, and Hessen Bahgat is competing in ...

Blue Devils baseball falls short

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C — The Blue Devils lost 5-2 in Friday evening’s matchup against the Wildcats despite scoring two runs in the first inning. The senior leadoff batter Russ Mistretta started the inning with a double and then scored off a RBI double by Rochester native Pat Bigham. Billy ...

Youthful Blue Devils women’s lacrosse begins 2020 season

Marykate Edmunds’s first season as Fredonia State women’s lacrosse head coach in 2019 was a rebuilding project without all the pieces. Her roster was thin to begin with – before a series of injuries made it thinner. There were games when there were only two healthy players in reserve, ...

Golfer’s Diary: How to shave off strokes (Pt. III)

NOTE: This is the third part of an ongoing series. If you missed the first two articles, look online at observertoday.com. We’re back for more golf-y goodness as we look at more ways to shave precious strokes off the scorecard. I’ve played with plenty of people who simply cheat, but ...

Carpenter, Gill advance at The Family Martial Arts Center

On March 4, multiple students of The Family Martial Arts Center advanced to their next belt levels. Sempei Vernal Carpenter achieved his purple belt status. Sempei Carpenter has been with The Family Martial Arts Center for 22 years. He took a break to serve our country in the Army. His ...

Chautauqua Lake wins Class C-1 title

JAMESTOWN -- The Chautauqua Lake girls are the Class C-1 champions. On Saturday afternoon, the team knocked off Falconer 67-50 and was in control throughout the contest at Jamestown Community College. The Thunderbirds will play Holland, which had a dramatic victory over Franklinville, for the ...

Dunkirk upsets No. 1 City Honors 85-74 to earn berth in Class B1 Finals

LOCKPORT — The Dunkirk Lady Marauders have always embraced the underdog mentality. Going back to their shocking postseason run to Buffalo State College two years ago, Dunkirk proved then how it could shock the Section VI postseason brackets. Now, even after only losing one game all year, ...

Robinson leads Eagles to title game

It’s been a tumultuous recent history for the North Collins Eagles basketball team and star center Tyler Robinson. The Eagles entered the 2019-20 season with just a single win under their belt from the season prior. And now, they find themselves playing in the Section VI, Class D Finals. ...

Blue Devils’ Manley named SUNYAC DPOY

The 2020 State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) men's ice hockey awards have been nominated and voted on by the conference coaches. Fredonia State’s Charlie Manley was named Defensive Player of the Year. Manley was a crucial part of the Fredonia defense that held its ...

Chautauqua Lake tops Silver Creek in playoffs with 47-36 win at JCC

JAMESTOWN — When a team finds themselves in big game situations, they can go two ways — either they rise to the occasion or buckle under the pressure. The Chautauqua Lake Lady Thunderbirds have established themselves as the kind of team who rises to the occasion in those big games. The ...

Dunkirk faces City Honors tonight

LOCKPORT — The Dunkirk Lady Marauders girls basketball team has had one of the most successful seasons in program history this season. Tonight, Dunkirk faces its toughest test of all. The Dunkirk Lady Marauders take on City Honors tonight in the Section VI, Class B1 Semifinals at Starpoint ...

Cheetah West volleyball wins third tournament of 2020 15-U season

OBSERVER Staff Report The Cheetah West 15 and under volleyball team has now won three tournaments this club season. On Jan. 11, they won the 14-team Niagara Frontier Kick Off Tournament in West Seneca by defeating NFVB Red (Buffalo) in the gold bracket semifinals and NCVC Rush Black ...

Ice fishing may be finished this year

This could very well be the end of ice fishing in the area for this season. Skip Bianco at Hogan’s Hut reported on Wednesday afternoon that the ice cover on Chautauqua Lake was opaque in color and the thickness was questionable. Skip commented that at least 25 people fell trough the ice this ...

Hurricane beats DuBois 114-102

OBSERVER Staff Report BROCTON — The Hurricane find themselves on a six game win streak and are on top of the Premier Basketball League with a 9-3 record. The Hurricane’s latest victory came agains the DuBois Dream 114-102. The Hurricane were led by Sheldon Zablotny with 25 points, ...

CVCS cheers on track members

Cassadaga Valley students held a “clap out” for indoor track members Cervonte Thomas, left, and Rayven Sample Wednesday. Sample, Riley Auer (Maple Grove), Josh Walters (Randolph) and Ronan McDonald (Randolph) won the 1,600 meter relay at the Section VI state qualifier Feb. 23 at the ...

MARAUDERS TOP CITY HONORS; TO PLAY IN B1 FINALS

Sports editor Braden Carmen is at Starpoint High School covering the Dunkirk-City Honors girls basketball Class B1 Semifinals. Here is a breakdown of the game, which was won by Dunkirk, 85-74: https://twitter.com/BradenCarmen

GALLERY: Hillbillies at Buff State

The Fredonia Hillbillies played against the Allegany-Limestone Gators in the Class B2 Sectional Semifinals at Buffalo State College on Tuesday night. Allegany-Limestone won a thrilling contest 42-40. Shown are photos by OBSERVER Sports Editor Braden Carmen.

Hornets season ends in tight loss against Sherman Wildcats

OBSERVER Staff Report JAMESTOWN — The Forestville Hornets trailed after each of the first three quarters against the Sherman Wildcats by two points. Despite hanging close into the fourth quarter, the Wildcats defense became too much. The Wildcats (RECORD, 3-seed) edged out the ...

Ohlsson makes podium at State Championship

Photo by Michelle Gilbert/MaxPreps Chautauqua Lake/Westfield/Panama/Clymer’s Martin Ohlsson finished in fifth place in his weight class at the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Division II wrestling championships on Saturday at the Times Union Center.. At 99 pounds, ...