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

NOTE: This is the second part of an ongoing series. If you missed the initial article, be sure to visit observertoday.com. Last week the tips for shaving precious strokes off the scorecard included choosing the shorter club off the tee, playing the game one hole at a time and going with your ...

T’birds boys, girls both win

MAYVILLE — Kyleigh Perdue's 15 points led No. 2 Chautauqua Lake to a 69-19 Section VI Class C-1 quarterfinal victory over No. 7 Cattaraugus-Little Valley. Perdue, the lone senior on the team, also had four steals and five assists. "It was Kyleigh's last home game, so she played a really ...

Jafarjian commits to SUNY Brockport

Chautauqua Lake/Westfield/Brocton Thunderbirds running back Ryan Jafarjian, pictured above, announced his college commitment on Friday to play football at SUNY Brockport. Jafarjian is a senior at Westfield Academy and Central School.

Ohlsson makes State Semifinals, Fredonia sends three to podium

OBSERVER Staff Report ALBANY - One local wrestler's pursuit of a New York State Public High School Athletic Association Divsion II individual wrestling championship will continue today. Chautauqua Lake/Westfield/Panama/Clymer's Martin Ohlsson (99 pounds), seeded fourth in his weight class, ...

Silver Creek tops Gowanda; North Collins ends drought

OBSERVER Staff Reports SILVER CREEK — The Silver Creek Black Knights started the postseason off on the right foot, beating the Gowanda Panthers 101-50 at Silver Creek High School on Friday night in the first round of the Section VI Class C-1 Sectional Playoffs. While the Panthers kept it ...

Mother Nature forces a flurry of postseason basketball changes

Mother Nature has left the playoff schedule completely up in the air. After all of Thursday’s girls basketball games were postponed because of the weather, the local basketball scene is still a bit unclear. At the moment, what we do know is this: Dunkirk and Fredonia have their Sectional ...

Weather pushes girls basketball playoff games to today

Thursday night originally had five girls basketball playoff games on the slate, but a blizzard sweeping across Western New York had other plans. Instead, the games were moved to tonight, and while snow and cold put the first round of games in peril, a few of the games should bring the heat — ...

Another banner year

The Westfield Wolverines have spent the last two seasons as the best team in CCAA Division 2 West. This season, the team defended its first undisputed league title since 2000 last year by earning another one, with a second straight year with a home playoff game in the process. For the second ...

Fredonia wrestlers leave for State Championship

Submitted photo From left: Fredonia wrestlers Alex Christy, David Ball and Jake Skinner left Wednesday for the State Tournament in Albany this weekend. Ceric Kristan of Brocton will join his Hillbillies at the State Tournament as well.

Fishing spots are in flux due to funky weather, ice build-up

As of Wednesday afternoon, the ice on Chautauqua Lake was getting “funky.” Ice fishing on Chautauqua Lake has been pretty good especially over the weekend. Skip Bianco at Hogan’s Hut/Stow reports that there has been about 5 inches of ice cover on the lake, but the recent warming trend ...

Lady Marauders advance

Referencing facing divisional opponents in the postseason, coaches often say, “It’s hard to beat a team three times.” The Dunkirk Lady Marauders didn’t have that problem on Tuesday against the visiting Olean Lady Huskies. Dunkirk took the lead less than two minutes into the game and ...

Lady ‘Billies dominate Health Science

Coming into Tuesday night’s action to begin the 2019-20 postseason, the Fredonia Lady Billies found themselves as the 10-seed, taking on the 7-seed Health Science Lady Falcons. While normally the 7-seed would be the home team, Health Science doesn’t have a home gym to call their own, ...

Marauders season ends at Maryvale

OBSERVER Staff Report BUFFALO — The Dunkirk Marauders season came to an end on Tuesday night, as the 14-seed Marauders fell to the 11-seed Maryvale Flyers 63-48 at Maryvale High School. The Marauders trailed 32-18 at the half, but came out roaring in the third quarter, and were able to ...

Fredonia wins, Silver Creek falls in Unified Bowling

OBSERVER Staff Reports LANCASTER — The Fredonia Unified Bowling team played two matches on Tuesday, beating Iroquois 4-3 and Amherst 5-2. Although it was the first week since the season opener where the total pin count for the team dropped, Fredonia still had some high scores, ...

CSHOF inductee Orlando has left his ‘Mark’

The love for the game blossomed early. Growing up in a family of athletes - mostly baseball players - Mark Orlando's youth in the grape vineyards of Northern Chautauqua County was highlighted by participation in team sports. But, occasional trips north on the New York State Thruway to War ...

Basketball playoffs tip off tonight with Dunkirk, Fredonia girls at home

The Section VI class playoffs kick off today with three Dunkirk and Fredonia games on the schedule. Despite being the Class B2 10-seed, Fredonia (11-9) has earned a home playoff game against 7-seed Health Science (6-3) who does not have a home gym and plays of their games on the road. Both ...

Hurricane win fifth in a row with weekend wins against Rochester

BROCTON — The Chautauqua Hurricane (7-3) continued its hot streak with two big PBL wins against the Rochester Razorsharks this past weekend at the Brocton Central School gym. On Saturday, the Hurricane won a close game 103-97, then on Sunday the Hurricane won again, 100-85. In the first ...