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Local Sports

Control of cormorant population would aid local fishermen

The fishing public may finally get some relief from the Federal government, in regards to the double crested cormorant. In the Feb. 21 issue of the NY Outdoor news, contributing writer Dan Ladd wrote that the US Fish & Wildlife Service will be soliciting public input regarding management of ...

Brown, Bahgat both break their school records at State Qualifier

OBSERVER Staff Report HOUGHTON — It was a banner day at the Section VI championship meet at Houghton College for the Fredonia High School varsity boys and girls track & field teams as Hessen Bahgat, Oliver Madariaga, and Emily Brown broke their own school records to help them ...

Oswego tops Fredonia hockey 4-1

Special to the OBSERVER OSWEGO — Fredonia State was eliminated from playoff contention on the final day of the regular season with a 4-1 SUNYAC loss Saturday to the Oswego Lakers. The Blue Devils (7-11-7 overall, 4-9-3 SUNYAC) needed to win Saturday to make the six-team conference ...

Blue Devils season ends in loss to Buff State 92-87

Special to the OBSERVER The Fredonia State men's basketball team dropped a hotly-contested game to Buffalo State, 92-87, Saturday afternoon. The Blue Devils saw four players achieve double-digit scoring, with Dydy Bryan leading the way with 29 points and six assists. De'Quan Smith had 17, ...

Blue Devils women fall to Buff. State, 96-56

Special to the OBSERVER The Fredonia State women's basketball team fell 96-56 to Buffalo State on Saturday night to conclude its season. The win for the Bengals earned them another point in the Battle by the Lake competition. Seniors Anna Chiacchia and Trisha Lane also completed their ...

Changes at the top of the bracket

On Saturday evening, I was writing this column as I always do, finishing up a rundown of our nearby Western New York teams and their tournament prospects. Then all heck broke loose at the top of the bracket for the first time in weeks, with three 1-seeds losing, and I had to put it on hold. ...

Four Dunkirk runners earn patches at State Qualifier at Houghton

OBSERVER Staff Report HOUGHTON — The regular indoor track season came to a close Saturday afternoon with two Lady Marauders earning a trip to the NYSPHAA State Meet March 7th. During the day, Dunkirk had 19 athletes compete after earning their way to the sectional meet. On the boys ...

Section VI reveals basketball postseason brackets

Section VI released the official boys and girls basketball postseason brackets on Saturday. Now, local teams know their path toward a Sectional Championship, and there are multiple teams in our area with favorable matchups. All games listed are 7 p.m. start times, unless noted otherwise. On ...

Unified Bowling gives new found opportunity to Fredonia, Silver Creek students

The Unified Bowling league has found its way to both Fredonia and Silver Creek High Schools beginning this season. Partnered with the Special Olympics, Unified sports gives students a chance to compete in a select few sports that they otherwise may not be able to compete in. General education ...

Fredonia State keeps playoff hopes alive by beating SUNY Cortland, 3-2

CORTLAND — The first collegiate goal by sophomore Chandler Judd proved to be the difference as Fredonia State kept its SUNYAC playoff chances alive with a 3-2 win Friday over the Cortland Red Dragons. Appearing in his 23rd game over two seasons, Judd scored from just in front of the net at ...

Fredonia loses to Panama in regular season finale

OBSERVER Photo by Christian Storms Above, Fredonia’s Samantha Tabone (white) attempts to dribble past Panama defender Kylee Odell (blue) during Friday’s game at Fredonia High School. The Lady ‘Billies fell to the visiting Lady Panthers in a final nonleague tuneup ahead of the ...

Golfer’s Diary: How to shave off strokes (Part. 1)

Over the last several weeks, I embarked on a journey to help non-golfers become more confident in starting the sport that I love so much. I explored topics ranging from equipment to scoring to golf cart etiquette. Well non-golfers, move over. It’s time to give some advice to the golfers out ...

Chautauqua Lake takes down Westfield; Silver Creek edges Sherman

Chautauqua Lake 55, Westfield 52 RIPLEY - Nate and Noah Adams combined for 36 points to send Chautauqua Lake to a 55-52 nonleague victory over Westfield at Ripley Central School. Nate Adams scored 21 points, collected nine rebounds and had five steals for the Thunderbirds (5-15), who dug ...

Four Fredonia wrestlers earn at-large bids in State Championship

Entering the season, the Fredonia wrestling team had lofty expectations due to a number of key returners and exciting younger players. Now, with the season winding down, four of those wrestlers who excelled all season get their chance to be on the podium of the New York State Public High School ...

Rice is nice

GOWANDA — With Gowanda superstar Miya Scanlan out of the lineup due to injury, it wasn’t whether Silver Creek would win, but rather by how much. The answer to that question was 21 points, Silver Creek avenged its loss to the Lady Panthers earlier this season with a 50-29 Section VI Division ...

Sands leads Sherman to win over Chautauqua Lake

OBSERVER Staff Report MAYVILLE - Carrie Sands poured in 23 points to lead Sherman to a 56-37 nonleague girls basketball victory over Chautauqua Lake on Thursday. The Wildcats outscored the hosts 33-15 in the middle two quarters to build a comfortable lead. They end the regular season ...

Sample sets sights on Tokyo

From having a top 400-meter time in the Chautauqua-Cattaraugus Athletic Association to being a member of a state-championship winning 1,600-meter relay team, Falconer/Cassadaga Valley senior Rayven Sample is no stranger to success on the track. That success, along with immense determination ...

Dunkirk tops Allegany-Limestone

DUNKIRK — In the third quarter of the Dunkirk Lady Marauders game against Allegany-Limestone, the Lady Gators only trailed by nine points, 49-40. It was impressive the Lady Gators were able to keep up with the best offense in the county for that long, but Dunkirk soon did what they do against ...

Fredonia closes out with a win

BUFFALO — The Fredonia Hillbillies closed out the regular season with a 64-43 win over MST Prep in a non-league boys basketball contest at the Math Science Technology Preparatory School in Buffalo on Wednesday night. “It was good for us. It was a tough battle early and exactly what we ...

Additional handi-cap parking at boat launch addressed

It’s hard to believe that the Tim Horton’s facility located on Lake Shore Drive Dunkirk has been around for 12 years already. Dave Kron the owner addressed the Dunkirk Harbor Commission at the Wednesday evening meeting with proposals for potential changes for his buildings exterior. He ...