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Lady Cougars beat Maple Grove

OBSERVER Staff Report SINCLAIRVILLE — Cassadaga Valley head coach Ken Balling described junior flamethrower Brittyn LeBaron as a “gamer.” When the stakes are the highest, she’s at her best, as she dealt the Lady Cougars to a Class C quarterfinal victory over Maple Grove Monday night ...

Dunkirk, Fredonia meet in softball playoffs today

The year of the Dunkirk-Fredonia rivalry has one final chapter, as the Lady Marauders and the Lady ‘Billies face off for a spot in the Class B1 softball final today in Fredonia. Just months after the two rivals met in the class championship in basketball in Buffalo, the two schools — ...

Golfer’s Diary: Vineyards’ under new management

Big, exciting changes are underway regarding the local golf scene. It starts at Vineyards Golf Course in Fredonia, which as of this year is under new ownership and management. Debbie Mancuso recently purchased the golf course and brought in Jason Goss to manage. “Debbie had joked to ...

Jamestown Vietnam Veteran To Be Honored By Yankees

FALCONER — David Cobbe spent Friday evening enjoying a Falconer junior varsity girls softball game at Ernie Strickland Field. Later this week, the Jamestown resident and seven members of his family will be taking in a baseball game at arguably the most recognizable sporting venue in the ...

Hillbillies advance

With multiple standout senior pitchers all season long, there was a question as to which pitcher would take the mound for the Fredonia Hillbillies in the biggest postseason moments. Derrick Walters made a statement in his favor on Saturday. Walters threw a complete game shutout to lead ...

Turkey hunting provides its challenges

Finding turkeys has been difficult, but not impossible for hunters willing to put the time and effort in. Since the season opened the first of May, and including the youth hunt, hunters have noticed a reduced number of birds. The state has issued reports to this effect and commented that the ...

Blue Devils trio headed to NCAA championship meet

Special to the OBSERVER It’s official: Three Fredonia Blue Devils have qualified for the NCAA Division III Track & Field championship meet. Sarah Couperus and Brittany Feldman (Jamestown/Southwestern) from the women’s team and Justyn Haines from the men’s team are bound for ...

Ahlstrom, Sena lead ‘Week in Review’

The spring sports season has reached its most exciting time — playoff season. With that, many athletes have had notable performances in the recent week worth noting. Here are a few highlights from the exciting week: Top Male Athletes: Dunkirk pitcher Peyton Ahlstrom & Fredonia ...

Marauders lose in baseball playoffs

SPRINGVILLE — The Dunkirk Marauders high school baseball team lost to Springville in a Class B-1 pre-quarterfinal Friday, 11-6, ending its season. Springville jumped on Dunkirk early, scoring six runs in the first inning. Jared Glowniak came in with one out in the first, pitched the rest of ...

Gowanda advances

GOWANDA — The Gowanda Panthers scored seven runs in the fourth inning and never looked back en route to a 9-5 victory over the Eden Red Raiders in a B-2 pre-quarterfinal battle on Friday night. Both teams traded runs in the first inning. Red Raiders leadoff hitter Evan Kelly singled and ...

Local baseball teams’ playoff openers listed

The brackets for the Section VI high school baseball playoffs were released late Thursday night. Dunkirk was seeded No. 10 in Class B1 and went to No. 7 Springville for a pre-quarterfinal on Friday (see related story). Fredonia grabbed a No. 3 seed in Class B1, giving it a pre-quarterfinal ...

CL heads to sectionals on winning note

WESTFIELD — The Chautauqua Lake Thunderbirds baseball squad closed off its regular season with a 5-4 non-league win over the Westfield Wolverines Friday. CL got off to a 2-0 lead early. Devin Pope walked in the top of the first, Kyler Majka singled to move Pope to third base, then Bryce ...

11U Marauders hold off West Seneca, 14-13

Submitted photo Despite seeing its eight-run lead whittled down by the end, the Dunkirk Marauders 11U still held off West Seneca for a 14-13 victory on Thursday. Donovan Thompson got the win for Dunkirk. He lasted three innings, allowing two hits and six runs while striking out four. Thomas ...

Eckley wins tourney

Submitted Photo Jake Eckley, assistant golf professional at Tri County Country Club in Forestville, won the first WNYPGA Assistants Tournament, sponsored by Golf Max/Golf Pride at Transit Valley Country Club, with a 4 over par 75. Tied for second with 76s were Mike Boss, River Oaks GC and ...

‘Beat the Champ’ featuring teen local bowlers

CLARENCE — It’s a “Southern Tier Teen Challenge!” Chris Musial, President and General Manager of WBBZ-TV, is proud to announce that “Beat The Champ” will roll from Jamestown Bowling Company in Jamestown today at 4 p.m. (with an encore Sunday at 11 p.m.) Top young bowlers from ...

Arias, former world tennis No. 5 and WNY native, to host clinics at YMCA

Long before the late Van Miller made the term “fandemonium” part of his Buffalo Bills’ radio broadcasts, he very well could have served as the fan club president for one young tennis player from Grand Island. Even at 12 years old, Jimmy Arias’ talents left mouths agape, including that ...

Pine Valley softball defeats Sherman in playoffs

SOUTH DAYTON — Kaylee Crisanti threw a complete-game five-hitter to lead the Pine Valley Lady Panthers high school softball team to an 8-0 win over Sherman on Thursday to start the Section VI Class D playoffs. Crisanti struck out five and issued two walks. Teammate Kayla Hohl was 3 for 3 ...

Frewsburg tops Forestville in regular season softball game

FREWSBURG — Ashley Carlson’s two-out single in the bottom of the seventh inning lifted Frewsburg to a 6-5 non-league softball victory over Forestville on Friday. Peyton Yost led off the inning with a double and came around to score on Carlson’s base hit up the middle. The victory ...

Dunkirk sets down City Honors

The No. 3-seeded Dunkirk Lady Marauders (13-5) won comfortably over the No. 6- seeded City Honors Centaurs, 9-1, to start the Section 6 Class B-1 high school softball playoffs Thursday. Monica Pokoj pitched a complete game five-hitter with 10 strikeouts for Dunkirk, Kaitlyn Davis bashed a ...