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Lady Cougars survive tough test from Brocton

SINCLAIRVILLE — After the Cassadaga Valley Lady Cougars softball team was up 8-1 in the third inning, the Brocton Lady Bulldogs were able to bring the tying run up to the plate in the seventh inning. But Brittyn LeBaron was able to end the threat with a strikeout while a runner was on second ...

Baseball roundup: Brocton comes back to top Clymer

BROCTON — Jordan Krystofiak’s walkoff hit scored Hunter Rizzo and secured a 5-4 high school baseball win for the Bulldogs over Clymer Monday in a CCAA West 2 divisional contest. Down 4-2 heading into the bottom of the seventh, Rizzo tied the game for Brocton (3-0, 2-0) with a two-run ...

Ostrye, Forestville shut out Clymer

FORESTVILLE — The Lady Cougars’ Brooke Ostrye pitched a complete game, three-hit shutout to beat Clymer, 7-0, in a CCAA West 2 high school softball matchup Monday. Ostrye stuck out 15 batters for Forestville (4-2, 2-0) and allowed just three singles and a walk. “Brooke pitched really ...

Lady T’Wolves top North Collins

NORTH COLLINS — The Cattaraugus-Little Valley Lady Timberwolves nearly no-hit the North Collins Lady Eagles (4-2, 0-1) Monday in a 6-0 CCAA East 2 high school softball win. The Lady Timberwolves’ Emma Rupp pitched a complete game, striking out four and walking no one. She gave up just one ...

Devils win in Erie

ERIE, Pa. — The SUNY Fredonia baseball team scored two runs in the first and four in the second inning and never looked back as they downed Penn State Behrend, 9-3, on Monday. The victory also brought back the I-90 Cup to Fredonia, and the Devils now lead the series three games to two vs. ...

Westfield tennis team wins

WESTFIELD — The Westfield Wolverines high school tennis team (2-1) defeated the Cassadaga Valley Cougars, 4-1, in a Monday match. In second singles, the Wolverines’ Olivia Clamp beat Blake Dahl 6-1, 6-3. In third singles, it was Isaac Caballero over Cassadaga Valley’s Katrinah Brett by ...

K & L Lanes set to host DLBA year-end tourneys

The Dunkirk Lakeshore Bowling Association will be hosting their annual Masters and Championship tournaments at K & L Lanes, 10 Buffalo St., Gowanda, beginning Saturday, April 28 and running daily through Saturday, May 12. The 19th Annual Masters Tournament, sponsored by Sunset Truck & ...

Dunkirk 10U team opens with win

Submitted Photo On Sunday afternoon, the Dunkirk Marauders 10U Travel Baseball team started their season off with a big 3-0 win over Midtown at Fredonia. Dunkirk’s pitchers, Thomas Shaffer, Greg Orcutt, and Josh Lemanski, combined for 11 strikeouts in a one hit shutout. Shaffer took the ...

Blue Devils baseball team tops Brockport

BROCKPORT — The SUNY Fredonia baseball team claimed a 4-2 victory at Brockport, riding the strong right arm of of Luke Kuczewski. The junior righty went nine innings allowing five hits while striking out five to improve his record to 6-1 this season. Kuczewski had been going on three days ...

New boxing gym open

OBSERVER Photo by Braden Carmen Pride Boxing & Fitness, a new gym in Silver Creek, opened its doors on April 2. The gym offers classes in Boxing, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, POUND, Zumba, Step, Boot Camp, and Muay-Thai Boxing for youths ages 5 and up. There are classes offered seven days a week, ...

Dunkirk’s Francis wins event at Ohio meet

MARIETTA, Ohio — The Fredonia Blue Devils men’s track team had numerous top three finishers, including an event winner who hails from Dunkirk, at the Don Frail Invitational outdoor track and field meet hosted Saturday by Marietta College. The event winner was junior Ethan Francis ...

Solid all around

The Dunkirk Lady Marauders (6-2, 3-0) jumped out to a 6-0 lead, then held off a late Chautauqua Lake Lady Thunderbirds charge to win, 6-3, in a CCAA West 1 high school softball game Saturday afternoon behind Dunkirk High School. Monica Pokoj stymied Chautauqua Lake (2-1, 2-1) most of the ...

North Collins wins Hae Jude tourney

SILVER CREEK — The North Collins Lady Eagles claimed first place in the eight team Hae Jude softball tournament with a 6-0 victory over the Forestville Lady Hornets on Saturday afternoon. North Collins, which got a dominant pitching performance from tournament MVP Rebecca Cyrek won the ...

Trojans get past DHS in 9 innings

LAKEWOOD — Aidan Kennedy got the game-winning hit for Southwestern in a 3-2 CCAA West 1 high school baseball victory over Dunkirk on Saturday at Packard Field. Kennedy drilled a single to right field to score Collin Melquist with the tie-breaking run in the ninth inning and give the Trojans ...

Dunkirk track team hosts All Maroon Invite

Dunkirk High School’s track meet Saturday may have had fans seeing double — it was the All Maroon Invite, featuring teams with maroon in their school colors. On the boys side, Cheektowaga was champion with 201 points, followed by Orchard Park with 105, Dunkirk 82, Tonawanda 58 and Eden ...

Zielinski complete game leads NC over Frewsburg

FREWSBURG — Brandon Zielinski has owned Frewsburg his entire high school career. As a sophomore, the North Collins right-hander threw a pair of complete games and allowed just two earned runs while striking out 11 in a pair of Eagles’ victories. Last year, the 6-foot, 170-pounder beat ...

Blue Devils lax team wins first game of season

NEW PALTZ — A season-long wait ended with a late-game rally and a team women’s lacrosse record was shattered Saturday in Fredonia’s 16-15 overtime win Saturday over New Paltz. Sophomore attack Madeline Haney scored the game-winning goal with four seconds left in the first overtime as ...

Lake Erie Outdoor & Fishing Show was a success

The first Lake Erie Outdoor & Fishing Show, held Saturday at the Clarion Hotel on Lake Shore Drive in Dunkirk, is now history, and will go down as a success. This event was a project originated by OBSERVER Publisher John D’Agostino, and took over a year to develop. Judging by the ...

Brocton goes 1-1 on 2nd day of Hae Jude

SILVER CREEK — The Brocton Lady Bulldogs stumbled on the defense in Game 1, then found their stride the following game in the Hae Jude Tournament on Saturday. The Lady Bulldogs fell to Randolph, 6-0, and defeated Allegany-Limestone, 5-2. Randolph started the scoring in the first game by ...

T’birds edge Dunkirk in extra innings, 1-0

The Chautauqua Lake Thunderbirds, behind stellar pitching from Kyler Majka, defeated the Dunkirk Marauders, 1-0, in nine innings in a CCAA Division 1 West regular season high school baseball game on Friday at Dunkirk High School. The game was a textbook example of a pitchers’ duel. Dunkirk ...