Local Sports

Karate Connection competes at grappling event

Submitted Photo The Annual NYS-HGC Grappling Championship, promoted by Norman Yonkers’ Karate Connection MMA, was held on April 7 at Fredonia Central School. This event has been running since 2004 in Fredonia and attracts competitors from all over the U.S. and Canada. The Karate Connection ...

Yeardley walk participants log 2,833,669 yards

Participants in the Fredonia “Around the World for Yeardley” Awareness Walk on Thursday logged 2,833,669 yards inside the Steele Hall Fieldhouse, according to a student organizer. “Our Fredonia campus came together,” said senior Ben Chatley, “to walk in memory of friends and to ...

Gowanda High lacrosse team defeats Wilson

GOWANDA — The Panthers outscored visiting Wilson 13-1 in the second half to win a high school lacrosse match Thursday, 19-6. Gowanda (2-2, 2-1) was led by the eight assists and one goal of Ryan John. Tate Curry had five goals and an assist, while Uriah John contributed four goals and two ...

Blue Devils ink Ostrye

OBSERVER Photo by M.J. Stafford Forestville High School senior Brooke Ostrye signed her letter of intent to play Division III college volleyball at SUNY Fredonia on Thursday. She is pictured in the Forestville school library in between her father, Mark, and her mother, Becky. Standing above ...

Silver Creek second-graders doing running program

SILVER CREEK — Silver Creek Elementary School teacher and district Wellness Committee member Trisha Sills has been leading a program called Rising New York Road Runners, a free youth fitness program, for her second-grade class. Thousands of students in grades Pre-Kindergarten through 12th ...

CV loses to Frewsburg

FREWSBURG — Frewsburg scored multiple runs in every inning en route to an 18-5 non-league baseball win over Cassadaga Valley on Wednesday afternoon. Nick Marsh led the Bears’ (5-0, 1-0 CCAA East 2) offense with two hits, including a double, and three RBIs while Trent Gray also had two ...

Fishing poor lately due to weather

Fishing lately continues to be a slow go, with cold, temperatures, and snowfall impacting local waterways. Rick Miller in Irving commented that even the hard bottom streams like Walnut Creek and Silver Creek have been running high and dirty lately, but showed signs of clearing later on ...

Marauders 10U-11U baseball to start play

With the unfortunate weather lately, it is hard to believe travel baseball season is upon us. This weekend, the Dunkirk Marauders 11U Travel Baseball Team will start its regular season, in the South Towns Travel League on Saturday at 10 a.m. in West Seneca. The Dunkirk Marauders 10U Travel ...

Staying on track

Dunkirk High School’s baseball and softball teams lost games to weather and field conditions yet again Wednesday, but the boys and girls track squads managed to host their competition. Southwestern defeated both of Dunkirk’s teams in the meet at Karl Hoeppner Field. The girls meet was a ...

JCC golf wraps up first leg of season

JAMESTOWN — The Jamestown Community College golf team has braved the cold weather early on in the season, with three days of competition outside in the cold from Friday-Sunday. On day one at Highland Park CC, Anthony Miller shot an 82, while Dillan Labarbra shot an 83. Miller and Labarbra ...

Fischer named Chautauqua Lake coach

MAYVILLE — Chautauqua Lake and Westfield merged their high school varsity football programs late last year. That’s not the only news heading into the 2018 high school gridiron season, however. Curt Fischer, who posted 221 career victories at Maple Grove Junior-Senior High School and two ...

Snowed Out

Pictured is the Fredonia High School baseball field on Tuesday morning. The unusually long winter weather this spring sports season has caused many local teams to postpone games on multiple occasions already this year. The Fredonia Hillbillies scheduled regular season league baseball and ...

For the Record

Today’s local sports schedule Play of games subject to weather and playing surface conditions. Baseball Dunkirk at North Collins Panama at Pine Valley Southwestern at Chautauqua Lake Silver Creek at Fredonia Westfield at Randolph Boys tennis Dunkirk at Olean Salamanca at ...

Rodeo Camp registration underway

GERRY — Young rodeo fans are advised that the registration deadline for the free PRCA Rodeo Camp to be held at the Gerry Rodeo grounds on Saturday, May 5, is fast approaching. Spaces are limited and registration is due online by April 28. The camp, sponsored by the Professional Rodeo ...

Target: Excellence

EVANS — PULL! The Gowanda trap team’s season is underway as the first-year squad is aiming down the sights and destroying clay pigeons. The team had its fourth mandatory team practice on Saturday morning and its seventh total — three were voluntary. Even in that short period of time, ...

On the way up

When you’re at the bottom, there’s nowhere to go but up. There is no better example of that than the Chautauqua Hurricane. Last year, the Chautauqua Hurricane finished at the bottom of the standings. The year before, the team struggled to retain its own players before being poached by ...

For the Record

Today’s local sports schedule Play of games subject to weather and playing surface conditions. Boys golf Cassadaga Valley at Maple Grove Boys tennis Allegany-Limestone at Cassadaga Valley Dunkirk at Salamanca Southwestern at Fredonia Baseball Brocton at North ...

Annual egg hunt brings out many

Even though it is April 15, spring is reluctant to arrive for good. The 8th annual Spring Easter Egg hunt, usually held on the lawn of the Langford House, formerly the President’s House, at SUNY, took place for the first time in Fredonia’s Steele Hall gym. The event is organized each year ...

Dunkirk star Emilee Hanlon makes Division 1 aspirations come true

In the world of sports, Western New York has always been overlooked. From the struggles of the national sports franchises in the area, to the disrespect shown to small schools on the high school level when postseason seedings are released, Western New York has never received the recognition it ...

Trojans top Cougars

Special to the OBSERVER LAKEWOOD — Southwestern improved to 2-0 after posting a 10-7 win over visiting Cassadaga Valley (0-2) on Friday in a non-league high school baseball game. After the Cougars broke out to a 3-0 lead, five runs in the second inning, two more in the third and three in ...