Local Sports

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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 ...

Biologists speak at State of Lake Erie

The State of Lake Erie meeting was held at the Southtowns Walleye Association Club on Thursday evening. Helen Domske from Sea Grant was the Master of Ceremonies, and has held that position for 25 years. Domske then introduced the first speaker of the evening, Sea Grant Biologist Jesse M. ...

Fredonia loses 14-2

OBSERVER Staff Report A day after a 23-0 defeat of Maple Grove, the Fredonia Hillbillies fell to Harbor Creek, Pa. in a non-league high school baseball game, 14-2, at Fredonia High School on Saturday. Fredonia (1-1, 1-0) used five different pitchers on the day, beginning with Reid ...

Glowniak, Ganey lead Dunkirk past Olean

OBSERVER Staff Report The Dunkirk Marauders finished off the week on a three game winning streak after a 7-6 victory over Olean on Saturday in a non-league high school baseball matchup at Dunkirk High School. Dunkirk (3-2, 2-0) recovered from an early 3-0 deficit with a six-run second ...

Hillbillies plate 23 runs in defeat of Red Dragons

Even the cold Western New York weather couldn’t cool down the Fredonia offense on Friday afternoon. The Fredonia Hillbillies baseball team won its first game of the season, 23-0, over Maple Grove in a CCAA Division 1 West regular season high school baseball game at Fredonia High ...

Despite just 5 hits, Marauders beat Knights with 9 runs

SILVER CREEK — Despite only getting five hits, the Dunkirk Marauders took advantage of their opportunities on the way to a 9-1 victory over the Silver Creek Black Knights in CCAA West 1 action on Friday night. Both pitchers were dominant through the first two innings before Dunkirk erupted ...

Lady Billies softball squad bests Maple Grove

The Fredonia Lady Hillbillies softball team moved to 2-0 on the season with a 6-2 win over Maple Grove on the Billies’ diamond behind Fredonia High School Friday afternoon. Grace Pucciarelli got her second win in the pitching circle this season for Fredonia, in the team’s first CCAA West ...

Dunkirk softball tops Silver Creek

SILVER CREEK — The Dunkirk Lady Marauders topped the Silver Creek Black Knights, 9-2, in a CCAA West 1 high school softball contest Friday afternoon. Dunkirk (5-2, 2-0) got off to a fast start against Silver Creek (1-1, 1-1), plating two runs in the first inning and four runs in the third. ...

Lady Bulldogs win in extra innings, 11-10

BROCTON — The Brocton Lady Bulldogs softball team won a thrilling game over Southwestern on Friday night, 11-10, in eight innings at Brocton High School. Brocton surrendered three runs in the seventh inning to tie the game, 7-7, and push the game into extra innings. Each starting pitcher ...

CL baseball team edges Falconer

RIPLEY — The Chautauqua Lake Thunderbirds baseball team defeated Falconer, 9-7, to claim its first win of the season in a CCAA Division 1 West high school baseball game on Friday in Ripley. Chautauqua Lake (1-2, 1-1) took a 3-2 lead in the third inning on a two-run double by Nate Engdahl. ...

Blue Devils beat Oneonta, 5-3

Junior right-hander Luke Kuczewski pitched into the ninth after his teammates scored twice in the sixth with two outs as Fredonia defeated Oneonta, 5-3, in the first game of a three-game SUNYAC series at Ludwig Field. Kuczewski improved to 4-1 and the Blue Devils upped their mark to 11-8 ...

Lady Thunderbirds shut out Falconer

RIPLEY — The Chautauqua Lake Lady Thunderbirds (2-0) shut out the Falconer Lady Golden Falcons, 8-0, in a CCAA West 1 high school softball game Friday. Winning pitcher Olivia Anderson had a complete game shutout for Chautauqua Lake, with 12 strikeouts. She gave up five hits and one ...

Frewsburg baseball tops PV

FREWSBURG — Aaron Hair shined on the mound and Frewsburg used a six-run third inning to pull away from Pine Valley in a 10-3 CCAA Division 2 East victory Friday afternoon. Hair threw five innings of two-hit ball, striking out 10 while walking three and hitting two batters for the Bears ...

Panthers softball team loses

FREWSBURG — MaKena Adams shined in the circle and at the plate to lead Frewsburg to an 18-4 victory over Pine Valley in a CCAA East 2 softball game on Friday. Offensively, Adams smacked three hits, including a home run and a double, and drove in two runs, while teammate Regan Chitester ...

DHS, CV split tennis doubleheader

Dunkirk High School’s tennis team split a doubleheader with Cassadaga Valley on the DHS courts Friday afternoon. The visiting Cougars took the first match, 3-2, but Dunkirk won the second match, also by a 3-2 score. Dunkirk’s first doubles team of Ryan Wills and Joseph Newton won twice, ...