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Division I college commitments

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Submitted Photos Two Gowanda High School athletes made their college futures known last Friday when they signed national letters of intent. In photo above, Zoey Kota, seated, made it official when she committed to play softball at St. Bonaventure University during a ceremony held in the ...

Section champs

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ALLEGANY — All Jim Rush wanted was an opportunity. On Saturday night, the Fredonia boys soccer team rewarded its coach with something even better — a Section VI Class B-2 championship. Jack Carlson scored the only goal in the first half and the second-seeded Hillbillies claimed their ...

Flick to the finish line

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OBSERVER Photo by Scott Kindberg Juliana Flick of Silver Creek nears the end of the Section VI Class C2 girls cross country championship race at Bemus Point Golf Course on Sunday. Flick placed second with a time of 21:36.04.

Maple Grove boys trim T’Birds in Class C final

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A 2018 sectional final loss to Randolph seems like a distant memory to the Maple Grove boys soccer team. Now the Red Dragons are back-to-back champions. Cara Abbey’s third-seeded team won its second straight Section VI Class C title Saturday afternoon with a 4-1 victory over No. 4 ...

Frewsburg girls complete perfect 16-0 season

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FREWSBURG — Saturday’s Section VI Class C girls soccer championship game was essentially a coronation for Frewsburg. No. 5 Chautauqua Lake made the second-seeded Bears work to retain their crown. Sisters Alexandra and Ava Hultberg as well as their cousin, Ashlyn Samuelson, each ...

Fredonia third at CCAA championships

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OLEAN — At the Chautauqua-Cattaraugus Athletic Association girls Division 1 swimming and diving championships Friday, Madison Kramer led Frewsburg/Falconer to a championship with victories in the 100-yard butterfly (1:00.99) and 100-yard backstroke (1:00.37). Cara Pillittieri also won for the ...

Fredonia boys win 1st Section VI soccer title in 35 years

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ALLEGANY — All Jim Rush wanted was an opportunity. On Saturday night, the Fredonia boys soccer team rewarded its coach with something even better — a Section VI Class B-2 championship. Jack Carlson scored the only goal in the first half and the second-seeded Hillbillies claimed their ...

Repeat champion

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Fredonia’s Elizabeth Pucci-Schaefer, pictured above center, won the Chautauqua-Cattaraugus Athletic Association Division 2 1-meter diving championship Friday at Olean Middle School with an 11-dive pool-record 495 points. Jamestown’s Rheese Maggio, pictured above left, finished second with ...

Chautauqua Lake boys fall to Maple Grove in Class C final

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A 2018 sectional final loss to Randolph seems like a distant memory to the Maple Grove boys soccer team. Now the Red Dragons are back-to-back champions. Cara Abbey's third-seeded team won its second straight Section VI Class C title Saturday afternoon with a 4-1 victory over No. 4 ...

Frewsburg tops Chautauqua Lake for Class C title

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FREWSBURG — Saturday's Section VI Class C girls soccer championship game was essentially a coronation for Frewsburg. No. 5 Chautauqua Lake made the second-seeded Bears work to retain their crown. Sisters Alexandra and Ava Hultberg as well as their cousin Ashlyn Samuelson each scored a ...

Panama/Maple Grove/Clymer claims Division 2 crown

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OLEAN — Izzi Bailey and Jo Bailey were both double winners to lead Panama/Maple Grove/Clymer to the Chautauqua-Cattaraugus Athletic Association Division 2 swimming and diving championship Thursday at Olean Middle School. Izzi Bailey captured the 200-yard individual medley (2:26.99) and ...

Section VI soccer finals are today

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Several local teams will be playing for Section VI soccer titles today. A pair of girls games will kick off the action with 11 a.m. starts. In Class B-2, No. 1 Southwestern will host No. 2 Wilson at Charles A. Lawson Field. The Trojans are currently 11-4-0 on the season, having beaten ...

Hunting and fishing action picked up recently

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This columnist got a phone call on Sunday morning from an excited young bow hunter. James Shut, the son of my good friend Jimmy Shutt, called to tell me he got a monster buck that his dad would be proud of. James was hunting on his grandfather’s property and knew in advance that a monster ...

Kaus fires career-low round of 77

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WESTFIELD — Ken Kaus shot 77, a personal career low round, in the Wednesday Travel League, to tie Wayne Stoughton for the low round at Pinehurst Golf Club. Stoughton was the overall winner via his birdie on the first handicap hole. Ed Tofil finished third with 84. Stoughton was low on the ...

Holes-In-One

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Rose Brook Golf Club was the site of a pair of holes-in-one late in the golf season. Barbara Whipple, pictured above left, aced the 16th hole with her 5-wood on Sept. 16. Three days later, Mike Stockman, pictured above right, made a hole-in-one on No. 12 with his pitching wedge.

Bowling

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Fredonia Heating turned in the high game (854) and the high series (2,474) to lead the Fumble League. Recording the top individual games were Anne Haase, 176; Lynn Figal, 161-173; Kathy Price 165; and Shirley Salerno, 162.

HIGH SCHOOL PLAYOFFS

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SECTION VI GIRLS SOCCER CLASS AA Monday, Nov. 9 Quarterfinal Williamsville North 1, Frontier 0 Wednesday, Nov. 11 Semifinals Clarence 3, Williamsville North 0 Lancaster 5, Lockport 2 Final Saturday, Nov. 14 2-Lancaster at 1-Clarence, 11 a.m. CLASS A-1 Monday, Nov. ...

On to the final

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SILVER CREEK — Conventional wisdom dictates that beating one team three times in the same season is no small feat. The Fredonia Hillbillies faced that exact challenge on Thursday night, but their third meeting against the Southwestern Trojans this season came with enhanced stakes: A trip to ...

Riedesel’s goal is difference in T’Birds’ win

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PORTVILLE — In two seasons of varsity soccer at Chautauqua Lake, Ian Riedesel had never scored a goal. He picked the perfect time to score his first. Riedesel scored in the 70th minute Thursday evening to send the fourth-seeded Thunderbirds to a 1-0 victory over No. 1 Portville in a ...