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It’s no secret the Southern Tier of Section VI has girls basketball talent. Word has spread across the state as Danielle Haskell of Franklinville and Sara Pfeiffer of Olean earned state Player of the Year honors in each’s respective classifications from the New York State Sportswriters Association. For Haskell, it’s the second consecutive the junior has earned Player…

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The Olean Police Department executed a search warrant at a residence Wednesday night, arresting seven on drug charges after detaining people who fled onto a second-story porch roof, officials said. The warrant was served at approximately 11:45 p.m. Wednesday on North Eighth Street in the City of Olean, where seven of 11 people at the house were arrested for possession o…

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BINGHAMTON – It’s the end of the road for Olean and its longtime boys basketball coach, Jeff Anastasia. That’s because the player known throughout most of the state as JGIII performed like a man determined to end his scholastic career in his hometown of Glens Falls next weekend during the New York State Federation Tournament of Champions. As a result, Section II cham…

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GREECE — It was never hard to find them. The seven seniors who comprise the Olean boys basketball team’s main rotation grew up playing hoops together. On AAU teams, pickup at St. Bonaventure University, at the YMCA, in the backyard. Their court took many forms, no matter the weather conditions. “We would play every single day,” senior guard Josh Bihler said. “If we h…

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The Class B portion of Championship Saturday at Buffalo State Sports Arena turned into two milestones, with one victory each for Olean and Allegany-Limestone. Fittingly enough both will have to go through each other to earn the opportunity to attain more postseason memories. Unbeaten News No. 1 small school Olean added to its collection of Section VI championships by…

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Sara Pfeiffer is making up for lost time as she shoots her way up the list of Western New York’s all-time girls basketball scoring leaders. Returning to Olean after spending last season at Seton Catholic, a high-level prep school in Chandler, Ariz., the senior guard with swagger leads Section VI with 35.1 points per game. Her 2,124 career points rank 10th on WNY’s career …

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An Olean man was arrested on several charges early Saturday morning after a pursuit that involved three law enforcement agencies across about 20 miles of Cattaraugus County, the Cattaraugus County Sheriff's Office reported. Brandon M. Blackshear, 35, of Olean, was arrested for fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, first-degree felony aggravated unl…

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An Olean man without a driver's license who has a prior conviction for driving while intoxicated was charged with aggravated DWI, according to State Police. Aaron R. Tierson, 36, was pulled over Sunday on Buffalo Street in Olean. Tierson failed field sobriety tests at the scene and later registered a blood-alcohol level of 0.18 percent, troopers said. Tierson, wh…

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The Niagara-Wheatfield wrestling team received an at-large entry to the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Dual Meet Championships during a seeding conference call on Sunday. Olean and Falconer automatically qualified for next weekend’s tournament in Syracuse as the top seeds for the Section VI Dual Meet Championships that were canceled Saturday due to…

Four people were arrested Thursday in a police drug raid at a residence in Olean, according to the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force. Candy L. Leon, 51, of Salamanca, was charged with fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, police said. Also arrested were Patricia A. Manning, 33, Jamie L. Richter, 53, and Jeffrey M. Richter, 36, all of South …

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Quinn DeCicco and Kaitlyn Higby provided the finishing touches each’s respective girls soccer team needed Tuesday night to earn spots in the New York State Public High Schools Athletic Association Tournament. DeCicco’s second goal of the game late in the second half broke a 1-1 tie and enabled Amherst to defeat longtime nemesis Williamsville East, 2-1, in the overall Se…

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A woman was arrested on driving while intoxicated and other charges after a Saturday morning crash in which her vehicle went airborne, hit two trees and came to rest in a creek bed in Olean, according to the Cattaraugus County Sheriff's Office. Brittany Clark, 25, of Hornell, who was not injured in the crash, was arrested just before 1 a.m. on charges of felony DWI, fai…

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The sense of companionship helped draw Eric Medler into radio. As a high school student in Brockport, long before mobile phones or the internet, he used to flip the dial to radio station WCMF, out of Rochester. Medler would settle back in his room and listen to Dave Kane, a rock ’n’ roll personality who is still going strong on-air with WCMF, decades later. For the t…

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By Perry L. Novak, Special to the News SOUTH GLENS FALLS – Olean’s softball team frequently prepares for its season with a trip south during Easter vacation. Once there, Coach Dan Brooks’ Huskies battle strong teams to be better prepared for the regular season. That strategy paid off again in 2018 as Olean lost three games down south then returned home and wound up w…

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Brooke Plonka and her Iroquois softball teammates have joked about playing at states since their sophomore season. Two years later, it’s not a joke anymore. It’s reality. With a historic 4-1 win Saturday over Section V private school Our Lady of Mercy (13-11) in the Class A Far West Regional, the Chiefs (18-1) are headed to Glens Falls to compete in the New York Stat…