The 15th annual Cattaraugus County Sports Hall of Fame banquet is set to welcome over 140 guests at 6 p.m. Saturday, April 8 at the Little Valley Legion. Besides this year's inductee Robert Jimerson, Sr. from the Gowanda area, five previous local enshrined Hall of Fame members — Dave Robbins, Pete Palmer, Tim Bobsein, Mark Benton and Jack Gaylord, Jr. — will be in attendance.

The Gowanda Central School varsity baseball team opened their 2017 season at home on April 3 against top ranked Orchard Park in a non-league game and lost by the score of 20-5. After giving up three runs in the top of the first inning to the visiting Quakers, the Panthers responded with two runs of their own. Senior Matt Kruszka, now in his sixth year of playing varsity baseball at Gowanda, cracked a long solo home run in the first inning. Orchard Park came back with four more runs in the top of the second and the rout was on. The Panthers start six seniors but were hit hard by graduation last June. Gowanda will begin league play in a few weeks and will defend their three-year reign as champions of the CCAA Eastern Division.

The Gowanda Central School boys and girls track and field teams are scheduled to officially open their 2017 season with a quadrangular meet at Holland on Tuesday, April 11 beginning at noon. Springville and Pioneer are the other two schools that will also compete in the meet.

Both Gowanda track & field teams will begin the home portion of the their schedule at Hillis Field on Tuesday, April 25 against Falconer. The co-ed meet has a 4:30 p.m. scheduled start.

Notre Dame College of Ohio freshman softball pitcher Taylor Olson picked up another win as her team defeated Wesleyan College by the score of 4-1 on April 1. With the win, Olson raised her record to 8-6. The Perrysburg resident also started the second game of the double header but struggled early and was relieved in the second inning. However, Notre Dame's offense responded and went on win by the final count of 8-6. Olson did not figure in that decision on the mound.

The Gowanda co-ed youth spring soccer program is scheduled to begin on Thursday, May 4 at the George Dispenza Memorial Field on Broadway Road. It will run for five consecutive Thursdays from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The program is open to all children ages 5-13 regardless of which school they attend. There is a small fee to participate in the program. Parents can begin to register their children by calling Tri-County Events, Inc. at 532-4053 or emailing hidibenton@aol.com.

The Village of Gowanda Recreation summer program is taking applications for certified lifeguards, arts and crafts instructors and playground counselors. Applications are available at the village office located at 27 East Main St. Applicants must be at least 16 years old and have a strong background in sports and/or arts and crafts. The deadline to apply for a summer position is May 15. The first day of summer recreation at St. John Park is Wednesday, July 5.

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