BY MARK MCGUIRE
The Hold Steady sang about Saturday night being “a runway into Sunday, sometimes Monday” — in other words, a weekend too good to quit.
So it’s gone with Niskayuna sports. In fact, it’s been more like a month too good to end.
Go back to mid-May onward, when high school rowers won a state championship, then a major regatta and finally a national title.
Niskayuna’s girls’ lacrosse team won a sectional title. In late May, one of that team’s alums, Kayla Treanor of Syracuse University, stood on stage as a finalist for college player of the year.
As athletic director Larry Gillooley said, “It’s been a great year, for those competing now and those who competed for us in the past.”
And still all this was a warm-up to the most excellent of weekends.
The boys’ lacrosse team, twice a state runner-up in the 2000s, finally broke through Saturday, winning a historic state title and becoming the first Section II team to claim a New York crown in lacrosse.
Current players grasped what this title meant, not only to them, but to all who came before.
“When you go into a game like this, you want to win not only for your coaches, and not just for the team, but for the players who paved the way for us. The past players,” said midfielder John Prendergast, one of Niskayuna’s eight seniors. “I’m so glad we were able to get it done for Niskayuna.”
Good weekend — a great one. Then came the runway into Monday. You knew the day would be different: Garrett Whitley opened a Twitter account.