10 dates to know for Niskayuna athletics this fall sports season

Girls' soccer players Hannah Munro, left, and Cassidy O'Rourke compete against one another during the opening day of practice for high school sports in Niskayuna on Monday, Aug. 17, 2015. (Michael Kelly/Gazette Reporter)Girls' soccer players Hannah Munro, left, and Cassidy O'Rourke compete against one another during the opening day of practice for high school sports in Niskayuna on Monday, Aug. 17, 2015. (Michael Kelly/Gazette Reporter)

BY MICHAEL KELLY
Gazette Sportswriter

NISKAYUNA — The calendar won’t deem it autumn for roughly another month, but that did not stop area high schools from starting up practices for their fall sports teams on Aug. 17.

Most Niskayuna teams won’t start official competition until early September, but that does not mean it is too early to look ahead to some of the most important dates on the fall sports calendar.

Minus postseason competitions, here are 10 of the most-anticipated sporting events this fall for the Silver Warriors, as presently scheduled:

Football head coach John Furey, right, talks to a group of his players on the opening day of practice for high school sports in Niskayuna on Monday, Aug. 17, 2015. (Michael Kelly/Gazette Reporter)

Football head coach John Furey, right, talks to a group of his players on the opening day of practice for high school sports in Niskayuna on Monday, Aug. 17, 2015. (Michael Kelly/Gazette Reporter)

LET’S GET IT STARTED

Who: Niskayuna golf

When: Aug. 26, 3 p.m.

Where: Mohawk Golf Club

What: With a tee time set against Guilderland, Niskayuna’s golfers will be the first group of Silver Warriors to compete during the 2015-16 school year in an official contest.

Boys' soccer players Ronan Schreer, left, and Evan Schnell pursue the ball during the opening day of practice for high school sports in Niskayuna on Monday, Aug. 17, 2015. (Michael Kelly/Gazette Reporter)

Boys’ soccer players Ronan Schreer, left, and Evan Schnell pursue the ball during the opening day of practice for high school sports in Niskayuna on Monday, Aug. 17, 2015. (Michael Kelly/Gazette Reporter)

HELLO, NEW FOE

Who: Niskayuna girls’ tennis

When: Aug. 28, 11 a.m.

Where: Albany’s Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School

What: This batch of Silver Warriors are the first to get a shot to play against one of the new schools in the Suburban Council.

HOME COACHING DEBUT

Who: Niskayuna girls’ volleyball

When: Sept. 1, 4:15 p.m.

Where: Niskayuna High School

What: Against Shenendehowa, new head coach Christina Coons makes her home coaching debut for a Silver Warriors squad coming off a strong 2014 season.

RIVALRY RESUMES

Who: Niskayuna girls’ swimming and diving

When: Sept. 2, 4:30 p.m.

Where: Clifton Park’s Shenendehowa Aquatics Center

What: After an epic rivalry a year ago, the Shenendehowa and Niskayuna girls’ swimming and diving teams take on one another in what will be a pivotal early-season Suburban Council matchup.

Girls' volleyball players are shown during the opening day of practice for high school sports in Niskayuna on Monday, Aug. 17, 2015. (Michael Kelly/Gazette Reporter)

Girls’ volleyball players are shown during the opening day of practice for high school sports in Niskayuna on Monday, Aug. 17, 2015. (Michael Kelly/Gazette Reporter)

HOME OPENER

Who: Niskayuna football

When: Sept. 4, 7 p.m.

Where: Niskayuna High School

What: Nothing says fall sports more than football, and Niskayuna starts its gridiron campaign at home against Green Tech.

A TRADITION CONTINUES

Who: Niskayuna boys’ and girls’ cross country

When: Sept. 5, 9:30 a.m.

Where: Iroquois Middle School

What: The Ekiden Invitational, one of the annual kickoff events for the Section II fall running season, continues at its Niskayuna home.

Girls' volleyball's Julia Wagner is shown during the opening day of practice for high school sports in Niskayuna on Monday, Aug. 17, 2015. (Michael Kelly/Gazette Reporter)

Girls’ volleyball’s Julia Wagner is shown during the opening day of practice for high school sports in Niskayuna on Monday, Aug. 17, 2015. (Michael Kelly/Gazette Reporter)

KEY STRETCH STARTS

Who: Niskayuna boys’ volleyball

When: Sept. 18, 4:15 p.m.

Where: Niskayuna High School

What: Against Columbia, the Silver Warriors will start a pivotal stretch of four consecutive home contests after an early-season trio of consecutive away matches.

GEOGRAPHY BECKONS A RIVALRY

Who: Niskayuna girls’ soccer, girls’ swimming and diving, & girls’ tennis

When: Oct. 6, 4:30 p.m.

Where: Niskayuna High School & Central Park

What: All three Niskayuna squads play host to teams from Schenectady on the same day, the first Silver Warrior squads to do so with their new league rival from just miles away.

UNDER THE BRIGHT LIGHTS

Who: Niskayuna girls’ soccer

When: Oct. 8, 7 p.m.

Where: Niskayuna High School

What: In the team’s only scheduled home night game during the regular season, the Silver Warriors will play host to Saratoga Springs — the squad Niskayuna topped in the 2013 sectional finals.

WORTH THE WAIT

Who: Niskayuna boys’ soccer

When: Oct. 13, 7 p.m.

Where: Niskayuna High School

What: Last year’s Section II Class AA final in this sport went the Plainsmen’s way with a 1-0 decision against Niskayuna, and this game will be the teams’ only meeting this fall — unless they tangle again in the postseason.

About the Author

Michael Kelly
Michael Kelly is a sports reporter for Your Clifton Park and Your Niskayuna, weekly print publications of The Daily Gazette. Kelly grew up in Clifton Park and graduated from Shenendehowa High School in 2006. He is also a 2010 graduate of the Stony Brook University School of Journalism. Kelly's work has been honored by the New York News Publishers Association, the New York State Associated Press Association, and the Associated Press Sports Editors. His work has previously been featured in The (Amsterdam) Recorder, The Saratogian, and Albany Times Union.