What’s up in Niskayuna sports: Dec. 21

Scott Ward of Niskayuna in the 4th heat of the 200 Individual Medley during the Shenendehowa Holiday Invitational Saturday, December 19, 2015. (PETER R. BARBER/DAILY GAZETTE PHOTOGRAPHER)Scott Ward of Niskayuna in the 4th heat of the 200 Individual Medley during the Shenendehowa Holiday Invitational Saturday, December 19, 2015. (PETER R. BARBER/DAILY GAZETTE PHOTOGRAPHER)

BY MICHAEL KELLY
Gazette Sportswriter

NISKAYUNA — Recapping the past week’s highlights in Niskayuna High School athletics, with a look at what’s to come this week.

LEGENDS VISIT NISKY HOOPS

On the sidelines, it was a star-studded past week for the Niskayuna boys’ basketball squad and the Niskayuna girls’ basketball team.

At a boys’ practice, local basketball legend Barry Kramer paid a visit to speak with head coach Bryan Mattice’s team; meanwhile, a day prior, UConn women’s basketball coach Geno Auriemma visited the Niskayuna gymnasium to watch sophomore Olivia Owens in action.

Andrew Evans of Niskayuna completes a lay up against North Colonie Friday, December 18, 2015. (PETER R. BARBER/DAILY GAZETTE PHOTOGRAPHER)

Andrew Evans of Niskayuna completes a lay up against North Colonie Friday, December 18, 2015. (PETER R. BARBER/DAILY GAZETTE PHOTOGRAPHER)

While the girls’ squad went 0-2 during the week, the boys’ team went 2-0 to improve to 5-1.

This week, both teams play Albany Tuesday night before a holiday break.

MATCHING WINS

At Sunday’s competition at Union College, the Niskayuna indoor track squads reigned supreme.

Both the boys’ and girls’ teams picked up wins, as the boys emerged with a victory from an eight-team field and the girls from a seven-team litter.

From the boys’ team, individual victories were picked up by Mateo Parzych (300-meter dash), Marty Dolan (1,000-meter run),

Collecting a relay win for the Niskayuna boys’ team were Dolan, Charlie Ragone, Colin Ross, and Matthew Tate in the distance medley.

For the girls, solo wins came from Sarah Dalakos (55-meter dash), Clare Lawson (300-meter dash), Erica Wasserbach (600-meter run), Julia Wagner (high jump), Esabelle Gervasio (pole vault), and Claire Decker (long jump).

HOLIDAY HOCKEY

Kevin Canty scored three goals for the Niskayuna/Schenectady hockey team in the Mohawks’ 5-2 win this past Saturday against Shaker/Colonie.

The victory was Niskayuna/Schenectady’s second in a row, as the squad readies to play host to its holiday tournament at Union College.

Niskayuna/Schenectady will play Essex Junction on Saturday before finding out its Sunday foe.

SWIMMING SUCCESS

Before taking seventh place at Shenendehowa’s holiday invitational this past Saturday, the Niskayuna boys’ swimming and diving squad topped Albany 104-64 in a Thursday league matchup.

Before Niskayuna switched to exhibition entries against Albany, solo wins came from Trevor Matuszyk (200 freestyle), Ethan Bachert (200 individual medley), Jack Newton (diving), Spencer Brownewell (100 butterfly), Cameron Goodspeed (500 freestyle, 100 breaststroke).

At the Shenendehowa invitational, the best Niskayuna finish came from Newton, who took fourth in diving.

BOWLERS ROLL ALONG

The Niskayuna boys’ bowling team collected another win this past Thursday, with a 16.5-15.5 decision against Shaker.

High bowlers for Niskayuna for the day were Michael Dean (236-610), Dominick Favata (247-599), and Nick Armstrong (206-599).

The boys are back in action Tuesday, while the Niskayuna girls’ bowling team travels today to Averill Park.

Niskayuna fans get ready for the start of the game against North Colonie at Niskayuna High School Friday, December 18, 2015. (PETER R. BARBER/DAILY GAZETTE PHOTOGRAPHER)

Niskayuna fans get ready for the start of the game against North Colonie at Niskayuna High School Friday, December 18, 2015. (PETER R. BARBER/DAILY GAZETTE PHOTOGRAPHER)

UPCOMING SCHEDULE

(Home games on main campus, unless otherwise noted)

Today

4:15 p.m.: Girls’ bowling at Averill Park

Tuesday, Dec. 22

4:15 p.m.: Boys’ bowling hosts Albany, at Boulevard Bowl

4:30 p.m.: Boys’ swimming at Schenectady

7 p.m.: Boys’ basketball hosts Albany

7 p.m.: Girls’ basketball at Albany

Wednesday, Dec. 23

6:30 p.m.: Wrestling at Ballston Spa

Saturday, Dec. 26

3:30 p.m.: Hockey hosts tournament, at Union College

Sunday, Dec. 27

9:50 a.m.: Hockey hosts tournament, at Union College

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.