What’s up in Niskayuna sports: Jan. 11

Members of the Niskayuna sprint medley relay team are shown during the Jan. 8-9 Dartmouth Relays in Hanover, N.H. The team finished in second place with a 4:17.48 mark. Shown, from left, are Sarah Dalakos, Grace Minkin, Marisa DiVietro, and Amelia Kokernak. (Photo courtesy James Kokernak)Members of the Niskayuna sprint medley relay team are shown during the Jan. 8-9 Dartmouth Relays in Hanover, N.H. The team finished in second place with a 4:17.48 mark. Shown, from left, are Sarah Dalakos, Grace Minkin, Marisa DiVietro, and Amelia Kokernak. (Photo courtesy James Kokernak)

BY MICHAEL KELLY
Gazette Sportswriter

NISKAYUNA — The latest highlights in Niskayuna High School athletics, plus what’s coming up this week for the Silver Warriors.

WINTER (TRACK) WARRIORS

The Niskayuna indoor track and field teams were in action at the 47th annual Dartmouth Relays this past Friday and Saturday.

While athletes from both the boys’ and girls’ squads registered top-notch performances, the girls’ team finished in fifth place at the event which included more than 60 teams.

Meanwhile, the boys’ squad finished in 17th place.

Niskayuna's Lexi Sciortino, left, hands off to Abigail Spiers at the Dartmouth Relays.(Photo courtesy James Kokernak)

Niskayuna’s Lexi Sciortino, left, hands off to Abigail Spiers at the Dartmouth Relays.(Photo courtesy James Kokernak)

Individually, Marisa DiVietro was Niskayuna’s top athlete at the meet. The senior won the event’s 600-meter run with a mark of 1:38.03, while also teaming with Sarah Dalakos, Amelia Kokernak, and Grace Minkin to take second place in the sprint medley relay at 4:17.48.

The sprint medley relay team’s time was the fourth-fastest in the state this season. From that relay team, Kokernak also posted a fourth-place finish in the 1,000-meter run at 3:02.25, while Niskayuna’s Erica Wasserbach came in sixth in that event at 3:05.50.

Another Niskayuna girls’ relay did well, as the distance medley relay team of Claire Decker, Lexi Sciortino, Abigail Spiers, and Wasserbach took fifth place in 12:59.89.

Sciortino also posted a fifth-place finish in the 800-meter run at 2:27.65.

For the Niskayuna boys’ team, top finishes came from Mateo Parzych — third place in the 400-meter dash at 51.76 — and the sprint medley team of Parzych, Michael Reyes, Joey Romano, and Charlie Ragone, which took fourth place at 3:42.73.

BACK ON TRACK

After back-to-back losses, the Niskayuna boys’ basketball team picked up a much-needed victory Friday night against Averill Park.

In a 73-55 win, both Andrew Evans and Tommy Kelly each scored 28 points.

After Tuesday’s game against Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake, the Silver Warriors will play host this Friday to Guilderland in a crucial Suburban Council game.

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ONE GOOD, ONE BAD

There were two blowouts for the Niskayuna/Schenectady hockey team this past weekend.

After playing Saratoga Springs close in their first meeting with the Blue Streaks, the Mohawks fell 12-1 Friday to the state’s 11th-ranked squad.

But, the next night, Niskayuna/Schenectady came back with a 9-0 win against Guilderland/Mohonasen/Scotia-Glenville. In the victory, Nate Kim scored three goals, Joey Laurange added a pair, and James Blanchfield made 22 saves in net.

DOUBLE WINS

Against both Troy and Averill Park last week, the Niskayuna boys’ bowling team picked up wins.

Niskayuna topped Troy 23-9 with Dominick Favata rolling a 246-666 and Marcus Manzoni going for a 236-638 effort.

Against Averill Park, Niskayuna won 26-6 with David Mennillo’s 234-673 and Favata’s 227-666 leading the way.

Niskayuna's Charlie Ragone, center, runs during the sprint medley relay during the Jan. 8-9 Dartmouth Relays in Hanover, N.H. (Photo courtesy James Kokernak)

Niskayuna’s Charlie Ragone, center, runs during the sprint medley relay during the Jan. 8-9 Dartmouth Relays in Hanover, N.H. (Photo courtesy James Kokernak)

UPCOMING SCHEDULE

(Home games on main campus, unless otherwise noted)

Monday, Jan. 11

4:15 p.m.: Girls’ bowling at Mohonasen, at Boulevard Bowl

5 p.m.: Alpine ski at Saratoga Springs, at Willard Mountain

Tuesday, Jan. 12

4:15 p.m.: Boys’ bowling at Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake

4:15 p.m.: Girls’ bowling at Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake

7 p.m.: Boys’ basketball at Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake

7 p.m.: Girls’ basketball hosts Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake

Wednesday, Jan. 13

4:15 p.m.: Girls’ bowling at Columbia

5 p.m.: Alpine ski hosts invitational, at West Mountain

7:30 p.m.: Wrestling hosts Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake

Thursday, Jan. 14

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

Friday, Jan. 15

6 p.m.: Girls’ basketball at Guilderland

6:55 p.m.: Hockey at Shaker/Colonie

7 p.m.: Boys’ basketball hosts Guilderland

Saturday, Jan. 16

9 a.m.: Wrestling at Schenectady invitational

9 a.m.: Indoor track at Stanner Games

12:30 p.m.: Girls’ basketball at Voorheesville

Sunday, Jan. 17

11:45 a.m.: Hockey hosts Beekmantown, at Union College

1:45 p.m.: Indoor track at league meet, at Hudson Valley Community 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.