10 competitions to watch for in Niskayuna spring sports

Members of the Niskayuna boys' lacrosse team grab hold of the plaque for winning the Class A state championship in Vestal on Saturday, June 6, 2015. (Michael Kelly/Gazette Reporter)Members of the Niskayuna boys' lacrosse team grab hold of the plaque for winning the Class A state championship in Vestal on Saturday, June 6, 2015. (Michael Kelly/Gazette Reporter)

BY MICHAEL KELLY
Gazette Sportswriter

NISKAYUNA — Spring weather came early this year, and high school sports are not wasting any time getting going.

At Niskayuna, the boys’ and girls’ lacrosse teams are looking to defend Section II championships. The rowing program has designs on continuing its upward trajectory. Meanwhile, a number of other teams from the school are looking to either make up for tough season-ending losses or to take the next step.

Here are 10 of the most-anticipated sporting events this spring season for the Silver Warriors teams, as presently scheduled:

LET IT REIGN

Who: Boys’ lacrosse

When: March 31

Where: Watervliet

What: At a neutral site, defending state champion Niskayuna will open its season. The Silver Warriors’ opponent is Shaker, the team Niskayuna beat for last year’s Section II title.

SERVING NOTICE

Who: Boys’ tennis

When: April 4

Where: Saratoga Springs

What: After finishing as a runner-up in Section II last season, the Silver Warriors open their season with a road match against the Blue Streaks.

Niskayuna's Alissa Franze (16) shoots against Queensbury during the girls lacrosse Section II Class B championship game at the University at Albany on Thursday, May 28, 2015. (PATRICK DODSON/GAZETTE PHOTOGRAPHER)

Niskayuna’s Alissa Franze (16) shoots against Queensbury during the girls lacrosse Section II Class B championship game at the University at Albany on Thursday, May 28, 2015. (PATRICK DODSON/GAZETTE PHOTOGRAPHER)

CHAMPS MEET

Who: Girls’ lacrosse

When: April 9

Where: Union College

What: An early-season game against Guilderland pits last year’s Class A and Class B champions against one another.

Niskayuna baseball catcher Matt Toy is shown during an April 15 game against Guilderland in Niskayuna. (Michael Kelly/Gazette Reporter)

Niskayuna baseball catcher Matt Toy is shown during an April 15 game against Guilderland in Niskayuna. (Michael Kelly/Gazette Reporter)

TO THE PLAINS

Who: Baseball

When: April 11

Where: Shenendehowa

What: A talented, but young, Niskayuna squad heads to Clifton Park to take on the Suburban Council’s projected top team.

CLASSIC INVITE

Who: Boys’ and girls’ track and field

When: April 16

Where: Niskayuna

What: The annual Warrior Track Classic welcomes top teams from Section II and the state for one of the calendar’s top April track and field events in the area.

NO TIME TO RELAX

Who: Boys’ lacrosse

When: April 16

Where: Union College

What: St. Anthony’s and Niskayuna will tangle in nonleague action. St. Anthony’s beat Niskayuna last year in an 8-6 decision on April 18, the final loss for the Silver Warriors of the season.

READY TO ROW

Who: Rowing

When: April 23-24

Where: Saratoga Springs

What: Before a May filled with postseason championship regattas, Niskayuna Rowing takes to Fish Creek for a major invitational.

Niskayuna High School lacrosse coach Mike Vorgang during the team's NYS Class A semifinal against Massapequa at Hofstra University Wednesday, June 4, 2014.  (Gazette file photo)

Niskayuna High School lacrosse coach Mike Vorgang during the team’s NYS Class A semifinal against Massapequa at Hofstra University Wednesday, June 4, 2014. (Gazette file photo)

RIVALS COLLIDE

Who: Boys’ lacrosse

When: April 27

Where: Niskayuna

What: In a matchup of the area’s top programs, Shenendehowa will travel to take on Niskayuna.

NONLEAGUE TUSSLE

Who: Girls’ lacrosse

When: April 30

Where: North Rockland

What: Outside of league play, the Silver Warriors face a tough road challenge against a squad that finished last season ranked No. 11 in Class A.

FINAL UPS

Who: Softball

When: May 9

Where: Niskayuna

What: In its last home game of the regular season, Niskayuna will welcome Saratoga Springs.

 

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.