BY MICHAEL KELLY
NISKAYUNA — With most teams opening their training camps Aug. 15, the fall sports season is underway for the Niskayuna High School programs.
Games, matches and meets start in the final week of August. Here are 10 of the most-anticipated sporting events this fall season for the Silver Warriors teams, as presently scheduled:
TEST AGAINST THE BEST
Who: Girls’ volleyball
When: Aug. 31, 5:30 p.m.
What: For its opening match of the 2016 season, Niskayuna travels to take on the reigning Section II Class AA champions.
Who: Boys’ volleyball
When: Sept. 1, 2 p.m.
What: Against Saratoga Springs, new Niskayuna head coach Thaddeus Sipe will make his home coaching debut.
Who: Cross country
When: Sept. 3, 9:30 a.m.
What: At the Iroquois Middle School, the Silver Warriors will play host to their annual “Ekiden” early season racing challenge.
WELCOMING THE CHAMPS
Who: Field hockey
When: Sept. 14, 4:15 p.m.
What: In an early-season matchup, the Silver Warriors play host to defending Section II Class A champion Shenendehowa, which knocked Niskayuna out of last year’s postseason.
When: Sept. 15, 8 a.m.
Where: Van Patten Golf Course
What: With its postseason right around the corner, the Niskayuna team will take its shot at winning the Suburban Council tournament.
BATTLING THE BROTHERS
Who: Boys’ soccer
When: Sept. 29, 4:15 p.m.
What: After falling twice to CBA a year ago, including once in the playoffs, Niskayuna will look to come out on top in 2016.
Who: Girls’ tennis
When: Oct. 6, 4:15 p.m.
What: In its final match of the regular season, Niskayuna plays host to Saratoga Springs.
Who: Girls’ soccer
When: Oct. 13, 7 p.m.
What: After topping Shenendehowa in last year’s Section II Class AA championship game in four overtimes, the Silver Warriors will look to win the rematch.
When: Oct. 14, 7 p.m.
What: Against Albany, the Silver Warriors will play host to their final scheduled home game of the season — and perhaps the last home game of set-to-retire head coach John Furey’s coaching career.
Who: Girls’ swimming
When: Oct. 19, 4:30 p.m.
What: In its final league meet of the season, Niskayuna will look to perfect its form before the area championships.