Fall sports: 10 Niskayuna competitions to watch

Members of the football team huddle during practice Monday, Aug. 15, 2016 in Niskayuna. (Michael Kelly/Gazette Sportswriter)Members of the football team huddle during practice Monday, Aug. 15, 2016 in Niskayuna. (Michael Kelly/Gazette Sportswriter)

BY MICHAEL KELLY
Gazette Sportswriter

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.

Where: Shenendehowa

What: For its opening match of the 2016 season, Niskayuna travels to take on the reigning Section II Class AA champions.

Boys' volleyball players contest a play at the net during practice Monday, Aug. 15, 2016 in Niskayuna. (Michael Kelly/Gazette Sportswriter)

Boys’ volleyball players contest a play at the net during practice Monday, Aug. 15, 2016 in Niskayuna. (Michael Kelly/Gazette Sportswriter)

FRESH FACE

Who: Boys’ volleyball

When: Sept. 1, 2 p.m.

Where: Niskayuna

What: Against Saratoga Springs, new Niskayuna head coach Thaddeus Sipe will make his home coaching debut.

RUNNING START

Who: Cross country

When: Sept. 3, 9:30 a.m.

Where: Niskayuna

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.

Where: Niskayuna

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.

POSTSEASON PREP

Who: Golf

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.

Boys' soccer's Andrew Day runs to the ball during practice Monday, Aug. 15, 2016 in Niskayuna. (Michael Kelly/Gazette Sportswriter)

Boys’ soccer’s Andrew Day runs to the ball during practice Monday, Aug. 15, 2016 in Niskayuna. (Michael Kelly/Gazette Sportswriter)

BATTLING THE BROTHERS

Who: Boys’ soccer

When: Sept. 29, 4:15 p.m.

Where: CBA

What: After falling twice to CBA a year ago, including once in the playoffs, Niskayuna will look to come out on top in 2016.

LAST SERVE

Who: Girls’ tennis

When: Oct. 6, 4:15 p.m.

Where: Niskayuna

What: In its final match of the regular season, Niskayuna plays host to Saratoga Springs.

CHAMPIONSHIP REMATCH

Who: Girls’ soccer

When: Oct. 13, 7 p.m.

Where: Niskayuna

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.

Football head coach John Furey, left, talks with Arselan Ali during practice Monday, Aug. 15, 2016 in Niskayuna. (Michael Kelly/Gazette Sportswriter)

Football head coach John Furey, left, talks with Arselan Ali during practice Monday, Aug. 15, 2016 in Niskayuna. (Michael Kelly/Gazette Sportswriter)

HOME FINALE

Who: Football

When: Oct. 14, 7 p.m.

Where: Niskayuna

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.

TUNING UP

Who: Girls’ swimming

When: Oct. 19, 4:30 p.m.

Where: Bethlehem

What: In its final league meet of the season, Niskayuna will look to perfect its form before the area championships.

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.