Articles by Michael Kelly

Members of the Niskayuna girls' volleyball team celebrate a point during a Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016 match against Columbia in Niskayuna. (Michael Kelly/Gazette Sportswriter)

Niskayuna girls’ volleyball team off to strong start

BY MICHAEL KELLY Gazette Sportswriter NISKAYUNA — Up a couple sets but tied at 16 in the third, the Niskayuna girls’ volleyball team called a timeout during its Sept. 8 home match against Columbia. “We just needed to take a…


Niskayuna Rowing members are shown during a practice Friday, Sept. 2, 2016. (Michael Kelly/Gazette Sportswriter)

Fall rowing season underway

BY MICHAEL KELLY Gazette Sportswriter NISKAYUNA — The start of school is a welcomed event for area rowers. It means they could sleep in a little bit later, as their practices move to after-school hours. Weekday practices starting at 6…


Swimmers head into the pool during a Niskayuna girls' swimming and diving practice Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016. (Michael Kelly/Gazette Sportswriter)

Swimmers, divers ready for Niskayuna

BY MICHAEL KELLY Gazette Sportswriter NISKAYUNA — With multiple defending Section II Division I event champions returning for the 2016 season, the Niskayuna girls’ swimming and diving team is loaded with talent. Colleen Goodspeed, the team’s first-year head coach, knew…


Players warm up during a Niskayuna football practice Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016. (Michael Kelly/Gazette Sportswriter)

Niskayuna football ready for the challenge

BY MICHAEL KELLY Gazette Sportswriter NISKAYUNA — The challenge ahead is a steep one. The Niskayuna football team wants to embrace that. “Honestly,” Silver Warriors junior Reggie Melvin said, “we’re not intimidated at this point. We’re looking forward to our…




Girls' soccer head coach Bryce Colby, facing, talks with his players during practice Monday, Aug. 15, 2016 in Niskayuna. (Michael Kelly/Gazette Sportswriter)

Fresh faces to lead Niskayuna girls’ soccer

BY MICHAEL KELLY Gazette Sportswriter NISKAYUNA — New look, new feel. Goals as high as ever. That’s how the Niskayuna girls’ soccer squad approached the Aug. 15 start of its preseason training camp. While multiyear stars such as Marika Contompasis…


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

Fall sports: 10 Niskayuna competitions to watch

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…


Colleen Goodspeed is the new head coach for the Niskayuna girls' swimming and diving team. (Photo provided)

New coach for Niskayuna girls’ swimming

BY MICHAEL KELLY Gazette Sportswriter NISKAYUNA — When the Niskayuna girls’ swimming and diving team hits the pool for its opening practice Aug. 15, they’ll have a fresh face leading them. Colleen Goodspeed has taken over the program from former…


Jeff Martin is shown during a Niskayuna boys' tennis practice in the high school gymnasium Wednesday, April 6, 2016. (Michael Kelly/Gazette Sportswriter)

Jeff Martin readies for tennis-heavy post-graduate year

BY MICHAEL KELLY Gazette Sportswriter NISKAYUNA — Fresh out of Niskayuna High School and with a well-developing tennis game, Jeff Martin is readying for a post-graduate year at the prestigious Evert Tennis Academy in Boca Raton, Fla. The academy, created…


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Wild Turkeys wrap up season

BY JOE CARR For Your Niskayuna CLIFTON PARK — The Niskayuna Wild Turkeys swim team recently competed in its last meet of the season July 27-30, at the Capital District Swimming Championships. Niskayuna’s team, coached by Denise Murphy McGraw, had…