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MICHAEL KELLY/Gazette Sportswriter Tyler Senecal of Niskayuna is one of the area's top sluggers.

Powerful Senecal helping to lead Niskayuna

BY MICHAEL KELLY Gazette Sportswriter NISKAYUNA — Instinctively, Matt Toy took a couple of steps back toward first base. Maybe on this long flyball off the bat of Niskayuna baseball teammate Tyler Senecal, there was a chance to tag up…


PETER R. BARBER/Gazette Photographer Niskayuna senior defenseman Austin Reihs gains control of the ball during Tuesday's game against Bethlehem.

Niskayuna cruises to 24-2 win

Staff report Lucas Quinn and Connor Wolff each scored five goals in a 24-2 Suburban Council boys’ lacrosse win for Niskayuna against Bethlehem. Jon Pfhol scored four goals and Ryan Stewart had three. Wolff also added two assists. Niskayuna led…


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HS baseball: Phillips wins it for Nisky

Staff report Tyler Senecal homered, and Jake Phillips hit a two-out, run scoring single in the bottom of the seventh inning to lift Niskayuna over Bethlehem 4-3 in a Suburban Council baseball game Monday. Senecal, Phillips and Conor Graham had…


MARC SCHULTZ/Gazette Photographer Guilderland's Shea Thompson looks to pass as Niskayuna's Kit Christian defends during Thursday's game.

Guilderland girls finally end Niskayuna’s hex

BY JIM SCHILTZ Gazette Sportswriter NISKAYUNA — The Guilderland girls’ lacrosse team ended one streak Thursday and kept another one going with an uneven 8-6 Suburban Council win over state-ranked Niskayuna. The Dutchmen built a big halftime lead behind Siena…


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Insognia gets three hits to spark Niskayuna win

Staff report Niskayuna received three hits from Nick Insognia in a 5-3 Suburban Council baseball win against Guilderland on Thursday. Insognia doubled and had an RBI, while both Angelo Spataro and Ben Funyak had two hits and two RBIs. Nick…


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HS baseball roundup: Nisky goes deep

Staff report Ben Funyak and Nick Insognia hit home runs to back the pitching of Alec Ritzenthaler as Niskayuna dealt Ballston Spa its first Suburban Council baseball defeat Monday 6-0. Funtak hit a three-run home run and Insogna hit a…


GAZETTE FILE PHOTO Brian Grastorf, who was the quarterback at Niskayuna for three years, will be the varsity head coach next season.

Former Nisky QB Grastorf named head coach

BY MICHAEL KELLY Gazette Sportswriter NISKAYUNA — As part of his day job at Niskayuna High School as a physical education instructor, Brian Grastorf inherited John Furey’s desk this past fall. Next fall? Grastorf starts his first season as head…


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Niskayuna's Jimmy Joyce is safe at home plate while Troy catcher John Germinerio defends on the play Thursday.

Niskayuna’s hitting is extremely efficient

BY MICHAEL KELLY Gazette Sportswriter NISKAYUNA — Tyler Senecal’s first-inning home run Thursday landed well beyond the fence in left field, the type of blast that usually draws the entirety of a high school baseball team’s roster out to celebrate…


PETER R. BARBER/Gazette Photographer Niskayuna native Lou Serafini finished 121st in Monday's Boston Marathon.

Serafini has new coach, plenty of confidence

BY MIKE MacADAM Gazette Sportswriter The numbers tell all. In the 2015 Boston Marathon, Lou Serafini wore bib No. 269, indicating a high seed, considering there are typically over 20,000 runners each year who have met qualifying performance standards to…


PETER R. BARBER/Gazette Photographer Despite losing key players, Niskayuna again expects to be good this year.

Niskayuna girls’ lacrosse looks to reload

BY MICHAEL KELLY Gazette Sportswriter NISKAYUNA — Despite its personnel losses from a year ago, the talent’s there for the Niskayuna girls’ lacrosse team to put together another special season. The challenge, Silver Warriors head coach Jason Bach said, is…


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Changes in state rules will limit how often pitchers can be used in a game or week.

Every pitch counts

BY JIM SCHILTZ Gazette Sportswriter Duanesburg baseball coach Chris Wyanski is heading into the season with plenty of pitchers, but for Section II’s other small-school teams that do not have that luxury, he has a suggestion. “I’m lucky,” the Western…