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…

GAZETTE FILE PHOTO Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake is one of the schools reclassified for lacrosse.

Reclassification gives lacrosse new playing field

BY MICHAEL KELLY Gazette Sportswriter When the cutoff numbers for the new four-classification system came out this past summer for high school lacrosse, Shenendehowa boys’ head coach Jason Gifford didn’t spend much time looking at them. “We weren’t too worried,”…

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Substance abuse forum sees sparse turnout

By Kristin Schultz Gazette Reporter The crowd was sparse at the third and final installment of N-CAP’s intergenerational forums, Talking With Your Teen. While school and community officials were well represented, including high school principal John Rickert and school social…

From left: DEC forest ranger Ian Kerr; Tech. Lt. Peter Mclain; Blake Alois; Madison Popolizio; and Tech. Sgt. Brian Rumrill. Courtesy of New York State Police.

Rescued Niskayuna high peaks hikers visit angels

ZACHARY MATSON Gazette reporter The New York State Police Huey 2 helicopter that helped lift a pair of stranded hikers off the state’s second-highest mountain in December has a new name: Algonquin Angel. The Niskayuna hikers — Madison Popolizio and…

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Winter Storm Stella furiously blew through the region, dumping nearly 20 inches of snow, reducing visibility and making a mess of the roadways.

Storm kept road crews working around the clock

By Kristin Schultz Gazette Reporter NISKAYUNA — Not everyone hunkered down and watched movies in their pajamas during the massive March 14 snowstorm. Instead of staying home, the Niskayuna Highway Department road crew drove into work as the storm —…

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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…

JIM SCHILTZ/Gazette Sportswriter New Niskayuna baseball coach Chris Bianchi is familiar with the team.

New Niskayuna baseball coach confident in seniors

BY JIM SCHILTZ Gazette Sportswriter Chris Bianchi said he is in a comfortable spot as Niskayuna’s new varsity baseball coach. Being with the program for quite some time and knowing the young men in it helps. Having a senior-filled roster…